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French bulldog, pups worth
$80,000 stolen in Florida
Reuters, by Zachary Fagenson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/3/2014 3:55:06 PM     Post Reply
MIAMI, Florida - A Miami man returned from a New Year´s Eve celebration to find his prize French bulldog and two litters of puppies, valued at $80,000, stolen from his home, police said. The missing dogs include El Che, who is named after Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara and won awards at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2010 and the French Bulldog Club of America National Specialty Show in 2009, according to owner Marcelo Cicuta. While Cicuta was ringing in the new year at a friend´s kennel, thieves broke into his house and likely used a pillowcase to carry

Colts, Packers avoid TV blackouts
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/3/2014 3:47:09 PM     Post Reply
The Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers announced Friday that their weekend playoff games were sellouts, helping them avoid local television blackouts. The Colts host Kansas City on Saturday and the Packers host San Francisco on Sunday in wild-card games. The Cincinnati Bengals had until late Friday afternoon to sell remaining tickets for Sunday´s playoff game against San Diego. Normally, teams must sell out 72 hours before kickoff to have a game broadcast in the local market. The NFL gave the Colts, Bengals and Packers one more day to do it. Retailer Meijer bought 1,200 Colts-Chiefs tickets and will distribute

Doctor’s Office Spends 2 Hours
On Hold With Health Insurer
For Patient’s Surgery Authorization
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/3/2014 3:35:53 PM     Post Reply
CHICAGO — The new year brought relief to some Illinois patients newly insured under the nation’s health care law. Others still weren’t sure whether they were covered, despite their best efforts to navigate the often-balky new system. The major benefits of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul took effect Wednesday, the first day of 2014. By Thursday, the first business day of the new insurance system, it became clear that snags in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act still remained. On the plus side, the law’s protections mean consumers can no longer be denied coverage if they’re in poor

  


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Kim Jong-Un killed his ´scum´ uncle by
stripping him naked, throwing him into
a cage and leaving him to be eaten
alive by a pack of 120 starving dogs
Daily Mail [UK], by Tom Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:59:06 PM     Post Reply
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un sentenced his uncle to be eaten alive by a pack of 120 wild dogs in a savage punishment for treachery, it has been claimed. Jang Song-Thaek, 67, along with five close aides, was stripped naked and thrown into a cage of hounds which had been starved for three days, according to new details emerging from China. The pack of animals spent more than an hour mauling the group in a punishment called ´quan jue´, or execution by dogs, a report in Chinese newspaper Wen Wei Po said. The tyranical leader of the communist state had

Obama plays eight rounds of golf
but spares only four minutes to visit
grandfather´s grave on Hawaii vacation
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:54:41 PM     Post Reply
President Obama took a break from the golf course during his Hawaii vacation yesterday to make a brief visit to his grandfather´s grave. The president, who has played eight rounds of golf since arriving on December 20, spent just four minutes at the grave of Stanley Dunham. His motorcade then left the National Memorial Cemetery and took Mr Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha to the zoo for a private tour. It took 30 minutes for the First Family to be driven from their vacation home to the cemetery, where they stayed for just a few minutes, according to the

New ´flat´ light bulb that lasts 22 YEARS
is as bright as a traditional 60W
one (and will save you £80)
Daily Mail [UK], by Sarah Griffiths    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:45:45 PM     Post Reply
The days of fumbling in the dark to replace a light bulb could soon be a thing of the past--or at least a very rare occurrence--thanks to a new innovation. A new style of light bulb that is flatter, more energy efficient and lasts over 22 years is set to go on sale. Philips’ SlimStyle light bulb promises a comparable brightness to a 60W incandescent bulb instantly--with no annoying wait for the bulb to ‘warm up’. The Dutch electronics manufacturer said the improvement to energy efficient light bulbs, which are often criticised for being more expensive and duller than classic

O´Reilly: NY Times´ Benghazi Report Is
´Pure Bull,´ Meant to Help Clinton
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/3/2014 2:45:33 PM     Post Reply
In his Talking Points Memo Thursday night, Bill O´Reilly went after the "seriously flawed" New York Times report that concluded al Qaeda was not involved in the Benghazi attack. He called it "pure bull" for the paper to claim that the attack was not "meticulously planned" and was actually a response to an anti-Islam video. O´Reilly specifically called out the Times reporters for not mentioning a Pentagon report from prior to the attack that highlighted links between Ansar al-Shariah - the group blamed for the attack - and al Qaeda.

  


  

Now 78 gypsies facing eviction from
illegal camp claim their CHILDREN´S
‘human rights’ mean they should stay
put (and you´ll foot the £200,000 bill)
Daily Mail [UK], by Rob Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:29:53 PM     Post Reply
A group of gypsies who were facing eviction from their illegal camp are claiming it would breach their childrens´ human rights if they are forced to move on. The 78 Irish travellers--who hail from just four families--were told to leave their camp in Hardhorn, Lancashire, by the Court of Appeal in October. A four-year legal battle has already left taxpayers with an estimated legal bill of £200,000. [Snip] The gypsies moved in four years ago after launching what neighbours said was a ´military-style operation´ after the council offices had closed for the weekend in November 2009. One local said: ´If

In season 4, ‘Downton Abbey’
tries to stick to its knitting
Washington Post, by Hank Stuever    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 2:21:46 PM     Post Reply
Something about “Downton Abbey” died with Matthew Crawley last year. Oops — sorry if you didn’t yet know about poor Matthew, but honestly, how long must the rest of us keep quiet about it? Let’s make a deal: This is a review of Season 4, which begins its American broadcast Sunday night on PBS stations. It will be necessary to mention one or two things that happen, but I promise to tread ever-so-lightly and somewhat unspecifically over the details. (Too late, you’re gone. I completely understand.) Anyhow, dead Matthew. And this weird, wonderful show that, when boiled down, is just

What on Earth were they thinking?
Shocking pictures from around the British
coastline show people dicing with death
just INCHES from monster waves
Daily Mail [UK], by Hugo Gye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2014 2:20:58 PM     Post Reply
Police have been forced to step in and move foolhardy weather-watchers away from the shore amidst fears that people were endangering themselves by getting too close to giant waves during a day of stormy weather. A family in Cornwall narrowly escaped being swept into the sea when a 20ft wave washed over them as they were walking along a sea wall. And a group of young men in Shoreham, Sussex risked their lives by playing around on the narrow ledge of a wall as waves crashed around them. The Environment Agency criticised people who lined the shore to watch the waves battering

For rent in South Dakota:
Storage facilities where you can
shelter your wealth forever
Washington Post, by Zachary R. Mider    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/3/2014 2:12:21 PM     Post Reply
Among the nation’s billionaires, one of the most sought-after pieces of real estate right now is a quiet storefront in Sioux Falls, S.D. A branch of Chicago’s Pritzker family rents space here, down the hall from the Minnesota clan that controls the Radisson hotel chain, and other rooms held by Miami and Hong Kong money. Don’t look for any heiresses in this former five-and-dime. Most days, the small offices that represent these families are shut. Even empty, they provide their owners with an important asset — a South Dakota address for their trust funds.

  


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Kelseyville teen creates project
to help foster children
Lake County News, by Elizabeth Larson    Original Article
Posted By: konocti95- 1/3/2014 2:11:52 PM     Post Reply
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Most people start off a new year with big personal goals, but one local teenager has a challenging new project going into 2014 meant to benefit others. Fourteen-year-old Erica Illg of Kelseyville has launched her “Backpacks for Foster Kids” project. [Snip] For her Emerald Star project – which also is a project under the “Revolution of Responsibility” program – she has decided to raise funds in order to provide backpacks to children when they´re placed in foster care. She and her younger sister, 13-year-old Kimberly, came up with the idea after seeing, firsthand, the challenges that foster children face.

Bolivian President Touts
Nuclear Power Program
Latin American Herald Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/3/2014 2:03:39 PM     Post Reply
LA PAZ – Bolivia will have a nuclear power industry in the near future, President Evo Morales said Wednesday during a military ceremony in the central region of Cochabamba. “I want to tell you, we are not far ... from having atomic energy because we have sufficient prime material and we have the right,” the head of state said. Bolivia has uranium deposits, though they have yet to be quantified or thoroughly evaluated. Morales said in late October that Bolivia was getting assistance from France and Argentina in developing nuclear energy for power and medical purposes.

The Jewish State and the Story
the Palestinians Hold Dear
Commentary Magazine, by Rick Richman    Original Article
Posted By: jpundit- 1/3/2014 1:31:43 PM     Post Reply
In her “Memo from Jerusalem” in the New York Times, Jodi Rudoren asserts that “in recent weeks,” Benjamin Netanyahu has “catapulted to the fore” an issue “even more intractable than old ones like security and settlements: a demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.” (Snip) The issue, however, was not recently “catapulted to the fore” by Netanyahu; it is an issue that long pre-dates him; and it goes to the heart of whether the “peace process” is about peace.

Chinese icebreaker trapped in
Antarctica after rescuing
passengers from Russian vessel
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/3/2014 1:31:04 PM     Post Reply
The Chinese icebreaker that helped rescue 52 passengers from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctic ice found itself stuck in heavy ice, further complicating the 9-day “roller-coaster” rescue operation. “Snow Dragon” (Xue Long) had ferried the passengers from the stranded Russian ship to an Australian icebreaker late on Thursday. But it now has concerns about its own ability to move through heavy ice, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said. “It will attempt to maneuver through the ice when tidal conditions are most suitable during the early hours of 4 January 2014,” AMSA said. ”Xue Long notified AMSA at 1pm AEDT this

  


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Remittances Sent to Mexico
Fall 4.5% in First 11 Months of 2013
Latin American Herald Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/3/2014 1:28:05 PM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY – Mexico received $19.8 billion in remittances from emigrants in the first 11 months of 2013, down 4.5 percent compared to the same period in 2012, the Bank of Mexico said Thursday. Mexico received $20.73 billion in remittances during the January-November 2012 period, the central bank said. Remittances totaled $1.693 billion in November 2013, up 0.05 percent from November 2012, when $1.692 billion in remittances flowed into the country. This was the fourth consecutive month that the figure was positive, with a 13-month negative trend ending in August 2013.

Obamacare puts nation on
path to rationed care
Boston Herald, by Tom Shattuck    Original Article
Posted By: calvincaspian- 1/3/2014 1:24:41 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare is a tumor and believe it or not, the website is the more benign portion of the ailment. Yes, with HealthCare.gov, President Obama has done what Y2K failed to do — paralyzed a vast swath of the American economy. Adding insult to injury is the hard truth that a great portion of the population was driven to the poisonous portal under threat of IRS action. But trudging through a transaction rife with technical difficulties is by no means the most pernicious condition Obamacare presses millions of Americans into. The real impending tragedy of Obamacare is the law itself. That malignant expanse includes the ultimate nightmare of a rationed care.

Obama Proposes Firearm
Background Check Changes
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 1:21:58 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration on Friday announced a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues. One proposed rule change aims to clarify terminology used by federal law to prohibit people from purchasing a firearm for mental health reasons. The administration said states have complained that some wording is ambiguous, making it difficult to determine who should be blocked from buying a weapon. A second proposed rule change would allow hospitals and other entities covered by patient privacy provisions to submit additional

Adminstration says Colo. nuns do not
need injunction against health law provision
Washington Post, by Robert Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/3/2014 1:14:52 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration told the Supreme Court on Friday that a group of Colorado nuns does not need a special injunction against the new health-care’s law provision providing contraceptive coverage for employees because the group can easily exempt itself from the requirement. The government asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to lift the temporary injunction she issued New Year’s Eve for the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Colorado nonprofit organization that provides services to the elderly. The Affordable Care Act, new provisions of which went into effect Jan. 1, requires employers who provide insurance coverage to include contraceptive services.

Doctor’s Office Spends 2 Hours
On Hold With Health Insurer For
Patient’s Surgery Authorization
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 1:11:13 PM     Post Reply
CHICAGO— The new year brought relief to some Illinois patients newly insured under the nation’s health care law. Others still weren’t sure whether they were covered, despite their best efforts to navigate the often-balky new system. The major benefits of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul took effect Wednesday, the first day of 2014. By Thursday, the first business day of the new insurance system, it became clear that snags in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act still remained. On the plus side, the law’s protections mean consumers can no longer be denied coverage if they’re in poor health.

  



Focusing on inflation-adjusted
minimum wage is misquided
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 1/3/2014 12:29:46 PM     Post Reply
Under fire for the botched rollout of President Obama’s health care law, Democrats have vowed to step up the push for increasing the minimum wage. Politically, it’s easy to see the attraction of the idea, as it’s a long-favored Democratic policy that will help mobilize the party’s base in an election year, and the concept also has broad populist appeal. But the arguments being made in favor of the minimum wage present a misleading picture of its role in economic policy.

NFL playoffs: Saints fans cancel
´Rocky run´ in Philly following
threats from Eagles fans
NJ.Com, by Eliot Shorr-Parks    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/3/2014 12:28:41 PM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA -- So much for that idea. With the New Orleans Saints and their fans coming to Philadelphia on Saturday for the NFC wild-card game between the Saints and the Eagles, members of the New Orleans media tried to put together a ´Rocky run´ for their fans.(snip)Here are some of the reactions to the run, from Twitter and in the comments section promoting the run. From the NOLA.com post promoting the run: "We will be waiting in our black and green at the top for you. Bring it" -- Diggity0607 "Y´all may be crazy. Philadelphia is one of the few cities in the NFL

MSNBC´s Chris Hayes complains of
Drudge-fueled ´snow-trolling´
on global warming
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/3/2014 12:19:50 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC´s Chris Hayes is tired of conservatives snarking about global warming every time it gets cold. During his show Thursday evening, Hayes complained of the "strange bizarre underworld of climate trolls" that came to life when Matt Drudge ironically linked an article on the Drudge Report about cold weather. "Of course, no one ever said that climate change meant it wouldn´t ever be cold," Hayes said defensively, calling the annual tradition "willful stupidity" of conservatives "who delight being on the wrong side of history." Hayes admitted, however, that Drudge had been successful in creating a culture of global warming skepticism. "I mean, Drudge has

Portion control -- how the
government plans to dictate
what´s on your dinner table in 2014
Fox News, by Baylen Linnekin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 12:13:24 PM     Post Reply
Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins.

Administration to high court:
Don´t exempt Catholic groups
from contraception mandate
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2014 12:06:40 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court not to exempt Catholic groups from an ObamaCare requirement to offer contraceptive coverage, after the high court gave them a temporary reprieve earlier this week. The court filing comes in response to a surprise order -- issued shortly before coverage under the law went into effect -- by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The justice issued a stay late Tuesday preventing the government from enforcing the so-called contraceptive mandate against the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged. The group of Catholic nuns argues that the contraceptive coverage requirement

2013: The Year Dysfunctional Politics
Sabotaged America´s Mideast Policy
Atlantic Magazine, by David Rohde    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/3/2014 12:05:05 PM     Post Reply
The furious partisan debate that erupted this week after a New York Times investigation questioned the central tenet of the Republican assault on the White House regarding Benghazi was a fitting end to 2013. The lengthy article revealed that the State Department and CIA’s intense focus on al Qaeda caused officials to miss the threat posed by local militias. David Kirkpatrick’s reporting showed that Libya’s rebels appreciated the U.S. support in helping oust Muammar al-Qaddafi, but were strongly influenced by decades of anger at Washington’s support for dictators in the region. Militants gained strength from Syria to the Sahel over the course

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