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  • 7 kids killed in tragic Brooklyn blaze

    03/21/2015 2:08:10 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 21, 2015 | Larry Celona, Aaron Feis and Josh Saul
    Seven children, ages 5-15, were killed in a raging fire that destroyed a Brooklyn home early Saturday morning, law-enforcement sources said. The mother of at least three of the children, and one other youngster, were critically injured. The fire started at 12:23 a.m. in the brick home on Bedford Avenue between avenues L and M in Midwood. FDNY firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze while Hatzolah and other paramedics frantically worked to keep the victims alive. “Two of the children weren’t breathing when they brought them out. The firefighters were running with them down the street on stretchers,” said a...
  • First deaths confirmed after Tropical Cyclone Pam roars over Vanuatu

    03/14/2015 7:18:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    , CNN ^ | Ben Brumfield and Laura Smith-Spark
    A tropical cyclone killed at least six people in Vanuatu, UNICEF said Saturday, confirming first casualties from one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall. Hardly a tree stood straight after Tropical Cyclone Pam bellowed across the Pacific island nation. Aid workers fear many more fatalities. The confirmed deaths came only from the capital, Port Vila. Only a little information has so far trickled out from areas outside the capital, but Sune Gudnitz, regional head for U.N. aid agency OCHA told CNN from Fiji, about 600 miles away, that he fears the worst.
  • FOX NEWS: 54 DEAD, HUNDREDS WOUNDED, IN BOKO HAREM MASSACRE

    03/07/2015 8:53:03 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 97 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 07 MARCH 2015 | FOX NEWS
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  • Ten Migrants Killed, Over 1,100 Rescued from Mediterranean Within 24 Hours

    03/04/2015 5:13:21 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    gCaptain ^ | March 4, 2015 | Steve Scherer
    At least 10 North African migrants died when their rubber boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean while more than a thousand more were rescued from eight other vessels over Tuesday and Wednesday, Italian and Tunisian authorities said. The survivors were taken to ports in Italy — part of a growing surge of people risking the dangerous journey to flee poverty, civil war in Syria, military conscription in Eritrea, anarchy in Libya and other conflict zones.
  • Death toll from Afghan avalanches over 200

    02/26/2015 10:17:56 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    News Talk ZB ^ | 2-27-2015
    The death toll from a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall in Afghanistan has risen above 200. The bulk of the deaths came in Panjshir province, north of Kabul, where at least 168 people were killed, acting provincial governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri said on Thursday. The avalanches came after days of heavy snow, which destroyed more than 100 homes in the province and blocked main roads, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages. "Our death toll has risen to 168 people killed in avalanches in Panjshir province," Kabiri said, warning that the figure may rise...
  • ISIS militants reportedly burn to death 45 people in western Iraqi town

    02/17/2015 3:38:26 PM PST · by navysealdad · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2015
    Islamic State militants reportedly have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi on Tuesday, just five miles away from an air base staffed by hundreds of U.S. Marines. The identities of the victims are not clear, the local police chief told the BBC, but some are believed to be among the security forces that have been clashing with ISIS for control of the town. ISIS fighters reportedly captured most of the town last week.
  • Abortion Killed 19 Times as Many Blacks as Murder

    01/23/2015 3:46:41 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – For every black murder victim in 2011 there were 19 blacks killed by abortion, according to data from the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 2011 is the latest year for which the data is available. The CDC’s Abortion Surveillance Report for 2011 shows that 117,293 black babies were aborted that year in the 32 states and the District of Columbia that report abortion numbers to the CDC. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2011, shows that 6,329 blacks were murder victims that year (5,416 males, 910 females, and 3 unknown gender).
  • 57,762,169 Abortions in America Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973

    01/21/2015 7:20:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 40 replies
    LIFENEWS.COM ^ | 1/21/15 | Steven Ertelt
    The United States marks 42 years of legalized abortion in all fifty states at any time for any reason throughout pregnancy on January 22nd, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Since that time, there have been approximately 57,762,169 abortions that have destroyed the lives of unborn children. How is that number calculated? A few years ago, in the document, “Abortion Statistics: United States Data and Trends,” National Right to Life Committee education director Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon issued an estimate of the number of abortions tabulated annually by the Centers for Disease Control and the pro-abortion...
  • Syria regime airstrikes kill at least 39 people

    01/21/2015 8:38:14 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Daily Star (Lebanon) ^ | 21 January 2015
    Syrian government airstrikes Tuesday killed at least 39 people, mostly civilians, in two main battlegrounds in the north of the country, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based anti-regime monitoring group, said at least 27 people were killed in airstrikes that targeted a livestock market in the village of Khansaa, south of the city of Qamishli. Speaking to AFP, Observatory director Rami Abdel-Rahman said nine of those killed in the village of Khansaa near the town of Tal Hamis had been identified by his group as civilians. “More of the dead may be civilians too, but...
  • Suppose Islam Had a Holocaust and No One Noticed

    01/16/2015 3:01:22 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | January 16, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    While Western newspapers were debating whether or not to reprint the Mohammed cartoons, in Nigeria as many as 2,000 people were massacred by the Islamic State in Nigeria, also known as Boko Haram, in what is being called the deadliest attack by the Muslim group to date. Survivors described the Islamic State setting up efficient killing teams and massacring everyone while shouting “Allahu Akbar”. “For five kilometers (three miles), I kept stepping on dead bodies until I reached Malam Karanti village, which was also deserted and burnt,” one survivor said. There’s a word for that. It’s genocide. The Islamic State...
  • Deaths In Anti-Terror Raid In Belgium: Reports

    01/15/2015 9:58:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Sky News ^ | January 15, 2015
    Three people have died in an anti-terror raid in eastern Belgium, according to reports. Federal prosecutors were quoted as saying there had been a police operation near the centre of Verviers. The Belga news agency said there were several casualties and police activity was continuing. Explosions and gunfire were apparently heard near the station, according to Belgium's public broadcaster RTBF "An operation is under way," a source in the mayor's office told AFP without giving further details. Another official said separately it was "jihadist-related".
  • 2,000 feared killed in 'deadliest' Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

    01/11/2015 4:30:32 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    cnn.com ^ | January 10, 2015 | Abubakar and Faith Karimi
    Boko Haram militants opened fire on northern Nigerian villages, leaving bodies scattered everywhere and as many as 2,000 people feared dead, officials said.
  • 2,000 Feared Dead in Boko Haram Attack

    01/08/2015 5:27:25 PM PST · by FR_addict · 104 replies
    thedaileybeast.com ^ | Jan 8, 2015 | The Daily Beast
    More than 2,000 people are feared dead after Boko Haram destroyed “10 to 20” communities in Nigeria’s rural northeast, according to a senator from the region. “These towns are just gone, burned down,” said Ahmed Zanna. “The whole area is covered in bodies.” The radical Islamic group razed the town of Baga along with several others over the past five days. The 2,000 are unofficially unaccounted for.
  • Hajj stampede death toll reaches 244

    01/07/2015 6:58:25 PM PST · by doug from upland · 94 replies
    daily mail ^ | 1-8-15
    <p>In the worst tragedy in seven years at the annual Muslim pilgrimage, 244 worshippers were trampled to death and hundreds more were hurt beneath a crush of people making their way to a ritualistic stoning of the devil.</p> <p>Panic ensued when a few pilgrims fell on a bridge, and others tried to escape the push of the oncoming crowd, authorities said. Safety measures were in place at the site -- one where fatal stampedes have been frequent -- but "caution isn't stronger than fate," Saudi Hajj Minister Iyad Madani said.</p>
  • IL:Chicago Homicides for 2014

    01/04/2015 12:30:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There is an independent site that tracks homicides in Chicago.  There are not affiliated with the police, and they use public sources to determine the number of homicides.  The numbers that they give include justified homicides and homicides by police. The numbers are very similar in 2014 to what they were in 2013.                                        2013   2014 Homicides by shooting      375     388 Woundings by shooting    1810   2231 Total Homicides                455    456 It is interesting to note that ratio of wounded to killed went up form 4.82/1 to 5.75/1 in one year. The site has a lot of great graphics depicting...
  • Planned Parenthood Annual Report: Abortion Biz Killed 327,653 Babies in Abortions in 2013

    12/31/2014 2:12:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/31/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The abortion giant Planned Parenthood has released its 2013 annual report and the new numbers indicate it did more abortions than the year before — killing 327,653 babies in abortions while taking in millions in taxpayer funds. Planned Parenthood Federation of America has released its 2013-2014 Annual Report and Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, broke down the numbers.The report indicates Planned Parenthood did 327,653 abortions in 2013, an increase over the 327,166 abortions it did in 2012. While it remains America’s biggest abortion corporation, the “nonprofit” continued to make money — bringing in $305.4 million last year...
  • "Riddles" Surround 36th Dead Banker Of The Year

    12/07/2014 1:45:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 12/7/14 | tyler durden
    Tack disappeared on November 5th... Impeccable. Sporty. Cared for. Successful. Just some qualifications that are attributed to the 52-year-old from the Belgian Geert Tack Haaltert.  Geert Tack worked as a private banker for ING and managed portfolios of wealthy clients. The Belgian had a lot of respect in the financial world and was known as an up and top professional. His sudden disappearance was also smashed like a bomb. "If Tack himself was having trouble he has managed to keep it well hidden", say colleagues. Nobody then could have guessed that the man would not return on Wednesday, November 5th to his...
  • Pot-Positive Traffic Fatalities Up 100% in Colorado

    11/30/2014 6:03:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 293 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 26, 2014 - 9:48 AM | Cully Stimson
    … The data coming out of Colorado is exhibit A on why voters should reject legalization efforts. Even the Democratic governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, said that legalizing marijuana in Colorado was “reckless.” As I have written at Heritage, pot-positive traffic fatalities have gone up 100 percent since voters legalized pot in Colorado. This is true despite the fact that overall traffic fatalities in Colorado have gone down since 2007. A report by a federal grant-funded agency in Colorado found seven specific negative side effects that pot legalization has caused in Colorado: the majority of DUI drug arrests involve marijuana;youth...
  • Five killed in terror attack at Jerusalem synagogue

    11/18/2014 12:18:25 AM PST · by INVAR · 68 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | November 18, 2014 | LAZAR BERMAN
    East Jerusalem men enter Har Nof yeshiva complex with pistol and axes; 6 injured, including two police; assailants killed Four people were killed, including one policeman, in a terror attack at a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighborhood Tuesday morning. Police said two attackers, apparently from East Jerusalem, came into the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood shortly after 7 a.m. and began attacking worshipers at morning prayers with a gun, a meat cleaver, and an ax. Both terrorists were killed by police. Israel Police said there were six injured, including two policemen, one of whom was seriously injured, and another...
  • 4 dead in DuPont chemical leak

    11/15/2014 4:52:02 PM PST · by GeronL · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/15/2014
    Four people were killed and another was hospitalized in a chemical leak at a DuPont facility near Houston Saturday morning, authorities said. The hospitalized worker is expected to recover, plant manager Randall Clements said. The accident occurred when the chemical methyl mercaptan, which in low concentrations is used to odorize natural gas, was released in an area of a facility in La Porte at around 4 a.m. Saturday, Jeff Suggs, emergency management coordinator for the city, told NBC station KPRC. "We will continue to cooperate with all the local authorities and make sure that we investigate this fully and we...
  • Mali reports three deaths in capital linked to new Ebola cluster

    11/12/2014 7:05:44 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 11-13-2014 | AP/Japan Times
    Malian authorities on Wednesday reported three deaths believed to be linked to a new Ebola cluster, an alarming setback as Mali tries to limit the epidemic ravaging other West African countries. Health officials began monitoring dozens of hospital employees and family members, and also searched this capital city of about 2 million for those who helped prepare the body of one of the victims for burial before it was known that the corpse might be highly contagious. SNIP-- A nurse working at a clinic in the capital died Tuesday, and tests later showed she had Ebola, Communications Minister Mahamadou Camara...
  • Doctors "Hit Breaking-Point" As Ebola Death Toll Tops 4500

    10/20/2014 8:00:58 AM PDT · by Vermont Lt · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The WHO is coming under increasing scrutiny over its response to the the deadly epidemic. As The BBC reports, after stating that the death toll has hit 4,555 worldwide, a leaked internal document shows "nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall." There are a few tidbits of good news this weekend: the Spanish patient's test returned negative, 48 "at-risk" people in Dallas have been cleared, and Nigeria has been declared "ebola-free"
  • Ebola Outbreak: Liberia Needs 79,940 More Body Bags

    10/15/2014 10:10:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 14, 2014
    The West African nation where the Ebola outbreak has taken the most devastating toll needs nearly 80,000 more body bags over the next six months as it battles the deadly virus. An inventory of supplies from the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare shows the massive gap between the resources the government has and the key supplies it desperately needs to crush the epidemic. Liberia projects a gap of 79,490 body bags and 989,985 protective suits. The ministry's report, dated Oct. 10, also says 2,425 Liberians have died of the viral hemorrhagic fever since the start of the outbreak,...
  • 16 Members of Doctors Without Borders Infected with Ebola, Nine Dead

    10/15/2014 10:05:45 AM PDT · by pabianice · 41 replies
    AP ^ | 10/15/14 | Chutel
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — International aid organization Doctors Without Borders said that 16 of its staff members have been infected with Ebola and nine of them have died. Speaking at a press conference in Johannesburg Tuesday, the head of Doctors Without Borders in South Africa Sharon Ekambaram said medical workers have received inadequate assistance from the international community. "Where is WHO Africa? Where is the African Union?" said Ekambaram who worked in Sierra Leone from August to September. "We've all heard their promises in the media but have seen very little on the ground." Four of the organization's medical workers who...
  • Polio-like illness claims fifth live in US

    10/06/2014 10:02:43 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 20 replies
    Sheryl Atkisson website ^ | 10/04/14 | Sharyl Atkisson
    Link to Illegal Immigrant Children? Enteroviruses commonly circulate in the U.S. during summer and fall. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Over the past thirty years, only small numbers were reported in the U.S. The CDC hasn’t suggested reasons for the current uptick or its origin. Without that answer, some question whether the disease is being spread by the presence of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children from Central America admitted to the U.S. in the past year. The origin could be entirely unrelated. However, a study published in Virology Journal, found EV-D68 among some of the...
  • Report: At Least 2 Dead in Explosion at Iranian Nuclear Plant

    10/06/2014 6:15:07 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 96 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/2014 | Ari Soffer
    Iranian sites claim large explosion heard 'several kilometers away', shattered windows as far as 15 kilometers from blast. An explosion at Iran's Parchin nuclear plant has killed at least two people, according to Iranian media reports. The plant is located close to the Iranian capital Tehran, and the explosion has triggering speculation over a possible sabotage or assassination. The semi-official Isna news agency claimed the explosion took place after a fire erupted in an "explosive materials production unit".
  • 2 Colorado Adults Die From Complications Of Enterovirus

    10/03/2014 4:06:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    KCNC ^ | 10/2/2014
    At least two Colorado adults have died from complications from what may be enterovirus-68, the same strain that has afflicted hundreds, mostly children, across the country. Dr. Phil Emrie, a critical care pulmonologist at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, says he treated adult patients who suffered from conditions similar to the virus. “We don’t know for sure that it’s the enterovirus-68, but we do know that it’s consistent with the illness that they’re seeing in children,” Emrie said. That specific virus has been diagnosed primarily in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported approximately 500 cases...
  • Some 32 dead in stampede in eastern India: official

    10/03/2014 12:02:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | 10/3/2014
    A stampede at a popular religious festival in eastern India on Friday left 32 people dead and several dozen injured, an official said. Thousands of people had gathered to celebrate the Dussehra festival at a ground in the city of Patna in Bihar state, when panic erupted, officials said. It was unclear what triggered the stampede, which occurred as crowds were leaving the venue after watching giant effigies of the Hindu demon king Ravana set ablaze for Dussehra, which celebrates the victory of good over evil. "We have information that 32 people including women and children died due to a...
  • Mysterious outbreak of hemorrhagic fever syndrome in Venezuela kills ten

    10/03/2014 2:26:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    MercoPress ^ | October 2, 2014
    An outbreak of a mysterious hemorrhagic fever syndrome in the Venezuelan state of Aragua and the country’s capital Caracas has left ten people dead in the last three weeks. Reports indicate that nine people have so far succumbed to the disease in the northern state and a tenth person has died in the capital. It is unclear whether the cause of the syndrome is viral or bacterial – a distinction with implications for treatment – although autopsies have indicated that those who died were suffering from other complications, such as Chikungunya. One doctor, who wishes to remain anonymous, attended a...
  • 2 dead, 14 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

    09/15/2014 9:31:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    FOX Chicago ^ | 9/15/14
    Two people were killed and and at least 14 other people were wounded in weekend shootings across the city. The most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side.
  • Ebola toll tops 2 000, cases near 4 000

    09/05/2014 4:56:48 PM PDT · by Covenantor · 29 replies
    News24 ^ | Sept 5, 2014
    Ebola Toll Tops 2,000, Cases Near 4,000 2014-09-05 22:28 Geneva - More than 2 000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the World Health Organisation said on Friday, out of about 4 000 patients thought to have been infected in the three countries worst hit by the disease. The death toll in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone totalled 2 097 as at 5 Sept, out of 3 944 cases, a WHO document said. The data did not include patients in Nigeria or Senegal, which have also been affected, nor Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been...
  • WHO: More People Die from Suicide Than From Wars, Natural Disasters Combined

    09/04/2014 2:18:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 09/04/2014 | Lisa Schlein
    GENEVA— The World Health Organization reports more than 800,000 people die by suicide every year. WHO, which is launching its first global report on suicide prevention, said more people die from suicide than from conflicts, wars and natural disasters combined. The World Health Organization reported every 40 seconds a person somewhere in the world commits suicide. Despite this shockingly high statistic, WHO said only a handful of countries have policies aimed at suicide prevention. WHO Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Shekhar Saxena said there also is much more that communities can do to provide support for vulnerable people....
  • Report: 3 More Americans Killed Fighting with ISIS in Syria

    09/02/2014 7:07:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/02/2014 | Patrick Poole
    Reports this past week identified two Americans – Douglas McCain from San Diego and Abdiraaman Muhumad from Minneapolis — who were killed by Syrian rebel groups last weekend as they were fighting with ISIS.A new claim was made on a Syrian rebel Twitter feed this morning saying that an additional three Americans have been killed fighting with ISIS near Ghouta. A video purporting to show the three dead Americans was posted on Youtube (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO): Yet another American from Florida, Moner Mohammad Abusalha, conducted a suicide bombing for Jabhat al-Nusra — the official Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria —...
  • Death Toll in Syria Estimated at 191,000

    08/23/2014 7:09:07 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    ny times ^ | 8-23-2014 | NICK CUMMING-BRUCE
    The number of dead in Syria’s civil war more than doubled in the past year to at least 191,000, the United Nations human rights office said Friday. The agency’s chief, Navi Pillay, bluntly criticized Western nations, saying their inaction in the face of the slaughter had “empowered and emboldened” the killers. In its third report on Syria commissioned by the United Nations, the Human Rights Data Analysis Group identified 191,369 deaths from the start of the conflict in March 2011 to April 2014, more than double the 92,901 deaths cited in the group’s last report, which covered the first two...
  • At least 70 dead from hemorrhagic illness in northern Congo- WHO

    08/21/2014 4:11:16 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-21-2014 | Reuters
    At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola. "This is not Ebola," a WHO spokesman said in an email to Reuters on Thursday. A WHO report dated Thursday and seen by Reuters said that 592 people had contracted the disease, of whom 70 died
  • Ebola cases in West Africa rise to 2,240, with 1,229 dead; quarantine victims to get food

    08/19/2014 12:02:49 PM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | Reuters
    Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four countries, including Nigeria. While Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and No. 1 oil producer, appears to be containing its smaller outbreak, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus among their populations. On Friday, these small two West African nations and a medical charity chided the WHO for its slow response, saying more action was needed to save victims threatened by the disease and hunger.
  • 2 Dead, 8 Wounded in Overnight Chicago Shootings

    08/16/2014 7:39:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    nbc chicago ^ | 8-16-2014
    Two people were killed-- including a 16-year-old girl fatally shot on Chicago’s South Side and a 25-year-old man killed a block from the Chicago Police Department headquarters-- and at least eight others were wounded in overnight Chicago shootings. The teen girl was among two shot in a possible drive-by shooting in the city’s Englewood neighborhood early Saturday morning. Police said the girl was standing outside around 12:45 a.m. with a man when a car drove by and someone inside fired shots. She was shot in the head and was found unresponsive at the scene and a 20-year-old man was shot...
  • Iraq crisis: 'It is death valley. Up to 70 per cent of them are dead'

    08/12/2014 9:43:12 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 45 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8:00AM BST 10 Aug 2014 | Jonathan Krohn
    On board Iraqi army helicopter delivering aid to the trapped Yazidis, Jonathan Krohn sees a hellish sight Mount Sinjar stinks of death. The few Yazidis who have managed to escape its clutches can tell you why. “Dogs were eating the bodies of the dead,” said Haji Khedev Haydev, 65, who ran through the lines of Islamic State jihadists surrounding it. On Sunday night, I became the first western journalist to reach the mountains where tens of thousands of Yazidis, a previously obscure Middle Eastern sect, have been taking refuge from the Islamic State forces that seized their largest town, Sinjar....
  • Iraq general: 70% of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar are dead

    08/11/2014 5:04:04 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 54 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 11, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Iraq general: 70% of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar are dead By Rick Moran An Iraqi general told a reporter for The Telegraph - the only western reporter who has flown over Mount Sinjar - that 70% of the Yahidis oin the rocky hill will die because of the lack of humanitarian aid. I was on board an Iraqi Army helicopter, and watched as hundreds of refugees ran towards it to receive one of the few deliveries of aid to make it to the mountain. The helicopter dropped water and food from its open gun bays to them as they waited...
  • Ebola virus kills 729 people in West African countries

    07/31/2014 7:30:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    CCTV ^ | 07-31-2014
    The worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa. To date, there have been more than 1300 confirmed cases, and 729 have died.
  • Government Releases First Large-Scale Health Data on Gay Community

    07/17/2014 10:02:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 17, 2014 | Denali Tietjen
    Less than three percent of the population identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual (GLB), a new federal health report shows. According to the survey responses, 96.6 percent of adults ages 18 years and older identify as straight, 1.6 percent identified as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent identified as bisexual. These numbers are significantly lower than most American’s estimate. A 2012 Gallup Survey shows that U.S. adults, on average, approximate a quarter of the population to be gay or lesbian.
  • 5 reasons why comparing Israeli and Palestinian death totals is misleading way to judge the conflict

    07/17/2014 10:58:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/17/2014 | Philip Klein
    One of the most common and misleading tactics deployed against Israel by its critics is to compare the number of dead Israelis and dead Palestinians, and use the figures to portray Palestinians as victims of Israeli aggression. Vox's Max Fisher, who is on a campaign to convince people that Israel bears primary responsibility for the absence of peace in the region, pushed the argument this week to show that the conflict was “lopsided.” The Legal Insurrection blog has rounded up other examples of liberals and critics of Israel making similar arguments emphasizing comparative death totals. In a sense, it's understandable...
  • 5 killed in Houston-area wrong-way traffic wreck

    06/30/2014 3:50:28 PM PDT · by Redcat · 40 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 06/30/14 | Dale Lezon
    New details have been released after at least five people, including a young child, were killed late Sunday night when a wrong-way driver slammed head-on into their pickup in northeast Harris County. The two-vehicle wreck happened about 11 p.m. on the westbound North Sam Houston Parkway near John Ralston, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said Efraim Carmona was driving a 2009 Dodge Ram 5500 pickup eastbound in the westbound lanes when he smashed into a 2000 Ford F-150. Five people in the Ford died at the scene. The front passenger in the Ford was injured and was...
  • Senator: More than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of VA misconduct

    06/24/2014 9:39:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 24, 2014 | By Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — Over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of misconduct by employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a report released Tuesday by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. “Too many men and women who bravely fought for our freedom are losing their lives, not at the hands of terrorists or enemy combatants, but from friendly fire in the form of medical malpractice and neglect by the Department of Veterans Affairs,” Coburn said in a letter addressed to taxpayers, which was attached to the report. In a press release, Coburn said the...
  • A ‘war zone’: Tornadoes destroy more than half of Pilger, local leaders say; child killed

    06/17/2014 6:14:56 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 6 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | 17 June 2014 | By Julie Anderson, Jay Withrow &#8232;and Emily Nohr
    UPDATE (7:30 a.m.) CONDITIONS IN PILGER — Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger said Tuesday morning that the five-year-old who died was a girl in a mobile home situated on Main Street. A traffic fatality 2.5 miles east of Pilger in Cuming County has not been linked to the storm. — 75 percent of the community is “gone, and that’s my opinion,” Unger said, including the middle school, Midwest Bank, a convenience store, post office, numerous houses, city hall, firehouse and St. John’s Lutheran church.
  • Dozens killed, including Catholic priest, during Church attack in Central African Republic

    05/31/2014 5:06:51 PM PDT · by narses · 11 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | May 29, 2014
    Muslim rebels attacked a Catholic parish in Bangui, the embattled capital of the Central African Republic, killing as many as 30 people, including the parish priest. The attack took place on Wednesday, when the Seleka rebels stormed the Our Lady of Fatima church compound with gunfire and grenades. Dozens of people, Christian and Muslim alike had taken refuge there to escape the fighting. The archdiocese of Bangui confirmed the death of Paul Emile Nzale. The 76-year-old parish priest. He's the second priest killed in the country this year, as a result of the on-going fighting. Both the Seleka and the...
  • 4 dead among at least 35 shot in Chicago in 36 hours

    04/13/2014 9:15:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 13, 2014 | Stephanie K. Baer and Peter Nickeas
    At least 35 people were shot in Chicago, four of them fatally, in 36 hours over the weekend, with more than half of the shootings occurring over a half-day period stretching into early Sunday. Officers responded to at least 26 incidents, starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side involving an attack that left a 17-year-old girl dead and two other people wounded, police said. There were also fatal shootings in the South Shore neighborhood Friday night and the Washington Park neighborhood early Sunday, both on the South Side.
  • Syria civil war 'kills over 150,000 people' in three years

    04/01/2014 7:31:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Apr 2014 | Olivia Nwabali
    Over 150,000 people have lost their lives since the March 2011 outbreak of the devastating civil war in Syria, according to new figures. The London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which closely monitors the conflict using a network of activists and medical staff in Syria, has documented the deaths of 150,344 people. More than a third of those killed in Syria – by shellfire, air strikes and bullets – are civilians, the rights group said. Now in its third year, the war, which continues, unabated, has ravaged entire cities, leaving whole civilian neighbourhoods flattened by shell fire and...
  • Taliban Suicide Bomber Turns on His Own Commanders, Kills 15

    04/01/2014 6:59:13 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 27 replies
    TOLOnews.com ^ | 01 April 2014
    At least 15 senior Taliban commanders were killed on Tuesday in Ghazni province by a suicide bomber reportedly attempting to keep them from carrying out plans to disrupt Saturday's elections, according to Afghan officials. In addition to the 15 confirmed dead, nine other militants were wounded by the blast, which occurred in the Gelan district of Ghazni, according to the National Directorate of Security (NDS). Among the casualties were said to be Pakistani Taliban leaders. Insurgents have publicly stated their intent to derail the elections, which will mark the country's first democratic transition of presidential power in history. The Taliban...
  • Kenyan church attack leaves four worshippers dead and 17 injured

    03/23/2014 9:27:31 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Sunday 23 March 2014 08.44 EDT
    A bible next to a pool of blood inside the Joy Jesus church in Likoni near Mombasa. Photograph: Str/EPA At least four people were killed when two gunmen burst into a crowded church and opened fired on worshippers near the Kenyan port of Mombasa. The attack, which left about 17 wounded, came despite increased security in Kenyan cities amid heightened warnings of extremist violence. Robert Mureithi, a local police chief, said: "They were shot by gunmen who shot indiscriminately at worshippers and then fled.". There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Kenya has been hit by a series of...