DoomsDay Headlines 2-11-2014: Stock Market, Apocalypse, 12,000 Job Cuts, EMP Threat, Iran Missiles, Generate Centrifuges 15X Faster, Israel, Pension Funding Suspended, SS Shutdown, Rare Brain Disease, Major Storm, Drug Shortages, Power Outage, Thames River, Crop Shortages, Christian-Muslim Fighting, Laser Attacks, Drug Shortages, Dengue Fever

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Stock market tracks eerily with 1929 

There are eerie parallels between the stock market’s recent behavior and how it behaved right before the 1929 crash. That at least is the conclusion reached by a frightening chart that has been making the rounds on Wall Street. The chart superimposes the market’s recent performance on top of a plot of its gyrations in 1928 and 1929. 

Retail Apocalypse? Major Chains Closing Hundreds Of Stores   

Hundreds of stores across the nation are closing as some of America’s most famous retailers struggle to stay in business.


Barclays to cut 12,000 jobs 

Barclays said it would axe up to 12,000 jobs this year even as it raised bonuses for investment bankers, prompting fury among politicians and unions who said it had not learned the lessons of the financial crisis.

Approaching Iranian Warships Raise EMP Threat 

National security experts have expressed alarm over the announcement by Iran that it will position its warships off the coast of the United States, from where they could launch a nuclear warhead to explode at high altitude to create an electromagnetic pulse.


Iran test-fires long-range missile

Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said one of them was a long-range ballistic missile with radar-evading capabilities.;_ylt=AwrBEiEWKflSCSUASVTQtDMD

Iran claims new generation of 15-times-faster centrifuges

Iran’s nuclear chief declared that his country has developed a new generation of centrifuges 15 times more powerful than those currently being used to enrich uranium, and said it might resume enrichment to 60% if necessary.

Islamists pick launch pad for attack on Israel 

A ruthless al-Qaida-affiliated Islamist militant group is settling into Lebanon and is building a stronghold there so that it can launch attacks into Israel and parts of Europe, regional sources are warning.

U.S. to suspend pension, retirement funding: Lew 

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congressional leaders Monday that he is taking two extraordinary measures to avoid hitting the debt limit. In a letter, Lew said he will suspend debt issuance for the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund and not invest fully in the Government Securities Investment Fund of the Federal Employees' Retirment System. Lew said that the actions were taken "during previous debt-limit impasses," and that both funds "will be made whole once the debt limit is increased."

U.S. says Social Security computer outage to affect 

The Obama administration on Monday said people hoping to enroll in health coverage for March 1 may have trouble applying by Saturday's deadline because of a planned 62-hour maintenance shutdown of a Social Security Administration computer system;_ylt=AwrBJR6CO_lS1X4A3evQtDMD

18 North Carolina hospital patients potentially exposed to rare brain disease 

Nearly 20 patients at a North Carolina hospital may have been exposed to a rare and fatal neurological disease while undergoing surgery with surgical equipment that had not been properly sterilized, officials at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center said Monday.

Major Winter Storm ‘Could Be Biggest Of The Season’ 

A major winter storm is expected to barrel up the East Coast mid-week, bringing a potentially significant snowfall to the already winter weary Washington region. The powerful Nor’easter is forecast to blow into the mid-Atlantic region sometime after dark Wednesday should dump at least 4 to 6 inches of snow on the area before blowing north by Thursday afternoon.

Store shelves stripped bare: Georgia ice storm could take out electric grid 

If you’re an Atlantan making a last-minute grocery run, here’s hoping you love corn and asparagus. Because that’s all that left on most shelves as residents stocked up and hunkered down for what forecasters say will be a massive ice storm.

Snow storm targets NY, NJ and CT 

Brace yourself, there is yet another snow storm in the forecast for the tristate region.

River Thames breaches its banks near London 

The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London. Residents and British troops piled up sandbags to protect properties from the latest bout of flooding, but the river overwhelmed their defenses in several places Monday, leaving areas including the center of the village of Datchet underwater.

Volcano in Ecuador causing crop shortage, rising prices 

After a week of eruptions, the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador has damaged thousands of hectares of crops, leaving a feed shortage for 110,000 head of livestock.

Christian, Muslim fighting in Central African Republic worsens 

The anti-Balaka movement arose to defend civilians against a brutal rebel government accused of atrocities including rape, murder and the recruitment of child soldiers.

FBI to offer bounty program for laser attacks 

Incidents of pilots being targeted with lasers is up more than 1,100 percent since 2005 according to the feds. There were nearly 4,000 incidents alone in 2013.

Drug Shortages Continue to Vex Doctors 

Despite efforts by the Obama administration to ease shortages of critical drugs, shortfalls have persisted, forcing doctors to resort to rationing in some cases or to scramble for alternatives

Southern Taiwan sees unusually high number of dengue fever

Southern Taiwan has reported 31 cases of dengue fever so far this year, nearly half of which have been local infections, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday.