Residents across the state can practice their “drop, cover and hold on” moves Thursday when South Carolina takes part in the Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. The event is part of Earthquake Awareness Week, which Gov. Nikki Haley proclaimed for the week of Oct. 13-19 in South Carolina. The Charleston Fire Department is urging people to join in. More than 238,000 people in South Carolina have registered for the Great Southeast ShakeOut. [Snip] To date, 11 earthquakes have been confirmed in South Carolina this year. Our state experiences approximately 10 to 20 earthquakes a year, according to
Rielle Hunter says she’s sorry for her “wrong, selfish behavior,” offering a public apology for actions that led to the political downfall of former Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) — on the same day her new book is being released. In a Tuesday op-ed for The Huffington Post, Hunter — who famously had an affair with Edwards during his 2008 White House bid and gave birth to his now-5-year-old daughter — writes, “I behaved badly. That may seem obvious to you but it´s taken me a long time to admit that, even to myself.” Hunter, 49, explains, “For
Not a single citizen of the state of Alaska have signed up for the Obamacare exchange. The Associated Press reports that Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, has written a letter to Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the problems with the health insurance exchanges set up by the federal government: "This system that cost more than $400 million, took three years to build, and was billed as a one-stop shop for individuals seeking health insurance is not working as advertised," Murkowski wrote. "In its first two weeks of operation, I am told that no one was able to
Lagos - Nigeria accused Liechtenstein of using legal challenges as a pretext to cling on to 185 million euros stolen by former military dictator Sani Abacha who died 14 years ago. Nigeria has been fighting to recover the money for years, but companies linked to the Abacha family keep going to court to prevent the funds being repatriated, Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said. A Liechtenstein government spokesman said the country was making efforts to return the money but a complaint in the European Court of Human Rights brought by companies affected was still pending. "We feel that the Liechtenstein people
A report by a private foundation on how the Obamacare website was designed reveals that cronyism and sheer incompetence is at fault for the spectacular failures of the rollout. InfoWorld summed it up: "It was built by people who are apparently far more familiar with government cronyism than they are with IT." "All but one of of the 47 contractors who won contracts to carry out work on the Affordable Care Act worked for the government prior to its passage," the report reads.
An investigation is underway after another dry ice bomb exploded at Los Angeles International Airport last night, this time near a plane, bringing the total up to four since Sunday. All of the bombs were found in restricted areas which are accessible to employees only, police said. On Monday at 8.30pm, an explosion went off near the gate 148 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and after searching the area, investigators found two more similar devices. It was the second in as many days after a small blast went off in an airport bathroom which is again off-limits to passengers.
This is the extraordinary moment that Hillary Clinton´s security staff got into an argument with a traffic warden after he issued her car with a parking ticket. The Westminster City Council warden put an £80 penalty notice on the former US secretary of state’s silver Mercedes vehicle in Central London while she was attending an event at Chatham House. The row was caught on camera on Saturday by photographer Greg Brennan, who said five of her guards were waiting inside a Mercedes van next to her car at the time because it was raining. She had earlier arrived in a
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will face state charges this morning of false imprisonment and battery. According to San Diego Superior Court, the former mayor faces a felony charge of false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit and and two misdemeanor counts of battery. The charges involve three unnamed women victims. The court says a hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in the presiding department in the downtown central court, for Filner to face the charges. U-T Watchdog reported earlier this month that a criminal grand jury had been empaneled to hear evidence of possible criminal charges
The video above has gone viral, and for good reason. It´s footage of Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland protesting a rules change that made it impossible for an ordinary representative to force a vote on a bill to end the shutdown. It might seem like an obscure debate about parliamentary procedure but it actually goes right to the heart of the politics of the shutdown: the House Republican leadership has done their best to turn this into an epic battle between them and the President--and, in political terms, the President is winning. Normally any representative could force a
Former President Bill Clinton is weighing in on the government shutdown, saying the problem is that “constant conflict” can be a big advantage for politicians at the ballot box. “Constant conflict is actually often good politics, because the more you can inflame your supporters the more likely they are to show up at Election Day,” Clinton said on Monday, according to CNN. “And if they’re more inflamed than the other side, even if the other side has more people agreeing with it, you’ll win because your crowd will show up.” Clinton was the keynote speaker Monday at the National Community
OCTOBER 15--In a new court filing, lawyers for two men suing Arianna Huffington for allegedly denying them credit and cash for their role in the founding of The Huffington Post have made public an internal document detailing exactly what Huffington pocketed following the site’s $315 million purchase by AOL. Marked “Confidential” and “Attorney’s Eyes Only,” the February 2011 memo was prepared for AOL board members by Tim Armstrong, the company’s chief executive, and Artie Minson, the firm’s former chief operating officer. Armstrong is pictured at right with Huffington. OCTOBER 15--In a new court filing, lawyers for two men suing Arianna Huffington
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s warning today that the world risks making a "historic mistake" if it backs away from confronting Iran over its nuclear programme needs to be taken seriously. As the West´s pathetic handling of the recent Syrian crisis has graphically demonstrated, so long as the non-confrontational President Barack Obama remains in power at the White House, there is absolutely no prospect of the US and its allies holding their enemies to account for gross violations of international law. And with this new spirit of appeasement taking root in many of the world´s other major capitals, Mr
Rising charter school enrollments may hurt credit ratings at public education systems in poor U.S. cities, according to a Moody’s Investors Service report. Cleveland, Detroit, Washington, St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, where more than one in five students are enrolled in charter schools, have already seen significant movement from public grade schools and high schools, according to a statement today from Moody’s. Nationwide, about one in 20 students are signed up at charter schools, the report said. Charter schools have thrived in some older cities where shrinking tax revenues have hurt services, including education, according to the report by
The 50th anniversary of President Kennedy´s assassination has occasioned a glut of new non-fiction. At the bookstore yesterday, I counted a dozen new titles, and we´re still a month out. JFK books sell, so much so that respectable publishing houses are quite content to market ludicrous conspiracy theories. The lingering specter of a grand plot to kill the president is one reason why the assassination continues to haunt the public memory. The enigmatic nature of JFK was another. How can a man who produced so much primary source material for historians, including private diary recordings, hundreds of interviews, and several of
So much for the hot rhetoric from Beijing questioning the creditworthiness of US debt and consigning the US dollar to the dustbin of history. The latest data shows that China´s foreign reserves soared by $163bn in the third quarter to $3.66 trillion, one of the biggest jumps ever. Mark Williams and Qinwei Wang from Capital Economic called the rise "astonishing". They estimate that China´s central bank must have bought $70bn of foreign bonds last month in a frantic bid to hold down the currency. We won´t know for a while where the money went, but a big chunk must have
Was President Barack Obama aiming for a tech company well-versed in designing websites for a single-payer health system when he awarded the now glitch-riddled healthcare.gov contract to Canadian CGI? Behind all the glitches, and at the heart of the utterly stalled healthcare.gov, that’s exactly what CGI is: the Canadian tech firm—Canada’s largest—that has provided to Canada’s single-payer health system. Is that the dirty little secret hidden behind the public embarrassment that even after spending $93.7 million—a figure expected to double to correct—the Obama administration can’t get healthcare.gov up and running?
With fewer than 48 hours to go before the Oct. 17 deadline to increase the nation’s borrowing limit, neither the House and Senate, nor Republicans and Democrats, can coalesce behind one proposal aimed at staving off potential default. Early Tuesday, the House said it would move its own version of a bill which includes repealing an exemption of the Affordable Care Act for Congressional members, their staffs, the president and vice president. The proposal also provides a two-year suspension of the medical device tax...
House Republicans will vote Tuesday on a more conservative version of the Senate fiscal deal that would include a delay of Obamacare´s medical device tax and scrapping of subsidies for members of Congress and top Cabinet officials, lawmakers and aides said. The bill would modify an emerging Senate plan crafted by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), but retain that deal´s extension of the debt ceiling through Feb. 7. (Snip) The bill would also eliminate a provision granted to unions in the Senate bill that would delay a tax on reinsurance that labor says would
My recent post titled "America needing a white Republican president" has brought out the raving Leftist lunatics. Despite the fact that I´m black, most Leftists are calling me a racist.(snip)The gist of the article is that if America had a white Republican president, everybody would be free to criticize him without fear of being called a racist. I go on to make the point that disagreeing with a white president should have the same implications of disagreeing with Obama. Apparently not. God forbid Obama should have to actually deal with life all by himself. White Republican presidents needed no such
Former congressman Joe Scarborough said Tuesday that if Sen. Ted Cruz and top House conservatives wanted to hold a secret meeting, the Tortilla Coast restaurant mere steps from House Office buildings was not the place to do it. Mr. Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was responding to a Roll Call report that said the Texas Republican, who has been blamed for precipitating the government shutdown through his demands to defund Obamacare, met for two hours with 15 to 20 House Republicans late Monday. The publication said the group appeared to be strategizing over the best way to respond
Exactly how bad are things on the federal health-care exchanges? The working assumption among most journalists, including me, is that they would be fixed in a few weeks -- that is, by the end of this week. But yesterday’s New York Times brought a deeply reported piece from Robert Pear, Sharon LaFraniere and Ian Austen. There is too much information in the piece for an excerpt to do it justice, so I’ll summarize, with some editorial comments -- but you should read the whole thing to get the full flavor -- One person familiar with the project says it’s only
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — One year after Johnathan Kent kicked his principal and school "went all bad," the 8-year-old was recognized at a recent assembly as the "Star of the Month" for being polite and helping out his teachers. The third-grader´s explanation for the turnaround: "I´m not doing what I did last year." The nearly 1,500 mostly elementary schools using the program — called "The Leader in Me" — teach principles from the book, including "think win-win," ´´seek first to understand, then to be understood" and "synergize." Teachers, for example, might ask students how historical figures like George Washington might
Think you’re exempt from Obamacare’s individual mandate? Good luck proving it. The health law’s least popular component — the requirement to obtain insurance or face a tax penalty — also features a lengthy list of exceptions for people facing certain hardships like foreclosure, domestic violence or homelessness. Members of certain religious sects or Native American tribes also are exempt. (Snip) The Obama administration estimates that as many as 12 million people will seek exemptions through the federal enrollment system. But if they try now through HealthCare.gov, a customer service representative will tell them that applications aren’t available.
Many Americans shopping for better health insurance deals promised by the two-week-old Obamacare system are instead being slapped with rate shock, including savings-sapping deductibles and co-pays, according to multiple reports from around the country. For some able to get the problem-plagued Obamacare website to work, the so-called “deals” the system is coughing up around the country include $12,600 deductibles, co-pays of up to 40 percent, zero competition, and rate hikes of 260 percent. The huge cost increases that some Obamacare applicants are seeing are feeding the effort in Congress to change the system and delay implementation until January 2014. "This is why we´ve