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US sailors sue for $1B over Fukushima radiation

April 9, 2014 by legitgov

US sailors sue for $1B over Fukushima radiation 07 Apr 2014 Nearly 80 U.S. sailors are seeking $1 billion from the Tokyo utility that operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, alleging the company lied about the high level of radiation in the area where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission after a nuclear crisis three years ago. A lawsuit filed in federal court in San Diego contends that Tokyo Electric Power repeatedly said there was no danger to the crew when they were actually being blanketed with radiation that has since led to dozens of cancer cases and a child being born with birth defects, the Orange County Register reported Monday.

Venezuela protests are sign that US wants our oil, says Nicolas Maduro

April 9, 2014 by legitgov

Venezuela protests are sign that US wants our oil, says Nicolás Maduro --Venezuela estimated to have world's largest oil reserves [When the US found out Venezuela was awash in oil, it was like letting a vampire loose in a blood bank.] 08 Apr 2014 Venezuela's president has accused the US of using continuing street protests to attempt a "slow-motion" Ukraine-style coup against his government and "get their hands on Venezuelan oil". In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Nicolás Maduro, elected last year after the death of Hugo Chávez, said what he described as a "revolt of the rich" would fail because the country's "Bolivarian revolution" was more deeply rooted than when it had seen off an abortive US-backed coup against Chávez in 2002.

Second US Navy destroyer heads to Black Sea

April 9, 2014 by legitgov

Second US Navy destroyer heads to Black Sea 09 Apr 2014 Another US military ship is set to be deployed in the Black Sea amid the Ukrainian crisis. The US Navy destroyer Donald Cook will join the USS Truxtun, whose stay in waters bordering Russia was extended to 'conduct drills' with Romania and Bulgaria. "We'll also send another ship to the Black Sea within a week," Derek Chollet, the US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, told the House Armed Services Committee. He said the Department of Defense sanctioned to prolong USS Truxtun's stay in the Black Sea "to conduct exercises with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces," after it left the region on March 21. [Ah, yes. The drills. Let's hope the dirt-bags don't 'go live,' as they did on 9/11 and on *so many other* occasions.]

Marine sentry dies from gunshot wound at Camp Lejeune

April 9, 2014 by legitgov

Marine sentry dies from gunshot wound at Camp Lejeune 08 Apr 2014 A Marine standing guard at Camp Lejeune's Main Gate was shot and killed Tuesday evening. At approximately 5:30 p.m., a Marine standing guard at Camp Lejeune's Main Gate discharged an M4 rifle, killing another Marine guard. The Base Provost Marshal said in a statement that the incident is being considered neither as an act of terrorism nor an active shooter event at this time.

A hit list with 40 bankers to assassinate

April 9, 2014 by legitgov

A hit list with 40 bankers to assassinate 07 Apr 2014 In a short time, 16 people around the world who were affiliated to banking services, mysteriously died. Last Saturday, April 5, former Dutch ABN AMRO banker Peter Schmittman allegedly took his own life, together with the lives of his wife and one of his daughters...Juergen Frick, the 48-year-old CEO of the Liechtenstein Bank Frick & Co AG, has been killed in broad daylight in the parking garage of his bank in Balzers on April 7. Let's take a look at which people it concerns in its entirety.

Al Sharpton's Secret Work as FBI Informant

April 9, 2014 by legitgov

Al Sharpton's Secret Work as FBI Informant 07 Apr 2014 ...Most importantly, he has the ear of the President of the United States, an equally remarkable and perplexing achievement for the former FBI asset known as "CI-7," the Rev. Al Sharpton. A lengthy investigation by The Smoking Gun has uncovered remarkable details about Sharpton's past work as an informant for a joint organized crime task force comprised of FBI agents and NYPD detectives, as well as his dealings with an assortment of wiseguys. In addition to aiding the FBI/NYPD task force, which was known as the "Genovese squad," Sharpton's cooperation extended to several other investigative agencies.

Judge again rejects feds over email search

April 9, 2014 by legitgov

Judge again rejects feds over email search 07 Apr 2014 A federal magistrate who has refused or modified a slew of search warrants for email records in recent months out of concerns that they were overly broad has shot down a Justice Department proposal which appeared intended to allay his worries. Magistrate Judge John Facciola of U.S. District Court in Washington said in a ruling issued Monday that prosecutors' proposal to seal information deemed beyond the scope of the warrant was inadequate to resolve the constitutional violation caused by seizing the contents of an entire email account. "The government is unwilling--for whatever reason--to give up its policy of seizing large quantities of e-mails and other Fourth Amendment protected data even after this Court has repeatedly warned it against doing so," Facciola wrote Monday in a ruling rejecting prosecutors' request to seize data from an e-mail account. "Mere convenience does not allow the government to violate the Fourth Amendment and seize data wholesale."

NATO to triple its Baltic 'air policing' mission next month

April 8, 2014 by legitgov

NATO to triple its Baltic 'air policing' mission next month 08 Apr 2014 NATO will triple its usual number of fighter jets patrolling over the Baltics next month to beef up its eastern European defenses due to tension with Russia over Ukraine, a NATO military official said on Tuesday. Four NATO fighters are usually based in the Baltics but the United States, which currently has responsibility for patrolling the skies there, increased that to 10 F-15s to reassure those states following Russia's occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region provoke another war to benefit US corpora-terrorists. The number of fighters assigned to the Baltic "air policing" mission is now set to increase further to 12, three times the normal complement, when the next four-month period starts in May, the NATO military official said.

Former top Dutch banker found dead at home with wife and child

April 8, 2014 by legitgov

Dead banker number 16? Banking: The world's most dangerous profession since Bush had a bunch of microbiologists deep-sixed who had been working on flu pandemics. Former top Dutch banker found dead at home with wife and child 06 Apr 2014 A Dutch former top banker who came under fire for taking a large pay-off after the nationalisation of his troubled bank was found dead along with his wife and daughter on Saturday in what police called a family tragedy. Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, ran the domestic operations of Dutch bank ABN Amro between 2003 and 2007 and was widely criticized for landing an 8 million euro ($10.95 million) pay-off after the bank's collapse and subsequent nationalization.

MH370 search: ADV Ocean Shield fails to detect beacon signals again

April 8, 2014 by legitgov

MH370 search: ADV Ocean Shield fails to detect beacon signals again 08 Apr 2014 Authorities who picked up promising signals on Monday in the search for flight MH370 have not been able to detect the signals again. Fears that the plane's emergency locator batteries have died are growing by the hour as an Australian ship towing a US black box detector tries to find flight MH370. In what was described on Monday as the "most promising" breakthrough in a month-long search for the plane, Australian authorities revealed the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield had detected two acoustic events in the far north of the search zone.

David Wildstein met for several days with federal prosecutors in Newark - report

April 8, 2014 by legitgov

David Wildstein met for several days with federal prosecutors in Newark - report 07 Apr 2014 David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official at the center of the George Washington Bridge lane-closings scandal, spent several days meeting with federal prosecutors in Newark last week, according to a report posted online by a Washington-based publication that says it covers "insider news" about the U.S. Department of Justice. The publication, called "Main Justice," is also reporting that Charlie McKenna, former chief legal counsel to Gov. Chris Christie, met secretly in mid-January with investigators in the office of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Fort Hood gunman fired 35 shots, including from car

April 8, 2014 by legitgov

Fort Hood gunman fired 35 shots, including from car --Alleged shooter's motive 'unclear' 07 Apr 2014 The soldier who [allegedly] killed three people at Fort Hood last week fired at least 35 rounds during an eight minute rampage before [allegedly] turning his weapon on himself, Army investigators said Monday. Chris Grey, spokesman for the Army's criminal investigation division that is heading the probe, said the violence followed a verbal altercation over a request for leave by the gunman, Spc. Ivan Lopez, 34. Grey did not say whether the leave had been granted and said the shooter's motive was unclear.

Lavrov: US and EU line on Ukraine 'unproductive and dangerous'

April 8, 2014 by legitgov

Lavrov: US and EU line on Ukraine 'unproductive and dangerous' 07 Apr 2014 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has slammed the West for "aggravating internal differences" in Ukraine. His ministry says Kiev should stop "blaming Moscow for all of your problems." Writing in the UK's Guardian newspaper, the Russian official said that Western powers "have been trying to compel Ukraine to make a painful choice between east and west, further aggravating internal differences," referring to the EU-Ukraine cooperation agreement that sparked the stand-off that led to the ousting of Viktor Yanukovich.

NJ fire that could be smelled in NYC is contained

April 8, 2014 by legitgov

NJ fire that could be smelled in NYC is contained 07 Apr 2014 Fire officials say a southern New Jersey brush fire that could be smelled 90 miles away in New York City has been contained. Assistant Division Forest Fire Warden Michael Achey says the fire in Wharton State Forest was deemed contained at 4 p.m. Monday, about 24 hours after it was first spotted. It burned 1,600 acres, or about 2 square miles.

NORAD jets nab plane in restricted airspace near D.C.

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

NORAD jets nab plane in restricted airspace near D.C. 07 Apr 2014 Authorities say two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a small civilian plane in restricted airspace around the U.S. capital over the weekend and that the pilot reported he didn't realize he had entered an area that was off limits. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, says the jets scrambled from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland when a Cessna's pilot didn't immediately respond to air traffic controllers Sunday afternoon.

Sharpton pushes back on report he was an FBI-NYPD informant

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Al Sharpton finally exposed for the creepy fraud he's always been: Sharpton pushes back on report he was an FBI-NYPD informant 07 Apr 2014 Al Sharpton on Monday dismissed a report portraying him as a one-time mob informant for the FBI, calling the claims old news and a "crazy" attempt to discredit him. TheSmokingGun.com story describes in detail how Sharpton in the mid-1980s secretly recorded Mafia bosses and other underworld figures for an FBI-NYPD crime task force. The 12,196-word story -- in which he is referred to as CI-7, short for confidential informant #7 -- says investigators got Sharpton to "flip..." Sharpton did not deny working with the FBI but pushed back on the details in the Smoking Gun report. [See also: Sleeping With the GOP --A Bush Covert Operative Takes Over Al Sharpton's Campaign 27 Jan 2004 Roger Stone, the longtime Republican dirty-tricks operative who led the mob that shut down the Miami-Dade County recount and helped make George W. Bush president [sic] in 2000, is financing, staffing, and orchestrating the presidential campaign of Reverend Al Sharpton. Though Stone and Sharpton have tried to reduce their alliance to a curiosity, suggesting that all they do is talk occasionally, a Voice investigation has documented an extraordinary array of connections. Stone played a pivotal role in putting together Sharpton's pending application for federal matching funds, getting dollars in critical states from family members and political allies at odds with everything Sharpton represents.]

Say No to Killing America's Smallest Swans

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Quick action: Say No to Killing America's Smallest Swans 07 Apr 2014 On April 14th in Wisconsin, the public will have an opportunity to vote on whether the tundra swan hunt should take place in the state this year. Now is our chance to save the swans -- but we have to act fast. Tundra swans, the country's smallest swan, are not themselves endangered... Plus, as migratory birds, tundra swans don't just "belong" to Wisconsin -- they're part of America's natural landscape, and the state government shouldn't selfishly allow huge swathes of their population to be murdered for the thrill of it. We only have a week left, so it's important that we take action now. Ask Wisconsin to stop the tundra swan hunt!

ISIL jihadists open new front in Baghdad push

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Mission accomplished: ISIL jihadists open new front in Baghdad push --Anti-government fighters currently hold all of Fallujah 06 Apr 2014 A powerful jihadist group inspired by Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] has opened a new battlefront with Iraqi security forces that could see it try to push into Baghdad, officials and analysts warn. The latest clashes, just weeks before parliamentary [phony] elections, raise key questions over the capacity of the army and police to repel militant attacks. Anti-government fighters currently hold all of Fallujah, a town that is just a short drive from Baghdad, and other pockets of territory.

Pro-Russian protesters seize govt buildings in Ukraine's Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Pro-Russian protesters seize govt buildings in Ukraine's Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov 07 Apr 2014 Protesters in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk have seized the regional department building of Ukraine's Security Service, local media reported, as cited by ITAR-TASS. The takeover occurred after pro-Russian rallies happened across Ukraine during the weekend. "The people's militia seized Ukraine's Security Service in 15 minutes, at 3:32 in the morning," the activists told the website of the Ukrainian Vesti newspaper.

Donetsk activists proclaim region's independence from Ukraine

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Donetsk activists proclaim region's independence from Ukraine 07 Apr 2014 In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, a group of activists have declared their region independent from Kiev. This comes after protesters stormed a local government building last night. Mass demonstrations against the country's new leadership started peacefully on Sunday, but the situation quickly escalated. Pro-Russian protesters in Donetsk have seized the local power building, including the headquarters of the Security Service of Ukraine and proclaimed the creation of a People's Republic of Donetsk.

Poll: Should Christie pay for internal bridge scandal review?

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Poll: Should Christie pay for internal bridge scandal review? 06 Apr 2014 Should Gov. Chris Christie - rather than the taxpayers of New Jersey — pay for the internal review that cleared him of wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge scandal? Christie's office hired the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to conduct an internal investigation into last September's controversial closing of access lanes at the nation's busiest bridge. Many have accused members of the governor's staff and inner circle of hatching the plan in a case of political payback. Christie, a Republican, has denied any personal involvement.

Ukraine nationalists attempt storm on Kiev Supreme Court

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Ukraine nationalists attempt storm on Kiev Supreme Court 07 Apr 2014 Radical activists representing nationalist Right Sector group are attempting to storm Kiev’s Supreme Court building. They have blocked the entrances into the building and surrounded its perimeter. Around 100 activists prevented Supreme Court employees from entering the building through the back door.

Missing Plane: MH370 Team Detects Two Signals

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Missing Plane: MH370 Team Detects Two Signals 07 Apr 2014 Teams searching for missing flight MH370 believe they may have detected the plane's black box flight recorders after a ship picked up signals in the southern Indian Ocean. The Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield picked up signals twice, around 370 miles north of where two signals were detected by a Chinese ship on Saturday. Crucially, there were two distinct pinger returns - suggesting transmissions from a flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder on a Boeing 777 jet.

Three killed as blast hits election lorry in Afghanistan

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Three killed as blast hits election lorry in Afghanistan 06 Apr 2014 A powerful roadside explosion hits a truck carrying ballot boxes in the troubled northern Afghanistan, killing at least three people and injuring several others. The incident took place in the Kunduz province, while the truck loaded with ballot boxes was heading to a counting center. Local police said at least three people were killed and eight ballot boxes were destroyed in the blast.

MH370: Plane Search Team Reports 'Promising Lead'

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

MH370: Plane Search Team Reports 'Promising Lead' 07 Apr 2014 A ship searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has detected signals "consistent" with aircraft black boxes. The team hunting for Flight MH370 say the underwater sounds picked up by the Australian navy vessel Ocean Shield is a "promising lead" in the search, but had yet to get "confirming evidence". Search co-ordinators stressed it was in very deep water - 4,500 metres - which is at the limit of the equipment being used.

MH370 'may have flown around Indonesia to avoid detection'

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

MH370 'may have flown around Indonesia to avoid detection' 07 Apr 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have been "purposely" flown around Indonesian airspace on its way to the southern Indian Ocean to avoid radar detection, a government source has claimed. The Boeing 777, which was carrying 239 people when it vanished on March 8, flew north of Indonesia and around its airspace while making its way to the southern Indian Ocean, a senior official who declined to give his named, said. The latest claim about the airliner came as Australian officials coordinating the international search said they were investigating three reports that signals potentially related to the jet's black box had been detected.

Senator: Cheney should give waterboarding a try

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Senator: Cheney should give waterboarding a try 06 Apr 2014 Senator Angus King (I-ME), a member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, says former Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney should sit on a waterboard and go through what CIA detainees went through if he does not think that the interrogation technique qualifies as torture. King made the remarks while appearing on MSNBC. "Some people called it torture. It wasn't torture," Cheney said during a visit to American University in Washington, D.C. late last month. He added that "If I would have to do it all over again, I would." "Frankly, I was stunned to hear that quote from vice president Cheney just now," King said. "If he doesn't think that was torture, I would invite him anywhere in the United States to sit in a waterboard and go through what those people went through, one of them a hundred and plus odd times."

Missing Plane: HMS Echo Joins Black Box Hunt

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Missing Plane: HMS Echo Joins Black Box Hunt 07 Apr 2014 A British navy ship with sophisticated sound-locating equipment has joined a refocussed search effort to find out if signals picked up in the southern Indian Ocean are from MH370's black boxes. The Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre, at the centre of the search mission, announced at around 2am UK time that HMS Echo had arrived in the southern section of the search area to "assist" in the mission. Sky News said HMS Echo would begin its search after carrying out preliminary environmental tests.

Body found on side of road at Fort Bragg

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Body found on side of road at Fort Bragg --Authorities released few details 06 Apr 2014 Officials are investigating after a body was found along Plank Road at Fort Bragg Sunday morning. An eyewitness said the scene was two miles west of Wayside Road near an old landing strip.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: More ships rush to probe signals after another heard

April 7, 2014 by legitgov

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: More ships rush to probe signals after another heard 06 Apr 2014 Three separate but fleeting sounds from deep in the Indian Ocean offered new hope Sunday in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, as officials rushed to determine whether they were signals from the plane's black boxes before their beacons fall silent. The head of the multinational search being conducted off Australia's west coast confirmed that a Chinese ship had picked up electronic pulsing signals twice in a small patch of the search zone, once on Friday and again on Saturday. On Sunday, an Australian ship carrying sophisticated deep-sea sound equipment picked up a third signal in a different part of the massive search area.

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