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5.6 quake strikes 51 miles southeast of Fukushima nuclear plant

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

5.6 quake strikes 51 miles southeast of Fukushima nuclear plant 07 Jul 2011 An earthquake registering 5.6 shook the Pacific off Honshu, Japan, the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday. No immediate damage or casualties were reported from the quake that struck at 3:35 a.m. Friday, the USGS said. The epicenter of the quake was some 51 miles southeast of Fukushima, in Honshu, Japan, the USGS said. [HAARP - still busy!]

Feds investigating detainee complaints at NC jail

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

Feds investigating detainee complaints at NC jail --Allegations: Detainees were called racial slurs, not informed of their rights, and forced to sign their names to documents. 07 Jul 2011 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating complaints that immigration detainees have been mistreated at the Wake County jail in Raleigh. The agency's civil rights chief sent a letter last month announcing the probe to the North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU had coordinated a group of 57 complaints from people detained at the jail in 2009 and 2010.

Oil Climbs to Highest Level Since Early June

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

Oil Climbs to Highest Level Since Early June 07 Jul 2011 Oil jumped to three-week highs Thursday as U.S. data on jobless claims and retail sales came in stronger than expected, while oil stocks tightened further, reinforcing hopes that economic recovery was gaining traction in the top oil consumer. By 1:10 p.m. EDT (1710 GMT), ICE Brent crude futures for August delivery rose $4.18 to $117.80 a barrel, after rising to $118.08, highest since June 15, on track for the biggest one-day gain since May 9. [Thanks, Obusha! Why not lower the corporate tax rate for ExxonMobil while cutting Social Security for your GOP/Wall Street overlords? Oh, wait! You're already doing that, fraudster.]

Baghdad roadside bomb kills 2 U.S. soldiers

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

Baghdad roadside bomb kills 2 U.S. soldiers 07 Jul 2011 A roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers Thursday outside the main American military base in Baghdad in what U.S. officials said appeared to be another attack by Shiite militias hoping to drive U.S. troops out of Iraq. The 46,000 U.S. troops currently stationed in Iraq are to leave by year's end under a 2008 withdrawal agreement. However, the White House is offering to keep up to 10,000 American soldiers in the country beyond that deadline, if asked by Iraq, to help stabilize the country's still-shaky security and keep Iran from becoming too cozy with Baghdad officials protect US corpora-terrorists' investments.

Afghans protest NATO air raid

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

Afghans protest NATO air raid 07 Jul 2011 Latest reports say hundreds of angry Afghans have taken to the streets to protest the deaths of several civilians in fresh US-led NATO air strikes. The protesters in Dumanda district of Khost province chanted anti-US slogans and blocked main roads in the region. The protests come as at least 13 civilians were killed in an air raid in the eastern Afghan province of Khost - - 12 were women and children. The air strike came a day after a similar attack left two civilians dead in Ghazni province.

CEO pay in US soared 23 percent in 2010

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

CEO pay in US soared 23 percent in 2010 By Barry Grey 04 Jul 2011 While US unemployment remains at near-Depression levels and health care, pensions and education are being slashed by all levels of the government, the pay of corporate CEOs is soaring. The compensation of the 200 highest-paid chief executives at large corporations increased by 23 percent in 2010 over the previous year, according to a report in Sunday's New York Times. Median pay for these individuals was $10.8 million, equivalent to the median pay of nearly 280 US workers.

Amid phone-hacking scandal, Murdoch's 'News of the World' to shut on Sunday

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

Amid phone-hacking scandal, Murdoch's 'News of the World' to shut on Sunday 07 Jul 2011 The News of the World will close for good after Sunday's edition, News International chair James Murdoch said Thursday, amid fresh allegations that Britain's war dead and a lawyer connected to Princess Diana have joined the list of people whose voicemails may have been intercepted by the tabloid. "Having consulted senior colleagues, I have decided that we must take further decisive action with respect to the paper. This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World," Murdoch said in a statement.

Two US troops die in Baghdad blast

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

Two US troops die in Baghdad blast 07 Jul 2011 The United States military says two of its troopers have died in a roadside explosion near the headquarters of the forces in Baghdad, Iraq. The Thursday blast ripped through a checkpoint outside the Victory Base Camp, Washington's main military base in Iraq, the Associated Press reported.

Appeals court asked to toss suits in Halliburton convoy deaths

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

Appeals court asked to toss suits in Halliburton convoy deaths 07 Jul 2011 A long-running lawsuit over insurgent ambushes that killed civilian truck drivers in Iraq is back in a federal appeals court. At issue are lawsuits filed by truckers and their families accusing Halliburton and former subsidiary KBR Inc. of knowingly sending supply convoys into a dangerous area where six KBR drivers were killed and several others were wounded on April 8 and 9, 2004... Halliburton and KBR asked a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to toss out the ruling Thursday.

NC State has leak in its nuclear reactor

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

NC State has leak in its nuclear reactor --Reactor has been shut down since leak was discovered July 2 07 Jun 2011 North Carolina State University says a small [?!?] leak in its nuclear research reactor is not a public health threat. The reactor is housed in the Burlington Nuclear Engineering Laboratory. N.C. State physicist Gerry Wicks says the reactor is leaking about 10 gallons of water per hour.

Iraq abuse ruling by European court says UK failed human rights role

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

Iraq abuse ruling by European court says UK failed human rights role 07 Jul 2011 Britain was an occupying power after the invasion of Iraq and failed to carry out effective investigations into the killing of civilians, the European court of human rights has ruled. The decision by the Strasbourg court could open the Ministry of Defence to a deluge of claims and add to the pressure for further public inquiries into the behaviour of troops in and around Basra after the 2003 invasion. By extending liability beyond the UK's territorial limits and outside Europe, the ruling will have far-reaching implications for military operations around the world.

Obama offers Social Security cuts

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

After Wall Street/GOP troll Barack Obama forced Democrats to keep Bush's tax cuts for the rich: Obama offers Social Security cuts 06 Jul 2011 President Obama is pressing congressional leaders to consider a far-reaching debt-reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for Republican support for fresh tax revenue. As part of his pitch, Obama is proposing significant reductions in Medicare spending and for the first time is offering to tackle the rising cost of Social Security, according to people in both parties with knowledge of the proposal. The move marks a major shift for the White House and could present a direct challenge to Democratic lawmakers who have vowed to protect health and retirement benefits from the assault on government spending.

Militants attack NATO tanker in Pakistan

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

Militants attack NATO tanker in Pakistan 07 Jul 2011 Taliban-linked militants in southern Sindh Province of Pakistan have attacked a NATO oil tanker carrying fuel for the US-led forces in Afghanistan, leaving at least two people injured. Officials told Press TV that unknown gunmen opened fire on a NATO oil tanker near Dost Wah on the Shikarpur-Jacobabad Road late Wednesday, injuring its driver and his assistant. The tanker was also damaged in the attack as the militants managed to escape from the scene undetected, a Press TV correspondent reported.

US-led strike kills 13 civilians

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

US-led strike kills 13 civilians 07 Jul 2011 A US-led airstrike has killed at least 13 civilians, mostly women and children, in the troubled eastern Afghanistan, officials say. "Unfortunately eight women, four children, and one man were killed in a NATO airstrike on a residential house in Dowamanda district (of Khost) early this morning," AFP quoted provincial police chief Mohamad Zazai as saying. In the past 24 hours, foreign forces have killed at least 17 civilians across Afghanistan -- many of them women and children.

Alert: Terrorists Look to Implant Bombs in Humans

July 7, 2011 by legitgov

Alert: Terrorists Look to Implant Bombs in Humans --U.S. security official: No current information points to specific plot involving surgically implanted explosives 06 Jul 2011 Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security. And as a result, travelers may find themselves subjected to more scrutiny when flying in the heart of summer vacation season, especially to the U.S. from abroad. Bombs-in-the body is not a brand new idea [it's a CIA tactic], but recent intelligence indicates a fresh interest in using this method, as people-scanning machines in airports aren't able to detect explosives hidden inside humans.

Nuclear Industry Weighs $1 Billion Emergency-Response Plan

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

Nuclear Industry Weighs $1 Billion Emergency-Response Plan 06 Jul 2011 The Nuclear Energy Institute, the industry's U.S. trade group, is considering a $1 billion plan that would create regional centers to store equipment for delivery to reactors within 24 hours of an emergency. The centers would be stocked with portable pumps and generators, radiation-monitoring equipment, anti-contamination clothing, spare batteries and flashlights [lol], Adrian Heymer, director of strategic programs at NEI, said today in an interview.

Fort Hood shooting suspect to face death penalty and be tried in military court

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

Fort Hood shooting suspect to face death penalty and be tried in military court 06 Jul 2011 The Army psychiatrist charged in the horrific Fort Hood rampage will have a military trial and face the death penalty, a U.S. Army general announced Wednesday. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 attack at the massive Texas base. Hasan is now expected to enter a plea -- and a military judge will schedule court martial proceedings.

NATO cargo plane crashes, 9 killed

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

NATO cargo plane crashes, 9 killed 06 Jul 2011 An Azerbaijani cargo plane crashed in the mountains on its way to a U.S.-NATO air base in Afghanistan late Tuesday, officials said, and all nine crew members on board are believed to have been killed. The Russian-made IL 76 was en route from Baku to Bagram air base, the hub of U.S. military and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Officials said was flying at about 12,500 feet when it went down in a mountainous part of the Ghorband valley, west of the base and north of Kabul.

Tsunami warning for New Zealand cancelled

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

Tsunami warning for New Zealand cancelled 07 Jul 2011 A tsunami sparked by a powerful 7.6-magitude quake failed to materialise on New Zealand's shores, but Civil Defence says people should expect high tides within the next 24 hours. In Auckland and other parts of the east coast of the North Island, authorities said there was an increased swell in coastal areas but little to cause concern. On the east coast of Northland there were significant swells about 10am. Tsunamis had struck the Kermadec Islands and Raoul Island this morning. [HAARP is a busy little bee!]

AP: UK torture panel to study rendition

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

AP: UK torture panel to study rendition --Campaigners fear panel won't have powers to demand evidence from U.S., other allies 06 Jul 2011 A British inquiry into claims that terrorism suspects were tortured in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States will investigate alleged extraordinary rendition by the United States, a person familiar with the matter says. The person, who demanded anonymity in order to discuss details ahead of a public announcement, confirmed that a panel of three experts will examine whether Britain had a role in the alleged torture and rendition of detainees held overseas.

Three US troops killed in Afghan war

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

Three US troops killed in Afghan war 06 Jul 2011 Militants have killed three American soldiers and wounded 29 others in eastern Afghanistan, the US military has confirmed. A US military commander in Afghanistan has confirmed that the soldiers were killed during a military operation in the eastern province of Kunar, a Press TV correspondent reported on Wednesday. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured soldiers are said to be in critical condition.

Four Afghan Civilians Killed By RAF Drone

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

Four Afghan Civilians Killed By RAF Drone 06 Jul 2011 Four Afghan civilians have been killed and two more wounded when an RAF drone targeting insurgent leaders fired on two trucks in Helmand Province. It is the first time civilians have died in an attack by a British Reaper plane and comes amid growing anxieties over the use of unmanned aircraft in conflict zones. Its pilots were thousands of miles away at an American air force base in Nevada when they were instructed to fire in the Now Zad district of north Helmand.

White House wants to keep 10,000 troops in Iraq, despite opposition

July 6, 2011 by legitgov

White House wants to keep 10,000 troops in Iraq, despite opposition 06 Jul 2011 The White House is 'offering' to keep up to 10,000 troops in Iraq next year, U.S. officials say, despite opposition from many Iraqis and key Democratic Party allies who demand that President Obama bring home the American military as promised. Already, the White House has worked out options to keep 8,500 to 10,000 active-duty troops in Iraq to continue training security forces in 2012, according to senior Obama administration and U.S. military officials.

Somali Man Detained Aboard U.S. Navy Ship for Months, Not Read Miranda Rights

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Somali Man Detained Aboard U.S. Navy Ship for Months, Not Read Miranda Rights 06 Jul 2011 A Somali man accused of ties to two Islamist militant groups was captured by the U.S. military in April and interrogated for months aboard a navy ship without being warned of his Miranda rights to remain silent and have a lawyer. Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was captured on April 19, and a plane carrying him arrived in New York City around midnight Monday night, officials said. On Tuesday, the Obama regime announced that the man had been flown to New York City to face prosecution before a civilian court. In an indictment unsealed in the Southern District of New York, Mr. Warsame was charged with nine counts related to accusations that he provided support to [alleged terror groups].

Jeff Ashton Decides to Retire

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Jeff Ashton Decides to Retire --Announcement Follows Casey Anthony Verdict 05 Jul 2011 Prosecutor Jeff Ashton has decided to retire, a source inside the state attorney's office said. The announcement came in the wake of a not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial. His retirement date was not announced. [Bye-bye, Laughing Guy!]

French flotilla boat sets sail for Gaza

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

French flotilla boat sets sail for Gaza --Activists sail from Corsica as others pledge to continue efforts to reach Palestinian territory with humanitarian aid. 05 Jul 2011 A French boat has set sail for Gaza from Corsica in the latest attempt by activists to deliver aid to the Palestinian territory, according to a journalist aboard the vessel. The Dignite al Karama, which left the western Mediterranean island overnight is, thus far, the only boat in a flotilla organised by pro-Palestinian activists to successfully sail for Gaza, with most confined to ports in Greece.

Britain's richest man to build giant Arctic iron ore mine

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Britain's richest man to build giant Arctic iron ore mine --Billionaire's 'mega-mine' threatens unique wildlife 04 Jul 2011 Britain's richest man [eco-terrorist Lakshmi Mittal] is planning a giant new opencast mine 300 miles inside the Arctic Circle in a bid to extract a potential $23bn (£14bn) worth of iron ore. The "mega-mine" is believed to be the largest mineral extraction project in the Arctic and highlights the huge commercial potential of the far north as global warming makes industrial development in the region easier. Documents seen by the Guardian show that Mittal's company, the world's biggest steel-making group, ArcelorMittal, admits the operations will be undertaken in an area inhabited by unique wildlife including polar bear, narwhal and walrus.

Captain Freed Amid Storm Over Gaza Flotilla

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Captain Freed Amid Storm Over Gaza Flotilla --His boat was impounded at a military dock near Piraeus. 05 Jul 2011 Greek officials have released from custody the US captain of a ship participating in an international flotilla determined to challenge Israel's Gaza Strip sea blockade. Greek authorities arrested John Klusmire over the weekend for defying a ban which prevented the ten-strong convoy of ships from setting sail to Gaza. Klusmire - captain of the Audacity of Hope - could have faced up to a year in Greek detention pending trial on [insane] charges of endangering the safety of the 36 passengers on board by setting sail without permission.

Casey lawyers decry media coverage

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

Casey lawyers decry media coverage --'Casey did not murder Caylee -- it's that simple.' 05 Jul 2011 Defense lawyers for Casey Anthony lambasted the judgmental role adopted by some members of the news media and their guests in the months leading up to Tuesday's verdict. "I hope that this is a lesson to those of you who (have) indulged in media assassination for three years," said defense attorney J. Cheney Mason after the verdict in the Casey Anthony case, which has attracted intense media scrutiny. "Bias and prejudice and incompetent 'talking heads' saying what would be and how to be -- I'm disgusted by some of the lawyers that have done this. I can tell you that my colleagues from coast to coast and border to border have condemned this whole process of lawyers getting on television and talking about cases they don't know a damn thing about," Mason said.

US drone attack kills six in Pakistan

July 5, 2011 by legitgov

US drone attack kills six in Pakistan 05 Jul 2011 At least six people have been killed in a non-UN-sanctioned US drone attack in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan. According to the local TV channel Express, the attack took place late Tuesday when four missiles hit a house in Mir Ali, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district, Xinhua reported.

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