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Florida Nabs White Supremacists Planning "Race War"

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Accused members of American Front white supremacist group, arrested in Osceola County, Florida. From top left, clockwise: Dustin Perry, Diane Stevens, Christopher Brooks, Richard Stockdale, Jennifer McGowan, Paul Jackson, Mark McGowan, Kent McLellan, Marcus Faella, Patricia Faella.
US, Florida - Ten alleged members of a white supremacist group training near Orlando and Disney World for a "race war" have been rounded up in a series of arrests in central Florida, authorities said on Tuesday.

The arrests were based on evidence from a confidential informant who infiltrated the neo-Nazi organization known as the American Front 17 months ago, according to an arrest affidavit.

"The American Front (AF) is a military-styled, anti-Semitic, white supremacist, skinhead organization and is known as a domestic terrorist organization," the affidavit said.

It said the group's alleged local ringleader, Marcus Faella, 39, had been "planning and preparing the AF for what he believes to be an inevitable race war" and had stated "his intent ... to kill Jews, immigrants and other minorities."

Faella operated a heavily fortified paramilitary training center for the AF on his isolated property in St. Cloud, Florida, 11 miles from the Walt Disney World theme parks, according to the affidavit.

It said he recently had been plotting a disturbance at Orlando City Hall and a confrontation against a rival skinhead group in coastal Melbourne in a bid to garner media attention, but had also been experimenting with the potential manufacture of the biological toxin ricin.

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Bomb Threat Halts 2 Southwest Airlines Flights

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US - Two Southwest Airlines flights with ties to Phoenix and Orange County's John Wayne Airport were grounded Tuesday night following a threatening phone call, authorities said.

Both planes were cleared later in the evening.

The threat was made while Flight 1184 was en route to Phoenix from Orange County, Southwest spokeswoman Ashley Dillon said. The plane was taken to an isolation pad after it landed in Phoenix.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task force worked with the Phoenix Police Department to screen the plane at Sky Harbor, FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson said.

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Wife, Mother of Kidnap-Slaying Suspect Arrested

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US - The wife and mother of a Mississippi man suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her teenage daughter before fleeing with her two younger girls were charged Tuesday in connection with the abduction, authorities said.

Teresa Mayes, 30, was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and Mary Mayes, 65, was charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Meanwhile, the manhunt continued for Adam Mayes 35, and the two young girls - Alexandra Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8. Adam Mayes is considered armed and dangerous.

The FBI said Tuesday authorities are hopeful the two young girls are still alive, but did not elaborate.

An attorney for Teresa Mayes, whose bond was set at $500,000, declined to comment Tuesday afternoon. Calls to the attorney assigned to Mary Mayes were not immediately returned Tuesday. Her bond was set at $300,000.

An affidavit filed in court does not hint at a possible motive for their involvement.

Teresa Mayes told investigators she drove Jo Ann Bain and her daughters from Hardeman County, where they lived, to Union County, Miss., where Adam and Teresa Mayes lived with his parents, according to the affidavit.

The bodies of Jo Ann Bain, 31, and Adrienne Bain, 14, were found last week behind the mobile home in northern Mississippi where the Mayes family lived. The affidavit provides the first clue that the victims may have been killed soon after they were abducted. It said Adam Mayes' wife and mother saw him digging a hole in the yard on April 27 or soon after.

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Vermont poised to be first state to outlaw fracking

A gas flare burns at a fracking site in rural Bradford County, Pennsylvania January 9, 2012.
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A gas flare burns at a fracking site in rural Bradford County, Pennsylvania January 9, 2012.
Vermont will be the first state to outlaw a controversial oil and gas drilling method known as fracking when Governor Peter Shumlin signs a bill banning the practice, a largely symbolic move given the state's apparent lack of energy reserves.

Hydraulic fracturing has helped companies tap potentially decades of gas supply and huge amounts of oil from previously inaccessible shale formations dotted across the United States in recent years.

Environmentalists say the practice, which involves injecting millions of gallons of chemical-laced water into underground wells, may contaminate groundwater and trigger earthquakes.

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Couple denied mortgage because of gas drilling

Brian Smith lives near Marcellus Shale well in Daisytown

Washington County, Pennsylvania - Brian and Amy Smith seem to be the first example in western Pennsylvania of a homeowner being denied a mortgage because of gas drilling on a next-door neighbor's property.

The drilling goes on day and night at a new Marcellus Shale well in Daisytown, Washington County, and Brian Smith told Channel 4 Action News(video link) investigator Jim Parsons that he has no complaints -- except one.

"As far as drilling and the noise and the lights in the window? No," he said. "But when it affected the value of my home? Absolutely."

The Smiths live across the street from the new gas well. They applied for a new mortgage on their $230,000 home and hobby farm, and Quicken Loans congratulated them on their conditional approval.

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55-Year-Old Grandma Sharon Simmons Auditions to be Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

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55-year-old Sharon Simmons
Being a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader is one of sports' most unique honors, so it stands to reason that folks of all ages would want to vie for the opportunity.

Whereas traditionally cheerleading has been a young woman's game, over the last year we've sort of seen the landscape change up a bit. On both fronts.

Just a few months ago we saw not one, but two different men competing to become NFL cheerleaders. And this past Sunday, 55-year-old Sharon Simmons continued to push the bounds of traditional cheerleading when she threw her hat (presumably a cowboy hat) into the ring, competing against hundreds of other women also hoping to earn a place on Dallas' most exclusive cheerleading unit.

So, was the grandmother of two intimidated going against women half her age? Not even a little.

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John Travolta Sued By Masseur for Sexual Assault

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An unnamed male masseuse, a masseur, has filed a $2 million lawsuit against John Travolta, claiming that the actor sexually assaulted him at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 16, 2012.

The masseur's lawsuit states that Travolta allegedly refused to take "no" for an answer and grabbed the masseur, reports TMZ.

The masseur claims it all began with an online ad. Travolta allegedly picked up the masseur in a Lexus SUV. As they drove to the hotel, the masseur claims to have noticed a pack of condoms in the car.

After the first hour, Travolta is accused of stroking the masseur's leg and grabbing his penis. Travolta allegedly told the masseur that this was normal: "Hollywood is controlled by homosexual Jewish men who expect favors in return for sexual activity."

Travolta's reps said that the lawsuit is a "baseless lie" and the actor wasn't in California at the time.

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RIP Adam Yauch (MCA) - Thoughts on the Beastie Boys and Tibet

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First things first, RIP to a Adam Yauch, a hip-hop innovator whose contribution to the art form is widely recognised. The Beastie Boys form an important chapter in hip-hop history. Even as white, middle-class kids whose main effect was to make hip-hop more accessible to other white, middle-class kids, they were generally respectful of the art form and of the communities that created it. Chuck D commented on Twitter:
"Adam & the boys put us on our first tour 25 years & 79 tours ago. They ARE essential to our beginning, middle and today. A very real cat R.I.P MCA"
While Yauch deserves respect as an artist and innovator, the aspect of his life that has earned him the most praise in the liberal press is his activism in favour of Tibetan independence. This is interesting. While the press censors musicians who call for Free Palestine, it lauds artists who call for Free Tibet. And while western governments actively support the Israeli government against the Palestinian movement for national self-determination, they actively support the Tibetan independence movement against the government of the People's Republic of China. Why the discrepancy? In short: because Israel is a 'friend' and China is an 'enemy'. The west has consistently used the issue of Tibet in order to paint China as an evil, ruthless coloniser, thereby making it morally abhorrent, even to those that support other aspects of Chinese politics (you know... little things like the most significant poverty alleviation programme of all time).

Every western liberal knows that Tibet must be free. And yet 99.9% of them haven't got the slightest clue as to the history of Tibet, or the relationship between Tibet and the rest of China. Wearing that 'Free Tibet' t-shirt is simply the easiest, most acceptable and least confrontational way of saying "I am a good person", absolving the wearer of all responsibility for developing their knowledge and understanding.

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Rise of Hate: Journalists expelled from Greek press conference for not standing up as Fascist Golden Dawn party leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos enters the room


International press freedom watchdogs are watching the political situation in Greece with growing alarm following the treatment of journalists by the far-right Golden Dawn party.

After Golden Dawn obtained 7% of the vote, a press conference was staged by its leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos. Before his arrival, waiting reporters were ordered by party members to stand as a sign of respect.

Journalists who refused to do so were then expelled from the room.

This move came as little surprise to the Greek journalist Xenia Kounalaki. Last month, she wrote an article about Golden Dawn in the German weekly Der Spiegel, which prompted an attack on her on the party's website.

She said: "It was a 2,500-word-long personal attack... [they] recounted my entire career, mocked my alleged foreign roots (I was born in Hamburg) and even, for no apparent reason, mentioned my 13-year-old daughter.

"The unnamed authors indirectly threatened me as well, 'To put it in the mother tongue of foreign Xenia: "Kommt Zeit, kommt Rat, kommt Attentat!"' In other words, watch your back."

Comment: You can hope all you want Mr Vujovic, but what we're witnessing is psychopathology run rampant. They are no more capable of "respecting" principles than they are of having them.


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Revolution Brewing: Frontrunner to form new Greek government declares IMF loans null and void

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Alexis Tsipras celebrates his party's victory in Athens on Sunday night
Frontrunner to form a new government shocks financial markets with remarks over EU and IMF loan agreement

The fate of Greece is, on Tuesday night, in the hands of the leader of a far-left party who launched the quest to form a government by declaring the country could no longer commit itself to the terms of an international loan agreement keeping its economy afloat.

After accepting a mandate to create a multiparty administration following inconclusive elections, Alexis Tsipras sent shockwaves through financial markets by announcing the pledges Athens had made to secure rescue funds from the EU and IMF were null and void.

"The popular verdict clearly renders the bailout deal null," said the politician, whose stridently anti-austerity coalition of the radical left, known as Syriza, sprung the surprise of the weekend's poll, coming in second with 16.8% of the vote. "This is an historic moment for the left and the popular movement and a great responsibility for me."