A mural of the ayatollah Khomeni in Teheran, Iran

Iranian nuclear scientist goes home to the Ayatollah empty-handed

An Iranian nuclear scientist who defected to the U.S. in 2009 returned to a hero’s welcome in Iran Thursday. Shahram Amiri claims he was kidnapped by the CIA. U.S. officials say he defected on his own free will and apparently got homesick. Some speculate that Amiri has been an agent controlled by the Iranian government
Great White

Three beaches shut down after deadly shark attack

In Southern California, three popular surfing beaches will be shut down for 72 hours. A shark attack that killed one 20-year-old man caused the shutdown. This is only the 12th shark bite death in California since the 1920s. Surf Beach shark attack The Surf Beach shark attack happened Friday morning. A shark bit off a
Egypt Protests

Protesters fill Tahrir Square pushing for Day of Departure

Thousands of people have filled Tahrir Square in Cairo pushing for a “Day of Departure” for Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak, the long serving president of Egypt, has said he will not run for re-election in September of this year. His promise to leave office has only intensified the protests against his rule. Protests begin anew in
a satellite photo of a tropical storm

Oil spill cap will stay in place when Tropical Storm Bonnie hits

Tropical Storm Bonnie moved away from the Bahamas and headed toward the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010 Thursday. Most work was halted on oil spill cleanup and oil spill containment efforts. BP was waiting for official word from Thad Allen, the federal director of the spill response about whether drill rigs, oil
oil runoff on pavement after a storm

BP oil leak live video feed will continue during top kill attempt

A top kill will be the latest attempt to plug the BP oil leak as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico spews crude into the ocean for the 36th day today (May26). After first saying the BP live video feed would be cut during the procedure, BP relented to public pressure and will
looking up at the towers of a drilling rig

BP top kill suspended twice, only 10 percent effective by Friday

The BP top kill, the oil company’s latest attempt to plug the gusher of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, was given a 60 to 70 percent chance of success through the weekend. However, BP suspended the top kill effort without informing the public in top kill progress reports Friday while President Obama toured
Military family

Federal budget passes; fewer troops need military payday loans

The United States Congress recently passed the federal budget for fiscal year 2011 after a long standoff. Among concerns about a possible government shutdown were that military service personnel would have to resort to payday loans and other financial means if a deal could not be made. Thankfully, the shutdown was avoided. Shutdown could have
State of the Union

State of the Union address to focus on competitiveness

President Obama is due to deliver the annual State of the Union address to the houses of Congress soon. The focus of the annual presidential address to the legislature will be on the economy and increasing competitiveness of American businesses. He will also be discussing government spending policy. President due to give second State of
burning down the house

Burning down Escondido bomb house is safest option

The Escondido bomb house is a residence in Escondido, Calif., that is severely contaminated with extremely high-explosive material. A man who rented the Escondido bomb house had turned the home into a deadly bomb factory. The home is so unstable officials said the only way to protect the neighborhood was to burn the Escondido bomb
an oil spill skimmer ship in port

Jones Act of 1920 hinders best response to gulf oil spill in 2010

The Jones Act, a federal law passed in 1920, is making headlines in 2010 thanks to (what else?) the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010. The Jones Act was passed 90 years ago to give U.S. shipping companies an advantage over the rest of the world in U.S. waters. Today the Jones Act
Bomb disposal

Spokane bomb interrupts Martin Luther King Day parade

A Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Wash. was interrupted as authorities found a suspicious backpack that was found to contain a bomb. Before the parade began, city employees for Spokane discovered a backpack which had wiring, and the police were alerted. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing the matter. Spokane police defuse
Bonnie and Clyde

Fugitives John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch taken into custody

Two of the most wanted fugitives in the nation, John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch, have been taken into custody. People have been making comparisons between the two and Bonnie and Clyde. They escaped less than a month ago from Arizona State Prison, and have been on the run since. They were believed to be in
underwater shot of a sea turtle

Oil spill 2010 in Gulf of Mexico: Cost for BP up to $8 billion

The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is worsening, and what BP will have to pay for the response is rising with no immediate end in sight. Meanwhile, the price of crude futures is rising about as fast as BP’s stock is falling. Oil futures were posting gains for the fourth straight session
Cragislist corporate offices

Craigslist | Legal questions about sex ads, kids and crime

Craigslist — the central hub for free online classified advertisements, auto financing and personals ads — is once again finding itself at the center of multiple Craig’s List controversies. Connecticut’s attorney general has lambasted Craigslist for allowing sexually explicit advertising on the website and keeping the profits from that advertising. At the same time, a
an aircraft carrier flanked by escorts

North Korea threatens U.S. military exercises as sanctions mount

Nuclear outlaw North Korea is attracting more attention after it threatened a “physical response” to war games being played by the U.S. and South Korea this weekend. In addition to the joint military exercise, North Korea’s nuclear program and the sinking of a South Korean warship earlier this year has attracted a new round of
Xerox makes a lot more than copiers nowadays. Image from Flickr.

Ursula Burns | How Far We’ve Come, How Far to Go

Ursula Burns achieves a first In July of this year, Ursula Burns became the first black, female CEO of a Fortune 500 company when she took over Xerox. I was not the slightest bit surprised that a black woman could become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, but I was surprised that Ursula Burns,
Photo of Pensacola Beach

Oil heads for Pensacola Beach | BP oil spill still gushing

The BP oil spill has yet to be stopped, and it was reported that an oil slick will soon be covering the coast of Florida. Oil was spotted a few miles off the Florida coast, and it is believed that within a few days, there will be an oil slick on the Western Panhandle of