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  • Terrorists 'Plotting To Bomb School Buses'

    12/18/2014 6:31:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Sky News ^ | December 17, 2014
    Pakistani schools are warned to check under vehicles for magnetic bombs a day after 132 students were killed in a Taliban attack. Authorities in Islamabad issued a letter calling on schools to increase security. The country's army chief General Raheel Sharif and the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) have flown to Afghanistan to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss tackling Taliban militants in both countries. Army spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said: "We are hoping that we will see strong action from the Afghan side in the coming days."
  • North Sea oil industry 'close to collapse'

    12/18/2014 6:24:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 18, 2014 | By Ben King
    The UK's oil industry is in "crisis" as prices drop, a senior industry leader has told the BBC. Oil companies and service providers are cutting staff and investment to save money. Robin Allan, chairman of the independent explorers' association Brindex, told the BBC that the industry was "close to collapse". Almost no new projects in the North Sea are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel, he claims. "It's almost impossible to make money at these oil prices", Mr Allan, who is a director of Premier Oil in addition to chairing Brindex, told the BBC. "It's a huge crisis." "It's...
  • New Obamacare enrollments in California top 144,000

    12/17/2014 2:42:15 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | by Chad Terhune
    California's health insurance exchange said 144,178 people have newly enrolled in Obamacare coverage during the first month of sign ups. Officials also reported that 216,423 people have joined Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for low-income people, since Nov. 15. That's in addition to the 2.2 million who had already enrolled in 2014 as part of the health-law expansion.
  • NIH Cancels Children’s Study After 10 Years Of Work

    12/17/2014 2:26:16 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | December 17, 2014 | By Lisa Gillespie
    The National Children’s Study has been cancelled despite almost 10 years of work and $1.3 billion of funding after a National Institutes of Health working group concluded that the project was flawed and too expensive to continue. The ambitious study, commissioned through the passage of the Children’s Health Act in 2000, set out to follow 100,000 children from birth to age 21 and track the effects of a broad range of environmental and biological factors on their health. However, concerns about the study’s design, research methodology and management that led to increased cost projections and triggered questions about whether the...
  • Catholic midwives lose abortion case at UK Supreme Court

    12/17/2014 5:19:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 17, 2014
    The UK's highest court has told two Catholic midwives they do not have the right to avoid supervising other nurses involved in abortion procedures. The Supreme Court in London ruled that Mary Doogan and Connie Wood should have to support staff who are caring for patients having terminations. Ms Doogan, from Garrowhill in Glasgow, and Mrs Wood, from Clarkston in East Renfrewshire, were employed as labour ward co-ordinators at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. Gillian Smith, RCM director for Scotland, said: "This ruling is sensible and both women and midwives will welcome it. "The ruling gives extensive definition to...
  • Obamacare adds 450,000 Ohioans to Medicaid rolls

    12/16/2014 1:54:55 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Ohio Watchdog.org ^ | December 16, 2014 | By Jason Hart
    Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare expansion has put 450,941 Ohioans on Medicaid, outpacing his administration’s projections by 24 percent. Instead of tempering leftist support for the expansion, budget-busting enrollment is portrayed as good news for Ohio; Obamacare sticks federal taxpayers with 100 percent of Medicaid expansion benefit costs through 2016. Kasich — who expanded Medicaid over the General Assembly’s express disapproval — told attendees at a Dec. 4 infant mortality summit to march in favor of more Obamacare expansion spending, but critics are encouraging legislative opponents to stand their ground. “Kasich is threatening to organize protests to ensure the state continues...
  • Court Overturns Ex-Army Medic's Weapons Conviction

    12/16/2014 11:40:56 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 16, 2014 | By DAVE COLLINS
    The Connecticut Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the acquittal of a former Army medic who was sentenced to 15 months in prison for transporting a knife and police baton in his vehicle during a move out of state. Justices issued a 7-0 decision in the appeal of former Clinton resident Jason DeCiccio. The court said part of the state law on illegal possession of weapons in a motor vehicle violates the Second Amendment because it bans people from transporting weapons between residences when they have the right to possess those weapons in their homes. Justice Richard Palmer wrote in the...
  • Second-Graders' Ferguson Protest Sparks Controversy

    12/16/2014 11:36:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 16, 2014 | By RHEANA MURRAY
    A protest put on by a group of second-graders in Massachusetts has sparked controversy, but the school says it was just teaching the kids a lesson in civics. The peaceful demonstration happened on Friday, a spokesperson for the Alma del Mar Charter School in New Bedford told ABC News today. Second-graders gathered in front of the school with signs, some that said "Honk For Justice." "A group of scholars played on the playground while other scholars held their demonstration without incident," Will Gardner, the school's executive director, said today in a statement.
  • Cow researchers find meanings behind moos

    12/16/2014 9:57:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 16, 2014
    Researchers have recorded and analysed the ways cows communicate with their young, to translate the meanings behind the "moos". They identified two distinctly different call sounds that cows make to their calves, depending on whether they are nearby or separated. They also identified a call calves make to their mothers when they want to start suckling milk. The cows were studied at a farm in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. The team from the University of Nottingham and Queen Mary University of London spent ten months digitally recording the cow sounds, then a year analysing them using computers. Dr Mónica Padilla de la...
  • 495 thousand children have stopped at the border [GOOGLE TRANSLATE]

    12/16/2014 9:24:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Prensa Libre - Guatemala Free Press ^ | December 16, 2014 | BY SERGIO MORALES / Guatemala
    The migration of undocumented children and adolescents traveling alone EE. UU. does not stop, and only in October and November last -the first two months of fiscal 2015 in that country-, 495 thousand Guatemalan minors were arrested in the southern border of the country by Border Patrol agents. Guatemala tops the list of Central American countries with the largest number of infants captured by entering illegally in the country's north. In the same period 115 thousand were arrested and 506 Hondurans Salvadoran children. Although Foreign Ministry authorities say that migration figures are changing and may decrease in the coming months,...
  • Russia’s Central Bank Abruptly Raises Key Rate to 17%

    12/15/2014 4:19:02 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 15, 2014 | By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    MOSCOW — With Russia scrambling to contain a currency crisis, the country’s central bank, in a surprise middle-of-the-night move, increased its key interest rate to 17 percent, from 10.5 percent. Aleksei L. Kudrin, a former Russian finance minister who is widely credited with having steered Russia through the 2008 financial crisis by convincing President Vladimir V. Putin to build up sovereign reserves, said that uneven policy making was adding to the erosion of confidence. “The fall of the ruble and the stock market is not only a reaction to lower oil prices and sanctions, but also distrust in the government’s...
  • Obamacare deadline extended in California for Jan. 1 coverage

    12/15/2014 4:00:49 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 15, 2014 | by Chad Terhune
    <p>California’s health insurance exchange extended its deadline for consumers wanting Obamacare coverage in effect by Jan. 1.</p> <p>Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said people who start the application process or make some “good faith effort” by Monday will have until Dec. 21 to finish signing up. Monday at midnight had previously been the hard deadline.</p>
  • A Lull Before the ObamaCare Rate Storm

    12/15/2014 3:27:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 15, 2014 | By STEPHEN T. PARENTE
    Americans visiting Healthcare.gov to purchase 2015 health-insurance plans are finding a nice surprise: Average premiums for the cheap “bronze” plans have increased only by 3.4% and premiums for the middle-of-the-road “silver” plans are rising by 5.8%, according to the American Action Forum. Where are the double-digit premium increases that so many predicted? Check back around this time in 2016. That’s when you’ll see the real spikes. The Affordable Care Act includes two temporary programs that make compliant health-care plans temporarily appear far cheaper than they are: Risk corridors and reinsurance. Both programs will expire on Jan. 1, 2017. By November...
  • A new 2016 poll has Joe Biden at 2 percent. Really.

    12/15/2014 3:00:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2014 | By Aaron Blake
    Joe Biden is a sitting, two-term vice president of the United States -- a position that often entitles you to frontrunner status in your party's next presidential primary. And Biden has made clear that he's pretty interested in giving it a go. A new poll from Monmouth University, though, should give him some pause. It shows that very same Joe Biden languishing badly in the 2016 primary. In fact, he's at just 2 percent. That leaves him tied with Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist independent senator from Vermont. Given that the poll has a 5 percent margin of error, it's...
  • Why Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

    12/15/2014 2:48:11 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 97 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 15, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer
    People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean ... are not better than gasoline."
  • The Two Things Michelle Obama Wants for Christmas

    12/15/2014 2:44:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 15, 2014 | by Devin Dwyer
    First Lady Michelle Obama wants to sleep late on Christmas and, ideally, in a new pair of comfy pajamas. Mrs. Obama revealed her wish list during a Q&A today with kids at the Children’s National Health System. “I don’t really have a long wish list for Christmas, because I pretty much have everything I need. Moms and dads, we’re not that big on Christmas,” the first lady replied. “I just want everybody to be happy, and I want to sleep in. That’s what I want for Christmas. I want to sleep late. Maybe I’ll get that.”
  • Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives

    12/15/2014 11:41:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | December 15, 2014 | By Jay Hancock
    For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Health-law subsidies for workers to buy their own coverage combined with years of rising costs in the company plan made dropping the plan an obvious – though not easy – choice. Companies like Dunn’s — those with fewer than 50 workers — provide medical coverage to roughly 20 million people. Unlike larger employers, they have no obligation under the health law to offer...
  • Protesters chain themselves to Oakland police headquarters

    12/15/2014 11:33:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 15, 2014 | By VERONICA ROCHA
    <p>Demonstrators protesting killings by police in New York and Missouri were arrested Monday after they chained themselves to doors and a flagpole at the Oakland Police Department headquarters.</p> <p>A live-stream video via Blackout Collective shows demonstrators blocking a doorway outside the headquarters and singing, “Calling out the violence of the racist police” as they were taken into custody by officers.</p>
  • 2 dead, 13 others wounded in separate shootings

    12/13/2014 6:35:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 13, 2014 | By Rosemary Regina Sobol
    Two men were killed and 13 other people, including a 15-year-old boy, were wounded since Friday in separate shootings on the city's Far South and West sides, said police. Around 7:03 p.m., a 28-year-old man was fatally shot while he sat in a vehicle on the 1300 block of North Springfield Avenue. The man was in the vehicle with a female child when someone came up to the vehicle and began shooting. According to WGN TV, the man had a 3-year-old girl who was possibly his daughter on his lap at the time. The man was shot in the head...
  • Lima climate summit extended as poor countries demand more from rich

    12/13/2014 6:13:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | December 13, 2014 | by Suzanne Goldenberg
    Climate talks in Lima ran into extra time amid rising frustration from developing countries at the “ridiculously low” commitments from rich countries to help pay for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The talks were designed to draft a blueprint for a global deal to fight climate change, due to be adopted in Paris late next year. But developing countries argued that before signing on they needed to see greater commitments that the industrialised countries would keep to their end of a bargain to provide the money needed to fight climate change. Countries are also divided over the initial commitments countries...
  • Panama: Cuba to Attend First-ever Americas Summit

    12/13/2014 5:40:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Voice of America ^ | December 12, 2014
    PANAMA CITY - Cuba will attend the Washington-backed Summit of the Americas for the first time, host nation Panama said Friday, edging two adversaries closer to a possible joint appearance by Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro. The United States is expected to attend but has not yet announced whether Obama will lead the U.S. delegation, a development that would stir protest from the influential anti-Castro lobby. Washington has said Cuba should be excluded, but Secretary of State John Kerry indicated a softening of that position in a speech in Miami on Wednesday when he said, "We must get beyond...
  • Immigrants Flock to Workshops After Obama Reprieve

    12/12/2014 4:04:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 12, 2014 | By AMY TAXIN
    In small-town community centers, schools, churches and a vast city convention center, immigrant advocates are spreading the word about President Barack Obama's plan to give millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally a temporary reprieve. In Los Angeles, advocates are hosting an information session for as many as 10,000 people at the city's convention center Sunday. "After this big forum, we're going to have daily orientations. That is what we have to do in order to deal with the demand," said Angelica Salas.
  • 57 Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Urge Senate to Nix Sacred Land Giveaway

    12/12/2014 3:34:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Indian Country Today Media Network ^ | December 12, 2014 | by Gale Courey Toensing
    More than 70 tribal nations have urged the U.S. Senate to defeat or remove a section of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that would transfer a part of the publicly-owned Tonto National Forest that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache Tribe to a giant international corporation for a massive, environmentally devastating copper mine. “If such a land transfer provision seems out of place in a defense bill, that’s because it is. If the idea of transferring the ownership of federal forest lands to foreign mining companies seems absurd, it’s because that’s true, too,” said Fawn Sharp, President of...
  • Senate passes defense bill with Montana wilderness additions

    12/12/2014 3:28:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Missoulian (MT) ^ | December 12, 2014 | By Rob Chaney
    The Senate voted to pass its annual National Defense Authorization Act on Friday , sending Montana’s first wilderness additions in 33 years to President Barack Obama’s desk. The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $585 billion in Pentagon discretionary spending and $63.7 billion in overseas contingency operations.It also includes a package of 70 public land management bills; the biggest collection since the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. They create about 250,000 acres of new wilderness designations and protection of other lands from energy development. Other measures open thousands of acres to logging in Alaska and swaps federal lands for...
  • Applying for Immigration Action Could Begin in Mid-February

    12/12/2014 1:29:26 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 12, 2014 | BY SUZANNE GAMBOA
    Shortly after House Speaker John Boehner promised on Thursday to challenge President Barack Obama's immigration executive action, White House officials detailed how they plan to move forward on it. Immigrants should be able to start applying for deportation relief and work permits in the middle of May and February, Leon Rodriguez, Citizenship and Immigration Services director told Spanish-speaking reporters in a conference call. First up will be those applying for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Then, parents of U.S. citizens and legal resident children should be able to begin applying in May. Despite discussions about blocking the...
  • People’s Climate Summit Finds Culprit in Capitalism

    12/12/2014 1:18:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 12, 2014 | By RYAN DUBE
    LIMA, Peru — Wilfredo Saavedra, a former Marxist rebel, led a convoy of some 300 activists from Peru’s northern sierra, wearing an anti-mining T-shirt and Cuban baseball cap. Jim Chomicz, 70, from Birmingham, Alabama, flew here with a church group to learn more about melting glaciers. But for many of their Latin American counterparts, it is all about toppling capitalism, which they blame for the environmental degradation. “Capitalism is the creator of all of these changes to the climate,” said Mr. Saavedra. At a march this week, Ibis Fernández, a Peruvian union leader and organizer of the People’s Climate Summit,...
  • Hospitals struggling as winter hits

    12/12/2014 6:47:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 12, 2014 | By Nick Triggle, Health correspondent
    Demands on the NHS tend to increase during the colder months because of illnesses like flu and norovirus. But with winter just getting under way, pressures are already reaching record levels. Extra money is being invested in each nation, but the four-hour A&E waiting time target is still being missed everywhere. The mounting problems come as the BBC launches its NHS Winter project, which tracks how the health service is performing down to individual hospital trust level. In England weekly figures are released. The latest, for the first week of December, show 91.8% of patients were seen in four hours...
  • Liberals: Obama abandoned us

    12/11/2014 3:38:10 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | December 11, 2014 | By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and BURGESS EVERETT
    As Democrats took sharp aim at the White House over a year-end spending bill, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden scrambled to stave off a revolt from congressional liberals over a deal that no one in the West Wing or the Democratic Party really wants. Obama’s base says he’s sold them out—and didn’t even wait to do it until Republicans officially expand their majority in the House and takeover the Senate come January. Some on the left are worried the wide range of policy riders in a spending bill is a worrisome sign as Republicans take over the...
  • Obama and Boehner scramble to prevent shutdown as deal falters

    12/11/2014 3:20:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    MSNBC ^ | December 11, 2014 | By Suzy Khimm and Benjy Sarlin
    In a rare alliance, President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner scrambled Thursday to salvage a a $1.1 trillion must-pass spending bill amid a Republican revolt over immigration and a Democratic revolt over provisions that would deregulate Wall Street and increase the amount that individual donors can contribute to national political party committees. With its fate in doubt, President Obama took to the phones to personally lobby Democratic members on Thursday to vote for the legislation, a development White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed to MSNBC’s Alex Wagner. Republican leaders scrambled to convince enough conservative dissenters to change their votes...
  • Obama administration mobilizes to save faltering spending bill

    12/11/2014 3:15:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 11, 2014 | BY DAVID LAWDER AND RICHARD COWAN
    The Obama administration made a last-ditch attempt on Thursday to drum up Democratic support to salvage a faltering $1.1 trillion spending bill, just hours ahead of a midnight U.S. government shutdown deadline. Administration officials from President Barack Obama down to staff at the Department of Education were phoning Democrats in the House of Representatives to ask them to set aside objections to a financial provision and pass the measure to fund most of the government through September.
  • Sony hack: Execs make racist jokes about Obama; A-listers slam those publishing leaks

    12/11/2014 7:32:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 11, 2014
    More incriminating personal information was leaked Wednesday following the unprecedented Sony Pictures hack, this time in the form of emails between top producers and executives belittling a number of major stars and projects, and even making racist jokes about President Barack Obama. In one email exchange, Sony co-chairperson Amy Pascal -- a prominent Democratic party donor and Obama supporter -- asked movie producer Scott Rudin ahead of a fundraiser what she should ask the President "at this stupid Jeffrey (Katzenberg) breakfast," to which Rudin quipped "would he like to finance some movies." "I doubt it. Should I ask him if...
  • Moderate Dems call for longer deadlines in EPA climate rule

    12/11/2014 7:02:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | By Timothy Cama
    Six moderate Democratic senators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give states more time to comply with its climate rule for power plants. The moderate Democrats said that states should be responsible for developing their own “glide paths” toward the 2030 goal. The senators signing the letter were Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.).
  • How Britain's taste for year-round asparagus is threatened by climate change

    12/11/2014 5:31:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 11, 2014 | By Emily Gosden, Lima
    It has become a mainstay on supermarket shelves across the UK: fresh green asparagus, flown in to satisfy culinary desires well beyond the brief domestic growing season. But Britain's love of year-round asparagus could now be at risk - due to climate change. Of the 14,000 tonnes of asparagus imported to the UK last year, the majority - some 8,000 tonnes - came from Peru, the world's biggest exporter of the crop. Experts warn that Peruvian production of the vegetable, which has soared in the past decade, is likely to be hit by extreme weather that scientists say will become...
  • Fox News Poll: 81 percent expect ISIS attack on US, majority says keep Gitmo open

    12/11/2014 5:20:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 11, 2014 | By Dana Blanton
    A majority of American voters want any ISIS terrorist captured by the United States sent to Guantanamo Bay rather than a federal prison. That’s a key finding of the latest Fox News poll, as President Obama wants to close Gitmo amid widespread fears ISIS will try to strike the homeland soon. If an ISIS fighter were to be captured by the U.S., where should that prisoner be sent? By a 59-29 percent margin, voters say the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba. Veterans are more likely to think the prison at Guantanamo Bay should stay open by nearly 50 points...
  • SESSIONS ON EXEC AMNESTY: WE WILL NOT YIELD

    12/10/2014 4:25:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | December 10, 2014
    Sens Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said, “So I have a message today to every leader in Congress, to every official in the White House, and to President Obama: we are going to fight this illegal amnesty and we are not going to stop. We are going to carry out the mission the voters sent us here to do. We are not going to give in. We are not going to yield. We are going to stand strong for the American people.”
  • Wisconsin man blames beer-battered fish during drunken driving stop

    12/10/2014 4:01:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 10, 2014
    A Wisconsin man told a sheriff's deputy he had not been drinking, but rather eating beer-battered fish when he was pulled over for what could be his 10th drunken driving offense, according to an incident report released on Wednesday. John Przybyla, 73, was stopped for a broken tail light and erratic driving on Oct. 12 by a deputy who then smelled alcohol on his breath and saw that his eyes were blood shot. The deputy asked Przybyla how much he had had to drink. Przybyla replied that he had not been drinking and instead had eaten beer-battered fish at a...
  • Los Angeles schools declared a safe haven for undocumented students and parents

    12/10/2014 3:34:09 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | December 10, 2014
    The Los Angeles Unified School District is declaring itself a safe haven for unauthorized immigrant students and their families who may qualify for relief under President Barack Obama's executive order. At a press conference Tuesday, district officials and union leaders pledged to work together to help students who qualify access the records they need to file their applications.
  • A Climate Idea Comes of Age: Zero Emissions

    12/10/2014 3:24:49 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 10, 2014 | By KARL RITTER
    Pulling a worn, yellowed copy of the 1992 U.N. climate change convention from her handbag, Farhana Yamin points to the paragraph that states its goal: To stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that would prevent dangerous warming. It doesn't provide any guidance on how to do that. But Yamin does. And, in a historic first, dozens of governments now embrace her prescription. The global climate pact set for adoption in Paris next year should phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, says the London-based environmental lawyer. "In your lifetime, emissions have to go to zero. That's a message people...
  • Congress eases First Lady's school lunch guidelines

    12/10/2014 3:16:55 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 10, 2014
    Schools in the U.S. will now have the opportunity to go against the grain of First Lady Michelle Obama's healthy lunch program. A massive year-end spending bill released by Congress Tuesday doesn't allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by the First Lady, as House Republicans had sought. But it would ease standards that many students and school officials complained about. The bill would reduce requirements for whole grains, and would put off rules to make school meals less salty, suspending lower sodium standards that were supposed to go into effect in 2017.
  • America Trades Torture for Drones

    12/10/2014 2:50:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 9, 2014 | by KATHY GILSINAN
    ... As far back as 2004, notes Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations, the CIA began moving away from capturing and detaining suspected terrorists in favor of killing them via drone strikes. Zenko's own tally, based on reporting from non-governmental research organizations, puts the rough death toll at around 3,500 people. These include an unknown number of civilian casualties believed by independent researchers to number at least in the hundreds; the Obama administration reportedly counts "all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants," which produces lower estimates of civilian casualties. Tuesday's report from the Senate Intelligence Committee,...
  • U.S. Drones Kill 28 'Unknowns' for Every Intended Target

    12/10/2014 2:34:52 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | December 1, 2014 | by Nick Gillespie
    Via the British group Reprieve comes a report asserting that U.S. drones in Yemen and Pakistan kill 28 "unknowns" for every intended target. What's more, "41 names of men who seemed to have achieved the impossible: to have ‘died,’ in public reporting, not just once, not just twice, but again and again. From the Reprieve report: As many as 1,147 people may have been killed during attempts to kill 41 men, accounting for a quarter of all possible drone strike casualties in Pakistan andYemen. In Yemen, strikes against just 17 targets accounted for almost half of all confirmed civilian casualties....
  • Missouri Executes Inmate for 1998 Hammer Death

    12/10/2014 6:37:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 10, 2014 | By JIM SALTER
    A Missouri inmate was put to death early Wednesday for fatally beating a 63-year-old woman with a hammer in 1998, the state's record 10th lethal injection of 2014 to match Texas for the most executions in the country this year. Paul Goodwin, 48, sexually assaulted Joan Crotts in St. Louis County, pushed her down a flight of stairs and beat her in the head with a hammer. Goodwin was a former neighbor who felt Crotts played a role in getting him kicked out of a boarding house. Goodwin's execution began at 1:17 a.m., more than an hour after it was...
  • Climate change summit takes political twist

    12/10/2014 6:24:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | December 10, 2014 | By Fermín Koop
    The real part of the climate change negotiations started yesterday in Lima. Bolivian President Evo Morales took the spotlight at the United Nations summit as he pointed the finger at developed countries for their responsibility for climate change and suggested creating a world court to judge climate crimes. “Developing countries are the ones that struggle the most because of climate change even though they are the least responsible for it,” Evo Morales said, speaking alongside UN heads and several ministers. “After 30 years of negotiations, we haven’t reached any important climate change agreement. We have failed and now we are...
  • FEATURE-Venezuela's poor sour on Maduro as prices, shortages sting

    12/10/2014 6:01:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 10, 2014 | By Alexandra Ulmer
    Packing potatoes at his vegetable stand on a sun-baked street in Caracas's hillside Catia slum, Jesus Jimenez fondly recounts voting for late president Hugo Chavez. Like millions in Venezuela's poor "barrios," the chatty father of 14 worshipped the larger-than-life Chavez and benefited from his welfare programs, especially Cuban-staffed free health centers and substantial pension rises. So after Chavez's death last year, Jimenez naturally voted for the leader's hand-picked protege Nicolas Maduro, a former union activist and bus driver who vowed to continue the idiosyncratic brand of socialism known as "Chavismo". Now, though, he struggles to make ends meet as inflation...
  • El Paso ID Program Aims to Aid Undocumented

    12/10/2014 5:49:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Gilmer Mirror ^ | December 10, 2014 | by JULIAN AGUILAR
    A border immigrant rights group is set to launch efforts Wednesday to create a municipal ID for residents who don't have access to current forms of state identification. The standardized ID would not only afford the homeless, indigent and disabled access to essential city services, the El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights argues, but would help undocumented immigrants prove they qualify for relief from deportation under the president's recently announced executive action. Without some form of ID, “these people may end up being deported even though they qualify for executive action," said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the BNHR....
  • Obama Urges Undocumented Immigrants To Apply For Relief

    12/10/2014 5:33:53 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | December 9, 2014 | by Elise Foley
    President Barack Obama was bullish on Tuesday about the future of his deportation relief programs, urging undocumented immigrants to apply despite threats from Republicans that the policies will be dismantled. Obama said future presidents could, of course, try to end the programs. But stripping protections and deporting those who applied is "not politically likely," he said at a town hall meeting at the Casa Azafrán community center in Nashville, Tennessee. "Any future administration that tried to punish people for doing the right thing, I think would not have the support of the American people," the president said.
  • China And Iran Slam America After CIA Report

    12/10/2014 5:19:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Sky News ^ | December 10, 2014 | By Sky News US Team
    China and Iran have slammed the United States after a Senate report revealed that the CIA brutalised terror suspects after the 9/11 attacks. The fallout has reached well beyond the US. China - a country often accused by rights groups of using torture - on Wednesday called on the US to "correct its ways and earnestly respect and follow the rules of related international conventions". Iran, where America was famously called the "Great Satan", said the report showed the US government is a "symbol of tyranny against humanity". President Barack Obama said the techniques "did significant damage to America's standing...
  • CIA interrogations report sparks prosecution calls

    12/10/2014 5:12:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 10, 2014
    The UN and human rights groups have called for the prosecution of US officials involved in what a Senate report called the "brutal" CIA interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects. UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Ben Emmerson said that senior officials from the administration of George W Bush who planned and sanctioned crimes must be prosecuted, as well as CIA and US government officials responsible for torture such as waterboarding. "As a matter of international law, the US is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice," Mr Emmerson said in a statement made from Geneva. "The US attorney...
  • Man charged with trying to take U.S. military documents to China

    12/09/2014 3:51:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 9, 2014 | by Aruna Viswanatha
    A former Connecticut resident and Chinese citizen who allegedly worked on the F135 engine was charged with trying to take sensitive documents about military technology to China, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday. Yu Long was en route to China in November via Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey where customs officers found proprietary documents in his luggage that included equations and test results used to develop titanium for U.S. military aircraft, prosecutors said. Between 2008 and earlier this year, Yu Long worked as a senior engineer for a Connecticut defense contractor. He had said he worked...
  • Lawmakers Agree on $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    12/09/2014 3:36:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 75 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 9, 2014 | By DAVID ESPO and ANDREW TAYLOR
    ime running short, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until the new year. The compromise will permit virtually the entire government to operate normally through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year, with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security. Funds for that one agency will run out again in late winter. That will give Republicans an opportunity to try to use the expiration as leverage to force Obama to roll back a decision that will...