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Michelle Obama Taking PEOPLE
Reader Questions While in Africa
People, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/23/2013 10:17:11 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama heads to Africa with her family on Wednesday – and she´s taking your questions along in her carry-on bag. Accompanying President Obama on his official tour through Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, the First Lady, with Sasha and Malia in tow, will have a busy and colorful separate itinerary. She will be meeting with middle school students in Senegal, taking questions from teenagers in Johannesburg, and comparing notes with other First Ladies – including Laura Bush – at a summit in Tanzania, where she´ll also

Future of Paula Deen´s Deals
Uncertain Amid Racial Slur Scandal
People, by Alison Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/23/2013 10:10:19 PM     Post Reply
Another serving of drama may be coming for Paula Deen, who could lose more deals on the heels of her firing from the Food Network. A representative for the shopping network QVC, which sells her cookware, released a statement Sunday to PEOPLE that expressed "concerns [over] the unfortunate Paula Deen situation," adding, "QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior." Following the celebrity chef´s admission that she used a racial slur in the past, the network is "closely monitoring these events and the ongoing litigation," continues the representative´s statement,

Lawmakers move to stop government
from buying American flags from China
Washington Times [DC], by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/23/2013 9:58:52 PM     Post Reply
A bipartisan group of House legislators is renewing a proposal that would require the federal government to buy American flags from domestic companies only. “It’s sad that we have to introduce legislation to ensure that any American flag used by the government must be manufactured in this country. The alternative defies common sense,” said Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican. The All-American Flag Act would require the federal government to purchase flags that contain 100 percent American-made materials, entirely manufactured in the U.S.,



DWP to build groundwater
treatment plants on Superfund site
Los Angeles Times, by Louis Sahagun    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/23/2013 9:37:36 PM     Post Reply
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plans to build the world´s largest groundwater treatment center over one of the largest Superfund pollution sites in the United States: the San Fernando Basin. Two plants costing a combined $600 million to $800 million (Snip) The cost of the treatment centers will be largely borne by ratepayers, backed by municipal bond sales and spread out over 30 to 40 years, McDaniel said. The size of the rate increase for the project has yet to be determined, and the utility said it expects to field many questions from public officials and customers as the plans

US ´disappointed´ that Hong
Kong refused to arrest Edward Snowden
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/23/2013 9:26:16 PM     Post Reply
A Department of Justice spokesman insisted US officials had fulfilled all the requirements of Washington´s extradition treaty with the autonomous Chinese region and were "disappointed" by the decision to let him go. Mr Snowden, a 30-year-old former intelligence contractor, is wanted by the United States on espionage charges, after he quit his job with the National Security Agency and fled to Hong Kong with a cache of secret documents. On Sunday, Mr Snowden left Hong Kong and fled for Moscow, despite Washington having requested his arrest and extradition. Hong Kong officials said the documentation supporting the extradition

Militants Kill 10 Climbers
In Himalayas Of Pakistan
New York Times, by Salman Masood & Declan Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/23/2013 9:16:12 PM     Post Reply
Islamabad, Pakistan - In one of the most brazen attacks on foreigners in Pakistan in recent years, gunmen disguised as paramilitary police shot dead 10 tourists, including one American, and their Pakistani guide on a mountain-climbing expedition in the country’s rugged north, officials said. (Snip) It is also likely to damage the country’s already struggling tourist industry. A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the killings, which he said were in retaliation for American drone strikes in the tribal belt. The dead included two Chinese, one Nepalese, an American

Mandela´s condition deteriorates, critical
News24 [Cape Town, South Africa], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/23/2013 9:00:24 PM     Post Reply
Pretoria - The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is being treated in the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, has become critical. Mandela, now a frail 94-year-old, was previously said to be in a serious but stable condition. Mandela was hospitalised on 8 June for what the government said was a recurring lung infection. President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by ANC deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, visited the former president in hospital on Sunday, (Snip) They were briefed by the medical team who informed them that the former president’s condition had become



Owners of $2.9m mansion forced to
put their ´home´ up for sale after
neighbors proved they had turned
it into a nightclub
Daily Mail [UK], by Paul Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/23/2013 8:57:18 PM     Post Reply
The owners of a $2.9m mansion have been forced to put their home up for sale--after neighbours claimed they had turned it into a nightclub. As many as 600 people would attend the parties at the stunning six bedroom mansion where lap dances were offered for $50, according to court documents. Drinks were being sold and a valet car parking operation put in force outside the home. [Snip] Neighbours successfully took out a restraining order against Pamela Verbal after they convinced a judge that she was running a business from her home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Verbal denied that

Former Facebook security chief
is now working for the NSA
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Grieg    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/23/2013 8:42:22 PM     Post Reply
In a strange reversal, the man who used to be responsible for keeping our Facebook information private and secure is now working for the National Security Agency, the government agency currently under scrutiny over its information-gathering practices. Max Kelly left Facebook in 2010, where he had been Chief Security Officer and headed for the NSA. Kelly´s move from the world´s largest social network to the world´s largest spying agency suggests a commonality in the aims of both the government and Silicon Valley--acquire and exploit large amounts of personal information about Americans. Kelly would have been working at Facebook when the

The weather prophets should
be chucked in the deep end
Telegraph [UK], by Boris Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/23/2013 8:29:45 PM     Post Reply
The great thing about flying into London is that you get bags of time to see the countryside below. [Snip] Look down on southern England, and you see the little winking ultramarine oblongs of the swimming pools--perhaps the greatest triumph of hope over experience in the history of English domestic architecture. In Roman times, a swimming pool was a sign of taste, style and affluence, and in some of the biggest Romano-British villas you can see where Roman nobs frolicked and enjoyed the pleasures of water and nakedness. These days it would be fair to say that a swimming

Bomb found near Baath Party
offices in east Lebanon
Daily Star [Beirut, Lebanon], by Rakan al-Fakih    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 6/23/2013 6:12:51 PM     Post Reply
ZAHLE, Lebanon: A bomb rigged to explode was found early Sunday near the offices of the Arab Socialist Baath Party in east Lebanon, security sources told The Daily Star. The sources said the bomb was found near the offices of the Baath Party in Jalala in the Bekaa Valley and that the Lebanese Army immediately moved to cordon off the area. In a statement, the Army said it launched its investigation after receiving intelligence of a suspicious body that had been seen in front of the “offices of a political party” at 4 a.m. in the morning.



Obamacare starts in 100 days
Washington Post, by Sarah Kliff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/23/2013 5:38:00 PM     Post Reply
For years now, Obamacare has been a bit of an abstraction, a law that would take effect in a few years–if the Supreme Court or a Republican president didn’t intervene. That ends now: Today marks 100 days until Oct. 1, millions can begin enrolling in the health care law’s insurance expansion. That also means it’s 100 days until the federal government must stand up health insurance marketplaces in dozens of states.This is the final sprint for the Obama administration and its allies. The White House has made a conscious decision to hold off on public outreach and education until

Bond Losses of $1 Trillion
if Yields Spike, BIS Says
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: woofwoofwoof- 6/23/2013 5:34:07 PM     Post Reply
Bondholders in the United States alone would lose more than $1 trillion if yields leap, showing how urgent it is for governments to put their finances in order, the Bank for International Settlements said on Sunday. The Basel-based BIS lambasted firms and households as well as the public sector for not making good use of the time bought by ultra-loose monetary policy, which it said had ended up creating new financial strains and delaying rather than encouraging necessary economic adjustments.

For secretive surveillance court,
rare scrutiny in wake of NSA leaks
Washington Posy, by Peter Wallsten, Carol D. Leonnig*    Original Article
Posted By: ronbet- 6/23/2013 5:29:05 PM     Post Reply
Wedged into a secure, windowless basement room deep below the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates appeared before dozens of senators earlier this month for a highly unusual, top-secret briefing. The lawmakers pressed Bates, according to people familiar with the session, to discuss the inner workings of the United States’ clandestine terrorism surveillance tribunal, which Bates oversaw from 2006 until earlier this year.

South Africa: Nelson Mandela in
critical condition
Associated Press, by Christopher Torchia    Original Article
Posted By: bamapreacher- 6/23/2013 4:37:03 PM     Post Reply
Nelson Mandela´s health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday. The office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that he had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader at a hospital on Sunday evening and was informed by the medical team that Mandela´s condition had become critical in the past 24 hours. "The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands," Zuma said in the statement, using Mandela´s clan name.



Repackaged amnesty bill allows
Napolitano to nix border fence
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: bamapreacher- 6/23/2013 3:51:05 PM     Post Reply
Another loophole inserted into the new version of the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill allows Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (or any of her successors) to nix the construction of a required border security fence if she does not find it to be an "appropriate" use of resources. The new version of the bill was introduced via a so-called “border surge” amendment from Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND), with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repackaging the whole bill into the amendment (snip) a provision was inserted that says Napolitano (snip) can decide against

Shootings leave 1 dead,
14 wounded across city
Chicago Tribune, by Peter Nickeas & Carlos Sadovi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/23/2013 3:50:32 PM     Post Reply
Attacks across Chicago left a man dead and at least 14 others wounded, according to authorities. Three men were shot, one fatally, about 4:35 p.m. Saturday in the 8600 block of South Kingston Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood on the South Side, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Juan Hernandez.Carl Austin, 20, had been shot in the back, according to the Cook County medical examiner´s office. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other men were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in fair-to-serious condition, Hernandez said.

Cops: Robber fatally shot
in Little Five Points
Journal-Constitution [Atlanta GA], by Wayne Washington    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/23/2013 3:42:34 PM     Post Reply
Atlanta police still had not released the name Sunday of an armed citizen who shot a would-be robber in Little Five Points on Saturday morning. The dead man, who also has not been identified, was killed after allegedly trying to rob a group of people waiting in line to buy the new, $180 LeBron James sneakers. Witnesses told one man in line outside Wish, a clothing and shoe store on Moreland Avenue, pulled out a gun and shot the would-be robber. The shooter then got back in line, according to Channel 2 Action News.

After the liberation: Unpublished
color photos of American troops
posing happily with liberated
Europeans... and defeated German
enemies during World War II
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/23/2013 3:33:54 PM     Post Reply
The devastation wreaked on the beaches of Normandy in northwest France as the Allies unleashed their history-changing assault against the Germans in June 1994 has been well-documented. But in color photos taken by LIFE.com’s Frank Scherschel, but not published at the time, countless other scenes ´of the beginning of the end of the war´ were captured. From the reception troops enjoyed on their way to Paris to the jubilant liberation of the capital from Nazi control, these recently-released photos bring into the focus the spirit of the historic invasion on the 69th anniversary of the landings.

Hariri warns against goading
Sidon against Army
Daily Star [Beirut, Lebanon], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 6/23/2013 3:31:03 PM     Post Reply
BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned Sunday against any attempt to goad the southern city of Sidon against the Lebanese Army. “Hariri warned against any attempt to lure the city of Sidon into a confrontation with the state and the Lebanese Army, stressing the need for all steps to be taken to protect the city and its residents and end the spreading strife threatening Lebanon.” Several soldiers and gunmen loyal to an anti-Hezbollah sheikh were killed Sunday in clashes in Abra, east of Sidon,


Egypt army steps in
to demand political truce
Reuters, by Shaimaa Fayed and Alastair Macdonald    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 6/23/2013 3:12:16 PM     Post Reply
Egypt´s army stepped in to a mounting political crisis on Sunday to demand that the Islamist government and its opponents settle their differences and warned that it would act to stop violence spinning out of control. Issued a week before mass rallies to demand the resignation of President Mohamed Mursi, and following days of friction and increasingly aggressive rhetoric between factions, the statement by the armed forces chief was the most powerful since generals ceded control to civilians after Mursi´s election a year ago. "There is a state of division in society," General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Facebook.

Meet Sarah Harrison, The
Wikileaks Representative
Traveling With Edward Snowden
Business Insider, by Michael Kelley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/23/2013 2:37:28 PM     Post Reply
Russia´s Interfax news agency reports that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is hanging out at the Russian airport, waiting for a flight to Cuba, and is accompanied by a woman named Sarah Harrison. Harrison is the closest adviser to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who orchestrated the release of reams of classified U.S. government documents and other embarrassing information, Wikileaks confirmed: "Miss Harrison has courageously assisted Mr. Snowden with his lawful departure from Hong Kong and is accompanying Mr. Snowden in his passage to safety." Harrison is a U.K. journalist, legal researcher, and section editor for WikiLeaks

When Everyone Wears a Wire...
National Review Online, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/23/2013 2:32:36 PM     Post Reply
Andy and I disagree on the NSA’s 300 million-wide dragnet, but let no one say the American spirit does not thrive even in adversity. Meet Terrance Brown, currently on trial for armed robbery in Fort Lauderdale: The FBI and federal prosecutors are using cellphone records in court to try to prove that the five accused men were all nearby when the robbery attempts and planning occurred, as Moss, who is cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, testified. The prosecution had told defense attorneys that they were unable to obtain Brown’s cellphone records from the period before September 2010

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