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Western New York prepares for ice storm

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Western New York prepares for ice storm

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Western New York is preparing for what some forecasters are saying to be a major ice storm.

The NOAA has issued several warnings for Western New York which begin at 7:00 p.m. [EST] on Saturday and continue into Monday January 15, 2007.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for tonight and Sunday Morning for the “potential of heavy amounts” of ice, sleet and snow and has the potential to become “dangerous.” The advisory is set to expire at 8:00 a.m. [EST] on Sunday morning.

“Light freezing rain and freezing drizzle is expected to begin after midnight tonight and continue into Sunday morning. Precipitation amounts are expected to be very light; however, it does not take much freezing rain to make untreated surfaces slippery,” said the advisory on the NOAA’s website.

“It [the freezing rain] is not expected to be heavy enough to cause tree or power problems,” added the statement.

On Sunday night and Monday, “a wintery mix of precipitation with the potential for heavy amounts is expected Sunday night into Monday. This event has the potential to be much more significant than the precipitation tonight and Sunday morning. Heavy accumulations of snow, sleet or freezing rain are possible, which could lead to significant travel problems and utility outages caused by downed powerlines and poles,” said a statement on the NOAA’s website.

Although warnings and watches are posted, the NOAA says that the track of the storm is still “uncertain.”

“There is still a good deal of uncertainty” as to the track of the storm, “but this storm has the potential to become dangerous,” added the statement.

The same storm has caused more than 125,000 people to lose power near St. Louis, Missouri and power officials say that they are “still losing people,” said Springfield’s City Utilities spokesman, Ern DeCamp.

At least 6 people have been killed due to the storm around the Midwest and has caused schools and flights from and to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Missouri and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas to be cancelled. 25,000 people in Oklahoma are still without power.

An emergency proclamation has been issued by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in California after below freezing temperatures caused “conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property.”

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Tsunami warning issued after earthquake near Japan

Tsunami warning issued after earthquake near Japan

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Following a magnitude 8.3 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s Meteorological Agency has issued a Tsunami warning for the north-eastern coast of Hokkaido and a lesser warning for Honshu.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning centre has issued a warning for Russia, Japan and Markus, Wake, Midway and Marianas islands.

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Japanese court plans to seize control of 2channel

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Japanese court plans to seize control of 2channel

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

2channel, the largest Internet forum in the world and an ISP in Japan, has been shuttered by a Japanese court ruling in a civil slander case. The corporation managing 2channel was declared bankrupt and its assets will be seized. The ISP will close on January 15th, and the future of the famous “mega-BBS” is uncertain.

2channel’s operator, Hiroyuki Nishimura, was sued in 2006 by an unnamed 35-year-old office worker who had been made fun of and insulted on one of 2channel’s forums. Nishimura moved his operations outside of Japan but did not contest the judge, who awarded the anonymous office worker 5 million yen, to be taken from 2channel’s meager holdings within the country, such as its ISP “2channel Provider.”

Nishimura issued no official response, but the splash page of 2ch, traditionally featuring a Japanese vase, was given an sarcastic “notice” telling readers that the vase was being repossessed by the Akabane District Court.

2channel was founded in 1999 and currently receives over 2.7 million posts per day from millions of users, mostly in Japan. 2channel is hosted in California but the domain name is registered in Japan.

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Ship accident in Norwegian sea causes environmental catastrophe

Ship accident in Norwegian sea causes environmental catastrophe

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

A part of M/S Server, as it lay at the CCB-base on Ågotnes, Sotra, January 13, 2007. It was brought to the base, but sunk before the mission was completed.

Cypriot cargo ship “Server” went down in Norwegian territory of the North Sea near the Norwegian city Bergen around 6pm local time on January 12. The ship broke into two parts and the accident is described as a catastrophe for the environment in the area due to a significant fuel oil leak. The oil reached land a short time after the breakdown.

The entire 25-man crew was brought to land around 9pm by a Sea King-helicopter. At noon next day it was reported that 290 tons of heavy fuel oil had leaked out onto the sea. The spilt oil has covered ground along the coast and is reported to be still spreading. A nature reservation area for birds is in imminent danger of pollution.

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Bloggers cite rumors of US \”secret war\” with Iran and Syria

Bloggers cite rumors of US “secret war” with Iran and Syria

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Map of Iraq showing the borders with Iran and Syria.

Rumors are circulating in the United States capital of Washington that President Bush has declared a “secret, informal war” on Iran and Syria, according to a pair of blogs written by apparent Washington insiders.

“Washington intelligence, military and foreign policy circles are abuzz today with speculation that the President, yesterday or in recent days, sent a secret Executive Order to the Secretary of Defense and to the Director of the CIA to launch military operations against Syria and Iran,” blogger and think-tank fellow Steven Clemons wrote on Thursday on his site, The Washington Note. The Plank, hosted by the New Republic Magazine, posted an entry on Friday about similar speculation around the capital U.S. city.

Both blogs cited questions asked by Senator Joseph Biden to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a congressional hearing on Thursday. The hearing was a planned follow-up by the administration to answer concerns raised by President Bush’s address to the nation on Wednesday where he announced the commitment to send more troops to Iraq. Biden asked several questions about whether the president had plans to send troops across the borders of Iran and Syria.

“Does that mean the president has plans to cross the Syrian and/or Iranian border to pursue those persons or individuals or governments providing that help?” Biden asked.

In an extensive answer, the secretary did not seem to explicitly deny it: “…What we’re really trying to do here which is to protect our forces and that we are doing that by seeking out these networks that we know are operating in Iraq. We are doing it through intelligence. We are then able, as we did on the 21st of December, to go after these groups where we find them. In that case, we then asked the Iraqi government to declare them persona non grata and expel them from the country because they were holding diplomatic passports.”

She soon added: “…We do need to work with our allies to make certain that they have the defense capacity that they need against growing Iranian military build-up, that they feel that we are going to be a presence in the Persian Gulf region as we have been, and that we establish confidence with the states with which we have long alliances, that we will help defend their interests. And that’s what the president had in mind.”

The Plank was quick to note that the “secret war” was, at this point, just a rumor. Later that day, The New York Times published a report on an interview conducted in Condoleezza Rice’s office Friday afternoon, before she left for a trip to the Middle East. “There has been a decision to go after these networks,” she said, referring to President Bush. The U.S. military was authorized by the president to take action against Iranian operatives in Iraq months ago.

In the same report, the New York Times quoted the new secretary of defense Robert M. Gates as saying, “We believe that we can interrupt these networks that are providing support, through actions inside the territory of Iraq, that there is no need to attack targets in Iran itself.”

Though he is Commander in Chief of the U.S. armed forces, the president does not have the constitutional authority to declare war (only the Congress does). The president, however, can order military strikes without declaring war.

The U.S. has long explored possible attacks on Iran, according to Seymour Hersh, who has written three articles on deteriorating US-Iran relations for the New Yorker magazine.

The US, acting through Turkey, has supported Israeli intelligence collection and propaganda broadcasts supporting the ethnic Azeri nationalist movement in the north of Iran, according to Scott Ritter, former UNSCOM weapons inspector in Iraq, since at least 1996.

Anticipation of possible US military action against Iran has only intensified since Bush’s midweek speech in which he announced 21,500 more soldiers would be sent to Iraq. In the same speech, he warned Iran and Syria against involvement in the Iraq conflict.

Hours after the speech, U.S. forces raided the Iranian Consulate in the town of Arbil, in the Kurdish area of Iraq, detaining several Iranian officials.

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