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AP: Karzai opponents talk to Taliban

AP: Karzai opponents talk to Taliban 18 Mar 2013 Afghan opposition parties, taking advantage of the government's lack of progress in making peace with the Taliban, have opened their own channel to militant groups in hopes of putting their imprint on a deal to end 11 years of war and position themselves for next year's 'elections.' Taliban and opposition leaders confirmed to The Associated Press for th

Obama Nominates Justice Aide for Labor Post

Obama Nominates Justice Aide for Labor Post 18 Mar 2013 President Obama announced Monday that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez, who heads the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, to be the next secretary of labor, a choice that promised to provoke a debate with Republicans about voting rights, immigration and discrimination. Mr. Perez would replace Hilda L.

Cyberattack on Florida election is first known case in US, experts say

Cyberattack on Florida election is first known case in US, experts say [Except for Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004, during the Bush coups] 18 Mar 2013 An attempt to illegally obtain absentee ballots in Florida last year is the first known case in the U.S. of a cyberattack against an online election system, according to computer scientists and lawyers working to safeguard voting security.

Hillary Clinton announces support for gay marriage

Hillary Clinton announces support for gay marriage 18 Mar 2013 Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for gay marriage Monday, putting her in line with other potential Democratic presidential candidates on a social issue that is rapidly gaining public approval. Clinton made the announcement in an online video released Monday morning by the gay rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

US says hunger strike grows to 21 at Guantanamo

US says hunger strike grows to 21 at Guantanamo 18 Mar 2013 A hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison has grown and now involves at least 21 men, a U.S. military official said Monday while denying reports trickling out from prisoners through lawyers that there is a more widespread protest and lives are in danger.

Dominican police: 3 women paid to make false claims about Menendez

Dominican police: 3 women paid to make false claims about Menendez --'The false claims had been "peddled" to reporters by Republican operatives.' 18 Mar 2013 Three Dominican women were paid to lie about having sex for money with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and a close friend, Dominican police said Monday, citing statements from the women and other evidence.

Obama Rebuffs Democrats on Drone Kill Memos, Asserts Executive Secrecy Prerogative

Obama Rebuffs Democrats on Drone Kill Memos, Asserts Executive Secrecy Prerogative 14 Mar 2013 President Barack Obama rebuffed senators from his own party Tuesday when they sought greater transparency on drone strikes, arguing that the executive branch has the right to keep such information secret from lawmakers, sources said.

Halliburton, KBR Whistle-Blower's Case Revived on Appeal

Halliburton, KBR Whistle-Blower's Case Revived on Appeal 18 Mar 2013 Halliburton Co. and KBR Inc. must face a whistle-blower lawsuit that was revived by a federal appeals court, which ruled that military operations in Iraq exempted the plaintiff from a six-year deadline for filing claims. In a 2-1 ruling today, the U.S.

Body and Bombs Found at Fla. School

Body and Bombs Found at Fla. School 18 Mar 2013 A planned massacre was thwarted today at the University of Central Florida where a student who had assembled an arsenal, including a high capacity drum magazine and home made bombs, 'took his own life' as cops closed in on him.

Morbid find suggests murder-obsessed gunman Adam Lanza plotted Sandy Hook massacre for years

Morbid find suggests murder-obsessed gunman Adam Lanza plotted Newtown, Conn.'s Sandy Hook massacre for years --Law enforcement reportedly discovers a sickeningly thorough 7-foot-long, 4-foot-wide spreadsheet with names, body counts and weapons from previous mass murders and even attempted killings. 'It sounded like a doctoral thesis, that was the quality of the research,' an anonymous law enforcement veteran said. [Oh.

Record levels of radiation found in fish near Japan's Fukushima plant

Record levels of radiation found in fish near Japan's Fukushima plant 18 Mar 2013 Record levels of radiation contamination have been found in fish near Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant. One fish, a greenling measuring 38 cm in length, was contaminated with 740,000 becquerels per kg - more than 7,400 times the recommended government limit regarded as safe for human consumption.

MI6 and CIA were told before invasion that Iraq had no active WMD

MI6 and CIA were told before invasion that Iraq had no active WMD 18 Mar 2013 Fresh evidence is revealed today about how MI6 and the CIA were told through secret channels by Saddam Hussein's foreign minister and his head of intelligence that Iraq had no active weapons of mass destruction. Tony Blair told parliament before the war that intelligence showed Iraq's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programme was "active", "growing" and "up and running".

Israel to ask Obama to strike at Syrian missiles

Israel to ask Obama to strike at Syrian missiles --Israel also to pressure Obama to lower the US threshold for military action against Iran [So, two new wars for Israel...

Baby elephant Lucky captured on camera by British tourists as she frolicks on Thai beach

Baby elephant Lucky captured on camera by British tourists as she frolicks on Thai beach --Calf is cared for by nature sanctuary after parents rescued from poachers 17 Mar 2013 Frolicking in the sand this baby elephant is clearly giving the sun-seeking tourists a run for their money as she plays on the beach of a Thai island paradise.

Our troops 'safe' from Cyprus bank raid

Our troops 'safe' from Cyprus bank raid --Troops whose savings are set to be ransacked in a European Union bank raid will get full compensation from the Government, George Osborne said yesterday. 18 Mar 2013 Thousands of military personnel stationed in Cyprus are expected to be among British expat victims of a swingeing levy of up to 10 per cent on bank deposits. It has been imposed by the Cypriot government as part of a £9billion EU bail-out deal.

EPA may delay proposed greenhouse gas limits for power plants

EPA may delay proposed greenhouse gas limits for power plants 15 Mar 2013 The Obama administration is leaning toward revising its landmark proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, accord

Man's nuclear stress test sparks Feds' raid of Chicago train for radiation

Man's nuclear stress test sparks Feds' raid of Chicago train for radiation --TSA VIPR team descends on commuter train after passenger's medical exam sets off radiation alert 17 Mar 2013 Chicago commuters got quite a shock last week when federal officials swarmed a train to investigate a possible nuclear threat - only to find that the radiation was coming from a passenger who had a stress test hours before.

Iran Navy warns off Australian plane near Sri Lanka

Iran Navy warns off Australian plane near Sri Lanka 17 Mar 2013 A top Iranian naval official says Iran’s 24th fleet has warned off an Australian reconnaissance plane as it approached the Sri Lankan coast.

US-financed Honduras police accused of death squad killings

US-financed Honduras police accused of death squad killings --'The state department can and will continue funding and training the Honduran police.' 17 Mar 2013 ...Police have long been accused of operating more like assassins than law enforcement officers in Honduras, but few cases ever have been investigated.

Chris Van Hollen: GOP Budget Is 'Romney Plan on Steroids'

Chris Van Hollen: GOP Budget Is 'Romney Plan on Steroids' 17 Mar 2013 Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) had strong words for Republicans' proposed budget on Sunday, telling NBC's "Meet The Press" that it's "the Romney plan on steroids." ...Van Hollen charged that the GOP plan services the needs of the wealthy at the expense of middle-income families. "Their plan would drop the top rate from 39% to 25%.

Court Orders the C.I.A. to Disclose Drone Data

Court Orders the C.I.A. to Disclose Drone Data 16 Mar 2013 A federal appeals court held Friday that the Central Intelligence Agency must disclose, at least to a judge, a description of its records on drone strikes in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Iran to try 18 over nuclear assassinations

Iran to try 18 over nuclear assassinations 17 Mar 2013 Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Ja'fari Dowlatabadi says 18 people will be tried over their involvement in the assassination of the country's nuclear scientists. "Eighteen suspects have been prosecuted and indicted [over the nuclear assassinations]. We will see them on trial next (Persian calendar) year (starting March 21, 2013)," the Iranian judicial official said in Tehran on Sunday.

Air Force Trainer Gets 4 Years for Raping Trainee

Air Force Trainer Gets 4 Years for Raping Trainee --More than 30 Lackland instructors have been investigated in the military sex scandal. 17 Mar 2013 A military judge has sentenced an Air Force instructor to four years in prison for raping a female trainee at the South Texas base where he worked. Lt. Col. Matthew Van Dalen also sentenced Staff Sgt.

'Iranian cmdrs. authorized to launch immediate counterattack'

'Iranian cmdrs. authorized to launch immediate counterattack' 16 Mar 2013 The Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces says the country's commanders have been given authorization to respond immediately to enemy attacks. "Our commanders have received authorization to immediately respond to any hostile action by the enemy without allowing enemy to think twice [about its act of aggression]," Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said on Saturday.

British activist convicted for yelling at PM during anti-cuts protest

British activist convicted for yelling at PM during anti-cuts protest 17 Mar 2013 British activist Bethan Tichborne has been found guilty of a public order offence for telling British Prime Minister David Cameron he had "blood in his hands" during protests against cutting disabled benefit in November last year.

Nuclear boss wants to cut family fuel aid

Nuclear boss wants to cut family fuel aid --Chief of French company poised to build reactors in Britain also argues against European subsidies for renewable energy 17 Mar 2013 The boss of a company set to build two nuclear reactors in Somerset has been demanding cuts to renewable energy subsidies and to help for people in fuel poverty while quietly lobbying the European Commission for financial help for new nuclear power stations.

BP asks judge to halt 'fictitious' and 'absurd' Deepwater oil spill payouts

BP asks judge to halt 'fictitious' and 'absurd' Deepwater oil spill payouts --Oil giant asks New Orleans judge to temporarily halt payouts and says it could be 'irreparably harmed' by billions in costs 16 Mar 2013 BP launched an appeal against "fictitious" and "absurd" oil spill compensation payouts on Friday and asked a judge to temporarily halt those made on a so-called business economic loss basis.

Assault weapons ban clears Senate panel

Assault weapons ban clears Senate panel 14 Mar 2013 Despite its long odds in the full Senate, a federal ban on assault weapons cleared a Democratic-run committee Thursday on a party-line vote. "I've looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons," the bill's chief sponsor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, told Senate Judiciary Committee colleagues.

Sealed 'black cells' stall radioactive waste cleanup at Hanford nuclear reservation

Sealed 'black cells' stall radioactive waste cleanup at Hanford nuclear reservation 16 Mar 2013 In the late-1990s, the Hanford nuclear reservation's British contractor designed the world's largest nuclear waste treatment plant around a fateful feature: "black cells." Fifteen years, a new set of contractors corpora-terrorists and $8 billion of construction later, the U.S.

Judge rules secret FBI national security letters unconstitutional

Judge rules secret FBI national security letters unconstitutional 16 Mar 2013 A federal judge has struck down a set of laws allowing the FBI to issue so-called national security letters to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. U.S.

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