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AP: Bubble of methane triggered rig blast

AP: Bubble of methane triggered rig blast 08 May 2010 The deadly blowout of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and barriers before exploding, according to interviews with rig workers conducted during BP's internal investigation.

Liberal Democrats to hand power to David Cameron

Liberal Democrats to hand power to David Cameron 09 May 2010 David Cameron and Nick Clegg held their first face-to-face talks since last week's election yesterday evening as party figures began to talk up the likelihood of a Tory minority government held up by Liberal Democrat support.

Pentagon urges decrease in spending on troops

Pentagon urges decrease in spending on troops --Defense officials fear money will go to people at the expense of weapons 07 May 2010  The Pentagon is pleading with Congress to stop spending so much money on the troops. Congress has been so determined to take care of troops and their families that for several years running it has overruled the Pentagon and mandated more generous pay raises than requested by the Bush and Obama administrations.

Army Gives KBR $568 Million No-bid Contract as U.S. Alleges Kickbacks

Army Gives KBR $568 Million No-bid Contract as U.S. Alleges Kickbacks 06 May 2010 KBR Inc. was selected for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq, the Army said. The Army announced its decision yesterday only hours after the Justice Department said it will pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work.

Classified military information lost in Opryland Hotel flood

Classified military information lost in Opryland Hotel flood 07 May 2010 Sensitive military information may still be inside the evacuated Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Among the guests this weekend were conventioneers at the Defense Information Services Agency Customer Partnership Conference and like the rest of the guests at Nashville's now-empty largest hotel, they were evacuated.

US warns Pakistan over NY bomb plot

US warns Pakistan over NY bomb plot [But, aren't we already bombing the sh*t out of them?] 08 May 2010 The US secretary of state says Islamabad would face "very severe consequences," if a terrorist attack on US soil was traced to Pakistan.

Since spill, feds have given 27 waivers to oil companies in gulf

More 'Change We Can Deceive In' --Since spill, feds have given 27 waivers to oil companies in gulf 07 May 2010 Since the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded on April 20, the Obama administration has granted oil and gas companies at least 27 exemptions from doing in-depth environmental studies of oil exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexic

U.S. interrogators scared Canadian with rape tale

U.S. interrogators scared Canadian with rape tale --Khadr has said he was threatened with rape, beaten, thrown to the ground, chained in painful positions, forced to urinate on himself, terrorized by dogs and subjected to freezing temperatures and sleep deprivation at Bagram and Guantanamo. 06 May 2010 U.S.

Pentagon bans 4 journalists from Guantanamo court

Pentagon bans 4 journalists from Guantanamo court 06 May 2010 The Pentagon on Thursday banned four journalists from future sessions of the Guantanamo war crimes [kangaroo] court for reporting the name of a disgraced former U.S. Army interrogator.

Senate Rejects Consumer Amendment to Overhaul Bill

Senate Rejects Consumer Amendment to Overhaul Bill 07 May 2010 The U.S. Senate yesterday rejected two significant changes to its financial-overhaul bill, voting down restrictions on a proposed consumer-protection bureau and a plan that would have forced the largest banks to shrink in size...

Journalists cannot protect sources: top court

Journalists cannot protect sources: top court 08 May 2010 Canadian media's attempt to establish a right to protect confidential sources was quashed by the nation's highest court on Friday. In an 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court ordered the National Post daily to hand over to police documents obtained from a source in 2001 alleging a former prime minister's involvement in a loan scandal.

Massive dome lowered at site of huge U.S. oil spill

Massive dome lowered at site of huge U.S. oil spill 07 May 2010 BP Plc engineers using undersea robots maneuvered a massive metal chamber to fit over a gushing ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday in their best chance yet to contain a leak that threatens an environmental catastrophe on U.S. shores.

Greece's workers revolt

Greece's workers revolt By Antonis Davenellos, a member of International Workers Left 07 May 2010 With an enormous general strike and massive rallies May 5--including a mobilization of more than 200,000 workers in the capital of Athens alone--the working class of Greece gave its answer to austerity measures imposed by the social democratic government of PASOK, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU).

The Taliban stimulus: Karzai to seek US billions for insurgents' jobs, training

The Taliban stimulus: Karzai to seek US billions for insurgents' jobs, training --Is there any doubt whatsoever that Barack Obama, the corporaterrorist troll and GOP conciliator, will be more than *happy* to fully fund the Taliban stimulus? Of course, he couldn't *wait* to burn us on the public option -- too expensive.

Reporters banned by Pentagon

Reporters banned by Pentagon 07 May 2010 The Pentagon has banned four journalists from covering military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay because they published the name of a witness after being told he must only be identified as "Interrogator No 1".

General Election 2010: David Cameron closes in on deal with Nick Clegg

General Election 2010: David Cameron closes in on deal with Nick Clegg --David Cameron has entered into formal talks with Nick Clegg to try to secure a deal that would force Gordon Brown from Number 10.

Dow industrials' 141-point decline caps 4-day plunge of 772 points

Dow industrials' 141-point decline caps 4-day plunge of 772 points 07 May 2010 U.S. stocks slumped for a fourth-straight session Friday, led by particular weakness in the technology sector, as Thursday's tumultuous trading continued to weigh on investor sentiment. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 139.89 points, or 1.3%, to 10,380.43.

House panel to hold hearing on stock market plunge

House panel to hold hearing on stock market plunge 07 May 2010  The House Financial Services Committee's securities subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on May 11 to examine the circumstances behind the U.S. stock market's sharp, plunge on Thursday.

Times Square reopens following evacuation over suspicious package

Faux News talking head: 'If nothing else, this serves as a drill.'

Passengers disembark NH bus in handcuffs, M-16s pointed at them

Passengers disembark NH bus in handcuffs, M-16s pointed at them --Passenger: Police Tasered, handcuffed  man in his 60s who refused to give police his name 07 May 2010 A tense standoff with a passenger aboard a Boston-bound Greyhound bus ended 'peacefully' last night when he surrendered to police, nearly 10 hours after authorities received a call about a suspicious device on board.

Obama gives shout out to 'Los Suns' of Phoenix

Obama gives shout out to 'Los Suns' of Phoenix 05 May 2010 President Barack Obama has given a shout-out to NBA's Phoenix Suns, who are wearing jerseys that say "Los Suns" to honor the Latino community, diversity and the state of Arizona. Obama made the remarks at the beginning of a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rose Garden.

1 more Tennessee flood death confirmed; U.S. toll at 30

1 more Tennessee flood death confirmed; U.S. toll at 30 06 May 2010 Tennessee officials have confirmed a flood death in Memphis, bringing the state's toll from last weekend's storms to 20... And the worst may not be over: Rural western Kentucky was bracing for what could be its worst flooding in 200 years.

Greek protesters encircle parliament as new austerity measures approved

Greek protesters encircle parliament as new austerity measures approved 06 May 2010 Tens of thousands of Greek citizens marched in the center of Athens on Thursday afternoon, encircling the parliament building, while inside the bill on the new austerity measures was approved.

2 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan

2 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan 06 May 2010 Two more NATO soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan, raising to 181 the number of foreign troops killed in the war-torn country this year. The western alliance says one of the troopers was killed by a roadside bomb. It added that the other soldier was slain by small arms fire.

NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan 06 May 2010 A soldier serving with NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed in an armed conflict in southern Afghanistan. The soldier lost his life in "a small-arms attack" in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the military alliance announced Thursday.

Militants hit govt. offices in Nimruz

Militants hit govt. offices in Nimruz 05 May 2010 A group of armed militants have attacked a number of government buildings in Afghanistan's southwestern province of Nimruz, setting off several explosions. The attack came on Wednesday when a group of gunmen wearing explosive-laden vests stormed five or six locations in the city, including the provincial council and provincial court, AFP quoted Nimruz governor Ghulam Dastagir Azad as saying.

Danish base attacked in Afghanistan

Danish base attacked in Afghanistan 05 May 2010 The Danish army says almost a dozen of its soldiers in Afghanistan have been wounded amid escalating violence in the war-weary country. Militants attacked the Danish base in Helmand Province late on Tuesday, injuring eleven troopers and two Afghan translators, the military said on Wednesday. Nearly 30 Danish soldiers have died in the war-torn country since the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Blasts leave 5 dead in Afghanistan

Blasts leave 5 dead in Afghanistan 05 May 2010 At least five police officers and a government official have been killed in a series of explosions that rocked the southwestern Afghan province of Nimruz. The blasts took place in the provincial capital, Zaranj, on Wednesday. Five other police officers have been injured. Taliban militants have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

High-Speed Trading Glitch Costs Investors Billions

High-Speed Trading Glitch Costs Investors Billions 06 May 2010 The glitch that sent markets tumbling Thursday was years in the making, driven by the rise of computers that transformed stock trading more in the last 20 years than in the previous 200.

Activist spied on? Man wins settlement

Activist spied on? Man wins settlement 05 May 2010 A 22-year-old anti-war activist from The Evergreen State College will get $169,000 as part of a settlement with the State Patrol and two other law-enforcement agencies over allegations that their officers engaged in political spying and harassment.

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