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Steubenville Rape Case Grand Jury Issues Charges (School IT Employee)

Source: Associated Press

@AP: Ohio grand jury issues indictment of school IT employee in Steubenville HS football player rape case: http://t.co/AJwu7sLhzE -RJJ

Oct. 7 6:01 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) An Ohio grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the case of a 16-year-old girl raped last year by two high school football players has issued an indictment naming a school information technology employee.

The indictment announced by Attorney General Mike DeWine on Monday charges William Rhinaman of Mingo Junction with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

DeWine says the charges are related to Rhinaman's job as a Steubenville city schools employee. He would not release specifics on the allegations.

A phone listing for the 53-year-old Rhinaman was not taking calls Monday. Messages were left for the Steubenville schools superintendent.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/steubenville-rape-case-grand-jury-issues-charges

5 Off-Duty Officers Among Bikers in SUV Incident

Source: WABC

@BreakingNews: Report: 5 off-duty New York City police officers were among bikers in SUV beating incident - @eyewitnessnyc http://t.co/wZ2PWCusaY

5 off-duty officers among bikers in SUV incident

Updated at 10:32 PM today

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Eyewitness News has learned that among the bikers on the Henry Hudson last weekend, were five off-duty NYPD officers.

Sources say at least two detectives witnessed the attack on Alexian Lien and did not directly intervene. And investigators are still working to determine what role, if any, was played by the other three officers.

What is clear, sources say, is that the men did not begin to come forward until late Wednesday, four full-days after the incident.

And detectives are also investigating reports that several others in the group may have been off-duty New York City correction officers.

An undercover detective has informed Internal Affairs that he was present at the time of the confrontation.

The undercover narcotics detective, himself a motorcycle rider, was off duty. Official sources say he did not get involved because he did not want to blow his cover. Internal Affairs is now investigating. The undercover detective is being advised by an attorney.

Read more: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=9274018

Overflowing Tank Cause of New Leak at Fukushima

Source: Associated Press


Oct. 3 11:35 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) Another day, another radioactive-water spill. The operator of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant says at least 430 liters (110 gallons) spilled when workers overfilled a storage tank without a gauge that could have warned them of the danger.

The amount is tiny compared to the untold thousands of tons of radioactive water that have leaked, much of it into the Pacific Ocean, since a massive earthquake and tsunami wrecked the plant and sent it into meltdown in 2011. But the error is one of many the operator has committed as it struggles to manage a seemingly endless, tainted flow.

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TEPCO said the water then spilled out of a concrete barrier surrounding the tank and believed that most of it reached the sea via a ditch next to the river. The company later said, however, radiation levels in sea water samples taken just off the plant's coast remained below detectable levels.

The overspill, the latest of several mishaps in less than a month, prompted the Nuclear Regulation Authority to summon the utility president and reprimand him in public. Katsuhiko Ikeda, administrative head of the agency, ordered TEPCO President Naomi Hirose on Friday to ensure better on-site management and prevent human error, and submit improvement plans in a report.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/new-leak-japan-nuke-plant-due-tank-overflow

New Leak at Japan Nuke Plant Due to Tank Overflow

Source: Associated Press

Oct 2, 11:59 PM EDT


Oct 2, 11:59 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's crippled nuclear plant has a new leak of highly radioactive water entering the Pacific Ocean after a storage tank overflowed.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday that workers detected the water dripping from the top of a tank when they were patrolling the site the night before.

TEPCO estimates 430 liters (110 gallons) of water leaked outside a concrete barrier surrounding the tank and four others. TEPCO believes the water reached the sea via a ditch next to the barrier.

Massive amounts of water have been used to cool the reactors and fuel rods since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami destroyed the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant's cooling system. Leaks of the contaminated water are causing concerns over the plant's stability.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/leak-japan-nuke-plant-due-tank-overflow-20453236

Pres Obama: House GOP Faces Irony That They've Shut Down The Govt, But ACA "Still Open For Business"

@CBSNews: RT @markknoller: Pres Obama says House GOP faces irony that they've shut down the Govt, but Affordable Care Act "still open for business."

@CBSNews: RT @petermaercbs: Pointing to people in the Rose Garden, Obama tells GOP, "These are the Americans you'd hurt if you were allowed to disman.

BREAKING: U.S. Federal Government Officially Shuts Down for First Time in 17 Years

Source: Bloomberg News / NBC News

@BloombergNews: BREAKING: U.S. federal government officially shuts down for first time in 17 years

Shutdown to begin as Congress remains deadlocked

By Carrie Dann and Michael O'Brien, NBC News

Federal government officials told agencies to begin executing plans for a partial government shutdown Monday as Congress failed to reach an agreement on a funding measure.

In a memo to executive branch officers sent less than half an hour before a midnight deadline, Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia Burwell said there was no "clear indication" that Congress would reach an agreement to keep the government's lights on by 12:01 a.m. ET

"Agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations," she wrote. "We urge Congress to act quickly to pass a Continuing Resolution to provide a short-term bridge that ensures sufficient time to pass a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, and to restore the operation of critical public services and programs that will be impacted by a lapse in appropriations."

The shutdown is expected to place tens of thousands of federal workers on furlough, close national parks and monuments, and disrupt services like food assistance and IRS audits. Services like benefit payments and national security operations would go on as usual, and because of a bipartisan measure passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by the president late Monday members of the military will continue to be paid.

As the clock ticked down to midnight, the House announced that it would try to shift decision-making to a bipartisan "conference" of lawmakers from both chambers, but Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid immediately rejected that plan.

Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2013/m-13-24.pdf

"A Quick One-Sentence Reminder of What This Is All About..."


By Kevin Drum on Fri. September 27, 2013 10:51 AM PDT

The Republican Party is bending its entire will, staking its very soul, fighting to its last breath, in service of a crusade to....

Make sure that the working poor don't have access to affordable health care.

I just thought I'd mention that in plain language, since it seems to get lost in the fog fairly often. But that's it. That's what's happening. They have been driven mad by the thought that rich people will see their taxes go up slightly in order to help non-rich people get decent access to medical care.

That's a pretty stirring animating principle, no?

Breaking: House Approves One-Year 'Obamacare' Delay in Spending Bill

Source: Reuters

@CBSNews: BREAKING: House votes to avert government shutdown and delay Obamacare a year.

@AP: Ignoring veto threat, House votes to avert government shutdown and delay Obamacare a year: http://t.co/qyTfsrbBPZ -BW



House approves one-year 'Obamacare' delay in spending bill

WASHINGTON | Sun Sep 29, 2013 12:26am EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Sunday, ignoring a White House veto threat, approved a one-year delay in funding major provisions of President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law as part of a government funding bill.

Republicans attached the amendment to a bill that is needed to keep federal agencies operating beyond September 30 when a new fiscal year begins.

The move brought the U.S. government closer to shutting down on Tuesday amid deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE98S01J20130929

AP: Journalist Glenn Greenwald to Investigate the NSA's Role in Washington's Assassination Program

Source: Associated Press

@AP: Journalist Glenn Greenwald to investigate the NSA's role in Washington's assassination program: http://t.co/GrB1SBROBv -KH


Sep. 28 10:15 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Two American journalists known for their investigations of the United States' government said Saturday they've teamed up to report on the National Security Agency's role in what they described as a U.S. assassination program.

Glenn Greenwald, the Rio-based journalist who has written stories about U.S. surveillance programs based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, is now working with Jeremy Scahill, a contributor to The Nation magazine and the New York Times best-selling author of "Dirty Wars."

"The connections between war and surveillance are clear. I don't want to give too much away but Glenn and I are working on a project right now that has at its center how the National Security Agency plays a significant, central role on the U.S. assassination program," said Scahill, speaking to moviegoers in Rio de Janeiro, where the documentary based on his book made its Latin American debut at the Rio Film Festival.

"There are so many stories that are yet to be published that we hope will produce 'actionable intelligence,' or information that ordinary citizens across the world can use to try to fight for change, to try to confront those in power," said Scahill.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/glenn-greenwald-working-new-nsa-revelations

Breaking: Climate Report Says Global Warming 'Extremely Likely' Caused By Humans

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Climate report says global warming "extremely likely" caused by humans.

@BreakingNews: More: Human role in global warming is even clearer, temperatures to rise 0.3-4.8 C in this century, UN panel says - @AFP


Sep. 27 4:02 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) A landmark report by an international scientific panel says it's "extremely likely" that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming.

That's the strongest statement to date on the issue by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In its previous assessment, in 2007, the U.N.-sponsored panel said it was "very likely" that global warming was man-made.

It now says the evidence has grown thanks to more observations, a better understanding of the climate system and improved models to analyze the impact of rising temperatures.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/talks-landmark-climate-report-wrapping
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