Attorney: Local Men Didn't Fund Failed Terrorism Plot

Attorney: Local Men Didn't Fund Failed Terrorism Plot  19 May 2010 The attorney for two local men arrested in connection with the failed bombing in New York City's Times Square said the men were not involved directly or inadvertently with the incident. On Tuesday, one of the men, Pir Khan, was ordered held without bail. The attorney for both Khan and his cousin, Aftab Ali, also known as Aftab Khan, confirmed the two were planning to leave the country in early June to return to Pakistan. But attorney Saher Marcarius said immigration officials had been officially notified of their plans and their departure had nothing to do with the Times Square bombing attempt.

Expert panel to view confidential swine flu papers

Expert panel to view confidential swine flu papers --Documents include "contractual or letters of understanding" between the pharmaceutical industry and WHO 19 May 2010 An expert panel investigating the World Health Organization's response to last year's swine flu outbreak said Wednesday it wants to see confidential exchanges between the U.N. body and drug companies. The Geneva-based agency has denied allegations that it gave pharmaceutical companies privileged access to national decision-makers. Governments around the world spent millions of dollars (euros) buying antiviral drugs and flu vaccines in anticipation of a serious outbreak that never happened. [See: Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor 26 May 2010.]

Gulf oil spill leak now pegged at 95,000 barrels a day

Gulf oil spill leak now pegged at 95,000 barrels a day 19 May 2010 The latest video footage of the leaking Deepwater Horizon oil spill volcano in the Gulf of Mexico show that oil is escaping at the rate of 95,000 barrels - 4 million gallons - a day, nearly 20 times greater than the 5,000 barrel a day estimate lie BP and government scientists have been citing for nearly three weeks, an engineering professor told a congressional hearing Wednesday.

BP withholds oil spill facts -- and government lets it

BP withholds oil spill facts -- and government lets it 18 May 2010 BP, the company in charge of the rig that exploded last month in the Gulf of Mexico, hasn't publicly divulged the results of tests on the extent of workers' exposure to evaporating oil or from the burning of crude over the gulf, even though researchers say that data is crucial in determining whether the conditions are safe. Moreover, the company isn't monitoring the extent of the spill and only reluctantly released videos of the spill site that could give scientists a clue to the amount of the oil in gulf. BP's role as the primary source of information has raised questions about whether the government should intervene to gather such data and to publicize it and whether an adequate cleanup can be accomplished without the details of crude oil spreading across the gulf. [*Duh.* Corporaterrorist troll Obusha needs to stop providing cover for BP's crimes against humanity. --LRP]

Arizona Says It Will Pull Plug on LA's Electricity

Arizona Says It Will Pull Plug on LA's Electricity --Arizona Fights Back Against Boycott Threats Due to Immigration Law 19 May 2010 Arizona is threatening to leave Los Angeles in the dark if the city doesn't rescind its order to boycott the state over Arizona's tough new immigration law. "I feel like if you're going to boycott the candy store, you've got to leave all the candy alone," said Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce. Arizona provides 25 percent of Los Angeles' power. "I feel like Arizona is the candy store," he added. Pierce made his challenge after the Los Angeles City Council's 13-1 vote earlier this month to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based businesses.

NORAD and USNORTHCOM Have a New Commander

NORAD and USNORTHCOM Have a New Commander 19 May 2010 After 39 years of service,his last three years as commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM, General Victor E. Renuart Jr. has retired. Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr. will assume command out of Peterson Air Force Base. In a packed hanger at Peterson Air Force Base Wednesday, General Renuart Jr. and Admiral Winnefeld Jr. sat along side Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Gov. Bredesen vetoes bill to allow guns in Tennessee bars

Gov. Bredesen vetoes bill to allow guns in Tennessee bars 18 May 2010 Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would let people with handgun-carry permits bring their guns into Tennessee bars and restaurants. House and Senate members, who approved the legislation by wide margins earlier this year, are expected to override Bredesen's veto.

CBS Cameras Turned Away by BP, Coast Guard

CBS Cameras Turned Away by BP, Coast Guard --Heavy Sludge Oozes into Marshes of Louisiana 18 May 2010  It may be the most disturbing site yet: the first heavy sludge now oozing into the marshes of Louisiana as the slick continues to grow in size out in the gulf. CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella reports it's an ominous sight. The oil is thick and black and stretches about a quarter mile down a beach. It goes beyond the booms into the sensitive marsh lands which are home to migratory birds. When CBS News tried to reach the beach, covered in oil, a boat of BP contractors with two Coast Guard officers on board told us to turn around under threat of arrest.

Gulf oil now in powerful Loop Current, scientists say

Gulf oil now in powerful Loop Current, scientists say 19 May 2010 The first oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill has entered an ocean current that could take it to Florida and up the east coast of the US, scientists say. The European Space Agency said satellite images suggested oil could reach the coral reefs of the Florida Keys within six days. "We have visible proof that at least oil from the surface... has reached the current," said Dr Bertrand Chapron.

New high-value detainee interrogation teams made operational

Under cover of the BP oil volcano: New high-value detainee interrogation teams made operational 19 May 2010 United States has made operational a new special investigation team which has begun interrogating high value terror targets within the country and abroad, as part of new moves to head off [?] violent strikes on its soil. The elite team of investigators from the FBI, CIA and Defence Intelligence has been set up to question terror suspects soon after their arrests to track down the terror threads and unravel terrorists conspiracies, the Washington Post reported.

45 US-led forces killed in Bagram

45 US-led forces killed in Bagram 19 May 2010 At least 45 US-led forces have been killed during an attack by Taliban militants on the US-run Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, the group claims. A Press TV correspondent quoted a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid as saying that 45 US-led soldiers including several army generals have been killed during the attack. Mujahid added that the attack inflicted heavy losses to the airbase.

U.S. jury decides $250 million damages against Novartis

U.S. jury decides $250 million damages against Novartis 19 May 2010 Drugmaker Novartis AG must pay $250 million in punitive damages to more than 5,000 current and former women employees, a jury ruled on Wednesday, two days after finding a U.S. division of the company discriminated against women over pay, promotion and pregnancy. The jury in U.S. District Court in New York decided that Novartis should pay punitive damages to the entire class of about 5,600 women stemming from a lawsuit filed in 2004.

Afghan Insurgents Attack NATO Base

Afghan Insurgents Attack NATO Base --Five U.S. soldiers wounded 19 May 2010 The Taliban launched a predawn attack on a sprawling coalition air base north of Kabul on Wednesday, one week after promising a new push against Afghan and North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces around the country. Seven insurgents were killed in the attack, which sought to pierce the perimeter of Bagram air base with small arms and rockets, officials at the base said. The attack appeared to have been repulsed by the time dawn broke, officials said, although small-arms fire was still audible near the base this morning.

Insurgents attack U.S.-run Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan

Insurgents attack U.S.-run Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan 18 May 2010 'Insurgents' launched a brazen pre-dawn assault Wednesday against the giant U.S.-run Bagram Air Field, the second Taliban strike at NATO forces in and around the capital in as many days. The deaths put 2010 on a pace to become the deadliest year of the war. Tuesday's attack in Kabul also killed 12 Afghan civilians and pushed the U.S. death toll to 992 for the 9-year-old war, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Pentagon data.

Canadian colonel killed in bombing

Canadian colonel killed in bombing 19 May 2010 Col. Geoff Parker on Tuesday became the highest ranking Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan, killed in a suicide bombing on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul. Parker, of the Royal Canadian Regiment, was travelling with U.S. troops at about 8 a.m. when a suicide bomber driving a minivan packed with nearly a ton of explosives swerved into their convoy of three armoured SUVs, killing five Americans and at least 12 Afghan civilians who were passengers in a nearby bus.

Afghan Taliban launch brazen attack on NATO base

Afghan Taliban launch brazen attack on NATO base 19 May 2010 Suicide bombers carrying rockets and grenades launched a brazen pre-dawn attack on one of the biggest military bases of NATO in Afghanistan on Tuesday, leaving at least seven militants dead and six foreign troops wounded. The attack on Bagram air base, about an hour's drive north of Kabul and holding mainly U.S. troops, began in the pre-dawn hours when Taliban 'insurgents' blew themselves up near the base's gates.

Rigi: US, Israel paid for assassination

Rigi: US, Israel paid for assassination 19 May 2010 Captured Jundallah leader Abdolmalek Rigi has said that while in Morocco, suspected Israeli or US agents had given him a list of people to assassinate in Tehran. In a recent interview, Rigi told Press TV that before his arrest Jundallah had held a series of meetings in Casablanca with a group who had claimed to be NATO contacts.

Incumbent Dem forced into runoff in Arkansas

Incumbent Dem forced into runoff in Arkansas --Short of 50 percent of vote, Blanche Lincoln must advance to June 8 contest 19 May 2010 Arkansas voters have delivered a muddled verdict on establishment politicians, thrusting Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a prolonged fight to keep her job while handing a sitting congressman the GOP nomination for the seat. Lincoln, already considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Washington, begins a three-week extension of her battle with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for the Democratic nomination following the primary Tuesday. Halter, embraced by labor unions and groups on the left that soured on Lincoln, vowed to make the chance count.

WH adviser: High-value detainee interrogation group questions Shahzad

WH adviser: 'High-value detainee interrogation group' questions Shahzad --The elite team of investigators from the FBI, CIA and Defense Department was set up to question terror suspects as soon as possible after an arrest. 18 May 2010 White House terrorism adviser John Brennan said Tuesday a special team of investigators has begun interrogating high-value terrorist suspects in the U.S. and abroad, including the man accused in the failed Times Square bombing. At a foreign policy forum, Brennan confirmed that the so-called high-value detainee interrogation group, or the HIG, has been at work for the past few months. The unit as it exists now is run by the FBI and headed by an FBI employee with two deputies - one from the CIA and one from the Defense Department, the officials said.

Times Square Suspect Shahzad Appears in N.Y. Court

Times Square Suspect Shahzad Appears in N.Y. Court 18 May 2010 Faisal Shahzad, charged with trying to detonate a car bomb in New York’s Times Square, made his first court appearance today in federal court in Manhattan, where he was assigned a lawyer and ordered held without bail. Shahzad, 30, was charged with one count each of attempted terrorism; attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction; using a destructive device in connection with an attempted crime of violence; transporting explosives; and attempting to destroy property with fire and explosives.

Mark Critz Defeats Tim Burns in Pennsylvania Special Election

Mark Critz Defeats Tim Burns in Pennsylvania Special Election for Murtha's Seat 18 May 2010 Democrat Mark Critz, a former congressional aide, has defeated Republican businessman Tim Burns in the special election for Pennsylvania's 12th district, the Associated Press reports. The special election has been portrayed as something of a bellwether race for this year's midterm elections, giving renewed hope for Democrats.

Thai army breaks through protest barricades

Thai army breaks through protest barricades 18 May 2010 Thai troops and armored vehicles broke through barricades of tires and staves on Wednesday in a fresh offensive to evict thousands of anti-government protesters from their fortified camp in central Bangkok, witnesses said. With troops firing tear gas ahead of the assault, the armored vehicles moved down a road toward an area where most of the estimated 3,000 demonstrators were rallying.

Sestak, Paul score wins as Lincoln faces runoff

Sestak, Paul score wins as Lincoln faces runoff  19 May 2010 Upstart Senate candidates claimed two stunning victories in primary elections Tuesday night as Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak denied incumbent Democrat Arlen Specter renomination to a sixth term and Kentucky insurgent Rand Paul easily bested establishment favorite Trey Grayson for the Republican Party's Senate nod. In the evening's third key Senate race, Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln clung to a slim lead of a few thousand votes over Lt. Gov. Bill Halter with nearly 85 percent of the vote counted in the state's Democratic primary, but will face an expensive and potentially dangerous June 8 runoff since neither candidate will reach 50 percent of the vote.

Rand Paul delivers 'Tea Party' message to 'take our government back'

Rand Paul delivers 'Tea Party' message to 'take our government back' 18 May 2010 Eye surgeon Rand Paul just thanked his supporters gathered in a ballroom in Bowling Green with a rousing endorsement of the anti-tax "Tea Party" movement that helped propel him to victory in Kentucky's Republican primary for Senate. "I have a message from the Tea Party that is loud and clear and doesn't mince words: We've come to take our government back," Paul said, his family standing behind him.

TSA Agent Accused of Stealing Cash from Wheelchair-Bound Woman

TSA Agent Accused of Stealing Cash from Wheelchair-Bound Woman 18 May 2010 A Transportation Security Administration agent has been arrested for allegedly stealing $400 dollars from a wheelchair bound passenger as she passed through a security checkpoint at Newark Airport. Leroy Ray allegedly went into the disabled woman's bag as it passed through the X-ray machine. Ray was caught on surveillance video on February 3, 2010, reaching into the woman's bag to steal an envelope of cash, according to a criminal complaint.

Conway Narrowly Defeats Mongiardo

Conway Narrowly Defeats Mongiardo 18 May 2010 Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway hung on Tuesday night to eke out the Democratic Senate nomination against Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo. With 99 percent reporting the Associated Press finally called the contest with 44.2 percent for Conway and 43 percent for Mongiardo.

Joe Sestak Defeats Arlen Specter in Penn. Democratic Primary

Joe Sestak defeats Arlen Specter 18 May 2010 Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak defeated Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic Senate primary, a large-scale political upset that ends the career of one of the enduring figures in Pennsylvania politics. "It's been a great privilege to be in the United States Senate, and I'll be working very, very hard for the people of the commonwealth in the coming months," said Specter in his concession speech.

Paul wins Republican Senate nod in Ky.

Paul wins Republican Senate nod in Ky. --GOP race pitted Tea Party-backed Rand Paul against Ky. Secretary of State 18 May 2010 Dr. Rand Paul rode support from tea party activists to victory in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary Tuesday night, delivering a jolt to the GOP establishment and providing fresh evidence of widespread voter discontent in a turbulent midterm election season. Paul had 59 percent of the vote -- with returns counted from 29 percent of the precincts -- to 37 percent for Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who had been recruited to run by the state's dominant Republican, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

El Paso to consider allowing electric fences around businesses

El Paso to consider allowing electric fences around businesses 17 May 2010 Do powerful electric fences have a place within El Paso's city limits, near residential developments? Security companies want to be able to install battery-powered electric fences around El Paso businesses, but the city government's staff is skeptical, Mayor John Cook said Friday. The fences are intended to deter intruders from warehouses, garages, freight yards and the like. "Seven thousand volts and no conscience," declares the brochure for Electric Guard Dog, a fence made by Sentry Security Service LLC of Columbia, S.C. Sentry is one of the companies asking El Paso to consider the ordinance.

Geometry teacher who used Obama assassination to teach angles placed on leave

Geometry teacher who used Obama assassination to teach angles placed on leave 18 May 2010 The Jefferson County teacher who used as an example the shooting of President Barack Obama while teaching lines and angles to his geometry class has been placed on paid administrative leave and faces possible termination, Superintendent Phil Hammonds said today. The teacher was questioned by Birmingham's Secret Service office, but was released without federal charges after officials there found he wasn't a viable threat to security.


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