Bloomberg: Poll Problems 'A Royal Screw-Up'

Bloomberg: Poll Problems 'A Royal Screw-Up' --Disaster On Primary Day As Machine Glitches Cause Chaos 14 Sep 2010 (NY) There were major problems at the polls on primary day in New York and it's all connected to the debut of the state’s new electronic 'voting' machines. New York City spent $160 million on new voting machines, but the roll-out was embarrassing. Some polling places opened as much as four hours late and thousands may have been unable to cast ballots, reports CBS 2.

Insurgent Republican Wins in Delaware

Insurgent Republican Wins in Delaware 15 Sep 2010 The Tea Party movement scored another victory on Tuesday, helping to propel a dissident Republican, Christine O’Donnell, to a stunning upset win over Representative Michael N. Castle in the race for the United States Senate nomination in Delaware. Mr. Castle, a moderate Republican who served two terms as governor and has been reliably winning elections for the last four decades, became the latest establishment Republican casualty of the primary election season. Ms. O’Donnell won the endorsement of Sarah Palin, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina and other leaders of the party’s conservative [Reich]wing.

Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award

US taxpayers cover pharmaterrorists' vaccine crimes: Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award 09 Sep 2010 The first court award in a vaccine-autism claim is a big one. CBS News has learned the family of Hannah Poling will receive more than $1.5 million dollars for her life care; lost earnings; and pain and suffering for the first year alone. In addition to the first year, the family will receive more than $500,000 per year to pay for Hannah's care. Hannah was described as normal, happy and precocious in her first 18 months. Then, in July 2000, she was [insanely] vaccinated against nine diseases in one doctor's visit.

Intelligence officer killed by sticky bomb in Baghdad

Intelligence officer killed by sticky bomb in Baghdad 13 Sep 2010 An intelligence officer was killed on Monday in a sticky bomb explosion in western Baghdad, according to a security source. "The bomb, stuck to the car of an intelligence colonel, went off on Monday (Sept. 13) in al-Ghazaliya region, western Baghdad, killing him instantly," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

U.S. urges Arab states to drop Israel nuclear treaty demand

Gag me with a chainsaw! U.S. urges Arab states to drop Israel nuclear treaty demand 13 Sep 2010 The U.S. envoy to the UN atomic watchdog urged Arab states on Monday to withdraw a resolution calling on Israel to sign an anti-nuclear arms treaty, warning it would send a negative signal to Middle East peace talks. Arab countries, backed by Iran, are seeking to build on a victory at an assembly meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency last year when they narrowly won support for a non-binding resolution calling on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation treaty.

Surge of forces launched last year to stabilise Afghanistan "high likely" to fail

Surge of forces launched last year to stabilise Afghanistan "high likely" to fail --Nato urged to allow partition of Afghanistan 13 Sep 2010 Afghanistan should be allowed to partition along ethnic lines by pulling back Nato forces and acknowledging that the Taliban will not be defeated in their heartland, a senior former American national security adviser has warned. Robert Blackwill, who was Condoleezza Rice's deputy as National Security Adviser in 2003 to 2004, will use a speech at the International Institute of Strategic Studies think tank in London on Monday to call on President Barack Obama to make drastic changes in the war's objectives. He told The Daily Telegraph that the surge of forces launched last year to stabilise Afghanistan was "high likely" to fail and that the death toll in the conflict was too high a price to pay.

US airstrike kills 12 in Pakistan

US airstrike kills 12 in Pakistan 15 Sep 2010 Drone aircraft have unleashed a fresh missile attack that has killed 12 people during the most intense period of US strikes in Pakistan since they began in 2004, intelligence officials said. The stepped-up campaign that included Wednesday's strike is focused on a small area of farming villages and mountainous, thickly forested terrain controlled by the Haqqani network, a ruthless foe [?!?] in Afghanistan, US officials said.

Dr David Kelly's body 'had obviously been moved'

Dr David Kelly's body 'had obviously been moved' --Paramedic at death scene reveals concerns over Hutton Inquiry 12 Sep 2010 The paramedic who confirmed the death of Government scientist Dr David Kelly has claimed his body had 'obviously been moved' in the minutes after it was found. David Bartlett was one of two medics called after the corpse of the weapons expert was discovered in woods near his Oxfordshire home seven years ago. They were among the first on the scene. The testimony by the experienced paramedics once again brings into doubt the thoroughness of the Hutton Inquiry -- in particular raising questions about why police officers were not asked whether they had touched or moved the body.

Arctic fox joins polar bear on new list of Arctic species in danger of extinction

Arctic fox joins polar bear on new list of Arctic species in danger of extinction 14 Sep 2010 Polar bears are not the only species in danger from global warming, a new report has warned. The animals have become an icon of the environmental movement, as their numbers reduce with the melting ice caps. But they are not the only ones. A new report by a major US conservation body has warned that other animals are in danger of going extinct as well.

3 dead in Baghdad violence

3 dead in Baghdad violence 13 Sep 2010 At least three people were killed during the past day in Baghdad, officials said late Monday. A bomb attached to the vehicle of an Iraqi intelligence officer detonated in western Baghdad Monday afternoon killing him, an Interior Ministry official told CNN. According to the official, the bomb was attached to the car of Capt. Muthanna Ahmed and exploded in the al-Ghazaliya neighborhood.

Study links CEOs' pay to layoffs

Study links CEOs' pay to layoffs 12 Sep 2010 It's been a decade of business scandals and volatility. Yet through all of that uncertainty, Corporate America clings to at least two of its core values: Rewarding CEOs with hefty (some may choose the word "bloated," or even "obese") multimillion-dollar pay packages. Cutting massive numbers of jobs during times of economic strain. Is there a link here? The Institute for Policy Studies -- a self-described progressive, multi-issue think tank in Washington -- thinks so.

US poverty on track to post record gain in 2009

US poverty on track to post record gain in 2009 --Anticipated poverty rate increase is from 13.2 percent to about 15 percent 11 Sep 2010 The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Barack Obama's watch [thanks to Bush/the GOP], with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty. Census figures for 2009 -- the recession-ravaged first year of the Democrat's presidency -- are to be released in the coming week, and demographers expect grim findings.

Torture and abuse rife in Iraq jails, Amnesty report says

Torture and abuse rife in Iraq jails, Amnesty report says --Study finds prisoners, many detained by US forces, being held without rights by Iraqi security forces 13 Sep 2010 Up to 30,000 prisoners, including many veterans of the US detention system, are being held without rights in Iraq and are frequently tortured or abused according to a report by Amnesty International. The study has found that the human rights situation remains dire in Iraq, with arbitrary arrests and secret detention common, as well as a lack of accountability throughout the security forces.

Blackwater murder trial set to open

Blackwater murder trial set to open 13 Sep 2010 Two former Blackwater security employees mercenaries facing trial for killing two Afghan civilians in Kabul say they readily admit they opened fire on them in May 2009. In a trial set to begin Tuesday, a jury will have to determine if the former firearms instructors fired in self-defense or in violation of the law, firing intentionally "with extreme disregard for human life," The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported. Christopher Drotleff, 29, of Virginia Beach and Justin Cannon, 28, of Corpus Christi, Texas, are charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two Afghan nationals in the capital of Kabul.

PG&E ordered to inspect gas pipeline system after blast

PG&E ordered to inspect gas pipeline system after blast 13 Sep 2010 California regulators have ordered utility PG&E Corp to inspect its natural gas pipeline system following an explosion that destroyed a neighborhood in a San Francisco suburb last week, killing four people. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) asked PG&E to immediately conduct an integrity assessment of its natural gas pipeline system. The regulators want the utility to survey all natural gas lines, particularly those that carry gas at higher pressure and those in areas of highest population density.

Sarkozy accused of using Watergate-style tricks to muzzle the French press

Sarkozy accused of using Watergate-style tricks to muzzle the French press --'Le Monde' launches legal action against President, claiming he used security services to find insider who leaked information to paper 14 Sep 2010 In a scandal having many parallels with the Watergate affair, President Nicolas Sarkozy was accused by France's most prestigious newspaper yesterday of illegally using the counter-intelligence service to muzzle the press. Le Monde said that the President's office had deployed France's equivalent of MI5 like a "cabinet noir", or dirty-tricks operation, to uncover the source of leaks in the L'Oréal family feud and political financing scandal. The newspaper said that it had started a legal action against "persons unknown" at the Elysée Palace for breaking a century-old French law which guarantees the secrecy of journalistic sources.

Nissan LEAF™: Polar Bear

Nissan LEAF™: Polar Bear Posted by nissanusa 09 Sep 2010 Seeing its arctic home melting away, a lone polar bear sets out on a great journey to thank someone who is trying to help. (Video of Nissan LEAF ad)

Md. judge: Military contractors can be sued

Md. judge: Military contractors can be sued 13 Sep 2010 Military contractors can be sued by soldiers and others who allege they were harmed by improper waste disposal while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus ruled in Maryland last week that Houston-based military contractors Halliburton Co. and KBR are subject to lawsuits alleging the contractors exposed soldiers to toxic emissions and contaminated water when they burned waste in open pits without proper safety controls. Titus is overseeing 43 lawsuits filed in 42 states on the issue.

US prepares to approve $60bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia

US prepares to approve $60bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia --Deal could be biggest in US history as fear of a nuclear Iran overrides concerns about human rights in Saudi Arabia 13 Sep 2010 The US Congress is poised to give its approval to the biggest arms deal in US history when it signs off on weapons sales to Saudi Arabia worth an estimated $60bn (£39bn). The sale, under negotiation since 2007, is aimed mainly at bolstering Saudi defences against Iran... The transfer of advanced technology, mainly planes, is to provide Saudi Arabia with air superiority over Iran.

U.S. trying to track missing weapons issued to Afghan police

U.S. trying to track missing weapons issued to Afghan police --The Department of Defense procured more than 72,400 AK-47s, as well as heavy machine guns and RPG launchers for Afghan police [and insurgents]. 13 Sep 2010 A massive hunt is on for tens of thousands of rifles, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers that the U.S. government procured for the Afghan National Police but are unaccounted for, according to the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan. "There have been discrepancies in the number of weapons the Afghans say they have and the number of weapons issued," U.S. Air Force Maj. Lindsay Logsdon, a public affairs officer with NTM-A, said in an e-mail Wednesday.

Man Charged With Trying to Blow Up Detroit-bound Plane Fires Lawyers, Discusses Possible Plea

Man Charged With Trying to Blow Up Detroit-bound Plane Fires Lawyers, Discusses Possible Plea 13 Sep 2010 A Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up an international flight near Detroit on Christmas fired his lawyers Monday and suggested he wants to plead guilty to some of six charges against him. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds advised Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab not to get rid of his attorneys, but he insisted. In February, law enforcement officials said he had turned against Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born Yemeni radical who claims to be his teacher, and had helped the U.S. hunt for him. [Of course he has.]

Homeland Security to test iris scanners

Homeland Security to test iris scanners --DHS will test cameras that take photos from 3 or 4 feet away, including one that works on people as they walk by. 13 Sep 2010 The Homeland Security Department plans to test futuristic iris scan technology that stores digital images of people's eyes in a database... The department will run a two-week test in October of commercially sold iris scanners at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, where they will be used on illegal immigrants, said Arun Vemury, program manager at the department's Science and Technology branch.

Senate Republicans firm on tax cuts for rich

Senate Republicans firm on tax cuts for rich 13 Sep 2010 Senate Republicans have enough votes to block President Barack Obama's plan to extend tax cuts for the middle class while allowing those for the rich to expire, a spokesman for the Senate Republican leader said on Monday. Republicans on Monday scrambled to regroup on the tax issue ahead of November 2 congressional elections after House of Representatives Republican Leader John Boehner appeared to open the door for a possible compromise.

Lieberman Favors Extension of Bush-Era Tax Rates

Lieberman Favors Extension of Bush-Era Tax Rates 14 Sep 2010 With the focus now shifting to the Senate over a potential compromise on the expiring Bush-era income-tax cuts, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, the Connecticut independent who is aligned with the Democrats, said on Monday that he favored maintaining the lower rates for everyone, including the wealthiest Americans, for at least one more year. At least a dozen House DemocRATs and four Senate Democrats, in addition to Mr. Lieberman, have expressed concerns about raising taxes -- even on the richest 2 percent of taxpayers.

Israeli tank kills 91-year old farmer and grandson

Israeli tank kills 91-year old farmer and grandson 13 Sep 2010 Israeli shelling has killed Palestinians working in the fields in a Gaza farm village. The farmers died while working in the fields of Beit Hanoun, in an Israeli barrage which was a counter attack following rocket fire from Gaza. A 91 year old farm caretaker was killed along with a 20 year old worker. The teenage grandson of the farm holder also died of wounds sustained in the incident, which occurred close to the Gaza-Israel border.

3 Afghans Die in Protest Over Koran Burning

3 Afghans Die in Protest Over Koran Burning 13 Sep 2010 Two Afghans died in a remote area of eastern Afghanistan on Sunday when the police fired into a crowd protesting the planned burning of the Koran in Florida, a day after the burning had been called off. The deaths bring to three the number of Afghans killed in demonstrations tied to the threat made by Terry Jones, a Florida pastor, to burn the Koran on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

30,000 prisoners in Iraq without trial: Amnesty

30,000 prisoners in Iraq without trial: Amnesty --The report alleged that prisoners were beaten with electric cables and tortured with electric shocks and drills. 13 Sep 2010 Iraqi authorities are holding some 30,000 people without trial and denying them access to lawyers, leaving them at risk of torture, the leading human rights organisation Amnesty International said Monday in a report. Secret prisons are allegedly being used to house detainees. The report - entitled 'New Order, Same Abuses: Unlawful detentions and torture in Iraq' - also charged that some prisoners had died from maltreatment while in custody. [Operation Iraqi Freedom: Dictatorship, electric shocks, depleted uranium, BP, and Monsanto. Saddam Hussein: Clearly, the better deal.]

MoD probes claim that soldiers are smuggling heroin from Afghanistan

MoD probes claim that soldiers are smuggling heroin from Afghanistan 12 Sep 2010 Soldiers returning from Afghanistan are being subjected to rigorous security checks amid claims that some are involved in heroin trafficking. The Ministry of Defence confirmed last night that military police were investigating a tip-off alleging that soldiers sent to fight the Taliban were buying drugs from Afghan dealers and shipping them back to Britain. The claim is that heroin and other drugs are being smuggled in by a handful of the hundreds of soldiers returning each week to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. [Right, the CIA handles the rest. On the birght side, the heroin-smuggling takes a back seat to the body-part hoarding and the finger trophies. --LRP]

Five killed in central Iraq violence

Five killed in central Iraq violence 12 Sep 2010 Bomb attacks and firefights on Sunday in the restive central Iraqi province of Diyala killed five people, including two soldiers and a policeman, security officials said. One Iraqi soldier and a policeman were killed in a gunfight with insurgents in the agricultural village of Al-Hudaid, according to Major Mohammed al-Karkhi, spokesman for police in Diyala, north of Baghdad. Three insurgents were also killed and 10 people wounded in the shooting, which began Saturday night as armed groups sought to take control of Al-Hudaid, west of the provincial capital Baquba.

Hamden Muslim family's home vandalized

Hamden Muslim family's home vandalized 12 Sep 2010 A prominent member of the Muslim community in Southern Connecticut says his home was vandalized over the weekend. Dr. Abdul-Majid Karim Hasan and his wife have lived on Dest Street for over 20 years. They were stunned to see the graffiti on their house Saturday morning. "They didn't write much, but they did write something and what they wrote was not very nice words," Dr. Hasan said.

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