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Report: Canada spies targeted Brazil mine ministry

Monday, 07 October 2013 03:03 Published in National News

   RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian television report that aired Sunday night said Canadian spies targeted Brazil's Mines and Energy Ministry.

   The report on Globo television was based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and was the latest showing that Latin America's biggest nation has been a target for U.S., British and now Canadian spy agencies.

   The report said the "metadata" of phone calls and emails from and to the Brazilian ministry were targeted by Canada's Communications Security Establishment to map the ministry's communications, using a software program called Olympia. It didn't indicate if emails were read or phone calls listened to.

   Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao told Globo that "Canada has interests in Brazil, above all in the mining sector. I can't say if the spying served corporate interests or other groups."

   American journalist Glenn Greenwald, based in Rio de Janeiro, worked with Globo on its report. Greenwald broke the first stories about the NSA's global spy program focusing on Internet traffic and phone calls.

   Globo previously reported that the communications of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and also state-run oil company Petrobras were targeted by NSA spying.

   Earlier, Greenwald wrote articles in the O Globo newspaper saying that the NSA was gathering metadata on billions of emails, phone calls and other Internet data flowing through Brazil, an important transit point for global communications.

   The fallout over the spy programs led Rousseff last month to cancel a planned visit to the U.S., where she was to be the guest of honor for a state dinner.

   Rousseff last month spoke at the United Nations General Assembly and called for international regulations on data privacy and limiting espionage programs targeting the Internet.

Child drowns in downtown hotel pool

Monday, 07 October 2013 02:53 Published in Local News

   A nine year old south city boy is dead.  His twin brother is in very critical condition after a accident at a hotel pool near downtown St. Louis Saturday afternoon.  

   Police say Laron Snelson was unresponsive when he was pulled from the indoor pool at the Pear Tree Inn on Market Street.  Civilians began CPR right away, but the little boy died anyway. 

   His twin brother, Derron Snelson was also pulled from the indoor pool.  He's listed in critical and unstable condition at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.  

   Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the drowning.  The boys' mother and 14 year old brother were reportedly on the scene.

   The Pear Tree Inn is a Drury Hotel property.

Government's work stacking up a week into shutdown

Monday, 07 October 2013 02:38 Published in National News

   WASHINGTON (AP) - Because of the partial shutdown, government's work is piling up everywhere. It's not just paperwork.

   Litter lingers on sandbars along a stretch of the Missouri River in Nebraska because a volunteer clean-up was canceled when the government docked its boats. The Centers for Disease control has a backlog of food poisoning microbes that can't be checked because so many scientists are furloughed.

   And one woman is keeping a bald eagle in her freezer.  Wendi Pencille tends to injured birds in her upstate New York home. When a bald eagle dies, she sends the remains to a special eagle repository near Denver that ships feathers to Indian tribes for sacred ceremonies.

   But the federal bird shippers are furloughed while much of the government, like her fallen eagle, is on ice.

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