PRESIDENT Obama has warned the United States ´not to jump to conclusions´ after two blasts killed two and wounded more than 120 in Boston this morning. The White House does not yet know who planned and carried out the explosions but is handling the incident as "an act of terror," a White House official said. The New York Post reported a bomber was seen on CCTV footage and that a Saudi national - aged 20 - has been placed under armed guard with burn wounds in an undisclosed Boston hospital. However, Boston police
In the wake of devastating explosions at the Boston Marathon, the NBA has canceled Tuesday´s game between the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers at Boston´s TD Garden. The league expressed sympathy to the victims in a news release Monday night announcing the cancellation. The game will not be made up, as the regular season ends Wednesday, when both teams play. The Pacers are locked in to the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Celtics have the No. 7 seed. NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the league has not completely canceled a game and had a team play fewer than
The scenes on Boylston Street Monday—an explosion, then screams and confusion, followed by another blast and more carnage, all captured on camera—were horrifying. And all too familiar. We don´t know, as of last night, who planted the bombs along the finish line of the Boston Marathon. At least two people were killed and dozens wounded. We do know that another open Western city has suffered the modern scourge of a mass attack on innocents. Boston´s police commissioner, Ed Davis, wasn´t ready on Monday afternoon to label it an act of terror. President Obama didn´t use the word "terror" in his
The Saudi Arabian man who is reportedly in police custody following the Boston Marathon bombing was chased and tackled by bystanders shortly after the blast, according to CBS. Senior correspondent John Miller, a former assistant director of the FBI, reported this: There is an individual in custody … he is not free to go. There is an individual in custody … he is not free to go. He is a Saudi national who was near the scene of the blast. When the blast happened he began to run. Now, in context, a lot of people began to run.
The US Justice Department won´t seek the death penalty for a Colombo crime family consigliere accused of sanctioning the 1997 murder of NYPD Officer Officer Ralph Dols. US Attorney General Eric Holder issued the course-reversing directive -- made public today -- without citing a rationale for his shift. Now Colombo wiseguy Joel "Joe Waverly" Cacace, 72, will face a maximum penalty of life in prison if he´s convicted at his upcoming mob murder trial in Brooklyn federal court. Cacace is already serving a 20-year sentence for other mob crimes that has him scheduled to be released in June 2020
President Barack Obama’s second term has so far been a story of high liberal hopes and scant liberal achievements. The president has been re-elected, demographic trends favor the growth of his coalition, his party has a technological edge, and his opposition is confused and divided. One might therefore expect Obama to be enacting the legislative agenda of that rising coalition. Yet the White House has to be disappointed, whatever it says, by the way the second term has been going.
At least two people have been killed and up to 132 people have been injured as two bombs exploded almost simultaneously near the finish line of the Boston Marathon today, leaving behind a scene of carnage and putting the nation on edge. It was revealed that an eight-year-old child was one of the two people confirmed dead - after the twin detonations ripped through the cheering crowds lining Boston´s streets at around 2.50 p.m. Witnesses reported scenes of utter ´pandemonium´ in the seconds after the devices exploded on Boston´s Boylston Street sending thousands of runners and
DHAKA - One night in February, Rajib Haider was set upon near his Dhaka home by five knife-wielding youths. His face was so lacerated that a relative who found the body wasn´t sure it was him until he called Haider´s cellphone and heard it ring inside a pocket. (Snip) Known as Hefajat-e-Islam, it has given the government until May 5 to introduce a new blasphemy law, reinstate pledges to Allah in the constitution, ban women from mixing freely with men and make Islamic education mandatory - an agenda critics say would amount to the ´Talibanisation´ of Bangladesh.
This day in 1959, four months after leading a successful revolution in Cuba, Fidel Castro began an 11-day visit to the United States. His visit came at a time when tensions between his regime and the American government were rising steadily. Castro neither requested nor accepted an official government invitation for his trip to Washington and New York. Rather, he came at the invitation of what was then called the American Society of Newspaper Editors. During his stay, Castro placed a wreath on George Washington’s grave, toured the Bronx Zoo, ate hot dogs and hamburgers at Yankee Stadium and
Today marks Tax Day, when the IRS gets to collect outstanding bills or mercifully give us back money they never should have taken in the first place. Either way, the millennial generation has a lot to be angry about. That´s because young Americans are paying higher taxes with little to no economic opportunity to show for it. Wages for individuals under 35 years of age are $6,813 lower than a decade ago. The effective unemployment rate for 18- to 29-year-olds is 16.2%, which leaves one out of every six young adults currently jobless.
National Security: Our secretary of state tells the Chinese we´ll restrain missile defense activities in Asia in exchange for their help in reducing the threat of a nuclear North Korea. Isn´t this where we came in? In a news conference after meetings with China´s top leaders on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would reduce its missile defenses in Asia if North Korea abandoned its nuclear weapons program. Well, at least he didn´t bow. In response to North Korea´s threat to fire some of its latest missiles, including the road-mobile Musudan, amidst news
Insurgents in Iraq deployed a series of car bombs as part of highly co-ordinated attacks that cut across a wide swath of the country today, killing at least 55 on the deadliest day in nearly a month. The assault bore the hallmarks of a resurgent al-Qaeda in Iraq and appeared aimed at sowing fear days before the first elections since U.S. troops withdrew. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but coordinated attacks are a favourite tactic of al-Qaeda´s Iraq branch. Iraqi officials believe the insurgent group is growing stronger and increasingly co-ordinating with allies
AMMAN, Jordan — The head of an extremist Jordanian Muslim Salafi group said early Tuesday that he was "happy to see the horror in America" after the explosions in Boston. "American blood isn´t more precious than Muslim blood," said Mohammad al-Chalabi, who was convicted in an al-Qaida-linked plot to attack U.S. and other Western diplomatic missions in Jordan in 2003. "Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there," he said early Tuesday. Al-Chalabi served seven years in prison for his part in the foiled attack. His group is outlawed in Jordan.
More than 30 years ago, on Aug. 4, 1982, a Republican majority Senate passed with 69 votes the Tax Limitation/Balanced Budget Amendment (S.J. Res. 58) proposed by President Reagan (with the skillful and prodigious aid of a newly-minted senator from Utah, Orrin Hatch). The amendment would have required Congress to adopt a budget each year in which outlays were no greater than receipts, and then stick to that budget. That requirement could be waived by a vote of 60% of the whole number of each house of Congress or by a simple majority of each house
"Boston police say there was no specific intelligence warning of any kind of attack, and federal officials tonight say there is no reason to think that this is part of any larger threat. At this point they believe it is confined to Boston, but a meeting tonight will decide whether any kind of national alert will be sent out. There is no suspect in custody, authorities say, but some people are being questioned, including some with injuries who were taken to Boston hospitals. One of those, a person in whom there is some interest,
Latest 23.23 (18.23) The first editions of tomorrow´s British newspaper front pages have all been published. Every single paper splashes on the marathon tragedy: [Snip] 23.16 (18.16) In his terse statement tonight, Mr Obama vowed to hold whoever is responsible for today´s explosions accountable. The President did not use the word "terrorism" in his statement to the nation just now, saying it was still not known "who did this or why". "We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable," he vowed, adding: "The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight."
A potential suspect in the Boston marathon attacks is being held by police in hospital, according to reports, while another man was arrested on the Common According to one report the suspect in hospital was a Saudi-Arabian national while the other - a man - was photographed handcuffed on the common . The reports claim the hospitalized suspect was himself injured by shrapnel from the finish line explosions and has severe injuries. The New York Post said a police source told them the suspect was a Saudi Arabian national and other outlets reported a ´person
WASHINGTON -- A senior U.S. intelligence official says two more explosive devices have been found near the scene of the Boston marathon where two bombs detonated earlier. The official said the new devices were being dismantled. It was not immediately clear what kind of devices had been found Monday. The official said the first two did appear to be bombs. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the findings publicly. The official said it was not clear what the motive was or who may have launched the attack.
During MSNBC’s coverage of the Boston Marathon explosion, “Hardall” host Chris Matthews and Democratic Massachusetts Rep. William Keating speculated on what may have motivated the bombing. Keating pointed out that it could be related to Tax Day. “Now, we have an international event, the marathon, the oldest marathon,” Keating said. “And we also have Tax Day, April 15, so we don’t know if that’s the kind of symbol a domestic terrorist might use as well. So there’s a lot that’s not known, but we’re beginning to get a lot of information that will be shared with the public
The White House Flickr account just posted this photo of President Barack Obama receiving a phone briefing from FBI Director Robert Mueller on the investigation and response to the Boston Marathon explosions Monday afternoon. Sitting with the President are White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Lisa Monaco, assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. According to a White House pool report, Obama has also been briefed by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the situation
President Barack Obama will deliver a statement Monday at 6:10 p.m. ET from the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. As seen in the photo, President Barack Obama spoke Monday on the phone with FBI Director Robert Mueller to receive an update on the Boston explosions. Seated with the President are Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. A White House official said earlier the president has been notified of the explosions. "His administration is in contact with state and local authorities.
We have learned two things about the early stages of this kind of horrific event, and they ought to be operative here. First, it is a mistake to get too far out in front of the initial reports, which are almost always wrong in some details — sometimes, in some major details. It is Patriots’ Day, and that could be significant. It is also Tax Day, and that could be significant. And let’s not forget that it’s Monday and we are living in a country that has been the target of hellacious terrorist attacks by jihadists
Philadelphia Chief Medical Examiner Sam Gulino called the task "unprecedented." The job? Examining bag after bag of frozen fetuses removed from Kermit Gosnell´s West Philadelphia abortion clinic. "This was something that in 15 to 16 years . . . I had never been asked to do," Gulino told a Philadelphia jury today as Gosnell´s murder trial entered its fifth week. "There was no guidance on how to proceed," Gulino testified. And he asked. Gulino said fellow coroners and medical examiners and experts in forensic were as stumped as he.
WASHINGTON – Like the annual Easter Egg Roll, trips to the White House by the University of Alabama football team are getting to be regular spring occasions. (Snip) From his podium overlooking the south lawn, President Barack Obama addressed Coach Nick Saban and his players. It was ´Bama and Obama one more time. "Roll Tide!" Obama said with the team behind him on the curved steps and a balcony. "It´s a pleasure to welcome the Alabama Crimson Tide to the White House – again.
WASHINGTON — A law enforcement official says cellphone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives. Authorities have not identified what caused the explosives that erupted at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. The explosions have killed two people and injured at least 23 others.
CBS finally ended their on-air coverage blackout of the Kermit Gosnell´s murder trial on Monday´s CBS This Morning, airing two segments on the story a month after opening arguments began. Jan Crawford acknowledged that the Gosnell case "has received little national news coverage". Meanwhile, ABC and NBC´s morning and evening newscasts continued to ignore the ongoing legal proceedings against the abortionist. Crawford pointed out how conservatives "accused the media of ignoring the story because what it called a bias in favor of abortion rights", and how those "charges went viral on Twitter". She even played a sound bite