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Activists suspect Israeli spies behind flotilla woes

ATHENS (AFP) – Jumpy activists on the ill-fated mission to Gaza insist the evidence is mounting that Israeli secret services are behind the slew of mishaps that have dogged the flotilla. Two “sabotaged” boats and a stream of bureaucratic obstacles have prevented the convoy from setting sail from Greece to…

Maine lawmakers defeat attempt to repeal transgender protections

The Maine legislature has voted against legislation to take away existing protections for transgender people when accessing appropriate public restrooms and other facilities by repealing part of the Maine Human Rights Act. The Maine House of Representatives on June 7 voted 81 to 61 against “An Act to Amend the…

Wisconsin man charged with attempt to kill Planned Parenthood doctor

The Dane County Circuit Court charged a man with attempted first-degree intentional homicide on Friday after he allegedly told police officers he planned to kill abortion providers in Wisconsin. Sixty-three year old Ralph W. Lang allegedly planned to shoot an abortion provider at a Planned Parenthood in Madison and then…

Security experts slam Wall Street Journal’s attempt to rival WikiLeaks

The Wall Street Journal’s much ballyhooed attempt to launch a rival to WikiLeaks is already coming under attack. The Journal claims that its SafeHouse site is located on secure servers, and it promises potential whistleblowers anonymity and the use of file encryption. However, internet security and privacy experts have already…

Endeavour shuttle to launch no earlier than May 8

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – NASA on Sunday delayed the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour until May 8 at the earliest, after technical problems uncovered last week proved more complex than originally thought. Electrical failures in the power supply to a fuel-line heating unit caused engineers to scrub…

Amazon cuts MP3 prices in attempt to close in on iTunes

Web retail giant Amazon.com has lowered its individual-song MP3 prices drastically, in an attempt to cut in on Apple iTunes’ 70 percent market share. Amazon has lowered the price on select top-selling tracks to just 69 cents. Apple charges almost twice as much for in-demand hits, which cost $1.29 each.…

George Allen apologizes for assuming African-American reporter played sports

Former Virginia governor and former senator George Allen (R) is already getting himself into trouble during his attempt to reclaim his Senate seat. Allen apparently assumed that a tall African-American reporter from NBC 4 played sports. “For the 2nd time in 5 months, fmr. gov. and sen candidate George Allen…

Libyan military calls for a new cease-fire

A second attempt at a military cease-fire in Libya may be on the horizon, after Operation Odyssey Dawn began Saturday. Coalition military efforts have reportedly crippled Libya’s ground troops and air capabilities. According to UKPA, the new cease-fire was issued under a general banner of the Libyan government, and Gaddafi…

GOP congressman resigns over failed attempt at extramarital sex

A Republican congressman from western New York announced his resignation Monday after a gossip website published a shirtless photo he sent to a woman who posted a Craigslist personal ad. According to a report at Gawker, Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) responded to an ad a 34-year-old woman posted to Craigslist’s…

Update: Egypt denied VP was targeted for assassination

Update: Egypt denied Saturday that Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman was a target of a recent assassination attempt, according to the Associated Press. A random bullet fired from criminals fighting against each other hit the lead car in Suleiman’s motorcade on Jan. 28, a statement from the Egyptian government said.…

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