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Oil spill: BP had wrong diagram to close blowout preventer

Oil spill: BP had wrong diagram to close blowout preventer 12 May 2010 In the days after an oil well spun out of control in the Gulf of Mexico, BP engineers tried to activate a huge piece of underwater safety equipment but failed because the device had been so altered that diagrams BP got from the equipment's owner didn't match the supposedly failsafe device's configuration, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

Who to blame for flu? Maybe the U.S., study finds

Who to blame for flu? Maybe the U.S., study finds --The first cases of H1N1 swine flu were diagnosed in the United States. Experts are still unsure where swine flu originated. [Yeah, it's a tough one.] 27 May 2010 U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

BP Well May Have Leaked More Than Twice Exxon Valdez

BP Well May Have Leaked More Than Twice Exxon Valdez 27 May 2010 BP Plc’s Gulf of Mexico oil well may have spilled more than twice the oil that the Exxon Valdez dumped, according to figures from a U.S. government panel. The BP well may have gushed 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day, more than the company has estimated, Marcia McNutt, director of the U.S. Geological Survey and science adviser to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, said today in a conference call.

US troops deployment irks Mexico

US troops deployment irks Mexico 27 May 2010 Mexico's President Felipe Calderon has expressed discontent with a US decision to deploy 1,200 soldiers along the two countries' shared border. Mexico does not object to US plans to station troops along the border between the two nations as long as the soldiers do not arrest Mexicans trying to get into the United States, President Felipe Calderon said on Thursday.

Senate panel votes end to 'don't ask, don't tell'

Senate panel votes end to 'don't ask, don't tell' --House Republicans were strongly against it 27 May 2010 The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to repeal the 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell" and allow gays to serve openly in the military. The 16-12 vote endorses an end to the Clinton-era policy under which gays could serve in the military only if they don't disclose their sexual orientation.

100,000 teachers nationwide face layoffs

100,000 teachers nationwide face layoffs 27 May 2010 Senior congressional Democrats and the Obama administration scrambled Wednesday to line up support for $23 billion in federal aid to avert an estimated 100,000 or more school layoffs in a brutal year for education budgets coast to coast.

Obama Defends Handling of Oil Spill

Obama Defends Handling of Oil Spill 27 May 2010 Saying that he is "angry and frustrated" over the oil spill gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama on Thursday ordered work to be suspended on exploratory drilling in the gulf and cancelled or deferred some future wells around the country, as the head of the agency regulating offshore drilling resigned under pressure.

"Hope-and-Change," A Hoax

"Hope-and-Change," A Hoax By Michael Rectenwald and Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 27 May 2010 In our encounters on various social networking sites and political blogs, we consistently encounter the faithful remnants of the "hope-and-change" believers.

AP: New, giant sea oil plume seen in Gulf

AP: New, giant sea oil plume seen in Gulf 27 May 2010 Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles from the leaking wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama.

New Flu Vaccines Could Protect Against All Strains

New Flu Vaccines Could Protect Against All Strains [that they create] 26 May 2010 A new vaccine may be able to provide some protection against all strains of influenza. Current immunizations create antibodies that target a specific piece of a molecule on the surface of the virus that researchers call its "head." That piece of the hemaglutinin protein evolves very quickly...

Iraq PM details 'several' assassination attempts

Iraq PM details 'several' assassination attempts 26 May 2010 Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki claimed in remarks released Wednesday that he had escaped several assassination attempts, including one where insurgents [Blackwater?] tried to shoot down his plane. "There have been several attempts," Maliki told London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, according to a transcript of the interview released by his office.

BP live video link from the ROV monitoring the damaged riser

Terror Attacks Against U.S. At All-Time High

Terror Attacks Against U.S. At All-Time High --DHS Report Says Pace May Increase And Include More Homegrown Extremists 26 May 2010 The pace and number of attempted terror attacks against the U.S. over the past nine months has surpassed the number of attempts during any previous one-year period, according to an internal Department of Homeland Security report issued on Friday, May 21.

BP attempts 'top kill' to plug devastating oil leak

BP attempts 'top kill' to plug devastating oil leak 26 May 2010 Energy giant BP began a high-stakes operation Wednesday to plug a ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, shooting heavy drilling fluid known as "mud" into a stack of damaged pipes on the sea floor in the hope of sealing a leak that has been gushing crude for 37 days. In a statement Wednesday evening, BP CEO Tony Hayward said the "top kill" operation was "proceeding as planned." U.S.

British soldier killed in southern Afghanistan

British soldier killed in southern Afghanistan 26 May 2010 A British soldier has been killed in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today. The serviceman, from 4th Regiment the Royal Artillery, died after being shot in a fight with insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj area of Helmand province this morning. The Ministry of Defence said the soldier was conducting a joint foot patrol with the Afghan national army when he was shot.

US prison in Afghanistan to hold first 'trial'

US prison in Afghanistan to hold first 'trial' 26 May 2010 The main U.S. prison [on the edge of Bagram Air Field] in Afghanistan is less than a week away from holding a 'trial.' On June 1, a detainee prisoner will stand with a lawyer and plead his case in front of an Afghan judge, said Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, the deputy commander for detention operations.

BP Used Riskier Method to Seal Oil Well Before Blast

BP Used Riskier Method to Seal Oil Well Before Blast 26 May 2010  Several days before the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, BP officials chose, partly for financial reasons, to use a type of casing for the well that the company knew was the riskier of two options, according to a BP document.

440 birds, 393 of them dead

440 birds, 393 of them dead --Oil spill's BP's animal victims struggle as experts fear a mounting toll 27 May 2010 In the Louisiana marsh, oil-coated pelicans flap their wings in a futile attempt to dry them. A shorebird repeatedly dunks its face in a puddle, unable to wash off.

Oil spill hits over 100 miles of Louisiana coast-gov

Oil spill hits over 100 miles of Louisiana coast-gov 26 May 2010 More than 100 miles (160 km) of Louisiana's coast have already been affected by oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, state governor Bobby Jindal (R) said on Wednesday. He criticized BP and the federal authorities for a response he called "too little, too late", saying his state needed more protective boom and oil skimming ships to protect its coastline.

CIA considered faking Saddam Hussein sex video

CIA considered faking Saddam Hussein sex video 26 May 2010 Unnamed former officers told the Washington Post it was one of a number of outlandish plans thought up to discredit the Iraqi dictator before the 2003 American-led invasion. "It would look like it was taken by a hidden camera," said one.

NORAD test flights set in Fargo area

NORAD test flights set in Fargo area 26 May 2010 The North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct exercise flights today in the skies in the vicinity of Minneapolis and Duluth, Minn., to Fargo. The flights will take place in the early afternoon, and people may hear and see NORAD fighter aircraft in close proximity with Department of Defense-contracted general aviation aircraft as they practice intercept and identification procedures.

NY, PA to see military flights as NORAD conducts exercises

NY, PA to see military flights as NORAD conducts exercises 26 May 2010 The skies over parts of New York and Pennsylvania will be buzzing with warplanes later this morning as the military conducts training. A-10 jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will practice intercepting non-military aircraft. The planes that the fighter jets will intercept are "general aviation aircraft" hired by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Somali terror member may be heading to Texas

Somali terror member may be heading to Texas 26 May 2010 U.S. Homeland Security officials have asked Houston authorities to watch for a member of a Somalia-based terror group who may be coming to Texas through Mexico.

Obama to Seek GOP Support for War Funding Bill

Obama to Seek GOP Support for War Funding Bill 24 May 2010 President Obama is expected to try to build support for a war spending measure during a rare meeting with Senate Republicans, GOP aides said Monday. Obama called Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on May 21 asking to attend the Republicans’ weekly, closed-door policy lunch on Tuesday and McConnell agreed.

Arrest Terror Suspect Tony Hayward - No Miranda Rights

Arrest Terror Suspect Tony Hayward - No Miranda Rights By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 26 May 2010 BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward is the lead suspect in eleven homicides and the suspected architect of the largest act of terrorism on US land and sea... After his arrest, the US needs to invoke the 'public safety' exception.

Toxic Oil Spill Rains Warned Could Destroy North America

Toxic Oil Spill Rains Warned Could Destroy North America 24 May 2010 A dire report prepared for President Medvedev by Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources is warning today that the British Petroleum (BP) oil and gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico is about to become the worst environmental catastrophe in all of human history threatening the entire eastern half of the North American continent with "total destruction".

Israelis open fire on Gaza workers

Israelis open fire on Gaza workers 26 May 2010 Hours after 16 people were wounded by Israeli warplanes; Israeli soldiers have opened fire on Palestinians, wounding three workers in the Gaza Strip. The incident happened in the northern parts of the coastal strip on Wednesday, a Press TV correspondent reported. The Palestinians were collecting scrap metal when Israeli forces opened fire from their check point on the Gaza border.

Signs of trouble evident hour before oil rig explosion

Signs of trouble evident hour before oil rig explosion 25 May 2010 Oil company BP had three indications of trouble aboard the doomed drill rig Deepwater Horizon in the hour before the April 20 explosion that sank the offshore platform, congressional investigators reported Tuesday.

Obama administration defends BP response to oil spill disaster

Obama administration defends BP response to oil spill disaster By Andre Damon 25 May 2010 Amid growing popular anger over BP’s disastrous response to the gulf coast oil spill, the Obama administration came to the company’s defense on Monday, while again rejecting any federal takeover of the response.

Baghdad gold market raids leaves 15 dead

Blackwater is a busy little bee! Baghdad gold market raids leaves 15 dead --Jewellery shops' staff, bystanders and a robber killed as gunmen target gold stores with assault rifles, bombs and RPGs 25 May 2010 At least 15 people have been killed after masked men armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles opened fire in a mass raid on a busy jewellery market in Baghdad today.

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