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Houston jury rejects rape claim by former KBR employee

In a closely-watched case, a Houston jury on Friday rejected the claim of a former employee of military contractor KBR that she had been drugged and raped by a group of co-workers in Iraq. Jamie Leigh Jones had filed suit against KBR, its former parent company Halliburton, and former co-worker…

Katie Couric to leave CBS Evening News for new daytime show

Less than five years after becoming the first woman to helm a weekday nightly news show solo, Katie Couric is rumored to be leaving CBS Evening News. Her contract is set to expire on June 4, 2011. An unnamed network official told the Associated Press Sunday night that Couric would…

Oil prices hit multi-year highs amid Libya unrest

NEW YORK — Oil sold in New York crossed the symbolic $100 a barrel level Wednesday, hitting prices not seen since 2008, amid fears over supplies from Libya. As traders panicked that political chaos could spread further in the Middle East, the main US contract reached $100 a barrel for…

Exclusive: Military’s ‘persona’ software cost millions, used for ‘classified social media activities’

Most people use social media like Facebook and Twitter to share photos of friends and family, chat with friends and strangers about random and amusing diversions, or follow their favorite websites, bands and television shows. But what does the US military use those same networks for? Well, we can’t tell…

Booze, drugs and hookers: Hundreds of offenses by Afghan contractors uncovered

At two in the morning on Sept. 9, 2005, five DynCorp International security guards assigned to Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s protective detail returned to their compound drunk, with a prostitute in tow. Less than a week later, three of these same guards got drunk again, this time in the VIP…

Exposed: Pentagon awards $630M fuel contract to secretive corporation whose ownership is unknown

‘Mina Corp’ refuses to reveal locations of its offices The Pentagon awarded a secretive corporation that is under investigation by the United States Congress with a $630 million contract to supply the Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan with jet fuel Wednesday. The contract was awarded despite the request of Kyrgyzstan’s…

US to spend $511 million to expand Kabul embassy

US to spend $511 million to expand embassy in Afghan capital in sign of long-term commitment The U.S. government will spend $511 million to expand its embassy in Kabul, the U.S. ambassador said Wednesday, describing the work as a demonstration of America’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan. “We make this commitment…

Contractor deaths exceed military ones in Iraq, Afghanistan this year

More private contractors than soldiers were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months, the first time in history that corporate casualties have outweighed military losses on America’s battlefields. More than 250 civilians working under U.S. contracts died in the war zones between January and June 2010, according to a…

Panetta: “Not much choice’ but to use Blackwater

CIA director says ‘at most’ 50 to 100 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan How can a company allegedly responsible for killing 17 unarmed civilians in Baghdad in 2007 continue to get State Department and CIA contracts? CIA Director Leon Panetta says there is “not much choice” because few companies have the…

Blackwater-connected firm gets $100m+ Afghan security contract

U.S. Training Center, an affiliate of the controversial mercenary group formerly known as Blackwater, has been given a major new contract to provide security for U.S. diplomats in two Afghan cities. The contract, confirmed by the U.S. State Department on Saturday, would be worth over $120 million if extended for…

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