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ICE Agents Arrest 245 Alleged
Pedophiles; 44 Children Rescued
ABC News, by Jason Ryan & Jack Date    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/3/2013 5:00:09 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents announced today they have rescued 44 children from sexual abuse as part of a child pornography investigation that netted 245 arrests over five weeks late last year. Agents have identified an additional 79 individuals who have been abused as children including 24 victims who now may be adults and are seeking the public´s help to identify individuals who are alleged to be sexually abusing young children, with the images posted on the Internet. "Many times, our investigations into people who possess and trade child pornography reveal new

Denny´s: Open 24/7 -- unless you´re a
Belleville police officer with a weapon
News-Democrat [Belleville, IL], by Jamie Forsythe    Original Article
Posted By: Jakester2344- 1/3/2013 4:59:41 PM     Post Reply
Belleville — Police Chief William Clay has banned all on-duty police officers from eating at Denny´s Restaurant on South Illinois Street after a detective was asked to remove her gun or leave the restaurant on New Year´s Day. "All sworn (uniformed/non-uniformed) officers have been prohibited from entering Denny´s Restaurant at 1130 South Illinois for any meal or coffee breaks while on duty," Clay said in a released statement. "Additionally, no officers may enter the restaurant off-duty if in uniform." Calls for service by Denny´s will continue to receive the appropriate law enforcement

Detroit homicide toll soars
to 41 including justifiable
killings -- worst year since 2008
Detroit Free Press, by Gina Damron    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/3/2013 4:54:08 PM     Post Reply
Detroit officials this morning said the city had 411 homicides in 2012, including those termed justifiable homicides. The city reported 386 criminal homicides, compared to 344 in 2011. Including justifiable homicides, there were 377 homicides in 2011, the city reported. Detroit Police Inspector Dwane Blackmon, head of homicide, said criminal homicide is defined as the willful taking of another person’s life. He said justifiable homicides are murders “not done in a criminal manner” and can include an officer taking someone’s life in the course of his or her job. (Snip) Last year was one of the bloodiest in

  


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Dems to run against ´chaos´ in ´14
Politico, by Alexander Burns    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/3/2013 4:46:41 PM     Post Reply
Democrats, facing a challenging fight to retake the House of Representatives in 2014, see a promising new line of attack rising out of the fiscal cliff follies: casting the Republican congressional majority as a terminally dysfunctional body that cannot perform the basic functions of government, let alone lead the country through difficult times. It’s a meaningful shift from the Democrats’ message in 2012, when President Barack Obama’s party gained a modest eight seats in the House attacking Republicans as ultraconservative allies of the super-rich. After the past two weeks of tumultuous

House Republicans remain
determined to ignore women
Washington Post, by James Downie    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/3/2013 4:31:59 PM     Post Reply
2012 was a rough year for the Republican Party’s relationship with women. From Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments to the party’s efforts to cut funding for preventative care (particularly important for women seeking cancer screenings and the like) to Rep. Darrell Issa’s all-male panel on contraception mandates and religious liberty — and the subsequent attacks from Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing voices on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, whom Issa had barred from the hearing — the GOP repeatedly showed a less-than-impressive concern for women’s

Time Warner Cable Says It Will Keep
‘Open Mind’ on Reinstating Al Jazeera
New York Times, by Brian Stelter    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 1/3/2013 4:15:30 PM     Post Reply
Time Warner Cable minced no words when it announced on Wednesday night that it was dropping Current TV, just hours after Al Jazeera acquired the channel. “Our agreement with Current has been terminated and we will no longer be carrying the service,” the distributor said. “We are removing the service as quickly as possible.” Critics of the distributor’s decision didn’t hold back, either, calling it cowardly, shameful and just plain dumb. On Twitter and Facebook, many people assumed that Time Warner Cable was expressing corporate opposition to Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news giant,

Linden man admits selling 2 assault
rifles, 2 handguns to undercover cop
Newark Star-Ledger [NJ], by Christopher Baxter    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/3/2013 4:02:03 PM     Post Reply
Trenton — A Linden man pleaded guilty today to various weapons charges for selling two assault rifles, an assault pistol and a revolver to an undercover detective and an informant, the state Attorney General´s Office said. Andre Doss, 31, also admitted to conspiracy to distribute various illegal drugs, the office said in a news release. Prosecutors will recommend Doss be sentenced to 10 years in prison, including five years of parole ineligibility. Sentencing is set for April 15. Doss admitted that in July and August 2011, he arranged, and with the help of co-defendant Duquan Wells,

  


  

Gov. Christie´s re-election
campaign tops $2M mark
in just over a month
Newark Star-Ledger [NJ], by Jenna Portnoy    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 1/3/2013 3:52:04 PM     Post Reply
Trenton - In the 36 days since Gov. Chris Christie confirmed he would run for re-election, his campaign has raised $2.1 million. That means, if he were to participate in the state’s public campaign financing program, he could stop raising money today and still take full advantage of the program. The primary is June 11. “This is unprecedented, the speed at which the governor raised the maximum,” said Bill Palatucci, a longtime adviser who ran Gov. Tom Kean’s wildly successful re-election campaign in 1985. Word of mouth, the internet and direct mail drove the giving.

Making out with Bill, an office
flirtation and singing ´you´re so
vain to the mirror´: New film
to reveal softer side of Hillary
Rodham Clinton in her 20s
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Bates    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/3/2013 3:41:40 PM     Post Reply
She may be going through personal dramas all of her own, but Hillary Clinton´s early life could soon be appearing on the Silver Screen. A script about the Secretary of State in her 20s and how she chose her husband over her career has become the talk of Hollywood. The husband in question is future President Bill Clinton, and her job was as the youngest member of the House Judiciary Committee trying to impeach President Nixon. In one scene the young Mrs Clinton--who was released from hospital yesterday over a blood clot on her brain--is shown kissing her husband

N.J. man is charged in illegal
narwhal tusk-smuggling ring
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/3/2013 3:41:24 PM     Post Reply
Officials say they have broken up a smuggling ring in which narwhal tusks from the Canadian Artic were brought to Maine in a trailer with a secret compartment and then illegally sold to American buyers. Andrew Zarauskus, of Union, N.J., and Jay Conrad, of Lakeland, Tenn., will be arraigned in Bangor, Maine, next week on federal smuggling and money laundering charges. An indictment says two Canadians for nearly a decade smuggled the whale tusks into Maine, where they were shipped via FedEx to Zarauskus, Conrad and other American buyers. Narwhals are known as the unicorns of the sea for their spiral,

Menino: Veep promised him
fast action on gun control
Boston Herald, by David Wedge    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 3:25:16 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden “guaranteed” Mayor Thomas M. Menino — a leading national gun control advocate — that President Obama will pass sweeping firearms reforms by the end of the month, the mayor said today. “He said, ‘Tommy, I guarantee you, we’ll get it done by the end of January,’” Menino said at City Hall today. “They’re going to get it done.” The mayor, who has been recovering from a host of ailments for the past two months, said Biden called him several times while he was in the hospital, including a call after the Newtown school massacre

  


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Spam maker to buy Skippy
peanut butter for $700M
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 3:22:36 PM     Post Reply
Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. The company primarily known for Spam and other cured, smoked and deli meats said Thursday that it´s buying Skippy, the country´s No. 2 peanut butter brand, in its biggest-ever acquisition. Skippy, which was introduced in 1932 and is a staple in American pantries, is intended to increase Hormel´s presence in the center of the supermarket where nonperishable foods are sold. It also gives the Austin, Minn.-based company a stronger footing in international markets. Skippy is sold in about 30 countries and is the leading

America: What in the world
does it want to be?
Associated Press, by Ted Anthony    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 3:19:21 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK- George Washington, first president, said this: "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world." Eldridge Cleaver, civil rights leader, said this: "Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on 24-hour call." Toby Keith, populist country singer, said this: "This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage - and you´ll be sorry that you messed with the U.S. of A." Now: Place those three divergent sentiments in a large bowl. Whip vigorously until blended. There you´ll have, in one curious, often contradictory recipe,

How Hollywood Gets Invited
to Obama´s Inauguration
Hollywood Reporter, by Tina Daunt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 3:14:10 PM     Post Reply
During the lull between Christmas and New Year’s, Barack Obama’s Hollywood donors were peppered with e-mails offering what might be called an “a la carte” approach to joining his Jan. 21 inaugural celebrations. A mere $15,000 nets a ticket to the Benefactors Brunch, while well-wishers can cruise the inaugural ball’s VIP Reception Room for $2,500. Tops is $110,000 for two to the Candlelight VIP Reception, which includes a photo with the president. The bargain is a general viewing seat at the inaugural parade for $250.

Illinois Dems advance ban on
most modern firearms
Fox News, by Barnini Chakraborty    Original Article
Posted By: Mr. Know-It-All- 1/3/2013 2:58:03 PM     Post Reply
Illinois Senate Democrats advanced legislation late Wednesday to restrict semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, pressing forward with new gun control measures in the waning days of the session over the objections of firearms groups. Amid the developments, the Illinois State Rifle Association issued an “urgent alert” to its members warning them that Democratic legislators were trying to push through last-minute anti-gun legislation.

  


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The Next Big Thing From The
Official Who Predicted
Communism´s Demise
Forbes, by Jerry Bowyer    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/3/2013 2:44:47 PM     Post Reply
Herbert E. Meyer served during the Reagan administration as special assistant to the director of Central Intelligence, and vice chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council. He is widely credited as having been the first senior official to predict the fall of the Soviet Union. He’s also, written a number of good books (including How to Analyze Information: A Step-by-Step Guide to Life’s Most Vital Skill, and The Cure for Poverty: It’s the Free Market: History’s Greatest Invention), plus he often speaks to groups of business executives. Recently he took time out of his busy schedule

Boehner Told Reid to Perform
a Physically Challenging Feat
CNBC, by John Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Pete Stone- 1/3/2013 2:27:35 PM     Post Reply
Just in case you were under the impression that the fiscal cliff debates were carried out with a high level of respect and intellectualism, Politico reports how nasty things got on Friday. It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a "dictatorship" in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal. "Go [redacted by poster] yourself," Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.

Pat Toomey appointed to
Senate Finance Committee
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 1/3/2013 2:03:31 PM     Post Reply
HARRISBURG, Pa. - U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has been assigned to the Senate committee that oversees taxation, trade and certain health programs. The Pennsylvania Republican said Thursday that the action makes him one of only two freshman senators on the Senate Finance Committee. He´s giving up his seat on the Commerce Committee, but will remain on three other committees.

Harry Reid Threw Obama Proposal
Into The Fireplace During
Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/3/2013 2:01:19 PM     Post Reply
Today’s installment of “Just How Bad Were Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?” features one Harry Reid. According to a report in the Washington Post, Reid disliked one proposal so much that he tore it up and tossed it into the fireplace.The point of contention, it appears, was Social Security. The Post reports: There were now less than 36 hours until the deadline. “The clock was ticking and we were not moving.” They weren’t moving because Democrats had decided that they had gone as far as they could. Reid and Obama had disagreed privately about what their next offer should be.

Boehner re-elected as Speaker;
Nine Republicans defect in vote
The Hill [Washington DC], by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 1:44:54 PM     Post Reply
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) was re-elected Speaker of the House on Thursday after a week of rumors of a possible GOP revolt. Boehner won a bare majority in a vote that saw nine Republicans vote for other GOP members, and several others who abstained from voting or voted "present." Two years ago, Boehner won all available 241 GOP votes. In a vote that opened the 113th Congress, Justin Amash (R-Mich.) voted for Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho).

  



Geithner Said to Plan Departure
Before Debt Ceiling Deal
Bloomberg News, by Hans Nichols    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 1:35:29 PM     Post Reply
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner plans to leave the administration at the end of January, even if President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans haven’t reached an agreement to raise the debt ceiling, according to two people familiar with the matter. After giving in to Obama’s previous entreaties to stay as long as needed, Geithner has indicated to White House officials and Wall Street executives that he is unlikely to change his departure plans this time, increasing pressure on the president to name his successor at Treasury, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss the private discussions.

Study: Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs
May Put Health At Risk
CBS Miami, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Axeman- 1/3/2013 1:32:14 PM     Post Reply
Every time you turn on the lights, you may be putting yourself at risk, according to a disturbing new study. Energy efficient bulbs are eco-friendly and can save you big bucks, but experts say that they could also have a dark side. “When there is something in your house, you don’t perceive any danger, you wouldn’t get that close to an x-ray in a doctor’s office,” explained Miriam Rafailovich, Professor of Materials Science at Stony Brook University in New York.
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Revealed: How ´heartbroken´
billionaire Teddy Forstmann offered to
raise Padma Lakshmi´s daughter as
his own -but only if she never revealed that
Adam Dell was the real father
Daily Mail (UK), by Sara Nathan    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/3/2013 12:56:03 PM     Post Reply
He squired some of the world´s most beautiful women - from Princess Diana to Elizabeth Hurley. But billionaire Teddy Forstmann left no doubt who was the true love of his life after he offered to raise Padma Lakshmi´s daughter Krisha as his own, according to a new report in Vanity Fair. The financier, who died from brain cancer aged 71 in November 2011, offered to bring up Krishna as long as Padma never revealed her daughter´s true paternity - not even telling the little girl´s biological father. However, he was left ´heartbroken´

Sister, 19, accidentally shoots
dead brother in the head while
posing with gun for Facebook picture
Daily Mail (UK), by Paul Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 1/3/2013 12:45:22 PM     Post Reply
A 19-year-old woman accidentally shot dead her brother while posing with a gun for Facebook photos on New Year´s Eve. Manuel Ortiz died instantly after being shot in the head at about 6am on Monday morning. Family and friends wept as his body was carried from his apartment in Phoenix, Arizona, where the shooting took place. Police said 22-year-old Ortiz and his sister Savannah Ramirez arrived back at the home they shared on New Year’s Eve after spending the night drinking. They were with two other people when someone in the group pulled out the handgun to take photos with it.
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Libya: Key Benghazi Suspect
Remains At Large
AllAfrica[Washington,DC], by Mawassi Lahcen    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/3/2013 12:40:27 PM     Post Reply
Casablanca — Although Ahmed Boukhtala is the main suspect in the September 11th terrorist attack on US consulate in Benghazi as well as a suspect in assassination of Libyan rebel commander Major General Abdelfattah Younis, he continues to live freely in Benghazi. Conflicting reports have claimed that Boukhtala was imprisoned while others have said he escaped from prison and is now a fugitive. However, sources in Benghazi told Magharebia that Boukhtala remains at large and that the Libyan authorities have not arrested him. "Boukhtala is not detained, and no official charges were made against him," political activist Samir al-Jahani told

Rust in peace: Haunting
pictures of the Belgian
´car graveyard´ where US
soldiers hid beautiful vintage
motors after WWII
Daily Mail (UK), by Emma Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/3/2013 11:41:15 AM     Post Reply
This is the haunting sight of a ´car graveyard´ nestled in a Belgian forest, where vintage motors sit rusting among the fronds. The old-fashioned vehicles are thought to have been left in the wood near the village of Chatillon by US soldiers who were stationed in southern Belgium during World War II. When the war ended, military troops were sent home, but could not afford to ship the cars they had bought and hid them in the forest. Since then, other cars have been added to the cemetery, many by soldiers stationed in the area after the war.

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