Saturday, April 21, 2012

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck the Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan at a depth of 111.6 km (69.3 miles), the quake hit at 19:51:33 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 69 km (42 miles) South of Faizabad, Afghanistan
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN UZBEKISTAN - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck Eastern Uzbekistan at a depth of 23.1 km (14.4 miles), the quake hit at 17:58:08 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 43 km (26 miles) ESE of Qarshi (Karshi), Uzbekistan
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

'Giant Rat' Caught And Killed By Grandad in North East of England

A 'giant rat' has been caught and killed by a man in the North East of England.

Grandad Brian Watson killed the large rodent with a piece of wood in Castleside, County Durham.

It was first spotted by the boyfriend of Mr Watson's granddaughter, while he was out cutting grass on a tractor.

In an interview with Sky Tyne and Wear, Mr Watson said: "I heard him shouting there was a large rat.

"I came running round the corner. I managed to grab some wood on the way."

"It wasn't very fast. I managed to kill it there and then.

"I've never seen a rat as big in my life before." Read More

Amsterdam Train Collision; 70 Injured



Two trains have collided near the Dutch city of Amsterdam, injuring dozens of people.

The accident happened near the station of Sloterdijk, Dutch news agency ANP reported.

Local reports cited an unnamed Dutch Railways spokesperson, who said 48 people had been injured ranging from scratches to broken bones.

Prorail spokesman Jouke Schaartsma confirmed that an intercity train had collided with a smaller local train called a sprinter, but said he had no details of injuries.

Amsterdam local news network AT5 posted photos on its website showing two trains that appeared to have collided head-on.

Both trains were still on the rails and the double-decker intercity train sustained damage near some doors close to the impact.

More follows...


UPDATE: at Least 70 Injured

Marissa Danielle Alexander: NAACP declares "stand your ground" fair for blacks, but not for others like Zimmerman; hypocrisy?

The NAACP's Jacksonville chapter has thrown its support behind a woman who will be sentenced Monday in a shooting where she claimed self-defense against an abusive husband under the state's Stand Your Ground law.

Marissa Danielle Alexander, 31, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault in August 2010 after she fired a single shot into the ceiling of her home during a dispute that somehow turned physical.

A judge denied her immunity in a Stand Your Ground hearing. And after a jury found her guilty, she faces a mandatory term of 20 years in prison.

"This is a clear case of domestic violence against Marissa," branch President Isaiah Rumlin said Friday. "After looking into it and studying the case, this is a clear case of Stand Your Ground as it relates to what she had to do on the date that she did it." more

Note: Wasn't the Sanford incident a clear case of violence against Zimmerman? Shouldn't Marissa and Zimmerman both be free due to domestic abuse / assault? There are grounds for both of them going free, yet bias seems to be the word of the day.

Popocatepetl volcano's activity puts Mexico City on alert‎



A volcano outside of one of the world's largest cities, Mexico City, has begun spewing ash and molten rock, forcing the authorities to raise the level of alert for fear of an eruption.

Eruptions from the Popocatepetl volcano began to grow larger a week ago as columns of ash began pouring from more than 60 openings in the 17,886 foot high cone.

On Friday a low pitched roar and rolling towers of ash and steam were spewed out as some of the pressure built up inside the magma chamber escaped.

Glowing rock fragments have also been sighted more than 3,000 feet down the slopes of the volcano. Read More

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Makes Notification of an Unusual Event to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, California

OSEMEAD, Calif., Apr 20, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Operations personnel at Southern California Edison's San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) declared the occurrence of an unusual event as the result of a small fire in an electrical panel in the non-radiological side of Unit 2. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was immediately notified.

Operators declared an unusual event at 12:49 p.m. and exited the event less than an hour later at 1:41 p.m. The SONGS fire department responded and extinguished the fire.

There was no threat to the public or employees, and no one was hurt. The cause of the fire is now being investigated.

Unit 2 was taken out of service for a planned outage on Jan. 9. Both Units 2 and 3 remain shut down for steam generator testing and analysis. Read More

Mercury spill prompts evacuation at Minnesota high school

FRIDLEY, Minn. — A mercury spill prompted Totino-Grace High School in Fridley to evacuate students Friday.

But the students were told Friday to remain on campus in case chemicals were found on their shoes.

The Star Tribune reported that the school was evacuated at 11:45 a.m. after mercury from a thermometer was found on a classroom floor. School normally ends at 1:50 p.m., but students were told to remain on campus.

A hazardous materials assessment team and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's emergency response team were at the school. Read More

China military warns US of confrontation over seas

(Reuters) - China's military warned the United States on Saturday that U.S.-Philippine military exercises have raised risks of armed confrontation over the disputed South China Sea in the toughest high-level warning yet after weeks of tensions.

China's official Liberation Army Daily warned that recent jostling with the Philippines over disputed seas where both countries have sent ships could boil over into outright conflict, and laid much of the blame at Washington's door.

This week American and Filipino troops launched a fortnight of annual naval drills amid the stand-off between Beijing and Manila, who have accused each other of encroaching on sovereign seas near the Scarborough Shoal, west of a former U.S. navy base at Subic Bay.

The joint exercises are held in different seas around the Philippines; the leg that takes place in the South China Sea area starts on Monday.

"Anyone with clear eyes saw long ago that behind these drills is reflected a mentality that will lead the South China Sea issue down a fork in the road towards military confrontation and resolution through armed force," said the commentary in the Chinese paper, which is the chief mouthpiece of the People's Liberation Army. Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the North Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles), the quake hit at 15:52:26 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 187 km (116 miles) East from BRIDGETOWN, Barbados
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Huge explosives haul seized in Kabul

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan security officials said Saturday they had seized 10 tonnes of explosives and foiled plans to stage attacks in the capital, Kabul.

Three Pakistani citizens and two Afghans were captured, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.

The five suspected militants confessed their involvement during questioning and admitted to being members of Pakistani and Afghan Taliban terrorist groups, the NDS said.

The explosives -- amounting to about 22,045 pounds -- were hidden under bags of potatoes in a big truck with Pakistani license plates, it said. Read More

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia at a depth of 98 km (60.8 miles), the quake hit at 15:27:32 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 312 km (193.4 miles) Northeast of Los Palos, Timor-Leste, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

UN Passes Resolution On Syria Monitors...And so it Begins

The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution allowing a 300-strong ceasefire monitoring mission in Syria, despite the strong doubts of many Western nations.

Under UN resolution 2043, the unarmed military observers will be sent if UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon decides it is safe for them to go.

Envoys from several western nations highlighted the risks of sending the monitors as violence has not stopped amid a ceasefire.

Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the vote decision and implementation of the UN and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point plan.

"This resolution increases the pressure on the Syrian regime to begin a transition to a democratic, plural political system. I welcome the fact that the council reaffirmed its full support for this goal," Mr Hague said.

"However, I remain extremely concerned that the Syrian regime is still failing to meet its commitments, and that there has been further violence and the use of heavy weapons since 12 April when a ceasefire should have come into effect." Read More

Police Fire Tear Gas In New Bahrain Clash



Police in Bahrain have fired tear gas on protesters as they responded with petrol bombs ahead of the Gulf state's Formula One Grand Prix.

Up to 150 protesters were reported to be facing off against 50 police in jeeps during the violence in a Shiite district outside Manama.

The fresh clashes came after an anti-government protester was found dead after violence overnight ahead of Sunday's grand prix, according to the opposition party Wefaq.

Wefaq said the body of Salah Abbas Habib, 37, was found on the roof of a building in the village of Shakhoura.

It claimed Mr Habib was part of a group who were chased and "brutally" beaten by police during the clashes, late on Friday night.

Wefaq, the leading party among Bahrain's majority Shi'ite Muslim population, published a photograph of Habib's body on a corrugated iron rooftop. Read More

Violent student protest in Montreal

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 21st Mar 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck Hokkaido, Japan at a depth of 94.4 km (58.7 miles), the quake hit at 14:29:37 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 54 km (33 miles) East of Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Obama urges Sudan, South Sudan to resolve issues through dialogue



(CNN) -- U.S. President Barack Obama urged Sudan and South Sudan to resolve their outstanding issues through dialogue and avoid a return to war amid soaring tensions between the neighboring nations.

Clashes have escalated between Sudan and South Sudan in recent days following Sudan airstrikes targeting the South and the latter seizing the disputed oil-rich region of Heglig.

South Sudan said Saturday that its troops have left the region, but maintained its claim that Heglig is its territory.

Sudan troops are now in control of the region, but if they continue with attacks, South Sudan will retake it, said Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, the South Sudanese vice president.

Both nations have a choice to avoid a return to war, Obama said in a videotape message to citizens of both nations . Read More

Free Syrian Army Terrorists Expose Each Other, Murder, Rape and Pillage

Syria peacekeeping plan 'doomed'

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia at a depth of 51 km (31.7 miles), the quake hit at 13:23:39 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 146 km (90 miles) Northeast of Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 13:01:39 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 593 km (367.6 miles) Southwest of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

2.9 Magnitude Earthquake OKLAHOMA - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 2.9 earthquake has struck Oklahoma at a depth of 4.9 km (3 miles), the quake hit at 12:45:25 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 13 km (8 miles) South from Wellston, Oklahoma
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

India: Man arrested with explosives on train

New Delhi (CNN) -- A man was arrested Saturday in India after he was caught traveling on a train with about 30 detonators and other explosives, CNN affiliate IBN reported.

The man was a passenger on an express train traveling from Chhattisgarh state in central India to Bankura, in West Bengal, IBN said.

As well as the detonators, 30 gelatin sticks, a form of explosive, were recovered, IBN said. Source

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck Southeast of the Loyalty Islands at a depth of 39.5 km (24.5 miles), the quake hit at 12:36:10 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 237 km (147 miles) East from Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Alexander and Thomas Hunter Face Fraud Charges in the United States

A pair of British brothers are facing charges in the United States for allegedly defrauding investors out of more than 1.2 m US dollars (£745,000) through a bogus stock scheme.

Twins Alexander and Thomas Hunter were just 16 years old when they devised the "elaborate" online scam which fooled around 75,000 people, according to US officials.

In 2007 the brothers, reportedly from Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, are alleged to have invented a fictitious "stock picking robot" and claimed on a series of websites that the highly sophisticated computer trading programme could identify stocks that were poised to rocket in value.

They then targeted thousands of unsuspecting investors, mainly in the US, selling them "home versions" of the bogus software - named Marl - and annual subscription to a newsletter that listed the programme's stock recommendations, it is said.

However, the stocks were not generated by any technical analysis and were in fact those companies who were paying the brothers to promote, according to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), who has brought the civil action.

Legal papers filed in a New York federal court claimed investors paid 47 US dollars for newsletters listing Marl's stock picks and 97 US dollars for the home software. Read More

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 28 km (17.4 miles), the quake hit at 11:53:57 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 359 km (223 miles) Southwest of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL PERU - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck Central Peru at a depth of 90.9 km (56.6 miles), the quake hit at 11:36:03 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 155 km (96 miles) SSE of Cusco (Cuzco), Peru
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 10.5 km (6.5 miles), the quake hit at 11:10:51 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 311 km (193 miles) Southwest of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 9.7 km (6 miles), the quake hit at 11:04:30 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 306 km (190 miles) Southwest of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Scientific UFO Evidence in Norway

Zhou Yongkang & Bo Xilai Forced Google to Withdraw from China according to Epoch Times

Steep rise in measles in U.S... after Centers for Disease Control said it had been eliminated in 2000

Measles cases in the United States hit a 15-year high in 2011.

Ninety percent of the cases were traced to other countries with lower immunisation rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

There were 222 cases of measles in the United States last year, more than triple the usual number, said the CDC.

There had been only about 60 cases per year between 2001 and 2010.

No one has died of the disease in the United States since 2008 but approximately 20 million people contract the measles virus each year worldwide, and about 164,000 die from it, said Dr Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunisation and Respiratory Diseases. Read More

Taliban claims responsibility in Black Hawk crash, believed to have killed four U.S. soldiers

The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting down a Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan on Thursday night.

Four U.S. soldiers are believed to be have been killed in the crash, which happened in the south-west of the country.

Officials had initially suggested that unspecified weather difficulties were the cause of the accident.

But on Friday CNN received a statement from a Taliban spokesman. It said: 'Yesterday (Thursday) evening Taliban fighters shot down a helicopter and killed all its passengers in Khanashen Dewalak area near Garmsir, southern Helmand province,'

In a brief official announcement, the American military command in Kabul said there were 'no confirmed reports' of casualties 'at this time'. Read More

'Bahraini Protester Found Dead After Clashes' .... £25m to Stage the Event so doubt the killing of a protester is High on their list



An anti-government protester has been found dead after clashes overnight with police in Bahrain ahead of Sunday's grand prix, according to the opposition party Wefaq.

It said the body of Salah Abbas Habib, who was in his 30s, was found on the roof of a building in the village of Shakhoura.

Wefaq claimed Habib was part of a group who were beaten by police during the clashes, late on Friday night.

A spokesman for the government, which has deployed armoured vehicles onto the streets of the capital Manama, declined to comment.

Around 50,000 activists gathered in the capital Manama on Friday as Formula One drivers took to the track of Bahrain International Circuit, just 25 miles away. Read More

Bahrain: Facts
  • :: Bahrain's royal family owns 40% of the McLaren F1 racing team.
  • :: The F1 race is Bahrain's premier international event and it has cost the kingdom an estimated £25m to stage.
  • :: The Grand Prix drew 100,000 visitors to the nation and generated $500m in spending when it was last held two years ago.
  • :: The event is expected to draw a worldwide TV audience of about 100m in 187 countries.

The more things change, the more they stay the same: Residents of LA intersection where '92 race riots flared up say reform efforts have done NOTHING

Twenty years ago, at the intersection of Florence and Normandie in south Los Angeles, a mostly black mob, enraged at the acquittal of four Los Angeles policemen in the beating of black motorist Rodney King, dragged white truck driver Reginald Denny from his cab and beat him unconscious while news helicopters hovered overhead.

The gory images helped incite six days of fires and looting throughout the city that led to 53 deaths and an estimated $1 billion in property damage.

The riots also ushered in years of self-examination and reform efforts in a city whose poorer neighborhoods have long been plagued by gang violence, unemployment and despair.

A visit to Florence and Normandie today, though, suggests that while some things have changed, a lot more has remained the same. Read More

Kim Conover Killed by husband was DENIED a restraining order against him less than a week before murder suicide

An elementary school teacher and mother-of-four who was shot and killed by her estranged husband who then turned the gun on himself had been denied an emergency restraining order against him less than a week before.

Kim Conover, 43, who taught at a Petaluma elementary school in San Francisco, was shot by Kevin Conover, 41, outside her divorce lawyer's office on Sunday around 2pm.

Police had been called out to the couple five times over the past year to investigate complaints of domestic abuse and in one case, an allegation that Conover pushed one of his step-daughters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The couple had only been married two years but were former high school classmates. They had 21-month-old twins together.

Kim Conover had requested an emergency protective order six days before she was killed, alleging that her husband had grabbed her earlier that day, Lt Tim Lyons said.

An officer interviewed Kevin Conover, who denied any wrongdoing, police said. But the officer felt he was a threat to Kim Conover and requested an emergency stay-away order from a judge at Marcoida of Sonoma County Superior Court.

The judge denied it after finding no evidence that Kim Conover was in immediate danger, authorities said. Read More

Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Bird Strike and Engine Failure; ATC Audio



'Terrorists Blow Up Oil Pipeline' in Syria

Terrorists have blown up an oil pipeline in eastern Syria, according to the state news agency.

The alleged incident comes after the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) renewed its call for the United Nations to intervene militarily in the country.

"We call anew on the UN Security Council to act with all urgency to intervene militarily to bring an end to the crimes committed by the bloody regime against the unarmed Syrian people," the SNC said in a statement.

The group claims government forces entered the Bayyada neighbourhood of Homs and attacked local residents.

It said "streets and houses were full of the bodies of martyrs and the destruction terrifying."

Troops have lauched repeated assaults on the city since the beginning of the year in a bid to retake rebel-held districts. Read More

Michael Shane a Ohio Mayor Mayor charged with 30 sex crimes including raping a 10-year-old female family member NINE times

A southeastern Ohio village mayor suspected of repeatedly raping a 10-year-old girl and 30 other sex crimes has pleaded not guilty and is being held on bond of $1 million.

Stockport Mayor Michael Shane Shuster is charged with 10 counts each of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. He pleaded not guilty in a Morgan County court on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Mark Howdyshell says the charges are linked to 10 incidents of alleged sexual contact that began when the girl, a family member, was 10 or 11 and continued for five years. She is now 16. Read More

12 border guards tasered and beat Mexican illegal immigrant to death'

A video has emerged that appears to show an illegal immigrant from Mexico being beaten and tasered by more than a dozen border patrol agents just hours before his death.

It comes as another video apparently captures Anastacio Hernandez Rojas screaming for help as he begs the officers to spare his life in May 2010 at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The videos, along with two eyewitness accounts of the alleged attack, feature as part of a PBS Need to Know report, carried out with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.

Rojas, a 42-year-old father of five, had been deported and was trying to sneak over the border when he was caught by Customs and Border Protection agents, who said he became 'combative'.

In a press release following the attack, the San Diego Police Department said officers had to use a taser to 'subdue the individual and maintain officer safety' - and 'the subject stopped breathing'. Read More

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan at a depth of 30.1 km (18.7 miles), the quake hit at 08:45:52 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 139 km (86 miles) SSW of Ishigaki-jima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Starbucks bows to vegan pressure and stops using crushed insects for dye in drinks....WHAT!!!! They put crushed Beetles in my Smoothie??

Starbucks is to stop using colouring made from crushed beetles as it bows to pressure from vegetarian customers.

The coffee giant has been using the colouring derived from cochineal insects in its strawberry frappuccinos and smoothies as deserts including the raspberry swirl cake.

However following an online campaign asking for the ingredient to be removed, it will be replaced with lycopene, a tomato extract. Read More

George Zimmerman shown with blood pouring down his head minutes after Trayvon Martin shooting

A graphic photograph showing blood pouring from the back of George Zimmerman's head on the night he shot teenager Trayvon Martin was released today - and could be the key piece of evidence that will clear him of murder.

It was released on the same day Zimmerman appeared in court and spoke to the slain teen's parents for the first time, telling them: 'I am sorry for the loss of your son...I did not know if he was armed or not,' before he was released on $150,000 bond.

The photograph, obtained by ABC, was said to have been taken three minutes after the shooting took place on the night of February 26, and shows blood coming from two cuts and a possible contusion forming on the crown of his head.

It is the first piece of evidence to give substantial merit to Zimmerman's claim that 17-year-old Martin bashed his head against the concrete pavement as the 28-year-old tried to defend himself. Read More

Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure, coroner rules

The Los Angeles County coroner's office has ruled that conservative blogger and commentator Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure stemming from coronary disease.

Coroner spokesman Craig Harvey said on Friday that a negligible amount of alcohol was found in Mr Breitbart's system but no prescription or illicit drugs.

Mr Harvey foul play is not suspected and the case has been closed.
Mr Breitbart, 43, known for publishing the infamous tweets that brought down the former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, died on March 2.at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

He had collapsed as he was walked his dog near his Brentwood home. Read More

Texas cockfight turns into a gunfight, killing 3 and leaving 8 Injured

Three people were killed and eight injured when masked gunmen opened fire during an illegal cockfight on a Texas ranch.

The attack, described by authorities as a bloody massacre, sent spectators fleeing from makeshift bleachers surrounding the fighting ring near Edcouch, near Mexico.

Police were searching for the attackers and for clues as to their possible motives, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said.

Homer Jasso, the justice of the peace for that area of the county, said the scene was shocking in its gore.

'It was a massacre,' Jasso said. 'I haven't seen this kind of violence in the valley here on my watch. This is the first time in my life I've seen something this bad.'

Authorities were withholding the names of the victims until after they had notified the men's families, but they said two of them, aged 49 and 53, were brothers. The other man was 42 years old. Read More

Paul Trotter Pleads Guilty to carrying out sex attacks on 13 boys while working as children’s supervisor on luxury Cunard liners

A cruise ship worker who filmed himself abusing children left in his care aboard luxury Cunard liners has admitted attacks on 13 youngsters.

Paul Trotter, 34, pleaded guilty to a string of sexual assaults and taking, making and possessing indecent images of children, most of whom were under the age of 13 at the time.

The supervisor, who worked in the play zones, made films of himself abusing the children on three cruise ships, including Queen Mary 2 and its sister vessel Queen Elizabeth.

He also possessed other indecent images of children he had obtained online.

In a statement Cunard, part of the Carnival Corporation group and owners of the Costa Concordia which ran aground earlier this year, said it was 'deeply shocked' by Trotter's 'appalling crimes'.

It added he had avoided detection despite a number of safeguards, including having had his criminal record checked. Read More

Robinson Crusoe-style island retreat goes up in smoke close to millionaire's playground of Sandbanks

This is the dramatic moment the Robinson Crusoe-style island retreat of a multimillionaire went up in smoke.

The magnificent three-storey timber chalet was nearing completion when the inferno broke out at the empty property this morning.

The fire rapidly engulfed the six-bedroom log cabin hideaway, sending flames 40ft into the air above Green Island which is in the middle of Poole Harbour, Dorset.

It is just across from the millionaire's playground of Sandbanks, where celebrities such as Tottenham Hotspurs' manager Harry Redknapp enjoy the high life.

As the fierce blaze engulfed the remote cabin a dramatic rescue operation was launched.

Six portable pumps were hastily put on to barges and ferried out to the area of scientific interest where they battled to control the flames at the holiday home of Edward Iliffe, who owns the entire island in Poole Harbour.

Lifeboats were also put on standby as part of the operation and 30 firefighters were today still tackling the blaze. Read More

'Down with military rule': Tens of thousands pack Tahrir Square to protest against army generals and pro-Mubarak election candidates

Egyptian protesters have vented their fury about the country's military rule and the possibility of former Hosni Mubarak cronies winning power.

The country's biggest demonstration in months stepped-up pressure on generals to hand over power and called on anyone linked to Hosni Mubarak not to run in the looming presidential elections.

A crowd of many thousands, made up of Islamists and liberals, highlighted the anger some feel towards the ruling military who they blame for the country's political chaos.

A giant banner unveiled at the demonstration read: 'rejection of military rule.'

Friday's huge demonstration came on the eve of the country's first presidential elections since Hosni Mubarak was ousted more than a year ago.

'Down with military rule,' protesters in Tahrir chanted. Read More

Rhuddlan Jubilee street party to be CANCELLED because council orders organisers to spend £2,000 on 'street closed' signs

A village's plans to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a street party could be cancelled - because killjoy council chiefs say proper 'street closed' signage needs to be erected for health and safety reasons.

Four mums in Rhuddlan, North Wales, have spent months raising cash to to pay for the shindig's food and decorations - but were quoted more than twice what they had to pay for the signs.

They say they will have to cancel, breaking the hearts of families in the tiny town.

One of four party organisers, Hazel Morris, 54, said: 'It is incredible - we are happy to make the signs ourselves but that isn’t good enough for them.

'We need an official contractor to do it. The lowest cost we’ve been quoted locally is £2,000 for them to be made and displayed. Read More

Aiden McGrew Killed by a rescue dog, while father slept

A two-month-old child was killed and dismembered by a dog in his family's South Carolina home as his father slept, authorities said Friday.

Aiden McGrew's mother Chantel called 911 when she got home around 11am from a doctor's appointment and discovered the boy's leg was severed.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office said the boy was attacked and dismembered by a recently rescued retriever.

The dog, who looks to be a golden retriever or some sort of mix, was new to the home, WBTV reported.

Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said the boy was bitten and dismembered, but he refused to answer additional questions about the infant's injuries.

He said he hopes an autopsy scheduled for Saturday will determine if the boy was dead before the dog dismembered him, the Associated Press reported. Read More

Moyra Liz As-Chainey was last seen two days ago at her home in Edderton, Easter Ross; Police Appeal

Police have issued a direct appeal to a missing teenage girl to get in touch as a major search for her resumed.

Moyra Liz As-Chainey, 16, was last seen two days ago at her home in the village of Edderton, Easter Ross.

Around 50 people took part yesterday in a large-scale hunt for the missing girl, whose disappearance is said to be totally out of character.

An RAF search and rescue helicopter, mountain rescue teams, coastguards, police and four search and rescue dogs were all involved in the operation to find the youngster.

The helicopter is not involved in today’s hunt but police teams - joined by partners from other agencies - were continuing a concentrated search in the Edderton area. Read More

Moyra, who is originally from the Netherlands, is about 5ft 7ins, with long brown hair and green eyes.

She was last seen at about 8.30am on Wednesday, wearing a navy blue fleece, black leggings and Ugg boots.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police headquarters in Inverness on 01463 715555.

Abdikarim Abbas Abdisamad a Illegal immigrant raped young woman three years after judge ordered him to be deported

The Home Office came under fire yesterday when it emerged an illegal immigrant brutally raped a young woman - three years after a judge ordered him to be deported.

Abdikarim Abbas Abdisamad, 33, originally from Somalia, befriended a 24-year-old woman in a nightclub claiming he had just lost his job and was penniless.

The victim took pity on Abdisamad and invited him to her home where he raped her twice and battered her so severely she suffered 17 separate injuries.

He was jailed for ten years after being convicted of rape at Coventry Crown Court on Monday.

But during the hearing, it emerged Abdisamad was already a convicted criminal and a judge had ordered his deportation in 2009 when he was jailed for six months for grievous bodily harm.

But he was allowed to remain in Britain because of his immigration status and civil war in his home country of Somalia.

Now bungling Home Office officials are working to finally deport him. Read More

Three men from Birmingham held at Heathrow Airport 'with terror documents'

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing articles and documents with intent to use them for terrorist purposes overseas.

The men, from Birmingham, were detained at Heathrow Airport last night after arriving on a flight from Oman.

They were arrested under Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000, West Midlands Police said.

Two of the men, aged 33 and 39, are from the Small Heath area of the city and the third, aged 33, from Alum Rock.

The arrests, made by officers from the West Midlands counter terrorism unit, were pre-planned and intelligence-led. Read More

Deport Qatada and we'll bomb UK, warn militants: Fanatics in Somalia send a chilling warning to the Government

An Islamist terror group has threatened to launch a wave of attacks against Britain if Abu Qatada is deported.

Al-Shabab militants, who are based in Somalia, say they will plunge Britain into ‘disaster’.

Last week Al Qaeda warned it would open ‘the gates of evil’ if the hate cleric was sent back to Jordan for trial.

On an internet forum used by militants, Al-Shabab said: ‘The British public is forewarned that it will be the British government, as a result of its imprudence, that shall be liable for any disaster that befalls them, or their national interests.’

The message was discovered by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online activity from terrorist groups. Read More

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 29.4 km (18.4 miles), the quake hit at 07:13:01 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 233 km (144 miles) South from Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck near the Kermadec Islands Region at a depth of 43.3 km (26.9 miles), the quake hit at 07:12:19 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 165 km (102 miles) ESE of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Bernie Ecclestone 'Go to Syria, it's more important than here'

In the wake of Force India personnel being caught up in a petrol-bomb incident en route to Manama from the Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday, Sauber have now confirmed members of their staff also witnessed trouble last night.

However, both Ecclestone and the Bahraini authorities have insisted the race goes on.
A Sauber statement read: "Yesterday night at 20:30hrs a minibus of the Sauber team left the circuit to go back to the Novotel in Manama.

"At 20:50hrs the 12 mechanics on that bus noticed fire on the medial strip of the highway.

"The traffic was slow, cars had their hazard flashers on. On the opposite lane there was no traffic.

"The team members saw a few masked people running from there over to their lane where a bottle was burning as well.

"The minibus moved to the very right side of the highway and went past the situation. No-one from the Sauber team was hurt." Read More

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 21st Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 28.6 km (17.8 miles), the quake hit at 06:54:08 UTC Saturday 21st April 2012
The epicenter was 232 km (144 miles) South from Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time