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  • FBI reportedly warns New York officials about anti-Islam protester

    The FBI has reportedly issued a warning to New York law enforcement agencies about a man who organized a protest at a Phoenix mosque earlier this year. A Muslim group notified the agency after it learned that Jon Ritzheimer, 32, had posted a video on Nov. 18 saying he was going to confront the Albany-based group, according to the New York Daily News. Ritzheimer reportedly goes on a profanity-laced tirade against Muslims, and President Barack Obama and says he was going to make the cross-country journey to confront the group. Rizheimer reacted angrily to an article written in Muslims of America’s newspaper The Islamic Post. The article labels him as an “American Taliban.” Ritzheimer previously organized an armed protest of a Phoenix mosque. He led a group of nearly 250 people who carried weapons and a drawing of the Prophet Muhammad to the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. The protest came about a month after …

    November 28, 2015 5:42 am


  • Black Friday madness underway

    The madness begins as shopper descend. The Super Bowl of shopping had an early start again this year, but the game isn’t over yet. Early numbers aren’t out yet on how many shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving, but it’s expected that more than three times the number of people will venture out to shop on the day after the holiday known as Black Friday. Sabrina Rajkumar, 36, a writer from New York, started shopping with her stepmom at Macy’s at 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving and was just wrapping up at 5:30 a.m. Friday. She found a $50 bedding set and a dress for her niece marked down to $25 from $74 and Godiva chocolates for $8. “I’m from New York and I’ve never done Black Friday before,” she said. “We just wanted to experience the madness.” She said she didn’t think she’d like it since she usually buys personalized gifts at places like Etsy, …

    November 28, 2015 6:22 am


  • Volkswagen is giving workers a very long holiday

    Volkswagen is giving its German workers nearly a month off over Christmas and the New Year in the wake of an emissions scandal that has hurt sales and staff morale. A spokesman for the automaker confirmed that production at all Volkswagen’s plants in Germany would cease on December 17 and resume January 11. The one exception will be lines producing the new generation of its Tiguan SUV — they’ll close on December 21 and resume output on January 4. The company typically shuts down in Germany between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, although the exact length of the holiday can vary from year to year. Volkswagen (VLKAY) employs nearly 600,000 people around the world, more than 250,000 of them in Germany. Volkswagen said its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant will be unaffected by the German shutdown. “Volkswagen Chattanooga has not altered its planned winter shutdown schedule. We are still ramping up the new Passat line while …

    November 28, 2015 5:02 am


  • Rosberg tops Abu Dhabi practice

    Live text and TV coverage of qualifying from 12:00 GMT Nico Rosberg headed Lewis Hamilton in final practice in Abu Dhabi after two errors by the world champion. Rosberg was 0.281 seconds quicker after Hamilton had a spin and made a mistake at Turn Six on two separate laps. Hamilton’s errors meant his tyres were not at their best when he set his fastest time, but Rosberg showed his form by improving on his second lap. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, 0.281secs behind Rosberg but only 0.048secs off Hamilton’s time. Hamilton seemed to have the pace to go fastest of all – he had set the fastest first-sector time on his first lap on the super-soft tyres that will be used in qualifying only to run wide over the kerbs at Turn Six. He had spun at the same corner after getting too far on to the kerbs earlier in the session when running …

    November 28, 2015 5:43 am

World News

  • Deadly rocket attack hits UN Mali base

    Image copyright AP Image caption Some 10,000 soldiers from dozens of different nations are currently serving in Mali under the UN banner Three people have been killed in a rocket attack on a UN peacekeepers’ base in northern Mali, the UN says. Two UN peacekeepers from Guinea and a civilian contractor were killed in the attack in Kidal, officials said. Eight days ago, gunmen attacked a hotel in the capital, Bamako, taking scores hostage. Nineteen people were killed. The peacekeeping mission in Mali was approved in 2014 after France led a military campaign to drive out Islamist militants from the north. The Minusma force comprises some 10,000 soldiers from dozens of different contributor countries – the majority from Mali’s west African neighbours. World’s most dangerous peacekeeping mission The UN mission – criticised by some at the time of its approval because there is no peace deal to support – has suffered more casualties than any …

    November 28, 2015 5:42 am


  • Cyber Monday: it’s the most wonderful time of year for cyber-attackers

    This weekend kicks off the busiest shopping season in many parts of the world – and, starting Cyber Monday, the most popular season for cyber-attacks. Malicious attacks on shoppers increased 40% on Cyber Monday in 2013 and 2014, according to EnigmaSoftware.com, an anti-malware and spyware company, compared to the average number of attacks on days during the month prior. Other cybersecurity software providers have identified the December holiday shopping season as the most dangerous time of year to make online purchases. “The attackers know that there are more people online, so there will be more attacks,” said Christopher Budd, Trend Micro’s global threat communications manager. “Cyber Monday is not a one-day thing, it’s the beginning of a sustained focus on attacks that go after people in the holiday shopping season.” Budd adds that cyber-attacks often target the hottest items of that holiday shopping season. “If you’re reading about it in the mainstream press as far …

    November 28, 2015 6:42 am


  • Increased carbon dioxide enhances plankton growth, opposite of what was expected

    Related images(click to enlarge) Coccolithophores–tiny calcifying plants that are part of the foundation of the marine food web–have been increasing in relative abundance in the North Atlantic over the last 45 years, as carbon input into ocean waters has increased. Their relative abundance has increased 10 times, or by an order of magnitude, during this sampling period. This finding was diametrically opposed to what scientists had expected since coccolithophores make their plates out of calcium carbonate, which is becoming more difficult as the ocean becomes more acidic and pH is reduced. These findings were reported in the November 26th edition of Science and based on analysis of nearly a half century of data collected by the long-running Sir Alister Hardy Foundation (SAHFOS) Continuous Plankton Recorder sampling program. “The results show both the power of long-term time-series of ocean observations for deciphering how marine microbial communities are responding to climate change and offer evidence that the …

    November 28, 2015 5:22 am


  • Assessing Health Issues of Child Refugees

    FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The main health problems of refugee children from Asia and Africa when they arrive in the United States are outlined in a new study. Based on screenings of more than 8,100 young refugees between 2006 and 2012, the top health concerns were hepatitis B, tuberculosis, parasitic worms, high blood lead levels and anemia, the study found. The refugees, all younger than 19, were from Bhutan, Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq and Somalia. The screenings were conducted shortly after they arrived in Colorado, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Washington state. In general, these conditions were more common among children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Somalia, and lower among those from Iraq, researchers said. Among refugees from Myanmar, those who came to the United States from Thailand had more diseases than those who came by way of Malaysia, the researchers found. “Understanding the health …

    November 28, 2015 6:02 am


  • Stevie J Ordered To Rehab After Failing Drug Test: Jail Avoided Again?

    Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta star Stevie J has shared his legal issues on the show. On the last season, he was forced to go to rehab because he failed another drug test. Plus, he had some custody issues because he wasn’t paying child support. At the time, Stevie J revealed he was very lucky that he got the option to go to rehab, because he could easily have been put in jail. But this situation didn’t prove to keep him clean. According to a new report, Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta star Stevie J has now tested positive for drugs once again. And again, he has managed to keep himself out of jail. This time, he is being forced into rehab, so he can deal with his issues. Stevie J went to court last week because he had to show up due to the lack of child support payments. The judge in the case …

    November 28, 2015 5:42 am


  • Confronting bullies on the world stage: How to deal with Russia and China

                                                      A bully is someone who exploits weakness; identifies the meek and mild; and does not pick on strength.  A bully will cull the meek or mild from the herd, isolate them, and force their own will for self-centered reasons.  If confronted from a position of strength; or confidence; or firmness; or a staunch, formidable defense, a bully will back down.  Over the last few years, it is safe to say, President Vladimir Putin, has been such a bully in Crimea, Ukraine and now Syria.  The events of this past week, clearly demonstrate Russia is playing by its own rules in Syria.  That SU-24 was not striking ISIS targets.  It was tasked to support Mr. Putin’s personal agenda of continued support to the Assad regime.  Flying into Turkish airspace cost them …

    November 27, 2015 4:39 pm

Odd News

  • Man scales Colosseum to protest Rome Holy Year crackdown

    ROME A man climbed onto an outside ledge of Rome’s Colosseum on Friday and shouted in protest at a new decree restricting sightseeing tours, rickshaw rides and centurion impersonators as part of a public order crackdown in the city. Italy’s capital is imposing extra security measures and sprucing up parks and piazzas as it gears up to host the Roman Catholic Holy Year, or “Jubilee”, that could draw millions of tourists and pilgrims. A policeman said the protester, a manager at a guided tour company, had reached the outer edge of the 2,000 year-old amphitheatre from inside, apparently through the main entrance. The fact someone had evaded security at one of Italy’ most-visited sites and police were powerless to intervene caused concern about whether the city is ready for the Jubilee, or up to the task of protecting its citizens from the risk of attacks like the ones that killed 130 people in Paris two …

    November 27, 2015 9:38 am