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Al-Qaeda wanted to blow up your Sega, and more WikiLeaks shocks

In the midst of the WikiLeaks’ flooding news sites with the release of more than 700 documents relating to the heavy-handedness, confusion and lack of uniform guidelines at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, it’s inevitable that some information is slipping through the cracks. Here are five things you probably missed…

State Department wants passport applicants to reveal lifetime employment history

The U.S. Department of State has proposed a new questionnaire that would make it almost impossible for some people to get a passport. The new document (PDF) would require that certain applicants submit a list of every residence and every job they’ve ever had since birth. In February, the department…

Drug-bashing RI Republican charged with drug use

Robert Watson, a high-ranking Republican state legislator in Rhode Island, is in hot water after being charged with driving under the influence of marijuana and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Drug charges alone would be bad enough for a public official, but Watson, Rhode Island’s House minority leader, is still…

Supreme Court refuses to speed up health care ruling

(Reuters) – The Supreme Court rejected on Monday a request to speed up a ruling on President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, his signature domestic achievement that has provoked a fierce political and legal battle. The justices turned down the state of Virginia’s request to invoke a rarely used procedure to…

GOP-tapped law firm backs out of DOMA defense

WASHINGTON – The law firm tapped by House Republicans to defend the Defense of Marriage Act abruptly backed out of the case on Monday, citing an “inadequate” vetting process for the engagement. “Today the firm filed a motion to withdraw from its engagement to represent the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group…

Ominous Dem video says GOP lied about protecting Medicare

WASHINGTON – Democrats are revving up their campaign to portray Republicans as having voted to “end Medicare,” aiming to channel public support for the program into a 2012 issue. A new 80-second spot by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee features ominous music and scared-looking seniors in front of a dark…

Coast Guard investigation of oil spill cites Transocean

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Serious safety lapses by oil rig owner and operator Transocean Ltd contributed to the massive blowout and spill at a BP Plc well in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said in a report on the 2010 disaster. A Coast Guard investigation “revealed numerous systems deficiencies,…

Small plane full of cocaine crashes in New Mexico lake

SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) – A small planed loaded with bundles of cocaine crashed into a lake in northern New Mexico on Sunday morning, apparently killing all on board, according to the New Mexico State Police. Police Lieutenant Eric Garciasaid the number of people aboard the aircraft was not immediately…

Idaho miner’s body recovered nine days after cave-in

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Search teams on Sunday recovered the body of a silver miner in Idaho trapped more than a mile underground and cut off from the outside world nine days ago by an unexplained cave-in, mine company executives said. Conclusive word that Larry Marek, 53, had perished in the…

Giffords cleared to view shuttle launch: husband

WASHINGTON — Astronaut Mark Kelly says his wife, US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has been cleared to attend his space shuttle launch after recovering steadily from a brain injury sustained in a shooting. The Democratic lawmaker was shot once through the head during a January 8 shooting rampage that killed six…

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