Thursday, May 26, 2011

Spanish police stop illegal sale of military helicopters to Iran

Spanish police have arrested eight people who allegedly planned to sell to Iran military transport helicopters that they obtained in Israel. Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said five Spanish businessmen and three Iranians who had come to Spain to finalize the deal have been arrested.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

TSA officer accused of theft from LAX traveler's bag

A Transportation Security Administration officer was arrested for allegedly stealing items from a traveler's suitcase at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said  Monday.

Lawmakers rebuff pleas to return funds from alleged Ponzi schemer

While Allen Stanford was flying high, he and his colleagues spent more than $10 million on campaign contributions and lobbying payments to curry favor in Washington. But all that money was diverted from investors in what authorities called an elaborate Ponzi scheme, second only to Bernard Madoff's in U.S. history, according to court documents..

Nearly 20% of new Obamacare waivers go to Pelosi district

Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama's administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's Northern California district.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Iran, North Korea trade missile technology, says secret UN report

The trade is a violation of UN sanctions which ban exchange of nuclear, missile technology with North Korea, and calls for asset  freezes, travel bans on a number of North Korean individuals.

Great-grandson of Geronimo demands apology from Obama

Harlyn Geronimo, the great-grandson of the legendary Apache freedom fighter, is demanding an apology from Barack Obama for naming the operation to kill bin Laden after his great-grandfather.

Young girls 'desperate for food and water after parents forced them to live outside in tent'

Two starving young girls were found desperate for food and water after allegedly being force to live in a tent outside their parents' mobile home.

Reality TV mother fabricates daughters' ailments, was actually abusing them

Medical experts have raised the question that Mrs Cerda may have fabricated the girl's' ailments in such a way that amounted to child abuse.

Obama poll rating falls below 50% as 'Bin Laden bounce' wears off

President Barack Obama's approval rating has slipped to 48% - ending the so called 'Osama bounce.'

Gov. Jerry Brown: Tax first, ask voters later

Having failed to win enough Republican votes to put the taxes on the ballot in June, the governor is expected to ask lawmakers to impose at least some of the levies first and seek California's blessing after the fact, said officials with knowledge of Brown's plan.

Kerry: Pakistan agrees to return tail of downed helicopter

Sen. John Kerry says Pakistan has agreed to return the pieces of a secret U.S. helicopter that went down during the assault on Osama bin Laden's compound.

Massachusetts may ban parents from having mid-divorce sex at home

A proposed Massachusetts state law would ban parents who are splitting up from engaging in sexual activity within their home until their divorce is complete.

Treasury taps pensions to help fund government

The Obama administration will begin to tap federal retiree programs to help fund operations after the government lost its ability Monday to borrow more money form the public, adding urgency to efforts in Washington to fashion a compromise over the debt.

Mob attacks Christian protest in Egypt

An angry mob attacked a group of mainly Christian protesters demanding drastic measures to heal religious tension amid a spike in violence, leaving 65 people injured, officials said Sunday.

Israel to complain to UN about Syria, Lebanon over Nakba Day clashes

The Israeli delegation to the United Nations announced Monday that it would file a complaint to the UN Security Council against Syria and Lebanon regarding Sunday's Nakba Day border clashes, Army Radio reported.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Reaganomics Vs. Obamanomics: facts and figures

When President Reagan entered office in 1981, he faced actually much worse economic problems that President Obama faced in 2009. Three worsening recessions starting in 1969 were about to culminate in the worst of all in 1981-1982, with unemployment...

Obama admin approves 204 new healthcare waivers, brings total to 1,372

The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers to Democrat's healthcare reform law over the past month, bringing the total to 1,372.

Rahm Emanuel backs scholarships for illegal immigrants

Chicago mayor-elect Rham Emanuel supports a bill that would let illegal immigrants obtain private scholarships to college. 

Communists driven from power in India's state elections

A fiery opposition leader has won a sweeping victory against the communists who had controlled the Indian state of West Bengal for more than three decades, in one of two major losses for the left in state elections.

Brits look to US Tea Party movement for inspiration as anger grows over EU bailouts

Hundreds of pro-cuts activists have taken part in a "rally against debt" opposite the Houses of Parliament, in the first Tea Party-style protest to challenge the anti-cuts lobby.

Denying link to militants, Pakistan's spy chief denounces U.S. before Parliament

In an unusual, and apparently heated, closed-door session of Parliament, Pakistan's spy chief issued a rousing denunciation of the United States on Friday for its raid that killed Osama bin Laden and denied that Pakistan maintained any links with militant groups, according to lawmakers.

Iran warns West it will allow transit of drugs to Europe if criticism continues

A senior Iranian official has threatened to allow the transit of illegal drugs thought its territory to Europe should the west continue criticizing the Islamic nation's human rights record.

Friday, May 13, 2011

A law student plays the race card - and gets busted, big time

In late April, Johnathan Perkins, a third-year law student at UVA, wrote a letter to the editor that was published in Virginia Law Weekly. Perkins claimed that he was harassed by university police. 
It turns out Perkins wrote the article to "bring attention to the topic of police misconduct." "The events in the article did not occur."

Pelosi says Republicans will be held to account for Medicare vote

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats won't let people forget how Republicans voted to alter Medicare.

Flashback: "Nancy Pelosi proclaimed her support for this cost-cutting" agenda..., half of the bill (health care) will be paid for by squeezing excesses out of the Medicare and Medicaid system, $500 billion worth."

Bin Laden widows in Pakistan questioned by CIA

C.I.A. interrogators questioned three wives of Osama bin Laden for the first time on Thursday, 10 days after they were taken by Pakistan security forces from the compound where the al Qaeda leader was killed, an American official confirmed Friday.

Iran to blind criminal with acid in 'eye for an eye' justice

In a literal application of the sharia law of an eye for an eye, Iran is ready for the first time to blind a man with acid, after he was found guilty of doing the same to a woman who refused to marry him.

U.S. official: Mideast envoy George Mitchell to resign Friday

U.S. Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell, who has led the Obama administration's efforts to restart direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, plans to resign on Friday, a U.S. official said.

New Yorkers under 30 flee city due to high taxes, few jobs

A new Marist College poll shows that 36% of New Yorkers under the age of 30 are planning to leave New York within the next five years - and more than a quarter of all adults are planning to bolt the Empire State.

Man decapitates British woman in busy shopping center, runs through the streets with her head

A British woman was today decapitated by a madman with a machete on the holiday island of Tenerife.
The crazed killer stabbed the 62-year-old a number of times before cutting off her head without uttering a word in a shopping centre and fled the store with the severed head in his hands.

Indiana Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supereme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes. 

Osama Bin Laden revenge blasts kill 80

Deadly suicide bomb attacks in north-west Pakistan avenging the death of Osama Bin Laden have killed 80 people.

Al-Qaeda promises retaliation; Threatens Obama's Kenyan grandmother

Al-Qaeda wasted no time announcing their retaliation against the United States for the killing of their leader Osama Bin Lade. 
Kenyan police issued security for Sarah Obama's home after receiving reports about plans to attack her home.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

House Republicans push bill to accelerate offshore oil exploration, Democrats vow action

Maneuvering on oil drilling, gas prices and industry profits intensified on Capital Hill on Wednesday. House republicans pushed through a bill to accelerate offshore oil and gas exploration as Democrats vowed action on measures to rescind billions of dollars in tax breaks for major oil and gas companies.

Obama tells companies to 'step up' and hire workers

President Obama urged businesses to "step up" and hire workers, pressing banks and other corporations to do more to help an economy that he said would take "several years" to recover fully.

Taliban join the Twitter revolution

The Taliban's Twitter feed, @alemarahweb, pumps out several messages each day, keeping 224 followers up to date with often highly exaggerated reports of strikes against the "infidel forces' and the "Karzai puppet regime."

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ugandan parliament to debate bill that would jail gay people for life

Ugandan MPs will debate a bill calling for gay people to be imprisoned for life on Friday after a walkout by women MPs over an unrelated matter forced parliament's adjournment. 

US to spend $30 million fighting internet censorship in repressive regimes

The United States is playing a game of "cat and mouse" on the web, funding  new technology aimed at breaking internet censorship in repressive regimes including China and Iran, officials have said. 

Teens sue government over global warming with help of NASA scientist

By failing to take action against global warming, the federal government has violated its legal obligation to protect the atmosphere as a resource that belongs to everyone, according to lawsuit filed in fedearl court last week. 

Teens suing Colorado over global warming

An 11-year-old and two teenagers are suing the state of Colorado for not doing enough to protect the environment.

Former Republican lawmaker Phillip A. Hamilton convicted of bribery

Former Del. Phillip A. Hamilton was convicted of bribery and extortion charges this afternoon and is facing up to 30 years in prison when sentenced Aug. 12. 

Another recess appointment by Obama, bypassing Congress

Representative Barney Frank said today he expects President Obama to bypass Congress and do a recess appointment to install the director of the new consumer protection agency for financial products.

Harry Reid reintroduces the DREAM Act

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reintroduced the DREAM Act in the Senate on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after President Obama called on Congress to take steps forward on a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would put the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants on a pathway toward citizenship.

Obama administration pushing banks to offer sub-prime loans on disadvantaged

Community activists in St. Louis became concerned a couple of years ago that local banks weren't offering credit to the city's poor and African American residents. So they formed a group called St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance and began writing complaint letters to federal regulators.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

13 killed in island gunbattle between Mexican drug gang and marines on lake near Texas border

Thirteen people were killed in a bloody shootout in Mexico between drug gang members and Mexican marines on an island off the Texas border, authorities said.

China wants a peek at secret U.S. helicopter

Pakistani officials said today they're interested in studying the remains of the U.S.'s secret stealth-modified helicopter abandoned during the Navy SEAL raid of Osama bin Laden's compound, and suggested the Chinese are as well.

VIDEO: Crazed naked man terrorizes New York City subway passengers

A crazed naked man seen menacing New York City subway passengers on a scare new viral video was handcuffed and transported to a Bronx hospital last week, but not charged in connection with the bizarre incident, according to police.

Osama bin Laden's son says U.S. broke international law 'if' his father is dead

Osama bin Laden's son Omar says he always disagreed with his father about violence, and is now disagreeing with the violence purportedly used against his father.

Wis. election staff: sufficient signatures to recall four (and counting) GOPers

Wisconsin election staff have so far determined that there are sufficient signatures submitted to recall four Republican state Senators -- an important first step, pending further challenges, before the wave of state recalls can be officially green-lit.

Police find tunnel under Arizona-Mexico border

U.S. border police have found a sophisticated smuggler's tunnel fitted with lights, water pumps and a ventilation system running under the Arizona border from Mexico, authorities said on Monday.

Poll: Despite rising approval rating, Obama gets worst marks ever on economic management

Following the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Obama's approval rating received an expected bump. Yet while his overall approval rating ticked up, his marks when it comes to the economy actually fell at the same time, dropping to a record-low in the latest NBC survey released this week. 

The real 'Scarface' arrested in Italy

Authorities say Feliciano Mallardo, nicknamed "o sfregiato" ("scarface"), was the head of the Giugliano clan, a group within the Camorra crime syndicate.

VIDEO: Barack Obama slips secret message to general?

In the video President Obama is seen stepping off Air Force One at Cape Canaveral on April 29, to be greeted by Brigadier General Ed Wilson of the US Air Force.

Texas set to allow concealed handguns in public universities

The holders of concealed handgun licences are set to be allowed to carry weapons into public college buildings and classrooms in Texas, after Republicans in the state senate approved the measure as part of a universities spending bill.

Osama bin Laden raid team was prepared to fight Pakistani forces

The strained US-Pakistan relationship has come under further pressure after it emerged that the assault team which killed Osama bin Laden was prepared to fight its way out of Pakistan if necessary. 

Feds launch investigation into Newark Police Department, where Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel picked police superintendent

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says the probe will look into allegations of excessive force, discriminatory policing and poor treatment of detainees in holding cells. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver split

Arnold Schwarzenegger's split from wife Maria Shriver may have come as a shock to fans, but sources claim it was a long time coming.

Liberals in southern Arizona seek to form new state

A long-simmering movement by liberals stalwarts in Arizona to break away from the rest of the largely conservative state is at a boiling point as secession backers press to bring their longshot ambition to the forefront of Arizona politics.

Monday, May 9, 2011

VIDEO: Snipers firing at protestors in Syria

Osama bin Laden mission agreed in secret 10 years ago by George Bush and Pervez Musharraf

The US and Pakistan struck a secret deal almost a decade ago permitting a US operation against Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil similar to last week's raid that killed the al-Qaida leader, the Guardian has learned. 

Hamas's Meshaal: U.S. had no right to kill bin Laden

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said on Monday the United States had no right to kill Osama bin Laden but said this did not mean the Palestinian Islamist group supported al Qaeda's attacks on civilians.

Eric Holder vows to close Guantanamo

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the United States would close the Guantanamo Bay facility holding terrorism suspects in Cuba, despite missing a previous deadline to do so.

Nation's largest labor union asks members to support Obama's re-election bid

The nation's largest labor union is poised to back President Barack Obama in his bid for a second term. 
The National Education Association represents 3.2 million schoolteachers, administrators and educators. 

Bin Laden died some time ago due to sickness: Iran minister

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said bin Laden died some time ago due to sickness.

Attack on bin Laden used stealthy helicopter that had been a secret

The assault team that killed Osama bin Laden sneaked up on his compound in radar-evading helicopters that had never been discussed publicly by the United States government, aviation analysts said Thursday.

Christians protest Egyptian violence

Hundreds of Egyptians, many of them Coptic Christians, demonstrated on MOnday in Cairo to protest Muslim-Christian clashes that left 12 dead and a church burned.

NATO units left 61 African migrants to die of hunger and thirst

Dozens of African migrants were left to die in the Mediterranean after a number of European and NATO military units apparently ignored cries for help, the Guardian has learned. 

India begins wargames along Pakistan border

India kicked off war games involving thousands of troops Monday along its border with arch-rival Pakistan, which is still smarting from the US operation that killed Osama bin Laden. 

Ahmadinejad fights rare public battle with Iran's supreme leader

Dignitaries, a red carpet and a child with a bouquet of flowers greeted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he landed at Istanbul airport in Turkey on Monday. It was perhaps the warmest welcome he has received in weeks. 

Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer: Amtrak should have 'no ride' lists

New York Senator Chuck Schumer has called for a "no-ride" list for Amtrak trains for fear of terrorist attacks on the nation's train system.

Syrian forces use soccer stadiums as prisons, human rights groups say

Syrian security forces were using soccer stadiums as makeshift prisons in at least two cities Monday after raiding homes and arresting hundreds of residents, the directors of two human rights organizations said.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A second explosion heard in town where bin Laden killed

Witnesses say two loud explosions have rocked the Pakistani town where Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. raid. 

Pakistani official says 'heads will roll' after bin Laden investigation

If Pakistani officials knew Osama bin Laden was living peacefully in the country, said Pakistani Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani, they would have done something. 

Loud explosion heard near bin Laden compound

A loud explosion has been heard in the town where Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan.

VIDEO: CIA releases bin Laden home video

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Pelosi fundraises off the threat of a 'Republican war on women'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) condemned a "Republican war on women" in a fundraising pitch for Democrats. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

U.S. releases bin Laden home videos

Five video clips released by US show bin Laden in his hideout, watching news coverage of himself on TV.

Cellphone 'pocket dials' 911, exposes larceny plot

An ill-timed, inadvertent 911 call led police to three larceny suspects overheard planning break-ins in upstate New York.

AP: Key role in bin Laden raid for secret choppers

Secret until now, stealth helicopters may have been key to the success of the Osama bin Laden raid. But the-so-far-unexplained crash of one of the modified Black Hawks at the scene apparently compromised at least some of the aircraft's secrets.