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DAYS OF LOT – Mississippi Governor To Sign Anti-Gay Bill Into Law

Mississippi’s governor said he will sign a religious freedom bill approved by state lawmakers over the objections of opponents who say it could be used as an excuse to refuse services to gays and minorities. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which passed 79-43 in the state House of Representatives and 37-14 in the Senate on Tuesday, protects residents from state laws or local ordinances that violate their right to practice their faith. It is modeled after the 1993 federal law with the same name and will take effect July 1. Critics say the measure legalizes discrimination, giving businesses the right to refuse service based on religious objections. They warned scenarios such as the Colorado cake-shop owner who refused to bake for a gay wedding last year could become commonplace in Mississippi. More

Jewish groups excoriate Denmark over legalized bestiality

Several Jewish groups issued statements this week slamming Denmark for last month’s ban on Jewish ritual slaughter on the grounds of animal rights despite continuing to sanction bestiality. Denmark is one of several European countries in which sexual intercourse with animals is permitted by law. The country’s legalized zoophilia has even attracted sex tourists from Norway, the Afterposten newspaper reported in 2011.  Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen banned all slaughter without pre-stunning last month. Importation of kosher and hallal meat is, however, still legal. Jørgensen was quoted by local media as hanging his decision on the argument that “animal rights come before religion,” a statement he later disavowed during a meeting with Jewish and Muslim communal leaders. More

Diet supplement causes nearly 100 hepatitis cases

A popular diet supplement has caused an outbreak of severe liver disease, sickening nearly 100 people in 16 states since it was first reported in Hawaii last year, according to a new paper. The publication calls for a better system to remove dangerous supplements from the market. As of February, OxyElite Pro, a dietary supplement manufactured by USPLabs that claims to help people burn fat, has been linked to 97 cases of hepatitis, including 47 people who were hospitalized, three who needed liver transplantations and one person who died, according to the paper, which was authored by Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a general internist at Cambridge Health Alliance. Although people who took the supplement started getting ill in May last year, the Food and Drug Administration did not learn of the cases until four months later, in September, when doctors reported a cluster of liver illnesses in Hawaii. USPLabs stopped selling the product in October. More

FBI raids man’s home, seizes indian artifacts.

FBI agents Wednesday seized “thousands” of cultural artifacts, including American Indian items, from the private collection of a 91-year-old Rush County man who had acquired them over the past eight decades. An FBI command vehicle and several tents were spotted at the property in rural Waldron, about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis. The man, Don Miller, has not been arrested or charged.  Robert A. Jones, special agent in charge of the Indianapolis FBI office, would not say at a news conference specifically why the investigation was initiated, but he did say the FBI had information about Miller’s collection and acted on it by deploying its art crime team. FBI agents are working with art experts and museum curators, and neither they nor Jones would describe a single artifact involved in the investigation, but it is a massive collection. Jones added that cataloging of all of the items found will take longer than “weeks or months.” More

ALERT: Liberia reports suspected Ebola outbreak unconnected to Guinea…

Liberia said on Thursday it was dealing with the first case of suspected Ebola to have originated within its own borders, unconnected to the epidemic raging in neighbouring Guinea. If confirmed, the case in the eastern town of Tapeta would mark a worrying development in the fight against Ebola, as cases so far have been attributed to people returning with the infection from Guinea, where 84 people have died. ”We have a case in Tapeta where a hunter who has not had any contact with anyone coming from Guinea got sick,” chief medical officer Bernice Dahn told AFP. ”He was rushed to the hospital and died 30 minutes later. He never had any interaction with someone suspected to be a carrier of the virus and he has never gone to Guinea. This an a isolated case.” More


Record-breaking April snowstorm set to dump 16 inches.

Prince was wrong. It’s not “Sometimes It Snows In April.” It’s “Always It Snows In April.” OK, it only seems that way after the brutal winter we had this year, and the extended winter we had last year. But many Minnesotans are understandably at the breaking point with the news that a spring snowstorm is expected to dump possibly more than a foot of snow in many parts of the state. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for most of the state, including the Twin Cities. The warning is in effect from Thursday afternoon until Friday night. WCCO director of meteorology Mike Augustyniak says that the storm should begin with a wintry mix in the Twin Cities. Then it will eventually begin to turn over into heavy, wet snow late Thursday into Friday morning. The period of accumulating snow could last up to 12 hours, Augustyniak said. More


Chinatown Skin Infection Outbreak Spreads in NYC, Number of Cases Doubles..

The number of New Yorkers suspected of having a rare skin infection that comes from handling raw seafood, causing skin lesions, pain and swelling to the hands and arms and even difficulty moving fingers, has more than doubled, officials said Wednesday. The department said the number of reported cases has surged to 66, up from 30 last month. Health officials are warning those who purchase raw fish and seafood at Chinatowns in Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn to wear waterproof gloves when handling those items, and to seek medical care if they discover red bumps on hands or arms. The bacteria causing the infection is called Mycobacterium marinum and it gets into the body through a cut or other injury, the Health Department said. The infections, which are treated with antibiotics, were reported to the Health Department by doctors, officials said. The Health Department said those who eat seafood from the Chinatown markets are not at risk. More

Stunning Graphic Shows Chicago’s Middle Class Disappearing…

The graphic that you are about to see is sobering, perhaps depressing, and you can’t take your eyes off it. We have the exhaustive work of Daniel Kay Hertz, a masters student at the University Of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, to thank for that. At the risk of sounding like an old carnival barker, step right up and watch the middle class of Chicago vanish before your eyes. However, this is no side-show. It shows the demise of the foundation of an American city. Watch as the grey squares, which illustrate the middle class that dominated the most of the city’s neighborhoods in 1970s, quickly vanish over 40 years. The poor, represented by the orange and red colors, explode across the map. More


Billionaire philanthropist George Soros hopes the U.S. goes to pot, and he is using his money to drive it there. With a cadre of like-minded, wealthy donors, Mr. Soros is dominating the pro-legalization side of the marijuana debate by funding grass-roots initiatives that begin in New York City and end up affecting local politics elsewhere. Through a network of nonprofit groups, Mr. Soros has spent at least $80 million on the legalization effort since 1994, when he diverted a portion of his foundation’s funds to organizations exploring alternative drug policies, according to tax filings. More


40 Thousand Free Condoms Will Be Available To 1,700 Students At Whittier College

More than a dozen condom machines are being installed in residence halls on the campus of Whittier College this week. The 15 contraceptive dispensers being placed in dorms will give the school’s roughly 1,700 students access to more than 40,000 free condoms. In fact, there will be several machines installed in each of the school’s dormitories. The Whittier College Quaker Campus reports junior Bobbi-Marie Mendoza was inspired to promote public health among students after she completed an internship with the Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project. Mendoza then reached out to Los-Angeles based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which describes itself as “the largest supplier of HIV/AIDS medical care in the United States.” The foundation donated all of the machines, as well as the condoms, which will constantly be restocked. Whittier College is a private, four-year liberal arts school with famous alumni including President Richard Nixon. CBS

Will Lawmakers Be Fined $10,000 Per Prayer After Defying Judge’s Order and Invoking Jesus?

An atheist legal group has filed a motion accusing commissioners in Maryland of repeatedly defying a judge’s order prohibiting them from praying during public meetings. The American Humanist Association is accusing Carroll County, Md., commissioners of again violating a preliminary injunction after the board apparently invited Bruce Holstein, a campaign manager for one of the commissioners, to speak at Monday’s meeting. Holstein reportedly read a statement that criticized the judge’s order and uttered a prayer explicitly invoking Jesus Christ’s name. Since none of the commissioners stepped in to stop the speech, the association is now taking action. “We regret this action had to be taken, but the commissioners have now broken the law twice,” attorney Monica Miller said in a statement. More

“Left Behind,” the apocalyptic thriller reboot about a biblical event known as “the rapture,” is heading to the big screen Oct. 3, helping round off a year packed with films touting Christian and Bible-based themes. The movie, which is based on the popular book and DVD series by the same name, stars Nicolas Cage as pilot Rayford Steele and Chad Michael Murray as journalist Buck Williams. The Blaze recently sat down with Paul LaLonde, the film’s producer and writer, to learn more about the its focus on end-times theology and its reemergence in popular culture. While the people behind the new film were largely responsible for creating the original “Left Behind” movies a decade ago, LaLonde has repeatedly said that audiences can expect a very different finished product from the past. More



Kerry calls on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to ‘lead’ in talks

Frustrated by Israeli and Palestinian actions that have complicated his furious effort to salvage foundering peace talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday exhorted leaders on both sides to “lead” and to do so now to prevent the negotiations from collapsing. In Algeria for strategic security talks after traveling to the Mideast twice in the past 10 days to rescue the peace process, Kerry said there are limits to what the Obama administration can do to push the parties together. He vowed to continue his efforts “no matter what.” But he also stressed he could not force Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas to continue the talks, let alone actually resolve the long-running conflict. More

Total Lunar Eclipse on Passover and Solar ‘Ring of Fire’ Top April’s Stargazing Events

Stargazers have a lot to look forward to this month. The best celestial events in April include eclipses of the sun and moon, a meteor shower and good opportunities to see Vesta and Ceres, the two biggest space rocks in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Here’s a brief rundown of April’s most exciting skywatching events, which folks in the Northern Hemisphere may be able to enjoy without too much shivering now that spring has sprung. [Skywatching Highlights of April 2014 (Video)] The first of April’s two eclipses comes in the early morning hours of April 15, when Earth’s shadow will darken the moon in a total lunar eclipse visible throughout North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the Pacific region. Totality will last from 3:07 a.m. until 4:25 a.m. EDT (0707-0825 GMT), while partial phases of the eclipse will be visible for a few hours before and after this stretch. The solar eclipse will occur two weeks later, though very few people will get to appreciate its full glory. On April 29, an annular or “ring of fire” eclipse will be visible from a small patch of Antarctica, perhaps briefly confusing some penguins around the time of greatest eclipse, 2:04 a.m. EDT (0604 GMT). But there will still be something for some Southern Hemisphere stargazers to see. ”Skywatchers in Australia and southern Indonesia will see a partial solar eclipse,” narrator Nancy Calo said in an April skywatching video guide released by the Hubble Space Telescope science team. More



Las Vegas Republicans Remove Marriage and Life from Party Platform

 The Republican Party of one county in Nevada recently voted to remove its definition of marriage from its party platform, as well as its position on abortion. Members of the Clark County Republican Party largely agreed to the changes on Saturday, editing out language in the party platform that outlined their belief in marriage being only between a man and a woman. A statement affirming the party’s opposition to abortion and its commitment to life was also removed from the document. Director Nick Phillips told reporters that the adjustments came as a result of discussions during the party’s committee meeting this weekend in Las Vegas. He said that black and white statements on social issues run contrary to the group’s belief in personal freedom. “We’re supposed to be a party that believes in the right to make personal decisions,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “This is a huge first step.” While removing language from the party platform referencing marriage and the right to life, the Clark County Republican Party decided to add language to its preamble regarding “sexual orientation.” More


 A New York woman is inspiring the masses after she recently passed away following her decision to postpone her cancer treatment in order to save her baby’s life. Elizabeth Joice, 36, had always wanted a baby. But she was told by doctors that the chances that she and her husband Max could conceive were slim. In 2010, doctors diagnosed Joice with cancer after locating a malignant tumor. After treatment, she went into remission and was declared cancer-free for three years. Last summer, after being told that she and her husband may never have children due to the cancer treatment, Joice found out that she was pregnant. However, a month later, the Joices also discovered that the cancer had returned. Doctors removed the tumor on her lung, but were unaware of whether the cancer had spread in the months that passed without a full MRI. But the MRI could mean terminating the life of the baby. Joice knew she had to save her baby’s life even if it meant losing her own. “Having a kid was one of the most important things in the world to her,” her husband Max told the New York Post. “She said, ‘If we terminate the pregnancy and it turns out I can’t have a baby [later], I’ll be devastated.’ She knew this might be her only chance.” Joice delayed any further treatments until the baby could be born. Although the child was to be born last month, doctors took the baby early, performing a Cesarean Section in January. Joice gave birth to a girl, whom she named Lily. More


Ebola outbreak spreads panic in West Africa

DAKAR, Senegal
 — The rising death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has sparked fear across the region with at least 80 already having died from the nearly always fatal virus. ”Every day we’re reading about it in the newspaper, hearing about it on the radio, and wondering when it’s going to come here,” said 32-year-old Mossa Bau, who lives in Dakar, Senegal. “Everyone is very scared because, really, it’s a dangerous disease and no one has the means to stop it.” The World Health Organization says that as many as 125 people across three countries are now believed to have contracted the highly contagious disease. Senegal shut its border with Guinea, where the outbreak is believed to have originated, in the hopes of keeping the disease from spreading its way. The outbreak was initially contained in four remote towns in south Guinea and health officials had hopes it could be contained there. But the country’s Ministry of Health confirmed last week that eight cases arose in the capital, Conakry. More

CIA Chief: I Removed ‘Islamic’ from ‘Islamic Extremists’ in Benghazi Talking Points to Appease Muslims

After former acting CIA Director Mike Morell testified to the House Intelligence Committee that he is the one who changed the Benghazi talking points, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) renewed her call for a select committee to investigate the attack. She suggested that Morell either lied to senators shortly after the attack, or lied during his testimony today. Islamic terrorists assaulted the American facility at Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, killing for Americans just weeks before the presidential election. Despite copious evidence that was available during the attack and immediately afterward that it was a premeditated terrorist attack, the Obama administration from the president on down initially blamed the attack on a spontaneous protest sparked by an obscure YouTube movie. That take fit well with the Obama campaign narrative that al Qaeda was “on the run,” while al Qaeda killing four Americans in a coordinated assault on a US facility did not. Morell testified today that a group of intelligence officers from the Office of Congressional Affairs, and CIA public affairs, removed a reference to al Qaeda from the talking points given to Congress. Morell testified that he changed the talking points himself as well, and removed “Islamic” from a description of the “Islamic militants” who assaulted the facility, because “What other kind of extremists are there in Libya?” He also admitted to making the change so as not to “further aflame” passions in the Muslim world. More



 (AP) — A powerful 7.6-magnitude aftershock hit Chile’s far-northern coast late Wednesday night, shaking the same area where a magnitude-8.2 earthquake hit just a day before causing some damage and six deaths. Chile’s Emergency Office and navy issued a tsunami alert and ordered a precautionary evacuation of low-lying areas on the northern coast, meaning many people could be spending another sleepless night away from their homes. The aftershock caused buildings to shake and people to run out into the streets in the port of Iquique, which was one of the cities that saw some damage from Tuesday night’s big quake. But there were no immediate reports of new damage or injuries from the latest tremor, which was one of dozens that have followed the 8.2 quake. ”I was evacuated like all citizens. One can see that the people are prepared,” tweeted President Michelle Bachelet, who was in the nearby city of Arica to assess the damage. The aftershock was centered 12 miles (19 kilometers) south of Iquique at a depth of 25 miles (40 kilometers), the U.S Geological Survey said. The USGS initially reported the tremor’s magnitude at 7.8, but downgraded it to 7.6. More

Kent State in Ohio placed on lockdown after shot fired on campus…

Police apprehended a suspect who fired a single shot into the ground Wednesday shortly after 8 p.m. outside of Bowman Hall, university officials said. The suspect was taken into custody off-campus in Portage County shortly after 11:30 p.m., Eric Mansfield said in a press conference in Franklin Hall.  Mansfield could not confirm there were no injuries and confirmed that there was blood on the scene of the crime outside Bowman. Police believe there was only one gunman, and the search is officially done. The Associated Press reported that campus police said the suspect is at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. Kent State Police cars were parked outside the hospital, but Stater reporters at the scene could not confirm the suspect’s presence. More

9 Of The Top 10 Occupations In America Pay An Average Wage Of Less Than $35,000 A Year

According to stunning new numbers just released by the federal government, nine of the top ten most commonly held jobs in the United States pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year.  When you break that down, that means that most of these workers are making less than $3,000 a month before taxes.  And once you consider how we are being taxed into oblivion, things become even more frightening.  Can you pay a mortgage and support a family on just a couple grand a month?  Of course not.  In the old days, a single income would enable a family to live a very comfortable middle class lifestyle in most cases.  But now those days are long gone.  In 2014, both parents are expected to work, and in many cases both of them have to get multiple jobs just in order to break even at the end of the month.  The decline in the quality of our jobs is a huge reason for the implosion of the middle class in this country.  You can’t have a middle class without middle class jobs, and we have witnessed a multi-decade decline in middle class jobs in the United States.  As long as this trend continues, the middle class is going to continue to shrink. More

Today’s Tornado Risk Zone Spans 1,000 Miles, Population of 40 Million

With part of a multiple-day severe weather event forecast to continue, close to 40 million people will be at risk for violent and dangerous storms on Thursday from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley. Following a significant round of severe weather from Wednesday, the atmosphere will continue to energize on Thursday from the South Central states to part of the Midwest. There are many communities at risk for severe weather on Thursday. Major cities in or near the alert area include Dallas, Houston and Austin, Texas; Shreveport, La.; Tulsa, Okla.; Little Rock and Fort Smith, Ark.; St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.; Peoria, Ill.; Tupelo, Miss.; Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.; Paducah and Louisville, Ky.; Evansville and Indianapolis, Ind.; and Cincinnati. More

N.Korea ‘to Execute 200 Jang Song-taek Loyalists’

North Korea is poised to execute 200 high-ranking officials loyal to ousted eminence grise Jang Song-taek, a source said Tuesday. Some 1,000 members of their families could be sent to concentration camps under the North’s barbaric system of guilt by association. The source said the State Security Department has conducted a sweep to ferret out Jang’s supporters after his execution in December last year and identified 200 core supporters and another 1,000 followers. The department has authorization from the North’s highest court to hold closed-door trials to deliver death sentences, the source added. This apparently aims to make it look as if proper procedure, to the extent that it exists at all, has been followed.More

Massive Chile Earthquake May Not Be the “Big One”

A big earthquake of magnitude 8.2 shook the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday night, setting off small landslides and a small tsunami and killing at least five people. But scientists say the quake, while large, was not the “big one” that is predicted for the region.  “The big question is, is this a foreshock to an even bigger earthquake to come?” Rick Allmendinger asks. Allmendinger, a geologist who specializes in earthquake analysis at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, is a visiting professor at the Universidad Católica del Norte in Antofagasta, Chile. “It probably has not released all of the stored-up energy on the subduction earthquake fault in northern Chile,” he says. “For the sake of all of our friends in the region, we’re hoping that there isn’t a bigger one still to come.” Scientists don’t know when a possible larger quake might strike along the subduction zone, an area where one tectonic plate slides beneath another. It could happen at any time. (See “What Caused the Chile Earthquake?”) During the past 140 years, the faults off the Chilean coast have shifted repeatedly because of its proximity to the “Ring of Fire,” an area around the edges of the Pacific Ocean with high levels of earthquake and volcano activity. More

Iran’s decision to appoint a member of the group behind the 1979 seizure of the US embassy in Tehran as its ambassador to the United Nations has angered US lawmakers, prompting Senator Ted Cruz to propose a law that would prevent Hamid Abutalebi, now a veteran diplomat, from entering the United States. The administration of the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, has submitted a US visa application for Mr Abutalebi, who is widely thought to be a moderate and a reformist. However, he was at one time a member of the group Students Following the Imam’s Line, which was behind the occupation of the US embassy in November 1979 and the holding hostage of 52 Americans for 444 days.Senator Cruz, a Republican from Texas, said the legislation would oblige the US to deny visas to UN applicants who have engaged in terrorist activity. He added: “It is unconscionable that in the name of international diplomatic protocol the United States would be forced to host a foreign national who showed a brutal disregard of the status of diplomats when they were stationed in his country… This person is an acknowledged terrorist.” More

18 countries ratify landmark UN treaty regulating arms trade, including 5 major arms exporters

Eighteen countries, including five of the world’s leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty’s entry into force. The ambassadors of the 18 countries handed over the documents at a U.N. ceremony on the first anniversary of the General Assembly’s adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, which is aimed at stemming the global illegal weapons trade, estimated at between $60 billion and $85 billion. The new ratifications bring the total number to 31, more than half of the 50 needed for the pact to enter into force. Five of the world’s top 10 arms exporters — Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain — turned in their ratification documents at the ceremony. Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia were the others. U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson urged all 193 U.N. member states to sign and ratify it without delay. More

US military chief: Israel believes US would strike Iran if need arises

‘I think they are satisfied that we have the capability to use a military option if the Iranians choose to stray off the diplomatic path,’ Gen. Martin Dempsey says. Israel and the United States have reached a general understanding regarding the Iranian threat to the Middle East, said the top American general, USA Today reported on Tuesday. “I think they are satisfied that we have the capability to use a military option if the Iranians choose to stray off the diplomatic path,” said Gen. Martin Dempsey of the Israeli officials he met. “I think they are satisfied we have the capability. I think they believe we will use it,” he emphasized.More


Cruz: Obama waging unprecedented ‘assault’ on religious liberty

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said Wednesday that religious liberty has never been attacked as much as it has been during the Obama Administration. Citing the requirement that even religious employers must provide contraception for their employees — the issue at stake in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case – Cruz said the “assault” on religious freedom is unprecedented. “Religious liberty’s never been more under assault,” Cruz said in a speech at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian college. More


Did Michigan just trigger ‘constitutional convention’? Bid gains steam

Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes. At issue is what’s known as a “constitutional convention,” a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been used for all 27 amendment to date – requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve a resolution, before sending it to the states for ratification. The Founding Fathers, though, devised an alternative way which says if two-thirds of state legislatures demand a meeting, Congress “shall call a convention for proposing amendments.” The idea has gained popularity among constitutional scholars in recent years — but got a big boost last week when Michigan lawmakers endorsed it. More

Washington DC decriminalizes possession of up to an ounce of marijuana

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has approved legislation that decriminalizes the possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana in the US capital. The law takes marijuana possession down from a misdemeanor to a civil violation with a $25 fine. Misdemeanors for possession carried up to six months in jail with a $1,000 fine. Seventeen states have some form of decriminalization. As with all District laws, the measure must still find ultimate approval through the US House of Representatives, as Washington, DC does not have final authority over the laws of its own city. Republican Speaker John Boehner said the House will “look” at the bill. The Republican-led House has found fit to block District-passed legislation in recent years – the House has barred DC from using its own local funds to provide abortion services. More

SHOCK REPORT: EPA tested deadly pollutants on humans…

The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few years in order to justify more onerous clean air regulations. The agency conducted tests on people with health issues and the elderly, exposing them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants, without disclosing the risks of cancer and death, according to a newly released government report. These experiments exposed people, including those with asthma and heart problems, to dangerously high levels of toxic pollutants, including diesel fumes, reads a EPA inspector general report obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The EPA also exposed people with health issues to levels of pollutants up to 50 times greater than the agency says is safe for humans. More


In a report that aired on Topeka, KS ABC affiliate KTKA on Tuesday, Newman Regional Hospital in Emporia, KS is scaling back some services as a means of countering the “negative financial impacts of the Affordable Care Act.” According to KTKA, the cuts at the hospital are due to a projected $3.5 million loss this year. These cuts will result in 10 full-time employees and five part-time employees being laid off permanently and are expected to save the hospital $1 million annually.  “It’s looking into the future,” Newman Regional CEO Bob Wright said to KTKA. “Knowing that we need to make a profit, having the advantage of critical access getting us most of the way there but having really to do our part as good stewards of our resources to make sure that we’re profitable.” Breitbart

Investors marveling at the striking similarities of the bull market today to the one that ended in 1987 are hoping history doesn’t repeat itself. If it does, the market could be in some serious trouble in 37 trading days. In 37 trading days, the ongoing bull market would be 1,311 trading days old, says Jim Paulsen of Wells Capital Management. That is a scary date because it was on the 1,311 trading day after the start of the 1982 bull market that the Standard & Poor’s 500 suffered its biggest one-day crash in history on Oct. 19, 1987. That crash snuffed out what had been a powerful market rally starting in 1982. Normally these kinds of things are just market oddities. But investors are taking this one seriously since there are such strong similarities with the 1982 bull market and the one the market is currently in. For instance, the current bull run has marked a 175% rally from the low, which is where the 1982 bull was at this point in its run, Paulsen says. More

Iran and Russia working to seal $20b oil-for-goods deal

Iran and Russia have made progress towards an oil-for-goods deal sources said would be worth up to $20 billion, which would enable Tehran to boost vital energy exports in defiance of Western sanctions, people familiar with the negotiations told Reuters. In January Reuters reported Moscow and Tehran were discussing a barter deal that would see Moscow buy up to 500,000 barrels a day of Iranian oil in exchange for Russian equipment and goods. The White House has said such a deal would raise “serious concerns” and would be inconsistent with the nuclear talks between world powers and Iran. More

IATA Asks Governments to Use Passenger Data for Security Screenings

The global airline-industry group on Tuesday said that the continuing search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 highlights the need to improve aircraft tracking in-flight, and asked governments to use advance passenger data provided by airlines more effectively. ”It is important to remember that airlines aren’t border guards or policemen. The checking of passports is the well-established responsibility of governments,” said Tony Tyler, director general of the Montreal-based International Air Transport Association, at a conference in the Malaysian capital. More


An Obama administration plan to give up oversight of certain technical Internet functions could open the door to a takeover by authoritarian regimes, Republican lawmakers claimed Wednesday. If Russia or China gain new influence over the management of the Internet, they could begin censoring content or blocking websites, the Republicans warned. ”Make no mistake: Threats to the openness and freedom of the Internet are real,” said Republican Rep. Greg Walden, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which held a hearing on the issue Wednesday. “Leaders such as Vladimir Putin have explicitly announced their desire to gain control of the Internet.” More

Chile’s big quake is not California’s San Andreas’ fault, scientists say

The powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake that struck northern Chile on Tuesday night came after a series of quakes had shaken the Los Angeles area in recent weeks. Could there be a link between these recent seismic events? Do they portend a larger and perhaps more dire planetary crisis? A sign that a tectonic doomsday may soon be upon us? ”No,” said Dr. Gavin Hayes, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center. ”Totally unrelated,” agreed Cal Tech geophysicist Mark Simons. ”The most important thing everyone needs to remember is these are two of some of the most seismologically active places in the world,” CNN meteorologist Indra Petersons said. So you can rest a little easier, Californians. Your state and Chile lie on different faults that “are too far apart” for the earthquakes to be linked, according to Hayes. More


Fatalities reported in Fort Hood shooting

Multiple people were killed and others injured Wednesday when a shooter opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, a senior military official and law enforcement official told CNN. The officials said the suspected shooter was among the dead. The initial report is the incident started as a soldier-on-soldier attack, law enforcement sources told CNN. The initial assessment is the incident is not terror-related, the sources said. The Army installation, in an evening statement, said it had an initial report that a shooter was dead, “but this is unconfirmed.” ”The injured personnel are being transported to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals. Numerous law enforcement agencies are in support and on the scene. The number of injured are not confirmed at this time,” it said. More


ALERT: NATO military chief warns Russian troops could invade swiftly

NATO’s military chief warned Wednesday that Russian troops could begin moving on Ukraine within 12 hours of being given an order, amid fears that Moscow could seek to invade its eastern region. Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander Europe, also told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that with 40,000 troops massed near the border, Russia has all the components necessary to move on Ukraine. These forces are “supported by fixed-wing aircraft, rotary aircraft, all of the logistics required in order to successfully make an incursion if they needed,” he said. In terms of deterrence, Breedlove said NATO has a good air and sea plan and is working in the next several days on developing a land component to that reassurance. More


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Syrian rebels outflank military in Aleppo


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