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School forced to close after
infestation of mites living in
£6m grass eco-roof bite children
Daily Mail [UK], by James Tozer    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 9/22/2013 11:56:45 PM     Post Reply
Pupils were sent home after a school was closed by an infestation of mites blamed on a £6million eco-roof project. Children complained of bites and itches as a result of the pests which spread through Walney School in Barrow-in-Furness from roof vents on the new classroom block. The 700-pupil Cumbria secondary school closed early on Friday for a full-scale fumigation while experts attempt to identify the exact cause of the infestation of harvest mites. But chairman of governors Dennis Laird said: ‘The fact is the school never had problems with mites when it all had a

27 yo KC man named as suspect
in Kenya mall attack
WDAF-TV [Kansas City, MO], by Gia Vang    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/22/2013 11:45:26 PM     Post Reply
Kansas City, Kan. – On Saturday chaos ensued at an upscale mall in Kenya when members of Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia, took over and opened gunfire. (Snip) CNN has reported that one of the attackers is from the Kansas City area. “We don’t know where that person and how a young boy lived here or any person lived here would do such horrible action,” Yusef Abdi, the president of the Somali Bantu Foundation of Kansas Center, said. CNN said Al-Shabaad, the group claiming responsibility for the attack tweeted the name 27-year-old Gen Mustafe Noorudiin from Kansas

The new MSNBC.com: It’s ‘what
progressives have been waiting for’
Washington Times (D.C), by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/22/2013 11:29:02 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC has revamped its website, billing itself as “what progressives have been waiting for.” When visiting MSNBC.com, guests are now prompted to choose between NBC News, “for breaking news and reporting,” on the left side of the screen, and MSNBC, “what progressives have been waiting for,” on the right side. “Want a sneak-peek at the new MSNBC.com?” the prompt asks. After clicking “Let’s go,” visitors are offered the opportunity to register their email address to be notified when the new site is launched and “Join in the conversation with the progressive community.” According to The Daily Caller, NBC News announced last year

  


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Terror raid ´led by white
widow´: Gang mastermind in
veil barked orders at gunmen
in mall massacre that left
three Britons dead
Daily Mail [UK], by Rebecca Evans & Paul Bentley    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/22/2013 10:52:35 PM     Post Reply
The terror attack on a Kenyan shopping centre that has left 68 dead was being led by the white English widow of a 7/7 bomber, it was claimed last night. Soldiers said a white woman wearing a veil was shouting orders to gunmen in Arabic during the bloody massacre inside the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. Islamist terror group Al Shabaab claimed it carried out the atrocity in which three Britons were killed and 175 people were left injured. It said last night on Twitter that Samantha Lewthwaite, the ‘white widow’ of London 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, was ‘in their

5 Dead, 18 Wounded as Chicago
Violence Rages On
NBC 5 [Chicago IL], by Alexandria Fisher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/22/2013 10:51:13 PM     Post Reply
At least 23 people have been shot, five of them fatally, in Chicago since Friday, police said. The weekend violence began just one day after 13 people were injured in a Chicago park. The victims from Thursday´s shooting included 10 males and three females, including 3-year-old Deonta Howard -- known as "Tay-man" -- who was shot in the jaw and listed in critical condition. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said an assault style rifle with a high capacity magazine was used in the park shooting. McCarthy added that based on witness interviews, the attack appears to be gang-related, as several

Social-change group has one
simple CREDO - get Donald Trump off NBC
New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/22/2013 10:45:50 PM     Post Reply
Donald Trump has a media watchdog group on his back — and thousands of haters are hoping he’ll be the next one to hear his trademark phrase “You’re fired.” Some 53,000 activists, and counting, from the social change group CREDO have signed a petition urging NBC to can the Donald and cancel “Celebrity Apprentice” due to allegations that Trump’s for-profit “university” is a sham. Trump is already taking heat from Attorney General Eric ­Schneiderman, who slapped the real estate mogul with a $40 million lawsuit last month for allegedly defrauding more than 5,000 people nationwide through Trump University. The school offers

Kenya mall attack: Military
says most hostages freed,
death toll at 68
CNN, by *Faith Karimi    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 9/22/2013 9:39:37 PM     Post Reply
Nairobi, Kenya -- Authorities in Kenya appeared close to ending a deadly siege early Monday at an upscale Nairobi mall, where attackers have killed at least 68 people, injured 175, and were believed to be holding about 30 people hostage. "All efforts are underway to bring this matter to a speedy conclusion," the Kenyan military announced on Twitter. It said that "most of the hostages have been rescued and security forces have taken control of most parts of the building." Earlier, police had tweeted that a "MAJOR assault" by security forces was ongoing. The developments come some two days after

  


  

Americans abroad
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 9/22/2013 9:33:42 PM     Post Reply
NBC News says that the FBI is investigating “whether as many as five Americans were among the small team of terrorists who took over a Kenyan mall and launched a bloodbath that has left at least 68 dead and 175 injured over two days of carnage.” (Snip) If it turns out that some of the others are from the US it suggests that multiculturalism, as understood by the Left, has been a complete and utter failure. Barack Obama demonstrated his comprehensive misunderstanding of multiculturalism in the book Audacity of Hope when he wrote: "In the wake of 9/11, my meetings

German election triumph for ´Merkelism´
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/22/2013 9:27:41 PM     Post Reply
A stunning election triumph has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the apex of her power, humiliated foes and old allies alike, and rung in what one newspaper dubbed "the era of Merkelism". The strongest conservative poll result in two decades was a thundering popular endorsement for the leader who is dubbed "Mummy" at home and often called the world´s most powerful woman. It followed a heavily personality-based campaign that focused on Merkel´s calm and prudent captaincy through the storms of the eurozone crisis, in which Germany´s economy came out unscathed

Citing shootings, Obama says
must ´go back at´ gun-control push
Reuters, by Jeff Mason    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 9/22/2013 8:28:58 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama urged supporters on Saturday to "go back at it" and pursue gun-control measures after mass shootings in Washington and Chicago in the past week put the spotlight back onto the problem of gun violence in the United States. Obama made passing tough gun laws a top priority after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December, stunning the nation. But Congress rejected his proposals to restrict sales of certain types of guns and require greater background checks. Gun-rights groups opposed the measures, saying they would infringe

Analysis: Nairobi attack may
trigger tighter security at
malls worldwide
Reuters, by Ilaina Jonas & Mark Hosenball*    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/22/2013 8:07:01 PM     Post Reply
The deadly attack on a high-end Nairobi shopping mall on Saturday put the safety of malls around the world into the spotlight and could trigger moves to improve security and make it more visible. "They´re obviously going to ramp up security," said Malachy Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers, a U.S.-based trade group of mall and shopping center owners, adding that he expected the U.S. government´s Department of Homeland Security to reach out to the heads of corporate security for all American malls following the events in Kenya. Some of the changes that may be made

  


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Terror Group That Claimed
Kenya Attack Has Recruited
Americans Before
ABC News, by Brian Ross & James Gordon Meek *    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 9/22/2013 7:58:28 PM     Post Reply
The same group that claimed responsibility for an attack on a Kenyan mall this weekend that has claimed at least 68 lives has previously recruited dozens of Americans to join their cause. U.S. officials estimate that as many as 50 Americans have traveled to training camps in Somalia, the home of the al Qaeda-linked terror group al-Shabaab, over the last six years. Just last month, al-Shabaab released a video showing three young men claiming to be from Minneapolis who the terror group said later died as martyrs. "This is the best place to be honestly," one of the men says.

Mitch McConnell´s Campaign
Manager: We Had Nothing to Do
with Ted Cruz Oppo Shopping
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2013 6:55:43 PM     Post Reply
Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign, told Breitbart News on Sunday that “of course not,” neither McConnell, nor anyone on his Senate staff or campaign staff, shopped any opposition research on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to any members of the media, including Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. “Senator Cruz is a friend and valued member of the Republican caucus,” Benton added in an email. On Sunday morning, Wallace announced that “top” GOP establishment figures were shopping opposition research on Cruz. “I will tell you I have never in my time in Washington

Pelosi: Hillary Clinton more ready
for WH than husband or Obama was
CNN, by Ashley Killough    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 9/22/2013 6:45:12 PM     Post Reply
Washington - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi continued to offer effusive praise for Hillary Clinton, saying the former secretary of state would be one of the best-prepared incoming presidents if she decided to run in 2016. "If she does, she will win and when she becomes president, she´ll be one of the best-equipped, best-prepared people to enter the White House in a very long time," Pelosi said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN´s "State of the Union." Noting Clinton´s experience as secretary of state, as a U.S. senator from New York and as a first lady, Pelosi said Clinton would

Kenya Terror Attack:
´Most Hostages Rescued´
Sky News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/22/2013 6:37:32 PM     Post Reply
A major assault is ongoing against Al Shabaab gunmen in Nairobi, but most hostages have been freed, say the Kenyan Defence Force. Up to 15 terrorists are understood to still be inside the Watergate shopping centre but according to Kenyan officials the army has taken control of most of the complex. Kenyan military spokesman Colonel Cyrus Oguna told Sky News: "We cannot reveal the numbers of gunmen we suspect are there but we estimate the operation will end very soon. "We do not negotiate with terrorists and that position has not changed. Everyone who has been rescued is being checked

  


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Sarah Palin takes shot at Chris Wallace
over anonymous Ted Cruz attacks
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 9/22/2013 6:33:43 PM     Post Reply
Angry Republicans — not Democrats — sent Fox News opposition research on Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz before his appearance on a broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” according to host Chris Wallace. During his “Power Panel” segment, Wallace told Karl Rove he received unsolicited ammo to use against Cruz before his interview. “This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington,” Wallace said. “As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats, but from top Republicans to hammer Cruz. Why are Republicans so angry at Ted

Obama blames NRA for gun violence
Washington Times, by Emily Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 9/22/2013 6:32:18 PM     Post Reply
Once again, President Obama is exploiting the tragic deaths from a mass shooting to push his political agenda to control guns. This time, he escalates the rhetoric by blaming Second Amendment advocates for criminals’ acts. After spending the day on the golf course Saturday, Mr. Obama spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner about his priorities Referring to Monday’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, along with the mass murders in Newtown and Aurora in 2012, Tucson in 2011 and shootings in Chicago, he said: “As long as there are those who fight to make it as easy as possible

Britons caught in ´callous, cowardly
and brutal´ Kenyan terror attack
Daily Express [UK], by Cyrus Engineer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/22/2013 6:28:08 PM     Post Reply
Britons caught in ´callous, cowardly and brutal´ Kenyan terror attack which left at least 30 people dead, Foreign Secretary William Hague said tonight.The Foreign Secretary said "we should be ready for that and aware of that" as he revealed a rapid deployment team is being sent to Kenya to help following the horrific attack at an upmarket shopping centre in the capital. Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the brutal assault in which men armed with guns and grenades stormed the mall and targeted non-Muslims. Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken to the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta,

7/7 widow on the run is at the
heart of terror group behind
Kenya shopping centre attack
Daily Express [UK], by Dion Dassanayake    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/22/2013 6:22:47 PM     Post Reply
The widow of a terrorist involved in the 7/7 bombings in London is at the heart of the group linked to the gun attack on a Kenyan shopping mall that killed three Britons. Samantha Lewthwaite, 29, who is nicknamed ´The White Widow´ is the world´s most wanted woman after plotting to bomb the Kenyan city of Mombasa. Since going on the run two years ago Lewthwaite has risen to a senior level in the Al Shabaab terror group who claimed responsibility for the Nairobi attack. [Snip] Lewthwaite is the widow of King’s Cross bomber Jermaine Lindsay. 52 people were killed

Hillary Clinton gives first
post-State Department interview
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 9/22/2013 6:17:27 PM     Post Reply
In her first major interview since leaving the State Department, Hillary Clinton highlighted the experience she gained working in the administration and positioned herself as an independent thinker as she mulls a 2016 bid. “I’ve had a unique, close, and personal front-row seat,” she told New York Magazine, in a story posted on Sunday. “And I think these last four years have certainly deepened and broadened my understanding of the challenges and opportunities that we face in the world today.” The interview comes as speculation continues to swirl around Clinton and her future ambitions. “I do” think about running for president, she told

  



Woah, now: New Aussie PM dissolves
climate change committee,
freezes renewables funding
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2013 6:09:24 PM     Post Reply
It simply isn’t fashionable these days for any self-importantly “forward-thinking” democratic bureaucracy to be without some sort of designated climate change agency or committee to come up with exciting new ways the country can divert its revenues and resources toward so-called green projects. (“Forward thinking” got the quotation-marks treatment because it is truly miraculous how often these usually progressive-leaning governments love to think ahead on climate change, but not so much on debts and deficits.) Earlier this month, however — amid higher taxes, a slowing economy, and a wildly unpopular tax on carbon emissions — the Australian national election yielded

A Minnesota connection
to the Nairobi attack?
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2013 6:04:32 PM     Post Reply
Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the United States, numbering at least 32,000. If it takes a village, we have a couple. Yet we know amazingly little about the Somali community, probably because we are afraid to ask the relevant questions. We know they are mostly Muslim — we can see the hijabs, we are familiar with the many local controversies to which their faith has given rise over the past 10 years — but are they loyal residents or citizens of the United States? In the conflict between the United States and the Islamist forces with

Nairobi shopping mall attack:
a new source of terror
Telegraph [UK], by Colin Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 9/22/2013 6:01:06 PM     Post Reply
Among the raft of al-Qaeda groups that sprung up round the world after 9/11, the Somali branch of the franchise was not one of the more promising start-ups. [Snip] High though the casualty figures were, the real sense of shock was conveyed by the way it was relayed in real time through digital media. Not only did fleeing shoppers take mobile phone footage of dead bodies and terrified mothers clutching their children, there was a gleeful running commentary from al-Shabaab’s Twitter feed, a 21st-century mouthpiece spitting 8th-century religious venom. “The Mujahideen entered Westgate mall today at around noon and are

Israel reportedly helping Kenya
in shopping mall siege
Los Angeles Times, by Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/22/2013 5:26:33 PM     Post Reply
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Israeli advisors were reported to be helping Kenya´s government try to free hostages held by terrorist gunmen in an upscale shopping mall, after an attack that killed at least 59 people and wounded 175, but President Uhuru Kenyatta said the rescue attempt remained a domestic operation. "For the time being, this remains an operation of the Kenyan security agencies. I thank all our international friends who have reached out to us and stood with us," Kenyatta said. Kenyan and Israeli sources told news agencies Israelis were involved in the siege as it entered its second day, with

Bill Clinton gives GOP credit,
saying it can ´fill´ atmosphere
with static
The Hill (Washington DC), by Kevin Bogardus    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/22/2013 4:51:01 PM     Post Reply
Former President Bill Clinton gave credit on Sunday to Republicans while Washington is locked in another budget crisis. Speaking on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” Clinton said he wasn’t worried about the future of the Democratic Party. But he said the GOP deserved kudos for their approach to politics. “We´ve got a lot of good people in the party. We´ve got a lot of good ideas. But I think you´ve got to give it to the Republicans: They have a much more reliable media base and they just say ‘no,’” Clinton said. “They know what they want. They want power to

Ted Cruz: Harry Reid ´abusing
his power´ by asking for majority
vote on Obamacare
Washington Examiner (DC), by Tim Mak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/22/2013 4:44:13 PM     Post Reply
As Congress hurtles towards a government shutdown, Sen. Ted Cruz warned his Senate colleagues that voting to take up a House bill funding government but not Obamacare would actually enable Obamacare´s funding. Last week, the House passed legislation that would fund government but defund Obamacare. But Cruz is concerned that taking up the House bill and ending debate on it would allow Senate Democrats to pass an amendment reinserting Obamacare funding with a smaller, 50-vote threshold. "A vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare," Cruz, R-Texas, said on "Fox News Sunday." Cloture is a technical term for ending debate on

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