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WikiLeaks reveals BP blowout in Azerbaijan

The latest WikiLeaks release of State Department cables could prove to be a PR disaster for energy giant BP, while highlighting WikiLeaks backers’ claims that the secrets site is about more than antagonizing the US government. According to cables released Wednesday by WikiLeaks and obtained by the Guardian, BP experienced…

US soldier pleads guilty in Afghan rogue unit case

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — A US soldier pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting at Afghan civilians, in a first court martial linked to a rogue army unit alleged to have killed Afghans for sport. The US army charged Staff Sergeant Robert Stevens, 25, with firing a loaded weapon at Afghan…

Support for marijuana legalization in California continues to fall

The spread of those supporting the legalization of possessing and growing small amounts of marijuana in California and those opposing it has grown to seven points. According to the latest Field Poll, published Sunday, 42 percent of voters support California’s landmark Proposition 19, with 49 percent opposing. Besides legalization, the…

Furious growth and cost cutting led to BP oil spills, past and present

This PBS FRONTLINE/ProPublica investigation is the basis of a new documentary called “The Spill,” set to air Tuesday night on PBS Jeanne Pascal turned on her TV April 21 to see a towering spindle of black smoke slithering into the sky from an oil platform on the oceanic expanse of…

City Councilman tells black member he should work in cotton field

The president of the Houston County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) wants a councilman in Georgia to resign after he made allegedly racial remarks to a fellow council member. At a recent Warner Robins City Council meeting, John Williams told Daron Lee that…

FBI agents ‘cheated’ on test related to rules on spying on Americans

Justice IG finds cheating by FBI agents on test of their knowledge of surveillance rules A Justice Department investigation has found that FBI agents, including several supervisors, cheated on an important test covering the bureau’s policies for conducting surveillance on Americans. Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine said Monday that…

WikiLeaks readying the ‘biggest leak of military intelligence ever’

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks is teaming up with news outlets to release a “massive cache” of classified US military field reports on the conflict in Iraq, Newsweek magazine reported recently. Newsweek quoted Iain Overton, editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a London-based journalism nonprofit, as saying the material constitutes the…

Need prayer? Calif. drive-thru takes orders to go

Need prayer? Tailgate prayer stand attracts California commuters, takes prayer requests to go Joyce Kim needed a sign to remind her to pray. She found it a few months ago along a stretch of rural road where she and hundreds of other Southern California commuters drive home every day. A…

Magnetic mega-star challenges black hole theory

A neutron star with a mighty magnetic field has thrown down the gauntlet to theories about stellar evolution and the birth of black holes, astronomers reported on Wednesday. The “magnetar” lies in a cluster of stars known as Westerlund 1, located 16,000 light years away in the constellation of Ara,…

Mexico plans to ‘double’ deepwater oil drilling capacity

Firefighters leapt forward with a gushing hose on a Gulf of Mexico oil rig as fake victims were stretchered off in a practice run following BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Mexican drill came amid fears of a repeat catastrophe, and as producers like Mexico chase reserves into deeper and more…

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