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US Army Upgrading PCs to Vista

us-armyUS Army is migrating all of its Windows-based computers to Microsoft’s Vista operating system to bolster Internet security and standardize its information systems. The systems change, which includes swapping Office 2003 for Office 2007, is set to be completed by Dec. 31. About half of the Army’s 744,000 desktop computers have already installed Office 2007, estimated Dr. Army Harding, director of Enterprise Information Technology Services for the Army’s G-6. She said about 13 percent of the computers have migrated so far to VISTA. Full Story : Army.mil……

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Latino gang accused of targeting blacks near LA

gunsIn Los Angels, a Latino street gang waged a racist campaign to eliminate the city’s black residents through attempted murders and other crimes, according to federal racketeering indictments unsealed Thursday. Five indictments charged a total of 147 members and associates of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang, and federal and local agencies arrested 63 of them by early Thursday, U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien said at a news conference. Full Story : BrietBart.com….

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Amid Queries, CIA Worries About Future

ciaBattered by recriminations over waterboarding and other harsh techniques sanctioned by the Bush administration, the CIA is girding itself for more public scrutiny and is questioning whether agency personnel can conduct interrogations effectively under rules set out for the U.S. military, according to senior intelligence officials. Full Story : WashingtonPost.com….

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GM’s New Strategy: ‚ÄúMade in China‚Äù

gm-auto makerBy 2011, GM intends to sell over 17,000 exported vehicles from China to the U.S., doubling that to over 50,000 by 2014. This would make GM the first pioneer to bring a ‚ÄúMade in China‚Äù vehicle to America, which is something China has been trying to do for a long time now. GM plans to close 16 assembly plants by 2012, drop the hourly employment roll by 34 percent, and cut a total of 3,400 salary positions by the end of this year. Full Story : TreeHugger.com…..

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60-year-old is oldest US soldier killed in Iraq

us-army-logoA 60-year-old Vietnam War veteran killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq has become the oldest Army soldier to die in that conflict, the military said Thursday. Maj. Steven Hutchison, of Scottsdale, Ariz., served in Vietnam and wanted to re-enlist immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks, but his wife was against it, his brother said. Full Story : Chron.com…..

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Gap between Baby Boomers, young minorities grows in US

US flagThe USA is developing a stark generation gap between aging white Baby Boomers and a young, growing minority population, according to U.S. Census data released today. Forty-seven percent of children under 5 are minorities, as are 43% of young people under age 20. The minority population increased 2.3% to 104.6 million from mid-2007 to July 1, 2008. Full Story : Usatoday.com…….

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Some GIs Forced To Steal Water In Iraq

water-tapCBS affiliate KHOU-TV in Houston has discovered that some soldiers were forced to ration water, perhaps as little as 2-3 liters per day, because there was never enough. It is less than the one gallon minimum a day that an Army manual says is necessary just to survive in a desert environment. Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Robey told KHOU correspondent Jeremy Rogalski that soldiers would throw up or pass out from dehydration.Full Story : CBSNews.com…..

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Children sodomized at Abu Ghraib, on tape

prison-fenceAfter Donald Rumsfeld testified on the Hill about Abu Ghraib in May, there was talk of more photos and video in the Pentagon’s custody more horrific than anything made public so far. Since then, the Washington Post has disclosed some new details and images of abuse at the prison. Full Story : Salon.com…

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Hackers breach US air traffic control computers

federal-aviationHackers broke into US air traffic control computers on several occasions over the past few years and increased reliance on Web applications and commercial software has made networks more vulnerable, according to a government audit. The report said a security test identified 763 “high-risk” vulnerabilities which could provide an attacker with immediate access into a computer system and allow them, for example, to execute remote commands. Full Story : AFP.com….

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Hawaii Lawmakers Create ‘Islam Day’

IslamHawaii’s state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to celebrate “Islam Day” ‚Äî over the objections of a few lawmakers who said they didn’t want to honor a religion connected to Sept. 11, 2001. The resolution to proclaim Sept. 24, 2009, as Islam Day passed the Senate on a 22-3 vote. It had previously passed the House. The bill seeks to recognize “the rich religious, scientific, cultural and artistic contributions” that Islam and the Islamic world have made. It does not call for any spending or organized celebration of Islam Day. Full Story : YahooNews.com….

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U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Fall to Three-Month Low

help-employmentThe number of Americans filing claims for unemployment insurance unexpectedly fell last week to the lowest level in three months, a sign the worst of the job cuts may be over. Initial jobless claims decreased by 34,000 to 601,000 in the week ended May 2, the fewest since late January, from a revised 635,000 the prior week, the Labor Department said today in Washington. Full Story : Bllomberg.com…..

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U.S., Israel Diverge on Palestinian Plan

IsraelDivisions emerged between new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government and Washington over President Barack Obama’s call for an independent Palestinian homeland, despite Israeli leaders’ pledges on Monday to work closely with Mr. Obama. Aides to Mr. Netanyahu voiced skepticism over establishing a Palestinian state when the Palestinian Authority’s security forces remain weak and its political leadership is divided. Full Story : WSJ.com…..

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Feds drop charges against pro-Israel lobbyists

Prosecutors moved Friday to dismiss all charges against two former pro-Israel lobbyists accused of disclosing U.S. defense secrets, ending a four-year legal battle that promised to put former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other Bush administration insiders on the witness stand. Full Story : YahooNews……

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More Than Half of Americans Living with Dirty Air

EmissionsMore than half of America’s population, 186.1 million people to be exact, live and breathe in communities with dangerously high levels of air pollution, new research shows. Eighty million more Americans (175 million) than last year live in areas with unacceptably high smog (ozone) levels too many days of the year, reflecting both a warmer climate as well as new ozone standards. Full Story : AJC……

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US Army enlists Facebook, Twitter

us-armyThe US Army said on Monday it had launched a fan page on Facebook and established an office for online “social media,” despite security rules that limit soldiers’ access to networking sites. Mindful of a changing media landscape, the Army said it wanted to make sure it reached a younger audience that relies heavily on “tweets” and social networking sites, spokeswoman Lindy Kyzer said. Full Story : France24.com……

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Obama to Get Back BlackBerry at Last, Toughened by NSA

blackberry-curveThe presidential BlackBerry is undergoing final testing before being handed back. The NSA is hammering on the SecurVoice software which has been loaded onto the Obama-phone and is in the last stages of testing just how secure it might be. The BlackBerry is an 8830, the standard business handset, but the added software encrypts both calls and messages. Full Story : Wired.com…..

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Ahmadinejad: ‘We Welcome Change’

ahmadinijad-iranIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he welcomed “change” in his nation’s relationship with the U.S., but declined to commit to any timetable or specifics for negotiating with the U.S. and European nations. Asked if he was ready to talk with world leaders about Iran’s nuclear program, among other issues, without any preconditions, Mr. Ahmadinejad suggested he was, but as in the past, declined to commit to specifics. Full Story : Wallstreetjournal.com….

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Obama, Biden Relocated After Small Planes Stray

small-planePresident Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were relocated briefly while at work at the White House after two small planes strayed today into restricted airspace over the Washington area. Two Coast Guard helicopters and two Air Force F-16 fighters were sent to intercept the planes. Full Story : Bloomberg.com…..

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Offshore Renewable Energy Regulations Announced in US

offshore-windfarmThe United States Interior Department issued regulations governing offshore renewable energy projects that use wind, ocean currents and wave power for producing electricity. The offshore leasing rules for electricity production had stalled for two years over of a turf dispute as it were between governmental agencies, but that bottleneck has been broken. Nearby coastal states will receive 27.5 percent of the royalties generated from electricity production. Full Story : Treehugger.com……

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Spies breach Pentagon fighter-jet project

pentagonComputer spies have hacked into the Pentagon’s most costly weapons program, a US newspaper reported Tuesday. Hackers broke into U.S. Department of Defense computers and downloaded terabytes of data containing design information about the Joint Strike Fighter, a US$300 billion stealth fighter currently under development. However, the most sensitive files were not compromised since they are stored on computers that are not connected to the Internet, the report said. Full Story : PCworld.com……

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