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Defense Department: F-35 fighter jet is ‘unaffordable’

WASHINGTON – The cost of building the F-35 fighter jet, set to replace a large part of the US warplane fleet, is “unaffordable” in its current version and must be reviewed, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official said Thursday. “Over the lifetime of this program, the decade or so, the per-aircraft…

Videos allegedly reveal illegal searches, theft, brutality by San Francisco police

Surveillance camera footage released by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi show San Francisco police officers physically attacking a bystander after illegally searching a hotel room and another video shows officers allegedly stealing a laptop. “This incident, coupled with similar footage at the Henry, Royan and Jefferson hotels, indicates there…

Amnesty, ACLU call for independent probe after eighth Guantanamo detainee death

The American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International are calling for an independent investigation into the death of detainees at Guantanamo Bay after the U.S. military reported another death at the detention facility on Wednesday night. “This latest death highlights the immediate need for a full and independent inquiry into…

Newt Gingrich: Campaigns like mine only happen once or twice a century

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said his campaign was “alive and very well” despite a number of recent troubles. “It’s going to take a while for the news media to realize that you’re covering something that happens once or twice in a century, a genuine grass-roots campaign of very big…

U.S. government: How to be prepared for zombie apocalypse

WASHINGTON — With rumors swirling in conspiratorial corners that the end of the world is nigh, the US government this week posted some online counsel on how to be prepared in case of a zombie apocalypse. “There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take…

Homeland Security warns shoe bombs still a threat

LAS VEGAS — Shoe bombs remain a threat for US aviation, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who said passengers will have to continue to remove their shoes at airport screenings. Napolitano drew applause at a conference of travel and tourism industry leaders with her remarks that the department has…

Congressional leaders agree on four-year extension of PATRIOT Act

Congressional leaders agreed on Thursday to extend three expiring provisions of the controversial PATRIOT Act for four years. Sources told the Associated Press that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner agreed to call for a vote to extend the provisions before May 27, when they are…

‘My bad’: Willie Nelson un-endorses Republican Gary Johnson

Willie Nelson has had a change of heart. The iconic country singer reportedly endorsed Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson this week, but now he’s taking it all back. “Yesterday, both the Teapot Party and Gary Johnson 2012 sent out press releases announcing the endorsement,” wrote Teapot Party member Steve Bloom…

Obama: Arab revolutions show that repression no longer works

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama said Thursday that the uprisings sweeping the Arab world show that a policy of repression will no longer work as people seek to win their freedom and human rights. He also warned in a speech at the State Department that Al-Qaeda’s agenda of…

Wisconsin Senate Republicans ram through voter photo ID bill

Only five Democratic state senators had a chance to vote on Wisconsin’s voter photo ID bill before Republican Sen. Michael Ellis gaveled it through Thursday. The bill, which passed on a 19-5 vote, would require that voters present a photo ID before voting. Opponents of the bill say it infringes…

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