Headlines from today’s news
A sandy beach at Key West, Florida

Key West tarballs not from gulf, but BP oil leak heads to Florida

Tarballs showed up at Key West beaches as a preview of coming attractions for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association said traces of the BP oil leak are starting to enter the Gulf of Mexico loop current, which could carry the oil spill to Florida in
Lake Forest Illinois Library

Grace Groner, the secret millionaire, donates her fortune

She is known as “the secret millionaire who donated her fortune”, but during her life Grace Groner was just the wonderfully kind and older lady next door. Much of her adult life, this secret millionaire lived in a one-bedroom home and lived extremely frugally. When she died, she left her estate to her alma mater.
soldiers in afghanistan on a ridge surveying the terrian below

Wikileaks documents paint a grim picture of the Afghanistan war

Wikileaks, the controversial news website founded by Julian Assange, released 92,000 classified documents containing sensitive information about the war in Afghanistan. In what is being called one of the biggest stories in recent years, Wikileaks gave the classified documents to the New York Times in the U.S., The Guardian in Britain and Der Spiegel in

Montcoal mine explosion and other mining disasters

The West Virginia mine explosion is one of the worst mining disasters in living memory, and a mine explosion such as the Montcoal mine explosion takes a lot of fast cash to clear up.  Coal mining is a dangerous trade with a long and rich history in the U.S. and worldwide. Coal dust is volatile
New Haven Explosives Homemade bombs

Homemade bombs false alarm | New Haven explosives were fireworks

In New Haven, Conn., a 26-year old man is being questioned about explosives. The New Haven Explosives, which have been erroneously called homemade bombs, were found Wednesday night. No charges have been filed, as the “homemade bombs” found may have actually been fireworks. Reports of smoke led to New Haven explosives called ‘homemade bombs’ On
a set of oil drilling bits on a pallet

New drilling moratorium issued as first drilling rig leaves gulf

A new drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico was  issued Monday by the Obama administration. Last month a federal court judge, citing oil drilling jobs, overturned the first deep water drilling moratorium. Interior secretary Ken Salazar vowed to come back with another one courts would accept. The first deep water drilling moratorium singled out
an oil drilling rig offshore

Drilling moratorium overturned by judge with oil company holdings

A federal judge has overturned the Obama administration’s six-month deep water drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. The ruling issued Tuesday cited economic hardship as a result of the ban and said the government overreached by suspending all deep-water drilling operations either in progress or planned in the gulf. Oil companies hailed the ruling.
An NYPD mobile command post in Times Square

Is Times Square Bomb Muslim revenge for South Park Muhammad?

The Times Square bomb that failed to explode in New York Saturday night would have likely killed people if it had, according to the New York Police department. As law enforcement authorities look for a person of interest captured on video, the owner of the SUV packed with explosives has been tracked down. As the
Austin Plane Crash, Joe Stack online note

Austin Plane Crash | Joe Stack’s rant against the tax man

Plane crash in Austin linked to suicide note The story of the Austin plane crash and Joe Stack is bizarre and sad. Though Joe Stack’s death is tragic, I am grateful that reports so far say all the office workers in the building he crashed into made it out alive. The Huffington Post reports Joe
Bank of America

Miami hostage situation at Coral Gables Bank | Bomb remains

In Florida this morning, a robber walked into Coral Gables Bank of America and took hostages. The Miami hostage situation may have started with a kidnapping earlier in the day, though investigations will be ongoing. At approximately 11:42 this morning, Coral Gables police confirmed that the last person was out of the bank and the
Photo resembling the Palo Alto plane crash

Palo Alto Plane Crash | 3 Dead as fires and power outages break out

Palo Alto Plane Crash kills all aboard A small plane, a Cessna 310, descended out of the sky around 7:55 am in Palo Alto, California, slamming into a residence and bursting into flames.  According to the Associated Press, all three aboard the small plane died in the crash, and all fires were extinguished quickly, with
The white sands of Pensacola Beach on a perfect post card day

The BP oil spill, Pensacola Beach nightmare, fouls the white sand

The BP oil spill Pensacola had watched close in for days arrived on its white sandy beaches Friday. BP placed a cap over the gushing oil in an attempt to slow down the flow as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010 has fouled shorelines in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and now Florida. President
The sanctuary at Washington National Cathedral

Obama delivers heartfelt eulogy at Dorothy Height funeral

At the Dorothy Height funeral in Washington D.C. Thursday, President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy. Before he spoke at the service held in the Washington National Cathedral, he issued an executive order directing that the American flag fly at half staff on land and at sea worldwide. The Dorothy Height biography establishes her as the
ARk storm

Warnings of super storm in California nothing but Internet hype

Warnings of a super storm in California surged across the Internet Monday. A storm with the potential to dump 10 feet of rain and cause $300 billion in damage was discussed in a government press release published last Friday. But the California super storm was explained as merely a hypothetical scenario once the sensationalism subsided.
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