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Southwest to cancel about 100 flights as inspections continue

April 4, 2011 by legitgov

Southwest to cancel about 100 flights as inspections continue 04 Apr 2011 Southwest Airlines expects to cancel about 100 flights from its Monday schedule as investigators continue inspecting its fleet, the airline said. The Texas-based airline grounded 79 planes for inspection after a hole opened on top of a Boeing 737 mid-flight Friday. It canceled approximately 600 flights to accommodate the inspections: 300 on Saturday and 300 flights on Sunday.

Cracks found in 3 more Southwest jets

April 4, 2011 by legitgov

Cracks found in 3 more Southwest jets 03 Apr 2011 Three more Southwest Airlines planes have been found with small, subsurface cracks similar to the ones that caused a jetliner to lose pressure and make a harrowing emergency landing in Arizona. Southwest said in a statement Sunday that it had found cracks in two Boeing 737-300s. A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member later said a third plane was discovered to have the cracks as well.

GOP plans $1 trillion Medicaid cut

April 4, 2011 by legitgov

GOP plans $1 trillion Medicaid cut 31 Mar 2011 House Republicans are planning to cut roughly $1 trillion over 10 years from Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled, as part of their fiscal 2012 budget, which they will unveil early next month, according to several GOP sources. Though Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has yet to lock in his final numbers, he made clear to POLITICO in February that he intends to target Medicaid and Medicare for savings. [Gee, no one complained about the deficit when the GOPredators/Obusha rammed through the Bush tax cuts for the top one percent with corporations paying *zero* taxes.]

Camden seeks $3M in taxes from Xe security firm

April 4, 2011 by legitgov

Camden seeks $3M in taxes from Xe security firm --The tax bill including penalties and interest is $2.9 million and growing. 03 Apr 2011 (NC) Camden County says private security company Xe Services owes nearly $3 million in back taxes for aircraft based there but used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, according to the county. FAA records and satellite maps show about 50 aircraft worth approximately $80 million were based off and on over the past six years at the complex that was once part of Blackwater Worldwide, now known as Xe Services.

'Israel breaks demolition record'

April 4, 2011 by legitgov

'Israel breaks demolition record' 03 Apr 2011 The United Nations has warned that the demolition of the Palestinian residences by Israelis has been breaking the record for the past three months. "The number of Palestinian buildings in the West Bank demolished by the Israeli authorities has hit a record high for the third consecutive month," said Chris Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees on Sunday, AFP reported.

Two US troops die in Iraq

April 4, 2011 by legitgov

Two US troops die in Iraq 03 Apr 2011 Two American troopers have died in Iraq, succumbing to the injuries sustained during an earlier attack by militants in the war-torn country. "Two US service members died April 2," the occupying forces said in a Sunday statement, Xinhua reported. The US Military described the cause of deaths as "wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire," apparently referring to mortar or rocket attacks.

'US orders media silence over Bahrain'

April 4, 2011 by legitgov

'US orders media silence over Bahrain' 01 Apr 2011 President of Bahrain's Center for Human Rights Nabeel Rajab says the US media have been ordered not to cover news on the government's brutal crackdown on Bahraini people. Reports from the Center's colleagues in the United States say "In the US some news agencies and TV stations were asked not to report on Bahrain and not to embarrass Barack Obama's administration," Rajab told Press TV. He went on to say that the US and the Western governments have chosen to keep silent over ongoing atrocities in Bahrain due to their support for the country's authoritarian regime.

Japan nuclear crisis: bodies of two nuclear plant workers found

April 4, 2011 by legitgov

Japan nuclear crisis: bodies of two nuclear plant workers found 03 Apr 2011 Two workers were named as the first official deaths at Japan's embattled nuclear power plant. Kazuhiko Kokubo, 24, and Yoshiki Terashima, 21, died at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeastern Japan while conducting regular checks of a reactor. The suffered multiple injuries. The bodies were discovered last week although they were forced to undergo decontamination as a result of leaking radiation before they could be returned to their families.

Western military advisers become visible in Benghazi

April 4, 2011 by legitgov

Western military advisers become visible in Benghazi --Former Royal Navy officer is 'consultant' to rebels and small British convoy say they are 'engineers' 03 Apr 2011 The first discernible signs of mission creep [creeps' mission] by the coalition were detected in Libya yesterday. In several places around Benghazi, there were palpable signs that Western "assistance" was active on the ground. Military and diplomatic operatives from the US and Western Europe – usually described as experts, consultants and advisers – turned up in the rebel capital, Benghazi. These include UK personnel, among them a former Royal Navy officer who had recently served as a diplomat in Afghanistan. He said he was in Libya as a consultant to the opposition administration.

US embassy convoy attacked in Lebanon

April 4, 2011 by legitgov

US embassy convoy attacked in Lebanon 03 Apr 2011 A large group of angry Lebanese youths attacked a group from the US embassy on Saturday after referring to them as US criminals. The US embassy has confirmed the incident occurred on Saturday after embassy staff had left a restaurant in southern port town of Sidon. There were no injuries to the group, even though stones and glasses were thrown at them.

Libyan rebels receive state-of-the-art rockets, training from US and Egypt

April 4, 2011 by legitgov

Libyan rebels receive state-of-the-art rockets, training from US and Egypt 03 Apr 2011 US and Egyptian special forces have reportedly been providing covert training to rebel fighters in the battle for Libya, Al Jazeera has been told. An unnamed rebel source related how he had undergone training in military techniques at a "secret facility" in eastern Libya. "He told us that on Thursday night a new shipment of Katyusha rockets had been sent into eastern Libya from Egypt..." our correspondent said. "He said these were state-of-the-art, heat-seeking rockets and that they needed to be trained on how to use them, which was one of the things the American and Egyptian special forces were there to do. There is also the question of whether or not the outside world should arm the rebels, when in fact they [rebels] are already being armed covertly."

Graham: Iraq may "go to hell" without US troops

April 4, 2011 by legitgov

Graham: Iraq may "go to hell" without US troops --GOP Sen. calls for continued presence in Iraq, lambastes idea of providing State Dept. officials with military equipment 03 Apr 2011 South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday called for a continued U.S. military presence in Iraq, and warned that pulling American troops out in 2011 would seriously jeopardize progress [sic] there. Graham also argued that providing State Department contractors mercenaries with military equipment after the withdrawal of American troops would be, essentially, creating "a mini State Department army" - and that it was the "wrong strategy."

US Embassy in Baghdad to double staff

April 3, 2011 by legitgov

US Embassy in Baghdad to double staff 03 Apr 2011 The US Embassy in Baghdad, already the largest in the world, is expected to double its staff after American forces pull out of the country later this year. "We'll be doubling our size if all of our plans go through and if we receive the money from Congress in 2011 and then again in 2012," James Jeffrey, the US ambassador in Iraq, said. He said the staff would increase "from 8,000 plus personnel that we have now to roughly double that by 2012," adding that US forces would make up only a very small part of that number. [Right, Blackwater terrorists comprise the rest.]

BP Seeks to Resume Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

April 3, 2011 by legitgov

BP Seeks to Resume Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico 04 Apr 2011 BP has asked United States 'regulators' for permission to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, two company officials with direct knowledge of the application said on Sunday. The petition comes less than 12 months after a rig BP had leased there exploded, causing a huge oil spill and killing 11 workers. BP is seeking permission to continue drilling at 10 existing deepwater production and development wells in the region in July in exchange for adhering to stricter safety and supervisory rules, said one of the officials.

Dean of Baghdad University's Medical College killed

April 3, 2011 by legitgov

Dean of Baghdad University's Medical College killed 31 Mar 2011 The dean of Baghdad University’s Medical College was silenced by an explosive device attached to his car. Medical Professor Mohammed Al-Alwan was a top Iraqi surgeon and his murder sends a signal that Iraqi intellectuals are still in danger of either being assassinated or kidnapped [by US death squads]. Killings of senior officials, and particularly army and security officers have surged in Baghdad and other major cities.

Transocean gives safety bonuses despite 11 deaths

April 3, 2011 by legitgov

Transocean gives safety bonuses despite 11 deaths 02 Apr 2011 Transocean Ltd. gave its top executives bonuses for achieving the "best year in safety performance in our company's history" - despite the explosion of its oil rig that killed 11 people and spilled 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The company said in a regulatory filing that its most senior managers were given two thirds of their total possible safety bonus. Safety accounts for a quarter of the executives' total cash bonuses. The total bonus for CEO Steve Newman last year was $374,062.

Obama Said to Start Preparing Documents for His 2012 Re-Election Campaign

April 3, 2011 by legitgov

Mega barf alert! Obama Said to Start Preparing Documents for His 2012 Re-Election Campaign 03 Apr 2011 President Barack Obama will file Federal Election Commission paperwork for his re-election bid as early as this week, according to a person familiar with the planning who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. The move would allow Obama, 49, to begin fundraising and other organizational efforts for his goal of winning a second White House term. The campaign will have its headquarters in Chicago, his adopted hometown and base for his 2008 victory. [Ok, but who's running as the Democrat? Make no mistake about it: The corpora-terrorists - *especially* his GE wh*re, Jeff Immelt - want Obama to stay in there for another 4 years. Obama keeps the left docile and complacent while he executes - nay, extends - nearly every policy of George W. Bush. --LRP]

Coalition "friendly fire" kills 13 Libyan rebels

April 3, 2011 by legitgov

Oops! Coalition "friendly fire" kills 13 Libyan rebels 02 Apr 2011 A NATO-led air strike killed 13 Libyan rebels, a rebel spokesman said on Saturday. The 13 fighters died on Friday night in an increasingly chaotic battle over the oil town [of course] of Brega with Gaddafi's troops. "The rebels shot up in the air and the alliance came and bombed them. We are the ones who made the mistake," said a fighter who did not give his name. The strike killed 13 rebels and wounded seven, rebel spokesman Hafiz Ghoga said.

Penguin rescue operation under way after south Atlantic oil spill

April 3, 2011 by legitgov

Penguin rescue operation under way after south Atlantic oil spill --Islands' conservation director: At least 300 penguins have died   02 Apr 2011  On an island chain located halfway between Africa and Argentina, local authorities say a massive penguin rescue operation is under way. A mix of island officials and resident volunteers are struggling to save tens of thousands of Northern Rockhopper penguins threatened by an oil spill in the remote stretches of the south Atlantic, roughly 1,500 miles west of Cape Town, South Africa.

Crews 'facing 100-year battle' at Fukushima

April 3, 2011 by legitgov

Crews 'facing 100-year battle' at Fukushima 01 Apr 2011 A nuclear expert has warned that it might be 100 years before melting fuel rods can be safely removed from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. The warning came as levels of radioactive iodine flushed into the sea near the plant spiked to a new high and the Wall Street Journal said it had obtained disaster response blueprints which said the plant's operators were woefully unprepared for the scale of the disaster. ...One expert says the radiation leaks will be ongoing and it could take 50 to 100 years before the nuclear fuel rods have completely cooled and been removed.

NATO airstrikes kill Libyan civilians

April 2, 2011 by legitgov

NATO airstrikes kill Libyan civilians 02 Apr 2011 The warplanes belonging to the Western-led military coalition have killed several Libyan civilians as they dropped bombs on the opposition-held town of Brega. The opposition says at least 13 of its fighters and several civilians were killed in a NATO airstrike on the outskirts of Brega on Saturday. The Libyan government also says at least seven civilians were killed when foreign jets pounded a village near the oil city of Brega. [Yup, USociopaths want to steal Libya's oil for Exxon Mobil and BP. That's why they're there.]

Southwest grounds 79 planes after roof rips open

April 2, 2011 by legitgov

Southwest grounds 79 planes after roof rips open --Flight from Phoenix to Sacramento made emergency landing in Yuma 02 Apr 2011 Southwest Airlines will ground 79 of its Boeing 737 planes for inspection after the roof ripped open on one of its flights, the company said this morning. Southwest expects to cancel about 300 flights today nationwide. Customers should check the status of their flight online before heading to the airport, said Southwest spokesperson Brandy King.

Gates silent on CIA's role in Libya

April 2, 2011 by legitgov

Gates silent on CIA's role in Libya 02 Apr 2011 The United States remained noncommittal about the extent of involvement of CIA in Libyan operations, it was revealed to Congress this week. Testifying before the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said that as long as he was on the job there would not be any plan for U.S. soldiers to enter Libya. However Mr. Gates refused to spell out details of the CIA's activities, following reports on Thursday that the U.S. spy agency was already on Libyan soil.

Afghanistan: Kandahar protest at Koran burning

April 2, 2011 by legitgov

Afghanistan: Kandahar protest at Koran burning 02 Apr 2011 Four people have been killed in the Afghan city of Kandahar during a demonstration against the burning of a Koran in the US. It followed a protest over the same issue in the northern city of Mazar-i Sharif on Friday left 14 people dead, including seven UN workers. It was the worst attack on the UN mission in Afghanistan since the international invasion in 2001.

Afghanistan: 12 killed in protest at UN office

April 2, 2011 by legitgov

Afghanistan: 12 killed in protest at UN office --Florida pastor [sociopath] purportedly went through with Quran burning last month, prompting protests in three Afghan cities 01 Apr 2011 Eight foreigners and four Afghan protesters have been killed when a demonstration against the burning of a Quran turned violent. Afghan officials say about 2,000 people peacefully gathered outside the U.N. office in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, but then some protesters grabbed weapons from the U.N. guards and opened fire on the police, then stormed the building. Black smoke billowed from the building. Gen. Daud Daud, commander of Afghan National Police in the north, says five Nepalese guards were among those killed.

Crack in concrete called source of radioactive water leaking into sea

April 2, 2011 by legitgov

Crack in concrete called source of radioactive water leaking into sea 02 Apr 2011 Highly radioactive water from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is leaking into the Pacific Ocean from a cracked concrete sump near the No. 2 reactor, an official with the plant's owner said Saturday. Water from the two-meter deep, concrete-lined basin could be seen escaping into the sea through a roughly 20-cm (8-inch) crack, an official the Tokyo Electric Power Company told reporters Saturday afternoon. But the company could not explain how the water was getting into the sump, which is a pit in which liquid collects.

Jets Make Emergency Landings

April 2, 2011 by legitgov

Jets Make Emergency Landings --'Unrelated incidents' involve Southwest Airlines and American Airlines jets 02 Apr 2011 Two U.S. jetliners made emergency descents and landed at unscheduled airports in separate incidents Friday, with some passengers apparently becoming dizzy or fainting due to lack of oxygen. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said that while Southwest Flight 812 was cruising at 36,000 feet from Phoenix to Sacramento, a hole ripped open in the fuselage that resulted in a rapid decompression. Preliminary eyewitness reports indicated a tear in the aluminum skin, perhaps several feet long, on top of the aircraft.

Fukushima crisis 'bigger than Chernobyl'

April 2, 2011 by legitgov

Fukushima crisis 'bigger than Chernobyl' 01 Apr 2011 The nuclear disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant is "much bigger than Chernobyl" and could rewrite the international scale used to measure the severity of atomic accidents, a Russian nuclear expert says. "Fukushima is much bigger than Chernobyl," AFP quoted thermodynamic engineer Natalia Mironova as saying on Friday... Mironova said Japan's unfolding nuclear crisis was likely to surpass Chernobyl on the seven-point international scale used to rate nuclear disasters.

Japan pays 'suicide squads' fortunes to work in stricken nuclear plant

April 2, 2011 by legitgov

Japan pays 'suicide squads' fortunes to work in stricken nuclear plant as 'battle is lost for reactor two' --Four reactors at stricken plant to be decommissioned --Subcontractors offered £760 a day - 20 times going rate - to brave radiation levels but some refuse --One expert who designed reactor says race to save reactor two is 'lost' --Radiation levels in sea water 3,335 times higher than normal --Readings are almost three times worse than last week --Unmanned drone photographs plant from the air amid health fear for pilots 30 Mar 2011 Workers at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are being paid vast sums of money to brave high radiation levels - as experts warn that the race to save the facility has been lost. Subcontractors are reportedly being offered up to 100,000 yen a day (£760) - 20 times the going rate - but some are still refusing the dangerous work. Radiation levels are still extremely high at the plant, with water around the reactors emitting a highly dangerous 1,000 millisieverts per hour.

Wisconsin Union Rights Law on Hold for 2 Months

April 2, 2011 by legitgov

Wisconsin Union Rights Law on Hold for 2 Months --Wis. union rights law on hold for 2 months as judge considers whether GOP senators broke law 01 Apr 2011 A week ago, Wisconsin Republicans thought they'd won the fight over the state's polarizing union rights bill. ...But a judge ruled Friday that the restraining order will stay in place for at least two months while she considers whether Republicans passed the law illegally. It was the second blow to Republicans in as many days after the same judge declared Thursday that the law hadn't been properly published and wasn't in effect as they claimed.

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