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California’s Stressed Out Schools — Survey of 30 Largest Districts

Posted on December 16 2011 by NAM / IM

The cascading effects of California’s deepening budget crisis and sickly economy are forcing public schools to cope with multiple stresses which could threaten how well students do in school. Until now, most attention has focused on student test scores as a way to gauge the health of a school. Even as federal and state governments […]

President Obama Announces the End of Combat Operations in Iraq ( video)

Posted on December 15 2011 by The White House / IM

On August 31, 2010, President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office to announce the end of combat operations in Iraq. Now, after nearly nine years of sacrifice, the final troops stationed in Iraq will cross the border out of the country in the coming days–marking the end of the war and fulfilling the promise President Obama […]

Time names protesters ‘Person of the Year’

Posted on December 15 2011 by Aljazeera / IM

Magazine honours all the protesters, inspired by the Arab Spring, who took to the streets in 2011 to demand change. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wall Street movement, “The Protester” has been named Time magazine’s 2011 “Person of the Year”. The annual distinction is given to the person or thing that Time believes has most influenced culture and the news during the past […]

Salt mine in Poland ~~ AMAZING

Posted on December 14 2011 by Sunny / IM

Deep underground in Poland lies something remarkable but little known outside Eastern Europe . For centuries, miners have extracted salt there, but left behind things quite startling and unique. Take a look at the most unusual salt mine in the world. From the outside, Wieliczka Salt Mine doesn’t look extraordinary. It looks extremely well kept […]

Raditya Rondi Wins Billabong Cherating Pro 2011 – Becomes First ASC Surfing Champion

Posted on December 14 2011 by Widhiari.Murti / IM

Cherating, Malaysia: In an exciting finale to the Billabong Cherating Pro 2011, Indonesia’s Raditya Rondi dominated both the relentlessly pounding South China Sea waves and his fellow finalists to take the Men’s Open Division victory yesterday at Cherating Point in East Malaysia.  With this being the final event of the inaugural 2011 Asian Surfing Championship […]

President Obama Welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ( video)

Posted on December 13 2011 by The White House / IM

President Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday to discuss the end of the Iraq war and the steps necessary to realize a new phase in the relationship between the two countries. Since the President has taken office, nearly 150,000 U.S. servicemembers have left Iraq, and hundreds of bases have been closed. […]

UN says deaths in Syria unrest exceed 5,000 ( Video)

Posted on December 13 2011 by Aljazeera / IM

Human rights chief calls situation “intolerable” as violence and nationwide strikes overshadow municipal elections. More than 5,000 people are now believed to have been killed in the Syrian government’s crackdown on protests, the United Nations rights chief has told the UN Security Council. The UN’s Navi Pillay said on Monday there were reports of increased […]

‘Elvis’ monkey and psychedelic gecko found

Posted on December 12 2011 by Aljazeera / IM

The animals, new to science but known to the local people along the Mekong river, were among 208 species discovered. A monkey with what has been described as an “Elvis” hairdo, a female lizard that reproduces through cloning, and a pyschedelic gecko are among 208 new species indentified last year by scientists in the Mekong […]

Hollywood Jihad? Gunman Calmly Shooting Drivers, Pedestrians, Shouting Allahu Akbar (video)

Posted on December 12 2011 by YouTube

Hollywood shootout: Gunman calmly targeted drivers, pedestrians Photo: Detective Nicole Kittle of the LAPD Force Investigation Division looks as a person lies dead on Vine just south of Sunset in Hollywood. Credit: Gary Freidman / Los Angeles Times A gunman pointed his weapon at more than a dozen people Friday as he randomly opened fire on […]

Playing with fire: Obama’s threat to China

Posted on December 11 2011 by Michael Klare / Al Jazeera

Obama says US influence will turn from the Middle East towards the “vast potential of the Asia-Pacific region”. When it comes to China policy, is the Obama administration leaping from the frying pan directly into the fire? In an attempt to turn the page on two disastrous wars in the greater Middle East, it may […]

Gunman identified in Hollywood shooting

Posted on December 11 2011 by CNN / IM

Los Angeles – Authorities on Saturday identified a gunman killed by police after he opened fire at passing vehicles along a downtown street in Hollywood. But they said they don’t know why Tyler Brehm, 26, went on a surreal shooting rampage captured on amateur video Friday. The video shows Brehm walking down Sunset Boulevard, wielding […]

West Coast will have best seat for Saturday’s lunar eclipse

Posted on December 10 2011 by CNN / IM

A lunar eclipse will occur Saturday, and all of the United States will be able to see some portion of it. The West Coast will have “a more complete view” of Saturday’s event and will be able to see the totality, the time when the Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, according to NASA. That […]

US blogger jailed for insulting Thai king

Posted on December 9 2011 by Aljazeera / IM

Joe Gordon sentenced for posting excerpts of a locally banned biography of King Bhumibol on the internet. A US citizen has been jailed for two and a half years by Thai authorities for translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and posting them online. Joe Gordon, a Colorado resident who was born in […]

Gupta: I hadn’t cried since I was a child ( video)

Posted on December 8 2011 by CNN / IM

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta often reports from areas where tragedy has struck and hope, even in normal times, can be hard to come by. Knowing he will eventually leave can bring guilt and heartache, he says.     This post was submitted by CNN / IM.

Police probe Papua mine murders ( video)

Posted on December 8 2011 by Al Jazeera / IM

Rights activists accuse security personnel of killings, but government blames independence movement. A series of unsolved murders on the private property of one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines in Indonesia’s far east has left nine people dead since September. Government authorities blame fighters belonging to an armed Papua independence movement for the killings, but […]

President Obama Speaks on the Economy ( video)

Posted on December 7 2011 by The White House / IM

President Obama in his remarks at Osawatomie High School in Osawatomie, Kansas said, this is not just another political debate. This is the defining issue of our time. This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and for all those who are fighting to get into the middle class. Because what’s at stake is […]

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