Saturday, February 4, 2012

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake OWEN FRACTURE ZONE REGION - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the Owen Fracture Zone Region at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 21:50:51 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 443 km (275 miles) East from Qalansiyah, Socotra Island, Yemen
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska at a depth of 195.3 km (121.4 miles), the quake hit at 21:09:18 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 86 km (53 miles) Northeast of Adak, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

3000 Cases of Swine Flu Registered and 58 people have died from swine flu in Mexico in the past Month

The number of patients with swine flu (H1N1) infection has increased in Mexico.

According to the representatives of the Ministry of Health, 3,000 cases of the flu have been registered since the beginning of the year. The death toll reached fifty-eight people.

The number of infected people is expected to increase in the near future. Read More

Indonesia Friendship Hospital Director: "Beware of the BirdFlu Virus Genetic Changes"

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - H5NI virus or commonly known as bird flu has changed the nature or mutate, over the time that must be monitored constantly. That is what lead to one suspect bird flu from North Jakarta Tanjung Priok, ASR, died after being convicted of bird flu negative.

8-year-old boy was referred to the Friendship Hospital because it has similar symptoms of bird flu. The hospital has conducted three phases of testing whether the boy is suffering from the deadly virus or not. The result, the hospital declared negative ASR bird flu. However, a few days later, his condition again deteriorated and finally died at 20 last Janari 2012.

Ministry of Health claims that the bird flu cause the poor boy's death. Chairman of the war on bird flu Friendship Hospital, Dr. Sardikin Giri Putra said that people should still be wary of the virus that has the possibility of up to 80 percent resulted in death for the Papuan region.

"Until now we taunya (spread) from birds to humans, who feared that human to human. Because it can mutate," said Sardikin when interviewed after the inauguration of a treatment room at the Friendship Hospital, Friday (03/02/2012).

He also added that genetic changes in the H5N1 virus has also been supported by an innovative treatment as well. "All that the bird flu virus mutates its genetic, its properties are so different, we anticipated that the vaccine also must be changed," he continued. Read More

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck Vancouver Island, Canada Region at a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles), the quake hit at 20:05:32 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 196 km (122 miles) South of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NORTHERN IRAN - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck near the Coast of Northern Iran at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles), the quake hit at 20:04:16 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 33 km (20.4 miles) Northeast of Bandar-e anzali, Iran
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF OREGON - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck off the Coast of Oregon at a depth of 24.7 km (15.3 miles), the quake hit at 19:34:34 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 151 km (94 miles) West of Bandon, Oregon
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Russia and China brave Arab and Western fury to veto UN resolution on Syria

Russia and China have braved Arab and Western fury by vetoing a UN resolution calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

The two powers' refusal to back an Arab League plan for Syria came despite the vote coming within hours of the worst single act of violence in the 11-month uprising.

Days of tortuous negotiations led to a final act of brinkmanship as Russia said it could not support a resolution backing an Arab League plan for a swift transition of power and elections. It was said to have demanded a last-minute change dropping a call, already agreed by Syria in November, for tanks and artillery to be withdrawn from the streets.

That was rejected outright by Western governments after residents of Homs reported an extraordinary bombardment overnight by mortars and heavy artillery, shattering houses and sending the injured and dying flooding to hospitals and makeshift clinics. At least 200 were killed, with some activists giving figures as high as 330. Read More

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake SAMAR, PHILIPPINES - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck Samar, Philippines at a depth of 54.9 km (34.1 miles), the quake hit at 19:29:21 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 106 km (66 miles) North of Guiuan, Samar, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan at a depth of 157.9 km (98.1 miles), the quake hit at 19:22:30 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 66 km (41 miles) South of Faizabad, Afghanistan
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Clinton sees risk of Syria 'civil war' without UN action

MUNICH, Germany — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned her Russian counterpart on Saturday that Syria risks plunging towards civil war if Moscow failed to back UN moves to stop the bloodshed.

Clinton's remarks came just as Russia and China Saturday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning the deadly crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad's government on protests for the second time.

"What more do we need to know to act decisively in the Security Council?" Clinton asked after she held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

She talked of a "living nightmare" playing out in the city of Homs where more than 200 people were reported killed.

In a swipe at Russia and China, Clinton, recalling a stance she had taken last week, said "to block this resolution is to bear responsibility for the horrors that are occurring on the ground in Syria."

The chief US diplomat said she had tried to bridge differences over the UN resolution during a 45-minute meeting with Lavrov.

Offering to be constructive, "I thought there might be some ways to bridge even at the last moment a few of the concerns that the Rusians had," she said. "That has not been possible."
She said Lavrov had asked her what the "end game" was in a resolution he felt failed to deal equally with armed groups fighting the Assad regime. Read More

Rome is transformed by first snowfall for 26 YEARS

The Colosseum and other ancient tourist sights closed to tourists as Rome saw snow for the first time in 26 years.

Traffic in the Italian capital ground to a halt as buses struggled to climb icy hills and authorities accustomed to a warm climate fought to cope.

Visitors were stopped from entering the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the former home of Rome's ancient emperors, over fears they could slip on ice. Read More

The day the sea froze! Forecasters issue severe weather warnings for Britain as temperatures plunge to -12C ahead of '15cm' of snow

The icy weather that has caused chaos across Britain is set to continue with forecasters expecting widespread snow of up to 15cm deep.

Temperatures plunged as low as the Himalayas overnight, reaching 12.4C in South Newington, Oxfordshire - the lowest temperature recorded this winter.

The Met Office issued a severe weather warning and the AA attended double the usual number of breakdowns yesterday as the exceptionally mild winter suddenly turned into the reverse.

The freezing conditions have caused daytime temperatures to plummet four or five degrees lower than average for February - traditionally the coldest month of the year.

Motorists faced a 'dangerous cocktail of driving conditions' while forecasters warned the freezing weather was here to stay. Read More

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 58.6 km (36.4 miles), the quake hit at 18:02:59 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 50 km (31 miles) ESE of Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at a depth of 13.5 km (8.4 miles), the quake hit at 18:01:46 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 1198 km (744 miles) Northeast of Natal, Brazil
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck Vanuatu at a depth of 16.4 km (10.2 miles), the quake hit at 17:45:29 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 86 km (53 miles) Northwest of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Hungary seeks 15-20 billion euro IMF/EU credit line: official

(Reuters) - Hungary is seeking an international credit line of 15 to 20 billion ($20 to $26.3 billion) euros, the secretary of state heading the prime minister's office, Mihaly Varga, was quoted on Saturday as saying.

Hungary is seeking backup from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union to reassure investors it has financing even if it gets cut off from debt markets later this year.

The country's currency, the forint, sank to a record low against the euro a month ago, and its government bond yields rose above 11 percent on concerns that amid the euro zone crisis it may not be able to finance central Europe's highest debt burden compared to its economic output.

Varga reiterated that the government expected to reach a deal soon on a credit line that it could tap if the European debt crisis deepened further. Read More

Russians march as election campaign kicks off

Tens of thousands of people take to the streets of Moscow to both blast and cheer Vladimir Putin as the country's presidential elections campaign officially gets going. Andrew Raven reports.


Outcry over civilian deaths in Afghanistan

Afghans in Kandahar are angry over a new UN report saying more than 3,000 civilians were killed in the war in Afghanistan in 2011. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

Occupy camp in Washington DC Raided by Police in Riot Gear

Washington (CNN) -- Dressed in yellow full-body sanitation suits, members of the U.S. Park Police combed through tents in the Occupy DC camp Saturday, taking down ones violating park policies.

The owners of the tossed tents and other protesters were agitated by the move, but there was no unrest at McPherson Square in downtown Washington.

Park police in riot gear first entered at dawn Saturday, and said they were not there evict protesters, but to check for compliance with "no camping" laws.

The move comes after a federal judge Tuesday rejected an Occupy DC demonstrator's request to keep park police from enforcing a ban on camping in McPherson park and nearby Freedom Plaza.

Living in a public park as a means of protest is not protected by the First Amendment, Judge James Boasberg ruled. Read More


Iran conducts airborne war games



Tehran (CNN) -- Iranian forces began a series of airborne war games Saturday aimed at improving combat preparedness, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported.

The drills by the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps are code-named Hamiyan-e Vellayat, or Supporters of Religious Leadership, and are taking place in the southern province of Fars, FNA said.

They are among a series of specialized war games involving the IRGC ground force, Ground Force Brig. Gen. Mohammad Pakour told FNA.

The same force conducted military exercises in eastern Iran in January, when armored units and IRGC commandos "attacked positions of the hypothetical enemy in five phases and hit enemy with heavy fire," FNA reported. Read More

Syria Protests Erupt on Several Continents, None Peacefully

A wave of protests broke out at Syrian embassies on several continents amid reports of hundreds of deaths in one Syrian city and hours before a possible U.N. Security Council vote on a response to the violent crackdown in the country. Here's a breakdown of some of the demonstrations Friday and Saturday:

CAIRO

Egyptian police arrested 12 people, mostly Syrians, accused of setting the first floor of the Syrian embassy in Cairo on fire, according to Egyptian police Maj. Karim El-Fouli. Groups of Syrians outside the police station demanded the release of those detained, El-Fouli said.

About 100 people sat outside the police station, leading to a tense standoff with police, said Sumer Badr, a Syrian activist in Cairo. Read More

Betty Yates Murder: Man Arrested Over Pensioner's 'Savage' Murder in Worcestershire.

A man has been arrested by police investigating the murder of retired schoolteacher Betty Yates in Worcestershire.

Mrs Yates, 77, was found stabbed to death at her riverside cottage on the outskirts of Bewdley on Wednesday, January 4.

The man, who does not live locally, was arrested at his home on Thursday night after he was interviewed in relation to the inquiry.

He was taken to a police station in North Worcestershire for questioning by detectives.

He has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Earlier this week, Mrs Yates' children said they were "bewildered" over her "savage" killing. Read More

Syria: Russia And China Veto UN Resolution

A UN Security Council resolution over ongoing violence in Syria has been vetoed by Russia and China, after angry crowds of protesters attempted to storm the Syrian embassy in London.

It comes after missiles were hurled and windows broken after demonstrators burst through barriers erected by police outside the embassy building.

Police had been heavily outnumbered before reinforcements arrived.

The UK had joined increasing condemnation of Syrian security forces' shelling in the city of Homs - thought to have killed around 350 people.

The skirmishes outside London's Syrian embassy follow six arrests there overnight. more

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the Volcano Islands, Japan Region at a depth of 81.2 km (50.5 miles), the quake hit at 16:12:38 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 264 km (164 miles) Southeast of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake SAMAR, PHILIPPINES - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake has struck Samar, Philippines at a depth of 10.7 km (6.6 miles), the quake hit at 13:09:23 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 101 km (62 miles) North of Guiuan, Samar, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN TEXAS - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake has struck Southern Texas at a depth of just 5 km (3.1 miles), the quake hit at 12:48:08 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 62 km (38 miles) Northwest of Beeville, Texas
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Syrian Embassy Attacked in London Ahead Of UN Vote



Angry crowds of protesters have been attempting to storm the Syrian embassy in London, ahead of a UN vote over ongoing violence in the country.

Missiles were hurled and windows broken after demonstrators burst through barriers erected by police, who were heavily outnumbered before reinforcements arrived.

It comes as the UK joined increasing condemnation of Syrian security forces' shelling in the city of Homs - thought to have killed around 350 people.

The skirmishes outside London's Syrian embassy follow six arrests there overnight. Read More

Severe weather alert for England as heavy snowfalls expected

Blizzards expected as Met Office issues amber alert for most of England, as Scotland and Wales remain on yellow alert.

Most areas of England and Wales are expected to see heavy snowfall on Saturday, with a severe weather alert in place as daytime temperatures look set to plunge as low as -9 C.

An amber warning – the second highest level – was issued by the Met Office, with snowfalls of up to 15cm expected over most of England, particularly in the east.

Sub-zero temperatures are expected in much of the country, with the Midlands likely to hit minus 9 by late afternoon.

Overnight, temperatures fell to a low of -12C in Benson, Oxfordshire. Read More

Iran begins new military exercises in south

AP: TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard began military exercises Saturday in the country's south, the latest show of force after threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for tougher Western sanctions.

Plans for new Iranian naval games in the Persian Gulf off the country's southern coast have been in the works for weeks. State media announced new maneuvers in southern Iran involving ground forces, but it was not immediately clear whether they were part of the planned naval training missions scheduled for this month or a separate operation.

The latest military maneuvers got under way following stern warnings by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, about any possible U.S. or Israeli attacks against Tehran's nuclear facilities. It also comes after Western forces boosted their naval presence in the Gulf led by the American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. Read More

Papua New Guinea Ferry Disaster: Four bodies found after ferry sinking, more than 100 remain unaccounted for

Rescuers scanning the waters off the east coast of Papua New Guinea after a ferry sank found four bodies, authorities said Saturday.

Capt. Nurur Rahman, rescue coordinator for the National Maritime Safety Authority, said the bodies were recovered since rescue operations resumed earlier Saturday.

Some 246 survivors have been rescued in the aftermath of the sinking of the passenger ferry.

Nine aircraft were being used in the search for the more than 100 people who remained unaccounted for. Read More

New York sues banks over foreclosures

(Photo Mark Wilson)

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sued the big banks over their use of a private electronic mortgage registry.

WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) -- The New York attorney general sued some of the nation's biggest banks on Friday, accusing them of unlawful and deceptive practices for relying on a private electronic registry that tracks mortgages. Read More

Thousands stranded by floods in eastern Australia

Heavy rains left thousands stranded in eastern Australia on Saturday as authorities warned of more flooding and urged several communities to flee to higher ground.

About 16,500 people are isolated because of flooding in New South Wales, with evacuation orders in place for several communities, the New South Wales Emergency Services said.

In the neighboring state of Queensland, authorities issued flood warnings for three towns, Surat, Roma and Mitchell, and warned residents living downstream of rivers to move to higher ground.

Residents of the southwestern Queensland town of Charleville are hoping that its protective levees will hold back the rising waters.

Emergency officials ordered evacuations early Saturday as they warned that the river was expected to top the levee banks within 12 hours. Read More

Shootout at South Sudan peace meeting kills dozens

At least 37 people were killed during a shootout at a meeting to resolve cattle disputes in South Sudan, officials said Saturday, the latest in a spate of violence in the world's newest nation.

One U.N. officer was wounded during the meeting at Unity state, which was attended by several staff members of the world body, according to Kouider Zerrouk, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in Juba.

Seven U.N. staff members and three local officials traveled to Mayendit County to investigate a wave of violence from cattle raiding on the borders of Unity and Warrap states.

During the meeting Wednesday, the county commissioner from neighboring Lake state appeared and interrupted the meeting, yelling angry remarks at his Mayendit county counterpart, the spokesman said. Read More

Bradley Manning Faces WikiLeaks Court Martial



The US Army has confirmed that Bradley Manning, the US soldier charged with passing thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks, will face court martial and the risk of life imprisonment.

In a statement the army said it had approved a recommendation that Private Manning be court-martialled for allegedly funnelling hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the whistle-blower site.

Prosecutors say WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange collaborated with the 24-year-old, who faces a total of 22 charges including "aiding the enemy".

The decision clears the way to set a court-martial date after sensitive documents were published on the internet. Read More

3.7 Magnitude Earthquake UTAH - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 3.7 earthquake has struck Utah at a depth of just 5.5 km (3.4 miles), the quake hit at 11:27:03 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 12 km (8 miles) East of Woodland Hills, Utah
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck offshore El Salvador at a depth of 81.2 km (50.5 miles), the quake hit at 11:06:45 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 36 km (22 miles) Southwest of Zacatecoluca, La Paz, El Salvador
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

2.8 Magnitude Earthquake SEATTLE-TACOMA URBAN AREA, WASHINGTON - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 2.8 earthquake has struck the Seattle-Tacoma Urban Area, Washington at a depth of 18.6 km (11.6 miles), the quake hit at 10:16:59 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 3 km (2 miles) Northwest of Federal Bay, Washington
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Bletchley Train Derailment: Commuter Chaos After West Coast Derailment

Passengers on one of Britain's busiest railway lines are facing widespread disruption after a freight train derailment in the early hours of the morning.

Services between Milton Keynes and London Euston were cancelled during the morning rush hour after the train came off the tracks at Bletchley on the West Coast main line.

The driver of the Freightliner train, the only person on board, was treated for injuries.

The engine, which remained upright, is still blocking the line and some damage has been reported.

Heavy lifting gear will have to be brought in to get the train back on track but repairs cannot start until the initial cause of the derailment is known.

Network Rail said that "services will be resumed as quickly as possible" but delays are expected to continue until at least this afternoon, if not later.

"We apologise to passengers for the disruption. Our engineers and investigators are at the scene," a spokesman said. Read More

Syria Clashes: Homs Death Toll 'Soars To 350' ..........Pictures can't Be verified but they haven't Lied before


The death toll from shelling by Syrian security forces in the city of Homs has soared to around 350, an opposition member has told Sky News.

It had earlier been reported that more than 200 people had died in the attack which lasted more than three hours.

Abu Rami Alhomsy of the Syrian Revolutionary General Commission said. "It was a normal day for a demonstration but last night they started shelling this neighbourhood.

"We have many injuries. Many women and children have been killed and injured." Read More

Ramarley Graham, 19, Shot Dead by Police in Front of His Mother...He was UNARMED

An unarmed Bronx teenager has been shot dead by a police officer in front of his mother.

Ramarley Graham, 19, was shot in the chest after being chased by the police into his family's apartment building on Thursday afternoon.

Moments before the fatal shooting, officers said they spotted the teen adjusting his waistband and thought he had a gun, reports the New York Daily News.

'They chased him into the house,' his mother Constance Malcolm, 39, told the Daily News.

'Nobody deserves to be shot in their own home.'

Mr Graham had not been carrying a gun and no weapon was found at the scene.

He was rushed to Montefiore Medical Center, where he later died. Read More

Huge snowstorm batters Colorado grounding flights and leaving thousands stranded as roads descend into chaos... and it's heading east

A powerful winter storm swept across Colorado today, forcing the cancellation of nearly 600 flights at Denver airport, closing schools and parts of the highway, and sparking a run on grocery stores before the worst weather descended.

The eastbound storm brought blizzard warnings to eastern Colorado and winter storm warnings to southeast Wyoming, western Kansas and western Nebraska.

It stretched as far south as New Mexico, where the Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions on several state highways because of icy snow.

Cindy Williams, who works at a truck stop about 80 miles west of the Kansas-Colorado border, said the parking lot was filling up because of road closures.

'There's nowhere to go,' she said. Read More

Mystery Tourette's-like syndrome is this Just the tip of the Iceberg?

Martin Springer: ANOTHER Teacher arrested on suspicion Abusing Girls at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles

A second teacher has been arrested at the school where pupils as young as six were allegedly spoon fed semen in sick, bondage-inspired photo shoots.

49-year-old Martin Springer was today pulled from a classroom at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles.

The teacher was arrested on suspicion of fondling two girls over a period of three years, an official said.

He will appear in court on Tuesday.

The arrest comes just days after Mark Berndt, a third-grade teacher at the same school was accused of photographed blindfolded, bound and gagged children, some of whom had giant cockroaches sitting on their faces and mouths. Read More

Ladonna Parlier suspected of child abuse 'is caught on hospital security camera injecting liquid into her sick baby's IV'

A mother has allegedly been caught on camera tampering with her five-month-old baby's IV in hospital after doctors suspected child abuse.

Ladonna Parlier, 26, was filmed injecting an 'unknown substance' into her daughter Naomi's intravenous tube in North Carolina, according to police.

Naomi, who weighs less than 8lbs, has a cleft palate and has been hospitalised for months for various health problems.

Detectives and doctors are now taking a close look at the baby's patient history.

The mother-of-four from Conover has been charged with five counts each of felony child abuse and misdemeanor child neglect after police were called to the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Police told WSOCTV.com that doctors had been suspicious of Parlier for some time and had just moved Naomi into a room equipped with a surveillance camera earlier that day.

The baby remains in hospital and is in a stable condition, police told WBTV. Read More

Mars is too dry to support life on its surface... but it could be lurking in the depths

Scientists have virtually ruled out the possibility of life on Mars having revealed the planet experienced a 600 year water drought.

Samples of soil found that the surface had been starved of any moisture that might enhance the view that there are living organisms on the red planet.

Researchers spent three years gathering the the specific particles, which they likened to the soil found on the Moon - where it is conclusive that no life exists.

Dr Tom Pike, who fronted the study, said: 'We found that even though there is an abundance of ice, Mars has been experiencing a super-drought that may well have lasted hundreds of millions of years. Read More

Plastic bags are poisoning the planet's greatest predators: 65ft long sperm whales are being killed by human pollution

You quickly run out of superlatives when talking about whales.

They are the largest, loudest and longest-lived animals on our planet. How amazing, then, that we should still know so little about them — and that our ignorance has led these beautiful creatures into clear and present danger.

As a writer, I’ve studied whales around the world — from majestic blue whales off Sri Lanka to the playful humpbacks of Cape Cod. But it is the enigmatic sperm whale which fascinates me.

It has the biggest brain of any animal — a massive 18lb to our human 3lb — yet we really have no idea what it does with it.

This magnificent predator — at 65ft long, the greatest that has ever existed — spends 90 per cent of its life in the profound depths, able to dive deeper than any other animal.

For precisely that reason, it is the least studied of all the great whales.

And of all whales, it is under the greatest threat, too — from what we humans are doing to its environment. Only now are we beginning to understand these creatures. But is it too late? Read More

Hitler schnapps! Austrian police abandon investigation into sale of alcohol with Hitler's face on bottle

A man has been allowed to carry on selling schnapps with Adolf Hitler's face after officials ruled it wasn't breaking the law.

A legal probe was launched last year after complaints that an Austrian website was offering alcohol for sale adorned with portraits of the Nazi leader and swastikas.

The site offered sales of spirits in 'nostalgic bottles of former historical greats.'

However, complaints were made that the bottles were glorifying the Nazi era.

Promoting or glorifying anything to do with the Third Reich is strictly illegal in Austria.

However, state prosecution official Heinz Rusch said the investigation ended because of a lack of proof that it was intended to glorify the National Socialist era.

He said the 48-year-old, known as Roland M by prosecutors, from Vorarlberg in the east of the country, was motivated by profit and not by ideology. Read More

Radioactive leaks at crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant increase two months after it was declared safe

Less than two months ago the crippled Japanese nuclear power plant at Fukushima was declared stable.

Yet now it has emerged that radioactive water is continuing to leak at the stricken site. These were spotted by workers at the reprocessing areas and were found to release enough beta rays that can lead to radiation sickness.

A series of nuclear meltdowns at the power plant were triggered by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

The organisation charged with keeping the site under control is the Tokyo Electric Power Company, and their spokesman Junichi Matsumoto said that no one was injured and the leak stopped after bolts were tightened on a tank.

Matsumoto said TEPCO also found that 8.5 tons of radioactive water had leaked earlier in the week after a pipe became detached at Unit 4, one of the plant's six reactors.

The company earlier had estimated that only a few gallons had leaked.

He said officials are investigating the cause of that leak, but that it was unlikely the pipe had been loosened by the many aftershocks that have hit the plant.

The structural integrity of the damaged Unit 4 reactor building has long been a major concern among experts because a collapse of its spent fuel cooling pool could cause a disaster worse than the three reactor meltdowns. Read More

Don't jump! Oh, he can't... Incredible chalk drawings that appear to change London's skyline

Olympic sell-out! 91% of London 2012 souvenirs made abroad with two thirds coming from China

In patriotic red, white and blue, these souvenirs are meant to showcase the best of British workmanship to mark the London Olympic Games.

Unfortunately, a mere 9 per cent of the collection is actually made here.

Almost all of the Union Jack-emblazoned tea cups, tea towels, crystalware and fluffy toys on sale to commemorate the Games were produced by workers on the other side of the world.

Even famous names such as Wedgwood and Royal Doulton have used overseas factories to produce their mementoes of the Games.

Olympics organisers expect to rake in £1billion in revenue and £86million profit from 2012 souvenirs.

But despite their claim that the Games would benefit British business, thousands of jobs and millions of pounds worth of lucrative contracts have gone abroad.

An investigation by the Mail found that just 9 per cent of the 194 products available on the London 2012 website were made in Britain. The rest, according to the small print, come from a variety of foreign countries.

China made 62 per cent of the merchandise, Turkey 9 per cent and the Philippines 4 per cent.

Countries such as India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, Poland, Slovakia and Germany made the rest, including T-shirts, bags, hats, toys and games. Read More

Vanuatu Earthquakes Continued to Shake South Pacific on Friday

The South Pacific Ocean has continued to shake and rattle with earthquakes near the island chain of Vanuatu. The United States Geological Survey has registered several earthquakes of varying magnitude in the past two days with the largest being a 7.1 magnitude that struck at 12:34 a.m. local time on Friday, February 3. These earthquakes have epicenters offshore, about 77 miles west of Port-Vila on the island of Efate in Vanuatu.

* The USGS website shows at least 18 earthquakes (including the 7.1 magnitude quake) in this location since February 1, with one quake measuring 6.0 in magnitude and the larger 7.1 quake. The other quakes in the region ranged in size between 4.7 and 5.7 in magnitude.

* Most of these quakes had moderately shallow depths of around 25 miles or less, but two quakes that struck prior to the 7.1 magnitude temblor were much deeper. Those two quakes struck Thursday morning about 22 hours before the larger quake and Thursday evening, about three hours prior to the larger quake. These quakes were just under 5 in magnitude and they struck farther east, one located 11 miles southeast of Porta-Vila and the other 57 miles northeast of Porta-Vila. These quakes had depths of 91 and 148 miles. Read More

Cairo Unrest: Five protesters shot dead by police in clashes in Cairo as new government pushed to brink after football riot

Police have shot dead five protesters in Egypt amid chaotic scenes that could bring down the country's new government just days after some of the worst football violence ever seen.

The victims were among a crowd of people blasted with rubber bullets and tear gas in demonstrations outside the Interior Ministry in Cairo. One of the dead men is understood to be a soldier.

One man died just feet away from the Interior Ministry, which has become a target for demonstrators furious that the police failed to prevent a soccer riot that killed 74 people in the Mediterranean city of Port Said on Wednesday. It was the world's worst soccer violence in 15 years.

A volunteer doctor said the man in Cairo died of wounds from birdshot fired at close range during clashes at dawn Friday. The doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared reprisals by the authorities, said his field hospital close to Cairo's Tahrir Square was overwhelmed with injuries overnight. Read More

Romania's population falls by 12% as three million flock to richer European countries including Britain

Romania's population has fallen by more than 12 per cent since 2002 as hundreds of thousands leave the poverty-stricken nation for richer countries such as Britain.

Figures from the latest Romanian census reveal that migration and a low birth rate have pushed the population down to 19million, a fall of almost 3million in ten years.

The country’s National Statistics Board said nearly 1million Romanians were working abroad.

However, other estimates suggest the number of expatriate workers could be 3million.

There is no official figure for the number of Romanians in the UK, but British bosses advertised 2,400 vacancies last month alone on a Romanian website for nurses, engineers and other jobs. Read More

Scott Sorby Set Free To Murder: Killer had served just half his jail term when he battered and tried to rape woman of 95

A violent sex attacker was free to murder a 95-year-old woman in a care home despite a psychiatrist’s warning that he posed a ‘very significant and ongoing’ risk to women.

Scott Sorby, 21, had been released early from a jail sentence for attempted rape when he broke into the pensioner’s room through a window, battered her and attempted to rape her.

Elizabetta Pecka, a stranger picked on at random, received appalling injuries including facial fractures and was left traumatised by her ordeal.

On the way to hospital, she pleaded with paramedics to let her die.

Once there, her condition deteriorated and she died less than two months later.

Yesterday Sorby was jailed for life after admitting murder and attempted rape and was told he must serve a minimum of 24 years before being considered for parole. Read More

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck Tonga at a depth of 10.1 km (6.3 miles), the quake hit at 07:40:13 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 144 km (90 miles) ENE of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

2.8 Magnitude Earthquake WYOMING - 4th Feb 2012

A magnitude 2.8 earthquake has struck Wyoming at a depth of just 4.6 km (2.9 miles), the quake hit at 07:23:37 UTC Saturday 4th February 2012
The epicenter was 28 km (17 miles) NNW of Jackson, Wyoming
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time