Great Lakes reaches second highest ice cover on record! The latest data just in from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor Michigan indicates that as of today, total ice cover reached the second highest value on record 91%, beating the previous 2nd highest value set in 1994 of 90.7%.
A U.S. drone strike accidentally killed four Afghan soldiers, according to the NATO coalition in the country.
Whoops! Sorry about that. Hope you don’t mind…
The U.S.-led NATO coalition has confirmed that five Afghan National Army soldiers were killed accidently in eastern Afghanistan.
The White House is working on imposing sanctions on Ukrainian and Russian officials, other people, and organizations it finds responsible for undermining democracy in and the sovereignty of Ukraine. It has not identified anyone specific so far.
The United States on Thursday expanded a visa ban and set the groundwork for sanctions against Russians and others over the crisis in Ukraine, while Europe also threatened similar action if the matter cannot be resolved diplomatically.
President Obama’s approval rating is at a record low 38% according to a new Fox News poll.
President Obama’s job approval rating hits a record low this week, as a majority of Americans say his administration has mostly failed at growing the economy, creating jobs, improving health care and the country’s image.
“You are doing God’s work,” Michelle Obama told healthcare enrollees and application counselors in Miami.
With just weeks left to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, Michelle Obama zeroed in on recruiting the crucial young adult demographic during a visit to a Miami community health center Wednesday.
Turkey’s prime minister has threatened to ban Facebook and Youtube in order to stop political opponents from posting audio recordings that expose corruption in his inner circle.
Turkey’s president on Friday ruled out any ban on Facebook and YouTube after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the sites could be shut to stop his foes anonymously posting audio recordings purportedly exposing corruption in his inner circle.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said that legally required cuts to the defense budget pose “tough, tough choices.”
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned on Thursday that “tough, tough choices are coming” if the Pentagon implements deep future spending cuts required by law, including whether to slash the Army to 420,000 soldiers and decommission an aircraft carrier.
The Massachusetts Legislature passed a bill banning “upskirting” shortly after the state’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled that an anti-criminal voyeurism law does not apply to snapping photos up women’s skirts.
You have to wonder why we need a law to tell us that this is wrong.
The Massachusetts Legislature today passed a bill banning “upskirting,” a day after the state’s highest court ruled that the state law aimed at prohibiting criminal voyeurism does not apply to taking secret photos up a woman’s skirt.
Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif) has apologized to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) for his behavior at a recent hearing on alleged IRS abuses. Issa cut off Cummings’ mic while the Maryland lawmaker tried to make a statement.
The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs last month, an increase over January, according to the Department of Labor.
The unemployment rate was 6.7%, compared to 6.6% in January. Economists had been expecting a gain of 150,000 jobs and for unemployment to remain flat.
The particularly cold and icy winter has been hard on the job market. In the 12 months leading up to the winter, the economy had been adding an average of 205,000 jobs each month.
And in Ukraine in 2004, the Bush administration fomented the so-called Orange Revolution. This, too, was done by our diplomats and intelligence community, whose agents agitated demonstrators in the streets and liberally distributed American dollars to them. This resulted in a free election, which resulted in subsequent free elections, until the most recent of those produced a president who — as an ex-communist — was more drawn to Russia than to the U.S. or Europe.
Good for them.
The document cited a 2011 survey of pastors in the denomination who were asked for their level of agreement with the following statement: “Only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved.”
While 41 percent said they agreed or strong agreed with the statement, 45 percent said they disagreed or strongly disagreed — something Menlo Park leaders lamented.
After three weeks of trending higher, mortgage rates have once again turned lower.
The 30-year fixed-rate came in at an average of 4.28%, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey. That’s down from 4.37% last week.
If you lower the standards, students appear to either be getting smarter, or staying the same. I’d love to see the class of 2014 take the SAT of 40 years ago!
Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.
The Obama administration announced yet another delay to Obamacare this afternoon.
The Obama administration will allow some health plans that fall short of Obamacare coverage requirements to continue past the November elections and through most of President Barack Obama’s second term.
School suspends 10-year-old boy in Ohio for making finger guns.
Ten-year-old Nathan Entingh doesn’t understand why he got suspended from school for three days.
According to his father, Paul Entingh, one moment the boy was “goofing off” with his friends in fifth-grade science class, and the next the teacher was taking him out of the classroom, invoking Ohio’s zero-tolerance policy.
RadioShack could be closing about a fifth of its stores, as many as 1,100 locations.
RadioShack Corp. could close as many as 1,100 U.S. stores–a fifth of its total–after a sharp drop in sales over the holidays left it with a $400 million loss last year.
President Barack Obama’s $3.9 trillion budget for 2015 seeks $651 billion more money from the rich. Republican House Speaker John Boehner called the budget proposal “his most irresponsible budget yet.”
Edward Snowden will be speaking at the South by Southwest Festival, though it will be via teleconference from Russia.
Even though he can’t set foot in the United States for fear of arrest, fugitive National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has joined the speakers’ roster at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival.
A new study published this week claims eating meat and cheese could be as dangerous as smoking.
That chicken wing you’re eating could be as deadly as a cigarette. In a new study that tracked a large sample of adults for nearly two decades, researchers have found that eating a diet rich in animal proteins during middle age makes you four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet — a mortality risk factor comparable to smoking.
A judge in New Jersey ruled against an 18-year-old suing her parents, including a former police chief, for more financial support. She moved out of her home, suing her parents with help from a county freeholder. The judge did rule the teen’s parents had to keep her on their health insurance and couldn’t liquidate any college savings accounts they set up for her.
A New Jersey honor student suing her parents in a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit had her motions for financial support, including high school tuition payment, denied Tuesday by a judge who said it would set a bad precedent by setting limits on parenting.
The private sector created 139,000 jobs in February, according to payroll processor ADP. Economists were surprised again — just as they’ve been surprised by every job report since 2008…
Businesses added 139,000 jobs in February, private payroll processor ADP said Wednesday, adding to concerns that the labor market continued to struggle last month amid extreme winter weather.
Under pressure from gun control groups, Facebook will block minors from seeing posts about gun sales and will take down posts about gun sales that don’t require a background check.