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Justice officials frustrated by probe of Blackwater smuggling

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Bureaucracy appears to be slowing the criminal investigation into North Carolina-based Blackwater Worldwide. Full story...
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Grand jury investigating Blackwater shooting in Baghdad that killed 17 Iraqi civilians

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A federal grand jury is said to be investigating the role of North Carolina-based Blackwater Worldwide security guards in the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad. Full story...
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Charges uncertain in Blackwater inquiry

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The Justice Department says it has not decided whether to prosecute North Carolina-based Blackwater bodyguards for the September shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians. Full story...
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Report says that FBI finds 14 of the 17 Blackwater shootings were unjustified

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A spokeswoman for Blackwater Worldwide says the North Carolina-based company supports "stringent accountability" for any wrongdoing. Full story...
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Democrats: war cost doesn't add up

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Democrats say the numbers don't add up. That the true costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been grossly underestimated and that the conflicts cost double what the white house has requested, totaling $1.6 trillion so far, with no end to spending in sight. All the more reason, they say to bring the troops back. Full story...
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Local woman starts 'Adopt a Soldier' program

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videoA local woman is reinventing the wheel when it comes to sending care packages to soldiers serving overseas. Full story...
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Immunity could hurt Blackwater prosecution

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The State Department says limited immunity has been routinely offered to private security contractors. Full story...
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Democrats: Blackwater not held accountable in civilian deaths

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Democrats criticized the Bush administration today for giving immunity to bodyguards with North Carolina-based Blackwater USA. Full story...
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Congress moves to put all armed contractors under military control

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Congress is moving to put armed contractors in combat zones under military control. Full story...
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Iraq presses US to expel Blackwater

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The Iraqi government has upheld the findings of an official investigation of the alleged shooting death of 17 Iraqis by employees of North Carolina-based Blackwater USA. Full story...
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Panel: US must control security firms

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An independent panel is recommending that the U.S. government impose unified control over private security guards working for the U.S. in Iraq. Full story...
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Could Blackwater be on its way out of Iraq?

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The head of North Carolina-based Blackwater USA says he wants his guards to be able to "clear their names, do their jobs and move forward." Full story...
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Survivor and three families of men who died sue Blackwater

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Families of Iraqis who died in a shooting involving Blackwater USA contractors in Baghdad sued the North Carolina company today. Full story...
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Iraqi report calls for 136 million dollar payout from Blackwater

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An Iraqi government report calls for Blackwater USA to pay eight million dollars in compensation to each of the 17 people killed in shootings last month. Full story...
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House passes bill making contractors in Iraq subject to U.S. courts

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The House has passed a bill that would make all private contractors working in Iraq and other combat zones subject to prosecution by U.S. courts. Full story...
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