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Military's health care costs booming

Military's health care costs booming 23 Apr 2010 Military health care spending is rising twice as fast as the nation's overall health care costs, consuming a larger chunk of the defense budget as the Pentagon struggles to pay for two wars, military budget figures show. The surging costs are prompting the Pentagon and Congress to consider the first hike in out-of-pocket fees for military retirees and some active-duty families in 15 years, said Rear Adm.

Man pleads guilty in N.Y. terror plot

Man pleads guilty in N.Y. terror plot 23 Apr 2010 An accused co-conspirator of Najibullah Zazi, the airport shuttle bus driver who plotted to detonate explosives in New York's subway system, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon in a Brooklyn federal court. Zarein Ahmedzay, 24, admitted to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and providing material support to al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh].

Former NSA official pleads not guilty in media-leaks case

Former NSA official pleads not guilty in media-leaks case 23 Apr 2010 A former U.S. intelligence official accused of leaking secrets to the media pleaded not guilty Friday during his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Lawyers for Thomas A. Drake, 53, a former official with the National Security Agency, requested that he be tried by a jury. U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett scheduled an October trial.

Greece asks for EU-IMF bailout

Greece asks for EU-IMF bailout 23 Apr 2010 Hobbled by exorbitant borrowing costs, Greece triggered an emergency aid plan Friday to draw cash from the IMF and countries that use the euro — the first test of whether the EU is prepared to bail out one of its members...

Oil pollution fears after blazing rig sinks

Oil pollution fears after blazing rig sinks 23 Apr 2010 A crew member from an oil platform that sank off the Louisiana coast last night reported an initial explosion three hours before the rig went up in flames in a second, larger explosion, the Coast Guard said... The sinking of the rig could unleash more than 300,000 gallons (1,135,600 liters) of crude a day into the water.

Arizona immigration bill: Obama says it's 'misguided'

Arizona immigration bill: Obama says it's 'misguided' 23 Apr 2010 President Barack Obama says the government must enact immigration reform at the national level - or leave the door open to "irresponsibility by others." Obama says a failure to act will lead to more of what he called "misguided" efforts like an immigration bill in Arizona.

SEC Staffers Watched Porn As Economy Crashed

SEC Staffers Watched Porn As Economy Crashed 22 Apr 2010 Senior staffers at the Securities and Exchange Commission spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were being paid to police the financial system, an agency watchdog says. The SEC's inspector general conducted 33 investigations of employees looking at explicit images in the past five years, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.

U.S. Faces Choice on New Weapons for Fast Strikes

NATO raid kills 5 Afghan civilians

NATO raid kills 5 Afghan civilians 23 Apr 2010 The US-led forces in Afghanistan have killed at least five civilians and injured several others in the war-torn country's eastern province of Logar. The fatal incident happened during a pre-dawn raid on Friday against Afghan homes. Two NATO forces were also killed in the attack.

Bomb blasts kill 70 in Baghdad

Bomb blasts kill 70 in Baghdad 23 Apr 2010 Bomb blasts across the Iraqi capital kill at least 70 people in one of the deadliest string of attacks which took its toll on Shia mosques among other places. The explosions, which ripped through Baghdad on Friday, also injured more than 180 people according to Iraq's Interior Ministry, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Obama reassures Wall Street on bank regulation bill

Obama reassures Wall Street on bank regulation bill By Barry Grey 23 April 2010 President Barack Obama went to lower Manhattan Thursday to deliver a message to Wall Street: Your profits and bonuses will not be disturbed by the regulatory overhaul making its way through Congress. In a deferential speech pitched to top bankers in the Cooper Union audience, Obama urged what he called the “titans of industry” to call off their lobbyists and “join us” in passing his so-called reform.

Federal judge in NC allows former Blackwater president, 4 others to remain free pending trial

Federal judge in NC allows former Blackwater president, 4 others to remain free pending trial 21 Apr 2010 The former president of Blackwater Worldwide and four of his past colleagues at the North Carolina security firm can remain free as they await trial on federal weapons charges, a judge ruled Wednesday. U.S.

Potentially deadly fungus spreading in US, Canada

Potentially deadly fungus spreading in US, Canada --Fungus is unique genetic strain 22 Apr 2010 A potentially deadly strain of fungus is spreading among animals and people in the northwestern United States and the Canadian province of British Columbia, researchers reported on Thursday.

FDNY teams with Marines to stage mock suicide bomb, poison gas attacks

FDNY teams with Marines to stage mock suicide bomb, poison gas attacks 22 Apr 2010 The New York City fire department teamed  with Marines Thursday morning to respond to simultaneous mock suicide bomber and poison gas attacks. An FDNY team raced around the mangled shell of an MTA bus, herding wounded "victims" to a triage area as real fire burned in the street...

Arizona border plan: Add National Guard, have Feds pay for it

Arizona border plan: Add National Guard, have Feds pay for it 22 Apr 2010 Gov. Jan Brewer (R) pledged $10 million in federal stimulus funds to beef up local law enforcement efforts along the Arizona-Mexico border, and called on President Obama to pay for deployment of 250 National Guardsmen to the area to combat illegal immigration.

Former Bush Official Charged With Contempt of Congress In Geeks On Call Case

Search Ends for Missing Oil Workers

Search Ends for Missing Oil Workers 23 Apr 2010 The Coast Guard called off its search Friday for 11 oil rig workers who had been missing since an explosion on the rig Tuesday night in the Gulf of Mexico. "We have just made a very difficult decision," said Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry, the commander of the Coast Guard’s Eighth District. "After a three-day search covering 5,300 miles, we have reached a point where reasonable expectations of survival has passed."

Pakistan allows US to question Taliban leader Baradar

Pakistan allows US to question Taliban leader Baradar 22 Apr 2010 Pakistan's main intelligence agency has eased restrictions for US investigators to interrogate a top Afghan Taliban commander, officials have told the BBC. Security sources say the Americans began getting "limited access" to Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar last month.

US had 'specific concerns' in issuing terror warning

US had 'specific concerns' in issuing terror warning 22 Apr 2010 Describing terrorism as a "shared challenge" for India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States, Washington says it had some "specific concerns" in warning Americans about possible terror attacks in well-known markets in New Delhi.

US renews Syria threats over Scuds

US renews Syria threats over Scuds 22 Apr 2010 The United States has repeated its warning to Syria over an alleged transfer of ballistic missiles to Lebanon's Hezbollah, boasting all options are on the table. Speaking to a congressional committee on Wednesday, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said that Washington has alarmed Damascus officials several times since late February against sending arms to the Lebanese resistance movement.

Pakistan holding thousands in indefinite detention, officials say

Pakistan holding thousands in indefinite detention, officials say 22 Apr 2010 The Pakistani military is holding thousands of suspected militants in indefinite detention, arguing that the nation's dysfunctional civilian justice system cannot be trusted to prevent them from walking free, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.

Recycled al-Qaeda: Ayyub al-Masri 'killed' on Sunday, captured in 2008

'Killed,' arrested, devalued, re-arrested, 're-killed' Recycled al-Qaeda: Ayyub al-Masri 'killed' on Sunday, captured in 2008 By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 19 April 2010 Head of al-Qaeda in Iraq 'killed in raid' 19 Apr 2010 The US said

Let U.S. pay cost of Flight 253 terror trial security, Miller asks

Let U.S. pay cost of Flight 253 terror trial security, Miller asks 21 Apr 2010 A Michigan congresswoman wants the U.S. Department of of Homeland Security to provide federal funds to defray any state and local costs arising from the trial of a man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound flight on Dec. 25. U.S. Rep.

'Toxic stew' of chemicals causing male fish to carry eggs in testes

'Toxic stew' of chemicals causing male fish to carry eggs in testes 21 Apr 2010 More than 80% of the male bass fish in Washington's major river are now exhibiting female traits such as egg production because of a "toxic stew" of pollutants, scientists and campaigners reported yesterday.

Lawyer: Stuck Throttle Found in Car of Imprisoned Toyota Driver

 Lawyer: Stuck Throttle Found in Car of Imprisoned Toyota Driver 21 Apr 2010 The lawyer for a Toyota owner serving an eight-year prison sentence for vehicular homicide says a new inspection of his car found a possible fault in the car's cruise control that may have jammed the throttle into an open position.

Feds launch inquiry into GOP credit-card expenses

Feds launch inquiry into GOP credit-card expenses --Federal authorities have begun a probe into Republican Party politicians and officials related to charges totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars on party-issued American Express cards.

White supremacists arrested in raids after booby trap attacks on California police

White supremacists arrested in raids after booby trap attacks on California police 21 Apr 2010 The Southern California homes of dozens of white supremacists were raided Tuesday as part of a probe into a string of potentially deadly booby trap attacks targeting police officers, authorities said.

U.S. doctors, minorities still wary of shots: official

U.S. doctors, minorities still wary of shots: official 19 Apr 2010 Doctors and minorities still have a dangerous wise mistrust of vaccines that became painfully clear during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Monday. But she said the United States had "unprecedented" levels of flu vaccination for the past season and pointed to nearly $500 million in government funding to improve decades-old influenza vaccine technology.

Obama suggests value-added tax may be an option

Obama suggests value-added tax may be an option 21 Apr 2010 President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that a new value-added tax on Americans is still on the table, seeming to show more openness to the idea than his aides have expressed in recent days.

AWOL soldier loses sentence appeal

AWOL soldier loses sentence appeal 21 April 2010 A soldier who went absent without leave as he was about to be deployed to Afghanistan lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his nine-month sentence today.

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