Veterans marched on Sunday in Washington in protest of the partial government shutdown that has kept them and other Americans from visiting war memorials across the country, with support from several star conservatives.
Veterans marched on Sunday in Washington in protest of the partial government shutdown that has kept them and other Americans from visiting war memorials across the country, with support from several star conservatives.
A Senate panel has voted to approve a resolution giving President Obama the authority to carry out punitive strikes against Syria for its use of chemical weapons.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the authorization by a 10-7 vote, with one senator voting present. The measure must be passed by a vote of the full Senate to come into force. The vote is likely to take place next week.
The vote marks the first time lawmakers have voted to authorize military action since the October 2002 vote giving President George W. Bush authority to invade Iraq.
The authorization was crafted by the committee’s top lawmakers — Democratic Chairman Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee.
Early Wednesday during the debate, Secretary of State John Kerry told the committee: “We are not asking America to go to war.”
He later told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that should Syrian President Bashar Assad be “arrogant and foolish enough to retaliate,” the U.S. has “ample ways to make him regret that decision without going to war.”
The resolution on the use of force against Syria has divided Republicans and Democrats alike, with Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky representing differing viewpoints in the GOP.
Cleveland (CNN) — When her chance came, kidnapping victim Michelle Knight lit into Ariel Castro, the man who held her captive and raped her in his Cleveland home for a decade.
"You took 11 years of my life away," she said. "I spent 11 years in hell. Now, your hell is just beginning. I will overcome all this that happened, but you will face hell for eternity.”
In handing down a sentence of life without parole plus 1,000 years in prison, Judge Michael Russo told the kidnapper there was no place in the world for his brand of criminal.
Castro pleaded guilty last week to 937 counts, including murder and kidnapping, in exchange for the death penalty being taken off the table. The charges stem from his kidnapping, rape and assault of three women: Knight, abducted in 2002; Georgina DeJesus, abducted in 2004; and Amanda Berry; abducted in 2003.
Castro is the father of Berry’s 6-year-old girl, DNA tests confirmed.
Berry and DeJesus, who did not attend the hearing, sent family members to deliver impact statements on their behalves, while Knight, 32, chose to address her abductor head-on.
In a pre-sentencing evaluation, Dr. Frank Ochberg, a pioneer in trauma science, wrote that Knight suffered “the longest and most severely.”
"It was Michelle who served as doctor, nurse, midwife and pediatrician during the birth (of Berry’s child). She breathed life into that infant when she wasn’t breathing," he wrote. "At other times, she interceded when Castro sought to abuse Gina, interposing herself and absorbing physical and sexual trauma. But each survivor had a will to prevail and used that will to live through the ordeal."
Despite his repeated insistence that he wasn’t making excuses for his conduct, Castro played the victim, saying he was addicted to porn and masturbation. In his oft-disjointed statement, he referred to himself as “very emotional” and “a happy person inside.”
"I’m not a monster. I’m just sick. I have an addiction, just like an alcoholic has an addiction," he said. "God as my witness, I never beat these women like they’re trying to say that I did. I never tortured them."
Testimony from authorities and mental health experts didn’t jibe with Castro’s recollection, however. Police recalled how the women were forced to play Russian roulette and how Castro would throw money at them after raping them.
Det. David Jacobs of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office testified he’d also show a gun “to the girls as a form of control.”
It was all to “purely satisfy his sexual needs,” Jacobs said. ” ‘I knew what I did was wrong.’ He said that more than once.”
Castro’s 1,400-square-foot home was reconfigured to keep their whereabouts a secret, FBI agent Andrew Burke testified. The back door was outfitted with an alarm, bedspreads and curtains obscured parts of them home and a porch swing was placed in front of the stairs leading to the rooms where Castro held the women and girl hostage.
Police also testified Castro would chain the women to objects, including a support pole in his basement.
In the room where Berry and her daughter were held, the doorknob was removed, a lock was affixed to the outside and a hole was cut through the door for ventilation because the windows had been boarded up from the inside, Burke said.
Burke also described a handwritten letter in which Castro claimed he had been sexually abused as a child and wrote, “I am a sexual predator.”
The first police officer on the scene, Barbara Johnson, recalled for the court how she and another officer heard the pitter-patter of footsteps in a dark room where Knight and DeJesus were held.
When the captive women realized they were police, Knight “literally launched herself” onto an officer, “legs, arms, just choking him. She just kept repeating, ‘You saved us! You saved us!’ ” Johnson said.
The women were described as scared, pale, malnourished and dehydrated when they were rescued. Dr. Gerald Maloney, who was in the emergency room when the victims arrived, said Knight requested that no male physicians attend to her.
Several witnesses said the women told them stories of being physically abused and deprived of food, and Det. Andrew Harasimchuk told the judge the women were raped “vaginally, orally and anally” during their captivity.
Multiple officers testified that Castro appeared to show no remorse for his crimes, and prosecutor Anna Faraglia said he “tormented” his victims by allowing them to watch vigils held in their honor, and he even attended some.
1000 Years In Prison The Coming Judgment!: “He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a 1,000 years.”
Ariel Castro Claimed He Was In the CIA: ”He said he was in the CIA. And I don’t know if he was joking or not, but it’s the way he said it, how serious he said it.”
Michelle Knight’s Special Thank You Note to Police: “Just like when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.”
Longtime captive Michelle Knight watches as Castro’s Cleveland horror home demolished: ”They are caterpillars, waiting to turn into a butterfly.” Knight said the array of balloons “represents all the millions of children that were never found and the ones that passed away that were never heard.”
Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Was ‘A Sweet Person’ With ‘Two Personalities,’ Reveals Uncle: “He had two personalities. We only knew the one, we didn’t know there was another personality inside of him. We only knew the good personality, we didn’t know the other side,”
Hints of a dark side in Cleveland abduction suspect’s life: “He appeared to be something, and be something else.”
Did Hero Charles Ramsey Really Rescue Amanda Berry? Neighbors Say He Was Lying: “A second neighbor of Ariel Castro is telling reporters that he is the one who saved Amanda Berry, not Charles Ramsey.”
"Charles Ramsey is lying" say neighbors: “He went crazy. Charles never helped Amanda.”
July 6, 2013 - Asiana Airlines Flight OZ214, aircraft registration HL7742, which had originated from Shanghai China departed Incheon International Airport, South Korea on Friday 4:35 PM Korea time, bound for San Francisco. On Saturday, at 11:36 local time, the Boeing 777 crashed while landing on runway 28L at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
Onboard were a total of 307 passengers with 16 cabin crewmembers. The majority of the passengers were comprised of 77 Korean citizens, 141 Chinese citizens, 1 Japanese citizen, 61 US citizens, origin of the other passengers are unknown at this time.
A passenger on board said “It was all over in 10 seconds. We heard a big bang, and it was over.” While landing on runway 28L, Flight OZ214 landed before the numbers and was to low. The aircraft tail hit the edge of the embankment, which separates the runway from San Francisco Bay.
Asiana Airlines is one of South Korea’s two major airlines. Asiana Airlines has its domestic hub at Gimpo International Airport and its international hub at Incheon International Airport 43 miles from central Seoul.
The captain of Flight 214 had been flying for Asiana since 1996, however, he only had 43 hours of flight experience in the B777-200, although he had significant flight time on other jets. Asiana Airlines spokeswoman said “He is a veteran pilot with almost 10,000 hours on other aircrafts like the 747. He was in the process of getting a license for the new 777.”
Representatives from the FAA and NTSB are investigating. The NTSB has ruled out weather as a problem and reported that weather conditions were right for a “visual landing.” Data on the black boxes recovered from the jet showed that the pilots had learned the Boeing 777 was about to stall and the pilots tried to abort the landing just before it crashed. In a statement released by Asiana Airlines, the company said it is currently investigating the specific cause of the incident as well as any injuries that may have been sustained to passengers as a result of the crash.
A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in the small Texas town of West left at least two people dead, leveled several homes and prompted a widescale evacuation in the community of 2,600 people.
"It was a like a nuclear bomb went off,” Mayor Tommy Muska said. “Big old mushroom cloud. There are a lot of people that got hurt. There are a lot of people that will not be here tomorrow.”
Fire officials fear that the number of casualties could rise as high as 60 to 70 dead, said Dr. George Smith, the emergency management system director of the city.
Fireball in the sky
The blast took place at the West Fertilizer Plant, about 18 miles north of Waco, about 8:50 p.m. ET.
It sent a massive fireball into the sky. Flames leaped over the roof of a structure and a plume of smoke rose high into the air.
"There are lots of houses that are leveled within a two-block radius," Smith said. "A lot of other homes are damaged as well outside that radius."
He estimated that between 10 to 15 buildings were demolished and about 50 damaged.
And the danger may not be over.
Residents are being evacuated because officials are worried that another tank at the facility might explode.
"What we are hearing is that there is one fertilizer tank that is still intact at the plant, and there are evacuations in place to make sure everyone gets away from the area safely in case of another explosion," said Ben Stratmann, a spokesman for Texas State Sen. Brian Birdwell.
Firefighters at the scene said they were concerned about anhydrous ammonia, a pungent gas with suffocating fumes that is used as a fertilizer.
When exposed to humans, it can cause severe burns if it combines with water in the body.
And exposure to high concentrations can lead to death.
State troopers in gas masks set up roadblocks, waving away cars coming off the highway.
The Federal Aviation Administration instituted a flight restriction over the town. Schools will be closed for the rest of the week, and officials urged everyone to stay away from school property.
Shortly after the explosion, more than 60 patients streamed into Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, suffering from “blast injuries, orthopedic injuries (and) a lot of lacerations,” said hospital CEO Glenn Robinson.
While some of the injuries are minor, others are “quite serious,” he said.
The West Fertilizer Plant is just north of Waco. A nursing home with 133 residents was near the plant.
'It was intense'
Tommy Alford, who works in a convenience store about three miles from the plant, told CNN that several volunteer firefighters were at the store when they spotted smoke.
Alford said the firefighters headed toward the scene and then between five and 10 minutes later, he heard a massive explosion.
"It was massive; it was intense," Alford said.
Cheryl Marak, who sits on West’s city council, said the impact of the blast knocked her to the ground.
"It demolished both the houses there, mine and my mom’s and it killed my dog," she said.
Other residents had similar stories.
"It was like a bomb went off," said Barry Murry, who lives about a mile away from the plant. "There were emergency vehicles everywhere. It has been overwhelming."
(CNN) — Two bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, turning a celebration into a bloody scene of destruction.
The blasts threw people to the ground, killing two and injuring dozens.
The Boston Globe reported that more than 100 people were being treated at area hospitals, including several children.
"Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice," President Barack Obama vowed.
'Like a huge cannon’
The terrorist attack, near the marathon’s finish line, triggered widespread screaming and chaos, shattered windows and barricades and sent smoke billowing into the air at Copley Square.
They were about 50 to 100 yards apart, officials said.
"It felt like a huge cannon," a witness told CNN about one of theblasts.
The bombs shook buildings, sending people to seek shelter under tables, witnesses said.
Federal authorities are classifying the bombings as a terrorist attack, but it’s not clear whether the origin was domestic or foreign, a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said.
Another explosive device found
Authorities in Boston found at least one other explosive device that they were dismantling, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said.
Davis said a third blast at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library was believed to be related to the marathon bombings, but police later said that incident was believed to be fire-related. The library said all staff and visitors are safe.
It was unclear who may have planted the marathon bombs. There were no credible threats before the race, a state government official said.
As authorities searched the scene, numerous suspicious packages were found, possibly because people fled the area, leaving items behind. Investigators were checking them.
The Marriott hotel at Copley Place was evacuated as a precaution.
The Lenox Hotel was also evacuated as a precaution, the Boston Globe reported.
Numerous hospitals treat the wounded
Massachusetts General Hospital said it was treating 22 injured people, six of them in critical condition. Tufts Medical Center reported that it was treating nine people. Brigham and Women’s Hospital said it received between 18 and 20 injured. Boston Medical Center reported 20 patients from the marathon, most with lower leg injuries.
Boston Children’s Hospital was treating seven injured people — six children and a parent of one of the children. Their conditions range from “good to serious,” a hospital spokeswoman said.
Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Massachusetts, reported receiving four or five patients, none in serious condition.
Combined, that brings the number of injured to as many as 82. There are other hospitals in the Boston area as well.
The full number of casualties was not immediately known, Davis said.
Crowds were in the area watching the runners.
"This is a horrific day in Boston," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said in a statement.
The Federal Aviation Administration placed a flight restriction over the site of the blasts.
Other cities, including New York and Washington, tightened security as a result. Following standard protocol, the White House cleared out an area in front of the West Wing.
On Charles Street, between Boylston and Beacon streets, there was a huge police presence, and SWAT team members toted rifles.
"If you see something, say something," Mark Boughton, mayor of Danbury, Connecticut, wrote on Twitter. "All cities will be on a heightened state of alertness per Homeland Security protocols."
The explosions occurred at about 2:45 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race’s nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line, CNN Producer Matt Frucci reported.
The race was halted as was subway service into the area.
Runners east of Massachusetts Avenue were directed to Boston Common; those west of Massachusetts Avenue were directed to Kenmore Square, the state’s emergency management agency said.
Troops from the Massachusetts National Guard were assisting police as well.
One doctor in a medical tent about 150 yards from the explosion said he was immediately mobilized.
"We all went running over there and started to bring people into the medical tent," he said. "It was not good. Very bad. Like a war zone. 9/11 immediately came to mind.”
Runner Carly Lissak, of Arlington, Texas, who turned 20 Monday, had crossed the finish line about five minutes before the explosions.
She was in the medical tent when she heard the explosions. “It sounded like thunder and the ground shook a little,” Lissak said.
Boston Marathon Witness Interview: Police Told Us Bomb Drill Was ‘Training Exercise’: “They kept announcing to runners not to be alarmed, that they were running a training exercise.”
Boston Bomb Suspect Sounds Like He Is Under Mind Control As He Pleads Not Guilty: “There was a thick, Russian accent (Dzhokhar/alter) and they said when knew him (Jahar/core persona), there was never a trace of a Russian accent.” ‘Mind control seeks to strip individuals from their core persona in order to program a new one that will easily comply with orders.’ - VC
"Jahar seems to have 2 personalities. Whatever demons have been possessing him, there was no fear. That’s the person we’re going to be seeing in court.” - ABC
"Overall sense I’m left with was of a fidgety young man who, to my eye, almost appeared medicated. He looked drowsy." - Jim Armstrong
"Tsarnaev looked much as he did in a photo widely circulated after his arrest, He appeared nonchalant, almost bored during the hearing.” - AP
The Dark Knight Chechen: http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/The_Chechen ”The man who would be called The Chechen was born and raised in Chechnya." - Batman wiki; Boston Bomb Suspects Connection to Chechnya; The Dark Knight Rises shooting/Sandy Hook & Boston reference in movie
Government admits using ‘professional actors’ to play the role of victims in terror drills: “Professional actors are used to augment the propaganda, making sure the post-event news coverage delivers the desired message to the masses. Every false flag event in recent memory has been accompanied by a staged drill.”
Boston SWAT team describes throat wound as a knife cut: “They took away his voice, his ability to talk to the world because they did not want the truth to come out.” - Dzhokahr’s mother
Neighbor: Boston Bomber Dzhokhar was a ‘lovely kid’: “Nothing in his character that would suggest anything remotely capable of any of these things he’s suspected of doing.”
Dzhokhar’s Former Classmate: ‘He was a great kid.’
Ex Classmates on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: “He was a nice guy. If someone told me that he punched some dude in the face, I would be like ‘What Jahar?’ That doesn’t strike me as Jahar.”
Classmates of Dzhokhar remember him: “Never thought I would see something like this for sure./I still can’t consider him guilty. If you knew him, he was a nice guy, there was no reason to not like him at all./He was nice, calm./He was nice. He wouldn’t even make a joke because it seemed like he wouldn’t even want to bring any harm towards anybody.”
Classmates on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: “He never seemed like the kind of person that could ever do this.”
Dzhokhar’s Classmate: “All I’m saying is this case is a special variety of fucked up and this kid is innocent.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Classmate: ”He was a nice guy. He never seemed to be anyone who would do a crime like this.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Fmr. Classmate: Makes No Sense: “He was very sweet, kind, hilarious, very smart, just a good person. It doesn’t make any sense. The facts don’t add up.”
Dzhokhar’s classmate: “He was a very friendly kind person. It seems like the opposite person that has been doing these crimes. It’s absolutely shocking. “
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s classmate: “He is the exact opposite of the person that’s been committing these crimes.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Coach: “He was ‘opposite’ of a terrorist.”
Tsarnaevs’ relative: “Tamerlan wasn’t a religious fanatic. It’s impossible to believe that they could have carried it out. Just impossible.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s ex-coach searches for answers: “I started crying. That wasn’t the Jahar I knew. The Jahar I knew wasn’t trying to throw sticks and dynamites. He was respected so much. The Jahar that I knew, he wasn’t extreme in any way. He said I’m a Muslim, but I’m not really a Muslim. He talked like that.”
Friends Of Dzhokhar Talk About What A Great Guy He Is: “He loved everybody. He was a typical American kid. I would never expect this would happen./I thought it was a joke. It’s almost impossible to me. He’s such a nice guy.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friend reacts to news: “He never showed any signs of doing this. I can’t comprehend it. He was one of the more peaceful religious people I know. He never brought up any political views whatsoever. I honestly can’t accept it.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friend: “He was the nicest kids I know and everybody I knew thought the same thing. We can’t even believe what happened. I’m not convinced. He’s very friendly and well liked. I can’t even believe that anything like that could happen.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends’ thoughts. “He is the last dude to be harming anyone or anything./The media is filled with lies./He was harmless./The Jahar i know would never ever do this./What the media has showed you ppl, deep down inside that isn’t the person I’ve come to know. Never would I have suspected him./Jahar was one of the chillest kids./The government really turned everybody against Jahar when you get to know him he’s the most chillest person, you guys are heartless.”
Dzhokhar’s friend speaks: “I believe that Jahar is innocent and a good person. He really is. I don’t think he did this. There’s not one person that could say anything bad thing about him.”
Man knew Boston bombing suspect, friend says: ”He felt like there’s going to be a setup..bad setup against him. Because he told me, ‘They are making up such crazy stuff, I don’t know why they doing it. I’m answering the questions, but they are still making up some, like, connections, some crazy stuff.”
Boston bombing suspects’ aunt: “This was ‘staged. My nephews cannot be part of this terrible act that was committed in the streets of Boston, They have no motive for that. They have no ideas to be going to this kind of act. It’s just not the case, it cannot be true. Agencies claimed they have done.’”
Boston bombing suspects’ dad: “They were set up, they were set up! Someone framed them. US security services set up my sons.” said that they are very nice kids who have no experience with weapons and explosives.”
Boston bombing suspects’ mom: “I’m 100% sure that this was a set up. He was counseled my the FBI for 3 to 5 years! They were counseling every step of him. It’s impossible for both of them to do such things. ”
FBI used Photoshop in Boston evidence: “Comparing pictures he took of the scene with the photo released by the FBI, reporter of The Digital Journal suggests the FBI photo shows clear evidence of being made with photoshop.”
Ibrahim Todashev thought Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were framed, said his father Todasheva: “My son, as you say, he did not believe that Tsarnaev did it. He did not believe. He said: This is a set up.”
Officer Who Released Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Photos, ‘Relieved Of Duty: ”has been ordered not to speak to media about the Watertown events”
"There are people that know the truth but stay silent & there are people that speak the truth but we don’t hear them cuz they’re the minority. Most of you are conditioned by the media." - Boston Marathon Bomber Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Twitter Account Shows Discontent
Loose Ends in Boston Bombing tied to House of Saud and Haliburton: “The Tsarnaev brothers were the perfect patsies. The brothers were not only patsies, but Tamerlan was murdered after he was arrested by those who have committed the false flag operation or by his handlers. Their uncle has been working as a contractor for Haliburton.”
An eyewitness to the two explosions at the Boston Marathon today said that a “drill” was repeatedly announced before the bombs exploded and that he “thought it was odd” bomb sniffing dogs were in place before the blast. The news station also reports that Stevenson “thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines.”
MOSCOW—A meteorite plunged to earth in Russia's Ural Mountains Friday, exploding into flames in a powerful blast that smashed windows and injured around 1,000 people.
Amateur videos broadcast on state television showed an object streaking across the sky trailing smoke around 9:20 a.m. local time before bursting into a fireball. Residents in the city of Chelyabinsk, the largest in the affected region, described a shock wave that blew in doors, smashed glass and set off car alarms.
"The light was so intense that it completely illuminated the courtyard of our apartment block," said Sergei Zakharov, head of the Russian Geographical Society in Chelyabinsk. "The sound, the shock wave came around six minutes later. No one could understand what had happened. I’d compare it to the explosion of a large flare bomb."
The Emergency Situations Ministry said almost 1,000 people sought medical attention, mostly for cuts from flying glass. Forty-three people were hospitalized with injuries. Around 3,000 buildings were damaged by the blast, which blew a hole in the walls of a metals factory in Chelyabinsk, approximately 1,500 kilometers east of Moscow.
The unusual sight sowed confusion among some locals. Amateur video showed children in one school streaming out of a classroom and screaming.
"We didn’t understand what was happening. We thought an airplane had crashed," said a woman who answered the phone at the city administration but declined to give her name.
"That kind of light doesn’t happen in life, only at the end of the world," Vlada Palagina, a Chelyabinsk schoolteacher, told the LifeNews website.
Officials moved quickly to calm residents, saying there was no threat to human life from the rock fragments. Most of the meteorite burned up before pieces hit the ground outside Chelyabinsk, scientists said.
President Vladimir Putin ordered the emergency situations minister to provide help for those affected.
"There’s no major destruction," Chelyabinsk regional Governor Mikhail Yuyevich wrote on his blog. "The main task now is to maintain heat in the apartments and offices where the glass was smashed."
"There have been reports of one or two people being injured in the past. This is entirely unprecedented," said Keith Smith, an astronomer at Britain’s Royal Astronomical Society.
Dr. Smith stressed that there was no connection between the meteor event in Russia and the swimming-pool-sized asteroid that is expected to harmlessly pass about 28,000 kilometers from earth on Friday.
Planetary scientist Samuel Kounaves at Tufts University in Boston also said there likely was no connection between the meteor strike in Russia and the record close approach Friday of asteroid 2012 DA14, a 130,000-ton rock which was expected to narrowly miss the planet by about 17,200 miles. “It probably had nothing to do with the meteorite that hit Russia,” he said.
Asteroids are fairly small pieces of rock that go around the sun. A meteoroid is an even smaller piece of debris or particle that goes around the sun. A meteorite, on the other hand, is a meteoroid that survives its atmosphere plunge and lands upon the earth’s surface.
Dozens of fragments of the meteorite hit the ground, officials said, and search teams set out looking for remains. Local police described how one piece smashed into the ground near Lake Chebarkul, throwing up a column of ice, water and steam and creating an eight-meter crater.
The meteorite was several meters in diameter and weighed around 10 metric tons, Russia’s Academy of Sciences said in a statement. “The object entered the atmosphere at a speed of 15-20 kilometers per second, disintegrated at a height of 30-50 kilometers. The movement of fragments at large speed caused a powerful emission of light and a strong shock wave,” the academy said.
It is only every 2,000 years or so that a meteoroid the size of a football field descends to earth and causes significant damage, according to NASA. Giant asteroids that crash to earth—such as the one that most likely extinguished the dinosaurs—tend to occur on the scale of millions of years.
Scientists will likely rush to the site in Russia where the meteoroid was observed. Astronomer Dr. Smith said there has probably been only one case—in Sudan in 2007—where researchers were able to follow the track of a meteor as it came down and recover pieces of it on the ground.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin called for leading world powers to create an early-warning system, and consider technology to shoot down meteorites. Roskosmos, Russia’s space agency, said it was impossible to track objects falling as fast as the meteorite.
Smoke rises a fire at the cabin where accused triple murderer Christopher Dorner is believed to be holed up in mountains above Los Angeles, February 13, 2013.
Four people have died as the result of fired 33-year-old Christopher Jordan Dorner’s alleged killing spree. Tuesday afternoon, Dorner was holed up in a burning cabin in the woods near Big Bear Lake.
Fugitive ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, whose alleged murder spree began with the shooting death of the daughter of a police union lawyer who defended him in an internal investigation, re-surfaced Tuesday in a stolen white pickup truck in the San Bernardino Mountains.
"Enough is enough. It’s time for you to turn yourself in. It’s time to stop the bloodshed,” LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said earlier in the day at a news conference held outside police headquarters in Los Angeles.
He said he would get even with those who wronged him as part of his plan to reclaim his good name. “You’re going to see what a whistleblower can do when you take everything from him especially his name.” the rant said. “You have awoken a sleeping giant.”
The cabin continued to burn more than 90 minutes after the fire started, but sources familiar with the operation said the fire department would arrive at the site once the road was cleared.
As the manhunt appeared to reach a crisis point - with two law enforcement officers dead and flames leaping from a cabin where Dorner had holed up in the woods - we take a look at the numbers in the case so far.
11: Days that have passed since the manhunt for Dorner began, starting with a shooting of Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence in Irvine on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, and ending Tuesday, as he was barricaded in a cabin in the mountains.
JERUSALEM – Prophecy websites are having a field day with the worldwide attention President Obama is getting for sparring with a fly yesterday. News reports have recounted Obama’s history of attracting flies during recorded interviews and speeches.
Already, religious and other websites are using the headlines to point out that a biblical reference for Satan, the Semitic deity Beelzebub, literally translates from Hebrew into “Lord of the Flies.”
As Obama nominated two new members of his second administration yesterday, a swarming fly stole the show.
“This guy is bothering me here,” said Obama, who repeatedly swatted at a large black fly buzzing near his face.
The London Telegraph noted a White House pool report said “the president spoke for about five minutes while being menaced by a house fly.”
This was not the president’s first brush with a fly while the cameras were rolling.
In 2010, Obama halted a speech about health care reform as a fly zipped around him.
During a June 2009 CNBC interview, Obama killed a fly on camera.
“Get out of here,” the president said with his eyes on the fly before the interview began. When the fly persisted, he killed it with a single blow.
“That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it?” said Obama of his feat. “I got the sucker.”
In a 2008 campaign appearance, Obama halted a local interview after a swarm of flies had gathered around him.
Those reaching to connect Obama’s fly troubles with the darkest biblical references won’t have much difficulty.
One name commonly used to refer to Satan is Beelzebub, which translates from Hebrew into “Lord of the Flies.”
“Beelzebub” is the Greek form of the name “Baal-zebub,” a pagan Philistine god worshiped in the ancient Philistine city of Ekron during the Old Testament times. It referenced the god of the fly which was worshiped to obtain deliverance from the injuries of that insect. Some biblical scholars believe it was also known as “the god of filth” which later became a name of bitter scorn in the mouth of the Pharisees. As a result, he was a particularly contemptible deity and was used by the Jews as an epithet for Satan.
The End Times blog named Obama the “Lord of the Flies.”
Over at RevalationNow.net, a posting by “editorial staff” muses about whether Obama is possessed by a demonic entity.
“I feel like I am watching a horror movie and the secret evil character is revealed by the evil signs around him,” the post reads.
Beelzebub is first referenced in 2 Kings 1:2-3, 6, 16, in which Beelzebub is described as the god of the Philistine city of Ekron.
Jewish scholars have interpreted the title “Lord of Flies” as the Hebrew way of comparing followers of the Canaanite deity Baal to flies.
The name Beelzebub is found throughout the New Testament, mostly as a reference to the prince of demons.
In Mark 3:22, the Pharisees accuse Jesus of driving out demons by the power of Beelzebul, prince of demons. The name also appears in the expanded version in Matthew 12:24, 27 and Luke 11:15, 18-19.
"And all winged insects are unclean for you; they shall not be eaten." - Deuteronomy 14:19
"The word “Inaugurate” means “to take omens. The Bible commonly refers to Satan, those fallen angels and unclean spirits in league with him, as birds. The Latin word inaugurare literally means “to install an official after consulting the birds. January 20th (Obama’s inauguration) was a day of omens. Coincidentally, two of the NFL teams playing on that day to win a berth in the Super Bowl bore the names of birds; the Atlanta Falcons and the Baltimore Ravens." - source
"“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.” - Revelation 18:2
“He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats throughout their country." (Psalm 105:31)
"Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; so does a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor." - Ecclesiastes 10:1