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Michigan Considers Law to License Journalists

Michigan Considers Law to License Journalists 28 May 2010 A Michigan lawmaker wants to register reporters to ensure they’re credible and have "good moral character." State Sen. Bruce Patterson (R-Whackjob) is introducing legislation that will regulate reporters much as the state regulates hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers.

Halliburton campaign donations spike

Halliburton campaign donations spike 02 Jun 2010 As Congress investigated its role in the doomed Deep Horizon oil rig, Halliburton donated $17,000 to candidates running for federal office, giving money to several lawmakers on committees that have launched inquiries into the massive spill. The Texas-based oil giant’s political action committee made 14 contributions during the month of May, according to a federal campaign report filed Wednesday -- 13 to Republicans and one to a Democrat.

I was 'Tasered' by Israelis, says Herald photographer

I was 'Tasered' by Israelis, says Herald photographer 03 Jun 2010 Isreal is deporting 618 international detainees, including four Australians, captured when it stormed a flotilla of ships in international waters. The deportees include the Herald's chief correspondent, Paul McGeough, who is travelling on his Irish passport, and the Herald photographer Kate Geraghty.

Obama extends benefits for gay federal employees

Obama extends benefits for gay federal employees 02 Jun 2010 President Barack Obama on Wednesday expanded benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees, a move likely to be welcomed by gay rights activists who have questioned his commitment to their causes. Obama said he had directed government agencies to offer a number of new benefits to the families of gay and lesbian federal employees, including family assistance services, hardship transfers and relocation expenses.

INTERPOL hails Iran war on drugs

INTERPOL hails Iran war on drugs 02 Jun 2010 The president of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) acknowledges the comprehensive efforts made by Iran to combat drug trafficking. "World countries should learn from Iran's counter-narcotics experience," said Khoo Boon Hui in a Wednesday meeting with Iranian Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam in Tehran...

BP diamond-tipped saw fails to fix leak

BP diamond-tipped saw fails to fix leak 02 Jun 2010 Efforts by the British Petroleum engineers to cut the ruptured riser pipe of its blown-up well in the Gulf of Mexico and contain the gushing oil have hit a snag on day 44. The underwater robot operating a diamond-tipped saw to cut the riser pipe had to stop working Wednesday after the saw stuck in the pipe. Now BP engineers have to go on with the operation either with the snared saw or by replacing it with a new one.

U.S. to Join South Korean Military Exercise Off North Korea Coast

U.S. to Join South Korean Military Exercise Off North Korea Coast --Pentagon Sending USS George Washington to Waters Where North Sunk South Korean Vessel 02 Jun 2010 The U.S.

Not content with BP's destruction of the oceans, Obama calls for big expansion of nuclear power

Backward at Bagram

Backward at Bagram (The New York Times) 31 May 2010 One of the most vital jobs of the federal courts is to check excessive claims of presidential power. The courts have stepped up to the task at important times since President George W. Bush embarked on a campaign after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to create an imperial presidency. Sadly, a recent ruling by a federal appeals court on the American military prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan was not one of those times.

CIA drones claim 'licence to kill' with impunity: UN expert

CIA drones claim 'licence to kill' with impunity: UN expert 02 Jun 2010 A UN human rights expert on Wednesday urged the United States to sideline the CIA from targeted killings using drones, warning that the practice amounted to "a licence to kill without accountability".

BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas

BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas 02 Jun 2010  BP Plc’s failure since April to plug a Gulf of Mexico oil leak has prompted forecasts the crude may continue gushing into December in what President Barack Obama has called the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history...

Gaza flotilla attack: Israeli ambassador compares raid to Second World War

Gaza flotilla attack: Israeli ambassador compares raid to Second World War 02 Jun 2010 Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, has compared the Gaza flotilla attack with America's fight against Nazi Germany in the Second World War.

Lawsuit Seeks Full Disclosure of Dispersant Impacts on Gulf's Endangered Wildlife

Lawsuit Seeks Full Disclosure of Dispersant Impacts on Gulf's Endangered Wildlife 02 Jun 2010 The Center for Biological Diversity today filed an official notice of its intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for authorizing the use of toxic dispersants without ensuring that these chemicals would not harm endangered species and their habitats. The letter requests that the agency, along with the U.S.

BP Hires Former Dick Cheney Spox to Run PR Ops

BP Hires Former Dick Cheney Spox to Run PR Ops 01 Jun 2010 BP, struggling to maintain its image while taking responsibility for the worst oil disaster in U.S. history, has hired someone new to head its American public relations operation: Anne Womack-Kolton, the former campaign press secretary for Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney. Womack-Kolton ran Cheney's press shop during the 2004 campaign, and worked as an assistant press secretary in 2000.

U.S. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into Oil Spill

U.S. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into Oil Spill 01 Jun 2010 The Obama administration said Tuesday that it had begun civil and criminal investigations into the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as the deepening crisis threatened to define President Obama’s second year in office. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

'Israeli commandos are wild dogs'

'Israeli commandos are wild dogs' --Ahmadinejad calls for strong UNSC resolution over flotilla raid. 01 Jun 2010 The Iranian president on Tuesday demanded a strong UN Security Council resolution against Israel over its raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip.

Several blasts near peace meet in Kabul

Several blasts near peace meet in Kabul 02 Jun 2010 Several blasts have been heard in Kabul as Afghan President Hamid Karzai was speaking at the opening of a long-delayed peace meeting known as "jirga." According to AFP, at least one rocket hit near the Intercontinental Hotel, not far from a giant tent where the conference of tribal elders, religious leaders and members of the parliament is being held.

Iraqi civilian toll in May highest this year

Iraqi civilian toll in May highest this year 01 Jun 2010 The number of Iraqi civilians killed in acts of violence in May was the highest monthly tally so far this year, figures released on Tuesday showed. Overall, 337 people -- 275 civilians, 45 police and 17 soldiers -- died as a result of attacks in May, according to data compiled by the health, interior and defence ministries.

Deep Underwater, Oil Threatens Reefs

Deep Underwater, Oil Threatens Reefs 01 Jun 2010 The reef lies just 20 miles northeast of BP’s blown-out well, making it one of at least three extensive deepwater reefs lying directly beneath the oil slick in the gulf... The latest research team in the gulf to detect these plumes observed one extending roughly 22 miles northeast of the well site, in the vicinity of at least two major deepwater reefs. Preliminary images of the plume show layers of it touching the sea floor.

U.S. authorities take custody of man removed from flight amid security risk

U.S. authorities take custody of man removed from flight amid security risk --Flight made sudden stop in Canada after American officials asked that it be diverted from U.S. 01 Jun 2010 A man whose presence on a transcontinental flight last weekend caused the plane to be grounded in Montreal has been abruptly shipped to the United States. The Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S.

Commodities’ Biggest Drop Since Lehman Is Bear Signal

Commodities’ Biggest Drop Since Lehman Is Bear Signal 01 Jun 2010 The biggest slump in commodities since Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed is undermining Wall Street forecasts for accelerating economic growth and higher prices for everything from copper to crude oil.

'Next time we'll use more force'

'Next time we'll use more force' --Navy prepares for expected arrival of 2 more activist ships. 01 Jun 2010 Israel will use more aggressive force in the future to prevent ships from breaking the sea blockade on the Gaza Strip, a top Navy commander told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. "We boarded the ship and were attacked as if it was a war," the officer said.

Wasilla paper warns Palin expose writer of law allowing use of deadly force

Wasilla paper warns Palin exposé writer of law allowing use of deadly force 01 Jun 2010 Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin's hometown newspaper has in an editorial posted on its website warned journalist Joe McGinniss that there is a law that allows the use of deadly force to defend one's property. McGinniss had moved into the house next door to Palin's as he conducts research for a book on her.

Egypt opens Gaza border after Israel ship clash

Egypt opens Gaza border after Israel ship clash 01 Jun 2010 Egypt will open its border with the Gaza Strip to let Palestinians cross, officials said on Tuesday, following a storm of international criticism of Israel's bloody enforcement at sea of its blockade on the enclave.

Red Cross visits wounded activists

Red Cross visits wounded activists 01 Jun 2010 Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross for Israel and Gaza went on Tuesday to hospitals where foreign civilians from countries without diplomatic relations with Israel who were injured in the Mavi Marmara ship conflict attack were being treated. They were also given access to detention centers where those who were not wounded were being held.

Gaza flotilla - Eye witness accounts of Israeli raid

'They came up and used plastic bullets, we had beatings, we had electric shocks, any method we can think of, they used.' Gaza flotilla - Eye witness accounts of Israeli raid 01 Jun 2010 Passengers aboard the Gaza-bound aid flotilla have been describing the drama of the moment that Israeli forces raided their ships.

Israel raid on Flotilla like 9/11: Turkey

Israel raid on Flotilla like 9/11: Turkey 01 Jun 2010 Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu draws a parallel between an Israeli attack against a Gaza-bound aid convoy and the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US. "Psychologically this attack is like 9/11 for Turkey," said Davutoglu, who is in Washington for talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

High Court Limits Miranda in 5-4 Ruling

High Court Limits Miranda in 5-4 Ruling

Hundreds detained at Ashdod port

Hundreds detained at Ashdod port --Soldiers, officers bring passengers of Marmara ship under arrest at Ashdod port, first questioning each separately and then transferring them to Beersheba Prison 01 Jun 2010 IDF and police forces continued efforts Tuesday to bring the 500 passengers of the Mavi Marmara ship to Ashdod port. Hundreds disembarked at the dock, including seven Israelis.

Israel jails 480 Gaza aid activists

Israel jails 480 Gaza aid activists 01 Jun 2010 Israel has jailed 487 international activists captured during its deadly commando strike on a Gaza aid convoy, while 48 others are to be "expelled." Those detained remain in custody at the southern Israeli prison of Ashdod, while the other 48 will be taken to Ben Gurion international airport to be sent back to their home countries, AFP quoted a report by Israel's public radio as saying on Tuesday.

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