Midland City, Ala.—A standoff in rural Alabama went into a second full day Thursday as police surrounded an underground bunker where a retired truck driver was holding a 5-year-old hostage he grabbed off a school bus after shooting the driver dead. A normally quiet dirt road was teeming with activity around the siege that began late Tuesday. Dozens of police cars, trucks, officers from multiple agencies, media and at least one ambulance lined the stretch where the dead-end residential road branches off a U.S. highway near Midland City, population 2,300.(Snip)The boy being held was watching TV and getting medication
Apart from finding out that Barack Obama did far worse in his re-election than nearly any other incumbent who won re-election, the only thing that perked me up after Nov. 6 was coming across a Time magazine published after the 2004 election, when George W. Bush won a second term. In the mirror image of all the 2012 post-election analyses, the Democrats were said to be finished, out of ideas, hopelessly unpopular. It’s like watching MSNBC, with the word “Democrats” replaced with “Republicans.” Democrats had thrown everything they had into beating Bush, crushing the Howard Dean wing
WASHINGTON - The number of people who filed new applications for U.S. unemployment benefits climbed 38,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000 in the week ended Jan. 26, putting them at a one-month high, according to Labor Department data released Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected claims to climb to 355,000. Initial claims have returned to a level that prevailed through the later stages of 2012 after touching a five-year low earlier this month. Claims are often extremely jumpy in January after the end of the holidays and the start of a new year. Companies let go of temporary hires
At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, two Arizona businessmen and an attorney were scheduled to sit down in a north-central Phoenix law office for a settlement conference in a long-running financial dispute. An hour later, one of the men lay dead just outside the entrance of the office building. Nearby, his attorney lay wounded. And the man who had faced off with them in mediation — 70-year-old Arthur Douglas Harmon — had fled in a rented car, police said, leaving in his wake a spray of bullets, a crime scene that shut down busy North 16th Street for the rest of the Headline corrected by staff
FBI agents have raided the West Palm Beach, Fla. eye clinic owned by Dr. Salomon Melgen, the wealthy donor to New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez who allegedly procured prostitutes for him — some of them as young as 16 — during trips to the Dominican Republic. (Snip)According to the Miami Herald, records obtained from the Palm Beach County recorder show Melgen also “has an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million for taxes owed from 2006 to 2009.” It’s unknown whether the FBI is investigating his tax delinquency, his association with Sen. Menendez, or both.
There is a new smartphone coming to market, running on a new operating system. It´s an all-touch device—with no physical navigation controls and no physical keyboard—and serves as a platform for third-party apps. It´s meant to compete in a world defined by Apple´s AAPL -0.32% iPhone and Google´s GOOG +0.02% Android phones. It´s a BlackBerry, reinvented from the ground up. This model, called the Z10, and its operating system, called BB10, are bet-the-company moves by BlackBerry maker Research In Motion RIMM -13.64% . RIM has seen its once-dominant position in the market shrivel away,
NEW ORLEANS — Steve Sigel has spent Super Bowl week running around this city with backpacks stuffed with thousands of dollars in cash. After leaving their base of operations — a recently rented house in a residential neighborhood — he and an associate dart in and out of public places like coffee shops and hotel lobbies, locations they have deemed safe for the frequent, high-money transactions they deal with.
Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration´s health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour. Union leaders say many of the law´s requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents´ plans until they turn 26. To offset that, the nation´s largest labor groups want their lower-paid members to
Earlier this month, Geraldo Rivera asked a caller: "How could you not trust your own government?" Putting aside big and little episodes of untrustworthy government in the history of this country like the Trail of Tears, the internment of Americans of Japanese descent, Kent State, Waco, Fast and Furious, and the Benghazi Coverup, Rivera implies the burden of proof lies with the skeptical citizen when it comes to trust. But his question only diverts our attention. The issue isn´t the relative peace in the body politic at this instant. The question Geraldo asks
As Syria descends into war and chaos, Israel has entered the fray, reportedly striking a target in the surburbs northwest of Damascus where the Syrians apparently had placed a new SA-17 antiaircraft missile battery.The Israeli attack on the SA-17 missiles was first reported Wednesday by the Associated Press. What’s intriguing is that the same area that was hit — the Jamraya research center in the suburb known as Dummar,
A number of pro-2nd Amendment groups have condemned a series of letters written by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel encouraging both Bank of America and TD Bank not to honor credit lines with gun manufacturers, but so far, Emanuel is not facing any legal action for his interference in a private contract. Last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent a letter from his office to two banks, Bank of America and TD Bank, asking each to suspend doing business with gun manufacturers in the hope that this will pressure these companies into helping gun legislation pass.
The New Republic: “Have you ever fired a gun?” President Obama: “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.” New Republic: ”The whole family?” Obama: “Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake.” — from an interview published Jan. 27, 2013
The Federal Reserve left its ultra-loose monetary policy unchanged on Wednesday, saying the US economy had "paused" in recent months largely due to transitory issues. The Fed kept its record-low key interest rate between 0pc and 0.25pc, as expected, to push down long-term interest rates to boost the economy, AFP reported. "Growth in economic activity paused in recent months, in large part because of weather-related disruptions and other transitory factors," the Federal Open Market Committee, wrapping up a two-day meeting, said in a statement. The FOMC noted that job growth was rising at a "moderate" pace but the unemployment
Hackers from China have "persistently" infiltrated the New York Times for the last four months, the US paper says. It said the attacks coincided with its report into claims that the family of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao had amassed a multi-billion dollar fortune. The hackers used methods which have been "associated with the Chinese military" to target the emails of the report´s writer, the paper said. China´s foreign ministry dismissed the accusations as "groundless". "To arbitrarily assert and to conclude without hard evidence that China participated in such hacking attacks is totally irresponsible," said spokesman Hong Lei.
Thick smog in China forced airlines to cancel flights, as factories in Beijing were temporarily shut down to ease the pollution. Street lamps and the outlines of buildings were barely visible in the Chinese capital, as pedestrians donned face masks to guard against the smog which has blighted parts of the country for a fortnight.[Snip] The US Embassy reported an levels of PM2.5--tiny matter that can penetrate deep into the lungs--was more than 20 times higher than World Health Organization safety levels over a 24-hour period. Liu Peng, an employee at a financial institution in Beijing, said he will keep
I’ve always had a special fondness for my name, which — according to Ryan Gosling in Lars and the Real Girl — is the case for most people. Plus, the root word for Hilary is the Latin word “hilarius” meaning cheerful and merry, which is the same root word for “hilarious” and “exhilarating.” It’s a great name. Several years ago I came across this blog post, which provides a cursory analysis for why Hillary is the most poisoned name of all time. The author is careful not to comment on the details
A little more than a month after the tragic mass shooting of 26 students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a group of 26 students from the school will perform America the Beautiful during the Super Bowl XLVII pregame show, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. The league is flying the students and their families down to New Orleans later this week in advance of the performance, which will be broadcast live on CBS shortly before Alicia Keys performs the National Anthem.
Bill Moyers and Extractor Economics. The economy shrinks. And the Constitution is under liberal assault yet again. We’ll get to Mr. Moyers — and ex-US Senator Russ Feingold in a moment. So too the shrinking economy, as announced yesterday by the Commerce Department. But first: What exactly is the “Extractor Class” — and who are they? They are liberals who gain wealth by using the government to take your money. To (excuse the imagery) milk you like a cow. And make themselves rich.
Many are arguing these days that President Obama has forged a new majority coalition of women, minorities, young people and upscale cultural liberals so large and durable that he can do what no president has done before—pursue a very liberal agenda without serious opposition or defections from his own party. Demography is destiny, this argument holds, and it is irrevocably on the side of Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party. (Snip)Start with the obvious: If demographics were determinative, then Republicans shouldn´t have gained 63 seats in the House of Representatives in 2010—the largest midterm shift since 1938—while also
In a little-noticed email published online Wednesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a young Dominican woman wrote nine months ago that she slept with 59-year-old New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez at a series of sex parties organized by Dr. Salomon Melgen, a longtime Menendez campaign donor. “That Senator also likes the youngest and newest girls,” the woman wrote on April 21, 2002, according to an English translation provided to The Daily Caller by a native Spanish speaker.
Karl Lagerfeld—Chanel designer, cat coddler, and Pippa Middleton–face detractor—has taken a startling contrarian stance on Michelle Obama’s new, undeniably (we thought!) adorable bangs. Lagerfeld addressed the First Lady’s hairstyle on Le Petit Journal, a French television show where he had been invited to discuss Paris Fashion Week. As an apparent aside, the ponytailed designer revealed, “I don’t understand the change of hair . . . Frankly, the fringe was a bad idea. It’s not good.”
From the looks of things, MSNBC thinks it did nothing wrong. On Tuesday it aired video with a graphics box talking about how gun rights advocates had “heckled” the testimony of Neil Heslin, the father of a 12/14 victim who participated in a hearing in Hartford, Conn., on gun violence. As the Erik Wemple Blog has argued, Heslin wasn’t heckled, unless you consider the act of responding to a question an act of heckling. After receiving complaints about its handling of the matter, MSNBC indicated it was reviewing the matter. That review apparently wrapped by Wednesday’s edition of “Bashir Live.”
While Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was in Germany today hoping to attract European investors to put their money in his country, the situation in many cities throughout the most populous Arab country continued to deteriorate. Violence continued, not only in the area around Cairo’s Tahrir Square where the demonstrations that toppled Hosni Mubarak started two years ago, but also in cities along the Suez Canal. Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei called upon Morsi to hold a national dialogue and to form a government of national unity, but there is no indication that the Muslim Brotherhood leader
This week´s warm Washington temperatures had some thinking about rolling the Lawn-Boy out of the garage for the first cut of the year. And we all know what that means: Difficult starts due to E10 gas that gels when it sits. Now, according to a new study, cars and truck may face the same fate thanks to President Obama´s demand for a higher ethanol in the new E15 gas. The fuel industry´s American Petroleum Institute tested the 15 percent ethanol gas approved in 2010 and found it gums up fuel systems, prompts "check engine" lights to come on,