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Oil seeps into New Orleans' Lake Pontchartrain
Associated Press - Mon Jul 5, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans, which managed to escape the oil from the BP spill for more than two months, can't hide any longer. More»

Volunteers ready but left out of spill cleanup
Associated Press - Fri Jul 2, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - BP and the Obama administration face mounting complaints that they are ignoring foreign offers of equipment and making little use of the fishing boats and volunteers available to help clean up what may now be the biggest spill ever in the Gulf of Mexico. More»

Photo: Arizona School Demands Black & Latino Students' Faces On Mural Be Changed To White Arizona School Demands Black & Latino Students' Faces On Mural Be Changed To White
Wonkette - Fri Jun 4, 2010
Hard to find even the Gallows Humor in this story, so maybe we won't even try. More»

Photo: Oil confirmed on Pensacola beaches Oil confirmed on Pensacola beaches
Associated Press - Thu Jun 3, 2010
For days, CNN's small army of reporters, photographers and producers has been repositioning toward Florida as oil was expected to come ashore in the Sunshine State. More»

Lab tests confirm underwater layers of Gulf oil
Associated Press - Thu Jun 3, 2010
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Scientists with the University of South Florida say laboratory tests have confirmed that oil from a spewing Gulf of Mexico well has accumulated in at least two extensive plumes deep underwater. More»

Lawyers offer to reduce fees in 9/11 health case
Associated Press - Mon May 31, 2010
NEW YORK - Lawyers for thousands of ground zero workers suing over their exposure to dust from the destroyed World Trade Center have offered to lower their legal fees in an attempt to salvage a major settlement in the case. More»

Oil rig explodes off Louisiana coast; 11 missing
Associated Press - Tue Apr 20, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - An explosion rocked an offshore oil drilling platform, sending a column of fire into the sky and touching off a frantic search at sea Wednesday for at least 11 reported missing. More»

Photo: White House, CIA "angry at tape destruction" White House, CIA "angry at tape destruction"
Associated Press - Wed Apr 14, 2010
WASHINGTON - White House counsel Harriet Miers was "livid" and CIA counsel John Rizzo was "clearly upset" that the spy agency destroyed interrogation videos showing waterboarding in 2005, newly released CIA documents show. More»

Oklahoma tea parties and lawmakers envision militia
Associated Press - Mon Apr 12, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY - Frustrated by recent political setbacks, tea party leaders and some conservative members of the Oklahoma Legislature say they would like to create a new volunteer militia to help defend against what they believe are improper federal infringements on state sovereignty. More»

The Criminalization of Natural Play
Psychology Today - Tue Apr 6, 2010
It"s time for a National Conference on Children, Nature and the Law. More»

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»

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