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  • Dubuque school qualifies for free breakfasts, lunches

    02/01/2015 7:32:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Albany Times Union ^ | January 31, 2015 | BY STACEY BECKER
    DUBUQUE, Iowa — Ashley Rokusek ate mini blueberry muffins at her classroom desk on Friday. "It's kind of cool to eat in the classroom," said Rokusek, a fifth-grader at Holy Ghost Elementary School. This school year, all 83 Holy Ghost students have qualified for free breakfast, served in classrooms, and lunch during school. Holy Ghost qualified for a federal community eligibility provision based on the percentage of students who receive free-and-reduced lunches through the National School Lunch Program. Approximately 57 percent of the students received free-and-reduced lunches the prior year. "The goal of the program is to reduce food insecurities,"...
  • Shiite militias add to insecurity in Baghdad, some say

    02/01/2015 7:05:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 1, 2015 | By MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE AND NABIH BULOS
    When his father disappeared Dec. 18, Alaa Dawood reported him missing to the police but had little faith that they would find the elderly man, who had suffered brain damage when he was kidnapped six years ago and tortured by militants. Shiite militias empowered by the government to fight Sunni militants have been asked to stand down by Prime Minister Haider Abadi, and police say they have assumed control of investigations and patrols. But many Baghdadis, including Shiites like Dawood, said they still fear the militias, which they said operate with impunity. Casualty figures in 2014 were the highest since...
  • California’s new license process has kinks but working

    02/01/2015 6:41:56 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    San Bernardino County Sun ^ | February 1, 2015 | By Leslie Parrilla
    A month after the rollout of California’s massive effort to issue driver’s licenses to 1.5 million undocumented immigrants, the process is working overall in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. Still, many applicants report a mixed bag of experiences. Local advocacy groups are scrambling to address overflowing driver’s license preparation classes. Some test-takers are showing up at the Department of Motor Vehicles without studying, and some tech-phobes fear the touch-screen test format that allows four minutes for each question. Language kinks were being untangled last week for Mixteco speakers after confusion over whether translators could assist during the written and...
  • Climate Change’s Bottom Line

    02/01/2015 6:08:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 31, 2015 | By BURT HELM
    It was 8 degrees in Minneapolis on a recent January day, and out on Interstate 394, snow whipped against the windshields of drivers on their morning commutes. But inside the offices of Cargill, the food conglomerate, Greg Page, the company’s executive chairman, felt compelled to talk about global warming. Mr. Page is a member of the Risky Business Project, an unusual collection of business and policy leaders determined to prepare American companies for climate change. It’s a prestigious club, counting a former senator, five former White House cabinet members, two former mayors and two billionaires in the group. The 10...
  • Why I believe there is a difference between Scottish muslim and the rest of the UK

    02/01/2015 5:58:19 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Herald Scotland ^ | February 1, 2015 | by Imran Azam
    ... The Muslim population in the UK numbers 3.5 million. A large percentage can trace their roots back to a rural region of Pakistan controlled Kashmir and Sylhet in Bangladesh. They arrived uneducated and with a very narrow, insular strand of Islam and settled in the North of England or inner city London. In comparison the Indian community who settled in Britain were middle class and possessed a strong entrepreneurial background as well as placing a high priority on education. Many were expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin. After 50 years in the UK the Indian community continues to thrive...
  • Opinion: The responsible investor’s guide to climate change

    01/29/2015 7:11:10 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Market Watch ^ | January 29, 2015 | By Jeffrey D. Sachs and Lisa Sachs
    Around the world, institutional investors — including pension funds, insurance companies, philanthropic endowments, and universities — are grappling with the question of whether to divest from oil, gas, and coal companies. The reason, of course, is climate change: Unless fossil-fuel consumption is cut sharply — and phased out entirely by around 2070, in favor of zero-carbon energy such as solar power — the world will suffer unacceptable risks from human-induced global warming. How should responsible investors behave in the face of these unprecedented risks? American universities are on the front line of this debate, pushed by their students, who are...
  • California Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

    01/28/2015 12:10:26 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 114 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 28, 2015 | By FENIT NIRAPPIL
    California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in pushing back against the fast-growing device. The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine, although there is still more research to be done on the immediate and long-term health effects. "Without action, it is likely that California's more than two decades of progress to prevent and reduce traditional tobacco use will erode as e-cigarettes re-normalize smoking behavior," the report says.
  • So does this huge blizzard disprove climate change?

    01/27/2015 3:12:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 27, 2015 | by Jessica Mendoza
    As the first major snowstorm of 2015 bears down on the Northeast, many pundits have taken the opportunity to mock the idea that humans are changing the climate. After all, it's very difficult to think "global warming" when your car is buried in snow. Still, all this doesn't necessarily mean that this particular blizzard was caused by, or made more intense by, human activity. Spotting the fingerprints of climate change in the middle of a blizzard is no easy task. But here's one thing we do know: As the climate continues to change, we can expect more weather like this.
  • On climate change, 'not a scientist' not enough for some U.S. Republicans

    01/27/2015 2:57:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 27, 2015 | BY VALERIE VOLCOVICI AND AMANDA BECKER
    ... "'I'm not a scientist' won't be a winner in the presidential field," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said of the now common response Republican lawmakers and candidates offer when asked about climate change. With the national party largely silent on the issue, conservative environmental groups like ConservAmerica are stepping up efforts to sharpen the Republican message. In recent months they have held meetings for like-minded conservatives and met with lawmakers and aides in a bid to help craft a new Republican environmental platform. Attempts to strike a softer tone will collide with entrenched resistance, primarily from the donor network in...
  • Army Says Still No Decision on Bowe Bergdahl's Fate

    01/27/2015 2:49:05 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 27, 2015 | By LUIS MARTINEZ
    No decision has been made about Bowe Bergdahl's future, military officials said today, as an Army general continues to review the circumstances surrounding his 2009 disappearance that led to five years in Taliban captivity. The Army issued a statement today denying media reports that said Bergdahl would be charged with desertion, possibly as early as next week. Major General Ronald Lewis, the head of Army public affairs, labeled the reports as "patently false." "To be clear, there have been no actions or decisions on the Sergeant Bergdahl investigation," Lewis said. The investigation remains with Milley, "who will determine appropriate action...
  • Fannie, Freddie 3%-down mortgages can be safe, FHFA director says

    01/27/2015 10:15:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Market Watch ^ | January 27, 2015 | By Steve Goldstein
    WASHINGTON — Mortgages with low down payments can be just as safe if other underwriting conditions are met, a federal housing regulator said Tuesday. Mel Watt, the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, was testifying in front of the House Financial Services Committee, after Fannie Mae FNMA, +0.47% and Freddie Mac FMCC, +0.47% both started making mortgages available to those who make down payments of just 3%. That has raised the ire of Republicans, who say the move risks a repeat of the housing bubble. “All things being equal, is a 3% down loan riskier to the taxpayer than...
  • Filipinos joining applicants for Calif. driver’s license for undocumented

    01/27/2015 8:17:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    INQUIRER.net ^ | January 27, 2015 | by Rose G. Paquette
    SAN MATEO, California — No more pedaling the bicycle or ridesharing with relatives and friends to work or to bring the children to school. This month, the Department of Motor Vehicles started issuing special licenses to people who cannot prove their legal presence in the country. So-called irregular Filipino immigrants are among the people joining the long lines of applicants for a California driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Immigrant advocates say some applicants who previously held licenses under Social Security numbers that were not their own have been told they will need to meet with a DMV...
  • Venezuela tops list (again) of most miserable countries: Cato Institute

    01/27/2015 6:54:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 26, 2015
    Last year ended an "annus horribilis" for many countries, according to a new economic ranking, with Venezuela once again topping the list as the most miserable place on Earth. Rounding out the top five are Argentina—reeling from plunging foreign exchange reserves and a protracted standoff with bondholders; Ukraine, Syria and Iran. So which country is the least miserable on the planet? Tiny Brunei. Its oil-and-gas-powered economy is among the most fully employed and fastest growing in the world. And it also has low inflation and interest rates. Switzerland is right behind the oil rich sultanate, followed by China, Taiwan and...
  • Massachusetts Nuclear Reactor Shuts Down During Snowstorm

    01/27/2015 6:21:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 27, 2015
    PLYMOUTH, Mass. - Officials say a Massachusetts nuclear power plant was forced to shut down during the blizzard but there was no danger to the public. In a statement, officials at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth said it stopped operating in accordance with procedure after distribution lines that send power from the plant to the electric grid became inoperable because of the weather. The plant said safety systems worked as designed and there was no threat to plant workers or the public.
  • Obama Ends Visit With Challenge to India on Climate Change

    01/27/2015 6:15:52 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | by PETER BAKER and ELLEN BARRY
    NEW DELHI — President Obama pressed India on Tuesday to do more to curb the pollution that is choking its capital and contributing to global climate change, as he wrapped up a visit that yielded no meaningful breakthrough on the issue. While India and the United States agreed to cooperate in promoting cleaner energy, Mr. Obama left after three days without the sort of specific commitment to curbing greenhouse gases that he won in China last year. Instead, he used a farewell speech before his departure to argue that India had an obligation to step up, despite its economic challenges.
  • Californians received $3.2 billion in Obamacare premium subsidies

    01/27/2015 5:57:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 26, 2015 | by Chad Terhune
    * Almost 90% of Obamacare enrollees in California qualified for financial help based on their income last year. * Average monthly Obamacare subsidy in California was $436 per household last year. * A big challenge for California's health insurance exchange is signing up more middle-income people. Californians received $3.2 billion in Obamacare premium subsidies during the rollout of the federal health law last year. Those individuals and families paid $1.1 billion in premiums themselves, meaning for every dollar they spent the federal government paid an additional $3 to their health insurer. Health policy experts said the fact that subsidies covered...
  • U.S. durable-goods orders plunge 3.4% in December

    01/27/2015 5:44:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Market Watch ^ | January 27, 2015 | By Greg Robb
    Orders for durable U.S. goods plunged 3.4% in December, the fourth decline in the past five months, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The decline was well below expectations. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected durable-goods orders to rise 0.1%. Adding to the sense of weakness, durable-goods orders for November were revised up to show a 2.1% decline instead of a drop of 0.9%.
  • Japanese leader 'speechless' over apparent beheading by Islamic State

    01/25/2015 7:44:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | By PATRICK J. MCDONNELL
    A video distributed Saturday on the Internet showed what appears to be a Japanese hostage saying that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed and outlining a new militant demand for his release. In the video, the hostage, a man identified as Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist, appears to be holding a photo of his countryman, Haruna Yukawa, who has been beheaded. The case has drawn a great deal of attention in Japan and spawned a crisis for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had vowed to do what he could to save the two men. Abe said...
  • Former Mexican President Says Most Undocumented Immigrants Don't Want To Become US Citizens

    01/25/2015 7:22:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | By David Sirota
    DAVOS -- The crackdown on illegal immigration combined with intensified border security has prompted large numbers of undocumented Mexican laborers to remain in the U.S. permanently -- even as many prefer to go home -- out of fear they will never be able to return, former Mexican President Felipe Calderon told International Business Times. “Many of them are currently trapped,” Calderon told IBTimes. “There are a lot of these people [who] want to be in Mexico eight months every year, but they are unable to go there, because if they cross the border, they will never be able to cross...
  • Two undocumented citizens arrested at Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 7:09:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The DesMoines Register | January 24, 2015 | by Ben Rodgers
    LINK ONLY:  Two undocumented citizens arrested at Freedom Summit
  • 3 killed, 17 wounded in weekend shootings

    01/25/2015 7:01:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 25, 2015
    Three men were killed and at least 17 other people were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon. 19-year-old Anfernee Durant was shot in the foot, leg and side in a possible drive-by attack in the 7800 block of South Vincennes. Durant was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was pronounced dead about an hour later Police said he was a documented gang member. 18-year-old Tyree D. Harris was standing outside in the 6800 block of South Western when someone walked up and shot him in the head. Harris was taken to Christ Medical Center, where...
  • Climate change is not a concern for CEOs? That should keep us all awake

    01/25/2015 6:14:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | January 25, 2015
    The first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos was dominated by calls for 2015 to be a year of action on climate change. But while some in the business community worry about sustainability, there is plenty of evidence that the vast bulk of business executives give it no consideration at all. “We are seeing the accelerated impact of climate change,” World Bank boss Jim Yong Kim said in a speech on Wednesday. “Last year was the hottest on record. That matters. Extreme weather is real. It’s a complete no-brainer to move towards cleaner, more livable cities.” Yet according...
  • ‘Rise as one’ call to Sydney rally of Muslims

    01/25/2015 6:07:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | January 24, 2015 | by Ean Higgins
    HIZB ut-Tahrir leaders last night urged a crowd of about 500 in Sydney’s Lakemba to rise as one to defend­ the name of the prophet Mohammed, extolling them to reject the West’s concept of freedom of speech as a “smokescreen” to oppress Muslims. Organisers warmed up the audience with a series of chants including “rise, Muslims, take a stand, defend the prophet hand in hand” and “the prophet that you defame, Allah will protect his name”. One speaker, Sufyan Badar, told the crowd it had gathered not as a reflection of freedom of association, but as a “response to the...
  • Sydney Muslims rally against free speech

    01/25/2015 5:56:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | January 25, 2015 | BY RICHARD JAMES
    Sydney - On Friday night, a group of nearly 1,000 protesters assembled in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba to oppose what organisers classed as negative coverage of the Islamic faith and to reject the notion of free speech. Local Muslim leader Sufyan Badar addressed the throng, saying the rally was in a sense an answer to the protests in the aftermath the Paris attack. Badar argued that in fact protests defending free speech had nothing to do with the notion of freedom itself. "[It's] the smokescreen with which Western politicians and media conceal the underlying issues," he said. "In reality,...
  • Far from ‘outsiders,’ Europe and Islam have long been intertwined

    01/25/2015 5:47:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Globe and Mail (UK) ^ | January 25, 2015 | by H.A. Hellyer
    In the wake of the most recent attacks in Paris, the airwaves have been full of myths about Muslim communities in Europe. However, history tells a rather different tale: Muslims are far from alien from European culture; in fact, they are central to it. The links between Europe and Islam date back to the very first generation of Muslims. We know of the famed rule of Muslim Iberia (now known as Spain and Portugal), which created a thriving multi-religious society, something that was then a novelty in Europe. Several hundred years earlier, after Muslim Spain had begun, you might have...
  • Greek leftists Syriza aim for landmark election win

    01/25/2015 5:25:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 25, 2015 | BY ANGELIKI KOUTANTOU AND JAMES MACKENZIE
    Greeks began voting on Sunday in an election expected to bring to power the radical leftist Syriza party, which has pledged to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis. Barring a huge upset, victory for Syriza, which has led opinion polls for months, would produce the first euro zone government openly committed to cancelling the austerity terms of its EU and IMF-backed bailout programme. After its most severe crisis since the fall of the military junta in 1974, Greece's economy has shrunk by some 25 percent, thousands of businesses have closed,...
  • American Sniper film 'behind rise in anti-Muslim threats'

    01/25/2015 5:16:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 80 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 25, 2015
    The release of the film American Sniper has led to an increase in threats against Muslims in the US, according to an Arab-American civil rights group. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has written to director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper. Their film is based on US soldier Chris Kyle's service in Iraq from 2003-09. The ADC said a "majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are result of how Arab and Muslims are depicted in American Sniper". The organisation, which describes itself as the largest Arab civil rights organisation in the US, said...
  • Will U.S. advisers move to Iraqi front lines?

    01/24/2015 5:30:30 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Barbara Starr
    The upcoming Iraqi assault to retake Mosul from ISIS control could include U.S. military advisers near the front lines. U.S. military leadership has held open the possibility it would recommend moving advisers closer to combat lines. As the key Mosul battle looms, that remains a potential consideration "if and when they believe it's necessary," a senior U.S. military official tells CNN. The possible recommendation would need to be approved by President Barack Obama, who has said that U.S. troops will not be sent on a combat mission. But putting advisers with front-line Iraqi troops puts American troops in close range...
  • Iraqi Forces Retake Less Than 2% Of IS Areas

    01/24/2015 4:36:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Sky News ^ | January 24, 2015
    Iraqi forces have regained just 270 of the 21,000 square miles controlled by Islamic State in six months, the Pentagon has said. Efforts to train Iraqi troops and moderate Syrian rebels are moving forward, the US claimed - but so far less than 2% of militant territory has been regained. Most of this has been taken by Kurdish forces in the north. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, said control of land would continually change over time. He added that it would be a long struggle.
  • End Obamacare, and people could die. That’s okay.

    01/23/2015 5:09:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Michael R. Strain
    Say conservatives have their way with Obamacare, and the Supreme Court deals it a death blow or a Republican president repeals it in 2017. Some people who got health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act may lose it. In which case, liberals like to say, some of Obamacare’s beneficiaries may die. Columnist Jonathan Chait wrote recently that those who may die are victims of ideology — “collateral damage” incurred in conservatives’ pursuit “of a larger goal.” If these are the stakes, many liberals argue, then ending Obamacare is immoral. Except, it’s not. In a world of scarce...
  • World War II vet works to convince the IRS that he's not dead

    01/23/2015 4:39:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Lori Kurtzman
    iegfried Meinstein discovered that he was dead in April. He seems to be handling the news well. “It isn’t really a problem in my daily life,” he said, sitting at a table in his Upper Arlington assisted-living facility. “Everybody accepts my money.” This probably requires a little more explanation, so here it is: The Internal Revenue Service thinks 94-year-old Meinstein bought the farm, bit the big one, took a permanent vacation. And despite his family’s best efforts, the IRS hasn’t changed its mind. “If they keep insisting, what is it you say?” Ron Meinstein asked his dad. “‘Eventually, they’ll be...
  • Green groups push EPA to address airline emissions

    01/23/2015 4:10:09 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Summit County Citizens Voice (CO) ^ | January 23, 2015 | by Bob Berwyn
    FRISCO — With the EPA set to decide in May whether aircraft carbon pollution endangers public health or welfare, the battle over airline industry emissions in heating up. This week, six major green groups called on the EPA and the Federal Aviation Administration to move quickly to set emission standards to curb greenhouse gas pollution from the nation’s aircraft fleet. “The Obama administration needs to finally hold the airline industry accountable for its massive greenhouse gas emissions,” said Vera Pardee, a senior attorney with the Center’s Climate Law Institute. “The EPA has delayed action for years, and our climate is...
  • Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid Coverage

    01/23/2015 3:42:31 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Anna Gorman
    Medi-Cal applicants who have been waiting for more than 45 days can receive temporary health benefits while officials determine eligibility for the public insurance program, a state Superior Court judge ruled this week. The suit, which was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by a coalition of health advocates and legal services groups, cited delays in enrolling pregnant women, children and adults with life-threatening conditions. Advocates said many either had to postpone treatment or pay cash to see doctors. Medi-Cal is California’s version of Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for poor and disabled residents. Prompted by the Affordable Care...
  • State Dept. to Disney: Use “Frozen” to teach kids about climate change

    01/23/2015 3:04:00 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Marcus Gilmer
    2014 was, according to NOAA and NASA, the warmest year on record for the entire world. Locally, it was also the hottest year in California’s history. The world’s climate is changing, at least according to science and data. 2014 was also the year of Frozen, Disney’s animated musical blockbuster about two sisters and a snowman (more or less), amassing over $1.2 billion in worldwide box office receipts and billions more from countless sing-a-long showings, DVD sales, and merchandise since its November 2013 release. And now, in 2015, we’re learning where these two seemingly disparate facts intersect: the State Department’s Admiral...
  • Don’t believe the U.S. military when it says it doesn’t keep body counts

    01/22/2015 4:25:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters - Opinion ^ | January 22, 2015 | By David Axe
    Earlier this month, a reporter asked the question that usually comes up when the United States gets involved in a sustained military campaign. Just how many enemy troops — in this case, Islamic State foot soldiers — have U.S. forces killed in more than five months of aerial attacks? The military’s answer was basically the same given to all similar questions going back more than a decade. Counting the dead is “not the goal,” said Pentagon chief spokesman John Kirby, a Navy admiral. Since the Vietnam War, with its gruesome and inflated U.S. tallies of enemy dead, the Pentagon has...
  • Obama says hopes Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage

    01/22/2015 4:19:15 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 22, 2015 | by Jeff Mason
    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he hoped the Supreme Court would issue a ruling that would prevent states from banning gay marriage when it rules on the issue later this year. "I'm hopeful the Supreme Court comes to the right decision," Obama said during an interview on YouTube.
  • Yemen's US-Backed President Quits; Country Could Split Apart

    01/22/2015 3:53:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 22, 2015 | By AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAEL
    Yemen's U.S.-backed president quit Thursday under pressure from rebels holding him captive in his home, severely complicating American efforts to combat al-Qaida's powerful local franchise and raising fears that the Arab world's poorest country will fracture into mini-states. Presidential officials said Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi submitted his resignation to parliament rather than make further concessions to Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who control the capital and are widely believed to be backed by Iran. Concerns were also mounting about an economic collapse. Two-thirds of Yemen's population are already in need of humanitarian aid, according to reported U.N. figures. Iran's regional...
  • California Could Be Model for Offering Health Coverage to Undocumented

    01/22/2015 10:27:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    California Healthline ^ | January 22, 2015
    Efforts by several California counties to provide health insurance to undocumented immigrants could serve as a model for other states. As a state, California has taken several steps to provide health coverage to undocumented residents. Immigrants in the state who qualified for Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival initiative are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. In addition, under an executive action by President Obama last year, Medi-Cal coverage could be extended to up to 500,000 undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and who have no record of felony offenses...
  • Climate change inaction pushes 'doomsday clock' closest to midnight since 1984

    01/22/2015 10:15:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | January 22, 2015 | by Suzanne Goldenberg
    The symbolic doomsday clock moved to three minutes before midnight on Thursday because of the gathering dangers of climate change and nuclear proliferation, signalling the gravest threat to humanity since the throes of the cold war. It was the closest the clock has come to midnight since 1984, when arms-control negotiations stalled and virtually all channels of communication between the US and the former Soviet Union closed down. $cientists suggested that the greater danger lay in the failure of leaders to recognise and act on climate change. “Stunning government failures have imperiled civilisations on a global scale,” Benedict said. “World...
  • Saudi Arabia deplores Charlie Hebdo continued ‘mocking of Islam’

    01/22/2015 6:25:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | January 22, 2015 | by AFP, Riyadh
    Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, said Wednesday it deplored the continued “mocking of Islam” by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The kingdom is “surprised, and deplored” the publication last week of a new cartoon of the Muslim prophet Mohammed, the state Saudi Press Agency said, citing a source at the foreign ministry. “The kingdom does not find any justification for such deliberate abuse against Islam, which insults the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims around the world,” the source said. Freedom of opinion and expression do not justify “insulting religious beliefs,” the source added.
  • Islamic State conflict: London hosts coalition talks (JV Update)

    01/22/2015 4:47:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 22, 2015
    Foreign ministers from 21 countries are meeting in London to discuss ways to co-ordinate their efforts to combat the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). IS controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq and the US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes since August. But UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond insisted much more needed to be done. He told the BBC that the countries wanted to find ways to halt the flow of recruits to IS, cut off its funding and "tackle the underlying narrative". At the start of Thursday's conference at Lancaster House, which he is co-hosting with Mr...
  • Muslim population grows 24%, slower than previous decade

    01/21/2015 4:49:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Times of India ^ | January 21, 2015 | by Bharti Jain
    NEW DELHI: The latest census data on the population of religious groups, set to be released shortly, shows a 24% rise in the Muslim population between 2001 and 2011, with the community's share of total population rising from 13.4% to 14.2% over the 10-year period. While the growth rate of the Muslim population has slowed from around 29% between 1991 and 2001, it is still higher than the national average of 18% for the decade. The data accessed by TOI showed that the most rapid rise in the share of Muslims in the total population was witnessed in Assam. Muslims...
  • State of the Union Television Ratings Drop to 15-Year Low

    01/21/2015 4:23:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 21, 2015
    President Barack Obama's State of the Union address drew the second-lowest television viewership in 15 years. According to Nielsen data, 31.7 million viewers watched Tuesday night's prime-time address on broadcast and cable networks. That's the lowest television viewership for a State of the Union address since President Bill Clinton's final speech.
  • Navy Officer Fired, Probe Involves Affair, Suspicious Death

    01/21/2015 4:05:06 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 21, 2015 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The Navy captain in charge of the naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired and is being investigated in connection with an alleged affair with a woman on the base and the recent death of her husband, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Capt. John R. Nettleton was relieved of duty Wednesday due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command, the Navy said in a press release. The Navy would not comment on the details of the investigation. But U.S. officials said Nettleton is under investigation in connection with the death of Christopher Tur, who was found...
  • Senate Votes 98-1 That Climate Change 'Is Not A Hoax'

    01/21/2015 2:17:54 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 193 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 21, 2015
    United States senators are now on the record on the question of whether climate change is "a hoax." The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure stating that "climate change is real and is not a hoax" by a margin of 98-1. The amendment was designed in part as a jab at GOP Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who has questioned the science of climate change. Inhofe voted for the measure, arguing that the true "hoax" is that climate change is the result of human activity. "Climate is changing, and climate has always changed, and always will, there's archeological evidence of...
  • Ratings: State of the Union Dips vs. 2014

    01/21/2015 9:16:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    TVLine ^ | January 21, 2015 | By Matt Webb Mitovich
    The Big 4’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s Sate of the Union address on Tuesday night amassed 19.4 million total viewers, down 6 percent from a year ago. Last year’s SOTU went on to total 33.3 million viewers with cable coverage folded in, marking a 14-year low.
  • Mexico among 3 'friends of court' in Border Patrol shooting

    01/21/2015 9:08:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 21, 2015 | By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    The Mexican government is asking a U.S. appeals court to let a Mexican teenager's parents sue the U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed their 15-year-old son from across the border. The arguments are in one of three "friend of the court" briefs filed this month with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering the lawsuit filed by Sergio Hernandez's parents for the second time Wednesday. The full 16-judge court heard arguments. All three briefs ask the court to overturn U.S. District Judge David Briones' ruling that the family cannot sue agent Jesus Mesa Jr. over...
  • France to Get Better Guns, More Intel Agents to Fight Terror

    01/21/2015 8:48:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 21, 2015 | By SYLVIE CORBET and NICOLAS VAUX-MONTAGNY
    France announced sweeping new measures to counter homegrown terrorism Wednesday, including giving security forces better weapons and protection, going on an intelligence agent hiring spree and creating a better database of anyone suspected of extremist links. Since three police were among those killed by the Paris terrorists, the prime minister said improving officers' weapons and protective gear was among the top priorities. France has repeatedly strengthened its counterterrorism laws over the years, including a measure passed in November that focused on preventing French extremists from joining fighters abroad. Another measure — expected to be activated in the coming weeks —...
  • Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

    01/20/2015 4:44:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    US Embassy Yemen ^ | January 20, 2015 | US State Department
    The U.S. Embassy warns all U.S. citizens to avoid the areas around 50 and 60 Meter Road near the Presidential Palace, Presidential residence, and Haddah Area in Sana’s due to heavy fighting. While the fighting appears to be politically motivated and an internal domestic dispute not directed against foreign interests, all U.S. citizens should be vigilant of the continued high risk of kidnapping and terrorist attacks throughout Yemen. U.S. citizens living in Yemen should take extra precautions and consider leaving the country. The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen...
  • US Military Ready If Needed to Evacuate US Embassy in Yemen

    01/20/2015 4:31:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 20, 2015 | By LUIS MARTINEZ
    With the worsening security situation in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa, the U.S. military has moved two Navy amphibious ships into the Red Sea to assist with any potential evacuation of U.S. embassy personnel should the State Department order its personnel to leave the country, Pentagon officials said today. The U.S. embassy there remains open as of now. A State Department spokesperson told ABC News that officials are "continuing to closely monitor developments in Yemen and will adjust the embassy’s security posture response in accordance to the situation on the ground." "The embassy has been operating with reduced staffing and heightened...