Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) after serious concerns arose that the corporation's employees may have tried to hack into the phones of 9/11 victims and their families, it was revealed Thursday.
The FBI were prompted to open a preliminary probe after several lawmakers wrote letters questioning whether it was possible that reporters working for Murdoch's media company may have sought access to phone records of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to sources at the FBI's New York City office.
Murdoch and his company are under intense scrutiny for actions involving the now-defunct News of the World tabloid. Reporters at the paper are said to have accessed the voice mail accounts of victims who died in London's terrorist attacks in 2005. more >>
The September 11 Memorial, which is set to open in a few months, has racked up 42,000 ticket reservations on its website within a day of opening its booking system. It is estimated that the reservations will increase even more over the coming weeks before the 10th anniversary.
The memorial opens to the public on Sept. 12 and visitors will be able to get timed passes to see the memorial. On Sept. 11 the memorial will only be open to families and invited dignitaries.
As noted in the Drudge Report, officials are expected to limit the number of visitors to approximately 1,500 at a time. more >>
Tickets for the new 9/11 memorial in New York have been made available today, with the general public invited to reserve themselves tickets through an online system.
The timing of the release has been scheduled to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the terrorist atrocity that will take place in two months time. Tickets are free, and the online reservation system went live at 9 a.m.
According to the website reservations can also be made by phone between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. more >>
A Rasmussen Reports survey of likely Republican primary voters asked if it would be good, or bad, for Republicans if former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Texas Governor Rick Perry, or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani entered the presidential race.
A plurality of respondents, 45 percent, said it would be bad for Republicans if Palin entered the race, while 36 percent said it would be good for Republicans. The same percentage favored Perry entering the race, but only 21 percent thought a Perry candidacy would be bad for Republicans.
Though he claimed no interest for months, some close to Perry have acknowledged that he is now reconsidering and may enter the race. Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas and is expected to do well among social conservatives and Southerners. more >>
WASHINGTON – Generally identified in the polls as a candidate struggling to draw excitement, presidential contender Tim Pawlenty roused up a large faith audience Friday with strong talk on national defense and traditional values.
Like the other candidates to grace the stage at the Faith and Freedom Conference, Pawlenty denounced the government for overstepping its bounds in the work and health care sectors. Providing a solid national defense, however, is within the government's bounds, said the former governor of Minnesota. Given that role, he said he would take on the role of Commander-in-Chief with authority.
"We can't ... continue to be a great nation unless we're secure," he said. "Let's remember that the individuals and the mindset that perpetuated the horrible acts of September 11, 2001 that killed 3,000 or so of our fellow citizens, that mindset still exists and if they could have killed not 3,000, but 30,000 or 300,000 or 3 million, they would have," he stated. more >>
The number of people praying for their health jumped dramatically between 1999 and 2007, a study published by the American Psychological Association shows.
Health-related prayer increased by 36 percentage points, according to research printed in the May issue of the APA journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
Comparing data from national health surveys given by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 1999, 2002 and 2007, researchers found that prayer in response to health concerns rose to 49 percent in 2007, up from 43 percent in 2002 and just 13 percent in 1999. more >>