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“Let the Headlines Speak”
by From the Internet   
March 15th, 2014

Google Wants E-Mail Scanning Information Blocked
Google, fighting a lawsuit claiming its interception of e-mails amounts to illegal wiretapping, asked U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in a filing yesterday to redact “confidential” information from the transcript...The main revelation at the Feb. 27 hearing was the existence of “Content Onebox,” used by Google to intercept e-mails for targeted advertising and to build user profiles...  

Homeland Security Conducts Unannounced School Lockdown Drill
The Department of Homeland Security is expanding its operations by running unannounced school lockdown drills, another sign of the federal agency’s encroachment into more areas of Americans’ lives. ...While authorities justify school lockdown drills as necessary exercises to prepare for potential school shootings...Critics have pointed to the fact that the drills achieve little else than traumatizing school children.  

Wyoming welder faces $75,000 a day in EPA fines for building pond on his property
Wyoming welder says he was...stuck in what he calls a petty power play by the Environmental Protection Agency. He claims the agency is now threatening him with civil and criminal penalties – including the threat of a $75,000-a-day fine. ...The property owner says he followed the state rules for a stock pond when he built it in 2012 and has an April 4-dated letter from the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office to prove it.  

Talks in London between Kerry and Lavrov end with impasse on Ukraine
Deadly clashes broke out in eastern Ukraine, officials said Saturday, after an 11th-hour U.S. effort to resolve the growing confrontation with Russia failed and Moscow shipped more troops and armor into the flash-point Crimea region. The shootout between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian demonstrators took place overnight Friday in the eastern city of Kharkiv and left two people dead...  

Saudis hardened by wars in Syria, Iraq join al Qaeda in Yemen
Dozens of Saudi Islamist militants have left the battlefields of Syria and Iraq for Yemen, where their experience appears to have contributed to a spate of lethal al Qaeda attacks... The influx detected in the last few months is worrying for Yemen, a turbulent country where several hundred Saudi militants are already thought to be fighting alongside their Yemeni counterparts in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.  

U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet
U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet... Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash last year to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.  

Lebanese gov't agrees to new policy allowing citizens to 'resist' Israel
Lebanon's new government agreed to a compromise policy statement on Friday that fell short of explicitly enshrining the militant group Hezbollah's role in confronting Israel but which would give all citizens the right to resist Israeli occupation or attacks. The agreement...paves the way for Prime Minister Tammam Salam to put his government to a vote of confidence.

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