Stony-faced and emotionless, Oscar Pistorius looks deep in thought as he headed to a relatives´ home this evening. The Paralympic superstar is pictured next to his devoted sister after leaving the courthouse where he was released on bail. It follows a ruling by a magistrate that he should not be locked up until his trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. However, it emerged this evening that Pistorius may have to wait more than a year before his trial into Miss Steenkamp´s death takes place because of the creaking justice system in South Africa.
Let´s see LeBron James do this. Ashlee Arnau, a cheerleader at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., made an incredible front-flip half-court shot Thursday night at halftime of the school´s men´s basketball game that became an instant Internet sensation. The ball was placed on the floor at midcourt. Arnau approached it with a running start, did a front-flip, grabbing the ball while she was upside down, and then launching it toward the basket while her legs swung forward. Swish! "I really don´t practice at all," Arnau told the AP in a phone interview.
President Obama announced Friday that about 100 U.S. troops have been deployed to the West African country of Niger, where defense officials said they are setting up a drone base to spy on al-Qaeda fighters in the Sahara. In a letter to Congress, Obama said about 40 U.S. military personnel arrived in Niger on Wednesday, bringing the total number of troops based there to “approximately” 100. He said the troops, who are armed for self-protection, would support a French-led military operation in neighboring Mali, where al-Qaeda fighters and other militants have carved out a refuge in a remote territory
This week the American Conservative Union was pleased to announce our annual Ratings of Congress; the occasion of these ratings is often cause for agreement and disagreement. For 42 years, ACU has published these ratings of every member of Congress. Its purpose, as stated in each edition, is to find the dividing line between conservatives and liberals and those who are somewhere in the middle. There are a few reasons why, throughout the years, the ACU Ratings of Congress have become the go-to guide to determine whether an elected official’s philosophical rhetoric matches his or her record.
TAMPA --A boil water notice is in effect for virtually the entire city of Tampa for the next two days after a power failure today at the city´s main water treatment facility. The power failure created low water pressure or knocked out water service completely for customers. Crews from TECO and the City of Tampa are working on resolving the issue. All customers within the City of Tampa water service area should boil water for a minimum of the next 48 hours, city officials said.
Veteran Maryland-based rider Mario Pino is the winner of the 2013 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, which recognizes riders for top career achievement and personal character. Pino, 51, was announced as this year´s winner on HRTV by MIke Willman, director of publicity at Santa Anita Park. Presented since 1950, the Woolf award is voted on by other riders. Willman said the award will be presented to Pino next month in a ceremony at Santa Anita.
Detroit — The city´s property tax system is riddled with errors and waste, and is overseen by a pair of double-dipping officials who work just two days a week, a Detroit News investigation has found. Tax bills are frequently sent to the wrong address, and homeowner exemptions that dramatically lower bills are granted without proof of eligibility, a recent audit found. Police are investigating the disappearance of nearly $310,000 in cash that went missing over five years from the Assessment Division. Problems are so severe that city officials — under state pressure — agreed in December to spend $2.3 million on outside
Hollywood — Condoms, cleaning supplies, and circus classes for the kids-call it chicken soup for the Oscar loser. (Being a movie star just isn´t what it used to be.) At least these treasures are being packed along with more luxurious indulgences-such as trips to Australia, Hawaii, and Mexico, alcohol, and a stay at a weight-loss retreat-in this year´s "Everyone Wins at the Oscars Nominee Gift Bag," which Los Angeles marketing company Distinctive Assets prepares for contenders who don´t go home with a statue. The total value of this year´s motley "swag bag:" $47,803. While it´s hard to balk
President Barack Obama’s greatest adversary in the latest budget battle isn’t the Republican leadership in Congress — it’s his confidence in his own ability to force a win. He has been so certain of his campaign skills that he didn’t open a line of communication with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell until Thursday, a week before the spending ax hits. And when they did finally hear from Obama, the calls were perfunctory, with no request to step up negotiations or invitations to the White House.
The former mayor of Bell, California, was too stupid and uneducated to know his $100,000 salary for the part-time city job was illegal, his lawyer argued today. Oscar Hernandez is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn´t even finish elementary school, defense attorney Stanley Friedmand told jurors. Hernandez and five former members of the Bell City Council are on trial, accused of stealing $1.3million in exorbitant pay from the working-class city of 35,000.
United Teachers Los Angeles made a bold and revealing statement about its radical political principles when the union endorsed Ron Gochez for L.A. City Council this month. There are 12 candidates running for one position, but the UTLA endorsed two: Gochez and State Sen. Curren Price, who is much more likely to win, according to California Political News. Ron Gochez happens to be a huge bigot who is affiliated with racist groups such as MEChA, La Raza and the African People’s Socialist Party. And he also has a history of saying racist things.
On FOX News this morning, Sen. Rand Paul may have just delivered the most pointed response to President Obama’s scare tactics on the sequester. “I would say balderdash,” Paul said after the FOX host asked for his response. “It’s untrue, unfair, dishonest, disingenuous. The president is making stuff up.” Paul added that Obama’s “histrionics” were “beneath the office of the presidency,” criticizing him for scaring Americans over any cuts to federal government spending. “It is the least we can do,” Paul said about the spending cuts. “Our country is drowning in a sea of debt, borrowing $50,000 a second.
Environmental Protection Agency inspector general Arthur Elkins predicts that sequestration will make the agency less transparent, a warning that emerges even as Congress investigates top agency officials for avoiding transparency laws with banned email accounts. “What we do is provide a level of transparency to agency operations that otherwise you wouldn’t see but for the IG shop,” Elkins told InsideEPA. “To the extent that our budget is affected on the negative side, it’s going to come out of FTEs [full-time equivalent staff].
Officials in Texas announced on Thursday that State Troopers would no longer be allowed to open fire on suspects from helicopters after the recent killing of two immigrants. While announcing the new policy, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw insisted that the ban on aerial shootings had nothing to do with the October 2012 death of two Guatemalan immigrants, who were gunned down by troopers in helicopter while they were hiding in the back of a speeding pickup truck near La Joya. “I’m convinced that now, from a helicopter platform, that we shouldn’t shoot unless being shot at,
The Left routinely ascribes absolute moral authority to grieving victims in furtherance of their political agenda. Their agitprop is often manipulative and exploitive, but it works. Appeals to facts and reason aren´t enough anymore; persuading the public increasingly requires emotional appeals. Even if they find it inherently unpalatable, conservatives must promote people whose personal stories offer counter-narratives to liberals´ tragic parade of victimhood. Katie highlighted one such case earlier this week, and now The Blaze has another.
Are you as shocked as Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)? Somehow, I rather doubt it, and I don’t think Jason Mattera is as surprised as the front-page pic suggests, either. Confronted with the new CBO analysis that shows more than seven million Americans will lose their present health-insurance coverage from ObamaCare despite his repeated assertions that no one would lose their coverage, Rep. Engel tells Jason in this Andrea Tantaros Show video debuting exclusively at Hot Air that Congress can always go back and fix what’s not working.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, Fox News Host: In terms of -- let me just take one of the -- one that you mention, foreign aid, cutting foreign aid in half to about $20 billion. Have you contemplated (INAUDIBLE) one step further and determined what foreign aid you would cut off? Because foreign aid has been very effective for us in many parts of the world in achieving certain goals. So I´m curious if you´ve gone further and identified which foreign aid you´d cut off. SEN. RAND PAUL, R- KY.: Well, I think there´s some argument whether it´s been effective.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan´s request "to reconsider a ruling that found the state´s concealed carry weapons ban unconstitutional [in Dec. 2012]." Madigan has argued that the December ruling overturning the ban was in conflict with other appeals court rulings and that it went beyond what the Supreme Court required. The December decision had come via a three judge panel, so Madigan asked for the entire court to hear her appeal in hopes that the other justices would see things differently.
The world hasn’t seen Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera in years, but the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel – and certainly the most wanted man in Latin America - is rumored to be dead. The Web is thick with chatter that Guzman may have been killed just across the border from Mexico in Guatemala, but there has been no confirmation. I repeat, no confirmation. There have been plenty of rumors about Guzman over the years. It seems perfectly reasonable to suspect even a capo as elusive as Guzman will ultimately end up dead or in prison,
Barack Obama met with Al Sharpton and other "African American leaders" to discuss the president´s "plan to strengthen the economy for the middle class and continue to build ladders of opportunity for those striving to get there," according to the White House. Participants in the meeting included: • Melanie Campbell, President, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation • Ralph Everett, President, Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies • Wade Henderson, President, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights • Ben Jealous, President, National Association of the Advancement of Colored People • Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director,
WASHINGTON -- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned Friday of massive delays in flights and the closing of 100 smaller air-traffic control towers, as part of automatic spending cuts scheduled March 1. Because of furloughs for air-traffic controllers, LaHood said flights from New York to San Francisco could be delayed 90 minutes. He says once airlines understand how flights are delayed, they will begin canceling flights. He said the control towers at the 100 smallest airports will be closed, from a list including those in Boca Raton, Fla., Joplin, Mo., and Hilton Head, S.C. "These are harmful cuts with real-world consequences
The president´s sequester strategy is like Howard Beale in "Network": "Woe is us. . . . And woe is us! We´re in a lot of trouble!" It is always cliffs, ceilings and looming catastrophes with Barack Obama. It is always government by freakout. That´s what´s happening now with the daily sequester warnings. Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start. Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs. Meat won´t be inspected. Seven thousand TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers. Lines at airports will be impossible.
The teen birth rate in rural areas of the United States is nearly one-third greater than in other parts of the country, according to a new study. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found declining teen birth rates across the country have been slower to take effect in rural counties. Between 1990-2010, the group reported Thursday, the rural teen birth rate declined by 32 percent compared with 49 percent in urban areas and 40 percent in U.S. suburbs. Study authors promised to investigate further the reasons for these gaps, including the "unique challenges" facing rural
Unlike many figures of the Evangelical and Religious Left, Ron Sider of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) has sustained an integrity that many conservatives have grudgingly admired. Unlike many of his activist cohorts, he has not prevaricated on Christian teachings about sex, marriage, or abortion. And unlike many of his fellow religionists on the left, Sider has maintained a rigorous concern for the global persecution of Christians when others prefer silence over criticism of Islamist or communist regimes. Now Sider, as he nears retirement from 40 years as ESA founder and head, has again distinguished himself