United States of America

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Declares State of Emergency During Blizzard

February 8, 2013

“The worst of the storm will hit overnight. New York City could see a foot of snow, and up to 2 feet in other parts of the state.”

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Declares State of Emergency, Restricts Travel During Blizzard

February 8, 2013

“There are some exceptions to the ban, including emergency workers, those who work in hospitals and media, and others required to be at their jobs.”

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United States Postal Service Working to Create New “High-Technology” System For Routes and Mailing

February 8, 2013

“The financially struggling mail agency said it wants a “dynamic routing” strategy that can help it offer new products that could boost revenue.”

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Former President Bill Clinton Addresses House Democrats at Their Annual Issues Conference

February 8, 2013

“The former president addressed House Democrats at their annual policy retreat Friday and appeared to earn a warmer reception than President Obama, who addressed the group Thursday.”

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Bureau of Investigative Journalism: U.S. Has Deployed At Least 363 Predator Drones in Pakistan Since 2004

February 8, 2013

“A study conducted in September 2012 by two American universities, Stanford Law School and New York University, said that the US drone strikes killed far more people that Washington had acknowledged.”

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Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) Signs Federal Plea Deal; Judge to Determine Possible Jail Time

February 8, 2013

“He would repay the government hundreds of thousands of dollars – for items like the $40,000 Rolex watch, travel expenses for a woman he described as a “social acquaintance” and furniture purchased for his home.”

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Bangladeshi Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Blow Up the New York Federal Reserve Bank

February 8, 2013

“Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested on October 17 after pulling up to the Federal Reserve near Wall Street and attempting to detonate what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb hidden in a van. Instead, he was carrying inert materials planted by an undercover FBI agent as part of a sting operation.”

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California State Lawmakers Propose Stricter Gun Control Reforms Than Those Passed in New York

February 8, 2013

“Those buying ammunition would have to pay a fee and undergo an initial background check by the state Department of Justice, similar to what is required now before buyers can purchase a weapon.”

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Federal Reserve Still Working to Determine Extent of Hackers’ Infiltration into its Computer Systems

February 8, 2013

“The Federal Reserve said on Thursday it was still working to determine the extent that its computer systems had been breached by hackers, adding that the incident was the subject of a criminal investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

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U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta Endroses Arming the Syrian Rebels For the First Time Publicly

February 8, 2013

“In testimony to Congress, Leon Panetta said he still supported the supply of weapons to rebels fighting forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

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North Dakota Senate Passes Anti-Abortion Constitutional Amendment to Appear on the State Ballot

February 8, 2013

“The North Dakota Senate on Thursday approved placing on the state ballot a constitutional amendment that declares that life begins at conception.”

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Inspector General’s Report: Some U.S. Diplomatic Posts Violating Security Standards

February 8, 2013

“The recommendations said embassies and missions abroad should be required to certify every year that they have sought official exemptions if they cannot comply with security rules.”

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Catholic Bishops Reject President Obama’s Contraceptive Coverage Compromise

February 8, 2013

“But the cardinal, one of the most prominent voices in the American Catholic Church, said new federal rules proposed last week offer only “second-class status” to church-affiliated universities, hospitals and charities by failing to grant them the same full exemption afforded to houses of worship.”

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Department of Veterans Affairs: National Cemetery Review Reveals Over 800 Problems

February 8, 2013

“The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday that a review of every grave in the national cemetery system found 15 sets of remains buried in the wrong spots and nearly 800 other problems.”

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San Jose, California Endorses Plan For $82 Million Private Google Airport

February 8, 2013

“San Jose should accept an offer by a major airport operator to build an $82 million private airport for executives of Google Inc. at Mineta San Jose International Airport, a city official said.”

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