Friday, April 13, 2012

Kimball Clark: Welfare bum (and heroin dealer) uses EBT card money to bail himself out of jail



A convicted drug dealer — who cops said wanted to use cash from his taxpayer-funded EBT card to post bail — is the new face of welfare abuse, according to tough-minded lawmakers who are pushing the reform-resistant Patrick administration for a crackdown.

Kimball Clark, 45, was locked up Friday on drug-dealing charges — again — when he was overheard using his one phone call to ask the person on the other end of the line to “get my EBT card and go to the ATM and get the money to bail me out, get me outa here tonight,” according to a Boston police report.

“It’s another outrage,” said state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), a member of the EBT Task Force who criticized the group for failing to push tough restrictions on the use of the controversial cards. “When we were on the EBT Card Commission, I fought to get bail bondsmen on that list of places where people could not use their EBT cards. They fought me on it and told me people can’t use their EBT cards in that way.”

Beacon Hill was forced to mull reforms after the Herald reported people were spending welfare cash on booze, cigarettes and scratch cards. more


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4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck Oaxaca, Mexico at a depth of 9.8 km (6.1 miles), the quake hit at 20:46:12 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 152 km (94 miles) South of Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, Mexico
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake POTOSI, BOLIVIA - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck Potosi, Bolivia at a depth of 213 km (132.4 miles), the quake hit at 20:28:29 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 78 km (48 miles) West of Tupiza, Bolivia
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 27.9 km (17.3 miles), the quake hit at 20:00:33 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 355 km (220 miles) WSW from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck the Izu Islands, Japan Region at a depth of 429.2 km (266.7 miles), the quake hit at 19:54:32 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 352 km (218 miles) SSW of Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH INDIAN OCEAN - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the North Indian Ocean at a depth of 16.8 km (10.4 miles), the quake hit at 19:52:07 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 630 km (391 miles) Southwest from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck Southern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 64 km (39.8 miles), the quake hit at 19:35:08 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 106 km (65 miles) SSE of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

TORNADO WATCH for OKLAHOMA and A SMALL PART OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

OKLAHOMA

A SMALL PART OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 130 PM UNTIL 900

PM CDT.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND

GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60 STATUTE

MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 35 MILES WEST OF WICHITA FALLS
TEXAS TO 20 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF PONCA CITY OKLAHOMA. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR

TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

DISCUSSION...STORMS ARE BEGINNING TO DEVELOP OVER SWRN OK AS THE CAP

HAS WEAKENED WITHIN A STRONGLY UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT WITH MLCAPE OF
2000-2500 J/KG. ALTHOUGH DYNAMIC FORCING FOR LARGE SCALE ASCENT IS
SUBTLE...NUMERICAL GUIDANCE INDICATES THAT STORMS WILL CONTINUE TO
DEVELOP TOWARD NRN OK THIS AFTERNOON...WITH CONVECTIVE POTENTIAL
ALSO INCREASING ALONG THE NWRN EDGE OF MOISTURE AS IT RETREATS NWWD
LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. DEEP LAYER SHEAR OF 40 KT IN THE
LOWEST 6 KM WILL FAVOR FORMATION OF SUPERCELL STRUCTURES...WITH AN
INITIAL THREAT FOR LARGE HAIL AND STRONG WIND GUSTS. WITH
TIME...LOW LEVEL WINDS/SHEAR WILL STRENGTHEN WITH A SUBSEQUENT
INCREASE IN TORNADO POTENTIAL LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL

SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 3 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
550. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 23025. Source

Iran ships "off radar," concealing oil sales

(Reuters) - Iran is concealing the destination of its oil sales by disabling tracking systems aboard its tanker fleet, making it difficult to assess how much crude Tehran is exporting as it seeks to counter Western sanctions aimed at cutting its oil revenues.

Most of Iran's 39-strong fleet of tankers is now "off-radar" after Tehran ordered captains in the National Iranian Tanker Co (NITC) to switch off the black box transponders that are used in the shipping industry to monitor vessel movements, oil industry, trading and shipping sources said.

"Iran, helped by its customers, is trying to obfuscate as much as possible," said a senior executive at a national oil company that has done business with Iran.

And Iran may have countered a reported reduction in its oil sales in March by offering big discounts in the form of free freight, finance and insurance and generous credit terms, the sources said. Read More

Tornado outbreak predicted for Midwest this Weekend

(Reuters) - Forecasters are warning of a possible major tornado outbreak in the Midwest this weekend, with Kansas and Oklahoma seen at particular risk as early as Saturday.

Atmospheric conditions will be similar to those that caused severe storms in parts of the Midwest and Southeast in early March that killed more than 50 people, said Steve Weiss, science support branch chief for the National Storm Prediction Center.

"We see potentially some long track and very damaging tornadoes," Weiss said.

Conditions favor strong thunderstorms in Kansas and Oklahoma Saturday, with a few "supercell" storms with rotating updrafts, Weiss said. "The potential is that some of the supercells could be long-lived, so if they produce tornadoes they could be on the ground for a while," Weiss said.

Forecasters say the storms could start Saturday afternoon into the early evening and continue after dark, when such storms can be the most dangerous. Read More

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 10.3 km (6.4 miles), the quake hit at 18:12:11 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 428 km (266 miles) SSW from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

South Korea fears threat from North

Bird Flu (H5N1) death in Egypt

Egypt reports H5N1 death
A 36-year-old woman who succumbed to H5N1 avian flu has become Egypt's ninth H5N1 case-patient and fifth to die this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The woman, from Giza governorate, became sick Apr 1, was admitted to a hospital Apr 7, and died the same day, the WHO said. Her case was confirmed by a WHO-linked national laboratory. She had exposure to backyard poultry.


Since 2006 Egypt has confirmed 167 H5N1 cases, 60 of which have been fatal. Egypt is second in the world in H5N1 cases, after Indonesia, and third in the world in H5N1 deaths, well behind Indonesia in that category but only one death behind Vietnam. Egypt's nine cases lead the world this year, with Indonesia second at five cases. Egypt has had the most H5N1 cases each year by a good margin since 2009. Read More

Dead jellyfish washed ashore at Tithal, Indian state of Gujarat

SURAT: More than 70 dead jellyfish were spotted on Tithal beach of Valsad on Wednesday. This has created a lot of curiosity among locals. The cause of their death is still not known.

Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) officials believe that it is first of its kind incident at Tithal. The fish were spread across 1 km square area on the beach. Locals said dead fish were being washed ashore for the past 15 days.

"When I first saw it, the fish looked like a huge plastic bag. I discovered later that it was a jellyfish. At a distance of every five to 10 feet, we have been finding the fish every day for the last 15 days. It is an alarming development," said Pratik Tandel, a local resident.

"I was surprised when I saw the creature on beach for the first time. It is first incident of dead fish being washed ashore. We were shocked to see dead jellyfish," said Harish Patel, another local resident.

So far, incidents of dead fish being washed ashore have been reported from Kolak river, Daman Ganga River and Par River estuary in Valsad district. Read More

Pilot whale stranded in New Bedford Harbor

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS, RUSSIA - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the Kuril Islands, Russia at a depth of 67 km (41.6 miles), the quake hit at 17:04:52 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 120 km (74 miles) SSW from Severo-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands, Russia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Mount Etna erupts, deep crimson lava and grey ash bursts into the air

Turrialba Volcano Increases Activity‎

Thursday morning the Turrialbla volcano unleashed a new series of eruptions, with experts converging on the colossus to take a close look at the smoke emanations coming from its centre.

According to the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) and the Observatorio Vulcanologio y Sismologico de Costa Rica (OVISCORI) the activity does not present any danger, but will continue to monitor the volcano much closer.

The alert followed reports by area residents of hearing a large rumble and then the sighting of dark coloured smoke, produced by gas fumes from the volcano.

Last January the volcano became a concern for residents and experts following the emanation of white gas fumes.

Several RSN experts are on their way to the top of the volcano and the OVISCORI is keeping the national park closed and under a green alert. Source

Meningococcal outbreak in central Queensland, Australia

Three Queensland children have contracted the potentially deadly meningococcal disease, two of whom are in a serious condition.

Queensland Health has confirmed three Gladstone children were in hospital with the disease.

Two of the children are in a serious but stable condition, one in Brisbane's Royal Children's Hospital and the second in Rockhampton's hospital, while a third child, also in Rockhampton's hospital, is said to be in a stable and improving condition.

Antibiotics will be offered to all children and staff at a child care centre the sick children have been linked to, Queensland Health says.

One of the children attended the centre while the other two have indirect links to it.

Public Health physician Dr Sonya Bennett said the centre's other children and staff may be carriers of the meningococcal bacteria and will be offered antibiotics. Read More

Rogue Wave Ghana: One feared dead, 15 injured in high sea accident

One person is feared dead and 15 others severely injured in a high sea accident involving a Ghanaian fishing vessel and an unidentified foreign supply vessel in Takoradi seawaters.

The body of the deceased, Paul Amoah, 42, from Apam in the Central Region, had not been discovered and the injured had been treated and discharged.

The Takoradi Port Station Officer, Chief Superintendent Asare-Naamim, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Takoradi.

He said the accident happened about 17 nautical miles from the Takoradi Port, when an unidentified foreign supply vessel collided with a Ghanaian vessel, with registration number Luyu 901, during fishing expedition on March 20, last month. Read More

Over 1000 evacuated in Perak flood, Malaysia

KAMPAR - A total of 1,145 people from 254 families in seven villages here were evacuated after their houses were hit by floods early yesterday.

They were sheltered at SMK Kampar and Dewan Pulau Bergading. The victims were from Kampung Baru Kuala Dipang, Kampung Kuala Dipang, Kampung Melaya, Kampung Batu 20, Kampung Pisang, Kampung Pasir and Kampung Nyior.

Security personnel and staff from the government departments and agencies assisted in the evacuation.

Water level that rose up to 1m following heavy rains about midnight on Wednesday saw the Sungai Kampar bund bursting and flooding the villages about 5am.

Apart from homes, furniture shops, workshops and hundreds of vehicles and motorcycles were also damaged. Read More

20 tons of oil leak off southern Italian coast‎

ROME, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Some 20 tons of fuel oil were spilled into the sea from a freighter near the Italian southern port city of Taranto on Thursday.

A pool of about 800 square meters has appeared on the sea because of the oil spill. Coast Guard personnel, with the help of professional company, have circumscribed the contaminated area with floating barriers and stared the operation of cleaning up oil spillage.

Some eight tons of the leaked fuel have been cleaned up till now, according to local news agency Ansa. However, it will take several days to complete all the reclamation work.

The fuel oil was leak from a freighter flying the Panamanian flag, which is moored at the cargo port of Taranto for unloading of material. Coast Guard personnel have made an inspection and found oily spotting on the shell of the ship. Source

Local firefighters battle wild fire in western Virginia‎

Firefighters from eight jurisdictions in Hampton Roads left Thursday to assist with a raging wildfire in Rockbridge County in the western part of the state.

Thirty-two firefighters from York, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Portsmouth were deployed under a statewide mutual aid request from Rockbridge. Virginia Beach firefighters also took two brush trucks and a tanker truck. Chesapeake sent a small transportation bus, a large equipment truck and a firefighter rehab truck.

Approximately 2,665 acres are burning in western Rockbridge County and eastern Alleghany County. Dry conditions and gusty winds have allowed the fire to spread rapidly in recent days, consuming a total of more than 20,000 acres. The Virginia Department of Forestry said the fire, which is in an area called Rich Hole, grew by 1,506 acres between Tuesday and Wednesday. Portions of east and westbound Interstate 64 in those localities were closed earlier this week due to the fire. A separate fire in the nearby Alleghany Tunnels has grown to nearly 7,000 acres.

Newport News Fire Battalion Chief Steve Pincus said the challenge for firefighters in Rockbridge is its location in a remote mountainous area. He said it can be challenging in that type of environment to get firefighters and equipment in to directly attack the fire.

Pincus said firefighters are likely using a combination of tactics to control the fire, including creating a fire line around the active areas to try to keep the fire from spreading by clearing out trees, plants and debris. He said the U.S. Forestry Service is using helicopters to make water drops and some firefighters are attacking the fire on the ground with hand lines. Read More

GOAL warns that Haiti could face second cholera outbreak‎

THE EARTHQUAKE-STRICKEN country of Haiti could be on the verge of a second cholera epidemic, as the county’s rainy season leads to another rise in the number of cases recorded.

Irish humanitarian charity GOAL says the wet season, which arrived last month, led to an average of 77 new cases of cholera being recorded every day in March.

The charity’s country director Derek Butler said the surge in new cases meant a “serious health problem could be just around the corner”.

Some 7,000 people have died from cholera since it was first reported there in October 2010, nine months after the country sustained horrific damage in a powerful 7.0-magnitude inland earthquake. Read More

Hailstorm claims 14 lives in state, India

LUCKNOW: The thunderstorms and rains might have made climate pleasant in the state but they left a trail of death and destruction in some parts. While in Lucknow, cloudy sky and cool breeze kept temperatures below normal, as many as 14 people were killed and more than 200 injured due to severe dust and thunder/hail storms at different places in the state during the past 24 hours.

The worst affected was Jalaun where nine persons died during hailstorm which lashed the districts during wee hours. Five persons died in places adjoining Jalaun. The hailstorm and rains also damaged wheat crop at many places.

State Met director JP Gupta said that the change in weather has been due to an upper air cyclonic circulation over eastern UP. Earlier, the circulation was over West which shifted eastwards during the past 24 hours. The circulation, which was formed due to hot conditions last week, is responsible for the dust and thunderstorm at many places and hail at few places. Similar weather conditions would continue for next 24 hours. The change in weather conditions brought maximum temperatures by 1-5 degrees below normal across the state and minimum temperature was down by 1-3 degrees. Read More

Spanish stock market plunges to three-year low

Spanish bond yields also soared as it emerged that its banks borrowed a record €316.3bn from the ECB in March.

Spanish stock markets fell 3.6% to a three-year lowon Friday as concerns mounted that the country will become the next weak spot in the eurozone debt crisis and it emerged that Spanish banks had increased their reliance on cheap loans from the European Central Bank in March, borrowing almost double what they did in February.

The financial institutions, virtually blocked out of wholesale credit markets, borrowed a record €316.3bn from the ECB in March.

The Bank of Spain's figures, compared with February borrowings of €169.8bn (£139bn), sent the cost of insuring Spanish debt against default to a record high and came just before Spain tests market appetite for its debt next week.

The ECB has supplied eurozone banks with around €1tn of cheap, three-year loans in two tranches in December and February, a lifeline for battered Spanish lenders struggling to find short-term financing.

However, while the ECB's liquidity boost has proved a lifeline for Spain's banks, it could be only a temporary fix to a deeper problem of heavy property liabilities and fading confidence, economists said. Read More

Tom Horn: Boy Needs 30 Stitches After Pufferfish Attack: Parts of feet entirely ripped off

A young boy in Australia has suffered a rare attack by a type of fish described as a "cross between a tadpole and a shark".

Tom Horn, five, was bitten while wading with his family on Thursday Island, in the far north of Queensland.

The creature bit both of his feet and he needed to be taken 450 miles to Cairns for surgeons to operate.

The attack was by a feroxodon multistiatus, known as 'ferocious pufferfish', which grow to a length of only 14 inches but have powerful teeth-filled jaws.

"They were unbelievable wounds," said Tom’s policeman father, Senior Sergeant Jamie Horn. "The ball of his left big toe was missing and a chunk of flesh was missing out of his right heel.

"You wouldn't think a little pufferfish could be so vicious.''

Tom needed 30 stitches for his wounds. He was kept in hospital for two weeks on antibiotics as a precaution against infection, reported Queensland’s Courier Mail newspaper.

Surgeons now plan to have a report published in a medical journal to document the rare attack. more

Police Chase ends with deadly freeway shooting 101 FREEWAY LAPD SHOOTING

Baby Girl's Death: West Yorkshire Police Arrest 18-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man on suspicion of murder

West Yorkshire police have launched a murder investigation after the death of a seven-week-old baby girl.

The police said that the baby had died at about 3am this morning from her injuries in Pinderfields Hospital.

Officers were called to the hospital after the girl was brought in from an address on Ashleigh Avenue, Pontefract, by ambulance with serious injuries.

An 18-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident and remain in custody.

More to follow...

Traffic Officer Clings On As Bus Speeds Off as he Tried to Issue Ticket, Vietnam



A traffic officer in Vietnam has gone the extra mile by clinging onto a bus doing more than 30mph as he tried to issue a ticket.

The officer in Hanoi told the driver to pull over but when he asked for his paperwork the driver started speeding away.

Undaunted, Second Lieutenant Nguyen Manh Phan leapt onto the front of the bus and held tight to the windscreen wipers.

He stared down the driver through the windscreen.

Mr Phan's heroics were captured on video as he yelled: "Call the police!"

The bus travelled more than half a mile before the driver, Phung Hong Phuong, eventually pulled over.

Phuong was chased by police and the Hanoi public. He was caught and arrested for acting against public officials.

The offence carries a maximum of three years in jail. Read More

Impeach Obama in 2012



Note: This also goes for any other presidents and leaders who oppress the common man and curtail his freedoms, in America, and in any nation; this prosecution should be carried out by whatever political, spiritual and physical means it requires.

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the Fiji Region at a depth of 488.6 km (303.6 miles), the quake hit at 16:42:34 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 250 km (156 miles) WNW of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 35.8 km (22.2 miles), the quake hit at 15:54:46 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 167 km (104 miles) East from Sendai, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck Vanuatu at a depth of 245.2 km (152.4 miles), the quake hit at 15:52:45 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 57 km (35 miles) Northeast of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH INDIAN OCEAN - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the North Indian Ocean at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 15:33:29 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 659 km (408.5 miles) Southwest from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Bernie Ecclestone pictures burned in Bahrain by protestors outraged that F1 grand prix will go ahead

Pictures of Bernie Ecclestone are being burnt in Bahrain but the F1 boss insists it is safe to stage next week's grand prix in the troubled Gulf kingdom.

The decision to go ahead with the race comes despite continuing unrest following anti-government protests which resulted in the deaths of a number of demonstrators last year.

Despite pictures of violence and riots in Bahrain, Ecclestone has claimed there is nothing wrong and that the grand prix will go ahead on April 22.

This came as pictures emerged of his image being burnt in Bahrain.

They were posted on a Facebook paged called 'Pearl Family Circle – Martyrs’ Square' Read More

Gold 'to hit $2,000' on Spain fears

A looming flare-up in the eurozone crisis over Spain will drive the price of gold towards $2,000 (£1,255) an ounce this year, a leading consultancy predicts.

Rising fears about the region’s fourth largest economy will send a fresh flood of investment towards the “safe haven” metal, according to the annual report from Thomson Reuters GFMS.

Philip Klapwijk, global head of metals analytics at the consultancy, said: “We could easily see last September’s record high [a closing high of $1,900.23 on September 5] being taken out.

“A push on towards $2,000 is definitely on the cards before the year is out, although a clear breach of that mark is arguably a more likely event for the first half of next year.”

Demand for gold often sees a boost when fears about the situation in Europe intensify. The metal can likewise benefit from the prospect of more quantitative easing (QE), as investors seek to protect their wealth from the inflationary effects of central bankers’ actions.

In the shorter term, GFMS thinks the apparent abatement of the eurozone crisis and reduced expectations for a third round of quantitative easing or “QE3” in the US could drive the gold price lower, perhaps below $1,550 in the next couple of months. more

Anders Behring Breivik to claim he killed 77 people 'in self-defence'

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik will demand that he be acquitted when his trial begins next week, on the grounds that killed his 77 victims in self-defence.

The 33-year-old extremist has confessed to planting a bomb near government buildings in Oslo, and then driving to the island of Utoya where he systematically shot 69, mostly teenaged, victims.

But he has argued that his actions were "necessary" to prevent his country being overwhelmed by what he perceived as an imminent Islamic takeover.

"He is going to invoke self-defence," Geir Lippestad, his lawyer, confirmed in an interview with Norway's Dagbladet newspaper. "We of course understand that that will not succeed, but we are obliged to present his arguments."

Timothy McVeigh, the leader of the group that carried out the Oklahoma Bombing in 1995, made a similar argument, claiming that he faced an "imminent danger" from the US government, but was found guilty and later executed by lethal injection.

Norway is bracing itself for Breivik's initial testimony, expected on Monday of Tuesday. more

"Tornado outbreak likely Saturday across Southern US"

PC AC 130602        DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK RESENT 1    NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK    0102 AM CDT FRI APR 13 2012        VALID 141200Z - 151200Z        ...THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS PARTS OF OK AND KS...        ...THERE IS A MDT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS PARTS OF NW TX...CNTRL    AND WRN OK...CNTRL AND ERN KS...SE NEB...NW MO AND FAR SW IA...        ...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS PARTS OF THE MID-MO    VALLEY...UPPER MS VALLEY...SRN PLAINS AND CNTRL PLAINS...        TORNADO OUTBREAK LIKELY ACROSS THE SRN AND CNTRL PLAINS NWD INTO THE    MID-MO VALLEY FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT        ...SRN AND CNTRL PLAINS...    AN IMPRESSIVE UPPER-LEVEL LOW WILL MOVE EWD ACROSS FOUR CORNERS    REGION SATURDAY AS A POWERFUL 90 TO 110 KT MID-LEVEL JET EJECTS NEWD    INTO THE SRN AND CNTRL PLAINS. AHEAD OF THE SYSTEM...A CORRIDOR OF    MODERATE TO STRONG INSTABILITY IS FORECAST ACROSS ECNTRL KS...CNTRL    OK INTO NW TX. THIS COMBINED WITH STEEP MID-LEVEL LAPSE RATES AND    STRONG LOW-LEVEL SHEAR WILL BE VERY FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE STORMS AND    A TORNADO OUTBREAK WILL BE LIKELY ACROSS THE SRN AND CNTRL PLAINS    FROM LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON LASTING THROUGH THE EVENING AND INTO    THE OVERNIGHT PERIOD. more

Tarek Mehanna a Al Qaeda terrorist from wealthy Boston suburb given standing ovation by family as he starts 18-year prison sentence

A Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to help Al-Qaeda was sentenced Thursday to 17 1/2 years in prison after giving an impassioned speech in which he declared his love for Islam and said, 'This is not terrorism; it's self-defense.'

Tarek Mehanna, 29, an American who grew up in the wealthy Boston suburb of Sudbury, was found guilty in December of traveling to Yemen to seek training in a terrorist camp with the intention of going on to Iraq to fight U.S. soldiers there.

Prosecutors said that when that plan failed, Mehanna returned to the United States and began translating and disseminating materials online promoting violent jihad.

'In your eyes I'm a terrorist. I'm the only one standing here in an orange jumpsuit,' Mehanna said in U.S. District Court in Boston.

He later added: 'America will change and recognize this trial for what it is.'

Mehanna was sentenced on four terror-related charges and three counts of lying to authorities.
His family and supporters gave him a standing ovation and called out 'we love you' as he was led from the courtroom. Read More

Ohio, Cracker Barrel Shooting leaves 3 Dead

Three people were left dead and a child injured in a restaurant after a man reportedly turned his gun on his wife after she said she was leaving him.

The woman and a girl were killed inside the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Brooklyn, Ohio on Thursday night.

The suspected gunman was fatally shot by the police after he ignored officers' demands to drop his weapon as he tried to exit the restaurant.

Police Chief Scott Mielke told ABC 5 that a woman at the restaurant called 911 at 8.40pm saying that she felt threatened by her husband after telling him that she was leaving him.

He left the restaurant and then began circling the parking lot in his car, she said.

Police arrived, heard gunshots, and saw customers fleeing from the store.

A man exited the restaurant with a 'long gun', Mielke said. Officers ordered him to drop his weapon, then fatally shot him when he failed to surrender. Read More

Murder hunt launched after two coast guards are shot dead on island off the coast of Alaska

A murder hunt was launched today after two coast guards were gunned down on an island off the coast of Alaska.

The victims' bodies were found at their work station inside the Kodiak Island Coast Guard office by a colleague early this morning.

Police and FBI are scouring the island for the mystery assassin who they believe struck between 7am and 8am, shortly after the victims arrived for work.

Coast Guard spokewoman Sara Francis said the rest of the roughly 60 enlisted personnel and civilians working at the station have been accounted for.

Capt. Jesse Moore, commanding officer of the Coast Guard base on Kodiak, said the shootings likely occurred sometime between 7 and 8 a.m., soon after the two victims arrived for work inside one of the communication station buildings.

The captain said he was not aware of any threats or anything else that might have indicated problems at the station. The station is equipped with security cameras, but it was not yet known if they captured any evidence, he said. Read More

Canadian lynx: Rare photo of cool cat crossing highway overpass

The Canadian lynx – a large cat native to the wilds of Canada – is generally elusive, and shies away from using highway-wildlife overpasses.

But one lynx bucked the trend, and the extraordinary event was captured on camera.
Using automatic motion-sensitive cameras, researchers in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, managed to capture the majestic-looking cat mid-commute.

The Canadian lynx was captured on March 28 as it crossed over the Trans-Canada Highway near Lake Louise. Read More

'Great Firewall of China' briefly blocks ALL foreign websites - is regime's censorship tightening?

China's draconian internet censorship system - known as 'the Great Firewall of China' - intensified briefly today, blocking ALL foreign websites.

Observers speculated that the system could be being upgraded to further tighten the regime's control over foreign sites.

Users in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere in China reported that they were unable to access any foreign sites at all.

China already heavily restricts access to many foreign sites.

China blocks Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and many other websites citing a need to maintain social stability.

'Latest news: most foreign websites can't be accessed,' said a company, Data Centre for China Internet.

'Analysis: for commonly known reasons, a large number of foreign URLs are blocked.

'It is possible that the great firewall is undergoing some readjustment, mistakenly adding many foreign websites to the blocking list. The details are unclear.' Read More

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck Guatemala at a depth of 102.5 km (63.7 miles), the quake hit at 13:49:55 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 15 km (9.3 miles) SSE from Cacahoat√°n, Chiapas, Mexico
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Lee Wildman a £2m antiques heist suspect again after mistakenly FREEING him following arrest

A suspect wanted over a £2million heist had been held in custody – but was released on bail after confusion between police and prosecutors, it has emerged.

Lee Wildman, 35, was arrested and questioned by detectives investigating the theft of precious artefacts from a museum on Thursday, last week.

But he was bailed on Monday after the Crown Prosecution Service apparently decided there was not enough evidence to bring a charge.

Police were unable to find him the next day when they decided to re-arrest him for further questioning.

Detective and prosecutors are now trying to pointing the finger at each other over who made the decision to free Mr Wildman.

A Durham Police spokesman said that they were under pressure because 'we are governed by legislation as to how long we can hold people without charge', adding: 'at the time we were both working exceptionally hard to secure justice in challenging, fast moving conditions.'

Detective Superintendent Adrian Green told the Mirror: ‘He has been arrested, he has been interviewed, he has been bailed and now we wish to interview him again.' Read More

Police get hundreds of calls a day from terrorised and suicidal children bullied on Facebook

Hundreds of terrorised children often on the verge of suicide are calling the police every day because they are viciously bullied on Facebook.

Britain's forces fear this could be 'the tip of the iceberg' as more youngsters are certainly suffering in silence.

Many are constantly being bombarded with abusive messages or have Facebook pages set up just to bully them.

Today one of the most senior police officers in the UK has spoken out on the issue.

Greater Manchester Police chief constable Peter Fahy says children are being terrorised by cyber-bullies, and in his region alone 10 children dial 999 every 24 hours about the issue.

These complaints do not include ones made about trolls bullying on Twitter, other social networking sites or by text, with experts claiming up to one in three schoolchildren will suffer cyber-bullying at some point.

'While it is difficult to capture the true figure, we have on average of ten reports a day across the whole force concerning Facebook,' Mr Fahy said

'I am sure our figures are just the tip of the iceberg because many do not report it or decide to switch off their account. Read More

Abdul Arian Killed as 8 LAPD Officers Fire more than 90 Rounds after a pursuit on the freeway

A police chase of an unarmed runaway motorist in LA who failed to stop for driving recklessly ended with the teenager being shot dead live on television.

Officers fired more than 90 rounds at 19-year-old Abdul Arian after a pursuit on the freeway.

The dramatic video shows an LAPD police patrol car smashing into Arian's car as he does a failed U-turn in the road before he flees simulating pointing a weapon at chasing police.

News helicopter footage from CBS Sky 2 shows Arian jumping out of his car, turning and fleeing the scene running backwards.

He then repeatedly spins around in a combat stance just before he was shot on the US 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills, LA.

It has emerged that Arian made a frantic 911 call to police during the pursuit, saying he had a gun, but one wasn't recovered from the scene. Read More

Natalie McMillan charged with manslaughter by gross negligence and child cruelty of four-month-old son 'crushed to death television

A woman has been charged over the death of her four-month-old son after a television fell on top of him while he was at home.

Kian McMillan was rushed hospital with severe head injuries following the incident at his home in Burnley, Lancashire, in the early hours of December 6 last year.

He was taken from the Royal Blackburn Hospital to specialists at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital but died less than 24 hours after paramedics first reached him.

Natalie McMillan, 24, now of Bradford, West Yorkshire, has been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence and child cruelty, said Lancashire Constabulary.

Edward Hanratty, 40, also from Bradford, is accused of child cruelty. Read More

Viking 1 lander Finds microbial life on Mars : Shock finding as scientists re-analyse soil samples from Seventies Viking lander

The Viking 1 lander which arrived on Mars in July 1976: Scientists now believe there is strong evidence of microbial life in the soil samples analysed by Viking 1

In July 1976, the Viking 1 probe touched down on Mars and failed to find traces of life - but now, three decades later, scientists think the experiment was flawed.

VIking 1 did find evidence of extraterrestrial microbes in soil samples from the Red Planet.

Mathematical analysis of the samples concluded that salts in the soil on Mars 'threw off' initial estimates - and that the soil samples show strong evidence of microbial life.

The new analysis looked for 'complexity' in the samples - an indication of life. To the surprise of the scientists, they found it.

'This suggests a robust biological response,' say the researchers, from the University of Siena and California's Keck Institute. Read More

Tina Nash blinded by boyfriend who GOUGED both of her eyes out

A mother whose eyes were gouged out by her partner said today he had 'robbed me of one of the most precious things in life'.

Shane Jenkin, 33, subjected 32-year-old mother-of-two Tina Nash to a sickening 12-hour attack at her home in Hayle, Cornwall, leaving the attractive blonde completely blind.

Surgeons removed one eye and could not save her sight in the other, after Ms Nash was suffocated and had her jaw and nose broken during the 'vicious' assault, Truro Crown Court heard.

She faced the cameras for the first time today since the vile attack, after attending a hearing last year hiding behind large, dark sunglasses.

In a statement released after Jenkin admitted GBH with intent in court this morning, Ms Nash said she was glad he had 'at least taken responsibility for changing my life forever'. Read More

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck Oaxaca, Mexico at a depth of 14.3 km (8.9 miles), the quake hit at 13:06:27 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 165 km (102 miles) WSW of Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Huge Naval Exercise To Test Terror Response

The ability of the Royal Navy to react to events such as a terrorist attack on the Olympics is being tested with a massive exercise involving warships from across Europe and North America.

A total of 8,000 personnel aboard 30 vessels are taking part in the Joint Warrior exercise off the west coast of Scotland.

As well as the UK, it will involve ships from the US, Denmark, Norway, France, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands.

The aim is to create a task group capable of being deployed to global incidents such as last year's war in Libya.

Starting on Monday and lasting two weeks, the exercise will be one of the biggest to be held in the area. Read More

Syria Ceasefire 'Appears To Be Holding'

The UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has said the ceasefire in Syria appears to be holding despite reports of clashes close to the Turkish border.

Fighting has been reported between government troops and rebels near the village of Khirbel Joz in Idlib province.

There are also reports that security forces have shot dead three demonstrators as tens of thousands of people took part in marches across the country.

A spokesman for Mr Annan said the envoy had been encouraged that the cessation in hostilities "appeared to be holding".

"Mr Annan is aware that we don't have a perfect situation in the country at the moment," Ahmad Fawzi said.

"There are detainees that need to be released, humanitarian corridors that need to be opened." Read More

Boris 'To Be Sued' Over Gay Cure Advert Ban

A Christian group is taking legal action against Mayor of London Boris Johnson after he banned bus advertisements suggesting gay people could be cured.

The posters, by the Core Issues Trust, stated: "Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!"

The adverts were backed by Anglican Mainstream, a global group that says it is committed to the traditional biblical teaching on marriage, the family and human sexuality.

It is understood that organisation has instructed solicitors after the banning of the campaign.

The poster was believed to mock pro-gay group Stonewall's adverts that said: "Some people are gay. Get over it."

It was due to run for two weeks on the sides of vehicles serving main routes through the capital, including close to St Paul's Cathedral, Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus.

But, after the campaign was labelled as homophobic, London Mayor Boris Johnson ordered it to be pulled. Read More

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH INDIAN OCEAN - 12th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the North Indian Ocean at a depth of 15.4 km (9.6 miles), the quake hit at 12:48:12 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 642 km (398 miles) WSW from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Casey Anthony; Defamation lawsuit against her will Go Forward

(CNN) -- A Florida judge ruled Thursday that a woman's defamation lawsuit against Casey Anthony can go forward, contending that a jury should make the final decision on several contentious issues critical to the case.

Zenaida Gonzalez has filed a civil suit against Casey Anthony, who was acquitted last year of murder and other charges tied to the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee though she was convicted on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers.

Gonzalez alleges that Anthony defamed her and damaged her reputation when she claimed that a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez had taken Caylee, who was reported missing in July 2008 -- a month after she was last seen. The girl's remains were found in December of that year.

Authorities were never able to find the nanny. But they did find Gonzalez, the plaintiff in this case, who claimed she never met Anthony or her daughter. Read More

New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker rushes into burning home to save neighbor

(CNN) -- Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker ran into a burning building Thursday night to help rescue a trapped woman, an act of heroism that sent him to the hospital.

Booker talked about the incident on Twitter.

"Thanks 2 all who are concerned. Just suffering smoke inhalation," Booker tweeted. "We got the woman out of the house. We are both off to hospital. I will b ok."

Video from the aftermath of the scene showed Booker hugging the woman, his right hand wrapped in gauze. "Just some second-degree burns," he told reporters.

Booker was released from a New Jersey-area hospital at about 11:30 p.m., according to the mayor's spokeswoman, Anne Torres.

"He's home now, getting some needed rest," Torres said. Read More