Snowden Says NSA into Industrial Espionage

BERLIN (AP) — Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claims in a new interview that the U.S. agency is involved in industrial espionage.  

German public television broadcaster ARD released a written statement before an interview airing Sunday night in which it quotes Snowden as saying that if German engineering company Siemens had information that would benefit the United States — but had nothing to do with national security needs — the National Security Agency would still use it. ARD did not give any further context and it was not clear what exactly Snowden accused the NSA of doing with such information. Snowden faces felony charges in the U.S. after revealing the NSA’s mass surveillance program. He has temporary asylum in Russia. Continue Reading


Nutrition Facts Label will be Bigger

After 20 years, the nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover. Knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 1990s, and the Food and Drug Administration says the labels need to reflect that. Nutritionists and other health experts have their own wish list for label changes. The number of calories should be more prominent, they say, and the amount of added sugar and percentage of whole wheat in the food should be included. They also want more clarity on serving sizes. Continue Reading


Pop Star Justin Bieber Drunk and Resisting Arrest

 A judge has set pop singer Justin Bieber’s bail at $2,500 on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest. Bieber was arrested earlier Thursday after police said he was drag racing down a residential street in Miami Beach in a yellow Lamborghini. Officers say he had an expired license and was initially not cooperative when he was pulled over. Police say Bieber admitted that he had been drinking, smoking marijuana and taking prescription medication. Another R&B singer, Khalil, also was arrested. Continue Reading


USDA Report Will Not Affect Food Prices

Most assume the prices of corn and soybeans will affect the price of your food. Associate Professor of Economics at Iowa State University, Chad Hart, says that’s not the case… “When you look at the relationship between the grocery store prices and the corn and soybean prices, it’s actually a very small relationship. I like to point out cornflakes. You pay more for the cardboard, than the corn in the box. Continue Reading

Ariel Sharon’s Body to Lie in State

JERUSALEM (AP) — The body of Ariel Sharon, Israel’s hard-charging former prime minister and general will be brought to Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem where it will lie in state.  

The Prime Minister’s office said in a statement early Sunday that the coffin will be brought to the Knesset later in the day where the public will be able to pay its respects. A state memorial is planned for Monday with the participation of Israeli and world leaders, it said. Afterward Sharon’s body will be taken by military convey for burial at his ranch. Sharon died Saturday aged 85. Continue Reading

Three Dozen Killed in Iraq, Syria

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say morning commuters in Baghdad have been rocked by a pair of car bomb explosions that killed at least 13 civilians.  

The escalating violence is part of an ongoing standoff between Iraqi forces and al-Qaida-linked militants west of the Iraqi capital. Iraqi officials say the worst blast was a car bomb at a bustling bus station in central Baghdad that killed at least nine civilians and wounded 16. Political tensions and violence has escalated in Iraq over the past year. Last year, the country saw the highest death told since the worst of the country’s sectarian bloodletting began to subside in 2007, according to United Nations figures. Continue Reading

Three Days and Counting with No Water

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Frustration is mounting for many of the 300,000 West Virginia residents who’ve gone three days without clean tap water.  

The emergency began Thursday following complaints to West Virginia American Water about an odor in the tap water. The chemical had leaked out of a 40,000-gallon tank at a Freedom Industries facility along the Elk River. State officials says they believe about 7,500 gallons leaked. Continue Reading


Deep Freeze Spreads; New Experience for Some

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ It’s already cold but it’s going to be getting even colder in a wide swath of the nation. The Midwest, New England and even the South will be affected by a deep freeze, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia.  It hasn’t been this cold for decades.  One meteorologist says, “If you’re under 40 (years old), you’ve not seen this stuff before.”

The frigid air will begin Sunday and extend into early next week. It will reach as far south as the Gulf Coast. Continue Reading

Science Announces Success Against Blood Cancers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Doctors are reporting a major advance against leukemia and other blood cancers.  

They say an experimental treatment, gene therapy, is giving strikingly high success rates in tests on more than 120 patients with various types of leukemia, lymphoma and other blood and bone marrow cancers. The treatment involves removing certain white blood cells from a patient, altering them in a lab to contain a gene that attacks cancer, and returning them to the patient. In one study, all five adults and 19 of 22 children with one type of leukemia had a complete remission, meaning no cancer could be found after treatment, although a few have relapsed since then. Doctors will describe the studies at an American Society of Hematology conference that began Saturday in New Orleans. Continue Reading