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Report: EpiPen’s steady price increases masked until deductibles rose

August 23, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The maker of the life-saving allergy shot EpiPen is the new poster child for exorbitant drug price increases, as high-profile members of Congress, doctors and consumers lash out over huge price increases since 2009. Mylan’s EpiPens are used to quickly treat the severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, which can include swelling of the tongue or throat, shortness of breath and a rash. The prices insurers and employers negotiate with Mylan are up about 150% since 2009, according to Rx Savings Solutions, which represents businesses and insurance companies. The average wholesale price has increased nearly 500% in that time, says Michael Rea, a pharmacist and CEO of Rx Savings Solutions. As outrageous as the EpiPen increases seem, Rea says they aren't that unusual and are getting attention now because parents are stocking up before back to school and are increasingly facing higher out-of-pocket costs due to higher deductibles and cost sharing." (08/23/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/08/23/epipens-steady-price-increases-masked-until-deductibles-rose/89123786  

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Liberland: Self-styled “president” fights for his “country”

August 23, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"A self-styled head of state arrived in New York this week seeking, like countless others before him, to establish goodwill, form diplomatic ties and attract investment. But Vit Jedlicka's most important and daunting task is to make the case that his nascent 'nation' actually exists. Jedlicka is the founder of 'Liberland,' a 2.7-square-mile sliver of what he believes is unclaimed 'terra nullius' (no man's land) along the Danube between Croatia and Serbia. The idealistic Czech established his state on the motto 'to live and let live,' and he and a team of believers declared its independence on May Day last year. 'We wanted to go against the flow,' Jedlicka, who considers himself president of the internationally unrecognized nation, told FoxNews.com. 'We want to be leaders in the Liberty Movement. We want [Liberland] to be the best place for people to live in and I think that this is the future: voluntary interaction between people. Between citizens and their government.'" [editor's note: Where to go when Clin/Trump takes the throne? - SAT] [editor's note: Does Fox put quotes around "president" and "country" when it's a US politician? - TLK] (08/23/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/08/23/nation-builder-self-styled-president-liberland-fights-for-his-so-called-country.html  

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Russia banned from Paralympic Games after appeal failure

August 23, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Russia will not compete at next month's Paralympic Games in Rio. Russia's appeal against the blanket ban imposed by Paralympics officials was rejected Tuesday -- ending any hope the country's Paralympians had of competing in Rio. The Court for the Arbitration of Sport upheld the decision made by the International Paralympic Committee following allegations of state-sponsored doping." (08/23/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/23/sport/rio-2016-paralympics-cas-russia-ban-upheld/  

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After nearly two years, NASA regains contact with lost spacecraft

August 23, 2016
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TechCrunch    

"After attempting to regain contact for nearly two years, NASA has finally reestablished communications with the sun-studying satellite, STEREO-B. At 6:27 p.m. ET, NASA received a downlink signal from the spacecraft using the ground-based communication antennas in the Deep Space Network. STEREO-B is one of two spacecraft that orbit the sun and make up the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (or STEREO) mission. ... Sunday's signal from STEREO-B provided NASA with valuable information about the spacecraft's position. With this data, the STEREO team will now work to put a recovery plan in place, re-establish the spacecraft's desired position and evaluate the health of its subsystems." (08/22/16)

https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/22/after-nearly-two-years-nasa-regains-contact-with-lost-spacecraft/  

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Kerry: South Sudan regime agrees to deployment of regional force

August 23, 2016
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"East African foreign ministers from countries including South Sudan have agreed to move ahead with the deployment of a regional peacekeeping force to that troubled nation, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday on the first stop of his latest Africa visit. South Sudan at first rejected the regional protection force after the U.N. Security Council earlier this month voted to deploy the 4,000 additional peacekeepers to help restore calm. Fighting that erupted in the capital last month killed hundreds amid widespread reports of rapes and other abuses and raised fears of a renewed civil war." (08/23/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Aug-23/368501-kerry-south-sudan-agrees-to-deployment-of-regional-force.ashx  

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FBI uncovers 15K undisclosed emails in Clinton probe

August 23, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"The FBI has uncovered almost 15,000 previously undisclosed documents sent directly to or from Hillary Clinton, State Department lawyers confirmed before a federal judge on Monday. The documents were found during the course of the FBI's investigation into Clinton’s use of a personal email server as secretary of State. ... The agency has pledged to release the approximately 14,900 documents .... But it remains unsettled whether the full set will be out before the presidential election on Nov. 8 and lawyers for the conservative watchdog group that has demanded the release have accused the agency of slow-walking the production." (08/22/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/292199-fbi-uncovered-15k-undisclosed-emails-in-clinton-probe  

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New “Trump Revealed” bio offers troubling portrait

August 23, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"For Donald Trump, real estate magnate, casino mogul and reality TV star, it's clear there's no such thing as bad publicity. Even so, it's hard to imagine he will embrace 'Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power,' The Washington Post?'s dive into the Republican presidential nominee's life and business record. Any voter who is not already devoted to Trump's cause will find plenty of reason to think long and hard about whether to support him after reading this book. It's crammed with court records, financial data, anecdotes and interviews about Trump's unscrupulous business practices, his liberal use of 'truthful hyperbole' and false promises to make himself rich, usually at the expense of others." (08/22/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2016/08/22/trump-revealed-michael-kranish-marc-fisher-washington-post-book-review/88945500  

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Mexico: President Enrique Pena Nieto allegedly “plagiarised thesis”

August 22, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Journalists in Mexico have accused President Enrique Pena Nieto of plagiarism. A video on news website Aristegui Noticias alleges that almost 29% of his 1991 law thesis had been lifted from other authors without crediting them. A government spokesman said the president had committed 'style errors' when he failed to acknowledge his sources but denied plagiarism. Mr Pena Nieto graduated from Mexico's private Universidad Panamericana. According to the report, 197 of 682 paragraphs in Mr Pena Nieto's thesis were copied from authors ranging from Mexican historian Enrique Krauze to University of New Mexico academic Linda Hall." (08/22/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37153951  

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CA: Supreme Court decision keeps teacher tenure protections

August 22, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"In a victory for teacher unions, the California Supreme Court decided Monday to let the state's teacher tenure law stand. The high court decided not to review a lower court ruling that upheld tenure and other job protections for teachers. That ruling came in a lawsuit by a group of students who claimed that incompetent teachers were almost impossible to fire because of tenure laws and that schools in poor neighborhoods were dumping grounds for bad teachers. The appeals court said in its decision in April that the students had failed to show California's hiring and firing rules were unconstitutional. That appeals court had overturned a Los Angeles Superior Court judge's decision that sided with the students and threatened to shake up public schools that teach more than 6 million students from kindergarten through 12th grade statewide." (08/22/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/22/california-supreme-court-decision-keeps-teacher-tenure-protections.html  

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Report: Russia has stopped using Iran base for Syria strikes

August 22, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Russia has stopped using an Iranian air base for launching airstrikes on Syria for the time being, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday, just hours after the Iranian defense minister criticized Moscow for having 'kind of show-off and ungentlemanly' attitude by publicizing their actions. Moscow, which had used the Shahid Nojeh Air Base to refuel its bombers striking Syria at least three times last week, confirmed that all Russian warplanes that were based in Iran have returned to Russia. A statement issued by the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday that as long as Iran agreed, Russia could use the Iranian air base again, 'depending on the situation' in Syria. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told reporters in Tehran that the Russian airstrikes on militants in Syria were 'temporary, based on a Russian request. It is finished, for now,' Ghasemi said, without elaborating." (08/22/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Iran-chastises-Russia-for-publicizing-use-of-9176594.php  

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Colin Powell brushes off Hillary Clinton over emails

August 22, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Former Secretary of State Colin Powell over the weekend dismissed reports that Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told federal investigators that it was at his suggestion that she used a personal email account, according to a media report. Powell, who served as the nation's top diplomat under Republican president George W. Bush, told People magazine that while he did send Clinton a memo about his own email practices, Clinton had already chosen to use personal email rather than a government account while she had the job. Clinton, who faces Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, has been dogged for more than a year about questions over her use of private email account and a personal computer server while she was secretary of state from 2009-2013, during President Barack Obama's first term. 'Her people have been trying to pin it on me ... The truth is, she was using (the private email server) for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did,' Powell told People on Saturday." (08/22/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-clinton-email-idUSKCN10X1A1  

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Judge orders State Dept. to review 14,900 new Clinton emails

August 22, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"A judge ordered the State Department on Monday to review and determine the potential release of 14,900 documents, most of which are believed to be emails to or from Hillary Clinton, that turned up in an FBI investigation of her use of a private email server as secretary of state. The documents are part of a cache that the FBI turned over to the State Department at the end of its probe into Clinton’s use of the server. The Federal Bureau of Investigation found Clinton was 'extremely careless' with sensitive information by using the private server but recommended against bringing charges against Clinton. She has been dogged by questions about the issue throughout her run for the White House. The State Department could make public the first batch of emails in October, weeks before the Democratic nominee faces Republican rival Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election. State Department employees are due to craft a timeline for the release at a meeting on Sept. 23." (08/22/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/judge-orders-state-dept-to-review-14900-new-clinton-emails  

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Federal judge blocks rule telling school employees to not grope kids’ genitals

August 22, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"A U.S. District Court judge on Sunday blocked the Obama administration from implementing new rules aimed at allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. The ruling, by Judge Reed O'Connor of Fort Worth, Texas, is a win for the 13 states that had sought to prevent the administration's directives from taking effect. ... In his 38-page ruling, O’Connor found the Obama administration had failed to follow the Administrative Procedures Act, which requires the federal government to allow for comments on new proposed rules. O'Connor did not rule on the constitutionality of the directive itself." (08/22/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/292185-federal-judge-blocks-obamas-transgender-bathroom-policy  

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Gaza militants, Israeli regime forces exchange fire

August 22, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket that landed in the Israeli border town of Sderot on Sunday and Israeli aircraft and tanks responded by shelling the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, the army and police said. The rocket caused no injuries or damage in Sderot, where it landed in a residential area, police said. An Israeli shell damaged a Beit Hanoun water tower and there were no casualties, local residents said. The Israeli army said aircraft and tanks had targeted two Hamas posts belonging to Islamist Hamas militants. Hamas controls the Gaza Strip and has observed a de-facto ceasefire with Israel since a 2014 war but some small armed cells of Jihadist Salafis have defied the agreement and have continued to occasionally launch rockets at Israel. More than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed during the 2014 Gaza conflict. Sixty-seven Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel were killed by rockets and attacks by Hamas and other militant groups." (08/21/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israeli-palestinians-rocket-idUSKCN10W0HZ  

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Russia: “Putin mask” activist claims asylum in Ukraine

August 22, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Ukrainian authorities say a Russian opposition activist has requested asylum in the country. Roman Roslovtsev, known for protesting against Russian president Vladimir Putin in a Putin mask, crossed into Ukraine from Belarus. He told local television he was seeking asylum because of persecution by the Russian security service. Ukraine's border agency said that an application for asylum was being reviewed by migration authorities. The agency published a statement which did not name Mr Roslovtsev, but said a 'famous Russian writer and public figure' known for protest activities had applied for asylum. Mr Roslovtsev, 36, has been detained as least nine times by Russian authorities after walking in Moscow's Red Square in his Putin mask." (08/21/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37150679  

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Study: Stonehenge might have been “ancient calculator”

August 22, 2016
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AOL News    

"The mystery behind the fascinating standing circle of Stonehenge has intrigued scientists and tourists alike for ages. But in a new study, researchers believe that Stonehenge may have been an 'ancient calculator' used to track the movements of the sun, moon and stars thousands of years ago. Australian Scientists compared the ancient ruins to those of other stone structures in the UK and found the stones were placed in relation to celestial bodies." (08/21/16)

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/08/20/study-finds-stonehenge-might-have-been-an-ancient-calculator/21455664  

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Report: Trump companies owe $650 million

August 21, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Companies belonging to Donald Trump have at least $650 million in debt, more than twice the amount shown in public filings made by his presidential campaign, the New York Times reported Saturday. The paper employed a property information firm to search publicly available data on more than 30 US properties connected to the Republican candidate, including offices and golf courses. In addition to the $650 million liabilities, “a substantial portion of his wealth is tied up in three passive partnerships that owe an additional $2 billion to a string of lenders,” the Times said about debt that could significantly affect Trump’s wealth. The billionaire tycoon campaigns on what he says is his spectacularly successful real estate record, claiming to be worth $10 billion and citing his business acumen as his major qualification for the presidency. However, he has dismissed mounting pressure even from within his own party to disclose his tax returns or allow an independent valuation of his assets." (08/20/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/trump-companies-owe-650-million-ny-times  

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CT: High court sides with employee fired for smoking pot at work

August 21, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A Connecticut state worker fired after he was caught smoking marijuana on the job was punished too harshly and should get his job back, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. Gregory Linhoff was fired from his maintenance job at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington in 2012 after a police officer caught him smoking pot in a state-owned vehicle. He had no previous disciplinary problems since being hired in 1998 and had received favorable job evaluations, according to his union. He was arrested, but the charges were later dismissed. State officials said firing the New Hartford resident was the only appropriate penalty for his conduct and not doing so would send a bad message to other employees. An arbitrator disagreed and overturned the firing, saying Linhoff instead should be suspended without pay for six months and be subject to random drug testing for a year after he returned to work." (08/20/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Court-reinstates-state-worker-fired-for-smoking-9173096.php  

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UK: Mother & children nearly charged $10,000 for Burger King meal

August 21, 2016
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AOL News    

"When you go to a fast-food chain, you expect that the meal won't break the bank. One family in the U.K., however, received a huge shock when their meal at Burger King cost more than even one at a high-end restaurants: the bill reportedly came out to $10,000. 51-year-old mother Elbie Todd says she was at the Luton Airport in London, England, seeing her son off for a trip. She and her two children ordered burgers, fries, chili bites and drinks -- which should have come to around £10, or $13. Todd's card declined the purchase, however, which embarrassed her. ... The Burger King employee redid the transaction, but Todd did not want to risk using her card. She and her two children, 29-year-old Wendy and 28-year-old Robbie, scrambled together £10 cash for the purchase. She then asked for the receipt of the declined transaction; the cashier scrunched it up, but she demanded it. When Todd got home, she discovered that she was not charged £10 for the meal, but £10,000, or $13,000. 'I went ice cold,' she said. She then called her bank, who told her that they declined the charge because it was unusually large." (08/20/16)

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/08/19/mother-and-children-charged-over-10-000-for-burger-king-meal/21455041/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000058&  

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FL: Zika now spreading in Miami Beach, sources say

August 18, 2016
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Miami Herald    

"A new area of ongoing Zika transmission has been identified in Miami Beach, according to sources familiar with discussions that Florida health officials held with local public officials Thursday to alert them. ... Starting early Thursday morning, Miami Beach public works officials and code compliance officers were dispatched to neighborhoods to inspect for mosquito breeding sites. City Manager Jimmy Morales said in a written statement that the city is in constant communication with the health department regarding the most effective approach to mosquito control." (08/18/16)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article96420487.html  

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US State Department confirms $400 million owed to Iran was held until prisoners were released

August 18, 2016
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Politico    

"Republicans are claiming vindication after the State Department confirmed on Thursday that the United States conditioned the release of a $400 million cash payment to Iran on the departure of American prisoners from Tehran. At a Thursday press briefing, State Department spokesman John Kirby addressed questions about a Wall Street Journal report by explaining that the U.S. held on to the $400 million cash payment until American prisoners were on a plane and safely away from Iran to 'retain maximum leverage.' Kirby said the arrangement did not in any way constitute a ransom payment, as President Barack Obama's Republican critics have alleged." [editor's note: The US government owed the Iranian government the money. The scandal isn't that they paid it when the prisoners were released, but that they didn't pay it whether the prisoners were released or not - TLK] (08/18/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/iran-payment-hostage-release-227170  

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Trump gives himself a new nickname: Mr. Brexit

August 18, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The king of nicknames has given one to himself. On Thursday, Donald Trump cryptically tweeted that soon people will be calling him 'Mr. Brexit!' ... Brexit is an abbreviation for 'British exit' and refers to the referendum that was approved by voters in June for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. The approval of the referendum (which Trump supported) came as a surprise to many. While it is not immediately clear what Trump is referring to in his tweet, he could be talking about a comeback of sorts. Trump is currently behind Hillary Clinton in every national poll and in polls of battleground states." (08/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/08/18/trump-gives-himself-new-nickname-mr-brexit/88947110  

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OH: FOP to city — pay us to wear body cameras

August 18, 2016
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Cincinnati.com    

"Cincinnati's police union told city officials last week if they want officers to wear body cameras they'll have to pay them extra. City leaders announced at a press conference last Wednesday that the first group of police would start wearing the body cameras  a move that itself came just days after the city's latest police-involved shooting. A lawyer for Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #69, Stephen Lazarus, sent the city a 'cease and desist' letter, saying until pay for wearing the equipment has been decided, officers shouldn't wear them." [editor's note: Sounds reasonable, as long as they wear the cameras from the moment the clock in until the moment they clock out, said cameras streaming both to an evidentiary archive and a PUBLIC feed - TLK] (08/18/16)

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/08/15/fop-city-pay-us-wear-body-cameras/88763906/  

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ID: Antlers taken by Hunter S. Thompson return to Hemingway home

August 18, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson went to Idaho to write about literary icon Ernest Hemingway and decided to take a piece of his hero home with him — a set of trophy elk antlers. More than half a century later, the antlers have been returned. 'One of the stories that has often been told over the years is the story of Hunter S. Thompson taking the antlers,' said Jenny Emery Davidson of Ketchum Community Library. 'These are two great literary figures who came together over the item of the antlers.' Davidson was there on Aug. 5 when Thompson's widow, Anita Thompson, gave back the antlers she says her husband regretted taking. Hemingway's house in Ketchum is owned by The Nature Conservancy, which has an agreement with the library to help catalog and preserve items in the residence where the author took his life." (08/18/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Antlers-taken-by-Hunter-S-Thompson-return-to-9170664.php  

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Harley-Davidson to pay $12 million fine over motorcycle emissions

August 18, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Harley-Davidson Inc agreed to pay a $12 million civil fine and stop selling illegal after-market devices that cause its motorcycles to emit too much pollution, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The settlement resolves government allegations that Harley sold roughly 340,000 'super tuners' enabling motorcycles since 2008 to pollute the air at levels greater than what the Milwaukee-based company certified to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to the government, the sale of such 'defeat devices' violates the federal Clean Air Act. Harley was also accused of selling more than 12,600 motorcycles that were not covered by an EPA certification governing clean air compliance. The settlement calls for Harley to stop selling the super tuners by Aug. 23, and buy back and destroy all such tuners in stock at its dealerships. EPA said the modified settings increase power and performance, but also increase the motorcycles’ emissions of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides." (08/18/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-harley-davidson-lawsuit-idUSKCN10T1JP  

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