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US drone strike kills four in NW Pakistan

US drone strike kills four in NW Pakistan 01 Nov 2013 Another unauthorized drone strike by the US forces in the Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan, has killed at least four people and injured several others, local intelligence officials say.

Exposed: Australia's Asia spy network

Exposed: Australia's Asia spy network 31 Oct 2013 Australian embassies are being secretly used to intercept phone calls and data across Asia as part of a US-led global spying network, according to whistleblower Edward Snowden and a former Australian intelligence officer. The top secret Defence Signals Directorate operates the clandestine surveillance facilities at embassies without the knowledge of most Australian diplomats.

Australia Said to Play Part in N.S.A. Effort

Australia Said to Play Part in N.S.A. Effort 01 Nov 2013 Australia, a close ally of the United States, has used its embassies in Asia to collect intelligence as part of the National Security Agency's global surveillance efforts, according to a document leaked by the former agency contractor Edward J.

Texas court reinstates controversial abortion law three days after it was ruled unconstitutional

Texas court reinstates controversial abortion law three days after it was ruled unconstitutional 31 Oct 2013 Texas appeals court has reinstated most of the state's new abortion rules today only three days after a judge ruled part of the measures was unnecessary. The federal appeals court ruling means up to 12 clinics will be unable to perform terminations as soon as Friday.

Homeland Security workers routinely boost pay with unearned overtime, report says

Homeland Security workers routinely boost pay with unearned overtime, report says 31 Oct 2013 Federal employees at the Department of Homeland Security call it the “candy bowl,” a pot of overtime money they have long dipped into to pad their pay even if they haven’t earned it, whistleblowers say.

Threat Diverts United Express Flight to Phoenix

Threat Diverts United Express Flight to Phoenix 31 Oct 2013 A United Express flight from San Francisco to San Antonio was diverted to Phoenix on Thursday because of a threat that authorities said came from aboard the plane. Officials at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport said Flight 5573 landed at 4:45 p.m. Thursday and the 43 passengers, two pilots and two flight attendants aboard the regional jet were evacuated. Phoenix police spokesman Sgt.

Senate Committee Votes in Favor of NSA Phone-Records Snooping

Senate Committee Votes in Favor of NSA Phone-Records Snooping --Committee approves measure in private 31 Oct 2013 A key Senate committee approved today a measure that would give congressional blessing to the NSA's bulk collection of domestic telephone metadata, and bolster the legal underpinnings of the controvers

U.S. Court Blocks Ruling on NY Police Stop-Frisk Policy

U.S. Court Blocks Ruling on NY Police Stop-Frisk Policy 31 Oct 2013 A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a judge's ruling that found the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy was discriminatory and took the unusual step of removing her from the case, saying interviews she gave during the trial called her impartiality into question. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the rulings by U.S.

Manning says gender ID dispute could go to court

Manning says gender ID dispute could go to court 31 Oct 2013 Imprisoned documents leaker Chelsea Manning says she'll go to court, if necessary, to receive treatment for gender identity disorder, also known as gender dysphoria. The Private Manning Support Network published on its website Wednesday four letters signed by the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning.

Group Petitions Senate to Prevent Mass Transportation of Nuclear High-Level Radioactive Waste

Group Petitions Senate to Prevent Mass Transportation of Nuclear High-Level Radioactive Waste 31 Oct 2013 Yesterday, a national environmental group and more than 42,000 individuals delivered a message to the U.S. Senate, urging the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to cancel plans for legislation that would begin mass transportation of high-level radioactive waste throughout the country.

Senate Republicans Block Two Obama Nominees

Senate Republicans Block Two Obama Nominees 31 Oct 2013 Senate Republicans on Thursday thwarted the confirmation of two of President Obama's nominees, one to a powerful appeals court and another to a home-lending oversight post, setting up a confrontation with Democrats that could escalate into a larger fight over limiting the filibuster and restrict how far the minority party can go to block a president's agenda.

Northern Long-Eared Bats Need Protections

Northern Long-Eared Bats Need Protections 31 Oct 2013 A deadly and mysterious disease called "white-nose syndrome" has killed almost six million bats since first seen in 2006. Northern long-eared bats in particular have been devastated. Populations in the Northeast have declined by 99 percent in less than 8 years! (Petition)

Japan lawmaker breaks taboo with Fukushima nuclear fears letter for emperor

Japan lawmaker breaks taboo with Fukushima nuclear fears letter for emperor 31 Oct 2013 A Japanese lawmaker handed Emperor Akihito a letter on Thursday expressing fear about the health impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, breaking a taboo by trying to involve the emperor in politics. Taro Yamamoto, who is also an anti-nuclear activist, gave Akihito the letter during a garden party.

U.S. to allow expanded electronic device use on flights

U.S. to allow expanded electronic device use on flights 31 Oct 2013 The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Thursday it will allow airlines to expand the use of portable electronic devices in flight to include smartphones, tablets and e-readers, ending a long-standing ban.

Snowden to work for major Russian website - lawyer

Snowden to work for major Russian website - lawyer 31 Oct 2013 Former US spy agency contractor, Edward Snowden, is set to start working for an Internet site in Russia, according to his Russian lawyer. The name of the website hasn't been disclosed for "security reasons." "Edward starts work in November. He will provide support for a major Russian site," lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said, as quoted by RIA-Novosti news agency.

EU lawmakers condemn US spying on citizens, leaders

EU lawmakers condemn US spying on citizens, leaders 31 Oct 2013 Members of the European Parliament have condemned the United States for widespread spying on European citizens and leaders. The nine-member European Union (EU) delegation met with US officials on Wednesday to seek a response to allegations of the US National Security Agency (NSA)'s massive cyber espionage activities against EU citizens and governments, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

States' insurance exchange websites cost taxpayers $1B

States' insurance exchange websites cost taxpayers $1B --Contractors often paid to do same job in different states 31 Oct 2013 HealthCare.gov, the federal Obamacare website, isn't the only website with issues following the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

NSA denies report it eavesdropped on Vatican

NSA denies report it eavesdropped on Vatican [Insert eye roll *here.*] 31 Oct 2013 The National Security Agency is denying a report that it eavesdropped on Vatican phone calls when it was considering a successor for Pope Benedict XVI.

Torture complaints ignored at Guantanamo Bay, attorney says

Torture complaints ignored at Guantanamo Bay, attorney says 23 Oct 2013 A man accused of aiding the September 11 attacks [aka inside job] suffered a serious head injury while imprisoned by the CIA, his attorney told a war crimes tribunal on Wednesday, raising questions about whether the United States violated international law against torture.

OPCW: Syria destroys chemical arms equipment

OPCW: Syria destroys chemical arms equipment 31 Oct 2013 Syria has completed destruction of critical equipment for producing chemical weapons and filling munitions with poison gas, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday. The announcement by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons came one day ahead of the Nov.

New York protesters target Barneys after black shoppers claim bias

New York protesters target Barneys after black shoppers claim bias 30 Oct 2013 A small group of demonstrators shouting "no shop and frisk" gathered at the Manhattan storefront of Barneys New York Inc on Wednesday to express outrage over black customers' complaints they were stopped by police after making luxury purchases.

US terror drones kill 3 in northwestern Pakistan

US terror drones kill 3 in northwestern Pakistan 30 Oct 2013 An airstrike carried out by a US assassination drone has killed three people in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area, which borders Afghanistan, security officials say. Early on Thursday, a US drone fired two missiles into a compound near Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, killing three people and injuring several others, according to a Pakistan security official.

GOP Proposal Could Kick 20 Million Off Medicaid

GOP Proposal Could Kick 20 Million Off Medicaid 30 Oct 2013 ...Start with the federal budgets crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Those proposals passed through the House with unanimous Republican support and were, in 2012, a basis of the Republican presidential platform. Those budgets called for dramatic funding cuts to Medicaid.

Contrite White House Spurns Health Law's Critics

Contrite White House Spurns Health Law's Critics 31 Oct 2013 The White House on Wednesday blended expressions of contrition for the troubled rollout of its health care law with an aggressive rejection of Republican criticism of it, as the administration sought a political strategy to blunt the fallout from weeks of technical failures and negative coverage.

Google, Yahoo hacked by US government

Google, Yahoo hacked by US government 30 Oct 2013 The National Security Agency has broken into the highly secure data centers where Google and Yahoo store vast troves of data on their users by hacking an unencrypted weak point in the data pipeline linking the enormous centers, according to a

U.N. urges end of U.S. embargo on Cuba for 22nd time

U.N. urges end of U.S. embargo on Cuba for 22nd time 29 Oct 2013 The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly for the 22nd time to condemn the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, whose foreign minister said the American policy in place since 1959 was barbaric and amounted to genocide.

State Sen. Wendy Davis has to sign affidavit to vote

State Sen. Wendy Davis has to sign affidavit to vote 28 Oct 2013 State Sen. Wendy Davis went to the polls to vote early Monday and found herself facing a situation that many Texans may encounter: The name on her driver’s license and voter registration card were slightly different, so she had to sign an affidavit at the Southside Community Center stating that she is the person registered to vote.

NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly booed offstage at Brown over 'stop and frisk'

NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly booed offstage at Brown over 'stop and frisk' 30 Oct 2013 New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's lecture Tuesday at Brown University was halted after audience members disrupted the talk in protest of NYC's controversial "stop and frisk" policy. Kelly was invited to the Ivy League institution to give a speech titled "Proactive Policing in America's Biggest City." ...But things at Brown didn't quite go as planned.

NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say

NSAssociate Google and Yahell frequently block the CLG Newsletter - a possible reason: NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say 30 Oct 2013 The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents

Poland asks court to hear CIA secret jails case in private

Poland asks court to hear CIA secret jails case in private 30 Oct 2013 Poland's government has asked the European Court of Human Rights to exclude the media and the public from a court hearing next month on whether Poland hosted a secret CIA prison on its territory. The request for a private hearing was criticised by a Polish human rights group, which accuses the state of trying to conceal its involvement in the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" programme behind a veil of secrecy.

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