Friday, March 18, 2011

Slow aid forces survivors to extremes

A woman searches for her missing husband through the earthquake and tsunami-hit town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Friday, March 18, 2011. (AP)  

Resourcefulness and kindness help combat despair in Japan's ravaged areas. 

'Stand By Me' cast reunites 25 years later

Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Wil Wheaton in "Stand By Me" (Columbia Pictures/Everett Collection)  

Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, and Wil Wheaton gather for the re-release of the iconic film.

8 tips for taking a great self-portrait

Woman taking picture of herself with cell phone (Photo by Jupiterimages) 

 Looking directly into the camera is boring – and it'll make your nose look larger.

6 protein-packed snacks that fill you up

Close up of beef jerky (Corbis) 

Despite its reputation as convenience store junk, jerky is a smart choice that's lean and savory.

Biggest security threats on Facebook

Facebook user (Getty Images/file photo) 

 Read actual Facebook messages that turned out to be "phishing" attempts by Internet crooks.

Nagasaki survivor speaks out on new threat

(L-R) Mushroom cloud from Nagasaki bombing (AP), Kazuko Yamashita (Reuters) 

Haunted by the bomb that hit when she was 5, Kazuko Yamashita has a blunt message on current crisis.

13 things your barista won’t tell you

Woman standing beside espresso machine  (Photo by Jupiterimages) 

 "If you’re not at Starbucks, don’t order like you are," says one cafe employee.

TV reporter's close call with an SUV

Screenshot from 10News Sports, San Diego, CA 

 A live report on San Diego State's tourney win turns into a scary situation when a car approaches.

Kate Middleton's see-through dress sold

ST.ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - MARCH 26, 2002: (FILE PHOTO)  Kate Middleton models on the catwalk at a student fashion show  attended by Prince William, on March, 26, 2002 in St.Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by M Neilson/Getty Images) Kate Middleton 

 A provocative frock that may have attracted a prince is sold at auction.

Libyan declares cease-fire after UN vote

TRIPOLI, Libya – Libya declared an immediate cease-fire and promised to stop military operations Friday in a bid to fend off international military intervention after the U.N. authorized a no-fly zone and "all necessary measures" to prevent the regime from striking its own people.
The announcement by Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa followed a fierce attack by Gadhafi's forces against Misrata, the last rebel-held city in the western half of the country. A doctor said at least six people were killed.
The U.N. Security Council resolution, which was passed late Thursday after weeks of deliberation, set the stage for airstrikes, a no-fly zone and other military measures short of a ground invasion. Britain announced that it would send fighter jets and France was making plans to deploy planes, but the U.S. had yet to announce what its role would be. NATO also held an emergency meeting.
With the international community mobilizing, Koussa said the government would cease fire in line with the resolution, although he criticized the authorization of international military action, calling it a violation of Libya's sovereignty.
"The government is opening channels for true, serious dialogue with all parties," he said during a news conference in Tripoli, the capital.
The attack on Misrata, Libya's third-largest city, came as the rebels were on the defensive in their eastern stronghold after Gadhafi vowed to launch a final assault and crush the nearly 5-week-old rebellion against him.
The opposition expressed hope the U.N. resolution would help turn the tide in their favor after days of fierce fighting.
"We think Gadhafi's forces will not advance against us. Our morale is very high now. I think we have the upper hand," Col. Salah Osman, a former army officer who defected to the rebel side, said. He was speaking at a checkpoint near the eastern town of Sultan.
Click image to see photos of protests in Libya

AFP/Patrick Baz
The Western powers faced pressure to act urgently after weeks spent deliberation over what to do about Gadhafi as his regime gained momentum. The U.S. has positioned a host of forces and ships in the region, including submarines and destroyers and amphibious assault and landing ships with some 400 Marines aboard. It also could provide a range of surveillance assets.

Strapped school seeks savior in a hippo

Hippo in Hutto, Texas. (AP) 

Hutto, Texas, looks to a large animal to pull itself out of a multimillion-dollar budget hole.