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Pakistan Supreme Court Orders Arrest of Prime Minister

Source: Reuters

Pakistan Supreme Court orders arrest of prime minister

Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:49am EST

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of the prime minister in connection with a corruption case linked to power projects, television channels reported, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil.

The surprise move came as a populist cleric, who is believed to be backed by the military, demanded the resignation of the government in protests attended by thousands of followers in the heart of the capital Islamabad.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90E0BK20130115

NY Senate Passes 'Landmark' Gun Control Laws

Source: Wall Street Journal

January 14, 2013, 11:27 p.m. ET

NY Senate passes 'landmark' gun control laws

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's Senate where Republicans hold strong sway has approved what supporters say will be the toughest gun laws in the nation.

Sen. Jeffrey Klein (KLINE), who sponsored the law with bipartisan support, praised his co-leader, Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos and the Democratic conference.

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The bill targets assault rifles, high-capacity clips of ammunition and requires reports of the mentally ill who pose a threat to others with illegal guns.

The vote passed 43-18 in the Senate thanks to a strong Democratic vote.

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/article/APac54f3a0b0244dc4b9de764b46ae5f73.html

Report: Armstrong Confesses to Winfrey That He Used Performance-Enhancing Drugs, Sources Tell

Source: Associated Press

@BreakingNews: Report: Lance Armstrong confesses to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs, source tells @AP



AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the interview is to be broadcast Thursday on Winfrey's network.

Armstrong was stripped of all seven Tour titles last year following a voluminous U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that portrayed him as a ruthless competitor, willing to go to any lengths to win the prestigious race.

USADA chief executive Travis Tygart labeled the doping regimen allegedly carried out by the U.S. Postal Service team that Armstrong once led, "The most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/armstrong-ready-oprah-comes-town

Six Arrested in New India Bus Gang-Rape Case: Police

Source: AFP

19 min 42 sec ago - int

Six arrested in new India bus gang-rape case: police

Six men have been held over the rape of a passenger on a coach in northern India, police said on Sunday, just weeks after the gang-rape and murder of a student on a bus in New Delhi sparked nationwide protests.

"Six men have been arrested on allegations of having raped a 29-year-old woman... after forcibly taking her to an unknown location on the night of January 11," local police officer Raj Jeet Singh said.

Read more: http://www.france24.com/en/20130113-six-arrested-new-india-bus-gang-rape-case-police

Pollution "Worst on Record" in Beijing: Greenpeace

Source: Reuters

Pollution "worst on record" in Beijing: Greenpeace

Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:25pm EST

BEIJING (Reuters) - Air quality in Beijing was the "worst on record" on Saturday and Sunday, according to environmentalists, as the city's pollution monitoring centre warned residents to stay indoors with pollution 30-45 times above recommended safety levels.

The Chinese capital, home to around 20 million people, has been wrapped in thick smog since Friday, reducing visibility and disrupting traffic.

Data posted on Sunday by the monitoring centre (www.bjmemc.com.cn) showed particulate matter measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5) had reached more than 600 micrograms per square meter at some monitoring stations in Beijing, and was as high as 900 on Saturday evening.

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"This is really the worst on record not only from the official data but also from the monitoring data from the U.S. embassy -- some areas in (neighboring) Hebei province are even worst than Beijing," said Zhou Rong, climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90C01Q20130113

'Zero Dark Thirty' and Torture


Yes, this is from last month and, yes, you have to click on the link... I'm not cut-and-pasting and reducing the impact.

Experts Fear Collapse of Global Civilisation


Experts Fear Collapse of Global Civilisation

Published on January 11th, 2013
Written by: Stephen Leahy

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Jan 11 2013 (IPS) – Experts on the health of our planet are terrified of the future. They can clearly see the coming collapse of global civilisation from an array of interconnected environmental problems.

“We’re all scared,” said Paul Ehrlich, president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. “But we must tell the truth about what’s happening and challenge people to do something to prevent it,” Ehrlich told IPS.

Global collapse of human civilisation seems likely, write Ehrlich and his partner Anne Ehrlich in the prestigious science journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society.

This collapse will take the form of a “…gradual breakdown because famines, epidemics and resource shortages cause a disintegration of central control within nations, in concert with disruptions of trade and conflicts over increasingly scarce necessities”, they write.

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Escalating climate disruption, ocean acidification, oceanic dead zones, depletion of groundwater and extinctions of plants and animals are the main drivers of the coming collapse, they write in their peer-reviewed article “Can a collapse of global civilisation be avoided?” published this week.

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“We talked to many of the world’s leading experts to reflect what is really happening,” said Ehrlich, who is an eminent biologist and winner of many scientific awards.

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“To continue with ‘business as usual’ is an act of suicide on a gargantuan scale,” Prince Charles concluded.


Hostess Sells Bread Brands, Bakeries, Depots for $390M

Source: CBS News

NEW YORK Hostess Brands says it is selling most of its bread business, including the Wonder and Nature's Pride brands, to Flowers Foods (FLO) for $390 million.

Twinkies maker threatens to liquidate

Bidders cast hungry eyes on Hostess, Twinkies?

Twinkies maker Hostess Brands ready for big bake sale

The sale also includes Butternut, Home Pride, Merita and Beefsteak breads, along with 20 bakeries and 38 depots.

Read more: http://m.cbsnews.com/storysynopsis.rbml?pageType=moneywatch&catid=57563616&feed_id=76&videofeed=43

One in 25 U.S. Teens Has Attempted Suicide: Study

Source: Reuters

One in 25 U.S. teens has attempted suicide: study

Wed Jan 9, 2013 11:14pm EST

(Reuters) - About one in 25 U.S. teens has attempted suicide, and one in eight has thought about it, according to a national study based on interviews with thousands of teens.

Researchers, whose findings appeared in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, said those numbers are similar to the prevalence of lifetime suicidal thinking and attempts reported by adults, suggesting that the teenage years are an especially vulnerable time.

"What adults say is, the highest risk time for first starting to think about suicide is in adolescence," said Matthew Nock, a psychologist who worked on the study at Harvard University.

The results are based on in-person interviews of close to 6,500 teens in the United States and questionnaires filled out by their parents. Along with asking youth about their suicidal thinking, plans and attempts, interviewers also determined which teens fit the bill for a range of mental disorders.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90904720130110

Frankenyear 2012: Hottest on Record, as US emits 5 bn tons of CO2 Annually


Frankenyear 2012: Hottest on Record, as US emits 5 bn tons of CO2 Annually

Published on January 9th, 2013
Written by: Juan

Can we sue the Koch brothers and all the other dirty-energy, climate change-denying moguls yet for the billions they are costing us in climate disasters every year because of their poisonous carbon emissions?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that:

“2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States with the year consisting of a record warm spring, second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn. The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3°F, 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above 1998, the previous warmest year.”

The temperatures set records in 19 states and they were warmer than average in all of the lower 48.

Frankenyear was also the 2nd most destructive on record, lashing the nation with 11 catastrophes that reached at least $1 bn. in losses — including hurricanes, drought, wildfires, tornadoes and the great storm surge in New York City. Hurricanes are fed by warm water, and warmer water makes them more destructive and longer-lasting. It was the unusual warmth of the ocean off the New York coast that allowed Sandy to strike up there with such force. The average surface temperature of the earth has increased one Centigrade degree (1.8 Fahrenheit degrees) in the past century, and is heading for a calamitous 4 C. degrees increase in this century.

It was the 15th driest year on record. In summer of 2012, a massive drought smothered 61% of the country. Hawaii likewise was extremely dry, with drought in 63.3% of the state. On the mainland, wildfires raged through 9.2 million acres of forest, the third highest on record. The Mississippi River is so low that bigger river ships can’t go out on it, stretches of it are deserted like a ‘ghost town,’ and some of it could be closed altogether as it heads below 3 feet in depth. Ironically, the Mississippi carries a lot of hydrocarbons like petroleum, the very fuels that are causing its current travails.


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