Saturday, January 5, 2013

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 20:43:17 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 11:43:17 AM at epicenter
Location
55.473°N, 135.318°W
Depth
7.7 km (4.8 miles)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
Distances
95 km (59 miles) SSW (206°) from Port Alexander, AK

French-Moroccan family dies in plane crash near Grenoble

A private plane has crashed near Grenoble in south-eastern France, killing all five people on board.

The twin-engine aircraft went down after take-off near the airport, about 50km (30 miles) north-west of Grenoble.

The cause of the crash is unclear. The victims were a French-Moroccan couple and their children, officials said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20921206

Tasmania residents counting cost as fire fighting continues

Fire-ravaged communities in Tasmania have spent the night in evacuation centres as a cooler change today is expected to help crews still battling several major blazes.

The fire service has downgraded the bushfire between Forcett and the Tasman Peninsula, in the state's south-east, near where more than 100 homes have been destroyed since Friday.

Another fire at Lake Repulse, in the Upper Derwent Valley, also has a watch and act alert, with firefighters still battling an out-of-control blaze at Dawson Road, east of Ellendale.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-06/tas-residents-counting-cost-as-fire-fighting-continues/4454148?section=tas

Basking Shark Found off the Western coast of Africa

As per reports, a Donegal basking shark has been found off the western coast of Africa. The shocking discovery has been putting a number of experts to wander as well as raise questions about animal's habits.

The newly discovered shark named as Banda was found approximately 3,000 miles away off the coast of Senegal. It was initially thought that the basking sharks can only be located at places, which have temperate waters. But, the recent discovery seems to be challenging the previous thoughts.

http://frenchtribune.com/teneur/1315299-basking-shark-found-western-coast-africa

Italian designer Missoni aboard plane missing near Venezuela

Italian fashion designer Vittorio Missoni, head of the eponymous fashion house, was aboard a small plane that has disappeared off the coast of Venezuela, a company spokeswoman said on Saturday.

"The Missoni family has been informed by the Venezuelan consulate that Vittorio Missoni and his wife are missing, but we don't know any more," said Maddalena Aspes. "The authorities will resume their search for the plane in the morning."

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/italian-designer-missoni-aboard-plane-missing-near-venezuela-313734

NATO deploys missiles & troops on Syrian border

Violent shootout erupts between police and robbers in Sweden

At least four dead in Aurora shooting

Deadly flu sweeps across America: Strain of 'particularly aggressive' winter virus leaves 18 children dead as medical experts warn epidemic will worsen

The U.S. has been hit with a particularly aggressive early flu season this year with widespread reports of the illness across the country, hospitalizing 2,257 people and leaving 18 children dead before the end of 2012.

And health officials say the numbers haven't even peaked yet.

'I think we're still accelerating,' Tom Skinner, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman, told reporters.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257597/Flu-infections-sweep-America-hospitalizing-thousands-leaving-18-children-dead-complications-going-worse.html

Riot police evict squatters from exclusive central London house after they hold rooftop protest

The clashes took place after police officers were called to help bailiffs attempting to evict the group from Pimlico, London. The siege began at 10.35am yesterday when a bailiff serving a warrant of notice had items thrown at him by some of those inside the house.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257490/Riot-police-evict-squatters-exclusive-central-London-house-hold-rooftop-protest.html

A sleeping giant: Image taken from space shows population crowded around Mount Vesuvius centuries after it wiped out Pompeii

NASA has released an incredible image, taken from the International Space Station, giving a new perspective on one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world - Mount Vesuvius in Italy.

The image was taken from the observatory module of the International Space Station (ISS) on New Year's Day.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2257624/Astronauts-view-sleeping-giant-Incredible-image-International-Space-Station-shows-Mount-Vesuvius-Bay-Naples.html

Nepali Army Officer Faces Torture Charges

A Nepali army officer has been in remanded in custody charged with two counts of torture after being arrested in the UK.

Colonel Kumar Lama, 46, of St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, is accused of inflicting severe pain or suffering when he was acting in an official capacity.

The offences are said to have taken place between April 15, 2005 and May 1, 2005, and April 15, 2005 and October 31, 2005 at the Gorusinghe Army Barracks at Kapilvastu, Nepal.

http://news.sky.com/story/1033836/nepali-army-officer-faces-torture-charges

Syrian army rockets rebellious Damascus district

The Syrian army fired rockets at a Damascus district on Saturday, trying to drive out insurgents fighting their way closer to the seat of President Bashar al-Assad's power.

As fighting that has killed 60,000 persists in the 21-month uprising turned civil war, Syria's deputy foreign minister visited Iran on Saturday, seeking to maintain the support of Assad's main regional ally.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/05/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20130105

Aurora Hostage Stand-Off Leaves Four Dead

Four people have been killed after a gunman barricaded himself inside a house in a Denver suburb with at least three hostages, according to reports.

The suspected hostage-taker was believed to be among the dead at the home in Aurora, Colorado.

Local media reported that police used tear gas to try to get the gunman out before he was shot.

http://news.sky.com/story/1033856/aurora-hostage-stand-off-leaves-four-dead

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake MAURITIUS - REUNION REGION - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 17:42:22 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:42:22 PM at epicenter
Location
19.944°S, 66.439°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
MAURITIUS - REUNION REGION
Distances
315 km (196 miles) E (95°) from Rodrigues Island, Mauritius

Duncan-Bailey Search: Woman's Body Found

A body has been found by police officers investigating the death of a mother-of-two, Scotland Yard has said.

Officers believe it is that of Janelle Duncan-Bailey, 25, who has not been seen since she went missing in south London in the early hours of Wednesday.

The Metropolitan Police said a 30-year-old man was last night arrested on suspicion of her murder and remains in custody at a police station in the capital.

http://news.sky.com/story/1033870/duncan-bailey-search-womans-body-found

Man Arrested After Shots Fired In NI Clashes

A man has been arrested in Belfast on suspicion of attempted murder after gunshots were fired after clashes between loyalist and nationalist protesters.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed the arrest of the 38-year-old man.

He was held after a number of shots were fired in east Belfast.

Officers had earlier used water cannon amid disturbances in the Lower Newtownards Road area of the city.

http://news.sky.com/story/1033841/man-arrested-after-shots-fired-in-ni-clashes

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 15:41:43 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 06:41:43 AM at epicenter
Location
55.622°N, 135.154°W
Depth
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
Distances
75 km (47 miles) SSW (204°) from Port Alexander, AK

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.0
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 15:32:15 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 06:32:15 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
55.485°N, 134.904°W
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
Distances
110 km (68 miles) W of Craig, Alaska

Ex-Burglars Say Gun Owner Maps Make Their Jobs Easier, Safer

Reformed crooks say the New York newspaper that published a map of names and addresses of gun owners did a great service – to their old cronies in the burglary trade.

The information published online by the Journal-News, a daily paper serving the New York suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, could be highly useful to thieves in two ways, former burglars told FoxNews.com. Crooks looking to avoid getting shot now know which targets are soft and those who need weapons know where they can steal them.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/04/ex-burglars-say-newspapers-gun-map-wouldve-made-job-easier-safer/

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 14:37:18 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:37:18 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
19.337°N, 155.066°W
Depth
9 km (5.6 miles)
Region
ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
16 km (10 miles) SSE (156°) from Fern Forest, HI

Anonymous promises to shake up Internet in 2013

'State of Palestine' torn in two by Gaza & West Bank policies

Bushfires destroy homes and businesses in Tasmania

Saudi Backed Terrorists in Syria Declare War on NATO Backed Terrorists in Syria

Sea Frozen In China As Temperatures Plummet

Temperatures in China have plunged to their lowest in almost three decades, freezing coastal waters and trapping 1,000 ships in ice.

Since late November the country has withstood average temperatures of -3.8C, 1.3C colder than average and the chilliest for 28 years.

The bitter cold has even frozen the sea in Laizhou Bay on the coast of Shandong province in the east, stranding nearly 1,000 ships, the China Daily newspaper reported.

http://news.sky.com/story/1033766/china-weather-ships-stranded-as-sea-freezes

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN XIZANG - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 13:41:33 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:41:33 PM at epicenter
Location
31.301°N, 86.530°E
Depth
27 km (16.8 miles)
Region
WESTERN XIZANG
Distances
388 km (241 miles) N (357°) from Namche Bazar, Nepal

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:50:02 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:20:02 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
28.415°N, 51.980°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN IRAN
Distances
74 km (45 miles) SW of Firuzabad, Iran

Obama says U.S. can't afford more showdowns over debt, deficits

Fresh from the long legislative fight to prevent a "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts, President Barack Obama warned on Saturday that the United States could not afford further budget showdowns this year or in the future.

Obama, who returned to Hawaii for a family vacation shortly after the House of Representatives passed a compromise bill on Tuesday, said in his weekly radio and Internet address that the new law was just one step toward fixing the country's fiscal and economic problems.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/05/us-usa-fiscal-obama-idUSBRE90404X20130105

Tsunami warnings for coastal parts of Alaska and Vancouver Island have now been cancelled following an earthquake in the Pacific.

Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist from the Pacific Warning Centre said: "We have seen a small tsunami at Port Alexander 100 miles south of the epicentre.

"The tsunami amplitude was 13cm which suggests there may be troublesome waves in the immediate area of the quake, but beyond that there is no hazard so we do not have a tsunami warning for anywhere else in the pacific."

Homes were shaken in Alaska's state capital of Juneau some 205 miles (330 kilometers) away, The Juneau Empire newspaper reported. But there was apparently no major damage in the city, the largest in the area.

http://news.sky.com/story/1033739/earthquake-strikes-off-west-coast-of-alaska

Nine Belfast Police Injured In 'Sustained Attack'

Nine officers have been injured in east Belfast after a crowd of up to 300 people hurled fireworks, bricks and petrol bombs during "a sustained attack".

A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said 18 arrests were made after the public disorder in the Castlereagh Street and Templemore Avenue areas overnight.

Some 30 petrol bombs were thrown at police officers as they dealt with the fresh riots on Friday night.

http://news.sky.com/story/1033643/nine-belfast-police-injured-in-sustained-attack

Six Russian Tourists Killed In Snowmobile Crash

A mother and her daughter were among six Russians killed after their snowmobile crashed through a safety barrier and fell 300ft in the Italian Alps.

Two others were seriously injured in the late night tragedy, which police have blamed on excessive speed and icy conditions on the Mount Cermis in north east Italy.

Officials said the run is usually lit at night but it had closed early because of the icy conditions, and was shrouded in darkness when the accident happened on Friday night.

http://news.sky.com/story/1033719/six-tourists-killed-in-snowmobile-crash

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:28:30 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 03:28:30 AM at epicenter
Location
55.235°N, 134.527°W
Depth
9.8 km (6.1 miles)
Region
SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
Distances
91 km (56 miles) WSW of Craig, Alaska

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:08:57 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:08:57 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.341°S, 72.107°W
Depth
9.4 km (5.8 miles)
Region
OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE
Distances
85 km (52 miles) WSW of Coquimbo, Chile

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.0
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 11:39:37 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 02:39:37 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
55.520°N, 135.087°W
Depth
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
Distances
122 km (75 miles) W of Craig, Alaska

ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING IS CANCELLED...


CANCELLATIONS
-------------
* THE TSUNAMI WARNING IS CANCELED FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF
BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER
ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA TO CAPE FAIRWEATHER ALASKA/LOCATED
80 MILES SE OF YAKUTAT/


IMPACTS - UPDATED
-----------------
* A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED DURING THIS EVENT BUT NO LONGER
POSES A THREAT.

* SOME AREAS MAY CONTINUE TO SEE SMALL SEA LEVEL CHANGES.

* THE DETERMINATION TO RE-OCCUPY HAZARD ZONES MUST BE MADE BY
LOCAL OFFICIALS.


RECOMMENDED ACTIONS - UPDATED
-----------------------------
* DO NOT RE-OCCUPY HAZARD ZONES UNTIL LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS
INDICATE IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.


OBSERVATIONS OF TSUNAMI ACTIVITY - UPDATED
------------------------------------------
TIME OBSERVED MAX
SITE OF MEASUREMENT TSUNAMI HEIGHT
---------------------------- --------------- --------------
PORT ALEXANDER AK 1026 UTC 01-05 00.5FT
SITKA AK 1041 UTC 01-05 00.3FT

HEIGHT - OBSERVED MAX TSUNAMI HEIGHT IS THE WATER LEVEL ABOVE THE
TIDE LEVEL AT THE TIME OF MEASUREMENT.

DEEP OCEAN PRESSURE SENSORS DID NOT RECORD A TSUNAMI.

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 10:11:16 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 01:11:16 AM at epicenter
Location
55.759°N, 135.451°W
Depth
7 km (4.3 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
Distances
73 km (45 miles) SW (223°) from Port Alexander, AK

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:41:25 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:41:25 AM at epicenter
Location
55.736°N, 135.211°W
Depth
16.2 km (10.1 miles)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
Distances
66 km (41 miles) SSW (212°) from Port Alexander, AK

Alaska 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake - TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT FOR...

..THE TSUNAMI WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT...


WARNINGS/ADVISORIES/WATCHES - UPDATED
-------------------------------------
TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT FOR...

* THE COASTAL AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE
NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA TO CAPE
FAIRWEATHER ALASKA/LOCATED 80 MILES SE OF YAKUTAT/


CANCELLATIONS
-------------
* THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS CANCELED FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF
BRITISH COLUMBIA FROM THE WASHINGTON-BRITISH COLUMBIA
BORDER TO THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH
COLUMBIA

* THE TSUNAMI WARNING IS CANCELED FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF
ALASKA FROM CAPE FAIRWEATHER ALASKA/LOCATED 80 MILES SE OF
YAKUTAT/ TO CAPE SUCKLING ALASKA/LOCATED 75 MILES SE OF
CORDOVA/

* THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS CANCELED FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF
ALASKA FROM CAPE SUCKLING ALASKA/LOCATED 75 MILES SE OF
CORDOVA/ TO KENNEDY ENTRANCE ALASKA/LOCATED 40 MILES SW OF
HOMER/


IMPACTS FOR TSUNAMI WARNING AREAS
---------------------------------
* A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION OF LAND IS
EXPECTED.

* WIDESPREAD DANGEROUS COASTAL FLOODING ACCOMPANIED BY POWERFUL
CURRENTS IS POSSIBLE AND MAY CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AFTER
TSUNAMI ARRIVAL.

* THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.


RECOMMENDED ACTIONS - UPDATED
-----------------------------
* IF YOU ARE IN A WARNING AREA - MOVE INLAND TO HIGHER GROUND.

* BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS.

* DO NOT GO TO THE COAST TO OBSERVE THE TSUNAMI.

* DO NOT RETURN TO THE COAST UNTIL LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS
INDICATE IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:32:08 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:32:08 AM at epicenter
Location
55.102°N, 134.634°W
Depth
9.2 km (5.7 miles)
Region
SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
Distances
103 km (64 miles) WSW (247°) from Craig, AK

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:27:20 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:27:20 AM at epicenter
Location
55.541°N, 135.252°W
Depth
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
Distances
86 km (54 miles) SSW (206°) from Port Alexander, AK

THOUSANDS STRANDED AS FIRES DEVASTATE TASMANIA

At least 100 properties have been destroyed and thousands of people have been left stranded by bushfires that are continuing to rage out of control in Tasmania.

Towns on the devastated Tasman Peninsula in the state's south-east are cut off and only accessible via sea.

Meanwhile, a fire emergency warning has been issued

http://au.news.yahoo.com/local/tas/a/-/local/15765837/thousands-stranded-as-fires-devastate-tasmania/

7.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013 - TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED

Magnitude
7.7
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 08:58:19 UTC
Friday, January 04, 2013 at 11:58:19 PM at epicenter
Location
55.292°N, 134.728°W
Depth
9.6 km (6.0 miles)
Region
SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
Distances
101 km (63 miles) SW (221°) from Edna Bay, AK

PUBLIC TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 1
NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
1201 AM AKST SAT JAN 5 2013

...A TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT...


...A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT...


WARNINGS/ADVISORIES/WATCHES - UPDATED
-------------------------------------
TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT FOR...

* THE COASTAL AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE
NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA TO CAPE
SUCKLING ALASKA/LOCATED 75 MILES SE OF CORDOVA/


TSUNAMI ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR...

* THE COASTAL AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA FROM THE
WASHINGTON-BRITISH COLUMBIA BORDER TO THE NORTH TIP OF
VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA

* THE COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM CAPE SUCKLING
ALASKA/LOCATED 75 MILES SE OF CORDOVA/ TO KENNEDY ENTRANCE
ALASKA/LOCATED 40 MILES SW OF HOMER/


PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
---------------------------------
* MAGNITUDE 7.7
* ORIGIN TIME 2358 AKST JAN 04 2013
0058 PST JAN 05 2013
0858 UTC JAN 05 2013
* COORDINATES 55.3 NORTH 134.9 WEST
* DEPTH 3 MILES
* LOCATION 90 MILES NW OF DIXON ENTRANCE ALASKA
210 MILES S OF JUNEAU ALASKA

Three people die as plane crashes into Florida home and explodes into fireball

Authorities say a small plane carrying three passengers was trying to land at a Florida airport when it crashed into a house, killing all three aboard.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office reports that the pilot declared an emergency shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, saying that the plane was shaking.

Authorities say the plane hit a Palm Coast home near the Flagler County Airport in Jacksonville, Florida just west of I-95 a few minutes after the pilot's mayday call.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257397/Three-people-die-plane-crashes-Florida-home-explodes-fireball.html

Donna Vanzant: 'He made a promise to help us and he broke it': Hurricane Sandy Victim pictured in embrace with Obama reveals her heartbreak at receiving standardized letter after his visit

When President Obama hugged a tearful New Jersey business owner after Hurricane Sandy ravaged her home and livelihood, it was the image of compassion, promise and hope.

But the victim in the photo, Donna Vanzant, has now revealed that the president's promises to pour aid into the area were empty - and that, after the hug, she merely received a form letter from him.

Obama visited the destroyed marina Ms Vanzant owns in Brigantine, New Jersey on October 31 and promised her 'immediate' aid. Soon after, Ms Vanzant wrote him an email.

'Many days later, I got a response back,' she told the Philadelphia Magazine. 'It was disturbing.

'It had nothing to do with what I was asking him. It was a form letter. It thanked me for supporting the troops. He made a promise to rebuild on national television, and I can't even get this money.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257161/Hurricane-Sandy-victim-Donna-Vanzant-embraced-Obama-heartbroken-receiving-standardized-letter.html

German chancellor Angela Merkel courts international controversy by posing for photos alongside blacked-up children for annual 'Three Kings Day' celebrations

Fortunately for the CDU leader, the children visiting the Chancellery in Berlin were not a political stunt but traditional carollers dressed up as the three wise men. Although the costumes of the children may appear controversial, the blackened face of the young girl is part of the Sternsinger, or star singer, tradition of Dreikönigstag, the Three Kings' Day.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257342/German-chancellor-Angela-Merkel-courts-international-controversy-posing-photos-alongside-blacked-children.html

The dolphin snatchers: Mail investigation exposes vile trade where animals are sold for up to £100,000 each to aquariums where they suffer unimaginable cruelty

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT These barbaric scenes took place at Taiji on the south coast of Japan just before Christmas, during a hunting season when fishermen 'harvest' dolphins to sell to aquariums. It is estimated for every wild dolphin caught to be trained, around four times that number are slaughtered. The fishermen then sell off the meat for about £10 a kilo.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257426/The-dolphin-snatchers-Mail-investigation-exposes-vile-trade-animals-sold-100-000-aquariums-suffer-unimaginable-cruelty.html

Neil Ellerbeck: Millionaire banker who killed wife in a jealous rage is back in the home where he strangled her with their two children after just three years in jail

Just four years after he killed his wife in a jealous rage, a millionaire banker is out of jail and back living with their two children at the family home where he strangled her.

Neil Ellerbeck, 49, has moved into the smart suburban house where he took his wife Kate's life after she asked for a divorce.

Mr Ellerbeck, who earned £170,000 as HSBC's global chief of investment, feared losing his two children, £650,000 home and £1.3million fortune in the break-up.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257449/Millionaire-banker-Neil-Ellerbeck-killed-wife-jealous-rage-home-strangled-her.html

Labour councils still squandering cash as if there were no tomorrow despite claiming cuts had taken them to the brink of civil unrest

For more than a century the horse-drawn carriage, all polished wood and gold inlay, has transported the Lord Mayors of Newcastle as they perform their civic duties.

But not any more. Today, the four-wheeled charabanc is up for grabs to the highest bidder, its sale ordered by Nick Forbes, the Labour leader of the city council.

‘I will always put people before objects,’ he announced late last year. ‘We have endured two years of savage cuts from this Government with another three to come.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257385/The-apocalypse-The-Labour-councils-squandering-cash-tomorrow-despite-claiming-cuts-taken-brink-civil-unrest.html

2 elderly patients die after norovirus outbreak sickens dozens at Marin County senior center, California

Marin County officials say two elderly residents have died following an outbreak of a gastrointestinal virus that sickened nearly 60 people at a senior care center.

The Marin Independent Journal reports the norovirus outbreak began just before Christmas and has afflicted residents and employees at The Redwoods facility in Mill Valley.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/5d8419446f1c42b7a2d3bd1a22f0a0cd/CA--Marin-Virus-Outbreak

Zimbabwe: More Than 20 Villagers Hospitalized With Anthrax After Eating Contaminated Meat In Makoni District

More than 20 villagers from the northeastern Zimbabwe village of Masvosva, Makoni District have contracted the bacterial disease, anthrax, after butchering and eating infected livestock, according to a Manica Post report Thursday.

According to the report, sources at Rusape District Hospital confirmed more than 20 hospitalised cases of anthrax. Fortunately, there were no fatalities.

District Medical Officer Dr Mohammed Khaled has advised the public to abstain from eating meat from animals whose causes of deaths are unknown.

http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/zimbabwe-more-than-20-villagers-hospitalized-with-anthrax-after-eating-contaminated-meat-in-makoni-district-63119/

Hepatitis B kills 29 people in West Nile

Health officials in West Nile have expressed fear over the persistent existence of Hepatitis B virus, which has killed at least 29 people.

They say cases of Hepatitis B virus are on the rise in Moyo and Adjumani districts as most of the health facilities in the area lack the required vaccines to combat the virus.

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Hepatitis-B-kills-29-people-in-West-Nile/-/688334/1657636/-/cfi9xl/-/index.html

13 Cases of Meningitis Prompts Closure of Private Clinic in Algeria

Authorities said the Amina clinic in the town of Chiffa was closed by authorities as a precautionary measure following the detection of 13 meningitis cases. According to Dr. Zenati Ahmed, the director of health in the city of Blida, the cases of meningitis have been reported in patients who sought treatment ​​at the clinic. Based on health records, the first patient came in on December 6, although the alert was issued on December 24 following the diagnosis of additional cases.

http://www.ubalert.com/Gp5

Family Poisoned After Barbecue Taken Indoors

Four children were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after their grandmother brought a barbecue indoors to dry her washing.

The woman, who has not been named, lit the device which she set up in the family kitchen before leaving the house.

Her daughters-in-law were in the house with her grandchildren, two of whom were asleep upstairs.

http://news.sky.com/story/1033639/family-poisoned-after-barbecue-taken-indoors

Belfast Police Injured In 'Sustained Attack'

Several officers have been injured in east Belfast after a crowd of up to 300 people hurled fireworks, bricks and petrol bombs during "a sustained attack", the Police Service of Northern Ireland has said.

A PSNI spokesman said several arrests were made after the public disorder in the Castlereagh Street and Templemore Avenue areas overnight.

It comes after 10 police officers were injured on Thursday during a demonstration against the decision to reduce the number of days the Union flag is flown from City Hall.

http://news.sky.com/story/1033643/belfast-police-injured-in-sustained-attack

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF PAKISTAN - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 05:58:21 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:58:21 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
24.516°N, 61.933°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF PAKISTAN
Distances
61 km (37 miles) SSE of Jiwani, Pakistan

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:32:45 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:02:45 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
36.399°N, 71.343°E
Depth
113.9 km (70.8 miles)
Region
HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
Distances
35 km (21 miles) SSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:14:08 UTC
Friday, January 04, 2013 at 07:14:08 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
53.613°N, 163.604°W
Depth
23.4 km (14.5 miles)
Region
UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
Distances
138 km (85 miles) S of False Pass, Alaska

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
5.4
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:11:53 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 01:11:53 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
28.736°N, 128.580°E
Depth
39.1 km (24.3 miles)
Region
RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
Distances
97 km (60 miles) WNW of Naze, Japan

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake MID-INDIAN RIDGE - 5th January 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:00:44 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 08:00:44 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
13.206°S, 66.744°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
MID-INDIAN RIDGE
Distances
799 km (496 miles) NNE of Port Mathurin, Mauritius

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 4th January 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Friday, January 04, 2013 at 23:16:27 UTC
Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 10:16:27 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
20.904°S, 169.548°E
Depth
73.3 km (45.5 miles)
Region
VANUATU
Distances
152 km (94 miles) S of Isangel, Vanuatu