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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Official: 3 dead after shooting at Kansas City-area Jewish center - CNN.com

" CNN) -- Three people were dead Sunday after a shooting at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, an official said.

Shootings occurred at two locations, and one person is in custody, said Jason Rhodes, a spokesman for the Overland Park Fire Department.

"A building at the center is on lockdown, and police are at the scene, the center said in a Facebook post.

CNN affiliate KSHB reported that there were two separate shootings at Jewish centers in the area -- one at the community center and one at an assisted living facility.

The FBI is at the scene working with local authorities investigating shootings that occurred at two locations, FBI spokesman Joel Sealer said."

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Another Prosecutor Is Said to Investigate Port Authority - NYTimes.com

The Manhattan district attorney’s office has subpoenaed documents from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey concerning a range of the troubled agency’s major construction projects, including several that have come under scrutiny as a result of the politically charged George Washington Bridge lane closings, a person with knowledge of the matter said Saturday.



Another Prosecutor Is Said to Investigate Port Authority - NYTimes.com

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions - NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down some limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time. The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season, will change and most likely increase the already large role money plays in American politics.



Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions - NYTimes.com

Saturday, March 29, 2014

State Budget Deal Reached; $300 Million for New York City Pre-K - NYTimes.com

"legislative leaders announced on Saturday an agreement on a state budget that would provide $300 million for prekindergarten in New York City, but would also seem to undercut many other educational policies of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has championed prekindergarten while trying to slow the spread of charter schools."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Georgia lags behind in curbing hospital infections | www.ajc.com

REPORT: Nearly 50,000 Russian Troops Amassing Near Ukraine

" WASHINGTON—Russian troops massing near Ukraine are actively concealing their positions and establishing supply lines that could be used in a prolonged deployment, ratcheting up concerns that Moscow is preparing for another major incursion and not conducting exercises as it claims, U.S. officials said.

Such an incursion could take place without warning because Russia has already deployed the array of military forces needed for such an operation, say officials briefed on the latest U.S. intelligence."

REPORT: Nearly 50,000 Russian Troops Amassing Near Ukraine

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Malaysia jet disappearance no accident, investigator says

"KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is believed to be solely responsible for the flight being taken hundreds of miles off course and there is no evidence of a mechanical failure or hijacking by a passenger, according to an law enforcement official involved in the investigation.

A high-ranking officer attached to a special investigative branch of the Malaysia police force in Kuala Lumpur told USA TODAY on Wednesday that investigators are pressing relatives of the pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, for information on his behavior leading up to the March 8 flight.

The official could not speak on the record because he is not authorized to talk publicly on the investigation.

The Boeing 777 was bound for Beijing when it vanished from civilian radar. Malaysia says satellite data indicate the plane veered west about an hour after takeoff and then flew south deep into the southern Indian Ocean."

Malaysia jet disappearance no accident, investigator says

"KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is believed to be solely responsible for the flight being taken hundreds of miles off course and there is no evidence of a mechanical failure or hijacking by a passenger, according to an law enforcement official involved in the investigation.

A high-ranking officer attached to a special investigative branch of the Malaysia police force in Kuala Lumpur told USA TODAY on Wednesday that investigators are pressing relatives of the pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, for information on his behavior leading up to the March 8 flight.

The official could not speak on the record because he is not authorized to talk publicly on the investigation.

The Boeing 777 was bound for Beijing when it vanished from civilian radar. Malaysia says satellite data indicate the plane veered west about an hour after takeoff and then flew south deep into the southern Indian Ocean."

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Russian Forces Take Over One of the Last Ukrainian Bases in Crimea - NYTimes.com

BELBEK, Crimea — Russian forces pushed Saturday to complete their expulsion of the Ukrainian military from the disputed Crimean Peninsula, smashing through the gates of a base here with armored vehicles, firing weapons into the air and demanding that the cornered Ukrainian soldiers surrender.



Russian Forces Take Over One of the Last Ukrainian Bases in Crimea - NYTimes.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BBC News - Ukraine 'preparing withdrawal of troops from Crimea'

Ukraine is drawing up plans to withdraw its soldiers and their families from Crimea, Kiev's security chief says.
Andriy Parubiy said they wanted to move them "quickly and efficiently" to mainland Ukraine.
Earlier, pro-Russian forces seized two naval bases - including Ukraine navy's HQ - in Crimea. Kiev says its navy chief has been detained.
It comes a day after Crimean leaders signed a treaty with Moscow absorbing the peninsula into Russia.
A referendum in Crimea on Sunday, approving its split from Ukraine, came nearly a month after Kiev's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was replaced by Western-leaning interim authorities.


BBC News - Ukraine 'preparing withdrawal of troops from Crimea'

Monday, March 17, 2014

A big-bang theory gets a big boost: Evidence that vast cosmos were created in split second - The Washington Post

"In the beginning, the universe got very big very fast, transforming itself in a fraction of an instant from something almost infinitesimally small to something imponderably vast, a cosmos so huge that no one will ever be able to see it all.

This is the premise of an idea called cosmic inflation — a powerful twist on the big-bang theory — and Monday it received a major boost from an experiment at the South Pole called BICEP2. A team of astronomers led by John Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that it had detected ripples from gravitational waves created in a violent inflationary event at the dawn of time."


A big-bang theory gets a big boost: Evidence that vast cosmos were created in split second - The Washington Post