SPARKS — 10:17 a.m. update: Helen Denkel, a San Francisco-based spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said at 10:10 a.m. “ATF is not involved at this time.” The shooting was reported at 7:15 a.m. The Reno Gazette-Journal has reported extensively on the fact that the Reno ATF office has been understaffed since 2011 because of a rift with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Reno. 9:50 a.m. update: Kyle Nucum, 13, said he witnessed another student shoot his teacher at Sparks Middle School Monday morning. Nucum said his teacher saw the student with a gun and ran
FOR 14 long hours over the weekend, Tony Abbott was just one of 1392 anonymous, sooty-faced firefighters battling to keep the relentless NSW bushfires at bay. His favoured white-shirt-blue-tie combo was swapped for yellow overalls as Australia´s 28th prime minister joined his Davidson RFS brigade on a back-burning operation in Bilpin, near the Blue Mountains, for a night shift that began at 6pm Saturday and finished at 8am yesterday. If not for a couple of photos circulating on Twitter, it´s a fair chance that Mr Abbott´s weekend exploits would have gone unnoticed. His office did not issue a statement until
As Americans become more and more perturbed over the Obamacare exchange website glitches that have crippled the rollout of President Obama’s signature program, President Obama took to the podium on Monday and suggested that Americans apply in person or via phone for enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges. “Nobody is madder than me about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should, which means it’s going to get fixed,” Obama said. He then recommended a toll-free phone number to call. There was only one problem: the Obamcare toll-free phone number was overloaded and immediately crashed. According to
President Obama´s long-winded speech in defense of his health care reform nearly put one audience member to sleep, with a guest standing directly behind the President almost fainting as he continued to drone on for nearly 30 minutes. A young woman, who appeared to be pregnant, dressed in a bright red frock stood at attention behind the President during his Rose Garden remarks, smiling brightly during much of the address. But Obama´s verbosity got the best of her — and she nearly toppled over, seemingly a result of the bright D.C. sun. She began to appear lightheaded, blinking several times
Forced labor is a reality, and you might be using products made by workers who had no choice in the matter. The first edition of Global Slavery Index from the Walk Free Foundation, an anti-slavery NGO, estimates that there are 30 million slaves in the world—and more than half of them are in prominent emerging markets like India, China, and Russia. Modern slavery, as the index defines it, includes all kinds of forced labor, ranging from hereditary bondage in Mauritania, which has the largest slave population per capita in the world, to forced sexual exploitation, including the arranged marriage of
President Barack Obama averaged a 44.5% job approval rating during his 19th quarter in office, a decline of more than three percentage points from his 18th quarter. That is one of the largest quarter-to-quarter declines of his presidency, behind a nine-point drop in his third quarter and a six-point drop in his 11th quarter.The 19th quarter, which ran from July 20-Oct. 19, is now the third in a row in which Obama´s job approval rating has declined. The current slump followed five consecutive quarters -- the 12th through the 16th -- of higher job approval.
BEIJING - Choking smog all but shut down one of northeastern China´s largest cities on Monday, forcing schools to suspended classes, snarling traffic and closing the airport, in the country´s first major air pollution crisis of the winter. An index measuring PM2.5, or particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5), reached a reading of 1,000 in some parts of Harbin, the gritty capital of northeastern Heilongjiang province and home to some 11 million people. A level above 300 is considered hazardous, while the World Health Organisation recommends a daily level of no more than 20. The smog not
Italy’s tax collection agency says it has formally notified Diego Maradona that it will begin procedures to freeze his assets in Italy to pay off his tax debt of 39 million Euros or 53 million dollars. Equitalia confirmed news reports saying its agents had served Maradona with the notification in his Milan hotel room, and that he signed the documentation. The Argentine great was in Italy to promote a video series on his life and watch his old club Napoli play Roma. Maradona’s Italian debts stem from alleged unpaid taxes during the time he played for Napoli from 1984-91, when he
CBS News Political Director John Dickerson told the hosts of CBS This Morning on Monday that President Barack Obama’s administration could be heading toward a “credibility death spiral” if the problems associated with the Affordable Care Act persist. Norah O’Donnell previewed Obama’s speech on Monday when he is expected to address the ACA’s “glitches.” She asked why the president was shifting tone from being dismissive of the problems in the health care reform law to displaying concern about them.
Speaking at the White House about Obamacare, President Obama tied the rollout of his signature legislation to the government shutdown: "About three weeks ago, as the federal government shutdown, and the Affordable Care Act´s health insurance marketplaces opened up across the country," said Obama. "Well, we´ve now gotten the government back open for the American people and today I want to talk about how were going to get the marketplaces running at full steam as well."
Speaking from the White House Rose Garden on Monday morning, President Obama addressed the website glitches and delays that have plagued the initial rollout of the Affordable Care Act, declaring the “product” to be good and reminding his audience that the healthcare law is “not just a website.” Since its October 1 rollout, the online registry for the Obamacare health exchange has been beset by website glitches, long wait times, and clunky programming. “You probably heard the new website where people can apply for health insurance and browse and buy affordable plans in most states hasn’t worked as smoothly as
The post Seventy Two Hours hinted at an unrecognized consequence of the growing welfare state: the fragility occasioned by the emergence of a single point of failure — the state. It described how the Food Stamp system almost stopped during the government shutdown and how some of those dependent on the program might have had literally nothing to eat unless someone switched the music back on. (Snip) He observes that mass transit was mandated as a way of life by the planners in order to end the population’s dependence on the automobile. What the planners didn’t say (or didn’t tell
Consumer Reports, which publishes reviews of consumer products and services, advised its readers to avoid the federal healthcare exchange “for at least another month if you can.” “Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they’ve made,” the magazine said, having tested the site themselves over the course of the past three weeks. Noting that only 271,000 of the 9.47 million people who tried signing up in the first week managed to create an account, Consumer Reports then provided a few tips to those attempting to slog through the application process. From attempting successive
Over the weekend, the Department of Health and Human Services posted an apology/action plan on the Affordable Care Act. "Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve HealthCare.gov," they promised. Right. So, two things on that. The first, as Matt Yglesias notes, is that "The Best and the Brightest is about how a bunch of smart guys blundered the country into the Vietnam War. This is not the reference you want to make when launching your ambitious initiative." Pedantry aside, the line
If there was a hamburger chain called "Republican´s" it couldn´t compete in the marketplace, and would soon have to close its doors. While brand marketing is a big part of keeping companies like McDonald´s, Wendy´s, and Burger King at the top of the fast-food burger industry, it´s paramount that the actual product itself deliver consistent quality. One false step in the kitchen can bring down an industry giant. Jack-in-the-Box found this out the hard way when hundreds of its patrons got sick and some even died from E. coli tainted food back in 1993. But the one thing that resurrected their
The attorney general gazed out across the Bosque River Valley, took a deep breath, and raised his Remington 12-gauge shotgun. “Okay,” he called out. “Can I see one?” An orange clay pigeon flashed across the sky before disappearing into a field some forty yards away. He turned and laughed: “Can I see one more?” It was a bright-blue mid-May afternoon, and Greg Abbott was relaxing with some of his old classmates from Duncanville High School, Billy and Buzzy and Randy and Rickey and Kevin and Joe. If those names sound like they come from Ward Cleaver’s America, that’s because they do.
On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, hosted by Martha Raddatz, reporter Jonathan Karl interviewed Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and proceeded to body-slam him for his involvement in the government shutdown debate. “People hated this shutdown, they hated this impasse and this was seen as the Ted Cruz shutdown. You more than any single individual were seen as the one that triggered this crisis to begin with,” Karl ranted. When Cruz tried to get a word in edgewise, Karl stated, “there never would have been a shutdown if you hadn´t gone with the strategy of saying we´re not even going
The West, especially the United States, is waging a campaign of genocide and oppression against Muslims aimed at wiping Islam’s followers off the map -- at least that’s how radical Islamists see it. That propaganda message – publicized and parroted by Islamic militants the world over – has reverberated with deadly results this year in Boston, London and Nairobi. And underscored by continuing conflicts in Egypt, Syria, Africa and elsewhere, it is gaining traction among mainstream Muslims and even forcing the White House to consider its impact when setting foreign policy. Why? Because of this fact, according to Ed Husain,
LAMBERTVILLE, N.J.- Gov. Chris Christie dropped his appeal to legalized same-sex marriages on Monday, hours after gay couples began immediately taking advantage of a court ruling that compelled the state to become the 14th in the nation to recognize same-sex nuptials. The couples who have been together for years, and in some cases decades, joined in hastily arranged ceremonies that had remained in doubt until Friday when a unanimous state Supreme Court rejected the Christie administration´s request to delay the implementation date of same-sex weddings. Last month, a lower-court judge ruled that New Jersey must recognize gay marriages starting Monday.
NEW YORK — Slavery in the United States was once a roaring success whose wounds still afflict the country today. So says Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who examines both its success and shame in "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross," his new PBS documentary series that traces 500 years of black history. "Slavery is a perfect example of why we need limits on the more unfortunate aspects of human nature," he says. "Slavery was capitalism gone berserk." The horrifically profitable practice of slavery and the brutal inhumanity of Jim Crow loom large in "The African Americans" (premiering Tuesday at
For decades, strange lights in the night sky and mysterious cattle mutilations have sparked rumors of a secret underground alien base near the small northern New Mexico town of Dulce, which is tribal headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. A new book, "Dulce Base: the Truth and Evidence from the Case Files of Gabe Valdez," purports to solve the mystery. It claims that humans, not aliens, are behind the strange happenings.
IN BAGRAM, Afghanistan — The armored trucks, televisions, ice cream scoops and nearly everything else shipped here for America’s war against the Taliban are now part of the world’s biggest garage sale. Every week, as the U.S. troop drawdown accelerates, the United States is selling 12 million to 14 million pounds of its equipment on the Afghan market. Returning that gear to the United States from a landlocked country halfway around the world would be prohibitively expensive, according to U.S. officials. Instead, they’re leaving behind $7 billion worth of supplies, a would-be boon to the fragile Afghan economy.But there’s one
As Democrats begin maneuvering for the 2016 presidential race, there isn’t one who would think of disparaging John F. Kennedy’s stature as a Democratic Party hero. Yet it’s a pretty safe bet that none would dream of running on Kennedy’s approach to government or embrace his political beliefs. Today’s Democratic Party — the home of Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Al Gore — wouldn’t give the time of day to a candidate like JFK.
From a letter to the editor in the Watertown Daily Times: I am a business owner in Clayton. We have 17 full-time employees and have spent the last few months following the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. I am now prepared to go on record to report that we have been misled by the president and the Democrats in Congress. We were promised that under the ACA, we would be able to keep our present insurance plan if we liked it, and we could keep our own doctor, according to President Obama. This is absolutely not true. My current
President Obama is "frustrated" by the disastrous launch of an online computer marketplace for Obamacare, the White House says. Here are five reasons why frustration isn´t enough. He should be frightened.1. It´s worse than his team has let on. The White House has tried to position the failed first days of Obamacare as mere "glitches" caused by the site´s popularity. An administration spokesman told the Washington Post on Sunday that the "main driver of the problem is volume." That is intentionally misleading. The White House has heard complaints from insurance companies, consumers, and health policy experts about issues embedded deeply
As anger toward the Republican Party grows, a majority of Americans say a GOP-controlled House is bad for the country and want Speaker John Boehner replaced, according to a new poll out Monday. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed say it is a bad thing that Republicans control the House, up 11 percentage points since December 2012, while 38 percent say it is a good thing, the CNN/ORC poll shows. This is the first time a majority is unhappy with the GOP controlling the House since the party gained control of the chamber in the 2010 midterm elections. Sixty-three percent of respondents