Murfreesboro, TN - Two shoplifting suspects were so upset with how they were treated in one store, they called another location to complain. The store manager did a little investigative work of his own and was able to identify the criminals using social media. Whether they window shop or shovel out tons of cash, shoppers expect to be treated right and with good customer service. For two shoplifters in Murfreesboro, they expected that too when they called to complain after getting the sticky fingers and getting caught. (Snip) The shoplifter´s phone number showed up on caller ID, so the
GAZA CITY — A week of bombardment by Israel has pulverized government buildings and militant weapons stores, and left 161 Palestinians dead. But the Gaza Strip’s Hamas leadership has emerged stronger than ever, Palestinians in Gaza said Thursday. Hamas, along with the masked fighters of other Gaza militant groups, held boisterous victory rallies across the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the day after an Egypt-brokered cease-fire with Israel took effect. Amid parades of flags and political bombast, each of the strip’s militant factions hailed what they called a triumph for the Palestinian resistance and a
Why was there an Israel-Gaza war in the first place? Resistance to the occupation, say Hamas and many in the international media. What occupation? Seven years ago, in front of the world, Israel pulled out of Gaza. It dismantled every settlement, withdrew every soldier, evacuated every Jew, leaving nothing and no one behind. Except for the greenhouses in which the settlers had grown fruit and flowers for export. These were left intact to help Gaza’s economy — only to be trashed when the Palestinians took over. Israel then declared its border with Gaza to be an international
Yet again, President Obama’s Thanksgiving message eschewed any direct reference to thanking God, making this the fourth straight year in which the President of the United States has ignored the central message of the holiday in favor of political grandstanding. This year, Obama’s central message was that now that he’s been re-elected, Americans should agree with all of his policies. His unity routine sounds strangely empty after a campaign in which he focused on dividing Americans: But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks for each other, and for the incredible bounty we enjoy.
KANDAHAR CITY, Afghanistan — Few of the soldiers here thought much about making history as they gathered for the first-ever Thanksgiving Day feast at the Kandahar governor’s provincial compound. Some 35 GIs and as many Afghans filed into the great dining hall as a mullah’s voice cracked over a nearby loudspeaker, calling the faithful to prayer at the Shrine of the Cloak. Believed to house a piece of the cloak of the Prophet Muhammad, the mosque is the holiest place in Afghanistan for Muslims. The governor’s residence, built in the shadow of the shrine, was the home
President Obama´s campaign feared no potential Republican challenger more than Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who dropped out of the race in late January, according to a top campaign official. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina revealed this week that Huntsman, who stepped down as Obama´s ambassador to China in April of 2011 in order to run for the Republican nomination, would have been the most ´difficult´ candidate for Obama to beat. ´I think we were honest about our concerns about Huntsman,´ Messina told Politico.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — The remains of a roller coaster that was knocked off a New Jersey amusement pier by Superstorm Sandy and left partly underwater in the Atlantic Ocean might be left there as a tourist attraction. Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers tells WNBC-TV in New York that officials have not made a decision on whether to tear down the coaster. But the mayor says he´s working with the Coast Guard to see if the coaster is stable enough to be left alone because he believes it would make "a great tourist attraction."
In an inspiring example of Union Fail, the planned union walkout on Walmart during Black Friday led off with a one-employee walkout at a Walmart in St. Cloud, Florida on Wednesday. The walkout was led by – and entirely constituted by – Vanessa Ferreira, 59. She told her manager that she was going on strike. The other workers watched her leave, shrugged, and went back about their business. The police then warned Ferreira for trespass. Ferreira has worked for Walmart for eight years in the cakes department, where she decorates cakes. But she says that her wages are too low
The Republican party gets a lot of flak every time its members make a comment that flies in the face of sound science, especially where the Bible is concerned. Marco Rubio caught some criticism this week after hedging on the big creation question in a GQ interview, where Rubio appeared to be walking a thin line between reassuring rational Republicans and pandering to the party’s religious base. But yesterday, Slate writer Daniel Engber highlighted a similar answer Barack Obama gave when he was running for president in 2008. Obama made the following comments about the Biblical story of
Chicago - The jockeying to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. began before the ink was dry on the former congressman’s resignation letter. (Snip) But as the field of would-be successors grows to a dozen or more names — one of whom may be another member of the Jackson family — party leaders and political analysts say a stampede of candidates could pose risks for the Democratic stronghold. Spread the field of candidates too thin, they say, and it becomes easier for a more conservative candidate — or anyone else party leaders don’t want — to pull off a win. The possibility so worried Democratic Congressman
Islamabad: At least 23 people were killed and 62 injured in a suicide bomb attack on a Shai Muslim procession in the country´s garrison city of Rawalpindi on late Wednesday. The attack came after twin blasts against Muharram procession of Shias in Karachi left three dead and a remote-control blast in Queatta city killed at least five. (Snip) The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the Karachi and Rawalpindi blasts. "We carried out the attacks in Rawalpindi and Karachi because the Shia community is engaged in defiling our Prophet," said Ehsanullah Ehsan, the Taliban
NASA has reportedly uncovered a significant finding on Mars, leading to speculation the U.S. space agency may hold evidence of past life on the Red Planet. “This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good,” geologist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology, who said that NASA’s Curiosity rover has uncovered exciting new results from a sample of Martian soil recently scooped up and placed in the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. It remains unclear exactly what NASA has discovered on the planet. The space agency is reportedly conducting various tests to
London - Roche has offered an olive branch to scientific critics in a bid to end a bitter fight over blockbuster flu drug Tamiflu that has led to calls for a boycott of the Swiss drugmaker´s products. Tamiflu has been approved by regulators worldwide and stockpiled by many governments in case of a global outbreak - but some researchers claim there is little evidence it works and have lobbied since 2009 for Roche to hand over all its data from clinical trials. Sales of the drug hit close to $3 billion in 2009, due to the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, although they have since declined.
Pope Benedict XVI has revealed in the third installment of his trilogy, dedicated to the life of Christ, that Jesus may have been born earlier than previously thought. The calendar we use today, which commences with the birth of Christ and was created by a Dionysius Exiguus, a sixth century monk, may be mistaken. According to the Telegraph, the Pope explains in his book that Exiguus, who is considered the inventor of the Christian calendar, “made a mistake in his calculations by several years. The actual date of Jesus’ birth was several years before.” The suggestion that Jesus wasn’t actually born
Cairo - Egypt’s president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments granting himself far-reaching powers and ordering the retrial of leaders of Hosni Mubarak’s regime for the killing of protesters in last year’s uprising. Mohammed Morsy decreed immunity for the panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it. (Snip) The Egyptian leader also decreed that all decisions he has made since taking office in June and until a new constitution is adopted are not subject to appeal in court or by any other authority, a move that places Morsy above oversight of any kind.
Jerusalem - Israeli authorities arrested an Israeli Arab on suspicion of planting a bomb in a Tel Aviv bus that wounded 15 people hours before Israel agreed a ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza, police and security officials said on Thursday. The Arab citizen of Israel was detained on Wednesday night, they said. Also arrested, police said, were a number of Palestinians affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on suspicion of having recruited the Israeli Arab to carry out the bombing. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld did not give names or an exact number of how many
If you’ve been following the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell story, you may have seen this shirt: black and silky and flouncy and very, very arm-baring. Also shoulder-baring. Not what your mother would advise you to wear on national television. Not what my mother would advise, anyway. Even if the national television is “The Daily Show” and you have a push-up contest planned with Jon Stewart. Why am I bringing this up, again? I referred to the halter top in a recent column about Petraeus, noting, “Beware the woman who goes on ‘The Daily Show’ wearing a black silk halter top and flaunting her
A federal investigation of how David H. Petraeus’s biographer obtained numerous classified records is focusing on whether the retired general’s staff gave her sensitive documents at his instruction, according to federal officials familiar with the inquiry. Petraeus aides and other high-ranking military officials were often tasked by Petraeus and other top commanders to provide military records and other documents to Paula Broadwell for her work as Petraeus’s biographer, former staff members and other officials told The Washington Post. Broadwell, a married Army reservist,
Forget about the settlement approved by the county this week that sends $3.25 million to the family of a woman who died in one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio´s jails, the Sheriff is more concerned with bitching about the extra nickel it´s going to cost to feed the inmates tomorrow. The latest press release from the Maricopa County Sheriff´s Office is a bit apologetic in tone, because the cost of the Thanksgiving meal for the inmates this year is five cents more per meal than the crap the inmates eat every other day. The Thanksgiving meal for inmates -- complete with sliced turkey, mashed potatoes and
The controversial Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who helped scuttle John Kerry’s 2004 White House bid, are ready to launch torpedoes if the Bay State senator is nominated to a Cabinet post in the Obama administration, with one foe calling the whole idea an “abomination.” “We’re not too old to fight,” said Alvin Horne, a Vietnam veteran and a key member of the Swift Boat group, whose barrage of attack ads sought to discredit Kerry’s military record during the 2004 campaign. “If the commonwealth wants to send Bozo the Clown to (the) Senate they can do it Link repaired by staff
The year was 1939, and American businesses, still reeling from the previous year’s recession, decided they wanted an extra week of Christmas shopping. The solution? They asked President Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving up a week. Roosevelt complied — and confusion and outrage ensued. Calendar makers were enraged, families ended up celebrating on different days from one another, and some accused the president of embracing communism. Within three years, Congress had had enough and passed legislation officially setting Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday of November.
Even though she was sat next to Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi listening to her boss, the President of the United States give a historic speech, Hilary Clinton just couldn´t keep her jet-lagged eyes open. As Barack Obama made history on Monday by becoming the first American president to ever visit Myanmar, the Secretary of State simply seemed too tired to appreciate the momentous occasion. Despite sitting next to former political prisoner Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under home arrest and who presumably knows a thing or two about boredom, Clinton, 65, could not be roused
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.