Breaking: Officer shot at Fort Bragg --Sources told ABC11 that an officer was shot during a formation. 28 Jun 2012 Fort Bragg law enforcement said it is responding to a shooting incident on-post that occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Officials urged drivers and pedestrians to avoid the historic district of Fort Bragg until further notice. The historic district is an area near Knox Street close to the 18th Airborne Headquarters and FORSCOM near the heart of Fort Bragg.
Democratic House leaders stage walkout to protest Holder contempt vote 28 Jun 2012 [This story will be updated.]
House Holds Attorney General in Civil Contempt 28 Jun 2012 [This story will be updated.]
House votes AG Eric Holder in criminal contempt over 'Fast and Furious' --The vote was 255-67. 28 Jun 2012 [This story will be updated.]
Highest level of radiation to date detected inside Fukushima No.1 reactor 28 Jun 2012 The highest level of radiation to date has been detected inside the No.1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said on Thursday it used endoscopes and dosimeters to examine the interior of the reactor. A record level of 10,300 millisieverts per hour was detected in the internal measurement carried out for the first time since the March 2011 accident. The measurement was taken 20 centimeters above the surface of a contaminated water puddle in the reactor's suppression chamber. This high level of radiation would be fatal for humans within 50 minutes. A measurement of 1,000 millisieverts per hour was detected about four meters above the water surface, which is ten times higher than measured in the No.2 and No.3 reactors, Japanese media reported.
Microsoft's Headquarters in Greece Has Been Firebombed 27 Jun 2012 According to a report by Reuters, Microsoft's Athens, Greece headquarters was firebombed this morning. The publication reports that the attackers drove a van carrying a number of gasoline canisters into the building. The assailants used multiple firearms to keep security guards at a distance, as they proceeded to set the van ablaze. The fire gutted the building's lower floor, but didn't collapse the building. So far, it is believed that at least two individuals were involved in the incident.
Senate vetoes call for Hicks inquiry 26 Jun 2012 The federal government and opposition have joined forces to reject another call by the Greens for an inquiry into the role of the Howard government in the US detention of David Hicks. LABOR and coalition Senators joined forces to vote 37-8 to defeat the motion in parliament on Tuesday. The motion was proposed by Greens Senator Penny Wright in tandem with an International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. "Australian David Hicks experienced torture and cruel and degrading treatment during his detention in Guantanamo Bay," she told the chamber.
Heads up! Olympics false flags coming 'fast and furious:' Two Muslim converts arrested over Olympic terror plot 28 Jun 2012 Two Muslim converts have been arrested in East London on suspicion of plotting an attack against the Olympics. Sources said the arrests were based on a tip-off and the investigation was at an early stage. One source said it was unclear if the alleged plot was serious or developed or what method of attack was to be used but said the Olympics could have been the target. The two men, aged 18 and 32, were arrested at separate residential addresses in east London, according to Scotland Yard.
NYPD gets $10M radiation-spotting chopper 28 Jun 2012 The newest tool designed to protect New York is a specially outfitted helicopter -- the Bell 412 chopper. The new $10 million dollar craft was being delivered from the factory in Tennessee. It's loaded with $4 million worth of hi-tech equipment, and part of its job is to keep a nuclear bomb out of the city. [Yeah, right!] The new New York Police Department chopper is equipped with new radiation detection equipment so sensitive that it can fly over a container, cargo or tanker ship and accurately detect a radiation signature from an altitude of 200 feet.
Texas college hacks government drone 27 Jun 2012 There is much you can do with $1,000, but scientists at an Austin, Texas college have come across one that is often overlooked: for less than a grand, how'd you like to hijack a US government drone? A group of researchers led by Professor Todd Humphreys from the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory recently succeeded in raising the eyebrows of the US government. With just around $1,000 in parts, Humphreys's team took control of an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the US Department of Homeland Security. After being challenged by his lab, the DHS dared Humphreys's crew to hack into their drone and take command. Much to their chagrin, they did exactly that. [Hack and mark them 'return to sender.']
Top court upholds healthcare law in Obama triumph 28 Jun 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Thursday in an election-year triumph for him and fellow Democrats and a setback for Republican opponents of the most sweeping overhaul since the 1960s of the unwieldy U.S. healthcare system. In a 5-4 ruling based on the power of Congress to impose taxes, the nation's highest court preserved the law's "individual mandate" requiring that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax. The justices also preserved, with some changes, a provision of the law expanding the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor.
Supreme Court upholds GOP concept of individual mandate in Obama 'health care' law --The concept of individual mandate - originating with the GOP and implemented by Governor Mitt Romney in Massachusetts and by President Barack Obama nationally - has been upheld by the Supreme Court. The vote was 5-4. Supreme Court upholds centerpiece of Obama healthcare law 28 Jun 2012 A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty. "The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court's majority in the opinion. "Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness," he concluded.
Supreme Court strikes down Stolen Valor law 28 Jun 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a federal law making it a crime to lie about having received the Medal of Honor and other prized military awards. The court voted 6-3 Thursday in favor of Xavier Alvarez, a former local elected official in California who falsely claimed he was a decorated war veteran. Alvarez had pleaded guilty to violating a 2006 law that was adopted with the U.S. at war in Afghanistan and Iraq and aimed at people making phony claims of heroism in battle.
Raging Wildfires in Colorado prompt FBI investigation 28 Jun 2012 The Federal Bureau Investigation announced Wednesday that it would investigate the cause of a raging wildfire that displaced thousands of residents and an untold number of homes in Colorado. "The FBI Denver Division is working closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement to determine if any of the wildland fires resulted from criminal activity," local FBI spokesman Dave Joly wrote in an e-mail statement to The Denver Post. The Post's report mentions a recent fires apparently set by a serial arsonist in a neighboring county, but points out that authorities have not given any theories on how the Waldo Canyon fire started.
'Life-threatening' heat warning across much of US --'Overall pattern looks like it is going to stick around well into July,' meteorologist says 28 Jun 2012 Excessive heat warnings were issued for parts of the central U.S. on Thursday with temperatures expected to soar to 100 [globally-warmed] degrees and more -- a day after some areas saw 110 degrees and even hotter. The warnings were issued for parts of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Parts of Colorado and Kansas saw temperatures at or above 110 degrees on Wednesday.