Sunday, April 21, 2013

Security guard exchanges gunfire outside Watts Bar nuclear power plant

A security officer patrolling the area outside the Watts Bar nuclear power plant in Spring City exchanged gunfire with an individual early this morning, according to a release from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The incident occurred more than a quarter mile from the plant’s protected area near the Tennessee River just before 2 a.m. Sunday.

The plant is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which notified the NRC of the incident. As a result, the Watts Bar plant staff declared an unusual event, the lowest of the NRC’s four emergency classifications.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/apr/21/security-guard-exchanges-gunfire-outside-watts-bar/

Rescuers struggle to reach China quake victims

Syrian battle for town near Aleppo

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in 'critical but stable condition'

Gene data show China bird flu mutated "under the radar"

The new strain of bird flu that has killed 17 people in China has been circulating widely "under the radar" and has acquired significant genetic diversity that makes it more of a threat, scientists said on Friday.

Dutch and Chinese researchers who analyzed genetic data from seven samples of the new H7N9 strain say it has already acquired similar levels of genetic diversity as much larger outbreaks of other H7 strains of flu seen previously in birds.

"The diversity we see in these first few samples from China is as great as the diversity we have seen with a large outbreak in the Netherlands several years ago and one in Italy," said Marion Koopmans, head of virology at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, who worked on the study as part of a nine-member team.

"This means it (the H7N9 strain in China) has been spreading quite a bit and it's important to understand where exactly that is going on."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/19/us-birdflu-circulation-idUSBRE93I0PP20130419

Scientists find distant planets well suited for life

Scientists using NASA's Kepler space telescope have found the best candidates yet for habitable worlds beyond the solar system, including a pair of potentially life-friendly planets orbiting the same star, officials said on Thursday.

The planets join a list of about 700 confirmed extra-solar planets discovered since 1995.

The new additions include a pair of planets orbiting a star called Kepler-62, located about 1,200 light years away in the constellation Lyra.

Kepler-62's two outermost planets, both about 1.5 times the size of Earth, are located the right distance from their parent star for water - if any exists - to be liquid on the surface. Water is believed to be necessary for life.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/18/us-space-planets-idUSBRE93H18F20130418

Assad's forces kill 85 in Damascus suburb, activists say, without confirmation

Syrian forces and militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 85 people when they stormed a Damascus suburb after five days of fighting, opposition activists in the area said on Sunday.

There was no immediate confirmation of the activists' account of what they described as a "massacre", including of women and children, at Jdeidet al-Fadel. Syrian authorities have banned most independent media since the uprising began in 2011.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/21/us-syria-crisis-deaths-idUSBRE93K09D20130421

Officials identify firefighters killed in deadly Texas blast

Texas officials released the names of four volunteer firefighters on Sunday killed in a deadly blast in this close-knit Texas town, as authorities identified the center but not the cause of last week's deadly fertilizer plant blast.

Among the dead named at a news conference outside city hall in West, Texas, were brothers Doug and Robert Snokhous, remembered by their family as "lifelong best friends" who lived half a mile from each other and worked together at an ironworks in nearby Waco.

"Doug and Robert could always be seen together, whether they were hunting, working on cars, golfing or cooking barbecue at the volunteer fire departments cook-off," their family said in a statement read to reporters.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/22/us-usa-explosion-texas-idUSBRE93K0AB20130422

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake GUERRERO, MEXICO - 22nd April 2013

Magnitude Mw 6.0
Region GUERRERO, MEXICO
Date time 2013-04-22 01:16:34.0 UTC
Location 18.04 N ; 102.15 W
Depth 40 km
Distances
7 km E of Las Guacamayas, Mexico / pop: 39,447 / local time: 20:16:34.0 2013-04-21

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 22nd April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Monday, April 22, 2013 at 00:56:37 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 07:56:37 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
15.429°S, 70.527°W
Depth
197.4 km (122.7 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN PERU
Distances
19 km (11 miles) WSW of Lampa, Peru

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 23:59:34 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 05:59:34 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
11.973°N, 88.868°W
Depth
35.1 km (21.8 miles)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA
Distances
149 km (92 miles) SSW of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 23:05:02 UTC
Monday, April 22, 2013 at 06:05:02 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
4.468°S, 104.570°E
Depth
197.9 km (123.0 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Distances
54 km (33 miles) NW of Kotabumi, Indonesia

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 22:26:35 UTC
Monday, April 22, 2013 at 07:26:35 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
4.067°S, 140.314°E
Depth
63 km (39.1 miles)
Region
PAPUA, INDONESIA
Distances
161 km (100 miles) S of Abepura, Indonesia

Americans 'snapping' by the millions: Record fear, stress, suicide

Terrorism. Chaos. Fear of the future. In the age of Obama, America is undergoing a “fundamental transformation” – that much everyone knows.

But what few seem to realize about this transformation is that the sheer stress of living in today’s America is driving tens of millions to the point of illness, depression and self-destruction. Consider the following trends:

Suicide has surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of injury death for Americans. Even more disturbing, in the world’s greatest military, more U.S. soldiers died last year by suicide than in combat;

Fully one-third of the nation’s employees suffer chronic debilitating stress, and more than half of all “millennials” (18 to 33 year olds) experience a level of stress that keeps them awake at night, including large numbers diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder.

Shocking new research from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one in five of all high-school-aged children in the United States has been diagnosed with ADHD, and likewise a large new study of New York City residents shows, sadly, that one in five preteens – children aged six to 12 – have been medically diagnosed with either ADHD, anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder...

http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/americans-snapping-by-the-millions/

Cyberbullying on the rise, affects 85% of teens

Cyberbullying among teens has shot up in frequency in recent years, from affecting just 6 percent of kids in 2000 to 85 percent today, polls show.

Among those in the 85 percent is Audrie Pott, a 15-year-old girl from Saratoga who hanged herself in September after a cell phone picture of her, unconscious after an alleged sexual assault, was circulated around her high school via texts and in person. Three 16-year-old boys were arrested last week in connection with her death.

Cell phones, in teens’ hands, make the kids more likely to bully others electronically, experts say. Helping drive this phenomenon is a sense of callousness from communicating electronically and the growth of a documentation mentality, detailed here.

http://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2013/04/21/cyberbullying-on-the-rise/

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Afghan girls' school feared hit by poison gas

As many as 74 schoolgirls in Afghanistan's far north fell sick after smelling gas and were being examined for possible poisoning, local officials said on Sunday.

While instances of poisoning are sometimes later found to be false alarms, there have been numerous substantiated cases of mass poisonings of schoolgirls by elements of Afghanistan's ultra-conservative society that are opposed to female education.

Local officials said the girls became ill after smelling gas at their school, Bibi Maryam, in Takhar province's capital, Taluqan. The city is about 250 kilometers north of the country's capital, Kabul.

The Takhar governor's spokesman, Sulaiman Moradi, blamed "enemies of the government and the country" for the mass illness and said the aim was to stop girls from going to school.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/21/us-afghanistan-poisoning-idUSBRE93K09V20130421

Germany: H7 Bird Flu Strain found at 2 Turkey Farms

A mild form of bird flu has broken out in Lower Saxony. Avian influenza virus subtype H7 has been detected in 2 turkey farms in the district of Osnaburg. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Agriculture on Thu 18 Apr 2013. All 27 000 turkeys in these f arms must now be culled. There should not be human health risk by this mild form of avian flu.

http://brkwatch.blogspot.nl/2013/04/154622-gmt-biological-hazard-europe.html

Insight: How eurozone backwater Slovenia became its latest liability

Igor Luksic, leader of the Social Democrats in Slovenia's ruling coalition, disagrees with the European leaders who say his country should privatize its three biggest lenders to avoid the misery of another bailout in the euro zone.

The political science lecturer who has lined his office with portraits of Martin Luther King, John Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi and Che Guevara said his party would fight the move.

"We have always been against selling banks," said Luksic, whose party is the second largest in Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek's government.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/21/us-slovenia-insight-idUSBRE93K06N20130421

EU bank union work can occur without law change: Eurogroup head...How long before they decide that Political Intergration won't need a vote or law change either?

The euro zone's top project to boost economic growth - banking union - will not be delayed for now by a row over whether it needs EU law changed because most of the work can be done before this is settled, a senior euro zone official said on Saturday.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who chairs the monthly meetings of his euro zone colleagues, said the dispute on the legal requirements of the banking union can go in parallel with more technical work on how it would function.

"I am, in a sense, relaxed about it, because I know that we can push forward at least 80-90 pct of the project," Dijsselbloem told a news conference on the sidelines of the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/20/us-eu-bankingunion-dijsselbloem-idUSBRE93J0F720130420

Italy's Grillo denounces party deal making over president

The leader of Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, Beppe Grillo, on Sunday criticized the re-election of President Giorgio Napolitano as a desperate attempt to retain power by a discredited establishment.

The euro zone's third largest economy is still without a government two months after a general election, has scarcely grown in 20 years and is grappling with the highest level of unemployment in decades.

Talks on the formation of a new administration are expected to resume in the coming week, with the parties under pressure from Napolitano to reach a deal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/21/us-italy-vote-idUSBRE93K05Y20130421

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 15:08:32 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 11:08:32 AM at epicenter
Location
22.995°S, 68.100°W
Depth
132 km (82.0 miles)
Region
ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Distances
100 km (62 miles) ESE (123°) from Calama, Chile

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 14:16:53 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 10:16:53 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.415°N, 103.023°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
42 km (26 miles) W of Linqiong, China

Shark Attacks Alan Saunders In Knee Deep Water On Beach

A man has been attacked by a shark while fishing on a beach in waters that were only knee deep.

Alan Saunders was bitten on both legs by the Grey Nurse Shark off the coast of New South Wales in Australia.

He reportedly suffered deep puncture wounds in the attack in the town of Crowdy Head.

http://news.sky.com/story/1080978/shark-attacks-man-in-knee-deep-water-on-beach

Boston Murder Inquiry: Two Killed

Police have launched a murder inquiry after two people were killed during a disturbance in Boston, Lincs.

Three people were injured in the incident, a 26-year-old woman died at the scene and a 26-year-old man died of his injuries later in hospital.

A 24-year-old woman is being treated for less serious injuries at Boston Pilgrim Hospital. All of the victims were described as "local".
http://news.sky.com/story/1081049/boston-murder-inquiry-two-killed

San Diego cop 'smashes man's phone and his face to the ground after he refused to stop recording'

Surging Mississippi causes flash flooding in six states leaving at least two dead and a third missing

The fast-rising Mississippi River was making travel difficult Saturday, both on the river and for those simply trying to get across it.

The Mississippi, Missouri and other Midwestern rivers in at least six states have surged since torrential rains drenched the region over the last few days.

At least two deaths are blamed on flash flooding and a third was suspected, while crews in Indiana were searching for a man whose car was swept away.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312297/Surging-Midwest-rivers-cause-flash-flooding-states-leaving-dead-missing.html

Should bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be read his rights? Four Republican Congressmen fighting to call suspect an 'enemy combatant' because they do not want him to be able to remain silent

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not be read his Miranda rights – but a battle is being waged whether he should.
Four prominent Republican Congressmen have argued that the 19-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen should be treated as an ‘enemy combatant,’ meaning that he would not be Mirandized.

Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, as well as Rep. Peter King, New York, said in a joint statement they ‘do not want this suspect to remain silent.’

In a statement obtained by the Washington Post, the four Republican lawmakers wrote: ‘The accused perpetrators of these acts were not common criminals attempting to profit from a criminal enterprise, but terrorists trying to injure, maim, and kill innocent Americans.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312346/Dzhokhar-Tsarnaev-Miranda-rights-Republican-Congressmen-fighting-suspect-enemy-combatant.html

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude Mb 6.0
Region ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.
Date time 2013-04-21 13:48:32.0 UTC
Location 51.79 N ; 178.07 W
Depth 60 km
Distances 3773 km NE of Tokyo, Japan / pop: 8,336,599 / local time: 22:48:32.0 2013-04-21
4495 km NE of Pyongyang, North Korea / pop: 3,222,000 / local time: 22:48:32.0 2013-04-21
4511 km NE of Seoul, South Korea / pop: 10,349,312 / local time: 22:48:32.0 2013-04-21

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 12:35:29 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 10:35:29 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
6.596°S, 148.207°E
Depth
64.1 km (39.8 miles)
Region
NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
37 km (22 miles) E of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 11:45:08 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 09:45:08 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
5.194°S, 151.676°E
Depth
101 km (62.8 miles)
Region
NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
113 km (70 miles) SW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 10:48:23 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 06:48:23 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.216°N, 102.979°E
Depth
10.9 km (6.8 miles)
Region
WESTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
51 km (31 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

The lost Briton of Guantanamo: He's been cleared - but had a devastating secret about MI6 and the Iraq invasion which means he can never be freed

Shaker Aamer, 44, a father of five from Battersea, South London, has been a prisoner for more than 11 years even though he has never been charged – and has twice been cleared for freedom by the US. A Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed Aamer told his lawyer how British MI6 officers were present when he was brutally assaulted and interrogated.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312284/Shaker-Aamer-Hes-cleared--devastating-secret-MI6-Iraq-invasion-means-freed.html

U.S. arms deal with Middle East allies clear signal to Iran: Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday a $10 billion arms deal under discussion with Washington's Arab and Israeli allies sent a "very clear signal" to Tehran the military option remains on the table over its nuclear program.

"The bottom line is that Iran is a threat, a real threat," said Hagel, who arrived in Israel on Sunday on his first visit to Israel as defense secretary.

"The Iranians must be prevented from developing that capacity to build a nuclear weapon and deliver it," he told reporters on his plane.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/21/us-israel-usa-hagel-idUSBRE93K03K20130421

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 10:27:36 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 07:27:36 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
37.460°N, 139.966°E
Depth
43.7 km (27.2 miles)
Region
EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
17 km (10 miles) SW of Inawashiro, Japan

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF JALISCO, MEXICO - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 09:45:46 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 02:45:46 AM at epicenter
Location
18.503°N, 107.148°W
Depth
11.1 km (6.9 miles)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF JALISCO, MEXICO
Distances
284 km (176 miles) WSW (253°) from Cihuatlán, Jalisco, Mexico

California sea lion pups struck with mystery illness

Bangladesh Reports Human H5N1 Avian Influenza Death

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research in Dhaka has reported the seventh case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza, according to a IEDCR release.

According to Bangladeshi health authorities, the victim was a 1 year 11 months old male child from Chauddogram, Comilla. He was admitted to Comilla Medical College Hospital, later transferred to Dhaka Shishu Hospital and then to a private clinic. He died on 18th February, 2013. This is the first death case of H5N1 in Bangladesh.

The H5N1 avian influenza was laboratory confirmed by the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, a WHO reference laboratory.

http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/bangladesh-reports-human-h5n1-avian-influenza-death-39182/

'Small fire' at UK nuclear power plant

A "small fire" at a UK nuclear power plant, which provoked a major response by the emergency services, has been extinguished without anyone suffering injuries, police say.

The blaze at Hartlepool Power Station caused smoke to billow from the plant, but Cleveland Police said it was drifting away from homes.

Police and fire crews remained on the scene as a precaution, the force spokeswoman said.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10878813

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 09:30:24 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 05:30:24 PM at epicenter
Location
30.257°N, 103.000°E
Depth
11.3 km (7.0 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
102 km (63 miles) NW (319°) from Leshan, Sichuan, China

Small tornado rips through Raglan, New Zealand

A small tornado brought down a tree, broke windows and damaged a roof in Raglan this afternoon.

Raglan police officer Constable Jeremy Holmes estimated the tornado had caused damage over a two-block radius.

"Quiet a few big branches have been broken off, there was a chimney down on a property, which also had a couple of popped windows.''

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10878834

18 killed in China mine explosion

A coal mine explosion has killed 18 people and injured 12 in the north-east of China, according to the state news agency.

The Xinhua News Agency cited local authorities as saying the Saturday afternoon blast occurred in Helong city in Jilin province.

The report said rescue work has ended, but an investigation into the cause of the explosion continues.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/18-killed-in-china-mine-explosion-29210612.html

Nepal: Bird flu confirmed in Chitwan poultry farm

About 30‚000 fowls of the 70‚000 birds have died of virus • Rapid response team swings into action to curb spread

The highly pathogenic avian flu (H1N1) virus has been detected at one of the biggest poultry farms in Chitwan in a recent case of bird flu outbreak. Authorities have confirmed the disease at Laxmi Rana’s poultry farm in Godrang of Bharatpur.

The confirmation came after the outbreak claimed about 30,000 of the total 70,000 fowls at the farm.

After the Central Veterinary Laboratory confirmed the disease, a rapid response team from the district livestock office of Chitwan and the National Bird Disease Research Laboratory reached the farm and started its operation from Friday night itself.

According to the sources, till Saturday afternoon, the team has culled 11,289 fowls at the three-storey farm building. They will start culling the remaining fowls in the two other floors of the building from Saturday evening and the farm will be cleaned by Sunday.

http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Bird+flu+confirmed+in+Chitwan+poultry+farm&NewsID=373552

Water levels continue to rise in flood-prone areas of Huntsville, Ontario

Heavy rains and flooding have led two cottage country communities in central Ontario to declare a state of emergency.

In the town of Huntsville, a three and a half metre sinkhole has opened up on Hwy. 11 after 50 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Extreme weather has also led to “massive” destruction of municipal infrastructure.

“All resources have been deployed and we continue to monitor the situation,” Kelly Pender, the town’s chief administrative officer said in a news release on Friday.

According to officials, water levels continue to rise in flood-prone areas, including downtown Huntsville and the Big East River flood zone. The water is expected to rise over the next 24 hours.

http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/water-levels-continue-to-rise-in-flood-prone-areas-of-huntsville-1.1246501

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
5.2
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 09:05:22 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 05:05:22 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.328°N, 102.993°E
Depth
9.4 km (5.8 miles)
Region
WESTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
46 km (28 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ROMANIA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Region ROMANIA
Date time 2013-04-21 08:09:09.0 UTC
Location 45.60 N ; 26.58 E
Depth 105 km
Distances 135 km N of Bucharest, Romania / pop: 1,877,155 / local time: 11:09:09.0 2013-04-21
48 km W of Focşani, Romania / pop: 105,112 / local time: 11:09:09.0 2013-04-21
10 km W of Jitia, Romania / pop: 1,717 / local time: 11:09:09.0 2013-04-21

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake HONDURAS - 21st April 2013

Magnitude M 5.3
Region HONDURAS
Date time 2013-04-21 07:46:47.0 UTC
Location 15.45 N ; 87.07 W
Depth 40 km
Distances
11 km N of La Rosa, Honduras / pop: 1,552 / local time: 01:46:47.0 2013-04-21

Video:Operation to capture Boston marathon suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev



Colorado avalanche kills five snowboarders

Syria: US Offers Rebels/Terrorists $123m Non-Lethal Aid

The United States is providing Syrian rebels with $123m (£80m) in new non-lethal aid that may include body armour and other supplies.

The money will double the amount of non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, as well as increase humanitarian aid.

The aid could include armoured vehicles, night vision goggles and advanced communications equipment.

http://news.sky.com/story/1080834/syria-us-offers-rebels-123m-non-lethal-aid

Syria opposition voices frustration with international backers

Syrian opposition figures voiced frustration with their international backers on Saturday in the face of reluctance from some to supply the rebels with weapons and a call for them to distance themselves from extremist forces.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/20/us-syria-crisis-conference-idUSBRE93J0EI20130420

Colorado Avalanche: Five Snowboarders Killed

Five snowboarders have been killed after apparently triggering an avalanche in Colorado, authorities have said.

Search and rescue crews recovered the bodies several hours after Saturday's slide, according to Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger.

A sixth snowboarder caught in the avalanche has been rescued.

The person's condition was not immediately known.

http://news.sky.com/story/1080861/colorado-avalanche-five-snowboarders-killed

China Quake: Over 11,000 People Injured

The death toll in the Chinese earthquake is expected to rise above 200 today as rescuers find more bodies under rubble.

More than 11,000 people are confirmed to have been injured after the earthquake struck China's Sichuan province.

The Chinese news agency Xinhua said the quake, measured at varying magnitudes between 6.6 and 7.0, struck at 8.02am local time on Saturday close to the city of Ya'an in Lushan county.

The epicentre had a depth of a little less than eight miles (13km).
http://news.sky.com/story/1080889/china-quake-over-11000-people-injured

Measles Victim Gareth Williams Died 'After He Was Sent Home'

The first victim to die in the measles outbreak in South Wales had been sent home from hospital, his mother has claimed.

Gareth Williams, 25, was discovered dead on Thursday morning at his home in the Port Tennant area of Swansea.

Initial tests revealed that Mr Williams, who is believed to have suffered from asthma, was infected with measles at the time of his death.

http://news.sky.com/story/1080874/measles-victim-died-after-he-was-sent-home

NORTH KOREA MOVES TWO MORE MISSILE LAUNCHERS: REPORT

North Korea has moved two more missile launchers to its east coast, where preparations are apparently under way for a missile test as tensions simmer on the peninsula, a report said.

Expectations had been high that Pyongyang would carry out a test to coincide with celebrations marking the birth of North Korea's late founding leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15 but it did not materialise.

The North Korean military last week moved two launchers believed to be for Scud missiles to the northeast province of South Hamgyong, Yonhap news agency said, citing a senior Seoul official.

"We have discovered the North has moved two additional TELs (transporter erector launchers) to the east coast... after April 16," the official was quoted as saying, adding Seoul and Washington were closely monitoring the site.

A spokesman for Seoul's defence ministry was not immediately available to confirm the report.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16826217/north-korea-moves-two-more-missile-launchers/

Boston bombers: FBI hunting 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The FBI was last night hunting a 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to the Boston marathon bomb brothers.

Police believe Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were specially trained to carry out the devastating attack.

More than 1,000 FBI agents were last night working to track down the cell and arrested a man and two women 60 miles from Boston in the hours before Dzhokhar’s dramatic capture after a bloody shootout on Friday.

A source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/boston-bombers-fbi-hunting-12-strong-1844844?

Jeff Bauman wakes up from Surgery and confirms seeing bomber

A victim of the Boston bombings Monday with some of the most graphic wounds caught on photograph reportedly woke up in a drugged haze after surgery and in recovery, saw the FBI's pictures of the two suspects that had been released and said one of them "looked right at me."

An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheel chair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, 2013 in Boston.

This image was cropped due to its graphic nature. At least three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 170 were wounded when two bombs blew up seconds apart.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16824655/looked-right-at-me-jeff-bauman-note/

'Israel injects Palestinian prisoners with dangerous viruses'

The Israeli regime injects Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails with “dangerous viruses” before releasing them, a report says.

“A Palestinian released from Israeli jails, Rania Saqa, has brought to light that the Israeli regime injected detainees that are out of prisons with dangerous viruses,” Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda wrote on Friday.

Saqa also said many of the prisoners are suffering from mysteriously incurable diseases such as bladder cancer and liver disorders.

She said it is a standard procedure for Israelis to inject Palestinian detainees before freeing them.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/04/20/299199/israel-injects-palestinians-with-viruses/

FBI ADMITS IT INTERVIEWED BIG BROTHER BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING SUSPECT

Late Friday, the FBI finally admitted that it had interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older Boston Marathon bombing suspect who was killed by police early Friday morning. The FBI reversed itself after the Tsarnaevs’ mother, Zubeidat, told Russia Today that her son had been monitored by the FBI on Skype, and actually spoke with him “every step of the way.” She said, “They used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me ... they were telling me that he was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites... they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step...and now they say that this is a terrorist act!”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/04/19/FBI-admits-interviewed-Tamerlan

University of Hawaii faculty union reports apparent cyberattack

The University of Hawaii faculty union has notified authorities after its website was the subject of an apparent cyberattack this morning.

Kristeen Hanselman, associate executive director of the UH Professional Assembly, said no protected faculty information is believed to have been compromised.

The site is now operational again.
http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20130418_UH_faculty_union_reports_apparent_cyberattack.html?id=203707131

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake HONDURAS - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 06:51:41 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 12:51:41 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
15.569°N, 87.171°W
Depth
34.5 km (21.4 miles)
Region
HONDURAS
Distances
3 km (1 miles) SSW of San Antonio, Honduras

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 06:31:58 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 06:31:58 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
45.954°N, 150.703°E
Depth
103.7 km (64.4 miles)
Region
KURIL ISLANDS
Distances
233 km (144 miles) ENE of Kuril'sk, Russia

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 04:39:19 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 12:39:19 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.269°N, 103.045°E
Depth
12.2 km (7.6 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
42 km (26 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 03:59:38 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 11:59:38 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.209°N, 103.032°E
Depth
12.2 km (7.6 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
47 km (29 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

6.1 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
6.1
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 03:22:16 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 12:22:16 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
29.915°N, 138.926°E
Depth
424.1 km (263.5 miles)
Region
IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
Distances
360 km (223 miles) SSW of Hachijo-jima, Japan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN REGION - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 03:07:51 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 11:07:51 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
24.464°N, 122.365°E
Depth
67 km (41.6 miles)
Region
TAIWAN REGION
Distances
53 km (32 miles) ESE of Su'ao, Taiwan

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 01:45:36 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 04:45:36 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
35.857°N, 28.227°E
Depth
71 km (44.1 miles)
Region
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA
Distances
32 km (19 miles) SE of Lardos, Greece

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 21st April 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 01:32:32 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 10:32:32 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
2.982°S, 138.305°E
Depth
35.2 km (21.9 miles)
Region
PAPUA, INDONESIA
Distances
240 km (149 miles) ENE of Enarotali, Indonesia

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake YELLOW SEA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 23:21:31 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 08:21:31 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
35.275°N, 124.427°E
Depth
15 km (9.3 miles)
Region
YELLOW SEA
Distances
161 km (100 miles) WNW of Sinan, South Korea

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN REGION - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 23:09:39 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 07:09:39 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
21.952°N, 121.505°E
Depth
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region
TAIWAN REGION
Distances
79 km (49 miles) E of Hengchun, Taiwan

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
5.2
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 20:53:43 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 04:53:43 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.328°N, 103.071°E
Depth
9.8 km (6.1 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
38 km (23 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 19:28:31 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 01:28:31 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
12.742°N, 88.729°W
Depth
63 km (39.1 miles)
Region
OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
Distances
63 km (39 miles) SSW of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake LA RIOJA, ARGENTINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 19:14:33 UTC
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 04:14:33 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
29.399°S, 68.543°W
Depth
6 km (3.7 miles)
Region
LA RIOJA, ARGENTINA
Distances
78 km (48 miles) SSW of Vinchina, Argentina

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 20th April 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 18:32:12 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 02:32:12 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.354°N, 103.121°E
Depth
35.5 km (22.1 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
33 km (20 miles) WSW of Linqiong, China

Colorado Marijuana Festival Shooting

One person has been shot in the leg and another suffered unknown injuries after shots were fired at a marijuana celebration held to mark the counterculture holiday 4/20, Denver police have said.

Panic broke out in the crowd as the sound of gunfire rang out among the crowd of several thousand.

Witnesses said they heard three or more shots fired at the celebration just before 5pm local time.

http://news.sky.com/story/1080852/shots-fired-at-colorado-marijuana-festival