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Millennials are saying no to credit cards

September 8, 2014
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WESH 2 News    

"More than six out of ten Millennials, or 63%, don't have a single credit card, according to a Bankrate survey of 1,161 respondents. That compares to a mere 35% of Americans who are over the age of 30. ...Instead, Millennials are turning to debit cards -- especially prepaid debit cards, which are reloadable and often linked to bank accounts." (09/08/14)

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PA: Mother gave daughter abortion pill, now gets prison

September 7, 2014
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Raw Story    

"A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to up to 18 months in prison for obtaining so-called abortion pills online and providing them to her teenage daughter to end her pregnancy. Jennifer Ann Whalen, 39, of Washingtonville, a single mother who works as a nursing home aide, pleaded guilty in August to obtaining the miscarriage-inducing pills from an online site in Europe for her daughter, 16, who did not want to have the child. Whalen was sentenced on Friday by Montour County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Norton to serve 12 months to 18 months in prison for violating a state law that requires abortions to be performed by physicians. She was also fined $1,000 and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service after her release. The felony offense called for up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine." (09/06/14)

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IRS says it’s lost emails from five other employees

September 7, 2014
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Fox News    

"The IRS said Friday that it has lost emails from five other employees involved in congressional probes into the agency's targeting of conservative groups, leading one top Republican to declare 'this pattern must stop.' The announcement comes after the agency said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. The revelation set off a new round of investigations and congressional hearings. On Friday, the IRS issued a report to Congress saying the agency also lost emails from five other employees related to the probe, including two agents who worked in a Cincinnati office processing applications for tax-exempt status." (09/06/14)

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HI: Lava inches toward community; Tutu Pele spirit strikes again?

September 7, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Capable of covering nearly a quarter mile a day, a massive Kilauea lava flow is burning thick forest and threatening human dwellings near Ka’ohe Homestead on Hawaii’s Big Island -- reminding locals and tourists alike of the tempestuous nature of Kilauea’s female guardian spirit, Tutu Pele. The current lava flow, which began June 27, is burning through mountainside forests as it descends toward the Pacific. Within a week, homes could be threatened and up to 8,000 people could be cut off if the flow covers Route 130, the major artery into the region." (09/06/14)

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OK: State to halt killings until new protocols in place

September 7, 2014
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Reuters    

"Oklahoma will put future executions on hold until new procedures are in place as recommended in a report about a troubled execution that exposed shortcomings in the death chamber, officials said on Friday. A doctor and a paramedic failed nearly a dozen times to place an IV during an Oklahoma inmate's April execution and were unprepared for how to proceed once the line they secured to deliver a lethal injection began leaking drugs, the report released on Thursday said." (09/05/14)

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CA: Tenants who had rent stolen lawyer up

September 7, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"The lawyer for tenants who allege that their property manager made off with $40,000 in rent says her clients have proof of payment and are unlikely to be evicted. Although the lawyer is only focusing on the evictions, tenants also say that the property manager, German Maldonado, illegally entered their units and, in one case, failed to pay the water bill. After numerous attempts, Maldonado could not be reached for comment." (09/06/14)

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VA: Jury convicts McDonnell, wife on corruption charges

September 5, 2014
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have been convicted in a public corruption case that accused them of conspiring to use his office to promote a businessman's product in exchange for gifts. A federal jury in Richmond returned the verdict Thursday after a five-week trial and deliberating for three days." (09/04/14)

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NY: Cops bust lawyer waiting outside restaurant for kids using restroom

September 5, 2014
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Raw Story    

"A human rights lawyer was arrested outside a Ruby Tuesday’s in New York City as she waited for her children, who were inside using the restroom, the New York Daily News reports. On Tuesday, Chaumtoli Huq filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court alleging that the New York Police Department officers who arrested her used 'unreasonable and wholly unprovoked force' as she was waiting for family after a pro-Palestinian rally in July. Huq had, the previous day, taken a leave of absence from her role as a top attorney with New York City’s Public Advocate’s office so she could focus on the abuse of garment workers in her home country of Bangladesh." (09/04/14)

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Study: Kids know how to lie and distrust by age seven

September 5, 2014
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Fox News    

"Kids are capable of thinking strategically, including using competitiveness and lies to their own benefit, by the time they're 7. So report researchers out of the University of Minnesota who studied 69 kids ages 3 to 9 playing two games. Kids typically figure out how to infer what others are thinking and what motivates them -- and act strategically based on this information -- somewhere between 6 and 7 years old, reports ABC Science. What's more, by that age they've sorted out that they don't have to trust others, and they don't have to be truthful themselves." (09/04/14)

 

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Study: Millennials less trusting than Gen X was

September 5, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"They're often pegged as the civic-minded, do-gooding generation. But while they're still optimistic about their own personal prospects, a new study finds that today's youth are often more skeptical of the country's institutions than the young generations that preceded them. The Millennials also are as mistrusting of other people as the gloomy 'slackers' of Generation X were 20 years ago -- or even more so." [editor's note: Don't tease me now; you mean there IS still hope? - SAT] (09/04/14)

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Fast food workers in the US strike, face arrests

September 5, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Fast food workers kicked off another round of nationwide strikes Thursday, re-iterating their demands for a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize. Like past protests, today’s will involve walkouts from workers in 150 cities from a wide range of fast food chains, including Wendy’s, Burger King, KFC, and McDonald’s. According to early reports, a handful of protesters in New York and Detroit were handcuffed Thursday morning for blocking the streets near fast food establishments." (09/04/14)

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France faces huge Mistral bill for halting Russia deal

September 4, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"The decision to suspend delivery of a Mistral naval assault ship to Russia risks costing France at least 1 billion euros (£800 million), officials say. French President Francois Hollande said Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine meant conditions were not right for delivery of the helicopter-carrier. He later said 'a ceasefire and a political settlement' should be in place before the deal could go ahead. Russia was expecting two Mistral ships -- the first one in October." (09/04/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29060398  

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Libera: US to provide $75 million for Ebola fight

September 4, 2014
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CTV [Canada]    

"The [US Agency for International Development] announced Thursday it would donate $75 million to fund 1,000 more beds in Ebola treatment centres in Liberia and buy 130,000 more protective suits for health care workers. West Africa's struggling health systems have buckled under the pressure of an Ebola outbreak that has already killed about 1,900 people. ... The American aid agency announced Thursday it would donate $75 million to fund 1,000 more beds in Ebola treatment centres in Liberia and buy 130,000 more protective suits for health care workers. West Africa's struggling health systems have buckled under the pressure of an Ebola outbreak that has already killed about 1,900 people." (09/04/14)

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BP found “grossly negligent” in 2010 Gulf spill

September 4, 2014
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Reuters    

"BP Plc was 'grossly negligent' for its role in the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, a U.S. district judge said on Thursday in a ruling that could add billions of dollars in fines to the more than $42 billion in charges taken so far for the worst offshore disaster in U.S. history. Shares of BP traded in the United States fell 5 percent, or $2.40, to $45.31, eroding about $8.8 billion of its market value. BP shares traded in London closed down nearly 6 percent, the worst one day slide in more than four years." (09/04/14)

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South Africa bars Dalai Lama after pressure from China

September 4, 2014
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"South Africa has bowed to Chinese pressure and declined to grant the Dalai Lama a visa, forcing him to cancel his attendance at a gathering of Nobel Laureates in Cape Town. This was the third time that South Africa has denied a visa to the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people since 2009. China considers the Dalai Lama to be a violent subversive, plotting to break up the country. Any country which allows him a visa does so over China's furious objections. Under President Jacob Zuma's leadership, South Africa has become a close ally of Beijing." (09/04/14)

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KS: Democrat withdraws from Senate race

September 4, 2014
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Business Week    

"The Democrat challenging three-term Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has ended his campaign without explanation. Chad Taylor sent a letter to the Kansas secretary of state on Wednesday withdrawing from the race, which also has a viable independent candidate, Olathe businessman Greg Orman, as well as a Libertarian candidate, Randall Batson of Wichita. Taylor issued a separate statement saying he made the decision after consulting with his staff, supporters and Democratic Party leaders." (09/04/14)

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NYC: Gay group to march in St. Patrick’s Day parade

September 4, 2014
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New York Daily News    

"Erin can't go bra-less at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade -- but she can finally march in it with her girlfriend under their own standard. For the first time, New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade next year will allow a gay group to march under its own identifying banner, reversing a controversial policy that had become a political flashpoint. ... The committee announced that one group will be allowed to march up Fifth Ave. under its own banner next year — OUT@NBCUniversal, an LGBT support group at NBC, which broadcasts the parade." (09/03/14)

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OH: GOP pols seek vote on voter turnout suppression bill

September 3, 2014
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WCPO 9 News    

"Several Republican state lawmakers want to force the Ohio House to vote on a bill requiring voters in the swing state to show photo identification at the polls. The bill was introduced almost a year ago and has yet to have a hearing. It would require Ohioans to show a driver's license, state ID card or other form of photo ID in order to cast their ballots." (09/03/14)

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MO: Nixon lifts Ferguson state of emergency

September 3, 2014
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Time    

"Missouri Governor Jay Nixon lifted a state of emergency for the city of Ferguson Wednesday, arguing that weeks of unrest over the shooting of an unarmed teenager had finally subsided. ... Nixon declared the state of emergency on August 16 after demonstrators spilled into the streets to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police officer Darren Wilson." (09/03/14)

http://time.com/3264706/ferguson-state-emergency/  

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LA: Federal judge upholds marriage apartheid law, nullifies US Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause

September 3, 2014
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Dallas Morning News    

"A federal judge upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages on Wednesday, a rare loss for gay marriage supporters who had won more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman also upheld the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. His ruling was the first to uphold a state ban since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year." (09/03/14)

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Study: Low-carb beats low-fat when dieting

September 3, 2014
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Raw Story    

"For weight loss and cardiovascular disease prevention, low carb is the way to go, according to researchers from Tulane University, Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins University in the US. The research team set out to determine the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on cardiovascular disease prevention, which had previously been unknown, and little to no testing had been done in a diverse group of participants. In the study, researchers worked with 148 men and women, of which half were black and half were white and all of whom were considered obese based on body mass index (BMI)." (09/03/14)

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CVS changes name, stops tobacco sales early

September 3, 2014
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Fox News    

"CVS Caremark will now be known as CVS Health. The signs on its roughly 7,700 drugstores won't change, so the tweak may not register with shoppers. However, those customers will see a big change when they check out. The cigars and cigarettes that used to fill the shelves behind store cash registers have been replaced with nicotine gum and other products that help people kick the tobacco habit. CVS said earlier this year that it would stop selling tobacco products on Oct. 1." (09/03/14)

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NC: After three decades, innocent men freed from prison

September 3, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"One of North Carolina's longest-serving death row inmates was freed from prison Wednesday, a day after a judge overturned his conviction because of new DNA evidence in the case. Henry McCollum, 50, walked out of Central Prison in Raleigh, hugged his mother and father and thanked God for his release. His half brother, 46-year-old Leon Brown, also had his conviction in a 1983 rape and murder overturned on Tuesday. Brown was expected to be freed later Wednesday." (09/03/14)

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MI: Detroit’s historic bankruptcy trial has first day in court

September 3, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Detroit’s bankruptcy finally entered the courtroom Tuesday, beginning the final phase of a trial to determine if the city can emerge from under the weight of $18 billion in debt. It has taken Detroit 14 months of mediation, legal wrangling, and behind-closed-door negotiations with creditors and pension groups to bring the city to the courtroom of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes." (09/03/14)

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Report: Corruption “impoverishes and kills millions”

September 3, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"An estimated $1 trillion (£600bn) a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives are lost because of corruption, according to campaigners. A report by the anti-poverty organization One says much of the progress made over the past two decades in tackling extreme poverty has been put at risk by corruption and crime. Corrupt activities include the use of phantom firms and money laundering. The report blames corruption for 3.6 million deaths every year." (09/03/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-29040793  

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