Gen. David H. Petraeus, long the most famous overachiever in the U.S. Army, is already on his way to a new career distinction: breaking the land speed record for rehabilitation from a scandal.It was only two weeks ago that Petraeus resigned from his job as director of the CIA after it became clear that his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, couldn´t be kept under wraps.The dust hasn´t settled yet on the chaos kicked up by the FBI´s discovery of the affair, touched off by Broadwell´s jealousy of another woman
In headier days, Ed Kennedy personified the hard-drinking, hard-charging war correspondent of another era. The first time his future wife saw him, he was sidled up to a hotel bar in Paris with none other than Ernest Hemingway, both of them so “dead drunk” they could hardly stand.Kennedy was a star Associated Press correspondent with a penchant for daring evasion of authority, dashing into World War II battle zones where he wasn’t supposed to go because he had to get the story. He just had to.
MADISON, Wis. — Every weekday as the clock strikes noon, dozens of demonstrators pass out songbooks inside the Wisconsin Capitol. Office workers who know what’s coming scramble to close their doors, and several police officers take up watch from a distance. Then the group begins to sing, the voices echoing throughout the cavernous rotunda. The first song might include the lyrics, "Hit the road, Scott, and don’t you come back no more." The next tune could say, "We’ll keep singing ’til justice is done. We’re not going away, oh Scotty." Most of the protesters who hounded Gov. Scott Walker
A 68-year-old California man accused of killing and dismembering his wife was cooking her flesh and bones at the time police officers came to arrest him, according to officials. Police said they responded to neighbors´ complaints about a foul odor coming from the home of Frederick Hengl and his wife, 73-year-old Anna Faris, in Oceanside on Friday. An officer who entered the home through a window said he saw on the stove three pans containing what later turned out to be the remains of the elderly woman. Her severed head was discovered in the freezer.
It looks like former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who resigned Wednesday, is trying to take any potential heat off of his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) — who is also his campaign manager. I’m told that Sandi Jackson has hired her own legal representation as her husband’s lawyers try to work out a deal in the ongoing federal probe of his campaign finances. It doesn’t take too much reading between the lines of Jackson’s resignation letter — unusually poignant — that he is telling the feds to blame him — and leave his wife out of it.
A mother leaves her young daughter tethered all alone on the other side of a door outside a betting shop on a busy street before going in to place a bet. This was the shocking scene in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, captured by office workers who couldn´t believe their eyes yesterday afternoon. They saw the curly-haired girl, aged around four, being left tied by her reins outside a branch of Ladbrokes opposite their place of work for two to three minutes. She appeared to struggle to free herself before the woman, believed to be her mother, came out.
A MOB attacked Alexander Aan even before an Indonesian court in June jailed him for two and a half years for “inciting religious hatred”. His crime was to write “God does not exist” on a Facebook group he had founded for atheists in Minang, a province of the world’s most populous Muslim nation. (Snip) Some of the finest medieval Arabic and Persian poets and grammarians were atheists (though several were also famously executed). Young activists, albeit often exiled, such as Mr Ghazzali, have become more vociferous about their right not to believe in a God. Organisations abroad for former Muslims
Ingesting glass does not lower your cholesterol, but patients taking Ranbaxy’s generic version of Pfizer‘s blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor might be doing just that. Ranbaxy announced today that it was recalling a large number of batches of its generic Lipitor as they might include very small glass particles – something that could be dangerous if ingested. Generics from other manufacturers have not been recalled. The recall is a small positive for Pfizer, which makes branded Lipitor. Pfizer has a generic drug division named Greenstone and some consumers might feel most comfortable asking for the Greenstone generic Lipitor.
Ten years after her kidnapping, Elizabeth Smart is preparing her story of being held captive by a homeless street preacher, her improbable rescue after nine months, and how she advocated for children after the ordeal. St. Martin´s Press bought the rights to the memoir from the now 25-year-old senior at Brigham Young University. Smart married a fellow Mormon missionary, Matthew Gilmour, in February. The account is being written by Chris Stewart, a congressman-elect from Utah who has authored books with religious and patriotic themes.
Too much post-election analysis has focused on voter demographics and campaign mechanics, leaving Democrats in danger of drawing the wrong lessons from our electoral success. Demographics alone are not destiny. There is nothing in this year’s election returns that guarantees Democrats a permanent majority in the years to come. President Obama and the Democratic Party earned the support of key groups — young people, single women, Latinos, African Americans, auto workers in the Rust Belt and millions of other middle-class Americans — because of our ideas.But we cannot expect Republicans to cede the economic argument so readily,
CAIRO - Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood called for a mass demonstration in Cairo on Tuesday to show support for President Mohamed Mursi, who is facing a storm of protest for issuing a decree that expanded his powers. In a statement published on its website, the Brotherhood also called for shows of support in public squares across Egypt after early evening prayers on Sunday to show support for Mursi´s decisions. Parties opposed to the decree have also called for a protest on Tuesday in Cairo, though in a different square from the one where the Brotherhood called on its supporters to gather.
A forester working for New York City’s parks department made a horrifying discovery last week, beside a huge pile of fallen trees destined for the wood chipper. A dead man. And with that discovery on Nov. 15, add this to the huge list of troubles Hurricane Sandy has brought to the neighborhoods hit hardest: wreckage from the storm seems to have created inviting spots for killers to dump bodies. Hours after the discovery, in Forest Park in Queens, a second body was found on storm-ravaged Rockaway Beach. Workers cleaning up around O’Donohue Park heard a shriek from one of their own,
As the saying goes, home is where the heart is, and for a growing number of people in the U.S. and beyond its borders, that special place is a stack of shipping containers. With the demand for affordable housing on the rise across the country, some developers in cities like Detroit and Seattle have been using a truly outside-the-box thinking to come up with a solution to the problem: building condominiums out of discarded shipping containers. About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet boxes move through U.S. ports every year, hauling everything from
As we approach the "fiscal cliff" of punitive taxation and draconian spending cuts it might be time to suggest that Congress consider that we change our National Emblem to the Ostrich. Shortly after World War II, Churchill and Truman were riding a train to Fulton Missouri to give speeches. Churchill gave his, now famous, "Iron Curtain" speech; and no one can remember what Truman said. During the train ride Truman was eager to show Winston Churchill the new National emblem that Truman had modified. The eagle no longer looked toward the arrows in the left talon
This is the moment a two-year-old boy was rescued from a Kmart parking lot after he was abandoned by a shopper who left with a wide-screen TV--just one of the shocking incidents on a day of chaos on Black Friday yesterday. Anthony Perry, 35, of Springfield, Massachusetts was arrested for leaving the child unattended and he faces potential child neglect charges. Authorities found the child sleeping in Perry´s Nissan Venza in the Kmart parking lot and broke into the vehicle to get him out. The vehicle was towed and the child was taken to a hospital for a check-up.
Matt McGloin will be able to tell his grandchildren a story. He´ll be able to tell it from a memory that never quits, in the words of a kid who learned to loathe the word during pickup football games with his older brother in the backyard of his family´s home in West Scranton. It will be the story of Rocky on a gridiron. A man who was never supposed to get the opportunity of a lifetime, but wound up with one. A quarterback who didn´t have the size or the arm strength or the pedigree Headline split and location added to source by staff.
Cancers can be put to sleep to stop them multiplying, scientists have discovered. A new drug called Aflibercept tricks tumours into becoming dormant by flipping molecular switches in the structure of the cancer so it cannot spread. Positive results are being seen already in the UK, where trials have seen patients enjoy a ´significant´ extension of life. More than 1,400 patients were involved in trials, with some participants with advanced bowel cancer who had already had chemotherapy prolonged life by two years. Scientists think the drug could be used across a range of different cancers in future studies.
David Cameron will have enjoyed this morning´s coverage of the Brussels summit. Our newspapers are taking a straightforward British-PM-holds-out-against-grasping-Eurocrats line and, while Continental papers are less complimentary, their online readers´ comments, especially in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, are overwhelmingly pro-British. The PM has had a successful summit. It´s true that he held the highest cards, in the sense that a failure to reach a deal suits Britain better than most other countries. None the less, he played those cards deftly, resisting the peer pressure that has overcome so many of his predecessors on these occasions. Good for him.
Chicago- IF there’s a crisis unfolding somewhere, it’s a good bet that the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. is on his way. Over the years, Mr. Jackson, 71, who has a fondness for staring into the lens of a television camera, has jetted to tense locales around the world to negotiate the release of hostages. When President Clinton’s White House was engulfed in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Mr. Jackson showed up to offer spiritual guidance, including some advice he described to a reporter at the time: “Keep your eyes open and your mouth shut. And don’t panic.”
The presidential election proved Americans have embraced European-style social democracy and that ObamaCare is but the first chapter in a new era of big government. Or at least that´s the word from pundits from across the political spectrum. But despite the recent and significant growth of its government, America remains quite far from throwing away capitalism in favor of a European-style social market economy. And not only does America´s relatively freer economy offer more opportunity and wealth than those of Europe, its larger private safety net offers more individual choice.
For four years, President Obama and his team never failed to remind Americans of the state of the country he inherited from his Oval Office predecessor. The mess left at the end of Obama’s first term, however, makes the George W. Bush years look gift-wrapped. From the debt to entitlements to health care and education, the next four years promise a gauntlet of challenges the White House must address sooner rather than later.Challenges abroad The Eurozone and the Global EconomyOn January 20, the president faces an even more questionable global economic outlook than previous administrations.
Obama’s win came in part because the media and a Springsteen-loving governor portrayed him as dedicated to relief for those hit by Hurricane Sandy. The reality however is that Obama made some routine photo op stops. FEMA, along with the Red Cross, failed abysmally at Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, and that story wasn’t told before the election because the people in a position to tell it had no power and the media wanted Obama to win. Afterward the story is slowly trickling out. “I asked, ‘Why haven’t you been sent out?’” he says.
Zach Rodriguez tries to practice what he preaches, which is why he reprogrammed his mother´s oven to display 180 degrees Celsius, rather than 356 degrees Fahrenheit. The 19-year-old college student from San Antonio wanted to make a poundcake. But he is a firm believer in the metric system, so baking in Fahrenheit wouldn´t do. He "metricated" the oven using "a complicated, nonintuitive sequence of button pressing," he says. Mr. Rodriguez is a member of a small, committed group of U.S. metric devotees—the vestige of a once-mighty crusade to get Americans to abandon
One year and one month before President Obama won reelection, he invited seven of the world’s top economists to a private meeting in the Oval Office to hear their advice on what do to fix the ailing economy. “I’m not asking you to consider the political feasibility of things,” he told them in the previously unreported meeting. There was a former Federal Reserve vice chairman, a Nobel laureate, one of the world’s foremost experts on financial crises and the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund , among others. Nearly all said Obama should introduce a much bigger plan
Walmart employees were threatening to bring holiday shopping to its knees by striking on the busiest shopping day of the year to show their demand for a better working conditions. So, how did it go? Plans for the protests have been in motion for a little over a month now. Largely organized on Facebook by a group called Organization United for Respect at Walmart, today´s protests were meant to be the grand culmination of two months of smaller, minor protests at Wal-Marts across the country. Well, in Chicago, protestors were bussed in
Christiana Figueres, who leads the United Nations negotiations to get governments to reduce carbon emissions in the world, regards Hurricane Sandy as “yet another wake-up call” for Americans to get on board with her climate change policy. “Yes, I certainly do think that this is yet another wake-up call,” Figueres said of Hurricane Sandy to Yale Environment 360 in an interview published by The Guardian.”I did hear President Obama say quite categorically in his acceptance speech that he is not going to have a future that is threatened by increasing warming . . .