25 Jul 14
‘We Will Not Tolerate Your Religion!’ School Fires Scientist for Questioning Evolution
A legal defense organization filed a lawsuit this week against California State University, alleging that the school fired a biologist for discovering scientific evidence that contradicted evolutionary theory. “It is frustrating because I made no conclusions in the paper, I just presented the factual data,” he said. “The only conclusions I drew were that ‘This needs to be investigated further.
In the middle of Solar Max, the sun has slipped into a state that resembles Solar Minimum. Sunspot numbers are low; the sun's X-ray and radio output are depressed; and NOAA forecasters estimate a scant 1% chance of solar flares during the next 24 hours.
Euro, shares sag as Ukraine woes hit German confidence
Signs that tensions between the West and Russia are starting to hurt confidence in Europe's dominant economy Germany left the euro near an eight-month low on Friday and lifted the region's government bonds.
Israel singles out Qatar as key Hamas terror sponsor
Gulf emirate is branded the villain behind Hamas belligerence, with PM’s former security adviser saying it funds tunnel diggers and rocket launchers.
For second time, rockets found at UN school in Gaza
“Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday. “As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons.”
Philippines Earthquake Today 2014 Strikes Hinundayan
Officials tell news that a 5.3 magnitude Philippines earthquake today began in the morning hours. The quake was shallow.
Earthquake felt in Southeast Alaska, no tsunami expected
An earthquake shook Southeast Alaska just before 3 a.m. Friday.
The preliminary magnitude 6.0 temblor was centered about 96 miles west of Juneau, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.
Politicians sound off on Kerry's latest cease-fire proposal ahead of cabinet meeting on matter
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) said on Friday that he is adamantly against US Secretary of State John Kerry's latest cease-fire proposal.
The security cabinet was set to meet on Friday afternoon to discuss Kerry's latest push, which would start with a seven day cease-fire that begins on Sunday.
Possible Tornado Kills 2, Injures Several Others at Virginia Campground
A possible tornado blew through a campground Thursday morning on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, killing at least two people and injuring 25 others, police said. Emergency crews were taking the injured to local hospitals from the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton County. Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital said it was treating 25 patients, including three in critical condition, a spokesman said.
Texas Sees 13 Percent Drop in Abortions With Controversial Pro-Life Law
Texas has experienced a 13 percent decline in its abortion rate since lawmakers pased a bill that requires abortion providers to meet basic health and safety standards at their facilities. The new law has led some clinic owners to close instead of paying for the mandatory upgrades.
Russia delivering weapons to Iraq: report
Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighters jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq's defence minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive.
Two Palestinians Killed In West Bank Protest
Israeli security forces have shot dead two Palestinians during a massive protest in the West Bank, according to medical officials.
The victims were among an estimated 10,000 people who clashed with soldiers and border police at a checkpoint in Qalandiya, between Jerusalem and Ramallah.
Israelis stranded in Turkey
Israelis yelled at Turks in Istanbul Ataturk Airport Thursday, after the US Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on flights to Tel Aviv, while Turkish Airlines extended its ban until July 31.
Al Qaeda Targeting U.S. Infrastructure for Digital 9/11
Al Qaeda, nation states, and criminals are preparing for major cyber attacks against U.S. infrastructure that could be comparable to the devastating September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, a senior Justice Department official said on Thursday.
Deadly 'superbug' is spreading in US hospitals
Cases of the contagious and deadly "superbug" known as CRE increased five-fold in community hospitals from 2008 to 2012 in the Southeastern U.S.,
24 Jul 14
Rep. Jordan to IRS on Lost Emails: ‘You Guys Were Never Going to Tell Us Until We Caught You’
My theory is this, Mr. Koskinen, you guys were never going to tell us until we caught you,” Jordan said.
Jordan explained that the committee first “caught” the IRS after a series of events which started with Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the IRS.
Judicial Watch found that there was a collaboration going on between the Justice Department (DOJ) and the IRS, namely that Lerner had communicated with the DOJ about “whether it was possible to criminally prosecute certain tax-exempt entities.”
What Happened to the Sunken City of Cuba?
"50,000 years ago there wasn't the architectural capacity in any of the cultures we know of to build complex buildings." A specialist in underwater archaeology at Florida State University added "It would be cool if they were right, but it would be real advanced for anything we would see in the New World for that time frame. The structures are out of time and out of place."
Islamists planning imminent attack in Norway: police
"We have information indicating that a terrorist action against Norway is planned to be carried out shortly, probably within days," Benedicte Bjoernland, the director of the Police Security Service, the police's intelligence unit, said.
Sanctions Could Push Russia Into Recession
Even before the U.S. announced tough new sanctions last week, Russia’s economy was already in trouble. After 15 years of strong growth driven by higher commodity prices, the economy is now on the edge of recession.
Group Warns UN Treaty on Persons with Disabilities Can Override Will of Parents
A Christian homeschooling organization is warning that a UN treaty approved this week by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee may threaten the rights of American parents to make their own decisions about their child’s care if that child is disabled.
On Tuesday, the Committee voted 12-6 in favor of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The vote was mostly along party lines, with the exception of Republican Sens. John McCain (AZ) and John Barrasso (WY), who approved of the proposal.
Sudanese woman spared death for apostasy arrives in Rome
A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan flew into Rome today on an Italian government plane, officials said.
Egypt army prevents 2 attacks on Israel near border
Egyptian military sources said that Egyptian troops killed
a "suicide bomber" who tried to approach the Israeli border near Kerem
Shalom military base on the border on Wednesday night. The sources told Ma'an that the army also destroyed a vehicle loaded with
Grad missiles shortly before they were launched towards Israeli territory.
Earthquakes Are Rising in Oklahoma, and Insurance Is Booming
Earthquakes used to be rare in Oklahoma, a handful per year or so. Not anymore. So far this year, the state has experienced some 2,300 earthquakes, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, an average of more than 11 per day.
Hezbollah Talks Big but Bows Out of the Gaza War
Hezbollah boss Hassan Nasrallah made a phone call to Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal on Monday and vowed to support “the resistance in Gaza in any way necessary.” Then Nasrallah, whose fame has spread far and wide over the years as the head of the Iranian-backed Lebanese “Party of God,” called Palestinians Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Salah to talk about maintaining close diplomatic ties in the fight against Israel.
But here’s the real message from Nasrallah: Hamas, you’re on your own.
Glenn Greenwald Suggests There's a Second NSA Leaker
Glenn Greenwald, one of the journalists who has worked closely with exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden to reveal the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs, says there may be a second leaker providing the NSA’s secrets to the press.
MERS Virus Found in Air in Camel Barn
Genetic fragments of the deadly MERS virus were detected in the air of a barn where an infected camel was kept, a new study says. The findings show the need for further studies to determine if Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) can be transmitted through the air, the researchers said.
Clouds spark quake fears
Meteorologists have dismissed rumors Beijing could be rocked by an earthquake following sightings of translucent clouds in the city on July 22, the Beijing News reported. Qiao Lin, director of the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, said the cloud formation indicated the weather would be hot and damp.
Increased Earthquake Risk Along New Madrid Fault, USGS says
USGS says the New Madrid Fault, which runs through a number of midwestern states, has been identified as an area that has potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought.
Air Algerie plane 'disappears' with 116 on board: live
Air Algerie plane with 110 passengers and six crew loses contact with air traffic control and disappears from radar after taking off from Burkina Faso on flight to Algeria.
...An Algerian aviation official has told Reuters that the last contact Algerian authorities had with the missing Air Algerie aircraft was at 0155 GMT when it was flying over Gao, Mali.
Feds Spending $10 Million to Build Robot Companions for Children
The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits.
The government has spent $2.15 million so far for the five-year project, which is being led by Yale University... “Robots Helping Kids,” will ultimately “deploy” robots into homes and schools to teach English as a second language, and encourage kids to exercise.