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Zimmerman trial juror says defendant 'got away with murder,' feels she owes Trayvon Martin's parents apology

July 25, 2013 by legitgov

Zimmerman trial juror says defendant 'got away with murder,' feels she owes Trayvon Martin's parents apology 25 Jul 2013 The second juror to speak publicly about George Zimmerman's trial tells ABC News that she feels the neighborhood watch volunteer got away with murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. But she says there wasn't enough evidence to convict him under Florida law. Juror B29, Maddy, said in an interview made public Thursday that she favored convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder when deliberations began. But by the second day of deliberating, she realized there wasn't enough proof to convict Zimmerman of a crime.

Florida airport evacuated after depleted uranium discovered

July 25, 2013 by legitgov

Florida airport evacuated after depleted uranium discovered 25 Jul 2013 Portions of an airport in Miami, Florida were evacuated after depleted uranium was discovered early Thursday. Firefighters cleared a 150-foot area of the Opa-locka Executive Airport in south Florida after a 55 gallon drum located either on or near part of a dismantled aircraft was discovered to be containing exposed, depleted uranium, NBC 6 South Florida reported. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Arnold Piedrahita Jr tweeted that a haz-mat scene was dispatched to the scene to assess the severity of the situation and monitor the levels of radiation.

Snowden cannot be extradited - expert

July 25, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden cannot be extradited - expert 25 Jul 2013 Russia's top human rights official said Thursday that it was impossible to extradite whistleblower Edward Snowden to the United States. "According to international conventions, a person who has requested temporary asylum must not be handed over," the head of the presidential human rights council, Mikhail Fedotov, told the Interfax news agency. Fedotov also argued that, because Snowden was still in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo airport, Moscow cannot hand him over because he is legally not in Russia. "Whatever happens, we can do nothing to please our American partners," he said.

Secret court lets NSA extend its trawl of Verizon customers' phone records

July 25, 2013 by legitgov

Secret court lets NSA extend its trawl of Verizon customers' phone records 19 Jul 2013 The National Security Agency has been allowed to extend its dragnet of the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon through a court order issued by the secret court that oversees surveillance. In an unprecedented move prompted by the Guardian's disclosure in June of the NSA's indiscriminate collection of Verizon metadata, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has publicly revealed that the scheme has been extended yet again. The statement does not mention Verizon by name, nor make clear how long the extension lasts for, but it is likely to span a further three months in line with previous routine orders from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa).

Federal Judge Halts Legal Challenges in Detroit Bankruptcy Case

July 25, 2013 by legitgov

Federal Judge Halts Legal Challenges in Detroit Bankruptcy Case 25 July 2103 A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday cleared the way for Detroit's case to go forward without legal challenges. The decision by Judge Steven Rhodes of the United States Bankruptcy Court freezes all litigation against the city, its emergency manager unelected dictator and Gov. Rick Snyder (R) of Michigan during Detroit's bankruptcy process. Judge Rhodes said challenges to the city's Chapter 9 filing, including protests by retired city employees about potential pension cuts, would be addressed in coming hearings. The federal bankruptcy court has "exclusive jurisdiction" over the case, he said.

In editorial, New York Times calls on Anthony Weiner to quit NYC mayor's race

July 25, 2013 by legitgov

In editorial, New York Times calls on Anthony Weiner to quit NYC mayor's race 24 Jul 2013 The editorial board of the New York Times wants New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner to bow out of the race, now that he has admitted to sending more lewd messages after the sexting scandal that forced him to resign from Congress two years ago. Weiner indicated yesterday that he intends to stay in the race. [The 'New York Times' called for Anthony Weiner to get out of the race for NYC mayor. But they didn't call for war criminal George W. Bush to get out before the 2004 'election,' though, did they? No, instead they *held* the story about the NSA's illegal surveillance--back when it actually mattered to people that they were being illegally spied upon by the US government--until after the 2004 'election' aka 2nd coup d'etat. Apparently, sexting trumps murder, torture, and war crimes. Not to mention the pass the NYT gave to adulterer and 9/11 co-conspirator, Rudy Giuliani. --LRP]

Edward Snowden's personal safety is top priority - lawyer to RT

July 25, 2013 by legitgov

Edward Snowden's personal safety is top priority - lawyer to RT 24 Jul 2013 The issue of Snowden's security is the top priority, the lawyer consulting the whistleblower told RT. The former NSA leaker, stuck for longer in a Moscow airport while his asylum is reviewed, now has some Russian books and is learning the language. Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena talked to RT minutes after he met Snowden. He confirmed that the NSA leaker is not planning to leave Russia after receiving refugee status. However, Kucherena did not give any specific date when asylum documents should be issued.

Boehner Signals 'Clash' With White House on U.S. Debt Limit

July 25, 2013 by legitgov

Boehner Signals 'Clash' With White House on U.S. Debt Limit 24 Jul 2013 House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) signaled a [pretend] clash with the White House and the Democratic-led Senate over raising the U.S. borrowing authority later this year. Congressional Republicans are staking their ground in fiscal negotiations that once again could pose the threat of default or a government shutdown -- the recurring theme surrounding efforts to reduce the nation's deficit since 2011. President Barack Obama and Senate leaders are refusing to accept anything short of a clean debt-limit increase. [LOL, until they do--just like the student loan f*ckover that took place on Wednesday. Obusha, early on, signaled that he would not support Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan which would actually help students. Obama is making speeches again, pretending to stand with the middle class in upcoming battles with Congress...never a good sign. In reality, Obama's speeches are always precursors to his complete capitulation to the GOP, so he can approve more policies to benefit Wall Street/War Street. And everyone in the world knows this, except the pundits at MSNBC. --LRP]

Fukushima nuclear clean-up to cost $58 bn

July 25, 2013 by legitgov

Fukushima nuclear clean-up to cost $58 bn 24 Jul 2013 The clean-up after the Fukushima nuclear disaster could cost five times more than estimated, figures have revealed, as Tokyo Electric Power said on Wednesday that steam had been seen again in a reactor building. It is the third time steam has been observed in the battered structure over the last week. The government-backed National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology said decontamination work in Fukushima prefecture will cost up to 5.81 trillion yen ($58 billion), far more than the 1 trillion yen the government has so far allocated.

White House defeats NSA surveillance ban in narrow Congress vote

July 25, 2013 by legitgov

White House defeats NSA surveillance ban in narrow Congress vote 24 Jul 2013 The White House succeeded in heading head off attempts by libertarian and liberal members of Congress to outlaw the blanket collection and trawling of phone data by US intelligence agencies, after warning the move would damage American security. The proposal, tabled in an amendment last night, was defeated by just 12 votes after an impassioned debate on the floor of the House of Representatives. The amendment was the first serious attempt in Congress to curb the powers of the National Security Agency (NSA) following leaks by the security contractor Edward Snowden.

Russia is poised to permit Snowden to leave airport

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

Russia is poised to permit Snowden to leave airport 24 Jul 2013 After a month camped out in a transit area of Moscow's international airport... A Russian immigration official indicated Wednesday that his government would soon give former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden a document enabling him to leave Sheremetyevo Airport and stay in Russia temporarily, under tight official constraints. Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said Wednesday that his client, who has been charged in the United States with leaking classified information, has started to learn Russian and is preparing for an extended sojourn in the country. Vladimir Volokh, head of the public council of the Russian Federal Migration Service, said Snowden would be handed a certificate stating that he had applied for political asylum. Snowden will "only be allowed to stay in places designated by Russian law enforcement agencies," Volokh told the Ekho Moskvy radio station.

House rejects amendment restricting NSA phone surveillance

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

House rejects amendment restricting NSA phone surveillance 24 Jul 2013 A controversial proposal to restrict how the National Security Agency collects telephone records failed to advance by a narrow margin Wednesday, a victory for the Obama administration, which has spent weeks defending the program since media leaks sparked international outrage about the agency's reach. Lawmakers voted 217 to 205 to defeat the proposal by an unlikely political pairing: Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a 33-year-old libertarian who often bucks GOP leadership and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), an 84-year old liberal stalwart and the chamber's second longest-serving member. Usually divergent in their political views, they joined forces in recent weeks in response to revelations about the NSA's ability to collect telephone and Internet records that were leaked by Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor who is seeking asylum in Russia.

Senate Approves College Student Loan Plan Tying Rates to Markets

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

Senate Approves College Student Loan Plan Tying Rates to Markets --Liberal senators like Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernard Sanders (I-VT) accused their colleagues of forcing through a bill that betrayed their party's promises to working-class families. 25 Jul 2013 The Senate on Wednesday approved a bipartisan plan that would tie interest rates for college student loans to the financial markets, bringing Congress close to finally resolving a dispute that caused rates to double on July 1. But the 81-18 vote, which drew overwhelming support from Republicans, masked deep divisions among Senate Democrats. Seventeen of them voted "no." Many liberals, who are upset that the plan would replace the fixed-rate subsidized federal student loan program, criticized their colleagues for leaving lower- and middle-income students vulnerable to swings in the market.

Leaders: Voter ID would suppress the vote

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

Leaders: Voter ID would suppress the vote 24 Jul 2013 Some lawmakers and groups gathered Wednesday in response to the proposed voter identification bill that, they say, would suppress the vote. The bill, which would require voters to show ID at the polls, has been approved in the state House and is awaiting approval in the Senate. Wednesday morning, members of the Legislative Black Caucus and members of the North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People voiced their opinion against House Bill 589 at the General Assembly. Members of the Legislative Black Caucus held a news conference first, blasting Republicans and the bill -- saying they fought in the 1960s to get people registered to vote and the new bill would take them back to [well, before] that era.

Convicted U.S. spy Christopher Boyce: 'Snowden is doomed'

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

Convicted U.S. spy Christopher Boyce: 'Snowden is doomed' --'Do I think the government wants revenge against Snowden? Absolutely, they want revenge.' 15 Jun 2013 Former spy, fugitive and convicted traitor whistleblower, Christopher Boyce sold U.S. secrets to the former Soviet Union and dodged U.S. authorities for almost two years until his arrest in 1977 at the age of just 22... While 35 years separate his ill-starred foray into espionage and Edward Snowden's decision to reveal the secret surveillance plans of the National Security Agency (NSA), Boyce told CNN he has a good idea what Snowden might be going through. "I feel for the guy, and for what his life is going to become. I pity him," Boyce said. "He's in for a world of hurt, for the rest of his life... And I think that in the end, it'll end badly for him -- one way or another, they'll get their hands on him. He's going to pay for it. He's doomed."

Iran says EU blacklisting of Hezbollah is 'unacceptable'

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

Iran says EU blacklisting of Hezbollah is 'unacceptable' 24 Jul 2013 Iran has condemned the European Union's decision to put the military wing of Lebanese group Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations, describing it as a "biased" move. The decision goes against all political and legal norms, is "surprising", and is "unacceptable", Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday. Pressed by Britain and the Netherlands, the European Union blacklisted Hezbollah's armed wing on Monday over accusations it was involved in a bus bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israelis and their driver a year ago, and its deployment of thousands of fighters to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to Reuters.

Nuclear contaminated Pacific Ocean may become global threat

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

Nuclear contaminated Pacific Ocean may become global threat --Alarming rate of Thyroid cancer in Fukushima while tourism continues 24 Jul 2013 It has been officially confirmed. The crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant in Japan is leaking highly contaminated [aka radioactive] water into the Pacific Ocean. This is continuing by the minute causing great concern not only for Japan, but for all nations bordering on the Pacific Ocean, including the United States, Canada, Russia, and most Pacific Island nations. Officials finally admitted this alarming news for the first time. Earlier this month, the tourism industry in this Japanese regions seemed to be doing fine. A new scheduled Asiana Airlines Charter Flight arrived with Korean tourists at Fukushima Airport on July 13.

Ex-supervisor at Indian Point nuclear plant charged with fabricating fuel tests

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

Ex-supervisor at Indian Point nuclear plant charged with fabricating fuel tests 23 Jul 2103 An ex-supervisor at the Indian Point nuclear plant was arrested Tuesday on charges he fabricated fuel tests on backup generators to prevent the facility from being shut down. Daniel Wilson, 57, the Westchester County plant's chemistry manager from 2007 to 2012, was charged in Federal Court in White Plains with two counts of violating rules of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 2011, the NRC threatened to shut plant down because unacceptable levels of contaminants were found in tests of diesel in the emergency generators.

TEPCO admits radioactive groundwater is leaking into the sea at Fukushima

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

TEPCO admits radioactive groundwater is leaking into the sea at Fukushima 23 Jul 2013 Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), operator of the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power facility, has admitted for the first time that radioactive groundwater may be seeping out of the nuclear plant area and out into sea. In tests earlier this month, the embattled utility company said that groundwater samples have shown an increase in levels of cancer-causing cesium-134, but that the contaminated groundwater was contained at the current location by concrete foundations and steel sheets. TEPCO has changed its assessment of the situation on Monday. "We believe that contaminated [aka radioactive] water has flown out to the sea," a TEPCO spokesman said on Monday.

More steam reported at Fukushima nuclear reactor no 3, says TEPCO

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

More steam reported at Fukushima nuclear reactor no 3, says TEPCO 23 Jul 2013 For the second time in two weeks, workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have reported that steam was rising from the building that houses reactor no 3. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said that the reports came in at around 9:00 am Tuesday, but that no changes in the levels of toxic substances were detected by their monitoring equipment. Workers spotted the steam coming out of the same area as last week, which is the fifth floor of where reactor no 3 is, near the pool storing machinery of the building. The building’s roof was blown off during a hydrogen explosion a few days after the March 2011 nuclear meltdown and up to now is still dangerous to approach.

3 U.S. Soldiers Among 8 Dead In a Bombing in Afghanistan

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

3 U.S. Soldiers Among 8 Dead In a Bombing in Afghanistan 24 Jul 2013 Three American and four Afghan soldiers and an interpreter were killed Tuesday morning in Wardak Province after an insurgent riding a donkey detonated a bomb in one of the most hotly contested districts in the country, officials said. The attack occurred around 8:30 a.m. as the Americans and Afghans were conducting a joint patrol in a violent stretch of Sayadabad District, close to the main highway leading to Kabul, the capital. At least three more American soldiers were wounded in the bombing, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.

Environmental Toxins Enter the Brain Tissue of Polar Bear

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

Environmental Toxins Enter the Brain Tissue of Polar Bears 23 Jul 2013 Scientists from Denmark and Canada are worried by their new findings showing that several bioaccumulative perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are crossing the blood brain barrier of polar bears from Scoresby Sound, East Greenland. PerFluoroAlkyl Substances (PFASs) and precursor compounds have been used in a wide variety of commercial and industrial products over the past six decades. PFASs are highly resistant to chemical, thermal and biological degradation. PFASs and their precursor compounds have shown a dramatic increase and dispersal around the world over the past four decades.

U.S. military drone surveillance is expanding to hot spots beyond declared combat zones

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

U.S. military drone surveillance is expanding to hot spots beyond declared combat zones 20 Jul 2013 The steel-gray U.S. Air Force Predator drone plunged from the sky, shattering on mountainous terrain near the Iraq-Turkey border. Fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, filmed the charred wreckage on Sept. 18 and posted a video on YouTube. A narrator bragged unconvincingly that the group had shot down the drone. But for anyone who might doubt that the flying robot was really American, the video zoomed in on mangled parts stamped in English and bearing the label of the manufacturer, San Diego-based General Atomics. For a brief moment, the crash drew back the curtain on Operation Nomad Shadow, a secretive U.S. military surveillance program. ...The U.S. military is shifting its huge fleet of unmanned aircraft to other hot spots around the world.

200 in 4 states had unidentified stomach bug

July 24, 2013 by legitgov

200 in 4 states had unidentified stomach bug 23 Jul 2013 More than 200 people in at least four states have come down with a stomach bug that could be linked to foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control says the cyclospora infection causing diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms has been reported in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin. The CDC said eight people have been hospitalized and the reported illnesses occurred from mid-June to early July. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the cyclospora infections, which are most often found in tropical or subtropical countries and have been linked to imported fresh produce in the past.

Snowden plans to settle and work in Russia – lawyer to RT

July 23, 2013 by legitgov

Snowden plans to settle and work in Russia – lawyer to RT 23 Jul 2013 NSA leaker Edward Snowden plans to settle in Russia and is ready to begin a court battle if the country's migration service denies his asylum plea, Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer who assists the whistleblower, told RT. "It's hard for me to say what his actions would be in terms of a positive decision [on the asylum plea]," Kucherena said. "We must understand that security is the number one issue in his case. I think the process of adaptation will take some time. It's an understandable process as he doesn't know the Russian language, our customs, and our laws. He's planning to arrange his life here. He plans to get a job. And, I think, that all his further decisions will be made considering the situation he found himself in," he added.

Allegations Surface of Explicit Exchanges by Weiner After His Resignation

July 23, 2013 by legitgov

Allegations Surface of Explicit Exchanges by Weiner After His Resignation 24 Jul 2013 Allegations surfaced on Tuesday that former Representative Anthony D. Weiner conducted sexually explicit exchanges with a woman over the Internet, even after he announced his resignation from office in 2011 and vowed to seek therapy. The exchanges were published on The Dirty, a racy gossip site, and reported by BuzzFeed. Mr. Weiner, in a statement issued hours later, did not deny that he took part in the exchanges, saying only, "Some things that have been posted today are true and some are not."

CDC admits 98 million Americans received polio vaccine in 8-year span when it was contaminated with cancer virus

July 23, 2013 by legitgov

CDC admits 98 million Americans received polio vaccine in 8-year span when it was contaminated with cancer virus 17 Jul 2013 The CDC has quickly removed a page from their website, but cached here, admitting that more than 98 million Americans received one or more doses of polio vaccine within an 8-year span from 1955-1963 when a proportion of the vaccine was contaminated with a cancer causing polyomavirus called SV40. It has been estimated that 10-30 million Americans could have received an SV40 contaminated dose of the vaccine. SV40 is an abbreviation for Simian vacuolating virus 40 or Simian virus 40, a polyomavirus that is found in both monkeys and humans. Like other polyomaviruses, SV40 is a DNA virus that has been found to cause tumors and cancer.

Senators cancel immigration meeting with lobbyists amid backlash

July 23, 2013 by legitgov

Senators cancel immigration meeting with lobbyists amid backlash 22 Jul 2013 Architects of the Senate's immigration [aka low-wage labor for corpora-terrorists'] bill on Monday canceled a meeting that had been planned with business groups and other supporters to try to rally momentum for the legislation, in a sign of how difficult it will be to enact the reforms. Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, Republican Senator John McCain and other members of the "Gang of Eight" that shepherded a sweeping immigration bill through the Senate want to enlist business, labor and religious groups to help persuade members of the House of Representatives to back reform.

Top U.S. general urges approval of long-term American military presence in Afghanistan

July 23, 2013 by legitgov

Top U.S. general urges approval of long-term American military presence in Afghanistan 22 Jul 2013 The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday that he wanted the United States and Afghanistan to complete a security partnership agreement by October, allowing for the continued presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey played down the chances that no U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan after the United States formally terminates its combat role by the end of next year. He urged rapid completion of an accord that would pave the way for a long-term American presence here, and he expressed optimism that the agreement could be completed soon, despite public opposition from Afghan President Hamid Karzai [and US citizens].

Lawyer: Edward Snowden may leave airport

July 23, 2013 by legitgov

Lawyer: Edward Snowden may leave airport 22 Jul 2013 Edward Snowden may leave the Moscow airport he's been holed up in by this Wednesday, his Russian lawyer told Reuters on Monday. The former National Security Agency contractor has applied for asylum in Russia, a process that may take up to three months to process. In the meantime, the NSA leaker will be allowed to pass through customs based on the initial response to his request, Reuters reports.

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