18 Apr 14
Peru evacuates Ubinas volcano area after ash cloud
The authorities in Peru say they are evacuating people living near the Ubinas volcano, in the south of the country, because of increased activity.
Officials said it would take three days to move 4,000 residents and their livestock to safer grounds.
Vladimir Putin Says Alaska Is Too Cold To Annex
Russian President Vladimir Putin quashed the possibility that Russia would annex Alaska while on a question-and-answer call-in show Thursday, adding that the former Russian colony is cold, too.
17 Apr 14
Ukrainian Jews Told To Register Or Be Deported
Ukrainian Jews leaving Passover eve prayers were handed leaflets ordering them to either register with an interim government that is trying to make the eastern province of Donetsk Russian or face deportation.
Princeton's James: Sanctions Against Russia Could Lead to Banking Crisis, Shooting War
Financial war could hurt the West's highly complex and interconnected financial system much more than it would hurt Russia's relatively isolated financial market, James writes in an article for Project Syndicate.
How Safe Is California? Earthquakes In Chile And Nicaragua Raise Questions About Preparedness
The U.S. and Japan are seen as the leaders in earthquake preparedness.
But a spike in seismic activity the past few years has even tiny countries like Nicaragua busy prepping for the worst.
Jews Arrested Trying to Perform Passover Sacrifice on Temple Mount
A group of eight Israeli Jews were arrested on Monday while attempting to ascend the Temple Mount and sacrifice a goat there in fulfillment of the biblical instructions regarding the Passover holiday.
Obama administration begins stealth bailout of Detroit
President Barack Obama is using $100 million in taxpayer cash to help keep Detroit’s pension funds afloat, contradicting his administration’s commitment to avoid a bailout.
Temple Mount Clash Over Passover Sacrifice
An attempt to slaughter an animal for a Passover sacrifice atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has led to the arrest of eight Jews and a new wave of criticism against the Israeli government.
According to local media, eight Jews were taken into custody Monday as they ascended the mount, considered the holiest site in Judaism where two of God’s temples once stood. They were carrying a goat and were reportedly seeking to slay the animal in accordance with biblical instructions.
3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded Near Helena
HELENA, Oklahoma - An earthquake rattled residents near Helena, Oklahoma, Thursday morning. According to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, a 3.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 6:50 a.m.
Judge: North Dakota 'fetal heartbeat' abortion law unconstitutional
North Dakota's ban on abortions once a fetus has a detectable heartbeat contradicts U.S. Supreme Court rulings, a federal judge said Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland's decision is certain to be appealed. Last year, he blocked the state from enforcing the law, the strictest of new limits on abortion passed recently by Republican state legislatures.
The US is not a democracy but an oligarchy, study concludes
"The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,”
Chance Of Flares
A broad cluster of four sunspots straddling the sun's equator is facing Earth. Each of the active regions has a 'beta-gamma' magnetic field that habors energy for M-class solar flares.
NASA's AIM spacecraft is discovering surprising "teleconnections" in Earth's atmosphere that link weather and climate across vast distances.
Feds accused of leaving trail of wreckage after Nevada ranch standoff
The federal agency that backed down over the weekend in a tense standoff with a Nevada rancher is being accused of leaving a trail of wreckage behind.
Fox News toured the damage -- allegedly caused by the Bureau of Land Management -- which included holes in water tanks and destroyed water lines and fences. According to family friends, the bureau's hired "cowboys" also killed two prize bulls.
The First Commandment: How Spiritual Is America Today?
In the first of a ten-part series called The Ten Today, Sara Israelsen-Hartley at Deseret News meditates on the First of the Ten Commandments and its meaning for modern America.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen to Follow Reagan's 'Taylor Rule'
Yellen made it clear she is was focused on moving Federal Reserve (Fed) policy back to the “Taylor Rule” that was first implemented during President Reagan Administration and for the next 30 years resulted in a period of low inflation and high economic growth. Conservatives and the youth should be optimistic that America is moving back into that “shining city on a hill.”
Swarm of deadly Asian hornets could be heading to Britain
Swarms of deadly Asian hornets which have already killed six in France could be on their way to Britain, experts have warned.
Southern parts of England are likely to be among the first hit by the invasive non-native species, who may be able to cross the channel from France, where the hornets first arrived in 2005 and are spreading “rapidly”.
2,000 PLA troops could invade Diaoyutai in 5 hours: WSJ
China has the ability to deploy 2,000 troops to the disputed Diaoyutai islands (Diaoyu to China, Senkaku to Japan) in just five hours using its four Zubr-class air-cushioned landing craft purchased from Russia, according to an Apr. 2 report in the Wall Street Journal.
Fearing repeat of riots, police bar non-Muslims from Temple Mount
Holy site shuttered to Jews and tourists day after violent clashes rock compound; move comes as thousands gather for priestly blessing. The closure order came as tens of thousands of Jews gathered at the Western Wall plaza for the traditional priestly blessing ceremony that takes place during the Passover and Sukkot festivals.
The USPS wants to mine and sell data gathered from your mail
The United States Postal Service is looking to get in on the big-data-for-profit game played by tech giants like Facebook and Google, and begin mining and selling private data gathered from personal mail sent from and received by Americans everywhere.
USPS...is “actively looking for ways to build new business lines around what not long ago might have been considered science fiction,” eCommerce Bytes reports.
Earthquake felt over much of Interior, Southcentral Alaska
A 5.1-magnitude earthquake that shook Southcentral Alaska early Wednesday afternoon was also felt by some people in Fairbanks. The quake occurred at 12:24 p.m. and was centered about 40 miles north of Talkeetna, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center in Fairbanks.
Obama warns of "consequences" for Russian actions destabilizing Ukraine
President Obama put Russian President Vladimir Putin on notice Wednesday evening, warning that further actions to destabilize the interim Ukrainian government will result in consequences from both the United States and Europe.
...Mr. Obama said it was "absolutely clear" that Russia had violated Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity...and they continue to do so by supporting "non-state militias" in southern and eastern Ukraine.
Moderate earthquake jolts southern Iran
Iran's state TV says a magnitude 5.3 earthquake has jolted a sparsely populated district in the south of the country. The quake was moderate and no injuries were reported.
Earthquake causes panic among population in south-west of Turkey
According to the Kandili Observatory of the Bogazici University and the Earthquake Research Institute, the earthquake occurred at 02:49 local time on April 17 and caused panic among the local population. The earthquake occurred at a depth of five kilometers.
Earthquake tremors felt in Northamptonshire
People in Northamptonshire felt an earthquake this morning that measured 3.2 on the Richter scale.
EU countries to boost defence budgets in light of Ukraine
Military chiefs have said the Ukraine crisis is a “wake-up call” for EU countries’ defence spending, as the US backed Ukraine’s use of force in eastern regions.
...the deputy chief of the EU’s external action service, Maciej Popowski, said: “We’ve had 70 years of peace now [in Europe], but we see that power politics is back with a vengeance, so it’s a wake-up call and now we need to get serious about defence.”
Russia and China forge closer ties, as EU explores sanctions
Russia is rolling out two major projects – a gas pipeline and a Crimea deep water port – with China, as EU countries and the US weigh options on economic sanctions.
Russia’s ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told EUobserver on Wednesday (16 April) that work on the “Power of Siberia” pipeline and the Chinese construction of a 25-metre-deep port in Crimea are proceeding as normal despite the Ukraine crisis.
Flyers call for Jews to register with pro-Russians in Ukrainian city
Pro-Russian separatists from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine denied any involvement in the circulation of flyers calling on Jews to register with separatists and pay special taxes.
The flyers were distributed earlier this week in the city, where pro-Russian separatists led by Denis Pushilin this month took over several government buildings and declared their secession from Ukraine as the Donetsk Republic amid a standoff with authorities.
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks set to resume Thursday
Israeli-Palestinian talks are scheduled to resume Thursday, following a one-day postponement.
Israeli officials would neither confirm nor deny reports that the delay was because of the funeral of murdered police officer Baruch Mizrahi.
The Palestinians, meanwhile, said the postponement was due to an American request in order to allow the participation of US envoy Martin Indyk.
16 Apr 14
IRS documents show Lois Lerner wanted to sic the Justice Department on targeted conservative groups
Tax Exempt Organizations director Lois Lerner was talking to the Justice Department about criminal prosecutions for the groups targeted by her organization. She was also trying to get the Federal Elections Commission – where she used to work, under similar suspicions of politicized abuse of her authority – involved in the witch hunt.