The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit South-Western Pakistan on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 20:23:26 UTC (local time Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 01:23:26 AM). The epicenter of the quake is 45 km (30 miles) W of Dalbandin, Pakistan -- 1035 km (640 miles) WSW of ISLAMABAD, Pakistan.
As the epicenter was far from major populations centers, preliminary reports indicated that damage was limited. (Trending News - January 18, 2011)
Burried deep inside the War Crimes Detainee bill recently passed by the House, is a provision that would pardon President Bush and his administration for violation of the Geneva conventions. Some of these crimes are violations punishable by death.
President Bush seeks to Pardon himself and his administration in advance for violating the Geneva Conventions in an effort to avoid possible prosectution in the future.
This Halliburton truck driver shot video of his convoy in Iraq as it makes a wrong turn under U.S. military escort, and is ambushed by insurgents. Abandoned by his military escort, the lone surviving truck driver waits 45 minutes for help to arrive. The U.S. military says it did conduct an investigation of the incident, but has lost the results. Several of the drivers are killed, and the one survivor is subsequently fired by Halliburton.
Sept. 26, 2006:
AP reports that Google services were slow or inaccessible to some users Tuesday. “We've received reports that a small portion of certain Internet service providers' users are having difficulty accessing Google services,” Google Inc. said in a statement. “We are currently working with the ISPs to investigate.”
There have been other serious outages among major website, including Yahoo, Myspace, YouTube and others.
Congress received its annual report on global terrorism from the Department of State on April 28, 2006. The 262-page report provides an annual strategic assessment of trends in terrorism and the evolving nature of the terrorist threat, coupled with detailed information on anti-terror cooperation by nations worldwide.
U.S. Health Officials announced Wednesday they have purchased more than 14 million courses of antiviral treatments from Roche and GlaxoSmithKline. The purchase has been made in preparation for a possible avian flu pandemic among humans in the U.S. The Department of Health and Human Services ordered 12.4 million courses of Roche's Tamiflu and 1.75 million courses of Glaxo's Relenza.
Private contractor Aegis, a security company with contracts in Iraq, is launching an investigation into the source of a so-called Trophy video that purports to show private contractors firing on Iraqi civilian vehicles. The video was originally posted on a website that is unofficially linked to Aegis. You can view the Aegis video below (after the jump).
U.S. Representative Tom DeLay turned himself in to the Harris County, Texas Sheriff's Department where he faces conspiracy and money laundering charges. He was booked, finger-printed and photographed. This is his mugshot photo from the Sheriff's Department.
While most areas of the country are experiencing housing price appreciation, not all are bubbles, according to Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron. However, some local markets, especially in higher end real estate, are overpriced, he says, and could be headed for a decline.
During a press conference about hurricane Katrina, when things got a little too hot for New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, General Honore stepped in to take the microphone. As reporters continued to ask questions about the previous hurricane, Rita, General Honore interrupted: "You're asking last storm questions for people who are concerned about the future storm. Don't get stuck on stupid, reporters. We're moving forward."
Scientists working at the Joint Genome Institute are looking for alternative fuel sources, and their current focus is on termites, and more specifically termite guts. Yes that is correct, termite guts may hold a very special ingredient that may make clean hydrogen fuel production possible.
In the face of a lost city, the question is being asked, "Should New Orleans rebuild?" An opinion piece in the Charlotte Observer suggests that New Orleans may have reached its time to abondon itself to the water—to Atlantisize.
If the city is to be rebuilt from the ground up, it should be done so to accomodate the natural waters. Instead of Atlantis, it could be the Venice of the South. With its historical significance, New Orleans won't die. Economic investment can determine how great the New Orleans city can be.
While the red cross has not been allowed to enter the city of New Orleans with additional support, more and more private security firms, including the infamous North Carolina-based Blackwater Securtiy and the British company ArmorGroup International, have hundreds of armed security on the ground.