LE MANS, France – Danish driver Allan Simonsen died Saturday following a crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, race organizers said. The 34-year-old Simonsen was taken to the hospital Saturday after his Aston Martin No. 95 crashed about 10 minutes into the race. Simonsen spun at high speed and his car skidded into the barrier at the Tertre Rouge corner where cars typically reach speeds of up to 105 mph. The Automobile Club de l'Ouest, which organizes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, said in a statement he died at the hospital soon after arrival "due to his injuries."
A Northrop Grumman (NOC) subsidiary predecessor built the "Spirit of St. Louis," which Charles Lindbergh flew to Paris on the first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight. But to cut costs the aerospace and defense giant won´t attend the Paris Air Show starting Monday. Northrop isn´t the only defense contractor scaling back at the world´s largest air show. Lockheed Martin (LMT) will have a reduced presence and CEO Marilyn Hewson won´t attend. Boeing (BA) won´t take its fighter jets. In fact, no U.S. company will fly a manned fixed-wing military aircraft
In a post awarding Sen. Ted Cruz three Pinocchios, Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler broke the first two rules of fact checking: 1. Think before you call someone a liar. 2. Don´t level an attack on someone´s veracity because you doubt his sincerity or question his motives. Here is the tweet from Cruz that led Kessler to go on the attack: "If Gang of 8 bill passes, those newly legalized are exempted from ObamaCare. HUGE incentive for employers to hire them instead of Americans." Kessler, in his first published draft, said
DAYTON, Ohio— Officials are reporting two killed at Ohio air show when a plane carrying a wing walker crashed and burst in flames, according to the Associated Press. Authorities say the crash killed the pilot and stunt walker, the Associated Press reports. Media outlets are reporting that a stunt plane carrying a wing walker has crashed at an air show in western Ohio. (Snip) The crash happened early Saturday afternoon at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton. No spectators were injured.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put the onus on the Taliban to revive stalled efforts to end Afghanistan´s 12-year-old war and warned the militants on Saturday they might lose their new office in Qatar if the peace bid collapsed. U.S. officials were due to hold preliminary discussions with the Taliban in Qatar last Thursday - but they were called off after the Afghan government objected to the fanfare surrounding the militants´ opening of an office in the Gulf state. "We need to see if we can get back on track ...
Two lawmakers skipped a recent high-level briefing on National Security Agency (NSA) snooping so they could go to the Paris Air Show. [WATCH VIDEO] -Six lawmakers actually attended the show last weekend but one of them, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), was able to attend the briefing, according to his office, and catch an evening flight to France, demonstrating it was possible to attend a briefing on a major political issue and still join the plush codel. Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) missed the 2:30 p.m. session to catch an afternoon flight from Dulles International Airport.
The tattoo on his face says, “Kill Whitey” in block letters, and cops say the gun he carried was loaded and unlicensed. But that didn’t stop Maruse Heath — head of the Philadelphia chapter of the New Black Panther Party — from claiming that he’s really all about charity and outreach as he was arraigned on a gun-possession charge in Manhattan last night. (snip)Heath faces a mandatory minimum of three and a half years if convicted of possessing the .25-cal. gun. He is due back in Manhattan Criminal Court on June 26
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave an important speech at AEI this morning on the continuing assault on the First Amendment. Senator McConnell is an expert on the First Amendment and he has seen the assault of which he speaks up close. Senator McConnell notes, for example: There’s the widespread effort to stifle speech from within the government itself, something the Obama Administration has been engaged in from its earliest days. Some have traced this back even further, to the 2008 campaign. But my central point last June, and my central point today, is this: the attacks on speech
Did President Obama just step into political trouble on a new issue, or didn’t he? Some critics say that remarks made by Mr. Obama on a visit to Northern Ireland this week amount to an assault on schools run by religious sects – including the Catholic schools that are prominent in the US as well as in Northern Ireland. But, at a time when the president is under fire on multiple fronts, he also has defenders on this one – including some within the Roman Catholic Church. Here’s what Obama said in remarks about building and maintaining
Thomas Chippendale lost his life at Royal Ascot when he won the Hardwicke Stakes for trainer Lady Cecil and jockey Johnny Murtagh. The four-year-old colt collapsed and died of a suspected heart attack after passing the line in a dramatic, and deeply sombre, renewal of the Group Two over a mile and a half. Lady Cecil said: ´I´m heartbroken, it was devastating, but at least it was quick and he wouldn´t have felt anything. I didn´t know what had happened until I came back. I thought everything was all right but it seemed all quiet
At least three people were killed and 10 others wounded in shootings in Chicago Friday, the first day of summer. At least two other people suffered gunshot wounds early today, for a total of three shot to death and 12 others wounded in shootings since Friday afternoon. About 8 p.m., four people were found shot in the 2900 block of North Kilpatrick Avenue. The man died later at Stroger Hospital and the three others were in critical condition, authorities said. In the 2800 block of North Spaulding Avenue a little after 8 p.m., two people were reported shot,
Think gasoline is expensive? It’s all relative. The cost of filling up the 39-gallon tank of a Chevrolet Suburban in Turkey is $389.22, while in the U.S. it’s $137. In Venezuela, it’s just $1.56. Bloomberg has surveyed 60 countries around the globe to see which drivers are paying the most to fill up their tanks and which are paying the least. You wouldn’t know it given the prominent position gas prices take in public discourse and political debate, but U.S. drivers fare well in the ranking of global gas prices, with a relatively low tax rate.
The Republican Party in the last month has taken a sharp turn to the right, confounding more moderate voices urging the party re-brand itself after last year’s election loss. A Tea Party rally outside the Capitol Thursday captured the defiant mood with the far right maligning the merely right. Talk-show host Glenn Beck called the GOP “the Whig party,” with John Boehner the head Whig for appearing open to compromise. There were cries of “learn English” when Florida Republican Mario Diaz-Balart spoke a few words of Spanish from the podium. Florida Senator Marco Rubio, once a Tea Party
WASHINGTON – The chances of a bipartisan immigration reform measure emerging from the House appear to be declining with each side faulting the other for failing to come up with a workable compromise. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) credited the Republican lawmakers he has been negotiating with, particularly Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), with trying to find a solution to the pressing problem of undocumented workers crossing the nation’s borders. Most House Republicans were “singing from a new and more harmonious hymnal” on immigration until last week, Gutierrez said. Then, he said, the GOP began pushing what Democratic proponents of
Out of the too-hilarious-for-a-joke file — and from the pro-life LifeNews.com — comes this delightful report on Chelsea Clinton’s thoughts on the difficult lives of our ancestors: From the stage at the recent Women Deliver conference, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea revealed that her much-admired maternal grandmother was the child of unwed teenage parents who “did not have access to services that are so crucial that Planned Parenthood helps provide.” Chelsea’s grandmother was born of an unintended pregnancy. Anyone would be tempted to go for the cheap gag here —
Toss him the ugly stick! A beagle/basset/boxer mix named Walle ran off with the top prize at Friday´s 25th annual World´s Ugliest Dog Contest, the marquee event at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. The 4-year-old dog´s unusually large head, hump back, and duck-like waddle – courtesy of extremely short legs – all helped him nab the coveted title, which includes $1,500 and a trophy. Did we mention he runs sideways? The dog´s owner, Tammie Barbee, a hairdresser from Chico, Calif., adopted the pooch four years ago from a friend whose dog had a litter of puppies –
In a major victory for murder suspect George Zimmerman, a judge today ruled that prosecutors may not put on the witness stand at his trial two state audio experts who say the voice heard screaming in the background of a 911 call was someone other than Zimmerman. The judge had heard three days of testimony about the science used by the state´s experts and ruled that it failed to meet Florida´s legal standard....Both witnesses are now banned from Zimmerman´s trial, which began two weeks ago with jury selection.
Right: die. Which brings to mind Mitch McConnell’s observation today: WASHINGTON—The Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, accused the Obama administration and its allies of undertaking a broad effort to push conservatives off the political playing field by trying to identify and harass their donors and force them into silence. (Snip) It’s about time the mastodons of the GOP finally realize what they’re up against, and what they have been up against for a very long time. For the Obama administration is not simply politics-as-usual, in which both sides of the aisle gather to welcome us —
SANFORD, Fla.-The judge in the murder trial of George Zimmerman said Friday that prosecution audio experts who point to Trayvon Martin as screaming on a 911 calls moments before he was killed won´t be allowed to testify at trial. Judge Debra Nelson´s written ruling was released Saturday. She had heard argument during a multiday hearing on whether to allow testimony from two prosecution experts. One expert ruled out Zimmerman as the screamer and another said it was Martin. A defense expert argued there was not enough audio to determine who the screams are coming from. Zimmerman´s attorneys also argued
It appears someone at Yahoo! News has opened one too many email messages from Orly Taitz. On Friday, the website actually published a piece claiming Kenya was Barack Obama´s country of birth: [E-Mail]- Someone eventually caught the error as there is now a correction: Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the president´s birthplace. President Barack Obama makes the first extended trip to Africa of his presidency next week—but he won´t be stopping in his ancestral homeland.
The Obama administration is suing Dollar General and a BMW facility in South Carolina for the alleged unfair use of criminal background checks for job applicants, months after warning companies about how such screenings can discriminate against African Americas. The suits were filed June 11 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which last year issued new guidelines that cautioned against rejecting minority applicants who have committed a crime and recommend businesses eliminate policies that “exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.” The suits have re-ignited concerns over such issues as potential
A collection of the funniest pub chalkboards spotted around the country has gone viral after being uploaded to the internet. On of the amusing chalkboard urges wives to leave their spouses at the ´husband creche´ so they can shop in peace. While another asks ´Is Everything OK?´ before offering a simple flow diagram to happiness... which involves nipping in for a drink as the only answer to the vexing dilemma. The comic chalkboards are among 50 of the best and funniest boards pictured outside pubs up and down the country. Among the list collected by website The Poke is
The news from Egypt is grim. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi made international headlines this week as he appointed Adel Al Khayat as governor of Luxor, an ancient Egyptian city that is key tourist destination. The problem with Mr. Khayat? He just happens to lead the “political” arm of a terrorist organization that massacred tourists in Luxor in 1997. The details of the attack are beyond grisly, with many of the dead disemboweled and notes “praising Islam” placed inside their mutilated bodies. And that’s not all. On Tuesday, the New York Times reported on the rise of