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AM news: ports, a whistleblower, leafblowers. Stunning!

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The 6 ports that have been cleared for purchase by the United Arab Emirates do not include Los Angeles-Long Beach. But Rep. Jane Harman was objecting in Wilmington yesterday anyway.

Say the company you work for has sold something that it may know doesn't work. Say you come across papers that you think show the company has willingly put these broken things on the market. Say you're just a temp, and say the broken things are voting machines. Do you whistleblow, taking the papers public? Well, Stephen Heller did — and now he's being prosecuted for stealing the papers, which may have shown that Diebold knew its voting machines were flawed.

Gardners can trade in their noisy, polluting leaf blowers over the next two weeks and get deep discounts on new, cleane leaf blowers that are, thankfully, also quieter. The AQMD asks people to pre-register for the leaf blower exchanges, which are scattered across the southland.

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Set phasers on stun! A new shotgun-like Taser is in development that can immobilize a person more than 300 yards away. (Photo of the smaller, shorter-rage M26 Taser taking down a red shirt bad guy)