Pope Benedict XVI has revealed in the third installment of his trilogy, dedicated to the life of Christ, that Jesus may have been born earlier than previously thought. The calendar we use today, which commences with the birth of Christ and was created by a Dionysius Exiguus, a sixth century monk, may be mistaken. According to the Telegraph, the Pope explains in his book that Exiguus, who is considered the inventor of the Christian calendar, “made a mistake in his calculations by several years. The actual date of Jesus’ birth was several years before.” The suggestion that Jesus wasn’t actually born
Cairo - Egypt’s president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments granting himself far-reaching powers and ordering the retrial of leaders of Hosni Mubarak’s regime for the killing of protesters in last year’s uprising. Mohammed Morsy decreed immunity for the panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it. (Snip) The Egyptian leader also decreed that all decisions he has made since taking office in June and until a new constitution is adopted are not subject to appeal in court or by any other authority, a move that places Morsy above oversight of any kind.
Jerusalem - Israeli authorities arrested an Israeli Arab on suspicion of planting a bomb in a Tel Aviv bus that wounded 15 people hours before Israel agreed a ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza, police and security officials said on Thursday. The Arab citizen of Israel was detained on Wednesday night, they said. Also arrested, police said, were a number of Palestinians affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on suspicion of having recruited the Israeli Arab to carry out the bombing. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld did not give names or an exact number of how many
If you’ve been following the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell story, you may have seen this shirt: black and silky and flouncy and very, very arm-baring. Also shoulder-baring. Not what your mother would advise you to wear on national television. Not what my mother would advise, anyway. Even if the national television is “The Daily Show” and you have a push-up contest planned with Jon Stewart. Why am I bringing this up, again? I referred to the halter top in a recent column about Petraeus, noting, “Beware the woman who goes on ‘The Daily Show’ wearing a black silk halter top and flaunting her
A federal investigation of how David H. Petraeus’s biographer obtained numerous classified records is focusing on whether the retired general’s staff gave her sensitive documents at his instruction, according to federal officials familiar with the inquiry. Petraeus aides and other high-ranking military officials were often tasked by Petraeus and other top commanders to provide military records and other documents to Paula Broadwell for her work as Petraeus’s biographer, former staff members and other officials told The Washington Post. Broadwell, a married Army reservist,
Forget about the settlement approved by the county this week that sends $3.25 million to the family of a woman who died in one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio´s jails, the Sheriff is more concerned with bitching about the extra nickel it´s going to cost to feed the inmates tomorrow. The latest press release from the Maricopa County Sheriff´s Office is a bit apologetic in tone, because the cost of the Thanksgiving meal for the inmates this year is five cents more per meal than the crap the inmates eat every other day. The Thanksgiving meal for inmates -- complete with sliced turkey, mashed potatoes and
The controversial Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who helped scuttle John Kerry’s 2004 White House bid, are ready to launch torpedoes if the Bay State senator is nominated to a Cabinet post in the Obama administration, with one foe calling the whole idea an “abomination.” “We’re not too old to fight,” said Alvin Horne, a Vietnam veteran and a key member of the Swift Boat group, whose barrage of attack ads sought to discredit Kerry’s military record during the 2004 campaign. “If the commonwealth wants to send Bozo the Clown to (the) Senate they can do it Link repaired by staff
The year was 1939, and American businesses, still reeling from the previous year’s recession, decided they wanted an extra week of Christmas shopping. The solution? They asked President Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving up a week. Roosevelt complied — and confusion and outrage ensued. Calendar makers were enraged, families ended up celebrating on different days from one another, and some accused the president of embracing communism. Within three years, Congress had had enough and passed legislation officially setting Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday of November.
Even though she was sat next to Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi listening to her boss, the President of the United States give a historic speech, Hilary Clinton just couldn´t keep her jet-lagged eyes open. As Barack Obama made history on Monday by becoming the first American president to ever visit Myanmar, the Secretary of State simply seemed too tired to appreciate the momentous occasion. Despite sitting next to former political prisoner Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under home arrest and who presumably knows a thing or two about boredom, Clinton, 65, could not be roused
A forthcoming United Nations-organised conference on communications poses a grave threat to the freedom of the internet, Google has warned. The Silicon Valley search giant said the December gathering of the UN´s International Telecommunications Union comes amid ´a growing backlash on Internet freedom´. The World Conference on International Communications in Dubai will update global telecom rules for the first time since 1988, and some countries see this as an opportunity to set up new rules for the Internet. There are fears proposals made by China, Russia and other nations could
Neighbors are on the offensive in Brookline after what some residents are describing as aggressive turkeys. “They were attacking the vehicle,” Karen Halvorson said outside her home in the Aspinwall Hill neighborhood. After getting in her truck, a neighbor came and ran the birds off but it didn’t stop there. “Then, the turkeys came and started attacking my front door,” she said. A second run-in came a few weeks ago as she walked nearby. “I looked back and three of them charged me,” she explained. She moved to the center of the street to avoid the animals, but it wasn’t enough.
The Massachusetts woman at the center of the Facebook photo scandal at Arlington Cemetery has been fired from her job at a Cape Cod business, MyFoxBoston.com reports. Lindsey Stone´s employer, Living Independently Forever (LIFE), issued a statement on their Facebook page on Wednesday announcing that they have released the two employees involved in the controversial incident. "We wish to announce that the two employees recently involved in the Arlington Cemetery incident are no longer employees of LIFE. Again, we deeply regret any disrespect to members of the military
The president´s ´historic´ first tour of Southeast Asia ended with an unusual diplomatic snub at the hands of Cambodia´s first lady Bun Rany. Obama became the first ever U.S. president to visit Cambodia earlier this week, when he ended his four-day visit to the region by attending the annual East Asia Summit it was hosting. Unlike the president´s constructive visit to Myanmar, where he met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and praised the country´s progress, Obama had made it clear he was only in Cambodia to attend the summit.
Secret internal emails reveal Osama bin Laden was washed, wrapped in a sheet and slid into the sea for his burial in accordance with Islamic burial tradition - and no sailors saw it. The heavily blacked out emails sent between U.S. military officers were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and are the first public disclosure of government information about the al Qaida leader´s death. Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011, by a U.S. Navy SEAL team that attacked his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Scuffles are already breaking out between shoppers desperate to get their hands on Black Friday deals as a record number of stores open on Thanksgiving. With 41 million people expected to shop on what has been dubbed ´Gray Thursday´, police have responded to fights and threats between bargain-hungry customers, some of whom have camped outside stores for days. Outside a Kmart in Indianapolis, which opened at 6am on Thursday, officers responded to a brawl between shoppers as some attempted to sell vouchers the store had handed out for limited items. ´Everybody started going crazy
Looking every bit as poised and elegant as her mother, the long-limbed first daughter has taken the awkward out of adolescence with ease. In the weeks since election night, the emerging styles of the Obama daughters, and especially Malia, has taken center stage - the 14-year-old blossoming from the President´s wide-eyed ´baby´ into a self-assured young woman who has inherited her mother´s confidence, bold fashion sense and looks. Wearing a shiny blue full skirt from ASOS with a neon pink Zara belt, and J. Crew flats, Malia proved she has inherited her mother´s classic but bold sensibility
Bumbling immigration fiascos have become such a part of the fabric of British life that they should probably include a couple of questions about them in the next Life in the UK Test. In the latest asylum farce, this paper reports: Some 37,500 applicants whose cases were effectively written off as there was no apparent trace of them are now expected to be located after a review. The agency was so overwhelmed with work that at one point more than 150 boxes of post, including letters from applicants, MPs and their legal representatives, simply lay unopened in a
Chicago - Jesse Jackson Jr.´s resignation from Congress might end his once-promising political career but it doesn´t mark the end of troubles for the civil rights icon´s son. Just two weeks after voters re-elected him to a ninth full term, Jackson on Wednesday sent his resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner, citing his ongoing treatment for bipolar disorder and admitting "my share of mistakes" while confirming publically for the first time that he´s the subject of a federal probe and cooperating with investigators. Federal authorities are reportedly investigating Jackson´s possible misuse of campaign
Washington - Peace, one of two turkeys pardoned by President Obama last year, was euthanized Monday, according to an official who insisted the timing of the death - days before the Thanksgiving holiday - was not suspicious. Rebecca Aloisi, vice president for marketing at the Mount Vernon Estate, confirmed that Peace had been dead after a weekend "illness." Rebecca Aloisi, vice president for marketing at the Mount Vernon Estate, confirmed that Peace had been dead after a weekend "illness." But Aloise knew neither the nature of the illness, the manner of death, nor what had been done
For countless members of Congress, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give back to the communities they represent at the Capitol. Lawmakers volunteer at food banks, shelters and other charitable events to distribute meals to needy constituents. But they also clearly enjoy the food. House Speaker John Boehner frequently gushes publicly about his mother’s recipe for brining turkey. Using six bay leaves, three tablespoons of peppercorns, two cups of kosher sale, eight ounces of pure maple syrup, one head of garlic and two gallons of water, he boils the concoction, then lets it cool. The Ohio Republican then
Miami — When 15-year-old Kali Gonzalez became pregnant, the honors student considered transferring to an alternative school. She worried teachers would harass her for missing class because of doctor´s appointments and morning sickness. A guidance counselor urged Gonzalez not to, saying that could lower her standards. Instead, her counselor set up a meeting with teachers at her St. Augustine high school to confirm she could make up missed assignments, eat in class and use the restroom whenever she needed. Gonzalez, who is now 18, kept an A-average while pregnant. She capitalized on an online school program for parenting
Most everyone should enjoy this family-oriented, cross-generational quiz. There are twenty-one challenging questions, designed to entertain and recall our American past. Choose teams and write down your answers. No fair looking up the answers on an iPhone hidden under the table. Answers are linked below. Good luck -- you will need it!
At least one person has died in a massive wreck Thursday morning west of Beaumont, officials are reporting. The wreck, involving at least 100 vehicles, including many tractor-trailers, has closed Interstate 10 near Beaumont, officials said. Stephanie Davis, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety´s Beaumont district, reported that one person has died but did not have further details. At least four dozen people were injured. At one point, both directions of the interstate were closed.
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway, who is facing political pressure to resign amid a real estate scandal, isn´t going down without a fight, her lawyer said. Hathaway, who is accused of hiding assets to justify a short sale of a $1.5-million Grosse Pointe Park home, is preparing to fight the forfeiture of a Florida home that federal prosecutors say was hidden from a bank to justify the short sale. "Justice Hathaway and her husband will certainly fight to keep their home, as would anyone else if the government tried to take their home," Hathaway´s lawyer Stephen Fishman said Wednesday. Headline resplit by staff.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H.– For some, the idea of Christmas coming early is anything but welcome. Local shop owner Sarah Hamilton-Parker, tired after years tolling bells sounded by Salvation Army workers for hours on end during the holiday season, took matters into her own hands by reaching out to local authorities to complain about the noise. “I listen to this for 200 hours a year,” Hamilton-Parker told the Portsmouth Herald. “This is my fourth year and I can’t take it anymore. I’m so sick of it.”