The Obama administration is preparing to force every charitable organization receiving federal grants to end prohibitions on hiring people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
In its latest “Friday Fax,” the Center for Family and Human Rights, or C-Fam, cites an unnamed but well-placed administration source, who says the administration is definitely headed in that direction.
“Our source told us that the administration is moving very quietly to insert sexual orientation and gender identity language into the application process for grantees. They cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and there is no exemption for religious believers,” said C-Fam President Austin Ruse.
“Quietly” appears to be the key word in this process. Ruse said this revelation comes as news to just about everyone.
As Memorial Day approaches, one photographer set out to refocus America's gaze from the three-day weekend and barbecues back to the holiday's true purpose: a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States armed forces.
Andrew Lichtenstein, documentary photographer, journalist, and author, attended some 60 military funerals from 2003 to 2006 capturing the heartbreak and pride present as family and friends remembered and honored the fallen soldiers.
Lichtenstein published some of the photos in his 2007 book on the subject titled 'Never Coming Home.' On Friday the Times featured almost two dozen photos from the photographer's project.
An ashen Baltimore awoke on Tuesday morning to reveal a city charred by fire and battled scarred following a night of violent rioting and looting after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Acrid smoke hung in the air over streets where fire crews raced to contain the damage and carnage that broke out just blocks from Gray's emotive funeral. The unrest - which saw looters ransack stores, pharmacies and a shopping mall and clash with police in riot gear - was the most violent in the United States since Ferguson, Missouri, was torn by gunshots and arson late last year. Police said 15 officers were injured, six seriously, on Monday and 27 arrests were made as local gangs and high school students used social media to launch a coordinated 'Purge' - a slang term which comes from a film about rampaging lawlessness.Gray's death gave new energy to the public outcry over police treatment of African Americans that flared last year after police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, New York City and elsewhere. The violence appeared to catch city officials and community leaders somewhat off-guard after a week of mostly peaceful protests following Gray's death on April 19. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, declared a state of emergency on Monday and the National Guard was arriving in the city. A one-week curfew was also imposed in the largely black city starting Tuesday night, with exceptions for work and medical emergencies. Answering criticism of not responding quickly enough to Monday's events, Mayor Rawlings-Blake told CNN: "This was an incident that sparked this afternoon ... I think it would have been inappropriate to bring in the National Guard when we had it under control." Read More Smoldering Baltimore picks up the pieces: City begins hurried clean-up after night of rioting and looting left huge fires raging and 15 police injured as the National Guard prepares to enforce a curfew
Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WASHINGTON — Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation.
The hackers, who also got deeply into the State Department’s unclassified system, do not appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from Mr. Obama’s BlackBerry, which he or an aide carries constantly. MORE
The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”
The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.
But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.
At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One.
Much as we'd like to emulate our NASCAR heroes, breaking the speed limit often comes at a price. Ford is hoping to prevent accidents and speeding tickets by introducing cars that can see what the speed limit is and preventing heavy-footed motorists from driving any faster. Ford's Intelligent Speed Limiter tech will first appear on the new Ford S-Max that's launching in Europe that could just change the way that we drive.
A camera mounted on the windshield scans the road signs on the sides of the highway and, when the vehicle enters a 20mph zone, the system reduces the top speed to match. Rather than controlling the speed with automatic braking, the car limits its own velocity by adjusting the amount of fuel being pushed to the engine. MORE
To remember which way to set your watch, keep in mind “spring forward, fall back”. You set your clock forward in the spring when DST starts (= lose one hour), and back one hour when DST ends in the fall (= regain one hour).
USA, Central America, Canada, Europe, Asia, northern Africa
Many countries in the Northern Hemisphere (north of the equator) observe DST, but not all. Daylight saving time is in use between March and April and ends between September and November as the countries return to Standard Time.
Australia, New Zealand, South America, southern Africa
In the Southern Hemisphere (south of the equator) the participating countries start DST between September and November and ends between March and April. Standard time begins in the southern hemisphere between March–April and ends between September–November.
Why use DST at all?
Many countries use DST to make better use of the natural daylight in the evenings, and many don't. The difference in light is most noticable in the areas close to the Poles, i.e. furthest away from the Earth's equator.
Some studies show that DST could lead to fewer road accidents and injuries by supplying more daylight during the hours more people use the roads. Other studies claim that people's health might suffer due to DST changes.
DST is also used to reduce the amount of energy needed for artificial lighting during the evening hours. However,many studies disagree about DST's energy savings and while some studies show a positive outcome, others do not.
DST first used in Germany
US inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin first proposed the concept of DST in 1784, but modern Daylight Saving Time first saw the light of day, in 1895 when an entomologist from New Zealand, George Vernon Hudson, presented a proposal for a two-hour daylight saving shift. However,
Germany was the first country to implement DST on April 30, 1916 when the clocks were set forward at 11 pm (23:00).
A Rockland County couple is making headlines for their upcoming anniversary. According to KSDK, the couple will be celebrating their 82nd wedding anniversary this weekend. While martial bliss is always commendable, there’s more — they also have a combined age of 212!
Duranord Veillard’s 108th birthday is this weekend, and his wife, Jeanne, will turn 105 in May of this year. Although it has been reported that Rockland County doesn’t have an actual record of the oldest living couple in the area, the family has reason to believe it’s them.
Duranord was born in 1907 in Haiti and later studied law in Port-au-Prince. He and Jeanne tied the knot in November of 1932. However, when he lost his job as a judge in the late 1960s, Duranord, his wife, and their five children relocated to the United States. After settling in Spring Valley, he worked as a lab technician at the Good Samaritan Hospital, where he later retired from. According to Time magazine, the couple now has 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
During a recent interview, the couple along with their son Vely Veillard, spoke with the Journal News. They shared details about the family’s lengthy legacy and the couple’s current condition. Although Duranord is nearly blind and suffers from hearing problems, Vely revealed he’s still rather sharp for his age.
“He remembers everything,” said Vely. “Look at him! He don’t want to use a cane. He’s a superstar.”
Surprisingly, he’s also quite active for his age. Each morning, he starts his day by doing five to seven pushups before breakfast. He’s also highly alert and extremely talkative.
Duranord also revealed his secret to long living. He offered a two-word explanation: “That’s God!”
The dirty little secret of debt collecting is that most of them are not working directly for the original company you ran up the debt with. They're an outside third party and they bought your debt for pennies on the dollar. The debt collector's goal is to get the most money out of you for the least amount of effort. This means all you have to do to make this calculus work to your advantage is settle with the debt collector for around the same price he paid to buy your debt. So start low.
Make an offer like 30% of what you owe. Or somewhere between 10 to 25 cents on the dollar. If you owe $1,000, offer to pay $250. If you owe $5,000, see if they will take $500. At this point it's all in the art of the deal and how good a haggler you are.
A few things to remember. First, you'll want to make sure that you really do owe the money and these guys really have the right to collect it. Second, a settled debt will still show up on your credit report as a negative item, whether it's reported as being settled or as being charged off.
But after you get over those humps, play let's make a deal and see how low you can get them to go. LINK
Extreme winter weather has been causing problems for millions across the East Coast, but it has also made for some beautiful sights.
Among those beautiful sights is Niagara Falls, which has now frozen over due to temperatures which dropped to 16F on Wednesday.
And it looks like the popular tourist destination may stay frozen, as temperatures are expected to drop even lower come Thursday.
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Niagara Falls has frozen over due to temperatures which dropped to 16F on Wednesday
The popular tourist destination will stay frozen for some time because temperatures are expected to drop even more come Thursday
'The attention the Falls is receiving is bringing a crowd to view them in their majestic, winter splendor!' said Michelle Blackley, communications & community relations manager for the Falls
Yet another arctic blast is set to strike the central and eastern United States on Wednesday evening, bringing sub-zero temperatures to many parts
Almost the entire East Coast, including parts of Florida, will reach below freezing temperatures on Thursday night
'The attention the Falls is receiving is bringing a crowd to view them in their majestic, winter splendor!' Michelle Blackley, communications & community relations manager for the Falls, told USA Today.
Yet another arctic blast is set to strike the central and eastern United States on Wednesday evening, bringing sub-zero temperatures to many parts.
Veteran journalist Bob Simon, 73, was killed in a car crash on Wednesday evening in Manhattan
60 Minutes' veteran reporter Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in New York City on Wednesday evening.
Simon, 73, was travelling in the back seat of a Lincoln town car that rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz stopped at a red light on 12th Avenue near West 30th Street around 6.45pm, and then slammed into the metal barriers separating the lanes.
The CBS reporter was unconscious with head and torso injuries when he was rushed to Mount Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital in the city. He was later pronounced dead.
From the catastrophic damage to the livery cab at the scene, investigators were planning to interview the driver because they believe speed may have been a factor in the crash.
The NYPD refused to comment further to Daily Mail Online on Thursday, citing an ongoing investigation.
No arrests have been made.
Police on the scene cut off the roof off the Lincoln to free Simon and the driver.
The driver of the Lincoln, a 44-year-old man, suffered two broken legs and a broken arm and was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was in stable condition.
The 23-year-old driver of the Mercedes, who was not injured, claimed the accident was the fault of the livery cab driver.
GROSSETO, Italy – The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship was convicted Wednesday of multiple charges of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in jail, Italian court officials said.
Francesco Schettino was convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of 32 passengers and crew in the Jan. 13, 2012 capsizing as well as of causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while many of the 4,200 passengers and crew were still on the ship.
The verdict and sentencing brought an end to a trial that has been running since July 2013. Prosecutors had insisted Schettino was a "reckless idiot" and asked the court to sentence him to 26 years and three months in prison. MORE
Cropped photo of Brian Williams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
NBC News anchor claims terrorized by gangs at Ritz-Carlton
(WASHINGTON POST) There’s a story Brian Williams likes to tell. He has told it in a TV interview. He has told it to at least two book authors. But even though it had all the makings of a great yarn — danger, guns, resolve — Williams never reported it to his viewers.
It’s the one about the gangs that Williams claimed had “overrun” a posh Ritz-Carlton where he stayed during Hurricane Katrina.
Williams is a born showman. With that baritone, that thatch of bronze hair, that gravitas — when the NBC News anchor gets going on a story, little can stop him. But that skill, which carried him to the highest echelons of broadcast journalism, may ultimately prove his undoing.
Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “drown” American energy producers make the oil-rich theocracy a crucial ally of the environmentalist movement, according to a leading green group.
The House of Saud, the kingdom’s royal family, is “our best ally in the fight against Keystone XL,” according to Paul Rauber, the senior editor of Sierra, the bi-monthly magazine published by the Sierra Club, a leading environmentalist group. MORE
King Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz in 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
New Saudi Deputy Crown Prince marks generational shift
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a close friend of the United States and a scourge of Islamist militants, will be the country's first king from the third generation of its ruling dynasty.
King Salman moved swiftly to appoint Mohammed Deputy Crown Prince on Friday, hours after he took the throne following the death of King Abdullah. The decision appeared to settle for many years to come tough decisions over the kingdom's future succession.
By sending an assassin to try to kill Prince Mohammed when he was Saudi security chief in 2009, al Qaeda paid him the compliment of treating him as one of its most dangerous enemies. MORE>>>>>>
Pictures have emerged of the wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 lying on the bottom of the Java Sea. The images show pieces of the jet including what appears to be the tail fin showing the AirAsia logo (pictured bottom left) and possibly an interior section of the cabin (pictured right). The discovery comes as Indonesian authorities denied its officials took bribes to allow airlines to alter flight schedules amid concerns civil aviation staff were involved in unscheduled flight approvals including AirAsia Flight QZ8501.
When women first started coming forward to accuse Bill Cosby of rape last month, the public was surprised due to his flawless reputation as 'America's dad'.
It has now been revealed that a team of lawyers and publicists worked tirelessly to keep his image pristine for decades, by silencing alleged victims and keeping the media from reporting their claims, the New York Times reports.
That apparently all-male team includes $850-an-hour Hollywood lawyer Martin Singer (whose clients include Charlie Sheen and Arnold Schwarzenegger), former William Morris agent Norman Brokaw, his publicist son David, and New York lawyer John P Schmitt.