Friday, March 21, 2008

News Roundup, 3/21/2008

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State Department: Someone snooped in Obama’s passport file: On three occasions since January, Sen. Barack Obama's passport file was looked at by three different contract workers, said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack. “Two of the contractors were fired, and one was disciplined by the contractors company”. McCormack said. The State Department hires contract workers to monitor their systems and help employees. The breach seems like "imprudent curiosity" among the contract workers, said McCormack. This is an outrageous breach of security and privacy, even from an administration that has shown little regard for either over the last eight years," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton in a statement.

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Teenager dies after police in Charlotte use Taser: 17 year-old Darryl Turner died Thursday afternoon after Charlotte- Mecklenburg Police used a Taser on him. His mother, Tammi Fontenot, told Eyewitness News, "I want answers. I want to know why. I just want to know why." Charlotte homicide detectives will be launching an investigation as to why the Taser was used on Turner.

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U.S. contractor under fire for Katrina jobs: Florida-based construction firm Call Henry is being hit with a criminal investigation from the Mississippi State Attorney General’s office, and a $10,000 fine from the Mississippi state board of Contractors. Mississippi State Board of Contractors found that Call Henry exhibited “gross negligence or misconduct” in its contracting business.

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Peace talks on Cyprus to restart: The deal was struck at a meeting between Demetris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat in Nicosia the Cypriot president and the Turkish Cypriot leader have agreed to resume talks on reunifying the island. Greek and Turkish Cypriots have been divided since 1974, when Turkey deployed troops after a coup by Greek Cypriots who wanted union with Greece. "This is a new era we are starting for the solution of the Cyprus problem," Mr. Talat said. "We shall try our utmost in order to come to an agreed solution for the interest of the Cypriot people, both communities, as soon as possible," President Christofias said.

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