News for 2009-05-06

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Justice Dept. Finds Many Flaws in FBI Terror Watch List
WASHINGTON - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has improperly kept nearly 24,000 people on a terrorist watch list based on outdated or sometimes irrelevant information, while it missed others with legitimate terror ties who should have been on the list, according to a Justice Department report...
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Informants Say Blackwater Guards Tried to Unload Arms
Shortly after a 2007 shooting incident in a Baghdad traffic square that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead, Blackwater contractors allegedly transferred a number of machine guns to another contractor who is now charged with trying to smuggle them out of Iraq. The Blackwater contractors wanted to dispose...
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No Torture Charges Likely
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Maine Becomes 5th State to Approve Gay Marriage
NEW YORK - The governor of Maine on Wednesday signed a law making the northeastern US state the fifth to allow gays to marry. Governor John Baldacci, a Democrat, signed the law after the upper chamber in the state legislature voted 21 to 13 in favor. "In the past, I opposed gay marriage while...
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Vietnam Veterans Are Falling Ill, but Why Now?
In the past few years, Dr. Michael Koopmeiners has seen a surge in the number of veterans seeking help for war-related disabilities at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. At Koopmeiners' clinic, which evaluates new disability claims, business has more than doubled since 2004 -- from 6,800 to nearly...
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Obama Urged to Sign Native Rights Declaration
UNITED NATIONS - The United States is considering whether to endorse a major U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for the recognition of the rights of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples over their lands and resources. "The position on [this issue] is under review," Patrick Ventrell,...
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Red Cross Confirms Dozens Dead in Afghan Air Strikes
HERAT, Afghanistan - Afghan villagers mourned relatives buried in mass graves after U.S.-led air strikes that the Red Cross said killed dozens and local officials said may have killed more than 100 civilians. U.S. and Afghan officials rushed on Wednesday to investigate the incident, which may...
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Republicans: The Lost Party
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Weapon of Choice: Depleted Uranium
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. - Since 1991 the U.S. military has admitted to using depleted uranium in armor and ammunition on a large scale. But since then, a debate has raged about its long-term health effects on soldiers and their families. Could one of the most effective military tools in their arsenal...
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Inspector at Pentagon Says Report Was Flawed
In a highly unusual reversal, the Defense Department's inspector general's office has withdrawn a report it issued in January exonerating a Pentagon public relations program that made extensive use of retired officers who worked as military analysts for television and radio networks.
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Justice Dept. Investigators Say No Criminal Prosecutions, Just 'Disciplinary Actions'
The movement to hold Bush-era torturers, their bosses and their lawyers criminally accountable for their crimes may be facing another setback. Reports are emerging that Justice Department investigators will recommend that the torture memo authors should not be criminally prosecuted.
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UN Blames Israeli Army for Gaza War Attacks
UNITED NATIONS - A United Nations inquiry Tuesday blamed Israel for six serious attacks on UN buildings during its Gaza offensive, drawing fury from Israeli officials who accused the UN body of bias. The report was drawn up by an independent commission of inquiry set up to investigate nine cases in...
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