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Arkansas to Appeal Ruling Striking Down Ban on Abortion When Heartbeat Detected


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –
 The attorney general of Arkansas has announced that he will appeal a recent ruling that struck down the state’s ban on abortion after 12 weeks if a heartbeat is detected. “[T]he notice of appeal was filed today and this office will diligently litigate this matter to its conclusion,” Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wrote in a statement on Friday. As previously reported, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright, nominated by George H.W. Bush, wrote in her opinion last month that the standard for abortion restrictions according to Roe v. Wade is whether the child is viable—meaning that he or she can survive outside of the womb—rather than whether the baby has a heartbeat. “The Court notes that the [state] conveys that viability ‘begins’ with a heartbeat; it does not declare that viability is fully achieved with the adept of a heartbeat,” she stated. Legislators had voted in March of last year to make the Human Heartbeat Protection Act law, overriding the veto of Democratic Governor Mike Beebe. The Act required that women obtain an ultrasound prior to having an abortion, and if a heartbeat is detected past twelve weeks, the abortion may not proceed. Abortionists who violate the law would have their license revoked. However, the ACLU of Arkansas soon threatened to file a lawsuit, and in April, it followed through with the threat. It sued the state medical board, asking the court to act quickly to prevent “irreparable harm” to abortionists and abortion-minded mothers. Wright granted a preliminary injunction to the ACLU the following month, agreeing with its assertions. More

China Property Collapse Has Begun

Nothing is going right for Hangzhou at this moment.  Walmart will be closing its Zhaohui store in that city on April 23 as a part of its overall plan to dump marginal locations—about 9% of the total—in China. Thanks to the world’s largest retailer, another large block of space in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, will go on the market at a time when there is generally too much supply.  The problem is especially pronounced in the city’s premium office market. Hangzhou’s Grade A office buildings at the end of 2013 had, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, an average occupancy rate of 30%.  The real weakness, however, is Hangzhou’s residential sector.  The cause is simple: massive overbuilding. Sara Hsu of the State University of New York at New Paltz writes that Hangzhou faces “burgeoning swaths of empty apartment units.”  Hangzhou’s market has not yet collapsed.  There are still secondary sales, for instance.  Singapore’s Straits Times reports Allen Zhao, a businessman, has been looking to sell his two-bedroom flat in Hangzhou for 2 million yuan.  His neighbor just let go a similar unit for 1.7 million.  If Zhao also sells for that amount, he will make a profit, but he will be disappointed.  “That is not much more than the price I paid in 2012,” Zhao told the paper.  “Now I’m regretting not selling earlier—more bad news about the property market keeps coming in every day.”

New homes also face price pressure.  Developers in Hangzhou are now offering deep discounts, and investors and owners are noticing.  And not just in that city.  “It seems that the 30% price cut in Hangzhou really changed the way Chinese people think about real estate,” writes Anne Stevenson-Yang of J Capital Research, “and I doubt there is any turning back from here.”  Not every developer is offering such deep discounts, but as Stevenson-Yang tells us the city has become the symbol of a market in distress.  China Central Television on the first of this month devoted a segment to the problems of the “unstoppable price decrease” in Hangzhou property in its Economic 30 Minutes show, and discounts in that city, the Wall Street Journal notes, could be “a signal of broader market weakness ahead.” The real estate market in Hangzhou looks like it has just passed an inflection point.  It is not so much that fundamentals have deteriorated—they have been weak for some time—as that people’s mentality has changed.

As state-run China Central Television explained, the problems in Hangzhou, once the world’s largest city, began on February 18.  Then, the North Sea Park development began offering deep discounts.  Rumors that the developer had cash problems started a chain reaction across the city.  It did not matter that North Sea Park issued denials.  Other developers began offering either deep discounts or large incentives, but the tactics did not work.  By then, there were almost no buyers.  Now, the problem of no buyers is spreading across the country.  Sara Hsu notes China’s residential markets are becoming inelastic.  “Once consumers stop buying,” she writes, “deep discounts are ineffective in drawing them back.”  People aren’t buying because they believe prices will decline further. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, new home prices across the country are still going up, but percentage increases have now declined for three consecutive months, signaling a peaking.

Official statistics do not seem consistent with the general trend of reports, but in any event severe problems are evidently ahead.  The secondary property market has tumbled, with sales falling by more than half in Q1 2014 from the same quarter in 2013.  Speculators have either left the domestic market or have sold off holdings.  Rich Chinese, now interested in foreign holdings, are also shunning their home market.  Foreigners, who own only an infinitesimal portion of China’s property but who are a bellwether nonetheless, are investing at the slowest pace in at least a decade.  Middle class Chinese are also largely out of the market.

And that’s not all.  China property trust sales plunged 49.1% in Q1 2014 from the previous quarter, from 99.7 billion yuan in Q4 2013 to 50.7 billion yuan. The precipitous fall was due in part to the failure last month of developer Zhejiang Xingrun Real Estate, which had 3.5 billion yuan of indebtedness.  Moreover, just about everyone expects more developers to close their doors. For one thing, the central bank is not injecting liquidity as fast as it once did. And interest rates are increasing, the reason why a Finance Ministry one-year bond auction failed on Friday.  Many private developers had gambled that property prices would rise faster than interest rates, but that now looks like a losing bet.  Zhejiang Xingrun, for one, became insolvent after it had borrowed at ultra high rates.

China is at the point where problems are feeding on themselves.  Pessimism about property, which accounts for about 15% of China’s gross domestic product, is beginning to affect the broader economy.  Declining property values look scary, despite cheery statements from government officials who assure us the property bubble is “not big” or analysts who say that the problems are not “systemic.”  But the Chinese don’t look like they are buying either of those views.  “If this continues, it will have immense impact on the whole Chinese economy,” says an unidentified Hangzhou real estate salesman on Economic 30 Minutes.  “Without question, everyone thinks there is a bubble.”

The People’s Republic in the “reform era” has not suffered a nationwide property crash.  Analysts say the problems in Hangzhou are “regional,” but now fundamentals and market sentiment either are or will be pushing markets down across the People’s Republic.  “The banking system and the shadow banking system are becoming concerned about exposure,” says David Cui of Bank of America BAC -2.17%.  “Once people refuse to provide credit to developers, their balance sheets will be under pressure, forcing them to cut prices.  Once enough of them cut prices, fewer people would buy because most people buy property only when they think the price is going up.  If this persists, it will turn into a vicious loop.”

Premier Li Keqiang has a few tools at his disposal, but they look insufficient to stop a general collapse of property prices across the country.  The problems, deferred from late 2008 with massive state spending, have simply become too large.  And we must remember that he works inside a complex, collective political system that is generally unable to meet challenges swiftly. But that does not matter.  There is little any leader can do.  Collapses occur when people lose confidence.  That is now happening in China.Forbes

Mars Makes Closest Approach to Earth in 6 Years Monday Ahead of Lunar Eclipse

Mars Makes Closest Approach to Earth in 6 Years Monday Ahead of Lunar Eclipse
A huge night for stargazers is nearly here: On Monday evening (April 14), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in six years, just ahead of a total eclipse of the moon.

Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2008 when the Red Planet comes within 57.4 million miles (92.4 million km) of our planet. While that close approach occurs during the daytime, at 8:53 a.m. EDT (1253 GMT), Mars will rise later in the southeastern night sky and shine throughout Monday evening as a sort of night sky preview for the first total lunar eclipse of 2014 early Tuesday (April 15).

You can watch live webcasts of Mars and the total lunar eclipseon Space.com, courtesy of the Slooh community telescope, NASA and the Virtual Telescope project. The Slooh Mars webcast will begin at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 April 15 GMT), with several lunar eclipse webcasts following at 2 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT) on Tuesday.

On April 8, Mars was at opposition to the sun, meaning it was on the opposite side of Earth from the sun — a celestial alignment that occurs every 26 months. The past several years have been lean ones for Mars observers. Those who witnessed its spectacular 2003 Mars approach, which brought the planet within 34.6 million miles (55.7 million km) of Earth, have had to settle for increasingly poorer views of the Red Planet as the Earth-Mars orbital geometry became more unfavorable. But that trend is ending with Monday’s event, Mars will make its closest approach to Earth since Jan. 3, 2008. And yet, despite the improvement, this is still below-average in terms of favorability. Currently, a 6-inch telescope with an eyepiece magnifying 118-power will show Mars’ rust-hued disk appearing as large as the full moon appears with the unaided eye and yielding detail only grudgingly. Even so, observers may be able to spot new features in the light and dark markings that cover the planet’s surface. More

7 Babies Found Dead in Utah Home; Woman Arrested

A woman has been arrested on six counts of murder after authorities found the bodies of seven infants packed into separate cardboard boxes at a home in Utah, police said. Police arrested Megan Huntsman, 39, of Pleasant Grove, on Saturday following a gruesome discovery at a residence formerly occupied by the woman who they say moved out in 2011. Officers responding to a phone call from a family member who is currently living at the Pleasant Grove residence arrived at the home to find the first baby which “appeared to be a full term,” according to a police statement. ”A family member was cleaning out the garage and came across a box that looked suspicious. Upon opening the box they found the infant inside,” Capt. Michael Roberts of the Pleasant Grove Police Department told ABC News. Authorities obtained a search warrant to inspect the home, where they found six more infant bodies inside, packaged in separate containers, the police statement said. Roberts said that through their investigations, they had reason to believe that Huntsman had given birth to the six other babies in the period between 1996 and 2006 and murdered them. Authorities arrested Huntsman and booked her at the Utah County Jail on six murder counts, but did not comment on why she was not charged with seven counts. The adult residents of the home claimed to have no knowledge of the dead babies, police said. Roberts could not confirm whether Huntsman had any other children or if she was married. ”It’s still an ongoing case so we’re still working on some information we’ve received ,” Roberts said. Yahoo News

 

Fully Vaccinated Patient Behind Measles Spread

Get the measles vaccine, and you won’t get the measles—or give it to anyone else. Right? Well, not always. A person fully vaccinated against measles has contracted the disease and passed it on to others. The startling case study contradicts received wisdom about the vaccine and suggests that a recent swell of measles outbreaks in developed nations could mean more illnesses even among the vaccinated. When it comes to the measles vaccine, two shots are better than one. Most people in the United States are initially vaccinated against the virus shortly after their first birthday and return for a booster shot as a toddler. Less than 1% of people who get both shots will contract the potentially lethal skin and respiratory infection. And even if a fully vaccinated person does become infected—a rare situation known as “vaccine failure”—they weren’t thought to be contagious. That’s why a fully vaccinated 22-year-old theater employee in New York City who developed the measles in 2011 was released without hospitalization or quarantine. But like Typhoid Mary, this patient turned out to be unwittingly contagious. Ultimately, she transmitted the measles to four other people, according to a recent report in Clinical Infectious Diseases that tracked symptoms in the 88 people with whom “Measles Mary” interacted while she was sick. Surprisingly, two of the secondary patients had been fully vaccinated. And although the other two had no record of receiving the vaccine, they both showed signs of previous measles exposure that should have conferred immunity. More

Feds to Ban Junk Food in Schools

The government is putting its (big) foot down. No more junk food in schools. As Danica Lo of Epicurious writes: New rules for school food kick in this July — and for kids going back to school in the fall, it’s sad sad news (okay, not really sad, but healthy healthy news). According to new regulations being instituted by the USDA, junk food is now totally verboten — in school vending machines, stores, and lunchrooms. That means that fruits, veggies, whole grains, and dairy are good to go — high-sodium, high-sugar, and high-fat foods are not. Rules, as we all know, exist to be both enforced and broken and it will be interesting to see how far the Feds will go to make sure the rules are obeyed. Will it be a zero tolerance regime? First time offenders getting thrown in the jug for carrying concealed candy bars. More

Kiev to launch ‘full-scale’ military op as massive protests grip eastern Ukraine

Thousands of pro-autonomy demonstrators rallied across eastern Ukraine, with the coup-imposed president in Kiev threatening to use military against the activists if they don’t clear the seized government buildings by Monday morning. Over 10,000 people have taken part in protests in different town and villages of the Donetsk Region in Ukraine, the local administration said.  In the region’s capital, Donetsk, the local government headquarters still remain under the anti-Maidan activists’ control. Sunday, one of the leaders of the recently-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, once again stressed the urgent need “to send activists, who’ll prepare a referendum, to different towns of the Donetsk region” as he spoke at a rally in city’s center. More

U.N. REPORT: ‘PALESTINE UNDER ISRAELI OCCUPATION’

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which was established to aid development in the Arab world, has published a new report targeting a nation that does not fall under its jurisdiction – Israel. Nevertheless, this official UN agency, which received over 88 million dollars in allocations last year, has a lot to say about the Jewish state. Here are a few quotes taken directly from the new UN report titled “Arab Integration: A 21st Century Development Imperative.” We added a few comments for clarification. “Palestine is still under Israeli occupation which is based on settlement-building and substitution.” More

 

TURKISH MILITARY ASSISTS ATTACK ON CHRISTIANS

The Turkish military is actively assisting foreign-backed Sunni Islamic militants who are routing Christian Armenians from the northwestern Syrian town of Kassab, Syrian and Lebanese sources told WND. The Armenians are being forced to seek refuge in the Syrian city of Latakia. While there have been numerous reports of Islamic militant groups such as the al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS attacking Syrian Christians, the attack on Armenian Christians in Syria by Turkey has brought back memories of the Ottoman Turk attacks on Christian Armenians. The Turkish attacks beginning in 1915 and lasting until 1923 killed more 1.5 million people and has been regarded by many experts as genocide. As a result, many hundreds of thousands of Armenians fled to neighboring Syria and Lebanon to seek refuge and reestablish Armenian communities. More

 

Iran to send 30th fleet to Atlantic Ocean

The Iranian Navy is planning to send its 30th fleet of warships to the Atlantic Ocean, a senior Iranian naval commander says. Barring any change in plans, the 30th fleet of the Iranian Navy – which is comprised of Alvand destroyer, Bushehr logistic vessel and a helicopter – will sail to the Atlantic Ocean in the future, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told Fars news agency on Sunday. Each flotilla is dispatched to to the high seas after its mission is determined according to plans, he said, adding, however, that Iran’s naval fleet are fully prepared to re-adjust their missions at any given moment if required. “Considering the situation in the region, the mission of warships may change. For example, if attacks by pirates intensify in the Gulf of Aden, changes will be made in the warships’ assignments,” he added. In light of this, Sayyari said changes have been made in the mission of the 29th fleet, which consists of Sabalan destroyer, Kharg logistics vessel and two helicopters. More

 

BIRTH PANGS – 4.9 magnitude earthquake shakes Idaho – second quake in 48 hours


IDAHO
 – A 4.9 earthquake shook a sparsely populated part of Idaho on Saturday but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, authorities said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit just after 6 p.m. local time (9 p.m. ET) and was centered just 9 miles from Challis, a town of about 1,000 and the largest city in Custer County. It was a shallow quake, centered just 3.1 miles deep, the USGS said on its website. A dispatcher at the Custer County Sheriff’s Office said items fell from shelves there but no damage or injuries were reported. Challis is about 120 miles northeast of Boise and 130 miles southwest of Butte, Mont. A 1983 quake in the region, measured at 6.9 on the old Richter scale, killed two children in Challis and damaged a couple hundred homes and commercial buildings, most in the town of Mackay to the southeast.
“There have been nine other events of a similar magnitude of the 4.5-5.5 magnitude in the last 31 years,” USGS geophysicist Dale Grant said from Golden, Colo. “There are hot springs all over the state, and any time there are hot springs there is seismicity in the area.” It’s the second quake to hit the state in 48 hours. On April 10, a 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck the same region. USGS geophysicist Dale Grant says the earthquake was “kind of an unusual occurrence” being the first one of its strength in the area since 2005. Custer County sheriff’s dispatcher Liz Preston says besides “things falling off walls and a lot of scared people,” no one was hurt. She says the area has had some quakes lately, but this one felt “pretty big” compared with the others. She says the office shook, including the windows and computers. The earthquake struck west of the Yellowstone caldera, and though unrelated, is sure to ignite more curious discussions as to why this region of the country is suddenly starting to experience more earthquakes. Extinction Protocol

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Meteor seen streaking across the Southwest U.S. sky


PHOENIX
 (KSAZ) – A meteor sighting prompted many viewers to call into the FOX 10 newsroom Saturday evening. Bill Cooke with NASA’s Meteoroid Environment’s Office confirmed the object was a meteor that was seen just after 9 p.m. MST. The meteor was caught on camera by NASA’s meteor camera located at New Mexico State University. Cooke estimates the magnitude of the meteor as a –9, and the size of the rock about one foot in diameter. The video shows the moon on the left and then a bright object streaks upwards as it passes over the camera. myphoenix.com

Wildfire destroys 500 homes in Chile, killing 2: ‘one of the worst fires in Chile’s history’


CHILE
 – A wildfire was raging in a highly populated area of Chile early Sunday after killing two people and consuming more than 500 homes, officials said. At least one more person has been injured in the flames that have swept over at least 660 acres, said Chile’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI). Strong winds fanned the flames into Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, two adjacent cities on the Pacific coast, ONEMI said. “It’s been one of the worst fires in history,” said Vina del Mar fire superintendent, Fernando Reseio, who has been a firefighter for 30 years. Many rows of flames could be seen blazing through houses in the urban area located about 50 miles from the capital city of Santiago. More than 500 firefighters from seven provinces, some in helicopters, are battling the fire, an official said. But the wind is hampering their efforts to create firebreaks.
At least 500 homes have been destroyed in Valparaiso alone, Mayor Jorge Castro said. The city will evacuate its prison, which contains 2,000 inmates, as a preventive measure, he said. Valparaiso is under a red alert, said ONEMI spokesmand Ricardo Toro. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared a state of emergency, which legally allows armed forces to get involved. It took the fire just six hours to devour the homes. In images broadcast by CNN sister network CNN Chile, residents could be seen fleeing the fires. The network reported that the sweeping fire is endangering thousands of homes. Authorities have evacuated more than 3,000 residents. –CNN

H5N1 discovered in Japan for first time since 2011 – paper published on how to mutate H5N1


JAPAN
 – Two chickens have tested positive for avian influenza at a farm in Japan where more than 1,000 chickens have died, marking the country’s first case of bird flu in three years, the Agricultural Ministry said on Sunday. The highly pathogenic H5N1 virus was detected through genetic testing of chickens at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture in the south, the ministry said on its Website. A total of 1,100 chickens have died and about 112,000 would be culled, media said. There is believed to be no risk of the virus spreading to humans through consumption of chicken eggs or meat, said Tomoyuki Takehisa, an Agricultural Ministry official. It is the first bird flu case in Japan since 2011 when it was detected in Chiba prefecture, north of Tokyo. 

Paper published on how to create superflu:
 The Dutch virologist accused of engineering a dangerous superflu a few years ago is back with more contentious research. In 2011, Ron Fouchier and his team at Erasmus Medical Center took the H5N1 flu virus and made it more contagious. Now the team has published another study with more details on the exact genetic changes needed to do the trick. The H5N1 bird flu is known to have sickened 650 people worldwide, and of those, 386 died. So far the virus hasn’t been contagious in people. But Fouchier’s work, plus some similar research from another lab, showed for the first time that the virus had the potential to change in a way that would make it a real pandemic threat. Only a few mutations were necessary to make the H5N1 bird flu spread through the air between ferrets, the lab stand-in for people. Critics argued that the scientists had created a dangerous new superflu. And they pushed for the recipe not to be openly published. They feared that others would repeat the work and either not adequately safeguard the virus or would deliberately release it. More

 

Powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Solomon Islands: second large earthquake in 24 hours


SOLOMON ISLANDS
 – A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning, triggering a tsunami warning that was later cancelled, according to U.S. government agencies, and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake was centered 100 km (60 miles) south of Kira Kira on the island of Makira at a depth of 35 km ( 21.7 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was originally recorded as a 7.7 was later revised down by the USGS. “So far we have received no reports of damage,” said Constable Taylor Fugo from Kira Kira police. “The people responded very well to the (tsunami) warning. They all went up the hills and have been watching and waiting for advice.” A tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu was cancelled after only very small tsunami wave activity, just a couple of centimetres, had been measured at two reading stations near the epicentre, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. It is the second powerful quake to strike the region in 24 hours. On April 12, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the same region. An earlier tsunami watch for Fiji, Australia, Indonesia and nearby areas was cancelled after the earthquake was revised down from its original magnitude of 8.3.A series of aftershocks followed the quake, the strongest a magnitude 5.9, hit the region shortly afterwards, the USGS said. The Solomon Islands straddles the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire,” a highly seismically active zone where different plates on the earth’s crust meet and create a large number of earthquakes and volcanoes. A powerful 8.0 magnitude quake in 2013 in a similar area generated a local tsunami that killed at least five people. –Extinction Protocol

Record-High 60% of Californians Say They Pay Too Much Tax.

Ahead of the April 15 tax deadline, a record-high 60% of Californians say that they pay “much more” or “somewhat more” in taxes than they should, according to a recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) (and noted by John Seiler of Calwatchdog.org and Stephen Frank of CApoliticalnews.com). However, as PPIC Mark Baldassare notes at Fox&Hounds, Californians still believe that the answer is to tax wealthy earners or corporations more–not to reform and broaden the current tax system. The PPIC survey, which was conducted in March among 1,702 adults, notes:
While about half of Californians view the state and local tax system as fair, a record-high 60 percent of adults say they pay much more (30%) or somewhat more (30%) than they feel they should in state and local taxes; 35 percent think they pay about the right amount and 3 percent say they pay less than they should. Opinions of likely voters are similar. More

TX City to Re-Use Sewage for Drinking Water…


LUBBOCK, Texas
 — Wichita Falls is so far behind on rainfall that city leaders are asking state regulators for permission to use treated toilet flushes as drinking water. The North Texas city near the Oklahoma border is about 34 inches behind on precipitation over the past three years. It’s awaiting state regulatory approval of a system that would re-use wastewater, a small amount coming from flushes. The two lakes that serve Wichita Falls are 26 percent full. City leaders are also considering rare restrictions on outdoor watering for swimming pools and car washes. It’s already cloud seeding to try to squeeze more out of rain clouds. A West Texas water supplier garnered attention in 2011 when it began constructing a wastewater re-use plant in Big Spring that’s similar to what Wichita Falls wants. mysa

Popular televangelist claims four blood moons are sign of ‘world-shaking event’

The heavens are putting on a celestial show next week — and one Christian pastor is convinced it’s a sign from God. Bestselling author and televangelist Pastor John Hagee claims the four blood moons that will soon appear in the skies over America are evidence of a future “world-shaking event.” The blood moons are part of a tetrad, a set of complete and consecutive lunar eclipses that will begin on April 15 and continue in roughly six-month intervals until October 2015. According to NASA, seeing four complete lunar eclipses in a row is very rare. The skies were tetrad-free from 1600 to 1900. But in the 21st century, there will be many. What’s even stranger is that Americans have a front row seat. ”The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA,” NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak told CNN. Hagee, founder of Texas’ Cornerstone Church, thinks this is no coincidence. For him, it’s a sign of the end times. More

 

 

3 dead after shootings at Kansas City-area Jewish centers


Three people were killed Sunday in shootings at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City, police said. The shootings occurred at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, and at the Village Shalom Retirement Community in Leawood, Kansas. One person is in custody, Overland Park Police said in a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page. Authorities are scheduled to release more information at a news conference Sunday evening. The FBI is at the scene working with local authorities investigating the shootings, FBI spokesman Joel Sealer said. More

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: Stocks dive as Russia abandons U.S. dollar

BREAKING NEWS: The stock market dive Friday that brought the Dow Jones Industrial Average to near 16,000 and the Nasdaq to below 4,000 might reflect an accelerated move by Russia away from the petrodollar in retaliation for the Obama administration’s threatened economic sanctions over Russia’s takeover of Crimea. Russia’s politically motivated attack on the petrodollar could trigger a major U.S. stock market collapse amid a global loss of confidence in the dollar caused by the Federal Reserve’s continuing policy of buying billions of dollars monthly in U.S. Treasury debt. The Fed hopes to stimulate the economy by artificially keeping already depressed interest rates at zero. With the Fed having limited options to address a panic caused by a bear market that could continue into next week, the risk of heavy selling of the U.S. dollar in international markets could raise prices in the increasingly import-dependent U.S. economy. Hyperinflation could result, pushing the struggling economic recovery into a renewed economic recession. On Friday, the third straight day of stock market losses, the Nasdaq plunged 54.37 points, or 1.3 percent, to 3,999.73. The Dow dropped 143.47 points, or 0.9 percent to 16,026.75, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 17.39 points, or 1 percent, to 1,815.69. More

American citizen and Christian speaker Peter LaBarbera was detained at the Canadian border and denied entry to the country as a result of his work opposing homosexuality, according to reports. LaBarbera, who is director of the United States-based group Americans for Truth about Homosexuality and was scheduled to speak at the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association this weekend, stated that he spent hours responding to questions from authorities with the Canada Border Services Agency after his flight landed Thursday night in Regina, Saskatchewan. The agency was allegedly responding to a campaign initiated by a homosexual rights group set to stop LaBarbera from entering the country. LaBarbera’s passport was seized and he was released temporarily to the custody of Bill Whatcott, a prominent activist in Canada who has challenged free speech issues in the country. More

Sharing Christ in South Asia Means Sacrifice

Following Christ can be deadly in South Asia. According to Open Doors USA, “Pastors are frequently beaten up or killed, church buildings destroyed, and converts forced to flee their homes.” However, people in this region desperately need to hear the Gospel. One country in South Asia holds the most unreached people groups in the entire world. A Scriptures In Use worker from South Asia says despite the danger, he and others are risking it all to share the Good News. As a result, “The Gospel is penetrating regions where there has been no Gospel witness before, bringing tremendous hostility to people who are working [there], tremendous persecution for new believers.” “We are living in a very difficult time of great persecution, great hostility to the Gospel, and a great challenge to the Church.” Christian News Network

U.S. officials angry: Israel doesn’t back stance on Russia

White House and State Department officials in Washington have built up a great deal of anger over Jerusalem’s “neutrality” regarding Russia’s invasion of the Crimean Peninsula. Senior figures in the Obama administration have expressed great disappointment with the lack of support from Israel for the American position on the Ukraine crisis and with the fact that the Israeli government puts its relations with the United States and with Russia on the same plane. One senior U.S. official noted that one of the reasons for the anger in the White House was Israel’s absence from the UN General Assembly vote about two weeks ago on a resolution censuring the Russian invasion and expressing support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine. More

PROPHECY ALERT: Israeli Institute Prepares Priests for Jerusalem’s Third Temple

The Temple Mount, known to Muslims as Al-Haram Al-Sharif,  dominates this aerial view of the Old City of Jerusalem, taken on Oct. 2, 2007.  On April 10, at 5 p.m., hundreds of Jews will gather at the Maimonides rabbinical institution plaza in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem and start learning the Jewish laws of Passover. Rabbis and experts, including Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the head of the Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem, the leading body preparing for the establishment of the third temple, will teach the audience the laws of the Passover sacrifice. Alongside Ariel, the ritual slaughterer (shohet) Rabbi Yehudah Giatt will teach the audience about the unique elements of the slaughter of the Passover sacrifice. After the lessons, the real thing will start: the simulation of the Passover sacrifice. The timing of the gathering isn’t coincidental: This was the date on which the people of Israel were commanded to take a lamb and sacrifice it, before the exodus from Egypt. The ceremony on Thursday will be, in Israel Defense Forces (IDF) lingo, “practice with live fire.” Slaughtering lambs, sprinkling their blood on the altar by priests dressed in kosher priestly garments and roasting the lambs, with their heads, legs and innards. Just as God intended. More

FEDS RETREAT FROM RANCH STANDOFF

A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters. Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally. Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a “range war” against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle. ”I have no contract with the United States government,” Bundy said. “I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.” More

Arguments heat up over California’s ‘bathroom’ bill

Arguments are heating up in court in California over a challenge to the state’s decision to conceal the signatures of people who signed a referendum, but then had their names disqualified by county clerks, as pro-family organizations fight a legislative plan that’s become known as the “coed school-bathroom bill.” That law allows public school students to choose which gender-specific bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams to utilize based not on biology but on their ‘self-identified gender. The law would not even require students to verify that they have a diagnosed gender orientation problem to school officials before they are granted permission to use a boys or girls locker room. Arguments began in a state courtroom over the dispute on Friday, but didn’t finish, and an attorney in attendance told WND that the judge scheduled more arguments next Friday, April 18. The referendum seeks to overturn AB 1266, which was adopted last year. More

TEACHER QUITS, BLAMES COMMON CORE

The Common Core standards being imposed by the federal government on state education departments include “world citizenship mush,” according to an expert on education, even if supporters do claim that they are just exactly what American students need. But the cracks are starting to appear in the official program that is part of Barack Obama’s Race to the Top, which was armed with $2.35 billion in tax money and dangles a carrot in front of schools to take part in various education consortia. For example, an eighth grade student recently complained of being suspended by her school when she told classmates they were not required to take the Common Core English test scheduled by the school. Seirra Olivero filed a complaint with the school district because she felt bullied by three administrators over the issue. More

 

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