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FBI mined secrets from George McGovern’s past

July 27, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"On April 16, 1975, two FBI inspectors met with Sen. George McGovern in Washington. A month earlier, McGovern had written a letter to FBI Director Clarence Kelley asking for a copy of any file that the FBI kept on ... McGovern, according to an FBI account of the meeting, was agreeable to a compromise. There was a chance, he told the inspectors, that he might be on the national ticket in the next presidential race in 1976. He ... he wanted to be able to tell any potential running mate if the FBI possessed derogatory information about him. Specifically, he wanted to know if the FBI had information about a child he had fathered as a young man." (07/26/15)

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New car seat reminds you not to leave kid in car

July 26, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"A new car seat with the potential to save lives is now available for purchase. The Evenflo Advanced Embrace with SensorSafe infant car seat, available at Wal-Mart, aims to cut down on the number of deaths resulting from children being left in hot cars. An average of 38 children die from being trapped inside cars every year, according to the nonprofit KidsAndCars.org. Many of these deaths occur when parents forget to drop their child off at daycare before work." (07/26/15)

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Greece: Banks reopen, cash limits remain & taxes soar

July 26, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Greek banks reopened Monday for the first time in three weeks, but strict limits on cash withdrawals and higher taxes on everything from coffee to diapers meant the economic outlook for the recession-battered country was far from back to normal. There were hopeful developments: The cash-strapped nation got a short-term loan from European creditors to pay more than 6 billion euros ($6.5 billion) owed to the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Non-payment of either would have derailed Greece's latest bailout request. But for most Greeks, already buffeted by six years of recession, Monday was all about rising prices as tax hikes demanded by creditors took effect." (07/26/15)

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NASA may use wind-powered robots to explore Jupiter surface

July 26, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Engineers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California are reportedly in the process of developing 'windbots' -- robotic probes that could stay aloft in the clouds of a distant world -- and these probes may eventually be used to explore Jupiter or other gas giants. According to Mashable and Engadget, the project would ideally remain aloft without the need for wings or hot-air balloons, and could be used to study planets where there is no solid surface to support a lander or rover. These theoretical spacecraft could investigate the atmospheres of Jupiter or Saturn while remaining airborne for a considerable amount of time." (07/26/15)

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Inspectors general seek criminal inquiry on Clinton’s use of email

July 24, 2015
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New York Times    

"Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday. The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs. Clinton's private account contained 'hundreds of potentially classified emails.' ... The Justice Department has not decided if it will open an investigation, senior officials said. A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton's campaign declined to comment." (07/23/15)

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Applications for US unemployment aid plummet to 42-year low

July 24, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in nearly 42 years, evidence that employers are holding onto their staffs and likely hiring at a steady pace. Yet the drop also reflects seasonal volatility in the data. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 26,000 to 255,000, the lowest level since November 1973, the Labor Department said Thursday. If the data were adjusted for the growth of the U.S. population since then, last week's figure would likely be an all-time low." (07/23/15)

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US House passes bill forbidding mandatory GMO labeling

July 24, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday. The House bill is backed by the food industry, which has fought mandatory labeling efforts in several states around the country. The legislation, which passed 275-150, would prevent states from requiring package labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs." (07/23/15)

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Trump at Mexico border: “Hispanics love me”

July 23, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Ever sure of himself, Donald Trump paid a visit to the Mexico border Thursday and predicted Hispanics would love him ('they already do') because as president he'd grab jobs back from overseas and give more opportunity to those who live in the U.S. legally. 'There's great danger with the illegals,' the Republican presidential contender told reporters. But he claimed a 'great relationship' with Hispanics, even as Latino leaders have come at him with blistering criticism for his painting Mexican immigrants as criminals. 'I'll take jobs back from China, I'll take jobs back from Japan,' Trump said. 'The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they're going to love Trump.'" (07/23/15)

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“Earth 2.0″ found in NASA Kepler telescope haul

July 23, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A haul of planets from Nasa's Kepler telescope includes a world sharing many characteristics with Earth. Kepler-452b orbits at a very similar distance from its star, though its radius is 60% larger. Mission scientists said they believed it was the most Earth-like planet yet. Such worlds are of interest to astronomers because they might be small and cool enough to host liquid water on their surface -- and might therefore be hospitable to life." (07/23/15)

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House immigration bill derided as knee-jerk reaction to murder

July 23, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The recent killing of a San Francisco woman allegedly at the hands of an immigrant man has reignited Republican calls for tougher enforcement of U.S. immigration laws and led to a bill advocates say is racially targeted. The House will vote Thursday on a bill to restrict certain federal funds from going to cities that do not routinely check immigration status. Republicans say such checks would have prevented the death of Kathryn Steinle, 32, who was shot to death in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant and convicted felon." [editor's note: Okay, so a racist nutjob who was born here murders 9 people, and a racist local cop abuses a black woman who ends up dead ... but this rather isolated murder is the focus? - SAT] (07/23/15)

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Canada: Anti-terror law may not meet international rights obligations

July 23, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"A United Nations human rights body is raising concerns about Canada's new anti-terror legislation, saying it could run afoul of international human rights norms. The Anti-Terrorism Act, passed by parliament in June, makes it easier for intelligence officers, border guards, and law enforcement officials to monitor and arrest potential terror suspects in Canada. The United Nations Human Rights Committee said in a report released Wednesday that it is concerned that that the law grants the government sweeping powers but does not contain enough legal safeguards to protect people's political and civil rights. Critics say the bill will make it easier for security officials to place Canadians under surveillance." (07/23/15)

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New rice could help feed world, fight climate change

July 23, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Researchers have developed a new strain of rice with the potential to feed a burgeoning global population while reducing the greenhouse-gas emissions rice paddies generate. They have coaxed the rice into growing more and larger grains. At the same time, the genetic change cut methane emissions from paddies growing the rice by more than 90 percent compared with paddies growing unaltered plants. By some estimates, rice farming may be the single largest source of methane emissions humans deliver to the atmosphere, though estimates vary widely." (07/23/15)

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Study: Chemo doesn’t help end-stage cancer patients

July 23, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"A new study finds that half of cancer patients received chemotherapy in their final months of life, even though the therapy (which can cause nausea, vomiting and other grueling side effects) had no chance of curing them. Doctors often prescribe chemo to people in the end stages of cancer in the hope that the drugs will shrink patients' tumors and make them feel better, said study co-author Holly Prigerson, co-director of the Center for Research on End-of-Life Care at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York." (07/22/15)

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Activists urge US states to ban genital mutilation, but only of females

July 23, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Rights activists have called on all U.S. states to adopt laws banning female genital mutilation (FGM), one year after the United States committed itself at a summit in London to eradicating the practice. The United States was one of more than 30 countries to sign a charter for the elimination of FGM and forced marriage, at home and abroad, at the Girl Summit 2014. Although a federal law bans the practice throughout the country, only 24 out of 50 states have enacted legislation at the local level, rights group Equality Now said." [editor's note: Guess it's OK to keep hacking off pieces of male genitalia - TLK] (07/23/15)

http://af.reuters.com/article/southAfricaNews/idAFL5N1003QC20150723  

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TX: Regime seeks to dismiss immigrant birth certificate lawsuit

July 23, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that claims U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrant parents have been wrongfully denied birth certificates. Paxton said the Texas Department of State Health Services, which is being sued by 19 families, has sovereign immunity under the 11th Amendment so the federal court lacks the jurisdiction over the state agency and the legal claims. ... the Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid sued the state after it refused to issue birth certificates to children who were born in America but whose parents are in the United States illegally [sic]." (07/23/15)

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NY: Panel calls for fast food layoffs

July 23, 2015
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MarketWatch MarketWatch    

"New York state's fast-food wage board on Wednesday recommended raising the minimum wage for that industry to $15 an hour by 2018 in New York City and by 2021 elsewhere in the state. The move gives Gov. Andrew Cuomo a political gain with labor unions and liberal Democrats who have pushed for higher [unemployment rates among] low-income workers .... The state labor commissioner, a Cuomo appointee who appoints the wage board, still must accept the recommendation, which he is expected to do." (07/23/15)

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Baked in the cake: Legal battles follow gay marriage ruling

July 23, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. But that doesn't mean the newlyweds always get their choice of wedding cakes. Or flowers. Or photographs. Or venues. Just ask Jack Phillips, a 'cake artist' who may represent the next legal hurdle for gay and lesbian couples on their way to wedded bliss. Phillips, 59, owns Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Lakewood, Colo., bakery that won't design desserts for same-sex weddings. His case was heard this month by the Colorado Court of Appeals. If he loses, he plans to keep appealing -- all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary." (07/22/15)

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Mexico City: Free condoms or transportation for 10 squats

July 22, 2015
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Fox News Fox News Latino    

"If there ever was an incentive to work out, Mexico City has probably hit the nail on the head. The Mexican capital is now offering free subway or bus tickets in exchange for 10 squats. And if the train ticket is not necessary, then the 10 squats can be exchanged for a pack of condoms. The new program is part of a broader effort to battle the growing obesity problem in the country. The squats are measured by machines that, once the workout is completed, shoot out a slip redeemable for a train or bus ticket -- or the condoms, Milenio newspaper reported. " (07/22/15)

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Afghanistan: Will banning toy guns curb culture of violence?

July 22, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"In Afghanistan, children often buy toy guns with the pocket money they receive during Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan. But that could soon change. After toy guns caused eye injuries among more than 100 children and teens during Eid al-Fitr in Afghanistan, the country’s interior ministry banned the sale of toy guns. 'Interior minister Noor-ul Haq Uloomi has ordered police to confiscate all toy guns which can lead to physical and psychological damage,' a ministry statement announced Tuesday." [editor's note: Aside from the silliness of this idea, my internal grammar-checker can read this last "statement" in at least three ways: ALL toy guns do that; only those that do this are being confiscated; or (with the proper comma inserted before "which") the confiscation itself would lead to this damage. HUH? - SAT] (07/22/15)

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Report: Rate of teens having sex has dropped since 1990

July 22, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The percentage of U.S. teenagers who have had sex has dropped significantly over the past quarter-century, with less than half of 15-to 19-year-olds reporting they had a sexual experience, according to U.S. data released on Wednesday. Some 44 percent of never-married females in that age group reported having had sex at least once, down from 58 percent who said they had done so in a survey released in 1988, according to data by the National Center for Health Statistics. The prevalence of sexual activity among teen males also dropped to 47 percent from 69 percent over the same period." (07/22/15)

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Guantanamo Bay: Closure plan “in final stages”

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

"The White House is in the 'final stages' of drafting a plan to close the controversial US military prison Guantanamo Bay, a spokesman has said. Josh Earnest said the closure of the Cuban detention camp was a national security interest. It was one of the first directives President Barack Obama ordered two months after he was elected in 2008. Inmates have slowly been transferred out and at the start of the year, 122 men were left. The peak population in 2003 was 684." [editor's note: Let's see now, that campaign promise was made almost eight years ago, then repeated about four years later... - SAT] (07/22/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33626398  

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ND: Court agrees with tossing strict state abortion law

July 22, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A federal appeals court agreed Wednesday that one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws -- a North Dakota statute banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy -- is unconstitutional. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a decision last year from U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who ruled the law unconstitutional. The law was approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature in 2013, though it was quickly put on hold after the state's lone abortion clinic filed a lawsuit that July." (07/22/15)

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FL: Health officials blame armadillos for leprosy cases

July 22, 2015
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News 4 Jax    

"State health officials are warning Floridians to stay away from armadillos. They say the animals are responsible for a recent spike in leprosy cases in the state. Nine cases have been reported in Florida this year. That nearly matches the state's yearly average. Each of the cases involved a person who was in direct contact with armadillos. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says armadillos are the only animal to carry the bacteria that causes the disease, which is spread through saliva." (07/22/15)

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Clinton lags among voters in swing states against leading GOP hopefuls

July 22, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Hillary Rodham Clinton would lose or tie for the presidency against three leading Republican hopefuls if the election were held today in three key swing states, according to a new poll. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found that Clinton has strikingly negative favorability ratings among voters in Virginia, Iowa and Colorado, especially compared with where she stood in the spring. ... In matchups with [Jeb] Bush, [Scott] Walker and [Marco] Rubio, Clinton would lose by as many as 9 points in Colorado and Iowa. In Virginia, where Gov. Terry McAuliffe, her longtime friend and fundraiser, has enthusiastically endorsed her, Clinton would be defeated by those Republicans by only 2 or 3 percentage points, making the hypothetical races too close to call." (07/22/15)

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Greece: Bailout vote to test Syriza party rebellion

July 22, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Greece's leftist government urged disgruntled lawmakers on Wednesday to back reforms required for talks on a rescue deal to start, as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced his second major test in parliament in a week. A first set of reforms that focused largely on tax hikes and budget discipline triggered a rebellion in his party last week and passed only thanks to votes from pro-EU opposition parties. The bill lawmakers will vote on late on Wednesday covers rules for dealing with failed banks and speeding up the justice system -- two more conditions set by the euro zone and IMF to open negotiations on a 86 billion euro rescue loan." (07/22/15)

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