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Russia prepares bill on foreign asset freeze in reply to sanctions - senator

Russia prepares bill on foreign asset freeze in reply to sanctions - senator 05 Mar 2014 A top Russian lawmaker has revealed he is working on a bill that would freeze the assets of European and American companies operating in Russia in reply to Western economic sanctions. [<g>] The chairman of the upper house committee for constitutional law, Andrey Klishas, is sure that Russia must have an enough leverage to deal with the threat of sanctions coming from foreign countries.

Private license plate scanners amassing vast databases open to highest bidders

Private license plate scanners amassing vast databases open to highest bidders 06 Mar 2014 Automated license plate readers used by car repossession companies, for example, collect billions of personal records per year, which contribute to vast databases that can be used by law enforcement, insurance companies, banks, and the like, with few limits. BetaBoston, working with the Boston Globe, detailed one Boston company's data collection abilities, reporting that New England Associates Inc.

Ukraine crisis: EU leaders to hold emergency talks

Ukraine crisis: EU leaders to hold emergency talks 06 Mar 2014 EU leaders are to begin an emergency summit to decide how strongly they should respond to Russia's troop deployment in Ukraine's Crimea region. Some members, particularly from Eastern Europe, want tough sanctions, while others, led by Germany, seek mediation. Ahead of the talks, the EU said it had frozen the assets of 18 former Ukrainian officials, including [illegally] ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.

Estonian Foreign Ministry confirms authenticity of leaked call on Kiev snipers

Estonian Foreign Ministry confirms authenticity of leaked call on Kiev snipers 05 Mar 2014 Estonian foreign ministry has confirmed the recording of his conversation with EU foreign policy chief is authentic. Urmas Paet said that snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were hired by Maidan leaders...

Nine Mile 2 nuclear reactor shuts down after losing on-site power supply

Nine Mile 2 nuclear reactor shuts down after losing on-site power supply 04 Mar 2014 (NY) The Nine Mile Point 2 nuclear power plant shut down early today following the an on-site electrical power failure, plant operator Constellation Energy Nuclear Group said. The cause of the power failure is still under review.

Duke Energy could avoid coal ash lawsuit if SC bill passes

Duke Energy could avoid coal ash lawsuit if SC bill passes 28 Feb 2014 South Carolina policymakers are moving ahead with a plan that could shield Duke Energy from having to clean out polluted coal ash ponds in two areas of the state. This past week, the state House voted 80-30 for a bill that will block lawsuits by citizens groups under the S.C. Pollution Control Act. The bill moves to the Senate, which signed off on a similar bill two years ago.

House passes SC bill that blocks coal ash lawsuits

House passes SC bill that blocks coal ash lawsuits 01 Mar 2014 A bill that could shield [eco-terrorists] Duke Energy from having to clean out polluted coal ash ponds in two areas of South Carolina will move to the Senate for consideration. The State newspaper reported the House approved the bill 80-30 this past week.

CIA Accused of Spying on Senate Intelligence Committee Staffers

CIA Accused of Spying on Senate Intelligence Committee Staffers 05 Mar 2014 We've discussed a few times how the Senate Intelligence Committee has been pushing to release a supposedly devastating 6,000 page report about the CIA's torture program,

Attorneys for Barrett Brown want case on linking to hacked material dismissed

Attorneys for Barrett Brown want case on linking to hacked material dismissed 04 Mar 2014 Lawyers acting for Barrett Brown, the activist-journalist facing more than 100 years in prison for having posted a hyperlink to hacked material, have called for his case to be dismissed on grounds that it violates his First Amendment rights to free speech and would chill the internet.

In Kiev, an Israel Defense Forces vet led street-fighting unit

In Kiev, an Israel Defense Forces vet led street-fighting unit 28 Feb 2014 He calls his troops "the Blue Helmets of Maidan," but brown is the color of the headgear worn by Delta -- the nom de guerre of the commander of a Jewish-led militia force that participated in the 'Ukrainian revolution.' Delta, a Ukraine-born former soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, spoke to JTA Thursday on condition of anonymity.

Probe sought of CIA conduct in Senate study of torture, secret detention program

Probe sought of CIA conduct in Senate study of torture, secret detention program 04 Mar 2014 The CIA Inspector General's Office has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of malfeasance at the spy agency in connection with a yet-to-be released Senate Intelligence Committee report into the CIA's secret detention and interrogation program, McClatchy has learned.

Davis, Abbott Set to Face off for Texas Governor

Davis, Abbott Set to Face off for Texas Governor 04 Mar 2014 Texas Republicans picked the state's attorney general in the fight to succeed longtime Gov. Rick Perry, while a rising Democratic star coasted to her party's nomination Tuesday night during the nation's first statewide primary.

Obama budget sets up election-year clash with Republicans

Obama budget sets up election-year clash with Republicans 04 Mar 2014 President Barack Obama proposed new tax credits and job-training programs for U.S. workers on Tuesday in a 2015 budget that drew instant condemnation from Republicans, who dismissed the document as an election-year campaign pitch.

US prepares $1B aid package for Ukraine

US prepares $1B aid package for Ukraine 04 Mar 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry met in Ukraine with the new government's acting president, prime minister, foreign minister and top parliamentary officials. The Obama administration announced a $1 billion energy subsidy package in Washington as Kerry was arriving in Kiev. "We will be helping," Kerry said. "We are helping. President Obama is planning more assistance." [Of course he will.

Russia successfully test-fires ballistic missile

Russia successfully test-fires ballistic missile 04 Mar 2014 Russia says it has successfully test-fired a new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) amid rising tensions with the United States over Ukraine.

FBI probe into Bridgegate scandal eyes former Chris Christie aide

FBI probe into Bridgegate scandal eyes former Chris Christie aide --Federal investigators have apparently been targeting Bill Stepien, who has already been fighting a subpoena by a state legislative committee. 04 Mar 2014 A former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears to be a target of an FBI investigation into the lane closings scandal, his lawyer revealed Monday.

Piece of metal lodged in reactor at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant

Piece of metal lodged in reactor at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant 03 Mar 2014 (MI) A piece of metal from a broken impeller blade has lodged in the reactor vessel at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant. Workers discovered the issue during the nuclear power plant's scheduled refueling and maintenance shutdown, which began Jan. 19. The metal is 5 inches by 12 inches long, said Lindsay Rose, spokeswoman for Entergy Corp., which owns Palisades.

Yanukovich sent letter to Putin asking for Russian military presence in Ukraine

Yanukovich sent letter to Putin asking for Russian military presence in Ukraine 04 Mar 2014 Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin says ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has sent a letter to Putin asking him to use military force in Ukraine to restore law and order. "Under the influence of Western countries, there are open acts of terror and violence," Churkin quoted the letter from Yanukovich to Putin in the third emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

Interfax: Putin Ends Army Drills in Western Russia

Interfax: Putin Ends Army Drills in Western Russia 04 Mar 2014 The Interfax news agency says Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops participating in military exercises in western Russia near the Ukraine border to return to their permanent bases. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax early Tuesday that Putin had ordered the troops to return to their usual stations.

Port Authority chairman hit with ethics complaint by NJ Working Families Alliance

Port Authority chairman hit with ethics complaint by NJ Working Families Alliance 03 Mar 2014 A coalition of New Jersey labor and other groups filed a complaint with the State Ethics Commission today charging Port Authority Chairman David Samson with using his position at the bi-state agency to benefit developers and other clients of his law firm.

Largest Oil Refinery in Europe is on Fire

Holy coincidence, Batman! Largest Oil Refinery in Europe is on Fire 04 Mar 2014 "Neftekamskneftehim" is the largest in Europe oil refinery. It is located in Tatarstan, Russia. Today at 7.00pm Moscow Time, tens of firemen were urgently summoned as the oil giant was on fire.

Rick Scott's 'literally flying under the radar'

Rick Scott's 'literally flying under the radar' 03 Mar 2014 Not many governors have their own private jets. It's something of which Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) apparently takes full advantage, and not just for the sake of convenience at the airport. By using his personal jet for public business, Florida Gov.

U.S. Africa Command Conducts 5-Day Pandemic Influenza Drill

Heads up! U.S. Africa Command Conducts 5-Day Pandemic Influenza Drill 04 Feb 2014 Representatives from the United Republic of Tanzania's government and military gathered for the five-day United Republic of Tanzania Disaster Preparedness Exercise held in Bagamoyo from 3-7 February.

Obama wants tax cuts for the middle class, tax increases for the wealthy

Obama wants tax cuts for the middle class, tax increases for the wealthy 03 Mar 2014 In his budget to be released Tuesday, President Barack Obama will propose expanding a tax credit popular with lower- and middle-class families and paying for it by closing a controversial tax loophole deployed by some Wall Street firms, according to the White House.

Afghan Broadcaster Says U.S. Soldiers Abused Him

Afghan Broadcaster Says U.S. Soldiers Abused Him 02 Mar 2014 Qazi Nasir Mudassir said he had expected that if armed men climbed over the walls of his radio station's compound, they would probably be Taliban insurgents coming to make good on death threats because of his broadcasts.

US preparing sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis - State Department

US preparing sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis - State Department 03 Mar 2014 The United States has a broad range of options available to it to act against Russia if tensions over Ukraine escalate and Washington is currently preparing sanctions against Moscow, a State Department spokeswoman said on Monday.

In TV spy show 'The Americans,' CIA has to approve scripts

In TV spy show 'The Americans,' CIA has to approve scripts 02 Mar 2014 'The Americans,' which just started its second season, may be the first spy show created by a former spy. Joe Weisberg worked for the CIA in the early 1990s, just as the Cold War was ending...And there's another unusual aspect to the show. The CIA keeps a close eye on Weisberg's scripts to make sure that he doesn't give away tradecraft he learned while at the Agency.

Seriously, what?! Kerry tells Russia 'you don't invade a country on completely phony pretexts'

Seriously, what?! Kerry tells Russia 'you don't invade a country on completely phony pretexts' 03 Mar 2014 The US Secretary of State spoke today of the unacceptability of invading a sovereign country on phony pretexts in order to assert one's own interests in the 21st century.

Hundreds of Keystone protesters arrested at White House

Hundreds of Keystone protesters arrested at White House 02 Mar 2014 Police arrested hundreds of young people protesting the Keystone XL project on Sunday, as demonstrators fastened themselves with plastic ties to the White House fences and called for U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the controversial oil pipeline.

Hundreds protest dropped charges over 'man-made' Fukushima crisis

Hundreds protest dropped charges over 'man-made' Fukushima crisis 01 Mar 2014 Hundreds rallied in Tokyo Saturday to protest Japanese prosecutors' decision to drop charges over the Fukushima nuclear crisis, with no one yet punished nearly three years after the "man-made" disaster. A parliamentary report has said Fukushima was a man-made disaster caused by Japan's culture of "reflexive obedience" and not just by the tsunami that crippled the plant.

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