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Official Said He Told Christie of Lane Closings, Bridge Scandal Report Says

March 27, 2014 by legitgov

Official Said He Told Christie of Lane Closings, Bridge Scandal Report Says 28 Mar 2014 The Port Authority official who oversaw the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge said he informed Gov. Chris Christie about it at a Sept. 11 memorial while the closings were occurring, according to the findings of an internal investigation released by lawyers for the governor on Thursday. The official, David Wildstein, told Mr. Christie's press secretary, Michael Drewniak, of the Sept. 11 conversation at a dinner in December just before his resignation from the Port Authority, according to the report. The report said that Mr. Christie did not recall any such conversation, and it found no evidence that he was involved in the scheme, which snarled traffic for thousands of commuters in Fort Lee, N.J., from Sept. 9 through the morning of Sept. 12.

TEPCO under-calculated radiation exposure for 142 Fukushima workers

March 27, 2014 by legitgov

TEPCO under-calculated radiation exposure for 142 Fukushima workers 27 Mar 2014 Tokyo Electric Power Co. underestimated internal radiation exposure of 142 workers involved in immediate emergency operations at the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011, according to Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. After reexamining exposure records provided by TEPCO, the Ministry said Tuesday it had increased the 142 workers' radiation data by an average of 5.86 millisieverts, The Asahi Shimbun reported. The Ministry said one male employee was exposed to 180 millisieverts. He was initially reported to have been exposed to around 90 millisieverts.

Research into muttonbird exposure to Fukushima radiation

March 27, 2014 by legitgov

Research into muttonbird exposure to Fukushima radiation 27 Mar 2014 Scientists from the University of Auckland will undertake research to test whether New Zealand muttonbirds that spend the winter off the coast of Japan may have been exposed to radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. The new research is being funded by the Lottery Health Research fund with $26,028 for a pilot study to investigate whether radioactive cesium has entered the New Zealand ecosystem or food chain via the birds. Researchers will test the birds' feathers for gamma rays that indicate the presence of the radioactive isotope cesium-134.

Obama defends U.S. invasion of Iraq while criticizing Russia

March 27, 2014 by legitgov

Obama defends U.S. invasion of Iraq while criticizing Russia 26 Mar 2014 President Barack Obama defended the American invasion of Iraq Wednesday in a high-profile speech to address the Russian takeover of Crimea. Russian officials, Obama noted, have pointed to the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq as an example of "Western hypocrisy." Obama struggled, however, in his attempt to defend the legality of the invasion. The war was unsanctioned by the United Nations, and many experts assert it violated any standard reading of international law. The war was unsanctioned by the United Nations, and many experts assert it violated any standard reading of international law. "We did not grab its [Iraq's] resources for our own gain," Obama argued. In fact, the U.S. forced Iraq to privatize its oil industry, which had previously been under the control of the state, and further required that it accept foreign ownership of the industry.

Brussels Police: Suspect Package 'Harmless'

March 27, 2014 by legitgov

Brussels Police: Suspect Package 'Harmless' 26 Mar 2014 Brussels police have said a suspicious package, found on a bus hours after President Obama arrived in the city, is harmless. A police spokesman said a security perimeter set up around the bus is to be lifted. Bomb squad officials were called to the bus in the north of the city, roughly two miles from the headquarters of Nato, earlier on Wednesday to investigate the package.

Young banker's suicide becomes twelfth in financial world this year

March 27, 2014 by legitgov

Young banker's suicide becomes twelfth in financial world this year 19 Mar 2014 A New York City investment banker is dead after allegedly jumping from his apartment building, continuing an alarming streak of 'suicides' that has descended upon the financial world. The latest death occurred on March 12, when 28-year-old Kenneth Bellando was found on the sidewalk outside his six-story Manhattan apartment building. Before moving into his last position, the New York Post reported Bellando worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan Chase. Kenneth Bellando’s death marks the 12th time this year that an employee in the financial world has 'taken his or her own life' around the globe.

Connecticut Becomes First State to Pass $10.10 Minimum Wage Bill

March 27, 2014 by legitgov

Connecticut Becomes First State to Pass $10.10 Minimum Wage Bill 26 Mar 2014 Connecticut state lawmakers have become the first in the country to pass legislation increasing the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, the same rate President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy applauded the move, saying he'll sign it Thursday in New Britain, where Obama appeared to press for a $10.10 national wage. In back-to-back votes Wednesday, the bill passed the House of Representatives, 87-54; and the Senate, 21-14.

Jury convicts bin Laden son-in-law on terrorism charges

March 27, 2014 by legitgov

Jury convicts bin Laden son-in-law on terrorism charges 26 Mar 2014 Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was found guilty of terrorism-related charges on Wednesday following a three-week trial that offered unusually vivid details of the former al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] leader's actions in the days after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Abu Ghaith, 48, a Kuwait-born Muslim cleric, faces life in prison after a federal court jury in New York convicted him of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists, and providing such support. Jurors took just over one day to reach a verdict in a courtroom that is blocks from the site of the World Trade Center destroyed in the hijacked plane attacks by the explosives in the buildings nearly 13 years ago. [Why did Building 7 fall, too?]

Portion of Hanford Nuclear Waste Site Evacuated After Employees Are Sickened From 'Unknown Fumes'

March 26, 2014 by legitgov

Portion of Hanford Nuclear Waste Site Evacuated After Employees Are Sickened From Unknown Fumes --Nearly a dozen Hanford employees sick from unknown fumes 26 Mar 2014 Hanford sources tell the KING 5 Investigators that at least 11 people have gotten sick in the last six days after breathing in toxic fumes while working near underground tanks holding hazardous nuclear waste. At this point, employees do not know the source or sources of the vapors. The first two workers to fall ill in the last week breathed in fumes that "tasted like copper" on Wednesday, March 19. The men work for the government contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) which is in charge of all 177 underground tanks at the nuclear site.

Ukrainian leadership to hire US mercenaries to suppress eastern regions - source

March 26, 2014 by legitgov

Wonder where a *billion* US tax dollars for Ukraine is going? Yup, it's one big Blackwater circle jerk. Ukrainian leadership to hire US mercenaries to suppress eastern regions - source 25 Mar 2014 A private military company will be in charge of suppressing protest movements in Eastern Ukraine, said a source in the country's Security Service. According to him, the name of the company is Greystone Limited. According to a source cited by ITAR-TASS, Ukrainian authorities believe that the Security Service is not able to suppress the protest mood and neutralize the leaders and activists of the pro-Russian movement in the eastern regions. According to publicly available information Greystone Limited is a structural part of Blackwater, that was later renamed into Academi. According to military experts, the company is associated with the CIA and the US Defense Department.

Ukrainian court bans Russian TV broadcast

March 26, 2014 by legitgov

Ukrainian court bans Russian TV broadcast 26 Mar 2014 The majority of Ukrainian providers have stopped broadcasting four main Russian TV channels in a move the Russian Foreign Ministry calls a violation of international obligations and an attack on media freedom. "It certainly can be considered only in terms of the an attack on democratic freedoms, and a violation of international obligations by Ukraine," the ministry's commissioner on human rights Konstantin Dolgov told RIA Novosti. Dolgov says that Kiev's court decision to ban Russian TV content violates "every right to watch television and have access to media in Russian."

3 Secret Service agents from Counter Assault Team removed before Obama trip

March 26, 2014 by legitgov

3 Secret Service agents from Counter Assault Team removed before Obama trip --All three agents were on the Counter Assault Team, which defends the president if he comes under attack. --'Team leader' agent removed 26 Mar 2014 The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday. The three agents were benched for "disciplinary reasons," said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, declining to elaborate. The agents sent home from Amsterdam were placed on administrative leave, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the disciplinary action.

FBI takes weeks to list terror suspects

March 26, 2014 by legitgov

FBI takes weeks to list terror suspects 25 Mar 2014 The FBI takes about 44 days to place on its terrorist watch list suspects referred to it by other agencies and averages about 78 days to remove cleared former suspects from the list, according to an audit of bureau practices. In addition, the FBI takes up to 17 business days to include its own suspects on the watch list and sometimes misses them entirely if they are not the subjects of ongoing FBI counterterrorism investigations, the audit says.

Secret Service agents in Obama's detail sent home from Netherlands after 'night of drinking'

March 26, 2014 by legitgov

Secret Service agents in Obama's detail sent home from Netherlands after 'night of drinking' --One agent 'drunk, passed out in hotel hallway' 25 Mar 2014 Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident. One of them was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway, the people said. The hotel staff alerted the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands after finding the unconscious agent Sunday morning, a day before Obama arrived in the country, according to two of the people. The embassy then alerted Secret Service managers on the presidential trip, which included Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.

Michigan's same-sex marriage ban to stay in place for now, court says

March 26, 2014 by legitgov

Michigan's same-sex marriage ban to stay in place for now, court says 25 Mar 2014 Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage will remain in place while the state fights a federal judge's ruling that declared the ban unconstitutional, an appeals court decided Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling on a vote of 2 to 1. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said Sunday that the state would not recognize the gay marriages for now.

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Search for missing plane resumes

March 26, 2014 by legitgov

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Search for missing plane resumes 25 Mar 2014 The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has resumed after weather conditions in the southern Indian Ocean improved. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) says 12 aircraft are taking part in Wednesday's operations. Some relatives of the passengers are refusing to accept their deaths, saying no wreckage has been found.

BP Whiting refinery cleans up oil spill in Lake Michigan

March 26, 2014 by legitgov

BP Whiting refinery cleans up oil spill in Lake Michigan 25 Mar 2014 Staff of the BP Whiting refinery, assisted by state and federal officials, are cleaning up several barrels of crude oil which were discharged into Lake Michigan on Monday afternoon, the Post-Tribune is reporting. BP spokesman Scott Dean said officials noticed a sheen on the water outside the treatment plant around 4:30 p.m. Monday. BP officials discovered that a processing error caused a slug of crude to get into the cooling water system and go through the treatment plant, and it was eventually discharged into the lake.

China casts doubt on fate of Flight MH370

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

China casts doubt on fate of Flight MH370 25 Mar 2014 A Senior Chinese official has demanded Malaysia to turn over satellite data it used to conclude that a missing airliner has crashed in the Indian Ocean. Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng told Malaysia's ambassador to Beijing that China wanted to know exactly what led the Kuala Lumpur government to announce that the plane has plunged in the ocean. Relatives of the Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysian jet have staged a protest in Beijing, accusing Kuala Lumpur of attempting to hide the truth about the fate of their family members.

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Relatives in Beijing scuffles

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Relatives in Beijing scuffles 25 Mar 2014 Angry relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have clashed with police outside Malaysia's embassy in the Chinese capital, Beijing...In Beijing, relatives of the passengers released a statement accusing the Malaysian government of trying to "delay, distort and hide the truth". Dozens then left their Beijing hotel on a protest bound for the Malaysian embassy. Police stopped their buses from leaving, so they got off and walked to the diplomatic mission. Scuffles broke out as protesters threw water bottles and tried to storm the building, demanding to meet the ambassador.

U.S. top court signals support for corporate religious claims

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. top court signals support for corporate religious claims 25 Mar 2014 The U.S. Supreme Court signaled on Tuesday it may allow corporations to mount religious objections to government action, possibly paving the way for companies to avoid covering employees' birth control as required under Obamacare. During a 90-minute oral argument, 30 minutes more than usual, a majority of the nine justices appeared ready to rule that certain for-profit entities have the same religious rights to object as individuals do. A ruling along those lines would likely only apply to closely held companies. [Odd, hypocritical sacks of corpora-terrorist sh*t Hobby Lobby didn't/don't raise 'moral objections' to using slave labor from China.]

Washington state mudslide death toll climbs to 14 with up to 176 missing

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

Washington state mudslide death toll climbs to 14 with up to 176 missing 24 Mar 2014 The death toll from a devastating weekend mudslide in Washington state climbed to 14 people on Monday as six more bodies were found, while the number reported missing continued to swell two days after the tragedy, authorities said. As many as 176 people were reported missing in the massive landslide, and local emergency management officials expressed doubt anyone else would be plucked alive from the muck that engulfed dozens of homes when a rain-soaked hillside near Oso, Washington, collapsed on Saturday morning.

Two Dead in Shooting at U.S. Navy Base

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

Two Dead in Shooting at U.S. Navy Base 25 Mar 2014 Two people were killed in a shooting at Virginia's Naval Station Norfolk on Monday night, officials said. The world's largest naval base was briefly put on lockdown while U.S. Navy security forces responded to the incident, according to a statement on a Fbook page affiliated with the facility. The incident happened at about 11:20 p.m. ET at Pier 1 and no other injuries were reported, the statement said.

U.S., six other Western nations vote to kick Russia out of G8

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

U.S., six other Western nations vote to kick Russia out of G8 24 Mar 2014 The United States and six other Western nations voted Monday to kick Russia out of the G8 in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, a White House statement said. President Barack Obama and other world leaders will discuss ending Russia's role in the group of leading industrialized nations, a senior White House official said Monday. The move to suspend Russia's membership in the G8 would be the latest direct response from major countries allied against its annexation reunification of Crimea.

MH370 Protests As Airline Chief Defends Search

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

MH370 Protests As Airline Chief Defends Search --Scuffles broke out as uniformed security personnel attempted to block relatives from reaching reporters 25 Mar 2014 Malaysia Airlines' chief executive has said he will decide later whether to resign, as Chinese relatives of passengers held angry protests in Beijing. At a news conference at Kuala Lumpur airport, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya was asked whether he would stand down over the airline's handling of the disappearance of MH370... But the news conference came as dozens of angry relatives of Chinese passengers clashed with police at Malaysia's embassy in Beijing. They were shouting slogans including "the Malaysian government are murderers" and "return our relatives". Scuffles broke out as uniformed security personnel attempted to block some of the relatives from reaching reporters, who were being kept in a designated area.

Liars, tell us the truth!' Hundreds march on Malaysian embassy in massive protest over MH370 disaster

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

'Liars, tell us the truth!' Hundreds march on Malaysian embassy in Beijing in massive protest over MH370 disaster 25 Mar 2014 Hundreds of angry protesters, many of them family members of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 passengers, marched on the Malaysian embassy in Beijing against what call cover-up and mishandling of the disaster by Malaysian authorities on Tuesday. Beijing authorities had to call in reinforcement of paramilitary soldiers and plainclothes security agents to guard the Malaysian embassy as protesters, some arriving by bus and others on foot, breached police lines set up several streets away. Earlier on Tuesday morning, several hundred family members of the doomed flight's passengers had stormed out of the hotel they were staying at and travelled to the Malaysian embassy in downtown Beijing by bus.

Native Alaskans Still Reeling 25 Years After Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

Native Alaskans Still Reeling 25 Years After Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill 24 Mar 2014 Twenty-five years ago today, an Exxon tanker carrying 53 million gallons of oil through a channel in Alaska’s Prince William Sound struck a reef and spilled about 11 million gallons of crude oil into the environment. The oil spill killed thousands of animals in the pristine environment, devastated the salmon and herring fisheries and profoundly affected the way of life for native Alaskans in the area.

Houston Oil Clean-Up on 25th Anniversary of Exxon Valdez Spill

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

Houston Oil Clean-Up on 25th Anniversary of Exxon Valdez Spill 24 Mar 2014 On this 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the busy Houston Ship Channel was partially closed because of the weekend spill of nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like crude. The Coast Guard says barge carrying about 900,000 gallons collided with a ship, spilling about a fifth of its liquid cargo. The channel is one of the world’s busiest waterways for moving petrochemicals. As many as 60 vessels are backed up, either trying to get in or out. Shipping is being allowed to move today on a case-by-by-case basis. Oil was spotted 12 miles off shore in an area that is major habitat for tens of thousands of wintering shorebirds. Environmental groups say the spill occurred at a sensitive time of year.

Malaysia Airlines crash: Suicide mission theory of MH370 investigators

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

Malaysia Airlines crash: Suicide mission theory of MH370 investigators 24 Mar 2014 Flight MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean in an apparent suicide mission, well-placed sources revealed have revealed, as Malaysia's prime minister announced that everyone on the missing aircraft had died. The team investigating the Boeing 777's disappearance believe no malfunction or fire was capable of causing the aircraft's unusual flight or the disabling of its communications system before it veered wildly off course on a seven-hour silent flight into the sea. An official source told The Telegraph that investigators believe "this has been a deliberate act by someone on board who had to have had the detailed knowledge to do what was done...Nothing is emerging that points to motive."

MAS flight MH066 diverted to Hong Kong due to inoperative generator

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

MAS flight MH066 diverted to Hong Kong due to inoperative generator 24 Mar 2014 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) confirmed that its Flight MH066 from Kuala Lumpur to Incheon, Seoul on Sunday was diverted to Hong Kong due to an inoperative aircraft generator. MAS media relations manager Kharunnisak Dzun Nurin said in a statement on Monday that the Airbus A330-300 aircraft landed in Hong Kong "uneventfully". Electrical power continued to be supplied by the auxiliary power unit, she said.

Obama to Call for N.S.A.'s Bulk Data Retention to Shift to Phone Companies

March 25, 2014 by legitgov

Obama to Call for N.S.A.'s Data Retention to Shift to Phone Companies 25 Mar 2014 The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching 'overhaul' of the National Security Agency's once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that -- if approved by Congress -- would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, according to senior administration officials. Under the proposal, they said, N.S.A. would end its systematic collection of data about Americans' calling habits. The records would stay in the hands of phone companies, which would not be required to retain the data for any longer than they normally would. And the N.S.A. could obtain specific records only with permission from a judge, using a new kind of court order.

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