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  • Senior Palestinians among 56 dead in Jordan hotel bombs

    11/10/2005 12:49:07 PM PST · by Freebird Forever · 30 replies · 1,215+ views
    Times Online ^ | November 10, 2005 | Simon Freeman
    Three senior figures in the Palestinian administration were among at least 56 people killed in suicide bomb attacks on three luxury hotels in Jordan, it was confirmed today. Al-Qaeda in Iraq, the terror group led by Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, posted a statement on a website claiming responsibility for the three synchronised blasts which ripped through the Grand Hyatt, Radisson SAS and Days Inn in Amman, the capital of Jordan. Two suicide bombers, with explosives strapped to their bodies, struck at the Radisson and Grand Hyatt. The third attack was apparently a car bomb. Several arrests have been made this morning...
  • Afghanistan urged to fast-track legalisation of opium crop

    09/26/2005 8:13:24 AM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 15 replies · 419+ views
    Yahoo News / AFP ^ | Mon Sep 26, 2005 | AFP
    Afghanistan urgently needs to legalise its massive opium crop, which supplies most of the world's heroin, to avoid becoming a narco-state and to fund reconstruction, a think-tank said here. The recommendations were part of a study released by The Senlis Council at a conference in the Kabul to push for the destitute nation to legalise opium production and channel the crop into the manufacture of legal painkillers. Afghanistan produces about 87 percent of the world's supply of opium.The council, a Paris-based body of politicians, experts and academics, said the current policy of trying to eradicate the fields of poppies that...
  • GOA Denounces Gun Confiscations In New Orleans

    09/09/2005 12:21:08 PM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 57 replies · 1,755+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 9-9-05 | Erich Pratt
    GOA Denounces Gun Confiscations In New Orleans For Immediate Release September 9, 2005 Contact: Ellie McDaniel 703-321-8585 "Simply outrageous!" That was the reaction from Erich Pratt, Director of Communications for Gun Owners of America, after learning that the city of New Orleans had begun confiscating legally-owned firearms from New Orleans' residents. "By what authority can the mayor order these confiscations?" Pratt said. "You can't legitimately suspend the God-given rights of American citizens who have committed no crimes. "These confiscations will not make the people of New Orleans any safer. Privately owned firearms were the only thing which prevented good people...
  • Mexican troops cross border for hurricane relief

    09/08/2005 11:04:59 AM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 154 replies · 4,005+ views
    WISTV.com ^ | September 8, 2005 | Bryce Mursch
    The Mexican army has entered the United States for the first time since 1846. A military convoy crossed the Rio Grande into Texas Thursday to bring aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina. The unit is headed for San Antonio. The convoy is carrying water treatment plants, mobile kitchens and supplies to feed storm victims. The 45 green vehicles will apparently be used to provide water, meals and other help for hurricane survivors from the New Orleans area. A Mexican naval mission is sailing for New Orleans. Mexico says another convoy and another ship are ready to go. Back in 1846,...
  • U.S. Senate votes against reopening border to Canadian cattle

    03/03/2005 2:27:26 PM PST · by Freebird Forever · 19 replies · 561+ views
    CBC News ^ | Thu, 03 Mar 2005 | CBC News
    Canada's cattle industry suffered another blow Thursday after American senators voted to quash the U.S. department of agriculture's policy to reopen the border to Canadian beef next week. Despite the Senate's 52-46 vote, the White House said U.S. President George W. Bush would veto the measure if it ever reaches his desk. Bush favours the reopening of the border. The U.S. banned Canadian cattle imports in May 2003 when mad cow disease was discovered in a Canadian cow. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said he was disappointed with the Senate vote. "Today's action undermines the U.S. efforts to promote science-based...
  • Time to Move on Cattle ID

    02/22/2005 12:10:07 PM PST · by Freebird Forever · 41 replies · 712+ views
    Agriculture Online ^ | 2/21/2005 | Betsy Freese
    Cattle identification can't be ignored, veterinarians are being told this week at the Western Veterinary Conference in Nevada. Soon, packers won't buy cattle that don't have an electronic ear tag, feedlots won't buy cattle without the tags, and stockers won't buy calves without the tags, says Gary Wilson, New Concord, Ohio, co-chairman of the Cattle Industry Identification Working Group. "Eventually, no animals will be purchased unless they are identified. You have to know the source," Wilson said, speaking to a standing-room-only crowd of veterinarians from around the US this week. It goes all the way up and down the chain,...
  • Panel Suggests Blood Safeguard for Mad Cow

    02/09/2005 9:11:30 AM PST · by Freebird Forever · 8 replies · 267+ views
    AP / Yahoo News ^ | Tue Feb 8, 2005 | KEN GUGGENHEIM
    To help prevent spread of the human form of mad cow disease, individuals who received a blood transfusion in France since 1980 should be barred from donating blood in the United States, a federal advisory panel recommended Tuesday. The members of the Food and Drug Administration's advisory committee said this would somewhat strengthen safeguards for the U.S. blood supply without significantly limiting the pool of potential donors. The panel voted 12-3 with one abstention. *snip*The panel acted as concerns are growing that the brain-wasting disease can be spread through transfusion. In Britain, two cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, as the...
  • Technology Could Speed Border Crossings

    01/25/2005 3:47:33 PM PST · by Freebird Forever · 16 replies · 380+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | Tue, Jan 25, 2005 | Leslie Miller
    U.S. officials want to see if the same technology that speeds cars through highway tolls and identifies lost pets can unclog border crossings without compromising security. Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that the government will begin testing radio frequency identification technology at this crossing (NOGALES) and four others by midsummer. Weeding out potential terrorists, drug dealers and other criminals from shoppers, truckers and tourists who regularly pass through border crossings takes time. The RFID technology is designed to reduce the wait while giving authorities more information on who's coming into the country and who's leaving. "We do not...
  • Pizza courier 'targeted' Amsterdam sex zone

    12/10/2004 4:07:08 PM PST · by Freebird Forever · 76 replies · 6,047+ views
    Expatica News ^ | Dec 10, 2004 | Expatica News
    Justice authorities arrested a Moroccan man last month after receiving a tip-off that Islamic extremists were allegedly planning an attack on the Red Light District in Amsterdam, it was reported on Friday. The pizza-delivery courier allegedly conducted reconnaissance of the capital's prostitution zone while riding through the area during work hours on his scooter. He was arrested on 5 November. Newspaper De Telegraaf described him as a "radical Moroccan pizza deliverer". The National Detectives Unit was alerted to the supposed attack plan by three anonymous emails, the first of which was received on 14 September. Emails dated 27 September and 11 October gave further details of the...
  • USDA Says Animal May Have Tested Positive for Mad Cow

    06/25/2004 7:24:47 PM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 6 replies · 165+ views
    Yahoo News / Reuters ^ | 6-25-04 | Randy Fabi
    A U.S. animal may have tested positive for mad cow disease and will be retested at a federal veterinary laboratory in Iowa for confirmation, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Friday. The USDA said animal health officials reported the first "inconclusive" test result for the brain-wasting disease since the government began using rapid test kits in June as part of a program to test more cattle. The faster test carries a greater risk of false positives. The USDA did not say whether the animal was a cow, steer or bull. The USDA's animal health laboratory in Ames, Iowa, will retest...
  • NFL begins USO tour in Kuwait  NFL begins USO tour of Kuwait

    06/22/2004 1:02:51 PM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 9 replies · 253+ views
    nfl.com ^ | June 21, 2004 | nfl.com
    CAMP WOLVERINE, KUWAIT -- Almost one year to the day after the first NFL-USO visit to the Middle East, a pair of NFL players touched down in Kuwait to begin a four-day tour of U.S. bases in Kuwait and Qatar. Marco Rivera of the Green Bay Packers and Brian Baldinger, who played for the Cowboys, Colts and Eagles during a 13-year career and currently works as an NFL analyst for FOX, were greeted by a wealth of warm receptions that exceeded the 110-degree heat. After checking into their Army base accommodations at Camp Wolverine, the duo set out for Camp...
  • Reagan money fight rekindled

    06/08/2004 7:32:16 AM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 38 replies · 186+ views
    Long Beach Press Telegram ^ | Monday, June 07, 2004 | Lisa Friedman
    Unfazed by a failed attempt to place Ronald Reagan's image on the dime, federal lawmakers plan to introduce today a flurry of competing bills placing the image of the 40th president of the United States, who died Saturday, on the 50-cent piece and the $20 bill. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R- Huntington Beach/Long Beach, who served as a Reagan speechwriter for seven years, said he will introduce legislation today replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., will introduce legislation to place the likeness of Reagan on the half- dollar coin, replacing John F. Kennedy.
  • VeriChip / Firearm's User Authorization System - 'Smart Gun' - RFID Technology (edited title)

    04/13/2004 6:52:13 AM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 37 replies · 403+ views
    Business Wire ^ | April 13, 2004 | Business Wire
    Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, VeriChip Corporation, has entered into a memorandum of understanding ("MOU") with FN Manufacturing a leading gun manufacturer to develop a first in the world of firearms. The team's objective is an integrated User Authorization System for firearms using VeriChip RFID technology. Located in Columbia, South Carolina, this firearms manufacturer produces small arms for military and police forces, as well as the commercial market. The company is engaged in R&D efforts to study and develop various technologies (commonly referred to and understood in industry and the private sector as "smart...
  • Who’s Next after Madrid? (DEBKA)

    03/13/2004 3:36:12 PM PST · by Freebird Forever · 42 replies · 216+ views
    Debka ^ | March 13, 2004 | Debka
    Officially, Spain’s political parties cut short their election campaign three days before polling in deference to the agony and shock of the most brutal terrorist attack since the 9/11 assaults on New York and Washington. Thursday, March 11, three crowded commuter trains were blown up in Madrid, killing 199, injuring 1,400, and changing Spain overnight. In reality the campaign never stopped. By harping on the Basque terrorist movement ETA as the culprit of the outrage, the Aznar government hoped to drum up votes for the ruling PP – Popular Party’s bid for reelection on Sunday, March 14. It also left...
  • Activists Target Chocolate, Gold on Valentine's Day

    02/14/2004 7:01:22 AM PST · by Freebird Forever · 14 replies · 325+ views
    Yahoo News / OneWorld US ^ | Fri Feb 13, 2004 | Jim Lobe
    Global justice advocates are urging U.S.-based companies that profit from chocolate and gold sales on Valentine's Day to do more to help the people and the environment where the key ingredients for their goods are originally produced. A coalition of human rights and development groups, led by California-based Global Exchange, is meeting Friday with executives at the headquarters of M&M/Mars at the company's headquarters near Washington, D.C. to ask them to start selling Fair Trade-certified chocolate--so that West African cocoa farmers won't need to use abusive child labor to make an adequate living. The meeting is part of a national...
  • Hagel introduces bill for animal ID program

    02/13/2004 5:38:03 AM PST · by Freebird Forever · 8 replies · 195+ views
    Grand Island Independent ^ | February 13, 2004 | Robert Pore
    Legislation to create a national livestock identification system was introduced Thursday by Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. Hagel's bill would give the secretary of agriculture the authority to implement a national animal identification system, which he said would be a positive step to increase confidence in U.S. livestock safety following the Dec. 23 discovery of the first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States. Hagel said the BSE incident emphasizes the need for a national identification system. He pointed to a recent comment made by Dr. Ron De Haven, USDA chief veterinary officer, who, in announcing that the...
  • USDA quietly declares emergency in Washington state

    01/17/2004 4:55:02 AM PST · by Freebird Forever · 17 replies · 163+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 16, 2004 | LES BLUMENTHAL
    <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has quietly declared an "extraordinary emergency" because of the discovery of a Holstein infected with mad cow disease in Washington state - a move that will give federal officials additional authority to quarantine herds and destroy cattle.</p>
  • OPEC Calls for Halt to Oil Price Surge

    01/13/2004 11:57:00 AM PST · by Freebird Forever · 7 replies · 67+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 13, 2004 | Reuters
    OPEC's president on Tuesday appealed for high-flying oil markets to stabilize as signals grew that sustained price strength will make it hard for the cartel to enact an expected supply cut next month. U.S. crude has blazed to 10-month highs, topping $35 a barrel for the first time since the Iraq war, on fears that freezing U.S weather will strain crude oil stocks already at their lowest level since 1975. "We are calling on all parties involved in the oil markets to take an initiative to keep prices stable in the position that represents producers and consumers," said OPEC President...
  • Mad cow danger may even be bigger

    01/13/2004 5:14:09 AM PST · by Freebird Forever · 65 replies · 562+ views
    Research suggests sick animals may not show symptoms Below the drumbeat of reassurances from government and the cattle industry that the meat supply remains safe despite this one case of mad cow disease, a small universe of scientists working on a family of related illnesses is finding disturbing evidence to the contrary. Several studies, including research at a government laboratory in Montana, continue to spark questions about human susceptibility not only to mad cow, but also to sister diseases such as chronic wasting disease, which mainly affects deer and elk, and scrapie, which infects sheep. Mice research and clusters of...
  • Study Ranks U. of Colo. Top Party School

    08/19/2003 5:52:07 AM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 1 replies · 348+ views
    Kansas City Star / AP ^ | Mon, Aug. 18, 2003 | BEN KIECKHEFER
    The University of Colorado topped the list of party schools in the nation, while Brigham Young University was "stone-cold sober," according to the latest Princeton Review's survey. The "Best 351 Colleges" survey is based on responses from more than 100,000 students at U.S. campuses. The review, which has no affiliation with Princeton University, has been conducting the study since 1992. Despite a six-year effort to curb binge drinking at the University of Colorado, the school ranked third in widespread use of marijuana, fourth in the prevalence of hard liquor consumption and 11th in the prevalence of beer usage, Princeton Review...
  • RIAA says it doesn't target small downloaders

    08/18/2003 3:35:11 PM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 7 replies · 117+ views
    Associated Press / Kansas City Star ^ | Mon, Aug. 18, 2003 | FREDERIC J. FROMMER
    The Recording Industry Association of America has told Sen. Norm Coleman that it is not going after small violators in its campaign against online music swappers. The RIAA's written assurance was made in response to questions Coleman sent to the group over its tactics, which he has labeled "excessive." Coleman, chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs' Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, plans to hold hearings on the RIAA's campaign. "RIAA is in no way targeting 'de minimis' users," wrote Cary Sherman, the group's president, in a letter the subcommittee released Monday. "RIAA is gathering evidence and preparing lawsuits only against individual...
  • Fires blaze on Iraq oil export pipeline

    06/13/2003 8:18:53 AM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 13 replies · 195+ views
    Sify News ^ | 6-13-03
    Makhoul (Iraq): Fires blazed on the main export pipeline from Iraq's northern oilfields to Turkey on Friday after what residents said were twin bomb attacks aimed at sabotaging deliveries which the US-led coalition is poised to resume. An AFP correspondent saw two separate fires on the pipeline, 15 kilometres from the key refinery town of Baiji, close to the main highway between Baghdad and the northern regional capital Mosul. US military helicopters hovered overhead. Residents questioned by AFP at the nearby Al-Amin coffee shop said the pipeline had been attacked by Iraqis using explosives around 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, the...
  • CentCom Laptops Missing From HQ

    08/07/2002 8:32:06 AM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 40 replies · 888+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Aug 7, 2002 | GEORGE CORYELL and LENNY SAVINO
    MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE - Two laptop computers are missing and may have been stolen from the closely guarded headquarters of Gen. Tommy Franks here, federal authorities confirmed Tuesday. Maj. Mike Richmond at the Air Force Office of Special Investigations said his agency is one of those investigating the possible theft of the laptops. A spokeswoman for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Lt. Cdr. Barbara Burfeind, said late Tuesday that she would not comment ``on any ongoing investigation.'' Franks directs the U.S. and coalition forces searching for remaining al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan from the headquarters here of U.S. Central...
  • Virus strikes VIA Rail passengers

    07/23/2002 3:29:11 PM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 15 replies · 288+ views
    Vancouver Sun ^ | July 22, 2002 | Jake Kennedy
    Wave of illness aboard Vancouver-bound train brings nausea, vomiting Health Canada officials are investigating after a wave of illness broke out among people aboard a Vancouver-bound VIA Rail train last week. Although VIA Rail officials could not confirm the number of people affected, an American passenger hit by the illness said Sunday that dozens developed nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. "It's the sickest I've ever been," said Antoinette Renshaw, 55, who boarded the VIA Rail Canadian train in Toronto on July 16. She said in an interview Sunday that several hours after departure, rumours began to circulate that crew members were...
  • Satellites to keep watch on refugees

    07/21/2002 5:27:16 AM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 2 replies · 141+ views
    Independent Digital (UK) Ltd ^ | July 21 2002 | Severin Carrell
    A new network of satellites will be used by the European Union to track the movements of refugees and asylum seekers as part of the crackdown on illegal immigration into western Europe. Refugee rights groups were alarmed by the move, claiming that it signalled a further hardening of Europe's borders against refugees and migrants which has been supported by Tony Blair and many other EU leaders. Officials in the European Commission and the European Space Agency are now drawing up detailed plans to extend the use of satellites originally designed for tracking coastal erosion, air pollution and climate change for...
  • Ridge: Foreigners Are The Threats At Airports

    04/24/2002 8:37:41 AM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 11 replies · 300+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | Apr 23, 2002 | GIL KLEIN
    Random checks at airport gates, which have delayed grandmothers in wheelchairs and forced a congressman to drop his pants, do not bolster security, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said Monday. ``We should do a better job of identifying people getting on the planes, and [separate] the low-risk to no-risk passengers,'' he said. Since Sept. 11, security officers randomly select passengers to search for weapons. Regular fliers complain that people who obviously are not terrorists must endure sometimes humiliating searches of their carry-on baggage. Some are forced to remove their shoes and have their bodies examined by guards with electronic wands....
  • Applied Digital pushes microchip to plant in foreigners for tracking

    12/20/2001 5:37:10 AM PST · by Freebird Forever · 10 replies · 24+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Thurs. Dec 20, 2001 | Deborah Circelli
    Today's security measures don't work very well, says Richard Sullivan, pointing to the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington. He's says he's got a better idea: a microchip instead of a green card. Foreigners who pass through customs or immigration could be injected with the chip, allowing officials to monitor their activities better and keep terrorists out. "Man today is more than ever converging with technology," said Sullivan, who is CEO of the Palm Beach-based tech company Applied Digital Solutions (Nasdaq: ADSX, 45 cents). "I think the positives overwhelmingly overcome any small negatives. The government is more ...
  • California flower, once thought extinct, now considered endangered

    08/25/2001 3:42:40 PM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 1+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 08-23-2001 | Cal Report
    A flower thought to be extinct until it was discovered on two proposed housing development sites was declared an endangered species Thursday by state officials. The San Fernando Valley spineflower came back from the dead in 1999 when as many as 10,000 of the flowers were found at Newhall Ranch in Los Angeles County and Ahmanson Ranch in neighboring Ventura County. The projects would create a total of more than 25,000 homes. At Thursday's meeting of the state Fish and Game Commission, the flower was declared endangered, and Ahmanson Ranch developers said they plan to set aside 330 acres of ...
  • Support Grows For Immigrant E-tags24

    07/24/2001 7:24:46 AM PDT · by Freebird Forever · 2+ views
    Melbourne Herald Sun ^ | 24jul01 | Michael Madigan
    ILLEGAL immigrants would be electronically tagged before being released into the community under a proposal gaining widespread support. The Federal Government, with the strong backing of church groups and civil libertarians, will examine e-tags for illegal immigrants. There is pressure to find alternatives to locking up illegal immigrants after 46 men walked away from Sydney's Villawood detention centre in two separate breakouts. Australian Correctional Management, which runs the centre, now faces fines expected to be well in excess of $20,000. ACM, which makes about $400 million a year for its United States-based owners, is also on notice it could lose ...