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Alcohol 'more of a problem for returning troops than stress disorder'

Alcohol 'more of a problem for returning troops than stress disorder' 13 May 2010 Alcohol abuse is a bigger problem than post-traumatic stress disorder for British servicemen and women deployed in war zones, a study has concluded. British Forces sent to Afghanistan and Iraq are 22 per cent more likely to drink "hazardous" levels of alcohol than troops who were not deployed, researchers from King’s College London said.

Hydraulic Leak Cited as Possible Cause of Spill

Hydraulic Leak Cited as Possible Cause of Spill 12 May 2010 As crude oil gushes into the Gulf of Mexico for the fourth week, a Congressional investigation said that a safety mechanism that was supposed to seal an undersea well in the event of a sudden pressure release might have failed on April 20 because of a hydraulic leak.

Transocean Ltd. Announces Exchange Rate in Proposed US$ 1.0 Billion Distribution to Shareholders

Transocean Ltd. Announces Exchange Rate in Proposed US$ 1.0 Billion Distribution to Shareholders 12 May 2010 Transocean Ltd. today announced the applicable exchange rate to determine the Swiss franc ("CHF") amount of the proposed cash distribution to shareholders in the form of a par value reduction equal to USD 3.11 per issued share (including treasury shares) to be calculated and paid in four quarterly installments...

War in Afghanistan tops Iraq war costs

War in Afghanistan tops Iraq war costs 12 May 2010 The monthly cost of the war in Afghanistan, driven by troop increases and fighting on difficult terrain, has topped Iraq costs for the first time since 2003 and shows no sign of letting up. Pentagon spending in February, the most recent month available, was $6.7 billion in Afghanistan compared with $5.5 billion in Iraq.

Taliban claims killing of Afghan prison official

Taliban claims killing of Afghan prison official 12 May 2010 Three NATO service members and three Afghan policemen were killed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said, and the Taliban claimed responsibility for assassinating a senior prison official. A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan police vehicle in the Dihrawud district of Uruzgan province, killing three policemen, said Gulab Khan, the criminal investigation director in the province.

Taliban kill 2 alleged US spies in NW Pakistan

Taliban kill 2 alleged US spies in NW Pakistan 12 May 2010 Pakistani Taliban shot and killed two men Wednesday whom they accused of spying for the United States, while a bomb ripped through a NATO oil tanker near the Afghan border and killed a passer-by, officials and residents said. The slain men were from Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region which is effectively under militant control.

Military awards massive KBR Iraq contract without competition

Military awards massive KBR Iraq contract without competition --KBR 'won' the LOGCAP III contract under competitive bidding in 2001. 11 May 2010 The U.S. Army is under fire for reversing a decision to have three companies compete for more than $500 million worth of work in Iraq, and instead keeping it under an existing contract without any bidding.

Iran says it warned off US plane near manoeuvres

Iran says it warned off US plane near manoeuvres 11 May 2010 Iran's military warned off a US reconnaissance aircraft trying to approach Iranian naval manoeuvres, the semi-official Fars News Agency said on Tuesday. The incident involving the two old adversaries happened on Monday, it quoted the armed forces chief as saying.

Ahmadinejad advises US to leave region

Ahmadinejad advises US to leave region 12 May 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the era of occupation is over. Amid concerns about the continuing presence of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Iranian president advises the White House to withdraw its troops from the region.

BP Releases Oil Spill Video After Pressure From White House and Media

BP Releases Oil Spill Video After Pressure From White House and Media 12 May 2010 Twenty-three days after the explosion and under pressure from the White House and the media, BP today finally released a thirty second underwater video of the oil from its broken well spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. BP said the video was released only today because the it had not received a request for the video until Monday.

After Oil Rig Blast, BP Refused to Share Underwater Spill Footage

'U.S. officials said in interviews that the elaborate dry runs taught them important lessons.' [Oh, I'm *sure* they did!] After Oil Rig Blast, BP Refused to Share Underwater Spill Footage --Message Control a Key Industry Focus During Oil Disaster Drills 12 May 2010 During a series of dry-run exerises, where the U.S.

BP Prepares to Lower 'Top Hat' on Oil Leak

BP Prepares to Lower 'Top Hat' on Oil Leak 12 May 2010 BP PLC has lowered a new containment device to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico and will deploy it on a leaking oil well in the next two days, an executive said Wednesday.

Black hole 'hurled out of galaxy'

Black hole 'hurled out of galaxy' 12 May 2010 A supermassive black hole may have been observed in the process of being hurled from its parent galaxy at high speed. The finding comes from analysis of data collected by the US Chandra space X-ray observatory. However, there are alternative explanations for the observation. The work, by an international team of astronomers, has been published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 

Obama Linguistically Morphing Into Bush

Obama Linguistically Morphing Into Bush 'War is tough!' It's tough, I tell you! By Lori Price 13 May 2010  On Wednesday, President Barack Obama gave his 'war is tough' speech to Hamid Karzai and a group of obsequious media trolls at a White House news conference. Obama said that there would be some 'hard fighting' ahead in Afghanistan.

Kerry-Lieberman Climate Proposal a Disaster for Climate

Kerry-Lieberman Climate Proposal a Disaster for Climate (Center for Biological Diversity) 12 May 2010 In the midst of what appears to be the worst offshore oil disaster in American history, U.S.

Gulf oil spill: firms ignored warning signs before blast, inquiry hears

Gulf oil spill: firms ignored warning signs before blast, inquiry hears --Documents suggest BP, Transocean and Halliburton ignored tests indicating faulty safety equipment, says committee 12 May 2010 Oil executives ignored warning signs in the hours before the disastrous Deepwater rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last month, a congressional hearing heard today.

Greek workers call one-day strike May 20

Greek workers call one-day strike May 20 --Unions threaten to step up protests 12 May 2010 Greek workers on Wednesday called a 24-hour general strike for May 20, the latest in a series of protests against planned pension cuts linked to an international 110-billion-euro ($139.7 billion) bailout for Greece.

Pakistan denies Taliban link to Times Square bomb suspect

Pakistan denies Taliban link to Times Square bomb suspect --Investigators dismiss US claims that Faisal Shahzad was working under direction of Pakistani Taliban 11 May 2010 Pakistani investigators have found no evidence to support American claims that the failed Times Square bomber was working under the direction of the Pakistani Taliban, the Guardian has learned.

NORAD to fly exercise missions over Minnesota

NORAD to fly exercise missions over Minnesota 11 May 2010 If you see military jets flying alongside passenger planes in the skies today, don't panic, it's just a drill. [Well, until they*go live.*] The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will be conducting exercise flights over Minnesota today.

Shin Bet blackmails al-Quds students

Shin Bet blackmails al-Quds students 12 May 2010 The Shin Bet is reportedly trying to entice Palestinian medical students to join the Israeli intelligence service by promising entry permits to al-Quds (Jerusalem).

CAIR: Incendiary Device Explodes Outside Florida Mosque

CAIR: Incendiary Device Explodes Outside Florida Mosque --The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime. 11 May 2010  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported today that an incendiary device exploded Monday evening outside a Jacksonville, Fla., mosque.

U.S. Coast Guard Led Large Oil Spill Exercise Prior to Rig Explosion

Third of plants and animals 'at risk of extinction'

Third of plants and animals 'at risk of extinction' --One third of plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, a UN report is expected to conclude this week. 09 May 2010 The world's biodiversity is threatened by the economic growth of countries like China, India and Brazil, the study will say.

David Cameron becomes Prime Minister after coalition deal with Liberal Democrats

David Cameron becomes Prime Minister after coalition deal with Liberal Democrats 12 May  2010 David Cameron has become Prime Minister after agreeing a deal with the LiberaMr Cameron, 43, becomes the youngest premier since Lord Liverpool almost 200 years ago, and the first Conservative in No 10 since John Major departed 13 years ago.

Senate OK's one-time audit-the-Fed measure

Senate OK's one-time audit-the-Fed measure 11 May 2010 A controversial measure requiring the government to conduct an unprecedented one-time audit of the Federal Reserve's economic crisis response programs was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support Tuesday by the Senate as part of sweeping bank reform legislation.

Oil executives shift blame at Senate hearing

Oil executives shift blame at Senate hearing 11 May 2010 Three big oil and oil service companies all pointed fingers at one another for blame in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in testimony Tuesday at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. While saying that it was too early to make a final determination of the cause of the April 20 blowout that started the spill, the companies stressed one another's failures...

Senate votes 96-0 to audit Fed

Senate votes 96-0 to audit Fed 11 May 2010 The Senate voted 96 to 0 Tuesday to open the secretive Federal Reserve Board's emergency lending practices to a congressional audit, as well as require a detailed disclosure of who's getting the funds. "We are on the verge of lifting the veil of secrecy on perhaps the most important government agency in the United States of America,” said amendment sponsor Sen.

Beau Biden, Son of VP Joe Biden, Suffers Stroke

Beau Biden, Son of VP Joe Biden, Suffers Stroke 11 May 2010 Beau Biden, the 41-year-old son of Joe Biden, and Delaware's attorney general has suffered a mild stroke, according to a statement issued from the vice president's office. Biden is being treated by Dr. Timothy Gardner, medical director of the Center for Heart and Vascular Surgery at Christiana Care Health System.

No Dismissal in Terror Case on Claim of Torture in Jail

No Dismissal in Terror Case on Claim of Torture in Jail 10 May 2010 A federal judge in Manhattan declined on Monday to dismiss charges against a man accused in a terrorism case whose lawyers claimed his rights were violated when he was tortured in secret jails run by the Central Intelligence Agency. The defendant, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, has been charged with conspiring in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in East Africa... Mr.

Obama Said to Be Open to New Miranda Look

Obama Said to Be Open to New Miranda Look 10 May 2010 David Axelrod, the top White House political adviser, said Monday that President Obama was amenable to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s call for a new law allowing interrogators to question terrorism suspects for lengthy periods without informing them of their rights. In an interview on CNN, Mr. Axelrod said Mr.

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