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Law snuffs out mailing smokes to deployed troops

Military care packages with cigarettes go up in smoke after new smuggling law takes effect Family and friends have suddenly found themselves blocked from shipping cigarettes and other tobacco products to American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq because of a new law meant to hamper smuggling and underage sales through…

Despite oil, baby turtles being released to Gulf

Federal biologists are releasing thousands of endangered baby sea turtles into the western Gulf of Mexico, betting that by the time the silver dollar-sized swimmers make it to the oil-fouled waters of the eastern Gulf, BP will have cleaned up its goopy mess. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and…

3.6-magnitude earthquake rattles Washington

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A 3.6-magnitude earthquake, fairly rare on the US east coast, rattled Washington and the surrounding area early Friday, the US Geological Service said. The temblor struck 35 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of the US federal capital, in the state of Maryland, at 0904 GMT. But the quake…

Videographer: It’s raining oil in Louisiana

It may be a prank — or it may be raining oil in Louisiana. A videotape posted on the Russia Today news site shows an amateur cameraman filming oil-slicked streets in River Ridge, a suburb of New Orleans. The camera pans across oil running down the streets and into storm…

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…

US fires head of agency that oversees oil drilling

Salazar tells NBC Birnbaum resigned MSNBC reports, The head of the troubled agency that oversees offshore drilling resigned under pressure Thursday, Democratic sources said, as President Barack Obama moved more aggressively to take charge of the Gulf oil spill. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar confirmed to NBC News that the head…

Under fire, Facebook promises privacy changes

Facebook on Saturday said it plans to simplify privacy controls at the popular social-networking service to appease critics. “We’ve spent the last couple of weeks listening to users and consulting with experts in California; Washington, DC, and around the world,” Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in response to an AFP…

Teacher questioned after using Obama assassination as example in geometry class

UPDATE: Obama assassination teacher placed on leave by district It’s certainly one way to get students to pay attention. Trouble is, it’s bound to get the Secret Service’s attention too. An Alabama geometry teacher, in an apparent effort to teach his students about parallel lines and angles, used a theoretical…

Democracy Now! journalists sue police, Secret Service over ‘violent’ RNC arrests

For what she called her “violent” arrest outside the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC), journalist and author Amy Goodman has joined with The Center for Constitutional Rights in filing a federal lawsuit against police and the Secret Service, issuing a stark challenge to policies governing their treatment of protesters. Goodman…

Interior Department chief went rafting as oil slick spread

Whoosh. Hear that? That’s not the sound of oil coming out of a leaking pipe 5,000 feet underneath the ocean — that’s the sound of a raft traveling through rapids in the Grand Canyon. And that’s the sound Interior Department Chief of Staff Tom Strickland was hearing with his wife…

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