A man carefully released a mouse he had captured back into the wild rather than kill only for a hawk to swoop and kill it within seconds. The unfortunate series of events was captured on camera by a friend who witnessed the doomed release. The YouTube clip begins with the man, is not identified, as he takes the mouse to a park in a bin to release it back into the wild. He reaches into the plastic dustbin and tries to coax the small animal out onto the ground covered in patches of snow.
Harare, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe´s largest platinum mining company says it has signed a deal to sell off its majority shareholding to the government as part of the country´s black empowerment laws. South African-owned Zimplats chief Terence Goodlace said Friday the sale, worth $971 million, was "non-binding" until the end of June when the Zimbabwe government must pay $153 million for what he called a "release of ground agreement" and meet other obligations. It is the biggest handover in several years of an empowerment program to force foreign-owned mines to cede 51 percent control to black
Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) represented an ultra-exclusive group of lawmakers when they recently appeared on the same C-SPAN show — together they make up the entire (and entirely unofficial) Senate mustache caucus. The political pair — who each sport rather impressive lip sweaters — were interviewed in separate segments on “Washington Journal” last week. King told anchor Steve Scully, “You know that this lineup that you’ve had this morning is 100 percent of the Senate’s mustache caucus. John Hoeven and I are the two guys.”
Washington - The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it´s undertaking a comprehensive review of the design and manufacture of Boeing´s 787 Dreamliner after a series of problems this week with the celebrated new plane. Despite the review, FAA chief Michael Huerta said the jetliner is safe for passengers to fly. "We believe this is a safe aircraft," he said. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood went further, saying, "I believe this plane is safe and I would have absolutely no reservations about boarding one of these planes and taking a flight." The announcement -- from Huerta and LaHood --
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has added a climate change counsel to her committee staff. Boxer said Thursday that environmental attorney Joe Mendelson would fill the newly created role. Mendelson was most recently policy director of climate and energy with the National Wildlife Federation. “Dangerous climate change poses an urgent threat and we have a responsibility to address that threat. I am so pleased that Joe Mendelson will be joining the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee team. We will make the most of his expertise as we craft solutions to
Near the scene of an overnight hostage situation at the Nordstrom Rack store in Westchester, traffic was picking up Friday morning around the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center mall. As cars drove by on Sepulveda Boulevard and Center Drive, puzzled mall employees, many of whom were unaware of the hostage situation in which 14 Rack employees were held and later released, gathered at the main entrance to the mall and questioned authorities about what to do. Jackie Carter, 40, of Redondo Beach, works in technical support in a building on Center Drive.
A state appeals court has upheld the firing of a former Paterson first-grade teacher who called her students "future criminals" on her personal Facebook page. Jennifer O´Brien, an Elmwood Park resident who began working for Paterson schools in 1998, claimed in her appeal that her comments were protected by the First Amendment, and that her right to express her opinion "was outweighed by the the district´s interest in the efficient operation of its schools."
Team Obama has used raffles to induce supporters to begin donating by offering a chance to visit with the president, but now Democrats have dropped the donation requirement in an effort to build a list for the 2013 inauguration, which is expected to have low turnout. “Are you ready to be blown away? You might want to sit down,” the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Kelly Ward wrote in an email this morning. “We’re rewarding all of our supporters with one FREE ENTRY into our contest to win a trip to DC for President Obama’s Inauguration weekend!
One wonders. Well, I wonder, anyway. Did Mr.Harry Reid buy any Christmas gifts this past season? Has Mr. Reid reviewed his own bank accounts, wherever they are, decided to make any new investments recently, or perhaps reviewed any trusts he or his family have established?(break) I wonder about such things because it is apparent Mr. Reid does not have any of those concerns as the Majority Leader of the Senate, which has assumed total responsibility (or not) for the expenditures of this nation.
Perhaps we should wait until his second term begins before carving Barack Obama´s face in Mount Rushmore. Is that asking too much? The other day, I wrote that Obama has a shot at immortality if he leads the nation to substantial progress on gun violence, the national debt and climate change. My colleague and old friend Jill Lawrence filed a provactive rebuttal today: "What does a president have to do these days to get his face carved into a mountainside?" There are limits on what Obama can do, Jill wrote, and he
A man who jumped into a tiger den at the Bronx Zoo and survived a mauling has pleaded not guilty to trespassing charges. The Bronx district attorney’s office says David Villalobos was arraigned Friday and released until another court appearance March 12. The 25-year-old Villalobos had told investigators his Sept. 21 leap was not a suicide attempt but “a desire to be one with the tiger.” He jumped from a monorail car in the zoo’s Wild Asia exhibit and cleared a 16-foot-high fence. He was attacked by a 400-pound Siberian tiger named Bashuta.
Illinois lawmakers rejected Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s push for pension reform in the state’s lame duck sessions this week, leaving Illinois with nearly $100 billion in unpaid pension debt and the Democratic Party at odds with its labor base. Quinn attempted after several rounds of failed negotiations with lawmakers and labor interest groups in 2012 to outsource reforms of the state’s pension system to a super committee tasked with eliminating the system’s $96 billion debt. Powerful House Democrat Mike Madigan adjourned the legislature on Tuesday afternoon without bringing Quinn’s proposal to a vote.
While Sandy Hook Elementary gives the Obama administration emotional fuel to promote a gun ban, government data show that civilian rifle ownership and murders with rifles have little in common. The following graphs resulted from collating data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, and Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms. Between 1991 and 2011, civilian rifle ownership increased from an estimated 74 million to 112 million (51% growth). During that same period, the number of rifle homicide victims declined 57% (see graph below).
Seeking to shine a powerful light on criminals who prey on the most vulnerable of victims, dozens of activists, organizations, law enforcement officers and lawmakers will gather today at the Statehouse to spell out the horrors of human trafficking — and what can be done to help stop it. The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking is staging the rally to raise awareness of this rapidly growing criminal industry that’s fueled by force, fraud and coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor.
President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 12, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Friday. Mr. Boehner extended the official invitation in a letter asking Mr. Obama to lay out plans for the “immense challenges” facing the country. “This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership. For that reason, the Congress and the nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America’s great challenges,” Mr. Boehner said. The speech would come just after
Someone finally has done all the math on the recent sale of Al Gore´s Current TV to the Arabic language channel Al-Jazeera for $500 million. (snip) Forbes conservatively estimates the former vice president´s net worth to be at least $300 million, making him wealthier than unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney," says Ryan Mac, a Forbes analyst. "Last May, Forbes estimated Romney´s net worth to be around $230 million," he adds.
Is it the media´s responsibility to worry about Barack Obama´s legacy? The Huffington Post´s Howard Fineman seems to think so, and told MSNBC´s Chris Matthews Thursday that gun control is "legacy material" for the President (video follows with LexisNexis transcript and commentary): CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: As I mentioned a moment ago, the NRA released a statement following its meeting with the vice president today, and it reads in part, "We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack
The American Cancer Society says there now is enough evidence to recommend screening certain older, heavy smokers for lung cancer. The society is releasing new guidelines today for annual CT lung scans. But they are only recommended for people ages 55 to 74 who have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or the equivalent, such as two packs a day for 15 years. Research shows that screening these people can cut the risk of dying of lung cancer by 20 percent. Whether screening would help others is not known, so scans are not recommended for them.
CHAPIN, SC - The superintendent of a school district that has received national attention because of a teacher´s controversial lesson plan has decided to recommend that teacher be terminated after allegedly throwing down the American flag and stomping on it in front of his classes. Lexington-Richland School District Five spokesperson Mark Bounds said the district´s investigation into the matter is over. Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hafter will soon make the recommendation to the school board to fire Chapin High School teacher Scott Compton. The district placed Compton on administrative leave after parents characterized his lessons as disrespectful and unpatriotic.
A quote from former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) regarding the Pentagon is making the rounds as he tries to win converts to his side to support his nomination for Secretary of Defense. Speaking in 2011, Hagel said: The Defense Department, I think in many ways has been bloated... We´ve taken dollars, we´ve taken programs, we´ve taken policies out of the State Department, out of a number of other departments and put them over in Defense... The abuse and the waste and the fraud is astounding. It always is in war... I think the Pentagon needs to
Officers performing a routine probation check on a northern California man yesterday were shocked to find that he had some 34 pounds of marijuana in his rented house. But they were more startled to discover the animal guarding it – a five-foot alligator named Mr Teeth. The Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Assif Mayar, 32, and took his illegal pet to the Oakland Zoo. According to KTVU, deputies stopped by Mayar’s two-story rental home in Castro Valley on Wednesday afternoon to perform a probation compliance check.
Fox News Channel hosts Eric Bolling and Geraldo Rivera went at it on Friday morning on Fox & Friends over what appropriate action the federal government should take to limit future incidence of gun violence. The two battled over the impact gun ownership has on crime, the appropriateness of allowing semi-automatic weapons in private hands, and how logical it was for supporter of the Second Amendment justify gun ownership on the grounds that they are protecting themselves from a future tyrannical government. Rivera said he thought there would be some reform after the Newtown massacre,
Hizzoner is old now, and says he doesn’t have the energy to carry a grudge. But he still has the cojones to speak his mind: Thomas Freidman is a ‘pompous ass.” Chuck Schumer is a lot of talk. Giuliani’s ‘a little crazy.’ Lloyd Grove takes it all in. Even before he was an old man—a condition that tends to loosen the tongues of even the most circumspect of diplomats—Edward Irving Koch had a mouth on him. Now that he is 88, New York’s former three-term mayor—the star of Koch, a rollicking, warts-and-all documentary premiering this weekend