Sydney siege ends in death/ Fukushima radiation up 50,000% /Palestinians to seek UN resolution Wednesday on occupation and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

Russia to Retaliate Against the US Over Sanctions, Troops and Warheads Ready

In its bid to impose more sanctions on Russia for its actions concerning Ukraine, the US Congress approved unanimously a new set of provisions over the country. Russia warned the West previously that if it pushes through with the bill then it will retaliate accordingly. There are now concerns about Russia’s next move. More

Hawaii lava on course to hit gas station and stores

Lava from a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station and a supermarket in seven to 10 days, officials said Monday. Lava is about 1 mile from the shopping center in the small town of Pahoa, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira. The …

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Arizona Biology Teacher Mocks Jesus, Biblical Creation in Lecture Slide

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A biology teacher who describes himself as ‘an open-minded skeptic’ purportedly showed a slide in one of his classes that mocks Jesus and describes biblical creation as ‘magic.’ Christofer Bang is a lecturer at Arizona State University who teaches biology and ecology courses. According to his academic profile page, his areas of “expertise” include ecology, evolution …

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An outspoken Virginia attorney says that he wants public schools to stop renting space to churches for worship services, as he believes that the arrangement is a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Attorney John Flannery, a former federal prosecutor and congressional chief of staff, recently wrote on the blog “Loudon Progress” that he found it …

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Did Pope Francis Really Say All Dogs and Cats Go to Heaven?

Dogs go to heaven, at least according to Pope Paul IV—not Pope Francis. The statement has made its rounds through major media outlets, including today.com, with the pet-loving sentiment attributed to the current head of the Vatican. According to Today, “Pope Francis never actually commented on the issue of whether dogs will do to heaven. …

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Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter Under Government Attack

Bowing to pressure by secularist groups outside the state, Kentucky officials announced late Wednesday a decision to deny the Ark Encounter theme park an opportunity to participate in a popular tax rebate incentive program offered by the state’s tourism office. By letter on Dec. 10, state officials told the theme park’s developer, Answers in Genesis …

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China’s Treasury Holdings Fall to Lowest Since February 2013

China’s holdings of U.S. Treasuries fell to a 20-month low in October, as yuan appreciation indicated less of an impetus to buy the government securities. China held $1.25 trillion in U.S. debt as of October, a $13.6 billion drop from September, the Treasury Department said in a monthly report today. The nation remains the largest …

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Orange juice has 10 times more antioxidant power than previously thought

The antioxidant activity of citrus juices is 10 times higher than previously thought, according to a new analysis conducted by researchers from the University of Granada and published in the journal Food Chemistry. Many of the chemicals that naturally occur in plant foods function as antioxidants, removing the free radical chemicals that cause cellular and …

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Rouble in sharpest fall since 1998 as storm clouds gather for Putin

The rouble plunged around 10 percent against the dollar on Monday, its sharpest fall since 1998, and Russian assets sold off across markets, testing the firepower of the central bank and posing a major challenge for President Vladimir Putin. Traders said the slump in the rouble, down 50 percent against the dollar this year, forced …

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Scientists identify mechanism that accelerated the 2011 Japan earthquake

Stanford scientists have found evidence that sections of the fault responsible for the 9.0 magnitude Tohoku earthquake that devastated northern Japan in 2011 were relieving seismic stress at a gradually accelerating rate for years before the quake.  This “decoupling” process, in which the edges of two tectonic plates that are frictionally locked together slowly became …

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Meteor Over Morocco Captured in Stunning Photo

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This stunning skywatching image shows the night sky above the High Atlas mountains in sub-Saharan Morocco. Astrophotographer Jason Matias took this image in July 2014. The closest city to this night sky spot is Zagora, Morocco. “Couldn’t have asked for a better placement. We rode camels into the desert, set up camp, then all of …

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What would happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano actually erupted?

If the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park ever had another massive eruption, it could spew ash for thousands of miles across the United States, damaging buildings, smothering crops, and shutting down power plants. It’d be a huge disaster. A super-eruption would be very bad — though also pretty unlikely But that doesn’t mean we should …

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Power Outage Rattles DC, Takes Out Power to Government Buildings

It’s lights out for several government buildings in Washington. Authorities are blaming a blown transformer and a construction mishap. The State Department says a power line serving its headquarters was severed in a construction accident Monday morning. Emergency generators allowed some staff to keep working, but others were sent to work from different offices or home. The …

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Palestinians to seek UN resolution Wednesday on occupation

The Palestinians are to present a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council Wednesday that would set a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation, an official said.  “The Palestinian leadership took a decision to go to the Security Council next Wednesday to vote on their project to end the occupation,” senior Palestine …

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Deadly Fukushima radiation up 50,000% as elevated radiation levels seen across North America

Beta radiation levels are off the charts at monitoring sites all across North America, according to new reports. But experts are blaming these radiation spikes on practically everything except for Fukushima. Data gathered from tracking units in California, Arizona, Illinois and elsewhere reveal radiation levels up to 50,000 percent higher than what was observed at …

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Giant Sun Storm of 2012 Shown in Fiery Detail

NASA released an amazing video that shows the awesome and potentially devastating force of the sun in action. The sun regularly spits outs fiery clumps of plasma that are held together by magnetic fields. These clumps of plasma are called coronal mass ejections (CMEs), one of the most extreme forms of space weather. A typical …

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Putin Cold War Rhetoric Must Be Addressed to Prevent World War 3

The world is frightfully a heartbeat away from a dreadful nuclear showdown between Russia and the United States, which is a scenario increasingly posed by the existence of ready-to-launch nuclear missiles. And the likelihood that World War III could break out anytime is further heightened by the grim tone that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been …

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Potentially hazardous asteroid surprises astronomers

“Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour,” could be still an actual description of our ability to predict asteroid threats to Earth. The sentence from the Bible (Matthew 25:13) sound like a reminder of a vast number of more than 1,500 currently potentially hazardous objects, floating in space, meandering around in …

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Europe Moving Toward Legalization of Euthanasia

French Parliament has passed the law, easing restrictions on assisted death on Friday, December 12, moving gradually towards euthanasia legalization. “French legislation introduced Friday to ease restrictions on doctor-assisted death risks further diversifying the range of clashing national laws on euthanasia across Europe,” Agence France-Presse reported. More

Texas weighs allowing open carry of handguns

Long depicted as the rootin’-tootin’ capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns. That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected to push for expanded gun rights. “If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, …

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Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defence firms, FBI warns

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defence contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document. The operation is the same as one flagged last week by cyber security firm Cylance Inc as targeting critical infrastructure …

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Concerns have been rumbling for some time that bonds – whether issued by companies or governments – are due for a sharp crash. At the start of 2014 many wrote off bonds and said that private investors should sell their bond funds and move into shares or other assets. But those who ignored this advice …

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Crashing crude may blow a $1.6 trillion hole in the global oil sector, annually

Talk about an oil spill. The spectacular unhinging of crude oil prices over the past six months is weighing mightily on the U.S. stock market. And while it may be too early to abandon all hope that the market will stage a year-end Santa rally, it appears that if Father Christmas comes, there’s a good …

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HSBC fears horrible end to Japan’s QE blitz as Abe wins landslide

HSBC has warned that Japan’s barely-disguised attempt to drive down the yen is becoming dangerous and may spin out of control, leading to an exchange rate crisis next year and a worldwide currency storm. “It is entirely possible that the Yen decline becomes disorderly and swift,” said the bank, in one of the starkest criticisms so …

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Hepatitis B vaccine linked to causing multiple sclerosis

A sudden and sharp increase in the number of multiple sclerosis (MS) cases diagnosed in France back in the mid-1990s appears to have its roots in a mass vaccination campaign for hepatitis B that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to new epidemiological data published in the journal Immunologic Research. In accordance …

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We Just Witnessed The Worst Week For Global Financial Markets In 3 Years

Is this the start of the next major financial crisis? The nightmarish collapse of the price of oil is creating panic in financial markets all over the planet. On June 16th, U.S. oil was trading at a price of $107.52. Since then, it has fallen by almost 50 dollars in less than 6 months. This …

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U.S. Army Reprimands Chaplain for Citing Bible in Suicide Prevention Training Session

The U.S. Army has issued a “letter of concern” to a Georgia chaplain for citing the Bible during a recent suicide prevention training session. According to reports, Col. David Fivecoat, the commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga., ordered Chaplain (CPT) Joe Lawhorn, to come to his office on Thanksgiving …

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The Water Warning the Romans Left us to Learn

As all good Monty Python fans know, water technologies feature large in the legacy of benefits left by Roman civilisation. But while aqueducts, sewers and baths retain an obvious presence in the landscape and in the archaeological record, the Romans’ largest and most important water achievement may have been “virtual”. The Romans developed networks of …

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Oil plunges to five-and-a-half-year low, Asian shares on defensive

Oil prices sank more than two percent to 5 1/2-year lows early on Monday on concerns about a supply glut and slower global growth, feeding fears for energy and commodities producers and exporters. Investors were nervous after U.S. shares posted their biggest weekly fall in 2 1/2-years last week on losses led by energy sector, …

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Schools warned of lawsuits over gender accommodations

Headlines such as “State OKs transgender policy,” “Court backs transgender teen” and “Pentagon cozies up to transgender troops” are becoming more common as the next battle over rights based on “sexual orientation” builds. And the fight nowhere has been more intense than in schools, where boys who believe they are girls are seeking the right …

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Obamacare resulting in Massive Hospital Closures, Harbinger of What is to come

Eighteen acute-care hospitals across the United States shut their doors in 2013. At least 12 more hospitals have closed this year in rural areas alone. More are getting out the plywood to nail over windows and barricades for doors. Don’t worry, it’s just the new normal under Obamacare, says Lee Hieb, M.D. “Events happening now …

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Weapons Systems Test shakes up Florida Residents

People all over the state are scratching their heads after some kind of apparent sonic boom shook the skies above them. There were various reports of a loud boom this afternoon from all over Florida. FOX 13 viewers have called, tweeted and posted on our Facebook page, mostly from counties in our northern viewing area. …

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Fukushima Disaster Far From Over

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A lot of ink was consumed by media after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station disaster in March 2011, and then everything got quiet. With most of the media silent about the cleanup, the public may think the worst is over and the operating company TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) is cleaning up the site. …

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Hamas Holds Gaza Military Parade, Vows Israel’s Destruction

Vowing to destroy Israel, Hamas paraded some 2,000 of its armed fighters and truck-mounted rockets through Gaza on Sunday, marking its 27th anniversary with its biggest show of force since the end of the Gaza war this summer. A ceasefire in August halted 50 days of fighting with Israel in which local health officials said …

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US Congress passes Russia sanctions, Arms for Ukraine

The US Congress unanimously approved fresh economic sanctions against Russia and lethal weapons for Kiev, defying President Barack Obama and hardening American lawmakers’ response to a Kremlin-backed insurgency in Ukraine. Identical texts of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act passed both the Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday, but because of a technical issue it …

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