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Ex-Scientology lawsuits reveal elite Sea Org group
Associated Press - Fri Mar 26, 2010
SAN JACINTO, California - At the edge of arid foothills far outside Los Angeles, hundreds of Scientology followers live on a gated, 500-acre campus and work long hours for almost no pay reproducing the works of founder L Ron Hubbard and creating the church's teaching and promotional materials. More»

Student detained over Arabic flashcards, lawsuit says
AFP - Tue Feb 9, 2010
WASHINGTON - Federal agents handcuffed, detained and "abusively" interrogated a US student at Philadelphia International Airport because he was carrying Arabic flashcards, a lawsuit claimed Wednesday. More»

U.S. soldier 'waterboarded his own daughter, 4, because she couldn't recite alphabet'
Daily Mail, UK - Sat Feb 6, 2010
A US soldier has been accused of 'waterboarding' his four-year-old daughter because she couldn't recite the alphabet. More»

Photo: Passenger in Oregon to Hawaii air incident faces charges Passenger in Oregon to Hawaii air incident faces charges
CNN - Fri Jan 8, 2010
Federal authorities filed a criminal complaint Friday against a 56-year-old man whose scrawled note invoking "Gilligan's Island" led a Hawaiian Airlines pilot to turn around a Maui-bound flight and return Wednesday to Portland, Oregon. More»

Federal Waste Dump Sells Tons of Excavated Salt
Associated Press - Thu Dec 24, 2009
Hundreds of tons of salt excavated from the Department of Energy's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico are destined for cattle feed in Texas. More»

Gov't imposes 3-hour limit on tarmac strandings
Associated Press - Sun Dec 20, 2009
WASHINGTON - Stinky toilets, crying babies, airless cabins - the Obama administration said Monday passengers don't have to take it any more. More»

Fear of violence grows in mountaintop mining fight
Associated Press - Sat Dec 19, 2009
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia - It was the slap heard 'round the coalfields: Cordelia Ruth Tucker, wearing the fluorescent-striped shirt of a miner, strode past West Virginia state troopers and into a stream of marchers protesting mountaintop removal mining to deliver an audible smack. More»

Will airports screen for body signals?
CNN - Mon Oct 5, 2009
BOSTON, Massachusetts - The days of being able to walk through airport security checkpoints while wearing shoes and a jacket could return if an experimental program proves successful, some Department of Homeland Security officials say. More»

Tapes of Oklahoma City bombing aftermath released
Associated Press - Sat Sep 26, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY - The FBI has released long-secret security tapes showing the chaos immediately after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. More»

Photo: Toddler among 6 killed as storms pound Southeast Toddler among 6 killed as storms pound Southeast
Associated Press - Sun Sep 20, 2009
ATLANTA - A two-year-old Georgia boy swept from his father's arms Monday was among six people killed by storms pounding the Southeast, and more rain was expected after the historic dumping that also forced drivers to scramble onto the roofs of cars on Atlanta's main artery. More»

Man who threatened President Obama pleads guilty
WLBT-TV - Fri Aug 28, 2009
JACKSON, MS - A man who made internet threats in January to assassinate then President-Elect Barack Obama pleaded guilty Friday before US District Judge Henry Wingate. More»

Photo: Senator Edward M. Kennedy dies at age 77 Senator Edward M. Kennedy dies at age 77
Associated Press - Tue Aug 25, 2009
BOSTON - Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. More»

'Inhumane' CIA terror tactics spur criminal probe
Associated Press - Sun Aug 23, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration launched a criminal investigation Monday into harsh questioning of detainees during President George W Bush's war on terrorism, revealing CIA interrogators' threats to kill one suspect's children and to force another to watch his mother sexually assaulted. More»

New York: Debt collectors illegally threatened arrest, assault
CNN - Sat Aug 22, 2009
NEW YORK - Michele Minton was crying as she listened to a man tell her she'd be arrested within the hour if she didn't pay a $4,400 debt. More»

CIA hired Blackwater to try to hit al-Qaida
Associated Press - Wed Aug 19, 2009
WASHINGTON - The CIA hired private contractors at Blackwater USA in 2004 as part of a secret program to kill top-level members of al-Qaida, a person familiar with the program said Wednesday. More»

Photo: Crow Chief receives Medal of Freedom Crow Chief receives Medal of Freedom
Associated Press - Wed Aug 12, 2009
WASHINGTON - A 95-year-old Crow Indian who went into battle wearing war paint under his World War II uniform has been awarded the nation's highest civilian honor. More»

Photo: Rove involvement in US attorney firing detailed Rove involvement in US attorney firing detailed
Associated Press - Mon Aug 10, 2009
WASHINGTON - Former White House political adviser Karl Rove played a central role in the ouster of a US attorney in New Mexico, one of nine prosecutors fired in a scandal in 2006 over political interference with the Justice Department, according to transcripts of closed-door testimony released Tuesday. More»

NOPD Investigated In Post-Katrina Civil Rights Cases
WDSU-TV - Sat Aug 8, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - A federal investigation is being conducted into the New Orleans Police Department to determine if New Orleans police violated the civil rights of people killed and injured in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. More»

Photo: Man Charged In Threats Against Obama Says He's Messiah Man Charged In Threats Against Obama Says He's Messiah
WAPT-TV - Mon Jul 27, 2009
JACKSON, Mississippi - A man who is accused of posting online threats to assassinate President Barack Obama says he's competent to stand trial. More»

Package explodes at Toledo police HQ
Associated Press - Wed Jul 15, 2009
TOLEDO, Ohio - A package delivered to the Toledo Police Department downtown early Thursday afternoon exploded on the fourth floor. More»

Photo: Lisa McPherson: Scientologist had evidence destroyed Lisa McPherson: Scientologist had evidence destroyed
Associated Press - Sun Jun 21, 2009
CLEARWATER, Florida - A former high-ranking Scientology official who handled the case of a mentally ill member who died under church care ordered the destruction of incriminating evidence to cover up missteps, a newspaper reported Monday. More»

Feds Freeze Poker Champ's Winnings
Associated Press - Thu Jun 11, 2009
On the Sunday before Memorial Day, David made the big time: Winning $10,000 in an online poker tournament made him eligible for the upcoming World Series of Poker, the game's premier event, where hundreds of players - amateur and professional - descend on Las Vegas from around the world to play for a multimillion-dollar pot. More»

Hate groups riled up, researchers say
CNN - Wed Jun 10, 2009
Hate groups have intensified their rhetoric in recent months, but this new energy hasn't necessarily translated to an increase in the rate of hate crimes in the US, according to some researchers. More»

Photo: Passenger on airline gets relief Passenger on airline gets relief
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Tue Jun 2, 2009
A Delta passenger charged with assault over a bathroom emergency got relief in court this week in an agreement reached with federal prosecutors. More»

Cheney: No link between Saddam Hussein, 9/11
CNN - Mon Jun 1, 2009
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he does not believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the planning or execution of the September 11, 2001, attacks. More»

A makeover for Pa.'s notorious kids-for-cash court
Associated Press - Sat May 16, 2009
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania - For the first time since a jaw-dropping scandal involving crooked judges and troubled kids, voters in northeast Pennsylvania are getting a chance to assert themselves at the ballot box - and, perhaps, to start fixing the problems that have turned this former hub of coal mining into a hothouse of corruption. More»

Photo: Forgotten Franklin letters offer glimpse into U.S. history Forgotten Franklin letters offer glimpse into U.S. history
CNN - Fri Apr 24, 2009
LONDON, England - An American professor doing research in London stumbled across a series of previously unknown letters written by, to, and about Benjamin Franklin, a stunning find that sheds new light on early US history. More»

Photo: As Bush adviser, Rice delivered OK to waterboard As Bush adviser, Rice delivered OK to waterboard
Associated Press - Wed Apr 22, 2009
WASHINGTON - As national security adviser to former President George W Bush, Condoleezza Rice verbally approved the CIA's request to subject alleged al-Qaida terrorist Abu Zubaydah to waterboarding in July 2002, the earliest known decision by a Bush administration official to OK use of the simulated drowning technique. More»

New Orleans Sanitation Director trashes FEMA in book
New Orleans Times-Picayune - Thu Apr 9, 2009
As City Hall continues to haggle with the Federal Emergency Management Agency over hundreds of millions of dollars for New Orleans' recovery, a top aide to Mayor Ray Nagin has published a how-to guide littered with cutting assertions about FEMA's competence and its employees' motives. More»

Ivor van Heerden, who pointed fingers in Hurricane Katrina levee failures, fired by LSU
New Orleans Times-Picayune - Thu Apr 9, 2009
Ivor van Heerden, the outspoken coastal scientist who led the state's independent Team Louisiana investigation into Hurricane Katrina levee failures, has been notified by Louisiana State University that he will be terminated as a research professor in May 2010. More»

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