NSA gathering 5 billion records per day on cell phone locations — NSA tracking cell phone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show 04 Dec 2013 The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cell phones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable. The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, according to the officials and the documents, which were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. New projects created to analyze that data have provided the intelligence community with what amounts to a mass surveillance tool.
Truck carrying radioactive material ‘stolen in Mexico’ – UN nuclear watchdog — Truck stolen near Mexico City 04 Dec 2013 A truck carrying radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, the UN’s nuclear watchdog says. Mexico informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the truck carrying a “dangerous radioactive source” used in medical treatment was stolen on Monday. BBC world affairs correspondent Rajesh Mirchandani says Cobalt-60 could theoretically be used in a so-called “dirty bomb” – an explosive device that could spread radioactive material over a wide area – although there is no official suggestion this was the purpose of the theft.
Hong Kong’s first case of H7N9 bird flu virus confirmed — Secretary of the Food and Health Bureau Dr Ko Wing-man activated the city’s three-level response system set up to deal with a potential flu pandemic. 03 Dec 2013 The deadly H7N9 bird flu virus has arrived in Hong Kong, it was confirmed last night. The city activated its flu contingency plan after an Indonesian domestic worker who recently travelled to Shenzhen was found to have contracted the deadly new strain, the first case in the city. Ko said two earlier tests for the virus came back negative, but a third test last night confirmed she had contracted H7N9.
Passenger with possible TB infection pulled from plane – 02 Dec 2013 Passengers aboard US Airways Flight 2846 were waiting on the tarmac at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport when their pilot came on the intercom. “We’ve been notified about a health emergency aboard the aircraft,” passenger Dean Davidson heard… Emergency personnel boarded the plane a short time later and removed the man, Davidson said. A firefighter then came on the intercom and announced that the passenger had active tuberculosis and was contagious and that other passengers on the flight had been exposed.
Obama launches defense against critics of Aff-rdable Care Act – 03 Dec 2013 With repairs to healthcare.gov beginning to show promise, President Barack Obama on Tuesday attempted to change the narrative of the faulty federal online exchange and to push back against Republican opposition, with a defiant vow to make the Aff-rdable Care Act — and its centerpiece online exchange — work even if it takes the rest of his term. As Obama launched a new campaign to highlight the health law — with plans to emphasize a different benefit each day — he accused Republicans of being interested only in repeal without offering an alternative plan. “My main message today is, ‘We’re not going back,'” Obama said in an afternoon address at the White House.
Operation Dead-Mouse Drop – A group of 2,000 dead mice equipped with cardboard parachutes have been airdropped over a United States Air Force base in Guam in order to poison brown tree snakes. It may sound like the plot to an animated movie starring the vocal talents of Gilbert Godfried, but we assure you this is actually happening. NBC News reports that the dead mice were pumped full of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. The hope is that the snakes, which are invasive to the area and cause harm to exotic native birds and the island’s power grid, will be drawn to the toxic rodents, eat them, and then croak. Other animals face minimal risk, reports the Air Force Times. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/operation–mouse-drop-163310851.html