A former Alcoa City School District employee who oversaw federal funds took nearly $500,000 in taxpayer money to use for herself, according to an audit Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released Tuesday.
As the Environmental Protection Agency takes its first step in killing a multi-billion dollar copper-and-gold mine proposal in Alaska’s outback without having seen the plan, critics of the EPA’s “preemptive veto” warn the action could have a chilling effect well beyond the boundaries of the Ohio-sized Bristol Bay region – where brown bears outnumber human inhabitants.
While the agency’s administrator insists the Bristol Bay Watershed – home to half the world’s sockeye salmon population and a vocal and powerful fishing industry – must be protected, even critics of the mine say EPA’s power play is an attack on the basic right of due process.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered a promising new class of antibiotics that could aid efforts to overcome drug-resistance in tuberculosis (TB), a global killer. The drugs increased survival of mice infected with TB and were effective against drug-resistant strains of TB. St. Jude led the international research effort, results of which appear in the current issue of the journal Nature Medicine.
An early phase clinical trial of a vaginal ring containing the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs dapivirine and maraviroc found the ring was safe in women who wore it for 28 days and evidence of dapivirine in cervical tissue and blood. In addition, laboratory tests of tissue samples showed that dapivirine was able to block HIV infection, though levels of maraviroc were not sufficient to have a similar effect, reported researchers from the National Institutes of Health-funded Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) today at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday that he would decide whether to seek a contempt vote by the end of next week. Issa made his remarks after an explosive hearing in which the IRS official, Lois Lerner, again invoked her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
Earlier in the day, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that “at some point I believe she has to testify, or I believe she should be held in contempt.”
“We’re not going to take a long time. We’ve taken nine and a half months to give her every opportunity,” said the California Republican, who is in his last scheduled year as chairman of the panel.
The group pushing to allow a group of gay veterans to openly march in South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade broke its silence this morning, issuing a statement saying it was caught off guard by the “abrupt and hostile tone” of the parade organizers’ denial yesterday of their request.
Obviously, every administration wants a fresh start with long-time rivals. That’s why there have been four “resets” with the Russians since 1991, including George W. Bush’s famous soul-searching gaze into Vladimir Putin’s eyes and Hillary Clinton’s comic effort to give the Russians a “reset” button (that actually said “overcharge” on it).
In 2012, Obama mocked Mitt Romney for his claim that the Russians are our “No. 1 geopolitical foe,” and scoffed: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”
That scorn looks embarrassing enough given recent events. But the truth is Obama’s hostility to Romney’s policies had little to do with their being outdated. Obama didn’t like America’s Cold War policies during the Cold War.
Due to the blockade on water provision in the areas surrounding Damascus, the rebel forces have begun to draw water from man-made wells in order to survive. Meanwhile, the opposition forces listed another victory against Assad’s forces, taking control of parts of the Idlib district in northwestern Syria.
Appearing before the House Oversight Committee, Lerner rebutted Republicans by citing her Fifth Amendment rights.
“On the advice of my counsel, I respectively exercise my Fifth Amendment right and decline to answer the question,” she said repeatedly in response to questions from Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).
Issa asked Lerner several questions about her leadership of the Exempt Organizations office, but each time she refused to provide a substantive response.
At the opening of the hearing, Issa said the panel might consider whether to hold Lerner in contempt if she refused to answer questions. He said she is “uniquely positioned” to weigh in on the targeting controversy.
“A big limitation in existing nanofiltration and reverse-osmosis desalination plants, which use filters to separate salt from seawater, is their low permeability: Water flows very slowly through them. The graphene filters, being much thinner, yet very strong, can sustain a much higher flow. “We’ve developed the first membrane that consists of a high density of subnanometer-scale pores in an atomically thin, single sheet of grapheme,” O’Hern says.
“For efficient desalination, a membrane must demonstrate “a high rejection rate of salt, yet a high flow rate of water,” he adds. One way of doing that is decreasing the membrane’s thickness, but this quickly renders conventional polymer-based membranes too weak to sustain the water pressure, or too ineffective at rejecting salt, he explains.
Animal flight behavior is an exciting frontier for engineers to both apply knowledge of aerodynamics and to learn from nature’s solutions to operating in the air. Flying snakes are particularly intriguing to researchers because they lack wings or any other features that remotely resemble flight apparatus.
Before you envision flying snakes raining down from the sky, the ones involved in this study are small—about 1 meter in length and the width of your thumb—and live in the lowland tropical forests of Asia and Southeast Asia.
With 11 percent of precincts reporting Cornyn led the crowded GOP primary with 62 percent of the vote, surpassing the 50 percent needed to avoid a June runoff. Stockman had 18 percent, while fellow Tea Party candidate Dwayne Stovall had 10 percent. The Associated Press has called the race.
The House Rules Committee chairman and former National Republican Congressional Committee chairman came prepared for the primary, raising and spending nearly $1.5 million for the race.
By any measure, the ancient city of Sardis — home of the fabled King Croesus, a name synonymous with gold and vast wealth, and the city where coinage was invented — is an archaeological wonder.
The ruins of Sardis, in what is now Turkey, have been a rich source of knowledge about classical antiquity from the 7th century B.C., when the city was the capital of Lydia, through later Greek and Roman occupations.
Now, however, Sardis has given up another treasure in the form of two enigmatic ritual deposits, which are proving more difficult to fathom than the coins for which the city was famous.
“The two deposits each consist of a small pot with a lid, a coin, a group of sharp metal implements and an egg, one of which is intact except for a hole carefully punched in it in antiquity,” explains Will Bruce, a classics graduate student a the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has been digging at Sardis for the past six years. Bruce made the finds last summer.
A principled stand.
But a DDoS is exactly what’s been plaguing the site, Scott Heiferman, Meetup.com co-founder and CEO, wrote on the company’s blog.
Extortionist hackers are behind the attack, trying to elbow the site offline, demanding ransom that Meetup refuses to pay.
Two things happened on Thursday morning.
First, Meetup received this email, demanding $300 (£180):
Date: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Subject: DDoS attack, warning
A competitor asked me to perform a DDoS attack on your website. I can stop the attack for $300 USD. Let me know if you are interested in my offer.
Simultaneously, the attack began.
Commando forces in the Israeli Navy Special Forces Unit, Shayetet 13, apprehended an Iranian ship carrying advanced M302 missiles, which can reach a distance of 200 kilometers (124 miles), early this morning (Wednesday) on the maritime borders between Eritrea and Sudan. The weapons shipments were destined, it seems, to arrive in Gaza at some point.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Monday issued a 204-page critique of federal anti-poverty programs that concludes many of them are redundant, counterproductive and in need of reform.
“Federal programs are not only failing to address the problem. They are also in some significant respects making it worse,” the report states.
The report finds the federal poverty rate is at 15 percent, a drop of only 2.5 percentage points since President Lyndon Johnson launched a war on poverty 50 years ago. The poverty rate has remained high despite the government spending $799 billion on 92 programs to combat poverty in fiscal 2012, including $200 billion in cash aid and $300 billion on healthcare.
On food stamps, the report says the $78 billion per year program “reduces poverty — but not by much.” It argues that food stamps discourage work and only lowered poverty from 17.6 percent to 16.1 percent in fiscal 2012.
health care reformThe federal government has now said that within the states where the health care reform has involved dysfunctional online marketplaces, it will help to pay for certain plans that customers go ahead and purchase on their own. Once the individuals in those states can finally sign up through the actual exchanges, then those plans will be made retroactive.
Colorado Republicans plan to propose a bill next week that will prohibit welfare recipients from using their benefits in pot shops.
The “Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed Act,” is expected to be introduced on Monday by Reps. Dave Reichert, Scott Tipton and Cory Gardner,