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Minot AFB crews to train with Canadian soldiers

Minot AFB crews to train with Canadian soldiers 27 Apr 2010 Personnel from Minot Air Force Base and Canadian Forces Base Shilo at Brandon, Manitoba, are taking part in a training exercise in the Minot area. The training is planned for Tuesday and Wednesday. Twenty-seven members of Minot Air Force Base's 5th Bomb Wing and six members of the Canadian base are to take part.

Wildlife Group Sends Perry a Whistle

Wildlife Group Sends Perry a Whistle 28 Apr 2010 Texas Governor [sociopath] Rick Perry is getting some heat from wildlife enthusiasts over his decision to take down a coyote with his laser-sighted pistol near Austin. Perry told The Associated Press this week that a coyote came out of the brush toward his daughter's Labrador retriever puppy on a February jog, he charged it and shot it with his .380 Ruger pistol. WildEarth Guardians said Wednesday it sent the governor a plastic whistle and offered to pay for a class in assertiveness training. WildEarth Guardians also reported they sent the governor a copy of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song, "True Men Don't Kill coyotes."

Texas gov. shoots, kills 'wily' coyote during jog

Texas gov. shoots, kills 'wily' coyote during jog 27 Apr 2010 Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy [?!?] during a February run near Austin.

Texas Rep Wants to Import AZ Immigration Law

Texas Rep Wants to Import AZ Immigration Law 28 Apr 2010 A Republican Texas lawmaker plans to introduce a tough immigration measure similar to the new law in Arizona, a move state Democrats say would be a mistake. Rep. Debbie Riddle of Tomball said she will push for the law in the January legislative session, according to Wednesday's editions of the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle. Riddle introduced a similar measure in 2009 that didn't get out of committee.

Puerto Rican students occupy four universities

Puerto Rican students occupy four universities By Alphonso Santana and Rafael Azul 28 Apr 2010 Students have occupied Puerto Rico's largest university, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, in a suburb of San Juan. The protest is against Certification 98, a government decree, which cuts $100 million from the university budget and eliminates tuition waivers for some students. The student strikers are also demanding no increases in tuition or privatization of services. The cuts are part of the draconian austerity policies imposed by Governor Luis Fortuño on behalf of Wall Street, which included the sacking of 30,000 public sector workers in 2009.

Gates 'satisfied with anti-Iran planning'

Gates 'satisfied with anti-Iran planning' 28 Apr 2010 Amid a US-led push to impose "tough" sanctions against Iran's nuclear program, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates expresses satisfaction with the Pentagon's anti-Iran planning. Speaking in a press conference with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Washington on Tuesday, Gates said he was pleased with Pentagon's devising plans to counter what he described as a nuclear threat posed by Iran. "I'm very satisfied with the planning process both within this building and in the inter-agency," the US official said.

Two explosions kill 3, wound 40 in Kandahar, S. Afghanistan

Two explosions kill 3, wound 40 in Kandahar, S. Afghanistan 28 Apr 2010 Two explosions occurred nearby the airport of Kandahar city, capital of Kandahar province in south Afghanistan, killing 3 persons and injuring 40 others on Tuesday, an eye witness Wasil Khan said. "Two explosions in a span of few minutes hit a private security company named Hamayon outside Kandahar city and near to Kandahar airport killing three guards of the company and wounding 40 others," Khan told Xinhua.

Hidden toll of US wars: 18 veterans commit suicide daily

Hidden toll of US wars: 18 veterans commit suicide daily By Bill Van Auken 28 Apr 2010 An average of 18 US military veterans are taking their lives every day as the Obama administration and the Pentagon grow increasingly defensive about the epidemic of suicides driven by Washington’s wars of aggression. The stunning figure was reported last week by the Army Times, citing officials in the US Veterans Affairs Department. [Suicides you can believe in. --MDR]

Associates: Crist will run as indy

Associates: Crist will run as indy 28 Apr 2010 Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has told two close associates that he will leave the Republican primary to run as a third-party candidate for the U.S. Senate, POLITICO has learned. Crist is expected to make the announcement Thursday evening at a park in St. Petersburg, his hometown, surrounded by family supporters from both parties.

Blackwater trained Canadian troops

Blackwater trained Canadian troops --Defence spent more than $6-million at controversial U.S. security firm 27 Apr 2010 The National Defence Department has spent more than $6-million having its troops trained by the controversial Blackwater security company, whose own employees have been accused of needlessly killing civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, documents show. The department sent a succession of personnel to Blackwater’s Moyock, N.C., training compound from 2005 to as recently as April2009, some of them learning tactics for working in dangerous settings, records obtained through access-to-information legislation indicate. The work continued even after the U.S. State Department cancelled its pricey security contract with the company in Iraq amid mounting criticism of Blackwater’s actions.

Oil Slick Could Become Worst In US History

Oil Slick Could Become Worst In US History 28 Apr 2010 American coastguards say the spill from the site of an oil rig collapse could become one of the worst in US history. The slick covers an area 48 miles long and 39 miles wide, close to the Mississippi Delta. The huge slick is now threatening the coast of Louisiana.

Ex-Brooklyn College Student Admits Conspiring to Help Al Qaeda

'He acknowledged that he knew that a man staying with him was planning to deliver ponchos, sleeping bags and waterproof socks to Al Qaeda.' Ex-Brooklyn College Student Admits Conspiring to Help Al Qaeda 27 Apr 2010 In a widely watched terrorism case, a former Brooklyn College student admitted in court on Tuesday that he had conspired to provide Al Qaeda with what prosecutors described as military gear. The former student, Syed Hashmi, 30, was to go on trial on Wednesday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, three years after he was extradited from Britain and accused by prosecutors of conspiring with others to provide Al Qaeda with military gear [socks] that was to be used against American forces in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: U.N. Pulls Workers

Afghanistan: U.N. Pulls Workers 27 Apr 2010 The United Nations withdrew most of its local staff members from Kandahar on Tuesday and instructed its local Afghan employees there to stay home in the coming days because of what it called the "deteriorating" security situation in the southern city, a spokeswoman said.

BBC Film Crew Accused of Animal Cruelty

'It was disgraceful - crash TV at its worst.' BBC Film Crew Accused of Animal Cruelty 27 Apr 2010 A film crew for The One Show was sent to cover the story of the bird which has become well known for attacking rowers passing his nest on the River Cam in Cambridge. Witnesses claim the crew hired a canoe to goad the swan when he failed to react on Friday. They say two men dirt-bags in the craft ended up chasing him 200 yards along the river before returning to within yards of the nest to force his mate to defend her eggs.

Oil Giant Shell Pumps Out £3.2bn Profit

Oil Giant Shell Pumps Out £3.2bn Profit 28 Apr 2010 Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell has announced profits of £3.2bn for the first quarter of 2010 - up more than 48% year on year. Shell said current cost of supply net income was £3.2bn ($4.90bn) in the quarter, up from £2.2bn ($3.30bn) in the same period last year.

29 Arrested at Anti-Police-Brutality Demonstration in Olympia

29 Arrested at Anti-Police-Brutality Demonstration in Olympia By Ringo 17 Apr 2010 (WA) Twenty-nine individuals were arrested at a demonstration against recent unjustified West Coast killings by police. Two were (falsely) charged with assault of an officer. The cops surrounded the group, beat, and pepper-balled them into a parking lot despite a quick and full compliance of orders given. No order to disperse was given and the protesters were held overnight and told they would all be charged with riot. Police also confiscated two cameras and are refusing to release them. Donations are urgently needed (over 10K) for legal advice and to help folks get a fair trial. Click the link to help.

'Torture' at secret Iraq jail in Baghdad

'In 2006, the UN's special rapporteur on torture said the situation was 'out of control' and might be worse than under Saddam Hussein.' 'Torture' at secret Iraq jail in Baghdad --Allegations of torture have regularly emerged since the US-led invasion 28 Apr 2010 Routine torture, including electric shocks and sexual abuse, was inflicted on detainees held in a secret prison in Baghdad, Human Rights Watch says. The group's findings are based on interviews with more than 40 people, including a British man who said Iraqi army interrogators were responsible... One of the prisoners, a 68-year-old man with dual British and Iraqi citizenship, said he had been harshly beaten, sodomised and had electric current passed through his genitals. [Saddam Hussein: Clearly the better deal, six ways to Sunday.]

Omar Khadr pushes to have statements, video thrown out as product of torture

Omar Khadr pushes to have statements, video thrown out as product of torture 25 Apr 2010 Omar Khadr's lawyers will press to have prosecution evidence thrown out as the latest chapter in the Canadian citizen's long-running saga in Guantanamo Bay begins this week. His American lawyers, Barry Coburn and Kobie Flowers, plan to argue in a pre-trial motion starting Wednesday that Khadr gave self-incriminating statements only after horrendous mistreatment by his American captors. "He was abused, and therefore the statements are unreliable," said Nate Whitling, one of Khadr's Canadian lawyers. "They have nothing else."

Khadr's defence talking plea deal with prosecution: Lawyer

Breaking: Khadr's defence talking plea deal with prosecution: Lawyer 27 Apr 2010 Omar Khadr's chief U.S. defence lawyer said "conversations" are under way with the prosecution about a search for plea-deal terms for the Canadian-born terror suspect. The dramatic development comes as crucial final hearings in Khadr's war crimes prosecution are set to begin Wednesday at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "No defence lawyer could ever close that door," said Barry Coburn, who heads Khadr's civilian defence team before the military tribunals established under the Bush regime.

Mexico condemns Arizona for immigration crackdown

Mexico condemns Arizona for immigration crackdown 28 Apr 2010 The President of Mexico yesterday waded into the dispute over Arizona's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigrants, saying it will breed hatred and discrimination and cause a breakdown in cross-border diplomatic relations. Felipe Calderón... claimed that the newly-introduced measure will "open the door to intolerance, hate, and discrimination and abuse" against the Hispanic community. It gives police the power, for the first time anywhere in the US, to stop and question people they suspect of having entered the country illegally.

Napolitano, Holder Voice Concern About Arizona Immigration Law

Napolitano, Holder Voice Concern About Arizona Immigration Law 27 Apr 2010 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told U.S. lawmakers her agency has "deep concerns," about a new immigration law in Arizona and said the U.S. should pursue a comprehensive overhaul of its immigration policies. Attorney General Eric Holder, at a news conference in Washington, said he also has concerns and said the Justice Department is considering going to court to challenge the Arizona statute. [The Obama Administration doesn't give a *damn* about civil liberties. If they did, they would close Guantanamo, Bagram and stop the Patriot Act. No, Obusha wants wide open borders so his corporaterrorist paymasters can continue to hire cheap labor, drive down the wages of US workers and force the taxpayers -- instead of their employers --  to pay for health care of undocumented workers. --LRP]

Baseball, tourism caught in boycott of Arizona law

Baseball, tourism caught in boycott of Arizona law --California state, city officials urge cutting contracts 27 Apr 2010 Immigration rights activists called on baseball fans on Tuesday to stay home from Arizona Diamondbacks games as part of a broad economic boycott to protest a statewide crackdown on illegal immigration signed into law in Arizona. As a backlash by Hispanic groups, organized labor and civil liberties activists gained steam, the leader of the California Senate and officials in two of the state's biggest cities also moved to cut ties with companies based in neighboring Arizona.

Taliban fighters attack Afghan city

Taliban fighters attack Afghan city 27 Apr 2010 At least three people have been killed and 35 others injured after a cache of explosives detonated near the Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said. Sher Mohammed Zazai, a commander of Afghan forces in the south of the country, said Tuesday's attack happened close to an air field and hit a compound providing logistical support to Nato forces.

Blast at fuel depot near Kandahar airfield, 10 hurt

Blast at fuel depot near Kandahar airfield, 10 hurt 27 Apr 2010 An explosion struck a depot for fuel tanker trucks near southern Afghanistan's Kandahar air field on Tuesday, wounding 10 guards, an Afghan army general said. Sher Mohammad Zazai, commander of Afghan forces in the south of the country, said Taliban fighters appeared to have infiltrated the fuel depot and triggered the blast.

Oil Leak from Damaged Well in Gulf of Mexico

Oil Leak from Damaged Well in Gulf of Mexico 27 Apr 2010 An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in late April, following an explosion at an offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010. The rig eventually capsized and sank. These images of the affected area were captured on April 25 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite and the Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite. [Notice that Obusha, the oil-drilling troll, isn't saying a *word* about the oil spill?]

Goldman Sachs top dogs squirm under Senate scrutiny

Goldman Sachs top dogs squirm under Senate scrutiny --US Senate displays withering contempt for Goldman Sachs practices 27 Apr 2010 Goldman Sachs is in a fight for its life. That much became clear early in today's senate hearings. The tone of questioning from senators was hostile. Not all had command of the detail of financial market instruments, but the contempt in which they held the Goldman employees was unmistakable. The Goldmanites were squirming at times. When they resorted to asking for questions to be repeated, they were mocked.

'No Iran military presence in Venezuela'

'No Iran military presence in Venezuela' 27 Apr 2010 A senior US general has refuted a recent Pentagon report claiming that Iran has established a military presence in Venezuela. The commander of the US Southern Command, General Douglas Fraser, said Iran is bolstering its relations with Venezuela but has no military presence in the South American country. The US general added that there is no indication that Iran had sent arms to Venezuela.

Senate GOP blocks financial regulation bill again

Senate GOP blocks financial regulation bill again 27 Apr 2010 For the second day in a row, Senate Republicans have blocked action on legislation to impose greater federal control on the nation's financial industry. The vote was 57-41, three short of the 60 needed for Democrats to advance their measure. A third test vote is expected on Wednesday.

Police arrest 24 immigration demonstrators in Ill.

Police arrest 24 immigration demonstrators in Ill. 27 Apr 2010 Authorities in suburban Chicago say 24 immigration reform protesters have been arrested and cited for disorderly conduct after sitting on a street to block a van carrying deportees from a federal detention center. The activists say they're tired of waiting for President Barack Obama to make good on his vow for immigration reform and are shifting their tactics, including more civil disobedience at May 1 immigrant rights rallies.

Paris-to-Atlanta flight diverted over passenger 'with explosives'

Paris-to-Atlanta flight diverted over passenger 'with explosives' 27 Apr 2010 A flight from Paris to Atlanta was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after an American passenger claimed to have a fake passport and said he had explosives in his luggage, US officials said. The officials said federal air marshals were on the flight and that the cockpit was secure. Law enforcement officials said the male passenger may have made comments about having a backpack bomb.

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