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Toronto Mayor Ford Admits He Smoked Crack

Source: Associated Press


Nov. 5, 2013 12:35 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) The mayor of Toronto is saying he smoked crack "probably a year ago" when he was in a "drunken stupor."

Rob Ford's admission to reporters Tuesday follows months of accusations during which the embattled mayor refused to step down. The allegations that he had been caught on video smoking crack surfaced in May.

"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," Ford told reporters Tuesday outside his office. "There have been times when I've been in a drunken stupor. That's why I want to see the tape. I want everyone in the city to see this tape. I don't even recall there being a tape or video. I want to see the state that I was in."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/toronto-mayor-admits-he-smoked-crack

Breaking: Abortion-Rights Groups Ask Supreme Court to Halt Texas Law

Source: Reuters

Abortion-rights groups ask Supreme Court to halt Texas law

Mon Nov 4, 2013 9:57am EST

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Abortion-rights groups in Texas on Monday filed an emergency request with U.S. Supreme Court to strike down newly enacted abortion restrictions, the groups said in a statement.

A requirement that physicians who provide abortions have admitting privileges in local hospitals caused at least a dozen clinics and surgery centers across the state to stop offering abortion services after the law went into effect on Friday, clinic employees said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE9A30KM20131104

TOM TOMORROW: Doctor Hand! ("How Can They Stay in Business if They Have To Insure Sick People?")

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Media Matters: CBS "Eyewitness" Admits He Lied About Benghazi Attack While Bashing Critics


CBS "Eyewitness" Admits He Lied About Benghazi Attack While Bashing Critics

25 minutes ago HANNAH GROCH-BEGLEY

CBS News' source for their discredited report on the Benghazi attack, Dylan Davies, accused Media Matters of conducting a coordinated smear campaign against him, while simultaneously admitting he falsified statements about his experience of the Benghazi attack.

On October 27, CBS' 60 Minutes featured "Morgan Jones," -- The Washington Post later revealed his real name, Dylan Davies -- a supposed "eyewitness" of the September 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities, who claimed that during the attack he scaled a wall of the compound, personally struck a terrorist in the face with his rifle butt, and later went to the Benghazi hospital to see Ambassador Chris Stevens' body.

The story he told CBS wildly diverged from the account he gave his superiors in an incident report that was obtained by The Washington Post. According to the Post, Davies had previously filed a report with his security contractor employer saying that he "could not get anywhere near" the compound the night of the attack.

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But in the same interview, Davies admitted to falsifying his incident report of the Benghazi attacks, undermining his credibility and calling into question his various accounts of the attack.

According to The Daily Beast, Davies explained that he had lied to his supervisor at the security contracting company Blue Mountain Group, "because he did not want his supervisor to know he had disobeyed his orders":


British Accuse David Miranda, Glenn Greenwald's Partner, Of 'Terrorism'


British Accuse David Miranda, Glenn Greenwald's Partner, Of 'Terrorism'


Nov 02, 2013

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) - British authorities claimed the domestic partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald was involved in "terrorism" when he tried to carry documents from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden through a London airport in August, according to police and intelligence documents.

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At a London court hearing this week for Miranda's lawsuit, a document called a "Ports Circulation Sheet" was read into the record. It was prepared by Scotland Yard - in consultation with the MI5 counterintelligence agency - and circulated to British border posts before Miranda's arrival. The precise date of the document is unclear.

"Intelligence indicates that Miranda is likely to be involved in espionage activity which has the potential to act against the interests of UK national security," according to the document. "We assess that Miranda is knowingly carrying material the release of which would endanger people's lives," the document continued.

"Additionally the disclosure, or threat of disclosure, is designed to influence a government and is made for the purpose of promoting a political or ideological cause. This therefore falls within the definition of terrorism..."

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A key hearing on Miranda's legal challenge is scheduled for next week. The new details of how and why British authorities decided to act against him, including extracts from police and MI5 documents, were made public during a preparatory hearing earlier this week.

British authorities have said in court that items seized from Miranda included electronic media containing 58,000 documents from the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).


UK Phone-Hacking Trial Hears Editor Wrote 'Do His Phone'

Source: Reuters

UK phone-hacking trial hears editor wrote 'do his phone'

By Michael Holden

Fri Nov 1, 2013 8:21am EDT

LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Coulson, then editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, instructed a journalist working on a story about a celebrity to "do his phone", a jury trying Coulson and others for phone-hacking was told on Friday.

Coulson, fellow former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, and two senior employees of Murdoch's British group News International are accused of conspiring to intercept voicemails for stories.

Coulson, who after leaving the News of the World went on to be Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief, and Brooks, who rose to be chief executive of News International, also face two charges each of making illegal payments to public officials.

In total, eight defendants are in the dock on various charges related to phone-hacking, illegal payments for stories, and hindering police investigations. They all deny the charges.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE9A00DH20131101

Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson Comes Ashore

Source: The Age (Australia)

Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson comes ashore

by ANDREW DARBY - 01/11/13, 2:15 PM

The extraordinary maritime odyssey of Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson has ended with him coming ashore to join former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown in fighting a US court case.

Mr Watson, the anti-whaling activist who jumped bail in Germany last year ahead of a Japanese extradition order, avoided authorities by staying at sea for 15 months, most of which he spent in the South Pacific.

He arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday on the Australian-registered Sea Shepherd multihull Brigitte Bardot, the group said. Supporters, including lawyer Robert Kennedy jnr, surrounded him on the dock.

Sea Shepherd Australia director Jeff Hansen said in a statement that, after many months at sea and a life in exile, Mr Watson was safely back on land in the US. Mr Watson said in a Facebook post that Costa Rica, which originally sought his extradition from Germany, had dropped an Interpol "Red Notice" seeking his arrest.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/whale-watch/sea-shepherds-paul-watson-comes-ashore-20131101-2wpo2.html

NY City Council Votes to Raise Cigarette Purchase Age to 21

Source: NBC New York

City Council Votes to Raise Cigarette Purchase Age to 21

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 Updated 6:10 PM EDT

The City Council has passed a bill to bar anyone under the age of 21 from buying cigarettes and e-cigarettes in New York City.

Under federal law, no one under 18 can buy tobacco anywhere in the country, but some states and localities have raised it to 19.

Some communities, including Needham, Mass., have raised the minimum age to 21, but New York will be the biggest city to do so if Mayor Bloomberg signs the bill, which he is expected to do.

Lawmakers voted 35 to 10 to pass the bill.

Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Cigarettes-Vote-New-York-Wednesday-229822281.html

United States Tracked Merkel's Phone Since 2002: Report

Source: Reuters

United States tracked Merkel's phone since 2002: report

Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:04pm EDT

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States may have bugged Angela Merkel's phone for more than 10 years, according to a news report on Saturday that also said President Barack Obama told the German leader he would have stopped it happening had he known about it.

Germany's outrage over reports of bugging of Merkel's phone by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) prompted it to summon the U.S. ambassador this week for the first time in living memory, an unprecedented post-war diplomatic rift.

Der Spiegel said Merkel's mobile telephone had been listed by the NSA's Special Collection Service (SCS) since 2002 - marked as "GE Chancellor Merkel" - and was still on the list weeks before Obama visited Berlin in June.

In an SCS document cited by the magazine, the agency said it had a "not legally registered spying branch" in the U.S. embassy in Berlin, the exposure of which would lead to "grave damage for the relations of the United States to another government".

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE99P08G20131026

Snowden Leak: The NSA Has Been Monitoring Phone Calls of 35 World Leaders

Source: Guardian UK

The NSA Has Been Monitoring The Phone Calls Of 35 World Leaders

James Ball, The Guardian 25 minutes ago

The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its "customer" departments, such the White House, State and the Pentagon, to share their "Rolodexes" so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to their surveillance systems.

The document notes that one unnamed US official handed over 200 numbers, including those of the 35 world leaders, none of whom is named. These were immediately "tasked" for monitoring by the NSA.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/nsa-phone-calls-world-leaders-2013-10
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