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  • ATF sought to downplay guns scandal, emails show

    07/21/2011 6:16:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 7/21/11 | Richard A. Serrano
    Richard A. Serrano Washington Bureau July 21, 2011, 3:41 p.m. Reporting from Washington— Two days after U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry was killed in December, the top ATF supervisors in Phoenix said in internal emails that weapons found at the scene in Arizona came from a failed agency sting operation. But nearly two months later, when U.S. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) inquired about the origin of the guns, senior officials in Washington with the Justice Department and its Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were evasive. Grassley asked whether the guns were "used" in the killing. According...
  • Kagan sought secrecy in 4 of 5 open gov't cases

    06/22/2010 10:36:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    my way news ^ | 6/22/10 | By SHARON THEIMER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's arguments as solicitor general in several cases on government secrecy were at odds with a promise of transparency made by her boss and top client, President Barack Obama. In four of five cases she dealt with involving the Freedom of Information Act, Kagan argued in favor of secrecy, Justice Department documents show. In those four lawsuits, the Supreme Court took her side and let lower court rulings in the government's favor stand. The justices haven't yet said whether they will take the fifth case, in which Kagan argued against broadening an open...
  • Arizona seeks dismissal of lawsuit over new law

    06/11/2010 7:00:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 360+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | JACQUES BILLEAUD
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Terry Goddard asked a judge on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the state's new immigration law. Lawyers for both officials say the lawsuit by Washington-based researcher Roberto Frisancho should be thrown out because his claim is based on his speculation that, as a U.S.-born Hispanic, he will be asked for immigration papers as a result of the law. The law requires police to question a person's immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally. Brewer and Goddard's lawyers say the lawsuit...
  • Murdered Cobb Family Had Sought Political Asylum

    08/04/2007 6:25:45 AM PDT · by Sounder · 32 replies · 1,395+ views
    <p>POWDER SPRINGS -- A lawyer for a woman killed along with her two daughters in Cobb County says the family fled Kenya in 2001 because she feared the girls would have to undergo female circumcision.</p> <p>Immigration attorney Charles H. Kuck said that Jane Kuria left Kenya in January 2001 after the death of her husband and the destruction of their home. Kuck said that according to her political asylum application, the couple was targeted in Kenya because of their opposition to female genital mutilation.</p>
  • CA: Major school reform sought

    03/13/2007 6:40:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 218+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 3/12/07 | Juliet Williams - ap
    SACRAMENTO - California's business leaders say they're willing to spend more money on public schools and even raise taxes to pay for them as long as the increased spending is tied to major reforms and holding schools accountable, according to a survey released Monday. Three-quarters of the 1,342 chief executives surveyed said they either support or strongly support the idea of raising taxes to boost public school spending if the increase were tied to a specific reform they support. They listed the most crucial reforms as teaching essential basic skills such as reading, writing and math in combination with communication...
  • Mystery witness sought in NYPD shooting

    11/30/2006 6:19:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 713+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/30/06 | Tom Hays - ap
    NEW YORK - The search for a witness to a fatal shooting by police intensified with the arrests of four people who have provided clues about the mysterious man's identity, a law enforcement official said Thursday. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the Wednesday apartment raid that led to the arrests was related to the shooting investigation, but he declined to elaborate. Another law enforcement official later told The Associated Press that the arrests of three men and one woman on gun charges produced information about the identity of an important witness to the shooting, which has set off a storm...
  • America Supports You: Applications Sought for North Pole ‘Toy Summit’

    11/17/2006 3:57:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 192+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2006 -- Military children interested in helping Santa this year have until Nov. 21 to submit their application to participate in the first “Top of the World Toy Summit” at the North Pole. America Supports You and Operation Homefront, with the support of Wal-Mart, are facilitating this “meeting of the minds” Nov. 29, to help Santa ensure kids around the world have a fun-filled holiday season. Operation Homefront will select 20 servicemembers’ children from applications received through its Web site to serve as “ambassadors of fun” during the summit to be held in North Pole, Alaska,...
  • Prison sought for former Bush official - David Safavian

    10/12/2006 5:05:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 566+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/12/06 | Lara Jakes Jordan - ap
    WASHINGTON - The government is pushing for three years in prison for a former Bush administration official found guilty of covering up his relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The prison time could be years less than what David Safavian, former chief of staff of the General Services Administration, was initially expected to face for lying and hiding details of his connections with Abramoff from investigators and lawmakers. Federal prosecutors calculated that Safavian's sentence should be between 30 and 37 months, based on federal guidelines, and asked that he be sentenced "at the high end of that range." Safavian could...
  • 'None of the Above' term sought on ballot

    07/22/2006 12:37:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 600+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/22/06 | Beth Rucker - ap
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A software developer running for governor and the U.S. Senate felt so strongly that voters should have "None of the Above" as a choice that he made it his middle name. The State Election Commission voted 5-0 to nix the middle name from the ballot. Now, David "None of the Above" Gatchell is challenging the commission in court to get the words on the Nov. 7 ballot. "I feel so strongly about this and I knew that it should be my name," he said. "That's who I am." Gatchell, 58, ran as an independent in the 2002...
  • Documents: Al-Qaida sought U.S.-Iran war

    06/15/2006 6:45:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 89 replies · 4,094+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/06 | Sameer N. Yacoub - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A blueprint for trying to start a war between the United States and Iran was among a "huge treasure" of documents found in the hideout of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraqi officials said Thursday. The document, purporting to reflect al-Qaida policy and its cooperation with groups loyal to ousted President Saddam Hussein, also appear to show that the insurgency in Iraq was weakening. The al-Qaida in Iraq document was translated and released by Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie. There was no way to independently confirm the authenticity of the information attributed to al-Qaida. Although the...
  • Three Terrorists Killed; Probe Sought of April 26 Incident

    05/25/2006 8:20:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 312+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 25, 2006 – Three terrorists were killed yesterday after planting a roadside bomb west of Baghdad, and the commander of Multinational Force West is seeking a criminal investigation of an April 26 incident in which an Iraqi civilian was killed. Coalition forces from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, observed three terrorists digging holes and placing roadside bombs near the Abu Ghraib district. Coalition forces then engaged and killed all three terrorists. IMPORTANT!! In other news, Marine Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer has asked the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to investigate an April 26 incident in which Marines...
  • Protester sought in kicking (She Kicked a Tucson Cop)

    05/13/2006 9:55:47 AM PDT · by SandRat · 76 replies · 1,886+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Alexis Huicochea
    The Tucson Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a female protester who kicked an officer in the face during the April 10 pro-immigration rally. After closely reviewing video footage from the rally, police have been able to single out the female who they say intentionally kicked Officer Nathan A. Tullgren, 26, as he was on the ground making an arrest, said Tucson police Chief of Staff Capt. Brett Klein on Friday. Police say she could face a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer. According to Klein, Tullgren had just pulled a male off of...
  • Pellicano Sought Prison 'Hit,' U.S. Alleges

    05/09/2006 9:47:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 577+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/9/06 | Greg Krikorian and Andrew Blankstein
    Federal prosecutors alleged Monday that Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano recently conspired with known mobsters in Chicago to put a prison "hit" on the man he allegedly hired to threaten a Los Angeles Times reporter. The hit, according to court papers, was allegedly aimed at Alexander Proctor, an ex-convict who was arrested for placing a dead fish with a rose in its mouth and a sign that said "Stop" on the windshield of reporter Anita Busch's car in the summer of 2002. When an FBI informant later surfaced with Proctor on tape boasting that he was working for Pellicano, federal...
  • Law firm records sought by feds (Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, investigation continues)

    03/24/2006 3:48:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 581+ views
    NOLA ^ | 3/23/06 | Bruce Alpert
    Law firm records sought by fedsJefferson's daughter once worked there Thursday, March 23, 2006 By Bruce Alpert Washington bureau WASHINGTON -- In an indication that the federal investigation of Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, is continuing, a Virginia grand jury has subpoenaed records from a law firm where one of the congressman's daughters once worked, according to sources familiar with the case. In addition, Judge T.S. Ellis III has agreed to delay sentencing for Brett Pfeffer, 37, a former Jefferson congressional aide who pleaded guilty in January to two felony charges, including aiding and abetting the solicitation of bribes. The...
  • Mullah Sought After Boys Flee School In Chains

    02/04/2006 5:56:44 PM PST · by blam · 66 replies · 1,461+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-5-2006 | Massoud Ansari
    Mullah sought after boys flee school in chains By Massoud Ansari in Karachi (Filed: 05/02/2006) Pakistani police have issued an arrest warrant for a mullah at one of the country's Islamic schools after two young pupils claimed to have been beaten up and kept in chains for failing to memorise Koranic scripture. Mohammad Ammar, eight, and Ahsan Mawia, 10, were found crawling through the streets in shackles in the dead of night after fleeing in terror from a strict school in Karachi. The pair were in a "hysterical state" and showed "visible sign of torture", according to police who examined...
  • Mexican authorities capture drug lord sought in U.S. (one of World's most-wanted Top 40 fugitives)

    02/03/2006 12:14:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 643+ views
    Mexican authorities on Friday announced the capture of a top Mexican drug smuggler wanted in the United States for cocaine trafficking and money laundering and who was included among the 40 most-wanted fugitives in the world. Oscar Arriola Marquez, leader of the Arriola Marquez cartel, was arrested on Thursday in the northern state of Coahuila, one of three states where the organization is based, Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca said. “He is one of the drug traffickers most sought after in the United States” and among the 40 most-wanted fugitives in the world, Cabeza de Vaca said. Mexican authorities...
  • CA: Financial records sought in garbage-contract case (San Jose - Mayor Ron Gonzales scandal)

    01/21/2006 11:18:37 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 297+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 1/21/06 | Deborah Lohse
    The Santa Clara County civil grand jury and district attorney are investigating whether San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales received any personal or political payments for helping Norcal Waste Systems secure an $11.25 million amendment to a city garbage contract, according to a subpoena obtained by the Mercury News. District Attorney George Kennedy issued the subpoenas earlier this month to companies at the center of the controversy -- Norcal and its recycling subcontractor California Waste Solutions. Prosecutors requested documents that would show any income or political contributions Gonzales or his campaigns may have received. Two earlier investigations into the mayor's secret...
  • Nixon Sought Less Destructive Nuclear Option

    11/24/2005 10:33:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 673+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/24/05 | Calvin Woodward - ap
    WASHINGTON - Widely recognized as a military hawk, President Richard M. Nixon fretted privately over the notion of any no-holds-barred nuclear war, newly released documents from his time at the White House reveal. Visions of such an all-out war involving nuclear missiles were unpalatable from the first days of Nixon's presidency, starting in 1969 and lasting until the summer of 1974, when he resigned during the Watergate scandal. Recently declassified papers from that time in history show that Nixon wanted an alternative to the option of full-scale nuclear war — a plan for a gentler war, one that could ultimately...
  • Prosecutor: Pakistani sought to aid terror (NY trial)

    11/09/2005 7:44:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 399+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/09/05 | Larry Neumeister - ap
    NEW YORK - A Pakistani man went on trial Wednesday on charges alleging he agreed to help an al-Qaida operative planning a chemical attack against Americans sneak into the United States. Uzair Paracha, 25, is accused of agreeing to support the plot during meetings with two al-Qaida operatives and his father, a businessman held at Guantanamo Bay. "This trial is about the defendant's role in helping al-Qaida penetrate this country and attack the United States from within its own borders," Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Bruce said in his opening statement. Bruce said Paracha was trying to help Majid Khan, an...
  • SUIT BLAMES COPS $50M sought by family of teen; chief defends officers

    10/13/2005 10:41:43 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 12 replies · 898+ views
    http://www.nj.com ^ | 10 12 05 | MICHAELANGELO CONTE
    $50 million lawsuit is being filed against Hoboken and its police department by the parents of a 16-year-old boy who drowned in the Hudson River shortly after escaping from Hoboken Police Headquarters. "He was in the custody of the police department, he was a juvenile and it was their responsibility to maintain his safety and under very suspicious and nefarious circumstances he allegedly escaped and drowned in the Hudson River," attorney Robert Bianchi said. "To this day, a year later, no one from law enforcement has had the courtesy to contact the mother or her attorney to let them know...
  • 3 Sought in Robbery at Marijuana Dispensary

    08/22/2005 3:21:05 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 38 replies · 621+ views
    la times ^ | 8 22 05
    Police searched Saturday for three suspects involved in a robbery that erupted in gunfire at a medical marijuana dispensary, leaving one of the gunmen fatally injured The shootout occurred shortly after 11:30 a.m. Friday as employees and the store owner were preparing to open Natural Source and were met by five gunmen armed with semiautomatic rifles. The robbers forced the employees inside, then began taking marijuana and cash, said Lt. Dale Amaral of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department
  • Life sentences sought for Italy massacre

    06/09/2005 5:56:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 451+ views
    ROME (AP) - An Italian prosecutor asked a military judge Thursday to sentence 10 former members of the Nazi SS to life in prison for their alleged role in a 1944 massacre in northern Italy, a defense lawyer said. Prosecutor Marco De Paolis made the request during closing arguments at the trial in La Spezia, a city on the country's west coast, said Luigi Trucco, a lawyer for one of the defendants. The defendants are being tried in absentia and are believed to be in Germany, he said. The next hearings were scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday when a prosecutor...
  • CalPERS, UC Fund Data Are Sought

    05/25/2005 8:19:26 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 350+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/25/05 | Marc Lifsher
    SACRAMENTO — A coalition of media companies and government watchdog groups, reacting to rumors of losses at some big hedge funds, are clamoring to get two of California's biggest public pension funds to disclose more details of their holdings in exotic investments. The California First Amendment Coalition on Tuesday filed requests under the state public records law with the $182-billion California Public Employees' Retirement System and the $63-billion University of California pension and endowment fund, seeking information about debt levels at the hedge funds they invest in. They also ask for data on management fees and types of hedge funds...
  • Endangered Status Sought for Polar Bears

    02/17/2005 10:59:20 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 1,475+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/17/05 | Miguel Bustillo
    The polar bear, an icon of the great white north, is in peril, its icy home melting beneath its paws, an environmental group argued Wednesday in formally petitioning the Bush administration to grant the animals protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, which made the plea on the day the Kyoto Protocol to address global warming went into effect without the United States, said it did not believe the Bush administration would agree with its 154-page argument. But by drawing attention to the condition of polar bears, it hoped to expand public awareness of the potentially...
  • CA: State oversight sought for preschool program - Prop 10 (Meathead's initiative)

    12/14/2004 9:05:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 627+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 12/14/04 | David M. Drucker
    A lawmaker is scheduled to introduce legislation today to provide state oversight for Hollywood director Rob Reiner's much-heralded, but yet-to-be-implemented universal preschool program. The program -- funded by Proposition 10's 50-cent-a-pack cigarette tax approved by voters in 1998 -- was supposed to make preschool available for disadvantaged children, but has yet to pay for a single child's education -- despite securing almost $3.5 billion in revenue. The bill is being authored by Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, D-Oakland. Chan was unavailable for comment Monday. A recent state audit slammed the universal preschool program, the brainchild of actor-director and political activist Reiner, for...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • CA: Color code sought for immigrants' driver licenses (by Gubinor)

    11/04/2004 8:47:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 847+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 11/4/04 | Michael Gardner - Copley News
    SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday spelled out a key concession he is demanding from Democrats before signing any resurrected legislation that would give illegal immigrants the ability to obtain driver licenses. "I've already made it very clear that it has to be a different color driver's license so it's very clear it says foreigner or immigrant," the Republican governor said. Schwarzenegger's demand for a different-colored license could be troublesome for Democrats who feel it is discriminatory. They have reluctantly explored less-visible ways to distinguish licenses, such as a different sequence of numbers, a code embedded in the magnetic strip...
  • CIA Sought Contractors for Interrogators

    05/12/2004 7:56:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 290+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/12/04 | Katherine Pfleger Shrader - AP
    WASHINGTON - The CIA (news - web sites) did not have a trained corps of interrogators until the war on terror began and turned in part to contractors to handle the surge of detainees, including in Iraq (news - web sites). Some of those sent in are now under investigation in prisoner deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan (news - web sites). Officials are considering one case as a homicide and have referred it to the Justice Department (news - web sites). In interviews, intelligence veterans who spent decades with the CIA said interrogators are needed mostly during conflicts when a...
  • Deal Sought In Pakistan Al-Qaida Hunt

    03/21/2004 4:16:16 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 151+ views
    AP ^ | 3-21-2004 | Ahsanullah Wazir
    Deal Sought in Pakistan al-Qaida Hunt By AHSANULLAH WAZIR, Associated Press Writer WANA, Pakistan - Fighting between Pakistani troops and suspected al-Qaida militants ebbed Sunday as tribal elders said they would try to negotiate an end to the largest battle yet against suspected terrorists along the Afghan frontier. A 25-member council is to begin talks with the militants Monday morning under the protection of a white flag, said Brig. Mahmood Shah, chief of security for the tribal area in South Waziristan province. Pakistani forces took advantage of Sunday's pause in fighting to search nearby homes. The military believes a "high-value"...
  • CA: Prison probe panel sought by governor

    02/03/2004 8:27:52 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 132+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/2/04 | Gary Delsohn
    <p>Responding to criticism that the state's prison system is beset with corruption and mismanagement, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday he'll appoint a special commission to investigate the problems.</p> <p>Although aides said Schwarzenegger announced the move earlier than expected and that details won't be available for several weeks, he said in a talk radio interview that his commission would "really study the whole prison system Â… the overspending that has occurred, why is this kind of corruption going on.</p>
  • Drug Dealer Gets Life; Ashcroft Sought Death

    12/23/2003 3:57:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies · 202+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/22/03 | Tom Hays
    Dealer Gets Life; Ashcroft Sought Death Mon Dec 22, 9:31 PM ET By TOM HAYS, Associated Press Writer NEW YORK - A drug dealer convicted of killing a witness received a life sentence on Monday in a case that drew attention after U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft pushed for the death penalty. The jury deadlocked on executing Emile Dixon, a 33-year-old drug gang leader, automatically putting him behind bars for life without parole. Dixon had no visible reaction. The same jury earlier this month found Dixon guilty of murder and drug conspiracy in the trial's first phase. A racketeering indictment...
  • CA: Total overhaul sought in funding for schools

    12/11/2003 7:11:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 230+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 12/11/03 | Deb Kollers
    <p>Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's top education adviser is calling for a complete and dramatic overhaul of the way California pays for public schools.</p> <p>Education Secretary Richard Riordan said Wednesday that in light of The Bee's recent investigation of school financing, the new Republican administration is expanding its proposals for education reform to include a new kind of student funding formula.</p>
  • CA: Criminal probe sought in CSU deal

    03/13/2003 2:04:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 210+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/13/03 | Terry Hardy
    <p>Pushing for sanctions in the wake of a critical audit of the California State University's new computer system, lawmakers on Wednesday asked the state attorney general's office to investigate possible criminal wrong-doing by two senior officials.</p> <p>At a Capitol news conference, legislators said CSU could face harsh repercussions for a host of problems uncovered by state auditors -- including understating computer costs by as much as $312 million, failing to do a feasibility plan before launching into the massive project and ignoring competitive bidding policies.</p>
  • CA: Pension funds sought for `war'

    03/07/2003 9:56:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 259+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 3/7/03 | Mark Schwanhausser
    <p>California Treasurer Phil Angelides called Thursday for the state's two huge pension funds to combine forces in what he calls a ``war'' to clean up corporate wrongdoing and re-establish faith in the financial markets.</p> <p>His goal is to form a single unit that would press for corporate reforms, conduct investigations and scrutinize corporate activities for both the $133 billion Public Employees' Retirement System and the $90 billion State Teachers' Retirement System.</p>