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—Dept. hopes to use unmanned aircraft by January
June 30, 2011—The Arlington Police Department is in the first part of its experiment in using unmanned aircraft to assist in law enforcement. The department has been testing and evaluating two battery-operated, remote-controlled aircraft over a small, restricted airspace near Lake Arlington Dam. The aircraft are flown only for daylight operations and within a small, restricted airspace.
—“Accuser has repeatedly lied”
July 1, 2011—The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials. Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself. Since her initial allegation on May 14, the accuser has repeatedly lied, one of the law enforcement officials said.
—Internal emails seen by Guardian show PR campaign was launched to protect UK nuclear plans after tsunami in Japan
June 30, 2011—British government officials approached nuclear companies to draw up a co-ordinated public relations strategy to play down the Fukushima nuclear accident just two days after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and before the extent of the radiation leak was known. Internal emails seen by the Guardian show how the business and energy departments worked closely behind the scenes with the multinational companies EDF Energy, Areva and Westinghouse to try to ensure the accident did not derail their plans for a new generation of nuclear stations in the UK. “This has the potential to set the nuclear industry back globally,” wrote one official at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), whose name has been redacted.
June 30, 2011—Firefighters working against the wildfire that surrounds the nuclear lab in Los Alamos, New Mexico, have set part of the perimeter of the lab ablaze in hopes of starving the wildfire of fuel in the event it heads back toward the stash of radioactive material stored inside the lab. After creating a blackened ring that now circles the lab, crews are betting that starting fires to stop them is a gamble that will pay off. To ensure the accuracy of the examination, the Environmental Protection Agency brought in dozens of air monitors all across the state, along with a special airplane that takes instant radiation samples.
June 30, 2011—Japan on Thursday recommended 113 households should evacuate from four districts considered radiation “hot spots” near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, officials said. The voluntary guidance, for areas where higher levels of radiation have been detected sporadically, will affect households in Fukushima prefecture’s Date city, officials said, adding that they would be given financial assistance. The districts are Ryozenmachi, Kamioguni, Shimooguni and Tsukidatemachi in Date, some 60 kilometres northwest of the troubled plant, far beyond the 20-kilometre exclusion zone immediately around it.
—Traces of caesium-134 and 137 isotopes found in urine tests on 10 children in city near stricken nuclear power plant
June 30, 2011—Trace amounts of radioactive substances have been found in urine samples taken from children from Fukushima city, raising concerns that residents have been exposed internally to radiation from the stricken nuclear power plant 37 miles (60km) away. Tests were conducted in May on 10 children, aged between 6 and 16, by a Japanese civic group and Acro, a French body that measures radioactivity. All 10 tested positive for tiny amounts of caesium-134 and caesium-137.
June 30, 2011—A U.S. health center says it has found new evidence which “strongly suggests” that UN peacekeeping forces from Nepal brought a deadly cholera strain to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the cholera outbreak in quake-hit Haiti originated from the Nepalese forces based near the town of Mirebalais in Centre Department, approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) northeast of the capital Port au Prince. “Our findings strongly suggest that contamination of the Artibonite (river) and one of its tributaries downstream from a military camp triggered the epidemic,” Renaud Piarroux and colleagues wrote in the July issue of CDC’s journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
June 30, 2011—The Justice Department inquiry into CIA interrogations of terrorist detainees has led to a full criminal investigation into the deaths of two people while they were in custody in Iraq and Afghanistan, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday. The attorney general said that he accepted the recommendation of a federal prosecutor, John Durham, who since August 2009 has conducted an inquiry into CIA interrogation practices during the Bush regime. Holder said Durham looked at the treatment of 101 detainees prisoners in U.S. custody since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and concluded that only these two deaths warranted criminal investigation.
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