Ukraine threatens ‘anti-terrorist operation’ against protests
then it will be well worth the infamous imprisonment imposed upon me directly, with cowardice” by President Nicolas Maduro, a defiant Lopez shouted through a megaphone Tuesday from atop a statue of 19th century Cuban independence hero Jose Marti in a Caracas plaza. “In the innocent eyes of my children, who still don’t know what really is happening in this country, I’ve found the strength I need to fight for a Venezuela that will be much better for them and for all the children.” – Leopoldo Lopez He then pushed his way through the crowd, waving a flower over his head, to a police line a few feet away and turned himself in to face charges blaming him for violence between opposition activists and pro-government forces last week. He was driven away in an armored vehicle, and a judge later ordered him held in jail before a court appearance Wednesday. Friends and allies say the steely resolve exhibited at the rally is often seen in the man who competes in triathlons, is addicted to extreme sports and once escaped from the clutches of gun-firing bandits while stumping for votes in a pro-government slum. The trait has been evident in recent months as he emerged as head of an increasingly powerful opposition faction that is pushing for a stronger, but non-violent confrontation with the government. Lopez, 42, surrendered to authorities after a weeklong manhunt to face charges including terrorism and murder stemming from the unrest that erupted after a big anti-government protest he led Feb. 12. Most demonstrators had gone home before the deadly clashes began. After a week marked by nightly clashes between police and students, dozens of detentions and the expulsion of three U.S.
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Back to the past: Not a winning formula for GOP
The group had gathered in a downtown Sochi restaurant, about 21miles from where the Winter Olympics are being held. They ran out of the restaurant wearing brightly colored clothes and ski masks and were set upon by about a dozen Cossacks, who are used by police authorities in Russia to patrol the streets. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) SOCHI, Russia The International Olympic Committee says images of the attack on the Pussy Riot punk group in Sochi are “very unsettling.” IOC spokesman Mark Adams says the governor of the Krasnodar region has apologized for the attack and is investigating. Adams says it’s a matter not directly related to the Sochi Games but he “found the pictures and the video very unsettling.” On Wednesday, Cossack militia attacked the group with horsewhips as they tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics. Adams says the IOC wants to know more details but called it “largely an issue for” the Russian government. He added that “it’s a shame if the Olympics is used as a political platform” and that “we saw the strong feelings, on both sides, these things can provoke.”
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Google to Glass users: Don’t be a ‘Glasshole’
A larger-than-expected drop in home construction in January also weighed on sentiment. The S&P 500 index /quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime SPX +0.60% broke a three-day winning streak, closing 12.01 points, or 0.7%, lower at 1,828.75. At session highs, the benchmark index was within a hairs breadth from its all-time high reached on Jan 15. /quotes/zigman/627449/realtime DJIA 16,133.23, +92.67, +0.58% Dow rallies then retreats The Dow Jones Industrial Average /quotes/zigman/627449/realtime DJIA +0.58% also had a volatile session, at one point adding as much as 95 points. But the blue-chip index ended the session 89.84 points, or 0.6%, lower at 16,040.56. The Nasdaq Composite /quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime COMP +0.70% snapped its eight-day winning streak, dropping 34.83 points, or 0.8%, to 4,237.95. Read the recap of our stock market live blog. The Fed succeeded in letting the markets function on their own and we can see that in the near-5% rise in February, which was all driven by better-than-expected earnings, said Doug Cote, chief investment strategist at ING Investment Management. It is very clear the taper will continue at a $10 billion-a-month rate and finish by the end of the year. New chairwoman Janet Yellen also inspires of lot of confidence she is a strong consensus builder and will continue with the low-rate policy, he added. Breaking-news alerts: Get free email alerts the instant news breaks /conga/story/misc/alerts_sixwide.html 239164 At the January meeting , Fed officials agreed unanimously to continue to slowly reduce the pace of the centrals asset-purchase program by another $10 billion to $65 billion per month and to pledge to keep rates low until well past the point where the unemployment rate fell below a 6.5% threshold. This was the first unanimous statement since 2011.
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I ran outside and yelled, Oh, my God! Singh said his father, Kulwinder Singh, owns the store but was en route to India and wasnt expected to hear about the $1 million prize until after he landed in New Delhi around 11 a.m. PST Thursday and called the family. He had given his son his cellphone before leaving to avoid any business headaches that might come up during his absence, Singh said. He planned to tease his dad before breaking the news. Hey dad, what would you do if you had $1 million? he said he would ask him. His parents are humble people, he said, so he didnt expect them to splurge on anything.
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5 things to watch at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Thursday
Russia’s Ekaterina Baturina competes in the women’s luge on February 10. Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, left and U.S. skier Julia Mancuso pose by the podium after the super-combined event on February 10. Hoefl-Riesch won gold and Mancuso won bronze. Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates with his girlfriend, Marianne St-Gelais, after winning the 1,500-meter race in short track speedskating February 10. South Korea’s Sin Da-Woon falls as he competes in the 1,500-meter short track semifinals on February 10. Ryan Fry, a curler from Canada, competes during a match against Germany on February 10. American skier Julia Mancuso reacts at the end of her downhill run in the super-combined event February 10. Anna Fenninger of Austria holds one of her gloves after her downhill run in the super-combined event. Russian curlers focus during a match against Great Britain on February 10. U.S. skier Laurenne Ross falls during the downhill portion of the super-combined event on February 10. Canada’s Charles Hamelin races during the 1,500-meter short track preliminaries on February 10.
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CST, February 20, 2014 Kathleen Willey is back. For people who have forgotten, she is the former volunteer aide to President Bill Clinton who claims he sexually harassed her 20 years ago. She wrote a book about it called “Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton.” What, you say you didn’t read it? Neither, it seems, did most of America, which long ago yawned at Bill Clinton’s exploits and Hillary’s apparent enabling of his extramarital liaisons. Cal Thomas Bio | Recent columns Willey is telling anyone who will listen that “Hillary Clinton is the real war on women” because of the way she treated her and the other women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment. Remember “bimbo eruptions,” a term coined by Clinton aide Betsey Wright, who was charged with monitoring them and then discrediting accusers? On WABC’s Aaron Klein radio show (as reported on the conservative website WND.com), Willey said this about Hillary Clinton: “The point is what this woman is capable of doing to other women while she’s running a campaign basically on women’s issues. …
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Police and the opposition blamed each other for the fire. Vitali Klitschko , opposition leader and former world heavyweight boxing champion, said he held Yanukovich responsible for the bloodshed and demanded his resignation–a demand that the opposition has been making for months. Yanukovich must go and the sooner it happens the less blood will be shed, Klitschko said in televised remarks. Yanukovich is solely responsible for the armed terror against peaceful citizens and only he can stop it today. The Ukraine Security Service statement about terrorists came on the heels of Yanukovich’s speech earlier in the day in which he laid responsibility for the violence and casualties on the opposition, which he accused of a coup attempt. At least one political analyst called the security agency declaration disturbing and potentially dangerous. The declaration of an anti-terrorist operation differs from the imposition of a state of emergency only inasmuch as it doesn’t need to be declared by the president and doesn’t need to be approved by parliament, Kost Bondarenko, director of Ukrainian Policy Institute, a Kiev-based think tank, said in an interview. In fact, it opens up the possibility of the police using firearms and for the state to use the army against insurgents and terrorists.” Radical opposition activists, especially in western regions of Ukraine, have taken actions in recent days that could be deemed terrorism, Bondarenko noted, such as attacking military units and capturing a weapons storehouse in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, and taking the family of a governor hostage in the town of Lutsk. Riot police, who have been locked in a tense standoff with the opposition in central Kiev since November, seemed to welcome the security agency’s promised tough measures. We are sick and tired of standing here day and night without a proper idea what we should do and how, said a police lieutenant colonel who was leading a anti-riot unit near the opposition base in Independence Square.
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Fine print in Special Olympics raffle suggests prize uncertain Special Olympics Washington is hosting a Dream House Raffle, but its not clear the winner will actually get the house being offered. PREV of NEXT Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times The home being raffled by Special Olympics of Washington sits on Lake Sammamish and has a private dock and five bedrooms. Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times The entry and dining room of a $5 million Lake Sammamish waterfront home that is being raffled off by the Special Olympics of Washington. A similar raffle in St. Louis last year drew a warning to consumers from that areas Better Business Bureau. Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times The climate-controlled wine cellar, built to hold 7,500 bottles, is a feature of the Lake Sammamish waterfront home being raffled off by the Special Olympics of Washington. Related Raffle to benefit Special Olympians For more information on Special Olympics Washingtons Dream House Raffle, including complete rules, see http://www.pugetsoundraffle.com Most Popular Comments
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Win dream house? Fine print in Special Olympics raffle suggests prize uncertain
Google to Glass users: Dont be a Glasshole Print Attendees try on pairs of Google Glass on the sixth day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York. (The New York Times) Google Glass Explorers have become a familiar sight in San Francisco at the Crunchies , walking their dogs at Dolores Park or literally bumping into you at the grocery store. But to keep users of the augmented reality from bugging those who are still stuck with plain old reality, Google has issued an etiquette guide for Glass users . For starters, dont be creepy or rude, aka a Glasshole. The company said that the list of dos and donts came from the reactions Glass Explorers get to the technology ranging from curiosity to suspicion and safety concerns . As David Pogue once put it : The biggest obstacle is the smugness of people who wear Glass and the deep discomfort of everyone who doesnt. The whole point of Glass, said Google, is to free users from their technology, rather than give them another way to be distracted by it. The list is based largely on feedback from the Explorer community. Among the choice pieces of advice Google has for Glass users: Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends. Do not use Glass while performing high impact sports. Water skiing, bull riding or cage fighting with Glass are probably not good ideas. If you dont want people to ask you questions about Glass, dont wear it. If youre worried about someone interrupting that romantic dinner at a nice restaurant with a question about Glass, just take it off and put it around the back of your neck or in your bag. Most importantly, refrain from being creepy, rude, or just plain Glassinine.
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