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Exxon Mobile Q1 profits up by 38%

Exxon Mobile Q1 profits up by 38% 29 Apr 2010 Exxon Mobil has said its first quarter profits rose 38% from the same period a year earlier to $6.3 billion. The profits excluded a $200m charge to pay for changes in US healthcare legislation. In 2009 Exxon recorded the largest profit of any publicly-listed company in the world, a whopping $40.6 billion, boosted by record high oil prices.

'Halliburton said it did a variety of work on the rig and was assisting with the investigation.'

'Halliburton said it did a variety of work on the rig and was assisting with the investigation.' --Obama dispatches military as oil spill worsens 29 Apr 2010 A massive oil slick from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to reach a Louisiana wildlife reserve Thursday night as it threatens an environmental disaster across four southern U.S. states.

BP asks for defense dept. help in Gulf oil spill

BP asks for defense dept. help in Gulf oil spill 29 Apr 2010 A BP official says the company has asked the federal government with help examining the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the U.S. shoreline. BP PLC chief operating officer Doug Suttles said at a news conference on Thursday that the company has asked the Department of Defense if they can help with better underwater equipment than is available commercially.

Obama: SWAT Teams to be Sent to Gulf for Oil Spill

Breaking: Obama: SWAT Teams to be Sent to Gulf for Oil Spill --Obama: We'll use 'every single available resource' to contain oil slick 29 Apr 2010 President Obama said his team would use "every single available resource" to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil slick, including dispatching teams from the Pentagon if necessary.

Gulf oil spill matter of 'national significance'

Gulf oil spill matter of 'national significance' 29 Apr 2010 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico a matter of "national significance," according to media reports Thursday. In addition to Homeland Security, the Obama Administration reportedly dispatched the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior resources to help clean up the spill.

Gulf oil spill presents a political challenge to Obama's offshore drilling plans

Gulf oil spill presents a political challenge to Obama's offshore drilling plans 29 Apr 2010 The growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is not only an environment danger, but also a widening political headache for President Obama, who just last month [insanely] agreed to open vast stretches of the U.S. coastline to oil drilling. White House attention to the oil leak, from a deepwater exploration well, is ramping up quickly...

Ex-CIA fugitive was subdued with Taser

Ex-CIA fugitive was subdued with Taser 29 Apr 2010 Ex-CIA operative Andrew Warren had to be subdued twice with electric shocks when a fugitive task force tried to arrest him at a Norfolk hotel this week, according to law enforcement sources... A law enforcement official, who asked for anonymity, said that when Warren continued to struggle, he was "dry-tasered," or stunned with a direct application to his back.

U.S. Subpoenas Times Reporter Over Book on C.I.A.

U.S. Subpoenas Times Reporter Over Book on C.I.A. 28 Apr 2010 The Obama administration is seeking to compel a writer to testify about his confidential sources for a 2006 book about the Central Intelligence Agency, a rare step that was authorized by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Republicans Allow Debate on Financial Overhaul

Republicans Allow Debate on Financial Overhaul 28 Apr 2010  With political pressure mounting, Senate Republicans relented on Wednesday and agreed to let Democrats open debate on legislation that would impose the most far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s financial regulatory system since the aftermath of the Depression.

BP Gulf Oil Well Is Leaking Five Times Faster Than Estimated

BP Gulf Oil Well Is Leaking Five Times Faster Than Estimated 29 Apr 2010  damaged BP Plc oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is leaking as many as 5,000 barrels of crude a day, five times more than previously estimated, the U.S. Coast Guard said. "There’s an additional breach in the well," Coast Guard spokesman Erik Swanson said by telephone from Robert, Louisiana.

City workers banned from official travel to Arizona

City workers banned from official travel to Arizona 27 Apr 2010 San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today a moratorium on official city travel to Arizona after the state enacted a controversial new immigration law that directs local police to arrest those suspected of being in the country illegally.

Afghanistan: U.N. Report on Attack Cites Friendly Fire

Afghanistan: U.N. Report on Attack Cites Friendly Fire 26 Apr 2010 A United Nations investigation has found that four of the body’s staff members killed during a suicide attack on a Kabul guesthouse last October may have died because of friendly fire from Afghan security forces, United Nations officials said Monday. A final report by an outside panel suggested that four of the five staff members killed had been mistaken for Taliban insurgents.

Deport Children of Illegals: Calif. Congressman

Deport Children of Illegals: Calif. Congressman 28 Apr 2010 Representative Duncan Hunter (R) wants to deport the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants but he isn't the only one who wants to change the U.S. Constitution. Hunter, who spoke at a tea party gathering in Ramona Saturday, said he does not believe children born to illegal immigrant parents should get automatic U.S. citizenship.

New Jersey: Thousands of high school students walk out to protest education cuts

New Jersey: Thousands of high school students walk out to protest education cuts By Sandy English 28 Apr 2010 Tens of thousands of students from across New Jersey left their classes Tuesday to protest $820 million in education budget cuts by Republican Governor Chris Christie. The budget cuts, averaging 11 percent across all districts, will result in the mass layoff off teachers and the destruction of arts and sports programs throughout the state.

Detainee transfer documents buried in Canadian military shipping containers

Detainee transfer documents buried in Canadian military shipping containers 27 Apr 2010 Records of Afghan detainee transfer orders showing whether Canadian military commanders took the risk of torture into account are buried in sea shipping containers and "may take years" to locate, the Military Police Complaints Commission was told Tuesday. The revelation by Maj.

Proposal: All New Yorkers Become Organ Donors

Proposal: All New Yorkers Become Organ Donors --Assemblyman Introduces Bill That Would Give State Right to Decide If You Are to Give the Gift of Life 28 Apr 2010 New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky has  introduced a new bill in Albany that would enroll all New Yorkers as an organ donor, unless they actually opt out of organ donation. It would be the first law of its kind in the United States.

Minot AFB crews to train with Canadian soldiers

Minot AFB crews to train with Canadian soldiers 27 Apr 2010 Personnel from Minot Air Force Base and Canadian Forces Base Shilo at Brandon, Manitoba, are taking part in a training exercise in the Minot area. The training is planned for Tuesday and Wednesday. Twenty-seven members of Minot Air Force Base's 5th Bomb Wing and six members of the Canadian base are to take part.

Wildlife Group Sends Perry a Whistle

Wildlife Group Sends Perry a Whistle 28 Apr 2010 Texas Governor [sociopath] Rick Perry is getting some heat from wildlife enthusiasts over his decision to take down a coyote with his laser-sighted pistol near Austin. Perry told The Associated Press this week that a coyote came out of the brush toward his daughter's Labrador retriever puppy on a February jog, he charged it and shot it with his .380 Ruger pistol.

Texas gov. shoots, kills 'wily' coyote during jog

Texas gov. shoots, kills 'wily' coyote during jog 27 Apr 2010 Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy [?!?] during a February run near Austin.

Texas Rep Wants to Import AZ Immigration Law

Texas Rep Wants to Import AZ Immigration Law 28 Apr 2010 A Republican Texas lawmaker plans to introduce a tough immigration measure similar to the new law in Arizona, a move state Democrats say would be a mistake. Rep. Debbie Riddle of Tomball said she will push for the law in the January legislative session, according to Wednesday's editions of the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle.

Puerto Rican students occupy four universities

Puerto Rican students occupy four universities By Alphonso Santana and Rafael Azul 28 Apr 2010 Students have occupied Puerto Rico's largest university, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, in a suburb of San Juan. The protest is against Certification 98, a government decree, which cuts $100 million from the university budget and eliminates tuition waivers for some students. The student strikers are also demanding no increases in tuition or privatization of services.

Gates 'satisfied with anti-Iran planning'

Gates 'satisfied with anti-Iran planning' 28 Apr 2010 Amid a US-led push to impose "tough" sanctions against Iran's nuclear program, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates expresses satisfaction with the Pentagon's anti-Iran planning. Speaking in a press conference with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Washington on Tuesday, Gates said he was pleased with Pentagon's devising plans to counter what he described as a nuclear threat posed by Iran.

Two explosions kill 3, wound 40 in Kandahar, S. Afghanistan

Two explosions kill 3, wound 40 in Kandahar, S. Afghanistan 28 Apr 2010 Two explosions occurred nearby the airport of Kandahar city, capital of Kandahar province in south Afghanistan, killing 3 persons and injuring 40 others on Tuesday, an eye witness Wasil Khan said. "Two explosions in a span of few minutes hit a private security company named Hamayon outside Kandahar city and near to Kandahar airport killing three guards of the company and wounding 40 others," Khan told Xinhua.

Hidden toll of US wars: 18 veterans commit suicide daily

Hidden toll of US wars: 18 veterans commit suicide daily By Bill Van Auken 28 Apr 2010 An average of 18 US military veterans are taking their lives every day as the Obama administration and the Pentagon grow increasingly defensive about the epidemic of suicides driven by Washington’s wars of aggression. The stunning figure was reported last week by the Army Times, citing officials in the US Veterans Affairs Department. [Suicides you can believe in. --MDR]

Associates: Crist will run as indy

Associates: Crist will run as indy 28 Apr 2010 Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has told two close associates that he will leave the Republican primary to run as a third-party candidate for the U.S. Senate, POLITICO has learned. Crist is expected to make the announcement Thursday evening at a park in St. Petersburg, his hometown, surrounded by family supporters from both parties.

Blackwater trained Canadian troops

Blackwater trained Canadian troops --Defence spent more than $6-million at controversial U.S. security firm 27 Apr 2010 The National Defence Department has spent more than $6-million having its troops trained by the controversial Blackwater security company, whose own employees have been accused of needlessly killing civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, documents show.

Oil Slick Could Become Worst In US History

Oil Slick Could Become Worst In US History 28 Apr 2010 American coastguards say the spill from the site of an oil rig collapse could become one of the worst in US history.

Ex-Brooklyn College Student Admits Conspiring to Help Al Qaeda

'He acknowledged that he knew that a man staying with him was planning to deliver ponchos, sleeping bags and waterproof socks to Al Qaeda.' Ex-Brooklyn College Student Admits Conspiring to Help Al Qaeda 27 Apr 2010 In a widely watched terrorism case, a former Brooklyn College student admitted in court on Tuesday that he had conspired to provide Al Qaeda with what prosecutors described as military gear.

Afghanistan: U.N. Pulls Workers

Afghanistan: U.N. Pulls Workers 27 Apr 2010 The United Nations withdrew most of its local staff members from Kandahar on Tuesday and instructed its local Afghan employees there to stay home in the coming days because of what it called the "deteriorating" security situation in the southern city, a spokeswoman said.

BBC Film Crew Accused of Animal Cruelty

'It was disgraceful - crash TV at its worst.' BBC Film Crew Accused of Animal Cruelty 27 Apr 2010 A film crew for The One Show was sent to cover the story of the bird which has become well known for attacking rowers passing his nest on

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