Turkish Teams Hunt for Quake Survivors as Death Toll Hits 35

ANKARA, Turkey—Working against the clock in freezing temperatures, Turkish rescue teams pulled more survivors from collapsed buildings Sunday, days after a powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the country’s east.

Authorities said the death toll rose to at least 35 people.

Turkish television showed Ayse Yildiz, 35, and her 2-year-old daughter Yusra being dragged out of the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in the city of Elazig. They had been trapped for 28 hours after the earthquake struck on Friday night. read more

California Patient Is 3rd US Case of New Virus From China

SANTA ANA, Calif.—A patient in Southern California is the third person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with the new pneumonia-like virus from China, health officials said.

The Centers for Disease Control confirmed a traveler from the Chinese city of Wuhan—the epicenter of the outbreak—tested positive for the virus, the Orange County Health Care Agency announced just before midnight Saturday. The patient is in isolation at a hospital and in good condition, a release from the agency said. read more

Photographer Hides for Two Hours to Capture This Perfectly Camouflaged Owl

This is the moment a photographer captured a perfectly camouflaged owl hidden in the tree as its feathers blended seamlessly with the bark.

The bird of prey is a Barred owl, also known as the Northern Barred owl or Hoot owl, and is common in eastern North America. The picture was captured by amateur photographer Debbie Peck, of Oklahoma, who hid for around two hours in Caddo County park to capture this perfect shot in May 2018.

Illustration – Shutterstock | Lars Schmidt-Eisenlohr

Debbie Peck, then 60, said: “I sit a lot and listen for the different birds—sometimes for hours. read more

What Europe Can Do To Avoid WWIII? Say “No!” Now To Its Start

What Europe Can Do To Avoid WWIII? Say “No!” Now To Its Start

Authored by Eric Zuesse via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The US Government, which had lied its way into invading and destroying Iraq in 2003 (with a little help from UK and Europeans), wants Europeans to pitch-in for more US-run invasions. Europeans find this disturbing, but not repulsive enough to say, flat-out, “No!” to it. However, only that “No!” can stop the onrush toward a massive US war against both Iran and Iraq, which would spread ultimately into a global nuclear war between US and Russia. read more

Death Toll in China from Viral Outbreak Rises to 56 As Confirmed Cases Top 2,000

Chinese authorities are struggling to contain a viral outbreak that originated from the central city of Wuhan, as the death toll and number of confirmed cases continue climbing daily.

As of Jan. 26, the death toll has reached 56. China’s National Health Commission did not provide a new tally of total infections, but Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported 2,033 cases based on official data released by local Chinese governments.

The United States also reported a new case on Saturday, as health officials in Orange County, California, confirmed the third case of viral pneumonia in the country. According to local broadcaster KTLA, the patient recently traveled to Wuhan. read more

CNN Blames Bar Shooting on Lax Gun Laws. It Got The Facts Wrong

A CNN article on a recent Kansas City bar shooting mischaracterized the shooter’s criminal history to blame the killing on Missouri’s gun laws.

Police identified 29-year-old Jahron Swift as the shooter who killed one woman and injured 15 before he was killed by an armed guard January 19. CNN published a report Wednesday saying Swift likely would have gone to prison over a weapons charge if not for the state’s 2017 permitless carry law. However, the report obfuscated the date of Swift’s charge to suggest the law let him off the hook for it. read more

Trump and the Catholic Vote

In 2016, Donald Trump, running alongside a Catholic turned Evangelical in Mike Pence, scooped up a majority of the Catholic vote. Hillary Clinton had added to her ticket nominally Catholic Tim Kaine, but that didn’t stop white Catholics from gravitating to Trump. Presumed opponent Joe Biden faces a similar problem. Trump remains popular with Mass-going white Catholics, who not only appreciate his strong stances in favor of religious freedom and a pro-life judiciary but also recognize that he has delivered to the country three-plus years of peace and prosperity. read more

Couples Enjoy an Enriching and Relaxing Evening at Shen Yun Performing Arts

DALLAS—Celestial maidens, magical flutes, enchanting lantern light—Shen Yun Performing Arts transported sights and sounds from China’s ancient culture to a stage in Dallas on the evening of Jan. 25, 2020. The performance’s profound themes and beautiful scenery touched the hearts of two couples in the audience.

The performance in Dallas happened to fall on an auspicious date—Chinese New Year—and was the first time Robert and Susan Ruston had seen New York-based Shen Yun. Robert Ruston is in the oil and gas business. His wife Susan, formerly an account, is now a homeschooler. read more

Shen Yun in Dallas: Audience Enjoys Artistry, Humor, and Hope

DALLAS—Chinese civilization has 5,000 years of history and for most of that time it was sustained by a core of ethical and spiritual values. Many of these values—truth, justice, humility, kindness, and belief in the divine—are universal.

The mission of New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts is to revive these values, which have nearly disappeared in China under communism.

Audience at the matinee show at Dallas’s Winspear Opera House on Jan. 25, 2020, were impressed with Shen Yun’s artistry: the choreography and skill of the dancers, the intricate, colorful costumes, the music, and the humor and poignancy of the narrative dances. read more