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Tops on Osama bin Laden's reading list: Illuminati, US foreign policy, Noam Chomsky

Osama bin LadenOsama Bin Laden kept close tabs on 9/11 conspiracy theories and recent American foreign policy and had an interest in the illuminati, according to a list of English-language books found at his compound that was released Wednesday.

Bin Laden had more than three dozen English-language works at the compound, many of them focused on America's efforts abroad, according to a list released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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The $25 Million Building in Afghanistan Nobody Needed

Afgnaistan boondoggleThis is a story about how the U.S. military built a lavish headquarters in Afghanistan that wasn’t needed, wasn’t wanted and wasn’t ever used—at a cost to American taxpayers of at least $25 million.

From start to finish, this 64,000-square-foot mistake could easily have been avoided. Not one, not two, but three generals tried to kill it. And they were overruled, not because they were wrong, but seemingly because no one wanted to cancel a project Congress had already given them money to build.

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British child sex-abuse probe yields over 1,400 suspects

Simon BaileyMore than 1,400 suspects, including 76 politicians and dozens of celebrities, are being investigated over allegations of child sex abuse involving VIPs and institutions such as schools, a British police group said Wednesday.

The allegations, many of which relate to cases from years ago, were revealed in a briefing to reporters by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), a group that operates across Britain's disparate forces on what it calls "the most serious and strategic threats."

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Five global banks to pay $5.7 billion in fines over rate rigging

rate rigginhg banks finedFive of the world's largest banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co and Citigroup Inc, were fined roughly $5.7 billion, and four of them pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges over manipulation of foreign exchange rates, authorities said on Wednesday.

A fifth bank, UBS AG, will plead guilty to rigging benchmark interest rates, the U.S. Justice Department said.

U.S. banks JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup will pay $550 million and $925 million in criminal fines, respectively, as part of their guilty pleas.

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DEA confiscates 154 pounds of Mexican heroin, biggest drug bust in N.Y. history

Drug bustFour suspected drug traffickers were arrested and some 154 pounds of heroin was seized late Tuesday in what is being called the single largest heroin seizure in New York state history and the fourth largest in the nation.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said the heroin was worth up to $50 million, with the "the potential of supplying a dose of heroin to every man, woman and child in New York City," Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said. Investigators also seized up to $2 million in cash and a gun.

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Air Force launches hush-hush mini-shuttle to space

X37B aircraftA mysterious space plane is on its way to orbit.

The Air Force launched its unmanned mini-shuttle from Cape Canaveral, Florida, late Wednesday morning. An Atlas V (five) rocket carried it up.

This is the fourth flight for the military research program, which is shrouded in secrecy.

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Israeli prime minister calls off West Bank bus segregation

palestinian workersIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday called off a proposed plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses, overruling his own defense minister following a flurry of criticism in an attempt to avert the first crisis of his new government.

An official in the prime minister's office said Netanyahu called Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to tell him he found his proposal "unacceptable" and the two then decided to freeze the plan.

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Reprint from 2005: The Snake Oil Merchants Who Sold Us A War!!

Condy Rice, war mongerTalk about putting one over on the American people. This one takes the cake, it really does. Did you hear anyone even mention the White House Iraq Group until recently? Did you have a clue about who they were or what they were about? Luckily, Scooter Libby screwed up somehow and got himself indicted, and now we know. Talk about a con job.

It seems that the White House Iraq Group was quite an impressive bunch with an even more impressive job. They had to sell the entire population of the United States a really big dose of snake oil in a very short time. I kid you not. That really was their assignment, and boy did they ever carry it out in style!

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Broken Pipeline Spills Oil on Coastline Near Santa Barbara

santa barbara oil spillAn emergency cleanup is underway Tuesday afternoon along the coastline near Santa Barbara after an oil pipeline leaked 21,000 gallons, some of which made it into the ocean.

Coast Guard crews responded after reports of an oil slick in the ocean, also seen on the sand at Refugio State Beach, around noon. The slick was initially estimated to be about a half-mile long but was reported to have spread to 4 miles wide by 3:30 p.m.

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