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Press TV CEO blasts war on Iranian media

Press TV CEO blasts war on Iranian media 05 Mar 2013 The chief executive officer of Iran's English-language news network Press TV, Dr. Mohammad Sarafraz, has in an open letter lambasted the ongoing muzzling campaign embarked on by the Franco-Israeli chief of the European satellite provider Eutelsat against Iran’s media. The full text of the letter was made public on Tuesday.

Dow surpasses record high

Dow surpasses record high 05 Mar 2013 The Dow has never been higher. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped more than 100 points early Tuesday, climbing to an all-time high. The Dow gained 103 points, or 0.8 percent, to 14,239 as of 10 a.m. ET, surpassing its previous record high of 14,198 set on Oct. 11, 2007. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 12 points, also 0.8 percent, to 1,538.

Halliburton, KBR Burn Pit Suit Thrown Out by U.S. Judge

Halliburton, KBR Burn Pit Suit Thrown Out by U.S. Judge 28 Feb 2013 Halliburton Co. and KBR Inc. are entitled to the same legal protection as U.S. armed forces when serving as military contractors, a judge ruled, dismissing claims over so-called burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S.

Escort was paid to frame Robert Menendez and top Dem donor

Escort was paid to frame Robert Menendez and top Dem donor 04 Mar 2013 An escort who appeared on a video claiming that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) paid her for sex has told Dominican authorities that she was instead paid to make up the claims and has never met or seen the senator, according to court documents and two people briefed on her claim.

Did Alitalia Pilot Spot a Drone Near JFK?

Did Alitalia Pilot Spot a Drone Near JFK? 04 Mar 2013 A mystery in the sky over New York City on Monday got one commercial airline pilot's attention. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a report from the pilot, who claims he saw an unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft while on his final approach to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

U.S. and Russia Team Up in Bid to Aid Polar Bears

U.S. and Russia Team Up in Bid to Aid Polar Bears 04 Mar 2013 Russia and the United States, two of the five countries where polar bears live, are now the main allies pushing for greater protection for the bears under a global treaty on endangered species, which is being reviewed this week at a conference in Bangkok.

Recovery in U.S. Is Lifting Profits, but Not Adding Jobs

Recovery in U.S. Is Lifting Profits, but Not Adding Jobs 04 Mar 2013 With the Dow Jones industrial average flirting with a record high, the split between American workers and the companies that employ them is widening and could worsen in the next few months as federal budget cuts take hold. That gulf helps explain why stock markets are thriving even as the economy is barely growing and unemployment remains stubbornly high.

UN demands prosecution of Bush-era CIA crimes

UN demands prosecution of Bush-era CIA crimes --The US has not prosecuted any of its agents for human rights violations. 04 Mar 2013 A United Nations investigator has demanded that the US publish classified documents regarding the CIA's human rights violations under former President [sic] George W. Bush, with hopes that the documents will lead to the prosecution of public officials. Documents about the CIA's program of rendition and secret detention of suspected terrorists have remained classified.

Democrat protests exclusion of EPA, DOE from House E15 hearing

Democrat protests exclusion of EPA, DOE from House E15 hearing 04 Mar 2013 Representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy should have been invited to testify at a hearing examining potential problems from EPA's allowing gasoline with a 15% ethanol blend into the US market, the ranking minority member of a US House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittee suggested.

DHS purchases 2,700 MRAPs to go with their 1.6 billion bullet stockpile

DHS purchases 2,700 MRAPs to go with their 1.6 billion bullet stockpile 03 Mar 2013 According to one estimate, since last year the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm.

ADF confirms death of two boys shot in Afghanistan

ADF confirms death of two boys shot in Afghanistan 03 Mar 2013 Defence force chief General David Hurley has offered his condolences to the families of two boys killed during an incident involving Australian soldiers in Afghanistan. Officials said soldiers in southern Afghanistan shot the children, aged seven and eight, while tending livestock.

Feds Say Man Deserved Arrest Because Jacket Said 'Occupy Everything'

Feds Say Man Deserved Arrest Because Jacket Said 'Occupy Everything' 01 Mar 2013 A Florida man deserved to be arrested inside the Supreme Court building last year for wearing a jacket painted with "Occupy Everything," and is lucky he was only apprehended on unlawful entry charges, the Department of Justice says.

AIPAC to Hill: Don't Touch Israel Aid

AIPAC to Hill: Don't Touch Israel Aid 01 Mar 2013 At a time when sequestration is about to take a big bite out of the Pentagon budget, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will be sending thousands of its citizen lobbyists to Capitol Hill next week to make sure Israel is exempted from any spending cuts.

Harlem Shake: Oz Miners Fired For Dance

Harlem Shake: Oz Miners Fired For Dance 04 Mar 2013 Up to 15 miners have reportedly been sacked for performing the internet dance craze the Harlem Shake whilst working underground in an Australian gold mine. The West Australian newspaper reported the miners lost their six-figure salaries over the stunt in the Agnew gold mine last week. A dismissal letter cited by the paper said mine owner Barminco considered the stunt a safety issue.

Ragtime: Code name of NSA's Secret Domestic Intelligence Program Revealed in New Book

Ragtime: Code name of NSA's Secret Domestic Intelligence Program Revealed in New Book 27 Feb 2013 More than a decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a set of extraordinary and secretive surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency has been institutionalized, and they have grown.

Third French soldier killed in northern Mali fighting

Third French soldier killed in northern Mali fighting 03 Mar 2013 France said Sunday that one of its soldiers had been killed in fighting in northern Mali, in the third death of a French serviceman since the launch of its military intervention in mid-January.

Swiss overwhelmingly vote to rein-in executive pay: projection

Swiss overwhelmingly vote to rein-in executive pay: projection 03 Mar 2013 A large majority of Swiss voted Sunday to rein in executive pay and force business leaders to give up golden parachutes, according to early results and projections. Official first results of the popular vote showed that in Geneva, where polling ended at noon (1100 GMT), 67.7 percent voted in favour of the initiative, with similar numbers in the canton of Vaud and Fribourg.

Obama Renews Offer to Cut Social Safety Net

Obama Renews Offer to Cut Social Safety Net 03 Mar 2013 President Barack Obama raised anew the issue of cutting entitlements programs such as Medicare and Social Security as a way out of damaging budget cuts, a White House official said on Sunday, as both sides in Washington tried to limit a fiscal crisis that may soon hit millions of Americans.

US gives $250 million to Egypt as sequester cuts begin

US gives $250 million to Egypt as sequester cuts begin 03 Mar 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday rewarded Egypt for President Mohammed Morsi's pledges of political and economic reforms by releasing $250 million in American aid to support the country's "future as a democracy." Egypt is trying to meet conditions to close on a $4.8 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund. An agreement would unlock more of the $1 billion in U.S.

Obama to tap Walmart exec for budget chief

Obama to tap Walmart exec for budget chief 03 Mar 2013 President Obama on Monday will nominate Walmart's Sylvia Mathews Burwell as his next budget director, a senior administration official said. If confirmed by the Senate, Burwell would take the helm at the Office of Management and Budget at a time of [pretend] heated budget battles between the White House and congressional Republicans.

Six killed in terrorist bombings in Baghdad, Karbala

Six killed in terrorist bombings in Baghdad, Karbala 03 Mar 2013 According to Iraqi officials, three civilians were killed after three roadside bombs went off simultaneously in the Husseiniyah area, northeast of Baghdad, on Sunday. Eleven others, including three policemen, were also injured in the explosions. An Iraqi soldier was killed when a bomb attached to his car exploded in the northern Utaifiya neighborhood of Baghdad.

France, Turkey plot to assassinate Assad: Report

France, Turkey plot to assassinate Assad: Report 03 Mar 2013 A Lebanese news website says it has obtained a documentary movie revealing a plot hatched by French and Turkish spy agencies to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Lebanese Asianews website says the movie, which has been produced by the well-known Syrian media activist Khedar Awarake, shows confessions by those who were on a joint mission to kill top Syrian officials.

DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones

DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones --Homeland Security's specifications say drones must be able to detect whether a civilian is armed. Also specified: 'signals interception' and 'direction finding' for electronic surveillance. 02 Mar 2013 The U.S.

Top Democratic aide compares Scott Walker with Jeffrey Dahmer

Top Democratic aide compares Scott Walker with Jeffrey Dahmer 01 Mar 2013 In Milwaukee politics, there's one person to whom you can never compare a sitting politician. Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. [Yeah, but if the sociopath shoe fits...] A top Democratic Party aide found that out Friday.

Ex-CIA contractor pleads guilty in Colorado assault case

Ex-CIA contractor pleads guilty in Colorado assault case 02 Mar 2013 A former CIA contractor who triggered an international incident in 2011 when he killed two men in Pakistan pleaded guilty on Friday to assaulting a Colorado man in a dispute over a parking spot, prosecutors said.

WHO sees higher cancer risks in Fukushima Pref.

WHO sees higher cancer risks in Fukushima Pref. 02 Mar 2013 The World Health Organization has said in a report that it has found rises in cancer risks in areas most affected by radiation leaked from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. In the report released Thursday, the WHO assessed health risks associated with the nuclear disaster that began in March 2011, while referring to maximum estimated radiation doses.

Inside the first Goldman Sachs partners' dinner in SIX YEARS as lavish parties return for bankers

Inside the first Goldman Sachs partners' dinner in SIX YEARS as lavish parties return for bankers 02 Mar 2013 Prior to the global economic meltdown in 2007, Goldman Sachs's annual dinners were lavish affairs when the banking behemoth spoiled its most profitable bankers and their partners.

CT Attorney General Chides Lawyer's Sandy Hook Document Request

CT Attorney General Chides Lawyer's Sandy Hook Document Request 02 Mar 2013 New Haven attorney Irving Pinsky has been pushing sensitive legal buttons related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting since December. But his latest effort has drawn particularly strong condemnation from Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen.

Soldier to Face More Serious Charges in Leak

Soldier to Face More Serious Charges in Leak 02 Mar 2013 Military prosecutors announced on Friday that they had decided to try Pfc. Bradley Manning on the most serious charges they have brought against him and seek a sentence that could be life without parole, despite his voluntary guilty plea to 10 lesser charges that carry a maximum total sentence of 20 years.

'Australia forces attack kills 2 kids in S Afghanistan'

'Australia forces attack kills 2 kids in S Afghanistan' 02 Mar 2013 Australian forces have carried out an aerial attack in southern Afghanistan, killing at least two children, Press TV reports. According to police sources, Australian forces conducted the deadly attack in Uruzgan province. The Australian Defense Force confirmed that there was an incident involving the country's forces.

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