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Anonymous threatens to reveal identities of 1,000 KKK members, one year after cyber war with hate group

KKK in AmericaIt’s hackers vs. haters — round two.

The amorphous hacker group Anonymous threatened the Ku Klux Klan Tuesday with an upcoming online coup, timed for the one-year anniversary of the last time Anonymous targeted the hate group.

In messages dropped on the incognito message board Pastebin, Anonymous warned of “OPKKK Hoodsoff” — its plan to expose the identities of 1,000 Klan members.

“Ku Klux Klan, We never stopped watching you,” one missive said.


Arizona agrees to identify its execution drugs after order from federal judge

Arizona to identify execution drugsA federal judge on Wednesday said he won’t resume a civil rights lawsuit against the state of Arizona until it reveals which execution drugs it has in its possession.

The order issued on Wednesday requires the state to tell the court which drugs it has and which of the four drug combinations it plans on using when it resumes executions. The lawsuit was put on hold last year, and the state wants the lawsuit to continue. Attorneys have until 18 November to respond.


Plane catches fire at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida

Plane fire Fort LaudedrdaleA plane caught on fire on the runway of Fort Lauderdale’s Hollywood International airport on Thursday.  A spokesman for the airport identified the plane as a Boeing 767 charter flight operated by Dynamic Airline en route to Caracas, Venezuela.

“The left engine caught fire on departure,” said Alan Siegel in an interview on CBS news.

Passenger Sam Masteller on the phone with CBS reported that “no one was injured, no one was hurt too bad. There were a lot of children on board who had consumed a lot of the smoke.”


Appeals court won't block last month of NSA phone surveillance program

NSA can complete surfeillanceA federal appeals court panel that previously ruled the National Security Agency's controversial phone-metadata program was illegal declined Thursday to issue an order blocking the program in the remaining month before it is slated to shut down.

The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said a law Congress passed in June promising a transition to a new program and the end to so-called bulk collection of phone data, the USA Freedom Act, appeared to authorize the program to continue during a transition period. In light of the plan to shut the program down next month, the judges declined to wade into the question of whether the surveillance effort is currently violating the Constitution.


Unmanned military balloon floats over Pa., could pose danger

Unmanned defense dept. balloon looseAn unmanned Army balloon, nearly as long as a football field, broke loose in Maryland today and floated north over Pennsylvania, according to NORAD.

The balloon, known as a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, detached from its mooring at Aberdeen shortly before noon. You can view a high-resolution image of the balloon here.


Officer fired for 'unacceptable' force in removing South Carolina student

SC Officer firedThe police officer caught on video flipping a female teen student backward in her desk and tossing her across a South Carolina classroom has been fired, it was announced Wednesday.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told reporters that the officer, Deputy Sheriff Ben Fields was terminated, saying the "maneuver that he used was not based on training or acceptable."


Former House Speaker Hastert pleads guilty to lying to FBI

HastertDennis Hastert pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to the FBI in a hush-money scheme, agreeing to a deal with federal prosecutors that recommends he serve no more than six months in prison and averting a trial in the case.

A judge, however, could go beyond that recommendation and give the former House speaker up to five years behind bars.


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