Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kim Jong Un's ex-girlfriend executed by firing squad

Unconfirmed reports claim the ex-girlfriend of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was executed by firing squad along with 11 others, after the group allegedly made and sold a sex tape.

Hyon Song Wol, a singer in North Korea's famed Unhasu Orchestra, was killed by machine gun along with 11 other members of the orchestra and the Wangjaesan Light Music Band, another popular state-run music group in North Korea, according to a report in The Chosun Ilbo, South Korea's largest daily newspaper.

The report, which cites an anonymous source in China, says the group was arrested Aug. 17 for filming and selling a pornographic video featuring themselves. The clip reportedly found its way across the border to China. Their families were forced to watch the execution, which took place three days later, and were then sent to the country's notorious prison camps, the source said.

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Video: Cops attack 2 men then arrest them for assault

Two brothers are charged with assaulting officers but they say they're the real victims and have the proof to prove it: the whole fight was caught on video.


James Woods: Perhaps Britain didn't want to follow a community organizer into quicksand

Quick-witted and not shy about his feelings toward Obama, actor James Woods had a few profound observations about why Britain might not want to rush into war given the current leadership in the U.S.:

Amazon will start charging sales tax beginning Sunday

On Sunday, a change in state law goes into effect requiring out-of-state Internet retailers such as Amazon that have business operations in the state to start collecting the 5.3 percent retail sales and use tax, just as bricks-and-mortar stores always have had to do.

“I think it’s a long time overdue,” said Nancy Thomas, president of the Retail Merchants Association in Richmond.

“Really, the impact on the retail industry is that it finally levels the playing field, at least with Amazon,” she said. “This is a great first step. What we really need is a federal bill to level the playing field for good.”

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Neoconservatives slam Obama's procrastination on Syria

In initial reactions to US President Barack Obama's surprise announcement that he is turning to Congress for approval of a decision to strike in Syria, three prominent conservative voices are harshly condemnatory.

"I think this is astonishing," said columnist Charles Krauthammer on Foxnews. "But the most astonishing thing is the lack of any urgency... Congress will be back in a week, he says 'I can strike in a day, or a week, or a month,'” as if he's a judge handing down a sentence and the execution can be any time in the future. There's a war going on! You think everyone is going to hold their breath, hold their arms, step aside until Obama decides when he wants to go to Congress?"

Krauthammer said that asking Congress for approval is “absolutely necessary” but the way the matter has been handles is “amateur hour.” Obama should have first convened Congress and held a vote there - and then made a statement to the world about what he intends to do in Syria.

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Report: NSA hacked Arab news outlet, Russian airline

The U.S. government’s shadowy National Security Agency spied on the Arab news network Al Jazeera and the popular Russian airline Aeroflot, according to a new report.

Germany’s Der Spiegel reported the NSA hacked Al Jazeera’s internal communications system and read communications from “interesting parties” and managed to breach Aeroflot’s reservation system.

The newspaper said their reporting was based on a document passed to them by former NSA contractor and fugitive Edward Snowden.

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Iran will defend Syria in the face of any aggression

Any war against Syria will have consequences on the whole region and will not be limited to its borders, Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security at Iranian Shura Council, Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.

In a press statement following his meeting in Damascus Saturday with Speaker of the People's Assembly, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, Boroujerd said "Our visit to Syria comes to express support to the axis of resistance and opposition to any aggression or war against it."

Earlier, Boroujerdi reiterated his country's firm and principled stance in defending Syria, the axis of the resistance in the region in the region.

In a statement before heading to Syria on Saturday, Boroujerdi warned that the war on Syria will ignite the region as the Zionist entity and the West will be the main affected sides.

He asserted that the wide-scale media campaign to launch an aggression on Syria is a "psychological warfare and a stupidity" which reflects the US weakness.

Boroujerdi stressed that the message of the Iranian government and people is to stand by Syria in the face of any aggression.

He described the use of chemical weapon as baseless, hailing Syria's cooperation with the UN investigation mission on the use of chemical weapon.

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Foreign Ministry: Kerry's presentation is based on old stories published by terrorists

An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that after days of media exaggeration about what the US administration described as decisive evidence, US Secretary of State John Kerry only produced material based on old stories which were published by terrorists over a week ago and are full of fabrication and lies.

The source said that the Ministry is surprised that one of the bigger countries in the world is attempting to deceive its public opinion in such a naïve manner by relying on non-evidence, and that the Ministry denounces the US act of basing its positions on war and peace on what was published on social networking sites, which the Ministry views as a desperate attempt to talk the world into accepting the upcoming US aggression.

The source said that the numbers quoted by Kerry are fictional and produced by armed groups in Syria and the opposition abroad, both of whom instigate the US aggression, adding that this scene brings to mind the lies promoted by Colin Powell before the invasion of Iraq.

The Source said that Foreign and Expatriates Ministry confirms that all the accusations leveled by Kerry against the Syrian state are lies and devoid for truth for the following reasons:

1-Syria has challenged the US to produce one piece of true and logical evidence that it used the alleged chemical weapons, and Kerry relied on fabricated images from the internet, and the alleged call made by a Syrian officer after the alleged attack is too ridiculous to be discussed.

2-Syria never impeded or restricted the international investigation committee, on the contrary; as the UN Secretary-General has lauded the Syrian cooperation with the committee in his most recent call with the Foreign and Expatriates Minister on 30/8/2013, asserting that Syria permitted the committee to move exactly as per the agreement signed by the two sides.

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Syrian rebels plan raids to exploit Western strikes - commander

Opposition fighters across Syria are preparing to launch attacks that exploit anticipated U.S.-led military strikes, but there are no plans to coordinate with Western forces, a Syrian rebel commander said on Saturday.

Qassim Saadeddine, a former Syrian army colonel and spokesman for the rebels' Supreme Military Council, said the council had sent a selection of rebel groups a military plan of action to use if strikes took place.

"The hope is to take advantage when some areas are weakened by any strikes. We ordered some groups to prepare in each province, to ready their fighters for when the strike happens," he told Reuters, speaking by Skype.

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Pat Buchanan: Chemical attack 'reeks of false flag operation'

During an interview with Newsmax Thursday, three-time presidential adviser Pat Buchanan joined the growing number of mainstream voices now specifically labeling the recent chemical attacks in Syria as a false flag.

“…First, this thing reeks of a false flag operation,” said Buchanan. “I would not understand or comprehend that Bashar al-Assad, no matter how bad a man he may be, would be so stupid as to order a chemical weapons attack on civilians in his own country when the immediate consequence of which might be that he would be at war with the United States. So this reeks of a false flag operation.”

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Marijuana ruling could signal end of prohibition on pot

After Washington state and Colorado passed laws in November 2012 legalizing the consumption and sale of marijuana for adults over 18, lawmakers in both states waited to see whether the federal government would continue to prosecute pot crimes under federal statutes in their states.

But on Thursday, the Department of Justice announced that it would not prosecute marijuana crimesthat were legal under state law, a move that could signal the end of the country's longtime prohibition on pot is nearing. "It certainly appears to be potentially the beginning of the end," said Paul Armantano, deputy director of the pot lobby group NORML.

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Sunrise police employee accused of stealing oxycodone pills

A Sunrise police property and evidence technician has been accused of stealing hundreds of oxycodone pills and has been linked to the thefts through her DNA, authorities said.

Norma Currlin, 50, has been charged with six counts of theft of controlled substances. She was arrested Friday evening and posted a $6,000 bond Saturday, jail records show.

During a random audit in May 2012, police discovered that seven stored oxycodone pills had disappeared from a package that would not be needed for any pending criminal case.

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U.S. military officers have deep doubts about impact, wisdom of a U.S. strike on Syria

The Obama administration’s plan to launch a military strike against Syria is being received with serious reservations by many in the U.S. military, which is coping with the scars of two lengthy wars and a rapidly contracting budget, according to current and former officers.

Having assumed for months that the United States was unlikely to intervene militarily in Syria, the Defense Department has been thrust onto a war footing that has made many in the armed services uneasy, according to interviews with more than a dozen military officers ranging from captains to a four-star general.

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Report: Saudi Prince Bandar delivered Israeli chemicals to Syrian terrorists

According to reports in Mint Press News made by veteran Associated Press reporter Dale Gavlak, the chemical attack came from Syrian rebel arms by Prince Bandar, not the Assad regime.

Gavlak writes, “The U.S., Britain, and France as well as the Arab League have accused the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for carrying out the chemical weapons attack, which mainly targeted civilians. U.S. warships are stationed in the Mediterranean Sea to launch military strikes against Syria in punishment for carrying out a massive chemical weapons attack. The U.S. and others are not interested in examining any contrary evidence, with U.S Secretary of State John Kerry saying Monday that Assad’s guilt was ‘a judgment … already clear to the world.’”

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Video: Iowa Democrat prayer: Thank God for abortionist!

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U.S. had intel on Syrian chemical strike before it was launched

American intelligence agencies had indications three days beforehand that the Syrian regime was poised to launch a lethal chemical attack that killed more than a thousand people and has set the stage for a possible U.S. military strike on Syria.

In a call with reporters Friday afternoon, senior administration officials did not address whether this information was shared with rebel groups in advance of the attack. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the information had been shared.

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Obama closes gun-buying loopholes with executive action

The Obama administration is using executive authority to close two gun-buying loopholes, a narrower version of the post-Newtown gun legislation that fell apart in the Senate four months ago. The new rules — one concerning background checks, the other the reimportation of weapons — could reduce the number of gun purchases a year by 70,000.

"It's simple, it's straightforward, it's common sense," Vice President Joe Biden said today from the White House. The executive action will only apply to relatively few gun purchases, though.

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Police storm homeschool class, take children by force

Four children, ages 7 to 14, have been forcibly taken from their Darmstadt, Germany, home by police armed with a battering ram, and their parents have been told they won’t see them again soon, all over the issue of homeschooling, according to a stunning new report from the Home School Legal Defense Association.

A team of 20 social workers, police and special agents stormed the family’s home. HSLDA reported a Judge Koenig, who is assigned to the Darmstadt family court, signed an order authorizing the immediate seizure of the children by force.

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Military 'practice' bomb lands in bar parking lot

A freak accident in the skies over Maryland’s Eastern Shore. A military plane drops a “practice” bomb into a Queen Anne’s County parking lot, narrowly missing cars and people.

The National Guard now admits—it could have been a disaster.
Just after 9 p.m., surveillance video shows stunned patrons looking on as gray smoke billows from the parking lot.

The hole the bomb made has already been covered up. But according to military leaders, before it crash landed in the parking lot, it was on a jet on its way back from a training exercise out of Air National Guard base in Middle River.

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Texas' Improper Photography Statute ruled unconstitutional

There’s a legal battle currently raging in the state of Texas that concerns photography. More specifically, it concerns improper photography — defined as photographing another person without their consent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of another person — which was illegal until the state’s Fourth Court of Appeals declared the statute prohibiting it unconstitutional.

The constitutionality of the Texas Improper Photography Statute was first brought to the courts in July of 2011, when 50-year-old Ronald Thompson was arrested at Sea World of Texas for taking inappropriate photos of children ages 3 to 11 in their swimsuits.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad's regime: U.N. official

Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.

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NYPD officer faces up to 7 years in jail for lying about photographer's arrest

One year ago, in August of 2012, New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik was arrested for allegedly using his camera flash to interfere with police during an arrest. However, after taking a look at the evidence, it’s the police officer who is in hot water and may face up to 7 years in prison after being indicted on three felony counts and five misdemeanors.

According to The New York Times, the altercation took place on August 4th of last year, when Stolarik began taking pictures of a street fight at McClellan Street and Sheridan Avenue in the Bronx. When police officer Michael Ackermann asked him to stop, Stolarik quickly informed him that he was a New York Times journalist and continued photographing the proceedings.

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Video: Chicago cop chokes minor, throws him to the ground


Update: Former US attorney 'regrets' losing temper at conservative journalist James O'Keefe

Former U.S. attorney and Tulane University assistant-Dean Jim Letten “regrets” the angry tirade he unleashed at James O' Keefe which was caught on video last month, the university said in a statement on Monday.

According a different statement released at nearly the same time, an official said the school had permanently banned O'Keefe from returning to campus.

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Iran to take legal action against US over 1953 coup

Iranian parliamentarians have approved fast tracking debate on a bill that seeks to sue the United States for its involvement in the 1953 coup d’état against the democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq.

During an open session of the Majlis on Tuesday, 173 Iranian lawmakers voted in favor of the urgency of discussing the motion for taking legal action against the US.

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Russia and China step up warning over Syria intervention

Russia and China have stepped up their warnings against military intervention in Syria, with Moscow saying any such action would have "catastrophic consequences" for the region.

The US and its allies are considering launching strikes on Syria in response to deadly attacks last week.

The US said there was "undeniable" proof of a chemical attack, on Monday.

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Iran: Documents show terrorists behind chemical attacks in Syria

The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday strongly deplored the last week use of chemical weapons against civilians in a Damascus suburban area, and said the Russian government has presented documents and evidence to the UN proving that the rebel groups have used the fatal substances.

“There are reasons and documents showing what has happened in Syria has been carried out by terrorists and these documents have been presented to the UN Security Council by the Russian government,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.

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Black student accused of sending racist text messages to himself

The black St. Peter’s Prep student who purportedly received racist text messages warning him to drop out of the Jersey City high school's student government election sent the texts to himself, a school official confirmed last week.

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Government agencies at all levels selling personal information to marketing companies

A CBS4 Investigation has uncovered that government agencies at all levels are selling personal information to marketing companies.

Eric Meer is a small business owner who works out of his home in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood. Meer says he was deluged by direct mail after registering his small business with the Colorado Secretary of State. He says many of the ads he received were deceptive asking him to pay fees that he wasn’t required to pay.

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State trooper can't dodge sex assault claim

A Pennsylvania state trooper cannot dismiss claims that he sexually assaulted a woman facing criminal charges by luring her to a cemetery after a dismissal hearing, a federal judge ruled.

Faith Kintzel claims she followed State Trooper Stephen Kleeman's patrol car to a cemetery, where he commented about her being clothed, which she took as an order to undress.

As Kintzel sat undressed in her car pressing her legs together, Kintzel pushed them apart, bruising her thighs and knees, and ordered her to lie down, according to the complaint. Kleeman then had sexual intercourse with her against her will and told her to stay at the cemetery for a while after he left, according to the complaint.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Chemical weapons found in tunnels used by rebels in Syria

Syrian state television said on Saturday that government soldiers had found chemical agents in rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar.

"Army heroes are entering the tunnels of the terrorists and saw chemical agents," state television quoted a source as saying. "In some cases, soldiers are suffocating while entering Jobar." The report said an army unit was preparing to storm the suburb.

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VA employees get bonuses despite massive backlog, inefficiency

Two-thirds of employees at the Department of Veteran Affairs, which has been the subject of widespread criticism for its excessive delays in providing veterans their benefits, received bonuses at the end of 2011 for “excellent” or “outstanding” performance. Additionally, employees at some of the department’s most ineffective offices were more likely to receive bonuses than workers at some of its most productive offices.

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Assad: Syria will never become a western puppet state

President Bashar al-Assad stressed that Syria is a sovereign country that will fight terrorism and will freely build relationships with countries in a way that best serves the interests of the Syrian people.

In an interview with the Russian newspaper of Izvestia, President al-Assad stressed that "the majority of those we are fighting are Takfiris, who adopt the al-Qaeda doctrine, in addition to a small number of outlaws."

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Watch: Former US attorney throws book at journalist, calls him snail, hobbit, spud, asshole

Former U.S. attorney and assistant Tulane University Dean Jim Letten unleashed a barrage of verbal abuse at conservative journalist James O' Keefe and his film crew in an altercation on Tulane’s campus early last month.

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U.S. spy agency bugged U.N. headquarters: Germany's Spiegel

The U.S. National Security Agency has bugged the United Nations' New York headquarters, Germany's Der Spiegel weekly said on Sunday in a report on U.S. spying that could further strain relations between Washington and its allies.

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Sheriff's office responds to family fight, shoots couple to death

A mother who called Louisiana sheriff's officers because her daughter and son-in-law were fighting saw the officers respond by shooting them both to death, the mother claims in court.

The mother, Patricia Doyle, sued on behalf of her two granddaughters, and for her late daughter, Deborah Prine, and son-in-law Robert Prine.

Named as defendants are St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Michael Tregre, in his official capacity, and 14 of his officers, in their official capacities and as individuals.

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10-year-old girl accused of raping 4-year-old during game of 'doctor'

A 10-year-old girl is facing rape charges from playing an alleged game of “doctor” with a group of children from her housing complex.

The girl, who is only identified as “Ashley,” was charged by police for aggravated sexual assault.

Ashely was held for four days in the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center in June.

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Feeding homeless apparently illegal in NC

On the morning of Saturday, August, 24, Love Wins showed up at Moore Square at 9:00 a.m., just like we have done virtually every Saturday and Sunday for the last six years. We provide, without cost or obligation, hot coffee and a breakfast sandwich to anyone who wants one. We keep this promise to our community in cooperation with five different, large suburban churches that help us with manpower and funding.

On that morning three officers from Raleigh Police Department prevented us from doing our work, for the first time ever. An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested.

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DHS places employees pushing racial violence on leave

The Homeland Security Department has placed on administrative leave an employee recently exposed as the force behind a website filled with hate speech that advocates violence against whites.

The employee, Ayo Kimathi, is a senior contract and small business specialist who has been at DHS since July 5, 2009.

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Longer stretch for prison guards convicted of beating prisoners

Two prison guards convicted of beating young prisoners with broomsticks and covering up the attack did not deserve sentencing leniency, the 11th Circuit ruled.

The incident at issue occurred on Feb. 25, 2009, after a fight broke out in the youthful offender wing of the South Florida Reception Center in Doral, Fla., where all inmates are under the age of 21.

Marvin Woods sustained a head injury in the fight, but he and other inmates refused to tell correction officers his assailant.

Correction officer Alexander McQueen then snapped a broomstick in half and whacked Woods' legs with it.

Officer Guruba Griffin then asked the assembled inmates if anyone wanted to fight. One prisoner, Branden Pressley, volunteered to fight with inmate Juedline Bertrand. The prisoners were required to box, not to wrestle, and the guards hit or slapped the violator when one of them broke the rules.
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Internet companies paid millions for spying activity

The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to Internet companies like Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Facebook to cover costs of its PRISM surveillance program, according to secret documents obtained by The Guardian and published on its website.

The money was paid even after the agency's activities were ruled unconstitutional by a secret court known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, according the documents provided to the newspaper by Edward Snowden.

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Iranian bank cleared on 2006 rocket attacks in Israel

Bank Saderat Iran and a subsidiary is not liable for the injuries and deaths caused by Hezbollah rockets on the border between Israel and Lebanon in 2006, a federal judge ruled.

The suit had been filed by American, Israeli and Canadian civilians who were either injured or whose family members died in the 34-day conflict. They claimed that Bank Daderat facilitated funding between the terrorist organization and Iran, another defendant in the case.

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Suspended and unlicensed VA physicians receive pay bonuses

Doctors working for the Veterans Affairs department received performance-based bonuses despite providing poor treatment, according to a new report, due to a lack of agencywide standards defining the prerequisites for the monetary awards.

In fiscal 2011, about 80 percent of Veterans Health Administration providers -- physicians and dentists -- received $150 million in incentivized pay, according to a Government Accountability Office audit. These employees are eligible to collect up to $15,000 or 7.5 percent of their base pay in an annual lump sum. Additionally, about 20 percent of providers received $10 million in performance awards.

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DoD training manual: 'Extremist' Founding Fathers 'would not be welcome in today's military'

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch recently obtained a Department of Defense training manual which lists people who embrace “individual liberties” and honor “states’ rights,” among other characteristics, as potential “extremists” who are likely to be members of “hate groups.”

Marked “for training purposes only,” the documents, obtained Thursday through a Freedom of Information Act request submitted in April, include PowerPoint slides and lesson plans, among which is a January 2013 Air Force “student guide” distributed by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute simply entitled “Extremism.”

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ObamaCare's architects reap windfall as Washington lobbyists

ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside.

More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010.

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US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria, blame it on Assad govt': Report

The Obama administration gave green signal to a chemical weapons attack plan in Syria that could be blamed on President Bashar al Assad's regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country, leaked documents have shown.

A new report, that contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence, showed a scheme 'approved by Washington'.

As per the scheme 'Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to usechemical weapons,' the Daily Mail reports.

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Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official

Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.

Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mom calls 911 on detective: 'The guy just dropped his pants'

An Oregon State Police detective has been caught having sex with a prostitute while he was on duty, according to police.

A 911 call on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. reported a man and woman engaging in a sex act in the bushes off Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard near 77th Court.

The woman who called 911 told Fox 12 she was at home with her daycare kids when she saw a man and woman walk into the empty lot across the street. That's when her 16-year-old son said, "Mom, the guy just dropped his pants."

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Reuters still claims YouTube video behind Benghazi attacks

Reuters is still blaming the YouTube video, Innocence of Muslims, for the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. This is from an article they published on Sunday, August 18, 2013:

"U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Libya's Benghazi in 2012 when Islamist gunmen attacked the U.S. consulate during a protest by a mob angry over a film they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad."

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Mirror journalist, Sun director to be charged over UK corruption

A former journalist at the Daily Mirror tabloid and a veteran editorial director at Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper are to be charged with making illegal payments to public officials, British prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Graham Dudman, an editorial director of News Corp's Sun newspaper for more than 20 years, is to be charged with three counts of conspiracy, while a former Sun journalist, John Troup, is to be charged with one count.

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Obama's sequester has now killed bunnies

The sequester has now killed bunnies. Yes, furry, innocent, blind lab-test bunnies have been put to sleep due to a $1.7 billion trim from the National Institutes of Health. A research ophthalmologist writing to the Huffington Post in response to a story about science cuts says Congress is the reason why he killed the bunnies he petted, played with, and experimented on.

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Miami-Dade Police Department admits LeBron James escort was against policy

The Miami-Dade Police Department admitted Monday that it was their officers who led Miami Heat star LeBron James the wrong way down a Miami Gardens street to Sun Life Stadium so he could get to the Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake concert in time.

“Upon further investigation, it has been confirmed that the Miami-Dade Police Department did facilitate Mr. James from one intersection to another in the adjacent area of the stadium,” a statement from MDPD read. “This was not a scheduled escort and although all safety precautions were taken, the department has identified these actions as a violation of departmental policies.”

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John Kerry reinstates Benghazi officials Clinton "punished"

Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action and has asked them to come back to work at the State Department starting Tuesday.

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Newspaper editor slaps Quinn volunteer and state Senator

A West Village-based newspaper publisher attacked a state senator and a volunteer for mayoral candidate Christine Quinn at an event touting her record, he admitted Monday.

"I have so much pent-up anger," Capsis said after the incident. "If you bring [the volunteer] over here, I'd hit him again."

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Rural Coloradans to vote on breaking away as 51st state

Voters in several rural Colorado counties will be asked whether they want to form a new state tentatively named Northern Colorado in the November election, a reaction to the Democrat-controlled state legislature’s “war on rural Colorado.”

The Weld County Commissioners voted unanimously at Monday’s meeting to place a measure on the Nov. 5 ballot asking voters whether they want the county to join other rural counties in forming another state.

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Taxpayers file lawsuit to block Woonsocket tax

Several taxpayers are moving forward with their threatened class action lawsuit to block the city from fully imposing a supplemental tax on city residents.

The gist of their claim, they say, is that the tax "is not in compliance with the legislation that originally authorized it."

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Gun advocates sue Quebec & Canadian AG for illegal gun registry

Quebec is illegally operating a gun registry, though the federal government scrapped it last year, Canada's National Firearms Association claims in Federal Court.

While the federal government scrapped the national long-gun registry last year, destroying registration data to the chagrin of many police organizations, the Quebec provincial government defiantly refused to turn over data on its residents, so as to maintain its own gun registry.

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Man says Chicago cops framed him for murder

Chicago police concealed evidence and conspired to frame an innocent man for murder and he spent 17 years in prison, the exonerated man claims in Federal Court.

Alprentiss Nash sued Chicago and eight police officers or former officers: Michael Baker, David Fidyk, John Ford, Joel Howard, George Karl, Thaddeus Macudzinski, John Solecki, and Neil Spencer.

Nash was arrested in 1995 and charged with the murder of Leon Stroud. He was convicted and served 17 years in prison before DNA testing exonerated him in 2012, he says in the complaint.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

DHS preparing to arm the TSA

"(v) CLIN 0001: 3,454,000 rounds of .347 SIG Caliber Training Ammunition including shipping (See specifications attached.)"

DHS appears poised to Arm the Transportation Security Agency TSA, in what will be remembered as one of the biggest power-grabs in law enforcement history in the U.S. State and Local Police forces will likely be demoted in their authority once this strategic move for power is complete.

The Federalization and Militarization of the Police is ongoing and escalating at such an alarming rate that even State and Local Police should fear losing their authority within their own states to this Quasi / Para Military Force of grossly unqualified agents employed by the Department of Homeland Security.

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UK "security experts" raided the Guardian to stop Snowden secrets

UK authorities reportedly raided the Guardian’s office in London to destroy hard drives in an effort to stop future publications of leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger revealed in a Monday article posted on the British newspaper’s website that intelligence officials from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) told him that he would either have to hand over all the classified documents or have the newspaper’s hard drives destroyed.

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Florida sheriff arrested, charged with felony & suspended for protecting citizens' 2nd amendment rights

In a developing story, Sheriff Nick Finch was arrested, charged with a felony and suspended without pay for supporting a citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights. It’s not a story you hear every day. It’s certainly not a story you’d expect out of a county named Liberty.

The events began when Floyd Eugene Parrish, a Florida resident, was arrested and detained by one of Finch’s deputies for carrying a firearm without a permit on March 8th, 2013. In the state of Florida, this lands you a 3rd degree felony charge. Finch released Parrish because, in his assessment, Parrish was not a violent criminal and was acting innocuously. Finch called the clerk and told her not to draw up arrest documents until he was there to assess the situation. Note, Parrish had not been officially booked into jail- only detained.

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Iran to teach drone-hunting to school students

Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards paramilitary units plan to teach drone-hunting to school students, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.

The report by pro-reform Etemad daily quoted Gen. Ali Fazli, acting commander of the Guard's Basij militia, as saying the new program will be taught as part of a "Defensive Readiness" lesson in high schools from late September.

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Israel quietly maintains ties with Egyptian army

Israel is quietly and carefully watching the turmoil in neighboring Egypt while maintaining close contacts with the Egyptian military amid concerns that the escalating crisis could weaken their common battle against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said.

As the week's death toll in Egypt rises, this alliance has put Israel in a delicate position. Wary of being seen as taking sides in the Egyptian military's standoff against Islamist supporters of the ousted president, Israel also needs the Egyptian army to maintain quiet along their shared border - and to preserve a historic peace treaty.

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Judge claims NYPD crushed his larynx

New York City police crushed the larynx of a Queens County Supreme Court judge with a karate chop and then conspired to cover up the attack, the judge claims in Federal Court.

Queens County Supreme Court Judge Thomas D. Raffaele, 70, claims in a $300,000 lawsuit that the New York City Police Department and Queens District Attorney's office conspired to cover up the June 1, 2012 attack on him in Jackson Heights.

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Obama's 2009 promise of cheaper healthcare has morphed into 2013 price hikes

The latest data aren’t kind to Obamacare. According to a new study from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 70 percent of chief financial officers cite health costs as their top concern, up from 51 percent last year, mainly because of what they expect Obamacare to do to costs.

Many smaller companies are contemplating dropping family coverage — and will instead offer benefits to workers only, thanks to the higher costs on the way because of Obamacare.

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Obama White House leaked documents to New York Times

The Obama administration provided a New York Times reporter exclusive access to a range of high-level national security officials for a book that divulged highly classified information on a U.S. cyberwar on Iran’s nuclear program, internal State Department emails show.

The information in the 2012 book by chief Washington correspondent David E. Sanger has been the subject of a yearlong Justice Department criminal investigation: The FBI is hunting for those who leaked details to Mr. Sanger about a U.S.-Israeli covert cyberoperation to infect Iran’s nuclear facilities with a debilitating computer worm known as Stuxnet.

Harry Reid: 'Snowden is a traitor'

As insipid commentators such as Thomas L. Friedman encourage NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to come on home to the Land of the Free and subject himself to the "fair-mindedness of the American people," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has provided another reminder that the people who actually hold power in this country would prefer to throw Snowden into a dark cage.

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Milwaukee police strip searched at least eight black men, including a minor

Milwaukee abusively police strip searched at least eight black men, including a minor, the men say in five federal lawsuits.

"The Internal Affairs Division ignored the clear and obvious pattern of illegal and abusive cavity and strip searches demonstrated by these civilian complaints, repeatedly rejected the complaints as meritless and refused to recommend discipline for the accused officers," the father of K.F. claims in his lawsuit. K.F. was 15 and a freshman in high school when he was illegally stopped and strip searched, according to the complaint.

In July this year, five men sued Milwaukee, its Chief Edward Flynn and several police officers, in two lawsuits. Three men, one of them K.F., filed three similar lawsuits last week.

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CIA finally admits that Ron Paul is right on foreign policy

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On the 60th anniversary of the 1953 military coup in Iran that overthrew the government of radical nationalist Mohammad Mossadegh, the US has declassified documents detailing how the CIA’s secret operation brought the country’s Shah back to power.

“American and British involvement in Mossadegh’s ouster has long been public knowledge, but today’s posting includes what is believed to be the CIA’s first formal acknowledgement that the agency helped to plan and execute the coup,” the US National Security Archive said.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Time Magazine reporter calls for drone strike on Julian Assange

A TIME magazine reporter set off a Twitter spat on Saturday when he controversially suggested that WikkiLeaks founder Julian Assange be killed in a drone strike.
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State police recorded license plates at 2009 Obama inauguration

Virginia State Police recorded the license plates of every vehicle arriving from Virginia to attend President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in Washington in 2009, as well as those at campaign rallies three months earlier in Leesburg for then-candidate Obama and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

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Israel's police chief suspends use of Taser guns

Israel's Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino suspended on Sunday the use of Taser guns by all police officers, until a special team tasked with examining the effectiveness of the gun submits its findings.

Danino's decision follows the arrest Thursday of Yitzhar resident Boaz Albert, who was electrocuted repeatedly by police even though he was not resisting arrest.

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Obamacare provision: "Forced" home inspections

The Health and Human Services’ website states that your family will be targeted if you fall under the “high-risk” categories below:
  • Families where mom is not yet 21.
  • Families where someone is a tobacco user.
  • Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities.
  • Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

RNC, Ron Paul backers seek peace

The acrimony between the Republican establishment and Ron Paul supporters who took control of state parties in 2012 has begun to fade as a new period of détente - even cooperation - starts to shape their often-fraught relationship.

And both sides say the togetherness - a behind-the-scenes priority for Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus - could be an important key to GOP success in the midterms and perhaps 2016.

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Man puts up website and photo memorial of his life before committing suicide

The website, titled “Martin Manley Life and Death,” was launched yesterday morning, and begins with this statement:

"Today is August 15, 2013. Today is my 60th birthday. Today is the last day of my life. Today, I committed suicide. Today, is the first day this site is active, but it will be here for years to come."

On the left side of the website is a list of pages, most of which are about significant events and moments in Manley’s life. One of the pages is a picture album with glimpses of his childhood and eventual family.

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Corrupt Utah police ate pizza and played video games for eight hours in couple's home

Corrupt Utah police "ate pizza and played video games" for eight hours in couple's home, while mocking their children and handcuffing the parents to keep them from caring for the toddlers, the family claims in court.

Danielle Swasey and Dante Ketchens and their two children sued West Valley City and five of its police officers, in Federal Court.

The parents claim their family's abuse was just one incident in "widespread and systematic corruption" in the city's undercover drug force. Seven officers have been put on administrative leave, one killed himself, and state and federal prosecutors have dismissed more than 110 cases because of the police corruption, the family says in the lawsuit.

Named as individual defendants are Shaun Cowley, Kevin Salmon, Sean McCarthy, John Coyle, and Thayle "Buzz" Nielsen.

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NSA abuses contradict Obama and congressional claims of oversight

"I am comfortable that the program currently is not being abused," Mr. Obama said in a press conference last week, when he announced new efforts at increasing transparency. "Part of the reason they're not abused is because these checks are in place."

However, the latest revelation that the NSA violated privacy rules thousands of times, as documented in an internal report -- an internal report withheld from at least one leader in Congress responsible for oversight -- proves the president and several others in Washington were wrong. The NSA broke privacy rules more than 2,700 times within just one year, according to a May 2012 internal NSA report that was leaked to the Washington Post, along with other secret documents.

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Judge sides with couple carelessly shot by cops

Police owe $4 million, but just two bucks in nominal damages, to a couple they shot, costing the man his leg, while looking for a parolee-at-large, a federal judge ruled.

Angel and Jennifer Mendez are now married, but at the time of the shooting in October 2010 they were living together in a shack behind the house of a friend in Lancaster, Calif. Jennifer was pregnant.

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Man dies of apparent heart attack after cops barged into home

A Brooklyn man who died Thursday may have literally been scared to death by police investigating the theft of a cellphone, the man’s family said Friday.

Carlos Alcis, 43, died of an apparent heart attack early Thursday morning after police entered his Brownsville home. Police said they knocked and that Alcis let them in; his family said officers barged in around 5 a.m. and the father of nine and others in the basement apartment were awakened during the commotion, WCBS 880′s Ginny Kosola reported.

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RNC votes to ban NBC, CNN from debates

The Republican National Committee (RNC) voted unanimously Friday to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for the 2016 GOP presidential primary debates unless the networks kill their planned films on Hillary Clinton.

“We don't have time for the media's games,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said before the vote at the RNC summer meeting in Boston. “We’re done putting up with this nonsense. There are plenty of other news outlets.”

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Deputy accused of inappropriately touching woman during questioning

A sheriff's deputy finds himself on the other side of the law after getting arrested for allegedly touching a woman inappropriately while investigating a report she made to authorities.

Deputies said Meeks admitted to the accusations when questioned about the incident. He was then fired and arrested. Officials said he was booked into the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex and issued a recognizance bond due to safety concerns.

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New Zealand may clip central banker's wings

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is powerful. But imagine if he could set U.S. monetary policy without having to reach a consensus with the other members of the Federal Open Market Committee.

Well, that’s what happens in New Zealand. The governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the central bank, has long held sole responsibility for setting interest rates.

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Deputy indicted in Alexandria man's murder

Arlington Sheriff's Deputy Craig Patterson was indicted on one count of murder by a grand jury Monday in connection the shooting death of 22-year-old Julian Dawkins.

Witnesses testified last week the two men got into an argument in Alexandria's Lynhaven neighborhood just after midnight May 22. Prosecutors said Patterson went home, returned with a gun, badge and handcuffs and shot the 22-year-old once in the chest, killing him. He remained on scene after the shooting.

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Former Obama deputy press secretary: Rand Paul will be GOP nominee

A former deputy press secretary for President Barack Obama who later founded a super PAC to support Obama's 2012 reelection efforts said he believes Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.

In an appearance on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday, Bill Burton said of 2016, "What I think's gonna happen is Rand Paul's going to be [the] nominee."

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More Fast and Furious guns surface at crimes in Mexico

Three more weapons from Fast and Furious have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, CBS News has learned, as the toll from the controversial federal operation grows.

According to Justice Department tracing documents obtained by CBS News, all three guns are WASR-10 762-caliber Romanian rifles. Two were purchased by Fast and Furious suspect Uriel Patino in May and July of 2010. Sean Steward, who was convicted on gun charges in July 2012, purchased a third. The rifles were traced yesterday to the Lone Wolf gun shop in Glendale, Ariz.

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Another nuclear stumble by Air Force raises doubts

Another embarrassing stumble by the U.S. nuclear missile force, this time a safety and security inspection failure, is raising questions about the Air Force's management of arguably the military's most sensitive mission.

The head of nuclear air forces, Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski, revealed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., had failed what the military calls a "surety" inspection - a formal check on the unit's adherence to rules ensuring the safety, security and control of its nuclear weapons.

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Cops dealing Doritos at post-legalization Hempfest

A few things will be different at this year's Hempfest, the 22-year-old summer "protestival" on Seattle's waterfront where tens of thousands of revelers gather to use dope openly, listen to music and gaze at the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

The haze of pot smoke might smell a little more like victory, after Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana use by adults over 21. Having won at the state level, speakers will concentrate on the reform of federal marijuana laws.

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Woman opens fire on group of robbers at Denny's

A woman opened fire on a group of robbers at a local Denny's restaurant.

At around 4 a.m. Thursday, a man who does not want to be identified, said his brother was robbed by six men with guns at a Denny's off the Gulf Freeway in southeast Houston.

"I don't know if it was random or someone set him up. Because he got his own label," said the victim's brother.

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US providing $15m to fund for Syrian opposition

The U.S. is providing $15 million to an international fund to help Syria's opposition govern territory under its control.

The Obama administration says the money will finance reconstruction and provide civilians with water, energy, food and health care.

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Christian family home after ill-fated Pacific voyage to escape US tyranny

An Arizona family who set sail for the tiny island of Kiribati to escape abortion, homosexuality and "the state-controlled church" in the US are back home after their boat foundered in the Pacific.

Hannah Gastonguay, 26, said she and her husband, Sean, 30, had "decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us" when they took their two small children and her father-in-law and set sail from San Diego in May.

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Auburn Police imposed quota on its officers

A secret recording of a City of Auburn Police Division meeting from last summer reveals its administration mandating a 100 contact per month quota on officers, a policy which may violate the department’s ordinances and commonly accepted police ethics.

The City of Auburn Police Division is responsible for ensuring the safety of Auburn University as well as the neighboring town.

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DUI sting causes legal snarl in Bay Area

A Bay Area sheriff's deputy who claims he was fired after revealing his involvement in a DUI sting and cover-up sued his employer for retaliation, in Federal Court.

Former reserve deputy sheriff William Howard claims the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department ostracized, demoted and fired him for telling superiors that deputy Stephen Tanabe had coordinated a sting with a private investigator to set up a winery owner for a DUI arrest. He claims Tanabe then asked him to hide a package in his, Howard's, attic that Tanabe did not want investigators to find.

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Mall becomes first in New Jersey to install license plate readers

The next time you go shopping at the Freehold Raceway Mall, keep in mind: Big Brother will be watching.

License plate readers — which record the license plates of every car that enters and leaves the mall — have been installed over the entrances and exits to the Freehold mall as a counterterrorism measure. They are the first to be installed at a major shopping mall in the state.

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Student charged with felony for wearing fashion belt made from fake ammunition

Police dropped gun charges last Thursday against a former Fitchburg State University (FSU) student, after they had initially charged him for wearing a decorative belt made of inert ammunition.

According to a local newspaper, the Worcester Telegram, Andrew Despres 20, of New Bedford, was arrested and charged with possession of a belt of semi-automatic rifle ammunition without a Firearm Identification card despite the fact that that such belts are legal in Massachusetts and all 50 states.

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Appeals court: Obama violating law on nuke site

In a rebuke to the Obama administration, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

By a 2-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ordered the commission to complete the licensing process and approve or reject the Energy Department's application for a never-completed waste storage site at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.

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Obama pushing phone tax to pay for high-speed internet

Unwilling to ask Congress for extra funds to pay for high-speed Internet connections in schools, President Obama is instead looking to tack yet another charge on cellphones through the Federal Communications Commission.

The new program, called ConnectED, would expand an existing school-wiring effort and cost each cellphone user about $5 a year, said White House officials.

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Google: don't expect privacy when sending to Gmail

"Google has finally admitted they don't respect privacy," said John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's privacy project director. "People should take them at their word; if you care about your email correspondents' privacy, don't use Gmail."

Google set out its case last month in an attempt to dismiss a class action lawsuit that accuses the tech giant of breaking wire tap laws when it scans emails sent from non-Google accounts in order to target ads to Gmail users.

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Ex-bosses at JPMorgan unlikely to face charges in 'Whale' scandal

The JPMorgan Chase & Co executives who supervised the traders at the center of the "London Whale" scandal are unlikely to face any charges over a trading debacle that cost the largest U.S. bank more than $6.2 billion, people familiar with the probe said.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday brought criminal charges against two former JPMorgan traders - Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout - accusing the pair of deliberately understating losses on the trades on JPMorgan's books.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

GOP McCain might support Hillary over Paul in 2016

If there are any questions remaining about the changing of the guard in the GOP, Senator John McCain's answer to a simple question about whom he would support in a potential 2016 presidential match-up between Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul should answer that. When asked for which one he would vote, McCain laughed and said: "It’s gonna be a tough choice."

It is quite telling that McCain would say such a thing to the left-wing New Republic, especially after he seemed so outraged after the bungling and subsequent cover up surrounding the September 11 anniversary attacks on our consulate in Libya.

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No sanctions for FBI's evasive court tactics

The FBI should not have been sanctioned for withholding documents about its investigations and surveillance operations of Islamic groups, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday.

A coalition of Muslim-American community organizations and leaders, including the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and the Council on American Islamic Relations-California, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in 2006 to get a look at documents related to the FBI's investigations of their members since 2001.

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Florida education chief resigns amid grading scandal

Florida's education commissioner resigned Thursday amid allegations that he changed the grade of a charter school run by a major Republican donor during his previous job as Indiana's school chief.

Tony Bennett announced his immediate resignation at a news conference, saying that he while he did nothing wrong he didn't want to be a distraction to Gov. Rick Scott's efforts to overhaul Florida's education system. Emails published by The Associated Press this week show that Bennett and his Indiana staff scrambled last fall to ensure Christel DeHaan's school received an A, despite poor 10th-grade algebra scores that initially earned it a C.

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NSA paid British spy agency $150m in secret funds - new leak

The NSA has made hush-hush payments of at least $150 million to Britain’s GCHQ spying agency over the past three years to influence British intelligence gathering operations. The payouts were revealed in new Snowden leaks published by The Guardian.

The documents illustrate that the NSA expects the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, to act in its interest, expecting a return on the investment, The Guardian said Thursday.

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The government can't connect a single death to Bradley Manning's leaks

After Tuesday's verdict, the sentencing hearings for Bradley Manning got underway on Wednesday with something of a setback for the government's prosecution: the counter-intelligence official in charge of investigating the impact of the Wikileaks disclosures couldn't find a single instance of someone getting killed because of Manning's leaks.

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