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Unions attack New Mexico governor for firing labor board

SANTA FE (Reuters) – New Mexico’s governor broke the law by firing all members of the state’s Labor Relations Board and unions seek to reverse the move by an appeal to the state Supreme Court, a union leader said on Thursday. New Mexico AFL-CIO president Christine Trujillo said she was…

New bill strips president’s power to shut off Internet

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan trio of senators has introduced a new cybersecurity bill that eliminates the president’s authority to switch off the Internet. The “kill switch,” as it’s known, exists in the 1934 Telecommunications Act, which was amended in 1996. It gives the president powers to shut off all regulated…

Swine flu kills 12 in Hong Kong in under a month

HONG KONG — At least 12 people have died from swine flu in Hong Kong in less than a month, the territory’s health authority said on Thursday, after the latest death from the disease. A spokeswoman for the health authority said one elderly person had died of confirmed swine flu,…

Israel says Iran sending warships to Mediterranean

JERUSALEM — Iran is sending two warships into the eastern Mediterranean, Israel’s foreign minister said Wednesday, labelling the act a “provocation” that the Jewish state cannot ignore for long. “Tonight two Iranian warships are supposed to cross the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Syria,” Foreign…

US leads call for ‘concrete’ change in Egypt

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama led increasingly hoarse Western calls for “concrete” change in Egypt as President Hosni Mubarak on Friday clung to power after wrong-footing the world by deciding not to quit. Obama issued a strongly-worded statement late Thursday after a day of drama in Cairo in which…

Egypt move revives US ‘kill switch’ debate

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Egypt’s five-day shutdown of the Internet has revived debate in the United States over how much authority the president should have over the Web in the event of a crisis. Some opponents of cybersecurity legislation wending its way through the US Congress have condemned the bill as…

Israel rejected Palestinian offer of almost all Jerusalem: leaked documents

Documents to show ‘intimate level of covert co-operation’ between Israel, Palestinian Authority “Desperate” Palestinian negotiators offered Israel almost all of Jerusalem as part of a peace deal, only to see the offer rejected as inadequate, leaked official Palestinian documents show. Documents leaked to Arabic news channel al-Jazeera and obtained by…

Verizon challenges Obama administration’s ‘net neutrality’ rules

See also: Why is Verizon suing over net neutrality rules it once supported? NEW YORK — Verizon Communications is going to court to challenge the top U.S. telecommunications regulator, saying the FCC overstepped its authority with the recent adoption of open Internet rules. The telecommunications company said on Thursday it…

Flashback: Conservatives mocked DHS report warning of ‘antigovernment’ violence

Arizona shooter left trail of anti-government screeds on Internet Conservatives derided and dismissed an April 2009 report by the Department of Homeland Security warning law enforcement officials of a spike in violence fueled in part by “antigovernment” sentiments, which in retrospect appears to have been a chilling omen for the…

Obama to take on Congress over Gitmo

Obama administration officials say they plan to reject Congressional efforts to limit the president’s options on Guantanamo, setting the stage for a confrontation between the president and the new Congress on an issue that has been politically divisive since Inauguration Day. The Guantanamo provisions, which include limits on where and…

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