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Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California

November 1, 2014 by legitgov

Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California 1 Nov 2014 A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said. The crash of the suborbital vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, 95 miles (150 km) north of Los Angeles, came days after another private space company, Orbital Sciences Corp, lost a rocket in an explosion moments after liftoff in Virginia.

Canada bans visas for residents of nations where there has been an outbreak of Ebola

November 1, 2014 by legitgov

Canada bans visas for residents of nations where there has been an outbreak of Ebola --Applications in the pipeline will not be processed 31 Oct 2014 Canada will stop issuing visas to people from the three West African nations where the Ebola is widespread, the government said on Friday. The federal citizenship ministry, explaining the move, said in an official document that 'the introduction or spread of the disease would pose an imminent and severe risk to public health'. Under the new regulations, which come into force immediately, Canada will not process visa applications from foreign nationals who have been in an Ebola-affected country within the previous three months.

NSA Phone Surveillance Faces Fresh Court Test

November 1, 2014 by legitgov

NSA Phone Surveillance Faces Fresh Court Test 31 Oct 2014 The National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone records will face a fresh test this coming week when a Washington, D.C., appeals-court panel hears arguments over the surveillance program. Tuesday's arguments are just one of three federal appeals-court challenges to the NSA's gathering of millions of Americans' phone records--an issue that could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court. The cases, which include two separate lawsuits in New York and San Francisco, were prompted by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's revelations last year detailing the scope of U.S. government surveillance.

NORAD jets intercept helicopter violating R.I. air space during Obama visit

November 1, 2014 by legitgov

NORAD jets intercept helicopter violating R.I. air space during Obama visit 31 Oct 2014 Jets from NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted a helicopter in a temporary flight-restricted area over Rhode Island during President Obama’s visit Friday morning, federal officials confirmed. Two F-15 jets flew out of Barnes Air National Guard base in Westfield, Mass., to intercept the helicopter, said Army Maj. Beth Smith, NORAD Northern Command spokesperson.

Wyden calls foul on CIA's redactions of pseudonyms in forthcoming torture report

November 1, 2014 by legitgov

Wyden calls foul on CIA's redactions of pseudonyms in forthcoming torture report 31 Oct 2014 U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden raised a stink Friday about the CIA's call to black out  pseudonyms of agency personnel from its forthcoming - and highly controversial report on the overseas torture of suspected terrorists. The senior senator from Oregon said in a news release that he had no problem with the CIA using pseudonyms of people involved in the brutal interrogation program was "unprecedented and unacceptable." The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on which Wyden sits, has haggled with the CIA for many months over the release its report on interrogations of suspected terrorists after 9/11. "This report is about mistakes, misdeeds and falsehoods that were repeated over a period of years," Wyden said..."A lot of officials are intent on burying the full story, but getting the truth out is the only way to keep all of this from happening again."

Federal civil rights charges unlikely against police officer in Ferguson shooting

November 1, 2014 by legitgov

Federal civil rights charges unlikely against police officer in Ferguson shooting 31 Oct 2014 Justice Department 'investigators' have all but concluded they do not have a strong enough case to bring civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., law enforcement officials said. When racial tension boiled over in Ferguson after the Aug. 9 shooting, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. traveled to the St. Louis suburb to meet with city leaders and protest organizers in an effort to bring calm. He assured them that the federal government would open a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. But that investigation now seems unlikely to result in any charges.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Flight Test

October 31, 2014 by legitgov

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Flight Test --One dead, one seriously injured (Wires) 31 Oct 2014 Virgin Galactic said its SpaceShipTwo rocket plane suffered a "serious anomaly" during a powered test flight on Friday that resulted in the loss of the aircraft. The anomaly occurred after the plane was released from its WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane and fired up its rocket engine in flight for the first time in more than nine months. Sources said SpaceShipTwo exploded in midflight, and debris fell onto California's Mojave Desert.

Sweden officially recognizes Palestinian state, Israel recalls ambassador

October 31, 2014 by legitgov

Sweden officially recognizes Palestinian state, Israel recalls ambassador 31 Oct 2014 Sweden has recognized the occupied state of Palestine officially, according to its foreign ministry. The Scandinavian has become the first West-European EU state to recognize the territories. Israel has recalled its ambassador in Sweden. The news follows an earlier hint by Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen in his Social Democrat manifesto, during his inaugural address in October, that this would happen. The idea was quickly met with criticism from the United States and Israel.

Judge eases limits on nurse who treated Ebola patients

October 31, 2014 by legitgov

Judge eases limits on nurse who treated Ebola patients 31 Oct 2014 A Maine judge on Friday imposed limited restrictions on an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and rejected a bid by state officials for more stringent measures. The confrontation between Kaci Hickox and officials in the state of Maine has become the focal point of a dispute pitting several U.S. states opting for strict quarantines against the federal government, which opposes such measures. Hickox's lawyer called the ruling a "terrific win" and Maine Governor Paul LePage said that while he was disappointed, the state would abide by the judge's order.

U.S. nurses union to stage strikes over Ebola protection

October 31, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. nurses union to stage strikes over Ebola protection 30 Oct 2014 A California-based nurses union said Thursday it was organizing strikes and other protests against what it views as insufficient protection for nurses caring for patients stricken with the deadly Ebola virus. The nurses have demanded better protection when treating Ebola patients for weeks, ever since two nurses in Texas became infected with the virus while treating an Ebola patient who fell ill and died while visiting Dallas...In addition to the walkouts, nurses at other facilities nationwide would engage in protests on Nov. 12, including picketing and staging bake sales to raise money for hazmat suits for nurses, said Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United. [How come Israel doesn't have to hold bake sales when it needs another $500 million toward Iron Dome? Start reading.]

Yale evaluation of Sandy Hook shooter Lanza not given to Newtown schools

October 31, 2014 by legitgov

Yale evaluation of Sandy Hook shooter Lanza not given to Newtown schools 23 Oct 2014 Newtown school officials appear to have had an incomplete mental health history of [alleged] Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza before he entered high school, according to a draft of a soon-to-be-released report by the state Office of the Child Advocate. No copies of the draft have been distributed...Lanza, in his early teens, was prescribed the antidepressant Celexa by Yale clinicians. Included in the case files are emails between Peter Lanza and Kathleen Koenig, a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center, "regarding her treatment sessions with the shooter, as well as an evaluation by" Dr. Paul Fox, a former Connecticut psychiatrist who now lives in New Zealand. [Down the rabbit hole with him.] Once when Koenig prescribed a small dose of Celexa to Adam Lanza, Nancy Lanza called Koenig's office to report that Adam Lanza was "unable to raise his arm" and she blamed it on the medication. [Yes, Lanza stopped taking the medication, as it would be difficult to shoot 26 people with an assault rifle if you can't raise your arm.]

American Who Tried to Join ISIS Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Charges

October 31, 2014 by legitgov

American Who Tried to Join ISIS Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Charges 30 Oct 2014 A North Carolina man who was featured in a Nightly News story last month about foreign fighters attempting to join the fighting in Syria pleaded guilty on Thursday to terrorism charges. Donald Ray Morgan pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Morgan, 44, was initially held on the gun charge after his arrest at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Aug. 2, shortly after he arrived on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany. The terrorism charge was added Thursday, and he pleaded guilty to both charges.

France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants

October 30, 2014 by legitgov

France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants --Drones flew over seven nuclear plants across France, between Oct. 5 and Oct. 20 - EDF 30 Oct 2014 France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF, its interior minister said on Thursday. "There's a judicial investigation under way, measures are being taken to know what these drones are and neutralize them," Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told France Info radio on Thursday, without specifying the measures. The drone sightings may renew concerns about the safety of nuclear plants in France, the world's most nuclear-reliant country with 58 reactors on 19 sites operated by EDF.

NYC 'Actively Monitoring' 117 People at Risk for Ebola

October 30, 2014 by legitgov

NYC 'Actively Monitoring' 117 People at Risk for Ebola 30 Oct 2014 The city is actively monitoring nearly 120 people who have recently returned from Ebola-stricken countries out of an abundance of caution as it seeks to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, Mayor de Blasio's administration said Thursday. Marti Adams, first deputy press secretary for the administration, said most of the 117 people being monitored arrived in New York City from Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia Oct. 11 or later. Active monitoring means state or local health officials establish regular communication with the individuals, rather than relying on them to self-monitor and report potential symptoms.

4 dead, 5 hurt after plane crashes into building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita

October 30, 2014 by legitgov

4 dead, 5 hurt after plane crashes into building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita 30 Oct 2014 At least four people, including the pilot, have been killed and others are hurt after a plane hit a building at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro says a twin-engine Beechcraft King Air 200 reported losing engine power just after takeoff around 9:50 a.m. Thursday. Molinaro says the plane crashed into a building on airport property while attempting to return to the runway. The plane hit the north building of FlightSafety International Cessna pilot's center, located at 1851 Airport Road.

Ebola: California is latest state to impose 21-day quarantine for those exposed to Ebola

October 30, 2014 by legitgov

Ebola: California is latest state to impose 21-day quarantine for those exposed to Ebola 29 Oct 2014 California on Wednesday became the latest state to order a 21-day quarantine for travelers who have been in close contact with Ebola patients. In an attempt to avoid the criticism lodged against New York, New Jersey and Maine that had blanket quarantine orders, however, California will allow county health agencies to impose the quarantine on a case-by-case basis...Quarantine can range from observation and monitoring to the "limitation on his or her freedom of movement," according to the California Department of Public Health.

Red Cross 'used Hurricane Sandy and Isaac disasters as photo ops,' using emergency response vehicles for show while handicapped storm victims slept in wheelchairs

October 30, 2014 by legitgov

The 9/11 scam artists/corpora-terrorists aka the Red Cross is *finally* revealed to be the dirt-bags they are and have always been: Red Cross 'used Hurricane Sandy and Isaac disasters as photo ops,' sending out empty emergency response vehicles for show while handicapped storm victims slept in wheelchairs --During Sandy relief, emergency vehicles were designated for 'press events' --Shelters left disabled storm victims sleeping in wheelchairs for days on end 29 Oct 2014 After Hurricane Isaac made landfall over areas of Louisiana and Mississippi in 2012, emergency response vehicles emblazoned with the logo of the Red Cross rolled in. According to one former field supervisor, dozens of those vehicles had no destination and no supplies, useless for anything but providing the appearance of disaster relief. A joint investigation by ProPublica and NPR showed that in spite of massive funding, relief efforts from the American Red Cross were disastrous, forcing smaller organizations to step in.

In advance of grand jury decision, schools remind parents of emergency procedures

October 30, 2014 by legitgov

In advance of grand jury decision, schools remind parents of emergency procedures 24 Oct 2014 The Ferguson-Florissant and Clayton school districts sent letters to parents this week with reminders of emergency procedures should classes be canceled, delayed or dismissed early. Schools typically send reminders before winter begins of inclement weather procedures. But the districts want parents to be especially cognizant this year as the public awaits a decision from the St. Louis County grand jury on whether to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

NYPD scanning the sky for new terrorism threat

October 30, 2014 by legitgov

NYPD scanning the sky for new terrorism threat 29 Oct 2014 For the last year, the country's largest police force has been increasingly concerned about a potential terror attack from the air by a drone armed with a deadly weapon. Now, they are far along in planning a response to that possible security threat, reports CBS News. "We look at it as something that could be a terrorist's tool," New York Police Department Deputy Chief Salvatore DiPace said. For the first time, he is publicly acknowledging why the NYPD is paying close attention to America's fascination with drones and the potential that they could deliver a terrorist attack.

Maine to Seek Court Order to Force Ebola Quarantine on Nurse

October 29, 2014 by legitgov

Maine to Seek Court Order to Force Ebola Quarantine on Nurse 29 Oct 2014 Maine officials will seek court a court order to force Kaci Hickox, a nurse who recently returned from West Africa, to self-quarantine at home after Hickox said she wouldn't obey a state request to voluntarily quarantine herself. Hickox, who is holed up in a house in the town of Fort Kent, gave the state until Thursday to let her move freely and threatened to take the matter to court otherwise. On Wednesday, a Maine state trooper was positioned outside the house where Hickox was staying. Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R-Sociopath) said he was drawing up papers to ask a judge to help him enforce the quarantine.

British spies can go through Americans' telephone calls and emails without a warrant, reveals legal challenge in the UK

October 29, 2014 by legitgov

British spies can go through Americans' telephone calls and emails without a warrant, reveals legal challenge in the UK --Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) privileged agreement with National Security Agency revealed 29 Oct 2014 British spies can help themselves to data collected by the NSA from the telephone calls and Internet communications of Americans without a warrant, a new court document shows. The agreement between the NSA and its British equivalent, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) means that American citizen's data can be seen and stored by the United States' closest ally without a warrant when that is 'not technically feasible'. Anything discovered in the data, once obtained, can be kept by the British for up to two years and specifically relates to 'unselected' or raw data. But, this deadline can be extended unilaterally by 'senior UK officials' if they believe it to be necessary for national security purposes.

US to increase security at federal buildings across America due to 'continued public calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on the homeland'

October 29, 2014 by legitgov

US to increase security at federal buildings across America due to 'continued public calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on the homeland' Security will be increased at various federal government buildings in Washington and other major American cities, the Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday evening in what it described as a 'precautionary step.' The move came one week after a gunman in Ottawa fatally shot a soldier as he stood as a ceremonial guard at Ottawa's National War Memorial, then stormed the Parliament building. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson would not identify the buildings where there will be an increased security presence or disclose the specific security measures to be taken by the Federal Protective Service, which protects more than 9,500 federal facilities visited daily by roughly 1.4 million people.

Troops on London streets amid fears of terror attack

October 29, 2014 by legitgov

Troops on London streets amid fears of terror attack 29 Oct 2014 Armed soldiers have been stationed in Whitehall amid fears that terrorists will try to attack ceremonial guards in the wake of the shooting in Canada. The soldiers, who are carrying assault rifles, have been deployed at the entrance to Horse Guards Parade, where thousands of tourists gather each day to witness the Changing of the Guard. Senior police officers and MPs said there is likely to be a significant rise in the number of armed police at the Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day commemorations next month. One senior counter-terrorism police officer said that there will also be a large number of officers operating undercover at the events, carrying Heckler and Koch side arms.

Tsarnaev friend found guilty of lying in bombing investigation

October 29, 2014 by legitgov

Tsarnaev friend found guilty of lying in bombing investigation 28 Oct 2014 A federal jury on Tuesday convicted Robel Phillipos, a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, of two counts of lying to federal agents, ending deliberations that lasted some 35 hours over six days. Phillipos now becomes the third of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's college friends convicted of crimes related to the removal of an incriminating backpack from Tsarnaev's dorm room days after the deadly explosions. The three cases are a prelude to the long-awaited trial of [framed patsy] Tsarnaev, which is scheduled to start in January.

Molten lava from Hawaii volcano crosses onto residential property

October 29, 2014 by legitgov

Molten lava from Hawaii volcano crosses onto residential property 28 Oct 2014 A menacing river of molten lava that bubbled over a road and overran a cemetery on its way towards a village on Hawaii's Big Island crossed onto a residential property on Tuesday and threatened to consume its first home, officials said. The slow-moving lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano has been advancing on the town of Pahoa for weeks, with officials warning it is hot enough to incinerate any homes, roads and businesses in its path. Molten lava is hotter than 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit (900 Celsius), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

U.S. boosts security at government buildings citing terrorist threat

October 29, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. boosts security at government buildings citing terrorist threat 28 Oct 2014 The United States is increasing security at government buildings in Washington and other cities because of continuing terrorist threats and last week's attack on the Canadian parliament, the Homeland Security Department said on Tuesday. A U.S. official said there had been no credible information about any specific plot against a U.S. target, but many calls to attack the United States have been issued, including on social media, by supporters of groups such as Islamic State [I-CIA-SIS] and al Qaeda [al-CIAduh]. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the new measures followed a stream of threats from militant groups which U.S. agencies have been monitoring for months.

Antares rocket explodes at Nasa base seconds after launch

October 29, 2014 by legitgov

Antares rocket explodes at Nasa base seconds after launch 28 Oct 2014 A rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station exploded six seconds after it was launched at Nasa's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday night, sending a massive fireball into the sky. The rocket, known as the Antares, carried an unmanned cargo ship loaded with 5,000 pounds of supplies such as food, tools, parts and experiments. It was also carrying classified equipment, according to the private company that built it. The launch had already been once delayed after a sailboat entered its range on Monday night.

Ferguson police brace for new protests by spending thousands on riot gear

October 29, 2014 by legitgov

Ferguson police brace for new protests by spending thousands on riot gear --St Louis County police has spent $172,669 since August on teargas, grenades, pepper balls and other civil disobedience equipment 28 Oct 2014 The police department overseeing the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old has spent tens of thousands of dollars replenishing their stocks of teargas, "less lethal" ammunition and riot gear in advance of a potential revival in demonstrations. St Louis County police made the purchases amid concerns that hundreds of demonstrators will return to the streets if Darren Wilson, the officer who shot dead Michael Brown in August, is not indicted on criminal charges by a grand jury currently considering the case.

Unstoppable Lava Flow Reaches Hawaiian Town

October 29, 2014 by legitgov

Unstoppable Lava Flow Reaches Hawaiian Town 28 Oct 2014 A river of molten lava has oozed into a small Hawaiian town, covering the yard of two houses closest to the volcano, Hawaii County officials reported today. The lava flow has been edging its way towards Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island for weeks with authorities and residents powerless to halt or divert it. The final number of Kilauea residents affected has not been released, but it is expected to be dozens. Officials said this afternoon that there are 40 to 50 houses in the path of the lava.

Suspicious Activity Detected on White House Computer Network

October 28, 2014 by legitgov

Suspicious cyber activity detected on White House computer network 28 Oct 2014 Suspicious activity was detected on the White House's computer network and measures have been taken to address the issue, a White House official confirmed Tuesday. The actions taken to address the possible breach limited access to some services administered through the network. The FBI, Secret Service and National Security Agency are involved in the investigation.

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