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UN officials recently announced that Tehran had amassed enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb. Traces of weapons grade material have been found in Iran. In recent years, Iranian theologians have decreed that atomic weapons are permissible to use under Islamic law, thereby removing another potential impediment.

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Tech Burglary Crew Indicted on State Charges

State charges have been announced against a high tech burglary crew accused of stealing more than $10 million in cash and property. The burglars struck 50 commercial businesses and residential homes in both Nassau and Suffolk. It took a joint effort of Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Suffolk District Attorney
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One member of the crew included former NYPD Detective Ray Astacio.

brazen crew used local homes and businesses as their personal piggybanks and with so much stolen over so long a period of time, this was a highly organized, systematic, professional team of criminals, DA Rice said. Attorney Lynch, the FBI, the IRS, DA Spota, and the Nassau, Suffolk and New York Police Departments, we will continue this ongoing investigation and hold these defendants accountable.

Before entering a location the crew cut telephone lines to disable alarms, and used telephone signal jamming devices to stop back up alarms from contacting alarm companies. After taking the necessary precautions they made their way inside by cutting through the walls of adjoining buildings.

When researching a target they planned on hitting, the burglars took GPS devices from business owner vehicles to locate where they lived. They did this to research the patterns of the owners. The term fishing was used when studying locations and doing extensive internet searches of their targets.

The operation was called Crook, Line Stinker due to the "going fishing" term the crew used.

The group allegedly avoided law enforcement by using disposable phones, walkie talkies, and police scanners with the appropriate precinct frequency codes. On the night they were arrested the SCPD, NCPD,
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After a court ordered warrant, the NCPD and DA Squad found the burglar devices at an Omega Storage in Amityville.

The defendants were arrested on January 9th. Nikitas Margiellos, 33, of West Babylon, Gerard Camarano, 54, of Valley Stream, and Trung Lu 32, of Ridgewod, all plead not guilty and are due back in court on January 14th. They have each been indicted on
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Kodiaks headed to Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame

The Lethbridge College Kodiaks men cross country teams from 2005 and 2006, both national champions, will be inducted into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame May 1.

Coached by Bertil Johansson, already a member of the hall of fame, the teams raced to dominance throughout the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association, before ending each season with the national title. The Kodiaks men team won the national championship again in 2009; the women team was second. Both won the ACAC team and individual titles. Lethbridge College cross country program has
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Bryan Jeannotte, veteran
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The Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held at the Coast Hotel Banquet Centre. Tickets are available at City of Lethbridge box office locations in
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10 cliches we’ll no doubt witness during the ceremony

No matter how much the Academy tweaks the Oscar ceremony, we can always count on several predictable things happening during the long, three hour plus ceremony (besides numerous
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The Smirk: George Clooney will flash his signature debonair half smile/head bob.

The Scowl:
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The Cutest Couple: Will it be Brangelina? Beniffer II? Filliam H. The camera will cut to the
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The Piracy Preacher: When an Academy bigwig (we can never remember their names, can we?) takes the stage to say a few words, he/she will inevitably grind the show to a halt by complaining/warning us about the evil people who download movies for free, thus depriving gazillion dollar studios/producers/etc. of revenue.

The Teleprompter Tango: A pair of celebrity presenters will stiffly deliver their scripted banter. Any intended jokes will crash and burn because of A) lousy writing and B) an obvious lack of rehearsal on the presenters’ part.

The Weeping Winner: Get out the Kleenex when the waterworks inevitably start during a speech.
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Procter Gamble Hires Wanda Sykes For Gain Detergent Campaign

Cue the protests. Another mainstream company has hired an openly gay celebrity as a spokesperson.

Procter Gamble announced Monday that comedian and actress Wanda Sykes ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") has become its "Gain Scent Matchmaker" to promote Gain detergents. The interactive YouTube spot features Sykes helping visitors to choose their scent among such options as Apple Mango Tango, Icy Fresh Fizz and Butterfly Kiss. Sykes was already doing voiceover work for Gain.

"Gain understands, like me, that it’s all about finding the things that make us happy, like scent, and having a little fun," Sykes said in a press release.

Sykes, who came out as a lesbian in 2008 and whose wife gave birth to twins in 2009, is the latest high profile gay pitchwoman to back a mainstream company.

JCPenney hired Ellen DeGeneres early this year, sparking calls for a boycott from the
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The development came amid a spike in gay themed advertising. Gap, Ray Ban and Urban Outfitters were among the companies to launch provocative campaigns around the same time in the spring. Oreo last week posted a picture of a rainbow colored cookie on its Facebook page.

P has been known as an LGBT friendly outfit for a while. In 2004, Procter and Gamble opposed a statute that would deny gays and lesbians from special civil rights protection in the company’s headquarters city of Cincinnati. The American Family Association called for a boycott of some P products and collected nearly 365,000 signatures of protest.

Lately, P has struggled, deploying cost cutting measures aimed to save $10 billion by 2016. It recently announced that it anticipated losing 1 to 2 percent in revenue in the fourth quarter, as opposed to earlier forecasts of gaining 1 to 2 percent.

See a slideshow of 25 brands and products that have supported LGBT rights:

The staple of American domesticity is part of the General Mills family of products, which has been boycotted by the National Organization for Marriage for opposing the Minnesota Marriage Amendment. What better way to celebrate the stand against intolerance than Betty Crocker’s Rainbow Chip cake?

Correction on July 24 at 1:35pm ET: The original version of this slideshow misidentified the name of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment. It has been corrected on this slide and several others throughout the slideshow.

In 1992, Levi’s found itself at odds with the Boy Scout’s ‘Three Gs’ principle that had guided the Scouts’ membership model for more than 80 years that everyone is welcome, provided they are not gay, godless, or a girl. San Francisco based Levi’s pulled its Boy Scout funding, due to the group’s exclusion. In response, Republican Dana Rohrabacher encouraged a ‘grassroots’ counter boycott of Levi Strauss and his Texan colleage, Tom DeLay, was even more extreme in his reaction: "When Texans find out that the Levi’s they have on go toward attacks on the Boy Scouts of America. they’ll take off those Levi’s and burn them in the streets."

In 2005, Microsoft came under fire from anti LGBT activists, including evangelical preacher Ken Hutcherson, for its support of a bill in that would outlaw discrimination against homosexuals at work in the state of Washington. In response, Microsoft withdrew its support of the bill, prompting outrage from gay and liberal activists and criticism from its staff and other big businesses. In response, Bill Gates backtracked again and admitted that he was surprised by the vehemence of the reaction. When the bill was defeated by a single vote, Microsoft’s liberal critics blamed its withdrawal of support for the loss.

A May 2012
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Diapers are essential to fulfilling the straight family making dream, which make them an odd target of a ‘pro family’ boycott. However, in 2004, Proctor and Gamble angered conservatives by opposing an anti gay rights statute that would exempt gays and lesbians from special civil rights protection in its hometown of Cincinnati. In response, the American Family Association issued a boycott of some of P most popular products, including Pampers Diapers, and gathered petition signatures from almost 365,000 families, urging Procter Gamble to change its policy.

In May 2012, Target announced that 100% of the purchase price of any of its Pride merchandise would be donated to the pro LGBT Family Equality Council. The American Family Association lamented that "Target is joining President Obama in ramming same sex marriage down the throats of the American people" and urged members to contact Target Chairman Gregg Steinhafel, to "let him know that a majority of Americans oppose same sex marriage and are able to use their pocketbooks to voice their opposition to companies that support it."

It should be noted that Target has also
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In 2005, the American Family Association launched a boycott campaign against Ford for being "the company which has done the most to affirm and promote the homosexual lifestyle." The group criticized Ford for donating money to gay rights organizations (Ford offered to give up to to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for every Jaguar and Land Rover it sells to a member of GLAAD) and complained that Ford had sponsored Pride celebrations, advertised in gay oriented publications and was "redefining the definition of the family to include homosexual marriage."

When Gap launched an ad campaign featuring two men pressed together under a shared t shirt, anti LGBT group One Million Moms, which is part of the American Family Association, launched a boycott, stating, "GAP Inc. Brands, including Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta, does not deserve, nor will it get, money from conservative families across the country. Supporting GAP is not an option until they decide to remain neutral in the culture war. GAP needs to seriously consider how their immoral advertising affect the youth of our nation."Articles Connexes:

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500 over four years as Government negotiates to resurrect Temporary Protection Visas

The Federal Government has offered to increase the refugee intake and make other changes to legislation currently before the Senate in a bid to stave off another defeat in the Upper House.

The Government says it will increase the number of people who can come to Australia under its refugee and
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The program will go up by 7,500 places over four years, with the final year seeing 5,000 extra people added to the intake, taking it up from the current level of 13,750.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the move would be funded by savings.

"This increase, at a cost of more than $100 million, will be fully funded by offsets that I have committed to within my portfolio," he told reporters.

"If you’re going to increase the intake, you’ve got to pay for it."

Mr Morrison announced a range of amendments agreed to during negotiations for the legislation, which is being debated in the Senate today.

He said the bill would be amended to give the Senate the power to block any proposal to lower the new refugee intake level.

It would also be amended to only apply what is called the "fast track" assessment process
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Those asylum seekers who are on bridging visas will also be allowed to work while their refugee applications are processed.

Mr Morrison said an agreement
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Greens label bill ‘a smorgasbord of suffering’The legislation had been criticised by human rights lawyers for how it interpreted Australia’s obligations under the UN Convention.

Labor and the Greens are opposed to the reintroduction of TPVs.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young told the Senate during debate the bill was "a smorgasbord of suffering, a buffet of brutality and it shouldn’t be allowed to pass this place".

The Government has already done a deal with the Palmer United Party for support for the legislation in return for the introduction of what are called Safe Haven Enterprise Visas, which would allow recipients who work for three and a half years in designated regions to apply for other temporary onshore visas.

Mr Morrison said today’s changes were the result of discussions with Senator Xenophon and fellow crossbench senators Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm, as well as representations from Coalition backbenchers.

Asylum seekers worse off if bill not passed: XenophonSenator Xenophon described the legislation which he urged the Senate to support as Hobson’s choice, because he believed if the legislation did not pass, the Government would choose a non legislative route to reintroduce TPVs.

"It does not mean that we stop being critical of the Government’s policies, but if we do nothing, if
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He described the choice as a moral dilemma and a wicked problem.

Another independent senator, John Madigan, told the
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"The bill will do many things but not least of which it will bring back TPVs," he said.

"As I understand it, the Government will not back down on their view in support of TPVs and I have a problem in backing down on my view against them. As
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Iran Makes First Nuclear Fuel Rod

Iran has produced its first nuclear fuel rod, state-run news agencies reported, as the country offered to restart talks with the West on its atomic program.
The domestically made rod was inserted into the core of Tehran?s atomic research reactor after performance tests, the semi-official

Fars News Agency reported, citing the country?s atomic energy agency. According to Mehr news agency, the Tehran reactor produces radioisotopes for cancer treatment, Nuclear fuel rods contain pellets of enriched uranium that provide fuel for nuclear power plants.

In January 2008, Fars reported that Iran was able to produce everything it needs for the nuclear fuel cycle, making its nuclear program self-sufficient.

But it was not clear that Tehran actually had the technology to turn enriched uranium into fuel rods.

Iran has repeatedly insisted its nuclear program is for peaceful, civilian energy purposes only. But it has rebuffed repeated demands to halt its production of enriched uranium, and a November 8 report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog found “credible” information that Tehran has carried out work toward nuclear weapons — including tests of possible bomb components.
The U.S. and allies are increasing pressure on Iran to halt what they say may be a covert nuclear weapons program. Sanctions signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 31 aim to deter dealings with the Iranian central bank, and the European Union is considering a ban on imports of oil from Iran, the world?s third-largest oil exporter.

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Hundreds of North Koreans Working at Iranian Nuclear Sites

Well, like we didn’t suspect this for years already…

A story appeared in a South Korean online newspaper today that reported on North Korea’s nuclear collaboration with Iran. An unnamed source said that hundreds of North Korean nuclear and missile experts have been collaborating with their Iranian counterparts in more than 10 locations across the Islamic state.

The revelation lends credence to long-held suspicions that North Korea was helping Iran with a secret nuclear and missile program.“Hundreds of North Korean nuclear and missile engineers and scientists have been working at more than 10 sites (in Iran), including Natanz and Qom,” the source said, citing human intelligence he declined to identify for security reasons. The source would not allow the specific number of North Koreans to be published, citing the sensitivity of the intelligence, and would not give further details on the extent of the collaboration.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of the issue. Repeated attempts to contact the Iranian embassy in Seoul by telephone were unsuccessful.

Natanz is home to a fuel enrichment plant and a pilot fuel enrichment plant,the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report on Iran’s nuclear program published last week. North Korea, which conducted two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, revealed a year ago that it is running a uranium enrichment facility. Highly enriched uranium can be used to make weapons, providing Pyongyang with a second way of building

nuclear bombs in addition to its existing plutonium program.

Both North Korea and Iran are under United Nations sanctions for their nuclear programs.

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Iran Protesters Storm British Embassy in Tehran

Iranian protesters stormed the compound of the British Embassy in Iran’s capital, Tehran today, dramatically increasing international concern and raising

tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.

The attacks come amid heightened tensions following Iran’s decision to pass a law to expel the British ambassador to Tehran in retaliation for new British sanctions that cut off all ties with Iran’s financial sector.

The protesters are reported to have ransacked offices, burned the British flag – and as seen in the BBC report below, the Israeli and American flags as well –  and smashed embassy windows.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The attack on the British embassy in Tehran today was outrageous and indefensible.” The Prime Minister also said that those responsible for the attacks must be prosecuted.

Russia – Iran’s closest ally – said the embassy attack was “unacceptable and deserving condemnation.”

All Embassy staff have been accounted for and no injuries have been reported.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry expressed “regret for certain unacceptable behaviour by a small number of protesters in spite of efforts by the police”.

The protesters clashed with riot police and chanted “the embassy of Britain should be taken over” and “death to England”.

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Caroline Glick: Stopping Iran

Leading journalist and Middle East expert Caroline Glick addressed the Center for Security Policy’s National Security Group on Capitol Hill. She discussed the possibility of

an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear weapons installations.

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