Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Al Qaeda sex files: How one insurgent made himself impotent to concentrate on jihad, and another was blackmailed with sex tape to be a spy

An Al Qaeda henchman used impotency injections so that he could focus on carrying out jihad and not on womanizing, according to investigators.

Divers find 'oldest shipwreck in the Caribbean' and treasure that could be worth millions

A chance encounter with a fisherman has led one team of treasure hunters to discover that they believe is the oldest shipwreck in the Caribbean. 

And after only diving the site - located off the Dominican Republic coast - a handful of times, the team at Deep Blue Marine has unearthed some serious treasure.

President Obama's father was a serial womanizer who had to be warned to stop his 'playboy ways'

With a father like this, it is a little wonder president obama did not want to release his full birth certificate.

Documents obtained from the U.S. immigration service paint a picture of a man who 'had an eye for the ladies' and, according to his file, had to be warned several times to stay away from girls at the university.

Irans' president and supreme leader in rift over minister's reinstatement

A rift is emerging between Iran's president and its supreme leader, prompting several members of the parliament to call for the impeachment of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has not been seen in public for days.

The fed will make sure Obama wins in 2012: Strategist

As we approach next year's presidential elections, the chances of President Barack Obama being ousted by a rival from either side of the political divide are low, according to Thanos Papasavvas, the head of currency management at Investec Asset Management.

Superman renounces his U.S. citizenship

Superman today renounced his U.S. citizenship, saying he is "tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy."

"Truth, justice, and the American way, it's not enough anymore."

British man arrested on racism charges for signing 'Kung Fu Fighting'

Police arrested a singer on racism charged after a man reportedly of Chinese descent complained about his performance of the song "Kung Fu Fighting," according to reports.

"We were performing Kung Fu fighting, as we do during all out sets," he (Simon Ledger, 34) told the newspaper. 

US economic growth slows to 1.8%

The US economy slowed during the first three months of the year to an annualized rate of 1.8% as higher petrol prices and severe weather curbed growth. Previous consensus forecasts had pitched growth at between 2% and 2.5% for the first quarter.

San Francisco activists bring male circumcision ban closer to vote

A U.S. group opposed to male circumcision said they have collected more than enough signatures for a proposal to ban the practice in San Francisco as a ballot measure for November elections.

Syria secretly tried to build nuclear reactor, UN watchdog says

IAEA secretary general unequivocally confirms suggestions made in previous watchdog reports that the structure hit allegedly by Israel in 2007 could have been a reactor under construction.

Poll: Obama approval at all time low in crucial state

Some new poll numbers out of Pennsylvania may not make President Barack Obama's re-election team jump for joy.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday indicates that 53 percent of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of the job the president's doing in the White House, with 42 percent saying they approve of how Obama's handling his duties.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Democrats strip unions of bargaining rights

House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.

"... the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers' rights."

"It's pretty stunning," said Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.

"These are the same Democrats that all these labor unions elected."

A fake certificate? Obama Certificate of Live Birth doctored

The first image is of Obama's birth certificate opened in Adobe Illustrator CS3.

You can see that there are groups and layers for this documents.

The second image shows that the background was added as a layer and wasn't part of the original document.

The third and fourth images show that the dates were doctored.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ford earns $2.6 billion, shares rally

Ford Motor Co. reported Tuesday its best first-quarter profit since 1998, benefiting from strong demand for both smaller cars and pickups while expressing confidence in its ability to handle parts shortages following last month's earthquake in Japan.

Flashback: General Motors stock hits new low

General Motors Co.'s stock hit a new low Monday since it went public in November, closing below $30 a share for the first time.

Mexican actress gets jail time in immigration, marriage fraud case

A federal judge has sentenced a Mexican actress and her husband after they admitted committing marriage fraud so she could enter the United States.

According to affidavit, a witness told authorities that Romero paid $5,000 to Ross, a musician and former pizza delivery man, to participate in a bogus marriage. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Owners of Mexican restaurants face immigration charges

The owners of a regional Mexican restaurant chain have been indicated on immigration and tax evasion charges as part of broader crackdown on employers hiring illegal immigrants, federal officials said on Wednesday.

Alaska cop found to be illegal immigrant: prosecutors

An Anchorage police officer accused of being an illegal immigrant using a fake identity has been arrested and charged with passport fraud, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

NRA chief says Obama re-election will "gut Second Amendment"

The chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association said Tuesday that re-electing President Obama would threaten gun rights for individuals living in the United States.

"I believe that the Second Amendment hangs by on vote, and this 2012 election could break the back of it one way or the other," said Wayne LaPierre, the association's CEO and executive vice president during a speech in Arkansas.

Is Donald Trump running for president so his wife can sell her jewelry line?

Donald Trump might be pretending to run for president in order to drum up ratings for Celebrity Apprentice. 

Or he might have another reason: Perhaps The Donald is being a good husband and trying to help his wife sell her jewelry line.

'Apprentice' star: 'Trump presidency a stunt'

Donald Trump's mooted presidential campaign is simply a "trick" designed to boost ratings for Celebrity Apprentice, a contestant on the current season has claimed.

NASA discovers ice lake on Mars

NASA scientists recently discovered an underground dry ice lake containing more carbon dioxide than originally thought. The trapped carbon dioxide is thought to have come from the planet's atmosphere earlier in history when it was conducive for life on Mars to exist.

TSA screener charged in distributing child pornography

A passenger screener at Philadelphia International Airport is facing charges that he distributed more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook, records show.

Investigation: Government ordered cellphone companies to spy on users

The controversy generated as a result of computer researchers discovering a hidden file that allows Apple to track the location of iPhone and iPad users has been treated as a shocking revelation by the media, and yet since October 2011, the FCC has mandated that all wireless carriers track the location of their users down to within 50 feet.

Veteran GOP pollster declines offer to join Trump team

Tony Fabrizio, a long-time Republican pollster and strategist, has turned down Donald Trump on his very public offer to have him join his potential 2012 presidential bid, if and when he decides to run.

Republican state senator cleared from Democrats' complaint

Republican state Sen. Dan Kapanke has been cleared of any wrongdoing alleged in a complaint filed by chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Abbas: Obama led me on

In unusually blunt remarks to Newsweek, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas lashes out at US president over his handling of peace process with Israel, attitude to Egypt's Mubarak.

Cairo prison prepares for Mubarak's arrival

Officials of Tora Prison in Cairo are preparing for the arrival of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Thailand and Cambodia resume fighting along border

Thai and Cambodian forces have clashed for a fourth day along their disputed border, despite calls by the UN for a ceasefire.

EPA rules force Shell to abandon oil drilling plans

Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Oceans off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA's Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight. 

Obama to ignore ban on Czars

President Barack Obama is planning to ignore language in the 2011 spending package that would ban several top White HOuse advisory posts.

U.S. confirms mulling Syria sanctions in response to crackdown on protesters

U.S. officials says Obama administration considering sanctions against senior officials in Assad's government; sanctions could include freeze on assets and ban on U.S. business dealings.

NYC Elections Board: Trump skipped primary voting for two decades

Donald Trump says he's considering running in this primary for the Republican presidential nomination, but the real estate mogul didn't vote in primary elections for more than two decades, according to the New York City Board of Elections.

Obama has created one commission a month since taking office

As a candidate for president, Barack Obama called study commissions created by politicians "Washington-speak for we'll get back to you later."

He mocked his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, for suggesting a commission study the Wall Street meltdown, saying, "We don't need a commission to tell us how we got into this mess, we need a president who will lead us out of this mess, and that's the kind of president I intend to be."

But President Obama has already created about two dozen study commissions, blue-ribbon panels and task forces of his own -- roughly one a month since he took office -- to study not only major economic issues but childhood obesity, Hispanics and the middle class.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

President predicts Pelosi will again be Speaker of the House

President Obama this week predicted that Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hasn't seen her last stint as House Speaker - an indication Democrats remain confident they can win back control of the House sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

657 new islands discovered worldwide

The Earth has 657 more barrier islands than previously thought, according to a new global survey by researchers from Duke University and Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.

Shooting suspect linked to Compton Street gang by own face, mustache

The 27-year-old California man, Jose Martinez, was arrested early Sunday for allegedly shooting at a vehicle in Sacramento. Martinez, a parolee, was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of firearm.

Man bites dog, then sues over police canine's act

A 33-year-old man who bit back after he was caught by a Phoenix police do is suing police.

Erin Sullivan alleges that dog violated his civil rights and used excessive force to capture him after he ran from officers in Glendale during a burglary investigation last year.

Belly dancing sinks NYC woman's disability claim

A New York City woman who was getting $850 a month in alimony because she was supposedly disabled and unable to work had her payments slashed after her ex-husband spotted online photos of her belly dancing.

Buster finally comes down from tree after 9 days

Buster has finally come down from a 150-foot pine tree in northwestern South Carolina after nince days, but the cat's owners aren't happy with local officials.

Thugs hurl brick in four-year-old girl's face

'How can they live with themselves?': Vile thugs hurl brick in four-year-old girl's face after her father tells them to stop kicking football at his van.

JFK demanded UFO files 10 days before death

An uncovered letter written by John F Kennedy to the head of the CIA hows that the president demanded to be shown highly confidential documents about UFOs 10 days before his assassination. 

Fidel Castro resigns as head of Communist Party, ceding power to Raul

Fidel Castro confirmed his exit from the Communist Party leadership on Tuesday, ceding power to his brother Raul as delegates prepare to vote on changes that could bring term limits to key posts.

Charred corpses line road after Nigeria vote riots over Christian president

Burned corpses with machete wounds lay in roads and smoke rose above this city where rioting broke out again Tuesday among Muslim opposition supporters who were angered by the announcement that the Christian incumbent president had won the election.

U.S. debt hits historic milestone topping $14.3 trillion for first time

The national debt has passed another historical milestone, topping $14.3 trillion for the first time ever, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury late Monday afternoon. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Obama 'will likely lose in 2012,' -- unless GOP bails him out

"Barack Obama can be taken, and his adversaries haven't even notice," Noonan says, citing economic and polling data. "In fact, he will likely lose in 2012."

"Only one thing can save him," she adds: a bad Republican candidate.

Rangel junket organizer pleads guilty

Karl Rodney, the organizer of the Caribbean junkets that were the downfall of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), has pled guilty to lying to congress. During the Justice Department investigation, NLPC received a Grand Jury subpoena to provide photographs, audio recordings, and other material from a November 2008 conference in St. Maarten.

Rise of the machines: Unmanned aircraft are moving us towards a 'Terminator-like' world, says Ministry of Defence

The increased use of unmanned aircraft in conflict zones makes war more likely, and risks creating a 'Terminator-like' world, the Ministry of Defence has warned.

Muslims riot in Nigeria over Christian president

Angry opposition supporters in Nigeria's Muslim north set fire to homes bearing ruling party banners Monday and heavy gunfire rang out in several towns as election officials released results showing the Christian incumbent had gained an insurmountable lead. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

CNN: TSA security looks at people who complain about ... TSA security

Don't like the way airport screeners are doing their job? You might not want to complain too much while standing in line.

Donald Trump's political 'pit bull': Meet Michael Cohen

The man behind Donald Trump's possible 2012 presidential campaign is a registered Democrat who voted for Barack Obama in 2008. 

Volunteered for 1988 presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

Worked for a Democratic member of Congress.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Unemployment claims increase by 27,000

Today's jobless claims report showed a notable increase to initial unemployment claims and declined to continued unemployment claims as a significant declining trend continued to materialize for both initial and traditional continued claims.

Philadelphia Public Health Department encouraged 11-year-olds get condoms

Children as young as 11 years old are encouraged to get free condoms sent to them, compliments of the Philadelphia Public Health Department. 

Blago repeats call: play the tapes

Just as he'd done in advance of his federal trial a year ago, a defiant Rod Blagojevich challenged the government and demanded it release all of the evidence they have against him, including secretly-recorded telephone conversations.

"... my chief of staff told me, that Rahm Emanuel said that pending Barack Obama's approval, he agreed to be the go-between me and Mike Madigan [and] I would appoint Madigan's daughter the senator in exchange for passing a public works bill ..."

Man 'engulfed in flames' at San Francisco porn shop

A man was hospitalized Wednesday evening with life-threatening, third-degree burns after catching fire inside a San Francisco porn store, authorities told CBS 5.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

France may make it illegal to pay for sex

France is to consider making it illegal to pay for sex, in a rethink of prostitution laws.

Fired workers say Chipotle was soft on immigration

The hundreds of illegal immigrants recently fired from fast-growing burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc has a pretty good run when it came to job security.

"Not only did some get jobs with fake Social Security numbers and few questions about their immigration status, in some cases they actually told managers point-blank their papers were no good. And they often stayed on for years."

Mother drives minivan into river with kids

A mother and three children were found dead in a submerged minivan she intentionally drove into the Hudson River after a fourth child escaped and got help, officials said on Wednesday.

Associated Press falls for GE hoax

The Associated Press has had to withdraw a story reporting that General Electric would pay $3.2 billion tax refund to the U.S. Treasury after it was revealed that the story was based on a hoax press release.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Main House passes sovereignty resolution

The Maine House of Representatives is asking Congress to respect state sovereignty.

By a 79-67 vote today, the Republican-controlled House passed the non-binding resolution that says some congressional mandates exceed federal power. It now awaits a Senate vote.

UN document would give bugs, trees same rights as humans

Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving "Mother Earth" the same rights as humans - having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country.

Gbagbo offered U.S. professorship to end crisis

Laurent Gbagbo was offered the chance to teach at Boston University in the United States if he would renounce his claim to be president of Ivory Coast and end the country's civil war, sources familiar with the negotiation told CNN Tuesday.

Iceland's penis museum finally gets human specimen

In life, Pall Arason sought attention. In death, he is getting it: The 95-year-old Icelander's pickled penis will be the main attraction in one of his country's most bizarre museums.

Strongets Obama supporters at lowest level

President Barack Obama's strongest supporters in the United States are at the lowest level of his presidency yet and support from liberals is also sharply down from earlier this month, according to a daily presidential tracking poll.

Obama regrets vote against raising debt limit

The White House says President Barack Obama regrets his 2006 vote against raising the debt ceiling. 

Budget tricks help Obama save programs from cuts, "accounting maneuvers"

Details of the budget deal struck between the White House and Congress last week reveal that a large portion of the $38 billion worth of budget cuts would be achieved by pruning money left over from previous years, axing programs President Barack Obama had already been targeting and accounting maneuvers. 

NY Democrats criticize Obama's budget compromise, 'Irresponsible, dangerous, and immoral'

New York's congressional delegation trashed President Obama's budget compromise Monday, calling it "irresponsible," "dangerous" and "immoral."

Rights groups condemn Egypt blogger jail sentence

The sentencing of a blogger to jail for criticizing Egypt's army has drawn a chorus of objection from rights groups, who say the country's ruling military council is drawing red lines around free speech.

Chicago school bans some lunches brought from home

To encourage healthful eating, Chicago school doesn't allow kids to bring lunches or certain snacks from home -- and some parents, and many student, aren't fans of the policy.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray arrested for protesting cuts in government spending

A crowd of 200 to 300 gathered near the Hart Senate Office Building in opposition to a budget bill passed last week because it places new limits on the city. One measure prevents Washington from spending government funds, even local money, on abortion services. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Teachers support cop-killer

Between negotiating for more benefits and teaching their students, the California Federation of Teachers has adopted a resolution of support for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.