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IG Releases Report On ATF Gun Walking Scandal Holder Responds

Eric Holder

 

Attorney General Eric Holder responded with the following statement today on IG Horowitz's report on Operation Fast and Furious: (bolding is mine)

“I have reviewed the Office of the Inspector General’s report on Operation Fast and Furious and the key conclusions are consistent with what I, and other Justice Department officials, have said for many months now:

The inappropriate strategy and tactics employed were field-driven and date back to 2006The leadership of the Department did not know about or authorize the use of the flawed strategy and tactics; and The Department’s leadership did not attempt to cover up information or mislead Congress about it.

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Noble Energy Completes The Sale Of Mid-Continent Properties: $594 Million

 

HOUSTON, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) announced today that it has closed the previously announced sale of certain oil and natural gas properties in western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle to Unit Petroleum Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Unit Corporation (NYSE: UNT).  Proceeds from the transaction were approximately $594 million and included certain adjustments from the effective date of April 1, 2012.

 

Noble Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in worldwide oil and gas exploration and production.  The Company has core operations onshore in the U.S., primarily in the DJ Basin and Marcellus Shale, in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, offshore Eastern Mediterranean, and offshore West Africa.  Noble Energy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is traded under the ticker symbol NBL.  Further information is available at www.nobleenergyinc.com.

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New Territory Pot Bust

Investigators seized an indoor marijuana operation at a home in the New Territory subdivision in Sugar Land and arrested a man there, officials said Monday.

Members of the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force converged on a two-story brick home in the 900 block of Featherbrook Court on Sept. 12 and seized a marijuana operation that was being conducted in four rooms of the residence, investigators said.

Drug agents found 343 marijuana plants inside the home, as well as indoor growing lights, scales, water pumps, fans and assorted equipment used for the manufacture, packaging and sale of marijuana. According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, the street value of the marijuana is $300,000.

Task force officers arrested Justin Wayne Fonville, 32, who has been charged with possession of marijuana greater than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds in a drug-free zone, investigators said. A judge set his bail at $150,000.

 

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IPhone 5 Pre-Sales Top 2 Million

 
Apple Inc. said advance sales of its iPhone 5 topped 2 million units in one day, more than double the record set by the previous model of the device.
Because demand for the iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply, some of the smartphones will be shipped to customers in October, Cupertino, California-based Apple said today in a statement. Most orders will be delivered on Sept. 21, the same day the handset arrives in U.S. retail outlets, Apple said.
“Clearly it’s a blowout,” said Brian White, an analyst at Topeka Capital Markets in New York, in an interview. He had anticipated sales of 1.3 million to 1.5 million units in the first 24 hours and up to 12 million by the end of the month. “These estimates look conservative.”
Apple gained 1.2 percent to $699.78 at the New York close and traded as high as $700.44, a new record, in extended trading.

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Anti-American protests rage across Middle East

 
(CNN) -- Anti-American rage sparked by an online film that insulted Islam's prophet boiled over Friday among Muslims in at least half a dozen countries, as the United States stepped up security at diplomatic posts across the Middle East.
One of the worst riots took place in Sudan, where a thousands converged on the German Embassy and set it on fire, a journalist on the scene said. Some managed to get inside and pull down a German flag before police with tear gas forced the crowd to retreat.
In Egypt, a running battle between police and protesters in Cairo continued into its fourth day. And Afghanistan saw its first demonstrations Friday, despite the government's attempts to block the online video from sparking riots.
 
Aware that protests were planned for Friday -- the Muslim holy day -- the United States beefed up security at its embassies and consulates across the Middle East.

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13
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Muhammad Ali To Receive Liberty Medal

Muhammad Ali

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Retired boxing great Muhammad Ali will visit Philadelphia to receive the Liberty Medal, an award recognizing his longtime role as a fighter outside the ring for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom.

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Yeman Attacks Embassy!

Yemen Embassy Attack

 

Turmoil in the Arab world linked to a contentious video denigrating the Prophet Muhammad spread on Thursday to Yemen, where hundreds of protesters stormed the United States Embassy, two days after assailants killed the American ambassador in Libya and crowds tried to overrun the embassy compound in Cairo.

News reports also spoke of a separate protest in Tehran, where around 500 Iranians chanting “Death to America” tried to converge on the Swiss Embassy, which handles United States interests in the absence of formal diplomatic relations with Washington. Hundreds of police officers held the crowds back from the diplomatic compound, which Swiss officials had evacuated as a precaution, Agence France-Presse said.

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Voter Id Laws to Deter Minority Voters

 

As many as 700,000 minority voters under age 30 may be unable to cast a ballot in November because of photo ID laws in certain states, according to a new study. The lower turnout could affect several House races as well as the tight presidential contest.

Using calculations based on turnout figures for the past two presidential elections, researchers at the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis concluded that overall turnout this year by young people of color ages 18-29 could fall by somewhere between 538,000 to 696,000 in states with photo ID laws.

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11
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New York Twin Towers: Remembered 11 Years Later

Eleven years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks horrified the nation, the families and friends of the thousands who perished have gathered at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and in rural Pennsylvania to remember their loved ones.

At the World Trade Center site, relatives clasped pictures of loved ones, while others brandished signs reading names and messages of love. Bagpipers played as police watched guard over the memorial pools and a giant flag unfurled on Freedom Tower.

 

More than 1,000 relatives of those killed and others gathered for the annual reading of the list of 2,983 people killed at the three sites.

The reading began at 8:39 a.m., with pauses for moments of silence at 8:46 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:37 a.m. and 10:03 a.m., the time of impact for the four planes, and again at 9:59 a.m. and 10:28 a.m., the times that the north and then the south tower fell.

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A Parvenus Plight: Wynn Wins Big $20 Million Judgement In Slander Case

Francis

 

A jury on Monday awarded casino mogul Steve Wynn $20million in his slander case against 'Girls Gone Wild' founder Joe Francis, who claimed the creator of some of Las Vegas' most upscale resorts threatened to kill him over a gambling debt.

 

Witnesses disputed Francis' claims during a four-day trial, including Grammy winning record producer Quincy Jones, who Francis said told him about Wynn's threats and showed him a stack of emails that contained them.  Wynn vehemently denied that.

In siding with Wynn, the jury determined that there was clear and convincing evidence that Francis slandered the casino mogul and knew his allegations were false when he made them. Francis had claimed Wynn threatened to hit him over the head with a shovel and have him buried in the desert.

 

Neither Wynn nor Francis was present in court Monday morning when the verdict was read.

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