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  • Earlier this week, more than 60 seed businesses and organic farmers banded together to file a federal lawsuit in New York against Monsanto.
  • I've been in law enforcement for the past 18 years. During the past several years, I have witnessed a dramatic shift in the focus of law enforcement training. No matter what topic the training session concerns, every DHS sponsored course I have attended over the past few years never fails to branch off into warnings about potential domestic terrorists in the community. These federal trainers describe the dangers of "extremists" and "militia groups" roaming the community and hiding in plain sight, ready to attack.
  • The four men wading ashore on a Florida beach wearing nothing but bathing trunks and German army hats looked like an unlikely invading force. Declassified British intelligence files describe how the men were part of Nazi sabotage teams sent to the U.S. in June 1942 to undermine the American war effort.
  • Documents obtained by the digital rights advocacy organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) via Freedom of Information Act litigation showed the FBI abused surveillance powers granted by the PATRIOT Act... what a surprise!
  • The U.S. is helping to mediate a transition out of office for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and say a departure date for the president is one issue that is being discussed.
  • Workers began pumping more than 3 million gallons of contaminated water from Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean on Monday, freeing storage space for even more highly radioactive water that has hampered efforts to stabilize the reactors.
  • Searchers looking for more victims of a suspected serial killer along a remote New York beach area have now found a total of eight sets of human remains. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer announced Monday that the remains of three more people had been found on Long Island.
  • The United Nations has launched air attacks against Laurent Gbagbo, the Ivory Coast strongman who has refused to relinquish power, in retaliation for “reckless and mindless” attacks on its personnel and civilians.
  • McDonald's said today it and its franchisees are looking to hire as many as 50,000 new crew and restaurant management workers across the country during a hiring event on April 19. The hiring will be for full and part-time positions in nearly 14,000 US restaurants.
  • President Obama has officially kicked off his re-election campaign. So it's a good time to ask: how good are his chances - at the moment, at least - to win a second term?
  • Inspections found cracks in the fuselages of three Southwest Airlines Co. airplanes that will keep them grounded "until appropriate repairs can be completed," the airline said Monday. (Trains Good, Planes Bad)
  • Nearly two years after an Air France plane mysteriously fell out of the sky, killing 228 people, the bulk of the wreckage has been found with bodies still aboard, French officials said Monday.
  • Unless entitlements are substantially reformed, the U.S. will likely default on its debt--not in conventional ways, but via inflation, currency devaluation, and low to negative real interest rates.
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