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Meteor explodes over Russian city of Chelyabinsk with force of more than 30 Hiroshima A-bombs

Meteor explodes over Russian city of Chelyabinsk with force of more than 30 Hiroshima A-bombs --The Friday morning explosion that injured 1,200 residents with its blast shockwave was caused by a 10,000-ton fireball that burned brighter than the sun as it unleashed nearly 500 kilotons of energy over Russia's Urals region. 15 Feb 2013 To Russia with force, hellfire rained from the heavens with nuclear proportions.

Palisades Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Again

Palisades Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Again 16 Feb 2013 The Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan has been shut down for repairs after workers spent several days trouble-shooting its cooling water heat exchanger system. The plant was disconnected from the state's electrical grid just before 5 p.m. Friday. There was no timetable given for the repairs at the plant along Lake Michigan’s shoreline in Covert Township.

Havana restores monument to victims of USS Maine

Havana restores monument to victims of USS Maine 15 Feb 2013 It was a little before 10 p.m. that February night in 1898 when a fiery explosion roiled the normally calm waters of Havana Harbor, blowing out windows in the city and sinking the USS Maine to the bottom of the bay, just the mast and some twisted metal wreckage left to poke above the waves. Havana's monument to the 266 U.S.

NORAD scrambles fighter jet, helicopter to intercept small plane in Florida

NORAD scrambles fighter jet, helicopter to intercept small plane in Florida 16 Feb 2013 The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, scrambled an F-16 fighter jet and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to intercept a Cessna 152 Saturday morning. NORAD, based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, says the Cessna briefly entered FAA-restricted airspace over Palm City, Florida.

7-year-old girl gets flu vaccine, dies 4 days later

7-year-old girl gets flu vaccine, dies 4 days later --CDC 'investigating' 12 Jan 2012 Her family shares the last pictures ever taken of Kaylynne Matten. "Some days it feels real but most days are like a bad dream. You're just still waiting to wake up," mom Nicole said. The photos of the 7-year-old were snapped at a Christmas party on Dec. 4. They're more precious than ever to this family. Kaylynne died two days later. "She was always 100 percent healthy," dad Justin said.

Facebook Gets Multibillion-Dollar Tax Break

Facebook Gets Multibillion-Dollar Tax Break 15 Feb 2013 It hasn't drawn much attention, but Facebook's first annual earnings report contains an accounting gem: a multibillion-dollar tax deduction for the cost of executive stock options and share awards. Even though Facebook reported $1.1 billion in pre-tax profits from U.S.

Jeremy Hammond's legal team seeks judge's recusal

Jeremy Hammond's legal team seeks judge's recusal 15 Feb 2013 Hacker Jeremy Hammond is accused of being part of the Stratfor breach. Presiding judge Loretta Preska's husband, Thomas Kavaler, appears on a list of Stratfor 'victims'. Hammond's legal team says this creates an appearance of partiality, and has demanded that Preska be recused.

Protesters at LAPD Headquarters: We Stand With Christopher Dorner

Protesters at LAPD Headquarters: We Stand With Christopher Dorner 16 Feb 2013 A protest in response to the death of fired LAPD officer Christopher Dorner – the subject of an extensive manhunt who is accused of killing four people – brought out about two dozen protesters in front of police headquarters in downtown Los Angeles Saturday. Organizers said the demonstration would be peaceful and expected about 200 participants to show up by noon.

Guards ransacked, seized Guantanamo defendants' legal documents

Guards ransacked, seized Guantanamo defendants' legal documents 15 Feb 2013 While the prisoners accused of plotting the [Bush-Cheney-Rice-Rumsfeld-'Lucky Larry' Silverstein] September 11 attacks were in the Guantanamo Bay courtroom this week, guards seized confidential legal documents, books, photos and even toilet paper from their cells, according to a prison camp lawyer.

Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks

Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks 14 Feb 2013 Conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120m (£77m) to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change global warming, the Guardian has learned.

CIA nominee open to special drone court

Looks like Obama may get his death panels after all: CIA nominee open to special drone court 15 Feb 2013 The White House nominee to run the CIA said setting up a special court to oversee deadly drone strikes against American citizens is worth considering but raises difficult questions over how much authority it would have in decisions currently made by the president.

Washington: Storage Tank at Nuclear Site Is Leaking

Washington: Storage Tank at Nuclear Site Is Leaking 16 Feb 2013 A tank that holds radioactive liquid at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most contaminated nuclear site, is leaking, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday. The news raises concerns about the site's other storage tanks, which hold millions of gallons of a highly radioactive stew left from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons. Mr.

Tank storing radioactive waste leaking in Washington

Tank storing radioactive waste leaking in Washington 15 Feb 2013 A tank storing radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington is leaking liquids to the tune of 150 to 300 gallons per year, the governor said Friday. "This is an extremely toxic substance, and we have to have a zero-tolerance policy for leaks of radioactive material into the ground and potentially groundwater of the state of Washington," Gov. Jay Inslee said.

NASA: Meteor exploded with force of 20 Hiroshima bombs

NASA: Meteor exploded with force of 20 Hiroshima bombs --'It looked like it was from a nuclear explosion,' one witness said. 15 Feb 2013 People in a freezing industrial region of Russia saw a flash of blinding light before an explosion of flying glass Friday when a meteor streaked across the sky and blew up, injuring 1,100 people in what looked like a disaster out of a movie.

Cornel West: President Obama a 'war criminal'

About 1,100 injured as meteorite hits Russia with force of atomic bomb

About 1,100 injured as meteorite hits Russia with force of atomic bomb 15 Feb 2013 A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring about 1,100 people.

Police Investigate Bones Found in Cook Nuclear Plant Intake

Police Investigate Bones Found in Cook Nuclear Plant Intake 14 Feb 2013 Divers cleaning the water intake at Michigan's D.C. Cook nuclear plant recently pulled out what they believed could be human remains.

Ten Afghan civilians killed in NATO airstrike

Ten Afghan civilians killed in NATO airstrike 13 Feb 2013 A NATO airstrike killed 10 Afghan civilians, including five children, in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, local officials said, a toll that if confirmed is likely to raise tension between President Hamid Karzai's government and U.S.-led NATO forces.

Obama executive order redefines critical infrastructure

Obama executive order redefines critical infrastructure 14 Feb 2013 President Barack Obama's cybersecurity executive order, signed on Tuesday, could significantly expand the list of companies categorized as part of U.S. critical infrastructure sector, security experts said Wednesday.

Rand Paul will block CIA appointment until he gets more info on drone program

Rand Paul will block CIA appointment until he gets more info on drone program --Can a drone be used to kill an American in America? 13 Feb 2013 Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is threatening to block President Obama's choice to head the CIA until the administration forks over more information about its covert drone program. Specifically, can a U.S. drone be used to kill an American on American soil?

G.O.P. Blocks Vote in Senate on Hagel for Defense Post

G.O.P. Blocks Vote in Senate on Hagel for Defense Post 15 Feb 2013 Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Pentagon in a defiant move likely to further strain partisan tensions while preventing the White House, at least temporarily, from assembling its second-term national security team.

Why is the Department of Homeland Security buying so many bullets?

Why is the Department of Homeland Security buying so many bullets? 14 Feb 2013 The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them -- roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States -- for law enforcement agents in training and on duty.

Homeland Security Approves Their Right to Search and Seize Your Electronics Without Suspicion

Homeland Security Approves Their Right to Search and Seize Your Electronics Without Suspicion 14 Feb 2013 Our government agencies have allowed themselves the right to search and seize your electronic devices with stunning impunity.

Senate Republicans block vote on Hagel nomination

Senate Republicans block vote on Hagel nomination 14 Feb 2013 Senate Republicans blocked a vote on Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense on Thursday, launching an unprecedented filibuster and a severe rebuke to the White House.

Burned remains ID'd as fugitive ex-cop Dorner

Burned remains ID'd as fugitive ex-cop Dorner 14 Feb 2013 Officials say burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner. San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said Thursday that the identification was made through Dorner's dental records.

U.S. should hit 'pause' button on billions more in Afghan aid: watchdog

U.S. should hit 'pause' button on billions more in Afghan aid: watchdog --U.S. 'reconstruction' aid to Afghanistan approaching $100 billion 13 Feb 2013 The U.S. government should reconsider whether to spend more on reconstruction aid in Afghanistan, the U.S. watchdog that monitors the funds said on Wednesday, citing Afghanistan's persistent corruption and inability to manage projects as U.S. troops withdraw.

Roof collapses at Chernobyl nuclear plant: Ukraine

Roof collapses at Chernobyl nuclear plant: Ukraine 13 Feb 2013 A section of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine collapsed under the weight of snow, officials said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the condition of the facility that was the site of the world's worst nuclear accident.

US drone operators, cyber troops to get distinguished medal: Pentagon

US drone operators, cyber troops to get distinguished medal: Pentagon 14 Feb 2013 The Pentagon says it is creating the Distinguished Warfare Medal that can be awarded to those US troops who launch assassination drone strikes and direct cyber attacks.

Terrorism watchdog questioned 'bewildering' array of terror powers

Terrorism watchdog questioned 'bewildering' array of terror powers 14 Feb 2013 The terrorism watchdog yesterday criticised the "bewildering" range of anti-terror powers in the UK and said he wished the "evocative" phrase had never entered the law.

Former UVA Professor Arrested at Protest Outside White House

Former UVA Professor Arrested at Protest Outside White House 13 Feb 2013 Former University of Virginia professor and civil rights leader Julian Bond was arrested Wednesday outside the White House. Bond was with a group of prominent activists including actress Daryl Hannah and former Congressman Robert Kennedy Jr. They were protesting to send a message to President Obama.

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