10 things to know this week

Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:
AP Wire
Dec 7, 2013

1. NELSON MANDELA DIES AT AGE 95

South Africa's first black president was a global symbol of sacrifice and reconciliation in a world often jarred by conflict and division. His death Thursday set the stage for days of mourning and reflection about a colossus of the 20th century who projected astonishing grace, resolve and good humor.

2. US UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO 5-YEAR LOW OF 7 PERCENT

November's gain of 203,000 jobs, announced Friday, suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate. As more employers step up hiring, more people have money to spend to drive the economy.

3. ENGINEER A FOCUS IN PROBE OF DEADLY COMMUTER TRAIN CRASH IN NEW YORK

Four people were killed and more than 60 injured when the Metro-North train derailed Sunday after hitting a curve at 82 mph — far faster than the 30 mph speed limit. The engineer told investigators he nodded or fell into a daze at the controls.

4. JUDGE RULES DETROIT CAN USE BANKRUPTCY TO CUT PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSIONS

The ruling Tuesday set the stage for officials to confront $18 billion in debt with a plan that might pay creditors just pennies on the dollar and is sure to include touchy negotiations over the pensions of about 23,000 retirees and 9,000 workers.

5. SENIOR HEZBOLLAH COMMANDER SLAIN IN LEBANON

The killing Wednesday of Hassan al-Laqis was the latest in a series of attacks against the Iranian-backed group that has no shortage of enemies because of its support of the Syrian regime in that country's civil war.

6. US, CHINA TRADE STRONG ARGUMENTS OVER BEIJING'S AIR DEFENSE ZONE

There was little indication of progress at talks Wednesday between Vice President Biden and President Xi Jinping toward defusing a situation that is raising anxieties. China has declared new rules concerning a strip of airspace more than 600 miles long above disputed islands in the East China Sea.

7. THOUSANDS FLEE TO AIRPORT IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Violence left more than 280 people dead Thursday and a flood of people sought protection from French troops at the airport in the capital of Bangui. Muslim rebels have run rampant since toppling President Francois Bozize in March, fighting Christian militias.

8. CYBER MONDAY DREW $1.74 BILLION IN SALES, RISING 18 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR

Consumer electronics and video game consoles and accessories were among the biggest sellers. Home and garden products, clothing and accessories, as well as sports and fitness products also performed well.

9. WORLD CUP DRAW GIVES HOST BRAZIL A RELATIVELY EASY PATH TO KNOCKOUT STAGE

The draw, conducted Friday, also has defending champion Spain playing its opening game against the Netherlands, a repeat of the ill-tempered 2010 final. The United States will face Germany, Portugal and Ghana in a tough first-round group.

10. BOB DYLAN'S ELECTRIC GUITAR FROM 1965 SELLS FOR RECORD $965,000

The Fender Stratocaster, auctioned Friday, was used in the Newport Folk Festival performance that cemented Dylan's move from acoustic folk to electric rock 'n' roll. It is now viewed as a moment that irrevocably changed American music.

Comments

Vladtheimp

#2. This is indeed good news, although the drop in the unemployment RATE is largely attributed to the high number of people who are no longer in the labor force, the average work week is 34.5 hours, and the numbers include 377,000 federal employees who returned to work after being furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/....

11. Why Would They Lie About Obama Never Having Met His Uncle (when Obama lived with him)? http://www.powerlineblog.com/arc...

Lanivan

#2. I'm sure this is also a factor....http://www.newyorker.com/online/...

Sandypants

12. OBAMA’S A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR, NOW HE'S DENYING THE IRS SCANDAL

http://www.independentsentinel.c...

LessThanAmused

The Idenpendent Sentinel??? HA! Aside from the fact that's a blatant oxymoron, it's not too hard to figure out what way that article's going to lean before I even click on the link....

LOL! Don't you people own mirrors??

P.S. Shouldn't you change your handle to snowypants for this time of year? :-)

Vladtheimp

13. Military Flash Mob: http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/...

Lanivan

Nice. Did you miss this?..http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/...

Vladtheimp

Nope - just par for the course ... http://weaselzippers.us/2012/12/...

Barry Soetoro
Lanivan
Barry Soetoro
Lanivan

What size should I order for you?

http://store.theonion.com/p-4843...

Barry Soetoro

Any size as long as you can get them to spell correctly. I'm pretty anal-retentive like that.

Lanivan

Have I ever told you how brilliantly anal-retentive you are?

LessThanAmused

$15.00. Obviously you are more frugal than Barry!

LessThanAmused

$41.00 for a freakin' T-shirt????

Heck, the bad idea t's were only 20 bucks and looked better than these....t-shirts for people with more money than brains I guess.

Barry Soetoro

Australian dollars - but don't tell Lani. (Though only 10% discount on the exchange rate.)

LessThanAmused

YOU don't buy American?? Oh wait.....

Lanivan

Barry - I think it's wonderful that you value me $26. (in Aussie dollars) more than I you. To make up the deficit on my part, I shall think of you when making yet another batch of my coveted Holiday Fruitcake recipe.

And I'll be thinking of LTA, as well. I don't want to play favorites.

LessThanAmused

Ha! Now, if you were talking home-made Chocolate chip cookies my ears would perk up, but fruitcake? My mother tried to kill me with that stuff.

I'm going to be making some of my taffy fudge tomorrow now that we have snow, let me know if you want the recipe. Nothing better than hot fudge poured over snow, yummy!

Lanivan

The fruitcake thing was just my attempt at being sarcastic with a detached air of superiority. Fruitcake as a term for goofy people - get it? Besides, I have actually never made fruitcake, being suspicious of those artificially-colored bits of candied fruits - yuk!

Have fun making fudge tomorrow - while you're pouring hot fudge over fresh snow, I'll be out snow-shoeing in it. :)

Vladtheimp

On the Narcissist in Chief charge:

President George W. Bush's
speech afterthe capture of
Saddam Hussein:
"The success of yesterday's mission is a tribute to our men
and women now serving in Iraq . The operation was based
on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the
dictator's footprints in a vast country. The operation was
carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force.
Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced
many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and
in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their
work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation,
I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them!"

Barrack Hussein Obama's
speech after the killing of
Osama bin Laden:
"And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.
Then, last August, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden.
It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread
to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we
developed more information about the possibility that we had
located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of
Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough
intelligence to take action, and I authorized an operation to get
Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction,
the United States launched a targeted operation against that
compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan."

Lanivan

I think you forgot to add this - of course, I realize it shoots your narrative full of holes: "A group claiming to be backed by veterans has gone too far in a viral Web video that portrays the president as a glory hog after Osama bin Laden’s death." http://www.factcheck.org/2012/05...

Vladtheimp

Thanks for the link. Although the Narcissist in Chief did indeed say what I quoted, I was not aware that it was part of a much longer speech - I didn't recall that. I didn't forget to add anything, I was taken in by an article that I should have checked before copying - my bad and I am grateful for you pointing it out.

Lanivan

Wise words of which we should all take notice.

Nevertheless, I'm so flabbergasted by your gracious tone, I would like to share a treasure to enjoy on this beautiful winter day....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a...

Vladtheimp

Much appreciated! A soothing treat after watching the Lions throw another one away.

Barry Soetoro

Where's mine, L?

LessThanAmused

You're suppose to snuggle with Vlad?

Lanivan

Perish the thought! I tremble with trepidation at the thought of Barry and Vlad, snuggling together, planning out overly dramatic strategies and shiny objects to throw me off their scent! Man's inhumanity to man!!

Barry Soetoro

I like it better when you refer to me as "BS".

Lanivan

And in this case, so would Vlad.

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