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Mass Shooting at Ft. Hood

on Wednesday, 02 April 2014. Posted in Crime, Top Stories, U.S.

Reports of more than a dozen hurt and several killed.

Mass Shooting at Ft. Hood

Just a few years after Nidal Hassan killed 13 people in a mass shooting at Fort Hood, another shooting kills four and injures 14.

Wisconsin Congressman Sensenbrenner Supports ACLU in NSA Lawsuit

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Friday, 06 September 2013. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, author of the Patriot Act, joins the NRA in filing briefs in support of the ACLU's lawsuit against the Obama Administration's NSA mass surveillance program.

Wisconsin Congressman Sensenbrenner Supports ACLU in NSA Lawsuit

Wisconsin Republican Senator F. James Sensenbrenner has filed an amicus brief in the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) lawsuit against Obama administration officials. According to the brief, the National Security Agency's (NSA), massive spying on Americans by bulk collection of phone records violates the Patriot Act and the intent of Congress.

Dramatic Video of Storm Chase Team Caught in Violent Twister

on Saturday, 01 June 2013. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

Violent weather continues to rip across the Midwest and one storm chase team gets an up-close look at the violent weather.

Dramatic Video of Storm Chase Team Caught in Violent Twister

The most recent outbreak of violent weather continues to scar the nation's midsection, with new tornadoes in several states on Friday, May 31 leaving a path of destruction in their wake.

Search Expands for Sunil Tripathi, Missing Ivy League Student

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Sunday, 24 March 2013. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

Brown University student missing since March 16. Family asks for help in locating him.

Search Expands for Sunil Tripathi, Missing Ivy League Student

A search begun in Rhode Island has now expanded across the Northeast where authorities are looking for Sunil Tripathi, a student of Brown University who has been missing since March 16th.

TSA Week In Review: Agency Bullies, Humiliates Ailing Woman

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Friday, 20 July 2012. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

In a fresh outrage, the Transportation Security Agency violated a middle-aged woman’s Constitutional rights, assaulted her dignity, and put her at risk of a medical crisis when it swabbed her feeding tube in an outrageous search for bomb making materials.

TSA Week In Review: Agency Bullies, Humiliates Ailing Woman

On its blog, the Transportation Security Agency proudly displays its “greatest finds” in its week in review. Among the terrorist tools the agency captured recently were inert improvised explosive device training aids that “non-TSA instructors” had placed in their checked baggage. Also nabbed by the TSA’s intrepid investigators was, supposedly, a “Six Bladed Star of Death” throwing star and a grenade-shaped tobacco grinder. The agency also tracked down and captured some fireworks, some marijuana and a knife that it said was 13 inches long.

Schumer Targets Apple and Google but Misses Mark on Drone Privacy

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Thursday, 21 June 2012. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

New York Senator Charles Schumer is warning that Google and Apple pose a clear and present threat to privacy with updated mapping applications, but the real privacy threat that he ignores comes from the government.

Schumer Targets Apple and Google but Misses Mark on Drone Privacy

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has written a letter to tech giants Apple and Google questioning the companies’ use of military-spec drones to capture high-resolution imagery for use in next-generation mapping technologies.

LinkedIn Confirms Password Security Breach

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Wednesday, 06 June 2012. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

Hackers crack social networking site LinkedIn, posting millions of passwords to the Internet. Security researchers and LinkedIn strongly suggest users change their passwords.

LinkedIn Confirms Password Security Breach

Popular social networking site LinkedIn has confirmed that some of its users’s passwords have been breached.

Incredible Footage: Texas Twister Tears Through Trucks

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Tuesday, 03 April 2012. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

Amazing footage from the Dallas area shows powerful tornado throwing entire tractor trailers through the air as if they were toys.

Incredible Footage: Texas Twister Tears Through Trucks

A violent tornado outbreak raced through the Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas area Tuesday leaving behind a trail of destruction in the latest example of dangerous weather across the nation's heartland this spring. 

Dick Cheney Has Heart Transplant

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Sunday, 25 March 2012. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney undergoes heart transplant and is recovering in a hospital in Virginia.

Dick Cheney Has Heart Transplant

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has a new lease on life, receiving a heart transplant from an unknown donor.

Toyota, Others, Make Big Donations for Tornado Disaster Relief

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Saturday, 17 March 2012. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

Multinational’s Toyota and Marathon are joined by country music star Miranda Lambert in donating funds to help victims of recent tornadoes.

Toyota, Others, Make Big Donations for Tornado Disaster Relief

Private companies and individuals are making big donations to charitable organizations attempting to bring relief to victims of the recent tornado outbreak that brought death and devastation to much of America’s heartland in recent weeks.

Senators: US DoD is Subsidizing Syria Through Dealings with Russian Arms Dealer

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Wednesday, 14 March 2012. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

According to a bipartisan group of Senators, American taxpayer dollars are buying Russian helicopters for Afghanistan and the money is underwriting Russian arms trade with Syria.

Senators: US DoD is Subsidizing Syria Through Dealings with Russian Arms Dealer

A bipartisan group of seventeen Senators has sent a letter of protest to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta expressing “grave concern” that the Defense Department’s “ongoing business deals” with Russian arms export firm Rosoboronexport are helping the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad even as it continues to attack Syrian citizens.

Terrifying Video Shows What it’s Like to be Caught in a Tornado

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Monday, 12 March 2012. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

Devastating tornado caught on camera graphically illustrates the dangers of severe storms and the need to take adequate safety precautions.

Terrifying Video Shows What it’s Like to be Caught in a Tornado

In recent weeks, early spring storms brought devastating tornadoes to dozens of communities across the country. The storms leveled whole towns and killed dozens of people. 

Amnesty International UK Calls Guantanamo a “Shameful Scandal”

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Wednesday, 15 February 2012. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

Amnesty International calls the continued detention of Shaker Aamer at Guantanamo an an injustice that has “flouted the law and the ancient principle of the right to a fair trial.”

Amnesty International UK Calls Guantanamo a “Shameful Scandal”

In an article appearing in London’s Independent newspaper, Kate Allen, the director of Amnesty International UK, has said the United States has perpetrated an injustice and “flouted the law and the ancient principle of the right to a fair trial” as a result of the indefinite detention of detainee Shaker Aamer, a resident of the UK.

Fuel Supply Reaches Nome, Alaska, Averting Crisis

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Sunday, 15 January 2012. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

Tanker Vessel Renda

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the tanker vessel Renda have arrived offshore of Nome, Alaska, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The ships arrived after an epic journey through the bleak, frozen sea carrying badly needed fuel for the 3,500 residents of the icebound city of Nome and nearby villages.

The saga began in the fall last year when weather conditions prevented the usual supply of fuel from reaching the city, leaving the area with a shortage of fuel for the long Alaskan winter. As winter set in residents faced the prospect of running out of fuel to heat their homes long before the first rays of Spring.

The effort to get relief supplies of fuel to Nome began on January 3 when the Renda and her escort Healy departed Dutch Harbor Alaska. The ships reached the edge of the ice three days later on January 6.

More Saber Rattling in War of Words with Iran

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Thursday, 29 December 2011. Posted in Top Stories, U.S.

Major ports in and around the Strait of Hormuz. The ongoing war of words between Iran and the United States is heating up. Following U.S. discussion of new sanctions against the mideast nation, Iran has threatened to close the Straight of Hormuz in order to block oil shipments from the Middle East.

“If sanctions are adopted against Iranian oil, not a drop of oil will pass through the Strait of Hormuz,” Iran’s Vice President, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, said according to CNN. 

To demonstrate its ability to control the Strait, Iran began a 10-day naval exercise using speedboats and missiles to demonstrate how it might carry out the effort to block the Strait.

According to the Washington Times, the chief of Iran’s Navy characterized it as “very easy” for Iran to close off the Strait of Hormuz.

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