Joint medical mission treats hundreds
DIYALA — U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers here recently visited the small village of Al Hamid located six kilometers west of the Iranian border to provide medical assistance to residents in need.
Taliban Leader’s Death Confirmed; Forces Seize Insurgent Sub-Commander
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 – A Taliban sub-commander was captured and several other suspected insurgents were killed or captured yesterday by Afghan and international security forces, military officials reported.
Panjshir PRT Dedicates a New School in Pawat
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Hundreds of people from the Pawat district area in Panjshir province, Afghanistan, gathered into the hallways of a new school to witness its opening ceremony, June 2nd.
Soldiers find home away from home at Camp Atterbury’s USO
CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ind., (5/26/10) — Soldiers drinking soda, playing video games, watching movies and playing cards with friends does not sound like a high-speed military training facility, but more like a Saturday night at home. That is exactly what the Indiana USO at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Centers was designed to replicate; home.
D-Day anniversary: The leaders of Omaha Beach
This Sunday, June 6, is the 66th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. By the time Brigadier General Norm Cota came ashore on Omaha Beach, an hour after the first troops, it was clear that the assault plan, more than a year in the making, was falling apart.
Iraq vet hiking across nation to raise $5 million
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. (May 17, 2010) — Iraq combat veteran Troy Yocum is walking 7,000 miles across the nation, banging his drum, gathering followers and trying to meet his goal of raising $5 million for U.S. veterans and their families in need.
Face of Defense: U.S. Troops Hold Duck-Calling Contest in Kosovo
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo,, June 4, 2010 – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eric Anton, an avid duck hunter and member of the North Dakota Army National Guard, asked his comrades to show off their duck-calling skills during the Memorial Day weekend here.
White House Now Says It Discussed USAID Position with Candidate Andrew Romanoff to ‘Avoid Costly Battle’ in Colorado
(CNSNews.com) – The White House last fall denied that any job offer was made to Colorado Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff after reports first surfaced in the media. Now, the White House concedes that overtures were made to Romanoff about a job – but not an actual offer — “to avoid a costly battle” with incumbent Democratic Senator Michael Bennet, who has the backing of President Barack Obama.
Inspector General’s Memo: Census Says It Hired More Workers Than It Needed As a ‘Cost-Saving Measure’
(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Census purposefully hired more workers than it needed, telling the Office of the Inspector General of the Commerce Department that it did so as a “cost-saving measure,” according to a memorandum that Todd J. Zinser of the inspector general’s office sent to Census Bureau Director Robert Groves last week.
Census Worker Claims Job Numbers Are Being Inflated
“What they do is hire you, they train you like a few weeks — 35, 40 hours of training and give you six hours of productive work and lay you off.” a former Census named “Maria” tells FOX News. “Maria” further explains they rehire you so it counts as a new job.
Clinton-Era Kagan Documents Are Released
WASHINGTON–Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan said it would be “a fairly terrible idea” for Congress to nullify state laws permitting terminally ill patients to end their lives with assistance from doctors, according to a 1998 note she wrote as a Clinton White House aide.
White House: Obama may use executive privilege to withhold Kagan documents
In a letter to Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee Republican, Robert Bauer, counsel to Obama, implied the president may use executive privilege to hide some memos Elena Kagan wrote when she served in the Clinton White House.
Obama not above political manipulation after all
WASHINGTON – Barack Obama, being from Chicago, knows there are two basic ways to play foul in politics. One is to break the law. The other is to keep it legal, if shadily close to the line. It may not stink to high heaven, but it smells a little.
US Court Weighs School Discipline for Web Posts
Philadelphia (AP) – A U.S. appeals court heard arguments Thursday over whether school officials can discipline students for making lewd, harassing or juvenile Internet postings from off-campus computers.
Rating Cut by Fitch on Wealthiest U.S. State
Connecticut is preparing to borrow $956 million to close a budget gap in the fiscal year beginning July 1, after borrowing money last year to cover a deficit of $947.6 million. Not good. Fitch has reduced the states credit rating from AA+ to AA.
Cash-Strapped CA to Build $1M ‘Fish Ladder’
AP: In hopes of luring the endangered steelhead trout into the Santa Monica Mountains, California’s transportation agency is planning to spend $935,000 to pave over part of a popular beach with cement and boulders to build a freeway of sorts for fish.
White House linked to flotilla organizers
A top adviser to President Obama is the contact person within the White House for communications with the Free Gaza Movement over plans to challenge Israel’s blockade of the terrorist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, according to a reputable source close to the Netanyahu government.
Israeli naval commandos seize Gaza-bound aid ship
JERUSALEM – Israeli forces seized a Gaza-bound aid vessel swiftly and without meeting resistance on Saturday, preventing it from breaking a naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory days after a similar effort turned bloody.
Erdogan: Hamas not a terrorist group
Hamas is not a terrorist organization, it is a resistance movement, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on Friday at a rally in the Turkish province of Konya, according to local daily Hurriyet.
Report: Turkey to seek ICC action over Gaza flotilla
Ankara’s media says Turkey wants International Crimes Court probe into Gaza-bound aid sail raid. Petition to cite violation of Maritime Law by Israel; seek damages for casualties’ families.
‘Guns may have been thrown overboard’
Firearms may have been thrown overboard by passengers of the Mavi Marmara, Israel Radio reported Friday, citing IDF sources. According to the report, gun-sights and rifle cartridges not fitting IDF weapons were discovered upon inspection of the ship, leading defense officials to believe that there may have been weapons on board when the ship set out from Turkey aside from the knifes, rocks and slingshots found in the search.
Hungary’s deficit talk rattles financial markets
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Hungary’s currency, bonds and stock market reeled Friday as the new government tried to reassure investors that it was not about to slide into a Greek-type crisis despite official comments that the economy was in serious trouble.
Medvedev: World powers in agreement on Iran sanctions
(CNN) — Calling Iran’s nuclear stance “irresponsible, Russia’s president said Iran’s leadership needs to heed an international community now in agreement on sanctions against that country, a Russian state news agency reported.
Iraqi official says Iranian troops cross border
BAGHDAD (AP) – A senior Kurdish official in northern Iraq says Iranian troops have crossed the Iraqi border in pursuit of Iranian Kurdish rebels. Jabar Yawar, a deputy minister in the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, said Saturday that 35 Iranian soldiers remain in the Iraqi village of Perdunaz after crossing the border last Thursday.
SKorea’s Lee sees no possibility of war with North
SINGAPORE — South Korea’s leader on Saturday ruled out going to war with North Korea, hours after his government asked the United Nations to punish the communist nation over the sinking of a warship.
McDonald’s recalls 13.4 mln ‘Shrek’ drinking glasses
DETROIT, June 4 (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) has recalled at least 13.4 million “Shrek”-themed drinking glasses in the United States and Canada after consumers were warned to stop using them because they contain the toxic metal cadmium.
Reports accuse WHO of exaggerating H1N1 threat, possible ties to drug makers
European criticism of the World Health Organization’s handling of the H1N1 pandemic intensified Friday with the release of two reports that accused the agency of exaggerating the threat posed by the virus and failing to disclose possible influence by the pharmaceutical industry on its recommendations for how countries should respond.
Scientists find a ‘hint of life’ on Saturn’s moon Titan
Scientists have found evidence that there is life on Saturn’s biggest moon, Titan. They have discovered clues that primitive aliens are breathing in Titan’s atmosphere and feeding on fuel at the surface.
How dogs could be used to detect prostate cancer
Dogs can raise the alarm over prostate cancer through their incredible sense of smell. Scientists found dogs can tell which men have the disease just by sniffing samples of their urine.