DoomsDay Headlines 2-6-2014: Death Star, Bank Deposits, Power Grid, Pandemic Potential, Beast Storm, Tube Bomb, Winter Storm, Chemical Weapons, Nuclear Threat, Threat Map, Terrorism, Hackers, Surveillance Technology, Security Breaches, Car Hack, Identity Fraud, Obamacare, Financial Ruin, Bank Run, Ammunition Solicitation, Drought Fears, H5N1 Deaths, North Star

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The real-life DEATH STAR 

US researchers developing laser 100,000 times more powerful than all of Earth's power stations combined

Is Your Money Safe At the Bank? An Economist Says “no” and Withdraws His! 

"Last week I had over $1,000,000 in a checking account at Bank of America. Next week, I will have $10,000."

Attack on a California Transformer Could Have Been Dress Rehearsal for Terror Attack on Power Grid 

An attack on California electrical transformers in April is believed by some to be a practice round for a terrorist attack on the U.S. power grid.

'Pandemic Potential' after first confirmed human death from new strain of bird flu 

Chinese scientists have said the “pandemic potential” of a new strain of bird flu “should not be underestimated” after the first known human infection resulted in the death of an elderly woman.

UK weather: 40mm rainfall to bring yet more flooding as country prepares for arrival of ‘beast’ of a storm 

Severe weather warnings have been issued to cover the next three days, and with 40mm (1.6ins) of rainfall expected in some parts of England and southern Wales the Met Office said it “will lead to further flooding”.

US Warns Airlines About Toothpaste Tube Bomb 

Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to U.S. and some foreign airlines traveling to Russia for the Olympic Games to be on the lookout for toothpaste containers, which some intelligence indicates may actually hold ingredients that could be used to construct a bomb aboard a plane

Snow and ice storm leaves one million without power across the US as many states run out of salt

 The Northeast's second winter storm of the week dumped more than a foot of snow in some states, forcing schools, businesses and government offices to close, snarling air travel and sending cars and trucks sliding on slippery roads and highways - an all-too-familiar litany of misery in a winter where the storms seem to be tripping over each other.

Syria Misses Deadline to Hand Over All Critical Chemicals 

Syria on Wednesday missed a deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the world’s chemical weapons watchdog, putting the program several weeks behind schedule and jeopardizing a final June 30 deadline.

Head of Iran Nuclear Organization: 'Entire Nuclear Activity of Iran Is Going On' 

Akbar also says they won't dismantle Arak reactor, that the American have achieved nothing, and that they're continuing to build new nuclear sites.

One Map That Shows What America’s Spies Are Worried About 

How dangerous is the world? Listen to what leaders in the intelligence community are saying and it’s frightening.

Fanatics in Syria vow to bring terror home to UK

Terrorists say they will attack public transport and financial centres The extremists warned of atrocities on London’s public transport, at financial centres and also at the White House in the US.

Israel Foils Plans for Mass Shooting Attack at Jerusalem 

Four Jerusalem Palestinians between the ages of 19 and 21 were charged Wednesday after officials said they planned to dress up as Orthodox Jews and spray the venue with Uzi submachine guns.

All Visitors to Sochi Olympics Immediately Hacked "

As tourists and families of athletes arrive in Sochi, if they haven't been warned, and if they fire up their phones at baggage claim, it's probably too late to save the integrity of their electronics and everything inside them. Visitors to Russia can expect to be hacked.

New surveillance technology can track everyone in an area for several hours at a time 

As Americans have grown increasingly comfortable with traditional surveillance cameras, a new, far more powerful generation is being quietly deployed that can track every vehicle and person across an area the size of a small city, for several hours at a time. Although these cameras can’t read license plates or see faces, they provide such a wealth of data that police, businesses and even private individuals can use them to help identify people and track their movements.

4 in 10 Government Security Breaches Go Undetected 

“In the past few years, we have seen significant breaches in cybersecurity which could affect critical U.S. infrastructure,” the report said. “Data on the nation’s weakest dams, including those which could kill Americans if they failed, were stolen by a malicious intruder. Nuclear plants’ confidential cybersecurity plans have been left unprotected. Blueprints for the technology undergirding the New York Stock Exchange were exposed to hackers.”

The gadget that can hack any CAR

Terrifying $20 tool can remotely control headlights, locks, steering and even brakes Called the CAN Hacking Tool (CHT), the device can be fitted to any car's Controller Area Network 'within minutes' and run malicious code through the vehicle's system. Once hackers take hold of this network they can control lights, locks, steering and even brakes.

Every two seconds, another American victim of identity fraud

The number of identity fraud victims jumped to 13.1 million in 2013, a new report from Javelin Strategy & Research finds. That's an increase of 500,000 from 2012 and the second highest number of victims since Javelin began conducting its annual study in 2004.

Earn $1 More and You Could Pay $20,000 More for Insurance 

The Obamacare subsidy cliff is so steep that if you earn just $1 above the threshold, you could end up paying anywhere from a few thousand dollars to $20,000 more for insurance, depending on your age.

Millions of Americans Teetering on Edge of Financial Ruin 

A poll conducted by NBC News and Marist paints a bleak financial picture for millions of Americans. Nearly 20 percent, more than 40 million Americans, say they have a difficult time making ends meet.

“The Run On Ukrainian Deposits May Have Already Started” 

”It is absolutely impossible to forecast” Ukraine’s exchange rate, BNP Paribas notes in an ominous report today. Considering Ukraine’s huge need to cover its current account deficit, the country is increasingly reliant on financial inflows – and these will be difficult to secure. The Hyrvnia has collapsed this morninng to 9.00 back near December 2008 lows.

The Post Office wants ammunition 

In the oddest solicitation to date, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has submitted a pre-solicitation notice for ammunition to add to its inventory of government supplies.

California's Water Shortage Stokes Fears Of Future 

While rain is predicted through the weekend in the north and central parts of the state, California remains in the midst of an historic drought. The state's Department of Public Health says 17 rural areas including Willits — a town of about 5,000 that usually sees about 50 inches of rain a year — are dangerously low on water, and officials expect that number to grow.

A town in Outback that's so dry it may run out of people 

One small town gripped by drought are contemplating radical measures should their water supplies run out: a mass evacuation.

Vietnam's death toll by H5N1 bird flu rises to 2 in 2014 

The second death caused by H5N1 bird flu in Vietnam in 2014 has been reported in southern Dong Thap province, bringing the H5N1 bird flu death toll to two.

The mystery of the North Star: Astronomers baffled to find Polaris is getting BRIGHTER 

The team found that Polaris is 2.5 times brighter today than in Ptolemy's time, which they say is a remarkable rate of change.