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Demolition Reveals Mass Grave

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Detroit, MI – The city’s Blight Demolition Program happened upon a grisly sight today as the charred husk of a strip mall was torn away, revealing a utility basement filled with human bones and other remains. The singed concrete walls are covered in unreadable graffiti.

The businesses all closed between 2007 and 2010, and it has set abandoned since. The first fire took place in 2011, the second in 2014.

Thirteen Bodies Dumped in East Side Intersection

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Detroit, MI – Thirteen people- nine men and four women- were shot and left in the center of an intersection.  Residents of the neighborhood have had enough.

“Those people have been lying there dead for two days, for everyone to see. We live here. We have to raise our families here, cause we can’t afford anywhere better. It’s a s*** hole, but we still have to pay taxes. It’s the city’s job to come clean them up,” remarked long term resident Shandri Brown, “It is an upsetting thing to see.”

The bodies all appear to have been killed by gunshot, and were moved to the intersection after the time of death. All are believed to be Detroit residents, though no positive identifications have yet been made.

Earthquake in Costa Rica

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

At 5:20 AM CST, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, centered 9 miles southwest of San Jose, shook Costa Rica. Initial reports indicate that damage was minimal, compared to the 2009 and 2012 quakes.  It is not yet known how many were injured, but that number is also expected to be lower than in 2012.

Power Outage May Affect Travel

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Atlanta, GA – Thousands throughout the Atlanta Metro area were without power Thursday morning due to an overnight outage that began with a transformer problem in Forest Park, authorities said.

The outage occurred at 9 p.m. at the Georgia Power Facility. As many as 8,700 were without power as well as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. According to the Atlanta Department of Water and Power. By 5:30 a.m., power was restored to about 3,700 customers. Atlanta  residents could be seen using smartphone lights to guide their way down the street amid the darkness. Part of Forest Park remained closed early Thursday.

Shipwreck Found in Middle of Atlantic

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Geologists studying the Atlantis Massif and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge have returned with photos showing the remains of a ship from the sixteenth or early seventeenth century. The sunken vessel appears to be well-preserved where it rests, approximately 2,800 feet below sea level.

Protests Continue in Atlanta

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Atlanta, GA – The third day of protests continue in Atlanta with the occupation of the Centennial Olympic Park. Early this morning an effort by police to clear with tear gas and fire hoses, the previously peaceful situation turned violent. 112 of the protesters were hospitalized while 9 of the police officers were injured.

The People’s Party of Georgia has taken responsibility for the fire which has ravaged the ‘Georgia Lottery Corporation’ claiming that the lottery was ‘an instrument of oppression by the oligarchy’, At this time lottery sales have not been disrupted.

Economic Trouble in Argentina

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Buenos Aires, Argentina – As a result of rising worries among Argentines about a peso devaluation and a deposit freeze, overnight interest have been rising sharply. Moreover the spread between US Treasury bonds and Argentine government bonds have increased by over 5,000 basis points. There have been six bank holidays in the last two weeks to prevent a bank run. This afternoon the Minister of Economy announced a freeze on bank deposits.

Economists predict the dwindling central bank reserves will put pressure on the country to get out of the mess quickly this time around which is good for anyone interested in the market. Global markets are already showing that this isn’t being seen as a global-economic blow.

Anti-Corruption Protests in Atlanta

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Atlanta, GA – Police have arrested more than 400 protesters over the last two days. The mostly calm and orderly demonstration resulted in arrests for what the Police called “unlawful demonstration activity” such as crowding and obstruction. The protesters are demanding accountability of police, bureaucrats, and elected officials whom the protesters assert have been abusing the people of Atlanta for years.  The claims include police brutality, bureaucratic corruption, and elected officials taking bribes from rich and placing their desires over the needs to the people.

The protesters have claimed that anarchists and other extremists have been antagonizing the police and inciting violence. There are reports that some of these extremists have begun occupying city owned buildings and abandoned homes.

Part of Met Collection Replaced with Forgeries

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

New York. NY – An undisclosed number of works in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art have been revealed to be forgeries. Some of the pieces had been in storage for a decade or more, others had been on long term display, and one was acquired by the museum in 2012. The forgeries themselves are of extraordinarily good quality, some betrayed only by high-resolution analysis, otherwise perfectly matching the original pieces, obverse, reverse, and edges. It is expected that more forgeries remain to be uncovered.

It is already amounting to one of the greatest art thefts in decades.

Deadly Riots in Toledo

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Toledo, OH- Fighting broke out in the streets of Toledo, Ohio on Friday night and carried into Saturday. The city is expected to remain under police lock down with a strictly enforced curfew in place through Tuesday. Reports differ, but it is believed that two separate riots began, one outside a political rally and the other at a student protest, and turned to fighting the other.

A sizable portion of the commercial district was burned, there has been considerable property damage throughout the city, and the death toll is estimated to be in the dozens.

Swine Flu in Mexico

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Mexico City – Mexico has seen a sharp jump in cases of influenza A, popularly known as swine flu, killing 195 people in the past week. The total number of deaths from flu cases since October 2015 has increased to 572. Of them, 378 people died of swine flu. Mexico has reported 9000 cases of infection by various influenza viruses.

Earlier, the Mexican government emphasized schools should not shut their doors due to the flu, however, many private kindergartens and schools before the start of the spring break decided to suspend classes.

Balkan Nations Close Borders

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

European leaders claim to have closed the main refugee route to northern Europe, raising the possibility of tens if not hundreds of thousands of refugees being trapped in Greece while the EU attempts to finalize a deal that could see them all returned to Turkey.

Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia, three of the countries that lie between Greece and the preferred refugee destinations in northern Europe, all announced last week that their borders were now shut. Several hundred thousand asylum-seekers have used this route to reach countries such as Germany since it became popular last summer, most of them transported and sheltered by Balkan countries during their journey.

Reported Cases of Scarlet Fever Hit an All Time High

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The number of cases of scarlet fever has hit an all-time high in Wrexham and over the last 2 years. More than 200 cases have been reported to Public Health Wales (PHW) across the 2 counties since 2014 with a high of 73 recorded in Wrexham in 2014. That eclipsed the highest number of 9, set in 1997 when figures issued by PHW began. Figures in Flintshire peaked at 47, also in 2014, which surpassed a previous high of 5 in 2011. In 2013, just 3 cases were reported across the county. Across Wales, 283 cases of scarlet fever have already been reported this year.

Last week, Public Health England reported steep increases in scarlet fever with a total of 6157 new cases since the season began in September 2015. This is the 3rd season in a row where the incidence of scarlet fever has shown a marked elevation.

Controversial Artist to Hold Show at Paris Gallery

Friday, March 11th, 2016
French artist Jean Rouzet, best known for his performance art pieces involving latex paint, human refuse, and the destruction of duplicates of cultural icons or political or religions symbolism, has landed a personal show, displaying his sculptural and collage work, at the Galerie des Temps. This show has been praised by advocates of free expression but criticized by members of the Comite des Galeries as a vulgar mockery of even its own genre.

Bodies Found Deep in New York Subway Tunnel

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
The remains of seven people in various degrees of decomposition were found in the orange line tunnel south of the Grand St. station. The most recent appears to have died at least three years ago but the clothing and remaining possessions date to 2015.

Experts have cited the unusually warm and damp conditions over the first part of the winter as the cause of this disparity and are recommending that other cases be reexamined.

Heightened Volcanic Activity in the Northern Andes

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Frequent seismic activity throughout the region has raised concerns that several volcanoes in the Northern Andes zone, including Nevado del Ruiz and Galeras in Colombia and Cotopaxi in Ecuador, may erupt in the near future. The National Polytechnic School in Quito, Ecuador has issued a warning to the cities downriver from these volcanoes, as the risk of lahars is significant with even a minor eruption.

Analysts predict no end in sight for Mexico’s economic crisis

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Following the Constitution Day weekend two major shocks hit the Mexican financial world. Officials at Banorte, the only wholly Mexican owned bank, reported several billion pesos missing in what appears to be the biggest embezzlement case in the nation’s history. As many of the country’s largest domestic corporations used the bank as part of recent efforts to encourage “patriotic investments” the news created an immediate panic. Even worse Banorte is the largest retirement fund manager in Mexico.

By mid morning the second wave of bad news sent the market tumbling. El Buró de Crédito, the nation’s only credit rating agency had suffered an almost complete infrastructure failure as the result of an unidentified cyber-attack.

Trading on the Mexican Bolsa was suspended at 1 pm but not before the Mexican stock market had suffered the largest single day drop in the 83 years since its founding. Following this many individuals and companies moved to transfer their savings and holdings to foreign banks. By Thursday the Government imposed restrictions of asset transfers. Multiple banks have suspended payments.

The Peso, already showing signs of weakness this year, has dropped to an exchange rate of 27.35 Pesos to the US dollar.

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West Virginia Earthquake Shakes Up Residents

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Morgantown, WV- An unexpected shaking woke some area residents late last night.  With an epicenter two miles below ground and located near the small town of Three Churches, the 4.3 magnitude earthquake was detected as far away as Maine.  Seismic activity is uncommon in our region, so while there may be small aftershocks today, there is no indication that more “shakes” are coming.