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Added by R Kane on January 31, 2013 at 10:47am — No Comments
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By Emma Farge and Humeyra Pamuk and Alex Lawler
Iran's crude oil exports in December leapt to their highest level since European Union sanctions took effect last July, analysts and shipping sources said, as strong Chinese demand and tanker fleet expansion helped the OPEC member dodge sanctions.
Exports rose to around 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) in December, according to two…Continue
Added by Jaime Deetz on January 31, 2013 at 4:41am — No Comments
By NICOLE PERLROTH
For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.
After surreptitiously tracking the intruders to study their movements and help erect better defenses to block them, The Times and computer security experts have expelled the attackers and…Continue
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American officials tell 'New York Times' Israel informed US of its plan to attack arms shipment; 'Wall Street Journal' cites official as saying strike targeted convoy of trucks carrying Russian-made SA-17 missiles to Hezbollah.
US officials said Wednesday overnight that Israel had bombed a suspected shipment of anti-aircraft missiles in Syria on Tuesday night, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported.
The Wall Street Journal report cited a Western official as saying…Continue
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Published on Jan 30, 2013
In the state of Oregon, the Drug Enforcement Administration is attempting to gain access to millions of private prescription records without a…
Published on Jan 30, 2013
At a Senate hearing on potential new gun control measures, Wayne LaPierre of the NRA voiced support for better enforcement, beefing up school security and strengthening the…
Added by Sojourner on January 30, 2013 at 6:08pm — No Comments
Analyst says list 'a smokescreen' to conceal true intent of bill
Published: 53 mins ago
by BOB UNRUH
A key gun law analyst who has published books on the issue of the Second Amendment and its rights and responsibilities for decades says the Feinstein gun ban bill is just exactly that, a gun ban…Continue
By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Joel Greenberg
Israeli aircraft fired at a truck convoy along the Lebanon-Syria border early Wednesday, a Western official and a former Lebanese security official said, days after a cabinet minister warned Israel might take action to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons to Islamic militants from inside Syria.
The former Lebanese official said the missile from an unmanned aircraft struck a truck carrying weapons. The truck was on the Syrian side of…Continue
By Zach Howard
A former Massachusetts crime lab chemist accused of falsifying evidence tied to as many as 34,000 cases pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice charges on Wednesday.
Prosecutors allege Annie Dookhan, 35, tampered with drug evidence and faked test results at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Boston, where she had worked for nine years analyzing drug samples submitted by law enforcement across the state.
Dookhan is accused, among other things, of…Continue
Added by Penny Wise on January 30, 2013 at 12:52pm — No Comments
Dutch Queen Beatrix, who has reigned for 33 years, has abdicated her throne in favor of her eldest son, Prince Willem-Alexander.
In her televised address Beatrix, the oldest ever Dutch monarch, explained that she was stepping down because she felt her son was ready to take her place on the throne.
"Responsibility for our…
Added by Sojourner on January 29, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
By Ellen Nakashima
The Pentagon has approved a major expansion of its cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold to bolster the nation’s ability to defend critical computer systems and conduct offensive computer operations against foreign adversaries, according to U.S. officials.
The move, requested by the head of the Defense Department’s Cyber Command, is part of an effort to turn an organization that has focused largely on…Continue
Added by Jaime Deetz on January 29, 2013 at 11:02am — No Comments
CAIRO—Egypt's army chief warned on Tuesday that the state could collapse if the latest political crisis roiling the nation drags on, but also defended the right of people to protest.
Troops deployed in the two riot-torn Suez Canal cities of Port Said and Suez stood by and watched on Monday night as thousands took to the streets in direct defiance of a night curfew and a state of emergency declared by the president a day earlier. Residents of those two cities and Ismailiya, a third…Continue
Added by Jaime Deetz on January 29, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
By ANDREW POLLACK
In statehouses around the country, some of the nation’s biggest biotechnology companies are lobbying intensively to limit generic competition to their blockbuster drugs, potentially cutting into the billions of dollars in savings on drug costs contemplated in the federal health care overhaul law.
The complex drugs, made in living cells instead of chemical factories, account for roughly one-quarter of the nation’s $320 billion in spending on drugs, according to…Continue