Privacy advocates wary of push to mandate auto 'black boxes'
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking a law that would require automakers to install "black boxes" in every new car and light truck sold starting September 2014. But unbeknownst to their owners, many vehicles already carry event data recorders, or EDRs. The NHTSA estimates that about 96 percent of all 2013 vehicles have the devices. The recorders, typically triggered by a crash or air bag deployment, can produce data generated shortly before and during a crash, including vehicle speed, whether the brake was used and whether the driver's seat belt was buckled. The device records data from a variety of vehicle sensors and typically is attached to the floor.
Half of America: I'd kill to protect my own
The sobering new poll by Wenzel Strategies, a public-opinion research and media consulting company, also shows a stunning number of Americans say they would be willing to kill a neighbor under such circumstances.
Worst case EMP scenario? Half in U.S. dead
Along with the radiation from the flares, there also is a coronal mass ejection, or CME. During a CME, billions of tons of highly charged particles are ejected to interact with Earth’s magnetic field, causing radio blackouts and the shutdown or destruction of vulnerable electrical grid systems and sensitive electronic components.
A Bad Relationship: How the Press Came To Love Obama More Than Itself
What would you think of a president whose obsession with leaks and secrecy was so great that he used the Justice Department to obtain phone records of reporters, in violation of Justice’s established procedure? ...there is an entire class of journalist so invested in a certain moral and ethical image of the president its members are unable to entertain facts that might tarnish that image.
Unusual earthquake along the coast of Wales, United Kingdom
Most people described having been awoken from their sleep by the moderate shaking strength of the earthquake, which had a trembling effect. The sound strength was also described as moderate. Many of the reports stated that windows and crockery rattled. Reports described “the bed was shaking too scared to look at anything else”, “loud rumbling sound woke me, then noticed s sound of mirror rattling on bedside cabinet”, “gradually grew louder. Classic underground train passing sensation“ and “woke the household any many neighbours”.
Turkey Stakes Claim in America With $100 Million Mega-Mosque
The government of Turkey is building a 15-acre, $100 million mega-mosque in Lanham, Maryland. Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan visited the site on May 15 as part of his official visit to the U.S.. The state of Maryland was officially represented at the event by its Secretary of State John McDonough. The event was also attended by the leaders of two U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities.
U.S.-backed Syrian rebels reportedly massacre Christian village
Members of the Free Syrian Army reportedly attacked the Christian-dominated al-Duvair village in Reef on the outskirts of Homs on Monday, where they massacred its citizens, including women and children, before the Syrian Army interfered.
A hole in the sun's atmosphere--a "coronal hole"--has opened up and it is spewing solar wind into space. The impact could spark geomagnetic storms and auroras around the poles.
Russia blasts US double standards over Syrian peace progress
He added that Russia currently sees no alternative to the peace conference, which would hopefully gather all interested parties, including the Syrian government, various Syrian opposition groups, regional powers like Iran and other. But doing it requires a genuine joint effort.
Texas says no to CSCOPE
Lawmakers have dropped the lesson plans used by the majority of Texas public schools, as critics were concerned about their anti-American, anti-Christian nature.
'Silent' quake gently rocks Wellington
"This is what we call a silent earthquake," Geonet scientist Caroline Little said on Firstline this morning. "Instead of this movement happening in seconds, this will take around a year to move." Normal earthquakes release all their energy when one side of a fault suddenly slips past the other, and can be incredibly destructive – as the people of Christchurch know all too well. But in a silent earthquake the energy is released slowly, and in some cases can be predicted in advance.
Frenchman Dies From SARS-Like Virus
The 65-year-old man, whose name has not been made public, was hospitalized with respiratory symptoms after a trip to Dubai in mid-April. His hospital roommate also tested positive for the illness, according to the AP. The new virus, dubbed MERS-CoV for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, was first identified in September 2012 following the infections of a Qatari man in a British hospital and a woman who died in Saudi Arabia.
Two die after h7n9 bird flu virus develops drug resistance Read the full article at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/28/two-die-h7n9-bird-f
Scientists have found the first cases of the new bird flu virus proving resistant to treatment with Tamiflu or similar drugs. The virus has so far killed 36 people in China and been confirmed in 95 others.
Disneyland explosion leads to evacuation
Los Angeles police have evacuated Disneyland's Toontown after a small explosion in the theme park. Officers led families and staff out of the attraction on Wednesday afternoon amid reports an improvised device made of dry ice exploded in a plastic bottle. No one was injured.
Israel is gearing up for a deterioration in the regional situation, with a growing number of new threats facing the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benja
Israel's Pride Month events will kick off this Friday in Tel Aviv, considered one of the most popular cities in the world among tourists from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Netanyahu: We Anticipate a Deterioration
Israel is gearing up for a deterioration in the regional situation, with a growing number of new threats facing the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, the AFP news agency reports. Netanyahu made the comments as he watched an exercise simulating the response to a chemical attack on a residential neighborhood in Jerusalem as part of an annual civil defense drill.
Russia to deliver arms to Syria as fears rise of proxy war Read the full article at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/28/israel-warns-russia
Russia said on Tuesday that it would supply one of its most advanced anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian government hours after the EU ended its arms embargo on the country's rebels, raising the prospect of a rapidly escalating proxy war in the region if peace talks fail in Geneva next month.
Israel warns Russia against giving Syria missiles
Israel's defense chief said Tuesday a Russian plan to supply sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles to Syria was a "threat" and signaled that Israel is prepared to use force to stop the delivery.
U.S. drone kills Pakistan Taliban Number two: security officials
A U.S. drone strike killed the number two of the Pakistani Taliban in the North Waziristan region on Wednesday, three security officials said, in what would be a major blow in the fight against militancy.
Moderate earthquake jolts sea off eastern Taiwan coast
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck in the sea off Taiwan's eastern coast Wednesday but did not cause any damage on land, according to the Central Weather Bureau. The earthquake hit at 9:33 a.m., with its epicenter located at sea 80.7 kilometers east of the Hualien County Government building at a depth of 22.2 km, the bureau's Seismology Center said.
Chinese cyberattacks hit key US weapons systems. Are they still reliable?
Dozens of key US weapons system designs and technologies have been compromised by Chinese hackers, creating fresh uncertainty over America’s warfighting capabilities in any future conflict in Asia, according to a defense advisory group study and defense policy experts.
U.S. launches first drone strike in Pakistan since election
A U.S. drone strike killed seven people in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on Wednesday, security officials said, the first such attack since a May 11 general election in which the use of the unmanned aircraft was a major issue.
'Iran nuclear, Syria chemical, Hezbollah rockets: Axis has crossed all red lines'
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Avigdor Lieberman says Iran is moving at a "crazy pace" toward a nuclear weapon; no doubt that Assad has used chemical weapons; and Hezbollah missiles can hit anywhere in Israel.
Hamas to Abbas: ‘Abducting soldiers is at the heart of our culture’
The kidnapping of IDF soldiers is at the heart of Palestinian culture, a military Hamas spokesman said on Tuesday, responding to a speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in which Abbas called such abductions alien to Palestinian norms.
Christian Pastor Murdered as Nigeria Declares State of Emergency
continues to own the shameful title of being the deadliest place to be a Christian. In 2012, 70 percent of Christians murdered due to persecution were killed in Nigeria.
New York Governor to Relax Abortion Restrictions
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, vowed to push through the state legislature a Women's Equality Act before the current legislative session ends on June 20, WORLD reports. The act, he said, would include a provision to expand the legality of late-term abortions.