Thursday, April 11, 2013

New York Police Confiscating Firearms from People Taking Anti-anxiety Medication

New York Police Confiscating Firearms from People Taking Anti-anxiety Medication

Mysterious Stone Structure Discovered Beneath Sea of Galilee
A giant "monumental" stone structure discovered beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee in Israel has archaeologists puzzled as to its purpose and even how long ago it was built. It appears to be a giant cairn, rocks piled on top of each other. Structures like this are known from elsewhere in the world and are sometimes used to mark burials.   

Chinese colonel says latest bird flu virus is U.S. biological weapon
A Chinese Air Force officer on Saturday accused the U.S. government of creating the new strain of bird flu now afflicting parts of China as a biological warfare attack. People’s Liberation Army Sr. Col. Dai Xu said the United States released the H7N9 bird flu virus into China in an act of biological warfare, according to a posting on his blog on Saturday.   

Obamacare architect Rockefeller: It's 'beyond comprehension'
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, one of the towering architects of Obamacare, on Tuesday openly criticized program managers for not moving quickly enough to build the system, warning that if it gets off to a bumpy start it will just get worse. Decrying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as way too complex, he warned...Obamacare is "so complicated...if it isn't done right the first time, it will just simply get worse."   

New York Police Confiscating Firearms from People Taking Anti-anxiety Medication
The New York State Police are suspending the handgun permits of people in the state who are prescribed anti-anxiety medication, according to Jim Tresmond of the Tresmond Law Firm in Hamburg, New York. Tresmond Law specializes in firearm litigation. ...“We were flummoxed by this whole matter,” the attorney said. “The HIPPA act is supposed to prevent this kind of thing from happening. It’s a gross invasion of our privacy rights.”   

Obama sends Congress $3.77 trillion spending plan
President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.77 trillion spending blueprint that seeks to achieve an elusive "grand bargain" to tame runaway deficits by raising taxes further on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs such as Social Security. The president's proposal being unveiled Wednesday includes an additional $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade...   

WTO cuts 2013 trade growth forecast
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has cut its trade growth forecast for 2013 because of risks from the eurozone crisis and from greater protectionism. Global trade is now expected to grow by 3.3% this year, the WTO says, down from its earlier forecast of 4.5%. The body said that trade had grown by just 2% last year, the smallest increase since records began in 1981.   

Iran: Dozens of aftershocks follow deadly earthquake
More than 80 aftershocks have hit south-west Iran following Tuesday's 6.1 magnitude earthquake, which killed at least 37 people and injured 850. Twelve villages were completely destroyed and terrified residents spent the night in the open, reports say. Iran's Red Crescent says the search and rescue operation is now over and affected families are being relocated.   

South Korea raises alert with North to 'vital threat'
South Korea has raised its alert level to "vital threat" amid indications the North is preparing for a missile test. At least one ballistic missile with an estimated 3,000km (2,000-mile) range is fuelled and ready for launch, US and South Korean sources say. Pyongyang has been making bellicose threats against South Korea, Japan and US bases in the region.   

US Senate to vote on gun control on Thursday
Majority Leader Harry Reid said it was unclear if they could get the 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural stalling tactic known as a filibuster. But at least seven Republicans said they would back a debate of the bill. President Barack Obama has been campaigning for gun controls since a massacre at a school in Connecticut.   

Fitch cuts China local currency debt rating
Fitch Ratings has downgraded China's sovereign credit rating, warning about a credit build-up in the economy that could threaten the recovery. The agency cited "underlying structural weaknesses" and a growing risk from shadow banking.   

Deadly quake in south-west Iran's Bushehr province
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has killed at least 37 people and injured 850 in south-west Iran, officials say. Rescue teams have been sent to the affected area, but darkness is hampering rescue operations. The quake struck 90km (60 miles) south of the country's only nuclear power station in Bushehr, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says.   

Syria Leads G8 Foreign Minister Talks
Syria tops the agenda as G8 foreign ministers gather for talks Wednesday in London. Britain and France are expected to continue their push to lift a European Union arms embargo and allow shipments of weapons to rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Some EU members worry that a flood of weapons would only worsen the Syrian crisis.   

Student charged in Texas college stabbing attack
A student who told police he'd fantasized for years about stabbing people to death was charged Tuesday with carrying out a building-to-building attack at a Texas community college that wounded at least 14 people, many of whom were stabbed in the face and neck, authorities said.   

Despite talk of imminent launch, a calm in NKorea
North Korea has completed preparations for a missile test that could come any day, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said as Pyongyang prepares to mark the April 15 birthday of its founder, historically a time when it seeks to draw the world's attention with dramatic displays of military power.   

Nikkei at highest close in nearly five years
Japan's Nikkei average climbed to its highest closing level in nearly five years on Wednesday, with traders citing new money coming into the market after the central bank started its ultra-loose monetary easing this week.  

09 Apr 13

Military warned 'evangelicals' No. 1 threat
Soldiers in the U.S. military have been told in a training briefing that evangelical Christians are the No. 1 extremist threat to America – ahead of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, KKK, Nation of Islam, al-Qaida, Hamas and others.  

Iran earthquake felt in UAE and Arabian Gulf
Al Ain: Aftershocks of a powerful 6.1 magnitude earthquake near the port city of Bushehr were felt in many parts of the UAE, including Dubai, Sharjah and other emirates on Tuesday afternoon.   

US navy laser cannon shoots down drone during testing
(Video) Footage released by the US navy shows a powerful laser cannon shoot down a drone aircraft during testing. The new weapon, known as the Laser Weapon System or Laws, is being billed as a step towards transforming warfare and will be deployed on US navy ships.   

Palin, Beck flip out over MSNBC ad
MSNBC is airing a provocative message for parents: Your kids belong to the community – not to you. The network released a promo video featuring Melissa Harris-Perry, host of a weekend morning MSNBC show and professor of political science at Tulane University, who says Americans must grow beyond the idea that children belong to their parents.   

PAC3 missile interceptors deployed in Tokyo
Japan's Defense Ministry has deployed surface-to-air interceptor missiles at its premises in central Tokyo to prepare for a possible missile launch by North Korea.   

Pyongyang warns foreigners to evacuate S. Korea, threatens ‘thermonuclear’ war
Pyongyang has issued a warning urging foreign nationals to evacuate South Korea, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. The statement was followed by threats from North Korea of “thermonuclear” war on the Korean Peninsula.   

Strong earthquake off the coast of Western Java
The indonesian seismological service reports a Magnitude of 5.5 at a depth of 10 km (preliminary values).   

Israeli – Turkish reconciliation talks postponed
Israel may have apologized, but it seems that normalization of relations is still far off. A few hours after the families of Marmara fatalities announced they would not drop their suit even if they receive compensation, it turns out the meeting between the Israeli and Turkish delegations, who were set to discuss several central issues for the return to normalization, will be put off till April 22, at the request of the Turks.  

Unexplained mystery booms rumble across lower Michigan
The calls started to flood into the Branch County 911 Center around midnight. Each one reporting deafening loud booms and everyone believed the boom happened somewhere close. “We just heard a really loud bang outside our house and me and my kids are really scared...   

Radioactive water leaking from pits near Fukushima nuclear plant
Radioactive water is leaking from at least two of the temporary pits dug close to the Fukushima nuclear reactors, with experts warning that the latest crisis at the plant indicates just how precarious the situation remains. Tokyo Electric Power Co has said that it is transferring contaminated water from the two underground reservoirs and the procedure should be completed by Friday...   

Earthquakes Rattle Nerves In Local Area: Is New Madrid Waking Up?
Two tremors in the New Madrid Seismic Zone this week have people wondering if a big earthquake could be coming.   

Iran unveils uranium activities at Saghand and Ardakan
ran says it has begun operations at two uranium mines and a uranium ore processing plant, furthering its capacity to produce nuclear material. Low-grade uranium ore will be extracted at the Saghand mines and turned into purer uranium, known as yellowcake, at nearby Ardakan. It can then be enriched - a process which the West wants Iran to curtail.   

North Korea: Foreigners should evacuate South Korea
North Korea has warned foreigners in South Korea to take evacuation measures in case of war. This comes amid growing concern that the North may be about to launch a missile test. Pyongyang has been making bellicose threats against South Korea, Japan and US bases in the region.  

Israeli official: Hagel to visit this month
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will pay a first visit to Israel since taking office later this month to bolster the allies' cooperation in the Middle East, an Israeli official told Reuters on Tuesday. Hagel and his Israeli counterpart, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon who is also newly appointed, discussed the visit by phone last month... The official said Hagel would visit between April 21-23.   

Kerry in Israel: No 'open-ended, endless' Iran nuke talks
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday morning as he met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Iran will not be able to drag out the negotiations over its nuclear program indefinitely. "The United States of America has made clear that we stand not just with Israel, but with the entire international community...we are open to negotiation, but it is not an open-ended, endless negotiation," Kerry said...  


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