House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on Sunday that he believes the Boston bombers had sophisticated training. "And the question is where is that trainer or trainers?" McCaul said on Fox News Sunday. "Are they overseas in the Chechen region or are they in the United States?" McCaul cited the sophistication of the pressure cooker bombs and the fact that similar devices have been used in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He said the FBI has cast a "wide net" in the hunt for a possible trainer. "I think the experts all agree
Michele and Russell Poland´s credit was shot, but they managed to buy their suburban dream home anyway. After a business bankruptcy and a home foreclosure, they turned to a rare option in this era of tightfisted banking — a subprime loan. The Polands paid nearly $10,000 in upfront fees for the privilege of securing a mortgage at 10.9% interest. And they had to raid their retirement account for a 35% down payment. Most borrowers would balk at such stiff terms. But with prices rising, the Polands wanted to snag a four-bedroom home in Temecula near top-rated schools
WASHINGTON- Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court set the terms for boosting college admissions of African Americans and other minorities, the court may be about to issue a ruling that could restrict universities´ use of race in deciding who is awarded places. The case before the justices was brought by Abigail Fisher, a white suburban Houston student who asserted she was wrongly rejected by the University of Texas at Austin while minority students with similar grades and test scores were admitted. The ruling is the only one the court has yet to issue following oral arguments in cases heard
Baghdad - Iraqi authorities suspended the operating licenses of pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera and nine Iraqi TV channels on Sunday after accusing them of escalating sectarian tension. The move signaled the Shiite-led government´s mounting worries over (Snip) The channel has aggressively covered the "Arab Spring" uprisings across the region, and has broadcast extensively on the civil war in neighboring Syria. Qatar itself is a harsh critic of the Syrian regime. The nation is a leading backer of the rebels and is accused by many supporters of the Iraqi government of backing protests in Iraq too.
SAN DIEGO — Carlos Gonzalez has lived nearly all his 29 years in a country he considers home but now finds himself on the wrong side of the border — and the wrong side of a proposed overhaul of the U.S. immigration system that would grant legal status to millions of people. Gonzalez was deported to Tijuana, Mexico, from Santa Barbara in December, one of nearly 2 million removals from the United States since Barack Obama was first elected president. "I have nobody here," said Gonzalez, who serves breakfasts in a Tijuana migrant shelter while nursing
Caracas, Venezuela - An American filmmaker was formally charged late Saturday by Venezuelan officials who accuse him of paying right-wing groups to foment postelection unrest on behalf of U.S. intelligence. The federal prosecutor´s office said Timothy Tracy, 35, of West Hollywood, California, was charged with crimes including conspiracy, association for criminal purposes and use of a false document. On Thursday, President Nicolas Maduro said he had personally ordered Tracy´s arrest on suspicion of "creating violence in the cities of this country" in the wake of an April 14 presidential election
The scheme has been criticised by Palestinian human rights groups, who point out that Hamas has previously banned sport from the school curriculum on the grounds that there is not enough time for it. Hamas authorities introduced the ´Futuwwa´, or youth programme into the state curriculum last September for 37,000 Palestinian boys aged between 15 and 17, conceiving it as a scheme intended to initiate a new generation of Palestinian men in the struggle against Israel. Izzadine Mohamed, 17, was among the students who attended the weekly school classes, which covered first aid,
As NewsBusters readers know, TV critics have not been impressed with Chelsea Clinton’s reporting skills at NBC. This certainly won’t change after Friday’s Rock Center wherein the former presidential daughter actually interviewed – wait for it! – the GEICO gecko: Chelsea Clinton: Getting pigeon-holed is a worry even for a gecko. So he was only too happy to answer our questions. Are you concerned about being typecast? Gecko: Well, I definitely don't get the hunky leading man roles. Although I could probably get the hunky leading gecko roles. Clinton: Have you always had that accent?
Since the Boston terrorist attack on 4/15/13 we’ve been learning a whole lot about the two Muslim morons who blew up little children and severely injured hundreds of innocent onlookers and merry marathon runners. Speaking of the Boston terrorist attack, how long do you think it’ll be before the Leftists and their co-belligerent compadres, the Muslims, start whining about building a mosque close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon? I’ll give it … eh … six months. One-year tops. Back to getting to know the demonic Frick and Frack brothers. Of the all the revelations spilling out
A 34-year-old man was killed early Sunday morning and eight others wounded since Saturday afternoon in shootings from the Northwest Side to the Southeast Side. The man killed was shot about 6:05 a.m. in the 2500 block of West Division Street in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side and was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County at 6:35 a.m., authorities said. The man killed was shot in the head, and a second man, age 20, was shot in the arm and later walked into West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park,
SEDONA, Ariz.- Arizona Senator John McCain welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to a summit in Sedona for a weekend of policy talks with leaders from around the world. (Snip) McCain and Biden have shared a contentious political relationship since the 2008 presidential election, when they were members of opposing tickets. McCain has been a sharp critic of the Obama administration´s handling of domestic and foreign affairs, but the two men joked and flattered each other on stage. "He´s the most likable and most frustrating one I´ve dealt with, and the best vice president," McCain told the crowd.
NBC´s Chuck Todd told an inconvenient truth about Barack Obama on Sunday´s Meet the Press. "The rise of the internet media and social media and all that stuff - he hates it" (video follows with transcript and commentary): CHUCK TODD: What I wonder how many people realized at the end [of Saturday´s White House Correspondents´ Dinner] when he did his, you know, there´s always this part at the end where they get serious for a minute. And it’s usually the part where presidents say, “You know, I think the press has a good job
Raleigh - Their friendship began in the Pentecostal church, teenage chums in a fading furniture town. They spent every day together in rural Lenoir, their lives revolving around youth group, prayer meetings and sleepovers. They passed afternoons at the local coffee and waffle shop, joking with a handful of church friends. They clicked. But it wasn’t always an obvious friendship. Nation Hahn had a zeal for liberal politics even as a teen, a rarity in the foothills of Caldwell County. He took Advanced Placement classes at Hibriten High. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. He moved quickly into
To retirees, the offers can sound like the answer to every money worry: convert tomorrow’s pension checks into today’s hard cash. But these offers, known as pension advances, are having devastating financial consequences for a growing number of older Americans, threatening their retirement savings and plunging them further into debt. The advances, federal and state authorities say, are not advances at all, but carefully disguised loans that require borrowers to sign over all or part of their monthly pension checks. They carry interest rates that are often many times higher than those on credit
Nashville, Tenn. - When federal agents descended on the Knoxville headquarters of Pilot Flying J on April 15, it was the first inkling the public and company executives had of an FBI and Internal Revenue Service investigation that began nearly two years ago. After the country´s largest diesel retailer sought to downplay the probe, federal officials took the unusual step of unsealing an affidavit that helped authorize the raid before any charges have been filed. The sworn statement recounts internal Pilot conversations that led investigators to conclude there was a widespread scheme to defraud trucking
Istanbul - Syria´s neighbors, wary of stirring a conflict that could spill back over their borders, would be reluctant partners in a U.S.-led intervention but are ultimately likely to support limited military action if widespread use of chemical weapons is proven. The White House disclosed U.S. intelligence on Thursday that Syria had likely used chemical weapons, a move President Barack Obama had said could trigger unspecified consequences, widely interpreted to include possible U.S. military action. Syrian neighbors Jordan and Turkey, their support key in any such intervention,
Atlanta - A few years ago, Georgia was locked in a bidding war with North Carolina over the Disney movie, “The Last Song,” starring Miley Cyrus. Both states wanted the movie to film in their state, and North Carolina was close to sealing the deal with an attractive tax incentive package. But Georgia snapped up the production, largely because it had recently expanded its own tax credit for films. (Snip) The project, once finalized, would underscore how much Georgia has become a film destination and be another sign that California continues to struggle with runaway production.
Savar, Bangladesh - Bangladesh police on Sunday arrested the owner of a garment factory block that collapsed last week killing more than 375 people as hopes faded for survivors at the disaster site. Property tycoon Sohel Rana was arrested as he attempted to flee to India and will face charges over the ruined eight-storey Rana Plaza, which like many other structures around the capital Dhaka violated the building code. (Snip) The tragedy has once again focused attention on the poor safety conditions in the US$20 billion Bangladeshi garment industry, which is the world´s second biggest after China,
Back in the 1980s, the country faced a familiar dilemma to the one it faces today — the border was insecure and too many illegal immigrants had moved into the United States. At the time, the proposed solution was a bill crafted by then Wyoming Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and Kentucky Democratic Rep. Romano Mazzoli. Signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, it instantly granted 3 million illegal immigrants legal status. Yet a little over 30 years later the problem has returned, with more than 11 million illegal immigrants now in the United States.
Boston - Russian authorities secretly wiretapped a conversation between a man believed to be one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and his mother in 2011 discussing the idea of jihad, a U.S. counter-terrorism official said Saturday. The Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, also intercepted a second telephone call between the mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, and another man living in southern Russia who has been the subject of a separate FBI investigation, the official said. The vague substance of the phone calls was shared only a few days ago with U.S. officials investigating the April 15 bombing
Sanford - A new memorial was dedicated Saturday not only for Trayvon Martin, but for 10 other people who were killed in Sanford. Families of the victims used the occasion to share their stories and speak out for closure and justice. The new Trayvon Martin Memorial was established at the Goldsboro Welcome Center on Historic Goldsboro Boulevard in Sanford. It features Trayvon Martin’s name on a headstone and 10 other Sanford area residents who family members say were killed unjustly.
Anzor Tsarnaev was tough, a championship boxer back home, and he wanted his oldest boy to be tough too. (Snip) But by 2009, Tamerlan´s life abruptly changed course. He told his parents that "the Koran prohibits beating people in the face." He grew a beard, began to pray more than five times a day, dropped out of college and gave up stylish leather pants for sweat pants. He argued with friends over politics, picked a fight at a pizza parlor, shouted at speakers at a mosque. "He gave up drinking and smoking, and he even gave up boxing he loved so much," said his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva.
Philadelphia. The campus of historic Girard College in north Philadelphia contains a number of impressive marble edifices, penned in by a high iron fence that separates it from the rundown neighborhood. (Snip) If Girard is a monument to the city’s racial progress, that makes it an odd place for the city government to launch a racial inquisition—an investigation of Philadelphia magazine for the crime of journalism. On April 18, the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission held a meeting to examine the controversy surrounding Philadelphia’s March cover story, “Being White in Philly.”