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Gov. Bobby Jindal uninjured
after Sunday car crash
Times Picayune [LA], by Lauren McGaughy    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/17/2013 11:24:43 PM     Post Reply
Gov. Bobby Jindal was involved in a car crash Sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge. He sustained no injuries after a truck swiped the SUV in which he was riding. A State Trooper driving behind the governor sustained minor injuries. The crash took place at around 5 p.m. as the governor was riding back from his son´s soccer game on Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge. A rental box truck made an illegal u-turn in front of the governor´s SUV, swiping the car. A State Trooper driving behind the governor took evasive action and struck a utility poll

Colo. Sheriff Refuses to
Enforce Gun-Control Bills
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/17/2013 11:19:29 PM     Post Reply
GREELEY, Colo - A Colorado sheriff says he won´t enforce two aggressive gun-control measures waiting to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Weld County Sheriff John Cooke told The Greeley Tribune ( http://bit.ly/141Ee2z ) that Democratic lawmakers are scrambling after recent mass shootings, and the bills are "feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable." One bill expands background checks on firearm purchases, and the other limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds. The 15-round magazine limit would make Colorado the first state outside the East Coast to ratchet back gun rights after last year´s shootings

For Obama, trip is a chance
to repair relations with
disappointed Israelis
Washington Post, by Scott Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/17/2013 11:15:04 PM     Post Reply
Among the landmarks the Israeli government asked President Obama to visit during his trip to Jerusalem this week is the hilltop tomb of Theodor Herzl, the chief theoretician of Zionism, who died decades before his fears of growing anti-Semitism were borne out by the Holocaust. The site’s symbolic weight has prompted other foreign leaders to avoid it. But Obama agreed — part of a series of carefully considered moves aimed at repairing relations with America’s primary Middle East ally. For many Israelis, Herzl’s grave represents an ancient Jewish claim



Oregon Girl Scout Troop Left With
6,000 Boxes of Cookies from Hoax Order
ABC News, by Christina Ng    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/17/2013 11:14:41 PM     Post Reply
Two Oregon Girl Scout troops say they were hoaxed into believing they had made a huge corporate cookie sale for $24,000, or 6,000 boxes of cookies. But the troops aren´t letting the scam keep them down and already have a plan for triumphing over the trick. The Girl Scouts were thrilled with the order that appeared to come from a woman who worked at a local company. Two troops put aside boxes for the massive order. The problem came when they called the company for the payment. "I contacted the ... company and they said, ´We have no idea

Despite sanctions’ toll
on Iran, U.S. sees no
shift in nuclear behavior
Washington Post, by Joby Warrick and Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/17/2013 11:12:27 PM     Post Reply
Harsh economic sanctions have taken a serious toll on Iran’s economy, but U.S. and European officials acknowledge that the measures have not yet produced the kind of public unrest that could force Iranian leaders to change their nuclear policies. Nine months after Iran was hit with the toughest restrictions in its history, the nation’s economy appears to have settled into a slow, downward glide, hemorrhaging jobs and hard currency but appearing to be in no immediate danger of collapse, Western diplomats and analysts say.

Cypriot Authorities in
Revised Deal Talks
Financial Times, by Peter Spiegel*    Original Article
Posted By: horacer- 3/17/2013 10:09:09 PM     Post Reply
Cyprus´ embattled president was on Sunday in talks with Brussels and political rivals to ease the terms of a planned levy on smaller deposit holders as he tried to scrape together a parliamentary majority for a €10 billion bailout for the debt-laden island. President Nicos Anastasiades is still intending to raise €5.8 billion from Cypriot bank accounts to help fund the bailout, an unprecedented move by the eurozone that could yet spark wider concern about the safety of bank deposits in the bloc. Cypriot authorities were weighing an additional bank holiday on Tuesday pending emergency parliamentary ratification of the deal which would

Britain could offer asylum
to Afghan war translators
Telegraph [UK], by Alex Spillius    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/17/2013 8:35:33 PM     Post Reply
With British and Nato troops due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, clamour is growing to make an across-the-board offer to interpreters, who have not only risked their lives but are regarded as traitors by the Taliban. Gen Lord Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff, said: "British forces would not have been able to do their work effectively without the invaluable help of translators. "While each case should be looked into on its own merits, there should, nevertheless, be a presumption to grant such residence in the UK or a third party country, if one can



Steubenville High School
football players found guilty
of raping 16-year-old girl
Yahoo Sports, by Dan Wetzel    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/17/2013 6:40:20 PM     Post Reply
Inside a small Steubenville, Ohio, courtroom filled with sobbing and exhausting emotion, Judge Thomas Lipps found Trent Mays and Ma´lik Richmond guilty Sunday of raping an intoxicated 16-year-old girl. Lipps sentenced both defendants to a minimum of one year in a youth correctional institute with the determination for a longer sentence coming from child-service experts. Mays received an additional year for transmission of nude photos, to be served after his rape sentence is completed. Mays and Richmond also will have to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives.

Sarah Palin Compares Obama to
Bernie Madoff, Sips From a Big Gulp
and Jokes About Her (Gun) ‘Rack’
ABC News, by Michael Falcone    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/17/2013 6:17:44 PM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin served up a generous helping of conservative red meat today, comparing President Obama to white-collar criminal Bernie Madoff, mocking New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his support of a jumbo soda ban and criticizing the GOP’s post-election attempt at “putting a fresh coat of rhetorical paint on our party” rather than focusing on “restoring the trust of the American people.” On the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference just outside Washington, D.C., Palin delivered one of the most well-received speeches of a weekend that has

Schumer calls for
cruise ship bill of rights
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/17/2013 6:15:57 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the cruise ship industry to adopt a "bill of rights" to guarantee passengers certain protections while aboard their ships. The New York Democrat says Sunday he´ll be asking industry leaders to voluntarily adopt the guidelines which include guarantees that ships have sanitary conditions, back-up power, medical staff and other standard procedures. Schumer´s plan would also include the right to a full refund if a trip is abruptly canceled due to mechanical problems. In the past two months at least three ships carrying US passengers on cruises have experienced problems, including power failures.

RNC to spend $10 million
to reach minorities
Associated Press, by Philip Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/17/2013 5:31:07 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Reeling from back-to-back presidential losses and struggling to cope with the country´s changing racial and ethnic makeup, the Republican National Committee plans to spend $10 million this year to send hundreds of party workers into Hispanic, black and Asian communities to promote its brand among voters who overwhelmingly supported Democrats in 2012. Committee chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday also proposed shortening the presidential nominating calendar in 2016 and limiting the number of primary-season debates to avoid the self-inflicted damage from inside-party squabbling on the eventual nominee. Priebus´ top-to-bottom changes include picking the moderators for the debates and then



Charles Murray´s Gay-Marriage Surprise
New Yorker, by Jane Mayer    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 3/17/2013 5:00:38 PM     Post Reply
Political scientist Charles Murray has never backed away from controversy, but usually his opponents have been liberals. Friday, however, he managed to upset conservatives at the annual conference known as CPAC, where thousands of bewildered Republicans gathered to figure out the way forward after their party’s 2012 electoral defeat. Murray ditched his prepared remarks on “America Coming Apart” in favor of an impromptu admonition to fellow conservatives to accept the legalization of both gay marriage and abortion.

Cyprus to Sieze savings
Reuters, by Michele Kambas    Original Article
Posted By: suziesuburbanite- 3/17/2013 4:44:33 PM     Post Reply
Cyprus´s parliament has postponed until Monday an emergency session to vote on a levy on bank deposits after signs that lawmakers might block the surprise move agreed in Brussels to help fund a bailout and avert national bankruptcy. In a radical departure from previous aid packages, euro zone finance ministers want Cyprus savers to forfeit up to 9.9 percent of their deposits in return for a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) bailout for the island,

Boehner says he ´absolutely´ trusts Obama
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 3/17/2013 4:38:44 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner says he "absolutely" trusts President Barack Obama — not that they don´t have their differences. Boehner tells ABC´s "This Week" that the two have a good relationship and that they´re "open with each other ... honest with each other." But the Ohio lawmaker says they´re trying to bridge some big differences.

Outraged Philadelphia mayor
calls for investigation
into ´disgusting´ magazine
article about race relations
in the city titled Being
White in Philly
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/17/2013 4:20:49 PM     Post Reply
The mayor of Philadelphia has called for an investigation into a controversial article recently published in a local magazine titled ´Being White in Philly.´ The story that appeared in Philadelphia Magazine this month features a series of interviews with unnamed white residents living in different parts of Philadelphia who talk about their dealings with African-Americans. Calling the article´s tone ´disgusting,´ Mayor Michael Nutter has asked the Human Relations Commission to look into some of the race-related concerns raised by the article.



George Will Trashes New
York Times Coverage of CPAC
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/17/2013 4:13:08 PM     Post Reply
The liberal media have for days been trashing virtually every speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. On ABC´s This Week Sunday, George Will exposed the hypocrisy particularly at the New York Times (video follows with transcript and commentary): MARTHA RADDATZ, SUBSTITUTE HOST: George Will, any stars come out of this for 2016 that we´re all going to be paying attention for the next four years that we already haven´t started paying attention to? GEORGE WILL: First, here´s the New York Times headline on the CPAC conference "GOP Divisions Fester at Conservative Retreat."

Palestinians unenthusiastic
about Obama visit
Associated Press, by Mohammed Daraghmeh    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/17/2013 4:04:54 PM     Post Reply
RAMALLAH, West Bank- President Barack Obama will find a disillusioned Palestinian public, skeptical about his commitment to promoting Mideast peace, when he visits the region. Obama´s trip, beginning Wednesday, appears aimed primarily at resetting the sometimes troubled relationship with Israel. But winning the trust of the Palestinians, who accuse him of unfairly favoring Israel, could be a far more difficult task. After suffering disappointments during the first Obama administration, Palestinians see little reason for optimism in his new term. The White House announcement that Obama will not present any new peace initiatives strengthened their conviction that the U.S. leader

Real Irish aren´t wearin´ the green
on St. Patrick´s Day
The Buffalo News, by Anne Neville    Original Article
Posted By: ramona- 3/17/2013 3:47:59 PM     Post Reply
Among the thousands of people who will celebrate the Irish and Ireland this weekend, you´ll find a small group whose accents give them away as natives of the Emerald Isle. They might stand out as the only people not draped in bright green from head to toe. Although members of the most recent wave of immigrant Irish are happy and proud to find Western New Yorkers exuberantly celebrating their culture and heritage, they also are a bit perplexed by some of our traditions.

More N.J. schools turning to
advertising to make ends meet
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Jeanette Rundquist    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 3/17/2013 2:30:20 PM     Post Reply
The electronic sign in front of Linden High School may begin showing ads along with school messages, a deal Linden officials were told could bring in $100,000 a year. The North Hunterdon-Voorhees High School District is exploring "corporate partnership opportunities" that could paste company logos on everything from high school football scoreboards to library walls. In Lyndhurst, school officials next year will study the idea of selling ads and sponsorships on school buildings. Among the places they’re eyeing is the high school roof. "When you’re going into Newark Airport, you fly right over our high school," said Superintendent Tracey Marinelli.

Priebus’s Plan to Remake
the GOP Primary Calendar
National Review Online, by Daniel Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 3/17/2013 2:18:16 PM     Post Reply
On Face the Nation, RNC chairman Reince Priebus discussed in outline a plan for remaking the GOP presidential primary process that would involve include culling debates, dividing the country into four regional primary blocs, and moving up the convention. Priebus argued that the drawn-out 2012 process hurt Republicans. Transcript below:(Snip for video)Schieffer: let me ask you a little bit about what you want to do about the primary system that we have now. What — you’re saying too many debates, the debates start much too early,


Food stamps put Rhode Island town
on monthly boom-and-bust cycle
Washington Post, by Eli Saslow    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 3/17/2013 2:12:00 PM     Post Reply
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – The economy of Woonsocket was about to stir to life. Delivery trucks were moving down river roads, and stores were extending their hours. The bus company was warning riders to anticipate “heavy traffic.” A community bank, soon to experience a surge in deposits, was rolling a message across its electronic marquee on the night of Feb. 28: “Happy shopping! Enjoy the 1st.” In the heart of downtown, Miguel Pichardo, 53, watched three trucks jockey for position at the loading dock of his family-run International Meat Market. For most of the month,

Nailin´ Palin: Karl Rove swings back
at Sarah Palin after she says GOP
consultants should run for office
themselves or ´stay in the truck´
New York Daily News, by Dan Hirschhorn    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 3/17/2013 2:08:56 PM     Post Reply
Republican uber-strategist Karl Rove swung back at Sarah Palin on Sunday, implying the former VP candidate´s early exit from office hurts her credibility as a party critic. Rove has been Public Enemy No. 1 for conservatives looking to blame high-priced party strategists for the GOP´s recent election losses, and Palin piled on over the weekend when she said consultants who "keep losing elections" should either "buck up" and run for office themselves or "stay in the truck." But Rove, joking that he wouldn´t be a good candidate for office as a "balding white guy," added another knock on Palin.

Osborne vows to protect Britain´s armed
forces in Cyprus as cash machines
are EMPTIED and 60,000 British
savers face losing millions in
10% bank account tax
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Watkins, Alex Hawkes    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/17/2013 12:51:20 PM     Post Reply
George Osborne vowed today that those serving in Britain´s military or government in Cyprus will be protected after European finance chiefs ordered an unprecedented raid on personal bank accounts. Up to 60,000 British savers are to lose thousands of pounds each as expats in Cyprus have their savings decimated in part of a painful bid to bail out the bankrupt island. The Chancellor said the financial situation in Cyprus was ‘an example of what happens if you don´t show the world that you can pay your way’, adding: ‘We are not part of the bailout.’

More than 25 percent of Americans
raiding 401(k)s to pay bills
Los Angeles Times, by Shan Li    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 3/17/2013 12:48:48 PM     Post Reply
More than 25 percent of Americans are dipping into 401(k) retirement accounts to pay bills, according to a recent report. U.S. workers are tapping into nearly a quarter of the $293 billion placed into their retirement savings each year to pay for mortgages, credit cards and other debts, according to a report from financial advisory firm HelloWallet. Those in their 40s are the most frequent raiders, with about one-third using their 401(k)s to pay current bills. Other studies bear out those results. Vanguard, an investment-management group, said American workers withdrawing money from 401(k)s

Tomorrow, Cyprus could vote to leave
the euro. This is political dynamite
Telegraph [UK], by Mats Persson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/17/2013 12:42:04 PM     Post Reply
There are two ways to look at the hugely controversial bailout agreed for Cyprus in the early hours of Saturday morning, in which the small island nation--accounting for only 0.2 per cent of eurozone GDP but whose troubles will have an impact far beyond its size (including on some 25,000 Brits in Cyprus)--received a €10bn rescue package in return for a series of unusually harsh conditions. In a shock to everyone, including admittedly Open Europe, the deal included a “tax” on depositors: 6.75 percent for anyone with less than €100,000 in a Cypriot bank account, 9.9 percent for anyone with

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