A Florida man who hacked into email accounts and procured naked images of Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera, and Scarlett Johansson was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison. U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero sentenced Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., after hearing how he intruded into the lives of dozens of celebrities and others and in some cases passed naked images along on the Internet. Chaney, who has maintained he made no money from his actions, had already pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court to nine counts of computer hacking and wiretapping
Dhaka, Bangladesh - A clothing factory fire last month in Bangladesh that killed at least 110 people, most of them women, was an "act of sabotage," a government probe found. The Nov. 24 fire engulfed the Tazreen Fashions Limited facility on the outskirts of capital Dhaka when more than 1,100 workers were in the nine-story building. "It was an act of sabotage," Main Uddin Khandaker, who headed the investigation, told The Daily Star via telephone. He said his team has recommended legal action against the factory owner and nine mid-level managers for the deaths due to their negligence,
Washington - Unburdened by re-election worries and empowered by law to act without Congress, U.S. President Barack Obama could take action to improve background checks on gun buyers, ban certain gun imports and bolster oversight of dealers. (Snip) Having just won a second four-year term, Obama does not need to fear alienating voters who favor gun rights and he could press ahead without lawmakers on fronts where federal law enables executive action. Speaking in Newtown, where a gunman on Friday killed 20 children and six adults in an elementary school, Obama vowed late on Sunday
Cape Canaveral, Florida - A pair of NASA moon-mapping probes smashed themselves into a lunar mountain on Monday, ending a year-long mission that is shedding light on how the solar system formed. The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, spacecraft had been flying around the moon, enabling scientists to make detailed gravity maps. The probes sped up slightly as they encountered stronger gravity from denser regions and slowed down as they flew over less-dense areas. By precisely measuring the distance between the two probes, scientists discovered that the moon´s crust is thinner
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Hasbro says it will soon reveal a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven after meeting with a New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling on the toy maker to make one that appeals to all kids. McKenna Pope, 13, of Garfield, N.J., got more than 40,000 signatures on her online petition at Change.org and the support of celebrity chefs including Bobby Flay, who backed her call for Hasbro to make a gender-neutral oven and to include boys in the ads. She was prompted to start the petition after shopping for an Easy-Bake as a Christmas present
The State Department-sponsored report examining the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi is complete and in Secretary Hillary Clinton´s hands. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Monday confirmed that the report went to Clinton earlier in the day. Though Clinton is no longer expected to testify before Congress this Thursday on the Benghazi attack, due to a purported concussion sustained last week, the leaders of the investigating panel are expected to brief lawmakers on Wednesday. Senior State Department officials William Burns and Thomas Nides are
DENVER — Colorado set a single-day record for gun background check requests the day after the Connecticut mass shootings. The Denver Post reported Monday (http://bit.ly/ZdjN1j) that there were more than 4,200 requests to buy guns in Colorado on Saturday. That figure surpassed the 4,028 background checks processed on Black Friday this year, said Susan Medina of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which was still totaling the requests Monday. The surge in applications came after a gunman on Friday killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. So many background checks were submitted
The North Korean satellite launched into space last week appears to be tumbling in orbit and is most likely dead, astronomers are reporting. The evident failure will not cause the spacecraft to fall quickly back to earth but seems to represent a major blow to the North’s portrayal of the launching as a complete triumph. “It’s spinning or tumbling, and we haven’t picked up any transmissions,” said Jonathan McDowell, a Harvard astronomer who tracks rocket launchings and space activity. “Those two things are most consistent with the satellite being entirely inactive at this point.”
It’s safe to say that the GOP is facing some challenges. Women gave twice as much money to Obama’s presidential campaign as to Romney’s. It looks like most Americans will blame the GOP if we sail over the fiscal cliff. And Republicans’ most noted political victory of the last few months has been clearing the field so John Kerry can be secretary of state. Things could be better. And on top of all that, new data from Pew on the voting habits, and growing numbers, of the religiously unaffiliated doesn’t seem to bode particularly well for the party.
Gun Laws: Before the tragedy in Connecticut, a shooter at an Oregon shopping mall was stopped by an armed citizen with a concealed carry permit who refused to be a victim, preventing another mass tragedy. In the target-rich environment of the Clackamas Town Center two weeks before Christmas, the shooter managed to kill only two people before killing himself. A far worse tragedy was prevented when he was confronted by a hero named Nick Meli. As the shooter was having difficulty with his weapon, Meli pulled his and took aim
Washington - President Obama delivered to Speaker John A. Boehner a new offer on Monday to resolve the pending fiscal crisis, a deal that would raise revenues by $1.2 trillion over the next decade but keep in place the Bush-era tax rates for any household with earnings below $400,000. (Snip) The White House plan would permanently extend Bush-era tax cuts on household incomes below $400,000, meaning that only the top tax bracket, 35 percent, would increase to 39.6 percent. The current cutoff between the top rate and the next highest rate, 33 percent, is $388,350.
Timothy Eugene Scott was growing up poor and black in Charleston, S.C., the son of a nurse’s aide who worked 16-hour shifts, when Strom Thurmond, who ran for president as the standard-bearer for segregationists, was at the peak of his powers in the Senate. On Monday, the congressman was named to fill the same office once held by Thurmond (R), making him the first black Republican to serve in the Senate since Edward Brooke of Massachusetts lost his bid for reelection in 1978. It also makes him the first African American senator from the South since Reconstruction
STAMFORD, Conn. — The parents of Adam Lanza, identified by police as the gunman in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, divorced in 2009 after 28 years of marriage because their relationship had “broken down irretrievably,” court records show. Nancy Lanza had no income at the time the marriage was legally dissolved, in September 2009. Her ex-husband, Peter Lanza, earned an annual salary of nearly $445,000 as an executive at General Electric and agreed to pay annual alimony of $240,000. That figure was scheduled to increase steadily for cost of living considerations
President Obama says we will change our approach to gun violence — some other day. Near the site of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., Obama said on Sunday night that he will take action “in the coming weeks” to prevent future carnage — a sentiment White House press secretary Jay Carney echoed no fewer than 16 times in his Monday afternoon briefing. Will Obama push for more gun-control laws? “I would simply point you to what the president said last night about moving forward in coming weeks,” the spokesman said. Will he join the effort to reinstate the assault-weapons ban?
“Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it,” wrote Jonathan Swift, “so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect.”Surely Ryan Lanza, the brother of Adam Lanza, who committed a massacre on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., would agree with Swift. Ryan was miles away, minding his own business, when the media, including The Post, named him as the author of the bloodbath — and for the next few hours he was no longer an anonymous office toiler but a notorious mass murderer.
The New York Times reports on the president’s counteroffer to Speaker John Boehner’s “millionaire tax” offer from this weekend: Mr. Boehner of Ohio had offered the president a deficit framework that would raise $1 trillion over 10 years, with the details to be settled next year by Congress’s tax-writing committees and the Obama administration. In response, Mr. Obama reduced his proposal to $1.2 trillion from $1.4 trillion on Monday at a 45-minute meeting with the speaker at the White House. That was down from $1.6 trillion initially. The White House plan would permanently extend Bush-era tax cuts
Thanks to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, producer Harvey Weinstein has cancelled the Los Angeles premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s blood-soaked new Jamie Foxx vehicle, Django Unchained. A representative of The Weinstein Company announced, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, CT, and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forego our scheduled event. However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families.” Weinstein has come under fire thanks to his support of ultra-violent flicks, especially those directed by Tarantino
An unnamed six-year old Sandy Hook survivor played dead in a pile of 15 corpses of her classmates last Friday. When the the shooter, Adam Lanza, left the classroom, she then ran out of the school "covered from head to toe with blood." Jim Solomon, a pastor close to the girl´s family, told ABC News that her first words to her mother were, "Mommy, I´m OK but all my friends are dead." "Somehow in that moment, by God´s grace, [she] was able to act as she was already deceased," the pastor said. The girl "waited until
Gene Rosen had just finished feeding his cats and was heading from his home near Sandy Hook Elementary school to a diner Friday morning when he saw six small children sitting in a neat semicircle at the end of his driveway. A school bus driver was standing over them, telling them things would be all right. It was about 9:30 a.m., and the children, he discovered, had just run from the school to escape a gunman. ´´We can´t go back to school,´´ one little boy told Rosen. ´´Our teacher is dead. Mrs. Soto; we don´t have a teacher.´´
Prejudice—like cooking, wine-tasting and other consummations—has an olfactory element. When Chuck Hagel, the former GOP senator from Nebraska who is now a front-runner to be the next secretary of Defense, carries on about how "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here," the odor is especially ripe. Ripe because a "Jewish lobby," as far as I´m aware, doesn´t exist. No lesser authorities on the subject than John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, authors of "The Israel Lobby," have insisted the term Jewish lobby is "inaccurate and misleading, both because the [Israel] lobby includes non-Jews like Christian
Has the rate of random mass shootings in the United States increased? Over the past 30 years, the answer is definitely yes. It is also true that the total U.S. homicide rate has fallen by over half since 1980, and the gun homicide rate has fallen along with it. Today, Americans are safer from violent crime, including gun homicide, than they have been at any time since the mid-1960s. Mass shootings, defined as four or more fatalities, fluctuate from year to year, but over the past 30 years there has been no long-term increase or decrease.
Politics: Diplomacy involves considerable travel. What it shouldn´t include is free rides from both the media and political establishment. But Hillary Clinton and John Kerry are getting just that as the guard changes at State. Outside the frothy bubble of U.S. political concerns lie only the hard realities of the real world. That´s why hard questions should be asked — and real answers demanded — of U.S. secretaries of state and those who would be them. That´s not the case with either Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who puts up excuse after excuse to avoid testifying on the U.S.´
By using the massacre in Newtown, Conn., to fire up the left´s anti-liberty agenda, President Obama and other prominent liberal Democrats are taking Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel´s infamous maxim — "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste" — to new depths. At a Sunday night prayer vigil in Newtown, the president delivered words that on their face appear soothing, hope-filled and decisive — exactly what´s expected of presidential leadership. "These tragedies must end," he said. "And to end them, we must change." But when Obama repeats that single-worded slogan from his presidential campaign,
Many in the American Jewish community are aghast to discover that President Obama is planning to appoint former Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as Defense Secretary. If you want the skinny on how Hagel has come to be known as one of the few ferociously anti-Israel senators in the past generation, Carl from Jerusalem at Israel Matzav provides it. Meantime, all I can say is I don’t understand how anyone can possibly be surprised. (snip) Obama isn’t stupid. He picks fights he thinks he can win.
In a desperate cry for help, one mother has written a powerful essay about her mentally-ill son and his violent tendencies in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. As parents prepare for the wrenching task of burying 20 first-graders and six adults killed at the hands of 20-year-old Adam Lanza on Friday morning, Liza Long has opened up about the overwhelming struggle she faces in caring for her 13-year-old mentally ill son. Whilst speculation about Mr Lanza´s potential mental instability grows, the mother of four from Boise, Idaho, says she fears her own son could one day
The tragic mass killings at that Connecticut school will undoubtedly spur renewed calls for gun control. According to one criminologist, that would be a welcome but somewhat ironic development, since mass school shootings seldom provide compelling evidence in favor of more restrictions on weapons. The scholarly journal American Behavioral Scientist devoted two issues in 2009 to the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School mass killings and what, if anything, we have learned from them. Gary Kleck, professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University,