September 2, 2013 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil --New documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden allege that Washington spied on the presidents of Mexico and Brazil, further complicating relations weeks before Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's state visit to the United States. After journalist Glenn Greenwald made the revelations on Brazil's popular Globo TV network Sunday night, Rousseff called an emergency meeting with advisors and her government summoned U.S. Ambassador Thomas Shannon to explain the new allegations, which came after earlier reports of spying led Brazil to demand answers from a visiting Secretary of State John F. Kerry last month.
August 22, 2013 |
FT. HOOD, Texas - A few days before he gunned down fellow soldiers at this central Texas Army base four years ago, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan sent an email to superiors about something that had been troubling him: suspected war crimes. And one day before the rampage, the Army psychiatrist had received a glowing evaluation from superiors who recommended him for promotion and future assignments as chief of psychiatry or commander of a combat stress team. In one of Hasan's emails, he wrote that soldiers had shared with him disturbing accounts of troops contaminating the Iraqi water supply, of medics killing an injured insurgent and a soldier killing a female bystander.
August 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency improperly collected the emails of tens of thousands of Americans for three years before acknowledging the problem in 2011 and bringing it to the attention of the secret intelligence court, which ordered the program overhauled. Officials disclosed the history of that unlawful surveillance Wednesday, releasing three partially redacted opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that detailed the judges' concerns about how the NSA had been siphoning data from the Internet in an effort to collect foreign intelligence.
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August 21, 2013 |
The FBI served new subpoenas on the Central Basin Municipal Water District this month, expanding a corruption investigation that began with a raid on state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon's office in June. One subpoena sought documents related to a groundwater storage plan that was the subject of long-running legal battle in southeast L.A. County. Investigators also are seeking personnel records for the water district's former general manager, Art Aguilar, and two elected directors, Art Chacon and Robert Apodaca.
August 17, 2013 |
Alex Rodriguez, who continues to appeal his unprecedented 211-game suspension, denies a report that says a member of his "inner circle" leaked documents linking Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun to the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug case. A report by CBS' "60 Minutes" show said unnamed sources claimed Rodriguez's camp was responsible for the handing over of documents that linked Yankees teammate Frank Cervelli and Braun to the Biogenesis scandal. The Yankees third baseman told reporters in Boston on Friday night that the report "was not true at all" and that it was simply an attempt to alienate A-Rod from other players.
August 16, 2013 |
"From One Second to the Next," Werner Herzog's new 35-minute documentary short about victims and perpetrators of catastrophic accidents caused by texting while driving, will be distributed to 40,000 high schools and can be viewed at ItCanWait.com. How did you come to make "From One Second to the Next"? I was invited [by AT&T], and it was immediately clear that I should do it and I would like to do it and I was competent to do it. Why do you think they came to you, and why did you jump at the chance?
August 16, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - For decades, it was the U.S. government's Cold War-era secret that hid in plain sight, the 1000-pound elephant in the Nevada desert that Washington continually denied - "What test site?" - and the rest of the country turned into a breeding ground for conspiracy theories. Well, now it's official: Area 51 really does exist. In newly declassified documents, the Central Intelligence Agency is acknowledging the existence of the mysterious war-test site in central Nevada that has captivated listeners on the far ends of the radio dial, spawning endless speculation about UFO landings and top-secret aliens.
August 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Leaked documents showing the National Security Agency overstepped its legal authority thousands of times since 2011 have spurred new calls to restrict surveillance on Americans and threatened to further erode trust in the powerful spy agency. In an attempt to contain the damage Friday, intelligence officials rushed to brief congressional staffers and the White House issued a statement of support for the NSA, which critics say has violated Americans' privacy and civil liberties in its efforts to track terrorists and foreign agents.
August 13, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - He was late for meetings, and once curled in a fetal position on a storage room floor and clutched his head, a knife at his feet. He carved the words "I want" into a chair. Another time, he pounded his fists and flipped over a table of computers before he was wrestled into submission. And in April 2010, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning emailed his sergeant a mug shot of himself wearing makeup, dark lipstick and a flowing blond wig. "This is my problem," he wrote in the email.
August 3, 2013 |
Aug. 6, the anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima during World War II, is a date that has been ingrained in the consciousness of artist elin o'Hara slavick for as long as she can remember. The daughter of activist parents, she vividly remembers attending the annual Hiroshima Day in Monument Square in her hometown of Portland, Maine, in the 1970s, listening to her parents' oratory. It wasn't until 2008 that she finally had a chance to visit the Japanese city with her family when her epidemiologist husband received a fellowship to study there.