A forthcoming United Nations-organised conference on communications poses a grave threat to the freedom of the internet, Google has warned. The Silicon Valley search giant said the December gathering of the UN´s International Telecommunications Union comes amid ´a growing backlash on Internet freedom´. The World Conference on International Communications in Dubai will update global telecom rules for the first time since 1988, and some countries see this as an opportunity to set up new rules for the Internet. There are fears proposals made by China, Russia and other nations could
Neighbors are on the offensive in Brookline after what some residents are describing as aggressive turkeys. “They were attacking the vehicle,” Karen Halvorson said outside her home in the Aspinwall Hill neighborhood. After getting in her truck, a neighbor came and ran the birds off but it didn’t stop there. “Then, the turkeys came and started attacking my front door,” she said. A second run-in came a few weeks ago as she walked nearby. “I looked back and three of them charged me,” she explained. She moved to the center of the street to avoid the animals, but it wasn’t enough.
The Massachusetts woman at the center of the Facebook photo scandal at Arlington Cemetery has been fired from her job at a Cape Cod business, MyFoxBoston.com reports. Lindsey Stone´s employer, Living Independently Forever (LIFE), issued a statement on their Facebook page on Wednesday announcing that they have released the two employees involved in the controversial incident. "We wish to announce that the two employees recently involved in the Arlington Cemetery incident are no longer employees of LIFE. Again, we deeply regret any disrespect to members of the military
The president´s ´historic´ first tour of Southeast Asia ended with an unusual diplomatic snub at the hands of Cambodia´s first lady Bun Rany. Obama became the first ever U.S. president to visit Cambodia earlier this week, when he ended his four-day visit to the region by attending the annual East Asia Summit it was hosting. Unlike the president´s constructive visit to Myanmar, where he met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and praised the country´s progress, Obama had made it clear he was only in Cambodia to attend the summit.
Secret internal emails reveal Osama bin Laden was washed, wrapped in a sheet and slid into the sea for his burial in accordance with Islamic burial tradition - and no sailors saw it. The heavily blacked out emails sent between U.S. military officers were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and are the first public disclosure of government information about the al Qaida leader´s death. Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011, by a U.S. Navy SEAL team that attacked his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Scuffles are already breaking out between shoppers desperate to get their hands on Black Friday deals as a record number of stores open on Thanksgiving. With 41 million people expected to shop on what has been dubbed ´Gray Thursday´, police have responded to fights and threats between bargain-hungry customers, some of whom have camped outside stores for days. Outside a Kmart in Indianapolis, which opened at 6am on Thursday, officers responded to a brawl between shoppers as some attempted to sell vouchers the store had handed out for limited items. ´Everybody started going crazy
Looking every bit as poised and elegant as her mother, the long-limbed first daughter has taken the awkward out of adolescence with ease. In the weeks since election night, the emerging styles of the Obama daughters, and especially Malia, has taken center stage - the 14-year-old blossoming from the President´s wide-eyed ´baby´ into a self-assured young woman who has inherited her mother´s confidence, bold fashion sense and looks. Wearing a shiny blue full skirt from ASOS with a neon pink Zara belt, and J. Crew flats, Malia proved she has inherited her mother´s classic but bold sensibility
Bumbling immigration fiascos have become such a part of the fabric of British life that they should probably include a couple of questions about them in the next Life in the UK Test. In the latest asylum farce, this paper reports: Some 37,500 applicants whose cases were effectively written off as there was no apparent trace of them are now expected to be located after a review. The agency was so overwhelmed with work that at one point more than 150 boxes of post, including letters from applicants, MPs and their legal representatives, simply lay unopened in a
Chicago - Jesse Jackson Jr.´s resignation from Congress might end his once-promising political career but it doesn´t mark the end of troubles for the civil rights icon´s son. Just two weeks after voters re-elected him to a ninth full term, Jackson on Wednesday sent his resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner, citing his ongoing treatment for bipolar disorder and admitting "my share of mistakes" while confirming publically for the first time that he´s the subject of a federal probe and cooperating with investigators. Federal authorities are reportedly investigating Jackson´s possible misuse of campaign
Washington - Peace, one of two turkeys pardoned by President Obama last year, was euthanized Monday, according to an official who insisted the timing of the death - days before the Thanksgiving holiday - was not suspicious. Rebecca Aloisi, vice president for marketing at the Mount Vernon Estate, confirmed that Peace had been dead after a weekend "illness." Rebecca Aloisi, vice president for marketing at the Mount Vernon Estate, confirmed that Peace had been dead after a weekend "illness." But Aloise knew neither the nature of the illness, the manner of death, nor what had been done
For countless members of Congress, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give back to the communities they represent at the Capitol. Lawmakers volunteer at food banks, shelters and other charitable events to distribute meals to needy constituents. But they also clearly enjoy the food. House Speaker John Boehner frequently gushes publicly about his mother’s recipe for brining turkey. Using six bay leaves, three tablespoons of peppercorns, two cups of kosher sale, eight ounces of pure maple syrup, one head of garlic and two gallons of water, he boils the concoction, then lets it cool. The Ohio Republican then
Miami — When 15-year-old Kali Gonzalez became pregnant, the honors student considered transferring to an alternative school. She worried teachers would harass her for missing class because of doctor´s appointments and morning sickness. A guidance counselor urged Gonzalez not to, saying that could lower her standards. Instead, her counselor set up a meeting with teachers at her St. Augustine high school to confirm she could make up missed assignments, eat in class and use the restroom whenever she needed. Gonzalez, who is now 18, kept an A-average while pregnant. She capitalized on an online school program for parenting
Most everyone should enjoy this family-oriented, cross-generational quiz. There are twenty-one challenging questions, designed to entertain and recall our American past. Choose teams and write down your answers. No fair looking up the answers on an iPhone hidden under the table. Answers are linked below. Good luck -- you will need it!
At least one person has died in a massive wreck Thursday morning west of Beaumont, officials are reporting. The wreck, involving at least 100 vehicles, including many tractor-trailers, has closed Interstate 10 near Beaumont, officials said. Stephanie Davis, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety´s Beaumont district, reported that one person has died but did not have further details. At least four dozen people were injured. At one point, both directions of the interstate were closed.
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway, who is facing political pressure to resign amid a real estate scandal, isn´t going down without a fight, her lawyer said. Hathaway, who is accused of hiding assets to justify a short sale of a $1.5-million Grosse Pointe Park home, is preparing to fight the forfeiture of a Florida home that federal prosecutors say was hidden from a bank to justify the short sale. "Justice Hathaway and her husband will certainly fight to keep their home, as would anyone else if the government tried to take their home," Hathaway´s lawyer Stephen Fishman said Wednesday. Headline resplit by staff.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H.– For some, the idea of Christmas coming early is anything but welcome. Local shop owner Sarah Hamilton-Parker, tired after years tolling bells sounded by Salvation Army workers for hours on end during the holiday season, took matters into her own hands by reaching out to local authorities to complain about the noise. “I listen to this for 200 hours a year,” Hamilton-Parker told the Portsmouth Herald. “This is my fourth year and I can’t take it anymore. I’m so sick of it.”
The past year has been one of great highs and lows for conservatives. These are among the many whom we should thank and remember as we look towards the future. 10. Jim Jordan - The outgoing head of the Republican Study Committee led the fight for “Cut, Cap, and Balance” as an conservative proposal during the debt ceiling battle of 2011. The failure of the so-called Supercommittee, and the impending “fiscal cliff,” are a sobering reminder of Jordan’s warnings. His ideas should influence future GOP policies. 9. Bret Baier - There are many to thank in the much-maligned conservative media:
Families in Hurricane Sandy-ravaged New Jersey will face the highest tax increase as a percentage of their income – 6.82% or about $6,933 more in taxes -- if Congress does not reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff tax issues during the lame-duck session, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation. In its study of how the fiscal cliff would affect typical families in each state, the Tax Foundation reports that if the numerous tax provisions that are due to expire on Dec. 31 are not changed, a
According to the Washington Post, the Red Dawn remake that appeared in theaters, Wednesday, is perfect for paranoid Tea Partiers who fear being placed in “internment camps.” Film critic Michael O’Sullivan huffed, “The scenes that follow -- featuring internment camps and summary executions -- will be red meat for tea party patriots.” Aside from the cheap shots, fans of the original 1984 film about a communist invasion might take O’Sullivan’s review lightly. The journalist began by mocking the conservative themes as “silly.” He knocked the Patrick Swayze film, saying: It hadn’t aged well
Belmar- The borough of Belmar introduced a $20 million bond measure at Wednesday’s council meeting that is designed to rebuild the town’s boardwalk, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, in time for summer. According to Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, $17 million of the bond measure, which will have its first reading at the council meeting, will go toward constructing a new boardwalk, and the other $3 million will be set aside for ongoing post-storm cleanup efforts.(snip) “It’s our understanding is that FEMA will pick up 75 percent of the expense, based on the language coming from the White House,”
In days gone by, Black Friday – the name given to the day after Thanksgiving – was the start of the holiday shopping season and was the day of the year that saw the greatest dollar volume of retail sales. The term “black” comes from the accounting world and recognizes that sales were not “in the red” but were “in the black.” Over the years, to boost sales on Black Friday, retailers began to open earlier. Instead of the traditional 9am or 10am opening hour, stores would open at 8am, then 6am, then midnight.
Let’s take a preliminary look at the advantages and disadvantages of the cease fire agreement, from an Israeli and traditional pro-Western perspective. There are two big advantages. First, the agreement puts an end, at least for now, to the bombardment of Israel. (snip) Now to the disadvantages. First, Hamas won. Why? Because it bombarded Israel and was not crushed for it. And because Israel reportedly agreed to an easing of its blockade of the Gaza Strip. (snip) By pushing for the deal, the Obama administration has demonstrated once again that it is no good friend of Israel.
The entire Christian calendar is based on a miscalculation, the Pope has declared, as he claims in a new book that Jesus was born several years earlier than commonly believed. The ´mistake´ was made by a sixth century monk known as Dionysius Exiguus or in English Dennis the Small, the 85-year-old pontiff claims in the book ´Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives´, published on Wednesday. (Snip) The assertion that the Christian calendar is based on a false premise is not new – many historians believe that Christ was born sometime between 7BC and 2BC.