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Feds abused anti-terrorism database to track Chelsea Manning supporter David House

We’ve written a number of times about the so-called Constitution-free zone that extends 100 miles inward from the borders of the United States, a place where the Border Patrol, along with the DHS and ICE, exercise the “right” to search electronic devices…  …

Ex-TSA screener threatens LAX on eve of 9/11 anniversary

Early this morning, members of a federal task force arrested Alpha Onuoha, a screener with the Transportation Security Administration who quit his position. According to Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Laura Einmiller, Onuoha had been suspended recently, but suddenly resigned his position Tuesday afternoon and allegedly left a “suspicious package”…

Feds will continue to jail pot dealers ‘in all states’

The White House has pledged to continue to jail those who traffick in marijuana or sell it to minors — even in two US states where its recreational use is now legal. At a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Deputy Attorney General James Cole defended the federal decision not…

Elon Musk to drive Tesla Model S across America in six days

The Tesla Model S has defied even the wildest expectations, shooting Tesla Motors stock into the stratosphere and increasing the profile of Elon Musk exponentially. So now is the perfect time for…  …

Massive $238 billion financial bailout 5 years ago ‘avoided catastrophe,’ only $3 billion has yet to be paid back: Treasury

The US Treasury said Wednesday the government’s massive response to the economic crisis five years ago paid off, avoiding a catastrophic breakdown of the financial system. In a report marking the anniversary of the bankruptcy of investment bank Lehman Brothers — which snowballed into the worst crisis since the 1930s…

Republican Rep. Hal Rogers introduces stop-gap budget to prevent October 1 government shutdown

A key US lawmaker introduced a stop-gap funding bill Wednesday to prevent an October 1 government shut-down, acknowledging there is not enough time to pass a yearly US budget. House Appropriations Committee chairman, Republican Hal Rogers, unveiled a temporary measure that would continue funding for all federal agencies, programs and…

U.S. porn industry slams HIV claims and vows to end production moratorium

US porn filmmakers who have suspended production after a number of actors reportedly tested HIV-positive accused critics of “political posturing” and making unfounded claims. Diane Duke, head of the Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult entertainment industry, cast doubt on reports a fourth actor had tested positive…

’50 dirtiest’ U.S. power plants emit more greenhouse gases than South Korea

The study by Environment America paints a bulls-eye on the nation’s biggest coal-fired power plants, suggesting that reining in a relatively small share of America’s 6,000 electric generating facilities could have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions.;  …

Israel to give ‘Prisoner X’ Ben Zygier’s family $1 million payout

Israel is to pay more than $1 million to the family of an alleged Mossad spy who hanged himself in prison in 2010, the justice ministry has said. “After negotiations, the two parties (Israel and the family) have reached an agreement whereby the state will pay 4 million shekels ($1.1…

Woolly Mammoths were wiped out by climate change: study

A wide-ranging probe into woolly mammoths has added to evidence that the towering tusker was wiped out by climate change, scientists said on Wednesday. British and Swedish researchers sequenced DNA from 88 samples of mammoth bone, tooth and tusk, looking for a signature in the genetic code that is handed…

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