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Robocalls spam WI Democrats, telling them not to vote in recall elections

Today marks Wisconsin’s recall election, and polls are expected to be crowded all day. The unusual nature of the election — after all, it’s not often that voters are riled up enough to draw up a petition to recall their lawmakers — has confused some about procedure, and the robocalls…

FBI raids home of suicide kit maker in California

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – A great-grandmother selling do-it-yourself asphyxiation kits by mail said on Thursday she was ordered from her house at gunpoint by federal agents who raided her home and seized cartons of documents, computers and sewing machines. Sharlotte Hydorn, 91, told Reuters about a dozen agents in flak…

US cities take aim at junk mail

WASHINGTON – Five US cities launched initiatives Tuesday to let residents refuse junk mail, hoping to support the environment and cut expenses by stopping waste at its source. Americans receive some 100 billion pieces of advertising mail a year, according to the US Postal Service. Catalog Choice, a non-profit group,…

Maddow: ‘Newt Gingrich is a direct mail scam artist’

Speaking to a live audience at the 92nd Street Y Wednesday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow blasted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for his opposition to federal unemployment benefits. “I’m opposed to giving people money for doing nothing,” Gingrich insisted during a recent speech to GOP activists in South Carolina. “Let us…

Facebook poised to launch email service: report

WASHINGTON — Facebook, rumored for some time to be planning its own email service, may finally be on the verge of doing so in a move that would send a shot across the bow of Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft. TechCrunch, a leading Silicon Valley technology blog, reported Friday that the…

DHS bans air cargo from Yemen, Somalia; vows to screen all international mail

US officials Monday extended a ban on air cargo from Yemen to include Somalia and slapped new restrictions on passenger goods on US-bound international flights after a foiled parcel bomb plot. From Monday, “no high risk cargo will be allowed on passenger aircraft,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in…

Yemen wants US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki captured, ‘dead or alive’

A Yemeni judge ordered police Saturday to find a radical U.S.-born cleric “dead or alive” after the al-Qaida-linked preacher failed to appear at his trial for his role in the killing of foreigners. Yemen is under heavy U.S. pressure to crack down on the country’s al-Qaida offshoot after a scheme…

Official: 1 Yemen bomb 17 mins. from exploding

French official says 1 mail bomb from Yemen was 17 minutes from exploding One of two mail bombs sent from Yemen last week was disarmed just 17 minutes before it was set to go off, the French interior minister said Thursday. Brice Hortefeux provided no other details in an interview…

3 small parcel bombs explode in Athens

String of parcel bombs explode at Parliament, embassies in Athens, no injuries Greek police say they have detonated a suspicious package outside the Bulgarian embassy in Athens after blasts outside Parliament and at the Swiss Embassy. No injuries or damage were reported from Tuesday’s three small explosions. Police say far-left…

Anita Hill: ‘I have no intention of apologizing’

Apparently time doesn’t heal all wounds. Virginia Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, has admitted leaving a voice mail asking Anita Hill for an apology. Nearly two decades ago Hill accused the now-justice of sexual harassment at his confirmation hearing. Hill let ABC News hear the voice mail message.…

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