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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Push for Tsarnaev to Be Tried in Federal Court - NYTimes.com

Push for Tsarnaev to Be Tried in Federal Court - NYTimes.com: "With the surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing in the hospital — a breathing tube down his throat and unable to speak — several lawmakers said Sunday that he should be tried in federal court as a civilian, a move that would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty."

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Powerful quake jolts China’s Sichuan province, killing at least 160 and injuring thousands


YA’AN, China — Residents huddled outdoors Saturday night in a town near the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that struck the steep hills of China’s southwestern Sichuan province, leaving at least 160 people dead and more than 6,700 injured.
Saturday morning’s earthquake triggered landslides and disrupted phone and power connections in mountainous Lushan county five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage across the region. The village of Longmen was hit particularly hard, with authorities saying nearly all the buildings there had been destroyed in a frightening minute-long shaking by the quake.

Powerful quake jolts China’s Sichuan province, killing at least 160 and injuring thousands

Georgia Marks First Conviction for Federal Hate Crime Targeting a Gay Person - COLORLINES

Two African-American men from Atlanta plead guilty today to attacking a man outside of a store because he is gay. According to the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Christopher Cain, 19, and Dorian Moragne, 20, admitted in federal court to “mercilessly” punching and kicking Brandon White, a black 20-year-old, while yelling anti-gay slurs at him. The beating was caught on video and posted to the Internet.

Cain and Moragne are already serving 10 years in state prison for the beating, but under the federal hate crime law — the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act — they will face additional time, although federal prosecutors are recommending the sentences be served concurrently.

“Hate-fueled violence will not be condoned,” said Roy L. Austin Jr., deputy assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department will use all the tools in our law enforcement arsenal to investigate and prosecute hate crimes.”

Community members from the Pittsburgh area of Atlanta publicly supported White, including Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association CEO LaShawn Hoffman. “No one called the police … [In the video] a MARTA bus passes, people walk down the street like this is the norm,” she said at a press conference. This is not the norm in our neighborhood and it has to stop.”

The victim, White, also spoke at the press conference saying that his “scars run deeper than anyone could know,” but that by standing up to his attackers that he is “the brave one.”

Civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) also spoke in support of White saying, “We must turn toward each other and not against each other. People must not be allowed to get away with beating an innocent young person, elderly person, or any human being.”

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Friday, April 19, 2013

One Boston Marathon suspect dead, another still on run, officials say - U.S. News

The Boston Marathon bombing suspects — armed with explosives and guns — battled law enforcement officers in a Boston suburb early Friday morning, unleashing chaos until cops took one of the men into custody and the other fled, law enforcement sources said. Officials later said the suspect taken into custody died and authorities identified the man on the run as the "white-hat" suspect, referencing photographs released by the FBI Thursday. Authorities warned he should be considered armed and dangerous. The standoff in Watertown, Mass., erupted shortly after the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer. A transit police officer was also wounded in the Watertown fire fight, officials confirmed to NBC affiliate WHDH

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Jon Stewart Tears Apart CNN For ‘Completely F*cking Wrong’ Boston Reporting: ‘Human Centipede Of News’ | Mediaite

Jon Stewart let CNN have it over its erroneous reporting that an arrest had been made in the case of the Boston Marathon bombing. Stewart mocked how much CNN kept boasting of its “exclusive reporting,” which turned ot to be exclusive “because it was completely fucking wrong,” and was even more blown away by how CNN was subsequently backing away from and questioning that very report. Stewart described this as the network “shit[ting] in their own mouths,” christening CNN “the Human Centipede of News.”

Jon Stewart Tears Apart CNN For ‘Completely F*cking Wrong’ Boston Reporting: ‘Human Centipede Of News’ | Mediaite

Feds arrest suspect in ricin-positive letters sent to Obama, senator - U.S. News

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Feds arrest suspect in ricin-positive letters sent to Obama, senator - U.S. News

Drive for Gun Control Blocked in Senate - NYTimes.com

Among those looking on from the gallery, Lori Haas, whose daughter was shot at Virginia Tech, and Patricia Maisch, a survivor of the mass shooting in Tucson, shouted, “Shame on you.” Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who presided over the votes, then asked for decorum.

“They need to be ashamed of themselves,” Ms. Maisch said as she was being escorted from the Capitol. “They have no souls. They have no compassion.”

Video Points Investigators Toward Suspect in Boston Bombings - NYTimes.com

The Last Word: Emergency physician, nurse reflect on traumatic aftermath of marathon blasts

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The Last Word: FBI releases photos of Boston bomb evidence

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hardball: New photos from finish line being examined by FBI

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Letter sent to US senator tests positive for deadly poision - U.S. News

A letter intended to reach Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., was intercepted at an off-site facility after testing positive for a deadly poison, FBI officials said late Tuesday.

An initial test of the mail, which was caught during an off-site postal screening process in Landover, Maryland, detected the letters contained the poison ricin, according to officials. But they noted more tests are needed to positively determine if the toxin was truly present.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Marco Rubio Makes a Case for Immigration Overhaul - NYTimes.com

The impending introduction of legislation to overhaul the country’s badly strained immigration system received an extraordinary endorsement on Sunday from Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, who, after holding back for weeks, appeared on no fewer than seven television talk shows to explain and defend a plan that he said would be “a net positive for the country, now and in the future.”

It was a striking show of confidence from Mr. Rubio, one of eight members of a bipartisan Senate group that has been crafting a plan to provide a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants; only weeks ago he had been a voice for caution, a counterweight to the optimism being expressed by others in the group.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

North Korea behind March cyberattack, says South Korea | Security & Privacy - CNET News

North Korea behind March cyberattack, says South Korea | Security & Privacy - CNET News: "South Korea has accused North Korea of launching a recent cyberattack that hit tens of thousands of PCs. A spokesman for South Korea's Internet agency said today that six computers in North Korea were identified as the source of the attack, according to The Guardian. Those computers used more than 1,000 IP addresses from across the world to infect 48,000 PCs and servers at South Korean banks and broadcasting stations. The spokesman told the Associated Press that the attack mimicked past hacking attempts by North Korea and pointed the finger at an espionage agency run by the military. The attack also seemed to have been in the planning stage for around eight months. 'We saw evidence that the attack was extremely carefully prepared,' the spokesman said at a news briefing today."

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North Korea Warns Foreigners in South of Nuclear War - NYTimes.com

SEOUL, South Korea — As North Korea warned foreigners on Tuesday that they might want to leave South Korea because the peninsula was on the brink of nuclear war — a statement that analysts dismissed as hyperbole — the American commander in the Pacific expressed worries that the North’s young leader, Kim Jong-un, might not have left himself an easy exit to reduce tensions.

North Korea Warns Foreigners in South of Nuclear War - NYTimes.com

Monday, April 08, 2013

California Court Bans Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving | TechCrunch

In California, drivers can now be pulled over for using their GPS while driving. Extending the state’s current ban on texting while driving, an appellate court in California v. Spriggs argued that the ”distraction would be present whether the wireless telephone was being used as a telephone, a GPS navigator a clock or a device for sending and receiving text messages and emails.”

California Court Bans Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving | TechCrunch

North Korea Pulls Workers at Plants It Runs With South - NYTimes.com


SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Monday that it was withdrawing all its 53,000 workers from an industrial park jointly run with South Korea, casting doubt on the future of the last remaining symbol of inter-Korean reconciliation.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Beijing knows that Kim Jong Un ‘has gone too far,’ Susan Rice says — MSNBC

With tensions rising over young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s bellicose rhetoric and nuclear threats, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell Friday that longtime North Korean ally China is knows that “Kim Jong Un has gone too far.”
“What’s interesting about China’s stance now is that you can tell by the nature of their statements, by the nature of their actions, that unlike in the past, they also are very much of the view that Kim Jong Un has gone too far and that this now is a situation that has the potential to directly threaten their interests in the region, both economic and security,” Rice told Mitchell in an interview at the Newsweek/Daily Beast Women in the World Summit at New York City’s Lincoln Center.


Beijing knows that Kim Jong Un ‘has gone too far,’ Susan Rice says — MSNBC

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Historic fast food strike draws lessons from MLK’s last campaign — MSNBC

Thursday morning, hundreds of fast food workers in New York City walked off the job in what could be the largest strike in the fast food industry’s history. This is the second major labor action in a long-term campaign by fast food employees, the community organizing group New York Communities for Change, and community allies. The first day-long strike came in late November 2012, when the organizing workers first announced themselves to the world and demanded higher wages and union recognition

Historic fast food strike draws lessons from MLK’s last campaign — MSNBC

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

N.Y. Lawmakers Charged in Plot to Buy Spot on Mayoral Ballot - NYTimes.com


The two men sat in the state senator’s parked car in suburban Rockland County, but New York City was at the front of their minds and the focus of their conversation.

N.Y. Lawmakers Charged in Plot to Buy Spot on Mayoral Ballot - NYTimes.com

Monday, April 01, 2013

Legislators in Connecticut Agree on Broad New Gun Laws - NYTimes.com

HARTFORD — More than three months after the massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., state legislative leaders announced on Monday that they had agreed on what they called the most far-reaching gun-legislation package in the country.

Legislators in Connecticut Agree on Broad New Gun Laws - NYTimes.com

Exxon Pipeline Breaks in Arkansas

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