Black smoke indicates no pope after 2 votes today
Black smoke emerged from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel at 11:40 a.m. local time in Rome today, indicating no successor to Benedict XVI has been elected as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The cardinals voted twice in the famous frescoed chapel in the morning, having failed during the first vote on Tuesday — as expected — to agree on who should lead the church.-The 115 cardinals will vote up to four times a day, twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon, until a new pope is selected.
lStar Trek’s Faster-Than-Light Warp Drive a Reality?
Star Trek’s Faster-Than-Light Warp Drive a Reality (Video).
Canada’s Fast Says Momentum Building for EU Trade Accord
Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast said negotiations on a free trade pact with the European Union have built momentum and he’s optimistic the two sides are near an agreement.
PM: Yielding Temple Mount would be a fatal mistake
Addressing the Knesset plenum at a special session held to honor Jerusalem Day, Netanyahu said that taking the Temple Mount out of Israeli hands, would bring decline, and the rise of radical Islam in the region and in the world. “Only under Israeli control, will this accessibility… and freedom of religion continue,” he said. “The Temple Mount is in our hands and … it shall remain in our hands,”
Former Rep. Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly’s purchase of rifle draws online criticism
It didn’t take long for gun-rights supporters to accuse Kelly of being a hypocrite for buying an AR-15-style rifle and a 45.-caliber handgun. Many of the Facebook comments focused on his motivations and the rules for purchasing such guns.
Blizzard hits England, France and Belgium
Hundreds of drivers got stuck in southeastern England as a blizzard fouled roads Tuesday on both sides of the English Channel, police said. Cross-Channel service on the Eurostar trains was suspended, The Guardian reported. Many other trains were canceled.
New swarm of locusts plagues southern Israel
The Agriculture Ministry launched a major crop-dusting campaign Wednesday to combat a large swarm of locusts that entered the country from Egypt. The campaign was set to focus on the Har Keren, Ashalim and Ruhama regions in the south of the country. The ministry fears warm weather will see additional swarms of locusts cross the border from the Sinai Peninsula.
On the Temple Mount, a battle brews over Jewish prayer
The desire to pray on the Mount, also the site of Islam’s third-holiest shrine, has found more acceptance among mainstream rabbis in Israel over the past decade, spreading gradually from a tiny fringe to a broader religious public. The numbers of Jews actually visiting the Mount for religious reasons is still tiny — no more than several thousand a year, according to police estimates — but inching upward…
What’s up in space
NOAA forecasters estimate a 65% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on March 15th when a CME might deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field. The CME was launched by a filament of solar magnetism that erupted on March 12th.
Holy smoke! Is this final pope before Jesus?
Tom Horn, co-author of the book “Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here,” told WND he has a list of 10 men among the 115 sequestered in the Sistine Chapel who best fit St. Malachy’s “Prophecy of the Popes,” said to be based on a prophetic vision of the 112 popes following Pope Celestine II, who died in 1144.
Worst gold sell-off on record, including Soros, fuels fears that 12-year bull run is dead
Investors sold 106.2 metric tonnes valued at US$5.4 billion from exchange-traded products in February, the most since their creation in 2003, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Another 26.1 tonnes was cut since then.
Japan Pioneers Gas Extraction From Seafloor Methane Hydrate
Japan has become the first country in the world to extract natural gas from underwater deposits of methane hydrate – a development that can be potentially threatening for Russia whose budget depends heavily on revenues from the export of hydrocarbons.
Russia to Complete Asteroid Shield Plan by Yearend
Russia will complete a plan for a program to protect itself against threats from space by the end of this year, Civil Defense and Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said on Tuesday. That comes a month after a meteorite entered the Earth’s atmosphere undetected by existing space-monitoring systems and slammed into Russia’s Urals on February 15.
AP Exclusive: Applying for health care not easy
Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes. The government’s draft application is now on the Internet. It runs 15 pages for a three-person family. The online version has 21 steps, some with added questions. At least three major federal agencies, including the IRS, will scrutinize your application.
California Seizes Guns as Owners Lose Right to Keep Arms
…California is the only state that tracks and disarms people with legally registered guns who have lost the right to own them, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris. Almost 20,000 gun owners in the state are prohibited from possessing firearms, including convicted felons, those under a domestic violence restraining order or deemed mentally unstable.
‘Killing Jews Is Worship’ Ad Campaign Rolled Out On SF Muni Buses
A controversy has been re-ignited this week as ten new ads go up on San Francisco Muni buses containing quotes used by terrorists. “Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah,” reads one of the ads, which has people debating the line between free speech and hate speech.
Wary of Attack With Smallpox, U.S. Buys Up a Costly Drug
The United States government is buying enough of a new smallpox medicine to treat two million people in the event of a bioterrorism attack, and took delivery of the first shipment of it last week. But the purchase has set off a debate about the lucrative contract, with some experts saying the government is buying too much of the drug at too high a price.
Member of EU Syria delegation killed in Damascus suburb
A member of the European Union’s delegation in Syria has been killed in a rocket attack in a Damascus suburb. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Ahmad Shihadeh, an EU policy officer, was killed in Darayya, to the south-west of the capital. He lived in the area and was killed while providing humanitarian help to the community, she said in a statement.
China pulls nearly 6,000 dead pigs from Shanghai river
Officials say the number of pig carcasses found in Shanghai’s Huangpu River has risen to nearly 6,000. In a statement, Shanghai authorities said that 5,916 dead pigs had been removed from the river by Tuesday. But they said water from the river was safe, with water quality meeting government-set standards.
Earthquake hits BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells
An earthquake registering a magnitude of 4.7 on the Richter scale hit the Coachella Valley on Monday morning, the two-year anniversary of the massive Tohuko earthquake in Japan. The quake was centered about 15 miles from the Indian Wells Tennis Garden at 9:55 a.m., about an hour before play was set to begin at the BNP Paribas Open.
Los Angeles archdiocese pays $10m to settle abuse cases
The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is to pay out nearly $10m (£6.7m) to settle four cases of sexual abuse by a former priest, Father Michael Baker. Recently released files show Cardinal Roger Mahony knew the priest had abused but put him back into ministry, where he is alleged to have abused again.
Moderate earthquake – Panama-costa Rica Border Region on March 12, 2013
It passed through the house like a wave. All the windows shook for about 10 seconds. Quick but violent…may be around a 4.8 to 5.1.
UK asserts right to ‘independent foreign policy’
British leader David Cameron has said he might send arms to rebels in Syria whether fellow EU countries like it or not. Speaking to the House of Commons liaison committee on Tuesday (12 March), he said: “I would like to continue with an EU approach … But if we cannot, it is not out of the question. We might have to do things in our own way.”