Kerry weighs options on Middle East talks/Russian Ambassadors Discuss Invading Miami, California In Leaked Call/Mali suspects first Ebola cases as regional death toll tops 90 and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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US says still committed to Israeli-Palestinian peace process despite impasse

The United State has not given up on the Israeli-Palestinian negotiating process, although talks seem to have derailed. Deputy US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Friday that the sides were still at the negotiating table, and stressed that Washington was still committed to the process despite the current lack of foresight as to where the diplomatic efforts were leading.  ”We are focused on continuing,” Harf said during a press briefing. “We are still committed to the process, but as we’ve said many times, we can’t make tough decisions for [the sides].” ”We intend to evaluate precisely what the next steps will be, and see if we can keep making progress here,” she added. While Harf reiterated the US view that both the Israeli and Palestinian sides had made “unhelpful steps” in the past days, the US negotiating team remained on the ground to see if the the parties could take the initiative upon themselves to forge a path toward peace. More

Expanding Sinkhole Closes South York Road in Ohio


GRANVILLE, Ohio
 – South York Road is shut down in both directions while crews work to fix a massive sinkhole. The sinkhole is located near Morse Road, just south of State Route 161 in Licking County. Crews say the sinkhole filled with water overnight and completely washed away the pavement. No word yet on when the road is expected to reopen. Stay with 10TV and refresh 10TV.com for updates on this story. WBNS-10TV

DAYS OF LOT – MENINGITIS OUTBREAK IN L.A.’S GAY COMMUNITY, THREE DEAD

In what the Los Angeles Times is referring to as a meningitis outbreak in L.A.’s gay community, since January 1 there have been eight occurrences of invasive meningococcal disease in L.A. County. Four of those cases have been of gay men, and three of those four have died, officials reported Thursday.
North Hollywood and West Hollywood were identified in the Times report as the areas where the sickened men socialized.  Invasive meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis. The bacteria can invade the body and spread to the blood, brain, or spinal cord, causing serious illness like meningitis. It can also cause septicemia, an infection of the bloodstream. The symptoms – including sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck – progress rapidly; even with early and appropriate treatment, patients can die within 24-48 hours. More

North Korea tells world ‘wait and see’ on new nuclear test

North Korea said on Friday that the world would have to “wait and see” when asked for details of “a new form” of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after the United Nations Security Council condemned Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missile launch. North Korea (DPRK) fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the sea on March 26. Its first firing in four years of mid-range missiles that can hit Japan followed a series of short-range rocket launches over the past two months. More

Deadly Smog invades Britain

Emergency services were hit by a surge in 999 calls yesterday as the deadly smog tightened its grip on Britain. Complaints about breathing problems rocketed and people were urged to avoid strenuous outdoor activity as the fumes enveloped many parts of the country. David Cameron, who abandoned his regular morning jog, was criticised for dismissing the potent cocktail of toxic particles, factory pollution and dust from the Sahara as a ‘naturally occurring weather phenomenon’. More

Leghorn Restaurant Proudly Donates 2 Percent Profits to Advocate “Gay Rights”

Turns out the latest addition to Chicago’s fried chicken boom is serving up much more than tasty, crispy sandwiches with diet-defying sides. Leghorn Chicken, a foodie hotspot that opened last month in the city’s Ukrainian Village, makes it very clear they don’t share the politics of a certain other fried chicken outpost. Leghorn describes themselves as a “socially conscious” restaurant. Per their website, they “proudly and enthusiastically champion gay rights” by donating 2 percent of their profits to organizations that support gay rights and also plan to offer free birth control — in the form of Leghorn-branded condoms — at the counter. ”We are emphatically uninterested in your organized religion, secular religion, agnosticism, atheism or nontheism,” the restaurant’s website reads. “Whatever tickles your pickle.” More

DAYS OF LOT – Federal Judge To End Ohio Ban On Recognizing Gay Marriages


CINCINNATI
 (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he will strike down Ohio’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, a move that stops short of forcing Ohio to perform same-sex weddings but will make the state recognize gay couples legally wed elsewhere. Judge Timothy Black announced his intentions in federal court in Cincinnati following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban. ”I intend to issue a declaration that Ohio’s recognition bans, that have been relied upon to deny legal recognition to same-sex couples validly entered in other states where legal, violates the rights secured by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” Black said. “(They’re) denied their fundamental right to marry a person of their choosing and the right to remain married.” More

Inmates getting coverage under ObamaCare, as states shift cost to feds

The Obama administration often touts that people with pre-existing conditions and countless others can now get covered under ObamaCare. But there’s another group that’s starting to benefit from the law — prison inmates.  Cash-strapped state and local prisons increasingly are using the Affordable Care Act to pay for their inmates’ medical costs, taking advantage of a little-known provision that lets them shift some of those expenses to the federal government. Ohio, Illinois and Iowa are among the states trying to offload the rising costs of health care – which include mental health programs – by enrolling inmates into a new expanded Medicaid program when they get sick.  More

Russia to back Iran in nuclear talks – Moscow’s “April surprise” for Western sanctions over Ukraine

As the Six Power group and Iran prepared for their third round of nuclear talks in Vienna next week (Tuesday-Wednesday, April 8-9) Tehran frankly admitted to exploiting the holes in the six-month interim deal they forged in Geneva last November. And Moscow looks like making good on its threat to back the Iranian case, in retaliation for Western penalties for its annexation of Crimea. In a closed meeting in Tehran Wednesday, April 3, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Nuclear Energy Commission said: “We have 19,000 centrifuges of which 9,000 are in operation [for enriching uranium]. Our advice is not to discuss the number of centrifuges, rather to discuss the unit’s isol

 

Liberty University Hires Open Homosexual Advocate to Choreograph ‘Mary Poppins’ Production


LYNCHBURG, Va. –
 Liberty University, considered the world’s largest Christian university, has hired an open homosexual advocate to choreograph its upcoming Broadway-style presentation of Mary Poppins. The university recently published an article regarding the production, which it celebrates as being the school’s “largest to date.” The article notes that Alluvion Stage Company, an arm of the university’s Department of Theater Arts, “has hired a guest music director, a flight director, and a Broadway choreographer” to assist with the presentation. “We are very excited to have all of these guest artists join us … They bring a whole new level of excellence,” stated artistic director Linda Nell Cooper. “Our goal with Alluvion is for every show to raise the bar somehow; they have helped us to do that.” The selected choreographer is Geoffrey Goldberg, a New York City-based artist who has been involved with professional theater for over a decade, and traveled the country for five years assisting with the production of Mary Poppins, among others. More

Humanist Group Asks Court to Fine County for Defying Order Banning Prayers in Jesus’ Name


CARROLL COUNTY, Md. –
 A Washington-based humanist group has petitioned the federal court to find county commissioners in Maryland in contempt and fine them $10,000 per prayer for continuing to allow prayers in Jesus’ name despite a court order. As previously reported, U.S. District Court Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., who was appointed to the bench by then-President George W. Bush issued a preliminary injunction last week against sectarian prayers by Carroll County Commissioners in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Humanist Association (AHA). The group had asserted that the Christian invocations violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” More

Connecticut Student Suspended For Asking Governor Questions About Gun Control

In a blatant violation of the right to free speech, a college student in Connecticut has been suspended after he asked Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy several questions about his stance on gun control during an appearance at a public forum. The student, Nicholas Saucier, approached Malloy after the campus event at Asnuntuck Community College, and asked him to address his support for gun control legislation which, Saucier claims, has negatively impacted the student’s ammunition manufacturing business. More

 

Kerry’s threat to ‘evaluate’ next steps fails to break peace deadlock

Hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry warned that he needed to “evaluate very carefully” his ongoing engagement in peace efforts, and that the US was “not going to sit there indefinitely,” Palestinian Authority officials insisted Friday night that they had not abandoned the negotiating table, and Israeli officials said peace talks could resume if the PA rescinded its applications to join 15 UN and other international treaties. But officials on both sides sounded deeply pessimistic about the chances of saving the peace process, and each blamed the other for the rupture. More

$6 Billion Goes Missing from State Department…


The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors. In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years. The alert was just the latest example of the federal government’s continued struggle with oversight over its outside contractors. MORE

 

Mali suspects first Ebola cases as regional death toll tops 90.


Mali said it had identified its first possible cases of Ebola since the start of an outbreak in neighbouring Guinea, adding to fears that the deadly virus was spreading across West Africa. More than 90 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia in what medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned could turn into an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with poor health services.  Foreign mining companies have locked down operations and pulled out some international staff in mineral-rich Guinea. French health authorities have also put doctors and hospitals on alert in case people travelling to and from former colonies in the region pick up the disease. More

Cop Pulls Gun On Fifth Graders Building Tree Fort


Police in Georgia forced a group of fifth graders to the ground at gunpoint this week as they attempted to build a tree fort in their own neighborhood.  According to 911 records, Henry County Police were called after a neighbor noticed the children “chopping off tree limbs,” an activity she claimed was hurting the environment and creating “tripping hazards.” Police arrived on scene to find 11-year-old Omari Grant and his friends playing in a small patch of trees, prompting at least one officer to reportedly draw his firearm and force the boys to the ground. “I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Grant said. As the children lay face down, the officer allegedly screamed profanities as he forced them to spread their arms and legs. Grant’s mother, Janice Baptiste, detailed her son’s experience in an interview with WSB-TV. “All he could get out at the time was, ‘Mom, he had a gun in my face, he had a gun in my face,’” Baptiste said. “So my son was of course traumatized by that.” More

Skydiver is nearly hit by a falling METEORITE just after his parachute opens


An incredible world-first video shows the moment that a skydiver was nearly hit by a meteorite as it hurtled towards the Earth. Anders Helstrup missed certain death by just a few feet when the space rock hurtled past him at 300mph after he leapt from a plane over Hedmark, south east Norway. Experts are convinced it was a meteorite in ‘dark flight’, that portion of its descent after it ceases glowing. If so, it would be the very first time that this has been witnessed and recorded on video. Geologist Hans Amundsen told NRK.no, a Norwegian news site which also publishes in English, that he was convinced that what fell past Mr Helstrup was indeed a meteorite. ’It can’t be anything else. The shape is typical of meteorites – a fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded,’ he said. More

 

BREAKING NEWS: South Korea test-fires ballistic missile capable of striking North


South Korea successfully test-fired its new ballistic missile capable of striking all parts of North Korea last month and plans to deploy it starting next year to bolster its defense, a military source said Friday.
The state-funded Agency for Defense Development (ADD) on March 23 tested the ballistic missile with a range of 500 kilometers and a payload of 1 ton at a firing range in Taean, South Chungcheong Province, which was observed by senior military officials.   “The missiles accurately hit the intended target,” the official said, asking for anonymity. South Korea currently operates 300-km Hyunmoo ballistic missiles, and has been developing longer range missiles to beef up its defense against Pyongyang under a new missile deal with the United States. The guideline revised in October 2012 allows Seoul to extend the maximum range of its ballistic missiles from 300 km to 800 km.  It limits the maximum payload to 500 kg for 800-km range missiles, while allowing heavier payloads for missiles with shorter ranges. Following the deployment of the 500-km range missile, the military plans to develop an 800-km missile with a payload of 500 kg and test-fire it next year, the official said. More

DAYS OF LOT – Obama tells Top Military Commanders “Support Gays in Ranks or Quit”!


A video reveals that President Obama told the nation’s top military commanders to support his agenda of “gays” in the ranks – or find another job. The stunning revelation comes in a video that was obtained by Buzzfeed under a Freedom of Information Act request and posted online.  The chief of the nation’s Coast Guard, Adm. Robert Papp, says in the video, “We were called into the Oval Office and President Obama looked all five service chiefs in the eye and said, ‘This is what I want to do.’” Papp continued, “I cannot divulge everything he said to us, that’s private communications within the Oval Office, but if we didn’t agree with it – if any of us didn’t agree with it – we all had the opportunity to resign our commissions and go do other things.” The issue was Obama’s abandonment of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that allowed homosexual soldiers as long as they kept their proclivities to themselves. Now the military promotes open homosexuality in the ranks. More

 

Air pollution causes developmental problems in infants, kills 7 million annually


In the quest for energy and increased production, mankind has sabotaged himself, destroying the very air he breathes. Nature’s clean, sustainable, free energy sources have been bypassed, as industry empires rise up, shooting pollution from their stacks and skyscraper pipes. Air quality is often taken for granted. Since people generally breathe involuntarily, they rarely realize what’s going into the body, as the lungs shuffle to take in oxygen. According to a new report from the World Health Organization, air pollution is now causing the deaths of an entire 7 million people annually. The agency pointed out that one in eight deaths worldwide are caused by poor air quality; they believe that pollution is now the greatest environmental risk factor for disease and death. WHO reports that deaths due to poor air quality trumps deaths from AIDS, diabetes and road accidents combined. The agency estimated that nearly 4.3 million deaths in 2012 were actually caused by indoor air pollution, with indoor coal stoves being the greatest danger. The WHO report stated that 40 percent of those deaths come from China alone.
When one breathes polluted air, tiny particles make their way into the lungs and embed deep into the organ, causing irritation and, ultimately, inflammation in the heart. ”Poor women and children pay a heavy price from indoor air pollution since they spend more time at home breathing in smoke and soot from leaky coal and wood cook stoves,” said Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women and Children’s Health. More

Shocking Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Everyone Should Know


How long can America continue to burn up wealth?  How long can this nation continue to consume far more wealth than it produces?  The trade deficit is one of the biggest reasons for the steady decline of the U.S. economy, but many Americans don’t even understand what it is.  Basically, we are buying far more stuff from the rest of the world than they are buying from us.  That means that far more money is constantly leaving the country than is coming into the country.  In order to keep the game going, we have to go to the people that we bought all of that stuff from and ask them to lend our money back to us.  Or lately, we just have the Federal Reserve create new money out of thin air.  This is called “quantitative easing”.  Our current debt-fueled lifestyle is dependent on this cycle continuing.  In order to live like we do, we must consume far more wealth than we produce.  If someday we are forced to only live on the wealth that we create, it will require a massive adjustment in our standard of living.  We have become great at consuming wealth but not so great at creating it.  But as a result of running gigantic trade deficits year after year, we have lost tens of thousands of businesses, millions upon millions of jobs, and America is being deindustrialized at a staggering pace. More

 

Noah’s Ark could have floated with the weight of 70,000 animals inside, researchers calculate


Noah’s Ark could have floated even with two of every land animal in the world packed inside, scientists have calculated. Although researchers are unsure if all the creatures could have squeezed into the huge vessel, they are confident it would have handled the weight of 70,000 animals without sinking. A group of master’s students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Leicester University studied the exact dimensions of the Ark, set out in Genesis 6:13-22. According to The Bible, God instructed Noah to build a boat that was 300 cubits long 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high — recommending that it be constructed from gopher wood. The students averaged out the Egyptian and Hebrew cubit measurement to come up with 48 centimeters, making the Ark around 144 meters long. Using those dimensions, the Archimedes principle of buoyancy and the approximate weight of various animals, they were surprised to discover that the Ark could have floated. More

World Needs to Get Ready for Next Nuclear Power Plant Accident


Three major atomic accidents in 35 years are forcing the world’s nuclear industry to stop imagining it can prevent more catastrophes and to focus instead on how to contain them. Of the 176 new reactors planned across the globe, half will be in nations that had no nuclear plants when disaster crippled the U.S. Three Mile Island reactor in 1979 and the Chernobyl reactor blew up in present day Ukraine in 1986. As countries such as China and India embrace atomic power even after the Fukushima reactor meltdowns in 2011 caused mass evacuations because of radiation fallout, scientists warn the next nuclear accident is waiting to happen and could be in a country with little experience to deal with it. “The cold truth is that, no matter what you do on the technological improvements side, accidents will occur — somewhere, someplace,” said Joonhong Ahn, a professor at the Department of Nuclear Engineering of University of California, Berkeley. The consequences of radiation release, contamination and evacuation of people is “clear and obvious,” Ahn said. That means governments and citizens should be prepared, not just nuclear utilities, he said. More

‘Fight Church’ Follows Pastors Who Battle Each Other in Mixed Martial Arts

The upcoming documentary “Fight Church” examines the relationship between MMA and Christianity. The feature-length film follows pastors who face each other in the cage, and also presents critiques from those who don’t believe the organized violence has a place in the Church. Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones are featured as well. More

Plan for ‘Sharia-compliant’ student loans to get more Muslims into university


A new system of “Sharia-compliant” student loans is to be launched to allow more Muslim students to go to university, it has been announced. David Willetts, the Universities Minister, said an alternative financial model was being created to satisfy Islamic law that forbids Muslims taking out loans that make interest. Under the system, students would apply for taxpayer-backed loans but repay them into a mutual-style fund that would be ring-fenced to provide future finance to other students with the same religious beliefs. The move will raise concerns over a two-tier system in which Muslim students pay less than other undergraduates. But the Government insisted it would be set up in a way that ensured repayments were made at the same rate as students who take out traditional student loans. More

 

Fort Hood Shooter Ivan Lopez’s Chilling Facebook Post: ‘The Devil Will Take Me…Green Light And Finger Ready’


Fort Hood gunman Iván López posted a chilling Facebook status just weeks before his deadly rampage in which he said the “devil” had taken him and that he was “full of hatred,” Fox News Latino has learned. The post dated March 1 alluded to the Army specialist’s roiling anger over his belief he had been robbed. “I have just lost my inner peace, full of hatred, I think this time the devil will take me,” Spc. Iván López posted on his Facebook page. “I was robbed last night and I am sure it was 2 “flacos” (guys). Green light and finger ready. As easy as that.” López, 34, killed three people and injured 16 others before taking his own life after opening at the sprawling Ft. Hood Army base in Texas on Wednesday. More

Islamic group gets go-ahead to cut crosses off NY church


SYRACUSE, N.Y
. –  A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque. More than 200 people had signed an online petition calling on the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board to deny an application by North Side Learning Center, the church’s new owner, to remove the crosses and build a six-foot chain-link fence. Before the vote to allow the church alterations, Chairman Don Radke said the board cannot interfere with a decision that involves religious freedom. About a dozen people who spoke at the meeting were evenly divided for and against the church conversion, The Post-Standard reported. More

RUMORS OF WAR -Russian Ambassadors Discuss Invading Miami, California In Leaked Call


A leaked conversation between two Russian ambassadors appears to show the diplomats joking about the crisis in Ukraine and the possibility of future incursions in the United States and Eastern Europe. The video posted under the YouTube account “Michael Berkan” involves Igor Nilokaevich Chubarov and Sergey Viktorovich Bakharev, the Russian ambassadors to the African nations Eritrea and Zimbabwe and Malawi, respectively. The call begins with Chubarov congratulating Bakharev on Zimbabwe’s vote against the UN resolution that declared Crimea’s referendum invalid. Chubarov expressed surprise that Eritrea abstained from the vote. After exchanging pleasantries, Chubarov then jokes he is trying to drive home the message to the EU Heads of Mission that the Crimea referendum and further Russian imperialism is only the beginning: More

 

RUMORS OF WAR – U.S Warns China that it will defend Allies in the South China Sea


The United States cautioned China Thursday that it will meet its defense commitments to allies as tensions mount over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel told a congressional hearing that some Asian countries fear that Russia’s annexation of Crimea could serve as a precedent for Beijing. In China’s most recent assertive display, its coast guard ships attempted to interdict a Philippine vessel resupplying a small offshore garrison in the Second Thomas Shoal. The Philippines is a U.S. treaty ally and one of several nations with conflicting territorial claims with China over small islands and reefs in the South China Sea, most of which China claims for itself. “There should be no doubt about resolve of the United States. We stand by our allies and we stand by our commitments,” Russel, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, told a Senate panel that oversees policy to the region. More

 

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