• Why the Saudi oil attack is a ‘big deal’ that could be a ‘game changer’ in stock markets and crude prices

    An intensifying Middle East conflict is threatening to throw the world's energy market into disarray after weekend drone attacks destroyed parts of Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq plant - one of the world's largest processors of oil - and a separate nearby oil field. On Saturday, the drone attacks, directed at Saudi Arabian oil facilities that account for nearly 10 million barrels of crude-oil production, resulted in massive plumes of black smoke emanating from the oil field, and a shutdown that could lead to about 50% of its production being at least temporarily thrown offline. Prominent crude-oil strategist Phil Flynn at Price Futures Group told MarketWatch on Sunday that the drone strike was a “big deal” that could result in a major spike in crude-oil prices, because of the potential disruption to global supplies.

  • Trump's Worst Fear: Iran Attacks U.S. Bases and Aircraft Carriers with Missiles

    Iran is continuing to develop increasingly long-range ballistic missiles -- and is firing some shorter-range missiles in combat -- despite demands from the U.S. government that the Islamic republic totally give up any weapons that could, in theory, carry a nuclear warhead.

  • Family of Ex-Cheerleader Acquitted of Killing Her Baby Will 'Bring Closure' with Proper Burial

    Cheerleader Family 'Bring Annabelle Closure' with Proper Burial

  • New Zealand’s Ardern Under Scrutiny After Botched Sexual Assault Allegation

    (Bloomberg) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s leadership is under scrutiny after her Labour Party botched its handling of an alleged sexual assault on a 19-year-old party volunteer.Ardern has been forced to apologize to the woman and take control of an investigation into the allegations, including that she was attacked and groped by a Labour Party staffer in early 2018. The party decided earlier this year that no disciplinary action was necessary, prompting the woman to tell her story to the media. Since then, Labour Party President Nigel Haworth and the man at the center of the allegations, who worked in parliament and hasn’t been identified, have both resigned.“There are no excuses for the handling of the complaints by the Labour Party, and I will offer none,” Ardern said at a post-cabinet press conference in Wellington on Monday, a week after the sexual assault allegation was detailed by website The Spinoff. “We have a duty of care, and we failed in it.”A year out from a general election, the scandal has the potential to undermine support for Labour and Ardern, whose popularity has much to do with her image as a caring leader and champion of the disadvantaged, including women in the workplace. Questions are being asked not only about the culture of the Labour Party, which mishandled a separate sexual assault allegation last year, but also whether Ardern knew about the allegations sooner than she says she did.The Labour Party looked into multiple complaints against the man from several people, including harassment and bullying, but Ardern says she was not aware of the sexual assault claim until The Spinoff article.While Haworth said the woman’s complaint about the man didn’t include the allegation of sexual assault, she insists it did. A lawyer is currently conducting an appeal process, and Ardern said today that an independent third party would review Labour’s handling of the allegations. Ardern has also agreed to meet with the complainants.“While the party has continued to maintain that they weren’t in receipt of the complaints that have since been published in the media, that is secondary to the fact that the complaints made to the party were of significant concern and needed to be heard in a timely way,” she said. “That didn’t happen.”To contact the reporter on this story: Matthew Brockett in Wellington at mbrockett1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Matthew Brockett at mbrockett1@bloomberg.net, Edward JohnsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • 8 earthquakes strike North Carolina within one week

    In one week, eight earthquakes between magnitudes 1.4 to 2.5 hit the Western North Carolina region, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).A town called Cherokee in the western part of North Carolina experienced six tremors in five days last week.The strongest earthquake was a magnitude 2.5 around 11:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday approximately 2.5 miles southwest of Cherokee. Last night's 2.3 magnitude earthquake near the North Carolina/Tennessee border is a reminder that eathhquakes can & do happen in our state. Register for the Southeast Shakeout earthquake drill on Oct. 17 and practice your earthquake preparedness. ReadyNChttps://t.co/u2rZRmmyCu pic.twitter.com/bxWv0jl0Ge -- NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) September 12, 2019Three of the quakes were within hours of each other on Wednesday night, and they were nearby one another. The first one was a 2.3-magnitude earthquake at 8:13 p.m. EDT near Cherokee, North Carolina.Four hours later, at 11:03 p.m. EDT, a magnitude 2.5 earthquake struck approximately two and a half miles away.The third earthquake with a magnitude of 2.1 hit a few minutes later, at 11:14 p.m. EDT. The quake was almost at surface level, according to the USGS. Five of the earthquakes near Cherokee, North Carolina were in close to proximity to each other. Two more recent quakes struck closer to central North Carolina, near Greensboro. 1. Sept. 7, 8:14 p.m. EDT: 1.9 magnitude, 5 miles south of Cherokee, North Carolina 2. Sept. 9, 4:21 a.m. EDT: 1.4 magnitude, 3.1 miles south-southwest of Cherokee, North Carolina 3. Sept. 9, 3:08 p.m. EDT: 2.0 magnitude, 3.1 miles south-southwest of Cherokee, North Carolina 4. Sept. 11, 8:13 p.m. EDT: 2.3 magnitude, 3.7 miles south of Cherokee, North Carolina 5. Sept. 11, 11:03 p.m. EDT: 2.5 magnitude, 2.5 miles southwest of Cherokee, North Carolina 6. Sept. 11, 11:14 p.m. EDT: 2.1 magnitude, 3.7 miles south-southwest of Cherokee, North Carolina 7. Sept. 12, 10:48 p.m. EDT: 2.0 magnitude, 1.9 miles east-southeast of Greensboro, North Carolina 8. Sept. 13, 8:25 p.m. EDT: 2.4 magnitude, 3.7 miles east of Advance, North CarolinaMost of the quakes happened between three and four miles in depth below the surface. WFMY News reported people felt their house shake and heard a loud "boom" that sounded like an explosion in the 2.3-magnitude earthquake that hit in between Arcadia and Advance. Others felt the quake as far away as Winston-Salem.There were no reports of injuries or damage.

  • California woman who dreamed she ate her engagement ring has surgery after waking up to find she actually did

    A San Diego woman has had surgery after dreamed she was forced to eat her engagement ring woke up to discover that she had actually eaten it. Jenna Evans was deep asleep on Tuesday night when she dreamed that she and her fiancé, Bobby, were on a high-speed train facing off with “bad guys” and during the fight Bobby told her she had to swallow her engagement ring to protect it from them, she told ABC San Diego affiliate station KGTV. When she woke up, however, she saw that the ring was gone and immediately knew what had happened.