The IRS said Lois Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011, wiping out an untold number of emails that were being sought by congressional investigators. The investigators want to see all of Lerner’s emails from 2009 to 2013 as part of their probe into the way agents handled applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups.
The IRS has been very resistant to providing any emails or documents related to the scandal. Watchdog organization Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request for the documents, and naturally, the IRS refused to provide them. It was only after the group filed a lawsuit that they were able to obtain the documents – which were quite damning:
Private First Class Bowe Robert Bergdahl, United States Army. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(NEW YORK POST) Six soldiers died in the frantic search for Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal immediately after his mysterious disappearance five years ago, fueling the increasing backlash over the POW’s recovery.
Former platoon mates of the now-recovered serviceman accused Bergdhal of deserting his post and blamed him for the unnecessary deaths of comrades.
“I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on,” former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon, told CNN. “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”
In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.
It's been silent for half a century, pushed aside by more efficient diesels, but now it's coming back to life. The Union Pacific Railroad is embarking on a yearslong restoration project that will put No. 4014 back to work pulling special excursion trains.
'It's sort of like going and finding the Titanic or something that's just very elusive, nothing that we ever thought would happen,' said Jim Wrinn, editor of Trains, a magazine that covers the railroad industry.
Spectators take pictures of the historic locomotive, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 at
The Ford Mustang, America's classic sports car, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a sleek new design and plans to go global. The iconic car, which has featured in countless films, including the 007 and Fast and Furious franchises, has been given its first makeover since 2005. The new-look 2015 Mustang was revealed on Thursday at events in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai. Sydney, Barcelona and Ford's hometown of Dearborn. More>>>>>>>
Reports of an active shooter have triggered a lockdown at Fort Hood, and multiple people have reportedly been injured. Sheriff's deputies and the FBI are responding to the reported shooting.
A U.S. Army official at Fort Hood confirms that a shooting has occurred at the base, though the number of people injured and the severity of their injuries has not been confirmed.
KCEN reports at least one person has been transported to an area hospital in an unknown condition and that possibly three others have been injured.
The shooting is believed to have taken place at the Medical Brigade Building. KCEN-TV reports there are also reports of victims at the Battle Simulation Center.
The shooter is believed to be at-large and the base is on lock down. Just after 5 p.m., the base tweeted that all personnel are being asked to shelter in place, close doors and stay away from windows.
Additionally, the campus of Central Texas College has been evacuated due to the emergency at the Army post. All personnel and students are asked to leave and all classes are canceled.
In November 2009, 13 people were killed and more than 30 others injured when Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on dozens of people at the base. Hasan was paralyzed during an exchange of gunfire and, in late 2013, was sentenced to death. He is currently awaiting execution.
Jeremiah Denton, the veteran who famously alerted the U.S. military to conditions at the so-called 'Hanoi Hilton' and other camps when he blinked the word 'torture' in Morse code during a television interview - a message missed by his captors. Denton, who was released from captivity in 1973, died of heart problems Friday, his grandson Edward Denton said. After returning from Vietnam, the elder Denton became the first Republican from Alabama elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.
The Dodge Challneger stands out in bright Hemi orange. But most buyers stick with safer, more subdued colors.
When it comes to car colors, the new black is, well, black, according to Chrysler Group. The car maker said it regularly expands its range of available paint colors and offers about 90 hues across its brands today. They include names like detonator yellow, rock lobster and citrus peel.
Still, the most popular colors among Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep–brand customers through July of the 2013 model year tend to be variations on black, white and silver.
An industry-wide study by auto-paint maker PPG confirms that car buyers are generally a conservative bunch who gravitate toward traditional, even dull colors in part because they usually help boost a car’s resale value. More>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The U.S. government is relinquishing its control of the Internet's address system in a shift that may raise questions about the future direction of online innovation and communications.
The decision announced Friday begins a long-planned transition affecting the stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. That's a not-for-profit agency launched in 1998 by the Commerce Department to govern the system that assigns website addresses and directs Internet traffic.
The department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, or NTIA, hopes to end its oversight of ICANN's Internet Assigned Numbers Authority by the time its contract expires in September 2015.
Hand over: The U.S. government will no longer run ICANN after September 2015
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority administers the technology that keeps computers connected to the Web and steers Internet traffic.
Proposals for a new ICANN stewardship will be accepted beginning next week at a conference in Singapore.
Although it's too early to tell how future oversight will be handled, the U.S. government appears determined to hand over the reins to an entity without political entanglements.
'We will not accept a proposal that replaces the NTAI's role with a government-led or intergovernmental solution,' Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary at the Commerce Department, told reporters.
On a dramatic day of escalation in what the US called an ‘incredible act of aggression’ by Moscow, there were warnings that the standoff threatens peace in Europe. Other developments included: Ukraine’s acting prime minister, Arseniy Yatseniuk, described Russian behaviour as a ‘declaration of war’, a defiant Vladimir Putin telling US President Barack Obama he reserved the right to take further military action in eastern Ukraine and news tensions in the region could put Britain’s gas supply at risk. Meanwhile, Britain announced that its ministers and officials are to boycott the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
World leaders said yesterday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatened to spiral into the biggest international crisis since the end of the Cold War.
On a dramatic day of escalation in what the US called an ‘incredible act of aggression’ by Moscow, there were warnings that the standoff threatens peace in Europe.
The bloody conflict in Ukraine could trigger yet another confrontation between the West and Russia. Dominance in Europe is at stake on the geopolitical chess board. While Ukraine itself could descend into civil war. By Uwe Klussmann more...
(CNSNews.com) – In 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple, according to a report by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. - See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/nyc-more-black-babies-killed-abortion-born#sthash.SQTzgves.dpuf
An extra 23-33 eruptions (so far) may not seem like much, but those extra eruptions represent a massive amount of gases and ash being blown into the atmosphere. Millions and millions of metric tonnes which can have a profound effect on life on Earth.
As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage.
The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation of the drone, which was used by an on-call employee for a Connecticut television station. The FAA is developing new rules as the technology makes drones far more versatile, but for now operators can run afoul of regulations by using them for commercial purposes, including journalism.
It's one of the oldest tricks in the book - trying to sell a car for more than it's worth.
With car odometers becoming digital, fraudsters believe they've found a way to Easy Street by rolling back the mileage, but ultimately it's the buyer who loses out.
It's estimated more than 190,000 cars have their odometers rolled back every year, according to a new study from Carfax.
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Old trick: Criminals have been tricking customers for years by rolling back the mileage on the odometer, then selling the car for more money. The scam has gotten so profitable, investigators say it's become organized crime
Easy scam: Odometer correction tools are to find online and use on digital odometers illegally
Rollback ripoff: Odometer fraud is putting families at risk. The miles are changed in an instant using a device such as this
This may cost victims more than $760 million in lost value and unexpected repairs.
Some states are worse than others, but an estimated one million rollbacks occur in every state. Carfax said consumers in California, Nevada, Massachusetts, New York and Texas are the most at risk.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A senior Iranian naval commander says his country has sent several warships to the Atlantic Ocean, close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time.
The commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, is quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying Saturday that the vessels have already begun the journey to the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa.
Iranian officials said last month that the fleet consisted of a destroyer and a logistic helicopter carrier, which will be on a three-month mission.
Haddad says the fleet is approaching U.S. maritime borders for the first time. The Islamic Republic considers the move as a response to U.S. naval deployments near its own coastlines. The U.S. Navy's 5th fleet is based in nearby Bahrain.
If the mere thought of re-painting the windows or front door of your home fills you with dread, spare a thought for airlines who have to spruce up their planes.
But for them time really can fly.
For with the help of time-lapse photography, airline Emirates has compressed into just two minutes the near fortnight-long round-the-clock marathon required to strip and re-paint each of its Boeing 777 passenger aircraft.
That’s how Ford’s new F-150 truck is being described after the redesigned 2015 model was unveiled at the Detroit auto show on Monday. And besides calling it “radical,” the Associated Press is also saying it’s the talk of the show.
So what’s so radical? The auto-maker shaved 700 pounds off the truck by making it the first to be made mostly out of aluminum:
Modern Day Jewish Hero Ariel Sharon finally died after a long 8 year coma. He suffered a massive stroke in 2006 and has been in a coma ever since. He was 85. Sharon died at Tel Hashomer hospital just outside Tel Aviv, where his family had gathered at his bedside over the past several days as his vital organs reportedly deteriorated. Sharon was a man of great courage and strength, and godly people everywhere should mourn the death of this heroic patriot. Sharon devoted his life to serving the State of Israel (Judea), and defended the country during many of the nation’s most difficult battles. He was determined to do whatever he felt was best for the security of Israel, and the Jewish people, often at odds with the United States's liberal State Department led pro Palestinian faction, as well as many liberal Jews in America, the West and the nation of Israel.
Sharon, a long-serving Israeli political and military leader, was a founding member and former head of the Likud party, previously served for over thirty years in the Israeli Defense Forces, rising to the rank of Major General, and achieving fame within Israel for his actions in the 1967 Six Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
His actions in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 confirmed his military greatness, and won him national acclaim as a savior of his people on the Holiest Day of God's year. On 6 October 1973, the Egyptian army attacked across the Suez Canal. Israeli reserves, struggled to contain the Egyptian advance. It was the classic military nightmare – a two-front war without enough men or materiel for both. For Israel to survive, the Egyptians had to be beaten quickly in the south so the IDF could redeploy against the Syrians in the north, who seemed on the point of breaking into Galilee. Just stopping the Egyptian advance wasn’t going to be enough – it had to be decisive.
Sharon bided his time but as soon as he had located a gap between two Egyptian formations he attacked into it (Napoleon’s favourite tactic), crossed the Suez Canal and proceeded to wreak havoc on Egyptian lines of communication. The Egyptians had thought they were winning only to discover Sharon’s tanks behind them threatening Cairo. Like many of history’s best commanders, Sharon had ignored his orders coming from above, and won the day. To many, this move made him the man who saved Israel.
Some recent reports indicate that Sharon’s doctors have detected brain activity. There is speculation that he can hear. If so, we can only wonder-- what occupied his thoughts? Is it his boyhood days, or the Suez Crossing? His two wives, both of whom preceded him in death? His son, Gur, whose tragic death at a young age diminished the Six Day War victory for his father?
No one knows... Except of course --- God. I think God will someday welcome Mr. Sharon into His Kingdom that is coming to this Earth.
State of Israel Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, pictured during a defense meeting held at the Pentagon in Washington, District of Columbia (DC). (Released to Public) DoD photo by HELENE C. STIKKEL, CIV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
85-year-old former prime minister and defense minister, comatose since 2006, suffers renal failure in hospital
Doctors said Sharon, 85, who has been in a vegetative state since 2006, was suffering from renal failure that could lead to multiple organ system failure and death.
Hebrew media reports late Wednesday said doctors had told the family that Sharon had, at most, no more than four days to live. More>>>>>>>>>