Category Archives: Breaking News

700 Troops Sent To Pakistan’s ‘Red Zone’

700 Troops Sent To Pakistan’s ‘Red Zone’, Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan’s parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country’s prime minister resign.

Government authorities had warned they would not allow protesters to enter Islamabad’s “Red Zone,” but the demonstrators met no immediate resistance from police or the hundreds of troops guarding the buildings.

Wearing masks and carrying makeshift shields, they hammered through barbed wire and locks connecting shipping containers that had been erected as a barrier around the zone, which also holds the president’s and prime minister’s ceremonial homes and many diplomatic posts.

Demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, they shouted, “Go, Nawaz, go!” Excited young men and women made V-for-victory signs.

A government minister, Saad Rafiq, said the prime minister allowed the protesters to enter the sensitive area to avoid bloodshed.

New Fatal Police Shooting Near Ferguson

New Fatal Police Shooting Near Ferguson, Police shot dead a knife-wielding man Tuesday near the U.S. town roiled by 10 days of protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, threatening to further ratchet up tensions.

It came as the attorney for the family of Michael Brown, who was shot dead by police in Ferguson on August 9, said that the 18-year-old college student’s funeral would be held on Monday.

Civic leaders in Ferguson, in Missouri, had called for “night-time quiet and reconciliation” after another night of protests and violence in the majority black town.

But, a short drive away in St. Louis proper, police – who have been criticized for an aggressive response to the demonstrations – faced yet more scrutiny when they shot dead an apparently agitated man armed with a knife who yelled “kill me now” and approached a patrol.

The world’s media descended on the street, dozens of reporters having been in nearby Ferguson covering the ongoing unrest that has cast an unfavorable light on the United States’ racial divide, as well as law-enforcement tactics.

Onlookers gathered at the yellow incident tape sealing off the scene of Tuesday’s shooting outside a convenience store, some of them chanting the slogan of the protests: “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

Islamic State Claims Beheading Of U.S. Journalist

Islamic State Claims Beheading Of U.S. Journalist, Jihadist group the Islamic State on Tuesday claimed to have executed American journalist James Foley in revenge for U.S. airstrikes against its fighters in Iraq.

The Islamist group released a video showing a masked militant purportedly beheading the reporter, who has been missing since he was seized by armed men in Syria in November 2012.

“Find James Foley,” the campaign run by his family to secure the 40-year-old freelancer’s release, posted a public message online following the release of the video asking for time “to seek answers.”

Foley was an experienced correspondent who had covered the war in Libya before heading to Syria to follow the revolt against Bashar al-Assad’s regime for the Global Post, AFP and other outlets.

Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Church For Crime

Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Church For Crime, They say if you commit the crime, you gotta do the time. And sometimes that time is just a as creative as the crime. Last year, 32-year-old Shena Hardin was sentenced to two days of humiliation after she drove up on a sidewalk to avoid waiting behind a school bus in Cleveland. A judge ordered her to stand on the street corner and hold a sign that read, “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”

And a judge in Oklahoma didn’t send a Tyler Alread to jail after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Nope. Instead, he told him he could stay the clink if he went to church for 10 years. Talk about forgiveness…

And this boy in Moscow who insists he’s only 13 but he was tried as an adult…because of his penis. Doctors said he appeared to be 16 or 17 years old after examining his um…member…and sentenced him to jail for his crime.

Not sure why that deep investigation was necessary, but it was a good headline.

Casey Kasem Dies at 82-Years-Old

Casey Kasem Dies at 82-Years-Old, Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82.

Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem’s daughter, Kerri, says Kasem died Sunday morning. A statement issued by the family says he died at 3:23 a.m. surrounded by family and friends.

Kasem’s “American Top 40″ began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles. The No. 1 song on his list then was “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” by Three Dog Night.

The show continued in varying forms – and for varying syndicators – until his retirement in 2009. In his signoff, he would tell viewers: “And don’t forget: keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

In recent years, Kasem was trapped in a feud between his three adult children and his second wife, former actress Jean Kasem. In 2013, his children filed a legal petition to gain control of his health care, alleging that Kasem was suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease and that his wife was isolating him from friends and family members. Kasem also suffered from Lewy Body Disease, a form of dementia.

A judge in May temporarily stripped his wife of her caretaker role after she moved him from a medical facility in Los Angeles to a friend’s home in Washington state. Jean Kasem said she moved her husband to protect his privacy and to consult with doctors. Casey Kasem developed a severe bedsore while in Washington and was in critical condition by the time he was hospitalized in early June.

It was a sad, startling end for a man whose voice had entertained and informed music lovers worldwide.

Casey Kasem Dies at 82-Years-Old

Beloved TV Couple’s Offscreen Relationship

Beloved TV Couple’s Offscreen Relationship, John Stamos once said “Full House” co-star Lori Loughlin was “the one that got away.” So, what went wrong?, When sparks flew between Aunt Becky and Uncle Jesse on “Full House,” nobody could doubt the chemistry between Lori Loughlin and John Stamos. Over the years, fans hoped for a real-life romance. Last spring, John confirmed in an interview what many had already expected. Lori was “the one that got away.”

“That was very nice of him to say that,” Lori says about the confession. The actress, who has been happily married to fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli for almost 17 years, says it came down to a matter of timing. “I was married at the time I was doing the show to my first husband,” Lori explains. “Right as I was getting divorced, he met Rebecca.”

Lori admits that she never gets tired of talking about her “Full House” days, so we had her select some cast class superlatives:

Who was class clown? “Dave Coulier.”
Hottest? “John.”
Best Dressed “Me!”
Drama King? “Bob,” Lori says, referring to Bob Saget, of course. “He’s going to hate me for that.”

Fans of Lori can catch her in the Hallmark Channel series “When Calls the Heart,” which follows life in a small coal-mining town in the early 1900s. She plays Abigail Stanton, a woman whose husband is killed in a mining explosion. “It’s about her triumph in overcoming that tragedy, and how she is now surviving on her own and taking care of herself,” Lori says. “In this town of incredible women, it’s about community, friendship, and persevering.”

New Theories Include Midair Flight ‘Swap’

New Theories Include Midair Flight ‘Swap’, An expert examines whether another aircraft flew behind the missing jet and switched codes., Could the aircraft have been ‘swapped’ mid-air?

Generally air traffic radars use something called a “Squawk” code – this is 4 digits, say ’1234′ – that is then used to transmit information to the ground radar of the aircraft’s position and other relevant detail. This is very easily disabled – it is operated with a simple on/off switch. The Boeing 777 has two separate systems for safety in the event of failure.

There is another angle which i think might be a possibility that the MH370 switched codes. If MH370 had a code of, say 4376, then it would be pretty easy to get another aircraft, say a Gulfstream 5 private jet, to fly up behind it and swap codes. The Gulfstream sets its squawk code to the same as MH370′s code of 4376 then the B777 takes on the Gulfstream’s code, and they then split… It would certainly make it easier for the B777 to continue on undetected.

Why did the Malaysian air force not scramble their fighters?

I actually trained the Malaysian air Force at Kuantan Air Base on the east coast of Malaysia and they have two MIG 29 fighter aircraft sat on alert 24/7 ready to scramble should an unknown aircraft enter their airspace – why were they not scrambled?

Most countries in this region spend billions of dollars on defence, in particular Air Defence – protecting their international airspace and waters.

The Indian Air Force have stated they only turn their radars on a ‘need-to’ basis – I think that’s very unbelievable. I find it almost impossible that a Boeing 777 could be flying over land – whether that’s Vietnam / Malaysia / India / or further north without anyone seeing it.

‘Comedy At The Highest Level’: Hockey Ref Controversy

‘Comedy At The Highest Level’: Hockey Ref Controversy, The puck hasn’t even dropped yet, but Swedish hockey legend Peter Forsberg has already called the officiating ‘a (expletive) joke.’, Peter Forsberg calls Canadian officials for gold medal game ‘[expletive] joke’, Peter Forsberg once defeated Team Canada to give Sweden the gold medal. Twenty years later, he’d like to see it happen again in the finale of the Sochi Olympics men’s hockey tournament – only he doesn’t exactly trust that the officiating will be balanced.

“What a [expletive] joke,” Forsberg wrote in a text message to Mats Wennerholm of Sportbladet, in reference to the all-NHL officiating crew that will oversee the game.

Kelly Sutherland (Richmond, British Columbia) and Brad Meier (American-born, but lives in Calgary) are the refs. Linesmen Derek Amell is from Oshawa, Ont., and Greg Devorski from Guelph, Ontario.

“Canadian officials in the finals, also the supervisor plus reserves. Comedy at the highest level,” Forsberg wrote to the paper.

There are 14 referees in the Sochi Olympics men’s hockey tournament. Seven are from the NHL and North American born; seven are officials from other leagues around the world.

Throughout the tournament, referees of different nationalities worked together; in Sweden’s game against Finland in the tournament semifinals, Tim Peel of the U.S. worked with Konstantin Olenin of Russia.

The all-NHL ref crew working the gold-medal game has been condemned in the Swedish media, which has openly questioned why Swedish ref Marcus Vinnerborg wasn’t chosen to work the final; or why there isn’t an Olympic rule that referees from the nations involved in a gold-medal game should be prohibited from working the game.

The IIHF said in a statement that the officials have been evaluated throughout the tournament by Konstantin Komissarov (IIHF), Terry Gregson, former Head of Officiating for the National Hockey League, and six others (four IIHF, three NHL). The officials for the gold-medal game were chosen based on their performances in the medal round.

“Their nationalities aren’t considered as factors nor should they be; we want the best officials working the medal games,” said Komissarov. “We are fully confident that with their experience and professionalism these officials will do their job well and preserve the integrity of the game.”

The Swedish players themselves said they aren’t concerned about the nationality of the officials.