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AP PHOTO: A Procession of the Vehicles Carrying Bodies of the Firefighters Who Died in AZ



A procession carrying the bodies of the firefighters who died Sunday fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire heads down Grand Ave. toward the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's office on Monday, July 1, 2013. Nineteen firefighters have died in the Yarnell Hill Fire that has ripped through half of the town and sent residents to Prescott for safety. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/photos/B/bea077e8-87f9-41aa-aae5-b2bc6e8a777c.html

Cirque 'Devastated' By Acrobat's Fatal Vegas Fall

Source: Associated Press

CIRQUE 'DEVASTATED' BY ACROBAT'S FATAL VEGAS FALL

By MICHELLE RINDELS

— Jul. 1 3:19 PM ED

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The founder of Cirque du Soleil says his tight-knit performance company is "completely devastated" after a veteran acrobat died in Las Vegas over the weekend in a fall witnessed by the audience.

Coroner's officials said Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, was pronounced dead at a hospital late Saturday night after falling about 50 feet from the show's stage during a production of "Ka" at the MGM Grand.

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The incident was the first stage casualty in the company's 29-year history, according to Cirque spokeswoman Renee-Claude Menard.

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Visitor Dan Mosqueda of Colorado Springs, Colo., said the woman was being hoisted up the side of the stage when it appeared that she detached from her safety wire and plummeted to an open pit below the stage. "Initially, a lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the (show)," he told the Sun. "But you could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage."

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Menard said she could confirm that Guillot-Guyard didn't slip out of her harness, but couldn't provide additional information about the incident.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/audience-heard-acrobats-cries-fatal-vegas-fall

Edward Snowden Asking 15 Countries for Asylum, Russian Official Says

Source: Los Angeles Times

Edward Snowden asking 15 countries for asylum, Russian official says

By Sergei L. Loiko
July 1, 2013, 5:43 a.m.

MOSCOW -- Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. security secrets and is now a fugitive, met Monday morning with Russian diplomatic officials and handed them an appeal to 15 countries for political asylum, a Russian Foreign Ministry official told The Times.

“It was a desperate measure on his part after Ecuador disavowed his political protection credentials,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. ”In the document Snowden reiterated once again that he is not a traitor and explained his actions only by a desire to open the world’s eyes on the flagrant violations by U.S. special services not only of American citizens but also citizens of European Union including their NATO allies.”

The official didn’t disclose the countries that were on the list. The meeting took place at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport, where Snowden has apparently holed up in a transit lounge since fleeing from Hong Kong while seeking a route to Ecuador or somewhere else that might grant him asylum.

Kirill Kabanov, a member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, a Kremlin advisory body, said he believes that Russia is on the list.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-edward-snowden-asylum-15-countries-20130701,0,1183893.story

Tom Tomorrow: Triumph!



Daily Kos Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/01/1219786/-Triumph

Breaking: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Halt Same-Sex Marriages in California

Source: LA Times / SCOTUS Blog

@BreakingNews: Supreme Court rejects bid to halt same-sex weddings in California - @latimes

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-76509630

Supreme Court rejects bid to halt same-sex marriages in California

BY MAURA DOLAN

June 30, 2013, 12:33 p.m.

The Supreme Court rejected an emergency request to stop same-sex marriages in California, a lawyer for the gay couples who sued said Sunday.

Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., one of the lawyers who challenged Proposition 8, said that he had just received word from the court Sunday morning that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy denied a request by ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, to halt the marriages.

Boutrous said that Kennedy, who handles petitions from the Western states, did not comment on the decision.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order late Friday that allowed gay marriages to resume in California, a step that ProtectMarriage said was premature and in violation of procedural rules.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-76509630/



@SCOTUSblog: #scotus denies request to block California same-sex marriage: http://t.co/ml6uep0gSn

http://www.scotusblog.com/2013/06/new-marriage-challenge-fails

Lyle Denniston

Posted Sun, June 30th, 2013 12:21 pm

New gay marriage challenge fails


Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy turned down at midday Sunday a request to stop same-sex marriages from occurring in California. Without comment, and without seeking views from the other side, Kennedy rejected a plea that the Ninth Circuit Court did not have the authority to put into effect last Friday a federal judge’s order that allowed such marriages. The plea had been made on Saturday by the sponsors of California’s “Proposition 8″ that allowed marriage only between a man and a woman.

Newly Released NSA Slides Explain the PRISM Data-Collection Program

Source: Washington Post

@BreakingNews: Newly released NSA slides detail how program interacts with internet companies - @washingtonpost http://t.co/qSk7U1F7RV

NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program

Published: June 6, 2013, Updated: June 29, 2013

The top-secret PRISM program allows the U.S. intelligence community to gain access from nine Internet companies to a wide range of digital information, including e-mails and stored data, on foreign targets operating outside the United States. The program is court-approved but does not require individual warrants. Instead, it operates under a broader authorization from federal judges who oversee the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Some documents describing the program were first released by The Washington Post on June 6. The newly released documents below give additional details about how the program operates, including the levels of review and supervisory control at the NSA and FBI. The documents also show how the program interacts with the Internet companies. These slides, annotated by The Post, represent a selection from the overall document, and certain portions are redacted. Read related article.

New slides published June 29

Acquiring data from a new target

This slide describes what happens when an NSA analyst "tasks" the PRISM system for information about a new surveillance target. The request to add a new target is passed automatically to a supervisor who reviews the "selectors," or search terms. The supervisor must endorse the analyst's "reasonable belief," defined as 51 percent confidence, that the specified target is a foreign national who is overseas at the time of collection.





After communications information is acquired, the data are processed and analyzed by specialized systems that handle voice, text, video and "digital network information" that includes the locations and unique device signatures of targets.



Each target is assigned a case notation

The PRISM case notation format reflects the availability, confirmed by The Post's reporting, of real-time surveillance as well as stored content.



Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/prism-collection-documents/m/

Greenwald Docs Preview: Brand New Technology Allows NSA to Retain 1 Billion Cell Calls Every Day

@wikileaks: Glen Greenwald document preview: "a brand new technology allows #NSA to retain 1 billion cell calls every day." @ggreenwald

@ggreenwald: RT @tovangar2: Recording of @ggreenwald's speech from livestream will be up on www.wearemany ASAP

BREAKING: Prop 8 - Gay Marriages Can Resume in California, Court Rules (Effective Immediately)

Source: LA Times

@BreakingNews: RT @breakingpol: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issues order clearing way for same-sex marriage to resume in California - @NBCLA

Prop 8: Gay marriages can resume in California, court rules

BY MAURA DOLAN
June 28, 2013, 6:25 p.m.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California.

The court lifted its stay on an injunction which ordered state officials to stop enforcing Proposition 8. With the court's action, counties can now begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

A spokesman for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had originally said it would takes the court at least 25 days to act after a Supreme Court ruling. Immediately afterward, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered his public health agency to advise the state's counties to "begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the 9th Circuit confirms the stay is lifted."

Opponents of same-sex marriage have argued that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 decision overturning Proposition 8 applied only to the two same-sex couples who challenged the ballot measure. But their enthusiasm for going to court to try to narrow the effect of the decision appeared to wane in the hours after the decision.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-76493489/

Michigan Ban on Domestic Partner Benefits Struck Down by Federal Judge

Source: MLive

Michigan ban on domestic partner benefits struck down by federal judge

By Brian Smith | bsmith11@mlive.com
on June 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM, updated June 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM

LANSING -- A federal judge has struck down as unconstitutional a Michigan law barring public employers from offering benefits to same-sex domestic partners.
The decision from U.S. District Judge David S. Lawson prevents Gov. Rick Snyder and state officials from enforcing the 2011 law prohibiting cities, counties and other public employers from offering benefits to same-sex domestic partners.

A group of five same-sex couples had filed suit against Snyder and the state alleging the law violated the U.S. Constitution by violating due process and equal protection rights. Attorneys for the state had argued the couples lacked standing to bring the suit and had not suffered an identifiable injury as a result of the law.

Read more: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/06/michigan_ban_on_domestic_partn.html

Restricted Web Access to The Guardian is Armywide, Officials Say

Source: Monterey Herald

Restricted web access to The Guardian is Armywide, officials say

By PHILLIP MOLNAR
Herald Staff Writer
Posted: 06/27/2013 03:12:16 PM PDT
Updated: 06/27/2013 06:00:12 PM

The Army admitted Thursday to not only restricting access to The Guardian news website at the Presidio of Monterey, as reported in Thursday's Herald, but Armywide.

Presidio employees said the site had been blocked since The Guardian broke several stories on data collection by the National Security Agency.

Gordon Van Vleet, an Arizona-based spokesman for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM, said in an email the Army is filtering "some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks."

He wrote it is routine for the Department of Defense to take preventative "network hygiene" measures to mitigate unauthorized disclosures of classified information.

Read more: http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_23554739/restricted-web-access-guardian-is-army-wide-officials
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