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Massive dome lowered at site of huge U.S. oil spill

Massive dome lowered at site of huge U.S. oil spill 07 May 2010 BP Plc engineers using undersea robots maneuvered a massive metal chamber to fit over a gushing ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday in their best chance yet to contain a leak that threatens an environmental catastrophe on U.S. shores. The four-story structure, the best short-term hope of controlling the spewing crude, was lowered to the seabed almost one mile below the surface in an attempt to funnel the escaping oil to a surface tanker.

Greece's workers revolt

Greece's workers revolt By Antonis Davenellos, a member of International Workers Left 07 May 2010 With an enormous general strike and massive rallies May 5--including a mobilization of more than 200,000 workers in the capital of Athens alone--the working class of Greece gave its answer to austerity measures imposed by the social democratic government of PASOK, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU). The strike paralyzed everything: public and private sector enterprises, small shops, the media... The following day, several union federations remained on strike, and tens of thousands of demonstrators surrounded the Greek parliament building as representatives voted to approve the measures... And the resistance continues: Another general strike has been set for May 10.

The Taliban stimulus: Karzai to seek US billions for insurgents' jobs, training

The Taliban stimulus: Karzai to seek US billions for insurgents' jobs, training --Is there any doubt whatsoever that Barack Obama, the corporaterrorist troll and GOP conciliator, will be more than *happy* to fully fund the Taliban stimulus? Of course, he couldn't *wait* to burn us on the public option -- too expensive. Obusha also ensured we would get stuck with a watered-down proposal to audit the Federal Reserve, a predatory terrorist group. *If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.* --Lori Price 07 May 2010

Afghanistan's Karzai to ask Obama for billions more to fight Taliban --Afghan President Hamid Karzai will ask for billions more in aid when he travels to Washington next week on a trip aimed at improving relations with Barack Obama. 07 May 2010 The Afghan president and ten ministers will tell members of the US Congress they need billions of dollars to end the eight-year-old Taliban 'insurgency.' Ministers will ask American politicians to fund an ambitious scheme to use jobs, training, aid and amnesties to coax militants from the battlefield. They will say they need money for their armed forces, farming, education, health and job schemes to win over rural Afghans who still view the Kabul regime as weak, corrupt and ineffective... The delegation will arrive in Washington on Monday to lobby Congress as it considers a Pentagon request for £22 billion of extra funds for the war in Afghanistan.

See also: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit: Unlike the 'public option,' Congress doesn't ask if funding the Taleban to blow up contractors' bridges will add to the US deficit By Lori Price 03 Oct 2009

Reporters banned by Pentagon

Reporters banned by Pentagon 07 May 2010 The Pentagon has banned four journalists from covering military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay because they published the name of a witness after being told he must only be identified as "Interrogator No 1". In an email to their editors, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan explained the ban by writing: "Your reporters published the name of a witness whose identity was protected in court." The offending [sic] reporters are Carol Rosenberg (Miami Herald), Michelle Shephard (Toronto Star), Paul Koring (Globe and Mail), and Steven Edwards (Canwest News Service).

General Election 2010: David Cameron closes in on deal with Nick Clegg

General Election 2010: David Cameron closes in on deal with Nick Clegg --David Cameron has entered into formal talks with Nick Clegg to try to secure a deal that would force Gordon Brown from Number 10. 07 May 2010 During one of the most extraordinary days in British political history, the Conservative leader made an unprecedented "big, open and comprehensive offer" to the Liberal Democrats after the election ended in the first hung parliament for 36 years. Mr Cameron was compelled to make the public plea to Mr Clegg after it became clear that the Conservatives would be 20 seats short of an overall Commons majority and that Mr Brown would not allow him to lead a minority government.

Dow industrials' 141-point decline caps 4-day plunge of 772 points

Dow industrials' 141-point decline caps 4-day plunge of 772 points 07 May 2010 U.S. stocks slumped for a fourth-straight session Friday, led by particular weakness in the technology sector, as Thursday's tumultuous trading continued to weigh on investor sentiment. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 139.89 points, or 1.3%, to 10,380.43. The declines came after Thursday's frenzied trading when the Dow dropped about 1,000 points in the afternoon before closing down 3.2%.

House panel to hold hearing on stock market plunge

House panel to hold hearing on stock market plunge 07 May 2010  The House Financial Services Committee's securities subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on May 11 to examine the circumstances behind the U.S. stock market's sharp, plunge on Thursday. "Within a matter of minutes, we faced a market that seemed just as volatile as it did in the fall of 2008," said House Financial Services subcommittee chairman Paul Kanjorski, D-Penn., in a statement.

Times Square reopens following evacuation over suspicious package

Faux News talking head: 'If nothing else, this serves as a drill.'

Times Square reopens following evacuation over suspicious package 07 May 2010 New York police have determined that a suspicious package that prompted a midday evacuation Friday of three blocks in the heart of Times Square contained only water bottles. The package, a cooler, was left in front of the Marriott Marquis hotel at 46th Street and Broadway. The bag was discovered at 12:42 p.m., Detective Mindy Diaz said.

Passengers disembark NH bus in handcuffs, M-16s pointed at them

Passengers disembark NH bus in handcuffs, M-16s pointed at them --Passenger: Police Tasered, handcuffed  man in his 60s who refused to give police his name 07 May 2010 A tense standoff with a passenger aboard a Boston-bound Greyhound bus ended 'peacefully' last night when he surrendered to police, nearly 10 hours after authorities received a call about a suspicious device on board. Earlier, sixteen other adult passengers and the driver had exited the bus, which originated in Bangor, Maine and arrived in Portsmouth for a regularly scheduled stop at about 11:20 a.m. Minutes later, someone aboard the bus called 911 and reported the apparent device, police said. Authorities quickly surrounded the bus and evacuated nearby buildings... Coming just days after a failed car bombing in New York City, the threat drew an overwhelming response, with bomb squads, SWAT teams, and a sharpshooter in an armored vehicle descending on the scene... At about 2 p.m., 2 1/2 hours after arriving in Portsmouth, passengers began leaving the bus one by one, holding their hands in the air as they walked slowly past tactical teams with guns drawn. As they disembarked, some could be seen lifting up their shirts, apparently to show they were unarmed, and being quickly surrounded by authorities. Some could be seen in handcuffs. Once all the passengers got off, they were each put in handcuffs and taken to the police station, where they were questioned individually.

Obama gives shout out to 'Los Suns' of Phoenix

Obama gives shout out to 'Los Suns' of Phoenix 05 May 2010 President Barack Obama has given a shout-out to NBA's Phoenix Suns, who are wearing jerseys that say "Los Suns" to honor the Latino community, diversity and the state of Arizona. Obama made the remarks at the beginning of a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rose Garden. The president said: "I know that a lot of you would rather be watching tonight's game -- the Spurs against 'Los Suns' from Phoenix."

1 more Tennessee flood death confirmed; U.S. toll at 30

1 more Tennessee flood death confirmed; U.S. toll at 30 06 May 2010 Tennessee officials have confirmed a flood death in Memphis, bringing the state's toll from last weekend's storms to 20... And the worst may not be over: Rural western Kentucky was bracing for what could be its worst flooding in 200 years.

Greek protesters encircle parliament as new austerity measures approved

Greek protesters encircle parliament as new austerity measures approved 06 May 2010 Tens of thousands of Greek citizens marched in the center of Athens on Thursday afternoon, encircling the parliament building, while inside the bill on the new austerity measures was approved. Denouncing for one more time the further cutbacks on salaries and tax hikes that paved the way for the EU-IMF financial support, protesters raised their voices against violence that marred Wednesday's similar demonstration, ending in the tragic death of three bank employees.

2 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan

2 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan 06 May 2010 Two more NATO soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan, raising to 181 the number of foreign troops killed in the war-torn country this year. The western alliance says one of the troopers was killed by a roadside bomb. It added that the other soldier was slain by small arms fire.

NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan 06 May 2010 A soldier serving with NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed in an armed conflict in southern Afghanistan. The soldier lost his life in "a small-arms attack" in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the military alliance announced Thursday.

Militants hit govt. offices in Nimruz

Militants hit govt. offices in Nimruz 05 May 2010 A group of armed militants have attacked a number of government buildings in Afghanistan's southwestern province of Nimruz, setting off several explosions. The attack came on Wednesday when a group of gunmen wearing explosive-laden vests stormed five or six locations in the city, including the provincial council and provincial court, AFP quoted Nimruz governor Ghulam Dastagir Azad as saying.

Danish base attacked in Afghanistan

Danish base attacked in Afghanistan 05 May 2010 The Danish army says almost a dozen of its soldiers in Afghanistan have been wounded amid escalating violence in the war-weary country. Militants attacked the Danish base in Helmand Province late on Tuesday, injuring eleven troopers and two Afghan translators, the military said on Wednesday. Nearly 30 Danish soldiers have died in the war-torn country since the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Blasts leave 5 dead in Afghanistan

Blasts leave 5 dead in Afghanistan 05 May 2010 At least five police officers and a government official have been killed in a series of explosions that rocked the southwestern Afghan province of Nimruz. The blasts took place in the provincial capital, Zaranj, on Wednesday. Five other police officers have been injured. Taliban militants have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

High-Speed Trading Glitch Costs Investors Billions

High-Speed Trading Glitch Costs Investors Billions 06 May 2010 The glitch that sent markets tumbling Thursday was years in the making, driven by the rise of computers that transformed stock trading more in the last 20 years than in the previous 200. The old system of floor traders matching buyers and sellers has been replaced by machines that process trades automatically, speeding the flow of buy and sell orders but also sometimes facilitating the kind of unexplained volatility that roiled markets Thursday.

Activist spied on? Man wins settlement

Activist spied on? Man wins settlement 05 May 2010 A 22-year-old anti-war activist from The Evergreen State College will get $169,000 as part of a settlement with the State Patrol and two other law-enforcement agencies over allegations that their officers engaged in political spying and harassment. Philip Chinn was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving by state patrol troopers in May 2007, while traveling to an anti-war protest at the Port of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen. According to court documents, Chinn was pulled over after police had broadcast an "attempt to locate" his car, which was described as containing "three known anarchists."

Taleban disown Times Square 'Idiot Bomber'

Taleban disown Times Square 'Idiot Bomber' 07 May 2010 The alleged would-be Times Square terrorist was disowned by the Pakistani Taleban yesterday as American politicians called for him to be stripped of his US citizenship so he can be tried by a military tribunal. Faisal Shahzad -- nicknamed the "Idiot Bomber" for a series of blunders leading to his arrest -- was praised by a spokesman for the Pakistani Taleban but disowned in the same breath. "We don’t even know him," a spokesman said. [Right, but I'm sure those in Langley, VA, *do.*]

Labor unions, civil-rights groups boycott Arizona

Labor unions, civil-rights groups boycott Arizona 06 May 2010 Leaders of national labor unions and civil rights groups said Thursday that they will boycott Arizona until the state's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law is repealed, overturned by the courts or superseded by congressional passage of comprehensive reform. The vice president of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union said the union will not hold major conventions, conferences or other special events involving significant travel to Arizona from outside the state.

Shahzad was questioned by U.S. immigration inspectors in early Feb.

Shahzad was questioned by U.S. immigration inspectors in early Feb. --Feds reviewing files on bombing suspect 06 May 2010 Federal authorities are conducting an internal review to determine whether officials failed to identify accused terrorist Faisal Shahzad as a potential threat before he allegedly tried to detonate a car bomb in Manhattan's Times Square, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday. Shahzad was questioned by U.S. immigration inspectors Feb. 3 after his most recent trip to Pakistan, according to federal court records.

Thousands unable to vote as polling stations fail to cope

Thousands unable to vote as polling stations fail to cope 06 May 2010 Thousands of people were deprived of their right to vote last night as polling stations across the country were unable to cope with demand. Election chiefs told The Times that the widespread failures to deal with high voter turnout may lead to by-elections in the next few weeks, which could be critical to the outcome of the election. The Electoral Commission, the election watchdog, last night announced an investigation into the problems.

US oil regulator 'gave in to BP' over rig safety

US oil regulator 'gave in to BP' over rig safety --Firm allowed to drill without devising plan to cope with blow-out 07 May 2010 As crude oil continued to pour out of control into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, questions were being asked over the relationship between BP and regulators in Washington amid allegations that the company was allowed to drill the deepwater well without filing plans for how it would cope with a blow-out like the one now in hand... An investigation by the Associated Press and other media outlets seemed to show that, after lobbying by BP, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) within the Interior Department relaxed the rules so that the company could dodge filing a proper blow-out contingency plan.

Israelis attack Apartheid Wall protesters

Israelis attack Apartheid Wall protesters 06 May 2010 Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinian demonstrators and international activists protesting the Israeli Apartheid Wall in the West Bank. The scuffles occurred on Thursday when the demonstrators sat in front of the armored bulldozers near the village of Wallaje in al-Quds (Jerusalem), trying to stop the Israeli forces, Reuters reported.

U.S. officials: No credible evidence that terrorists trained Shahzad

U.S. officials: No credible evidence that terrorists trained Shahzad 06 May 2010 No credible evidence has been found so far that the Pakistani-American man accused in the Times Square bombing plot received any serious terrorist training from the Pakistani Taliban or another radical Islamic group, six U.S. officials said Thursday. "There is nothing that confirms that any groups have been found involved in this for certain," one U.S. official told McClatchy. "It's a lot of speculation at this point."

Guantanamo Suspect Must Submit to Strip Search

Guantanamo Suspect Must Submit to Strip Search 06 May 2010 The first man brought from the Guantanamo Bay military prison to face trial in U.S. civilian court must attend the opening of his trial, forcing him to submit to strip searches he has resisted, a judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is competent to waive his right to be present for most court proceedings but said Ghailani must appear at least once at the start of trial... Ghailani has refused to voluntarily appear in court because doing so requires him to submit to a visual strip search that includes inspection of the rectal area. Such a search, according to expert testimony offered by his defense attorneys, triggers memories of CIA interrogations.

Obama sheltered BP's Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement

Obama sheltered BP's Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement By Tom Eley 06 May 2010 Last year the Obama administration granted oil giant BP a special exemption from a legal requirement that it produce a detailed environmental impact study on the possible effects of its Deepwater Horizon drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico, an article Wednesday in the Washington Post reveals. Federal documents show that the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP a "categorical exclusion" on April 6, 2009 to commence drilling with Deepwater Horizon even though it had not produced the impact study required by a law known as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The report would have included probable ecological consequences in the event of a spill.

CIA allowed to kill terrorist suspects without identification

CIA allowed to kill terrorist suspects without identification 07 May 2010 The CIA received secret permission to attack a wider range of targets, including suspected militants whose names are not known, as part of a dramatic expansion of its campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan's border region, current and former counter-terrorism officials say. The expanded authority, approved two years ago by the Bush regime and continued by Barack Obama, permits the agency to rely on what officials describe as "pattern-of-life" analysis, using evidence collected by surveillance cameras on the unmanned aircraft and from other sources about individuals and locations. [Why aren't civilians taking down these killer drones?]

Joe Lieberman introducing bill to strip US terror suspects of citizenship

Joe Lieberman introducing bill to strip US terror suspects of citizenship 06 May 2010 A day after suggesting that U.S. citizenship laws should be changed to strip American terrorists of their nationality, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Insane) has introduced legislation to do just that. "I'm now putting together legislation [so that] any individual American citizen who is found to be involved in a foreign terrorist organization, as defined by the Department of State, would be deprived of their citizenship rights," Lieberman told reporters Tuesday.

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