France and Italy announced Wednesday that they will send military officers to advise rebels fighting for the ouster of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime.
Britain has announced that it is expanding its presence in Libya with military advisers while the European Union said it is prepared to send troops for humanitarian assistance if requested by the United Nations.
NATO military commanders conceded Tuesday they are unable to stop Muammar Gadhafi's shelling of the rebel-held city of Misrata, where hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties.
American and European diplomats are warning that if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to present a new peace initiative soon, the Quartet may be compelled to recognize a Palestinian State within the 1967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital.
According to Debka, Saudi Arabia has gone out on a limb against the Obama administration to place itself at the forefront of an independent Gulf campaign for cutting down the Islamic Republic's drive for a nuclear bomb and its expansionist meddling in Arab countries.
The Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has reported to a Cabinet Office safety panel that nuclear fuel pellets in the Nos. 1 and 3 reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima power station are believed to have partially melted.
Japanese authorities are reportedly considering implementing a mandatory evacuation zone around the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.
Cesium-137 from Fukushima has been detected in drinking water and milk here in the United States. Cesium and Tellurium were found in Boise, Las Vegas, Nome and Dutch Harbor, Honolulu, Kauai and Oahu, Anaheim, Riverside, San Francisco, and San Bernardino, Jacksonville and Orlando, Salt Lake City, Guam, and Saipan while Uranium-234, with a half-life of 245,500 years has been found in Hawaii, California, and Washington.
The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant has laid out a blueprint for stopping radiation leaks and stabilizing damaged reactors within the next six to nine months as a first step toward allowing some of the tens of thousands of evacuees to return to the area.
Oil prices jumped more than $3 Wednesday, to above $111 a barrel, as the dollar weakened and a government report said U.S. crude supplies fell last week.
Gas prices reached five dollars per gallon at a gas station in Washington, DC on April 19, 2011.
One economist believes that we could see gas prices as high as $6 a gallon or more by summertime under the right conditions.
Gold prices topped $1,500 an ounce Tuesday as investors looked for more stable assets because of worries about U.S. government debt, European financial problems and inflation.
Will silver reach $50 an ounce soon?
Even though Standard & Poor’s has threatened to downgrade the nation’s credit rating, and well-known bond managers have sold their Treasury bonds, the U.S. debt market continues to thrive — and even rally.
American Airlines lost $436 million in the first quarter as it battled rising jet fuel prices, likely foreshadowing huge losses at other major U.S. airlines.
Late Tuesday, Southwest Airlines raised all of its round-trip fares by $10. Delta initiated this latest round of price increases on Monday, and as of midday Wednesday American Airlines, JetBlue and United Airlines had matched it.
Investors drove up home sales last month, paying cash to grab cheap homes at risk of foreclosure. But purchases by first-time homebuyers, crucial to a housing recovery, fell.
U.S. commercial property prices slipped for the second straight month in January, as distressed real estate sales weighed on values, according to Moody’s Investors Service.
Government now provides 35% of all wages in the United States.
The average American family is having a really tough time right now. Only 45.4% of Americans had a job during 2010. The last time the employment level was that low was back in 1983.
U.S. multinational corporations cut their work forces in the U.S. by 2.9 million during the 2000s while increasing employment overseas by 2.4 million, new data from the U.S. Commerce Department reveals.
Over the past decade, the U.S. manufacturing industry has shed 5.5 million jobs while around 50,000 factories have shuttered.
Thousands of people showed up to McDonald’s restaurants nationwide to apply for jobs on the hamburger giant’s first National Hiring Day, creating lines in some places.
Is China about to revalue the Yuan?
China is heavily investing in troubled Spanish banks.
Even Ben Stein is warning that an economic collapse may be coming.
There are a lot of reasons why the price of gold keeps hitting new record highs.
Roughly one in four dollars the federal government borrows goes to pay the interest on the debt.
Did you know that our federal government spent $413 billion on interest payments just last year? Which means in 2010 alone we spent more in interest payments than we spent on the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Energy, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, the Treasury Department, the Department of Labor and the small business administration — combined.
The United States lacks a credible plan to cut its deficit over the medium term, the International Monetary Fund's chief economist Olivier Blanchard told French daily Le Monde in an interview published on Wednesday.
Standard & Poor’s has decided to slap U.S. government debt with a negative ratings outlook.
It is being reported that Barack Obama begged Standard & Poor's not to lower the outlook on U.S. government debt.
A credit rating downgrade for the United States would spell even more financial trouble for the U.S. government, hampering its ability to borrow money as investors demand higher yields to make up for the increased risk. That would cause its national debt to balloon further and increase the need to hike taxes or make even more painful cuts in spending.
Donald Trump says that he will show his tax returns if Barack Obama shows his birth certificate.
Google searches for Donald Trump have gone way up recently.
Only a quarter of Republicans in critical caucus-state Iowa believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is reportedly following the lead of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) by preparing a plan that would allow him to possibly take over municipalities that don’t pass a financial stress test.
The San Francisco Entertainment Commission wants to require all venues with an occupancy of over 100 people to record the faces of all patrons and scan their ID’s for storage in a database which they must hand over to law enforcement on request.
Several conservative bloggers are accusing Glenn Beck of stealing their content without giving credit. Worse, there is evidence that Beck takes steps to hide the true source before using content on his show.
73% of Americans say they waste time at work -- at least one hour per day.
77% of workers that have access to Facebook at work check it daily.
27% of U.S. workers actually watch porn while at work.
With the largest rate of teens having sex in the country and the fifth-highest HIV/AIDS rate in that age group, Philadelphia has launched a campaign to reverse those trends with a website that offers mail-order condoms to children as young as 11.
Over the past 13 years, a little-known Philadelphia phone-sex company called PrimeTel Communications has quietly gained control over nearly a quarter of all the 1-800 numbers in the U.S. and Canada, often by grabbing them the moment they are relinquished by previous users.
The New York State Health Department has created a list of what they deem to be “risky recreational activities” and is forcing many summer programs to ban these games unless they shell out extra funds to be recognized as an official summer camp.
It has been discovered that since the introduction of iOS 4, Apple devices have been tracking and storing the user's location along with a time stamp -- essentially logging a user's movements since upgrading to iOS 4.
According to a nationwide study just released by the Flagstaff, Arizona-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores have an unexpectedly high rate of dangerous disease-causing bacteria, including antibiotic resistant superbugs.
According to the ACLU, Michigan police officers are using devices to download all your phone data when they pull you over, including photos and text messages.
Roughly two dozen teens, reportedly chanting the name of an Atlanta gang, invaded a MARTA train early Sunday morning, beating and robbing two Delta flight attendants.
A damning new study conducted by German scientists has found that so-called energy saving light bulbs contain poisonous carcinogens that could cause cancer and should be “kept as far away as possible from the human environment,” but Americans will be forced to replace their traditional light bulbs with toxic CFLs ahead of a government ban set to take effect at the start of next year.
Angry opposition supporters in Nigeria's Muslim north set fire to homes bearing ruling party banners Monday and heavy gunfire rang out in several towns as election officials released results showing the Christian incumbent had gained an insurmountable lead.
Protesters led by hardline Islamists in southern Egypt held their ground Monday, saying they won't end their campaign of civil disobedience until the government removes a newly appointed Coptic Christian governor.
Women who do not wear headscarves are being threatened with violence and even death by Islamic extremists intent on imposing sharia law on parts of Britain.
Did news footage recently capture images of a giant UFO hovering over Fukushima?
Incredible footage has emerged of what a group of Russians claim is the remains of a mangled alien.
An increasingly larger number of gays and lesbians at Christian colleges are starting to "come out of the closet".
Lastly, does a new book entitled "Where's The Birth Certificate?" finally reveal all the details surrounding the birth of Barack Obama?
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Japan on Thursday, triggering a tsunami warning for one prefecture and advisories in others.
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake was felt across Mexico about an hour before the 7.1 earthquake hit Japan.
The new earthquake in Japan was accompanied by a very strange blue light show.
TEPCO has begun discharging 11,500 tons of highly radioactive water into the surrounding ocean. A marine consulting and research firm has developed a model to predict the spread of the contaminated material.
Concerns about radiation fallout from Japan's nuclear disaster prompted some schools in South Korea to shut on Thursday as rain fell over most of the country.
After the radioactive cloud emanating from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant reached Europe last week, French authorities have detected radioactive iodine-131 in rainwater and milk.
The EPA says that eating fish caught in Japan, with radiation levels 2400% above Federal limits, does not pose any health risks.
Japan's economy is "under strong downward pressure" due to the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami, the Bank of Japan says.
Barack Obama is meeting again today with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders who blame each other for the budget impasse that threatens to shut down the federal government at midnight on Friday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated Thursday that there is likely to be a government shutdown at the end of the week -- an outcome the Nevada Democrat blames wholly on his Republican colleagues.
Even if the government does shut down, not that much is actually going to change.
House Budget Chairman Congressman Paul Ryan says that Barack Obama’s budget strategy is to “do nothing, punt, duck, kick the can down the road” while the debt remains on track to eventually hit 800 percent of GDP. Ryan also says that the CBO is saying it “can’t conceive of any way” that the economy can continue past 2037 given its current trajectory.
Oil prices jumped above $110 a barrel, a fresh 2-1/2 year high, after news broke that Japan was hit with another major earthquake.
Oil prices will soar above $130 a barrel by late 2011, a new Reuters poll has found, and one in five traders said they expected oil to hit $150 this year, levels some economists say could trigger recession.
Inflation fears in Europe have prompted the European Central Bank to raise interest rates for the first time since 2008. The bank hiked their key rate by 25 basis points to 1.25%.
Portugal's prime minister said Wednesday his country has asked for financing assistance from the European Union due to its high debts and difficulty raising money on international markets.
Is the U.S. government debt crisis even worse than the Greek debt crisis?
Two and a half years ago 66% of foreign central bank assets were in U.S. dollar investments. Before that it was 70% and today it is just 61.3%.
According to the CoreLogic HPI, national home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 6.7 percent in February 2011 compared to February 2010 after declining by 5.5 percent in January 2011 compared to January 2010.
Over the past several months regulators have finally noticed what consumer attorneys have been saying for years: the big banks have routinely committed fraud in their foreclosure filings and their records of how much people owe are too often wrong.
Internationalist billionaire George Soros is holding an international conference April 8 to April 11 at Bretton Woods, N.H., the noted birthplace of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, where he plans to “rearrange the entire financial order”.
China is growing increasingly assertive in its foreign policy, especially in the way it handles the U.S., because officials there believe that China is on the rise while America is in the midst of a steady decline.
A highly contagious "AIDS-like disease" is spreading in China.
25,000 people die each year from superbugs in Europe and there are a number of bacteria which are now resistant to all drugs.
NBC’s Tom Brokaw says that the Saudi Arabian monarchy is “so unhappy with the Obama administration for the way it pushed out President Mubarak of Egypt” that it has sent senior officials to the Peoples’ Republic of China and Russia to seek expanded business opportunities with those countries.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be the early front-runner in the largely unformed race for the Republican nomination for president, but real estate magnate Donald Trump may be a surprise contender, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Donald Trump continued to question Barack Obama's American citizenship during an appearance on NBC's Today show, saying "there is a big possibility" the president may have violated the Constitution.
The former Hawaii elections official who maintains there's no long-form birth certificate for Barack Obama in the Aloha State is now saying the president and his aides have been "caught fibbing" about Obama's background, and the "embarrassing" situation is making it difficult to fess up to the truth.
The rationing that so many warned was coming under Obamacare has already begun.
The Pentagon says NATO will have to adjust the way it operates in Libya to keep up with changing tactics by forces of Moammar Gadhafi.
Tens of thousands of protesters defied a government crackdown and took to the streets of Yemen's second largest city on Wednesday in the latest demonstrations against the long-serving president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
According to Debka, the Syrian uprising took a new turn Tuesday, April 5, when armed protesters ambushed and shot dead two policemen in the Damascus suburb of Kfar Batna. Syrian troops then opened fire and killed 15 inhabitants.
The UN air strikes in the Ivory Coast suggest Libya was no fluke: the West's appetite for military action has recovered robustly from the diplomatic trauma of the Iraq war.
A U.S. senator says President Barak Obama’s administration “got it wrong” in its handling of the ongoing crisis in Ivory Coast following violent clashes between rival forces, which has left hundreds dead and tens of thousands fleeing the West African conflict.
The drought may be over in California, but large portions of the Southwest, southern Plains, Florida and the Southeast are all still enduring severe to extreme drought conditions.
Depletion of the ozone layer over the Arctic has reached record levels, and Nordic countries will have to watch for higher than normal ultraviolet radiation in coming weeks, the UN weather agency said Tuesday.
Glenn Beck and the Fox News Channel are giving up on his nightly show. Later this year - a specific date was not disclosed - the controversial host will leave the show, and instead, work on unspecified projects down the road.
Lastly, Google is planning to significantly revamp YouTube to "compete with broadcast and cable television."
The Obama administration is strongly defending its handling of the Libyan crisis, drawing a clear line between military and political objectives while dismissing criticism that it has failed to adequately consult with members of Congress.
Representatives of Moammar Gadhafi's government and the Libyan opposition will be among those attending an African Union meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.
NATO has reached an agreement to take over the no-fly zone in Libya from the United States "in a couple of days" NATO's secretary general said Thursday.
Sixty percent of Americans support the U.S. and allied military action in Libya to impose a no-fly zone to protect civilians from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday found.
A Gallup poll conducted Monday finds more Americans approving than disapproving of the military action against Libya by the United States and other countries.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the country's top general are hashing out a political settlement in which both men would resign from their positions within days in favor of a civilian-led transitional government, according to three people familiar with the situation.
Human rights activists said at least 15 people were killed on Wednesday in the volatile Syrian city of Daraa, hub of a week of anti-regime protests, as anger reportedly spread to neighboring towns.
Radioactive yellow rain that fell in Tokyo and surrounding areas last night caused panic amongst Japanese citizens and prompted a flood of phone calls to Japan’s Meteorological Agency this morning, with people concerned that they were being fed the same lies as victims of Chernobyl, who were told that yellow rain which fell over Russia and surrounding countries after the 1986 disaster was merely pollen, the same explanation now being offered by Japanese authorities.
Tokyo government officials have announced that radiation levels in Tokyo tap water are now so high that it is unsafe for infants to drink.
The scope of radiation-contaminated tap water expanded Thursday, with radioactive iodine detected in tap water in Chiba and Saitama prefectures, while the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which said the day before its drinking water was contaminated, scurried to distribute 240,000 bottles of water to households with babies.
Reactors 5 and 6 at the Fukushima nuclear complex are reportedly now also leaking radiation.
The radiation released by the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant already rivals and in one sense exceeds the Chernobyl catastrophe according to Austria’s Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, even as media spin downplays the severity of the crisis despite the fact that the problems at the plant show no signs of abating.
Bottled water was virtually impossible to find in Tokyo on Thursday.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has observed a neutron beam, a kind of radioactive ray, 13 times on the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was crippled by the massive March 11 quake-tsunami disaster.
Radiation from the ongoing disaster in Japan is spreading throughout the United States, and while the EPA says the levels are not dangerous, it also admits that some of its radiation-tracking air monitors may not even be working.
An estimated 66,000 metric tons of spent fuel rods are stored at 77 sites around the United States - that's more than 145 million pounds.
The Japanese tsunami was more than 77 feet high at its peak.
Was the damage done to Japan's economy worse than originally thought?
Have the disasters in Japan broken the global supply chain?
Palestinian rockets struck two cities deep in Israel on Wednesday, wounding a resident and prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to threaten lengthy “exchanges of blows” with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
The IAF bombed terrorists that were attempting to shoot rockets into Israel on Thursday morning.
Oil traded as high as $106.69 a barrel Thursday in a nervous and uncertain energy market.
Will the price of gasoline reach $5.00 a gallon before the end of this year?
Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has resigned after parliament rejected an austerity budget.
A bailout for Portugal may total as much as 70 billion euros ($99 billion), two European officials with direct knowledge of the matter said as a credit-rating cut threatened to deepen Portugal’s debt woes.
Warren Buffett told CNBC Thursday that the collapse of the euro zone's single currency is far from "unthinkable".
The US ranks near the bottom of developed global economies in terms of financial stability and will stay there unless it addresses its burgeoning debt problems, a new study has found.
Ten former chairmen of the White House Council of Economic Advisers say that a plan crafted by fiscal commission appointed by President Barack Obama should be "the starting point" for addressing what they labeled a "severe threat" to the nation's economy.
The Federal Reserve has "done a bit too much" quantitative easing amid signs "of speculative excess" in the the US, according to a senior official at the central bank.
The U.S. trade deficit grew by 33 percent in 2010 to nearly half a trillion dollars.
According to the Alliance for American Manufacturing, more than 5.5 million manufacturing jobs have been lost in the past 10 years.
The average American family's household net worth declined 23% between 2007 and 2009, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.
More than two-thirds of Americans saw their net worth decline during the recession according to the Fed.
One school district in the Chicago area is laying off 363 teachers.
The Postal Service is offering a $20,000 buyout to thousands of veteran workers as part of its bid to eliminate 7,500 administrative jobs, the agency announced Thursday.
Hammered by the auto industry's slump, Detroit saw its population plummet 25 percent over the past decade, according to census data released on Tuesday that reflects the severity of an economic downturn in the only state whose population declined since 2000.
The Census Bureau says that 403,765 new firms were started in the 12 months ended March 2009, down 17.3% from a year earlier and the fewest on records that begin in 1977.
Is gold replacing the dollar as the world reserve currency?
Silver recently hit $36.78 an ounce, the highest it has been since February 1980.
Some of the top experts in the world now believe that a collapse of the U.S. dollar is inevitable.
Is George Soros attempting to remake the entire world financial order?
CNN is reporting that Rep. Michele Bachmann will form a presidential exploratory committee. The Minnesota Republican plans to file papers for the committee in early June, with an announcement likely around that same time.
Ron Paul says that he is undecided about whether he will run for president or not.
Donald Trump is demanding that Barack Obama prove that he was born in the United States.
In the wake of changes to government employee unions’ power in Wisconsin and elsewhere, The Communist Party USA is working in conjunction with national labor unions and other left wing political groups to organize protests in Madison, Wisconsin and across the nation on April 4th.
The Obama administration has begun examining whether it can make cuts to its nuclear weapons stockpiles that go beyond those outlined in a recent treaty with Russia.
The Russian Defense Ministry will buy 36 strategic ballistic missiles, two strategic missile submarines and 20 strategic cruise missiles this year, Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Friday.
Liberal Democratic Party of Russia leader and Vice-Chairman of the State Duma Vladimir Zhirinovsky released a statement today calling for the Nobel Prize Committee to take back the Nobel Peace Prize bestowed on Barack Obama in 2009.
Microsoft just spent $7.5 million to buy a block of 666,624 IPv4 addresses from Nortel in bankruptcy court. That works out to about $11.25 apiece.
A 7.0 earthquake recently struck an area near the Northern Thailand border.
Fonterra, a New Zealand-based cooperative that represents the world’s largest exporter of dairy products, has been pinned by Greenpeace Australia for allegedly selling dairy products contaminated with GMOs, despite the fact that the company is not a GMO brand.
A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium has spread to patients in Southern California, according to a study by Los Angeles County public health officials, and it is killing 40 percent of the people that become infected.
Gender-bending chemicals found in non-stick pans and food packaging are linked to early menopause, some scientists are saying.
U.S. companies selling doomsday bunkers are seeing sales skyrocket anywhere from 20% to 1,000%.
Stink bugs, the smelly scourge of the mid-Atlantic, are hitch-hiking and gliding their way across the country. Officially known as the brown marmorated stink bug, sightings of the pest have been reported in 33 states, an increase of eight states since last fall.
The worst Texas drought in 44 years is damaging the state’s wheat crop and forcing ranchers to reduce cattle herds, as rising demand for U.S. food sends grain and meat prices higher.
Four branches of the military have begun sending training material to 2.2 million active and reserve troops as a prelude to opening the ranks to gays, with instructions on, for example, what to do if an officer sees two male Marines kissing in a shopping mall.
A band of six Democrats in the California state Senate voted today to advance a bill that has been described as "the worst school sexual indoctrination ever" and would require that school children be taught to admire "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual" role models.
Lastly, Border Patrol agents recently arrested 13 illegal immigrants disguised as U.S. Marines and riding in a fake military van, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.