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Government simulates cyber attack for training

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (Reuters) – The lights went out. Hackers had infiltrated the chemical company’s computer network. The firm’s own experts ran around from computer to computer trying to fight back and regain control. “We’re flying blind,” the chief executive of the fictitious ACME chemical company said. The cyber attack…

‘Super-Committee’ Democrats push tax hikes first in deficit talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats want tax hikes to be the first item negotiated in “super committee” deficit-reduction talks, trying to force Republicans to confront an issue at the heart of this year’s budget fights, sources told Reuters. The tough stance by Democratic members of the powerful 12-member congressional panel reflects…

Firm recalls beef for possible E. coli taint

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California-based Manning Beef is recalling 80,000 pounds of beef products over possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. “The establishment is recalling a variety of beef primal and subprimal cuts … and manufacturing trimmings due, in part, to insanitary conditions as reflected by an…

West Hollywood nears approval of first fur ban in U.S.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California (Reuters) – Taking a stand for animal rights over fashion, the tiny, tony municipality of West Hollywood is poised to become the first U.S. city to ban the sale of fur clothing within its boundaries. The five-member City Council voted unanimously on September 20 to give tentative…

Democrats call for investigation of Justice Clarence Thomas

Twenty House Democrats called Thursday on the U.S. Judicial Conference to formally request that the U.S. Department of Justice investigate Justice Clarence Thomas’s non-compliance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Justice Thomas indicated on his annual financial disclosure forms that his wife had received no income since he…

Buffett admits he hasn’t read Obama’s jobs plan, will likely oppose parts of it

During an appearance on CNBC Friday morning, billionaire investor Warren Buffett appeared to change course on President Barack Obama’s jobs plan, admitting he had not read the plan and suggesting that he’ll likely oppose parts of it. The admission is particularly surprising, given Buffett’s recent advocacy of the plan, and…

White Mississippi teen pleads not guilty in black man’s death

(Reuters) – A white Mississippi teenager pleaded not guilty on Friday to a capital murder charge stemming from the fatal hit-and-run of a black man in a motel parking lot. A judge ordered Deryl Dedmon, 19, to stand trial on January 9 and gave prosecutors until November 1 to decide…

California desert drug bust nets $22.6 mln in marijuana

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A record 14 tons of marijuana, valued at over $22.6 million, was seized in the California desert at a checkpoint roughly 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, federal officials said on Friday. Agents found the marijuana in 1,100 bundles concealed inside a tractor-trailer, marking the…

Protesters march on NYPD headquarters

NEW YORK — About 2,000 anti-corporate demonstrators marched Friday from a protest camp they have occupied near Wall Street to the headquarters of the New York Police Department. The noisy but peaceful rally was the largest since anti-Wall Street activists occupied a small park in lower Manhattan two weeks ago…

Florida sets primary for Jan. 31, in violation of GOP rules

Florida officially announced Friday that its Republican presidential primary election would be held January 31, in violation of the Republican National Committee’s guidelines. The RNC said it would punish any states (aside from the four traditional early primary states) that held a primary before March 4. The special committee’s decision,…

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