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Iran nuclear deal: negotiators announce 'framework' agreement

April 3, 2015 by legitgov

Iran nuclear deal: negotiators announce 'framework' agreement | 2 April 2015 | Iran has promised to make drastic cuts to its nuclear programme in return for the gradual lifting of sanctions as part of a historic breakthrough in Lausanne that could end a 13-year nuclear standoff. The "political understanding", announced on Thursday night in the Swiss city's technical university, followed 18 months of intensive bargaining, culminating in an eight-day period of near-continuous talks that went on long into the night, and on the last night continued all the way through until dawn. In a joint statement, the European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, hailed what they called a "decisive step" after more than a decade of work.

519 dead in 2 weeks of violence in Yemen: UN

April 3, 2015 by legitgov

519 dead in 2 weeks of violence in Yemen: UN | 2 April 2015 | The United Nations (UN) says at least 519 people, including women and children, have so far lost their lives in two weeks of violence in Yemen, as Saudi Arabia continues to target the country with military strikes. In a statement on Thursday, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said that 1,700 people have also been wounded during clashes between rival groups in Yemen and in the Saudi strikes against the country. Noting that 90 children were among the victims of the violence, she expressed concern "for the safety of civilians caught in the middle."

Separate bombings claim 11 lives in Iraqi capital

April 3, 2015 by legitgov

Separate bombings claim 11 lives in Iraqi capital | 2 April 2015 | Police and medical officials in Iraq say at least 11 people have been killed and over two dozen others injured in separate bomb explosions that struck areas in the capital, Baghdad. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said eight people, including two women, lost their lives and 18 others sustained injuries on Thursday evening, when a blast ripped through Baghdad's central neighborhood of Bab al-Moatham. Earlier in the day, a bomb explosion near a small restaurant in Baghdad's northeastern district of Husseiniyah killed three people and wounded eight others.

Shabab Attack on a Kenya University Kills 147, Officials Say

April 3, 2015 by legitgov

Shabab Attack on a Kenya University Kills 147, Officials Say | 2 April 2015 | Gunmen attacked a university campus in eastern Kenya early Thursday, clashing with guards, forcing their way into dormitories, taking hostages and singling out non-Muslims, the authorities said. Kenya's interior minister, Joseph Nkaissery, said that 147 people had been killed, including four attackers...The minister contended on Thursday night that the harrowing siege at the university had ended, and that security forces were carefully sweeping the campus for any remaining threats.

'Framework' for final deal reached at Iran nuclear talks

April 2, 2015 by legitgov

'Framework' for final deal reached at Iran nuclear talks | 2 April 2015 | Iran and world powers reached a framework on curbing Iran's nuclear program at marathon talks in Switzerland on Thursday that will allow further negotiations towards a final agreement. A Western official said it would include limits on Iran's enrichment of uranium for 10 years. Western and Iranian officials at the talks said they would conclude with a joint statement announcing that enough progress had been reached to allow further negotiations until a final deadline of June 30.

German pilot researched suicide, cockpit doors; second black box found

April 2, 2015 by legitgov

German pilot researched suicide, cockpit doors; second black box found | 2 April 2015 | The co-pilot suspected of deliberately flying a Germanwings plane into the French Alps searched the Internet for ways to commit suicide shortly before the crash that killed 150 people, German prosecutors said on Thursday. Judicial officials in his home town of Duesseldorf said a computer found in his home also had revealed searches on cockpit doors and safety precautions related to them. The growing evidence of suicide preparations came as French police discovered the second 'black box' flight recorder, raising their hopes of showing in detail how the co-pilot, 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz, [allegedly] set the plane on its fatal course.

Suicide bomber targets protest in eastern Afghanistan, kills 17

April 2, 2015 by legitgov

Suicide bomber targets protest in eastern Afghanistan, kills 17 | 02 April 2015 | A suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of a demonstration against corruption in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost on Thursday, killing 17 people and injuring at least 50 more, government officials said. Footage of the attack showed the explosion struck close to provincial officials, including one of the lawmakers who had helped organize the protest. There was no immediate claim of responsibility and it was unclear whether the attack was linked to the insurgency led by the Afghan Taliban [or, possibly, US contractors, who have a motive in ensuring that the corruption continues].

$45 Billion in U.S. Tax Dollars Goes Missing in Afghanistan - Audit

April 2, 2015 by legitgov

$45 Billion in U.S. Tax Dollars Goes Missing in Afghanistan - Audit | 1 April 2015 | Hundreds of millions of dollars are missing in action in Afghanistan, and auditors are blaming the Pentagon's [purposefully] flawed accounting practices for the problem. A new report from the office of John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), revealed that there's virtually no way to know what happened to a large chunk of money the Defense Department spent in Afghanistan before 2010. The auditors said DOD handed over data only for $21 billion of the total $66 billion it spent 'rebuilding' the war-torn country. The Pentagon only had data for about 57 percent of the total $795 million spent by that program between the years 2002 and 2013.

Koch Brothers group relaunches ads to defeat Insure Tennessee

April 2, 2015 by legitgov

Koch Brothers group relaunches ads to defeat Insure Tennessee | 30 March 2015 | The Tennessee chapter of Americans for Prosperity relaunched a second round of radio ads Monday aimed at defeating Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to use federal dollars to help working people buy into employer-sponsored health plans and expand Medicaid eligibility to poor Tennesseans. The state chapter of the organization backed by billionaire brothers Charles Koch and David Koch issued a news release about the ad buy to "defeat the Obamacare expansion plan." The Tennessee Justice Center, which supports the Republican governor's plan, used the announcement of the radio ads as a rallying point to get people to call their legislators and push for passage.

NC vaccine bill dead

April 2, 2015 by legitgov

NC vaccine bill dead | 1 April 2015 | Senate sponsors of a controversial proposal to remove the religious exemption from immunization requirements say they're dropping the [insane] bill. Senate Bill 346, sponsored by Sens. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg, Tamara Barringer, R-Wake, and Terry Van Duyn, D-Buncombe, would have required all children entering school in North Carolina to have had all vaccines on the schedule recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The only exemption granted would have been for medical reasons with a doctor's approval.

Masked Gunmen Storm University in East Kenya, Take Hostages

April 2, 2015 by legitgov

Masked Gunmen Storm University in East Kenya, Take Hostages | 2 April 2015 | Suspected Islamist militants [US contractors?] stormed a university campus in eastern Kenya, taking students and teachers hostage, police said. An unknown number of heavily-armed assailants raided student accommodation at Garissa University College on Thursday morning, police Commander Charles Kinyua said by phone. The college is located in Garissa town about 228 miles (367 kilometers) east of Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

Book of songs used by U.S. Air Force contains horrifying lyrics about rape, sexually mutilating women, and pedophilia

April 2, 2015 by legitgov

Book of songs used by U.S. Air Force contains horrifying lyrics about rape, sexually mutilating women, and pedophilia | 1 April 2015 | A book of songs used by the U.S. Air Force contains horrifying lyrics about rape, pedophilia and homosexuality. The unofficial 2012 paperback book was revealed by a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by four sexual-assault victims who want to stop the practice of sexual assault allegations within the military being handled by commanding officers. Former Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Smith, who said she was sexually assaulted by a fellow airman in Iraq, brought forward the songbook and she had filed an administrative complaint over the book in 2012. The complaint alleges some of the most disturbing content is found in the songbooks of the 55th, 77th, and 79th fighter squadrons of the Air Force, reports ABC News.

Arkansas governor calls for changes to controversial 'religious freedom' bill

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Arkansas governor calls for changes to controversial 'religious freedom' bill | 1 April 2015 | The governor of Arkansas says he wants the state's legislature to recall a "religious freedom" bill sent to his desk on Tuesday following a national uproar over the legislation, the second time this week a US governor has faced a backlash to laws that opponents say permit discrimination against gay people. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, also known as HB1228, was passed by the Arkansas house of representatives on Tuesday despite intense criticism of a similar bill in Indiana that was signed into law on Monday. Protests formed at both states' capitals, and the Arkansas law drew criticism from organizations as diverse as Walmart and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges | 1 April 2015 | Senator Robert Menendez ('D') was indicted on federal corruption charges on Wednesday, setting the stage for a bitter court fight and putting his political future in doubt. Mr. Menendez was charged with eight counts of bribery, which carry up to 15 years in prison on each charge. He was also charged with conspiracy, fraud, and making false statements on government documents, the Justice Department said.

Gov. Brown orders California's first mandatory water restrictions: 'It's a different world'

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Gov. Brown orders California's first mandatory water restrictions: 'It's a different world' [See: Nestle Continues Stealing World's Water During Drought 20 March 2015.] | 1 April 2015 | Gov. Jerry Brown ('D'), standing on a patch of brown grass in the Sierra Nevada that is usually covered with several feet of snow at this time of year, on Wednesday announced the first mandatory water restrictions in California history. "It's a different world," he said. "We have to act differently." Brown was on hand Wednesday as state officials took stock of historically abysmal levels of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada amid the state's grinding drought. Brown ordered the California Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory restrictions to reduce water usage by 25%.

Nestle Continues Stealing World's Water During Drought

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Nestle Continues Stealing World's Water During Drought --Nestlé is draining California aquifers, from Sacramento alone taking 80 million gallons annually. Nestlé then sells the people's water back to them at great profit under many dozen brand names. | 20 March 2015 | The city of Sacramento is in the fourth year of a record drought – yet the Nestlé Corporation continues to bottle city water to sell back to the public at a big profit, local activists charge. The Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento is the target of a major press conference on Tuesday, March 17, by a water coalition that claims the company is draining up to 80 million gallons of water a year from Sacramento aquifers during the drought. The coalition, the crunchnestle alliance, says that City Hall has made this use of the water supply possible through a "corporate welfare giveaway," according to a press advisory.

Obama Executive Order: US Expands Response to Cyber Attacks

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Obama Executive Order: US Expands Response to Cyber Attacks | 1 April 2015 | President Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order expanding his administration's ability to respond to malicious cyberattacks by allowing financial penalties to be inflicted on foreign actors who engage in destructive hacking campaigns. Wednesday's order will broaden the government's authority to permit the levying of sanctions against those directly responsible for hacking activities--and officials will not need to acquire a discrete order to respond to each attack. The order also allows for sanctions against actors even if the cyberattack is not successful. Those hit with sanctions would be barred from entering the United States. [See: Barack Obama 'ordered Stuxnet cyber attack on Iran' 1 June 2012. Hopefully, other nations are busy little bees drawing up plans to deal with USociopaths' cyber attacks on *them,* such as Stuxnet, etc.]

Nuclear deal with Iran 'reached on all key aspects' - Lavrov

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Nuclear deal with Iran 'reached on all key aspects' - Lavrov | 1 April 2015 | Iran and six major world powers have managed to reach a preliminary agreement on 'all the key aspects' of a deal over Tehran's controversial nuclear program, Russia's FM has announced, adding that the sides have begun drafting the text. Experts from Iran and P5+1 have started drafting a preliminary deal and the document could be expected either within the next few hours or later on Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov hopes. However, clearing the "technical details" of a final deal may take until June, he added.

Arkansas lawmakers approve religious liberty bill despite firestorm over Indiana law

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Arkansas lawmakers approve religious liberty bill despite firestorm over Indiana law | 31 March 2015 | Amid intense criticism of Indiana's religious liberties law, which has prompted lawmakers in that state to vow to fix the legislation, another state charged ahead with a similar measure. Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday passed their own religious freedom bill, putting the state on the verge of formally adopting a law that could lead to another firestorm. On Tuesday afternoon, after some debate in the state House of Representatives, lawmakers signed off on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law now heads to the desk of Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), who has said he intends to sign it into law.

Justice Department appeals federal judge's hold on Obama's immigration action

March 31, 2015 by legitgov

Justice Department appeals federal judge's hold on Obama's immigration action | 31 March 2015 | The Justice Department urged a federal appeals court Monday to reverse a hold a judge placed on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action. The 69-page brief was filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ahead of arguments scheduled for next month. Lawyers for the federal government are challenging a preliminary injunction issued in February by a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas. That decision placed on hold an executive action that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

Connecticut's Democratic governor bans taxpayer-funded travel to Indiana over 'religious freedom' law

March 31, 2015 by legitgov

Connecticut's Democratic governor bans taxpayer-funded travel to Indiana over 'religious freedom' law --Connecticut will be the first state to bar travel to Indiana since its governor signed the controversial religious freedom law last Thursday | 30 March 2015 | Connecticut's Democratic governor says he will ban state-funded travel to Indiana over a controversial religious freedom law. 'I found it disturbing, disgraceful and outright discriminatory,' the state's chief executive, Dannel Malloy, said during a news conference on an unrelated issue...Connecticut will become the first state to bar travel to Indiana since its governor signed the religious freedom law last Thursday. Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco, California, have sent out similar orders, however.

Bush, Rubio and Cruz back controversial Indiana law

March 31, 2015 by legitgov

Bush, Rubio and Cruz back controversial Indiana law | 30 March 2015 | Republican presidential hopefuls are lining up behind a controversial Indiana law that allows businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers by invoking religious freedom. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence did "the right thing" -- despite calls from some businesses to boycott the state over the law. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who last week officially jumped in the race, issued a statement late Monday saying he backed Pence "for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition."

'Reuters lied': MH17 witness says reporter falsified testimony

March 31, 2015 by legitgov

'Reuters lied': MH17 witness says reporter falsified testimony | 30 March 2015 | A Lugansk Region resident, whom Reuters cites as saying he saw evidence of a surface-to-air missile launched from rebel-held territory on the day MH17 was downed, told RT the news agency gave a false report of his interview. As a part of a March report on the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 tragedy Reuters talked to Pyotr Fedotov, a 58-year-old resident of the village Chervonniy Zhovten in the Lugansk Region of eastern Ukraine.

Previously unpublished interview with Allen Ginsberg and Michael Rectenwald

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

Previously unpublished interview with Allen Ginsberg and Michael Rectenwald | 2 March 2015 | (Dangerous Minds) In 1977, Michael Rectenwald was a disenchanted pre-med student with a secret passion for poetry--Allen Ginsberg and his influences in particular. After a couple of years of covertly consuming, studying and writing poems, he found his interest in medical school had entirely evaporated, so he left school and dove further into writing, eventually sending a letter and some of his poems to Ginsberg himself. Not only did Ginsberg write back, he invited Rectenwald to apprentice him at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado... See also: Tragic note from the final days of William Burroughs Jr. | 30 March 2015 | (Dangerous Minds) William Seward Burroughs III—better known as Billy Burroughs or William Burroughs Jr.--had one of the more tragically doomed lives in literature...At one point late in Billy's life, Michael Rectenwald--(poet, fiction writer and academic [and Chair/Founder of legitgov.org], who was at the time an apprentice to Allen Ginsberg at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado)--was placed in a sort of care-taking position for Billy--no easy task for a college student. Nonetheless, Rectenwald saw Billy's devastating final days, and was the recipient of the heart-wrenching note below, left before Billy fled to Florida.

U.S. Nerve Gas Hit Over 200,000 American Troops in Iraq

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

U.S. Nerve Gas Hit Over 200,000 American Troops in Iraq [200,000 troops? That's not a 'mistake.' That's a biowarfare experiment.] | 27 March 2015 | During and immediately after the first Gulf War, more than 200,000 of 700,000 U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Kuwait in January 1991 were exposed to nerve gas and other chemical agents. Though aware of this, the Department of Defense and CIA launched a campaign of lies and concocted a cover-up that continues today...During January and February 1991, when the U.S. bombed Iraq's weapons plants and storage sites, poisonous plumes floated across the desert to thousands of U.S. troops based on the Saudi border. Sirens wailed daily, but officers in charge announced that the chemical-detection alarms were faulty. They were not. A Czech chemical-weapons detection unit found "trace concentrations of sarin, a nerve-paralyzing substance" drifting into Saudi Arabia. French, British and U.S. intelligence units found similar evidence.

One dead and two injured in shootout outside NSA HQ after guard stopped two men who tried to crash through gate in stolen SUV

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

One dead and two injured in shootout outside NSA headquarters after guard stopped two men who tried to crash through gate in stolen SUV --National Security Agency police guard shot Kevin Fleming, 20, and his friend, who tried to ram through secure entrance on Fort Meade Monday | 31 March 2015 | The two cross-dressing men who were shot outside the National Security Agency's headquarters on Monday had stolen the SUV they were driving from a hotel they had been partying at, it is claimed. Kevin Fleming, 20, and his friend were allegedly picked up in Baltimore, Maryland, by another man on Sunday night and driven to a hotel in Howard County, where they were said to have 'partied'. But the following morning, the unidentified driver woke up alone and discovered both the men and his Ford Escape SUV had gone, sources told ABC. He reported his vehicle stolen to county police.

One shot dead, one seriously wounded at Fort Meade after trying to ram NSA gate

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

One shot dead, one seriously wounded at Fort Meade after trying to ram NSA gate | 30 March 2015 | Two people tried to ram the main gate to enter the headquarters of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland on Monday, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. An NSA police officer shot one of the people dead and seriously injured the second. A law enforcement official had previously reported that both of the people involved were men. Aerial shots show two vehicles at an intersection that appear to be damaged.

Mail on Sunday readers donate 30,000 pounds to fly tortured bear rescued from Peru circus to new home in U.S. sanctuary

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

Paddington's saviours: Mail on Sunday readers donate astonishing £30,000 to fly tortured bear rescued from Peru circus to new home in U.S. sanctuary --Her teeth were broken and claws removed so she couldn't defend herself --She will be flown to a sanctuary in Colorado to live out her life in peace [A reward needs to be offered to the hero who *blows away* this bear's torturers.] | 29 March 2015 | The real-life Paddington bear who suffered such appalling treatment in a circus that she lost her claws, teeth and fur is closer to finding a new home, thanks to the generosity of Mail on Sunday readers. After the plight of Cholita was highlighted by this newspaper last week, readers donated an extraordinary £30,000 to Animal Defenders International, which found the bear in a terrible condition during a raid in Peru earlier this month. The elderly bear lost most of the thick black hair that covered her body as the result of the stress she endured at the circus, where she was kept in a 5ft by 5ft box, and her teeth were broken and her claws removed to prevent her from defending herself. [Cholita's appeal page is here.]

Australia imposes cockpit 'rule of two' after Germanwings crash

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

Australia imposes cockpit 'rule of two' after Germanwings crash | 29 March 2015 | The Australian government imposed a requirement on Monday that its airlines have two crew members in the cockpit at all times as a safety precaution following the Germanwings crash that killed 150 passengers and crew last week. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the mandatory "rule of two", which means a flight attendant must stand in whenever the pilot or co-pilot leaves the cockpit, would be effective immediately. The rule will apply to all domestic and international flights by Australian operators carrying 50 or more passengers.

Army tells soldiers to get security systems and not meet with anyone they've met online after ISIS leaks 100 military members' info

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

Army tells soldiers to get security systems and not meet with anyone they've met online after ISIS leaks 100 military members' names, photos and addresses | 29 March 2015 | The US Army has sent a list of social media guidelines to military families after the names, photos and addresses of soldiers fighting ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] were leaked by the terrorist group. A list posted online by a group called the 'Islamic State Hacking Division' earlier this month gave personal information for 100 US military members and called upon its lone wolf 'brothers residing in America' to kill them. Much of the information published was believed to be publicly available online, and the Army has warned its personnel that 'social media will continue to be leveraged as a tool by those who wish to threaten and/or target members or the military.'

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