20 Apr 14
Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover
‘It’s time’ Lawmakers from 9 states gather in Utah, discuss ways to take control of federal lands. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.
Officials report earthquake that was felt in Salt Lake Valley
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.2 earthquake that was felt in the Salt Lake Valley Saturday night.
4-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Southwest Turkey
April 20 - An earthquake measuring 4 magnitude on the Richter scale struck off Mugla province on the southwest coast of Turkey on the Aegean Sea.
Papua New Guinea Hit With Another Powerful Earthquake Triggering Tsunami Warning
Another strong earthquake hit Papua New Guinea late Saturday night. The region was already reeling under an equally intense earthquake a week earlier.
GEOMAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS, MORE TO COME
A minor G1-class geomagnetic storm is in progress following a CME strike during the early hours of April 20th. The impact sparked auroras over Scandinavia visible despite the brightening spring twilight.
This is the first of two CME impacts expected to rattle Earth's magnetic field today. NOAA forecasters expect the second CME to trigger a G2-class geomagnetic storm, which is to say "moderate."
China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years
It is said to be China's biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian mega-temple to pledge their allegiance – not to the Communist Party, but to the Cross.
The 5,000-capacity Liushi church, which boasts more than twice as many seats as Westminster Abbey...opened last year with one theologian declaring it a "miracle that such a small town was able to build such a grand church".
Astronauts plan $250 million asteroid telescope 'to stop disaster'
As members of an elite band of cosmic explorers, they are among the few to have gone beyond the final frontier and looked down on the Earth from space.
Now, inspired by the unique perspective they gained of their home planet – and armed with startling new data about the scale of the threat it faces from asteroid strikes – a group of former Nasa astronauts are on an extraordinary mission to save the world.
Jews urged to flee Ukraine by Holocaust survivor
ALL Jewish people should leave Ukraine at once, a Holocaust survivor warned last night, after “grotesque” anti-Semitic leaflets were handed out in the country.
The pamphlets and posters, distributed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, demanded that the Jewish population register, pay a new tax or leave.
Japan to build military site near disputed Senkaku islands
Japan has begun construction work on a military radar station near a string of islands that is at the centre of a territorial dispute with China.
Correspondents say the move will anger Beijing as it may allow Japan to expand surveillance near the Chinese mainland.
The new base - on Yonaguni island - is located just 150km (90 miles) from the Japanese-held Senkaku island group, claimed by China as the Diaoyu islands.
Bennett responds to Abbas' threat to disband PA: 'Israel won't stop you'
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday defiantly chafed at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ latest threat to resign and disband the autonomous government that has been ruling over the Palestinian areas of Judea and Samaria.
...“If he wants to go, we won’t stop him,” the minister said. “The Jewish people do not negotiate with a gun held against their temple.”
80% of Syrian chemical weapons shipped out: monitors
Syria has shipped out or destroyed approximately 80 per cent of its declared chemical weapons material, the head of the international team overseeing the disarmament process said.
Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator of the joint mission of the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said if the momentum was sustained, Syria should be able to meet its April 27 deadline to hand over all declared chemical agents.
Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart
When Helen Felumlee passed away at the age of 92 Saturday morning, her family knew her husband Kenneth Felumlee, 91, wouldn't be slow to follow her. The couple couldn't bear to be apart very long, and Kenneth passed away only 15 1/2 hours after his wife of 70 years.
"We knew when one went, the other was going to go," said daughter Linda Cody to the Zanesville Times Recorder. "We wanted them to go together, and they did."
Giant lasers could control the weather
Zeus, God of the Sky, may be out of work, as scientists at the University of Central Florida believe they've developed a technique -- which involves pointing a high powered laser at the sky -- to induce clouds to drop rain and hurl thunderbolts.
25 years later, western Germany is still pumping money to the east
Twenty-five years after the reunification of East and West Germany, western cities and districts continue to contribute funds to the federal budget for the east’s development, under the government’s fiscal equalization plan. But frustration at the burden has been on the climb, and a growing number of people in the donor districts argue that the transfer system is draining revenue they badly need themselves, and that it’s time for Germany to rethink its notion of "solidarity."
Rioting After Police Limit Muslim Access to Temple Mount
Tens of Palestinian Arab youths rioted at the Temple Mount Sunday morning, after police limited Muslim access to the Mount after another series of clashes on Saturday night.
Police have dispersed the riot and arrested 24 rioters; two officers suffered light injuries.
The Temple Mount has now been closed to all visitors, including Jews.
Is US as Religiously Diverse as You Think? 'No' Says Pew Study
While many Americans take pride in the country's religious diversity, a new study by the Pew Research Center shows that the United States cannot be seen as a highly diverse country, at least not from a global perspective.
The U.S. ranks 68th out of 232 countries and territories on Pew's Religious Diversity Index, which shows that 95 percent of the country's population is either Christian or religiously unaffiliated, while all other religions combined account for just 5 percent of Americans.
Turkey mulls leaving World Wide Web, minister says
Lütfi Elvan, Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication, has said Turkey may leave the World Wide Web (www) to establish its own "ttt" protocol, amid the Turkish government's efforts to rein in global websites including Twitter and YouTube.
Western states hold summit on controlling federal land, say 'It's simply time'
Lawmakers from Western states said Friday that the time has come for them to take control of federal lands within their borders and suggested the standoff this month between a Nevada rancher and the federal government was a problem waiting to happen.
19 Apr 14
Quake hits near St. Kitts; no damage reported
A magnitude-5.0 earthquake has struck northeast of the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, but there are no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck Saturday afternoon about 48 miles (77 kilometers) north-northeast of St. Kitts. It was also felt in Anguilla and the French Caribbean island of St. Barts.
Remote Alaska quake followed by aftershocks
A moderate earthquake was recorded Friday morning in Alaska above the Arctic Circle, and was followed by an aftershock almost as powerful.
Philippines rocked by 20 earthquakes in two days
Manila: A total of 20 earthquakes, including three powerful ones, rocked different parts of the Philippines from April 17 to 18, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) told Gulf News on Saturday.
NEWS: Oklahoma Earthquakes
PERRY, Oklahoma -
The United States Geological Survey reported a 4.0 magnitude earthquake near Perry Saturday morning.
The quake shook Noble county residents around 4:43 a.m. Saturday. The USGS said the earthquake was located one mile southeast of Perry, 14 miles northwest of Stillwater. The depth was recorded over two miles deep.
Japan Begins First Military Expansion In More Than 40 Years
Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan.
The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim.
5 Hrs Ago / Global Apple Inadvertently Intensifies the Search for Loch Ness Monster
The image, taken by an Apple map satellite, depicts a shadowy form of around 100 feet in length with something akin to flippers in the water of the Loch Ness.
US government delays Keystone XL pipeline decision
The US state department has given federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before it determines whether to issue a permit.
The delay suggests the decision whether to approve the pipeline could come after November's midterm elections.
The 875-mile (1,408km) pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the US state of Nebraska.
The Occult Meaning of Lady Gaga’s Video “G.U.Y.”
While one could argue that Gaga playing the role of a fallen angel might not inherently imply that she’s referring to Lucifer, a look at the symbolism later in the video strongly points towards it. Indeed, much of the video plays on the esoteric associations between Lucifer, Venus and Ishtar.
6.9 earthquake shakes PNG island
A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake has struck off Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island but there is no risk of a widespread tsunami, seismologists say.
Western lawmakers strategize on taking control of federal lands
Officials from nine Western states met in Salt Lake City on Friday to discuss taking control of federal lands within their borders on the heels of a standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management.
The lawmakers and county commissioners discussed ways to wresting oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart said it was in the works before this month's standoff.
Pentagon weighs deploying troops to Poland as militants snub Ukraine pact
The Pentagon is exploring options for deploying U.S. troops to Poland to expand NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe because of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, as pro-Russian militants defiantly refused Friday to leave government buildings in eastern Ukraine despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva.
EU Focuses Pressure on Israel to Make Concessions, Restart Talks
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called on Israel to reverse recent announcements regarding construction in Judea and Samaria in order to advance peace talks.
Ashton said she viewed with "great concern" an Israeli decision to declare an area near the Gush Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem as state land and the recognition of Jewish rights to the disputed Peace House in the Judean city of Hevron, a statement from her office said Friday.