Vienna - Iran has been hauling dirt to a military site UN nuclear inspectors want to visit, Western diplomats said on Wednesday, saying the findings were based on satellite images and they reinforced suspicions of a clean-up. They said the pictures, presented during a closed-door briefing for member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), suggested Iran was continuing to try to hide incriminating traces of any illicit nuclear-related activity. (Snip) The UN agency believes Iran may have conducted explosives tests that could help develop nuclear weapons at Parchin and wants
Comments: Too bad Iran isn´t digging the mass graves that it will need if it continues on its nuclear quest against Israel. This is one genie that must stay in the bottle in the Middle East.
Let´s stipulate right off the ballot that no one knows who the 2016 Republican Party presidential nominee will be. And no one can do more than guess even who the active candidates will be. Running for president is an incredibly complex, time-consuming, intricate process that must begin this far out from Nov. 8, 2016, even if the ultimate decision later is a No-go. (Snip) All these guys are going down the candidate check-list: Make money-friends. Write a book. Build a communications/policy team. Visit Israel. And/or China. Do favors for state and local Republicans to build debts to call in later.
The Obama administration is so strongly disturbed by reported deaths of hundreds from Syria´s renewed use of chemical weapons, that it sent out its "Principal Deputy Press Secretary" to respond Wednesday. The president was packing for his next summer bus tour and more speeches today and tomorrow. The Principal Deputy Press Secretary´s statement contained 243 words, about one word for every five of the 1,300 reported gas victims. The Principal Deputy Press Secretary said the United States is "deeply concerned" about the new deaths, on top of the more than 100,000 others from
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), the biggest U.S. home lender, will eliminate 2,300 jobs in mortgage production because demand for refinancings has slumped and probably will drop even more as interest rates rise. (Snip) The reductions would equal about 20 percent of the 11,406 mortgage loan officers employed by the bank as of March 31. Wells Fargo has said mortgage lending will slow for the rest of this year as higher interest rates make refinancing less attractive. Those loans, which made up 70 percent of the mortgage market during the first half, slid to about 50 percent of applications recently
Kansas and Arizona filed a lawsuit jointly against the federal government Wednesday over requirements needed to register to vote. The lawsuit demands that the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission modify the federal voter registration form in both states so it would allow for proof of citizenship when people sign up to vote. The federal form doesn’t require proof of citizenship. It only requires prospective voters to declare that they are citizens. (Snip) It is the latest legal effort in a nationwide battle by states to crack down on voter fraud by making it harder for non-U.S. citizens to gain access to
Jerusalem - Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli tweeted in Hebrew that she no longer wants to be associated with British rocker Roger Waters after his open letter calling for a boycott of Israel. “Roger Waters, you better take my picture off of the video art at your shows. If you’re boycotting — go all the way,” Refaeli said Wednesday on Twitter. Her image is among dozens beamed on the wall during Waters’ concerts. A day before Refaeli expressed her anger on Twitter, reports of the Aug. 18 boycott letter by Waters became public. “I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and
In a Facebook posting, Labor MK Yitzchak Herzog wrote that the U.S. needed to intervene in Syria. Writing in the wake of the alleged chemical attack that killed hundreds of people in a suburb of Damascus Wednesday, Herzog wrote that “the pictures from Syria are frightening. (Snip) In a letter revealed Wednesday, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey said that he was opposed to U.S. military intervention in Syria. In a letter to New York Congressman Elliot Engel earlier in the week, Dempsey wrote that “Syria today is not about choosing between two sides but
A porn performer has tested positive for HIV, leading an industry association to call a moratorium on shooting. Free Speech Coalition, a nationwide trade association for the adult entertainment industry, confirmed the positive HIV test but would not say when or where it took place. The group also did not give any details about the affected performer. (Snip) The coalition said there was no indication the infection had been contracted on-set. The safety of adult film industry practices has been under scrutiny in Los Angeles. The city began requiring porn performers to wear condoms on set last year,
In light of claims that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad carried out deadly chemical attacks on rebel-held areas outside Damascus on Wednesday, it is worth noting that journalists for the French newspaper Le Monde reported in May that they had witnessed repeated chemical attacks on rebel forces in that same region. The journalists, who “spent two months clandestinely in the Damascus area alongside Syrian rebels,” first reported their findings in a news article illustrated with video, which Le Monde later translated into English. The article, by Jean-Philippe Rémy, began: A chemical attack on
Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi ordered the placement of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, who is expected to be released from jail in the next 48 hours following a court order issued Wednesday, under mandatory house arrest. According to Egyptian state TV, the prime minister issued his decision late Wednesday evening while acting in the capacity of deputy military commander under the rules of the currently enforced emergency law. Mubarak still faces more than one trial on corruption charges and a retrial on charges of complicity in the murder of more than 800 protesters
Washington - A federal judge sharply rebuked the National Security Agency in 2011 for gathering and storing tens of thousands of Americans’ e-mails each year as it hunted for terrorists and other legitimate foreign targets, according to the top secret court ruling, which was made public on Wednesday. The 85-page ruling by Judge John D. Bates, then serving on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, involved an N.S.A. program that searches Americans’ international Internet communications for discussion of foreigners under surveillance. The Justice Department had told Judge Bates that N.S.A. officials
Menlo Park, Calif. - About one of every seven people in the world uses Facebook. Now, Mark Zuckerberg, its co-founder and chief executive, wants to make a play for the rest — including the four billion or so who lack Internet access. On Wednesday, Facebook announced an effort aimed at drastically cutting the cost of delivering basic Internet services on mobile phones, particularly in developing countries, where Facebook and other tech companies need to find new users. Half a dozen of the world’s tech giants, including Samsung, Nokia, Qualcomm and Ericsson, have agreed to work with the
Today´s report in The Wall Street Journal reveals that the National Security Agency´s spying tools extend deep into the domestic U.S. telecommunications infrastructure, giving the agency a surveillance structure with the ability to cover the majority of Internet traffic in the country, according to current and former U.S. officials and other people familiar with the system. (Snip) Although the system is focused on collecting foreign communications, it includes content of Americans´ emails and other electronic communications, as well as "metadata," which involves information such as the "to" or
Three teenagers were charged Tuesday in the killing of a white college student in Duncan, Oklahoma, and part of the story is what didn´t happen. There was no saturation cable TV coverage, no press conference featuring Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, and no statement from the Oval Office. The death of Christopher Lane, while as troubling as that of Trayvon Martin, will not become a national touchstone of racial and cultural debate or reflection. But maybe it should. A 22-year-old Australian from Melbourne, Lane was attending East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, to pursue his dream of playing that American pastime,
Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced to military prison for leaking classified documents, revealed he intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,” the Army private wrote in a statement read on TODAY Thursday. “Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.” Manning, 25, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday after having been found guilty of 20 charges ranging from espionage to theft for leaking
In Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday night, according to local reports, World War II veteran and Battle of Okinawa survivor Delbert Belton was beaten by two African American teenagers described as between the ages of 16 and 19. Belton passed away Thursday morning of head injuries. Belton, 89, was shot in the leg at Okinawa. He was confronted in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge, adjacent to the Eagles Ice-A-Rena, when the two suspects jumped him, beat him, and left him to die. One is described as heavy and wearing black clothing, and the other is described as six feet
More than 1,600 new employees hired by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources in the aftermath of Obamacare´s passage include just two described as ´consumer safety´ officers, but 86 tasked with ´criminal investigating´ – indicating that the agency is building an army of detectives to sleuth out violations of a law that many in Congress who supported it still find confusing. On the day President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010, HHS received authority from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to make as many as 1,814 new hires under an emergency ´Direct Hiring
Christopher Lane was gunned down in cold blood – shot in the back as he jogged alongside a road in Duncan, Okla. His alleged attackers were teenagers who told police they were bored and killed the college athlete for “the fun of it.” The 22-year-old was attending school at East Central University – an Australian native who played baseball. Good Samaritans saw the shooting and immediately rushed to offer aid. One person called 911. Another tried to administer CPR. But it was too late. The young athlete with a promising future lingered for several minutes – gasping for air. And then he
An 88-year-old veteran is dead after he was attacked Wednesday night in North Spokane. The victim, Delbert Belton, was a World War II veteran living in Spokane, according to his family. Spokane Police said in a news release that they responded to a call of an assault at the Eagles Lodge, 6410 N. Lidgerwood. When they got there, they found Belton in his car with serious injuries to his head. He was taken to a local hospital where he died this morning from his injuries. Belton, who was called “Shorty,” by his friends, fought in the Battle of Okinawa in
The White House will hold a closed-door roundtable discussion on issues facing bisexuals Sept. 23.The event, described in an invitation by White House LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan as a session focused on “issues of importance to the bisexual community,” was first reported Thursday by the Washington Blade. “Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics including health, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health and bullying,” Raghavan wrote.
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged two teenagers accused of gunning down an Australian student in Oklahoma for the “fun of it” with first-degree murder, and a third teen with being an accessory. Officials say 22-year-old Christopher Lane, who was visiting the U.S. on a baseball scholarship at East Central University, was jogging along a road in Duncan, Okla., after visiting his girlfriend on Friday when he was shot in the back, allegedly by the teens.
GARY | A female student was beaten when four adults attempted to rob a group of school children at the bus stop in Gary at 7 a.m. Wednesday, police said. The girl was among seven Lake Ridge Middle School students waiting at the bus stop near the intersection of 24th Avenue and Gerry Street. The victim said the four adults -- two males and two females -- exited the car and demanded cellphones and money. "I told them I don´t have a cellphone, and I don´t have any money," she said as she described the event following the school day.
Scientists from the world´s premier climate-change research panel are preparing to once again promise the world that they believe—in fact, they´re really pretty sure—that human beings are causing global warming. But if past is prologue, the new report will do exactly nothing to increase the American public´s confidence in man-made climate change. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change next month will release its latest assessment of the state of the science on climate change. And in a draft of the report that leaked last week, the panel of more than 800 experts states they are now 95 percent
President Barack Obama told an energetic crowd inside the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena this morning that he chose to speak in Buffalo about his goals for higher education because the university is doing “great work.” “I wanted to start here at the University at Buffalo,” Obama said, at the beginning of his remarks on the topic of higher education. Obama unveiled a set of proposals that he said would improve the ways that colleges work and make college education more affordable for families – and the process easier to understand. “Higher education cannot be a luxury,” Obama told the
It is all but certain that human activity has caused a steady increase in global temperatures over the past 60 years, leading to warmer oceans and an acceleration in sea-level rise, according to findings in the most recent climate change report by an international panel of scientists. In a draft summary of the fifth climate assessment since its creation in 1988, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that continued greenhouse gas emissions “would cause further warming” and induce changes that could “occur in all regions of the globe . . . and include changes in land and ocean, in the water cycle, in the cryosphere, in sea level . . . and in ocean acidification.”