Hold onto your iPhones! Major crime in New York City inched up this year, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Friday fingered the culprit: too many iPhones and iPads were being swiped. A rise in thefts of shiny Apple products accounted for the slight increase in the city’s annual crime index, a statistic that covers a number of felonies, including murder, grand larceny and robbery, Mr. Bloomberg said on Friday morning during his weekly radio show. As of Monday, the Police Department recorded 3,484 more major crimes in 2012 than for the same period last year. The increase in Apple product
The US says it has evacuated its embassy in the Central African Republic as rebels threaten to advance towards the capital, Bangui.[Snip] Earlier, CAR President Francois Bozize appealed to the US and France to help block the rebel advance. The UN has said it is evacuating its non-essential staff from the country. US state department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the embassy had suspended operations and that the ambassador and other staff had left the country on Thursday. "This decision is solely due to concerns about the security of our personnel and has no relation to our continuing and long-standing diplomatic
When is the power of positive thinking not sufficient to solve to a pressing problem? Most of the time, actually, but particularly in the case of America’s spiraling national debt and the looming crisis that mounting debt presents. Since the end of August, America’s debt as ballooned by $400 billion – 100 billion more dollars than there are stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. For businessman Scott Soucy, stopping this runaway spending is a challenge he is ready to tackle. This jolly fellow has a plan to get America’s lawmakers to the table to address the debt,
They are an icon of the American West and a symbol of the country´s frontier history, but now hundreds of mustang horses face slaughter due to overpopulation. Under existing laws the government pays ranchers to take in thousands of these ´wild´ horses a year in order to keep population numbers down. Mustangs are not an indigenous species to America and are known to have an adverse affect on natural ecosystems. The current system of managing these threats has been in place since 1971 but now rising feed costs has resulted in a growing number of American ranchers refusing
Almost everything about the modern university is a paradox. It has become a sort of industry gone rogue that embraces practices that a Wal-Mart or Halliburton would never get away with. It is exempt from scrutiny in the fashion that the Left ceased talking about renditions or Guantanamo Bay once Barack Obama was elected, or a Code Pink goes after a NRA official in the way it would never disrupt a hearing on Fast and Furious. In other words, the university is one of the great foundations of the Left, and so is immune from the sort of criticism
An NRA-backed incoming congressman from Utah said Friday he would be open to a discussion of some gun-control measures in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting. "I would consider looking at some of the larger magazines and other things if it gave us an opportunity to talk about the other things as well," Rep.-elect Chris Stewart told The Salt Lake City Tribune. "Let’s talk about the big picture." Stewart said that "big picture" must include increased outreach and treatment for those suffering from mental illness.
A New York City woman tried to scam donors by posing as the aunt of a child killed in the Connecticut elementary school massacre, federal authorities said Thursday. Nouel Alba, 37, was arrested Thursday and accused of using her Facebook account, telephone calls and text messages to seek donations for what she called a "funeral fund." She told one donor that she had to enter the scene of the mass shooting in Newtown to identify her nephew, according to the criminal complaint. Alba is charged with lying to FBI agents who were investigating charity scams related to the shooting
With deadly school shootings, natural disasters and a fiscal cliff, there have been more than enough bad news events this year. But local TV stations have been doing their best to keep us amused. As this compilation of bloopers shows, 2012 was a big one for stuffing up or just generally acting strange on camera. The hilarious collection, posted on YouTube, starts off with two female anchors at Global News trying to keep it together while one explains how she will be judging a sausage eating contest the coming weekend. But the pair burst into fits of laughter
The House Ethics Committee has decided to close its investigation into preferential mortgages doled out under a controversial VIP program without taking any action. The panel said it was not taking any action on members who received more affordable mortgages under the program, instituted by the now-defunct Countrywide Financial because while allegations surrounding the program and lawmakers involved "serious matters," they largely fell outside its jurisdiction. For example, many of the allegations pertain to actions outside the Ethics Committee´s statute of
From the Mohawk Valley Observer-Dispatch comes this timeless example of big-government dissonance: ALBANY–New York state has spent nearly $6 million over the past three years on subsidies for Remington Arms Co., the two-century-old factory in Ilion that makes firearms including semiautomatic rifles used by the military and police and like those used in the recent mass killings in Connecticut and Webster, N.Y. Though several elected leaders in this tough-on-guns state want tighter restrictions on those military-style weapons, none say it´s time to stop supporting the local company and risk the nearly 1,000
A rescue worker dove into a near-frozen lake to save an 11-year-old dog and the daring man who had fallen through the ice attempting to rescue him. Jim Swayze of Brownstown Township, Michigan was walking his Walker Coonhound, Bart, near Lake Eerie Thursday afternoon when Bart wandered off and fell through a thin sheet of ice covering the water. ´I tried to walk around to him and it was just too deep, and I couldn´t get to him,´ Swayze told ClickonDetroit.com. Bart kept his front two paws on the ice while his body was submerged in the freezing water.
The more you learn about the “real” Margaret Thatcher, the more you have to admire her.[Snip] The latest slew of documents released by the National Archives reveals her bludgeoning world leaders into backing her effort to liberate the Falkland Islands in 1982. She dashed off letters to them from her desk at Number 10 like the clichéd “angry of Tunbridge Wells.” “No, Mr Mitterand – you will not sell missiles to the Argentine!” “No, Mr Reagan, you will not tell the enemy about our battle plans!” More power to your elbow, Mrs T! We learn some very interesting things about
With gangland shootings becoming an every-day occurrence in Chicago, the Board of Commissioners in surrounding Cook County is trying anew to tackle the deadly problem -- with another tax. But already, some are questioning whether the move is more about making a statement than addressing the violence. Under the new law, Cook County is charging an additional $25 tax on every handgun sold inside county lines. Gun shop owner Fred Lutger said this fee targets legal gun buyers, and not the gangsters responsible for many of Chicago´s homicides. "They make it sound like it´s a tax but
Not much to be said about the fiscal cliff until America plunges over it, pulling the rest of us with it, suffice it to say that this now virtually annual political charade is getting somewhat tiresome. One minute its Eurogeddon threatening to plunge the world into never ending depression, the next it´s another US budget crisis. So here´s the West Wing on the related "debt ceiling" negotiations--that one´s coming up for renegotiation any moment too. It´s always the end of the world until the last minute, when, lo and behold, it´s not. The so-called fiscal cliff grew out of
A major roadblock in the negotiations between the International Longshoremen´s Association and port employers has been overcome, averting a crippling strike that threatened to shut down 15 ports along the East and Gulf Coasts starting on Saturday. The container royalty payment, or the amount of money port workers receive based on the size of the containers coming into port, was the largest point of contention between the port workers´ union and the Maritime Alliance that represents port operators. The two reached an agreement regarding the royalty payment on Friday, a day before an existing contract was set to expire
President Obama likes to talk about making sure “the biggest corporations pay their fair share.” Treasury secretary Tim Geithner calls for tax reform to close loopholes and subsidies. Budget hawks say federal spending must be curbed. Congress and federal environmental regulators claim they are doing everything they can to save endangered species. By doing nothing and waiting for December 31 to pass, all of those folks could strike a blow in support of each of these policies. All they have to do is let the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy expire on schedule this coming Monday.
The office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded to reports today that President Barack Obama called him and other congressional leaders to receive updates about negotiations to avoid the Jan. 1 "fiscal cliff" by noting that it was the "first time McConnell has heard from any Democrat, including the President, on this since Thanksgiving." The President and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made a show of returning to Washington this week, as if to continue negotiations--when their open opposition to Speaker of the House John Boehner´s "Plan B" last week helped doom that plan to defeat
CNN´s new chief Jeff Zucker is raiding ABC again in his search for a new face to lead the network. According to reports, Mr Zucker is eyeing ABC´s Chris Cuomo, the network´s legal correspondent and co-anchor of ´20/20.´ Since taking over as president of the cable network in November, Mr Zucker has been trying to build up prime-time news lineup, expand coverage beyond politics and war, and increase Hollywood coverage. Now he just needs some new blood. ´Jeff’s still looking for an anchor he can basically make the centerpiece of the network,´ a source tells the New York Post.
It´s been more than two years since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 and six months since the Supreme Court upheld many parts of the law, including allowing local law enforcement authorities to question immigration status after a crime has been committed. Regardless, Mexico is still fighting the legislation in court. The Mexican government has asked the 9th District Court of Appeals to block a piece of the law that prohibits harboring of illegal immigrants, something the Supreme Court did not consider during their ruling last summer. Lawyers representing Mexico asked the 9th Circuit Court
The federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday and announced on Thursday is the latest battle with the city since teachers staged a week-long strike in September. It alleges that more than half of the tenured teachers fired in the most recent round of school closings and turnarounds were African American. But blacks make up less than 30 percent of the tenured teaching staff in the district and 35 percent of the tenured teacher population in the failing schools, the lawsuit claims.
An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day. Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception
It´s easy to have sympathy for those who have been misled by Facebook´s ever-morphing privacy controls. One should therefore have additional sympathy when the person led astray is a former director of Facebook and enjoys the name Zuckerberg. Randi Zuckerberg thought she had posted a picture to be only seen by her friends. Suddenly, it was there for all to see. Yes, all. The world. The whole misanthropic, green-eyed human race. As ReadWriteWeb´s Dan Lyons icily fulminates, it seems that one of her sister´s friends saw the picture, assumed it was for public viewing
Read Howie Kurtz’s defense of David Gregory, the NBC hairdo who recently brandished an ammunition magazine that is illegal to own in Washington, DC. NBC reportedly sought permission to show the magazine on Meet the Press, and the DC police turned them down. Gregory held the magazine up on the air anyway, in an attempt to browbeat NRA chief Wayne LaPierre into, well, something. LaPierre sensibly blew Gregory off. Now the DC police are investigating Gregory. Count on Kurtz to bring exactly zero real insight into the story. The Twitterverse has exploded over the news that Washington’s