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London – Bomb found aboard flight traveling to Chicago from Yemen

Terrorist threats and economic repercussions

An ink toner cartridge converted into a bomb was found aboard a United Parcel Service (UPS) flight traveling to Chicago from Yemen, Reuters and CNN reported on Friday.
The bomb was discovered during a stopover in London.
Notice that U.S. authorities were investigating a possible bomb threat on Friday on two cargo plane at Philadelphia International Airport. Also one UPS plane at Newark airport in New Jersey were also being investigated on Friday for suspicious packages. A UPS truck in New York City was also under investigation, police said. Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Kristin Lee said the planes landed safely and are being swept by law enforcement.
FBI source tells Reuters initial tests of package on Chicago-bound UPS plane in Britain found no explosives.

United Parcel Service, Inc. - stocks/ October 29 5:32pm GMT+0300

Before you rush to conclude that terrorist threats much publicized are close to materialize, I noticed that the whole story is a serious blow to those of UPS. Also, with the economic repercussions. A news by Steven Gelsi from MarketWatch, noticed (21 October 2010) that United Parcel Service  said Thursday its third-quarter net income jumped 81% to $991 million, or 99 cents a share, from $549 million, or 55 cents a share, in the year-ago period. The package delivery giant’s adjusted earnings rose to 93 cents a share, from 55 cents a share. Revenue rose 9% to $12.19 billion from $11.15 billion. UPS was expected to earn 88 cents a share on revenue of $12.35 billion, according to a survey by FactSet Research. UPS said it expects 2010 adjusted profit to increase by 50% from 2009. UPS raised its 2010 profit outlook to a range of $3.48 a share to $3.54 a share, from its earlier view of $3.35 a share to $3.45 a share.

Standard & Poor’s Equity Research analyst Jim Corridore reiterated his buy rating on the stock with a price target of $84 a share, even though he said the numbers came up short of his forecasts. “UPS saw strong margin improvement in all business units, but is also seeing moderating economic growth,” Corridore wrote in a note, quoted by MarketWatch.

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FBI arrested 10 (alleged) Russian secret agents

How complicated are  the reset ways  of relations between Russian Federation and United States ! President Medvedev’s recent visit to the White House seemed to say that things are really on track. Only that…  Sunday, 28 June 2010, Federal agents of FBI arrested 10 people, including three in New York and two in New Jersey. Richard Murphy and Cynthia Murphy, Vicky Pelaez, Anna Chapman, Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills, Mikhail Semenko, Donald Howard Heathfield and Tracey Lee Ann Foley were accused of working undercover as secret agents for the Russian Federation in the United States, CBS 2 has learned.

In fact, the arrests were the result of a multi-year FBI investigation into an alleged network of U.S. based agents who concealed all connections between themselves and Russia.

“Eight of 10 were arrested Sunday for allegedly carrying out long-term, deep cover assignments in the United States on behalf of Russia. Two others were arrested for allegedly participating in the same Russian intelligence program within the United States. Their job, according to the court papers in the case, was “to search and develop ties in policymaking circles” in the United States. Each of the 10 was charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison on conviction. The cases were filed in U.S. District Court for the southern district of New York” said Pete Yost, journalist of Associated Press.

A suspect identified as “Christopher R. Metsos” remains at large.

The U.S. government intercepted a message from Russian intelligence headquarters in Moscow to two of the defendants, Richard and Cynthia Murphy. “You were sent to USA for long-term service trip” said the message from Moscow. “Your education, bank accounts, car, house etc. — all these serve one goal: fulfill your main mission, i.e. to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US and sent intels” the message added. Interesting… Why such a message? Russian special services had problems with motivating their agents ? I look forward side of the offending party. And I suppose that will follow a traditional expulsion of Russian diplomats. And vice versa. As reset, will talking … In times of crisis even matter a classic case of espionage ?