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Major tsunami hits Japan after massive quake

UPDATE: The NOAA has issued a tsunami watch for the west coast, which includes California, Oregon, Washington, British Colombia and Alaska. Waves are possible between 6-7 a.m. PST. UPDATE 2: The tsunami watch has now been upgraded to a warning. It includes the entire North American west coast. Emergency alert…

Assange lawyer says US spying indictment imminent

Update: Assange attorney says he’s not been allowed to meet with his client London lawyer, Mark Stephens, told Voice of Russia, the Russian government’s international radio broadcasting service, that British officials will not allow him to meet with Julian Assange until the day before a Dec. 14 court hearing. “The…

Update: Gawker ordered to take down Palin book excerpts

UPDATE A Gawker.com page that featured excerpts from Sarah Palin’s upcoming book went offline Saturday after a federal judge ordered it taken down. Earlier this week the popular gossip Web site had published images of pages of “America By Heart: Reflections on family, Faith and Flag.” Palin’s publisher, HarperCollins, filed…

UPDATE: Suspicious package aboard plane ‘not a bomb’

UPDATE: A suspicious package found on a UPS plane stopped in Britain was initially tested and found not to contain explosives, an FBI source said on Friday. (Original story continues below.) An ink toner cartridge converted into a bomb was found aboard a United Parcel Service flight traveling to Chicago…

Update: Coast Guard says no oil spill from newly exploded rig

UPDATE: COAST GUARD SAYS MILE LONG OIL SHEEN REPORT FALSE. ### (AP) – The Coast Guard is saying there are no immediate signs of a spill from an oil platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast. All 13 crew members were rescued from the water in…

Microsoft patches “critical” crack in Windows

Microsoft released an emergency patch for a “critical” crack in Windows operating system software that could let hackers take control of computers over the Internet. “The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if the icon of a specially crafted shortcut is displayed,” the US technology giant said in a security…

Barge crashes into oil well in Gulf of Mexico, new oil leak reported

UPDATE: Oil gusher near Mud Lake; Coast Guard dispatches survey chopper NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — The US Coast Guard dispatched emergency teams Tuesday after a boat crashed into an oil well off the coast of New Orleans, reportedly sending crude spewing some 20 feet into the air. The wellhead, located…

Daniel Ellsberg fears a US hit on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Update: A New York Times article Saturday notes, “In 17 months in office, President Obama has already outdone every previous president in pursuing leak prosecutions.” Scott Shane reports for the Times that the “Obama administration is proving more aggressive than the Bush administration in seeking to punish unauthorized leaks” and…

White House official: Labor just flushed $10 million down the toilet in Arkansas

A top Obama official with an apparent grudge against organized labor called Politico’s Ben Smith late Tuesday to bemoan the groups’ spending to defeat Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Arkansas primary. Labor interests were trying to unseat Lincoln for various reasons, among them her failure to support the Employee…

Arizona artists told to repaint mural to be less ethnic

Update II: School backtracks on request to lighten faces in mural The principal of an Arizona elementary school has reversed himself on his request to the painters of a mural that they “lighten” the faces of the children depicted on it. After a public outcry over the school’s insistence that…

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