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Marilyn Monroe’s last house on sale for 3.6 million dollars

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The Spanish colonial-style Hollywood home where iconic sex siren Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 is going up for sale for 3.6 million dollars, the real estate agency said Tuesday. The one-story property, built in 1929, which spreads lavishly over 23,000 square feet (2,000 square meters) of…

US fires head of agency that oversees oil drilling

Salazar tells NBC Birnbaum resigned MSNBC reports, The head of the troubled agency that oversees offshore drilling resigned under pressure Thursday, Democratic sources said, as President Barack Obama moved more aggressively to take charge of the Gulf oil spill. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar confirmed to NBC News that the head…

Oil inspectors let companies fill in own audits, while one admitted getting high on meth, report says

The agency in charge of overseeing the United States’ oil reserves was plagued with gross mismanagement that in at least one case allowed the companies being inspected to fill in their own audit reports, an Inspector General’s report will reportedly reveal this week. Regulators overseeing oil drilling in the Gulf…

Angry Obama denounces oil companies’ ‘ridiculous spectacle’

US allowed drilling without required permits, court filing states WASHINGTON — A visibly angered President Barack Obama hit out at oil companies Friday for trying to avoid blame over a massive slick, and vowed an all-out effort to stop the leak pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. “I will not…

Interior Department to propose splitting oil oversight agency in two

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing to split up an Interior Department agency that oversees offshore drilling, as part of its response to the Gulf Coast oil spill, The Associated Press has learned. An administration official who asked not to be identified because the plan is not yet…

Lawyer hints CIA approved Blackwater exec’s alleged gun crimes

A lawyer for the former Blackwater president who has been charged with gun crimes hinted at his client’s defense Wednesday, telling a North Carolina court room that a US government agency approved of what the company was doing. Ken Bell — attorney for Gary Jackson, who was arrested last week…

E-mail: Ex-CIA Director Porter Goss agreed with destroying waterboarding tapes, Miers ‘livid’

Former CIA Director Porter Goss agreed with a 2005 decision to destroy interrogation videos showing waterboarding, but nobody told White House counsel Harriet Miers, who was “livid” to find out afterward, newly released CIA documents show. The documents show that, despite Goss’ agreement, officials almost immediately began worrying they’d done…

Fresh push for Obama bank reforms

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s stuttering bid to rein in the largest US banks got a shot in the arm Monday, as a key Senate ally unveiled a package of bank reforms described as the most sweeping in 80 years. Senate banking committee chairman Christopher Dodd outlined plans to regulate…

UN agency calls for global cyberwarfare treaty, ‘driver’s license’ for Web users

The world needs a treaty to prevent cyber attacks becoming an all-out war, the head of the main UN communications and technology agency warned Saturday. International Telcommunications Union secretary general Hamadoun Toure gave his warning at a World Economic Forum debate where experts said nations must now consider when a…

Russia in secret plan to save Earth from asteroid: official

MOSCOW — Russian scientists will soon meet in secret to work on a plan for saving Earth from a possible catastrophic collision with a giant asteroid in 26 years, the head of Russia’s space agency said Wednesday. “We will soon hold a closed meeting of our collegium, the science-technical council…

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