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Visa again blockades WikiLeaks’ credit card donations

U.S. credit card provider Visa said Thursday that a payment processor in Iceland briefly opened the floodgates to donations to secrets outlet WikiLeaks, so they took the necessary steps to close them again. Icelandic payments processor DataCell had said the blockade was lifted yesterday after months of stalling from Visa…

Ensign announces plan to retire

Embattled Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) announced Monday intentions to retire at the end of his current term. In a press conference announcing the decision, the senator, who had been for months caught up in a scandal that included a criminal investigation, cited his family as a reason for the move.…

Agent Orange victim loses health coverage over 2-cent shortfall

A Vietnam veteran suffering from a bone cancer blamed on exposure to Agent Orange was dropped from his health insurance for a two-cent shortfall on a premium payment, only to have the insurance reinstated when the story became public. Ronald Flanagan of Thornton, Colorado, said he never received a warning…

TSA makes ‘nominal’ payment to settle suit over exposing 24-year-old’s breasts

A woman who had her breasts exposed during an airport search by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was to receive a “nominal” payment as a part of a settlement agreement, according to documents released this week. The 24-year-old woman was selected for “extended search procedures” prior to boarding a plane…

US, British ambassadors lose bet, take a dive

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Ambassadors from the United States and Britain dived into a swimming pool fully clothed here as payment for a bet struck on the World Cup. The pair had placed a private wager on the result of the first round match between the USA and England in South…

RNC staffer fired in sex scandal paid $100,000 to ‘keep quiet’

The former chief of staff to the Republican National Committee received more than $100,000 in a “severance payment” after he was fired for his role relating to the discovery that the party had signed off on $2,000 in reimbursements for a sex-themed Beverly Hills club. RNC insiders say the money…

Paper: GOP senator likely to be indicted

Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign is likely to be indicted for a $96,000 payment he made to the husband of the aide with whom he had an affair, a leading Nevada political reporter says. John Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun reports that prosecutors looking into the scandal surrounding Ensign’s…

28-year-old guilty of largest credit card theft in US history

A 28-year-old Florida man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hacking into corporate computer networks and carrying out what US officials have described as the largest credit card theft in US history. Albert Gonzalez, of Miami, pleaded guilty in US District Court in Boston to two counts of conspiracy to gain…

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