Severe flooding in Pocatello and Chubbuck closes many streets

Mountain Park Drive in Chubbuck

Mountain Park Drive in Chubbuck Photo by Melissa Hartman.

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Flooding made streets in Pocatello and Chubbuck hazardous or impassable Friday afternoon and evening as storm clouds dropped 2.5 inches of rain on Chubbuck and up to four inches on west Pocatello, according to the National Weather Service. Before the afternoon storm, Pocatello had received only 3.86 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1.

“Motorists need to stay away from standing water,” Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad said Friday evening. “We have some sink holes and we want to make sure no one gets hurt.”

There were several reports of homes and businesses flooded in Pocatello and Chubbuck, but no injuries were reported.

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Israeli jets bomb southern Lebanon after rocket attacks

Palestinian terrorist group confirms IAF early-morning raid south of Beirut; no casualties reported in airstrike

Illustrative photo of two Israeli F-15I 'Ra'am' fighter jets during maneuvers (photo credit: CC BY-TSgt Kevin J. Gruenwald/USA/Wikimedia)

Illustrative photo of two Israeli F-15I ‘Ra’am’ fighter jets during maneuvers (photo credit: CC BY-TSgt Kevin J. Gruenwald/USA/Wikimedia)

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Israeli fighter jets bombed targets south of Beirut early Friday morning in what the IDF spokesperson said was retaliation for rocket attacks against northern Israel the day before. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the attack.

According to the Israeli military, the pilots reported a pinpoint strike on terrorist targets near the coastal town of al-Naameh. The IDF reiterated that it holds the Lebanese government responsible for Thursday’s rocket fire into northern Israel.

Lebanese city of Tripoli rocked by deadly explosions

(BBC) At least 27 people have been killed and more than 350 injured by two blasts in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, officials say.

As Friday prayers ended, a blast hit the al-Taqwa mosque, usually attended by prominent Sunni cleric Sheikh Salem Rafii. His fate is not clear.

A second blast five minutes later hit the al-Salam mosque.

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At least 27 killed Lebanon’s Tripoli blasts: minister

 

People run for help as a car burns outside one of two mosques hit by explosions in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, August 23, 2013. REUTERS-Omar Ibrahim

People run for help as a car burns outside one of two mosques hit by explosions in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, August 23, 2013. REUTERS-Omar Ibrahim

(Reuters) – The death toll from twin blasts that hit two mosques in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli on Friday has gone up to 27, the health minister said.

“So far, we have 27 martyrs and 358 wounded,” Ali Hassan Khalil told Reuters.

(Reporting by Laila Bassam; Editing by Alison Williams)

Train derailment in Chicago

Red Line train derails at 63rd and Ashland

Passenger evacuated from CTA train.

Passenger evacuated from CTA train. (WGN-TV / August 21, 2013)

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A Red Line train derailed as it was pulling into the station at 63rd Street and Ashland Avenue early this morning, forcing the evacuation of two trains stalled behind it, officials said.

The train was arriving at the station around 12:50 a.m. when there was a “minor derailment,” according to CTA spokesman Steve Mayberry. No injuries were reported.

Passengers were taken off the train and power was cut off along a stretch of the line, affecting two other trains, one near Loomis Street and the other near Peoria Street, Mayberry said.

The riders near Loomis were able to walk back to the station along the tracks, he said. The riders near Peoria were removed by ladder by the Chicago Fire Department.

Shuttle buses ran between 63rd and Ashland and the Garfield L station until service resumed on the line around 5:45 a.m.

Russian Bombers Fly Over Japan

Japan’s defense ministry says jets scrambled after 2 Russian Tu-95 bombers entered Japanese airspace near Okinoshima island

This handout picture taken by Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force on February 7, 2013 shows a Russian fighter jet SU27 encroaching on Japan’s territorial airspace. (AFP/DEFENSE MINISTRY VIA JIJI PRESS)

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TOKYO: Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday after a pair of Russian bombers briefly intruded into the country’s airspace, officials said.

The two Tu-95 planes breached airspace near the isle of Okinoshima, off Fukuoka in southern Japan, for nearly two minutes shortly after midday (0300 GMT), a defence ministry spokesman said.

“A total of four F-2 planes from the Air Self-Defense Force scrambled against them,” the official said.

The Japanese foreign ministry said it filed a formal protest with the Russian embassy in Tokyo over the violation and urged them to investigate it.

In February, two Russian Su-27 fighters breached Japan’s airspace for just over a minute off the northern island of Hokkaido, Japanese officials said at that time, in what was reported to be the first such incident in five years.

Tokyo and Moscow never signed a peace treaty after World War II. Despite an important commercial relationship, they remain at loggerheads over the sovereignty of islands north of the Japanese main island of Hokkaido.

Japan is also at odds with China over the sovereignty of an island chain near Taiwan, in a particularly bitter dispute that has seen both sides scramble aircraft.

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PLO official: Israel asked US out of negotiating room

Hanan Ashrawi claims Israel doesn’t want the Americans as witnesses in order to ‘exploit their power over the Palestinians’

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, sits across from Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni, third right, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, second right, Yitzhak Molcho, an adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fourth right, and Mohammed Shtayyeh, aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, at an Iftar dinner, which celebrates Ramadan, at the State Department in Washington, marking the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Monday, July 29, 2013. (photo credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, sits across from Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni, third right, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, second right, Yitzhak Molcho, an adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fourth right, and Mohammed Shtayyeh, aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, at an Iftar dinner, which celebrates Ramadan, at the State Department in Washington, marking the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Monday, July 29, 2013. (photo credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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A PLO official accused Israel on Thursday of undermining negotiations by demanding the removal of the Americans from the negotiation room in a bid “to exploit their power over the Palestinians.”

“We had an agreement on three-way negotiations. The Americans from the beginning were supposed to be there. I don’t see why the Israelis don’t want the Americans there, as witnesses,” Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, told The Times of Israel. “These are not two-way negotiations,” she added.

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21 Killed in Northwest China Flash Flood

 

A flash flood swept through a construction site in the northwestern Chinese province of Qinghai, killing at least 21 workers, state media reported Wednesday. Three workers are still missing.

Rescuers are still searching for those unaccounted for in Tuesday’s disaster in Wulan county, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Seven injured people were sent to hospitals, it said.

The remote region lies amid high mountains 2,500 kilometers (1,500 miles) west of Beijing, where flash floods are a frequent threat to residents and adventurers drawn by the towering peaks.

Elsewhere in China, heavy flooding in the extreme south and northeast has left more than 200 dead or missing in recent days.

Flooding and landslides in southern China have been chiefly caused by rains brought by last week’s Typhoon Utor. Another storm was bearing down on Taiwan and expected to arrive on mainland China sometime Thursday.

Explosion, Fire Reported at New Jersey Naval Station

The U.S. Navy confirmed some type of explosion and fire at Earle Naval Weapons Station

Explosion, Fire Reported at New Jersey Naval Station

Explosion, Fire Reported at New Jersey Naval Station

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Authorities are responding to reports of an explosion and fire at a New Jersey naval station.

A spokesman for Earle Naval Weapons Station tells NBC 4 New York that injuries have been reported.

The U.S. Navy confirmed the explosion and fire via Twitter, and tweeted that the victims were taken to a hospital. The tweet didn’t indicate how many people were injured.

The station is in Leonardo, N.J. on Sandy Hook Bay.

Supporting Whistleblowers Now ‘Terrorist’ Activity

agreeing with whistle blower illegal

Daniel GJ
Infowars.com
August 19, 2013

Just being associated with somebody that criticizes mass surveillance programs can now get you detained in the United Kingdom. We recently saw this when David Miranda, who is apparently the lover of Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, was detained by British police for nine hours at London’s Heathrow airport.

Greenwald is The Guardian reporter whom Edward Snowden turned his files on the NSA over to. The stories Greenwald has written about the files have embarrassed both the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ. Now, authorities have apparently figured out a way to strike back and violate a man’s rights.

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