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2008 November 17 — Proof7 NYC
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Our system’s fatal flaws

Federal immigration officials allowed scores of violent criminals — some ordered deported decades ago — to walk away from Harris County Jail despite the inmates’ admission to local authorities that they were in the country illegally, a Houston Chronicle investigation found.

A review of thousands of criminal and immigration records shows that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials didn’t file the paperwork to detain roughly 75 percent of the more than 3,500 inmates who told jailers during the booking process that they were in the U.S. illegally.

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The Central Region Coast Guard: 2

Pirates have seized the biggest booty ever taken on the high seas, capturing a fully-laden Saudi oil supertanker and its multinational crew, among them, two British merchant seamen.

The Sirius Star — three times the size of an aircraft carrier and carrying its full complement of two million barrels of crude oil worth at least $100 million — was hijacked in the early hours of Sunday 450 nautical miles southeast of Mombasa, according to the US Fifth Fleet.

“This is unprecedented,” Lieutenant Nathan Christensen, spokesman for the fleet said today. “It’s the largest ship that we’ve seen pirated.”

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America’s Most Valuable Cash Crop

In 2006, marijuana was named America’s most valuable cash crop, with an estimated production value exceeding $35 billion annually, which exceeds corn and wheat production combined.

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Will you make it?

The US economy probably went into recession in April in a downturn likely to last 14 months, according to a survey of forecasts released Monday by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve.The 51 economists on average predicted an annualized drop in US economic output of 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter and a 1.1 percent decline in the first quarter of 2009, the Philly Fed said.

More than half of the panelists say their outlook is based on the assumption that Congress will pass a new stimulus package, with a size estimated at 211 billion dollars.

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Lose the BlackBerry? Maybe

Sorry, Mr. President. Please surrender your BlackBerry. Those are seven words President-elect Barack Obama is dreading but expecting to hear, friends and advisers say, when he takes office in 65 days.

For years, like legions of other professionals, Mr. Obama has been all but addicted to his BlackBerry. The device has rarely been far from his side — on most days, it was fastened to his belt — to provide a singular conduit to the outside world as the bubble around him grew tighter and tighter throughout his campaign.

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