A surge of moisture aimed at the Pacific Northwest will generate a bout of flooding rain before a massive Arctic air mass plunges into the West next week.
Rain will increase in coverage and intensity across much of western Washington late Saturday night, including in the cities of Seattle, Olympia and Vancouver. Continue reading “Pacific Northwest Flooding, Snow Precedes Arctic Outbreak”
A mysterious illness swept through a Las Vegas youth football tournament earlier this week, leaving dozens of players and parents ill.
Local news agencies estimated anywhere between 40 and 80 people became sick with the unknown bug earlier this week while in town for the National Youth Football Championships. Those afflicted all reported flu-like symptoms, according to NBC affiliate KSNV. Continue reading “Mysterious Illness In Las Vegas Afflicts Dozens Of Youth Football Players, Parents”
Although much of the gun control push under President Obama has failed to result in new laws, it has succeeded in creating a new tradition where shoppers scoop up guns on Black Friday so they can place them under the tree on Christmas Day.
Consider the numbers: in 2008, ABC News reported 97,848 background checks on Black Friday. In 2009, the numbers remained somewhat static but then began to grow exponentially as the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats began to flex their muscles. By 2011, there were 129,166 background checks on Black Friday alone. Continue reading “Buying Guns On Black Friday Becomes Tradition Under Obama”
This extremely passive-aggressive airplane feud is one for the ages.
It took place on Thanksgiving Day between a middle-aged woman known as “Diane” and a righteously-indignant TV producer, Elan Gale, who live-tweeted the entire hilarious, maddening encounter as it happened. Continue reading “Annoying Airplane Passenger Thinks She’s The Only One Who Celebrates Thanksgiving”
Russian and North American military officials have held a first planning meeting for next year’s joint anti-terrorism drills involving the Russian, US and Canadian air forces, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.
According to RIA Novosti the Vigilant Eagle 2014 drills will take place in August. The drills will practice coordination between the Russian armed forces and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in the event of a terrorist attack on a passenger airliner, said Lt. Col. Alexander Gordeyev, a spokesman for the Eastern Military District. Continue reading “Rusia, Canada, U.S. to Hold Anti-Terror Drill”
Gunshots have been reported in the Thai capital as clashes between thousands of protesters turned violent. While anti-government activists call for the removal of the Prime Minister, proponents took to the streets to “protect democracy.”
One person was shot dead and at least 10 wounded in the outbreak of violence which took place between rival parties near a Bangkok stadium, according to hospital staff. Thousands of Red Shirt supporters of current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had been staging a rally at the venue. Continue reading “Gunfire in Bangkok as govt protesters clash with PM supporters”
The Black Friday stampede plunged the Valley Stream outlet into chaos, knocking several employees to the ground and sending others scurrying atop vending machines to avoid the horde. Continue reading “Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede”
An environmental committee at Massachusetts Statehouse has approved a bill, imposing a 10-year ban on fracking for natural gas. The move comes as a wave of earthquakes in Texas has raised new concerns over the controversial drilling technique.
The Massachusetts fracking moratorium bill is designed to protect the state’s drinking water from possible contamination and thus “ensure that the health and prosperity of our communities is maintained,” according to one of the legislation’s sponsors, Northampton Democratic state Rep. Peter Kocot, cited by AP. Continue reading “Massachusetts seeks 10-yr ban on gas fracking after series of Texas quakes”
Mistaken for a prowler, an elderly man with Alzheimer’s was shot early Wednesday in rural Walker County, Georgia after approaching a house miles from his own. Authorities says the state’s “stand your ground” law may apply.
An investigation continues into the death of Ronald Westbrook, 72, who was shot in rural, northern Georgia’s Lookout Mountain region by Joe Hendrix, 34, around 4 am (EST) Wednesday. Westbrook was likely lost and confused when he rang Hendrix’s doorbell and pulled on the house’s doorknob in Chickamauga, said Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson. Continue reading “‘Stand your ground’ may apply in shooting death of Georgia man with Alzheimer’s”
Slate.fr reports a Croatian community association in France is suing Bob Dylan and the French version of Rolling Stone magazine for racism.
Dylan, of course, was at the vanguard of the artistic wing of the Civil Rights movement, so it may seem impossible that anyone could accuse him of such a thing. Continue reading “Bob Dylan Is Getting Sued For ‘Racism’”
“The perpetrators had committed acts against the Palestinians, with intent to kill, cause serious bodily or mental harms and deliberately inflict conditions of life calculated to bring about the physical destruction of the Palestinians as a whole or in part.”
“The Tribunal recommends to the War Crimes Commission to give the widest international publicity to this conviction and grant of reparations, as these are universal crimes for which there is a responsibility upon nations to institute prosecutions. Continue reading “Israel Charged with War Crimes and Genocide”
A high school student suffered a brain injury and remains in a medically-induced coma after a Texas sheriff’s deputy tasered him without cause following a skirmish in a school hallway, the boy’s mother claims in court.
Maria Acosta has sued Bastrop County, its school district and Randy McMillan, a Bastrop County sheriff’s officer and school resource officer, according to Courthouse News. Continue reading “Texas boy tasered by officer after breaking up school fight, remains in a coma”
The Cayman Islands has signed an agreement with the United States to combat offshore tax evasion pursuant to a controversial 2010 law that has caused some notable US expatriates to revoke their US citizenship.
The US Department of the Treasury announced Friday the US has signed an intergovernmental agreement with the Cayman Islands to enforce the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in what it bills as an effort to promote transparency. Continue reading “Cayman Islands agrees to report US citizens’ offshore assets under controversial law”
Remember the Seralini study, with those gruesome images of GMO-fed rats that were engulfed by horrific tumors? Well, great news! You can grab yourself some GMO corn and chow down now because the journal that published the study has retracted it. Silly us, there was absolutely nothing to worry about!
The new editor over at the journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology, says so – you know, Richard E. Goodman, the editor that used to work in the hallowed halls of Monsanto. Continue reading “GMO Rat Study Retracted..by New Journal Editor from (Surprise!) Monsanto”
Sleeker, faster, bigger, brighter; “the most beautiful thing we’ve ever made” Apple declare. Due in part to Apple’s clever and aggressive campaign, the iPhone 5 sold out twenty times faster than the 4 and 4S models.
But does this blizzard of excitement mask the unsavoury realities behind the phone’s manufacture? An iPhone 5 will set you back £529, but shouldn’t we also be asking what the true cost of our insatiable lust for new technology might be? Continue reading “Apple’s Rotten Core: The Underbelly of Cutting Edge Technology”
The young man, who called himself Raïd, wasn’t doing well. He climbed into the backseat of the car, in pain, careful not to touch any corners. He was exhausted and dizzy. A large bandage looped around his stomach, caked with blood. Despite that, the 19-year-old Syrian wanted to tell his story.
Seven months ago, he fled the embattled city of Aleppo, in Syria, to Lebanon with his parents and six siblings. The family quickly ran out of money in the capital, Beirut. Raïd heard from a relative that the solution could be to sell one of his kidneys, and then he spoke to a bull-necked man, now sitting in the passenger seat, smoking and drinking a beer. Continue reading “Lebanese Black Market: Syrian Refugees Sell Organs to Survive”