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Shell oil rig access blocked at Seattle port

Seattle protestsHundreds of protesters gathered at the Port of Seattle on Monday to block oil workers’ access to a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig temporarily docked there on its journey to the Arctic, where it will be used to resume exploration for oil and gas reserves.

Holding signs reading “Shell no” and “Seattle loves the Arctic,” protesters assembled early in the morning to prevent workers from reaching the rig, one of two that Shell plans on sending to the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast this summer.


Former Congressional candidate guilty in plot to bomb, kill Muslims in upstate N.Y. hamlet of 'Islamberg'

Aerican terrorist A hate monger from Tennessee who spent 2014 running for a Congressional seat has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from a plot to firebomb and kill Muslims in an upstate New York hamlet known as 'Islamberg.'

Robert Doggart, 63, wanted to burn down a school, a mosque and a cafeteria in the small town of Hancock, along the Pennsylvania border some 45 miles southeast of Binghamton, according to intercepted phone calls and Facebook posts described in a federal arrest affidavit.


Israel Hands Peace Talks to Minister Who Opposes 2 States

Silvan ShalomIsrael’s new hardline interior minister, Silvan Shalom, was appointed the country’s chief peace negotiator for any future peace talks with the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Shalom, a senior member of Netanyahu’s Likud Party and a former foreign minister, on Monday, according to Israeli media reports.

Shalom has repeatedly said that he does not support the establishment of a Palestinian state, a key component of any peace deal, and has backed expansion of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian lands, Haaretz reported.


Bankrupt RadioShack aims to sell 67m customer names and addresses

RadioShack vailable from RadioShack: three-prong adaptors, television antennas, cellphone cases, and millions of its former customers’ street addresses and emails.

Over its 90-year history, the company acquired personally identifiable information about its customers including social security numbers, emails, home addresses, telephone numbers, “and other government issued identification numbers unique to each consumer”, according to RadioShack’s legal filings.


Paul Krugman: The Bush administration wanted a war and concocted the intelligence.

Krugman"Mistakes were made" just doesn't get at the truth about how America was coerced into the disastrous war in Iraq,and the horrific consequences that are still unfolding. Paul Krugman sets the record straight in Monday's column, beginning with the ironic statement, that "there’s something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make his own run for the White House."

Yep, Jeb Bush has unwittingly ushered in the chance to have an honest discussion about the invasion of Iraq. About time.


Italy, France, Germany sign European drone project

drones to be made in EuropeItaly, France and Germany agreed on Monday to develop a European drone program for reconnaissance and surveillance, seeking to inject momentum into a proposal first considered in 2013 to reduce reliance on U.S. and Israeli technology.

In a joint signing ceremony, the defense ministers of the three countries pledged a two-year study to lay the basis for a European drone to be operating by 2025 and said Spain and Poland had expressed interest in joining the plan.


Insults to injury: Military sexual-assault victims endure retaliation

Military assaultsTroops who have reported sexual assaults are 12 times more likely to be retaliated against than to see their attacker convicted of sex crimes, according to a report on the fallout of filing a military sexual assault report by Human Rights Watch.

The report, to be released Monday, found that troops reporting sexual assaults have endured retaliation ranging from vile insults to social isolation and death threats. It is based on interviews with more than 150 victims of sexual assault and a review of military documents.


Supreme Court: Two states can't tax the same income

Supreme Court rules on double taxationThe Supreme Court came down against double taxation Monday in a case that could cost some states and cities millions of dollars.

The justices sided with taxpayers over governments in a case that tested Maryland's income tax system, which does not grant a full credit to residents who also pay income taxes in states where they work. The state is among the few that collect some income taxes on residents who work out of state.


Police arrest 192 after deadly biker gang shootout

Bikers arrested in TexasNearly 200 people were arrested on Monday a shootout between rival motorcycle gangs a day earlier where nine people were killed and 18 injured at a restaurant that law enforcement called a horrific crime scene.

The bikers from at least five rival gangs attacked each other with guns, knives, brass knuckles, clubs and motorcycle chains at a Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in the central Texas city of Waco. No bystanders or police were injured, police said.


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