Washington - The United States and China agreed on Monday to expand military exchanges and exercises as part of efforts to build more stable ties, despite tensions over cyber security and East Asian territorial disputes. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan spelled out plans this year for senior American officers to visit China, counter-piracy drills in waters near Somalia and a humanitarian rescue exercise near Hawaii. Their talks at the Pentagon represent efforts by Washington and Beijing to find constructive ways
The White House was given advance notice of the British government’s plans to detain the partner of the Guardian reporter who has written a series of high-profile stories about U.S. surveillance practices, a spokesman said Monday. In the daily White House briefing, spokesman Josh Earnest declined to condemn the detainment and didn’t directly answer questions about whether U.S. officials expressed any concern to their British counterparts about the U.K.’s plans. “This was something we had an indication was likely to occur,” Mr. Earnest said. “But it’s not something we requested.” David Miranda, the partner of Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, was
Nigeria´s army said Monday that the leader of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, may have died following a gunshot wound from a clash with soldiers. Intelligence reports "available to the (military) revealed that Abubakar Shekau, the most dreaded and wanted Boko Haram terrorists leader, may have died," a statement said. "It is greatly believed that Shekau might have died between 25 July to 3 August 2013." According to the statement, Shekau, declared a "global terrorist" by the US government, was shot on June 30 during a clash with troops at a Boko Haram camp
As school begins in the coming weeks, parents of boys should ask themselves a question: Is my son really welcome? A flurry of incidents last spring suggests that the answer is no. In May, Christopher Marshall, age 7, was suspended from his Virginia school for picking up a pencil and using it to “shoot” a “bad guy” — his friend, who was also suspended. A few months earlier, Josh Welch, also 7, was sent home from his Maryland school for nibbling off the corners of a strawberry Pop-Tart to shape it into a gun. At about the same time, Colorado’s
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes today appointed a fee examiner to monitor legal fees in Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Rhodes named attorney Robert M. Fishman of the Chicago-based firm Shaw Fishman Glantz and Towbin to ensure the city’s legal fees and consulting bills don’t become exorbitant. Fishman will also be charged with making sure the fees are public information. In a sign of how expensive bankruptcies are, even the person responsible for preventing excessive fees will be well paid. Fishman’s typical hourly rate is $675. He’s discounting his hourly rate to $600 for Detroit.
There is no such thing as a free lunch ... or an all-expenses paid trip to Acapulco. That´s what "The Price Is Right" contestant Andrea Schwartz found out when she scored $33,000 worth of prizes, including a shiny red Mazda 2 compact car, a pool table, and a shuffle board table, on the popular television game show. Schwartz told Yahoo! Shine that contestants won´t quite know what hit them if they make it on to the show. "It´s a whirlwind, they shove you around, and then you are suddenly in the parking lot, saying, ´I just played Plinko.´" You may not
RUSH: This is Saturday. The White House YouTube channel, President Obama and the Saturday address. This is the old Saturday radio address that now goes out on YouTube, and in this address, Obama accuses Republicans of gumming up the works on Obamacare. Never mind that it is Obama blocking implementation of this plan more than anybody else. I mean, can we agree on that? It´s the regime that is blocking implementation. It´s the regime granting waivers. It´s the regime that is delaying all the mandates. And yet -- and this is right here, this is Limbaugh Theorem. This is Obama not
The Chicago Tribune has come out in favor of delaying and re-writing Obamacare, a program they refer to as a "monstrosity." Bottom line: Let´s delay and rewrite this ill-conceived law. Congress need not start from scratch. Lawmakers can build on what all of us have learned from three years of painful trial and error. Three years of attempting, but failing, to make this clumsy monstrosity work for the American people. The newspaper located in President Obama´s hometown of Chicago executes a blistering analysis of the law and how President Obama and Democrats in Congress are attempting to flout it:
RUSH: The New York Times continues to unload on the Clintons. It is as though I am editing the New York Times. Maureen Dowd just unloaded on Hillary yesterday. Today we have news that Vice President Bite Me is putting together his 2016 presidential campaign and that his team is revved up and ready to go and they feel good about their prospects. Now, we had that one story from the New York Times that ripped into the Clinton Library and Massage Parlor and the foundation, and I commented on that on this program. The observation I made, because I thought
Until recently, scanning the entire Internet, with its billions of unique addresses, was a slow and labor-intensive process. For example, in 2010 the Electronic Frontier Foundation conducted a scan to gather data on the use of encryption online. The process took two to three months. A team of researchers at the University of Michigan believed they could do better. A lot better. On Friday, at the Usenix security conference in Washington, they announced ZMap, a tool that allows an ordinary server to scan every address on the Internet in just 44 minutes. The EFF team used a tool called Nmap that sends
Authorities today announced the biggest gun bust in city history — an NYPD operation that took down two smuggling rings funneling illegal guns from the South for cheap resale on New York’s streets. Nineteen thugs were arrested and 254 firearms recovered. Those busted included two gun runners who oversaw the pair of loosely organized rings and sold their illicit goods through the same city dealer, officials said. One of the men, Walter Walker, used a rap studio at 1991 Atlantic Ave. in the Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn as his home base in the city. The undercover police operation had
No aspect of the bitter and enduring debate about Lyme disease—which I addressed in the magazine a few weeks ago—has been more contentious than the dispute over how many people actually become infected each year. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that thirty thousand Americans were diagnosed with Lyme disease, the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States. Today, it bumped the number a bit—to “around” three hundred thousand. The shocking difference is not as bizarre as it might seem. (Snip) If caught early, Lyme is easily treated
Julian Assange, who back when he roamed the earth freely used to do things like show up on the steps of St. Paul’s to protest the wrongs of capitalism, has now apparently placed his faith in the man who is arguably the capitalists’ single biggest lickspittle in Washington, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). In and of itself, this is only mildly interesting. But Assange’s admirers on the left are so seduced by his oppositionalist posture and his desire to stick it to the man (as long as the man is the government of the United States) that they seem willing to
Islamabad - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for better relations with India in a conciliatory gesture on national television on Monday after weeks of increased military activity along the two nations´ disputed border. Nawaz Sharif´s words may do little to placate Indian politicians furious over the August 6 deaths of five Indian soldiers (Snip) India accuses Pakistan of being behind the soldiers´ deaths and of sponsoring militant attacks across the Kashmir border as a way to increase pressure on India in Afghanistan ahead of the 2014 drawdown of NATO troops.
The muzzle flash of an automatic firearm flares just feet from the windscreen of a terrified motorist after he had the misfortune of driving into a shootout in broad daylight. The gunmen, one in a blue hoodie and another in a white hoodie, fire their automatic handguns no fewer than 15 times at the red car heading in the opposite direction, which swerves erratically to avoid the bullets. Just feet away, a passerby turns his head to see what all the commotion is about. Scroll down for video -In a sign gun crime has become an everyday occurrence on the
The generals are masters of Cairo and their footsoldiers are cannon fodder in the deserts of Sinai. Yesterday’s killing of 24 policemen near Egypt’s eastern frontier provides another vivid sign of how violence is taking hold across the Arab world’s most populous country. But this incident also strikes an echo of the first stirrings of civil war in another Arab nation where the army seized power at the expense of radical Islamists. Just over two decades ago, the ambush and murder of policemen signalled the onset of armed revolt in Algeria. Often, busloads of officers were waylaid by gunmen and
Britain was facing intense pressure on Monday to give a detailed explanation of the decision to detain the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald after the White House confirmed that it was given a "heads-up" before David Miranda was taken into custody for nine hours at Heathrow. As the UK´s anti-terror legislation watchdog called for a radical overhaul of the laws that allowed police to confiscate Miranda´s electronic equipment, the US distanced itself from the action by saying that British authorities took the decision to detain him. The detailed intervention by the White House
Johannesburg - In a case that has transfixed many in the sporting world and beyond, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became an international track star, was indicted Monday in a South African court on a charge of premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. Mr. Pistorius, who has been out on bail since February, will remain free until his trial, which was set for March 3. At the hearing Monday, the state prosecution released a copy of its lengthy indictment of Mr. Pistorius, outlining its case that he intentionally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp,
The military judge presiding over the case of the Fort Hood shooter has blocked several key pieces of evidence that prosecutors said would explain the mindset of the soldier accused in the 2009 rampage. On Monday it was revealed that the judge has banned prosecutors from giving any speculation into Major Nidal Hasan’s motive in the shooting that left 13 dead and 30 others wounded, including the belief that he felt he had a ‘jihad duty’ to carry out the attack. Prosecutors had asked the judge to approve several witnesses and various evidence to support what they allege motivated Hasan
With Barack Obama safely re-elected and ObamaCare´s main provisions coming into effect, some supporters are striking a triumphal note. Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman, for instance, is assuring his readers that Americans will greet ObamaCare with flowers: Moreover, all the early indications are that the law will, in fact, give millions of Americans who currently lack access to health insurance the coverage they need, while giving millions more a big break in their health care costs. And because so many people will see clear benefits, health reform will prove irreversible. This achievement will represent a huge defeat for the conservative agenda of
Caroline Kennedy has been forced to reveal her net worth by submitting financial statements in order to be considered as the next American ambassador to Japan, and it is believed she may be worth up to $500million. The former first daughter´s wealth has been a closely-guarded secret for decades, but now that President Obama has nominated her to represent the United States abroad, she has to list the sources of her massive income. ´She’s very rich, probably worth between $250million and $500million,´ said one legal expert who had seen the financial disclosure forms.
WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in July and fewer states added jobs, echoing national data that show the job market may have lost some momentum. The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates increased in 28 states. They were unchanged in 14 and fell in eight states — the fewest to show a decline since January. (Snip) Steve Cochrane, an economist at Moody’s Analytics, says southern and western states have seen steady growth in manufacturing jobs. And the South is also benefiting from lower taxes and cheaper labor. ‘‘Some of the old, long-standing
Budget cuts mandated by sequestration have eliminated Head Start services for more than 57,000 children nationwide, according to new data released by the federal government. The automatic, across-the-board budget cuts have also resulted in pay cuts or layoffs for at least 18,000 employees of Head Start, which provides education, nutrition, and health services for children aged 5 and under. Overall, Head Start will provide 1.3 million fewer days of service nationwide because of the cuts, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, which operates the program.
New Delhi - A high-speed train plowed into a crowd of Hindu pilgrims who were crossing the tracks at a remote station in east India on Monday, killing dozens of people and leaving a scene of carnage. (Snip) The crowd remained so furious that hours passed before firefighters and rescue workers were able to approach the site of the accident, officials said. A train sent to help the wounded was forced to halt on the tracks a mile away. The disaster stood out even in a season of terrible accidents. The station was a remote one — inaccessible by road — and the high-speed Rayja Rani Express typically barrels through
Michelle Obama is on the cover of this week´s Parade magazine. The profile by Maggie Murphy and Lynn Sherr was hard-hitting: "Posing in the formal Green Room, she appears both relaxed and invigorated, embracing the undefined (and undefinable) roles of Spouse in Chief, Role Model in Chief, and Mom in Chief. But it´s the last one that makes the first lady shine brightest of all. Put her in a room with kids—whether her own or the nation´s—and she glows." Tell me more! Fighting against childhood obesity is a worthy cause and the first lady deserves some credit for taking on this
The millions of Egyptians, Muslim and Christian, who took to the street in peaceful protest over a month ago understood well the consequences of crossing the Muslim Brotherhood. “So much violence, so many innocent people killed,” says Mina Thabet, an Egyptian human-rights activist who lives in Cairo. “The [Mohamed] Morsi supporters are armed and killing people in the streets. They are targeting Copts. But if the Muslim Brotherhood had remained in power, we would have the same violence and much more because he would use the institutions of the country, the army and the police, against us.” The Muslim Brotherhood is