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Boston Police react to Anonymous hacking with sarcastic video

Members of the Boston Police Department have released a sarcastic video responding to an attack on their website by the hacktivist group Anonymous. On Feb. 3, Anonymous had replaced the BPDNews.com with a message criticizing their crackdown on Occupy Boston protests. A video for KRS-One’s 1993 song “Sound of da…

DOJ failed to issue key wiretap reports during Bush’s second term

For the Bush administration’s entire second term, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) failed to tell Congress how many intrusive wiretaps were carried out by law enforcement, despite a legal requirement that it produce an annual report detailing the practice, a security researcher has learned. At the same time, Congress…

GE to hire 5,000 U.S. veterans, investing in plants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Electric Co plans to hire 5,000 U.S. military veterans over the next five years and to invest $580 million to expand its aviation footprint in the United States this year. The largest U.S. conglomerate unveiled the moves ahead of a four-day meeting it is convening in Washington starting on Monday…

Obama anchors budget on tax hikes for the rich

US President Barack Obama will Monday roll out a populist election-year budget, challenging Republicans to support his job creation drive and to finally agree to hike taxes on the richest Americans. Obama will use his annual spending plan to flesh out his pledge to build a new economy in which…

Top officer seeks ‘more autonomy’ for elite special ops forces: report

The top US special operations officer, who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is seeking new authority to move his forces faster and outside of normal Pentagon deployment channels, according to The New York Times. The newspaper said Admiral William McRaven, who leads the Special Operations Command, is…

Conservative group to sponsor NASCAR driver during election

CHICAGO (Reuters) – NASCAR racing cars typically are painted with ads for products like coffee, beer, or tires. But a conservative political training organization is trying something different this presidential election year — it’s sponsoring a red-white-and-blue car with the message “Keep America Free.” American Majority, which has worked with…

Mortgage problems? Some owners turning their homes into billboards

BUENA PARK, California (Reuters) – When they saw the house on El Dorado Drive in this Los Angeles suburb being painted a startling orange and green and giant billboards hung on the outside, Scott and Beth Hostetler’s neighbors were initially angry and confused. Some even considered calling the police. But…

Civil unions criticized ahead of NJ marriage vote

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the fall of 2010, John Grant was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with a shattered skull after being hit by a car in New York City. Grant’s partner, Daniel Weiss, arrived at the hospital minutes later, frantic for an update on Grant’s condition. But when Weiss…

Ron Paul campaign implies foul play in Romney victory in Maine

In the wake of would-be Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s victory in Saturday’s Maine caucuses, the Ron Paul campaign is raising implications of foul play. According to the official tally, with 84% of the votes counted, Romney took 39% of that vote, defeating Paul by a narrow margin of 194…

McConnell: Any employer should be able to deny birth control

In the wake of a controversy over a requirement that religious institutions provide contraceptive coverage, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) now supports a bill that gives any employer the right to exclude any type health service that they find objectionable. Speaking to CBS host Bob Schieffer on Sunday, McConnell…

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