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Study: Children of deployed military personnel more prone to accidents

March 22, 2015
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"Since 2001, more than two million military children have been separated from a parent in the United States military due to combat deployments. Now, a new study from researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences suggests the impact of separation (and reunification) deeply affects these daughters and sons. Young children of deployed military parents, when compared to kids whose military parents remained at home, more frequently visited medical providers for injuries, mental health problems, and maltreatment. Sadly, an even higher risk of harm impacted those children who were reunited with a combat-injured parent." (03/21/15)

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Two states craft “stolen valor” laws above federal lines

March 22, 2015
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"Lawmakers in two northeastern states are declaring war on phony veterans who claim combat experience in order to commit fraud. So-called 'stolen valor' laws are not new, and the current federal version was revised after a tougher one was struck down in 2012 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Laws proposed in New Jersey and Massachusetts would go further than Washington's regulation, heaping prison time on those convicted of faking service to the country to gain money or service benefits." (03/21/15)

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AK: Police raid club of pot activist who quit TV job on air

March 22, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Anchorage police served search warrants at marijuana activist Charlo Greene's Alaska Cannabis Club after receiving reports of illegal marijuana sales. The police took marijuana and impounded a Dodge Dakota and a Jeep Liberty on Friday, KTUU reported. Greene is a former television reporter who gained notoriety when she quit her job on live TV in September with an expletive and announced she's becoming an advocate to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska. Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Egbe, told KTVA the club is a medical marijuana dispensary." (03/21/15)

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India: Hundreds arrested over Bihar school cheating

March 22, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"About 300 people have been arrested in the Indian state of Bihar, authorities say, after reports emerged of blatant cheating in school exams. Parents and friends of students were photographed climbing school walls to pass on answers. Many of those arrested were parents. At least 750 students have been expelled. An estimated 1.4m students are taking their school leaving exams in Bihar alone -- tests seen as crucial for their chances of a successful career." (03/21/15)

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WI: Abortion dynamics in sharp focus as judge rules against state law

March 22, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"A federal judge in Wisconsin on Friday ruled that the state’s effort to beef up patient safety at abortion clinics is unconstitutional because of its unequal impact on women. The ruling is a poignant rebuff to a potent antiabortion strategy that has already begun to shutter abortion clinics in the South and Midwest. The offending law, which was signed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2013, required Wisconsin’s four abortion clinics to get admitting privileges at local hospitals. But that requirement proved unworkable for two clinics, including one in Milwaukee, where hospitals didn’t want to get involved in the nation’s often-heated and protest-filled abortion debate." (03/21/15)

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DEA steals $180 million Colombian cocaine shipment

March 22, 2015
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"U.S. authorities confiscated a $180 million shipment of cocaine from Colombian drug traffickers aboard a boat on the Pacific Ocean bound for the United States, the Colombian attorney general’s office said on Saturday. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) found 5.28 tonnes of the drug aboard the vessel, captured in international waters off Central America, said Alexandra Ladino, director of the attorney general’s specialized police force, which cooperated with the DEA on the operation. The Panamanian-flagged boat had earlier departed the Colombian port city of Buenaventura, Ladino said. The drugs belonged to a Colombian trafficking group, which she said would not be named for fear of compromising further investigations." (03/21/15)

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Netanyahu flip-flops again on “two-state solution;” White House may stop appeasing Likud

March 20, 2015
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The Hill The Hill    

"The White House on Thursday sharply criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's tactics during his reelection campaign, warning that they could alter U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinian bid for statehood. Netanyahu, who won decisively, appeared on Thursday to walk back his repudiation of a two-state solution with the Palestinians made just days before the election. But the White House's comments indicate that Netanyahu's campaign further strained already-tense relations between Obama and the Israeli prime minister. Press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily press briefing that the administration would 'reevaluate the strategy' it uses in making decisions at the U.N. and other international forums based on Netanyahu's decision to go back on his support for Palestinian statehood." (03/19/15)

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NY: Judge rules in favor of Garner killing coverup

March 20, 2015
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"A judge faced harsh words Thursday after refusing to release the transcripts of the deliberations by a grand jury that cleared the police officer who killed Eric Garner. ... According to New York law, a grand jury's proceedings are secret, and it's a felony to disclose its testimony, the judge noted. It is true that the secrecy of that jury's testimony 'is not sacrosanct,' and the minutes can be revealed at the court's discretion, Garnett noted, but he said the parties didn't give him enough to offer such relief. 'In summary, the movants in this case merely ask for the disclosure for distribution to the public,' he wrote. 'This request is not a legally cognizable reason for disclosure.'" (03/19/15)

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Ukraine crisis: EU links Russia sanctions to truce deal

March 20, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"European Union leaders have agreed to keep sanctions on Russia in place until the end of this year at the earliest. The sanctions, imposed because of Russia's alleged military intervention in Ukraine, are now linked to 'complete implementation' of a ceasefire deal. Last month's deal envisages Ukraine regaining full control of [the seceded Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] by the end of 2015. The sanctions target major firms and political figures close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. They are unable to get Western loans and their travel is restricted." (03/19/15)

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NH: Fourth-graders’ hawk bill provokes abortion comment

March 20, 2015
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"A civics lesson took an unexpected turn for a group of New Hampshire fourth-graders when a lawmaker brought the abortion debate into their effort to name a state raptor. The students from Lincoln H. Akerman School in Hampton Falls worked during class and on their own time to craft a bill to make the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor. ... Rep. Warren Groen, a Republican from Rochester, rose to speak on the measure, which was defeated. 'It grasps them with its talons and then uses its razor-sharp beak to rip its victims to shreds, to basically tear it apart limb by limb, and I guess the shame about making this a state bird is it would serve as a much better mascot for Planned Parenthood,' Groen said." [editor's note: The stupid continues to find new depths among the elected ones - SAT] (03/19/15)

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Researchers discover why some mushrooms glow in the dark

March 20, 2015
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"If you go out on a dark night, preferably during a new moon, in certain forests in northeastern Brazil you may find something peculiar: large glowing mushrooms. These pale-beige, slightly ruffled 'shrooms don’t look like much during the day, but at night they emit a ghostly green glimmering. They were reportedly first recorded by English botanist George Gardner in 1840, after he saw boys playing with luminous mushrooms in a Brazilian village. They were lost to science for many decades before being rediscovered in 2009, and were reclassified under their current scientific name, Neonothopanus gardneri, by researchers from San Diego State University." (03/19/15)

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Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors

March 20, 2015
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"In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family's globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she could be vulnerable to accusations of foreign influence. At the outset, the Clinton Foundation did indeed publish what they said was a complete list of the names of more than 200,000 donors and has continued to update it. But in a breach of the pledge, the charity's flagship health program, which spends more than all of the other foundation initiatives put together, stopped making the annual disclosure in 2010, Reuters has found." (03/19/15)

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CA drought: $1 billion aid package unveiled

March 20, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"At the close of another dry winter, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders announced a $1 billion package of bills Thursday to expedite money for people and cities hit hard by the drought and prepare the state for the flip side of extreme weather patterns: flooding. Joined by Democratic and Republican legislative leaders, Brown said the unprecedented drought has shown no signs of letting up and that state leaders must act. 'This is a struggle, and it’s something we’re going to have to live with for ... how long, we’re not sure,' Brown said at a news conference at the state Capitol. A majority of the spending ($660 million) would go toward flood protection, using unspent bond money from a ballot measure passed nearly a decade ago." (03/19/15)

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Tunisia’s young democracy fumbles for answers

March 20, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Of the questions posed by yesterday's terrorist attack here that killed 23 people, most of them foreign tourists, perhaps the most important is whether the murders will divide or unite this fledgling democracy. Tunisia is widely considered the sole success story of the 2011 Arab uprisings, thanks in large part to the restraint and compromise of its politicians and voters. It has avoided the bloodshed and backsliding that have plagued other North African states like Libya and Egypt." (03/19/15)

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FL: Bill moving presidential primary to March 15 heads to governor

March 19, 2015
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Palm Beach Post    

"Florida's presidential primary would be set for March 15 next year under legislation approved Wednesday by the state Senate on a 39-0 vote. The House already approved the move 114-0 last week, so the Senate action sends the bill (HB 7035) to Gov. Rick Scott. He's expected to sign it into law. ... After two presidential cycles where Florida's Republican leaders pushed the state into January primaries -- and were slapped with penalties by national party leaders as a result -- lawmakers now see a later date as carrying more weight." (03/19/15)

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Report: Iran limited to 6,000 centrifuges in draft accord

March 19, 2015
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Detroit News    

"A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut the amount of hardware it could use to make an atomic bomb by about 40 percent for at least a decade, while offering immediate relief from sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. As an added enticement, elements of a U.N. arms embargo against Iran could be rolled back. The very existence of the draft provided perhaps the clearest indication that the sides were nearing a written agreement as they raced to meet a March 31 deadline for a framework pact. The deadline for a full agreement is the end of June." (03/19/15)

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Greece defies EC with anti-austerity law

March 19, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The Greek parliament has approved a package of social measures, despite warnings from the European Commission against 'proceeding unilaterally.' In parliament, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras defended what he called a 'humanitarian crisis' law. The law -- the first to be introduced since Mr Tsipras's party won elections in January -- offers food stamps and free electricity to the very poorest." (03/18/15)

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India: Mumbai bans beef; kabobs now contraband?

March 19, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"With a strict ban on beef in Mumbai that has closed down meat sellers across India’s most cosmopolitan city, this nation is dealing with a sacred'cow issue -- literally. The new ban is the strictest ever in India and includes penalties even for possessing beef. Breaking the law, which languished for five years before getting passed under a conservative ruling Hindu party, brings a fine and up to five years in prison." (03/18/15)

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Herbalife sees pyramid scheme suit tossed

March 19, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A judge dismissed a lawsuit by Herbalife shareholders who claimed that the business structure and marketing practices of the weight loss and nutritional supplements company violated the law and that they lost money because it amounts to a pyramid scheme. Plaintiffs did not show that accusations by activist investor Bill Ackman proved fraud by Herbalife, U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer in Los Angeles wrote in his ruling Tuesday. Ackman, who runs Pershing Square Capital Management, bet heavily against the company's stock, describing Herbalife as a pyramid scheme." (03/18/15)

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Germany: Court bans Uber’s unlicensed taxi services

March 19, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"A German court on Wednesday banned Uber from running services using unlicensed cab drivers and set stiff fines for any violations of local transport laws by the pioneering online taxi firm. Uber, worth an estimated $40 billion making it the world's most valuable venture-backed start-up, has set out to revolutionise local transport services worldwide, from taxis to carpools to fast-food delivery. Born out of the frustration of two Silicon Valley entreprenuers trying to catch a cab in Paris, Uber's popular mobile phone taxi-hailing services have mushroomed since being launched in 2010 and are offered in nearly 270 cities worldwide." (03/18/15)

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NJ: State drops gun charge against retired teacher with flintlock

March 19, 2015
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"A New Jersey prosecutor Wednesday dropped the felony gun charge against a retired schoolteacher who was arrested last year when authorities discovered an unloaded, 300-year-old flintlock pistol wrapped in his car's glove compartment. 'I'm very appreciative that they exercised their discretion here and did the right thing,' Evan Nappen, the attorney representing Gordon Van Gilder, told The Daily Journal. The Cumberland County prosecutor said the state will exercise 'prosecutorial discretion' in the case, but warned others about the laws pertaining to firearm possession, even if the gun is an antique. Van Gilder had faced 10 years in prison and the loss of his state pension if convicted." (03/18/15)

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FL: First state employee banned for uttering “climate change”

March 19, 2015
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"A Florida state employee has been reprimanded and told not to come to work after Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) administration banned the use of the terms 'climate change' and 'global warming.' Earlier this month, reports said that officials in the Scott administration ordered Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) administrators not to use the terms in documents or meetings because they asserted that the climate science behind global warming was not a 'true fact.' According to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), Scott’s ban claimed its first victim earlier this month. A press release from PEER said that Barton Bibler, who works as DEP Land Management Plan Coordinator, had attended a Florida Coastal Managers Forum and took notes when attendees discussed climate change." (03/18/15)

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France: Political prisoner Dieudonne convicted of telling joke

March 18, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"French comedian Dieudonne has been given a two-month suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of condoning terrorism by a Paris court. Days after the Paris terror attacks he wrote on Facebook that he 'felt like Charlie Coulibaly,' the last name referring to one of the gunmen." (03/18/15)

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Israel: Likud surges to election win

March 18, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party scored a resounding victory in the country’s election, final results showed Wednesday, a stunning turnaround after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy. With nearly all votes counted, Likud appeared to have earned 30 out of parliament’s 120 seats and was in a position to build with relative ease a coalition government with its nationalist, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies. Such a government would likely put Israel at odds with the international community over settlement construction and its opposition to Palestinian statehood, and continue clashing with the White House over hard-line policies." (03/18/15)

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US Presbyterians approve gay marriage in church constitution

March 18, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved redefining marriage in the church constitution Tuesday to include a 'commitment between two people,' becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings in every congregation. The new definition was endorsed last year by the church General Assembly, or top legislative body, but required approval from a majority of the denomination's 171 regional districts, or presbyteries. The critical 86th 'yes' vote came Tuesday night from the Palisades Presbytery in New Jersey." (03/17/15)

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