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Three storm chasers among 13 killed by Oklahoma tornadoes

June 2, 2013 by legitgov

Three storm chasers among 13 killed by Oklahoma tornadoes 02 Jun 2013 Three storm chasers were among 13 people killed by tornadoes that rampaged through central Oklahoma on Friday, underscoring the high risk of tracking tornadoes and forcing the media to rethink how they cover deadly twisters. Tim Samaras, 55, a leading storm chaser and founder of the tornado research company, Twistex, was killed in the Oklahoma City suburb of El Reno along with his son, Paul Samaras, 24, and Carl Young, 45, a Twistex meteorologist, according to a statement from Tim Samaras' brother, Jim Samaras. Five tornadoes touched down in central Oklahoma and caused flash flooding 11 days after a twister categorized as EF5 tore up the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore and killed 24 people.

Syrian army seizes sarin cylinders from militants in Hama

June 2, 2013 by legitgov

Syrian army seizes sarin cylinders from militants in Hama 02 Jun 2013 The Syrian army has seized two cylinders of the nerve agent sarin during an operation in the city of Hama. Syrian media say the operation was carried out against a militant hideout in the city’s al-Faraieh neighborhood on Saturday. Sarin is a colorless, odorless liquid gas which causes respiratory arrest and death. The poisonous agent has been classified as a weapon of mass destruction in UN Resolution 687. The foreign-backed militants in Syria have repeatedly threatened to use such weapons.

Russia to send nuclear submarines to southern seas

June 2, 2013 by legitgov

Russia to send nuclear submarines to southern seas 01 Jun 2013 Russia plans to resume nuclear submarine patrols in the southern seas after a hiatus of more than 20 years following the break-up of the Soviet Union, Itar-Tass news agency reported on Saturday, in another example of efforts to revive Moscow's military. The plan to send Borei-class submarines, designed to carry 16 long-range nuclear missiles, to the southern hemisphere follows President Vladimir Putin's decision in March to deploy a naval unit in the Mediterranean Sea on a permanent basis starting this year.

Spy drone crashes in Puntland region of Somalia

June 2, 2013 by legitgov

Spy drone crashes in Puntland region of Somalia [Sweet!] 01 Jun 2013 A surveillance drone has crashed in the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia, according to Puntland Ports and Anti-piracy Minister Saeed Mohamed Rage. The drone crashed on Saturday in Qaw, a village located 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the port city of Bossasso, the minister of the Puntland State of Somalia said. The US military flies surveillance drones from the Seychelles to monitor piracy off the coast of East Africa.

9 dead in tornado in Oklahoma City area, 75 hurt

June 1, 2013 by legitgov

9 dead in tornado in Oklahoma City area, 75 hurt 01 Jun 2013 Emergency officials set out Saturday morning to see how much damage a violent burst of thunderstorms and tornadoes caused as it swept across the Midwest overnight, killing at least nine and injuring dozens. The storm toppled cars and left commuters trapped on an interstate highway as it bore down during Friday's evening rush hour near Oklahoma City. The National Weather Service reported "several" tornadoes rolled in from the prairie, terrifying towns along their paths.

Newtown parents push to block shooting records

June 1, 2013 by legitgov

Newtown parents push to block shooting records --Identities of minor witnesses may be redacted from any record; Newtown town clerk could continue denying public access to the victims' death certificates 31 May 2013 Family members of the Newtown school shooting victims made a last-minute appearance at Connecticut's state Capitol on Friday, urging legislators to block the public release of crime scene photos and other records from the massacre. A working draft released by Malloy's office required the written consent of the Sandy Hook victims' family members before the public release of any photograph, videotape or digital recording related to the shooting. The draft also proposed releasing only written transcriptions of any 911 calls related to the shooting, not the audio, to the public. According to the working draft of the bill, the identities of minor witnesses may be redacted from any record and the Newtown town clerk could continue denying public access to the victims' death certificates. [WHY did 'The Boston Globe' change the word 'block' to 'protect' ('Newtown parents push to protect shooting records') in its headline? --LRP]

Newtown Families Push for Secretly Negotiated Bill to Block Release of Some Sandy Hook Records

June 1, 2013 by legitgov

Newtown Families Push for Secretly Negotiated Bill to Block Release of Some Sandy Hook Records --Emails released Friday show that Kane has pushed for the bill and originally wanted language that would restrict disclosures from investigations of all crimes -- and not be limited only to records of the Newtown case. 31 May 2013 Parents of Newtown massacre victims came to the state Capitol on Friday to urge passage of a secretly negotiated bill that would block the public disclosure of crime scene photos and audiotapes of police calls from the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Meanwhile, emails released to The Hartford Courant on Friday showed that the secret discussions of the bill among law enforcement officials, the governor's office and legislators date back to at least April 3. Word about the drafting of the bill, which has bypassed the normal legislative route that includes a public hearing to gather public comment, only emerged on May 21 when The Courant obtained a leaked email written about a draft of the bill by an assistant to Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane (R), the state's top prosecutor.

License cameras will start snapping soon on Longboat Key

June 1, 2013 by legitgov

License cameras will start snapping soon on Longboat Key --Data captured will immediately be sent through crime databases 31 May 2013 (FL) Longboat Key's long-awaited license-plate recognition cameras are less than 60 days away. Contractor L3 Communications was at the Longboat Key Police Department and on the north and south ends of the island, where cameras will be placed, for a test run yesterday and to ensure hardware and software compatibility. Two cameras will be placed on the Longboat Key side of both bridges -- one to capture data from vehicles entering the Key, the other for vehicles leaving the Key -- for a total of four cameras.

Oklahoma City airport evacuated as tornado threat looms

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

Oklahoma City airport evacuated as tornado threat looms --Tornado emergency issued for Oklahoma City area 31 May 2013 The National Weather Service declared a tornado emergency for the western portion of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area on Friday. The declaration means a large, destructive tornado is moving into a densely populated area where widespread damage and fatalities could occur... Authorities are evacuating Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport due to the threat from an approaching tornado, which the National Weather Service says is moving at 40 mph.

White House Taps Former Bush Official for Housing Policy Post

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

Heads up! It's the Friday afternoon Obusha 'bad news' dump: White House Taps Former Bush Official for Housing Policy Post 31 May 2013 The White House has taken an unusual tack in filling a key housing policy post, turning to a former Bush administration official who later helped design President Barack Obama's response to the foreclosure crisis [by making it much worse]. Seth Wheeler, a former Treasury Department official under the both Bush and Obama administrations, joined the National Economic Council earlier this month as senior adviser on housing policy, a White House spokesman said. Mr. Wheeler, 37, was a key player in designing both the Bush and Obama administrations' response to the housing crisis, working for two former Treasury secretaries [Wall Street wh*res]: Henry Paulson and Tim Geithner. [This is the second Bush pick by Obusha in one week (although a formal announcement of James B. Comey to lead the FBI has not been made). Impeach this Wall Street dirt-bag/CIAciopath now!]

U.S. Naval Academy football players investigated for sexual assault

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

U.S. Naval Academy football players investigated for sexual assault --No charges have yet be brought against the accused men, sources familiar with the matter said. 31 May 2013 Three members of the U.S. Naval Academy football team are being investigated for the alleged sexual assault of a female student, the Pentagon said on Friday, the latest in a string of scandals that have thrown a spotlight on sex crimes in the military. The alleged incident took place in April 2012, when the student attended a party at the off-campus "football house" in Annapolis, Maryland and became intoxicated, her attorney, Susan Burke, said in a statement.

Rising radioactive spills leave Fukushima fishermen floundering

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

Rising radioactive spills leave Fukushima fishermen floundering 31 May 2013 Dozens of crabs, three small sharks and scores of fish thump on the slippery deck of the fishing boat True Prosperity as captain Shohei Yaoita lands his latest haul, another catch headed not for the dinner table but for radioactive testing. Japan's government banned commercial fishing in this area, some 200 km (125 miles) northeast of Tokyo, after the reactor meltdowns and explosions at the nearby Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The walls of a once-bustling fish market that sold Yaoita's catch of flounder, rockfish, greenling and other sealife in the port of Hisanohama, about 20 km (12 miles) south of the ruined plant, remain in ruins.

FBI Reveals Another Round of Suspicious Letters to Obama, CIA

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

FBI Reveals Another Round of Suspicious Letters to Obama, CIA 31 May 2013 As federal authorities question a person of interest in the mailing of possibly poison-laced letters to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Obama, the FBI revealed late Thursday that they arrested a Washington man for allegedly sending his own group of suspicious letters to five targets including the President, an Air Force base and to the CIA. According to an FBI statement, the bureau arrested Matthew Buquet, 38, of Spokane last week after authorities intercepted a letter to a Spokane federal judge that later tested positive for the ricin toxin. He was charged with a single count for allegedly mailing threatening communications, but the FBI said four other "similar" letters were sent around the same time to a Spokane post office, the White House, a Washington Air Force base and to the CIA.

FBI probes two cases of ricin letters to Obama, others

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

FBI probes two cases of ricin letters to Obama, others 31 May 2013 U.S. authorities are investigating a Texas man over threatening letters containing a potentially deadly poison mailed to U.S. President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a law enforcement official said on Friday. The probe comes as FBI officials continue investigating a separate batch of ricin-laced letters sent earlier this month from Washington state to the president and four other targets, including the CIA and a military facility. At this point, investigators do not think the two cases are connected, the source said.

Soil around Fukushima to be frozen to stop groundwater leaking in

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

Soil around Fukushima to be frozen to stop groundwater leaking in --250,000 tonnes of radioactive water is stored at Fukushima 31 May 2013 The Japanese government has ordered the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant to freeze the soil around its crippled reactor buildings to stop groundwater seeping in and becoming contaminated. Every day another 400 tonnes of groundwater forces its way into the plant, becomes contaminated with radioactivity and needs to be stored onsite. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) already has a quarter of a million tonnes of radioactive water stored in tanks at Fukushima. Fearing the nuclear plant is running out of space to store contaminated water, the Japanese government has ordered TEPCO to take the drastic step.

Civil rights group wants review of FBI shooting of Chechen man in Florida

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

Civil rights group wants review of FBI shooting of Chechen man in Florida 29 May 2013 A Muslim civil liberties group said on Wednesday it wants a review of the death of a Chechen immigrant linked to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects who was shot and killed by an FBI agent in Florida. The FBI has said that Ibragim Todashev, 27, was being questioned when he suddenly attacked an agent on May 22 at his Orlando condominium and was shot and killed based on the "imminent threat posed by the individual." Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Tampa, Florida-based branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said his group would by the end of this week file a request for the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice to review Todashev's death.

Germany fears revolution if Europe scraps welfare model

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

Germany fears revolution if Europe scraps welfare model 28 May 2013 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned on Tuesday that failure to win the battle against youth unemployment could tear Europe apart, and dropping the continent's welfare model in favor of tougher U.S. standards would spark a revolution. Germany, along with France, Spain and Italy, backed urgent action to rescue a generation of young Europeans who fear they will not find jobs, with youth unemployment in the EU standing at nearly one in four, more than twice the adult rate. If U.S. welfare standards were introduced in Europe, "we would have revolution, not tomorrow, but on the very same day," Schaeuble told a conference in Paris. [Right, and that's exactly what should have happened in the US.]

After sex scandal, ex-CIA chief Petraeus takes Wall Street job

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

After sex scandal, ex-CIA chief Petraeus takes Wall Street job 30 May 2013 Retired Army Gen. [war criminal] David Petraeus, attempting to rebuild his reputation after he resigned as CIA director last year over an extramarital affair, will take a new job with investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the firm said on Thursday. Petraeus, 60, will serve as chairman of the newly created KKR Global Institute, supporting its investment teams and portfolio companies studying new investments, especially in new parts of the world.

NYC police: Notes to Obama, mayor had gun threats

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

NYC police: Notes to Obama, mayor had gun threats 30 May 2013 A suspicious letter mailed to the White House was similar to two threatening, poison-laced letters on the gun law debate sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation's most potent gun-control advocates, officials said Thursday. Yet another letter became known publicly on Thursday, one tainted with the poison ricin and mailed to President Barack Obama from Spokane, Wash., the FBI said. Authorities have arrested a man in Spokane in connection with that letter, which was intercepted May 22.

FBI: Ricin letter to Obama also sent from Wash.

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

FBI: Ricin letter to Obama also sent from Wash. 30 May 2013 The FBI says a suspicious letter containing the deadly poison ricin was mailed to President Barack Obama from Spokane, Wash., on the same day similar ricin-tainted letters were mailed to a federal judge and a post office. A man arrested last week in Spokane has been charged with sending the letter to the judge after it was intercepted May 14. The Seattle FBI office said Thursday that the Obama letter was intercepted May 22. The FBI said a similar letter was sent to the nearby Fairchild Air Force Base.

Conservative website tweets, deletes 'HNIC' reference

May 31, 2013 by legitgov

Conservative website tweets, deletes 'HNIC' reference 30 May 2013 The conservative website The Daily Caller suffered a social media fail on Thursday, when the site’s Twitter account featured a shorthand for the n-word. The original tweet, posted at just before 5 p.m. Thursday, was directed at Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. The tweet jokingly asked "Hey @Reince, why didn’t you tell us you were moonlighting as a rapper? Turns out our GOP Chair is HNIC..." HNIC is a slang term meaning "Head N-word in Charge."

Would-be Chicago backpack bomber gets 23 years

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Would-be Chicago backpack bomber gets 23 years 30 May 2013 A young Lebanese immigrant was sentenced Thursday to 23 years in prison for placing a backpack he believed contained a powerful bomb along a bustling city street near the Chicago Cubs' baseball stadium. Sami Samir Hassoun's sentencing in federal court in Chicago came little more than a month after bombs concealed in [Craft International] backpacks exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding hundreds more. In imposing the sentence, the judge invoked the specter of the Boston Marathon, saying had Hassoun's bomb been real, it would have made Boston look like a minor incident by comparison.

President Barack Obama targeted in 3rd threatening letter

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

President Barack Obama targeted in 3rd threatening letter 30 May 2013 President Barack Obama was the targeted recipient of a letter suspected of containing ricin, following similar letters sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg... A law enforcement source told ABC News that the letter to the president had an anti-gun control message along with a suspicious substance, similar to two letters recently sent to Bloomberg. The Secret Service confirmed the apparent link among the letters. The two letters addressed to the mayor had a Shreveport, La. postmark, according to a statement on the postal union's website.

Three more people die of novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

US bioterrorists are busy little bees: Three more people die of novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia 30 May 2013 Saudi health authorizes say three more people have died from a deadly new respiratory virus related to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the country. Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health announced on Thursday that the three victims, aged between 24 and 60, were suffering from chronic diseases, including kidney failure. They had been hospitalized a month ago. Thirty people have died globally from the novel coronavirus. The novel coronavirus, also known as nCoV-EMC, is a cousin of SARS.

Officials: Man who knew Boston bombing suspect was unarmed when shot

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Officials: Man who knew Boston bombing suspect was unarmed when shot 29 May 2013 A Chechen man who was fatally shot by an FBI agent last week during an interview about one of the Boston bombing suspects was unarmed, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. An air of mystery has surrounded the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, since it occurred in Todashev's apartment early on the morning of May 22. The FBI said in a news release that day that Todashev, a former Boston resident who knew bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during an interview with several law enforcement officers. The FBI has provided few other details, saying that the matter is being investigated by an FBI review team that may not finish its probe for several months.

Sandy Hook Report Put Off

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Sandy Hook Report Put Off --Release possible in September --Unit involved in the investigation, said part of delay is redacting FBI reports 29 May 2013 State police said Wednesday that the final investigative report on the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown may not be released until the end of September. Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky, who's in charge of the investigation, said in January that the report wouldn't be released until June at the earliest, so the new forecast continues a pattern in which information on the case has been delayed in its release or withheld outright. State police have been criticized for releasing little information to the public about the investigation while at the same time discussing the case at conferences across the country.

Secret Service: Ricin letter to White House intercepted

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Secret Service: Ricin letter to White House intercepted 30 May 2013 The Secret Service says a letter similar to ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been intercepted by a White House mail screening facility. The agency says the letter has been turned over to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force for testing and investigation.

Head of company overseeing leaking nuclear tanks at Hanford to step down

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Head of company overseeing leaking nuclear tanks at Hanford to step down 29 May 2013 The head of the contracting company responsible for containment tanks found to be leaking radioactive liquid at the Hanford, Wash., Nuclear Reservation announced his retirement Wednesday. The head of the contractor overseeing cleanup operations at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina will replace Mike Johnson, president and project manager of Washington River Protection Solutions, or WRPS, Johnson said in an email message to employees obtained by NBC station KING of Seattle. WRPS has been the subject of extensive federal scrutiny since it was learned in February that at least six of 177 underground tanks housing highly radioactive nuclear waste at the site were leaking.

Father of Chechen killed in Florida says FBI murdered him

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Father of Chechen killed in Florida says FBI murdered him --'They murdered him to keep him from talking.' 30 May 2013 After FBI agents questioned Ibragim Todashev for hours on end about one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, his father alleged Thursday, they murdered him to keep him from talking. Abdulbaki Todashev, who applied Thursday for a U.S. visa so that he can pick up his son's body in Orlando, where he died, said that he has heard nothing from U.S. officials about the May 22 shooting. Despite earlier accounts of the incident, two law enforcement officials told The Washington Post on Wednesday that Todashev was not armed. He was shot seven times.

Judge rejects legal challenges by accused Colorado theater gunman

May 30, 2013 by legitgov

Judge rejects legal challenges by accused Colorado theater gunman 29 May 2013 A Colorado judge rejected challenges on Wednesday to the state's insanity defense statute and death penalty law by accused movie theater spree gunman James Holmes, resolving a key legal hurdle in the sensational case. Lawyers for Holmes, accused of killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more in a rampage last July, had argued that the state's insanity law was unconstitutional because it forces their client to cooperate with court-appointed psychiatrists. They also contended that compelling the 25-year-old former neuroscience graduate student to reveal information to mental health experts that could be used against him at trial violates his constitutional right against self-incrimination. But Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour disagreed.

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