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Authorities search Boston area home, gas station in NYC bomb case

Authorities search Boston area home, gas station in NYC bomb case 13 May 2010 Federal agents searched a home in Watertown and a gas station in Brookline and arrested two people today in connection with the investigation of the attempted bombing in Times Square earlier this month, authorities said. FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz said search warrants had been executed at "several locations in the Northeast," including a home on Waverley Avenue in Watertown. A second search warrant was also executed at a gas station in Brookline, state officials said.

PTSD diagnosis could appear on driver's licenses

PTSD diagnosis could appear on driver's licenses 09 May 2010 Some Georgians could soon be carrying a unique driver’s license – one that says they have post-traumatic stress disorder. Lawmakers recently passed legislation that would allow current and former military to request the PTSD designation on their driver’s licenses. The legislation, which has to be signed by the governor to become law, would likely make Georgia the first state with a driver’s license that denotes a specific health problem, other than poor eyesight.

Los Angeles Approves a Boycott of Arizona

Los Angeles Approves a Boycott of Arizona 12 May 2010 The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to ban official travel to Arizona and block future contracts with companies there in protest of that state's new immigration law. The Council has asked officials for the city's port, airport and utilities to review all contracts with companies based in Arizona.

Spanish prosecutors want 13 CIA agents arrested

Spanish prosecutors want 13 CIA agents arrested 12 May 2010 Spanish prosecutors are asking a judge to issue arrest warrants for 13 CIA agents who they believe were involved in the spy agency’s 2004 "extraordinary rendition" of a German citizen, according to Spain's El Pais newspaper. Prosecutors claim jurisdiction in the case because CIA personnel who handled the rendition kidnapping of Khaled El-Masri had a stopover in Majorca en route to Macedonia. El-Masri has said he was taken to Afghanistan, where he was tortured for several months and then released when the CIA realized it had been a case of mistaken identity.

US military plans mobile phone network for south Afghanistan

US military plans mobile phone network for south Afghanistan 12 May 2010 The US military plans to set up mobile phone antennas in southern Afghanistan to replace towers that have been shut down by Taliban militants, a US official said on Wednesday. The mobile phone antennas will be set up at military bases across the south to counter the Taliban give US corporaterrorists more over-funded contracts, which has blown up or forced the closure of most cellular phone antennas in Kandahar and Helmand provinces, the official said. [We can't get the money to fix US infrasctucture, but we can build mobile phone towers in Afghanistan -- so Blackwater can blow them up, blame 'al-Qaeda,' and rebuild them again? --LRP]

Alcohol 'more of a problem for returning troops than stress disorder'

Alcohol 'more of a problem for returning troops than stress disorder' 13 May 2010 Alcohol abuse is a bigger problem than post-traumatic stress disorder for British servicemen and women deployed in war zones, a study has concluded. British Forces sent to Afghanistan and Iraq are 22 per cent more likely to drink "hazardous" levels of alcohol than troops who were not deployed, researchers from King’s College London said. The findings, published in The Lancet medical journal, show that rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems have remained broadly stable since 2003.

Hydraulic Leak Cited as Possible Cause of Spill

Hydraulic Leak Cited as Possible Cause of Spill 12 May 2010 As crude oil gushes into the Gulf of Mexico for the fourth week, a Congressional investigation said that a safety mechanism that was supposed to seal an undersea well in the event of a sudden pressure release might have failed on April 20 because of a hydraulic leak. Lawmakers disclosed the findings at a hearing before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, as the White House proposed a package of legislative changes meant to help people affected by the huge oil spill and to ensure that the companies involved pay more [should be *all*] of the cleanup bill.

Transocean Ltd. Announces Exchange Rate in Proposed US$ 1.0 Billion Distribution to Shareholders

Transocean Ltd. Announces Exchange Rate in Proposed US$ 1.0 Billion Distribution to Shareholders 12 May 2010 Transocean Ltd. today announced the applicable exchange rate to determine the Swiss franc ("CHF") amount of the proposed cash distribution to shareholders in the form of a par value reduction equal to USD 3.11 per issued share (including treasury shares) to be calculated and paid in four quarterly installments... Shareholders will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed cash distribution at the Annual General Meeting to be held in Zug, Switzerland, on May 14, 2010.

War in Afghanistan tops Iraq war costs

War in Afghanistan tops Iraq war costs 12 May 2010 The monthly cost of the war in Afghanistan, driven by troop increases and fighting on difficult terrain, has topped Iraq costs for the first time since 2003 and shows no sign of letting up. Pentagon spending in February, the most recent month available, was $6.7 billion in Afghanistan compared with $5.5 billion in Iraq. As recently as fiscal year 2008, Iraq was three times as expensive; in 2009, it was twice as expensive.

Taliban claims killing of Afghan prison official

Taliban claims killing of Afghan prison official 12 May 2010 Three NATO service members and three Afghan policemen were killed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said, and the Taliban claimed responsibility for assassinating a senior prison official. A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan police vehicle in the Dihrawud district of Uruzgan province, killing three policemen, said Gulab Khan, the criminal investigation director in the province.

Taliban kill 2 alleged US spies in NW Pakistan

Taliban kill 2 alleged US spies in NW Pakistan 12 May 2010 Pakistani Taliban shot and killed two men Wednesday whom they accused of spying for the United States, while a bomb ripped through a NATO oil tanker near the Afghan border and killed a passer-by, officials and residents said. The slain men were from Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region which is effectively under militant control. The bodies were dumped in an open area in the town.

Military awards massive KBR Iraq contract without competition

Military awards massive KBR Iraq contract without competition --KBR 'won' the LOGCAP III contract under competitive bidding in 2001. 11 May 2010 The U.S. Army is under fire for reversing a decision to have three companies compete for more than $500 million worth of work in Iraq, and instead keeping it under an existing contract without any bidding. The $568 million contract for support work in Iraq stayed with contracting giant KBR under the existing sole-source contract - known as Logistics Civil Augmentation Program III (LOGCAP III) - after the Army initially requested bids from KBR and its main competitors, Fluor Intercontinental and DynCorp International, under a competitive contract system known as LOGCAP IV.

Iran says it warned off US plane near manoeuvres

Iran says it warned off US plane near manoeuvres 11 May 2010 Iran's military warned off a US reconnaissance aircraft trying to approach Iranian naval manoeuvres, the semi-official Fars News Agency said on Tuesday. The incident involving the two old adversaries happened on Monday, it quoted the armed forces chief as saying. Iran's navy last week launched eight days of exercises in the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, a region crucial for global oil supplies.

Ahmadinejad advises US to leave region

Ahmadinejad advises US to leave region 12 May 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the era of occupation is over. Amid concerns about the continuing presence of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Iranian president advises the White House to withdraw its troops from the region. Addressing a large crowd in Iran's southwestern city of Yasuj on Wednesday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the era of occupation and plundering other nation's national resources is over.  [The USociopaths need to take Blackwater, DynCorp, etc., with them.]

BP Releases Oil Spill Video After Pressure From White House and Media

BP Releases Oil Spill Video After Pressure From White House and Media 12 May 2010 Twenty-three days after the explosion and under pressure from the White House and the media, BP today finally released a thirty second underwater video of the oil from its broken well spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. BP said the video was released only today because the it had not received a request for the video until Monday. In fact, ABC News and other news organizations made numerous requests over the past few weeks for the video.

After Oil Rig Blast, BP Refused to Share Underwater Spill Footage

'U.S. officials said in interviews that the elaborate dry runs taught them important lessons.' [Oh, I'm *sure* they did!] After Oil Rig Blast, BP Refused to Share Underwater Spill Footage --Message Control a Key Industry Focus During Oil Disaster Drills 12 May 2010 During a series of dry-run exerises, where the U.S. Coast Guard, other agencies and oil companies practiced their response to major oil spill disasters, industry executives repeatedly pressed federal regulators to give them more say on what information would be released to the public if disaster struck. Reports obtained in a joint investigation by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity show oil companies targeted the potential release of "confidential" information as a key concern [after getting caught 'going live'].

BP Prepares to Lower 'Top Hat' on Oil Leak

BP Prepares to Lower 'Top Hat' on Oil Leak 12 May 2010 BP PLC has lowered a new containment device to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico and will deploy it on a leaking oil well in the next two days, an executive said Wednesday. BP is still deciding whether first to attempt to lower the device, known as a top hat, on the leak itself, or to divert oil by inserting a tube into the broken pipe that once connected the well to the Deepwater Horizon rig, which caught fire on April 20 and sank two days later. In both cases, oil would then be funneled up to a rig on the surface.

Black hole 'hurled out of galaxy'

Black hole 'hurled out of galaxy' 12 May 2010 A supermassive black hole may have been observed in the process of being hurled from its parent galaxy at high speed. The finding comes from analysis of data collected by the US Chandra space X-ray observatory. However, there are alternative explanations for the observation. The work, by an international team of astronomers, has been published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 

Obama Linguistically Morphing Into Bush

Obama Linguistically Morphing Into Bush 'War is tough!' It's tough, I tell you! By Lori Price 13 May 2010  On Wednesday, President Barack Obama gave his 'war is tough' speech to Hamid Karzai and a group of obsequious media trolls at a White House news conference. Obama said that there would be some 'hard fighting' ahead in Afghanistan.

Kerry-Lieberman Climate Proposal a Disaster for Climate

Kerry-Lieberman Climate Proposal a Disaster for Climate (Center for Biological Diversity) 12 May 2010 In the midst of what appears to be the worst offshore oil disaster in American history, U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) will today put forth a draft climate bill that will not solve the problems of global warming and continues pandering to the fossil fuel industry -- including expanded offshore oil drilling -- that created the problems in the first place.

Gulf oil spill: firms ignored warning signs before blast, inquiry hears

Gulf oil spill: firms ignored warning signs before blast, inquiry hears --Documents suggest BP, Transocean and Halliburton ignored tests indicating faulty safety equipment, says committee 12 May 2010 Oil executives ignored warning signs in the hours before the disastrous Deepwater rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last month, a congressional hearing heard today. In a second day of hearings, the House of Representatives' energy and commerce committee said documents and briefings suggested that BP, which owned the well; Transocean, which owned the rig; and Halliburton, which made the cement casing for the well, ignored tests in the hours before the 20 April explosion that indicated faulty safety equipment.

Greek workers call one-day strike May 20

Greek workers call one-day strike May 20 --Unions threaten to step up protests 12 May 2010 Greek workers on Wednesday called a 24-hour general strike for May 20, the latest in a series of protests against planned pension cuts linked to an international 110-billion-euro ($139.7 billion) bailout for Greece. Unionists have vowed to stop the pension reform, a key condition in a financial rescue plan for Greece agreed last week with the euro zone and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Pakistan denies Taliban link to Times Square bomb suspect

Pakistan denies Taliban link to Times Square bomb suspect --Investigators dismiss US claims that Faisal Shahzad was working under direction of Pakistani Taliban 11 May 2010 Pakistani investigators have found no evidence to support American claims that the failed Times Square bomber was working under the direction of the Pakistani Taliban, the Guardian has learned. Senior officials in Washington – including the attorney general, Eric Holder, and John Brennan, the White House's special adviser on counterterrorism – have said that the suspected bomber, Faisal Shahzad, conspired with militants in Pakistan, but a Pakistani security official with knowledge of the investigation said: "No Taliban link has come to the fore." [Right, it was a false flag, six ways to Sunday.]

NORAD to fly exercise missions over Minnesota

NORAD to fly exercise missions over Minnesota 11 May 2010 If you see military jets flying alongside passenger planes in the skies today, don't panic, it's just a drill. [Well, until they*go live.*] The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will be conducting exercise flights over Minnesota today. The missions will run along two flightpaths: The first from Bismarck, N.D., to the Twin Cities, and the second from Nebraska to Sioux Falls, S.D. to south-central Minnesota.

Shin Bet blackmails al-Quds students

Shin Bet blackmails al-Quds students 12 May 2010 The Shin Bet is reportedly trying to entice Palestinian medical students to join the Israeli intelligence service by promising entry permits to al-Quds (Jerusalem). The spying agency allegedly tried to blackmail two fifth-year medical students at al-Quds University who are pursuing internships in Palestinian university hospitals in the city, Israel's English-language Haaretz newspaper said on its website on Wednesday.

CAIR: Incendiary Device Explodes Outside Florida Mosque

CAIR: Incendiary Device Explodes Outside Florida Mosque --The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime. 11 May 2010  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported today that an incendiary device exploded Monday evening outside a Jacksonville, Fla., mosque. According to a fire department investigator and officials of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida, worshipers heard a loud noise outside the mosque as preparations were being made for the evening (isha) prayer at about 9:35 p.m. Local fire investigators have been joined on the scene by representatives of the state fire marshal, ATF and FBI.

U.S. Coast Guard Led Large Oil Spill Exercise Prior to Rig Explosion

U.S. Coast Guard Led Big Oil Spill Exercise Prior to Rig Explosion 11 May 2010 Three weeks before the massive Gulf oil rig explosion, U.S. Coast Guard officials led an elaborate exercise in which they practiced their response to a major oil spill -- one of four dry runs over the past decade that foreshadowed many of the weaknesses in coordination, communication, expertise and technology that are now hampering the federal response to the oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Third of plants and animals 'at risk of extinction'

Third of plants and animals 'at risk of extinction' --One third of plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, a UN report is expected to conclude this week. 09 May 2010 The world's biodiversity is threatened by the economic growth of countries like China, India and Brazil, the study will say. While Western countries are increasingly aware of the need to protect endangered species, the developing world's appetite for raw materials is destroying vulnerable ecosystems, the report's authors will warn.

David Cameron becomes Prime Minister after coalition deal with Liberal Democrats

David Cameron becomes Prime Minister after coalition deal with Liberal Democrats 12 May  2010 David Cameron has become Prime Minister after agreeing a deal with the LiberaMr Cameron, 43, becomes the youngest premier since Lord Liverpool almost 200 years ago, and the first Conservative in No 10 since John Major departed 13 years ago. His appointment followed Gordon Brown’s resignation and brought to an end five days of tortuous negotiations in the wake of last week’s election, which resulted in a hung parliament.

Senate OK's one-time audit-the-Fed measure

Senate OK's one-time audit-the-Fed measure 11 May 2010 A controversial measure requiring the government to conduct an unprecedented one-time audit of the Federal Reserve's economic crisis response programs was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support Tuesday by the Senate as part of sweeping bank reform legislation. The amendment also calls for releasing the names of institutions that received in total more than $2 trillion in loans from the central bank during the peak of the financial crisis. The provision received a vote of 96-0, with many lawmakers agreeing to back it following a compromise reached sell-out late Thursday.

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