Monthly Archives: September 2008

USS George Washington arrives in Japan

Hundreds of local residents in Yokosuka, located 30 mi/50 km south of Tokyo, staged protests on 25 September 2008 against the arrival to the port city of the U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington. The locals expressed concern about … Continue reading

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Democrats to Let Offshore Drilling Ban Expire, Conceding Defeat in Battle With GOP

WASHINGTON —  Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in a months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a … Continue reading

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U.S. Exceeds Goal for Resettling Iraqis –

The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program has surpassed its goal of resettling 12,000 Iraqi refugees during fiscal year 2008: 12,118 Iraqis have been admitted to the United States as refugees since October 1, 2007; only 1,600 were admitted in fiscal year … Continue reading

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Al Qaeda blamed for U.S. Embassy attack

Suspected Al Qaeda militants disguised as security forces launched an explosive assault on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, Wednesday killing 10 Yemeni police and civilians, officials said. The attack involved two car bombs, a spokesman for Yemen’s embassy … Continue reading

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Commuter train engineer didn’t apply brakes in fatal crash

The National Transportation Safety Board said a Metrolink train that slammed head-on into a freight train Friday did not apply its brakes, according to preliminary data from the investigation. Investigators use stand-in engines on Tuesday to study what happened in … Continue reading

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Central figure in DC tax scam pleads guilty

A former manager in the District of Columbia tax office admits she cut more than 200 fraudulent property tax refund checks in a scheme that drained more than 48 million dollars from the city’s treasury over almost two decades. The … Continue reading

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Fed bails out AIG in $85B deal

The Federal Reserve Board late Tuesday confirmed it would authorize the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to lend as much as $85 billion to American International Group Inc., which has unraveled in the face of mounting losses related to … Continue reading

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US Air Force eyes big satellite contract this fall

The U.S. Air Force still plans to award Boeing Co. or Lockheed Martin Corp. a contract worth billions of dollars this fall to build a group of advanced military communications satellites, the general in charge of Air Force Space Command … Continue reading

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Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rules may be a model for other states.

Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) members’ tentative endorsement of several new rules last week and last month may garner the attention of several states as they look to regulate the ongoing energy boom in the American West, the … Continue reading

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Iran (Country threat level – 4):

On 15 September 2008 the U.S. Department of State issued the following updated Travel Warning: “The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Iran. Dual national Iranian-American citizens may encounter difficulty … Continue reading

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