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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.

Sequestration Repeal Pushed By Progressive House Democrats

Sequestration Repeal Pushed By Progressive House Democrats 28 Feb 2013 A group of progressive Democrats in the House has launched a late-game bid to repeal the so-called sequestration, arguing that Congress should scrap the cuts entirely if it can't agree on a suitable replacement. Rep.

'Homeland security' has received $791 billion since 9/11

'Homeland security' has received $791 billion since 9/11 01 Mar 2013 In addition to the funds pouring into the Bush-founded Department of Homeland Security, Congress has allocated vast sums for "homeland security" expenditures in other departments, most notably at the Pentagon.

Jury Finds Occupy Wall Street Protester Innocent After Video Contradicts Police Testimony

Jury Finds Occupy Wall Street Protester Innocent After Video Contradicts Police Testimony 01 Mar 2013 In the first jury trial stemming from an Occupy Wall Street protest, Michael Premo was found innocent of all charges yesterday after his lawyers presented video evidence directly contradicting the version of events offered by police and prosecutors.

Obama signs order for 'sequester' budget cuts

Obama signs order for 'sequester' budget cuts 01 Mar 2013 President Barack Obama on Friday signed an order that starts putting into effect across-the-board budget cuts known as the "sequester" after he and congressional leaders failed to find an alternative budget plan.

Obama Allows Dirty, Dangerous Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline to Move Forward

Obama Allows Dirty, Dangerous Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline to Move Forward 01 Mar 2013 The Obama administration today took the next potential step toward approval of the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline, despite the heavy toll the pipeline and its oil will take on the climate crisis, wildlife and the environment. Some 50,000 people protested outside the White House last month in opposition to the pipeline.

Georgia Power: Nuclear plant expansion over budget

Georgia Power: Nuclear plant expansion over budget 28 Feb 2013 The first American nuclear power plant project in more than two decades is $381 million over budget and a year behind schedule, officials with Georgia Power Co. announced Thursday. In documents filed with the Georgia Public Service Commission, the Atlanta-based unit of Southern Co.

Bradley Manning prosecution to call full witness list despite guilty plea

Bradley Manning prosecution to call full witness list despite guilty plea 01 Mar 2013 The US government is pressing ahead with a full-blown prosecution of Bradley Manning, the soldier who has admitted to being the source of the massive WikiLeaks disclosures, even though he has pleaded guilty to charges that carry a top sentence of 20 years.

Michigan governor clears way for state takeover of Detroit

Michigan governor clears way for state takeover of Detroit 01 Mar 2013 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder cleared the way for a state corporate takeover of Detroit, declaring that the birthplace of the U.S. automotive industry faces a fiscal emergency and that he has identified a top candidate to assume its management.

Federal court upholds polar bear status as threatened species

Federal court upholds polar bear status as threatened species 01 Mar 2013 The federal law listing polar bears as a threatened species was upheld Friday by a federal appeals court, which rejected arguments that it is wrong to impose far-ranging and possibly costly protections for a species that remains fairly abundant in many regions of the Arctic. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., upheld the U.S.

Snyder Says Detroit Needs State Manager to End Fiscal Crisis

Snyder Says Detroit Needs State Manager to End Fiscal Crisis 01 Mar 2013 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) plans to name an emergency manager to handle Detroit’s fiscal crisis, stripping power from officials in a withered city that in 1940 was the fourth biggest in the U.S. and a capital of industry.

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