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October 4th, 2010
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Americans abroad alerted: Terror plot rooted in Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany (CNN)
–A group of jihadists from the German city of Hamburg are alleged to be at the heart of the recent al Qaeda plot to launch co-ordinated terrorist attacks against European cities, according to European intelligence officials.

The plan prompted the U.S. State Department to issue a Europe-wide security advisory for Americans traveling in Europe.

Western intelligence officials say they learned about the plot when Ahmed Sidiqi, a German citizen of Afghan descent was arrested in Afghanistan in July and taken to the U.S. Airbase at Bagram for questioning. He has not been charged and intelligence sources in Germany say he is co-operating with the investigation.

In early 2009 Sidiqi and ten others left Hamburg for the tribal areas of Pakistan - where most joined a jihadist group fighting U.S. and coalition forces across the border in Afghanistan, according to German intelligence officials.

Sidiqi told American interrogators that at least one member of his travel group was to be a "foot-soldier" in the plot, with other members of the group helping to plan the attacks, a European counter-terrorism official told CNN. FULL STORY

Verizon says it will refund some 15 million customers

(CNN) - Verizon Wireless said Sunday it will refund about 15 million of its customers because the company incorrectly charged them for data sessions.

Over the past few years, some 15 million Verizon customers who did not have data plans were billed for sessions on their phones that they did not initiate, said Mary Coyne, the company's deputy general counsel, in a statement.

She added the majority of data sessions involved minor exchanges caused by built-in software. Others involved opening the web, which should not have incurred charges, she said.

"We have addressed these issues to avoid unintended data charges in the future," Coyne said. "Our goal is to maintain our customers' trust and ensure they receive the best experience possible."

Current customers will receive notification of credits on their October or November bill of between $2 and $6 in most cases, while former customers can expect to receive a refund check in the mail. Some will receive larger credits or refunds.

Rutgers holds vigil for student who committed suicide

- Rutgers University held an emotional vigil Sunday evening as the campus grapples with the suicide of a student whose sexual encounter with another man was broadcast online.

The body of Tyler Clementi, 18, was recovered from the Hudson River on Thursday, more than a week after he jumped from the George Washington Bridge, which spans the river between New York and New Jersey.

Two other Rutgers students - Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, 18, and Molly Wei, 18 - have been charged with invasion of privacy. The pair allegedly placed a camera in Clementi's dorm room without his knowledge and then streamed his sexual encounter online, according to the Middlesex County, New Jersey, prosecutor's office.

"Our entire campus is very upset about what happened," said Greg Blimling, Rutgers' Vice President of Student Affairs. "The entire campus is in mourning. And we feel very deeply for what happened to the family. This is a terrible tragedy."

Students and other members of the university community, some wearing pins that read "Pride," stood silently as they lit and held white candles. FULL STORY

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  1. Jo

    Wake up America, the goal of Islam IS world domination. Read the Koran and the rest of their books, listen to what is really being preached in their mosques, listen to what so many of their imams are actually saying, read about what really goes on in Islamic countries. Sharia law, dhimmitude and taqiyya, read and educate yourselves about this hatefilled, barbaric and violent "religion". The crusades against Muslim aggression were justified in the middle ages and they're
    justified NOW.


    October 4, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  2. Steven

    Will anybody talk about the bullying on video game that people play online? Like Xbox or Playstation 3? I have a Xbox and always play on Xbox live. I always encounter somewhat bullying and a lot of racism. No one can see who i am but by just listening to my voice they can tell i'm black. Any stereotype or racist slur they can think of they will say. It does't matter what race you are you will encounter some racism. White, Black, Asain, Hispanic,etc. And studies show that kids and teens play more video games than outside activity. So i'm sure they encounter bullying there as well. Would that be considered as cyber-bullying?

    October 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  3. Deborah Mann

    THE BULLY PROJECT: Schools should hire kids 18 – 21 to matriculate undercover with wires and cameras to record activities that go unnoticed or unrecorded. Or have security cameras scanning every area. Technology has dramatically dropped in price and improved in quality. Undercovers can go in areas that invade 'privacy' like lockers, bathrooms.

    These recordings might be used in a number of helpful ways but first to arrest the attention of parents, teachers, supervisors and the bully who may not be aware the actual 'abuse'.

    Also, let's get some Federal laws to define 'bullying'. Accountability is a necessity albiet an ugly process.

    October 4, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  4. Mom

    Perhaps one reason bullying has become so disgustingly pervasive is our politicians and the ongoing barrage of commercials and articles in the media of these "adults" behaving like bullies and being very poor role models for our children. If we truly want to have an impact on this horrible issue, let our leaders start to question and examine their own behavior and finally become role models we can look up to!

    October 4, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  5. joan

    Children are not the only targets of bullying. Adults are also; especially teachers, who are bullied by other members of their department. I speak from personal experience and was bullied by another teacher who then got his students to bully me and my classes. My Union would not stand up for me and without the support of my family, I would have been a candidate for suicide.

    October 4, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  6. Jane - WI

    Why is it surprising to some in the media that the President drew a large crowd at his partisan, Democratic campaign rally in Madison? UW-Madison is one of the most liberal colleges in America, and Madison is the farthest left city in Wisconsin. I find it odd that President Obama has been the campaigner in chief since he took office. These weird, partisan speeches are something he has never stopped doing since the election. I don't recall any other President being this aggressively partisan. Is Mr. Obama the President of all or simply the President of liberals? This partisan activity is quite undignified and unPresidential.

    October 4, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  7. Ron, Key West, FL

    AT&T was charging me for web access that I never used. To stop it I had to get them to deactivate the web feature on my phone.

    October 4, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  8. Average American

    Americans have been in a war for years and should already be alerted to the dangers. Americans shouldn't travel abroad unless absolutely necessary and should always consider themselves a target. We should always remember that Americans are some of the most hated people on the planet.

    "Western intelligence officials say they learned about the plot when Ahmed Sidiqi, a German citizen of Afghan descent was arrested in Afghanistan in July and taken to the U.S. Airbase at Bagram for questioning. He has not been charged and intelligence sources in Germany say he is co-operating with the investigation."... Code phrase for US Government sponsored torture.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  9. mike sey

    Focusing on bullying in schools when bullying is as American as apple pie lets society off the hook. Its an accepted part of the work place where we call it a management style, competition, or a winnowing process.

    Doubt it, just check out your popular TV fare from the thuggish behaviour on Repo Men to the Donald shouting "You're Fired" to just about any hot mike show where someone controls the mike to humiliate and cut offcallersfor the amusement of others.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:22 am |