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‘Nazi guard’ Demjanjuk’s lawyer calls for acquittal

MUNICH, Germany — Alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk’s lawyer called Tuesday for his client to be acquitted in final arguments at the end of a high-profile trial in Germany. Lawyer Ulrich Busch told the court in Munich, where the Ukrainian-born 91-year-old has been on trial since November 2009,…

Exclusive: Border guard fired, ‘interrogated’ for saying pot should be legalized

ACLU slams ‘ideological purity’ test for government employees A former border guard who says he was fired for suggesting to a co-worker that marijuana should be legalized has filed a lawsuit against the US Border Patrol. In documents (PDF) filed in a federal court in west Texas last week, Bryan…

South Korea stays on guard despite North Korea concessions

A wary South Korea stayed on guard against North Korea Tuesday, with jet fighters and warships deployed, a day after the communist state backed off from threats of attack over a live-fire exercise. Washington and Seoul expressed scepticism at another reported concession by Pyongyang — an agreement to reopen its…

Yemen nuclear material went unsecured for a week

A facility housing Yemen’s radioactive material went unguarded for up to a week after its guard was removed and its surveillance camera was broken, a secret U.S. State Department cable outed by WikiLeaks revealed Monday. At one point there was practically nothing protecting the material at Yemen’s National Atomic Energy…

California deploys National Guard to Mexico border

California is deploying a first group of 224 National Guard troops to its southern border with Mexico to assist Border Patrol agents attempting to stem the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants. “Today, our National Guard has been called to help secure the border and protect the safety of the…

Reports: BP and government blocking coverage of oil damage

It is becoming apparent that efforts to prevent the oil gushing out of BP’s blown-out Deepwater Horizon rig from ravaging the Gulf Coast may be largely ineffective. An increasing number of stories are also starting to circulate concerning deliberate attempts by both BP and government officials to block coverage of…

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