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Cemetary visit led to discovery of hanged census worker

A family's visit to a rural Kentucky cemetery led to the shocking discovery of a part-time census worker's naked body hanging from a tree with the word "fed" written on his chest. Jerry Weaver of Fairfield, Ohio, told The Associated Press the man had been gagged and his hands and feet were bound with duct tape. Weaver said Friday he was certain from the gruesome scene that 51-year-old Bill Sparkman was killed deliberately. "He was murdered," Weaver said. "There's no doubt." Weaver said he was in rural Clay County, Ky., for a family reunion and was visiting some family graves at the cemetery on Sept. 12 along with his wife and daughter when they saw the body.
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Terror attack was planned for 9/11/09

An Afghan immigrant wanted to carry out a New York City terror attack involving hydrogen peroxide bombs on commuter trains to possibly coincide with the Sept. 11 anniversary before federal authorities foiled the plan, a U.S. prosecutor said Friday. U.S. prosecutor Tim Neff told a federal judge that Najibullah Zazi "was in the throes of making a bomb and attempting to perfect his formulation." "The evidence suggests a chilling, disturbing sequence of events showing the defendant was intent on making a bomb and being in New York on 9/11, for purposes of perhaps using such items," Neff declared.
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McChrystal: Situation in Afghanistan ‘worse than expected’

The American general sent to Afghanistan to turn the war around says the situation he found was worse than expected and he doesn't think the war can be won by simply throwing more firepower at the enemy. Gen. Stanley McChrystal tells 60 Minutes this Sunday that civilian casualties are higher than he wanted is a key issue in whether or not the United States wins or loses the war. On the violence, McChrystal said the situation is Iraq is worse now than when he arrived in country several months ago. "They're probably a little worse. I think that in some areas that the breadth of the violence, the geographic spread of violence, is a little more than I would have gathered." The interview with McChrystal will be broadcast Sunday at 7 p.m. EDT.
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Feds urged to spend more on national parks

Spending on national parks should be increased by at least $700 million over the next seven years, an independent panel urged Congress on Thursday . The additional spending should bring increased tourism, promote enjoyment of the outdoors and help preserve national treasures for future generations, the panel said. The bipartisan National Parks Second Century Commission also urged President Barack Obama to appoint a panel charged with promoting the parks and raising private money in time for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016. It also called for an expansion of the National Park Service's mission, making education an explicit part of the agency for the first time.
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Afghan war: Vietnamization is not an option

As America's latest wartime president reviews the grim but realistic assessment of his top war zone general--- and reshapes the military strategy that will become his legacy -- this much is certain: The Vietnamization of the war in Afghanistan cannot, and will not, be an option. And this much is far from certain: Whether the Iraqization of Afghanistan (which is a semi-accurate shorthand for what the general is proposing) really can be an option that can succeed in this latest war that is close to Iraq only in proximity -- but in no other way.
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This is your computer-addicted brain

A recent article on salon.com attempted to sweep away legitimate criticisms of the downside of high-tech on human intelligence: "By now the arguments are familiar: Facebook is ruining our social relationships; Google is making us dumber; texting is destroying the English language as we know it. We're facing a crisis, one that could very well corrode the way humans have communicated since we first evolved from apes. What we need, so say these proud Luddites, is to turn our backs on technology and embrace not the keyboard, but the pencil."
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Why CIA torture techniques backfired

Prolonged stress from the CIA's harsh interrogations could have impaired the memories of terrorist suspects, diminishing their ability to recall and provide the detailed information the spy agency sought, according to a scientific paper published Monday. The methods could even have caused the suspects to create — and believe — false memories, contends the paper, which scrutinizes the techniques used by the CIA under the Bush administration through the lens of neurobiology. It suggests the methods are actually counterproductive, no matter how much suspects might eventually say.
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Feds issue terror warnings to stadiums, hotels

Counterterrorism officials have issued security bulletins to police around the nation about terrorists' desire to attack stadiums, entertainment complexes and hotels — the latest in a flurry of such internal warnings as investigators chase a possible bomb plot in Denver and New York. In the two bulletins — sent to police departments Monday and obtained by The Associated Press — officials said they know of no specific plots against such sites, but urged law enforcement and private companies to be vigilant. These two bulletins followed on the heels of a similar warning about the vulnerabilities of mass transit systems. The bulletin on stadiums notes that an al-Qaida training manual specifically lists "blasting and destroying the places of amusement, immorality, and sin... and attacking vital economic centers" as desired targets of the global terror network.
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Rhode Island Republican quits over Joe Wilson

The chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Hispanic Assembly and member of the Republican Central Committee says he has quit the GOP because he was embarrassed by South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst during President Obama's address to Congress on Sept. 9. Wilson shouted "You lie," when President Obama said illegal immigrants would not receive benefits under his health care plan. Ivan Marte tells The Providence Journal that Wilson's behavior was "shameful" and "uncivilized." Marte says he has been disenchanted by the GOP since Gov. Don Carcieri ignored his advice concerning the 2008 executive order cracking down on illegal immigration. State party chairman Giovanni Cicione says Marte's contributions to the party were valued and he's disappointed by the resignation.
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Obama urged to end CIA probe

Seven former CIA directors who served both Republican and Democratic presidents have asked President Barack Obama to end the Justice Department's criminal probe into the harsh interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration. Three of the men who made the request in a letter Friday to the White House worked under President George W. Bush. Attorney General Eric Holder said last month he was appointing an independent counsel to investigate possible incidents of abuse by CIA personnel during interrogations that went beyond guidelines imposed by the Bush administration. The incidents were referred by the CIA inspector general to the Justice Department during the Bush administration, but Justice officials at the time prosecuted only one case.
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