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US: You Come for Our Unions We Come for Your Corporate Mega Churches

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka gave a rousing speech this week about the need for a mobile, global labor movement to counter-act the attacks on workers around the globe. He pointed out that in a declining economy, politics become vicious and the viscous attack. And most importantly, he noted that the CEO backed Republicans attacked unions and collective bargaining because the unions are weak right now. The Republicans thought it would be an easy kill.

They were wrong.

But instead of just fighting to hang on, we need to fight for the rights of all workers, we need to fight to grow union labor and grow workers rights if we are to save the middle class. We need to grow an army of people dedicated to workers rights who can and will protest peacefully and memorably as they did in Madison at the drop of a hat. We need to take the Madison spirit, the Egyptian spirit, and the Tunisian spirit - and plant it, feed it, nurture it.

Sheriff

US: Two Los Angeles Police Officers Make Porn While on Duty


City officials failed to discipline two traffic officers who appeared in a pornographic film while on the job, NBC4 LA has found.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has opened an investigation into the behavior of two uniformed, on-duty officers who appear in the sexually explicit movie. The investigation was prompted by the NBC4 LA exposé.

"It's absolutely disgusting," said Amir Sedadi, general manager of LADOT, after viewing a copy of the movie shown to him by NBC4 LA. "Immediately, we will conduct a full investigation. This is not acceptable to me."

The video, which is available on a popular adult subscription website, tracks the interactions of a porn actress as she approaches men in a range of work environments.

Pistol

US: Illegal semi-automatic pistol that 8-year-old boy tried to sell in school used by dad for protection

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The illegal Taurus 9MM semi-automatic pistol that an eight year-old swiped from his father to sell at school.
The Queens third-grader who sold his father's loaded handgun to a classmate for $3.50 plucked it off the top of a shelf where his dad hid it for protection, officials said yesterday.

Three live rounds were in the illegal 9-mm. pistol when the 8-year-old boy brought it into Public School 107 in Flushing and sold it Thursday, cops say.

The gun's serial number had been scratched off, police said.

Ignacio Galvan, 54, was arraigned last night in Queens Criminal Court on charges of criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. He was being held in lieu of $3,000 bail.

The boy faces weapons possession charges in Queens Family Court.

"I can't believe my son took it to school," Galvan told cops, according to court papers. "Thank God no one was hurt. It's all my fault."

Pistol

US: Ohio police: Man killed in shootout that left 3 officers hurt is potential suspect in 4 deaths

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This photo provided by Columbus, Ohio, police, shows a booking photo of Randle Lee Roberts II. Authorities in central Ohio have identified the man killed in a shootout with police that left four people injured, including three officers. Columbus police identified him as 27-year-old Randle Lee Roberts II. They didn't say where he lives. They learned after the shootout Saturday that Roberts might be a suspect in a quadruple homicide about 90 miles south in Adams County at a house along a rural state highway near the village of West Union. An Adams County dispatcher confirms the sheriff's office is investigating the four deaths but hasn't released details.
A man killed in a shootout Saturday in central Ohio that left four people wounded, including three police officers, may be a suspect in the slayings of four people whose bodies were found about 90 miles (145 kilometres) away at a house along a rural highway, authorities said.

Police in Columbus were responding to two calls about shots fired into homes when an officer spotted and pursued a vehicle matching a description given by the callers, Sgt. Rich Weiner said. The driver crashed the pickup truck in a residential area, fired at the officer and ran off, evading authorities for more than 10 minutes before a shootout erupted at about 11 a.m. (1800 GMT), Weiner said.

Twenty-seven-year-old Randle Lee Roberts II was killed in the shootout, police said.

Officers learned after the shootout that Roberts might be a suspect in the quadruple slayings near West Union, a village in southern Ohio.

Dollar

US: Homeless man robs bank and shares loot with bus passengers

A homeless man who allegedly robbed a Florida bank and then gave away some of his loot to passengers on a public bus was expected to be arraigned in Tampa on Friday, authorities said.

Elmer McGuirt, 27, gave a note to a teller at a Wachovia Bank on Thursday demanding money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Witnesses told deputies McGuirt then boarded a bus and began giving some of the money to his fellow passengers. Deputies contacted the driver, who stopped the bus, claiming there was a mechanical problem. When McGuirt got off the bus with the other passengers, he was arrested and charged with robbery.

Deputies recovered some money from the passengers as well as McGuirt, who had stuffed cash in his pants.

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US: The FBI's Restrictive Definition Of Rape

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As April, which has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness month, winds down, numerous women's rights advocates are calling attention to the FBI's restrictive definition of rape -- a definition that they say inadequately encompasses all forms of the crime.

When Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) incited outrage by proposing to confine the definition of rape to instances of "forcible rape" in H.R. 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion" Act, it was a little-known fact FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) had been using this classification since 1929 -- making the definition, as Ms. Magazine points out, almost as old as sliced bread.

The UCR's summary reporting system, which functions as the rubric for measuring national crime data, defines rape as "the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will."

It continues: "Attempts or assaults to commit rape by force or threat of force are also included; however, statutory rape (without force) and other sex offenses are excluded."

While organizations including the Feminist Majority Foundation and the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia have been petitioning to change this outdated definition -- which excludes incidences of oral or anal rape, rape with a foreign object, and discounts all rapes of men -- for over a decade, even testifying about the necessity of broadening the definition's scope to a Senate subcommittee last September, they have reignited their campaign after seeing the reaction to H.R. 3.

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US, Massachusetts: Violent Teens Top Threat Here

While fighting terrorism is the FBI's top priority for the nation, battling street warfare is its most pressing worry in Greater Springfield, according to the agency's regional chief.

Richard DesLauriers, the FBI supervisor out of Boston, said during a recent interview that counterterrorism, counterintelligence and cyber crime top the list of national threats, but teens with guns are this city's most persistent menaces, prompting the agency to increase resources to combat that in Western Massachusetts.

"We're acutely aware the most significant problem here is violent, street-based and neighborhood gangs," said DesLauriers, a Longmeadow native and Cathedral High School graduate, and the FBI supervisor in charge of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.

DesLauriers met with the editorial board at The Republican along with Springfield FBI supervisor Mark Karangekis on Tuesday, four days before the outbreak of violence in Mason Square that left one man dead and another wounded. A suspect in the shootings was wounded by police after they said he shot a city patrolman and state trooper. Both officers were wearing protective vests and were not seriously injuried.

Vader

Muammar Gaddafi son killed by Nato air strike

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A Libyan government picture shows a missile which officials said was from a coalition air strike on the home of Saif al-Arab Gaddafi. Editor's note: picture was taken on a guided government tour.

A Nato air strike in Tripoli has killed the youngest son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, a Libyan government spokesman has said.

Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, 29, was killed along with three of Muammar Gaddafi's grandsons, according to reports.

The Libyan leader was in the building at the time of the strike, but was unharmed. Several of Gaddafi's friends and relatives were wounded.

Nuke

Japanese Radiation Adviser Quits in Rebuke to Government

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Toshiso Kosako, Tokyo University professor and a senior nuclear adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, announces his resignation to Kan at a press conference in Tokyo, April 29, 2011

A key Japanese adviser on radiation leaks at the country's disabled Fukushima nuclear power facility has quit in protest over the government's handling of the disaster.

The adviser, Toshiso Kosako, a radiation safety expert at the University of Tokyo, said the government-set limits for radiation exposure at schools near the nuclear site are too high. At a tearful news conference late Friday, Kosako said he could "not allow this as a scholar."

Evil Rays

China detects 30 radioactive contamination cases

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Beijing -- China has detected 30 cases of radioactive contamination in passengers, vessels and containers that have entered the country since March 16, quarantine authorities said on Friday.

The contamination cases were reported after China's quarantine bureaus started to monitor radiation levels at nine entry ports including Beijing, Liaoning and Zhejiang, said Li Yuanping, a spokesman for the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

The first case involved a plane that arrived in the city of Dalian from Japan on March 16.