Lawmakers: Military could quell Chicago violence

Lawmakers: Military could quell Chicago violence 25 Apr 2010 Two Illinois lawmakers say violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the National Guard must be called in to help. Chicago Democratic Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford made a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday to deploy troops.

Armed man arrested at NC airport as Obama departs

Armed man arrested at NC airport as Obama departs 25 Apr 2010 An Ohio man has been charged after authorities spotted him with a gun in a North Carolina airport parking lot as Air Force One was departing Sunday afternoon. Joseph McVey, 23, is charged with going armed in terror of the public, a misdemeanor, said Asheville Regional Airport Police Capt. Kevan Smith. Airport police saw McVey get out of a car about 2 p.m. in the rental car return lot and he had a gun, Smith said. He was taken into custody immediately and was being held at the Buncombe County jail.

Man impersonating police officer charged as President Obama jets out of North Carolina

Man impersonating police officer charged as US President Barack Obama jets out of North Carolina 16 Apr 2010 North Carolina police have charged a man who allegedly impersonated a police officer at Asheville airport as US President Barack Obama departed on Air Force One. Ohio man Joseph McVey, 23, was allegedly armed when he drove a car made to look like a police vehicle with working lights and sirens to the airport at about 2pm (local time). Buncombe County jail officer Donna Player told CNN that McVey was being held on a charge of going armed to the terror of the public and his bail was set at US$100,000.

80 Afghan girls allegedly poisoned

80 Afghan girls allegedly poisoned 26 Apr 2010 Thirteen more Afghan schoolgirls have fallen ill to suspected gas poisoning in Kunduz Province, raising total number of such cases to 80 in the past week. The victims reported symptoms such as headaches, vomiting, shivering and dizziness on arrival to the area hospital, said Humayun Khamoosh, head of Central Hospital in the northern province.

The 'greening ' of al-Qaeda: More recycled al-Qaeda emerge

The 'greening ' of al-Qaeda:  More recycled al-Qaeda emerge --US Attorney General Eric Holder celebrates Earth Day with more al-Qaeda recycling: Al-Qaeda Member 'Rises From Grave' to Plan NY Subway Attack By Lori Price, 26 Apr 2010 From the British al-Qaeda commander planned July 7-style attack on New York subway 25 Apr 2010 A British al-Qaeda commander planned to emulate the July 7 London suicide bombings with a coordinated attack on the New York subway system, it has emerged. Rashid Rauf, who also planned the transatlantic airlines plot, allegedly told three Americans to attack targets in the United States. His role in the plot emerged as a man pleaded guilty to the plot which was cracked by the FBI last September after a tip off from British intelligence. It would have been the biggest attack on US soil since September 11, according to the US Attorney General, Eric Holder... But, looky here! US kills alleged transatlantic airline plot leader, reports say --British Islamist Rashid Rauf said to have been killed by missile attack in north-west Pakistan 22 Nov 2008.

Afghan spy chief: 'I told MI5 that prisoners were being tortured'

Afghan spy chief: 'I told MI5 that prisoners were being tortured' --UK forces are accused of handing over Taliban detainees to Kandahar interrogators despite claims of ill-treatment torture 25 Apr 2010 Fresh claims have emerged that MI5 was aware of allegations that Afghan detainees were being mistreated by the country's security service during the period UK forces were handing prisoners over to the Afghan authorities. Last week the high court heard details of torture allegedly suffered by prisoners handed over to the Afghan domestic security service. A memo, seen by the Observer, reveals that the head of Afghanistan's intelligence agency indicated to UK officials in March 2007 that he was aware of ill-treatment claims involving prisoners. In the document, marked confidential, Amrullah Saleh, chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), admits he is "aware of allegations of mistreatment" relating to detainees prisoners in Kandahar province.

Obama Revives Rumsfeld’s Missile Scheme, Risks Nuke War

'Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld couldn't even muster that coherent of a defense.' Obama Revives Rumsfeld’s Missile Scheme, Risks Nuke War By Noah Shachtman 23 Apr 2010 The Obama administration is poised to take up one of the more dangerous and hare-brained schemes of the Rumsfeld-era Pentagon. The New York Times is reporting that the Defense Department is once again looking to equip intercontinental ballistic missiles with conventional warheads. The missiles could then, in theory, destroy fleeing targets a half a world away -- a no-notice "bolt from the blue," striking in a matter of hours. There’s just one teeny-tiny problem: the launches could very well start World War III.

NATO helicopter 'shot down'

NATO helicopter 'shot down' 25 Apr 2010 Taliban militants say they have shot down a NATO helicopter in the troubled western Afghanistan amid rising causalities aging the US-led foreign forces there. The incident took place in Farah Province on Saturday. The Taliban say at least 13 foreign soldiers were killed in the incident.

Factory mortar accident kills 5 in northern Iraq

Factory mortar accident kills 5 in northern Iraq 22 Apr 2010 An explosion in a steel factory in Iraq's northern Kurdish region killed five workers on Sunday after they accidentally tried to melt down a live mortar round, police and authorities said. The privately owned plant uses scrap metal to make steel reinforcing bars. The mill, in the southwestern suburbs of Arbil, 310 km (190 miles) north of Baghdad, is owned by Iraqis and Turkish investors, according to a factory spokesman.

Little girl died in cot after flu jab

Little girl died in cot after flu jab 26 Apr 2010 The bereaved father of a toddler who died within a day of receiving the seasonal flu vaccine said last night that he could not believe this was coincidental. David Epapara spoke out after the Queensland Coroner was called in to investigate the little girl's death, which has intensified concern at the risk of side effects from the vaccine to children under five. Two-year-old Ashley Epapara was found dead in her cot on April 9, the morning after she and her twin sister were inoculated by the family GP in Brisbane. Mr Epapara told The Australian yesterday that both children had been "perfectly fine" until they received the combined jab for seasonal flu and swine flu.

Goldman Cited 'Serious' Profit on Mortgages

Goldman Cited 'Serious' Profit on Mortgages 24 Apr 2010 In late 2007, as the mortgage crisis gained momentum and many banks were suffering losses, Goldman Sachs executives traded e-mail messages saying that they would make "some serious money" betting against the housing markets. The messages, released Saturday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, appear to contradict statements by Goldman that left the impression that the firm lost money on mortgage-related investments. In the messages, Lloyd C. Blankfein, the bank’s chief executive, acknowledged in November 2007 that the firm had lost money initially. But it later recovered by making negative bets, known as short positions, to profit as housing prices plummeted.

10 dead in Miss. after tornado, storms hit South

10 dead in Miss. after tornado, storms hit South 25 Apr 2010 Rescuers spread out Sunday to scour neighborhoods of splintered homes and twisted debris in Mississippi, a day after a devastating tornado sliced through the state and killed 10 people, including three children. James Jackson, a deputy state fire marshal, said crews organized at first daylight to resume search and rescue operations. National Guard soldiers blocked the roads, and the occasional emergency vehicle prowled amid the rubble.

Air Force Creates Steering Group For ICBMs

Air Force Creates Steering Group For ICBMs 25 Apr 2010 The people in charge of keeping intercontinental ballistic missiles at the ready are teaming up for the first time with those responsible for extending their life. Air Force officials say the ICBM Sustainment General Officer Steering Group held its first meeting this month at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The participants included Air Force nuclear weapons and logistics commanders, plus the commanders from Malmstrom, F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

In Army's Trauma Care Units, Feeling Warehoused

In Army's Trauma Care Units, Feeling Warehoused 24 Apr 2010 Created in the wake of the scandal in 2007 over serious shortcomings at [Bush privatized] Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Warrior Transition Units were intended to be sheltering way stations where injured soldiers could recuperate and return to duty or gently process out of the Army... But interviews with more than a dozen soldiers and health care professionals from Fort Carson’s transition unit, along with reports from other posts, suggest that the units are far from being restful sanctuaries. For many soldiers, they have become warehouses of despair, where damaged men and women are kept out of sight, fed a diet of powerful prescription pills and treated harshly by noncommissioned officers.

11 people injured in Quetta blast

11 people injured in Quetta blast 25 Apr 2010 Around 11 people were injured, five of them seriously, in a bomb blast in a confectionary shop at Masjid Road, Sibi, around 160 kilometres from Quetta, on Saturday. According to sources, an unidentified miscreant planted a remote control bomb behind the refrigerator in a confectionary shop. Later on, the bomb exploded injuring 11 people, five of them seriously. ['Unidentified miscreant.' Now that's gotta be Blackwater.]

Quetta police thrash TV journalist for 'negative' reporting

Quetta police thrash TV journalist for 'negative' reporting 24 Apr 2010 Police on Friday beat up a journalist of a private TV channel at the Brewery Police Station for reporting the police protest demanding a pay raise in a "negative way". Journalist Mustafa Tarin told a press conference that he was going home last night when policemen intercepted him and asked him to show his vehicle’s registration papers... Tarin said that when they reached the police station, the officials started beating him and tore his clothes because journalists had reported the police protest on January 25, 2010, in a "negative way".

A Dozen Baby Ducklings Left Orphaned

A Dozen Baby Ducklings Left Orphaned --Driver Runs Down Mom on Highway 100 09 Apr 2010 (Milwaukee) She was simply trying to cross the road with her baby ducklings in tow, but a driver ran her down and struck the Mallard mom earlier today on Highway 100, killing her. A few stunned passersby stopped to scoop up the babies and one Good Samaritan brought them to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. "The woman who brought the ducklings in was shocked to watch a driver seemingly run down the poor mother on purpose," said Angela Speed, director of community relations and development at WHS.

Wis. woman braves traffic, saves 14 ducklings

Wis. woman braves traffic, saves 14 ducklings 24 Apr 2010 A mother duck didn't survive her walk across a busy Wisconsin roadway, but a motorist made sure the 14 ducklings stayed safe — even one that wiggled under her dashboard. Angela Speed of the Wisconsin Humane Society says the good Samaritan was driving in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb, on Friday when she saw the newly hatched mallards trying to cross a busy road. The woman told Speed that a vehicle in front of her appeared to intentionally hit the mother duck, leaving her ducklings confused in the middle of the road. [One can only hope that the sociopath that intentionally hit the mother duckling meets a similar -- or, better yet -- *exact* fate.]

House passes Vt.'s own take on health reform

House passes Vt.'s own take on health reform 23 Apr 2010 Vermont lawmakers made clear Friday that recently enacted federal health care reform did not go far enough toward a public model, passing legislation that could bring to the state the "public option" health insurance rejected by Washington or even a Canadian-style single-payer system. By a vote of 91-42, the Democratic controlled House passed its own version of legislation passed earlier by the Senate. Both bills call for designing a single-payer system, in which a government agency would administer and make all payments for health care.

Newspaper editor seized in Iraq; whereabouts unknown

'The identity of the armed men remains unclear.' Newspaper editor seized in Iraq; whereabouts unknown 22 Apr 2010 The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Iraqi authorities to clarify the disappearance and current whereabouts of Saad al-Aossi, editor-in-chief of the critical weekly Al-Shahid. Armed men [Blackater terrorists?] entered al-Aossi’s home in central Baghdad on the morning of April 14, seized his computer and took him to an unknown location, according to local and regional news reports.

H1N1 vaccine study investigating 'significant complications' from vaccine

H1N1 vaccine study investigating 'significant complications' from vaccine 24 Apr 2010 Federal health officials are investigating the first hints of any possible significant complications from the H1N1 vaccine, but stressed that the concerns will probably turn out to be a false alarm [only when the cover-up reaches critical mass]. The latest analysis of data has detected what could be a somewhat elevated rate of Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause paralysis and death; Bell's palsy, a temporary facial paralysis; and thrombocytopenia, which is a low level of blood platelets, officials reported Friday. [Wow! This 'I told you so' came much quicker than even *I* had anticipated! And, it's going to be so much better when Baxter's larvae-laden dog cells and E.coli are added to flu vaccines after the 'third wave' of this phony pandemic arrives in the fall. --LRP]

Eyjafjallajokull Photos

Eyjafjallajokull Photos 19 Apr 2010 As ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano continued to keep European airspace shut down over the weekend, affecting millions of travelers around the world, some government agencies and airlines clashed over the flight bans.

Blasts kill 3, injure 19 near Baghdad

Blasts kill 3, injure 19 near Baghdad 24 Apr 2010 Three bomb blasts have killed at least three people and wounded 19 others in Baghdad, which is hit by a new wave of [Blackwater] violence and explosions. The blasts occurred at around 9:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) in and around a pool hall in the Al-Amel neighborhood of the capital, an interior ministry official said late Saturday.

Colleague Disputes Case Against Anthrax Suspect

Cheney's anthrax false flag chickens come home to roost: Colleague Disputes Case Against Anthrax Suspect 22 Apr 2010 A former Army microbiologist who worked for years with Bruce E. Ivins, whom the F.B.I. has blamed for the anthrax letter attacks that killed five people in 2001, told a National Academy of Sciences panel on Thursday that he believed it was impossible that the deadly spores had been produced undetected in Dr. Ivins’s laboratory, as the F.B.I. asserts. Asked by reporters after his testimony whether he believed that there was any chance that Dr. Ivins, who 'committed suicide' in 2008, had carried out the attacks, the microbiologist, Henry S. Heine, replied, "Absolutely not." At the Army’s biodefense laboratory in Maryland, where Dr. Ivins and Dr. Heine worked, he said, "among the senior scientists, no one believes it."

US may be weaponising space

US may be weaponising space 24 Apr 2010 The weaponisation of space. This is what some critics are calling the recent launch by the United States Air Force (USAF) of an unmanned space shuttle called X-37B. The shuttle is 9 meters (29ft) long and has a 4.5 meter (15ft) wingspan and is, therefore, just under one quarter the size of a regular space shuttle. If it [unfortunately] returns to earth successfully, and the USAF has indicated it sees no reason why it should not, it will be the first autonomous launch and re-entry in US history.

Nato tankers attacked in Pakistan

Nato tankers attacked in Pakistan 24 Apr 2010 Twelve Nato oil tankers have been set alight and four policemen killed when unknown gunmen [aka US contractors] opened fire in Talagang, a town in Pakistan's Punjab province. Aslam Tarin, a Pakistani policeman, told Geo TV that the gunmen opened fire on the tankers and escaped after police returned fire.

Israeli fire injures six in Gaza

Israeli fire injures six in Gaza 24 Apr 2010 Israeli forces injure six people, one seriously, attacking the people who had protested Tel Aviv's declaring great chunks of Gaza's arable land no-go area. The victims, hit by live Israeli rounds, were among the local residents and activists to gather around the restricted zone in central Gaza Strip on Saturday, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported.

US drone attack kills 7 in Pakistan

US drone attack kills 7 in Pakistan 24 Apr 2010 A US drone aircraft fires three missiles into the troubled northwestern Pakistan, killing at least seven people and injuring several others. According to Pakistani intelligence officials, the missiles landed in the country's North Waziristan tribal area near the Afghan border on Saturday.

Britain 'handed over Taleban suspects to torturers' in Afghanistan

Britain 'handed over Taleban suspects to torturers' in Afghanistan 21 Apr 2010 British Forces in Afghanistan handed over Taleban suspects to Afghan authorities who tortured them, it was alleged in the High Court yesterday. Public Interest Lawyers, which has previously worked on allegations of prisoner abuse in Iraq, presented dossiers of testimony in London that it claims is part of a "dreadful and continuing story" of abuse. The allegations cover claims from nine of 410 prisoners that they were tortured after being transferred to the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS). Their testimony includes claims of beating, electric shocks, sexual abuse, stress positions and sleep deprivation.

FDIC shuts 7 banks in Illinois

FDIC shuts 7 banks in Illinois 23 Apr 2010 Regulators on Friday shut down seven banks in Illinois, putting the number of U.S. bank failures this year at 57. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over four banks in Chicago: New Century Bank (CBAO), with $485.6 million in assets; Citizens Bank (CZMO)&Trust Company, with $77.3 million in assets; Broadway Bank, with $1.2 billion in assets; and Lincoln Park Savings Bank, with $199.9 million in assets.


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