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Armed contractor with criminal record was on elevator with Obama in Atlanta

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A security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident. The incident occurred as Obama appeared at ...

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An in-depth report by our senior reporters and team of correspondents from around the world. Every Saturday at 8.40 pm Paris time. FRANCE 24 has obtained rare footage secretly shot by a female student in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the stronghold of the Islamic State group ...

Focus

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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time. In Egypt a growing number of young people are identifying as atheists. On paper, Egypt protects freedom of religious beliefs, but this does not extend to those who ...

Iraqi Pilots Mistakenly Drop Food, Ammo to Militants

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BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Iraqi Air Force mistakenly dropped food, water and ammunition to militants from the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS), thinking they were their own soldiers, US television NBC reported Tuesday. The channel quoted Hakim al–Zamili, an Iraqi MP from the fervently Shiite Sadrist ...

This Stunning Drone Footage Reveals Just How Massive Hong Kong's Protests Really Are

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Protests in Hong Kong show no sign of stopping, as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators continue to demand greater autonomy from the government in Beijing. This video, featured on Storyful, by Nero Chan, (uploaded to his Facebook account on September 29), offers a glimpse into the magnitude of ...

Police Want to Get Rid of Their Pentagon-Issued Combat Gear. Here's Why They Can't.

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An officer with the Chelan County Sheriff's Department in central Washington is offering me a tank. Three of them, actually. "We really want to get rid of these," Undersheriff John Wisemore says. "We've been trying to get the military to take them back since 2004." The tanks came ...

Did Federal Budget Cuts Make Ebola Worse?

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On Tuesday, the CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States—the infected patient was a man who traveled from Liberia to visit family in Texas. It's the latest development in the ever-worsening outbreak of the virus, which so far has sickened more than 6,500 ...

Mitt Romney's Latest Excuse for His 47-Percent Remarks Is a Doozy

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During a recent sit-down with the New York Times' Mark Leibovich, the former GOP presidential nominee—who seems to be almost flirting with the possibility that he just might consider pondering a presidential run in 2016, maybe—took yet one more stab at explaining the comments that put his political ...

How one night of tear gas in Hong Kong just shut down all Instagram in China

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BEIJING -- Social media users in China gave a collective groan Monday after the country's Communist rulers blocked Instagram in the wake of protests in Hong Kong. No more sepia-tinged phone pics of your latest meal in Shanghai or, perhaps more importantly to Chinese censors' minds, no more ...

Intel Community Dusts Itself Off and Casually Shows Obama Who's Boss

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By late last year, classified American intelligence reports painted an increasingly ominous picture of a growing threat from Sunni extremists in Syria, according to senior intelligence and military officials. Just as worrisome, they said, were reports of deteriorating readiness and morale among troops next door in Iraq. But ...

Middle east

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Video byLuke BROWN, Selim EL MEDDEB , Mayssa AWAD Text byFRANCE 24Follow france24_en on twitter As the sun dips into the dusty horizon, Lukman Hassan and Hussein Mohammad emerge from their armoured personnel carrier emblazoned with the official flag of Iraq’s Kurdistan region with a fiery sun in ...

First East Coast Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminal Approved On Chesapeake Bay

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On Monday, federal regulators approved construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Cove Point, Maryland. After two years of review and sustained pushback from concerned community members and environmental groups, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave Dominion Resources Inc. the go-ahead to begin construction as ...

You Insult Henry Kissinger At Your Peril

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Newly declassified documents show that Fidel Castro pissed off Henry Kissinger so badly that he drew up plans to "clobber the pipsqueak": Mr. Kissinger, who was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977, had previously planned an underground effort to improve relations with Havana. But in late 1975,

Human Activities Have Cut Animal Populations In Half Since 1970

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According to a new report, the Earth has lost half its vertebrate species — mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians — since 1970. The latest Living Planet Report, put out by a joint research effort between the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London, found a ...

Pa. Official Admits Errors In Investigation Of Whether Fracking Waste Spoiled Drinking Water

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A Pennsylvania official has admitted that he may have used faulty information to determine that fracking waste was not poisoning the drinking water supply at a man’s property in Washington County, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report. During his sworn testimony at a trial before the Pennsylvania Environmental ...

Half the World's Wildlife Has Disappeared in Just 40 Years

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Global wildlife populations have declined by a stunning 52 percent over the past four decades, and humans are largely to blame. That's according to a newly released study conducted by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London, which analyzed an index of 10,000 different animal ...

White House Intruder Made It Much Farther Than Previously Thought

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A White House intruder made it much deeper into the White House than officials previously revealed earlier this month, according to a new report. The man, officials said on Sept. 20, was apprehended just inside the North Portico doors. But a Washington Post report, which cites three people ...

Only 36 percent of Democratic candidates have expressed support for Obamacare

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When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, Vice President Biden famously intoned (on a hot mike) that it was a "Big f***ing deal." According to an extensive new research paper from the Brookings Institution's Elaine C. Kamarck and Alexander R. Podkul, only 36 percent of Democrats ...

First US Case of Ebola Confirmed

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a case of Ebola in Dallas. While other patients have been flown back to the United States for treatment, this is the first time that a patient has been diagnosed stateside. The patient is being kept in "strict isolation" ...

Watch John Oliver Call Out America for Blindly Supporting Obama's Drone War

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On the latest "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver looked into how Americans have come to widely accept President Obama's growing reliance on drone strikes, while knowing little to nothing about the administration's rules for using them. "Because our rules for drone strikes are a little like Harvey Keitel's ...

Peak Oil Is All About Cheap Oil

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Russell Gold writes in the Wall Street Journal that perhaps the idea of peak oil is a myth. After all, technology keeps getting better and better, allowing us to extract more oil from old fields. Of course, it's expensive to do business this way: When the oil industry ...

Fourth-Largest U.S. Oil Company Ditches ALEC Amid Climate Change Backlash

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The fourth-largest U.S. oil and gas company revealed Friday that it is leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) amid widespread backlash over the free-market lobbying group’s efforts to undermine clean energy and promote climate change denial. In a letter to its investment manager obtained by National Journal,

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Interview on Retirement, Feminists, & Jazzercise

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg was considered a judge’s judge when she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, an incrementalist who thought Roe v. Wade might have gone too far. Some liberals were wary. But they don’t worry about “R.B.G.” anymore. At 81, Ginsburg has become an icon ...

Australian aircraft to support U.S.-led air strikes in Iraq - PM

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian aircraft will join the U.S.-led coalition in air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq in an initial support role, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, ahead of a final decision to undertake bombing missions. The United States has been bombing Islamic State ...

Amid differences, Israel's Netanyahu to seek reassurances from Obama on Iran

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu meet for a new round in their often-tense relationship on Wednesday, facing differences over Iran diplomacy and Middle East peace efforts as well as complications from the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants. Hosting the Israeli prime minister ...

More Than 80 Percent of Teens Are Using the Wrong Birth Control

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For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended long-acting reversible contraception, like IUDs and contraceptive implants, as "first-line contraceptive choices for adolescents." The guidelines, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, encourage pediatricians to discuss these long-acting options, known as LARC methods, before other contraceptive choices ...

Walrus mass in vast numbers on Alaska beach as sea ice retreats

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Concern that warming climate is responsible for gathering of about 35,000 walrus in north-west Alaska Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in north-west Alaska. An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed on Saturday about ...

White House fence-jumper made it far deeper into building than previously known

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The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident. An ...

Study finds that being denied an abortion makes it harder to escape domestic violence

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You’ll recall that researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are conducting a large study, called the Turnaway Study, into the effects of denying people access to abortion. They’ve already found that when women who wanted an abortion are forced to have a baby, their physical health ...

An Aid Worker in Syria Told the US Where to Bomb ISIS. Now They're Hunting for Him.

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Last Friday, Oscar Bergamin, a Swiss humanitarian aid worker helping refugees in northern Syria, wrote a tweet that included 18 digits. They were the coordinates of a bunker near the Turkey-Syria border that had been seized by members of ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State that's terrorizing large chunks ...

Report: Secret Service Lied About White House Fence Jumper

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Omar Gonzalez, the White House fence-jumper from earlier this month, apparently surprised the guard at the front door because a nearby alarm box had been muted: After barrelling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight ...

FCC considering move to ban NFL Redskins team name

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency's chairman indicated on Tuesday. The FCC, which enforces broadcast indecency violations, has received ...

The Explosive Debate Over A New Natural Gas Pipeline Through The Northeast

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New York resident Bruce Shenker didn’t used to be concerned about the three underground natural gas pipelines running through his property. He’s grown to appreciate the path created by their construction as a running and cross-country skiing route, and besides, two of them were there before he moved ...

Boxes of body parts, pink paper were sent to schools, Canada trial told

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1 of 2.Pink tissue paper, which was presented as evidence in the trial of Luka Magnotta, is seen in this picture rovided by Montreal Police September 30, 2014. Packages of body parts, pink papers and hand-drawn black hearts were sent to elementary schools and political parties, according to ...

At least 25 killed in attacks in Shi'ite parts of Baghdad: police, medics

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 25 people were killed in car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said. Two car bombs exploded in busy streets in the al-Horreyya district, killing 20 people and wounding 35, the ...

Melting Antarctic Ice Is Causing an Actual Shift in Gravity

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This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Gravity—yes, gravity—is the latest victim of climate change in Antarctica. That's the stunning conclusion announced Friday by the European Space Agency. "The loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and ...

Watching Fox News Addicts Viewers And Misinforms Them On Climate Change

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A new study finds that both conservative and non-conservative media are addictive to viewers. But conservative media like Fox News is much more addictive. It is the “crack” of cable news. Of course, Fox News is also far more inaccurate on issues like climate change than non-conservative media ...

Medical industry paid billions to U.S. physicians, hospitals in 2013: data

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals received $3.5 billion from pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers in the last five months of 2013, according to the most extensive data trove on such payments ever made public. The payments, disclosed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday, include consulting and speaking fees, travel, meals, entertainment and research grants. The names of the recipients of about 40 percent of the payments reported by companies were withheld because CMS had concerns about data inconsistencies. A total ...

What’s Wrong With the Radical Critique of the People’s Climate March

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The People’s Climate March in midtown Manhattan on Sunday, September 21, 2014. (AP photo/John Minchillo) Last Sunday, we joined 400,000 people in the People’s Climate March (PCM) to demand action on climate change. The next day, we joined with 3,000 others to participate in Flood Wall Street (FWS),

Iowa Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Joins The 'I Don't Know The Science' Chorus On Climate Change

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On Sunday, the Republicans’ Senate candidate from Iowa, Joni Ernst, joined the ranks of politicians who confess to not knowing the science of climate change, but remain happy declaring we need do nothing about it. Ernst, a member of Iowa’s state senate, is going up against Rep. Bruce ...

West Virginia Plans To Frack Beneath Ohio River, Which Supplies Drinking Water To Millions

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Nine citizen and environmental groups are urging West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider his plans to let companies drill for oil and natural gas underneath the Ohio River, citing concerns that drilling and fracking could contaminate the drinking water supply and increase the risk of earthquakes ...

USDA Sends Some Farm Bill Money To Organic And Local Agriculture

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Organic farming and the local food movement just got a boost from the government to the tune of $52 million. The United States Department of Agriculture announced the new spending on Monday, as part of an effort to shepherd through more local or regional food systems, food hubs,

How Americans' Lives Have Turned Into All Work And No Play, In 3 Charts

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American workers are putting in more and more hours each week, as the supposedly 40-hour workweek has stretched to 47 hours. At the same time, they’re getting very little paid time off of work to recharge. Just 12 percent of people who work in the private sector get ...

U.S. home prices rise less than expected in July: S&P/Case-Shiller

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. single-family home prices rose in July on a year-over-year basis but fell short of expectations, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday. The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas gained 6.7 percent in July year over year, shy of expectations for ...

The Supreme Court's First Decision In Its New Term Is A Decision Making It Harder To Vote

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On Monday, the Supreme Court returned from its summer vacation for the “Long Conference,” the day when the justices consider the backlog of petitions asking them to hear cases that built up while they were away for the summer. Yet, despite the fact that the justices typically face ...

Syria’s Oldest Refugees

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They are the oldest survivors of Syria’s civil war. Men, women, grandparents, husbands and wives – over 100 years of age and far away from home. Often overlooked, but just as vulnerable as younger Syrian refugees, the elderly are mostly ill-equipped to flee and struggle to rebuild their ...

Special Report: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq

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1 of 4.A woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, makes bread at Bajed Kadal refugee camp, southwest of Dohuk province in this August 22, 2014 file photo. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the ...

The One Time That The U.S. Had Universal Childcare

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Nothing before or since has been like the Lanham Act, though you probably haven’t heard of it. It wasn’t even legislation that was supposed to have anything to do with child care. It was a bill to fund infrastructure projects that were needed for the war effort in ...

Euro zone inflation slows in September as expected

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone inflation slowed further as expected in September because of falling prices of unprocessed food and energy, a first estimate by the European Union's statistics office showed on Tuesday. Eurostat said consumer prices in the 18 countries sharing the euro rose 0.3 percent year-on-year,
 

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