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Metaphysical Musing with Mark Radio Show notes for Tuesday, June 4th 2013

The following is a  list of news headlines (many courtesy of clickable links to the New York Times [nytimes.com], huffingtonpost.com, beforeitsnew.coms, earthchangesmedia.com) updated real time as events occur plus or minus one day or so (+- 36 hours) of a Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological proprietary Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) peak.  The index percent strength follows each date with the apparent most important headlines highlighted in “bold” and/or with an “asterisk” (the number additional ” * ” indicate a more important headline).    These trigger date news events may be as simple as a synchronicity, a beginning seed event, or a mature manifestation event.  Please note that the UPTI index is a “work in progress” and is continually being revised to improve accuracy. Also, although a news event may seem trivial, many times a news event may be not only a seed event that may lead to a larger manifestation event later; but also a news event may be an an indication or manifestation of a strong emotional issue created by the mass consciousness for spiritual growth (e.g., healing, clearing, and/or frequency evolvement).

To listen to the 6/04/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/06/05/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

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Sunday 5/5/2013 … UPTI: 79%

California Wildfire Still Threatens 4,000 Homes

Los Angeles – Firefighters and homeowners were anxiously awaiting to learn Saturday whether the emergence of cool ocean breezes and possible rain will weaken a Los Angeles-area wildlfire that has burned 28,000 acres in two days and now threatens 4,000 homes

Israel Launches Second Airstrike In Syria, Targeting Weapons Shipment

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces have carried out an airstrike against a shipment of sophisticated missiles

Unusually Cold Spring in Europe and the Southeast U.S. Due to Shifting Jet Stream

 Repeated bitter blasts of bitter cold air invaded from the Arctic

Large Coronal Holes Causing High Speed Charged Particles

During the last fortnight, two coronal holes (one on each solar hemisphere) transited the solar disk

Riot Police Battle Islamists In Dhaka Bangladesh

Clashes between police and Islamist protesters in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have left at least three people dead and 60 injured

Israeli Attacks Inside Syria Risks Widening War

The sudden and dramatic escalation in Israeli air strikes against suspected military targets in Syria risks turning Syria’s two-year civil war into a regional conflict

Corporations Find a Friend in the Supreme Court

By ADAM LIPTAK

A new analysis finds the current Supreme Court to be the most pro-business of any since World War II.

The Apprentices of a Digital Age

By HANNAH SELIGSON

For a small group of the young, digital elite, Enstitute seeks to challenge the conventional wisdom that top professional jobs always require a bachelor’s degree.

When Attackers Become Defenders, Innovation Is Lost

By ADAM BRYANT

Steve Case, co-founder of America Online and now chief executive of the investment firm Revolution, talks about risk-taking – or lack thereof – in the business world.

Saturday 5/11/2013 … UPTI: 62%

Solar Flare, 2013′s Most Powerful So Far, Sparks Radio Blackout, NASA Says

The most powerful solar flare of the year erupted from the sun

Blasts Kill 40 in Turkey

ISTANBUL-Two car bombs exploded in a Turkish town on the Syrian border

Iran Hit With 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake, 5.5 Aftershock

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook Iran

Astronomical Alignment Found at Peru Pyramid

An ancient astronomical alignment in southern Peru has been discovered by researchers between a pyramid, two stone lines and the setting sun during the winter solstice

Newest Front for Fair-Trade Movement Is Retail Clothing

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD

Demand for information about how and where goods are produced has spread from its origins in food to clothing, recently gaining momentum after a factory collapse in Bangladesh.

A Lost Generation: Young Syrian Refugees Struggle to Survive

By JODI RUDOREN

More than half the 500,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan are under 18. “They can’t see beyond, frankly, the next day,” an aid worker says.

China Dips a Toe Into Middle East Peace

By EDWARD WONG and CHRIS BUCKLEY

Back-to-back visits from the Palestinian and Israeli leaders hinted that China had given some thought to playing a more energetic, if very limited, role as mediator.

Cleveland Man Charged With Rape and Kidnapping

By TRIP GABRIEL, SERGE F. KOVALESKI, STEVEN YACCINO and ERICA GOODE

Ariel Castro is accused of imprisoning Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight in his house for years.

Emphasis on Deficit Reduction Is Seen by Economists as Impeding Recovery

By JACKIE CALMES and JONATHAN WEISMAN

After two years of stalemate on how to spur job creation and slash deficits, it is clear that fiscal tightening has been a drag on economic recovery.

Europe Inches Closer to Establishing a Banking Union

By MELISSA EDDY

The cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel approved legislation that would grant oversight of such institutions to the European Central Bank.

Cyberthieves Looted A.T.M.’s of $45 Million in Just Hours

By MARC SANTORA

The authorities said laptops and the Internet were used in more than two dozen countries to steal from A.T.M.’s, including 2,904 machines in New York City, in one day.

Citrus Disease With No Cure Is Ravaging Florida’s Groves

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ

So far, efforts to find a way to stop the spread of citrus greening have failed, and the damage is growing increasingly extensive.

Carbon Dioxide Level Passes Long-Feared Milestone

By JUSTIN GILLIS

The amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, and scientists believe the rise portends large changes in the climate and sea level.

I.R.S. Apologizes to Conservative Groups Over Application Audits

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

An Internal Revenue Service official acknowledged on Friday that the agency singled out nonprofit applicants with “Tea Party” or “patriots” in their titles.

China Officials Seek Career Shortcut With Feng Shui

By DAN LEVIN

China’s ambitious civil servants are increasingly – if discreetly – seeking supernatural shortcuts to wealth and power, much to the dismay of the Communist Party.

Standoff at Western Wall Over Praying by Women

By JODI RUDOREN

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews joined a protest at the Jerusalem holy site, creating a standoff with a group of women praying there in garments traditionally worn by men.

E.M.T. at Fertilizer Plant Blast Faces Charge of Possessing Bomb Parts

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS and MANNY FERNANDEZ

Officials would not say whether the case was related to a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Tex., last month, but they opened a criminal inquiry.

Ex-Premier Is Set to Regain Power in Pakistan Vote

By DECLAN WALSH

The party led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, once a political exile, appeared to have enough seats to form a government easily.

Car Bombings Kill Dozens in Center of Turkish Town Near the Syrian Border

By KAREEM FAHIM and SEBNEM ARSU

Officials with Turkey’s government, which has backed the Syrian rebels, said the attackers belonged to a group linked to intelligence services in Syria.

Two Candidates Shake Up Iran’s Presidential Race as Last-Minute Entries

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

Iran’s presidential campaign took an unexpected turn on Saturday, when two game-changing politicians entered the race in the final minutes of a five-day registration period.

3 Arrested in Plot to Bomb Egyptian Cities and Embassy

By BEN HUBBARD

An American diplomat said that his Egyptian counterparts told him that the United States Embassy was targeted.

Monday 5/13/2013 & Tuesday 5/14/13… UPTI: 50%

Sunspot Blasting Out Major Solar Flares Face Earth

The super-active sunspot responsible for unleashing the three most powerful solar flares of 2013 within a 24-hour stretch this week is slowly rotating toward Earth

Cyclonic Storm ‘Mahasen’: Bangladesh Begins Massive Evacuation Campaign

Dhaka: Bangladesh on Wednesday launched a massive evacuation campaign as weathermen warned that cyclonic storm ‘Mahasen’

2nd Alaska Volcano Is Heating Up, With Seismic Action Signaling Possible Eruption

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Another volcano in Alaska is heating up, with seismic instruments signaling a possible eruption

Water Governs Cell Movement: Aquaporins Play Key Role, New Research Finds

Water gives life. Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden now show how the cells in our bodies are driven mainly by water power

6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles North Mariana Islands

SYDNEY: A deep 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck near the Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific

Chinese Creating New Auto Niche Within Detroit

By BILL VLASIC

So far, Chinese companies have concentrated on selling parts and opening offices, but some see the day when Chinese cars will be sold in the United States.

Cyberattacks on the Rise Against U.S. Corporations

By DAVID E. SANGER and NICOLE PERLROTH

Officials said the aim in a new wave of attacks was not espionage but sabotage, and that the source seemed to be in the Middle East.

Monsanto Wins Case on Genetically Altered Soybeans

By ADAM LIPTAK

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that farmers could not use the company’s patented genetically altered soybeans to create new seeds without paying the company a fee.

Phone Records of Journalists Seized by U.S.

By CHARLIE SAVAGE and LESLIE KAUFMAN

The Associated Press reported that the Justice Department had secretly obtained the phone records of its offices and journalists, calling it a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.”

Firms Brace for New European Data Privacy Law

By KEVIN J. O’BRIEN

New regulations are expected to require that businesses like Facebook and Google get consent before collecting data from clients.

U.S. Urges a Lower Blood-Alcohol Limit for Drunken Driving

By MATTHEW L. WALD

A federal panel on Tuesday recommended that states reduce the allowable blood-alcohol content to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent.

From Russia, With Wig: American Spy Suspect Is Ejected

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and ELLEN BARRY

Russian officials said Ryan C. Fogle was an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency who had been caught trying to recruit a Russian to spy for the United States.

Brazilian Court Council Removes a Barrier to Same-Sex Marriage

By SIMON ROMERO

The council ruled on Tuesday that notary publics could not refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, a decision that effectively legalizes gay marriage.

Israel Hints at New Strikes, Warning Syria Not to Retaliate

By MARK LANDLER

A senior official suggested on Wednesday that Israel could carry out further attacks to stop the transfer of weapons to Islamic militants, and he warned of dire consequences if Syria’s government struck back.

Big Banks Get Break in Rules to Limit Derivatives Risks

By BEN PROTESS

Under pressure from Wall Street lobbyists, federal regulators will soften a rule intended to rein in banks’ domination of a shadowy but lucrative market.

Saturday 5/18/2013 … UPTI: 99%

The Biggest Explosion Ever Seen on the Moon

NASA scientists recorded the biggest explosion from a meteorite impact seen on the moon in eight years of monitoring

Syria Begins to Break Apart Under Pressure From War

By BEN HUBBARD

A constellation of armed groups battling to advance their own agendas are effectively creating the outlines of separate fiefs.

North Korea Reportedly Launches Short-Range Missiles

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched three short-range missiles into the sea

Crowd Led by Priests Attacks Gay Rights Marchers in Georgia

By ANDREW ROTH

A throng of thousands broke through police cordons in Tbilisi to attack a group of about 50 demonstrators, and at least 12 people were injured.

Scandal Involving Gifts and Theft Charges Complicates Politics in Virginia

By TRIP GABRIEL

The drama includes an accusation that a $15,000 gift from a donor to the governor went unreported and a chef that calls himself a whistle-blower.

Monday 5/20/2013 … UPTI: 59%

Vast Oklahoma Tornado Kills at Least 91

By NICK OXFORD and MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ

Homes were flattened, cars flung through the air and at least two schools packed with children destroyed, sending rescuers to dig out those buried in rubble.

Turrialba Volcano Spits Massive Ash And Gas Trail

At 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Turrialba Volcano, located east of the province of Cartago

Large Earthquake Strikes Off Coast Of Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile  – The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has struck off the coast of Chile

Chinese Hackers Resume Attacks on U.S. Targets

By DAVID E. SANGER and NICOLE PERLROTH

A cyberunit of the People’s Liberation Army in China appears to have resumed its attacks using different techniques, hitting several of the same victims it has gone after in the past.

Hezbollah Aids Syrian Military in a Key Battle

By ANNE BARNARD and HWAIDA SAAD

Pro-government fighters are reported to hold more than half of the border city of Qusayr, in a critical setback for rebel forces.

Wells Dry, Fertile Plains Turn to Dust

By MICHAEL WINES

Parts of the vast High Plains Aquifer are so low that crops can’t be watered and bridges span arid stream beds

Yahoo Is Planning to Buy Tumblr for $1.1 Billion

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED, NICK BILTON and NICOLE PERLROTH

Yahoo’s move aims to make up for years of missing out on the growth of social networks and mobile devices.

Hezbollah’s Role in Syria War Shakes the Lebanese

By ANNE BARNARD

Fighting in the strategic city of Qusayr brought rising casualties for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah as it joined its biggest battle yet in support of Syria’s president.

Iraq Killings Raise Fears of Renewed Sectarian Conflict

By DURAID ADNAN

A series of explosions and gunfire assaults that left scores of people dead deepened concerns that sectarian tensions could lead to widespread fighting.

U.S. and Europe Prepare to Settle Chinese Solar Panel Cases

By KEITH BRADSHER

The plan that is starting to take shape would essentially carve up the global solar panel market into a series of regional markets.

A Flashy Bet for Yahoo on a Shift in Social Media

By JENNA WORTHAM

New services are providing a stage or pulpit for people, instead of making them passive users of social media.

Saturday 5/25/2013 … UPTI:99%

Dozens Of Aftershocks Shake Northern California After 5.7 Quake

More than three dozen aftershocks, ranging up to a magnitude 4.9, have been registered following a 5.7 earthquake about 150 miles northeast of Sacramento, officials said.

Huge Earthquake Hits East Of Russia With Tremors Felt As Far Away As Moscow

A huge earthquake has hit Russia’s Far East resulting in tremors being felt as far away as Moscow

Physicists Suggest Possible Existence Of Other Kinds Of Dark Matter

A team of Harvard University physicists has proposed the possible existence of a type of dark matter not described by current physics models

Iran Begins ‘Massive’ Deployment Of Long-Range Missile Launchers

As the Islamic Republic of Iran prepares for presidential elections next month it is fielding a “massive” number of new long-range missile launchers

Beijing Plans to Reduce the State’s Role in the Economy

By DAVID BARBOZA and CHRIS BUCKLEY

After years of relying on state spending to supercharge growth, China’s new prime minister, Li Keqiang, said the government would seek to unleash the nation’s creative energies.

China Bluntly Tells North Korea to Enter Nuclear Talks

By JANE PERLEZ

The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, appeared to strike a stern tone on Friday as he called for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, according to a state-run Chinese news agency.

Terror Strategy Shifts C.I.A. Focus Back to Spying

By MARK MAZZETTI

Some American officials and outside experts believe it could take years for an agency that has evolved into a paramilitary service to return to a focus on traditional espionage.

States’ Policies on Health Care Exclude Poorest

By ROBERT PEAR

For millions of people below the poverty line, no assistance for health insurance will be available in states that have refused to expand Medicaid.

Public Rapes Outrage Brazil, Testing Ideas of Image and Class

By SIMON ROMERO

A recent wave of rapes in Rio de Janeiro has cast a spotlight on the conflicted attitudes toward women in a country where many hold positions of power.

Taliban Attack U.N. Affiliate’s Compound in Kabul, Testing Afghan Security Forces

By ROD NORDLAND and SHARIFULLAH SAHAK

The attackers set off a large explosion followed by numerous smaller blasts, sending United Nations and international agency workers into bomb shelters.

Washington State Bridge Collapse Could Echo Far Beyond Interstate

By KIRK JOHNSON

The collapse on Interstate 5 came as politicians had been wrestling over the millions needed to replace another aging bridge over the Columbia River.

Budget Dispute Deepens a Rift Within G.O.P.

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

Republicans are locked in a growing dispute over future budget negotiations, splitting along generational and ideological lines on the party’s approach to dealing with the federal debt.

New Computer Attacks Traced to Iran, Officials Say

By NICOLE PERLROTH and DAVID E. SANGER

The recent attacks seem to be aimed at sabotage rather than stealing information, United States officials say.

Saturday 6/1/2013 … UPTI: 49%

Giant Asteroid To Sail Past Earth

A huge asteroid is set to cruise by Earth Friday afternoon, making its closest approach to our planet for at least the next two centuries. Asteroid 1998 QE2

Major Solar Geomagnetic Storm

CME Earth directed

Oklahoma Death Toll Rises to 9 After Tornadoes Hit Region

At least nine people are dead, including two children, after severe tonadoes tore through the Oklahoma City area for the second time in 11 days

Arkansas Tornadoes 2013 Cause Injuries, Storm Turns Deadly

 Forecasters warned that large hail and more tornadoes could strafe parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri on Friday, a day after powerful storms and floods

Magnitude 7.0 Slow Release Earthquake Under Wellington

To the west of Wellington, the equivalent of a magnitude 7 earthquake is happening right now, 40 km below ground.

Pacaya Volcano Erupts In Guatemala

Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano has erupted

Assad Warns Israel, Claiming a Stockpile of Russian Weapons

By ANNE BARNARD and NEIL MacFARQUHAR

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria spoke confidently in an interview with Hezbollah-owned television as his opposition appeared to be fracturing further.

Income-Based Diversity Lags at Some Universities

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA

Because of the high cost, some colleges do a lot more than others to find and enroll low-income students, which critics of race-based affirmative action see as a way to encourage diversity.

Japan and South Korea Bar Imports of U.S. Wheat

By VICTORIA SHANNON

The actions followed the disclosure this week that a strain of genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale was found growing in Oregon.

*Protest Over Istanbul Park Turns Violent as Police Crack Down

By TIM ARANGO and CEYLAN YEGINSU

The police action, with water cannons and tear gas, was the latest crackdown by Turkey’s government against a movement challenging plans to redevelop a park.

Police Retreat as Protests Expand Through Turkey

By TIM ARANGO

The police pulled out of Istanbul’s Taksim Square, sparking jubilation and destruction as protests continued against the government’s plan to redevelop a park.

Protests in Turkey Reveal a Larger Fight Over Identity

By TIM ARANGO

For many Turks, the development of urban spaces is not so much progress as a reflection of growing autocratic ambitions by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Fracking Tests Ties Between California ‘Oil and Ag’ Interests

By NORIMITSU ONISHI

Hydraulic fracturing is creating competition for water and threatening its contamination in a part of the state where oilmen and farmers have coexisted peacefully for decades.

Deadly Storms in Oklahoma Bring Flooding and More Tornadoes

By MANNY FERNANDEZ and MARC SANTORA

A storm set off tornadoes and severe flooding, causing widespread damage around the region and claiming at least nine victims, including two children.

Inquiry Into Obama and Bloomberg Ricin Letters Leads to Search of a Texas House

By MANNY FERNANDEZ

Federal investigators have questioned a man about letters laced with ricin that were mailed to President Obama and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, but no arrest has been made.

Medicare Outlook Has Improved a Bit, U.S. Estimates

By ROBERT PEAR

A stronger economy and slower growth in health spending have helped strengthen the financial outlook for the federal insurance program, the Obama administration said.

Surpluses Help, but Fiscal Woes for States Go On

By MICHAEL COOPER and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH

The surpluses that many states are expecting this year are not as robust as they appear because of costs put off during the recession, like funding for Medicaid and pension systems.

U.S. and China Agree to Hold Regular Talks on Hacking

By DAVID E. SANGER and MARK LANDLER

The United States hopes the dialogue can help set norms and end what it says is a daily barrage of computer break-ins and theft of corporate and government secrets by Chinese hackers.

Hezbollah and Rebels of Syria in Border Fight

By HWAIDA SAAD and HALA DROUBI

The clashes, if confirmed, would represent some of the worst direct spillover fighting in Lebanon since Syria’s uprising began more than two years ago.

Justices Allow Police to Take DNA Samples After Arrests

By ADAM LIPTAK

In a 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court said DNA samples were similar to the photographs and fingerprints taken while booking criminal suspects.

Thousands Flee Europe’s Worst Flooding In A Decade

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes after central Europe was hit by its worst flooding in a decade

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hit Buli, Taiwan

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hit Buli, Taiwan on Sunday

Magnitude 7.0 Slow Release Earthquake Under Wellington

To the west of Wellington, the equivalent of a magnitude 7 earthquake is happening right now, 40 km below ground. This would be Wellington’s largest earthquake in 150 years

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Metaphysical Musing with Mark Radio Show notes for Tuesday, May 7th 2013

The following is a  list of news headlines (many courtesy of clickable links to the New York Times [nytimes.com], huffingtonpost.com, beforeitsnew.coms, earthchangesmedia.com) updated real time as events occur plus or minus one day or so (+- 36 hours) of a Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological proprietary Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) peak.  The index percent strength follows each date with the apparent most important headlines highlighted in “bold” and/or with an “asterisk” (the number additional ” * ” indicate a more important headline).    These trigger date news events may be as simple as a synchronicity, a beginning seed event, or a mature manifestation event.  Please note that the UPTI index is a “work in progress” and is continually being revised to improve accuracy. Also, although a news event may seem trivial, many times a news event may be not only a seed event that may lead to a larger manifestation event later; but also a news event may be an an indication or manifestation of a strong emotional issue created by the mass consciousness for spiritual growth (e.g., healing, clearing, and/or frequency evolvement).

To listen to the 5/07/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/05/08/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

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Tuesday 4/2/2013 … UPTI: 90%

North Korea to Restart Yongbyon Nuclear Reactor

By REUTERS

North Korea will restart its shuttered Yongbyon nuclear reactor, its official KCNA news servce said on Tuesday, a move that could enable it to extract more plutonium to bolster its atomic stockpile for use in nuclear weapons.

Hagel Says North Korean Threats A ‘Real And Clear Danger’ As U.S. Prepares To Deploy Anti-Missile System

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that North Korea’s latest provocations are “a real and clear danger and threat” to U.S. interests and Washington is taking them seriously.

Argentina Floods: Dozens Dead In La Plata And Buenos Aires

Dozens of people have died in the province of Buenos Aires in Argentina after heavy rains caused flash floods. One of the heaviest storms recorded moved through the province hitting both the capital, Buenos Aires, and the city of La Plata.

More Diagnoses of Hyperactivity in New C.D.C. Data

By ALAN SCHWARZ and SARAH COHEN

Rates of the disorder have increased markedly in the past decade, heightening concern that the diagnosis and its medication are overused among American children.

Lawmakers in New York Tied to Bribery Plot in Mayor Race

By MICHAEL WILSON and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith is accused of making payments to a city councilman as part of a bid to get on the mayoral ballot in New York. Six people were arrested in the case.

North Korea Blocks Workers From South at Border

By CHOE SANG-HUN

The move came four days after a threat to shut down an industrial park in the North that South Korea helps operate.

U.N. Treaty Is First Aimed at Regulating Global Arms Sales

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a pioneering treaty that links sales of conventional weapons to the human rights records of the buyers.

Sandbag Season Has Fargo Thinking of a Better Way

By JOHN ELIGON

Fargo, N.D., is preparing for its fourth flood in the last five years, but plans are under way to wall off the city from the Red River’s spring rages.

Dark matter, hidden substance that makes up the universe, possibly found by $2b space physics experiment

A massive particle detector mounted on the International Space Station may have detected elusive dark matter at last, scientists announced Wednesday.

Report Sees Guns as Path to Safety in Schools

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG

Officers and a bomb-sniffing dog were on hand as the rifle association unveiled its plan to train and arm security guards at every school in the nation.

House Immigration Bill Is Said to Offer 3 Paths

By ASHLEY PARKER

The legislation appears to contrast with a broader plan taking shape in the Senate.

Taliban Assault on Compound in Afghanistan Kills Dozens

By AZAM AHMED

In one of the war’s deadliest insurgent attacks, nine Taliban fighters stormed a government compound, killing at least 44 people and wounding more than 100 in a hostage standoff.

North Korea Blocks Workers From South at the Border

By CHOE SANG-HUN

South Koreans were denied access to a jointly operated industrial park, raising doubt about the last remaining major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.

Rutgers Fires Coach Over Abuse and Slurs

By STEVE EDER

Mike Rice, the men’s basketball coach, lost his job after a video surfaced showing him berating and kicking players.

Dementia Cost, Already High, Is Projected to Double by 2040

By PAM BELLUCK

The most rigorous study to date of how much it costs to care for Americans with dementia found that the financial burden is at least as high as that for either heart disease or cancer, and is probably higher.

Power Struggle Gripping Iran Ahead of Vote

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

With only months to go before his last presidential term, and elections in June, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has surprised many of his critics by challenging a coalition of traditionalists.

New Test for Computers: Grading Essays at College Level

By JOHN MARKOFF

Software developed by a joint venture of Harvard and M.I.T. uses artificial intelligence to grade student essays and short written answers, freeing professors for other tasks.

Japan Initiates Bold Bid to End Years of Tumbling Prices

By HIROKO TABUCHI

Japan’s central bank announced on Thursday that it would aggressively buy bonds, doubling the amount of money in circulation over two years.

Report Hints at Possible MF Global Suit

By BEN PROTESS

MF Global’s bankruptcy trustee is hinting at taking legal action against the brokerage firm’s top executives, blaming them in a new report for engineering a “risky business strategy” and ignoring “glaring deficiencies” in internal controls.

Obama Budget Reviving Offer of Compromise With Cuts

By JACKIE CALMES

President Obama will take the political risk next week of presenting a budget plan that proposes cuts to Social Security and Medicare, in an effort to compromise with Republicans.

Tuesday 4/9/2013 … UPTI: 80%

Death Toll In Iran’s 6.8-Magnitude Quake Rises To 32

TEHRAN – At least 32 people died and 850 others were injured in the 6.8-magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale in Kaki city in Iran’s southern Bushehr province Tuesday

Margaret Thatcher, Conservative Who Reforged Britain, Dies

By JOSEPH R. GREGORY

Mrs. Thatcher, who steered Britain in a sharply conservative direction during 11 years as prime minister and transformed the way the country thought about itself, died on Monday. She was 87.

North Korea Pulls Out of Factories It Runs With South

By CHOE SANG-HUN

The Kaesong industrial complex operated for eight years despite political and military tension, and the North’s withdrawal cast doubt on the future of the 123 factories located there.

Damascus Blast Said to Kill at Least 15

By ANNE BARNARD and ALAN COWELL

An explosion tore through central Damascus on Monday, spreading chaos and sending billows of dark smoke over an area that had been packed with people.

Navy Deploying Laser Weapon Prototype Near Iran

By THOM SHANKER

The laser attack weapon has been shown in tests to disable patrol boats and blind or destroy surveillance drones.

F.B.I. Looking Into Allegations That McConnell’s Campaign Was Wiretapped

By SARAH WHEATON

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky blamed political opponents for a 12-minute tape that revealed campaign members weighing a rival’s problems with depression as electoral fodder.

Indian Peacekeepers Killed In Ambush In South Sudan: U.N

Five U.N. peacekeepers and seven civilians working for the U.N. mission in South Sudan were killed in an ambush by unidentified attackers in the restive eastern state of Jonglei.

Israel Closes Gaza Crossing Following Rocket Attacks

JERUSALEM – Israel closed the border crossing with Gaza after three rockets were fired at southern Israel from the coastal strip

‘Spooky Action at a Distance’ Aboard the International Space Station

Albert Einstein famously described quantum entanglement as “spooky action at distance”; however, up until now experiments that examine this peculiar aspect of physics have been limited

Mysterious Structure Discovered Beneath Sea of Galilee

A giant “monumental” stone structure discovered beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee in Israel has archaeologists puzzled as to its purpose

Japan Readies Defenses For Possible Missile Test By North Korea

Japan readied its missile defense systems Tuesday against a possible North Korean weapons test, saying it would shoot down any missiles or debris if Japanese territory was threatened

Deadly Tornado Hits Mississippi As Storm System Stretches Across East

A destructive and massive storm system draped itself across half the country Thursday, from the Gulf Coast to Canada and with a wingspan from Maine to the Dakotas

Sun Unleashes Biggest Solar Flare of the Year Yet

The most powerful solar flare of the year erupted from the sun today (April 11) sparking a temporary radio blackout on Earth, NASA officials say

Friday 4/12/2013 … UPTI: 48% thru Sunday 4/14/2013… UPTI: 52%

*Many Hurt in Blasts at Boston Marathon

By KEN BELSON and MARY PILON

A loud explosion was reported on the north side of Boylston Street and another several seconds later, more than four hours after the the men’s race started Monday 4/15

Pakistan Bus Bombing Kills Eight in Peshawar

At least eight people have been killed in a bomb explosion on a bus in Peshawar in north-western Pakistan

Taliban Attack Highly Regarded Afghan Army Unit

Spring Storm Leaves 3 Dead, Hits Mid-Atlantic

A powerful spring storm dumped heavy rain on the Mid-Atlantic Friday after unleashing tornadoes, hail and high winds as it swept through the Midwest and into the Deep South

By ROD NORDLAND and AZAM AHMED

Insurgents dealt a serious blow to a battalion in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing 13 soldiers and overrunning their outpost.

Warmest Summers in Last Two Decades in Northern Latitudes Were Unprecedented in Six Centuries

Harvard researchers are adding nuance to our understanding of how modern and historical temperatures compare.

US raises nuclear alert to DEFCON 3. China mobilizes, masses troops on North Korean border

The US raised its nuclear alert status to DEFCON 3, Condition Yellow (out of 5 levels), stating “There are currently no imminent nuclear threats.

Strong 6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Papua New Guinea, No Tsunami Threat

A powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific today approximately 63 miles off the coast of the island nation of Papua New Guinea

Syrian Regime Airstrikes Target Rebel Strongholds, Killing 25, Activists Say

BEIRUT – Syrian government warplanes carried out airstrikes on a rebellious neighborhood in the capital and a village in the country’s northeast on Sunday, killing at least 25 people.

Mysteriously Shrinking Proton Continues to Puzzle Physicists

DENVER — The size of a proton, long thought to be well-understood, may remain a mystery for a while longer, according to physicists.

Bombs And Gun Battles Kill At Least 19 In Somali Capital

At least 19 people were killed in the Somali capital on Sunday in suicide bombings and assaults by al Shabaab militants linked to al Qaeda.

Kerry in China to Seek Help in Korea Crisis

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

Amid fears that North Korea is ready to launch a medium-range missile, the United States is trying to enlist China’s assistance in defusing tensions.

Russia Bars 18 Americans After Sanctions by U.S.

By ELLEN BARRY

A day after the United States imposed sanctions, Moscow responded with a list of Americans linked to prosecutions against Russian citizens and harsh interrogation methods.

Palestinian Prime Minister Resigns, Adding Uncertainty to Government

By ISABEL KERSHNER and JODI RUDOREN

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad had clashed politically with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank.

For Evangelicals, a Shift in Views on Immigration

By JULIA PRESTON

The shift among evangelical Christians toward supporting a path to citizenship for immigrants could have a powerful effect on the fight in Washington.

Playing Catch-Up With Robocallers

By DAVID SEGAL

The nation’s dated communications infrastructure makes it hard to find the ideal way to thwart illegal robocalling.

Venezuela Gives Chávez Protégé Narrow Victory

By WILLIAM NEUMAN

Nicolás Maduro, the handpicked political heir to Hugo Chávez, won election to serve the remainder of Mr. Chávez’s term, officials said. Mr. Maduro’s opponent, Henrique Capriles Radonski, demanded a recount.

Justices Consider Whether Patents on Genes Are Valid

By ANDREW POLLACK

The Supreme Court is poised to take up the question of whether human genes can be patented. But some say advances in the field may blunt the impact of its ruling.

Dish Network Makes $25.5 Billion Bid for Sprint Nextel

By BRIAN X. CHEN and MARK SCOTT

The move is an effort to scupper the planned takeover of Sprint Nextel by the Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank.

In Surprise, Recovery in China Loses Steam

By BETTINA WASSENER and CHRIS BUCKLEY

The economy expanded by just 7.7 percent during the first three months of the year, compared with a year earlier, falling short of expectations.

Thursday 4/18/2013 … UPTI: 48%

Post-Election Tensions Escalate in Venezuela as Demonstrations Turn Deadly

By WILLIAM NEUMAN

Nicolás Maduro, the newly elected president, and his opponent, Henrique Capriles Radonski, blamed each other for the violence that has killed at least seven people.

Beside a Path to Citizenship, a New Path on Immigration

By JULIA PRESTON

After tough negotiations, a group of eight senators planned to introduce a proposal on Tuesday that contains a 13-year pathway to citizenship for immigrants here illegally.

Letter Mailed to Senator Tests Positive for Ricin

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

An envelope addressed to Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi showed positive results for the toxin in tests at a mail facility in Washington. It was sent to the F.B.I. for more analysis.

Senate Blocks Drive for Gun Control

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

A wrenching national search for solutions to the violence that left 20 children dead in Newtown, Conn., all but ended after the Senate defeated several gun-related measures.

Wife Accuses Texas Official in Prosecutors’ Killings

By MANNY FERNANDEZ, SERGE F. KOVALESKI and EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS

Kim Lene Williams told investigators that her husband, a disgraced justice of the peace, killed two Texas officials.

Efforts to Revive the Economy Lead to Worries of a Bubble

By JESSE EISINGER

Through its unconventional policies, the Federal Reserve is trying to alleviate the crisis. Instead, it has kindled speculation.

*Plant Explosion Tears at the Heart of a Texas Town

By MANNY FERNANDEZ and JOHN SCHWARTZ

A day after a blast in West, Tex., so powerful it registered as an earthquake, the cause was unclear but the effects – as many as 15 dead, up to 180 hurt and much of a town gone – were plain.

2 Good Places to Live, 1,200 Light-Years Away

By DENNIS OVERBYE

Astronomers working with NASA’s Kepler mission said Thursday that a pair of newly discovered planets in the constellation Lyra appear capable of supporting life.

I.M.F. Warns Against ‘3-Speed’ Recovery

By ANNIE LOWREY

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, instead called for developing nations, the United States and Europe to move to a “full-speed” economy.

Boy Scouts Move to Lift Ban on Gay Youth Members

By ERIK ECKHOLM

A proposal announced on Friday would end a long ban on openly gay scouts but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.

G-20 Pushes for Measures to End Tax Evasion

By DAVID JOLLY

The Group of 20 countries called Friday for a coordinated effort to stop international tax evasion, urging governments to systematically share bank data.

NRL Scientists “See” Flux Rope Formation for the First Time

Naval Research Laboratory scientists have observed, for the very first time, the formation of solar flux ropes, which are a type of solar magnetic field. Models of flux ropes have been drawn by theorists in the past, but scientists had never before observed them at the time they formed

Dallas to St. Louis at Risk for Tornadoes

A major outbreak of severe thunderstorms is likely beginning Wednesday across the central and southern Plains.

Deadly quake leaves town ‘totally destroyed,’ witness says; aftershocks rattle Iran, Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan – Powerful aftershocks rocked the border between Iran and Pakistan Wednesday, a day after a major earthquake tore through the region

Scientists Announce New Class of Stellar Events: Ultra-Long Gamma Ray Bursts

Scientists have introduced a previously-unknown astronomical phenomenon — the ultra-long gamma ray burst.

US Sends Army Planners To Jordan As Syria War Rages

Hagel, set to visit Israel, cautious about direct US intervention in Syria, says deployment is contingency to deal with chemical weapons

Chicago flooding: Expressways shut, flights grounded, schools closed

Flooding spawned by as much as 5 inches of rain closed the Edens, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways during the morning rush as waves of thunderstorms raked across the Chicago.

Scientists Reverse Memory Loss in Animal Brain Cells

Neuroscientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have taken a major step in their efforts to help people with memory loss

North Korea Issues New Threat

PYONGYANG, North Korea – North K orea’s military, reacting to an anti-North rally in South Korea, Tuesday threatened retaliation without warning

Three Super-Earth-Size Planets Found in ‘Habitable Zone’

NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the “habitable zone,” the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water

Technique Unlocks Design Principles of Quantum Biology

University of Chicago researchers have created a synthetic compound that mimics the complex quantum dynamics observed in photosynthesis and may enable fundamentally new routes to creating solar-energy technologies

Floodwaters Rising After Spring Storm Soaks Midwest

ST. LOUIS — The Mississippi River quickened its ominous rise on Friday after parts of the Midwest were soaked by heavy rains this week

Massive 7.2 Earthquake Off Shores Of Russia And Japan, No Injuries Reported

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 7.2 magnitude earthquake centered near the Kuril island chain just after 11 p.m. EST on April 18

Sunday 4/21/2013 … UPTI: 59%

Magnitude-5.9 earthquake jolts Mexico

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit central Mexico near the Pacific Coast on Sunday night, CNN reported the US Geological Survey as saying. The earthquake was centered more than 200 miles from Mexico City, the USGS said, in the Mexican state of Michoacan.

Serbia and Kosovo Reach Agreement on Power-Sharing

By DAN BILEFSKY

The accord over municipalities in Kosovo’s Serb-majority north paves the way for Kosovo and Serbia to pursue membership in the European Union.

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Hit Izu Islands, Japan Region

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Hit Izu Islands, Japan

China Rushes Relief After Quake Kills 186

LUSHAN, China

Taliban Attacks in Northwest Pakistan Are Reshaping Ballot

By DECLAN WALSH

An intense campaign of attacks in the region has all but derailed the governing party and has struck fear in its candidates.

Nigeria Says Heavy Fighting In Northeast, No Word On Casualties

Nigerian authorities said on Monday there had been heavy fighting

Antibody Transforms Stem Cells Directly Into Brain Cells

In a serendipitous discovery, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a way to turn bone marrow stem cells directly into brain cells

At Least 100 Dead After 6 Days Of Clashes In Syria, Activists Say

BEIRUT – Six days of fighting in a Damascus suburb

Three CMEs in 2 Days

Another coronal mass ejection (CME) has erupted from the sun, headed toward Mercury and NASA’s Messenger spacecraft.

Deadly River Floods Set To Continue Through Weekend, Storm Dumps Snow On Central US

Rivers including the Mississippi and Illinois are expected to remain in “major flood stage”

Syria Has Used Chemical Arms Repeatedly, Israel Asserts

TEL AVIV – Israel’s senior military intelligence analyst said Tuesday that the Syrian government had repeatedly used chemical weapons in the last month

Boy Scouts Move to Lift Ban on Gay Youth Members

By ERIK ECKHOLM

A proposal announced on Friday would end a long ban on openly gay scouts but continue to exclude gay adults as leaders.

Conservative Koch Brothers Turning Focus to Newspapers

By AMY CHOZICK

Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists and supporters of libertarian causes, are exploring a bid to buy the Tribune Company’s eight regional newspapers.

Big Data, Trying to Build Better Workers

By STEVE LOHR

In the emerging field of work-force science, companies are using data analysis to help find and nurture successful employees.

An Instant Path to an Online Army

By RANDALL STROSS

Researchers have been developing systems that summon online workers on demand for specific small tasks – and produce immediate results.

Turning Toward the Sun

By LYNDON RIVE

The chief executive of SolarCity says the company started on July 4, 2006, “to symbolize our commitment to becoming independent of fossil fuels.”

Flights Delayed Across Country Amid Budget-Cut Furloughs of Air Controllers

By MATTHEW L. WALD and JAD MOUAWAD

Pilots, gate agents and others blamed budget cuts, but the F.A.A. said it was too soon to assign blame for delays of up to two hours.

MF Global Trustee Sues Corzine Over Firm’s Collapse

By BEN PROTESS

A bankruptcy trustee has sued Jon S. Corzine and other former MF Global executives, claiming they were “grossly negligent” in the lead-up to the brokerage firm’s collapse.

Thursday 4/25/2013 … UPTI: 56% thru Saturday 4/27/2013 … UPTI:56%

3 hurt as fuel barges explode, catch fire on Mobile River in Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. –  Firefighters on Thursday extinguished a huge blaze that erupted hours earlier when two fuel barges exploded in Mobile, Ala

How gut bacteria increase heart disease risk

When gut bacteria feed on certain foods, such as eggs and beef, they produce a compound that may in turn increase heart disease risk

‘Comet of the Century’ Could Create New Meteor Shower

An incoming comet that may well turn out to be the “comet of the century” could create an unusual kind of meteor shower, scientists say. When Comet ISON passes by the Earth this year

Speed of Light May Not Be Constant, Phycisists Say

The speed of light is constant, or so textbooks say. But some scientists are exploring the possibility that this cosmic speed limit changes

White House Says It Believes Syria Has Used Chemical Arms

By MARK LANDLER and ERIC SCHMITT

The assessment could test President Obama’s repeated warnings that the use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad might precipitate American intervention in Syria.

U.N. Votes to Establish Peacekeeping Force for Mali

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR

Despite fears about getting embroiled in the fight against Islamist extremists, the Security Council on Thursday established a force for Mali, building on a recent military intervention by the French.

Israel Shoots Down Drone Possibly Sent by Hezbollah

By ISABEL KERSHNER

The Israeli military said it felled the drone as it was flying south from Lebanon along the Mediterranean coast.

Looking at Facebook’s Friend and Relationship Status Through Big Data

By NICK BILTON

Wolfram Alpha, a computational search engine, released a slew of fascinating data about Facebook users, including the age of friends, relationship status, and how these change based on age and geographical locations.

Federal Cuts Are Concern in Modest U.S. Growth

By CATHERINE RAMPELL

A growth rate of 2.5 percent in the first quarter was most likely a result of unusually slow growth at the end of 2012, when the economy grew at an annual pace of just 0.4 percent.

LivingSocial Hack Exposes Data for 50 Million Customers

By NICOLE PERLROTH

The daily deals site said it had been hit by a cyberattack that may have left usernames, e-mail addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords for 50 million users vulnerable.

Italy Forms New Coalition Government to End Months of Political Stalemate

By RACHEL DONADIO

Prime Minister-elect Enrico Letta formed a rare coalition government uniting left and right to steer the nation out of the doldrums.

Shifting Focus, Federal Agents Arrest New Suspect in Ricin Case

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON

J. Everett Dutschke was taken into custody after charges were dropped against another Mississippi man accused of mailing the letters laced with ricin to President Obama and other officials.

How Big Data Is Playing Recruiter for Specialized Workers

By MATT RICHTEL

With specialized workers in short supply, Big Data companies are scouring the Web for recruits. In the process, they are challenging some traditional notions of hiring.

When Your Data Wanders to Places You’ve Never Been

By NATASHA SINGER

Years after it was proposed, a mechanism to protect online privacy, Do Not Track, remains stalled over fundamental issues.

Tuesday 4/30/2013 … UPTI: 55%

Bomb in Central Damascus Kills 13

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A powerful explosion ripped through Marjeh Square in the center of the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Tuesday, killing 13 people and wounding over 70

Mexico’s President Limits U.S. Role in Fighting Drug Trade

By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, DAMIEN CAVE and GINGER THOMPSON

There have long been political sensitivities in Mexico over allowing too much involvement from the United States, but policy changes under the new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, have rattled American officials.

How Petals Get Their Shape: Hidden Map Located Within Plant’s Growing Buds

Why do rose petals have rounded ends while their leaves are more pointed? In a new study published April 30 in the open access journal PLOS Biology, scientists from the John Innes Centre and University of East Anglia, UK, reveal that the shape of petals is controlled by a hidden map located within the plant’s growing buds

‘Missiles Fired At’ Russian Plane With 159 Passengers Flying Over Syria

Two missiles were reportedly fired at a Russian plane with at least 159 passengers on board flying over Syrian territory

The Sun Burps Out a Gigantic Rolling Wave

Just in time for May Day, the Sun blasted out a coronal mass ejection (CME)
A King Takes the Throne, and a Nation Celebrates

By ANDREW HIGGINS and ALAN COWELL

After a 33-year reign, Queen Beatrix handed the title of monarch to her son, Willem-Alexander, the country’s first king in 123 years.

Drug Agency Lowers Age for Next-Day Birth Control

By PAM BELLUCK

The F.D.A. on Tuesday made the most widely known morning-after pill available without a prescription to girls and women ages 15 and older.

Three Charged With Hindering Inquiry Into Boston Attack

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM

Two men, both Kazakh citizens in the United States on student visas, were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice and destroy evidence. A third man was charged with lying to law enforcement officials.

Sunday 5/5/2013 … UPTI: 79%

California Wildfire Still Threatens 4,000 Homes

Los Angeles – Firefighters and homeowners were anxiously awaiting to learn Saturday whether the emergence of cool ocean breezes and possible rain will weaken a Los Angeles-area wildlfire that has burned 28,000 acres in two days and now threatens 4,000 homes

Israel Launches Second Airstrike In Syria, Targeting Weapons Shipment

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces have carried out an airstrike against a shipment of sophisticated missiles

Unusually Cold Spring in Europe and the Southeast U.S. Due to Shifting Jet Stream

 Repeated bitter blasts of bitter cold air invaded from the Arctic

Large Coronal Holes Causing High Speed Charged Particles

During the last fortnight, two coronal holes (one on each solar hemisphere) transited the solar disk

Riot Police Battle Islamists In Dhaka Bangladesh

Clashes between police and Islamist protesters in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have left at least three people dead and 60 injured

Israeli Attacks Inside Syria Risks Widening War

The sudden and dramatic escalation in Israeli air strikes against suspected military targets in Syria risks turning Syria’s two-year civil war into a regional conflict

Corporations Find a Friend in the Supreme Court

By ADAM LIPTAK

A new analysis finds the current Supreme Court to be the most pro-business of any since World War II.

The Apprentices of a Digital Age

By HANNAH SELIGSON

For a small group of the young, digital elite, Enstitute seeks to challenge the conventional wisdom that top professional jobs always require a bachelor’s degree.

When Attackers Become Defenders, Innovation Is Lost

By ADAM BRYANT

Steve Case, co-founder of America Online and now chief executive of the investment firm Revolution, talks about risk-taking – or lack thereof – in the business world.

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Metaphysical Musing with Mark Radio Show notes for Tuesday, April 2nd 2013

The following is a  list of news headlines (many courtesy of clickable links to the New York Times [nytimes.com], huffingtonpost.com, beforeitsnew.coms, earthchangesmedia.com) updated real time as events occur plus or minus one day or so (+- 36 hours) of a Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological proprietary Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) peak.  The index percent strength follows each date with the apparent most important headlines highlighted in “bold” and/or with an “asterisk” (the number additional ” * ” indicate a more important headline).    These trigger date news events may be as simple as a synchronicity, a beginning seed event, or a mature manifestation event.  Please note that the UPTI index is a “work in progress” and is continually being revised to improve accuracy. Also, although a news event may seem trivial, many times a news event may be not only a seed event that may lead to a larger manifestation event later; but also a news event may be an an indication or manifestation of a strong emotional issue created by the mass consciousness for spiritual growth (e.g., healing, clearing, and/or frequency evolvement).

To listen to the 4/2/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/04/03/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

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Sunday 3/3/2013 … UPTI: 97%

Dozens Injured After Earthquake Rocks China

*Following Resignation, Top British Cardinal Acknowledges Sexual Misconduct

By JOHN F. BURNS

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Britain’s top Roman Catholic cleric and the head of the Scottish church, is the highest-ranking priest in recent history to make such an admission.

*New Chinese Leader Burnishing His Military Support

By CHRIS BUCKLEY

On the eve of the opening of the National People’s Congress, Xi Jinping is using the armed forces to cement his political authority and present a tough stance by China in growing territorial disputes.

*Blast Kills at Least 45 Pakistanis in Shiite District of Karachi

By DECLAN WALSH and SALMAN MASOOD 6:43 PM ET

Two powerful explosions ripped through a predominately Shiite neighborhood in Karachi on Sunday evening, in a bomb attack that killed at least 37 people and wounding at least 90, police and rescue officials said.

Queen Elizabeth II Hospitalized

By JOHN F. BURNS

The queen, who is 86, was admitted to a London hospital after experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis, according to Buckingham Palace.

At Least 19 Killed as Unrest Persists in Bangladesh

By JULFIKAR ALI MANIK and JIM YARDLEY

Angry skirmishes over convictions by a war crimes tribunal entered another day, with several deaths.

*Tensions Escalating on Borneo as Malaysia Doubles Military Forces

By FLOYD WHALEY

On the island of Borneo, seven people were reported killed, and four hostages taken, as fighting continued Sunday in the Malaysian state of Sabah

*As Automatic Budget Cuts Go Into Effect, Poor May Be Hit Particularly Hard

By ANNIE LOWREY

Unless a deal is reached, the $85 billion in cuts will affect programs including those that provide housing vouchers and fortified baby formula.

Biden Leads Re-enactment of Voting Rights March

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 5:05 PM ET

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said efforts to diminish the impact of African-Americans’ votes haven’t stopped since the 1965 Voting Rights Act added millions to Southern voter rolls.

*Syian Rebels Reported to Take Key City After Heavy Fighting

By HANIA MOURTADA, ALAN COWELL and RICK GLADSTONE

Syrian rebels seized control of the city of Raqqa on Monday after days of clashes with government forces, activists said, which would make it the first provincial capital taken by the resistance.

*Stealth Subsidy for Businesses Comes Under Scrutiny

By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH and LOUISE STORY

Many companies are borrowing money for projects using tax-exempt bonds called qualified private activity bonds, costing federal taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Chinese Stocks Fall on Steps to Curb Property Prices

By DAVID BARBOZA

China’s cabinet, or State Council, said home sellers would soon pay a 20 percent capital gains tax.

*In Medical First, a Baby With H.I.V. Is Deemed Cured

By ANDREW POLLACK and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

If further study shows the procedure works in other infants, it could lead to more aggressive treatment of babies infected at birth and a sharp reduction in the number of children living with H.I.V.

As Hacking Against U.S. Rises, Experts Try to Pin Down Motive

By NICOLE PERLROTH, DAVID E. SANGER and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

Motives for a cyberattack, which could range from industrial spying to disabling the power grid, remain obscure.

*Where Apps Meet Work, Secret Data Is at Risk

By QUENTIN HARDY

Employees who put company information online with their smartphones create a tricky problem for I.T. departments: how to protect corporate data without hindering employees’ work.

Web Privacy Becomes a Business Imperative

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

Increasingly, Internet companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Mozilla are pushing each other to prove to consumers that their data is safe and in their control.

Kamchatka Volcano Spews Up Ash, No Danger For Local Settlements

Wednesday 3/6/2013 … UPTI: 84%

Italy’s Mount Etna Volcano Erupts, Lighting Up Night Sky

Major Winter Storm Blasts Virginia, Threatens D.C.

*Chávez Dies, Leaving a Bitterly Divided Venezuela

By WILLIAM NEUMAN

Shortly after the announcement, police officers were highly visible as people ran through the streets, calling loved ones on cellphones and rushing to get home.

*U.S. Catholics in Poll See a Church Out of Touch

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN and MEGAN THEE-BRENAN

In a New York Times/CBS News poll, Catholics said that while their parish priests were in touch with their needs, the Church and most American bishops were not.

*You May Now Kiss the Computer Screen

By SARAH MASLIN NIR

Some international couples are marrying by proxy over the Internet, a practice so new that immigration authorities say they do not typically watch for it in their efforts to detect fraud.

Syrian Rebels Abduct 20 U.N. Soldiers in the Golan Heights

By RICK GLADSTONE and ALAN COWELL

Syria’s civil war entangled the peacekeeping operation in the disputed Golan Heights area Wednesday, when 30 armed fighters for the insurgency detained a group of peacekeepers. Number of Syrian Refugees Reaches 1 Million

*Arkansas Adopts Strictest Abortion Law in the U.S.

By ERIK ECKHOLM

Legal experts said a ban on abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy, adopted on Wednesday, so sharply contradicted existing constitutional doctrine that it would quickly be voided.

*U.N. Approves China-Backed Sanctions on North Korea

By RICK GLADSTONE and CHOE SANG-HUN

The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions against North Korea on Thursday over its nuclear test last month, in a unified vote that underscored the nation’s increased isolation.

*New York Hearing Set as Son-in-Law of Bin Laden Is Caught

By MARK MAZZETTI and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a former spokesman for Al Qaeda, was taken into custody in Jordan and will appear in court in New York on Friday, a person briefed on the matter said.

Facebook Shows Off Redesign

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

Mark Zuckerberg described the social network’s new look for its News Feed as a “personalized newspaper” that allows users to choose the topics they’re most interested in.

A Senator’s Stand on Drones Scrambles Partisan Lines

By RICHARD W. STEVENSON and ASHLEY PARKER

Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster won praise from the Tea Party movement and civil-liberties-minded liberals, but two prominent fellow Republicans accused him of scaremongering.

Senate Panel Approves Modest Bipartisan Gun Bill

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would make it a felony to illegally buy a gun for someone else.

To Place Graduates, Law Schools Are Opening Firms

By ETHAN BRONNER

Efforts like creating school-run law firms are trying to address the glut of heavily indebted graduates with no clients and a vast majority of Americans unable to afford a lawyer.

Looming Cuts Add to Problems at Nuclear Site

By KIRK JOHNSON

The Hanford nuclear cleanup project in Richland, Wash., has been hit by leaking waste, layoffs and delays; now more trouble is ahead.

*Global Temperatures Highest in 4,000 Years

By JUSTIN GILLIS

The modern warming period is unique over a longer period than previously thought, according to research to be published in the journal Science.

Latinos Gain Political Muscle, and Fund-Raisers Show How

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG

A new generation of Latino leaders – highly educated, sophisticated and rich – is tapping into Hispanics as a fund-raising pool to influence elections and policy.

Government Takes Legal Action Over Phone Spam

By EDWARD WYATT

*Indonesia Mount Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Spews Ash And Smoke, No One Hurt

In eight federal civil cases, the Federal Trade Commission named 29 individuals, most of whom worked for companies that were hired to send the unsolicited text messages.

Tuesday 3/12/2013 … UPTI: 90%

4.7-magnitude Anza earthquake shakes Inland Empire, LA, San Fernando Valley

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Hit Newe Britain Region, Papua New Guinea

Ecuador: Tungurahua Volcano Erupts

*North Korea Declares 1953 War Truce Nullified

By CHOE SANG-HUN

The move to cancel the armistice followed through on a longstanding threat, and came as the United States and South Korea were in the midst of joint military drills.

S.E.C. Accuses Illinois of Securities Fraud

By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH

In announcing a settlement, the agency said the state had misled investors about the health of its pension system.

*The New Pope: Bergoglio of Argentina

By RACHEL DONADIO

In selecting Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, the first non-European pontiff in more than 1,000 years, the cardinals sent a strong message that the church’s future lies in the Southern Hemisphere.

Still Far Apart on Budget, Obama and House G.O.P. Meet

By JEREMY W. PETERS and ASHLEY PARKER

Competing budget plans and the Republican stand against added tax revenues seemed to raise questions in President Obama’s mind

The Man Behind the ’47 Percent’ Video Comes Forward

By GERRY MULLANY

The worker who surreptitiously taped Mitt Romney’s remarks about the “47 percent” is giving his account of making the video.

*Spy Chief Calls Cyberattacks Top Threat to U.S.

By MARK MAZZETTI and SCOTT SHANE

James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, told a Senate panel on Tuesday that the threat of cyberattacks was now more pressing than the risk of an attack by global terrorist networks.

*Particle Confirmed As Higgs Boson

Google Admits Drive-By Data Collection Was Privacy Breach

By DAVID STREITFELD

In agreeing to settle a case brought by 38 states over the Street View mapping project, the company for the first time is required to aggressively police its own workers on privacy issues.

Sites Blur Line Between Fantasy Sports and Gambling

By JOSHUA BRUSTEIN

Daily fantasy sports sites, which have provided people with a legal way to play the odds online, seem increasingly vulnerable to legal challenge.

*Algorithms Get a Human Hand in Steering Web

By STEVE LOHR

Computer algorithms are capable of trading stocks, arranging dates, winning “Jeopardy” and even choosing bra sizes. But increasingly, behind the curtain, there is a human helper.

Click for Career Enhancement

By NICK WINGFIELD

CreativeLive and other online companies have tapped into an audience of customers who are motivated to hone skills that might enhance their careers, and investors are noticing the profit potential.

U.S. Demands China Block Cyberattacks and Agree to Rules

By MARK LANDLER and DAVID E. SANGER 31 minutes ago

A speech by a White House official was the first public confrontation with China over cyberespionage and came days after a Chinese official rejected evidence of a military role in hacking.

Insider Attack Kills Several in Afghanistan

By AZAM AHMED

An Afghan police officer fired on American Special Operations troops and Afghan forces Monday morning, in the second insider attack in three days, Afghan officials said.

Qaeda Group in Iraq Says It Killed Syrian Soldiers

By HANIA MOURTADA and RICK GLADSTONE 9:27 PM ET

The group’s claim of responsibility of the massacre coincided with news of a religious decree from Syria’s grand mufti suggesting Syria needs more recruits and that it was a call to jihad.

U.S. Expels 2 Venezuela Envoys

By WILLIAM NEUMAN 50 minutes ago

The State Department ordered the expulsion of two Venezuelan diplomats a week after Caracas ordered two American military attachés to leave.

Iran Blocks Way to Bypass Internet Filtering System

By THOMAS ERDBRINK 45 minutes ago

A collection of illegal virtual private networks, or VPNs, was successfully closed by Iran, making visits to Web sites deemed immoral or politically dangerous nearly impossible.

*Brain Scans Can Now Tell ‘Who You’re Thinking About’…

*Mars Could Have Supported Life Long Ago, NASA Says

By KENNETH CHANG

Findings from NASA’s Mars rover show that the planet may have once been warm and wet and a pleasant place where microbes could have thrived.

*Rains or Not, India Is Falling Short on Drinkable Water

By GARDINER HARRIS

That people in one of the rainiest places on the planet struggle to get potable water is emblematic of the profound water challenges that India faces.

*Shooting Spree Kills 4 in Upstate New York; Police Search for Killer

*Aspirin may prevent melanoma in women

Tropical Cyclone Sandra Roiling Australia Beaches

Late-Winter Snowstorm Batters Northwest Europe

Anger in East Flatbush NY Persists Over Teenager’s Killing by the Police

By J. DAVID GOODMAN

Tension with the police in Brooklyn stayed high on a third night of protests, after an autopsy showed that seven bullets had struck Kimani Gray, 16.

Sunday 3/17/2013 thru Tuesday 3/19/2013… UPTI: 67%

ST. PATRICK’s DAY CME IMPACT: A CME hit Earth’s magnetic field during the early hours of March 17th, sparking a geomagnetic storm (Kp=6) and bright auroras at high latitudes

Ecuador: Tungurahua Volcano Increases Activity

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Hit South Sandwich Islands Region

Astronomers Gearing Up for Possible ‘Comet of the Century’

Astronomers are already getting set for the arrival of Comet ISON, which may become one of the brightest comets ever seen when it cruises through the inner solar system this fall

*Syria and Activists Trade Charges on Chemical Weapons

By ANNE BARNARD

The Syrian government said rebels fired chemical weapons in Aleppo; activists accused the government of the same attack. Neither account was confirmed.

*Cyprus Rejects Bank Deposit Tax, Scuttling Bailout Deal

A decision to impose across-the-board losses on Cypriot depositors as part of a $13 billion bailout has fueled fears that bank runs there could spread to countries like Spain and Italy President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus was set to return to the negotiating table with lenders after lawmakers rejected a package that had sought to tax depositors to help pay for a bailout. A bailout deal that was supposed to calm a financial crisis in an economically insignificant Mediterranean nation spread it wider. Seeking to placate lenders, Cyprus on Wednesday proposed nationalizing pension funds, holding a bond sale and modifying a levy on deposits already rejected by Parliament.

*Failing Health of Italian Banks Hangs Over Markets

By LANDON THOMAS Jr.

A second front of fear has broken out in the European debt crisis: the condition of Italian banks.

Dispute on Transgender Rights Unfolds at a Colorado School

By DAN FROSCH

A legal dispute over the right to use a school bathroom is unfolding in Colorado as other states seek to clarify their policies relating to transgender students.

*Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns

By MATTHEW L. WALD

Companies, universities and lawmakers in the United States are preparing for a world in which remote-controlled planes will be ubiquitous in civilian air space.

Hacker Case Leads to Calls for Better Law

By AMY CHOZICK and CHARLIE SAVAGE

The indictment of Matthew Keys, 26, in relation to a 2010 incident of online vandalism has led to an outcry over sentencing in computer crimes.

*Sun Storm Forecast: Tiny Chance of Havoc

By KENNETH CHANG

Huge solar flares that send out plumes of charged particles rarely directly hit Earth, but if one did, the resulting geomagnetic storm could be crippling.

*Blunt Report Says G.O.P. Needs to Regroup for ’16 (Post Mortum)

By SARAH WHEATON and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

A review of the Republican Party’s 2012 election efforts called for improving the way the party talks about its ideas, turns out potential voters and raises money.

*Good News Beats Bad on Social Networks

By JOHN TIERNEY

While old-fashioned outlets focus on tragedy and drama, on social media, people tend to share more positive news, especially about themselves

*Bringing a Virtual Brain to Life

By TIM REQUARTH

With the Human Brain Project, Henry Markram and his team in Lausanne, Switzerland, are trying to bring together scientists worldwide to create a “virtual copy of the human brain.”

*Scores Killed on Eve of Iraq Invasion’s 10th Anniversary

By TIM ARANGO

Nineteen bombs and an assassination on Tuesday served as a reminder of the violence that regularly afflicts Iraq a decade after the American-led invasion.

Finance Bill, Nearing Senate Passage, Would Protect Some Favored Programs

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ANNIE LOWREY

While the bill would protect funding for programs like infant nutrition, lawmakers warned of painful cuts for others.

*Senate Gun Bill Will Exclude Assault Weapons Ban

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

The Senate next month will consider a bill to increase the penalties for people who buy and sell illegal guns, a measure greatly reduced in scope from what President Obama sought.

U.S. Said to Look Into Microsoft Bribery Allegations

By NICK WINGFIELD

The S.E.C. and Justice Department are investigating accusations involving the company in China, Italy and Romania, a person briefed on the matter said.

Justices Permit Resale of Copyrighted Imports

By ADAM LIPTAK

The court ruled that owners of goods from overseas can do what they like with them, just as they can with those bought in the United States.

Cell Therapy Shows Promise for Acute Type of Leukemia

By DENISE GRADY

Genetically altering a patient’s immune cells has, for the first time, produced remissions in adults with a deadly type of acute leukemia. In one patient, all trace of the disease vanished in eight days.

*Senate Proposal Would Spare Vital Programs From Cuts

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ANNIE LOWREY

While the bill would protect funding for programs like infant nutrition, lawmakers warned of painful cuts for others.

Friday 3/22/2013 … UPTI: 97%

*Chicago to close scores of schools

By STEVEN YACCINO and MOTOKO RICH

After weeks of uncertainty, principals were officially notified of the closings, which represent the largest group of campuses to be shut down at one time by a city in recent memory.

*With Obama as Broker, Israelis and Turkey End Dispute

By JODI RUDOREN and MARK LANDLER

Israel’s apology for errors in a 2010 raid on a ship bound for Gaza thawed relations with Turkey and gave President Obama a solid achievement as he closed out his Middle East visit.

Myanmar Troops Sent to City Torn by Sectarian Rioting

By THOMAS FULLER

At least 20 people have died in clashes between Buddhists and Muslims outside a city in central Myanmar, according to residents, a member of Parliament and local journalists.

Ex-President of Pakistan to End Exile in Bid to Regain Influence

By DECLAN WALSH

In an effort to aid his fledgling political party, Pervez Musharraf said he would return on Sunday to Pakistan, where he faces stiff opposition and criminal charges.

Senate Democrats Offer a Budget, Then the Amendments Fly

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

Senators on both sides of the aisle offered hundreds of changes, most of them largely meaningless, in a marathon session known as the “vote-orama.”

*A Strange Computer Promises Great Speed

By QUENTIN HARDY

Lockheed Martin will make commercial use of quantum computing, which could solve some business and science problems millions of times faster than can be done today.

*Cyprus Passes Parts of Bailout Bill, but Delays Vote on Tax

By LIZ ALDERMAN

Lawmakers put off voting on a key new proposal that would confiscate 22 percent to 25 percent of uninsured deposits over 100,000 euros in one of Cyprus’s most troubled banks.

Russian Oligarch and Critic of Putin Dies in Britain

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

Once a close ally of Boris N. Yeltsin who helped install Vladimir V. Putin as president, Boris A. Berezovsky later exiled himself to Britain after a bitter falling-out with the Kremlin.

Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Setting Up Contentious Negotiations

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

The 50-to-49 vote early Saturday sets up contentious – and potentially fruitless – negotiations with the Republican-dominated House to reconcile two vastly different visions for dealing with America’s economic and budgetary problems.

South China Prepares For More Storms After 24 Die

Southern China was warned Friday to prepare for more heavy rain and hailstorms after 24 people died when severe weather lashed five provinces, including a “super-tornado” in one city …

Wednesday 3/27/2013 … UPTI: 99%

Tropical Cyclone Rusty Lands in Australia’s North West

Strong Quake Kills 1, injures 86 in Taiwan

*North Korea To Cut All Channels With South

*Speed of Light May Not Be Fixed, Scientists Suggest; Ephemeral Vacuum Particles Induce Speed-Of-Light Fluctuations

*North Dakota Governor Signs Strict Abortion Law

By JOHN ELIGON and ERIK ECKHOLM

Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions into law on Tuesday, including one measure that would ban the procedure as soon as six weeks into a pregnancy.

*Head of Cyprus’s Biggest Bank Resigns

By LIZ ALDERMAN and DAVID JOLLY

Antreas Artemis, the chairman of Bank of Cyprus, contended that he and the bank’s board were not consulted in bailout negotiations.

Justices Say Time May Be Wrong for Gay Marriage Case

By ADAM LIPTAK

Six justices questioned whether the case was properly before the court and hinted they might vote to dismiss it.

*Group of Emerging Nations Plans to Form Development Bank

By LYDIA POLGREEN

A big goal is set by the so-called BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – which seem to have little in common.

*Justices, Citing Ban on Unreasonable Searches, Limit Use of Drug-Sniffing Dogs

By ADAM LIPTAK

The Supreme Court case concerned a Labrador retriever that had detected the smell of marijuana outside a Florida house. The police found a marijuana-growing operation inside.

Justices Wary of Law Denying U.S. Benefits to Gay Spouses

By ADAM LIPTAK and PETER BAKER

A majority of the Supreme Court justices on Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

*Regulators Find British Banks Must Raise $38 Billion

By MARK SCOTT

The Bank of England said the new reserves were needed to protect against losses connected to risky loan portfolios, future regulatory fines and the rejiggering of banks’ bloated balance sheets.

Elite in China Face Austerity Under Xi’s Rule

By ANDREW JACOBS

President Xi Jinping has imposed a form of austerity on China’s free-spending elite officials, warning that graft and gluttony threaten to bring down the Communist Party.

*U.N. Close to Curbing Arms Trade With Treaty

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR and RICK GLADSTONE

The treaty would set international standards for conventional weapons sales, tying them to respect for human rights, the prevention of war crimes and the protection of civilians.

*Bacteria in the Intestines May Help Tip the Bathroom Scale, Studies Show

By DENISE GRADY

Two studies have found that the bacterial makeup of the intestines may help determine whether people gain or lose weight.

Syrian Students Killed in Attack on University Cafeteria

By ANNE BARNARD

Mortar shells hit Damascus University, state television said, killing at least 12 students and subverting an aura of normalcy that President Bashar al-Assad has sought to cultivate.

Taliban Terrorize Karachi as the New Gang in Town

By DECLAN WALSH and ZIA ur-REHMAN

The grab for influence and power in the city shows that the Taliban have been able to extend their reach across Pakistan, and not just in the frontier regions.

*U.S. Runs Practice Sortie in South Korea

By THOM SHANKER and CHOE SANG-HUN

The rare announcement that the United States military ran a practice bombing sortie over South Korea underscores Washington’s commitment to defend its ally amid rising tensions with North Korea.

*Mystery Malady Kills More Bees, Heightening Worry on Farms

By MICHAEL WINES

A mysterious ailment appears to have expanded drastically in the past year, wiping out as many as half of the hives needed to pollinate much of America’s produce.

Sunday 3/31/2013 … UPTI: 95%

http://spaceweather.com/ …Geomagnetic Activity strong

Rescue Efforts Hampered in Tibet Landslide

BEIJING—Chinese authorities on Sunday reported little progress in the search for survivors from a Friday landslide that state media said buried 83 workers at a mining site in Tibet

*Rare Find Backs Shape-Shifting Neutrino

Physicists announced further proof for a theory that mysterious particles called neutrinos which go “missing” on the journey from the Sun to Earth are in fact shape-shifting

North Korea Vows to Strengthen Nuclear Arsenal

North Korea has vowed to develop and launch more advanced satellites and says the country’s nuclear weapons are non-negotiable

*New Models Predict Drastically Greener Arctic in Coming Decades

New research predicts that rising temperatures will lead to a massive “greening,” or increase in plant cover, in the Arctic

Powerful Atlantic Coast-to-Coast Storm Threatens Spring Break

An unusually large storm responsible for this past week’s record late March snow has moved over to the North Atlantic

China And Russia Conduct ‘Surprise’ Military Exercises

*Texas DA & Wife Killed: Others In Hiding

Kaufman County, Texas prosecutor Mike McLelland and his wife were gunned down in their homes Saturday night

*Cost of Environmental Damage in China Growing Rapidly Amid Industrialization

By EDWARD WONG

A report from the Ministry of Environmental Protection put the figure at $230 billion in 2010, based on costs rising from pollution and damage to the ecosystem.

*Ex-Schools Chief in Atlanta Is Indicted in Testing Scandal

By MICHAEL WINERIP

A third-grade teacher’s 2010 choice to aid a state investigator helped lead to the indictment Friday of a former superintendent and 34 others in a vast alleged cheating scheme.

Obama Pushes Plan to Build Roads and Bridges

By PETER BAKER and JOHN SCHWARTZ

Declaring, “Let’s get started rebuilding America,” President Obama promoted a merger of tax breaks, loans and private investment to generate money for projects.

Devices Like Cable Boxes Figured in Internet Attack

By NICOLE PERLROTH

This week’s Internet attack was enabled by the operators of more than 27 million Internet servers who left their equipment wide open to a motivated attacker.

*Short of Money, Egypt Sees Crisis on Fuel and Food

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

The cash shortage is raising questions about Egypt’s ability to keep importing wheat that is essential to the food supply, stirring fears of an economic catastrophe.

Kenyan Court Upholds Election of Candidate Facing Charges in The Hague

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

The decision eliminated the last hurdle for Uhuru Kenyatta, who has been charged with crimes against humanity, to take office. Protests erupted soon after.

North Korea Threatens to Close Factories It Runs With South

By CHOE SANG-HUN and GERRY MULLANY

Some leading government-run Web sites stopped operating in what may be another case of cyberwarfare on the Korean Peninsula.

*Oil Pipeline Ruptures in Arkansas

By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ

An Exxon Mobil crude oil pipeline ruptured near Mayflower, Ark., spilling as many as 10,000 barrels of oil, the company said.

Labor and Business Reach Deal on Immigration Issue

By ASHLEY PARKER and STEVEN GREENHOUSE

The agreement between the nation’s top business and labor groups clears the path for broad immigration legislation to be introduced when Congress returns from its two-week recess in mid-April.

*If a Fund Turns on a Dime, Watch Your Dollars

By GRETCHEN MORGENSON

The demise of the Willow Fund, which was sponsored and sold by UBS, offers two lessons in investment risk.

*If a Fund Turns on a Dime, Watch Your Dollar

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

Consumers insist that they treasure their online privacy. But their mouse clicks tell a far different tale, as the experiments of a behavioral economist show.

An American Quilt of Privacy Laws, Incomplete

By NATASHA SINGER

Europe and the United States are operating at far different speeds with respect to data privacy regulation. And that could be a stumbling block in future trade talks.

*America the Innovative?

By EAMONN FINGLETON

As China becomes richer, is it destined to pass the United States as the world’s most inventive nation?

*A.D.H.D. Seen in 11% of U.S. Children as Diagnoses Rise

By ALAN SCHWARZ and SARAH COHEN

A marked rise over the last decade in diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could fuel growing concern that the diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.

*Pay for Boards at Banks Soars Amid Cutbacks

By SUSANNE CRAIG

Banks and compensation experts say the complexity of the business justifies the compensation, but critics say increased regulation has limited the boards’ jobs.

*Health Law Provision for Small Business Is Delayed

By ROBERT PEAR

Most states’ small businesses will not get what Congress intended next year: the option to provide workers with a choice of health plans. They will instead be limited to a single plan.

*Patent’s Defeat in India Is Key Victory for Generic Drugs

By GARDINER HARRIS

India’s top court rejected a Swiss drug maker’s patent request for a major cancer drug on Monday, ensuring poor patients’ access to many of the world’s best drugs, at least for a while.

*North Korea Declares War On The US And South Korea

*South Korea Vows Military Reply if North Provokes It

By CHOE SANG-HUN

President Park Geun-hye ordered her generals to “respond strongly” to any North Korean provocation, the latest turn in an escalating war of words.

Rumors of a Cheap-Energy Jobs Boom Remain Just That

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

Despite predictions that cheaper natural gas would generate big increases in factory payrolls, manufacturers are increasingly automated and still have two million fewer workers than in 2007.

First major U.S. city goes under...Stockton, CA, to enter bankruptcy

Tuesday 4/2/2013 … UPTI: 71%

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Metaphysical Musing with Mark Radio Show notes for Tuesday, March 5th 2013

The following is a  list of news headlines (many courtesy of clickable links to the New York Times [nytimes.com], huffingtonpost.com, beforeitsnew.coms, earthchangesmedia.com updated real time as events occur plus or minus one day or so (+- 36 hours) of a Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological proprietary Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) peak.  The index percent strength follows each date with the apparent most important headlines highlighted in “bold” and/or with an “asterisk” (the number additional ” * ” indicate a more important headline).    These trigger date news events may be as simple as a synchronicity, a beginning seed event, or a mature manifestation event.  Please note that the UPTI index is a “work in progress” and is continually being revised to improve accuracy. Also, although a news event may seem trivial, many times a news event may be not only a seed event that may lead to a larger manifestation event later; but also a news event may be an an indication or manifestation of a strong emotional issue created by the mass consciousness for spiritual growth (e.g., healing, clearing, and/or frequency evolvement).

To listen to the 3/5/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/03/06/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

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Friday 2/1/2013 … UPTI: 63%

Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Hit Southeastern Alaska

*Congress Passes Debt Bill as a $1 Trillion Ax LoomsThe 64-to-34 vote ended for now a showdown that had threatened the full faith and credit of the United States government.

Birth Control Rule Altered to Allay Religious ObjectionsThe Obama administration proposed a compromise that it said would guarantee free coverage of birth control while allowing churches and religious organizations not to pay for it.

*Diocese Papers in Los Angeles Detail Decades of AbuseCardinal Roger Mahony, the former archbishop of Los Angeles, insisted that his approach to sexual abuse had evolved as he learned more over the years

*Suicide Blast Kills U.S. Embassy Guard in TurkeyA journalist was also hurt in Ankara, the capital. Officials in Turkey blamed the attack on a homegrown Marxist group.

 
Monday 2/4/2013 … UPTI: 99%

*Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Sex, Lies, And the Catholic Mea Maxima Culpa, premiering tonight on HBO, tackles the Catholic Church’s sordid history of sex abuse.

*U.S. Accuses S.&P. of Fraud in Suit on Loan BundlesA suit against Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service is the first the government has brought against the credit ratings agencies related to the financial crisis.

Broad Powers Seen for Obama in CyberstrikesThe administration is moving to approve the nation’s first rules for how the military can defend, or retaliate, against a major cyberattack.

*Vast Oil Reserve May Now Be Within Reach, and Battle Heats UpDepost Monterey Shale, which could represent the future of California’s oil industry, is producing conflict between drillers and environmental interests wary of hydraulic fracturing.

Top Donors to Republicans Seek More Say in Senate Races The Republican Party’s biggest donors are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts.

Memo Cites Legal Basis for Killing U.S. Citizens in Al QaedaObama administration lawyers said it would be lawful to kill a United States citizen who is a ranking figure in Al Qaeda and who posed “an imminent threat” against the country.

*Standoff in Alabama Ends in Boy’s Rescue and Kidnapper’s DeathThe man who held a five-year-old boy in a bunker for days was killed during a rescue operation by federal agents.

Violence Act Returns in Test of Republicans’ Appeal to WomenWith the Senate voting to renew the Violence Against Women Act, the House is left to either stand against the provisions that derailed the bill last year or to compromise.

Two Parties Map Strategy on Automatic Budget CutsWith deep spending cuts set to take effect on March 1, Congressional Democrats said Wednesday they were nearing legislation to allow a reprieve, financed by a mix of spending reductions and tax loophole closings.

House G.O.P. Looks at Immigration Path Short of CitizenshipHouse Republicans staked out what they cast as a middle-ground option, pushing an approach that could include legalization but not a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

*Lost Votes, Problem Ballots, Long Waits? Flaws Are Widespread, Study FindsProblems in the election system extend beyond isolated voting issues in a few locations, according to a study from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Cantor Speech Expands His Visibility and Party Vision Eric Cantor laid out an expansive social agenda for the Republican Party on education, health care, job training and scientific research.

Drone Strikes’ Dangers to Get Rare Moment in Public EyeThe chief architect of a clandestine campaign of targeted killings, John O. Brennan, will face a Senate hearing Thursday as President Obama’s nominee for C.I.A. director.

*British House of Commons Approves Gay MarriagePrime Minister David Cameron championed the measure, but faced a major rebellion by lawmakers in his party.

*State Debt Guarantees That Are ‘Hidden’ Add to Worries in Europe The hawks who watch government debt are starting to focus on what they consider the under-reported financial obligations of countries like Slovenia, Malta and others

*Study Looks at Particles Used in FoodThe group As You Sow said nanoparticles, the size of molecules, have been found in the blood stream after ingestion and inhalation.

Zynga at a Crossroads in Mobile QuestAs its revenue remains flat, the social-game creator faces the test of successfully putting its most popular Web games, starting with Farmville, on mobile devices.

Dell Goes Private in $24 Billion Buyout, Largest Since 2007The computer maker, seeking to revive itself after years of decline, said on Tuesday it had agreed to go private in a deal led by its founder and the investment firm Silver Lake.

*Postal Service to End Delivery of Letters on SaturdaysThe financially struggling agency is planning to stop delivery of letters and other mail but will handle packages six days a week, a move it said would save about $2 billion a year.

Killing of Tunisian Opposition Figure Sets Off ProtestsThousands of protesters gathered on Wednesday in Tunis after Chokri Belaid, a fierce critic of the Islamist-led government, was killed by gunmen outside his home.

R.B.S. to Pay $612 Million Over Rate RiggingThe Royal Bank of Scotland on Wednesday settled with American and British authorities over accusations that it manipulated rates.

Protecting Your Privacy on the New FacebookHow to guard your information on Facebook in light of the new search tool that lets strangers discover who you are, what you like and where you go.

Europe Adopts Sweeping Changes to Fishing PolicyThe European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to overhaul the region’s troubled fisheries policy to end decades of overfishing.

Thursday 2/7/2013 … UPTI: 72%

*United States Announces New Iran SanctionsThe United States blacklisted several organizations in Iran, widening the American effort to pressure the government over its nuclear program and human rights abuses.

*Tsunami Causes Deaths and Damages Homes on Solomon IslandsThe tsunami sent strong waves crashing into several South Pacific islands, with officials in the Solomon Islands saying that at least four people died.

*Bacteria Found Deep Under Ice, Scientists Say, Opening New Antarctic WorldThe discovery might advance knowledge of how life could survive on other planets, and it offers the first glimpse of a vast subglacial ecosystem of microscopic life.

 

Saturday 2/9/2013 … UPTI: 74%

Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Hit Colombia

*Storm’s Heavy Snow and High Winds Lash at the NortheastAfter a day of pelting wet snow, five states had called states of emergency, and Massachusetts had banned cars from every road in the state. Conditions quickly worsened after dusk fell.

Debating a Court to Vet Drone StrikesSome want to apply the model of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court, which reviews eavesdropping on American soil, to the targeted killings of terrorism suspects.

*Tunisians’ Anger on Display at FuneralThe killing of Chokri Belaid, a harsh critic of the ruling Islamist-led party, has led to fears that polarization and growing political violence will imperil Tunisia’s transition

Gunmen Kill Nigerian Polio Vaccine Workers in Echo of Pakistan AttacksThe killings at two clinics, with similarities to attacks that killed nine women in Pakistan, presented another setback for the global effort to eradicate polio

*A powerful but deep earthquake shook a broad swath of Colombia and Ecuador on Saturdaysending frightened people fleeing into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of significant damage or deaths

Egypt Court Orders Block on YouTube AccessA Cairo court ordered the government to block access to YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that set off deadly riots last year.

3 North Korean Doctors Are Killed in NigeriaThe attack on Saturday night comes after gunmen killed at least nine women who were administering polio vaccines in Kano, the major city in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north.

Militants Battle Malian and French Troops in Liberated TownGunfire rang out in the streets of the strategic town of Gao in northern Mali two weeks after French forces appeared to have chased radical Islamists out of the town

Damascus on Edge as War Seeps into Syrian CapitalFor months, Damascus has hunched in a defensive crouch as fighting raged in suburbs, but a rebel advance has created a new level of alarm and disord

Passengers Face Two More Days of Squalor on Carnival Ship Stranded in the GulfGrim reports from the ship were relayed to relatives, two days after a fire knocked out the ship’s propulsion system.

*Deadly Stampede at Hindu Festival That Draws MillionsAs many as 36 people were reported killed in India during a dash to get to the Hindu festival of Kumbh Mela, which was expected to draw 80 million pilgrims.

*Obama to Renew Drive for Cuts in Nuclear ArmsWhite House officials are looking at a cut that would take the arsenal of deployed weapons to just above 1,000, compared with the current 1,700.

Massive Tornado Rips Through StatesHomes are destroyed and more than a dozen people injured after a tornado tore through several counties in Mississippi late Sunday

*Frail Pope Breaks Tradition and ResignsPope Benedict XVI, saying his health is deteriorating, shocked Roman Catholics on Monday by announcing he would retire after nearly eight years on Feb. 28, becoming the first pope to do so in six centuries. “It wasn’t one thing, but a whole combination of them” that caused Pope Benedict XVI to resign, an expert said. Scandals have battered the papacy relentlessly.

Wednesday 2/13/2013 … UPTI: 74%

*Shock Wave of Fireball Meteor Rattles Siberia, Injuring 1,000 Meteor Blast Size and Scope of Injuries Seen as RareHundreds of injuries were reported after bright objects streaked through the sky over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk late Thursday into early AM Friday, along with a loud boom that damaged buildings  The meteor that exploded over Russia was said to have set off the largest explosion of its kind in more than a century. And more unusual, it left many people hurt. residents in California reported seeing an unusual flash of light over the San Francisco Bay area that left many startled and thrilled.  Also, Cuba and elsewhere reported other meteors.

6.9 Earthquake Hits Northeastern Sakha, Russia

*Defying U.N., North Korea Confirms Third Nuclear TestThe test, condemned by world leaders, was the first under Kim Jong-un and seemed to show that the country was producing devices with substantial explosive power.

*Group of 7 Says It Will Let Market Decide Currency ValuesA statement eased fears in Japan, where officials had been under fire for what some say is an unfair attempt to bring down the yen’s value.

Militant Threats Test Role of a Pentagon Command in AfricaCreated to train African forces and build social, political and economic programs, the Pentagon’s Africa Command finds itself facing a new generation of Islamist militants.

Clean Energy Faces Hurdles in LegislatureDuring his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama doubled down on his vision for renewable energy, but in Texas, the Legislature is less enthusiastic

*Where the Singles Are: A Dating Guide by ZIP CodeLas Vegas and San Jose are among the cities where single men most outnumber single women, according to a new data analysis by Trulia, a residential real estate Web site.

A Match Made in the CodeEHarmony, whose claims that its matchmaking algorithm can help people find their soul mates was criticized by academics, offers a defense.

Politics in Bangladesh Jolted by Daily DemonstrationsThousands demonstrated again on Tuesday in Dhaka, fueled by anger over a recent ruling by the country’s special war crimes tribunal that they say was too lenient.

Syrian Rebels Say They Have Seized a Military Airfield and Its WarplanesThe development, if confirmed, represents the second strategic setback for President Bashar al-Assad’s government this week.

Hemp Growing Finds Allies of a New Stripe in KentuckyProponents see hemp as a source of agricultural jobs, an alternative for struggling farmers and a wonder plant with uses from bluejeans to building materials.

*Senate Votes Overwhelmingly to Expand Domestic Violence Act With broad bipartisan support, the Senate voted to expand the Violence Against Women Act by fortifying the power of Native American courts and protecting gay victims of abuse.

Gun Debate on Capitol Hill Turns to Constitutional IssuesLegal scholars, lawyers and gun rights advocates testified before a Senate panel about the constitutionality of proposed new gun regulations, including an assault weapons ban.

Samsung Emerges as a Potent Rival to Apple’s CoolAfter sweeping the market with the iPhone and the iPad, Apple has only one real competitor. And Samsung, unlike Apple, does think people know what they want.

Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric HighwayTesla Motors has opened fast-charging stations between Washington and Boston that would, in theory, allow an E.V. road trip along the East Coast. But a test of that theory in a Model S also involved a tow truck.

*A Database of Names and How They ConnectRelationship Science is compiling a new computer database for the heavy hitters of business that lists a person’s affiliations and more.

In Age of Spending Cuts, Making a Case for GovernmentPresident Obama suggested Tuesday night that it was time to close out the politics of austerity and move to a more balanced approach on fiscal issues. President Obama pledged to fight for a higher minimum wage, more government investment in schools and clean energy, and deficit reduction through spending cuts and tax increases.

Europol Takes Down Cybercrime Gang in SpainEuropol, the European police agency, said that it had dismantled a successful cybercrime organization led by Russians who extorted money from computer user

American and US Airways Vote to Join Into Biggest CarrierBoth companies’ boards approved the combination, according to two people with knowledge of the vote, paving the way to make the nation’s largest airlines

Time Warner in Early Talks to Sell Off Most of Its MagazinesThe company’s publishing division would keep three flagships: Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated.

*Iran Upgrades Devices at Nuclear Plant as Talks ResumeAs it prepared to meet with the deputy director of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Iran said on Wednesday that it had begun to install more sophisticated enrichment devices.

Hundreds on Police Force Protest Egypt’s GovernmentOfficials of a police union that called for a strike charged that President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist allies had used the police to beat back demonstrations by his political opponents.

College Health Plans Respond as Transgender Students Gain VisibilityAdministrators at several campuses said it was students who brought the issue to their attention, part of a push to accommodate transgender students.

Debt Mounting, Postal Service Asks to Alter Business ModelThe postmaster general asked Congress to let the Postal Service run its own health plan, modify a mandate on a benefit fund, and end Saturday mail delivery.

Seeking Growth, Nurses’ Union Links to Teachers’ UnionThe National Federation of Nurses expects to gain more political clout and money by affiliating with the American Federation of Teachers.

*Apple Said to Have Team Developing Wristwatch ComputerMore reporters follow up on Nick Bilton’s scoop on the Apple watch and confirm what he wrote with more details.

House to restart cybersecurity debateWhat do you heart more: Privacy or security? Lawmakers to debate on Valentines Day.

Britain Says Equine Drug May Have Entered Food ChainBritish officials said on Thursday that a banned substance commonly used in horses and potentially harmful to humans may have entered the food chain in small quantities.

*South Korea Shows Military Muscle in Sparring With NorthSouth Korea on Thursday staged large military drills and disclosed a new cruise missile capable of hitting any target in North Korea.

Obama Bid for Europe Trade Pact Stirs Hope on Both SidesTough economic times and a perceived need to unify Europe’s frayed union — and the growing economic might of China — could help a free-trade agreement succeed now, experts said.

North Carolina Approves Steep Benefit Cuts for Jobless in Bid to Reduce DebtIn a debt-reducing effort, the Republican-controlled legislature voted to cut maximum weekly benefits to $350 from $535, a 35 percent drop

Extending a Theme, Obama Promotes Resurgence in U.S. ManufacturingPresident Obama traveled to North Carolina on Wednesday to promote the resurgence of American manufacturing, a core message from his State of the Union address.

New Leader in South Criticizes North Korea The incoming President Park Geun-hye of South Korea warned on Wednesday that North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons would bring its regime “self-destruction.”

U.S. Approves First Method to Give the Blind Limited VisionThe Food and Drug Administration approved a technology Thursday called the “artificial retina,” which enables people with certain types of blindness to detect shapes like people, cars and crosswalks.

Buffett in $23 Billion Deal for Heinz, as Big Mergers ReviveBerkshire Hathaway, the giant conglomerate run by Warren Buffett, said on Thursday it was teaming up with 3G, a Brazilian-backed firm, to acquire the iconic food company

G.O.P. Blocks Vote in Senate on Hagel for Defense PostThe move to stall Chuck Hagel’s nomination for defense secretary was likely to worsen partisan tensions while keeping the White House from assembling its national security.

Cruise Line’s Woes Are Far From Over as Ship Makes PortFor 4,200 hungry, scared people whose ship limped into dock Thursday, an ordeal was finally ending. For Carnival Cruise Lines, the work was just beginning.

Merck Settles Suits Over Cholesterol DrugThe drug maker agreed to pay $688 million to settle two lawsuits that said it had harmed investors by delaying the release of unfavorable study results for a cholesterol drug.

Love Conquers All, Except the Partisan Divide A new Fox News poll finds that when Americans look for someone to share Valentine’s Day with, odds are they are not casting their eyes across the political aisle.

 

Monday 2/18 through 2/20/2013 … UPTI: 91%

*Spectacular Mt Etna eruption lights up the night sky

Magnitude 6.1 Earthqauke Hit Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

*Farmer’s Supreme Court Challenge Puts Monsanto Patents at Risk An Indiana farmer will face off on Tuesday against the world’s largest seed company in a case that could deal a huge blow to the future of genetically modified crops.

*Greek Workers Walk Out in Fresh Austerity Protest

By NIKI KITSANTONIS

The first nationwide protest against austerity this year shut schools, reduced staffing at state hospitals and disrupted transportation.

Chinese Plan to Kill Drug Lord With Drone Highlights Military Advances

By JANE PERLEZ

China considered using a drone strike to kill a Myanmar drug lord wanted in the murders of 13 Chinese sailors, but decided instead to capture him alive, according to reports.

*Iran Is Said to Move to New Machines for Making Nuclear Fuel

By DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD 4:54 PM ET

Just days before new talks with the West, inspectors said Iran was installing a new generation of equipment for enriching uranium that could help it produce fuel more quickly.

Chávez Returns to Venezuela, Trailing Doubts

By WILLIAM NEUMAN

The predawn homecoming of President Hugo Chávez more than two months after having cancer surgery did little to dispel the uncertainty over who was running the country.

Obama Could Revisit Arming Syria Rebels as Assad Holds Firm

By MARK LANDLER and MICHAEL R. GORDON

With President Obama apparently running out of ways to speed President Bashar al-Assad’s exit, American officials may revive a debate on giving weapons to his opponents.

*Deadly Bombings Hit Southern India City

By HEATHER TIMMONS and GARDINER HARRIS 2:35 PM ET

Two bombs planted on bicycles killed at least 11 people and wounded 50 in a busy shopping district in Hyderabad Thursday night in what officials said may have been a coordinated attack.

In Reversal, Florida to Take Health Law’s Medicaid Expansion

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, a leading critic of President Obama’s health care law, said he now backed a three-year expansion of coverage for poor people.

New Federal Rule Requires Insurers to Offer Mental Health Coverage

By ROBERT PEAR

The Obama administration said the rule would let millions gain access to treatment for mental illnesses and other conditions, but some worry about the lack of a national uniform standard of care.

Lawyers Question New York Cardinal in Milwaukee Suits

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Timothy M. Dolan, the New York archbishop, spent hours in a legal deposition concerning the sexual abuse of children by priests in the last archdiocese he led.

Effects of Bullying Last Into Adulthood, Study Finds

By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS

Victims of bullying, and bullies themselves, are more likely to have an anxiety disorder, panic disorders and other psychiatric problems as adults, a new study has found.

Budget Cuts Seen as Risk to Growth of U.S. Economy

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM and ANNIE LOWREY

The cuts could reduce growth by about one-half of a percentage point in 2013, according to a range of government and private forecasters.

Obama Seeking to Boost Study of Human Brain

By JOHN MARKOFF

The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity.

Iceland Looks to Export Power Bubbling From Below

By ANDREW HIGGINS

A huge and potentially lucrative market beckons, if Iceland can find a way to transmit electricity across 1,000 miles of frigid sea.

Latest Front in the Gun Debate Is Mandatory Insurance

By MICHAEL COOPER and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH

The two sides in the gun debate seem to agree that the insurance industry should play a bigger role, but they differ on state proposals seeking to mandate liability coverage

Rothschild Loses Battle for Control of Mining Company Bumi

By MARK SCOTT

Bumi shareholders voted against a major board change proposed by the British financier Nathaniel Rothschild, including his goal to replace 12 of Bumi’s 14 board members.

New Poll Shows Obama in Strong Position on Spending Cuts

By MEGAN THEE-BRENAN

With just one week to go before the across-the-board spending cuts go into force, 49 percent say the automatic cuts should be delayed if no deal is struck by the deadline, and almost half say they would blame Republicans in Congress if there is no agreement.

Four Are Dead After a String of Shootings in California

By IAN LOVETT

A gunman killed three people and wounded at least three others before killing himself, the authorities said.

Diamonds Valued at $50 Million Stolen at Brussels Airport

By ANDREW HIGGINS

Armed men disguised as police officers drove onto a tarmac and intercepted a mix of rough and cut stones as they were being loaded onto a plane, officials said.

*Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S.

By DAVID E. SANGER, DAVID BARBOZA and NICOLE PERLROTH

An overwhelming percentage of the attacks on American companies and government agencies start in a building on the edge of Shanghai, say cybersecurity experts and American intelligence officials.

Tech Predictions for 2013: It’s All About Mobile

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

In a report about digital business, comScore published surprising tidbits about smartphone usage, the rivalry between Facebook and Google, and the most popular Web sites.

Pro-Gun Voices in Congress Are Open to Bullet Capacity Limits

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

Lawmakers in both parties view an assault weapons ban as politically toxic, but many seem more amenable to restricting the kinds of high-capacity magazines used in recent rampages.

Strikers Disrupt Iberia Terminal

By NICOLA CLARK

Several hundred protesters managed to create chaos and frustration for many passengers affected by a strike over job cuts at the troubled airline.

Suez Canal Kept Open in Spite of Egypt Protests

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

The protests are the closest that chaos has come to threatening the operations of the critical shipping artery over the last two years.

In Russia, Ruins and Property Spared by Meteor, Side by Side

By ANDREW E. KRAMER

Infrasound waves, scientists say, would explain the apparent randomness of phenomena like cracked dishes and dead electronics behind unscathed windows.

President Correa Handily Wins Re-election in Ecuador

By WILLIAM NEUMAN

The vote showed the broad popularity of President Rafael Correa’s government’s social programs and support for the poor.

Tech Industry Sets Its Sights on Gambling

By DAVID STREITFELD

With some states poised to clear the way for legal gambling on the Internet, Silicon Valley’s traditional gaming companies are expanding to meet the expected deluge of players.

A Matter of Perception

By NICK WINGFIELD

Using low-cost components developed for mobile devices, a start-up called Oculus VR hopes to put a high-quality virtual reality headset within reach of video gamers.

*On the Fast Track to a 3-D-Printed Future

By NICK BILTON

Printing in 3-D shows more promise than other technologies that President Obama has pushed, but the question is whether the United States can get a foothold in manufacturing one 3-D printer at a time.

Explosion in Crowded Market Kills Dozens in Pakistan

By DECLAN WALSH

The bombing in Quetta occurred in an area dominated by a Shiite ethnic minority that has suffered many attacks at the hands of Sunni militants.

Little Hope Amid Push for Afghans on Peace

By ALISSA J. RUBIN and DECLAN WALSH

Diplomats from eight countries are refocusing on talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban before NATO troops leave, but the major players’ sharply different visions for peace have hindered the effort.

*Group of 20 Vows to Let Markets Set Currency Values

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

At the end of a conference in Moscow, the group promised: “We will refrain from competitive devaluation. We will not target our exchange rates for competitive purposes.”

Big Sensor, Small Body: A Concept That Works

By DAVID POGUE

Sony introduces the RX1, the first compact full-frame camera. But “compact” and “full frame” can’t coexist, or can they?

Scud Missile Attack Reported in Aleppo

By HWAIDA SAAD and RICK GLADSTONE 3:13 PM ET

The reported attack, which left at least 12 civilians dead, was the second time this week that the Syrian opposition has accused the military of using Scuds on Aleppo’s rebel-held areas

Gov.  Warn Thousands May Be Exposed To Deadly TB Epidemic In Downtown Los Angeles… MORE… Warn Thousands May Be Exposed To Deadly TB Epidemic In Downtown Los Angeles…

Wednesday 2/27/2013 … UPTI: 84%

Two Strong 6.5 Magnitude Earthquakes Hit Kuril Islands
Earthquake Strikes Near Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula

Strong 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits off Vanuatu

Hundreds Of Quakes Shake Villages Around Smoking Peruvian Volcano

Saudis Step Up Help for Rebels in Syria With Croatian Arms

By C. J. CHIVERS and ERIC SCHMITT

Weapons that Western officials say were bought by Saudi Arabia and funneled to opposition fighters in Syria have been a factor in the rebels’ small tactical gains this winter against President Bashar al-Assad.

Republicans Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG

Dozens of prominent Republicans signed an amicus brief that will be submitted to the Supreme Court ahead of arguments in two cases next month.

*Top British Cardinal Resigns, a Day After Charges of ‘Inappropriate Acts’

By RACHEL DONADIO and JOHN F. BURNS

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, said he would step down and would not attend the Vatican conclave to elect a new pope.

Mediterranean Diet Shown to Ward Off Heart Attack and Stroke

By GINA KOLATA

Until now, evidence that the Mediterranean diet reduced the risk of heart disease was weak, and some experts had been skeptical that the effect of diet could be detected.

Trusts Offer a Legal Loophole for Buying Restricted Guns

By ERICA GOODE

Shooting enthusiasts are creating legal trusts to acquire firearms whose sale is limited by federal law, a mechanism that can bypass the requirement for a criminal background check.

G.O.P. Drafts Plan to Give Obama Discretion on Cuts

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

Congressional Republicans plan to counter President Obama’s warnings about the impact of $85 million in automatic budget cuts with a bill to give the White House flexibility in instituting those cuts.

*Yahoo Orders Home Workers Back to the Office

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and CATHERINE RAMPELL

The Internet pioneer takes on one of the country’s biggest workplace issues in the hope of fostering more innovation.

Connecting the Neural Dots

By JOHN MARKOFF

The Obama administration has set an ambitious goal to map the 85 to 100 billion neurons in the human brain, but scientists say they are long way from developing the necessary tools.

For Autodesk, a Step Into a Nanoscale World

By JOHN MARKOFF

This week at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., Autodesk will take the first public step toward translating its computer design approach into the emerging nanoscale world of synthetic biology and materials.

*The States Get the Bad News

With only a few days to go, the White House released details of widespread government spending cuts and the pain they would inflict on every state.

Justices Turn Back Challenge to Broader U.S. Eavesdropping

By ADAM LIPTAK

A 5-4 decision saying the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue over monitoring of international phone calls and e-mails illustrated how hard it is to mount court challenges to a wide array of antiterrorism measures.

^Rocket From Gaza Hits Israel as Anger Rises Over Prisoner

By JODI RUDOREN

A militant group in Gaza said the first rocket strike in more than three months was conducted in retaliation for the death of a Palestinian prisoner.

Now Gathering in Rome, a Conclave of Fallible Cardinals

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

A British cleric exited the selection of a new pope over alleged sexual advances toward priests, even as many accused of failing to remove clergy tied to child sexual abuse gathered.

Post-Fukushima, Arguments for Nuclear Safety Bog Down

By ERIC LIPTON and MATTHEW L. WALD

A dispute is developing between the nuclear industry and regulators, and among the regulators themselves, about the necessity of more safeguards at power plants.

Music Industry Sales Rise, and Digital Revenue Gets the Credit

By ERIC PFANNER

While the increase was tiny and the total revenue, $16.5 billion, a far cry from the $38 billion at its peak, the news is a psychological boost to an industry long in decline.

*Get Your Wrists Ready for Smartwatches

By DAVID POGUE

Here come the smartwatches, and a motley bunch they are. Some require daily charging, others use watch batteries. When it comes to design, well…

With 2 Ships Out of Commission, Shell Suspends Arctic Drilling

By JOHN M. BRODER

After a series of embarrassing accidents in its efforts to drill exploratory wells off the north coast of Alaska, Royal Dutch Shell said it would not return to the Arctic in 2013.

*Voting Rights Law Draws Skepticism From Justices

By ADAM LIPTAK

A central provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 may be in peril, judging by tough questions from the Supreme Court’s more conservative members.

*U.S. Offers Training and Other Aid to Syrian Rebels

By MARK LANDLER and MICHAEL R. GORDON

The United States is helping to train rebels at a base in the region and for the first time offering armed groups nonlethal assistance and equipment that could help their campaign, said senior administration officials.

And Now, From I.B.M., Chef Watson

By STEVE LOHR

I.B.M. is trying to expand its artificial intelligence technology by training the computer Watson in projects that involve developing drugs and creating food recipes.

Amateur Stargazing With a GPS Tour Guide

By KIT EATON

Several apps for iOS and Android will recreate the sky, calculated from your GPS coordinates, to help you understand the heavenly bodies you see.

*Benedict XVI Formally Ends His Papacy and Leaves Vatican

By RACHEL DONADIO

Benedict XVI ceased to be pope on Thursday as his resignation took effect, leaving the Roman Catholic Church’s leadership vacant while its top clerics consider who should succeed him.

*Domestic Violence Law Clears House, in Victory for Obama

By ASHLEY PARKER

The House passed a reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act, ending a battle that had highlighted problems Republicans are having with female voters.

U.S. Asks That Justices Reject California Gay Marriage Ban

By JOHN SCHWARTZ and ADAM LIPTAK

In a sweeping argument to the Supreme Court, the Obama administration said any law prohibiting same-sex marriage should be subjected to a heightened form of judicial scrutiny.

Boehner Halts Talks on Cuts; G.O.P. Cheers

By ASHLEY PARKER

Speaker John A. Boehner seems to have decided that he may have more to lose by negotiation over the impending spending cuts than letting them happen.

Soldier Admits Providing Files to WikiLeaks

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

Pfc. Bradley Manning confessed in open court to providing vast archives of military and diplomatic files to the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks.

Discord Remains at Vatican as Pope Benedict Departs

By RACHEL DONADIO

As the sun set on Rome and on his turbulent eight-year papacy, Pope Benedict XVI, a shy theologian who never seemed fully at home in the limelight, was whisked by helicopter into retirement.

Study of Ice Age Bolsters Carbon and Warming Link

By JUSTIN GILLIS

A paper published online Thursday by the journal Science suggests that the sharp warming that ended the last ice age occurred in lock step with increases in carbon dioxide.

Sunday 3/3/2013 … UPTI: 99%

Dozens Injured After Earthquake Rocks China

*Following Resignation, Top British Cardinal Acknowledges Sexual Misconduct

By JOHN F. BURNS

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Britain’s top Roman Catholic cleric and the head of the Scottish church, is the highest-ranking priest in recent history to make such an admission.

*New Chinese Leader Burnishing His Military Support

By CHRIS BUCKLEY

On the eve of the opening of the National People’s Congress, Xi Jinping is using the armed forces to cement his political authority and present a tough stance by China in growing territorial disputes.

*Blast Kills at Least 45 Pakistanis in Shiite District of Karachi

By DECLAN WALSH and SALMAN MASOOD 6:43 PM ET

Two powerful explosions ripped through a predominately Shiite neighborhood in Karachi on Sunday evening, in a bomb attack that killed at least 37 people and wounding at least 90, police and rescue officials said.

Queen Elizabeth II Hospitalized

By JOHN F. BURNS

The queen, who is 86, was admitted to a London hospital after experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis, according to Buckingham Palace.

At Least 19 Killed as Unrest Persists in Bangladesh

By JULFIKAR ALI MANIK and JIM YARDLEY

Angry skirmishes over convictions by a war crimes tribunal entered another day, with several deaths.

*Tensions Escalating on Borneo as Malaysia Doubles Military Forces

By FLOYD WHALEY

On the island of Borneo, seven people were reported killed, and four hostages taken, as fighting continued Sunday in the Malaysian state of Sabah

As Automatic Budget Cuts Go Into Effect, Poor May Be Hit Particularly Hard

By ANNIE LOWREY

Unless a deal is reached, the $85 billion in cuts will affect programs including those that provide housing vouchers and fortified baby formula.

Biden Leads Re-enactment of Voting Rights March

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 5:05 PM ET

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said efforts to diminish the impact of African-Americans’ votes haven’t stopped since the 1965 Voting Rights Act added millions to Southern voter rolls.

*Syian Rebels Reported to Take Key City After Heavy Fighting

By HANIA MOURTADA, ALAN COWELL and RICK GLADSTONE

Syrian rebels seized control of the city of Raqqa on Monday after days of clashes with government forces, activists said, which would make it the first provincial capital taken by the resistance.

*Stealth Subsidy for Businesses Comes Under Scrutiny

By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH and LOUISE STORY

Many companies are borrowing money for projects using tax-exempt bonds called qualified private activity bonds, costing federal taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Chinese Stocks Fall on Steps to Curb Property Prices

By DAVID BARBOZA

China’s cabinet, or State Council, said home sellers would soon pay a 20 percent capital gains tax.

*In Medical First, a Baby With H.I.V. Is Deemed Cured

By ANDREW POLLACK and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

If further study shows the procedure works in other infants, it could lead to more aggressive treatment of babies infected at birth and a sharp reduction in the number of children living with H.I.V.

As Hacking Against U.S. Rises, Experts Try to Pin Down Motive

By NICOLE PERLROTH, DAVID E. SANGER and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

Motives for a cyberattack, which could range from industrial spying to disabling the power grid, remain obscure.

*Where Apps Meet Work, Secret Data Is at Risk

By QUENTIN HARDY

Employees who put company information online with their smartphones create a tricky problem for I.T. departments: how to protect corporate data without hindering employees’ work.

Web Privacy Becomes a Business Imperative

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

Increasingly, Internet companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Mozilla are pushing each other to prove to consumers that their data is safe and in their control.

Kamchatka Volcano Spews Up Ash, No Danger For Local Settlements

Metaphysical Musing with Mark Radio Show notes for Tuesday February, 2013

The following is a  list of news headlines (many courtesy of the New York Times) updated real time as events occur plus or minus one day or so (+- 36 hours) of a Metaphysical Musing with Mark Show astrological proprietary Uranus-Pluto Trigger Index (UPTI) peak.  The index percent strength follows each date with the apparent most important headlines highlighted in “bold” and/or with an “asterisk” (the number additional ” * ” indicate a more important headline).    These trigger date news events may be as simple as a synchronicity, a beginning seed event, or a mature manifestation event.  Please note that the UPTI index is a “work in progress” and is continually being revised to improve accuracy. Also, although a news event may seem trivial, many times a news event may be not only a seed event that may lead to a larger manifestation event later; but also a news event may be an an indication or manifestation of a strong emotional issue created by the mass consciousness for spiritual growth (e.g., healing, clearing, and/or frequency evolvement).

To listen to the 2/5/2013 archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/metaphysicalmusingwithmark/2013/02/06/metaphysical-musing-with-mark-clairvoyant-intuitive

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Monday 12/31/2012 … UPTI: 80%

Amid Pressure, House Passes Fiscal Deal Ending a climactic showdown in the final hours of the 112th Congress, the House sent President Obama legislation to avert big income tax increases on most Americans.

Hillary Clinton Is Hospitalized After Exam Finds a Blood Clot Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is being treated with anticoagulant medication after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from her concussion this month.

U.S. Clears DNA Firm’s Acquisition by Chinese The controversial purchase of a Silicon Valley-based DNA sequencing company by a Chinese firm has raised concerns about American competitiveness in a field that is becoming a big business

Thursday 1/4/2013 … UPTI: 73%

Stalling of Storm Aid Makes Northeast Republicans Furious The depth of the anger that followed the House’s refusal to take up a package of assistance for Hurricane Sandy victims was extraordinary and exceedingly personal.

Drone Kills a Pakistani Militant Behind Attacks on U.S. Forces The death of Maulvi Nazir, reported by security officials, was seen as a serious blow to Taliban fighters who attack United States and allied forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

Why You Won’t Be the Person You Expect to Be According to research in the journal Science, people tend to underestimate how much their personalities and tastes will change in the future.

Day of Records and Firsts as 113th Congress Opens The first day of the 113th Congress brought a new diversity to the Capitol, including a record number of women and various firsts for the numbers of Latinos and Asians.

F.D.A. Offers Broad New Rules to Fight Food Contamination Under a proposal, the Food and Drug Administration would shift from taking action after contamination occurred to requiring measures to prevent it in the first place.

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