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U.S. says KBR boosted cost of trailers for troops in Iraq

November 22, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. says KBR boosted cost of trailers for troops in Iraq 19 Nov 2012 The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday that it had sued [terrorists] KBR Inc, accusing the company and a Kuwaiti subcontractor of improperly charging the federal government for the costs of delivering and installing trailers for troops in Iraq. The filing of the lawsuit came days after the Justice Department dropped a similar but unrelated case over KBR's costs for private armed security in Iraq. Filed in the U.S. District Court in Rock Island, Illinois, the latest lawsuit alleges that KBR-hired subcontractor First Kuwaiti Trading Co inflated its crane, truck and driver costs and misrepresented delays on the installation of more than 2,250 trailers.

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Two killed in suicide bomb attack near Kabul NATO base

November 21, 2012 by walden9

Two killed in suicide bomb attack near Kabul NATO base 21 Nov 2012 A suicide bomber killed two Afghan guards outside a NATO-run compound in the main diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, Interior Ministry officials said, an attack that was quickly claimed by the Taliban..."The bomber killed himself in front of the compound. Two people were killed and two more were wounded, all Afghan guards," said Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh.

Stand with Walmart Strikers on Black Friday

November 21, 2012 by walden9

Stand with Walmart Strikers on Black Friday Across the country, Walmart employs 1.4 million people. We are not just the Associates that you see in stores, we are moms and dads, sons and daughters, husbands and wives working hard to support our families. We have been speaking out for good jobs with decent pay, regular hours, affordable healthcare and respect, but instead of working with us to make changes, Walmart has attempted to silence and retaliate against us for speaking out. Our jobs have been threatened, our hours cut, our schedules changed. Some of us have even been fired. We will not be silenced. Throughout the holiday season, including Black Friday, we will be standing up for an end to the retaliation against workers who speak out for what's right for our families, our communities and our country, and we hope that you will stand with us. [See also CLG's "The Next Step: Occupy Wal-Mart."]

Gaza fighting continues amid peace efforts

November 21, 2012 by walden9

Gaza fighting continues amid peace efforts 20 Nov 2012 Israel and the Hamas militant group edged closer to a cease-fire Tuesday to end a weeklong Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, but after a day of furious diplomatic efforts involving the U.S. secretary of state, U.N. chief and Egypt's president, a deal remained elusive and fighting raged on both sides of the border...Israeli tanks and gunboats pummeled targets in Gaza in what appeared to be a last-minute burst of fire, while at least 200 rockets were fired into Israel. As talks dragged on near midnight, Israeli and Hamas officials, communicating through Egyptian mediators, expressed hope that a deal would soon be reached, but cautioned that it was far from certain.

Flu jabs are 'waste of taxpayer's money', claim scientists who say benefits have been over-hyped

November 21, 2012 by legitgov

Flu jabs are a 'waste of taxpayer's money', claim scientists who say the benefits have been over-hyped --University of Minnesota report says benefits - especially for older people - have been over-promoted 21 Nov 2012 But some experts are now arguing that the jab's effectiveness has been exaggerated. A report published by the Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, says not only is this misleading the public about the true effectiveness of the jab, it is hindering the development of new vaccines. The Independent says a review by the highly respected Cochrane Collaboration, an international network of experts, concluded that the vaccine had little impact in years, like the winter of 2011-12, when the vaccine and the viruses were mismatched.

Report: French officials accuse US of hacking Sarkozy's computers

November 21, 2012 by legitgov

Report: French officials accuse US of hacking Sarkozy's computers 20 Nov 2012 The United States used U.S.-Israeli spy software to hack into the French presidential office earlier this year, the French cyberwarfare agency has concluded, according to the newsmagazine l'Express. The magazine reported late Tuesday that the computers of several close advisers to then-president Nicolas Sarkozy – including Chief of Staff Xavier Musca – were compromised in May by a computer virus that bears the hallmarks of Flame, which was allegedly created by a U.S.-Israeli team to target Iran's nuclear program. Anonymous French officials pointed the finger at the United States.

Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy

November 21, 2012 by legitgov

Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy 15 Nov 2012 After Hurricane Sandy, survivors needed, in addition to safety and power, the ability to communicate. Yet in parts of New York City, mobile communications services were knocked out for days. The problem? The companies that provide them had successfully resisted Federal Communications Commission calls to make emergency preparations, leaving New Yorkers to rely on the carriers' voluntary efforts. We have so far heard few details about why the companies made the particular business choices they did on backup power and what the consequences of those choices were, because the FCC has been blocked from asking -- even though about a third of people rely on mobile service as their only voice-communications connection.

Faster than NATO, France ends Afghan combat role

November 21, 2012 by legitgov

Faster than NATO, France ends Afghan combat role 20 Nov 2012 France on Tuesday ended its combat operations in Afghanistan, pulling hundreds of troops from a base in a volatile region northeast of Kabul and fulfilling promises to end its combat role on a faster track than other NATO allies. After a handover ceremony with Afghan troops, 500 French combat soldiers in trucks and armored vehicles left the Nijrab base in the Kapisa region -- where anti-government insurgents have been active -- and traveled southwest to Kabul, the capital, said Col. Thierry Burkhard, a French military spokesman.

Fort Bragg officials investigate body found on post

November 21, 2012 by legitgov

Fort Bragg officials investigate body found on post 20 Nov 2012 Officials are investigating reports of a remains found on post in a remote area of Fort Bragg. The Army's Criminal Investigation Command has now removed the remains which were found in the Eastern Training Area. Due to their condition, the remains have been moved to an Army forensic laboratory for identification.

U.S. blocks U.N. Security Council action Israel, Gaza conflict

November 21, 2012 by walden9

U.S. blocks U.N. Security Council action Israel, Gaza conflict 20 Nov 2012 The United States blocked on Tuesday a U.N. Security Council statement condemning the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, setting the scene for a possible showdown between Washington and Russia on the issue. [How do you excuse this one, Obama apologists?]

Senate bill, quietly rewritten, allows feds to read e-mail without warrants

November 20, 2012 by legitgov

Senate bill, quietly rewritten, allows feds to read e-mail without warrants 20 Nov 2012 A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law. CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week. Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.

Oil leak forces PPL nuclear reactor off line

November 20, 2012 by legitgov

Oil leak forces PPL nuclear reactor off line 20 Nov 2012 (PA) One of the nuclear reactors at PPL's Susquehanna plant near Berwick was shut down due to an oil leak Monday night after returning briefly to service following an 11-day outage caused by a computer problem. The leak of hydraulic oil in a system that controls the flow of steam into the turbine at Unit 2 did not affect public or employee safety [?] and was contained to the building housing the  turbine, according to a PPL news release. Unit 2 shut down on Nov. 9 following a malfunction in a computer system that monitors two water systems, one that circulates cooling water within the reactor and another that runs water through the reactor to produce steam to drive the turbine.

Californian men charged with plot to join al-Qaida

November 20, 2012 by legitgov

Californian men charged with plot to join al-Qaida --The two began posting radical content on Facebook and expressing extremist views in comments. [Posting 'radical content' on Facebook and expressing 'extremist comments.' Gee, doesn't *everyone* do that?!] 20 Nov 2012 Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans in the US and overseas by joining al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said. The defendants were arrested for plotting to bomb government facilities and public places after federal authorities uncovered their plans to engage in "violent jihad", the FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. According to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday during their initial appearances, Sohiel Omar Kabir,  introduced two other California men to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased 'al-Qaida' leader.

Turkey Labels Israel a 'Terrorist State'

November 20, 2012 by legitgov

Turkey Labels Israel a 'Terrorist State' 19 Nov 2012 Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being a "terrorist state" on Monday and criticized world powers for supporting the weeklong bombardment of Gaza that has killed more some 115 people, signaling that the three-year-old rift between the countries is deepening. Speaking in Istanbul shortly after returning from Cairo... Mr. Erdogan railed against what he called Western powers' failure to take concerted action to stop bloodshed in Syria. But harsher words were aimed at one-time ally Israel. "Those who speak of Muslims and terror side by side are turning a blind eye when Muslims are massacred en masse," he told a gathering of the Eurasian Islamic Council. "Those who turn a blind eye to discrimination toward Muslims in their own countries, are also closing their eyes to the savage massacre of innocent children in Gaza... Therefore, I say Israel is a terrorist state."

TEPCO, Japanese government denying Fukushima radiation reaching ocean fish

November 20, 2012 by legitgov

TEPCO, Japanese government denying Fukushima radiation reaching ocean fish 20 Nov 2012 In what must the most dumbfounding state of denial seen in modern times, both the Japanese government and utility Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) are disputing the recent study that showed radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant is leaking into the ocean. Eighteen months after the March 2011 nuclear disaster, the U.S. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reported that 40% of the fish caught off the coast of Fukushima were still testing positive for radioactive contamination above the government's safety own limits. Scientist Ken Buesseler of Woods Hole stated that while it was expected to still find some levels of contamination, 40% was far too high of a measurement after a year and a half had passed.

Over 13,000 file second criminal complaint against Tepco, Government for Fukushima disaster

November 20, 2012 by legitgov

Over 13,000 file second criminal complaint against Tepco, Government for Fukushima disaster 16 Nov 2012 It's been more than a year, but life in Japan is still revolving around the Fukushima disaster and if and how it could have been averted. The government's now-defunct Nuclear Safety Commission and officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) were aware of the hazards involved, in case of an earthquake and tsunami. Anger by the way these people in power and position reacted to this knowledge has led to a second mass suit claiming damages. More than thirteen thousand people have filed a criminal complaint against Japanese government officials, thirty-three executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co., and experts for their role in the Fukushima nuclear power plant's disaster. The complaint outlines professional negligence resulting in deaths and injuries and violation of Japan's environmental laws by emitting substances harmful to human health.

Globe Risks 'Cataclysmic Changes' From Warming, World Bank Says

November 20, 2012 by legitgov

Globe Risks 'Cataclysmic Changes' From Warming, World Bank Says 19 Nov 2012 The globe risks "cataclysmic changes" caused by extreme heatwaves, rising seas and depleted food stocks as it heads toward global warming of 4 degrees Celsius this century, according to a World Bank report. Current national pledges to reduce greenhouse gases wo't do much to change the current trajectory of temperatures, which are set to rise by about double the United Nations target of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100, the scientific study e-mailed by the World Bank shows today. That level of warming threatens to cause sea levels to rise by a meter (3 feet) or more by 2100, flooding cities in nations from Mexico to Mozambique and the Philippines, according to the study.

Indianapolis house explosion becomes homicide investigation

November 20, 2012 by legitgov

Indianapolis house explosion becomes homicide investigation --Authorities now searching for (the proverbial) 'white van' 19 Nov 2012 Indianapolis officials have opened a homicide investigation into the massive house explosion Nov. 10 that killed a married couple and ruined more than 30 homes. The announcement was made at a Monday night news conference. Officials offered few details, but said they had executed warrants and spoken with witnesses. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said a "parallel investigation" into the explosion's cause now had them searching for a white van spotted in the area around the time of the blast.

Speaker Boehner taps Paul Ryan to help strike 'deal' on budget

November 20, 2012 by legitgov

Speaker Boehner taps Paul Ryan to help strike 'deal' on budget 19 Nov 2012 Speaker John A. Boehner has tapped Wisconsin Representative Paul D. Ryan, who has returned to his post as the House Budget Committee chairman after an unsuccessful run for vice president, to help strike a deal to avoid big tax increases and spending cuts by the end of the year, and to bring along fellow Republicans. "He helps us toward creating a product," said Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, "and he helps sell the product." While President Obama and the Democrats are expected to give ground on entitlements and discretionary spending, it is likely that Mr. Ryan will be the player under the most pressure to back away from his previous conservative positions in order to form a bipartisan Wall Street/GOP/Obama agreement [to burn the working class]. [I predict Obusha will betray the middle and working class and give Boehner '98% of what he (and Obama himself) wants' again on Monday, 24 December, at 5PM ET.]

Anonymous Doxes General Petraeus, Claims to Reveal Personal Address and Phone Number

November 20, 2012 by legitgov

Anonymous Doxes General Petraeus, Claims to Reveal Personal Address and Phone Number --Phone number has since been disconnected 19 Nov 2012 Doxtor Dox, a hacker affiliated with Anonymous, has published what he claims is the personal information of former CIA head General David Petreaus. Included in the dox, which was published to Pastebin on November 16th and spotted by the Daily Dot, is the personal address and phone number of both General Petraeus and his wife, Holly.

Gaza crisis: 'More than 100' killed in Israeli strikes

November 20, 2012 by legitgov

Gaza crisis: 'More than 100' killed in Israeli strikes 19 Nov 2012 At least 105 people have died in the Gaza Strip in six days of violence, Hamas officials say, as Israeli forces continue their bombardment. Monday's fatalities include a commander of the Islamic Jihad militant group and a couple and their two small children. More than 100 rockets were fired on Israel on Monday, but no casualties were reported. Last week, three Israelis died in one such attack.

Journalists injured in Israeli attack

November 19, 2012 by legitgov

Journalists injured in Israeli attack 18 Nov 2012 Israeli war planes have struck two media buildings in Gaza City, injuring at least eight journalists, including one who lost his leg, medical officials say. Separately, Israeli air strikes continued in other parts of Gaza, including the north, where two children were killed in raids on homes. The first Israeli strike on a media building came around 2am on Sunday. "At least six journalists were wounded, with minor and moderate injuries, when Israeli warplanes hit the al-Quds TV office in the Showa and Housari building in the Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City," health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

NJ Drug Company Execs Charged With Insider Trading

November 19, 2012 by legitgov

NJ Drug Company Execs Charged With Insider Trading 19 Nov 2012 Two pharmaceutical company executives are among six people charged in what federal authorities in New Jersey are calling a five-year insider trading scheme. John Lazorchak was director of financial reporting at Celgene Corp. and Mark Cupo held a similar position at Sanofi-Aventis. The U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey says that between 2007 and 2012, Lazorchak and Cupo passed privileged information on their companies' merger and acquisition plans, financial results and regulatory applications to others who would make stock trades.

Rocket fire on south resumes; 16 killed in Gaza

November 19, 2012 by legitgov

Rocket fire on south resumes; 16 killed in Gaza 19 Nov 2012 Following a calm night in south Israel, at least 11 rockets landed in the Eshkol and Sha'ar Hanegev regional councils early Monday. There were no reports of injury or damage. The IDF continued to strike Gaza militancy hubs. At approximately 6:30 am Monday air raid sirens sounded in the Hof Ashkelon, Sha'ar Hanegev and Eshkol regional councils. Rocket barrages followed, exploding in open areas. The authorities are looking into the possibility that one of the projectiles was fired from Sinai. The IDF has bombed some 80 Gaza targets overnight, including rocket launching sites, tunnels and training camps.

Nigeria Exxon spill spreads for miles along coast

November 19, 2012 by legitgov

Nigeria Exxon spill spreads for miles along coast 18 Nov 2012 An oil spill at an ExxonMobil facility offshore from the Niger Delta has spread at least 20 miles from its source, coating waters used by fishermen in a film of sludge. A Reuters reporter visiting several parts of Akwa Ibom state saw a rainbow-tinted oil slick stretching for 20 miles from a pipeline that Exxon had shut down because of a leak a week ago. Exxon said last Sunday it had shut a pipeline off the coast of Akwa Ibom state after an oil leak whose cause was unknown.

Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport, charged with having bomb-making materials

November 19, 2012 by legitgov

Man with strange watch arrested at Calif. airport, charged with having bomb-making materials 16 Nov 2012 A Southern California man was arrested at Oakland International Airport after security officers found him wearing an unusual watch they said could be used to make a timing device for a bomb, authorities said Friday. Geoffrey McGann, 49, of Rancho Palos Verdes was taken into custody Thursday night after he tried to pass through airport security with an ornate watch that had switches, wires and fuses, according to Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Department. A bomb squad arrived within five minutes and determined there were no explosive materials in the watch, Nelson said. The checkpoint was closed while officers secured the area.

Despicable dolphin attackers at large in Gulf Coast

November 19, 2012 by legitgov

Despicable dolphin attackers at large in Gulf Coast 18 Nov 2012 A full scale hunt is on for those responsible for mutilating and killing dolphins along the northern Gulf Coast. A string of attacks spanning several months have occurred near Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The dolphins have been stabbed, mutilated (one was found with its jaw missing, another with its tail cut off) and even shot with a 9 mm firearm. Killing dolphins is a federal offense and this spate of attacks has prompted an alert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to area environmental and law enforcement agencies. Dolphins in the area are still recovering from the stress and death of the BP oil spill.

Hunt is on for dolphin killers in northern Gulf

November 19, 2012 by legitgov

Hunt is on for dolphin killers in northern Gulf --Mutilated, shot mammals have washed ashore along Gulf Coast 16 Nov 2012 Somebody is maiming and killing dolphins. On Friday, a team from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport found a dolphin on Ship Island with its lower jaw missing... IMMS investigated the first dolphin shooting earlier this year and incidents have increased in the past few months. In Alabama, someone stabbed and killed a dolphin with a screwdriver, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration press release. In September, a dolphin was found on Elmer's Island, La., with a bullet in its lung. Others have been mutilated with knife-like lesions.

Israeli war on Gaza enters sixth day

November 19, 2012 by legitgov

Israeli war on Gaza enters sixth day 19 Nov 2012 The besieged Gaza Strip is being hit by Israeli airstrikes for the sixth consecutive day, with attacks currently underway on the coastal enclave. Three Palestinians, including a child, were killed in the latest airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Monday, raising the death toll from the Israeli aggression since Wednesday to 85.

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