A United States minesweeper ship that crashed into a coral reef due to inaccurate Navy maps will have to be cut into small pieces and removed in order to prevent harming the ocean’s ecosystem, according to the Navy and other reports.The $277 million USS Guardian, a Naval warship that clears waterways of mines, crashed into a coral reef near the Philippines earlier this month. The Navy will disassemble it piece by piece in order to avoid damaging the reef rather than tow the multi-million dollar ship off of the reef and perform necessary repairs.
After four years of exhibiting a sort of false bravado, Republican efficacy seems to be reaching a nadir. Since Obama’s re-election, conservative skepticism has transcended long-held doubts about governmental competence. The new trend seems to be to also view Republican leaders — and even ourselves — as impotent. Rush Limbaugh tapped into this pessimism yesterday, when, during his interview with Sen. Marco Rubio, he attempted to undermine immigration reform by saying: “Obama doesn’t care about enforcing existing law.”
KABUL — Sixteen years after he fled from the Taliban, Zia Ahmadi was back at the Kabul airport, waiting for the body of a cousin who tried to do the same. Zia had done what he thought was best for his cousin, Javed Ahmadi, offering a smuggler $15,000 to shuttle him out of Afghanistan and away from insurgents. By December, Javed, 19, was halfway through an arduous 3,500-mile trip from Helmand province to Zia’s home in Sweden, running from the same Taliban that Zia escaped in 1997. But the smuggler’s overloaded skiff capsized off the coast of Greece,
We all know what fueled the sexual revolution: birth control and rock ´n´ roll. But what if that´s not the whole story? What if America´s libido was liberated not by the pill and heady doses of Jim Morrison, but by the lowly prescription drug penicillin. Before penicillin was found to be effective against syphilis during World War II, sex brought with it the risk of syphilis, a disease that can cause blindness, dementia and paralysis. Penicillin can wipe out syphilis with just one shot. As the antibiotic came into wide use in the 1950s, the number of syphilis cases
Police say a 17-year-old boy killed one man and tried to kill two others Tuesday afternoon in the Park Manor neighborhood. The shooting happened about 12:20 p.m. in the 7400 block of South Champlain Avenue - the 41st murder of the year, surpassing the monthly total from 2012, which was an increase over 2011. Quovadus Mahomes, of Dixon, is accused of killing 27-year-old Devin Common and wounding two other men, 27 and 30. Common´s younger brother Antonio was killed about 15 months earlier, in October 2011. The 23-year-old was shot in the head in an alley about four blocks north
WASHINGTON- Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, a key player in the effort to overhaul immigration laws, denied allegations that he consorted with prostitutes during trips to the Dominican Republic with a longtime friend and campaign donor whose South Florida office was raided by the FBI. FBI agents carted away records from the West Palm Beach office of Dr. Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist, on Tuesday night. A federal law enforcement official said Melgen was “one of their targets” in an investigation into healthcare fraud by the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami. The FBI declined to say
President Barack Obama expressed confidence on Wednesday that he would sign comprehensive immigration reform into law by the end of this year. In an interview with Univision´s Maria Elena Salinas, Obama explained that significant details of a bill still must be worked out by lawmakers, including the structure of a pathway to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants.(Snip) When asked by Salinas if we will have immigration reform by the end of the year, Obama said, "I believe so." "You can tell our audience, ´Sí, se puede?´" Salinas asked. "Sí, se puede," Obama responded.
Former Midtown security guard Nkosi Thandiwe will be evaluated Wednesday night to determine if his mental state during a deadly July 15, 2011 shooting spree was so disturbed that a jury could find him “not guilty by reason of insanity.” Thandiwe’s attorney made the last-minute request Wednesday after his client testified, admitting to fatally shooting Brittney Watts amid a trance-like state. “It was almost like watching myself in action,” Thandiwe told a Fulton County jury on the second day of his murder trial. “I tell her to get out of (her) car. She screams. I fire. She drops
Time Inc. joined the many news organizations trying to tighten their belts in a tough advertising climate by announcing layoffs and offering employees buyout packages on Wednesday. In a memo to the staff, Laura Lang, chief executive of Time Inc., said that she planned to reduce the company’s worldwide staff of 8,000 employees by 6 percent, or about 480 employees. She said the cuts would extend beyond New York and expressed hope that they would help Time Inc. better make the transition to the digital world. “They come from all areas of Time Inc. across our locations — both domestic and international
Illegal immigration is a curious subject: It is one of the few domains in which the authorities entrusted with enforcing the law feel obliged to negotiate the most concessionary terms and conditions with those who are breaking it, as though law enforcement were an embarrassing inconvenience. But the rule of law, national security, and economic dynamism are not mere pro forma matters — they are in fact fundamental, a reality lost on our would-be “comprehensive” immigration reformers.
In a recent interview, President Barack Obama tried to blow off criticism for his gun control push with a revelation of regular firearm use. "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," he claimed. As soon as Obama´s quote went public, critics expressed incredulity. Fox News´ Jana Winter went looking for any eyewitnesses that could corroborate Obama´s claim. Winter did find a source who admitted that Obama had once been skeet shooting at Camp David—with the caveat that the President couldn´t get away from it fast enough.
An LSU faculty member is suing the university, alleging that she was fired after reporting what she called the School of Art’s theft of more than $75,000 from students. [Snip] The lawsuit, filed in the 19th Judicial District Court, also says School of Art administrators routinely misused other funds, spending the money on iPads, Apple computers, scanners and other accessories for faculty members rather than for classroom materials. LSU System President and Baton Rouge Chancellor William Jenkins said Tuesday that he couldn’t comment because of the pending litigation. “I’m in a difficult spot,”
Five months after President Obama’s made-for-media convention in Charlotte, N.C., the host committee for the three-day Democratic bash still has not paid off an unprecedented $10 million loan secured by Duke Energy, and there is no way of knowing whether it will ever be paid back. Government watchdog groups, which once lauded Mr. Obama’s pledge to run the most transparent government in history, say the loan raises serious conflict-of-interest issues and shows that the president has abandoned his commitment to disclosure. “This is just a blank check for the party
Congressional Republicans are preparing to let $85 billion in automatic spending cuts begin to bite March 1, saying they have become convinced that letting the “sequesters” take effect is the only way they will be able to wrangle real spending cuts from President Obama. House Speaker John A. Boehner, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and other Republicans are talking increasingly tough about the sequesters, saying they are willing to accept the deep cuts to military and domestic spending in order to force Mr. Obama to come up with his own counteroffer. “What happens
The American economy shrank at the end of last year for the first time since the recession ended, according to new government data, as deep cuts in federal spending torpedoed what otherwise looked to be a modest recovery. Consumers did their part, spending more and opening their wallets for bigger-ticket items such as automobiles. Companies invested in new equipment and software. Housing continued to climb. But those gains were overshadowed by the massive decline in government spending, especially in defense. The result was a 0.1 percent annualized dip in the nation’s gross
The next few months could look even scarier than the last few for defense contractors already battered by federal budget cuts, thanks to the threat of automatic reductions looming in March. But industry executives had a surprising message for shareholders this week: Don’t worry about it. In call after call with investors, officials at some of the area’s largest contracting firms refused to guess how much it would cost them if Congress allows the “sequester” to kick in on March 1. Even as their lobbyists keep warning how much the cuts would hurt the industry, the executives are projecting
The debate over a national immigration overhaul has quickly begun to focus on a key question: Are the U.S. borders secure enough? Leading Republicans say much more needs to be done to control the illegal flow of migrants from Mexico, and they have vowed not to authorize a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented residents until stricter enforcement provisions are in place. But the Obama administration contends that it has invested more heavily in enforcement efforts than ever before. Several high-profile studies have found
Employees at larger companies are getting some eye-opening news in the W-2 statements they are receiving this month listing their 2012 income. The health overhaul law required employers to add a line reporting the total cost of employer-sponsored health-insurance coverage. “To some, it will be a surprise, perhaps even a shock,” Robert Pear reports in a New York Times piece, “To Open Eyes, W-2s List Cost of Providing a Health Plan.” Prof. Nicole Huberfeld, an expert on health law at the University of Kentucky, who received her W-2 form on Monday, said, “Most people
Marco Rubio is one of the elected officials I admire most in American life, and I’ve been impressed by how he has set out to persuade conservative doubters on immigration. I think this key exchange with Rush the other day, though, could easily have been misunderstood by listeners. Here it is (emphasis added): RUSH: You know, the president’s gonna be out in Las Vegas today, I know for you border security is the first and last, if that doesn’t happen, none of the rest does, right? RUBIO: Well, not just that.
The political world is still buzzing over the way Rush Limbaugh seemed to swoon over Marco Rubio yesterday in spite of the fact that he entered the conversation with the Florida senator disagreeing strongly with his position on immigration reform. Rubio has been on a tour of conservative talk radio shows in the last week as he attempts to sell the conservative base, with the stop at Limbaugh’s show the most important. While it’s clear that Rubio didn’t exactly persuade Limbaugh to change sides on the issue, his arguments in favor of the principles put forward by
A jihadist website posted a new threat by al Qaeda this week that promises to conduct “shocking” attacks on the United States and the West. The posting appeared on the Ansar al Mujahidin network Sunday and carried the headline, “Map of al Qaeda and its future strikes.” The message, in Arabic, asks: “Where will the next strike by al Qaeda be?” A translation was obtained by Inside the Ring. “The answer for it, in short: The coming strikes by al Qaeda, with God’s Might, will be in the heart of the land of nonbelief, America, and in France, Denmark,
WASHINGTON- Sen. Robert Menendez´s office says he reimbursed a prominent Florida political donor $58,500 for the full cost of two out of three trips on the donor´s plane to the Dominican Republic. There was no public disclosure. Menendez spokeswoman Tricia Enright says the New Jersey senator paid for the two trips out of his personal account, so there were no reporting requirements. Details of Menendez´s trips emerged as his office said unsubstantiated allegations that the senator engaged in sex with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic are false.
Guns: A 15-year-old girl who performed at the president´s inauguration is gunned down by gangs less than a mile from Barack Obama´s home. What does Chicago´s mayor do? He blames banks who lend gun makers money. Hadiya Pendleton, who just days before had performed with her high school band at President Obama´s inauguration, was gunned down Tuesday afternoon in Chicago´s Kenwood neighborhood, just blocks from the high school she attended. The park where she was killed is a little less than a mile from President Obama´s Kenwood home. In addition to Hadiya, two men were killed
WASHINGTON— Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what´s being called a glitch in President Barack Obama´s overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president´s plan had hoped. As a result, some families that can´t afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own. How many people will be affected is unclear. The Obama administration says its hands were tied by the way Congress