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73,000 blogs shut down as FBI probes Qaeda posts

An Internet hosting service said Tuesday that it shut down a blogging platform because bomb-making instructions and an al-Qaeda “hit list” had been posted on the site. BurstNET, a Pennsylvania-based Web hosting service, said that it shut down Blogetery.com earlier this month after US law enforcement officials pointed out the…

GOP lawmaker: Republican agenda should be kept hidden

In laying out his case for why the GOP should have a minimal platform for the November elections, a New York Republican has given ammunition to critics who say the party knows its policies wouldn’t be popular if they were put under the microscope. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) told a…

TX GOP platform: Re-criminalize sodomy, make gay marriage a felony

Texas Republicans are a conservative lot. Still, it’s difficult to imagine mainstream GOP voters demanding their neighbors be jailed for engaging in a little hanky-panky behind closed doors. Nevertheless, the state’s Republican party has voted on a platform [PDF link] by which their candidates will stand, and it includes the…

News Corp. buys Skiff, invests in Journalism Online

WASHINGTON — News Corp. announced Monday it has bought Skiff, an electronic reading platform developed by Hearst Corp., and invested in Journalism Online, a company which seeks to help news organizations make money on the Web. “Today’s developments underscore News Corporation’s ongoing commitment to create strong business models that support…

‘Devastating’ amount of oil leaking from rig off Louisiana coast

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Oil is leaking from the ruptured well of a large rig that exploded, burnt and sank in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week, the US Coast Guard said Saturday. The Coast Guard estimated that up to 1,000 of barrels of oil, or 42,000 gallons (158,987…

Blazing oil rig sinks into Gulf of Mexico on Earth Day

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – A blazing oil rig sank Thursday into the Gulf of Mexico sparking fears of an environmental disaster almost two days after a massive blast that left 11 workers missing. Oil fires had been raging on the Deepwater Horizon rig for more than 36 hours since…

GOP passes proposal requiring candidate loyalty to party platform

The Republican National Committee has passed a resolution denying financial support to any GOP candidate who does not endorse the party platform. The rule is seen as less restrictive than a proposed “litmus test” requiring candidates to pledge their loyalty to at least seven out of ten core conservative positions.…

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