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TN: Estranged boyfriend invades home, killed

February 6, 2011
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Tenneseean    

"A Westmoreland woman shot an estranged boyfriend to death in self-defense after he kicked in her back door armed with a gun Thursday night. ... The man, identified as Clinton Slayton, 29, of Westmoreland, drove to the home, ramming his vehicle into the woman’s vehicle. Slayton, armed with a gun, kicked in the back door of the residence and was shot by the woman, who was at home with her child at the time." (02/04/11)

 

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NV: Woman shoots intruder in self-defense

February 6, 2011
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KTNV News    

"A woman is sharing an emotional account of what she calls an unexpected and frightening confrontation. The 59-year-old says she felt forced to open fire after a pair of 20-year-olds forced their way into her apartment. 'I thought they were on drugs. They had eyes so black, like a shark's eyes. It was horrendous. I couldn't believe it,' said Lorraine Dipaola, who fired a single bullet. ... According to Dipaola, the intruders pushed her 76-year-old disabled husband to the floor. 'I warned them. I said if you don't leave my home, I will shoot. The girl said, I'm going to f'n kill you. She came at me like that. I had no choice,' said Lorraine Dipaola." (02/05/11)

 

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White House delays gun reporting requirement along Mexican border

February 6, 2011
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Washington Post    

"White House budget officials dealt federal firearms investigators a setback Friday when officials rejected an emergency rule meant to help catch gunrunners to Mexico. The decision delays for at least two months a proposed requirement that gun dealers along the Mexican border report anyone who buys two or more assault weapons in five days. White House officials said the delay will give the public more time -- until Feb. 14 -- to comment on the proposal." (02/04/11)

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Nasdaq hackers target corporate board service

February 6, 2011
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The Associated Press    

"Hackers broke into a Nasdaq service that handles confidential  communications for about 300 corporations, the company said Saturday -- the latest vulnerability exposed in the computer systems Wall Street depends on. The intrusions did not affect Nasdaq's stock-trading systems, and no customer data were compromised, Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. said. Nasdaq is the largest electronic-securities-trading market in the U.S., with more than 2,800 listed companies." (02/06/11)

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Obama proposes education technology agency modeled after DARPA

February 6, 2011
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Science Insider    

"The Obama Administration has proposed a new agency within the Department of Education that will fund the development of new education technologies and promote their use in the classroom." (02/04/11)

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Kucinich requests meeting with Manning

February 6, 2011
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Chelsea Manning Fox News    

"Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, is hoping for a face-to-face with Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking classified military documents that were later posted on whistleblower website Wikileaks. Kucinich, who sits on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates asking for a chance to meet with Manning at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va. 'As you know, I am concerned about reports of his treatment while in custody that describe alarming abuses of his constitutional rights and his physical health,' Kucinich writes." (02/05/11)

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Can Sarah Palin trademark her name?

February 6, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor    

"It’s been said by her critics and mockers that Sarah Palin has become a brand, peddling herself with well-paid speeches, books written with a lot of help from professional wordsmiths, her own 'reality' TV show, and those little key chains trimmed with genuine 'Mama Grizzly' fur. (OK, so we made up the bit about the key chains.) Now, it appears, Mrs. Palin -- and her 'Dancing with the Stars' daughter Bristol -- really do want to be identified with a personal economic brand. They’ve applied to have their names trademarked." (02/06/11)

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Bankers get around overhaul law by hedging stocks

February 6, 2011
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New York Times    

"Intent on fixing a banking system that contributed heavily to the recent financial crisis, lawmakers and regulators pushed Wall Street to overhaul its pay practices. Big banks responded by shifting more compensation into stock, a move intended to align employees’ interests more closely with those of investors and discourage excessive risk-taking. But it turns out that executives have a way to get around those best-laid plans." (02/06/11)

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NH: Taking aim at the student vote

February 6, 2011
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The Boston Globe    

"Are college students residents of the towns where they attend school, or are they interlopers, merely stopping in along the way with little vested interest in local affairs? The controversial question has been posed in New Hampshire, where proposed legislation would take away students’ right to vote in their college town unless they lived there before enrolling and intended to stay — a move that could have possible overtones for the first-in-the-nation primary." (02/06/11)

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PA: Former judge to go on trial in kickbacks case

February 6, 2011
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Forbes    

"A former Pennsylvania judge is scheduled to stand trial this week in one of the biggest courtroom scandals in U.S. history. Prosecutors say Mark Ciavarella (shiv-uh-REL'-uh) and a second former Luzerne County judge, Michael Conahan, took $2.8 million in kickbacks from the owner and builder of a pair of private youth detention facilities. ... Ciavarella vigorously denies the allegation that he sent children to the private jails in exchange for money." (02/06/11)

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CO: Palin appearance at military fundraiser canceled after “negative feedback”

February 6, 2011
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Fox News    

"A foundation hosting a charity gala for military families canceled its plans to feature former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at the event after 'an onslaught of negative feedback' received by the organization. The Colorado-based Sharon K Pacheco Foundation, which also support at-risk youth, announced Friday that Palin would be a host at its 2011 Patriots and Warriors Charity Gala. The next day, the foundation announced it canceled Palin's appearance." (02/06/11)

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Fighting erupts in southern Sudan

February 6, 2011
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"A rebellion by former pro-Khartoum fighters in the Upper Nile state of south Sudan against giving up their heavy weapons has sparked two days of clashes, leaving 20 people dead and at least 24 injured. The fighting around Malakal airport, close to the border with the north, began on Thursday when loyalists of Gabriel Tang, who commanded a pro-Khartoum force during the 1983 to 2005 civil war, objected to surrendering their heavy weaponry. The dead included two children and a Sudanese driver for the UN's refugee agency, officials said." (02/06/11)

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TX: Clerk fires back at two armed robbers

January 2, 2011
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WRDW    

"The clerk of a smoke shop fired at two armed men early Wednesday after they robbed him and another person who was in the store. ... Amar Kayeh said he was working the late shift early Wednesday morning when the two men, dressed in black, burst into the store with guns out. ... 'I knew what they wanted really so I opened up the cash register right away and waited for my chance to shoot them,' Kayeh said." (12/30/10)

http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/112678414.html  

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US Homeland Security chief arrives in Afghanistan

December 30, 2010
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Philadelphia Inquirer    

"Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (neh-pahl-ih-TAN'-oh) has arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, to spend New Year's Eve with U.S. troops and the Homeland Security officers who have been working with the Afghan government to try to secure that country's porous borders from militants, as well as weapons and drug smugglers. The department said in a statement that Napolitano will meet with top American and Afghan officials before traveling to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar (GUH'-tur), then to Israel and Belgium." (12/30/10)

 

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Gunmen target Christian homes, 2 killed

December 30, 2010
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MSNBC    

"Militants attacked at least four Christian homes Thursday night with a combination of grenades and bombs, killing two people and sending fear into the already terrified tiny Christian community. It was the first attack against the country's Christian community since al-Qaida-linked militants last week threatened a wave of violence against them. Christians went so far as to tone down their Christmas celebrations in what was a peaceful holiday, but the attacks Thursday night demonstrated the intent of militants to keep up their deadly pressure on the Christian community." (12/30/10)

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Bombs hit Greek targets ahead of militants’ trial

December 30, 2010
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Agence France-Presse    

"Bombs exploded Thursday outside Greek targets in Athens and Buenos Aires, causing damage but no injuries nearly two weeks before the trial of Greek anarchists linked to a November parcel bomb campaign against embassies and foreign leaders. In Athens a powerful device thought to be a time bomb detonated outside an Athens court shortly after police had evacuated the area, acting on warnings delivered by anonymous callers to media, police said. Some 90 minutes earlier, a firebomb had been thrown at the Greek embassy in the Argentine capital, causing material damage but no injuries, the Greek foreign ministry said in a statement." (12/30/10)

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What you pay for Medicare won’t cover your costs

December 30, 2010
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Wyoming Tribune Eagle    

"You paid your Medicare taxes all those years and want your money's worth: full benefits after you retire. Nearly three out of five people say in a recent Associated Press-GfK poll that they paid into the system so they deserve their full benefits -- no cuts. But a newly updated financial analysis shows that what people paid into the system doesn't come close to covering the full value of the medical care they can expect to receive as retirees." [note: Dead link removed] (12/30/10)

 

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Iraq: Three killed, 34 wounded

December 30, 2010
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"At least three Iraqis were killed in the latest violence while 34 more were wounded. Christians were targeted in at least two attacks in Baghdad, even as Parliament Speaker Usama al-Nujeifi met with Christian leaders to express his solidarity with the minority group. Meanwhile, Iraq Body Count released preliminary civilian casualty figures for 2010." (12/30/10)

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Afghanistan: 14 killed in bomb blast

December 30, 2010
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RTT News    

"Fourteen people, including women and children, were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan on Thursday. The civilians were traveling in a minibus through a crowded area of the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province when the bomb triggered by Taliban militants went off, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement." (12/30/10)

http://www.rttnews.com/Content/GeneralNews.aspx?Id=1516538&SM=1  

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Pakistan: 20 killed in tribal region

December 30, 2010
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United Press International    

"Security forces in Pakistan's Kurram tribal region killed at least 20 suspected insurgents, government officials said. Asian News International said Thursday's action was launched after officials received intelligence that insurgents were gathering in the area. Helicopter gunships attacked the suspected militant hideout and also destroyed an explosives-laden vehicle, ANI said." (12/30/10)

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Pakistan says it will defend spy chief in US suits

December 30, 2010
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Kansas City Star    

"Pakistan will strongly contest two U.S lawsuits that link its spy chief and his agency to the deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, the government said Thursday. The statement shows how sensitive Pakistan is to claims that its agents were involved in the assault that killed 166 people in India. It could also be evidence of pressure on the weak civilian government by the powerful spy service." (12/30/10)

 

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Fewer journalists killed in 2010

December 30, 2010
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MSNBC    

"Fewer reporters were killed worldwide in 2010 than in the previous year, but media advocacy groups warned Thursday that while the number slain in war zones has fallen, criminals and traffickers have become greater threats to journalists. Fifty-seven reporters were killed around the world this year, the Paris-based media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said in its annual report, down 25 percent from 2009, when 76 journalists were killed in connection with their jobs." (12/30/10)

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Yemen freeing insurgents under peace deal

December 30, 2010
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CNN    

"Yemen is releasing hundreds of jailed insurgents after the president's directive to free 500 detainees, the country's embassy in Washington announced Thursday. President Ali Abdul Allah Saleh's move is a critical part of the February peace agreement between the government and the Houthi rebels in northern Yemen, who have fought for years." (12/30/10)

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US helps Ukraine send enriched uranium to Russia

December 30, 2010
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Quincy Patriot Ledger    

"The United States has helped Ukraine sen[d] to Russia enough uranium to build two atomic bombs in a secret operation aimed at securing nuclear material. The removal of more than 110 pounds of highly enriched uranium this week followed a pledge by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) to get rid of all of his country's highly enriched uranium by April 2012." (12/30/10)

 

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Chess players’ gambit: Opt for trial after bust for playing in the park

December 30, 2010
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ABC News    

"Two New York City men arrested for playing chess in a city park have rejected a plea deal with the city and have insisted on going to trial. Yacahudah Harrison was among six men playing chess at a Parks Department stone table with a chess table built into it on Oct. 20. The table, however, was located inside a children's section of Inwood Hill Park when police rushed them and issued them summonses for failure to obey park regulations." (12/30/10)

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