Angry youths stone Nigerian leader's convoy; police fire gas
JALINGO, Nigeria (AP) — Youths angry at the Nigerian government's failure to fight Islamic extremists threw stones Thursday at President Goodluck Jonathan's electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles. An Associated Press reporter was unable to see if anyone was hurt.
From Jalingo, Jonathan flew to Yola, capital of Adamawa state, where officials had declared the route of his motorcade a no-go area.
Mexico City gas truck explodes near maternity hospital
The explosion, on the western edge of Mexico City, was so large that much of the building was destroyed.
Officials initially said seven people had been killed, but Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera later revised the figure.
Dozens of people were injured by flying glass. About 100 people were believed to be inside the hospital at the time.
Rescuers are at the scene, searching for anyone who might be trapped under rubble and twisted metal.
Mr Mancera said the blast had been caused by a leak in the hose carrying gas from the truck to the hospital kitchen.
The tanker workers had been struggling to repair the hose for about 15 to 20 minutes, according to reports. As they worked, a large cloud of gas began to form outside the hospital, reports said.
Following the deadly explosion, police blocked the road to the hospital and did not allow anyone through unless they were part of the medical or rescue services.
Egypt military targeted in deadly Sinai attacks
A car bomb and mortars hit military targets in the North Sinai capital El-Arish, killing a number of soldiers.
Deflate-gate triggers stat spat as analysts attempt to solve why Patriots don't fumble
This finding trickles down to individual players, in some cases. Kevin Faulk was drafted by the Patriots in 1999 and played in New England through 2011. Up until the 2007 season, Faulk had 23 fumbles. After that point, he had two. Danny Amendola had 10 fumbles in four seasons with the Rams, then came to New England and lost the ball only once in two years.
According to Sharp’s calculations, the Patriots’ fumble rate was 42 touches per fumble from 2000 through 2006. That was about the league average. Since 2007, however, that rate has dropped dramatically, to 74 touches per fumble. Over that time, the Pats are the best team in the NFL at holding onto the ball, even including dome teams.
35 years in prison for Saudi airman in Vegas child rape case
LAS VEGAS — A Saudi Arabian air force sergeant who arrived in Las Vegas for New Year's Eve two years ago may never get to leave Nevada after being sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 35 years in state prison for kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. Mazen Alotaibi, 25, stared at the courtroom floor as the boy's mother sobbed that her son's life was ruined and Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley imposed the mandatory sentence for sexual assault with a minor under the age of 14.
BETIN, West Bank (AP) — The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth.
Malak al-Khatib, arrested last month, is one of only a rare few female Palestinian minors who have ever faced arrest and sentencing by
African Union agrees 'substantive' transport deal with China
Addis Ababa (AFP) - China and the African Union agreed Tuesday on an ambitious plan to develop road, rail and air transport routes to link capitals across the continent. African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma praised the proposal at "the most substantive project the AU has ever signed with a partner", although the ambitious project that includes highways and high speed railways is at present just a committment to develop the infrastructure, and contains few details.
Study finds unfair HIV-drug pricing in US health plans
Some US health insurance plans are discriminating against people with HIV by placing antiretroviral drugs in a high-cost category and forcing patients to pay more for coverage, researchers said Wednesday.
The study in the New England Journal of Medicine warns that the practice is undermining a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care reform, which set out to end health insurers' use of preexisting conditions to deny coverage to sick people. Under some health plans, HIV drugs may cost a patient nearly $3,000 more per year than in other plans, said the study led by Harvard University.
MAJIDIYA (Lebanon) (AFP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon's Hezbollah it will pay the "full price" after missiles killed two Israeli soldiers Wednesday in an attack that raised fears of another all-out war.
A Spanish UN peacekeeper was killed as Israel and Hezbollah exchanged artillery fire -- the most serious clashes between the bitter enemies in years -- following the attack by the Shiite militant group.
"Those behind today's attack will pay the full price," Netanyahu's office quoted him as saying at a meeting with Israeli's top security brass Wednesday evening.
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini appealed for an "immediate cessation of hostilities" as the UN Security Council called an emergency meeting from 2100 GMT to discuss the flare-up.
Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia
Jordan ready to trade inmate for pilot held by ISIL
Jordan said Wednesday it is ready to swap a prisoner convicted of a deadly terrorist attack on a hotel for a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants. However, there was no word on whether a Japanese hostage would be included in any exchange as the 24-hour deadline to secure his release passed. Mohammed al-Momani, Jordan's minister for media affairs and communications, said in a statement that Jordan "is ready to release the Iraqi prisoner, Sajida al-Rishawi, if the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, is released unharmed,'' according to Jordan's state-run news agency Petra.
Delaware aims to be 1st with digital driver's licenses
"We'd like to go first," said Jennifer Cohan, director of the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles and the governor's nominee for secretary of transportation.
"If it works for Delaware, then it will be a new option for Delaware citizens to show proof of driver's license and identification."
From The Isleys To Aaliyah To Frank Ocean, The Evolution Of 'Love'When Frank Ocean released his version of The Isley Brothers' Quiet Storm classic "At Your Best (You Are Love)" last week, it was both a flower left at a grave and an investment in the future. Posted on the boundary-blending singer-songwriter's Tumblr the day after what would have been Aaliyah's 36th birthday, the new track was widely received as a tribute to the late singer, whose death at 22 in a plane crash halted one of the most promising careers in '90s pop.
Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty on Rape Charges
According to a report from The Tennessean—which contains graphic descriptions of the charges—the jury found Batey and Vandenburg guilty on a total of 16 charges. Batey, 21, was charged with five felony counts of aggravated rape and two of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg, 21, was found guilty of those same charges, plus an evidence-tampering count and unlawful photography.
Court to toss Friendship Nine's convictions for sit-in protests
Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN)A long walk for justice will end soon for nine African-American men who pioneered the "jail, no bail" strategy during the lunch counter protests of the civil rights movement.
The men, dubbed the Friendship Nine after the Rock Hill, South Carolina, college that eight of them attended, were looking to make a statement about the plight of the segregated South. And that's just what they did.
On Wednesday, the attorney who represented the men almost five and a half decades ago is scheduled to return to court to have their names cleared. In a poetic twist, Circuit Court Judge John C. Hayes III, who will preside over the hearing, is the nephew of the judge who originally sentenced these largely unsung civil rights heroes.
Days after a federal judge in Alabama ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who want their marriage recognized, the chief justice of the state's Supreme Court has sent a letter telling the governor that federal courts don't have jurisdiction over what constitutes a marriage in Alabama. Chief Justice Roy Moore said that Friday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade "has raised serious, legitimate concerns about the propriety of federal court jurisdiction over the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment."
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials asked lawmakers Tuesday not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group after some insurgents were involved in a clash that killed 44 anti-terror police commandos.
A black and white photograph captures a scene that could never happen today.
It shows an American president riding through the streets of a city in Pakistan in a gleaming horse-drawn carriage, as if he's the Queen of England.
The city is Karachi, in the days when American visitors were not obliged by the presence of Islamist militants to conceal themselves behind blast-proof walls, sandbags and razor wire. The president is Dwight Eisenhower.
As his cavalcade slides past an ocean of onlookers, he is standing beneath a parasol, smiling. Alongside him, waving to the crowd, is his host: Pakistan's ruler, Gen. Ayub Khan. It is 1959.
Eisenhower was the first of five American presidents to visit Pakistan. Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush followed in his path.
In 1962, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy rode in an open-topped limo through those same streets alongside the same general, on an unofficial visit without her husband.
Arab lawmakers shake up Israeli politics with historic union
HAIFA, Israel (AP) — Israel's Arab political parties are banding together under one ticket for the first time ever ahead of national elections in March, hoping to boost turnout and help unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The result is an awkward political marriage of communists, Palestinian nationalists, religious Muslims, feminists and even one Jew. But Arab politicians say it will improve chronically low Arab voter turnout and help block Netanyahu from forming the next government.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A leader of Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab with a $3 million bounty on his head announced Tuesday he has quit the insurgency and renounced violence perpetrated by the al Qaida-linked group. Zakariya Ismail Hersi, who was al-Shabab's intelligence chief, called for reconciliation while speaking to the media for the first time since his surrender to Somali authorities in late December.
"I can confirm that as of today I am no longer a member of Al-Shabaab and I have renounced violence as a means of resolving conflict and I will aim to achieve my goals towards peaceful means, and through reconciliation and understanding," Hersi said.
A judge in the southern Spanish city of Granada has charged 10 Roman Catholic priests and two Catholic lay workers with child sex abuse. The 12 are suspected of abusing four teenage boys between 2004 and 2007, the most serious offences occurring in a house used by the priests. Pope Francis telephoned one of the alleged victims, now 24, in November to offer his apologies. He acted after the man wrote him a letter about the alleged abuse.
Evening cocktail parties are being held in eight London care homes, giving their elderly residents an opportunity to dress up and have fun. Arts charity Magic Me set up Cocktails in Care Homes in 2010 after hearing from care home residents that there was usually plenty to do during the day, but they were often bored in the evenings.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A former U.S. Army prosecutor who oversaw sexual-assault cases has been found guilty on rape charges following a six-day court-martial at Fort Bragg, military officials said Monday. Maj. Erik J. Burris was found guilty on two charges of rape, a charge of forcible sodomy, four charges of assault and a charge of disobeying an order, the Army said in a five-sentence statement. Burris was sentenced to 20 years in prison, dismissed from the service, and ordered to forfeit all pay, the statement said.
WASHINGTON — Top officials in the Koch brothers' political organization Monday released a staggering $889 million budget to fund the activities of the billionaires' sprawling network ahead of the 2016 presidential contest.
The budget, which pays for everything from advertising and data-gathering technology to grass-roots activism, was released to donors attending the annual winter meeting of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, according to an attendee.
Justice Department spies on millions of cars: WSJThe Justice Department has been secretly gathering and storing hundreds of millions of records about motorists in an effort to build a national database that tracks the movement of vehicles across the country, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The newspaper said the main aim of the license plate tracking program run by the Drug Enforcement Administration was to seize automobiles, money and other assets to fight drug trafficking, according to one government document.
This week, Congress returns with House leaders vowing to revisit the anti-abortion bill they pulled off the floor last week. The ban on abortions after 20 weeks was withdrawn when it appeared there weren't enough Republican votes to pass it.
Why did it need quite so many Republican votes? Because the GOP can no longer count on a contingent of Democrats to help out on abortion-related votes.
The measles outbreak which started at Disneyland appears to be continuing to spread across the United States, alarming even parents of children vaccinated against the disease. Officials in Michigan confirmed on Friday that an adult in Oakland County had been diagnosed with measles, suggesting the outbreak is zigzagging east from the theme park in California.
Six other states – Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Arizona, plus Mexico – have recorded cases since a young woman, dubbed patient zero, fell sick at Disneyland just before Christmas.
Pediatricians Say Don't Lock Up Teenagers For Using Marijuana
FBI cracks 'Russian spy ring'
The FBI has charged three men it says were spying for Russia and trying to recruit sources in New York City. US prosecutors say Evgeny Buryakov, 39, was part of an alleged spy ring that included two others in the US on official business. The other two named defendants, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy, no longer reside in the US. Mr Buryakov, who worked at Russian bank in Manhattan, is scheduled to appear in court later on Monday.
He is accused of attempting to gain intelligence about potential United States sanctions against Russian banks and the US efforts to develop alternative energy resources.
NYT columnist: Yale police detained my son at gunpoint
Blow took to Twitter on Sunday, writing that he was "fuming" after his son called to tell him what happened Saturday -- that he was walking out of the library when university police "accosted" him and drew their weapons. Blow tweeted that his son was detained because he "fit the description" of a suspect.
"He's a good kid, and just wants to go to school. But one thing that he told me was really astute and worth sharing: he doesn't want this story to only be about him," Blow said. "He realizes that there are other young people who have fewer privileges, less access and endure even greater traumas, but whose stories go unreported until something truly tragic happens. He wants the focus to remain on them. I couldn't be prouder of him for having the wisdom to recognize that."
Lawyer: Boy Scout files depict 'sordid' history of abuse
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old scout by an adult volunteer was part of a "sordid history of child sexual abuse" within the Boy Scouts that has been documented internally by the organization for nearly a century, the victim's attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.
The scout, now 20, has sued the Boy Scouts of America and a local scouting council for punitive damages after being molested by a volunteer leader in 2007.
The choking problem of Asia’s killer air pollutionAt the age of 13, Tan Yi Han could not see the edge of his schoolyard. It was 1998 in Singapore, the wealthy city-state known for its tidy streets and clean, green image. But for much of that particular school year, clouds of smoke shrouded the skyline. The record-setting air pollution, which had begun in 1997 and lasted for months, caused a 30% spike in hospital visits. It would later be remembered as one of South East Asia’s worst-ever “haze episodes”.
Why the U.S. Is Stuck With Saudi ArabiaThe death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who passed away Friday due to complications from a lung infection, elicited a series of gushing tributes from American leaders. In his official statement, President Obama praised his "enduring contribution to the search for peace" in the Middle East. Secretary of State John Kerry called him a "man of wisdom and vision
Kiev (AFP) - The UN Security Council will hold a special meeting Monday on the violence in eastern Ukraine after a rocket barrage blamed on Kremlin-backed rebels killed 30 and threatened to open up a new front in the war.
US President Barack Obama vowed to ramp up pressure on Russia after Saturday's assault on Mariupol -- the main city standing between separatist territory near the Russian border and the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea that Moscow annexed in March.
The deadly assault on the port city came a day after the insurgents pulled out of peace talks and vowed to capture new land.
The special Security Council meeting, scheduled to start at 3:00 pm (2000 GMT) Monday, comes after its 15 members failed Saturday to agree on a resolution denouncing the rocket attacks after Russia blocked the effort, according to Western diplomats.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — The Marines Corps has identified two pilots killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in Southern California. The Marines said Sunday that Capt. Elizabeth Kealey and 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield died from their injuries in the crash Friday at the Twentynine Palms Marine base.
The pilots were the only two people onboard the UH-1Y Huey helicopter. Lt. Col. James M. Isaacs, commanding officer of their squadron, says the two were outstanding officers and talented pilots.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to Israel.
Congresswoman Speier Calls on USDA IG to Investigate Allegations of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation in Region 5 Forest Service
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo Counties) sent a letter yesterday to Phyllis Fong, Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, calling on the Inspector General to lead an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, attempted sexual assault, gender discrimination, and whistleblower retaliation in Region 5 of the U.S. Forest Service.
Speier was joined by Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation of the House Natural Resources Committee.
Individual Awareness is Brian Bank's Message
Rapes Ignored by Penn State...,
Now.., a repreive for Penn State
Rupert Murdoch, Is your Mirror filled with flawed & acceptance of mal behavior?
Where is the Nigerian Military?
They will "Cheat, Steal or Lie" for profits
Insurance Company's are nothing more than the "Go between" facilitators that charge a fee for "arranging" agreements, and they take a significant sum of money from the direct money paid for your everyday medical needs.
Since you don't need a "go between" when your sick, why pay for one?
Why don't huge companies pay for their own hospitals and staff?.... because the amount of money spent on a huge company's insurance policies are more than enough to purchase a hospital and its entire staff.
Partnership of Dysfunction attempts Productivity
The African Union, a collection of known corrupt nations signs an accord with a nation that is known for its poor quality in the products that it produces, together agrees to develop road, rail and air transport routes to link capitals across the continent.
Here's a prediction...,
the money used to develop this huge expansion project will find 50% of the funding in the personal bank accounts of the leaders of the nations of the AU and the finished product... full of flaws and defects based on shortcuts hidden by Chinese development companies.
This prediction is purely based on the existing facts with respect to the two bodies current reputations respectfully.
Visible Air Pollution is Inexcusable, yet Asia can't see... literally
Today, it's the Asian Nations whom are willing to sacrifice their sky's to get that manufacturing contract, and as obvious as this degree of pollution is to the world,
Asia hasn't done enough to change it present course.
In this case,
A Picture is worth $1 Billion Dollars.
Years of flawed behavior ignored, and many victims suffered
These types of charges aren't the types of charges that just begun..., and there are indubitably many unknown victims of abuses at the hands of
Major Erik j. Burris, and I'm sure that these no named victims felt, at the time of their abuse,
they had no one to turn too.
" At the time he was charged, Burris was the chief of military justice for the 82nd Airborne — a position in which he supervised other military prosecutors handling criminal cases within the famed paratrooper division. "
Many ignored many instances of flawed behavior by this high ranking official, and it wouldn't be outside possible suggestions if some would say that many high ranking officials failed to act on obvious observances of mal and abusive behavior by
Major Erik J. Burris.
Good Old boy Military Protectionism in full affect.
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