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2nd Topeka man arrested in connection with bomb plot at Fort Riley

April 13, 2015 by legitgov

2nd Topeka man arrested in connection with bomb plot at Fort Riley | 11 April 2015 | A second Topeka man is now charged in connection with an alleged plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at the Fort Riley. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says 28-year-old Alexander E. Blair is charged with one count of failing to report a felony. A criminal complaint filed Friday alleges Blair knew of a plot by John T. Booker. The complaint alleges that in March 2014, the FBI began an investigation into Booker, who also called himself Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, concerning statements he made online indicating he wanted to wage jihad and to die in the process.

How the FBI is whitewashing the Saudi connection to 9/11

April 13, 2015 by legitgov

How the FBI is whitewashing the Saudi connection to 9/11 | 12 April 2015 | Just 15 days before the 9/11 attacks, a well-connected Saudi family suddenly abandoned their luxury home in Sarasota, Fla., leaving behind jewelry, clothes, opulent furniture, a driveway full of cars -- including a brand new Chrysler PT Cruiser -- and even a refrigerator full of food. About the only thing not left behind was a forwarding address...Former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham, who in 2002 chaired the congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11, maintains the FBI is covering up a Saudi support cell in Sarasota for the hijackers. He says the al-Hijjis "urgent" pre-9/11 exit suggests "someone may have tipped them off" about the coming attacks. Graham has been working with a 14-member group in Congress to urge President Obama to declassify 28 pages of the final report of his inquiry which were originally redacted, wholesale, by President [sic] George W. Bush.

FBI accused of whitewashing Saudi Arabian involvement in 9/11 after quashing report about Florida family who mysteriously fled US two weeks before attack

April 12, 2015 by legitgov

FBI accused of whitewashing Saudi Arabian involvement in 9/11 after quashing report about Florida family who mysteriously fled US two weeks before attack --Al-Hijji family left cars and food behind when they fled in August 2001 --FBI agent's report said family of Saudi advisor had 'many connections' to hijackers, some of whom were said to have visited the house | 12 April 2015 | The Federal Bureau of Investigation is facing accusations that it is 'whitewashing' possible Saudi Arabian involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Relatives of homeowner Esam Ghazzawi lived in the plush Sarasota dwelling until they fled and left cars, furniture and food in their refrigerator behind right before the 9/11, prompting some to say they knew about the attacks. The daughter and son-in-law of Ghazzawi, who worked as an adviser to a member of the Saudi royal family, had stayed at the 3,300 square foot house for six years but left in late August 2001, not even leaving a forwarding address. At least one 'family member' had attended the same Venice, Florida, flight school as some of the hijackers, according to a piece in the New York Post. Mohamed Atta, the leader of the hijackers, and two other terrorists on the flights, Marwan Al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah, were also reported to have visited the Sarasota house, according to Florida Bulldog.

Nuclear weapons courier threatens his colleagues

April 12, 2015 by legitgov

Nuclear weapons courier threatens his colleagues | 10 April 2015 | A key job requirement for federal agents ferrying nuclear weapons around the United States -- no surprise here -- is that they shouldn't have "anger management" issues. Incidents of "hostility or aggression toward fellow workers or authority [or] uncontrolled anger" represent rules infractions that must be reported to top officials overseeing the nuclear couriers, according to the government's personnel manual for them. But the commander of a nuclear courier squad based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – where the uranium portions of H-bombs are fabricated, stored, and periodically moved to other federal sites – allegedly threatened to kill one of his colleagues two years ago, and senior officials did not learn about it for five months, according to a recent inspection report by the Department of Energy's top auditor.

Hillary Clinton announces 2016 White House bid

April 12, 2015 by legitgov

Hillary Clinton announces 2016 White House bid | 12 April 2015 | Hillary Clinton confirmed on Sunday what much of the political world has taken as a foregone conclusion for months, if not years: she's running for president in 2016. The former secretary of state, senator, and first lady formally announced her candidacy in a video Sunday afternoon. The video features a group of Americans talking about preparing for different life events. Clinton also tweeted the announcement, sharing her campaign website with followers and unveiling the campaign's new logo.

Hillary Clinton Running for President in 2016 as a 'Champion' for 'Everyday Americans'

April 12, 2015 by legitgov

Hillary Clinton Running for President in 2016 as a 'Champion' for 'Everyday Americans' | 12 April 2015 | Hillary Clinton is officially running for president in 2016. "I'm running for president," Clinton said in a video message posted to her new campaign website on Sunday. "Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion." Minutes before the video was released, an e-mail message sent to donors, supporters and elected officials by a top aide previewed the announcement.

Armed rangers on guard 24/7 protect the last male northern white rhino left on Earth

April 12, 2015 by legitgov

Armed rangers on guard 24/7 protect the last male northern white rhino left on Earth | 08 April 2015 | The white rhino gets armed protection 24 hour per day. (Photos) There is only one northern white male rhinoceros left on the planet. Its home is 200km north of Nairobi in Kenya, at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Joining Sudan, the male, are two female northern white rhinos. Together, they are three of the last five remaining northern white rhinos in the world. The subspecies are on the verge of extinction, suffering greatly since poaching surged in the 1960s.

First Fukushima radiation detected in Ucluelet waters

April 12, 2015 by legitgov

First Fukushima radiation detected in Ucluelet waters | 10 April 2015 | With scientists detecting the first trace amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown in the waters off Ucluelet, B.C., public concern over contamination is top of mind, and that's something Dr. Jay Cullen plans to address this Tuesday. Cullen, a chemical oceanographer with the University of Victoria's School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, will be speaking at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre April 14 about the fallout from Fukushima, marine food source contamination and the expected arrival of the radioactive plume of seawater. "Most of the members of the public that I speak with directly or through writing are concerned about the radio nucleotides in food," said Cullen.

Activists rally in Quebec City, calling for climate action ahead of premiers' meeting

April 12, 2015 by legitgov

Activists rally in Quebec City, calling for climate action ahead of premiers' meeting | 11 April 2015 | Thousands of climate change global warming activists snaked through the streets of Quebec City on Saturday to demand action from Canadian premiers who are in town to discuss environmental issues next week. The crowd at the Act on Climate Change march included representatives from First Nations, environmental activists and political groups, said journalist Yasmine Hassan, who was there covering the event for Ricochet. The organizers aimed to press provincial and territorial leaders to turn the tide on oil sands expansion and the corresponding development of pipelines.

Baker College instructor told students to threaten patients into vaccinations, lawsuit claims

April 12, 2015 by legitgov

Baker College instructor told students to threaten patients into vaccinations, lawsuit claims | 10 April 2015 | A Shiawassee County woman is suing Baker College after she claims she was kicked out of the school's nursing program because she questioned lessons she claims encouraged students to lie to patients in order to get them vaccinated. Nichole Rolfe filed the lawsuit Monday, April 6, in Genesee Circuit Court on claims an instructor at the private school's Owosso campus told students to threaten and panic patients into immunizations. Rolfe's October 2013 dismissal from the program came 20 weeks before she was set to graduate. [This pharma-fascism needs to stop. As to mandatory (mercury-laden, squalene-filled) vaccines: *We'll take your shot after you take ours.*]

Clinton campaign sends memo to supporters ahead of 2016 announcement

April 12, 2015 by legitgov

Clinton campaign sends memo to supporters ahead of 2016 announcement | 12 April 2015 | Hillary Clinton's campaign team circulated a memo to her supporters Saturday that laid out guiding principles, a day before she is expected to kick off her long-anticipated 2016 presidential campaign. The memo, obtained by Fox News, is called "We Are Hillary For America." The memo explains the principles and purposes behind the Clinton campaign, saying the campaign's aim is "to give every family, every small business, and every American a path to lasting prosperity by electing Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States."

Historic meeting between Obama and Castro begins new era of U.S.-Cuba ties

April 11, 2015 by legitgov

Historic meeting between Obama and Castro begins new era of U.S.-Cuba ties | 11 April 2015 | Ending a decades-long standstill in U.S.-Cuba relations, President Obama met Saturday with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, the first time the two nations' leaders have sat down for substantive talks in more than 50 years. The meeting on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas came as the two countries work to end the Cold War enmity that had led to a total freeze of diplomatic ties. Before Obama arrived in Panama on Wednesday, he spoke with Castro by phone, laying the groundwork for what will become a new era of relations between the neighboring countries.

Man Shoots Himself Near U.S. Capitol; Suspicious Package Investigated

April 11, 2015 by legitgov

Man Shoots Himself Near U.S. Capitol; Suspicious Package Investigated --Capitol Building put on lockdown | 11 April 2105 | A man shot himself near the U.S. Capitol Building today, police said, prompting the building to be put on lockdown and staff told to shelter in place. The man shot himself near the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building today, according to police. The man was wearing a blue backpack and had a sign taped to his hand, and there was also a suitcase nearby. Bomb technicians were preparing to approach soon the suitcase to check its contents.

Cornel West Sparks #ShutDownA14 Movement

April 11, 2015 by legitgov

Cornel West Sparks #ShutDownA14 Movement | 09 April 2015 | Dr. Cornel West has called for people across America to participate in a national movement to put a stop to the killing of black and Latino people. Dr. West's call to action is trending on social media under the hashtag #ShutDownA14, with supporters and participants of the movement using the expression to speak out on the injustice of police brutality. According to the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, #ShutDownA14 is meant to "disrupt business as usual." People are encouraged to flood public offices, buildings and spaces in the name of justice.

Five states file suits in newspaper subscription scam

April 11, 2015 by legitgov

Five states file suits in newspaper subscription scam | 11 April 2015 | Authorities in several states are suing to shut down a tangle of Oregon companies accused of bilking consumers out of $20 million in a nationwide newspaper-subscription scam. Attorneys general in Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Oregon and Texas filed a coordinated series of lawsuits this month accusing nine people of operating a network of companies that sent fake invoices to customers of dozens of publications, including The Arizona Republic. The civil fraud and racketeering lawsuits allege the companies targeted primarily senior citizens and charged them up to 200 percent for subscriptions that didn't need to be renewed.

FBI Charges Kansas Man Tried to Bomb U.S. Military Base

April 11, 2015 by legitgov

FBI Charges Kansas Man Tried to Bomb U.S. Military Base | 10 April 2015 | A 20-year-old Topeka man has been arrested by federal agents for allegedly plotting to detonate a bomb at Fort Riley military base in Kansas, officials said Friday. John T. Booker, Jr., allegedly sought to attack the U.S. Army base on behalf of Islamic State militant group, according to a three-count criminal complaint filed in federal court in Kansas. Authorities say he was arrested Friday morning outside the base as made the final connections to arm what he believed was a powerful vehicle-delivered bomb.

John Kerry, Cuban Minister See 'Progress' in Historic Talks

April 11, 2015 by legitgov

John Kerry, Cuban Minister See 'Progress' in Historic Talks | 10 April 2015 | US Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuba's foreign minister made progress as they held historic talks on Thursday to restore diplomatic ties, a US official said before their presidents attend a landmark summit. Kerry and Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez met in Panama City on the eve of the Summit of the Americas, the first meeting of this level since 1958, one year before Fidel Castro's revolution.

Chris Christie, Jerry Jones under federal investigation over One World Trade Center contract

April 11, 2015 by legitgov

Chris Christie, Jerry Jones under federal investigation over One World Trade Center contract | 10 April 2015 | A seemingly unlikely friendship between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones has been the butt of many jokes, but has now evolved into the subject of scrutiny from federal prosecutors. An investigation is underway around how Legends Hospitality LLC, which is co-owned by Jones, secured the rights to operate the One World Trade Center's observation deck. The nation's tallest building is controlled by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is controlled by - you guessed it - Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

10 deputies placed on leave after arrest beating video

April 11, 2015 by legitgov

10 deputies placed on leave after arrest beating video  | 10 April 2015 | A Southern California sheriff has placed 10 deputies on paid administrative leave after news video recorded a violent arrest that he says appeared to be excessive force. San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon announced the action Friday in the aftermath of the arrest of 30-year-old Francis Pusok, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Military Veterans Target US Drone Strikes in TV Ads

April 10, 2015 by legitgov

Military Veterans Target US Drone Strikes in TV Ads | 09 April 2015 | A group of military veterans is taking aim at U.S. drone strikes overseas with graphic TV ads directly asking Air Force pilots to stop flying the unmanned aircraft, calling the operations immoral and illegal. The ads are the first commercials opposing U.S. drone operations ever shown on American TV, according to sponsors, which include the Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento County and the Sacramento chapter of Veterans for Peace. The campaign is spearheaded by an activist website, KnowDrones.com.

Obama hints at Cuba breakthrough as he flies south for Raul Castro meeting

April 10, 2015 by legitgov

Obama hints at Cuba breakthrough as he flies south for Raúl Castro meeting | 09 April 2015 | Barack Obama is poised to remove Cuba from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, marking another important step toward rapprochement between the former cold war enemies. The president said on Thursday that the State Department had finished the review of Cuba's status that he ordered in December when he announced moves to normalise diplomatic relations. "That review has been completed," Obama told reporters in Jamaica, where he is attending a meeting of Caribbean leaders.

Clinton Adviser Could Imperil Her Standing With Progressives

April 10, 2015 by legitgov

Clinton Adviser Could Imperil Her Standing With Progressives | 09 April 2015 | Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's message ahead of her imminent presidential campaign announcement has focused on boosting the fortunes of the middle class. But to appeal to progressives with that message, Clinton may find it expedient to distance herself from the policies promulgated by Robert D. Hormats, a Clinton cheerleader and former Goldman Sachs vice chairman who served under her at the State Department. Hormats, who was the undersecretary for economic, energy and environmental affairs from 2009 to 2013, has advocated for the deregulatory approach that was begun by the Reagan administration and continued by former President Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton to launch presidential campaign on Sunday en route to Iowa - source

April 10, 2015 by legitgov

Hillary Clinton to launch presidential campaign on Sunday en route to Iowa - source | 10 April 2015 | Hillary Clinton is planning to officially launch her US presidential campaign on Sunday while en route to Iowa, a source familiar with the campaign has confirmed to the Guardian. The former secretary of state is scheduled to declare her second run for president on Twitter at noon eastern time on Sunday, the source told the Guardian, followed by a video and email announcement, then a series of conference calls mapping out a blitzkrieg tour beginning in Iowa and looking ahead to more early primary states. Clinton's Sunday schedule is booked beginning with takeoff from New York to Iowa, where speculation has centered for weeks that Clinton was focusing attention for an April campaign launch.

Was Germanwings plane crashed by hacker instead of co-pilot? Aviation expert says jet could easily be accessed remotely

April 10, 2015 by legitgov

Was Germanwings plane crashed by a HACKER instead of co-pilot? Aviation expert says the jet could easily be accessed remotely | 08 April 2015 | An aviation expert has questioned whether the doomed Germanwings passenger plane may had its electronics 'hacked' before it crashed killing all 150 on board. The theory has surfaced in a letter to the respected Financial Times newspaper from aviation boss Matt Andersson, president of Chicago-based Indigo Aerospace. Mr Andersson says the French accident investigators are clear that the stricken plane 'accelerated in its descent'. But he writes in the FT: 'That may be, but it could be from any number of causes, including external electronic hacking into the aircraft's control and navigation systems through malware or electromagnetic interception.'

Large tornado causes significant damage in central Illinois

April 10, 2015 by legitgov

Large tornado causes significant damage in central Illinois | 09 April 2015 | Authorities say one person is dead and seven injured in a northern Illinois community hit by a severe storm that produced at least one tornado. The Illinois Department of Emergency Management says one person was killed in the tiny community of Fairdale. Rockford Fire Department division chief Matthew Knott tells ABC7-TV that seven people were injured. Knott says "every single" one of the approximately 50 structures in Fairdale has been damaged.

Lincoln Chafee Considers Run for 2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination

April 9, 2015 by legitgov

Lincoln Chafee Considers Run for 2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination | 09 April 2015 | Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has announced that he is considering a campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. The former U.S. Senator, 62, and governor said in an interview that he wants to give Democratic voters a choice for president. "The Republicans have lots of choices, I feel that Democratic voters deserve choices too."

Regulators penalize PG&E $1.6 billion for deadly pipeline blast

April 9, 2015 by legitgov

Regulators penalize PG&E $1.6 billion for deadly pipeline blast | 09 April 2015 | California's largest power utility says it won't appeal a record $1.6 billion penalty from the state for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb. Utility regulators approved the penalty against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Thursday...The penalty comes as the state's top utility regulator has called for a larger review that suggests the energy behemoth could be broken up. [It's about time!]

Iran's Khamenei accuses Saudi Arabia of genocide over Yemen airstrikes

April 9, 2015 by legitgov

Iran's Khamenei accuses Saudi Arabia of genocide over Yemen airstrikes | 09 April 1015  | Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has attacked the air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen, saying the operation which has caused civilian deaths amounts to genocide. "The aggression by Saudi Arabia against Yemen and its innocent people was a mistake," Khamenei said in a speech on Iranian TV. "This is a crime and genocide that can be prosecuted in the international courts."

Indictments May Be Near in George Washington Bridge Scandal

April 9, 2015 by legitgov

Indictments May Be Near in George Washington Bridge Scandal | 08 April 2015 | The federal investigation into the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge appears to be coming to a head, with an announcement of indictments as early as next week. In recent weeks, people close to the case say, federal investigators have interviewed members of the Borough Council in Fort Lee, N.J., the town gridlocked when its three lanes leading to the bridge were narrowed to one for several days in September 2013 -- a move at first bewildering, and later revealed to be the result of orders from aides and allies of Gov. Chris Christie. Subpoenas have made it clear that the inquiry has gone beyond the lane closings to include possible conflicts of interest and bribery.

Why is the military moving back into 'Stargate' base deep under the Rocky Mountains a decade after it was abandoned?

April 9, 2015 by legitgov

Why is the military moving back into 'Stargate' base deep under the Rocky Mountains a decade after it was abandoned? | 08 April 2015 | The Cheyenne Mountain Complex is one of the icons of the Cold War - a self-contained and sufficient town buried under the Rockies meant to be impervious to a Soviet nuclear barrage. It was home to the North American Aerospace Command (NORAD), scanning the skies for Russian missiles and the military command and control center of the United States in the event of World War Three. The high tech base entered popular culture with appearances in the 1983 Cold War thriller War Games and 1994's Stargate - which imagined the complex as a clandestine home for intergalactic travel.

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