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Secret Service agents crashed car into active bomb investigation outside White House, may have driven over suspicious package

March 13, 2015 by legitgov

'Drunk driving' Secret Service agents crashed car into active bomb investigation outside White House and may have even driven OVER the suspicious package --A woman had just dropped a package and shouted 'It's a bomb!' outside White House when two agents crashed through the crime scene | 12 Mar 2015 | Two senior Secret Service agents who crashed their government car outside the White House actually disrupted an active bomb investigation, according to a shocking new report. The agents, who are suspected of being drunk at the time, may have even driven over the suspicious package as they careened through police crime scene tape and smashed into a temporary barrier outside the President's home, the Washington Post reports. About 10.30pm on March 4, a woman got out of her car at the south entrance of the White House and threw a package on the ground.

22 Iraqi soldiers killed in 'friendly fire' Anbar U.S. airstrike -sources

March 13, 2015 by legitgov

22 Iraqi soldiers killed in 'friendly fire' Anbar U.S. airstrike -sources | 12 March 2015 | Soldiers from an Iraqi army unit in the western province of Anbar have been killed in an apparent 'friendly fire' incident, an Iraqi military officer and a police source said on Thursday. The military source said 22 soldiers had been killed when an aircraft bombed the headquarters of an army company on the edge of Ramadi city, Anbar's provincial capital. The source said he believed the bomb was launched from a U.S.-led coalition aircraft, but coalition spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gilleran said the only strike it carried out in the area did not result in any "friendly casualties".

American diagnosed with Ebola to be flown to US from Sierra Leone

March 13, 2015 by legitgov

American diagnosed with Ebola to be flown to US from Sierra Leone | 12 March 2015 | An American healthcare worker who contracted Ebola while fighting the outbreak in Sierra Leone will be brought to the US for treatment, the National Institutes of Health announced on Thursday. The healthcare worker is due to arrive at the NIH facility in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday. The patient, who has not been identified as male or female, was volunteering in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone.

State, county police take over Ferguson protest security after shooting

March 13, 2015 by legitgov

State, county police take over Ferguson protest security after shooting | 12 March 2015 | With tensions running high after the shooting of two officers in Ferguson, Missouri, state and county police took over protest security in the St. Louis suburb Thursday. St. Louis County Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are assuming "command of the security detail regarding protests," St. Louis County Police said, while Ferguson Police will remain responsible for "routine policing services" in the city.

Several people taken into custody for questioning on Ferguson shooting have been released - police

March 13, 2015 by legitgov

Several people taken into custody for questioning on Ferguson shooting have been released - police | 12 March 2015 | Police say several people taken into custody for questioning following the shooting of two officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have been released and no arrests have been made. St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman says the individuals were taken into custody Thursday at a house about three-quarters of a mile from the shooting scene near Ferguson police headquarters. Schellman didn't say how many people were questioned, but he says all had been released by Thursday evening and no one had been arrested.

Kerry tells Republicans: you cannot modify Iran-U.S. nuclear deal

March 13, 2015 by legitgov

Kerry tells Republicans: you cannot modify Iran-U.S. nuclear deal --'You don't have the right to modify an agreement reached executive to executive between leaders of a country.' | 11 March 2015 | U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Republicans who control Congress on Wednesday they would not be able to modify any nuclear agreement struck between the United States and Iran. Kerry said he responded with "utter disbelief" to an open letter to Iran on Monday signed only by Republican senators that said any deal would only last as long as U.S. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, remains in office.

Canadian intelligence service agent arrested on suspicion of helping three British girls travel to Syria to join ISIS

March 12, 2015 by legitgov

Canadian intelligence service agent arrested on suspicion of helping three British girls travel to Syria to join ISIS | 12 March 2015 | The foreign spy arrested on suspicion of helping three British schoolgirls travel to Syria to join the Islamic State was working for the Canadian intelligence service, it has been reported. Turkish foreign minister Mehmet Cavusoglu earlier said the suspect works for the intelligence agency of a country that is part of the US-led coalition fighting ISIS but did not identify the country, saying only that it was not the United States or a member of the European Union. However, an Istanbul-based newspaper has reported that the spy was working for the Canadian government. [LOL! Yup, it's the US-UK-Canadian I-CIA-SIS pipeline.]

Fukushima disaster: Radiation levels posing cancer risks on fourth anniversary of triple nuclear meltdown

March 12, 2015 by legitgov

Fukushima disaster: Radiation levels posing cancer risks on fourth anniversary of triple nuclear meltdown | 11 March 2015 | Four years ago today Japan was hit with a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and massive tsunami, triggering a[n ongoing] crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The triple nuclear meltdown was the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. About 120,000 people still cannot return their homes because of high radiation levels, but the issue of long-term health implications like cancer are causing the greatest concern and controversy in Japan. Before the disaster, there was just one to two cases of thyroid cancers in a million Japanese children but now Fukushima has more than 100 confirmed or suspected cases, having tested about 300,000 children.

3 reportedly questioned in shooting of 2 cops outside Ferguson police department

March 12, 2015 by legitgov

3 reportedly questioned in shooting of 2 cops outside Ferguson police department | 12 March 2015 | Police were questioning three people in connection with the shooting of two Missouri police officers early Thursday at a protest outside the Ferguson police headquarters...The police officers, not members of Ferguson's force, were part of a 25-man police line at the embattled headquarters, where Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson had announced his resignation hours earlier. Witnesses reported hearing as many as four shots and seeing the flash of a muzzle about 125 yards away from the police.

Alleged threats to police lead to terrorism charges

March 12, 2015 by legitgov

Alleged threats to police lead to terrorism charges | 12 March 2015 | Two Lansing men face terrorism charges [!?!] after prosecutors say they made death threats against law enforcement following the recent fatal shootings involving Eaton County deputies. Both men have been charged in separate incidents with threatening "to commit an act of terrorism" -- a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison...Adam Thaddeus Wood's Okemos-based attorney, Toby White, said about Wood: "I don't think what he did qualified as a terrorist act." White declined to comment further.

N.J. pension system worst in nation, new study shows

March 12, 2015 by legitgov

N.J. pension system worst in nation, new study shows | 12 March 2015 | New Jersey's record of funding its pension system is the worst in the country, according to a new study by the National Association of State Retirement Administrators. That chronic underfunding has led to a deepening pension crisis and individual pension funds that could run out of money by 2027, officials say. In a comparison of state's contributions as a percentage of the annual required contribution, from fiscal year 2001 to 2013, New Jersey came dead last at 38 percent.

Australia probes claim teenager was Islamic State suicide bomber in Iraq

March 12, 2015 by legitgov

Australia probes claim teenager was Islamic State suicide bomber in Iraq | 12 March 201 | Australian authorities are investigating claims by Islamic State that an Australian teenage recruit died after blowing himself up in Iraq, and local media reported that bomb-making materials had been found at his family home in Melbourne. A blog post believed to be written by 18-year-old Jake Bilardi, written under his pseudonym Abu Abdullah al-Australi, revealed how he had considered carrying out attacks on home soil. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters on Thursday that security agencies were trying to verify reports that Bilardi had carried out a suicide attack in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

2 police officers shot as Ferguson protests turn violent

March 12, 2015 by legitgov

2 police officers shot as Ferguson protests turn violent | 12 March 2015 | Two police officers were shot in Ferguson early Thursday morning as demonstrations that began as a celebration of the police chief's resignation gave way to violence and gunfire. One, a St. Louis County police officer, was struck in the shoulder; the other, a Webster Groves officer, was hit in the face, said St. Louis Police Chief Jon Belmar. The officers were hospitalized and conscious, he said. [Lest we forget: The protests in Ferguson may have 'turned violent' -- but Ferguson police have been violent from the get-go.]

750 tons of Fukushima plant radioactive water leaked - TEPCO

March 12, 2015 by legitgov

750 tons of Fukushima plant radioactive water leaked - TEPCO --The leak has likely made its way to the ground - officials | 12 March 2015 | In yet another major leak at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) reported that 750 tons of contaminated radioactive rainwater have escaped the plant. The water overflowed from mounds where storage tanks for radioactive water are located, The Japan Times quoted TEPCO as saying. Rainwater within that perimeter had up to 8,300 becquerels per liter of beta particle-emitting radioactive substances, such as strontium-90.

Secret Service Investigating Agents' Crash Near White House

March 12, 2015 by legitgov

Secret Service Investigating Agents' Crash Near White House | 12 March 2015 | The Homeland Security Department is investigating two senior Secret Service agents accused of crashing a car into a White House security barrier, an agency spokesman says. Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said Wednesday that recently appointed Director Joseph Clancy has been briefed on the March 4 incident. Clancy has asked the Homeland Security Department's Inspector General's Office to investigate the incident.

Two officers shot outside Ferguson police headquarters

March 12, 2015 by legitgov

Two officers shot outside Ferguson police headquarters | 12 March 2015 | Two police officers were shot during a protest outside the Ferguson, Missouri police headquarters early on Thursday, police said, just hours after the city's police chief quit following a damning justice report into his department. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters that a 41-year-old officer from his department was struck in the shoulder and a 32-year-old officer from the nearby Webster Groves Police Department was hit in the face around midnight as the crowd was starting to break up.

Ferguson, Missouri police chief Thomas Jackson resigns

March 12, 2015 by walden9

Ferguson, Missouri police chief Thomas Jackson resigns | 11 March 2015 |The embattled police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, is to resign a week after his department was accused of racial bias in a scathing report by the US government, he announced on Wednesday. Thomas Jackson told colleagues in a resignation letter that "with profound sadness" he would quit as police chief effective 19 March. Jackson, 58, is the sixth senior Ferguson official to lose his job since the Department of Justice last week sharply criticised the city's criminal justice system. Investigators concluded police and court authorities targeted black people disproportionately and frequently violated their constitutional rights.

US-Trained and Armed Iraqi Forces Investigated for War Crimes

March 12, 2015 by walden9

No, *This* is ISIS: 'Dirty Brigades': US-Trained and Armed Iraqi Forces Investigated for War Crimes | 11 March 2015 | U.S.-trained and armed Iraqi military units, the key to the American strategy 'against' ISIS [-CIA-SIS], are under investigation for committing some of the same atrocities as the terror group, American and Iraqi officials told ABC News. Some Iraqi units have already been cut off from U.S. assistance over "credible" human rights violations, according to a senior military official on the Pentagon's Joint Staff. The investigation, being conducted by the Iraqi government, was launched after officials were confronted with numerous allegations of "war crimes," based in part on dozens of ghastly videos and still photos that appear to show uniformed soldiers from some of Iraq's most elite units and militia members massacring civilians, torturing and executing prisoners, and displaying severed heads.

Ebola: British health worker tests positive for Ebola

March 12, 2015 by walden9

Ebola: British health worker tests positive for Ebola | 11 March 2015 | A female Army medic has tested positive for the Ebola virus while serving with the British military’s aid mission in Sierra Leone. The RAF is preparing to evacuate the unnamed soldier back to the UK for treatment while another soldier she came into contact with is also awaiting tests. The medic is being treated in a British-built clinic on the outskirts of the country's capital, Freetown, and sources said she was likely to be flown out as soon as possible.

UN torture expert refused access to Guantanamo Bay and US federal prisons

March 12, 2015 by walden9

UN torture expert refused access to Guantánamo Bay and US federal prisons | 11 March 2105 | The United Nations’ top investigator on the use of torture has accused Washington of dragging its feet over his requested visits to prisons and refusing to give him access to inmates at Guantánamo. Juan Méndez said he had been waiting for more than two years for the United States to provide him access to a range of state and federal prisons, where he wants to probe the use of solitary confinement. Méndez told reporters in Geneva he wanted to visit federal prisons in New York and Colorado and state prisons in New York, California and Louisiana, among others.

Islamic State conflict: Iraqi troops advance in Tikrit

March 11, 2015 by legitgov

Islamic State conflict: Iraqi troops advance in Tikrit | 11 Mar 2015 | Iraqi government forces have retaken a large part of north-western Tikrit as they battle IS militants to recapture the city, security officials say. Soldiers and Shia militiamen have reportedly raised the Iraqi flag at a hospital in the Qadisiya district, two-thirds of which is under their control. But they have so far not made much progress in Tikrit's south and west. The operation to retake the hometown of Saddam Hussein is the biggest offensive yet by the Iraqi government.

Eleven U.S. service members presumed dead in crash off Florida coast: official

March 11, 2015 by legitgov

Eleven U.S. service members presumed dead in crash off Florida coast: official | 11 Mar 2015 | Seven Marines and four soldiers were presumed dead after an Army helicopter crashed during a nighttime training mission off the Florida coast, where some remains have washed ashore and search efforts were hampered by heavy fog, U.S. military officials said on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the Eglin Air Force Base in north Florida did not provide details on the remains. "This is still considered a search and rescue mission," spokeswoman Sara Vidoni said in a statement, adding that heavy fog hampered search efforts.

Text of GOP Senators' [Loony] Letter to Iran's Leaders on Nuclear Talks

March 11, 2015 by legitgov

Text of GOP Senators' [Loony] Letter to Iran's Leaders on Nuclear Talks | 9 Mar 2015 | Dozens of Republican senators wrote an open letter to the leadership of Iran, warning them that any nuclear deal signed between Iran and U.S. President Barack Obama might not last beyond his presidency, without Congress signing off on it as well. Here is the text of the letter.

Senate GOP's Iran letter sparks American outrage, #47Traitors Twitter trend

March 11, 2015 by legitgov

Senate GOP's Iran letter sparks American outrage, #47Traitors Twitter trend | 10 Mar 2015 | Twitter has turned on the nation's 47 traitors. Outraged Americans on Tuesday blasted the overwhelming majority of Senate Republicans for sending a letter to Iran's leaders, sparking a top trending #47Traitors hashtag on the social media site following the Daily News' front-page coverage of the unprecedented missive. Others took to social media to individually list the renegade lawmakers who sent an open letter to Iran's leaders warning them that a future President "could revoke" any nuclear deal not approved by Congress. The News condemned the dangerous treachery in Tuesday's scathing editorial -- and a chorus of patriots chimed in.

As Two Oklahoma Students Are Expelled for Racist Chant, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Vows Wider Inquiry

March 11, 2015 by legitgov

As Two Oklahoma Students Are Expelled for Racist Chant, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Vows Wider Inquiry | 10 Mar 2015 | As the University of Oklahoma expelled two students Tuesday for leading a racist song that sparked outrage across the country, the fraternity involved said it would investigate incidents at other campuses as it faced questions over the chant's use by members at other universities. Former members of the fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, claimed on social media that the same chant was used at colleges in other states, and University of Oklahoma officials investigating the episode said they did not believe the song had originated on their campus.

Iowa Elementary Students Raising Money to Save Polar Bears

March 11, 2015 by legitgov

Iowa Elementary Students Raising Money to Save Polar Bears | 10 Mar 2015 | (Urbandale, IA) A group of 4th grade students at Karen Acres Elementary School are out to save the polar bears, one stuffed animal at a time. The students say they came up with the idea after learning about the effects of global warming on polar bears in class; as ice melts, polar bears are dying, and the students hope to raise money to save as many as possible. After approaching the principal, the group is making stuffed polar bears and selling them - along with pins - as a fundraiser.

ISIL youngster shoots dead 'Israeli spy': Video

March 11, 2015 by legitgov

ISIL youngster shoots dead 'Israeli spy': Video | 10 Mar 2015 | A video released by the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group apparently shows a young militant shooting and killing an Israeli man, claimed by the group to be a spy for Israel's spy agency Mossad. The group released the 13-minute footage on Tuesday. The victim is shown in the video identifying himself as 19-year-old Mohamed Said Ismail Musallam and alleging how he was recruited by Israeli intelligence. The video bore the hallmarks of the group's previous videos, including its dressing of the victims in orange jumpsuits.

Hillary Clinton: Private email set up for 'convenience'

March 11, 2015 by legitgov

Hillary Clinton: Private email set up for 'convenience' --Hillary Clinton: 'I thought using one device would be simpler; obviously it hasn't worked out that way.' | 10 Mar 2015 | Hillary Clinton has told reporters she used private emails out of "convenience" during her time as secretary of state. But Mrs Clinton said it "would have been better" to have two accounts to separate work and personal emails. The issue of whether Mrs Clinton breached federal records rules has gained attention as she is expected to announce a run for president.

High-risk terrorism inmates on hunger strike over language ban: claim

March 11, 2015 by legitgov

High-risk terrorism inmates on hunger strike over language ban: claim | 11 Mar 2015 | (Au) Relatives of high-risk terrorism inmates being held in the state's most notorious prison claim the prisoners are on a hunger strike in protest at a new rule preventing them from speaking Arabic. Prison officials have strongly denied any strike is taking place and have refuted other claims that Korans and prayer time have been taken away. On Sunday, NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard announced the policy banning 13 "extreme high-risk" terrorism inmates from speaking any language other than English during family visits, phone calls and in letters. All visits have also been restricted to non-contact, and previously approved visitors are being vetted again.

Language restrictions on NSW prisoners deemed 'high risk' despite no known terrorist threat

March 11, 2015 by legitgov

Language restrictions on NSW prisoners deemed 'high risk' despite no known terrorist threat | 8 Mar 2015 | (AU) A restriction on prisoners speaking languages other than English has been placed on "high-risk" inmates in NSW despite the state government acknowledging there is no known terrorist threat coming from inside the cells. Attorney-General Brad Hazzard said on Sunday that 13 prisoners, who are linked to terrorism, had been identified as "extreme high risk restricted" and would have language restrictions placed upon them. The restrictions are designed to prevent the prisoners from co-ordinating or inciting terrorism from jail, Mr Hazzard said.

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