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Decorative eggs prompt Atlanta federal building evacuation

Decorative eggs prompt Atlanta federal building evacuation 08 Jun 2010 A harmless package of decorative eggs prompted a grenade scare and the evacuation of an Atlanta federal building on Tuesday, according to law enforcement officials. Thousands of workers cleared out of the Peachtree Summit Federal Building around midday after workers in a mail room spotted a suspicious package during a routine X-ray at the building, according to Atlanta police. A federal law enforcement official said the package contained a decorative, Faberge-like egg.

Hot oil is 'beginning to cook the birds'

Hot oil is 'beginning to cook the birds' 08 Jun 2010 NBC tells of a troubling phenomenon [eco-war crime] occurring on the Louisiana coast. (NBC video)

BP: 500,000 pounds of emissions released

BP: 500,000 pounds of emissions released 05 Jun 2010 At BP's Texas City refinery, more than 400 pounds a day of benzene -- 40 times the state reportable levels -- was released during a 40-day period while a subunit of the refinery’s ultracracker unit was offline, according to a company filing with the state’s environmental agency Friday. In all, BP officials said more than 500,000 pounds of pollutants and nonpollutants were released while the company increased flaring as they tried to repair a compressor on the faulty unit.

Subsea oil plumes found 142 miles from rig

Subsea oil plumes found 142 miles from rig --Crude is moving through Gulf like ash from a volcano, official says 08 Jun 2010 Clouds of oil have been found drifting underwater in the Gulf of Mexico as far as 142 miles from the wrecked Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, government officials said Tuesday. At a briefing, Jane Lubchenko, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said that tests conducted at three sites by a University of South Florida research vessel confirmed oil as far as 3,300 feet below the surface. The oil was found 42 miles northeast of the well site and also 142 miles to the southeast.

Atlanta federal building evacuated after suspect package found

Atlanta federal building evacuated after suspect package found 08 Jun 2010 A federal building in Atlanta was evacuated on Tuesday and bomb experts were called in after officials discovered a suspicious package, local media reported, citing police officials. Workers filed out of the building, which houses a bureau of the Internal Revenue Service and other federal offices.

Federal judge blocks Alaska's wolf-kill plan

Federal judge blocks Alaska's wolf-kill plan 07 Jun 2010 A federal judge has denied the state of Alaska's request for a preliminary injunction to kill wolves, a step it [insanely] says was needed to protect a caribou herd that is a subsistence food source for a Native village. U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland ruled Monday on the state's request to conduct predator [?] control in a national wildlife refuge on Unimak Island... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the state would have to go through a review process for a special use permit or it would be considered trespassing.

America's War in Afghanistan Now Officially Longer than Vietnam

America's War in Afghanistan Now Officially Longer than Vietnam By Bill Bradley 07 Jun 2010 As of today, June 7, 2010, the war in on Afghanistan has lasted 104 months, surpassing Vietnam as the longest war in American history. American forces invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, Kabul fell that November, and America’s attention shifted to the war in Iraq... A touchstone of Obama’s Afghanistan strategy is the drawing down of troops come summer 2011.

Obama to Reopen Oil Drilling

Obama to Reopen Oil Drilling --New Rules on Shallow-Water Exploration Expected 08 Jun 2010 The Obama administration, facing rising anger on the Gulf Coast over the loss of jobs and income from a drilling moratorium from his corporate paymasters, said Monday that it would move quickly to release new safety requirements that would allow the reopening of offshore oil and gas exploration in shallow waters. Administration officials say new rules for shallow water oil and gas drilling could be released as soon as Tuesday.

U.S. military holds soldier in classified video leak

U.S. military holds soldier in classified video leak 07 Jun 2010 A U.S. soldier has been arrested in connection with the release of a classified video showing a 2007 helicopter attack [another US war crime] that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, the U.S. military said on Monday. Army Specialist Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, who was deployed to Baghdad, is being held in pretrial confinement in Kuwait, "for allegedly releasing classified information," according to a U.S. military statement. ...A U.S. official confirmed that the case involved a U.S. military videotape made public in April by WikiLeaks, a group that promotes the leaking of information to fight government and corporate corruption.

1 Worker Dead in Natural Gas Line Blast in Texas

1 Worker Dead in Natural Gas Line Blast in Texas --At least seven of the other 13 workers who had been working at the site went to hospitals. 08 Jun 2010 A large natural gas line in north Texas erupted Monday after utility workers accidentally hit the line, sending a massive fireball into the air and killing one worker, officials said. Authorities found the missing worker's body several hours after the explosion, once searchers could safely walk through the entire charred area.

Israel rejects international inquiry into lethal raid

Israel rejects international inquiry into lethal raid 07 Jun 2010 Israel rejected Sunday a proposal by U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon for an international investigation into its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship and said it had the right to launch its own inquiry. "We are rejecting an international commission. We are discussing with the Obama administration a way in which our inquiry will take place," Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to Washington, said on the U.S. TV program "Fox News Sunday." [Yes, I love it when war criminals, sociopaths and paranoiacs investigate *themselves.*]

Coalition ready to drop key counter-terrorism measure

Coalition ready to drop key counter-terrorism measure 07 Jun 2010 Ministers are considering dropping the 28 day limit for detaining terrorism suspects without charge, it can be disclosed. The Coalition is currently reviewing counter-terrorism legislation brought in following the September 11 and July 7 attacks by blamed on al-Qaeda. Among the controversial measures that they will consider scrapping is the extended detention before charge, brought in to give police more time to unravel plots.

US crisis panel hits Goldman Sachs with subpoenas

US crisis panel hits Goldman Sachs with subpoenas 07 Jun 2010 A high-profile panel investigating the causes of the financial crisis announced Monday it had subpoenaed Goldman Sachs for failing to cooperate with the probe. Leading members of Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission angrily accused Goldman of ignoring "multiple" requests for information and of trying to overwhelm the commission's small staff with mountains of irrelevant documents. "We did not ask them to pull up a dump truck to our offices and dump a bunch of rubbish, we asked for very specific items," said commission chair Phil Angelides, announcing the demand.

Iranian scholar confirms abduction

Iranian scholar confirms abduction 08 Jun 2010 The Iranian scholar who went missing last year while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has confirmed his abduction by the US in a video message. Shahram Amiri, a researcher at Iran's Malek Ashtar University, insisted in the message released on Monday that he was kidnapped by US agents en route to Mecca in June 2009. "I am Shahram Amiri, a lecturer at Malek Ashtar University, and at the moment I am in the town of Tucson in the US state of Arizona. I was abducted on the 13th of Khordad 1388 in a joint operation by terror and kidnap teams from the US intelligence service CIA and Saudi Arabia's Istikhbarat. I was kidnapped from the holy city of Medina," Amiri said.

Reflections by a Former US Marine on the Mavi Marmara

Reflections by a Former US Marine on the Mavi Marmara: On Cowardice and Violence By Ken O'Keefe 07 Jun 2010 I knew the commandos were murdering when I removed a 9mm pistol from one of  them.  I had that gun in my hands and as an ex-US Marine with training in the use of guns it was completely within my power to  use that gun on the commando who may have been the murderer of one  of my brothers.  But that is not what I, nor any other defender of  the ship did.  I took that weapon away, removed the bullets,  proper lead bullets, separated them from the weapon and hid the  gun.  I did this in the hopes that we would repel the attack and  submit this weapon as evidence in a criminal trial against Israeli  authorities for mass murder.

BP's Deepwater Horizon costs hit $1.25bn

BP's Deepwater Horizon costs hit $1.25bn --Efforts to stop leak, clean-up costs and compensation costing tens of millions a day --BP shares rise 2.7% this morning on hopes for success and dividend pledge 07 Jun 2010 The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has now cost BP $1.25bn (£870m), as its much-criticised chief executive vows to spend "what it takes" to fix the Deepwater Horizon disaster that has caused growing anger across America... The City continues to be reassured by BP's efforts, and its refusal so far to cut its dividend. The company's shares were the biggest riser on the FTSE 100 this morning, up as much as 11p or 2.7% at 444p.

Two Australian soldiers killed by bomb on first tour of Afghanistan

Two Australian soldiers killed by bomb on first tour of Afghanistan 08 Jun 2010 Two Australian soldiers and a sniffer dog have been killed by a roadside bomb during their first tour of duty in Afghanistan. The Diggers belonged to the Mentoring Task Force and are the first Australians to die in 11 months, bringing the total number of deaths in the campaign to 13. Acting Defence Force chief David Hurley said the troops were based in Brisbane with the 2nd combat engineer regiment.

BP well may be spewing 100,000 barrels a day, scientist says

BP well may be spewing 100,000 barrels a day, scientist says 07 Jun 2010 BP's runaway Deepwater Horizon well may be spewing what the company once-called its worst case scenario -- 100,000 barrels a day, a member of the government panel told McClatchy Monday. "In the data I've seen, there's nothing inconsistent with BP's worst case scenario," Ira Leifer, an associate researcher at the Marine Science Institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a member of the government's Flow Rate Technical Group, told McClatchy.

Former CIA Star Agent Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault

Former CIA Star Agent Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault 07 Jun 2010 Andrew Warren, a former CIA  station chief in Algeria, pleaded guilty in federal court here Monday to drugging and raping a Muslim woman while stationed in Algiers. Dressed in prison garb and walking with a limp, Andrew Warren, 42, appeared in a Washington, D.C., federal courtroom to plead guilty to one count of abusive sexual conduct and one count of using illegal drugs while possessing a firearm. He will remain in federal custody until he is sentenced on September 9.

Dispersal of Oil Means Cleanup to Take Years, Official Says

Dispersal of Oil Means Cleanup to Take Years, Official Says 07 Jun 2010 Although the Coast Guard had trained for the possibility of cleaning up a disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it had never anticipated that oil would spread across such a broad area and break up into hundreds of thousands of patches as the current spill has done, the commanderheading the federal response to the spill said Monday. [BP propagandist] Adm. Thad W. Allen, at a news conference at the White House, acknowledged that it would take years to mitigate the impact of the spill on the marshes, beaches and wildlife on the Gulf Coast. On Sunday, the admiral had said it could take well into autumn to deal with the slick that is spreading relentlessly across four states of the gulf.

BP buys 'oil spill' sponsored links for search engines

BP buys 'oil spill' sponsored links for search engines 07 Jun 2010 As daily clean-up costs to BP spiral to $37 million per day and its chief executive is vilified in the press, the company is trying to fight back - by buying search terms. So each time someone enters a relevant query - say "oil spill" - into a search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing, their results also include a paid-for link from BP. Typically, these sponsored links sit above the genuine results. [WHY is this terrorist organization - BP - still *functioning?* Stuff Hayward and his cohorts into a CIA Gulfstream, ship them to Bush's Gitmo or Obama's Bagram, waterboard them with oily water, try and convict them for eco-crimes against humanity, divide their assets and be done with it. --LRP]

7 killed, 45 injured in 24 hours in Iraq

7 killed, 45 injured in 24 hours in Iraq 08 Jun 2010 Within the space of a day, violence has claimed the lives of seven people across Iraq and left 45 others injured. A bomb attack against the house of a policeman in Ramadi, the capital of the western province of Anbar, killed a young female, injured 10 others, and destroyed three residences on Monday, AFP reported. Eighteen others were injured when four other houses belonging to law enforcement agents were attacked in the city of Fallujah, which is also in Anbar province.

Banned GM maize sown in Germany

Banned GM maize sown in Germany 07 Jun 2010 A genetically modified (GM) variety of maize banned in the EU has been sown accidentally across Germany. The NK603 variety has been planted in seven states. The seed supplier, US firm Pioneer Hi-Bred, called the level of contamination "minute". It is not clear how the mistake occurred, but it could cost farmers millions of euros, as crops will now have to be destroyed.

Vowing not to be 'chumps,' commission subpoenas Goldman's records

Vowing not to be 'chumps,' commission subpoenas Goldman's records 07 Jun 2010 Leaders of a government commission accused Goldman Sachs Monday of "stonewalling" their inquiry into causes of the financial crisis and said the panel has issued a subpoena to compel the Wall Street giant to produce documents and access to key executives. In a conference call with reporters, Democratic Chairman Phil Angelides and Republican Vice Chair Bill Thomas of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission rebuked Goldman for what they described as "abysmal" behavior unmistakably aimed at stalling the panel for months. "In our view, this has been a very deliberate effort over time to run out the clock," Angelides said, referring to the commission's mandate to complete its sweeping examination and submit a report to Congress by December. "We're not going to let the American people be played for chumps here."

Garland County Election Controversy: Voters Turned Away

Garland County Election Controversy: Voters Turned Away 05 Jun 2010 Dozens of voters seeking to vote early were turned away at the Garland County Election Commission on Saturday... due to an Arkansas voting law. We spoke to Bill Halter by phone. Halter fared well in Garland County during the May primary elections. He says his major concern is that during the primaries, 36 polling locations were open in Garland County... now that's been reduced to 2 in order to save money. [See also: Garland County: Make No Mistake, They're Stealing The Election For Blanche Lincoln By ARDem 06 Jun 2010.]

Nato loses 10 troops in deadly Afghanistan day

Nato loses 10 troops in deadly Afghanistan day 07 Jun 2010 Ten Nato soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in the deadliest day in months for the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf). In the worst of several attacks, five US soldiers died in an improvised bomb blast in east Afghanistan, the US said. Five other Nato troops were killed in a spate of attacks across the country's restive South and East, where Isaf is battling the Taliban.

Egypt says siege 'failure,' opens Rafah indefinitely

Egypt says siege 'failure,' opens Rafah indefinitely 07 Jun 2010 An Egyptian security official declared the blockade on Gaza a failure and announced its borders indefinitely open, the Associated Press reported on Monday, as Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad said he would "stand by every decision" Turkey made to lift the siege. Egypt opened its crossing with Gaza shortly after a deadly Israeli attack on an aid fleet en route to the coastal enclave, which left at least nine activists dead.

Rangel slams Obama for being like Dick Cheney - fighting in Iraq only for oil

Charles Rangel slams President Obama for being like Dick Cheney - fighting in Iraq only for oil 06 Jun 2010 Rep. Charles Rangel compared President Obama to former Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney Saturday for their shared commitment to the Iraq War, one the Harlem Democrat argues is based on the country's hunger for oil. "I challenge anyone to tell me we aren't there because of the oil," said Rangel, who kicks off his re-election campaign for a 21st congressional term in Washington Heights Sunday. "The lack of an honest explanation [for the war] is consistent with Bush and Cheney," he told the Daily News during an hour-long interview... A Korean War hero, Rangel criticized the Obama White House for staying in Bush-triggered wars, saying, "We are trying to buy our friends there ... stuff like that makes Cheney look good."

Helen Thomas retires after Israel remark flap

Helen Thomas retires after Israel remark flap 07 Jun 2010 Longtime Washington journalist Helen Thomas abruptly retired Monday as a columnist for Hearst News Service following remarks she made about Israel that were denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues. The 89-year-old Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, has long been a fixture in Washington and has been lauded as a pioneering journalist who has covered presidents since 1960.

US intelligence analyst arrested over security leaks

US intelligence analyst arrested over security leaks 07 Jun 2010 A US military analyst, Bradley Manning, has been arrested on suspicion of leaking classified combat video and documents to a whistle-blower website. Specialist (Spc) Manning, 22, was detained during a tour of duty in Iraq. He is being held in Kuwait pending further investigations. The WikiLeaks website posted a video which it says shows the US military shooting civilians in Baghdad in 2007 [a war crime].

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