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Coretta Scott King Closely Tracked by FBI

Under J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI kept close tabs on Martin Luther King Jr.‘s wife, Coretta Scott King—which isn’t exactly startling news, except for the detail that the agency’s surveillance intensified after her husband’s assassination in 1968.

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Congressmen’s Plane Dodges Fire in Iraq

Three U.S. senators and a member of the House got a taste of life in the combat zone when their military cargo plane came under attack by rocket-propelled grenades as they left Baghdad en route to Jordan Thursday night.

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California Senate Nixes ID Implants for Workers

The California state Senate, anticipating a worst-case employment scenario that would make George Orwell and Karl Marx spin in their graves, passed a bill Thursday that prohibits employers from requiring that their workers be tagged with an implanted identification device similar to the kind that has become popular among pet owners to ID their lost animals.

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Sen. Craig’s Arrest Transcript Released

Two and a half months after his arrest at the Minneapolis airport, Sen. Larry Craig’s conversation at the scene of the incident with the policemen who apprehended him has been released.

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Still Mean From Beyond the Grave

Leona Helmsley, the recently deceased billionaire who was famous for being mean and evading taxes, left two of her grandchildren nothing but gave her dog Trouble a $12-million trust fund so it can continue to enjoy the lifestyle it has become accustomed to.

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Al Gore to Snub Struggling Indians?

The Khasi tribespeople of India want to honor Al Gore with an award of local handicrafts and a “small amount of money” for raising awareness of the climate change that they say has ravaged their scenic province, the name of which translates to “abode of the clouds.” A Gore representative says he is humbled, but unsure if he’ll make it to the ceremony, which will be held at a preserved village near a sacred forest.

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jwharrison.com

‘Extinct’ Dolphin Seen

The Yangtze river dolphin was thought to be extinct, a victim of China’s explosive economic growth and environmental negligence, but one of the baiji, as the animal is known, was just caught on tape—alive and well.

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GAO Report: Only 3 out of 18 Iraq Goals Met

The Washington Post has obtained a draft of the Government Accountability Office’s “progress” report—quite the euphemism in this case—about Iraq.  The 69-page draft, which the paper describes as “strikingly negative,” was apparently passed along by a government official worried that the final draft would be altered to lessen its detrimental impact.

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Oliver Stone Preps My Lai Movie

Bruce Willis will star in an Oliver Stone film about the My Lai massacre, perhaps the most infamous atrocity to emerge from the Vietnam War. In other Stone news, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he has “no objection, generally speaking,” to the director’s rumored desire to make a biopic about him but that Stone would need to “let me know what are the frameworks.”

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The FBI, Wiretapping and You

Not to be deterred by new developments in digital technology, the FBI laid the groundwork for its current DCSNet (Digital Collection System Network) wiretapping system during the Clinton years, allowing agents to just point ‘n’ click their way into the nation’s land lines, cell phones and Internet telephony networks. 

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