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Thursday, 20 June 2013 16:31

Obama set to nominate Comey to head FBI

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama plans to nominate a former prosecutor and Bush administration official as FBI director, a White House official told Politico.

An administration official also told The Hill newspaper James Comey will be nominated Friday. The selection was first reported in May.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Comey would replace Robert Mueller, who became FBI director in September 2001. Though FBI directors are limited to a 10-year term, the Senate extended Mueller's term by an additional two years at Obama's request.

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Thursday, 20 June 2013 16:22

Obama set to nominate Comey to head FBI

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama plans to nominate a former prosecutor and Bush administration official as FBI director, a White House official told Politico.

An administration official also told The Hill newspaper James Comey will be nominated Friday. The selection was first reported in May.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Comey would replace Robert Mueller, who became FBI director in September 2001. Though FBI directors are limited to a 10-year term, the Senate extended Mueller's term by an additional two years at Obama's request.

Comey served twice in the George W. Bush administration, as U.S. attorney in Manhattan and then as deputy U.S. attorney general to Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Comey is credited with heading off White House officials who were trying to get a woozy Ashcroft to approve a warrantless surveillance program from his hospital room in 2004.

But the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concern Comey approved waterboarding of terror suspects and the detention of a U.S. citizen without charges on U.S. soil.

After leaving the Bush administration, Comey spent five years at Lockheed Martin as general counsel and senior vice president. He also served as general counsel for Connecticut hedge fund Bridgewater Associates.

Since leaving Bridgewater in early 2013, he's been affiliated with Columbia Law School, Politico said.

"In Jim Comey, the men and women of the FBI will have the leadership of one of our nation's most skilled and respected national security and law enforcement professionals," a White House official told The Hill. "In more than two decades as a prosecutor and national security professional, Jim has demonstrated unwavering toughness, integrity and principle in defending both our security and our values."

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Thursday, 20 June 2013 16:22

Obama set to nominate Comey to head FBI

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama plans to nominate a former prosecutor and Bush administration official as FBI director, a White House official told Politico.

An administration official also told The Hill newspaper James Comey will be nominated Friday. The selection was first reported in May.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Comey would replace Robert Mueller, who became FBI director in September 2001. Though FBI directors are limited to a 10-year term, the Senate extended Mueller's term by an additional two years at Obama's request.

Comey served twice in the George W. Bush administration, as U.S. attorney in Manhattan and then as deputy U.S. attorney general to Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Comey is credited with heading off White House officials who were trying to get a woozy Ashcroft to approve a warrantless surveillance program from his hospital room in 2004.

But the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concern Comey approved waterboarding of terror suspects and the detention of a U.S. citizen without charges on U.S. soil.

After leaving the Bush administration, Comey spent five years at Lockheed Martin as general counsel and senior vice president. He also served as general counsel for Connecticut hedge fund Bridgewater Associates.

Since leaving Bridgewater in early 2013, he's been affiliated with Columbia Law School, Politico said.

"In Jim Comey, the men and women of the FBI will have the leadership of one of our nation's most skilled and respected national security and law enforcement professionals," a White House official told The Hill. "In more than two decades as a prosecutor and national security professional, Jim has demonstrated unwavering toughness, integrity and principle in defending both our security and our values."

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LOMA LINDA, Calif., June 5 (UPI) -- A study of more than 70,000 Seventh-Day Adventists found those who ate vegetarian diets had a lower risk of death, U.S. researchers say.

Dr. Michael J. Orlich of Loma Linda University in California and colleagues examined all-cause and cause-specific death in a group of 73,308 male and female Seventh-Day Adventists.

Researchers assessed dietary patients using a questionnaire that categorized study participants into five groups: non-vegetarian; semi-vegetarian; pesco-vegetarian, which includes seafood; lacto-ovo-vegetarian, which includes dairy and egg products, and vegan, which excludes all animal products.

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 SALT LAKE CITY, June 12 (UPI) -- Using hands-free devices to talk, text or email while driving is distracting and risky, contrary to common beliefs, a University of Utah study said Wednesday.

 The study, conducted for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, confirmed previous research suggesting talking on a hands-free cellphone was just as distracting as using a hand-held phone while driving, a university release said.

"Our research shows that hands-free is not risk-free," lead study author David Strayer, a University of Utah psychology professor, said.

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CHICAGO, June 12 (UPI) -- Daytime talk show "Steve Harvey" has been renewed through 2016 to station groups across the United States, NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution said Wednesday.

 

"Steve is one of the best entertainers in the country and his first season has been a tremendous success because of the personal connection he makes with the daytime audience," Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting, said in a statement. "It's so great to see Steve's very funny and substantive show being rewarded with long-term commitments from our station partners."

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 9 (UPI) -- The daughter of a man killed in a shooting spree in Santa Monica, Calif., died Sunday of wounds received in the rampage, officials said.

Marcela Franco, 26 -- whose father, Carlos Franco, 68, was shot and killed during the shooting Friday -- died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica College President Chui L. Tsang said in a post on the school's website.

"Marcela had registered to attend classes this summer at SMC and was with her father Carlos when Friday's tragedy struck," Tsang wrote.

He said the Santa Monica College Foundation has established a memorial fund for the Franco family and the college will hold a memorial service "at the appropriate time."

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Sunday, 09 June 2013 19:13

67th Annual Tony Awards in New York

Courtney B. Vance arrives in the press room with the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in 'Lucky Guy' at the 67th Annual Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013 in New York City. UPI/Monika Graff

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WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee member said Sunday the public needs to be better informed on the scope of government phone and Internet records access.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said while the National Security Agency's vast monitoring program had been vetted by the legal system, the political uproar will linger unless the public is provided with more details on how the intelligence was collected and used.

"I'm calling for a wholesome debate all over the country," Udall said on CNN's "State of the Union. "Maybe Americans think this is all OK, but I think the line has been drawn too far toward 'we're going to invade your privacy versus we're going to respect your privacy.'"

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LONDON, June 9 (UPI) -- Former CIA worker Edward Snowden says he is the source of leaked top-secret documents detailing U.S. intelligence collection of electronic communication data.

Snowden, 29, who formerly worked as a technical assistant for the CIA and currently works for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, revealed his identity voluntarily, Britain's The Guardian reported Sunday.

"I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong," he told the newspaper, which initially reported on the National Security Agency data collection last week.

Snowden, in part in his capacity with Booz Allen, has worked for four years at the NSA, the newspaper said.

Snowden said when he decided to leak the documents he also decided he would not remain anonymous.

"I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions," he said in a note accompanying the first documents he provided to The Guardian.

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