New York City Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Forcing Stores to Keep Tobacco Products Out of Sight

March 18, 2013

“Under the Tobacco Product Display Restriction bill, sellers would have to keep tobacco products hidden, in cabinets, under the counter or behind a curtain, except during a purchase by an adult or during restocking.”

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Pentagon: U.S. B-52 Fighter Jets Conducted Simulated Nuclear Bombing Raids on North Korea During Military Exercises

March 18, 2013

“Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters that B-52 bombers from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a training mission over South Korea March 8 during war games known as Exercise Foal Eagle.”

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FBI Arrests Bo Jiang, a Chinese Scientist Working For a NASA Contractor, While Attempting to Flee to China

March 18, 2013

“He made Jiang’s name public for the first time last week during a subcommittee hearing where he also charged that Jiang had taken “voluminous sensitive” NASA documents back to China on a trip in 2012.”

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Hacker Guccifer Releases Memos Sent to Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Benghazi and Libya

March 18, 2013

“In a series of weekend e-mail blasts, the hacker known as “Guccifer” disseminated four recent memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of the former Secretary of State.”

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German Defense Minister Visits Mali Ahead of German Training Program in Mali Next Month

March 18, 2013

“De Maiziere met with Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore on Monday in the capital, Bamako, as well as French General Francois Lecointre, who is commanding the French military mission in Mali.”

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Algerian Newspaper Report: French-Led Troops Using Internationally-Banned Weapons in Mali

March 18, 2013

“The statement said French-led soldiers employ weapons containing depleted uranium with high explosive power to bomb the caves in Adrar des Ifoghas Mountains in northern Mali. “

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Announces Support for Same-Sex Marriage

March 18, 2013

“Hillary Clinton endorsed gay marriage in a new video saying “that her views on the issue have evolved as a result of her experiences personally and as secretary of state,” Politico reports.”

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U.S. Justice Department Investigating Wall Street Journal’s China News Bureau Over Bribery Allegations

March 18, 2013

“A search by the Journal’s parent company found no evidence to support the claim, according to government and corporate officials familiar with the case.”

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Republican National Committee Report Calls On Party to Embrace Immigration Reform

March 18, 2013

“The study says that the GOP “must embrace” and “champion” reform, or fall victim to shrinking constituencies. “We also believe that comprehensive immigration reform is consistent with Republican economic policies that promote job growth and opportunity for all,” the report says.”

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Government: Cyprus Banks to Remain Closed Until Thursday

March 18, 2013

“”Tuesday and Wednesday are bank holidays,” the source said. A decree will be released shortly from the Finance Ministry to this effect, he said.”

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Experts: First Known Cyberattack Against U.S. Elections Discovered Attempting to Illegally Obtain Florida Absentee Ballots in 2012

March 18, 2013

“The case involved more than 2,500 “phantom requests” for absentee ballots, apparently sent to the Miami-Dade County elections website using a computer program, according to a grand jury report on problems in the Aug. 14 primary election.”

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Suicide Leads to Discovery of Guns and Explosives at a University of Central Florida Dormitory

March 18, 2013

“The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are assisting the UCF Police Department with the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office’s bomb squad is on campus to examine the IEDs found at the scene, UCF said.”

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Western Officials Fear That Mali Will Turn Into a Hotbed For Terrorism Following France’s Withdrawal

March 17, 2013

“Western and African officials are increasingly concerned that the African soldiers who will be relied on to continue the campaign against militants linked to Al Qaeda there do not have the training or equipment for the job.”

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Fifth French Soldier Killed in Mali

March 17, 2013

“A fifth French soldier was killed in the nine-week-old military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, the French government said on Sunday.”

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Canadian Prison Break: Two Prisoners Break Out of Quebec Prison and Hijack a Helicopter

March 17, 2013

“An hour after the escape, police found the helicopter 85km north-west of the jail in the Mont Tremblant area, with the uninjured pilot still on board. Police said they were looking for a “suspicious vehicle” and were focusing their search on the area around Lake Argile.”

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