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AP: Bubble of methane triggered rig blast

AP: Bubble of methane triggered rig blast 08 May 2010 The deadly blowout of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and barriers before exploding, according to interviews with rig workers conducted during BP's internal investigation. While the cause of the explosion is still under investigation, the sequence of events described in the interviews provides the most detailed account of the April 20 blast that killed 11 workers and touched off the underwater gusher that has poured more than 3 million gallons of crude into the Gulf.

Liberal Democrats to hand power to David Cameron

Liberal Democrats to hand power to David Cameron 09 May 2010 David Cameron and Nick Clegg held their first face-to-face talks since last week's election yesterday evening as party figures began to talk up the likelihood of a Tory minority government held up by Liberal Democrat support. The party leaders, who together have the seats to run the country for the next five years, spent 70 minutes alone in Admiralty House in Whitehall to discuss the path they will follow over the coming historic hours. Senior Lib Dem sources warned that the gaping policy gulf over the crucial issue of changes to the voting system would make any formal coalition near impossible.

Pentagon urges decrease in spending on troops

Pentagon urges decrease in spending on troops --Defense officials fear money will go to people at the expense of weapons 07 May 2010  The Pentagon is pleading with Congress to stop spending so much money on the troops. Congress has been so determined to take care of troops and their families that for several years running it has overruled the Pentagon and mandated more generous pay raises than requested by the Bush and Obama administrations. In the midst of two long-running [illegal] wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials are increasingly worried that the government's generosity is unsustainable and that it will leave them with less money to buy weapons and take care of equipment for Blackwater and KBR bl*wjobs.

Army Gives KBR $568 Million No-bid Contract as U.S. Alleges Kickbacks

Army Gives KBR $568 Million No-bid Contract as U.S. Alleges Kickbacks 06 May 2010 KBR Inc. was selected for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq, the Army said. The Army announced its decision yesterday only hours after the Justice Department said it will pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work. The Army also awarded the work to KBR over objections from members of Congress, who have pushed the Pentagon to seek bids for further logistics contracts.

Classified military information lost in Opryland Hotel flood

Classified military information lost in Opryland Hotel flood 07 May 2010 Sensitive military information may still be inside the evacuated Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Among the guests this weekend were conventioneers at the Defense Information Services Agency Customer Partnership Conference and like the rest of the guests at Nashville's now-empty largest hotel, they were evacuated. But somewhere in Opryland's convention space, their material remains, much of it classified.

US warns Pakistan over NY bomb plot

US warns Pakistan over NY bomb plot [But, aren't we already bombing the sh*t out of them?] 08 May 2010 The US secretary of state says Islamabad would face "very severe consequences," if a terrorist attack on US soil was traced to Pakistan. "We've made it very clear that if -- heaven-forbid -- an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences," Hillary Clinton told CBS TV during an interview on Saturday.

Since spill, feds have given 27 waivers to oil companies in gulf

More 'Change We Can Deceive In' --Since spill, feds have given 27 waivers to oil companies in gulf 07 May 2010 Since the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded on April 20, the Obama administration has granted oil and gas companies at least 27 exemptions from doing in-depth environmental studies of oil exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico. The waivers were granted despite President Barack Obama’s vow that his administration would launch a "relentless response effort" to stop the leak and prevent more damage to the gulf. One of them was dated Friday -- the day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he was temporarily halting offshore drilling.

U.S. interrogators scared Canadian with rape tale

U.S. interrogators scared Canadian with rape tale --Khadr has said he was threatened with rape, beaten, thrown to the ground, chained in painful positions, forced to urinate on himself, terrorized by dogs and subjected to freezing temperatures and sleep deprivation at Bagram and Guantanamo. 06 May 2010 U.S. interrogators tried to scare a young Canadian prisoner by making up a story about a skinny little Muslim gang-raped by black men at an American prison, an interrogator testified in the Guantanamo war crimes 'court' on Thursday. Defense lawyers contend Omar Khadr's statements were coerced during cruel and inhumane interrogations at Guantanamo and in Afghanistan, where Khadr was captured in a firefight at an alleged al Qaeda compound at age 15.

Pentagon bans 4 journalists from Guantanamo court

Pentagon bans 4 journalists from Guantanamo court 06 May 2010 The Pentagon on Thursday banned four journalists from future sessions of the Guantanamo war crimes [kangaroo] court for reporting the name of a disgraced former U.S. Army interrogator. His name had been widely published during a 2005 court-martial in which he pleaded guilty to abusing prisoners at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan. But the Guantanamo court declared his name to be secret during his testimony on Thursday in a hearing to determine whether a Canadian prisoner's confessions to interrogators were coerced. He was identified only as Interrogator No. 1.

Senate Rejects Consumer Amendment to Overhaul Bill

Senate Rejects Consumer Amendment to Overhaul Bill 07 May 2010 The U.S. Senate yesterday rejected two significant changes to its financial-overhaul bill, voting down restrictions on a proposed consumer-protection bureau and a plan that would have forced the largest banks to shrink in size... Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd’s bill includes a new consumer-protection bureau at the Federal Reserve with authority to enforce rules at banks with more than $10 billion in assets. An amendment offered by Senator Richard Shelby, the banking panel’s top Republican, would have put the office at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and maintained existing bank regulators’ power to police credit-card and mortgage lending abuses. It failed yesterday in a 61-38 vote.

Journalists cannot protect sources: top court

Journalists cannot protect sources: top court 08 May 2010 Canadian media's attempt to establish a right to protect confidential sources was quashed by the nation's highest court on Friday. In an 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court ordered the National Post daily to hand over to police documents obtained from a source in 2001 alleging a former prime minister's involvement in a loan scandal.

Massive dome lowered at site of huge U.S. oil spill

Massive dome lowered at site of huge U.S. oil spill 07 May 2010 BP Plc engineers using undersea robots maneuvered a massive metal chamber to fit over a gushing ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday in their best chance yet to contain a leak that threatens an environmental catastrophe on U.S. shores. The four-story structure, the best short-term hope of controlling the spewing crude, was lowered to the seabed almost one mile below the surface in an attempt to funnel the escaping oil to a surface tanker.

Greece's workers revolt

Greece's workers revolt By Antonis Davenellos, a member of International Workers Left 07 May 2010 With an enormous general strike and massive rallies May 5--including a mobilization of more than 200,000 workers in the capital of Athens alone--the working class of Greece gave its answer to austerity measures imposed by the social democratic government of PASOK, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU). The strike paralyzed everything: public and private sector enterprises, small shops, the media... The following day, several union federations remained on strike, and tens of thousands of demonstrators surrounded the Greek parliament building as representatives voted to approve the measures... And the resistance continues: Another general strike has been set for May 10.

The Taliban stimulus: Karzai to seek US billions for insurgents' jobs, training

The Taliban stimulus: Karzai to seek US billions for insurgents' jobs, training --Is there any doubt whatsoever that Barack Obama, the corporaterrorist troll and GOP conciliator, will be more than *happy* to fully fund the Taliban stimulus? Of course, he couldn't *wait* to burn us on the public option -- too expensive. Obusha also ensured we would get stuck with a watered-down proposal to audit the Federal Reserve, a predatory terrorist group. *If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.* --Lori Price 07 May 2010

Afghanistan's Karzai to ask Obama for billions more to fight Taliban --Afghan President Hamid Karzai will ask for billions more in aid when he travels to Washington next week on a trip aimed at improving relations with Barack Obama. 07 May 2010 The Afghan president and ten ministers will tell members of the US Congress they need billions of dollars to end the eight-year-old Taliban 'insurgency.' Ministers will ask American politicians to fund an ambitious scheme to use jobs, training, aid and amnesties to coax militants from the battlefield. They will say they need money for their armed forces, farming, education, health and job schemes to win over rural Afghans who still view the Kabul regime as weak, corrupt and ineffective... The delegation will arrive in Washington on Monday to lobby Congress as it considers a Pentagon request for £22 billion of extra funds for the war in Afghanistan.

See also: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit: Unlike the 'public option,' Congress doesn't ask if funding the Taleban to blow up contractors' bridges will add to the US deficit By Lori Price 03 Oct 2009

Reporters banned by Pentagon

Reporters banned by Pentagon 07 May 2010 The Pentagon has banned four journalists from covering military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay because they published the name of a witness after being told he must only be identified as "Interrogator No 1". In an email to their editors, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan explained the ban by writing: "Your reporters published the name of a witness whose identity was protected in court." The offending [sic] reporters are Carol Rosenberg (Miami Herald), Michelle Shephard (Toronto Star), Paul Koring (Globe and Mail), and Steven Edwards (Canwest News Service).

General Election 2010: David Cameron closes in on deal with Nick Clegg

General Election 2010: David Cameron closes in on deal with Nick Clegg --David Cameron has entered into formal talks with Nick Clegg to try to secure a deal that would force Gordon Brown from Number 10. 07 May 2010 During one of the most extraordinary days in British political history, the Conservative leader made an unprecedented "big, open and comprehensive offer" to the Liberal Democrats after the election ended in the first hung parliament for 36 years. Mr Cameron was compelled to make the public plea to Mr Clegg after it became clear that the Conservatives would be 20 seats short of an overall Commons majority and that Mr Brown would not allow him to lead a minority government.

Dow industrials' 141-point decline caps 4-day plunge of 772 points

Dow industrials' 141-point decline caps 4-day plunge of 772 points 07 May 2010 U.S. stocks slumped for a fourth-straight session Friday, led by particular weakness in the technology sector, as Thursday's tumultuous trading continued to weigh on investor sentiment. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 139.89 points, or 1.3%, to 10,380.43. The declines came after Thursday's frenzied trading when the Dow dropped about 1,000 points in the afternoon before closing down 3.2%.

House panel to hold hearing on stock market plunge

House panel to hold hearing on stock market plunge 07 May 2010  The House Financial Services Committee's securities subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on May 11 to examine the circumstances behind the U.S. stock market's sharp, plunge on Thursday. "Within a matter of minutes, we faced a market that seemed just as volatile as it did in the fall of 2008," said House Financial Services subcommittee chairman Paul Kanjorski, D-Penn., in a statement.

Times Square reopens following evacuation over suspicious package

Faux News talking head: 'If nothing else, this serves as a drill.'

Times Square reopens following evacuation over suspicious package 07 May 2010 New York police have determined that a suspicious package that prompted a midday evacuation Friday of three blocks in the heart of Times Square contained only water bottles. The package, a cooler, was left in front of the Marriott Marquis hotel at 46th Street and Broadway. The bag was discovered at 12:42 p.m., Detective Mindy Diaz said.

Passengers disembark NH bus in handcuffs, M-16s pointed at them

Passengers disembark NH bus in handcuffs, M-16s pointed at them --Passenger: Police Tasered, handcuffed  man in his 60s who refused to give police his name 07 May 2010 A tense standoff with a passenger aboard a Boston-bound Greyhound bus ended 'peacefully' last night when he surrendered to police, nearly 10 hours after authorities received a call about a suspicious device on board. Earlier, sixteen other adult passengers and the driver had exited the bus, which originated in Bangor, Maine and arrived in Portsmouth for a regularly scheduled stop at about 11:20 a.m. Minutes later, someone aboard the bus called 911 and reported the apparent device, police said. Authorities quickly surrounded the bus and evacuated nearby buildings... Coming just days after a failed car bombing in New York City, the threat drew an overwhelming response, with bomb squads, SWAT teams, and a sharpshooter in an armored vehicle descending on the scene... At about 2 p.m., 2 1/2 hours after arriving in Portsmouth, passengers began leaving the bus one by one, holding their hands in the air as they walked slowly past tactical teams with guns drawn. As they disembarked, some could be seen lifting up their shirts, apparently to show they were unarmed, and being quickly surrounded by authorities. Some could be seen in handcuffs. Once all the passengers got off, they were each put in handcuffs and taken to the police station, where they were questioned individually.

Obama gives shout out to 'Los Suns' of Phoenix

Obama gives shout out to 'Los Suns' of Phoenix 05 May 2010 President Barack Obama has given a shout-out to NBA's Phoenix Suns, who are wearing jerseys that say "Los Suns" to honor the Latino community, diversity and the state of Arizona. Obama made the remarks at the beginning of a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rose Garden. The president said: "I know that a lot of you would rather be watching tonight's game -- the Spurs against 'Los Suns' from Phoenix."

1 more Tennessee flood death confirmed; U.S. toll at 30

1 more Tennessee flood death confirmed; U.S. toll at 30 06 May 2010 Tennessee officials have confirmed a flood death in Memphis, bringing the state's toll from last weekend's storms to 20... And the worst may not be over: Rural western Kentucky was bracing for what could be its worst flooding in 200 years.

Greek protesters encircle parliament as new austerity measures approved

Greek protesters encircle parliament as new austerity measures approved 06 May 2010 Tens of thousands of Greek citizens marched in the center of Athens on Thursday afternoon, encircling the parliament building, while inside the bill on the new austerity measures was approved. Denouncing for one more time the further cutbacks on salaries and tax hikes that paved the way for the EU-IMF financial support, protesters raised their voices against violence that marred Wednesday's similar demonstration, ending in the tragic death of three bank employees.

2 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan

2 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan 06 May 2010 Two more NATO soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan, raising to 181 the number of foreign troops killed in the war-torn country this year. The western alliance says one of the troopers was killed by a roadside bomb. It added that the other soldier was slain by small arms fire.

NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan 06 May 2010 A soldier serving with NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed in an armed conflict in southern Afghanistan. The soldier lost his life in "a small-arms attack" in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the military alliance announced Thursday.

Militants hit govt. offices in Nimruz

Militants hit govt. offices in Nimruz 05 May 2010 A group of armed militants have attacked a number of government buildings in Afghanistan's southwestern province of Nimruz, setting off several explosions. The attack came on Wednesday when a group of gunmen wearing explosive-laden vests stormed five or six locations in the city, including the provincial council and provincial court, AFP quoted Nimruz governor Ghulam Dastagir Azad as saying.

Danish base attacked in Afghanistan

Danish base attacked in Afghanistan 05 May 2010 The Danish army says almost a dozen of its soldiers in Afghanistan have been wounded amid escalating violence in the war-weary country. Militants attacked the Danish base in Helmand Province late on Tuesday, injuring eleven troopers and two Afghan translators, the military said on Wednesday. Nearly 30 Danish soldiers have died in the war-torn country since the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Blasts leave 5 dead in Afghanistan

Blasts leave 5 dead in Afghanistan 05 May 2010 At least five police officers and a government official have been killed in a series of explosions that rocked the southwestern Afghan province of Nimruz. The blasts took place in the provincial capital, Zaranj, on Wednesday. Five other police officers have been injured. Taliban militants have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

High-Speed Trading Glitch Costs Investors Billions

High-Speed Trading Glitch Costs Investors Billions 06 May 2010 The glitch that sent markets tumbling Thursday was years in the making, driven by the rise of computers that transformed stock trading more in the last 20 years than in the previous 200. The old system of floor traders matching buyers and sellers has been replaced by machines that process trades automatically, speeding the flow of buy and sell orders but also sometimes facilitating the kind of unexplained volatility that roiled markets Thursday.

Activist spied on? Man wins settlement

Activist spied on? Man wins settlement 05 May 2010 A 22-year-old anti-war activist from The Evergreen State College will get $169,000 as part of a settlement with the State Patrol and two other law-enforcement agencies over allegations that their officers engaged in political spying and harassment. Philip Chinn was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving by state patrol troopers in May 2007, while traveling to an anti-war protest at the Port of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen. According to court documents, Chinn was pulled over after police had broadcast an "attempt to locate" his car, which was described as containing "three known anarchists."

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