June 3 obscure news

My internet jaunt for news rendered these cool articles today.

Rep. King: Probe ACORN’s Financial ‘Spiderweb’– Iowa Congressman Steve King is calling for simultaneous FBI and congressional investigations into what he calls a “spiderweb” of shadowy financial and business relationships linked to the ACORN [read it at NewsMax.Com]

Arpaio demands investigation of feds – Phoenix, Arizona – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s attorneys question whether investigators followed ethics rules in launching probes this year into his office, in an attempt to determine whether its investigation has a pre-determined outcome. Sheriff Joe, who continues to uphold the immigration law in spite of local political dissent, is currently being investigated for possible civil rights violations of Hispanics during “illegal immigration” crime sweeps [read it at EastValleyTribune.Com]

Oregon firm recalls ground beef products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination — SP Provisions, a Portland, Ore., establishment is recalling approximately 39,973 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today [read it at USDA.gov]

U.S. gov’t awards flu vaccine contract to MedImmune company — The Department of Health and Human Services placed an initial 90-million-dollar order for the vaccine, intending to use it on high-risk populations in the event of a flu pandemic later in the year [read it at xinhuanet.com]

Updated worldwide swine flu figures — seen here [redirect on this site]

The bar code turns 35 — The first bar-coded product 35 years ago was a pack of Wrigley’s gum. The Universal Product Code bar code–turns 35 on June 26 [read it at ZDnet.com]

Spy chips guiding CIA drone strikes, locals say[read it at wired.com]

DAILY designs customized RFID (radio frequency identification) reader for library systems — DAILY has recently unveiled 13.56MHz multi-tag RFID Reader DL810 for library systems, integrated with a customized external antenna, so as to simplify the library items’ check-in and check-out process [read it at PR-USA.net]

Winnebago recalls 2002 222QD vehicles — Winnebago is recalling vehicles equipped with axles that include bosh zops or zoht pin slide hydraulic disc brakes [read it at total recall info .com]

SecDef’s plane in a holding pattern – The E-4B, a converted Boeing 747-200 which is considered to be Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ version of Air Force One is having aircraft problems [read it at Stars and Stripes]

Anti-U.S. hackers infiltrate Army servers – A known computer hacking clan with anti-American leanings has successfully broken into at least two sensitive Web servers maintained by the U.S. Army [read it at InformationWeek.Com]

Airport check-in: Some fear trash center near airport would attract birds – Pilots and some elected officials are crying foul over plans to build a garbage transfer station that would be about 700 yards from the end of a runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport [read it at USAToday.Com]

Three Colombian Nationals arrested, charged in alien smuggling and Visa fraud scheme – Three Colombian nationals have been arrested in Colombia on charges of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling for profit, alien smuggling for profit, and conspiracy to commit visa fraud in connection with their alleged roles in an extensive and sophisticated visa fraud scheme against the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia [read it at Department of Justice]

Illinois firm recalls ground beef products that may contain foreign materials — The problem was discovered after the company received complaints from institutional customers about finding metal clips, which were used to seal the casing chubs, in the product [read it at U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service]

Another invasive species enters Great Lakes – Bloody-red shrimp, could pose ecological and economic risks to Lake Ontario. Like zebra mussels, the notorious mollusks that wreaked havoc on municipal water supplies and hydroelectric companies upon their arrival, the shrimp are native to Eastern Europe and were likely brought over in the ballast water tanks of ships [read it at  St. Catharines Standard]

Swine flu cases doubling in Australia may prompt pandemic call — Swine flu cases in Australia, doubling about every two days, may convince the World Health Organization to declare pandemic [read it at Bloomberg.Com]

Vegas hepatitis C outbreak spurs new laws – Doctors and nurses at two endoscopy centers were found to have been spreading the debilitating liver virus by reusing syringes and vials of anesthesia [read it at MercuryNews.Com]

From Willnevergiveup archives: Kenyan Embassador talks on audio recording of Obama’s birthplace

United States fact: The US is world’s largest consumer of cocaine (shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean), Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana; major consumer of ecstasy and Mexican methamphetamine; minor consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine; money-laundering center [source: CIA]

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