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Anthony Weiner declares he's running for NYC mayor

May 22, 2013 by legitgov

Anthony Weiner declares he's running for NYC mayor 22 May 2013 Former congressman Anthony Weiner (D) officially jumped into the race for New York City mayor, ending weeks of speculation by declaring his political comeback bid in a video posted late Tuesday on YouTube. "I am running for mayor because I have been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life, and I hope I get a second chance to work for you," Weiner said.

Appeals court won't release Osama Bin Laden photos

May 22, 2013 by legitgov

Appeals court won't release Osama Bin Laden photos 21 May 2013 A federal appeals court has ruled that the Central Intelligence Agency is under no legal obligation to release photos of Osama bin Laden taken after he was 'killed by U.S. commandos at a hideout in Pakistan in 2011.' The unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the photos were properly classified "TOP SECRET" and therefore exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. "The CIA's declarations [filed in the case] give reason to believe that releasing images of American military personnel burying the founder and leader of al Qaeda could cause exceptionally grave harm," the appeals court wrote in an opinion filed Tuesday. [See: News of Bin Laden's Death and Funeral - December 2001.]

Oklahoma tornado death toll in Moore at 24

May 22, 2013 by legitgov

Oklahoma tornado death toll in Moore at 24 21 May 2013 The search for survivors and the dead is nearly complete in the Oklahoma City suburb that was smashed by a mammoth tornado, the fire chief said Tuesday. Gary Bird said he's "98 percent sure" there are no more survivors or bodies to recover under the rubble in Moore, a community of 56,000 people. His comments came after emergency crews spent much of the day searching the town's broken remnants for survivors of the twister that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. The storm killed at least 24 people, including at least nine children.

Oklahoma tornado packed more energy than atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

May 22, 2013 by legitgov

Oklahoma tornado packed more energy than atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima --EF-5 twister ranged from eight to more than 600 times that bomb's power 21 May 2013 The tornado that leveled Moore, Okla., on Monday contained more energy than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, five separate meteorologists have found. Using real-time measurements, the meteorologists contacted by the Associated Press calculated the energy released during the tornado's 40-plus minutes on the ground and concluded that it ranged from eight to more than 600 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb. After surveying the full-scale damage to homes, shopping centers, and schools, the National Weather Service upgraded the storm to a top-of-the-scale EF-5 tornado with winds estimated between 200 and 210 mph.

Senate panel approves sweeping business-friendly immigration bill

May 22, 2013 by legitgov

Senate panel approves sweeping business-friendly immigration bill 21 May 2013 The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would bring about the biggest changes in U.S. immigration policy in a generation, setting up a spirited debate in the full Senate next month. By a vote of 13-5, the panel approved the nearly 900-page bill that would put 11 million illegal residents on a 13-year path to citizenship while further strengthening security along the southwestern border with Mexico, long a sieve for illegal crossings. The vote followed the committee's decision to embrace a Republican move to ease restrictions on high-tech U.S. companies that want to hire more skilled workers from countries like India and China [so they don't have to pay US workers living wages]. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah said the changes made to visa rules governing high-skilled workers, which he had demanded on behalf of the U.S. technology industry, were the price of his support for the bill when the committee took its final vote.

Obama Admin. Approves ALEC Model Bill for Fracking Chemical Fluid Disclosure on Public Lands

May 22, 2013 by legitgov

Wall Street troll Obusha shows his true colors: Obama Admin. Approves ALEC Model Bill for Fracking Chemical Fluid Disclosure on Public Lands 20 May 2013 On May 16, the Obama Interior Department announced its long-awaited rules governing hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") on federal lands. As part of its 171-page document of rules, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), part of the U.S. Dept. of Interior (DOI), revealed it will adopt the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model bill written by ExxonMobil for fracking chemical fluid disclosure on U.S. public lands. ALEC is a 98-percent corporate-funded bill mill and "dating service" that brings predominantly Republican state legislators and corporate lobbyists together at meetings to craft and vote on "model bills" behind closed doors. Many of these bills end up snaking their way into statehouses and become law in what Bill Moyers referred to as "The United States of ALEC." BLM will utilize an iteration of ALEC's "Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Composition Act" - a bill The New York Times revealed was written by ExxonMobil - for chemical fluid disclosure of fracking on public lands and will do so by utilizing FracFocus.org's voluntary online chemical disclosure database.

Top IRS official will invoke 5th Amendment

May 21, 2013 by legitgov

Top IRS official will invoke 5th Amendment 21 May 2013 A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency's [alleged] improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups. Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won't answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening -- or why she didn't disclose it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor III. Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. "She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course," said a letter by Taylor to committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Hypocrite-Vista). The letter, sent Monday, was obtained Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times. [Incidentally, where were the investigations into the missing 'weapons of mass destruction' in Iraq and torture? I seemed to have missed those.]

Anthrax drug brings $334 million to Pentagon adviser's biotech firm

May 21, 2013 by legitgov

Anthrax drug brings $334 million to Pentagon adviser's biotech firm --The U.S. government remains the only customer, at a cost to date of about $5,100 per dose. 19 May 2013 Over the last decade, former Navy Secretary Richard J. Danzig, a prominent lawyer, presidential advisor and biowarfare consultant to the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, has urged the government to counter what he called a major threat to national security. Terrorists, he warned, could easily engineer a devastating killer germ: a form of anthrax resistant to common antibiotics... Danzig has energetically promoted the threat -- and prodded the government to stockpile a new type of drug to defend against it. Danzig did this while serving as a director of a biotech startup that won $334 million in federal contracts to supply just such a drug, a Los Angeles Times investigation found. [Gee, I wonder what the US government is going to do to 'justify' spending $5,100 per dose on an anthrax antibiotic in this illegal conflict of interest? Hmm. I'm thinking, 'big bioterror false flag,'and it will be riotous if the lamestream media blames 'al-Qaeda' when the anthrax spores will (again) be traced to Fort Detrick. --LRP]

Apple Seen Using Loopholes to Evade $9 Billion in Taxes

May 21, 2013 by legitgov

Apple Seen Using Loopholes to Evade $9 Billion in Taxes 21 May 2013 Apple Inc. used "loopholes" to avoid paying $9 billion in U.S. taxes in 2012, U.S. Senator Carl Levin said at a hearing that brought the company’s chief executive officer, Tim Cook, to Washington to defend the strategies. "Apple executives want the public to focus on the U.S. taxes the company has paid, but the real issue is the billions in taxes it has not paid," said Levin, a Michigan Democrat. Apple employs "offshore tax strategies whose purpose is tax avoidance, pure and simple," he said. Today's hearing was called to air accusations the iPhone maker has created a web of offshore entities to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.

Fukushima No. 1 can't keep its head above tainted water

May 21, 2013 by legitgov

Fukushima No. 1 can't keep its head above tainted water --94,500 tons of radioactive water remain inside Fukushima's basement floors 21 May 2013 More than two years into the triple-meltdown crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, workers continue to wage a desperate battle to keep the stricken reactors cool while trying to contain the 400 tons of radioactive water produced by the process each day. Tokyo Electric Power Co. must decommission the three reactors, but the water is thwarting the effort. The decommissioning, if it ever starts, will take decades. As of May 7, Tepco had routed 290,000 tons of radioactive water into some 940 huge tanks at the complex, but 94,500 tons remain inside the basement floors of the reactor buildings and other facilities.

FBI: Agents fell to deaths training off Va. coast during 'maritime counterterrorism exercise'

May 21, 2013 by legitgov

FBI: Agents fell to deaths training off Va. coast during 'maritime counterterrorism exercise' 21 May 2013 Two FBI agents who died while training off the Virginia Beach coast fell to their deaths when a helicopter had trouble during a "maritime counterterrorism exercise," an agency spokeswoman said Monday night. Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw were killed when they fell into the water Friday. Both were members of the bureau's elite hostage rescue team, a group known most recently for rescuing an Alabama boy from a kidnapper in an underground bunker. "The FBI agents were participating in a maritime counterterrorism exercise involving helicopters and a ship," Special Agent Ann Todd, an FBI spokeswoman, wrote in an email Monday night.

Oklahoma tornado: Dozens killed in Moore

May 21, 2013 by legitgov

Oklahoma tornado: Dozens killed in Moore 21 May 2013 At least 91 people, including 20 children, have been left dead after a huge tornado tore through Oklahoma City suburbs, officials in the US state say. Worst hit was Moore, south of the city, where neighbourhoods were flattened and schools destroyed by winds of up to 200mph (320km/h). About 120 people are being treated in hospitals. President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma.

Guatemala's top court annuls Rios Montt genocide conviction

May 21, 2013 by legitgov

Guatemala's top court annuls Rios Montt genocide conviction 21 May 2013 Guatemala's highest court on Monday overturned a genocide conviction against former dictator [Reagan crony] Efrain Rios Montt and reset his trial back to when a dispute broke out a month ago over who should hear the case. Rios Montt was found guilty on May 10 of overseeing the killings by the armed forces of at least 1,771 members of the Maya Ixil population during his 1982-83 rule. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison. However, in a ruling on Monday, the country's Constitutional Court ordered that all the proceedings be voided going back to April 19, when one of the presiding judges suspended the trial because of a dispute with another judge over who should hear it.

2 FBI agents killed in Va. accident were elite hostage rescue members

May 21, 2013 by legitgov

2 FBI agents killed in Va. accident were elite hostage rescue members 20 May 2013 The two FBI agents who died while training off the Virginia Beach coast [Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw] were part of the agency's elite hostage rescue team, a group known most recently for rescuing an Alabama boy from an underground bunker. The FBI has declined to say what kind of training the men were doing when they were killed Friday. The team is trained in military tactics and outfitted with combat-style gear and weapons.

Death toll from new bird flu in China rises to 36, WHO reports

May 21, 2013 by legitgov

Death toll from new bird flu in China rises to 36, WHO reports 20 May 2013 Four more people in China have died from a new strain of bird flu, bringing the death toll from the H7N9 virus to 36 from 131 confirmed cases, the World Health Organization said on Friday. The United Nations health agency said the four deaths were from cases that had already been identified [and created] in laboratories. Since May 8, there have been no new cases of infection with H7N9, it added.

Pentagon to take over some CIA drone operations: sources

May 21, 2013 by legitgov

Pentagon to take over some CIA drone operations: sources 20 May 2013 President Barack Obama's administration has decided to give the Pentagon control of some drone operations against terrorism suspects overseas that are currently run by the CIA, several U.S. government sources said on Monday. Obama has pledged more transparency on controversial counterterrorism programs, and giving the Pentagon the responsibility for part of the drone program could open it to greater congressional oversight. Obama will make a speech on Thursday at the National Defense University in Washington that will include discussion of the government's use of drones as a counterterrorism tool.

Oklahoma Tornado: At Least 51 Dead, 'Horrific' Damage

May 21, 2013 by legitgov

Oklahoma Tornado: At Least 51 Dead, 'Horrific' Damage 20 May 2013 A mammoth tornado carved a trail of destruction through the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, killing at least 51 people, including some children, and ripping apart two elementary schools today, local authorities said. David Barnes, the director of Oklahoma Emergency Management in Oklahoma County, told ABC News that a single twister tore through homes from Newcastle to Moore, a path of 12 miles. The damage was "widespread" and people's homes were completely destroyed, all the way to their foundations, he said. At least 51 people have been confirmed dead in the storm's aftermath, according to the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner's Office.

Arrests being made at NAACP protest at legislature

May 20, 2013 by legitgov

Arrests being made at NAACP protest at legislature 20 May 2013 More protesters have been arrested at the General Assembly for the fourth week in a row. The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is entering its fourth straight week of protests at the state legislature that have resulted in nearly 100 arrests so far. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People plans the latest demonstration on Monday aimed at the policies of the Republican-led General Assembly.

Guantanamo Bay shuts down Internet, blocks social media over online hacking threats

May 20, 2013 by legitgov

Guantanamo Bay shuts down Internet, blocks social media over online hacking threats [Yeah, right!] 20 May 2013 The U.S. military has shut down wireless Internet service at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba because of 'online hacking threats.' A spokesman for the Guantanamo Bay prison says that officials have also blocked access to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter through military computer networks because of the threat censorship. Army Lt. Col. Samuel House says the precautions were taken because of online threats to disrupt activities at the base allegedly made by the international hacking group Anonymous.

Tornado smashes through Moore, Okla., leveling it

May 20, 2013 by legitgov

Tornado smashes through Moore, Okla., leveling it --Significant casualties are expected after a massive twister demolished houses, businesses and schools [that were (insanely) put under lockdown]. More than 170,000 could be in the tornado's path. 20 May 2013 A massive tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., Monday afternoon, leveling a huge swath of a residential area in the suburb of Oklahoma City. Video footage from KFOR-TV showed houses, businesses and at least two schools completely demolished, with cars strewn about. Police and emergency crews have begun to respond, but debris has clogged roadways. At least one large fire has broken out amid the rubble.

Moore, Okla. schools locked down as tornado struck

May 20, 2013 by legitgov

Moore, Okla. schools locked down as tornado struck [How stupid was that?] --Four dead in Moore, Okla. --Authorities not allowing parents to search for their missing children at Plaza Towers Elementary School. Approximately 75 souls -- children and teachers -- were at the school when the tornado struck 20 May 2013

Report: Assad preparing missile strike against Tel Aviv in case attacked again

May 20, 2013 by legitgov

Report: Assad preparing missile strike against Tel Aviv in case attacked again 19 May 2013 Syria is making preparations to strike Tel Aviv in case Israel launches another attack on its territory, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday. The Syrian army has begun deploying advanced surface-to-surface missiles, the report said, adding that it has received orders to strike central Israel in case additional attacks against Syria are carried out. The Sunday Times said that the information was obtained by reconnaissance satellites that were tracking the Syrian forces. According to the report, Syria was deploying advanced Tishreen missiles which are capable of carrying a half-ton warhead.

'Extremely dangerous' tornado strikes near Okla. City

May 20, 2013 by legitgov

'Extremely dangerous' tornado strikes near Okla. City 20 May 2013 A massive tornado roared through the suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday, devastating homes, schools and other buildings. The National Weather Service placed parts of five storm-battered states -- Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas -- under a tornado watch Monday afternoon, meaning that conditions were favorable for tornadoes to develop within the next few hours. The weather service said it was tracking "a large and extremely dangerous tornado" just west of Moore, Okla., which is south of Oklahoma City. The storm was moving to the northeast, and forecasters said they expected "large, destructive hail up to tennis ball size."

Okla. House suspends work as tornado sirens blare

May 20, 2013 by legitgov

Okla. House suspends work as tornado sirens blare 20 May 2013 The Oklahoma House has temporarily suspended its daily session and members were urged to head to the basement of the Capitol after tornado sirens sounded outside the building. Faxon Republican Rep. Don Armes was presiding over the House Monday afternoon when he said troopers alerted him to worsening weather conditions in the Oklahoma City area. A tornado warning was issued for several Oklahoma counties, including the Oklahoma City area, after reports of a tornado on the ground.

Singapore-made H1N1 flu vaccine being tested on humans

May 20, 2013 by legitgov

Singapore-made H1N1 flu vaccine being tested on humans 20 May 2013 Singapore's first H1N1 flu vaccine is being tested on humans for the first time. The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and Switzerland's Cytos Biotechnology AG announced on Friday that the first healthy volunteer has been dosed with their vaccine in a Phase 1 clinical trial. They hope to test it on at least 60 people during this first phase.

Iran hangs two men claimed to have acted as spies for Mossad and CIA

May 20, 2013 by legitgov

Iran hangs two men claimed to have acted as spies for Mossad and CIA 20 May 2013 Iran's state radio says authorities have executed two men convicted of spying for Israel's Mossad and the American CIA intelligence agency. The report says Mohammad Heidari, who was accused of providing Mossad with classified information in return for money, and Kourosh Ahmadi, who allegedly gave the CIA intelligence on Iran, were hanged at dawn.

Julian Assange reveals GCHQ messages discussing Swedish extradition

May 20, 2013 by legitgov

Julian Assange reveals GCHQ messages discussing Swedish extradition 19 May 2013 Authorities at GCHQ, the government eavesdropping agency, are facing embarrassing revelations about internal correspondence in which Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is discussed, apparently including speculation that he is being framed by Swedish authorities seeking his extradition on rape allegations. The records were revealed by Assange himself in a Sunday night interview with Spanish television programme Salvados in which he explained that an official request for information gave him access to instant messages that remained unclassified by GCHQ. A message from September 2012, read out by Assange, apparently says: "They are trying to arrest him on suspicion of XYZ... It is definitely a fit-up... Their timings are too convenient right after Cablegate."

US robots, Israeli drones to help make 2014 World Cup in Brazil 'one of safest sporting events ever'

May 20, 2013 by legitgov

Gag me with a chainsaw: US robots, Israeli drones to help make 2014 World Cup in Brazil 'one of safest sporting events ever' 19 May 2013 Brazil has added 30 US military robots to the Israeli drones and 'Robocop-style' glasses with face recognition cameras to its arsenal after the country allocated $900 million to make 2014 World Cup "one of the most protected sports events in history." The 30 PackBot 510 units, which usually cost between $100,000 and $200,000 apiece, will arrive in Brazil as part of the $7.2 million deal the country signed with American iRobot advanced technology company. The contracts include services, spare parts and associated equipment.

North Korea fires projectile into eastern waters

May 19, 2013 by legitgov

North Korea fires projectile into eastern waters 19 May 2013 North Korea fired a projectile into waters off its eastern coast Sunday, a day after launching three short-range missiles in the same area, officials said. North Korea routinely test-launches short-range missiles. North Korea protested annual joint military drills by Seoul and Washington and U.N. sanctions imposed over its February nuclear test.

Request to photograph Boston bombing suspect denied

May 19, 2013 by legitgov

Request to photograph Boston bombing suspect denied 18 May 2013 A federal magistrate has refused a request from lawyers for the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect that would allow them to take "current and periodic" photographs of him, which would have been kept from the government. In an order on Friday, Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's request "fails to establish that future photographs are subject to the attorney client privilege." Tsarnaev, 19, is hospitalized at a federal prison facility northwest of Boston after being captured and charged in connection with the April 15 bombing attack.

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