Hell road hero
BRAVE soldier Iain Martin lies flat to defuse a bomb in Afghanistan – one of TWELVE he made safe in just ten hours. It was a record for the number deactivated in a single operation. The Improvised Explosive Devices were planted by the Taliban on the notorious Bandi Barq Road near Gereshk.
World War II Veteran Gets High School Diploma 67 Years Later
Hilberto Rodriguez graduated from Garfield High School in Los Angeles this week — a mere 67 years late. Rodriguez, 86, was meant to graduate in the class of 1944, KABC reported. But history intervened in the shape of World War II.
Veterans remember Desert Storm 20 years later
Twenty years ago the skies over Baghdad were stitched by the blazing threads of missiles and anti-aircraft fire, woven into a tapestry of tracers, flashes and flares.
Service members, civilians honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Spending Dr. Martin Luther King Day deployed to Afghanistan didn’t stop Americans from celebrating it. Servicemembers and civilians honored Dr. King with a five-kilometer run on Jan. 15 and a held a series of event s on Monday.
Afghanistan’s push to tax U.S. contractors could renew tensions
The Afghan government is ramping up efforts to tax U.S. contractors operating there – an effort that could raise millions for the cash-strapped government but could also provoke fresh confrontation with the United States, according to U.S. and Afghan officials.
Rep. Issa’s House Panel Requests Homeland Security Documents
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee wants the Homeland Security Department to provide documents about a policy requiring political appointees to review many Freedom of Information Act requests before releasing them.
Chinese President Criticizes Fed Reserve, Questions U.S. Dollar
Ahead of a visit to Washington this week, Chinese President Hu Jintao criticized the Federal Reserve for dollar devaluation and called the current international currency system — which features the U.S. dollar — a “product of the past.”
Feds come knocking for home inspections
A sanitation district in Pennsylvania has notified homeowners that its representatives will be making personal visits to every structure served by its network of drainpipes because that’s what the federal Environmental Protection Agency is demanding.
Texans to TSA: You keep scanners, we’ll keep privacy
You’ve heard the Texas jokes, such as: A New Yorker points to Niagara Falls and tells a Texan, “You don’t have anything like that!” To which the Texan responds, “Naw, but we got a plumber who can fix it in 30 minutes.”
Officials: CAIR obstructs FBI terror probes
After negative press forced the removal of a poster urging Muslims to “build a wall of resistance” against the FBI, the Council on American-Islamic Relations insisted it has consistently maintained a policy of cooperation with federal authorities investigating terrorism in the Muslim community. Accounts by law enforcement officials and recently obtained documents cast doubt on the claim, however.
Gang’s terror felt far from drug war on US border
A priest who shelters stranded migrants needs police protection. A chopped-up body turns up with a threatening message. Beheadings are on the rise. The local press is too frightened to write about any of it.
‘Explosive’ Food Prices the Biggest Risk: Analyst
Overheating emerging markets, in China in particular, pose the biggest threat to the market and political situation in 2011 according to Philippe Gijsels, head of research at BNP Paribas Fortis Global Markets.
Cyber-attacks could cause global ‘catastrophe’
A succession of multiple cyber-attacks could “become a full-scale global shock” on a par with a pandemic and the collapse of the world financial system, the report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said.
Jihadis Hail Their ‘Heroes’ in the West
Two westerners who gave up seemingly comfortable lives to wage terrorist attacks are singled out for praise in the latest issue of Inspire, al-Qaida’s English-language magazine.
UK Government Plans Major Health Care Reforms
Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday waded into terrain where past British governments have foundered, promising fundamental changes to the country’s expensive and over-stressed public health care system.
Group targeting Glenn Beck funded by Soros
An organization leading a crusade demanding Fox News fire host Glenn Beck is backed by philanthropist George Soros and is tied to many of the liberal activists that Beck routinely excoriates on his highly rated program, WND has learned.
Crowd Gives 8-Year-Old an Assist During National Anthem [VIDEO]
Eight-year-old Elizabeth Hughes’ voice is so clear and pure, a video of her singing “The Star Spangled Banner” before a minor-league hockey game in Norfolk, Va., might have ended up on YouTube anyway — even without the technical mishap that threatened to ruin her song.
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