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Off-duty Philadelphia cop shoots man over dog poo dispute

An off-duty Philadelphia police officer reports that late Saturday morning, the victim was walking his dog when it stopped to defecate on the off-duty officer's yard. Allegedly, the officer began yelling at the victim, demanding he remove the feces from the yard immediately.

The conversation escalated into an argument, and eventually the victim left. He returned, however, a short time later without his dog, and began arguing with the off-duty officer again.

A fight ensued, during which the officer pulled out his weapon and fired backwards at the victim, who was behind the officer at the time and was struck in the leg.

The victim was carted off to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released. The off-duty officer was also treated for facial cuts and bruises.


Diplomatic tensions increase between Jordan and Israel - Israel just 'regrets' killing judge

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© Agence France-Presse/Ahmad GharabliPalestinians carry the body of Raed Zeiter, 38, during his funeral in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, on March 11, 2014
Israel expressed "regret" Tuesday over the shooting of a Jordanian judge at a border crossing, but its army insisted he had attacked soldiers and tried to grab a gun.

The shooting on Monday set off a diplomatic row between Israel and Amman - which signed a peace treaty 20 years ago - with Jordan's prime minister saying Israel is "completely responsible" and demanding an apology for the "hideous" shooting.

The Israeli army said 38-year-old Raed Zeiter, a Palestinian with Jordanian citizenship who worked as a judge in Amman, had charged at the soldiers with a metal pole while shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), prompting them to fire at his legs.

"The suspect then began to strangle a soldier and the force resorted to using live fire once again," killing the man, the army said.

It said its preliminary findings were based on extensive questioning of witnesses to the event - which took place at the Allenby Bridge crossing between the occupied West Bank and Jordan - and that a military police investigation was ongoing.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights disputed the army's account, saying one of the soldiers pushed Zeiter after he had disembarked from a bus with other passengers so that Israeli soldiers could search it.

Zeiter responded in kind and other soldiers joined the scuffle, with one of them firing three rounds at his chest, the PCHR said, citing "a witness."

He was left bleeding for 30 minutes without any medical help before an Israeli ambulance came to retrieve the body, the group said.

"PCHR condemns the killing of Zeiter in cold blood... and urges the international community to act immediately to stop the crimes of the (Israeli) occupation forces," it said.

Hundreds of Palestinians turned out Tuesday for the funeral of Zeiter, accompanying the body - which was wrapped in a Palestinian flag - to its burial place in his family's northern West Bank hometown of Nablus.

"They killed my only son in cold blood," said Zeiter's father Alaa, who had travelled from Amman.

"My son was unarmed; he wouldn't even know how to use a weapon."


Update: Massive Harlem explosion 'like thunderclap' levels two buildings, debris blown across wide area - 2 dead, at least 16 injured

At least one building collapsed and several more were thought to be on fire following a massive explosive in Harlem that left nearly a dozen people injured, early reports suggest.

As emergency crews and firemen from across New York City rushed to 116th Street and Park Avenue on the Upper East Side, a large plume of dark smoke fanned across the city just as the morning rush hour was coming to an end.

It was visible within minutes from the bustling heart of commercial Midtown.

Witnesses, many on their way to work and some still in their apartments, said they had heard a very loud blast from where the apartment building once stood at East 115th St and Park Avenue in Harlem.

First reports said the building, which is thought to have been about five storeys, had been devastated by the blast.

Comment: More from the New York Times:
At least one person was killed when two buildings collapsed in East Harlem on Wednesday morning, according to authorities, and a senior city official suggested that there would most likely be more fatalities.

Witnesses reported hearing what sounded like an explosion before the buildings collapsed. Flames and smoke could be seen billowing from the street, and the force of the damage blew out windows in neighboring buildings.

At least 16 people were injured, including four seriously, according to city officials. The police said that two residential buildings - 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue - had collapsed.
Latest updates say 2 people have been killed.


Flashback We are not amused: British Queen has profitable investments in depleted uranium trade

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UK Queen in depleted uranium trade? British anti-war campaign group the Stop the War Coalition has in a video claimed that Britain's Queen Elizabeth is one of the richest women on earth and much of her profits are from arms trade including the notorious depleted uranium trade.

The video apparently created by anti-monarchy activists and published on YouTube says the British monarch has managed to increase her wealth from £300 million early in her 60-year reign to £17 billion at present thanks to investments in arms firms that produce uranium used in depleted uranium (DU) shells, including Rio Tinto Zinc.

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Work until you die: Lifelong labor becomes new normal

© NewsFrom 1990 to 2010, the percentage of workers 65 and older staying in the job market rose for both women (from 28.2 percent to 43.8 percent) and men (52.5 percent to 65.3 percent).
For a growing number of Americans, there may never be such a thing as real retirement.

"The market is filled with people who are petrified of the idea of retiring because they might not have the funding to afford retirement,"'s Melissa Doran Rayer, whose company provides financial planning services and created a data chart to show how retirement trends are shifting, told Yahoo News in a recent interview.


Malaysia Airlines search mired in confusion


The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was descending into confusion and acrimony on Wednesday as Vietnam called off part of its search pending further information from Malaysia.

As families spent a fifth day waiting for news of flight MH370, which vanished on Friday with 239 people on board, disagreements within the international search operation were surfacing and Malaysian officials failed to clarify the aircraft's last known movements.

India announced it had joined the search for the missing jetliner on Malaysia's request, widening the net to an area near the Andaman Sea.

Vietnam said it had halted its air search and scaled back a sea search while it waited for Malaysia to offer more detail.

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Massive explosion, fire in East Harlem, New York City - At least 11 hurt

Police and fire officials are on the scene of an explosion and partial building collapse at 116th Street and Park Avenue in Upper Manhattan Wednesday morning.

At least 11 injuries were reported, and Harlem Hospital has one patient with heavy trauma and is expecting at least one more.

East Harlem residents reported hearing a large explosion in the six-story apartment building around 9:30 a.m.

A fourth-alarm fire was burning, and the structural integrity appeared to be compromised. Witnesses reported seeing what appeared to be at least a partial roof collapse.


Nine fresh witnesses place Malaysia plane near Thailand

Malaysia's acting transport minister Hussein Hishammuddin (centre) has said the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight is now covering 27,000 square nautical miles.
  • Nine new reports of noise and light in sky near Malaysia-Thai border
  • Eyewitnesses in villages reported sightings of plane low over the sea
  • Search now focuses on Strait of Malacca and Andaman Sea
  • Relatives in Beijing shout and throw bottles at Malaysian Airlines staff
  • They demand: 'Why is Malaysian military keeping what they know secret?'
  • Officials now reveal search is covering 27,000 square nautical miles
Malaysian authorities have defended their handling of the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet as they revealed the search is now covering 27,000 square nautical miles.

Officials have admitted they were unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared as the international search mission carries on in its fifth day.

The mystery over the plane's whereabouts has been confounded by confusing and occasionally conflicting statements by Malaysian officials, adding to the anguish of relatives of the 239 people on board the flight - two thirds of them Chinese.

Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein described the multinational search for the missing plane as an unprecedented and complicated effort and defended his country's efforts.

He said two areas, in the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea, were being searched by a total of 49 ships and 39 planes.
© Daily MailPolice in Malaysia have said they had nine eyewitness reports of aircraft 'noise and lights' being seen in the north-east of the country, near the border with Thailand, after the plane's last recorded sighting on civilian radar systems.


CIA Spying Hypocrisy: The Feinstein Syndrome: "Fourth Amendment for me, but not for thee"‏

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© CSPANSen. Dianne Feinstein speaking on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
Who knows, soon we might see headlines and cable TV shows asking: "Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?"

A truthful answer to that question could not possibly be "whistleblower." It may already be a historic fact that Senator Feinstein's speech on March 11, 2014 blew a whistle on CIA surveillance of the Senate intelligence committee, which she chairs. But if that makes her a whistleblower, then Colonel Sanders is a vegetarian evangelist.

In her blockbuster Tuesday speech on the Senate floor, Feinstein charged that the CIA's intrusions on her committee's computers quite possibly "violated the Fourth Amendment." You know, that's the precious amendment that Feinstein - more than any other senator - has powerfully treated like dirt, worthy only of sweeping under the congressional rug.


Missing Malaysian jetliner befuddles online world

The disappearance four days ago of a Malaysian Airline Systems Bhd. (MAS) aircraft with 239 people on board is confounding search teams and a global audience used to around-the-clock connectivity and real-time updates.

The Boeing Co. (BA) 777-200 wide-body, among the world's safest planes, vanished without any distress call or other indication something was amiss. Half a week later, nine nations including the U.S. and Australia have joined a search that while focused on the Gulf of Thailand between Malaysia and Vietnam now extends west to Indonesia and east to the South China Sea.

That the largest civil twin-engine airliner could disappear without a trace and elude a frenzied search that includes satellite surveillance runs counter to the advances in technology that have facilitated both flying and reconnaissance efforts after an incident. While authorities quickly traced two passengers who boarded the 777 with stolen passports, the area being combed has grown so vast that the search may take some time, said Remi Jouty, president of France's BEA air-accident investigation bureau, which was instrumental in finding the Air France (AF) Flight 447 jet that crashed over the Atlantic in 2009.

Comment: This story seems to be befuddling the online world in more ways than one, and seems to be successfully taking away a lot of attention from the still developing crisis in Ukraine (not to mention the Earth Changes!).