Egg salmonella cases spark lawsuits

Egg salmonella cases spark lawsuits --To date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has likely sickened 1,300. 23 Aug 2010 The companies at the center of a widening recall of eggs that may be contaminated with salmonella head into this week facing new lawsuits and more scrutiny over a reported history of legal and regulatory violations... One of the first lawsuits from the massive half-billion egg recall that began 10 days ago is in the works. [No worries. The High Wh*re Court will overturn the judgments, years down the road. That way, corporations are given the clear signal that they can keep killing, without any financial repercussions. Thanks, also, Obusha, for all your improvements to the food inspection laws and the implementation of new regulations... *not.*]

Facing Budget Gaps, Cities Sell Parking, Airports, Zoo

Facing Budget Gaps, Cities Sell Parking, Airports, Zoo --Hundreds more deals are being considered, analysts say. 23 Aug 2010 Cities and states across the nation are selling and leasing everything from airports to zoos--a fire sale that could help plug budget holes now but worsen their financial woes over the long run. About 35 deals now are in the pipeline in the U.S., according to research by Royal Bank of Scotland's RBS Global Banking & Markets... The deals are threatening credit ratings in some cases and affecting the quality and cost of basic utilities such as electricity and water. [Oh, great. Because the maggots running the US government forced their war-of-terror and multiple illegal wars on US taxpayers so Blackwater could get rich, BP sociopaths will be 'taking care' of polar bears at the zoos. The killers who own and operate the deadly salmonella-laden egg farms will be deciding whether or not to repair our roads. This is *nuts.* --LRP]

Four U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Four U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan 23 Aug 2010 Four U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in three incidents Sunday, raising the total casualties this month to 33 international troops, including 21 Americans, NATO officials said. Three of the soldiers were killed in 'insurgent' attacks in the south and east and one was killed by a homemade bomb in the south, NATO officials said.

Pentagon's $300 million air base expansions reflect long-term investment in Afghanistan

Pentagon's $300 million air base expansions reflect long-term investment in Afghanistan 23 Aug 2010 Three $100 million air base expansions in southern and northern Afghanistan illustrate Pentagon plans to continue building multimillion-dollar facilities in that country to support increased U.S. military operations well into the future. Despite growing public unhappiness with the Afghan war -- and President Obama's pledge that he will begin withdrawing troops in July 2011 -- many of the installations being built in Afghanistan have extended time horizons. None of the three projects in southern and northern Afghanistan is expected to be completed until the latter half of 2011. All of them are for use by U.S. forces rather than their Afghan counterparts.

First US soldier killed in Iraq since withdrawal of combat troops

First US soldier killed in Iraq since withdrawal of combat troops 22 Aug 2010 An American soldier was killed by a rocket strike near Basra today, in the first US fatality since the last combat troops left Iraq. Details of the incident were not released, but Basra airport base, which is still home to about 4,000 US forces,.. Around 5,000 US troops will stay in the country until next year, focusing mainly on training Iraqi security forces, but the top US military commander in Iraq said today they could return to combat operations if 'needed.'

Anti-'Ground Zero mosque' protesters descend on downtown Park51 site

Anti-'Ground Zero mosque' protesters descend on downtown Park51 site 22 Aug 2010 Mosque hysteria reached fevered pitch Sunday as angry protesters opposed to building an Islamic center near Ground Zero squared off with supporters of the project. In mostly peaceful counter-demonstrations, hundreds braved the rain in Lower Manhattan to voice their position on the contentious project that has spiralled into a national political issue. Supporters of the proposed mosque two blocks from the Trade Center site said blocking it would be a victory for terrorism.

Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah 'worse than Hiroshima'

Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah 'worse than Hiroshima' --The shocking rates of infant mortality and cancer in Iraqi city raise new questions about battle By Patrick Cockburn 24 Jul 2010 Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study. Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects... They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.

Sweden clears WikiLeaks editor of rape

Sweden clears WikiLeaks editor of rape 21 Aug 2010 Authorities in Sweden on Saturday withdrew a rape charge filed a day earlier against Julian Assange, the Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks, and canceled a warrant for his arrest. The move comes just ahead of the expected release of thousands more secret U.S. military documents by the online whistleblower group, causing its supporters to speculate that the charges of rape and molestation filed Friday were part of a smear campaign aimed at discrediting Assange and interfering with the release. A statement from Chief Prosecutor Eva Finné on the Swedish Prosecution Authority website said Finné "has come to the decision that Julian Assange is not suspected of rape" and the arrest warrant against him has been withdrawn.

Barak seeks to block aid ship to Gaza

Barak seeks to block aid ship to Gaza 22 Aug 2010 Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has asked US and French officials to prevent the Lebanese aid ship Mariam from sailing to the besieged Gaza strip. In phone calls to US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, US National Security Adviser James Jones, and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Saturday, the Israeli defense minister asked them to stop the ship from setting sail.

Power protest injures 16 in Iraq

Power protest injures 16 in Iraq 22 Aug 2010 At least 16 people have been injured as dozens of Iraqis in the southern city of Nasiriyah turned out in the streets protesting the shortage of power supplies. The protesters said the provincial government was not providing sufficient basic services, especially electricity, police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Murtada al-Shahtur said.

Protesters demonstrate for, against 'Ground Zero' mosque

Protesters demonstrate for, against 'Ground Zero' mosque 22 Aug 2010 Several hundred supporters and opponents of plans to build a mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks staged peaceful rival protests Sunday, some brandishing signs against Islam and others denouncing religious bigotry. Protesters from one side and the other began gathering in lower Manhattan under a fine rain at 10:00 am (1400 GMT), taking up positions about 100 meters and two streets away from each other, but also worlds apart.

Surge in Britons exported for trial

Surge in Britons exported for trial --British courts have little power to challenge the warrants. 21 Aug 2010 The number of people in Britain seized under the controversial "no-evidence-needed" European Arrest Warrant rose by more than 50 per cent last year, figures obtained by The Sunday Telegraph show. In total, 1,032 people were detained and extradited by British police on the orders of European prosecutors in the 12 months to April, up from 683 in 2008-09. The Home Office expects a further 70 per cent rise, to 1,700 cases, next year.

Air Force plans to quadruple training airspace over Wyoming, Montana, Dakotas

Air Force plans to quadruple training airspace over Wyoming, Montana, Dakotas 22 Aug 2010 The U.S. Air Force issued a draft environmental impact statement on its plans to quadruple the airspace in which it can conduct training exercises with its B-1 and B-52 bombers stationed in the Dakotas. ...The expanded area would allow crews to operate closer to their bases as they practice bomb runs, defensive maneuvers and evasive actions that have been used in Iraq and Afghanistan, they have said.

Israel says Iranian reactor use 'totally unacceptable'

Israel says Iranian reactor use 'totally unacceptable' 21 Aug 2010 Israel on Saturday denounced Iran's fueling up of its first nuclear power plant as "totally unacceptable" and called for more international pressure to force Tehran to cease any uranium enrichment. Israel, widely assumed to be the only Middle East country to have nuclear weapons, has said a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to its existence, raising concerns Israel could attack Iran's nuclear sites.

Reagan: Taliban 'moral equivalent of America's founding fathers'

Reagan: Taliban 'moral equivalent of America's founding fathers' Posted by Lori Price 22 Aug 2010 'In 1982, Ronald Reagan dedicated the Space Shuttle Columbia to the resistance fighters [Taliban] in Afghanistan.' (Video) --Taliban still have Reagan's Stingers 26 Sep 2001 One of the most dangerous weapons Western pilots could face in Afghanistan is an anti-aircraft missile provided by the United States during the Reagan presidency. Some 1,000 Stingers were supplied to the mujahideen from 1986 onwards after Ronald Reagan overcame CIA objections that they were too dangerous to be given to the rebels.

Rape allegation 'dirty tricks' says WikiLeaks boss

Rape allegation 'dirty tricks' says WikiLeaks boss 22 Aug 2010 The founder of WikiLeaks said he was the victim of a smear campaign last night after Swedish prosecutors withdrew an arrest warrant involving a charge of rape. The warrant was withdrawn less than a day after being issued, with Swedish authorities saying it was based on an unfounded accusation. The accusation had been labelled a dirty trick yesterday by Julian Assange and his group, who are preparing to release a fresh batch of classified US documents from the Afghan war, despite the [Pentagon's] furore surrounding the last batch released.

Israeli soldiers accused of sexually abusing children

Israeli soldiers accused of sexually abusing children 21 Aug 2010 Israeli human rights organizations have joined with Defence for Children International to complain of routine torture of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons. DCI have filed two official complaints over the alleged treatment of a 15-year old boy earlier this year... The Palestinian branch of the Geneva-based Defence for Children International (DCI ) says it has taken sworn affidavits from more than 100 Palestinian children claiming maltreatment. Fourteen of the statements allege sexual assault and abuse by soldiers.

Officials: US drones kill 6 in northwest Pakistan

Officials: US drones kill 6 in northwest Pakistan 21 Aug 2010 Suspected U.S. missiles fired from an unmanned drone killed six militants Saturday in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said. Missiles struck two vehicles in Anghar Kala village near Miran Shah in North Waziristan -- the second such attack since massive floods hit Pakistan in late July. The officials said some of the dead militants may be foreigners.

Five US-led troops killed in Afghanistan

Five US-led troops killed in Afghanistan 21 Aug 2010 Five US-led troops have been killed in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours as the Taliban step up their attacks against foreign forces in the country. Two NATO soldiers died in separate militant attacks in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the US-led military alliance said without disclosing the nationality of the soldiers or the exact location of the incident. Three soldiers were killed and two others were injured in Uruzgan Province also on Friday.

Swedish rape warrant for Wikileaks' Assange cancelled

Swedish rape warrant for Wikileaks' Assange cancelled 21 Aug 2010 Swedish authorities have cancelled an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on accusations of rape and molestation. The Swedish Prosecution Authority website said the chief prosecutor had come to the decision that Mr Assange was not suspected of rape. The warrant was issued late on Friday. Wikileaks, which has been criticised for leaking Afghan war documents, had quoted Mr Assange as saying the charges were "without basis".

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange accused of rape

CIA dirty tricks 101: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange accused of rape --Swedish authorities issue an arrest warrant for the founder of whistleblowers' website on suspicion of rape and molestation 21 Aug 2010 Swedish authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on suspicion of molestation and rape. The warrant was issued late yesterday, said a spokeswoman at Sweden's prosecutors' office in Stockholm. She said Assange should contact the Swedish police for questioning about the accusations of molestation and rape in two separate cases "so that he can be confronted with the suspicions".

Israel, Palestinians agree to resume Mideast talks

Israel, Palestinians agree to resume Mideast talks 20 Aug 2010  Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to hold direct peace talks beginning September 2 in Washington -- the first such talks since 2008. The talks, also involving other regional and international players, are intended to resolve all "final status" issues for a Middle East peace agreement, "which we believe can be done in one year," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

Prosecutors Eye WikiLeaks Charges

Prosecutors Eye WikiLeaks Charges 21 Aug 2010 Pentagon lawyers believe that online whistleblower group WikiLeaks acted illegally in disclosing thousands of classified Afghanistan war reports and other material, and federal prosecutors are exploring possible criminal charges, officials familiar with the matter said. A joint investigation by the Army and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still in its early stages and it is unclear what course the Department of Justice will decide to take, according to a U.S. law-enforcement official. The increasingly confrontational tone could be part of Pentagon efforts to dissuade WikiLeaks from posting online the yet-to-be-published documents in its possession.

Bushehr plant to be launched on Sat.

Bushehr plant to be launched on Sat. 21 Aug 2010 Iran's first nuclear power plant, which is located in the southern port city of Bushehr, is scheduled to be loaded with nuclear fuel on Saturday. Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Ali Akbar Salehi and Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency Director Sergei Kiriyenko will be attending the inaugural ceremony of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Nuclear fuel will be transferred to the Bushehr reactor under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Two Australian Soldiers Killed on Afghanistan Patrol

Two Australian Soldiers Killed on Afghanistan Patrol 20 Aug 2010 Two Australian soldiers were killed and two were wounded when a device exploded near their vehicle during a patrol in Afghanistan, Acting Chief of the Defense Force Lieutenant General David Hurley said today. The soldiers had dismounted from their vehicle when they were struck by the blast at about 10:30 a.m. local time yesterday, Hurley said.

Blackwater/Xe mercs to pay $42mn fine

Blackwater/Xe mercs to pay $42mn fine 21 Aug 2010 Xe, the private security company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, has agreed to pay a multi-million dollar fine for hundreds of US export violations. The company will pay $42 million for violations that include illegal weapons export to Afghanistan and making unauthorized proposals to train troops in southern Sudan, The New York Times reported on Friday. The company, now known as Xe Services, struck a deal with the US state department to pay the fine in order to avoid criminal charges. This will also allow it to continue to obtain government contracts.

Kennedy favors civilian courts in terrorism cases

Kennedy favors civilian courts in terrorism cases 20 Aug 2010 Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said Thursday that most terrorism cases should be tried in civilian courts. Kennedy addressed participants in the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference on Maui, where a panel discussion earlier this week reached a consensus in favor of using civilian courts instead of military commissions in most terrorism cases. "Article III courts are quite capable of trying these terrorist cases," Kennedy said, agreeing with the conclusion.

BP accused of withholding 'critical' spill data

BP accused of withholding 'critical' spill data 19 Aug 2010 The company that owned the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico is accusing BP of withholding critical evidence needed to investigate the cause of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, according to a confidential document obtained by The Associated Press. The new complaint by Transocean follows similar complaints by U.S. lawmakers about difficulties obtaining necessary information from BP in their investigations.

IDF soldiers arrested over alleged mistreatment of Palestinian detainees

IDF soldiers arrested over alleged mistreatment of Palestinian detainees --5 Nahal Haredi soldiers suspected of taking their photographs alongside bound detainees, as well as two cases of drug use. 19 Aug 2010 Five Israel Defense Forces soldiers were arrested by military police Thursday, following suspicions of mistreatment of Palestinians detainees, which  included taking improper photographs. The soldiers, members of the Nahal Haredi combat unit, were arrested following information received by their battalion commander, which claimed that two of the five soldiers were involved in drug use, while the rest are suspected of taking photographs of themselves alongside cuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainees using their cellphones.

Ice-trapped pollutants poison polar bears' diets

Ice-trapped pollutants poison polar bears' diets 20 Aug 2010 The iconic symbol of the Arctic - the polar bear - is under threat from the twin challenges of climate change and lingering chemical pollutants, such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), which are not breaking down in the region's cold waters. A comprehensive review of research on polar wildlife published recently in the journal Science of The Total Environment has concluded that the retreat of sea ice cover in the Arctic as a result of climate change could increase the exposure of species such as polar bears to a range of man-made chemical compounds, including flame retardants and substances used to harden plastics.

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