Algerian troops have ended a siege at a gas facility in the Sahara desert killing 11 Islamist militants after they killed seven hostages, Algerian state news agency APS has said. The hostages were summarily killed as the troops tried to free them, it said. Foreign workers were among the hostages, but the nationalities of the dead are not known.[Snip] On Friday, 573 Algerians and about 100 of 132 foreigners working at the plant were freed, Algerian officials said. About 30 foreigners remain unaccounted for, including fewer than 10 from the UK. The militants themselves said before the raid that
Survivors of one of the largest hostage crises in recent memory recounted harrowing tales of their ordeal, as Algerian security forces attempted late Friday to negotiate an end to the standoff at a natural gas facility in the Sahara desert. Some workers described being forced to strap on explosives-filled belts when Islamist militants stormed the site Wednesday. Others were shot on the spot. (Snip) An unknown number of captives, including Americans, remain trapped at the complex. Some militants and hostages were killed, including at least one American, with the unverified toll potentially in the dozens.
TAMPA -The state´s attempt to simplify its complex and antiquated hospital payment system could inadvertently shrink the area´s number of aspiring doctors, putting a strain on hospitals. Nearly half of the University of South Florida´s medical residents spend two to three years in supervised practice at Tampa General Hospital, one of six specialized statutory teaching hospitals in Florida. Salary, benefit and malpractice insurance costs for each of the 301 resident doctors run $100,000 a year. USF Health and leaders at the Level-1 trauma hospital were troubled to learn they may lose the $10 million a year now designated
The world is beset by terrorists — witness the American hostages taken in Algeria this week — but portions of our federal government continue to obsess about alleged home-grown threats from the “far right.” The Combating Terrorism Center, which is based at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, has issued a new report on its website entitled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.” Normally, the center’s activities are focused on al-Qaeda and other violent Islamic groups seeking to topple governments around the world. But
Seven hostages were executed today as Algeria´s four-day hostage standoff came to a bloody end when the country´s special forces stormed the remote desert gas plant. They killed 11 militants, but not before they in turn executed seven hostages, the state news agency reported. The report, quoting a security source, did not specify if any hostages or militants remained alive or give the nationalities of the dead. This afternoon 16 hostages were freed including two Americans, two Germans and one Portuguese. But Algerian special forces also found 15 burned bodies at the desert gas plant
WASHINGTON -- Presidential terms are measured by sweeping laws and stirring events, but legacies are about enduring ideas. The one Barack Obama has in mind will drive most everything he tries to do in the next four years: assuring that America is a place where anyone can make it. There is no moonshot here, no call to end tyranny in our time. What Obama wants written in the first paragraph of history is that he helped deliver a better life for the people struggling in the richest nation on earth.
WASHINGTON - Top policymakers at the Federal Reserve felt for most of 2007 that problems in housing and banking were isolated and unlikely to tear down the U.S. economy as they ultimately did. Even as crisis signals started flashing red with the freezing of credit markets during the summer, Fed officials believed the troubles would be moderate and short-lived, according to transcripts of the 2007 meetings released on Friday after the customary five-year lag. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, then president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, said during an emergency telephone call on August 10 of that year
AIN AMENAS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria´s special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a "final assault" aimed at ending a four-day-old hostage crisis, the state news agency reported. It said 11 militants and seven hostages were killed. The report, quoting a security source, didn´t say whether any hostages or militants remained alive, and it didn´t give the nationalities of the dead. It said the army was forced to intervene after a fire broke out in the plant. The siege at the Ain Amenas plant, jointly run
Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, who rose to national prominence by blaming the Bush administration for his own incompetence in preparing for and handling Hurricane Katrina, has been indicted by a federal grand jury, Gordon Russell of NOLA.com writes that the indictment contains: 21 counts of corruption, alleging that while in office, Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from three city contractors and used his power as mayor to leverage a granite installation contract from Home Depot
Hello, I’m Congressman James Lankford from the great state of Oklahoma. Tomorrow, President Obama will be sworn in for a second term. Though we disagree on many areas of policy, I join my fellow Americans in pledging to pray for the President, his family and our nation in the days ahead. During the last four years, our nation has faced difficult economic times. Millions of Americans are still out of work [Snip] In the long history of our nation, we have never increased spending and federal debt faster than we have in this period.
The Beaufort County (N. C.) Board of Commissioners...adopted unanimously a resolution calling upon the N. C. General Assembly to take necessary measures to nullify any Federal action within the State that infringes on the Second Amendment´s guarantee of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms...and to call for a constitutional convention.
On September 21, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to reporters before a meeting with the Pakistani foreign minister. She addressed the September 11 assault on U.S. facilities in Ben-ghazi, Libya. “What happened was a terrorist attack, and we will not rest until we have tracked down and brought to justice the terrorists who murdered four Americans.” Clinton’s statement was notable. It was the strongest and most direct assessment of the attacks from any Obama administration official in the first 10 days after the deaths. By calling the incident a “terrorist attack,”
Hi, everybody. This week, I announced a series of concrete steps we should take to protect our children and our communities from gun violence. These proposals grew out of meetings Vice President Biden and his task force held over the last month with more than 200 different groups — from parents and teachers; to law enforcement and sportsmen; to religious leaders and mental health professionals. And in the weeks ahead, I will do everything in my power to make them a reality.
Connecticut’s chief medical examiner says he doubts toxicological tests and genetic analysis of the body of the gunman who fatally shot 20 children and six educators at an elementary school will explain his actions. The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reported that Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, who autopsied the body of the gunman Adam Lanza, said an examination of Lanza’s brain showed nothing unusual.(Snip)The toxicology exam, which could take several weeks, involves testing body fluids for psychiatric medications or illegal substances. Carver said the result could provide “potentially valuable information” in creating a full picture of Lanza.
A Deadspin.com report earlier this week asserted that Lennay Kekua, the alleged dead girlfriend of Notre Dame football star Manti Te´o, was a figment of someone´s imagination, and the name that Deadspin proposed as the mastermind behind the Kekua persona is Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.(Snip)The authors of the original Deadspin report assert that Tuaisosopo and Te´o know each other, a fact confirmed by Manti Te´o´s uncle, Alema Te´o. Alema Te´o runs the All-Poly football camp, a high school football camp in Salt Lake City, and a similar camp run in American Samoa on behalf of Troy Polamalu,
First owner George Burnett charged liberals a dollar more than conservatives at his Vernal, Utah smoothie shop.Now, another Utah business owner--evidently inspired by that political stand--has fired two employees for supporting President Obama. And it´s all completely legal. Burnett, the owner of I Love Drilling Juice & Smoothie Bar, started charging liberals a $1 more than conservatives for his smoothies. ´They’re costing us money,´ he told The Salt Lake Tribune about his left-leaning customers. ´So it only seems fair that I charge them a little bit more.´ His menu board above the register clearly states that liberals
Have you seen the photos of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie incongruously prancing about like a couple of show ponies at the Brandenburg Gate? And receiving a bundle of gifts from the mayor of Hanover?[Snip]The pair of C-list royals are on a Chuckle Sisters trade delegation (stop sniggering at the back), banging the drum for Cool Britannia and larkily motoring about in the Union-flag Mini impounded for crimes against culture after the Spice Girls’ Olympic appearance. Not since Herbie went to Monte Carlo back in 1977 have we witnessed such a zany road trip. Nor such an excruciating, ill-conceived one.
All three broadcast network evening newscasts on Friday night ran short items on the federal corruption indictments against the bumbling former Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, but skipped his party affiliation, a fact Reuters considered newsworthy – if not until their sixth paragraph: “Nagin, 56, and a Democrat...” ABC anchor Diane Sawyer generously described Nagin as “the face of Hurricane Katrina...then the Mayor of New Orleans fighting for his city.”
LEICESTER, England—Norma Benathan burst into tears the first time she laid eyes on the ruins of Penrith Castle, in northwest England. More than half a millennium before, her personal hero and the former king of England, Richard III, lived at the 14th century royal fortress before heading into battle. Now, Ms. Benathan, a retired clerk who lives in Lancaster, is heading into battle herself—over where recently unearthed bones that may be Richard´s should be buried. Richard, who reigned from 1483 to 1485, is a hot topic again. One of the most controversial English royals—described as a murderer by some;
The House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report Thursday that shows much of the money in a Department of Energy renewable-energy grant program has gone to foreign companies and has failed to produce many jobs. “American Taxpayer Investment, Foreign Corporation Benefit” examined the grants the Department of Energy has awarded through its “Section 1603” green-energy grant program. “Nearly one-quarter of this federal grant funding went to the U.S. operations of a handful of large European and Asian renewable energy corporations,” the report said. The report also noted the lack of job growth:
Doctors are fighting to save the sight of the artistic director of Russia´s illustrious Bolshoi Ballet after a masked assailant threw acid in his face on a Moscow street, state media reported. Sergei Filin, 43, was approaching his home around midnight Thursday when the unidentified attacker flung the concentrated acid at him, causing severe burns to his face, the state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported Friday. It could take Filin at least six months to recover from the third-degree burns to his face and eyes, RIA Novosti cited Yekaterina Novikova, a Bolshoi spokeswoman, as saying.
In New Jersey, where Governor Chris Christie has said that relief measures for Hurricane Sandy should be “above politics,” non-union workers are now excluded from participating in cleanup and rebuilding efforts. That policy took effect when the New Jersey state senate voted on Monday to expand an existing labor-agreement law that has been on the books since 2002. According to the Jersey Journal, highways, bridges, pumping stations, and water and sewage treatment plants were not covered under the existing law, but the new bill includes them:
With unemployment stalled near 8 percent, it’s tempting to skewer President Obama over the embarrassing news that his Jobs Council hasn’t met for a solid year — 369 days, to be exact. And its future seems to be in limbo. That’s just as well. Jobs councils don’t create jobs, businesses do. The most lethal jobs-killer today is the uncertainty coming out of the White House. One-fifth of small-business owners expect to lay off workers this year, according to a recent index taken by Gallup. In fact, their overall outlook on hiring and firing
NEW ORLEANS — C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of this city who fulminated against the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina but became for many a symbol of the shortcomings of government himself, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday on 21 counts including conspiracy, bribery and money laundering. The indictment detailed a wide-ranging scheme of kickbacks and pay-for-play of a kind not entirely unfamiliar in Louisiana history. Contractors and vendors looking for work with the city would provide the mayor with vacations, big checks and even free granite for his family business.