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[edit] April 2016

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1Peace activist Rev. Daniel J. Berrigan has passed away.
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1Four out of five death sentences in Louisiana since 1976 have been reversed. Those on death row are overwhelmingly black.
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3Yemen is losing its Jewish population as the civil war continues.
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6South Dakota Tribe sues the federal government over its five month closure of the only emergency room on the reservation.
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7The surveillance state rolls on:The FISA court didn't reject a single surveillance request in 2015 and have only rejected 12 requests in 3 decades. The Supreme Court has expanded the FBI's the ability to hack computers. The FBI is also planning to create "anti-radicalization" committees which Democratic Representative, Bennie Thompson, wants investigates. Lest you think this is only an American problem, Brazil is considering several crime bills that threaten the open internet for 200 million people.
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7A Sikh man is demanding the state of Texas hold those who falsely accused him of making a bomb threat.
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9Texan prisons are trying to censor inmates’ families on social media.
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3Nigerian forces and pro-Biafra activists continue to clash over the issue of an independent Igbo state.
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5The Crime of Speech: How Arab governments use the law to silence expression online.
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6The US declares that its airstrike on the MSF hospital in Afghanistan wasn't a war crime. No one responsible will be prosecuted.
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16A fire has devastated New Delhi's National Museum of Natural History. It has destroyed many valuable collections.
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9Taxpayers pay over $1,600 per prayer to Congressional Chaplains.
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13An ancient rock structure in the Arches National Park have been vandalized, this time possibly permanently. Park officials are seeking witnesses.
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13Turnbull rejects New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from detention.
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9Sandra Bland’s mother gives a speech calling for criminal justice reform at the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls.
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18Leaked IDF report states soldier who shot Palestinian attacker was driven by "twisted ideology".
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11As Cleveland agrees to pay $6 million to Tamir Rice's family another black youth is shot, but not killed, in Baltimore for carrying a BB gun.
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17According to an Oklahoma appeals court (and a hitch in Oklahoman law) oral sex is not rape if victim is unconscious from drinking.
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14Racism in medicine: The frankly bizarre beliefs of white medical students about black patients' biology.
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21Another Doctors Without Borders hospital has been bombed in Syria.
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10The US's intelligence director, James Clapper, is complaining that Snowden helped advance encryption technology by seven years. Meanwhile, a study finds that Snowden's revelations has caused a chilling effect to the trafficking to Wikipedia's articles on terrorism.
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20House Armed Services Committee votes to require women to register for the draft.
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11"Global citzenship" is rising.
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12Luxleaks trial of tax whistleblowers begins in Luxembourg.
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14Email privacy bill passes House unanimously.
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19Former Tor developer created malware for the FBI to hack Tor users.
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17Child porn suspect jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt hard drives.
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18Hindu teachers jailed in Bangladesh for "abusing Islam".
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24The phrases "Speaker of the House" and "serial child molester" in the same sentence. Dennis Hastert is jailed.
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21According to former NSA whistleblower, William Binney, the NSA has collected so much data that it has overwhelmed them rendering it all useless.
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15Remember that time when you mixed up "transaction amount" and "transaction fee", and paid $130,000 to send 4 cents, irreversibly? Bitcoin does.
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10Indonesia will investigate its anti-Communist purges.
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12A database leak from the Qatar National Bank gives customer data. This includes Al Jazeera journalists and British spies.
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27John McCain's fundraising consultant arrested for running a meth lab from home.
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22Oklahoma is going after abortion doctors for doing their jobs.
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11Oklahoma and Nebraska Try to Revive Their Challenge to Legal Pot in Colorado.
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20Iran performed a "virginity test" on Iranian painter, Atena Farghadani.
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22Doctors in the UK walk out of emergency rooms on an all out strike.
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17A Bangladeshi Muslim couple has been killed in their home in San Jose.
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13Congolese police arrests supporters of the opposition leader.
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16The FBI no longer needs Apple’s help in accessing the data in a drug case now that someone has given them the passcode.
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48In the ongoing process of becoming an increasingly totalitarian state, Turkey's government seeks to drop secularism from its constitution. The reasons given are that Muslim countries apparently require religious constitutions and except for two other countries, other nations don't explicitly mention secularism in their constitutions either. It's also blasphemous that the text doesn't mention His name even once.
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11About 200,000 convicted felons in Virginia will now have the right to vote in November. Meanwhile, a federal judge upholds North Carolina's voter ID law.
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21A judge sends himself to prison in order to help a veteran with PTSD.
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11This is how states are rehabilitating their prisoners.
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26A Black man sentenced to die after ‘expert’ testified that Black people are dangerous.
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20The CIA waterboarded the wrong man 83 times in 1 month. Abu  Zubaydeh has been their prime reference to allege that the torture program was useful.
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12Egypt's government has cracked down on anti-Sisi protests while the pro-government protests go unhindered.
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8National Security Letters are now constitutional.
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17The UK goverment has found that the TTIP would provide few benefits and increase economic costs.
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18Drunk in Rage: In another show of the dangers of drumming up Internet mobs, Beyoncé fans mistake Food Channel celeb chef Rachael Ray for Rachel Roy, a fashion designer allegedly alluded to in Beyoncé's latest song Sorry for wrecking her marriage, flooding Ray's social media accounts with angry threats.
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25Democracy Awakening, a grassroots coalition that demands the Voting Rights Act be restored and that "big money" be removed from politics, has concluded its protest is Washington, D.C. It has encouraged more than 90 lawmakers to demand congressional action on voting rights and campaign finance bills but, of course, they are all Democrats.
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14Junior doctors in the UK are going on strike.
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20New York will exempt sanitary products from the states sales tax.
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29Remember that dashcam footage of three teens drowning while deputies allegedly stood by doing nothing? It was misleadingly edited.
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14Uber has settled its class action lawsuit with concessions, but drivers will still be classified as "freelancers". It has also released a transparency report showing that it hs shared 13 million user's data with the US government. (Autoplay video)
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21Judge throws out evidence obtained from FBI malware.
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18Activists are fighting expensive inmate phone calls because they are a tax on the poorest.
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10While protesting the contemptible Milo Yiannopoulos, an American University professor responds with a contemptible action of her own: Hassling a reporter, because that worked out so well for Melissa Click.
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20Organic Fertilizer Fungicide Is Great at Killing Bees
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16Isaac Herzog, the leader of Israel's Labour Party and a main component to the Zionist Union coalition, is being investigated for receiving illegal funding. Meanwhile in the US, Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting investigated for violating campaign funding laws.
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12Traffic courts are driving inequality in California.
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16Nations around the world sign the historic Paris climate deal.
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9NYU grad student union overwhelmingly votes to boycott Israel over violations of Palestinian human rights.
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2093% of the Great Barrier reef has been bleached by abnormally warm ocean water.
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18Indigenous suicide rates around the world are becoming a crisis.
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8UN envoy estimates 400,000 have been killed in the Syrian Civil War which doubles the UN's original estimate.
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9In Ohio, 8 people are killed in a mass shooting; they were all from the same family and only 3 children survived. (Autoplay video)
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24US suicide rate surges, particularly among white people.
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9Chelsea Clinton has been appointed to the board of InterActiveCorp, the owner of the Daily Beast.
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16The ACLU will defend the NJ man who was ticketed for flying a Donald Trump flag.
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10CIA ​torture victims' case will go forward after judge hears claims.
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12Douglas Hughes, the gyrocopter pilot who landed at U.S. Capitol, has been sentenced to four months in prison
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28Tory London Mayor Boris Johnson accuses President Obama of having an "ancestral dislike of the British Empire", and UKIP leader Nigel Farage echoes his sentiment.
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31The Supreme Court judges all have a good laugh at one of the worst argued cases about the Fourth Amendment.
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-7Edward Snowden files lawsuit against the Norwegian Government.
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23Human rights groups have accused Israeli paramedics of adopting a policy of denying injured Palestinians medical service.
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32The Dutch are planning to scrap their ban on insulting heads of state.
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50Of all the people, Donald Trump supports transgender rights to use whichever bathroom they want, and criticized the North Carolina bathroom bill.
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31Good night my sweet Prince.
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31Islamic State has excuted 250 women in Northern Iraq for refusing to become sex slaves.
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11Teflon toxins have contaminated drinking water throughout the world.
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12Officer Liang's sentence has been reduced to negligent homicide and he will receive no jail time.(Autoplay video) Meanwhile, Officer Adam Torres has accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to the "involuntary manslaughter" of John Geer.
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19Congress has actually passed a bipartisan energy bill.
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6Anders Breivik wins a human rights case against Norway's use of solitary confinement on him.
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8SCOTUS will allow victims to seek restitution for Iranian sponsored terrorism. (Autoplay video)
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12Hundreds feared dead in migrant shipwreck off Libya.
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19Banana republic Britain: George Osborne agrees to exempt MPs from anti-money laundering checks under pressure from Tory backbencher
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14The Czech Republic has chosen the name Czechia as its English shorthand.
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23Nebraska has banned civil asset forfeiture.
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19A survey of the Great Barrier Reef finds that it has been almost entirely bleached.
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46Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on United States $20 bill.
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37Target stores announce that they will allow transgender people to use the bathrooms of their identity.
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24Criminal charges announced in Flint water crisis. Lower-down scapegoats for now.
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22Netherlands moots electric car future with petrol and diesel ban by 2025
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34Fury as archbishop says domestic violence is caused by women 'not obeying men'
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34The Supreme Court of the US has declined to review a case challenging Google Book's ability to scan works as "copyright infringement"; this ruling upholds Google Books as fair use.
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14A pair of drugs eliminate 20% of skin cancer tumours.
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31Ohio Governor John Kasich's response to LGBTQ-centered protests regarding the recent laws in several states: Get over it. Also, everyone should just relax.
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24An attack in Ethiopia by South Sudanese bandits has resulted in over 200 deaths and the kidnapping of 100 children. The Ethiopian government claims that these bandits are not affiliated with the government of South Sudan or the rebels who fought in the civil war.
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34The Brazilian Congress has voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. Congressmen cited God, their own family, the end of corruption, and even torturers from the Militar Dictatorship as they cast their votes to impeach the President. Irony: about a third of the Brazilian Congress members are either under investigation or charged with corruption.
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31Angela Merkel has allowed a case against a German satirist who mocked Erdogan to go forward.
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53A paralyzed man has regained the ability to control his arm through a computer chip that was surgically implanted in his brain.
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19Australian Federal police admit seeking access to a Guardian reporter's metadata without a warrant.
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21Spies in the Sky: the FBI and DHS have been using aerial surveillance to spy on the public.
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2150,000 people in London are protesting against austerity cuts and are demanding for David Cameron's resignation. (Autoplay video)
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19Kuwait's oil workers have gone on strike.
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14Massive earthquakes occur in Ecuador and Japan.
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27A man accidently discovers a Roman villa in his backyard.
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17A federal court rules that warrantless collection of cell phone data is constitutional.
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29Saudia Arabia threatens to divest hundreds of billions of dollars if Congress approves of a bill that allows families to sue the Kingdom for any involvement in the 9/11 attack. Obama has now come out against the bill.
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21FTC Forces Four Companies to Agree to Stop Falsely Promoting Their Personal-Care Products as “All Natural” or “100% Natural”.
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16The CIA is investing in tech firms that specialize in social media spying and data collection.
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10The Saudis have accepted 9 Gitmo detainees.
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7Pope Francis is bringing 3 Syrian Muslim families back with him from Greece.
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2Zubik v Burwell ends with an odd compromise.
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16Good news for a change: new dengue fever vaccine is endorsed by WHO. The vaccine has already been approved in four countries. It is the first dengue vaccine to be brought to market.
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13A series of large earthquakes hit southern Japan. Dozens killed, thousands injured, many buildings damaged or destroyed.
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26Federal funding to repair Flint's water system is removed from energy bill after Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) blocks it. If those kids didn't want to be poisoned they should have worked harder! Damn welfare queens!
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11The ACLU is suing the Bureau of Prisons over its "missing documents" on its inspection of the CIA black sites.
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19GOP state legislatures are trying to harass women who have abortions by giving them "fetal death certificates" and providing them with "fetal funerary services".
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3What does Hollywood do when it gets its hands on computers? It attempts a new, much more technically advanced, yellowface.
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11Close to half of all super-PAC money comes from 50 donors
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17Antimicrobial resistance may become a bigger threat than cancer by 2050.
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14Spain's industry minister has resigned and Pakistan's Prime Minister has fled the country after they were both implicated in the Panama Papers.
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10The President of Tunisia vows to end mass unemployment after the country implements a curfew in repose to protests.
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15Egyptian protestors clash with police in Cairo after Sisi hands over the islands Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.
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22Microsoft is suing the US Justice Department to protest the electronic gag order.
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28Tens of thousands of American workers strike for a $15 minimum wage. (New non-pay walled link)
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20Goldman Sachs is funding Hebron settlements.
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26Regulators warn that the top 5 banks are still too big to fail.
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26The US State depart has accused Israel of using excessive force against the Palestinian. Meanwhile, Isreal has begun to demolish Palestinian homes beyond the wall for the first time and have already broken previous records.
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18UC Davis paid $175,000 or more to scrub police pepper spray incident from web searches.
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26"U.S. District Court of Nebraska ruled that Pastafarianism is satire, not sacred". When do they rate Scientology?
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24Young Iraqis overwhelmingly consider the US to be their enemy. (I wonder why?)
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16Syrian refugees, especially children, are being forced into labor in Lebanon.
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27Georgian protestors hold a vigil for an executed man after a racist trial.
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20Amnesty International urges probe over allegations that the Nigerian military has secretly buried 347 Shi'ites.
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26North Korea declassifies its nuclear program.
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25Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers go on strike.
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35Letting them die: parents refuse medical help for children in the name of Christ. Nixon's Christian Scientist staff made it legal.
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32Right-wing moll Phyllis Schlafly's support of Donald Trump, results in Cruz-lovin' members trying to oust her from the Eagle Forum.
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19Flint's water system is not financially sustainable.
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31Victoria has become the first Australian state to legalize medical marijuana.
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37Come down to Mississippi where we still try to ignore that whole "slavery" thing while commemorating the Confederacy and evict interracial couples 'cause of "religious freedom."
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14A Fitbit Saved His Life? Well, Maybe
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20Cenk Uygur and hundreds of other Democracy Spring protestors are arrested in D.C. during a sit-in at the Capitol building.
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20Inside Erik Prince’s treacherous drive to build a private air force.
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32Speed reading does not work.
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12Obama defends Clinton's use of her emails by saying that “There’s classified, and then there’s classified” and that she "would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy."
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12Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's Prime Minister, has resigned.
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23Donald Trump has provided a list of his charitable donations for the last 5 years. Trump shows no personal donations, but counted thousands of auctioned/donated freebies at his clubs to largely business friends, "conservation easements" still used as driving ranges back to 2006 (can't count to 5...), and donations from his charity funded by others. When confronted on this, and the lazy recording (one was noted for saying just Brian), his campaign stated he didn't want other charities to get wind how much he gives.
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25CBS explores what might be in the 28 classified pages in the 9/11 report. They supposedly hold information on Al-Qaeda's foreign support during the terrorist attack.
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28Fifty four large investors have launched a campaign to curb the use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry industry.
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-53Just imagine Tumblr SJWs when the Daily Mail buys Yahoo.
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32A new Senate bill will force companies to create backdoors.
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17(Video) "energy shield master" challenges martial artist to hit him, gets hit.
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32North Carolina police have no idea how they are supposed to enforce the recent bathroom law.
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26Mounting data suggest antibacterial soaps do more harm than good.
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22San Francisco will now mandate a six-week, fully paid parental leave.
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13Nutritionists prove to be just as vulnerable to Groupthink as anyone else, in The Sugar Conspiracy.
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28Surprise of the century millennium! Religion and human sacrifice helped keep rich and powerful douchebags rich and powerful and everyone else in blissful unquestioning divine misery.
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11The FBI's "shared responsibility committees" to identify "radicalized" Muslims raises alarms among civil rights groups.
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943 Iraqi civilians have been killed in a suicide bombing at a kids' soccer game.
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8A new Treasury rule could make it easier to hide money in the US.Thoush Obama has announced rules that will crack down on offshore corporate tax evasion.
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23Surprise! Bill O'Reilly and his crony Jesse Watters are complete pricks on national television
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14MDMA could be sold as an FDA approved drug in 5 years.
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12Alabama will build more prisons in order to deal with prison riots.
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23Al Qaeda declares war on Atheists.
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-31New Jersey homeowner may face jail time for flying a Trump Campaign flag, due to 'political signage' law. Turns out, not everything is legal in New Jersey.
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27SpaceX has finally landed one of their first stages on their autonomous drone ship.
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22Creepy as fuck: "CIA's Venture Capital Arm (???) is Funding a Skin Care Treatment that Collects DNA."
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21Saudia Arabia used US bombs to bomb a Yemen marketplace.
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12At least 17 Afghan civilians were killed in US drone strike.
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17New documents show that twelve staff members of the University of California Berkeley have violated the sexual misconduct policy.
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28A Texan School Resource Officer body slams a 12 year old. (NSFW)
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32In 2015, there was an increase in violent threats directed towards abortion providers.
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17A study finds that white youths are more likely to abuse 'hard drugs' than black youths.
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13Obama is trying to deport Bangelhedshi Muslim refugees.
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27Ohio sovereign citizen loses both hands to a homemade bomb. (He was planning to rob an armored car.)
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22The Department of Labor is considering bold new fiduciary rule that increases overtime pay and mandates a 'customer first' policy for retirement investing.
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23David Cameron personally intervened to prevent a crackdown on tax havens.
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17Freeman on the land nutters are advertising across the UK.
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43Sovereign citizen arrested for fraud, identity theft, and keeping women chained up in his house.
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33Tigers are declared extinct in Cambodia.
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36David Cameron is now an advocate of privacy after his family was implicated in the Panama Papers.
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28And the Prime Minister of Iceland has resigned, making him the first public official to do so in the aftermath of the Panama Papers.[Autoplay video. sorry] UPDATE: Only asked deputy Minister to take over for an unspecified period of time.
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39Mississippi has become the newest state to pass a law that allows businesses to discriminate against LGBT.
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23The DEA plans to decide whether or not to reschedule marijuana by mid-year.
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21"How did we end up here?" Charlie Hebdo reveals the stunning answer to how Muslim terrorism could take root in the West: We're too tolerant of non-Western dress codes and cuisines!(Warning: Poe's Law in action!)
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7In a stopped clock moment the New Black Panther Party and Nation of Islam confront an Islamophobic militia group.
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22An infant has been placed on the terrorist watch list.
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21There is an ever growing lifespan gap in the US.
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13Israel destroys 7 homes in 24 hours.
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21Inmates in Texas are going on strike in order to gain more humane treatment.
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14Obama's nuclear summit ignores 98% of bomb-ready uranium., except those remaining 2% of nuclear material for civil usage account for the majority of illegal trafficking
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10Britsh authorities are requesting encryption keys in a major legal case.
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23China has put sanctions on North Korea.
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28SCOTUS upholds "one person, one vote", but Justice Thomas sees no problem with returning to unequal political power.
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35Panama Papers aftermath: Obama and Clinton pushed for a trade deal with Panama even after they were warned it would make money laundering and tax evasion easier. Mass demonstrations have begun in Iceland with the demand for their PM to resign after being implicated in the Panama Papers.
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68Colossal document leak from law firm specializing in "offshore asset management" contains details of tax haven and money laundering operations of the ultra-rich, including numerous current and former heads of government.
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24Because that part of the world isn't unstable enough, Armenian and Azerbaijani forces clash over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, resulting in over 20 deaths.
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18Apocalypse, of one sort or another, looms for Fundamentalist Mormon sect
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23Marjiuana legalization advocates hold a 'smoke-out' in front of the White House to protest Obama's refusal to reschedule the drug.
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21Refugee Crisis: A South Carolina bill would hold faith groups liable for any wrong doing the refugees they settle commit. Belgium tells their refugees to adhere to their traditions or GTFO. The EU is planning a mass deportation of refugees from Greece to Turkey; protests ensue as Amnesty International and the UN condemn this action.
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11Democracy Spring, a 140 mile march from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., has begun. It encourages civil disobedience along the way.
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24The U.S. FDA approves new guidelines on the use of mifepristone to induce abortion, based on modern research. The next day, Arizona's governor signs into law a bill forcing women to follow the old guidelines, which put women at higher risk of side effects, because something something small government.
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23Video from ongoing federal lawsuit proceedings shows an October 2014 incident where white cops performed a roadside cavity search of a black man with insufficient probable cause.
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21Chicago's teacher's Union goes on strike.
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23FCC seeks to end broadband providers’ ability to collect consumer data without consent.
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35Evidence of a second Viking settlement found in North America.
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19God's Not Dead 2 comes out on April Fools' Day. The irony may be Certified Fresh but the movie is not.
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41Turns out Milo Yiannopoulos is literally 44 alt-right channers in a trenchcoat. But it's OK! This sort of thing is "completely standard." (Not an April Fool's.)
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17The FBI will unlock other iPhones in criminal investigations.
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16There will be no justice for Jamar Clark.
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34Here we go again: California charter school temporarily shuts down when a non-vaccinated child tests positive for measles, after potentially exposing a large number of classmates. The school will be reopening soon only to vaccinated children and staff, barring unvaccinated children for several more weeks as a safety precaution.
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29Amnesty International confims that Qatar is using forced labor in order to build the 2022 World Cup stadium.
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36A damning report comes out of Arizona about the shooting of an unarmed man begging for his life who was shot 5 times after complying with all of the officers demands, including being forced to crawl to him. The department refuses to release the video but the officer has been charged with second degree murder.
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0Seselj cleared of war-crimes and crimes against humanity related to the Bosnian War
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23Pro-Tip: If you're a suspected Dark Web drug dealer, it's probably a bad idea to try to officially trademark your brand as a drug dealer.
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15US prisons are doubling up solitary confinement cells.
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20CNBC's secure password tutorial sent your password in the clear to 30 advertisers.
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24An alarming amount of Americans support banning Muslims from entering the country and creating special police units that will patrol Muslim neighborhoods.
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15San Francisco State is investigating a confrontation on campus after a white man was assaulted for having dreadlocks.
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20...And justice for all! Obama commutes the sentences of 61 federal prisoners while the DOJ pushes prisons to take trans prisoners' safety in account when housing them.Meanwhile, Anastasio Hernández Rojas's family is suing the US's border police in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for his torture and subsequent murder. Thirdly, a federal appeals court has ruled that a FBI whistleblower was wrongfully terminated for revealing agent's sex trips.Lastly, activists and politicians are helping to fight the overcriminalization of black women.
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27THE COMPANY THAT BRIBED THE WORLD: Oil companies and corruption. How unexpected. Update: The FBI, US Department of Justice and anti-corruption police in Britain and Australia have launched a global, joint investigation.
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31Another Trump rally and more escalation of violence from Janesville, Wisconsin. A video surfaces of a Trump supporter sexually assaulting a 15 year old girl holding a protest sign who then berates and shoves him. 30 seconds after the altercation starts another attendee pepper sprays her in the eyes at close range. There is also a more complete video available below where you can hear a few Trump supporters yelling "Get that n****r loving bitch out of here".
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36A 2500 year old stone covered in Etruscan writing has been found in Florence.
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23Prosecuters are rarely punished for their misconduct
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-10A UN commission has ruled that the Falkland Islands lie within Argentinian waters.
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21The DOJ has reinstated civil asset forfeiture. What progress!
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22North Carolina Attorney General refuses to defend anti-LGBT law in court.
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33Split U.S. Supreme Court decision preserves a teacher's union's right to collect dues. Aren't you glad Scalia's gone?
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24Harrisonburg, VA police refuse to release police body cam video of a fatal shooting; they have also rejected a third party investigation citing "department preference".
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32After massive big business pressure, Georgia's governor vetos the state's 'religious liberty' bill. Meanwhile the ACLU has sued North Carolina over its LGBT discrimination bill.
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19No longer will we need to worry about the possibility of living in a world where courts can order phone companies to release your info, as the FBI drops its case against Apple! Since they hacked it.
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23A far-right group in Spain has burned down a Madrid mosque.
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12In Moldova thousands gather to march for reunification with Romania.
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13Neo-Nazi protesters disrupt a vigil commemorating the Belgian bombing.
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11An active shooting has occurred on Capitol Hill.
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11CNN discovered that, in the land of the Vikings, marriage is outdated.
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22CIA-armed militias are shooting at Pentagon-armed ones in Syria.
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10Syrian and Russian forces have retaken the ancient city of Palmyra, a huge blow to ISIS. Why are western leaders so quiet about this?
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17Anonymous 'Burner' phone purchases may become illegal in the US, through a bill that would mandate providing ID when buying one.
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6Detroit schools open despite sickout threat.
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32Cops arrest a local reporter for requesting public records and a mail man for yelling at them. Another cop harasses a Muslim woman for wearing a hijab to a public library.
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34Oklahoma will teach pro-life propaganda in school, but they can't afford to.
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13Scotland is officially coal-free, but carbon emissions are higher than they were 66 million years ago.
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11A massive explosion has occurred at Lahore Park in Pakistan. Most of the dead and injured are children.
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38California will raise its minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour.
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14Oregon will spend $30,000 on one-way bus tickets for homeless people.
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22Trump supporter gets 90-day jail term and probation for plot to bomb Muslims.
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1525k sign a petition to allow them to openly carry weapons at the RNC.
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18Two Turkish journalists are facing a secret trial for revealing arms deliveries to Syria
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9California isn't using blood-test data that could help focus Exide cleanup efforts.
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21The Global War on Drugs has unleashed an international health crisis.
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16Indiana Governor, Mike Pence, signs new abortion restrictions into law.
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6IS claims suicide bombing on stadium in Iraq that killed 29.
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8Lawrence Wilkerson applauds Edward Snowden.
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19Israeli rights group releases video of soldier executing wounded Palestinian suspect.
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3Jian Ghomeshi is acquitted of sexual assault.
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23Voters accuse Arizona of election fraud as Phoenix mayor requests federal investigation.
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16Pope Francis washes feet of Muslim migrants, says ‘we are brothers’.
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16Erik Prince, Blackwater’s Founder, is under investigation for money laundering, ties to Chinese intel, and brokering mercenary services.
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12Former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic guilty of genocide. Sentenced to 40 years[1]
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5A true sporting legend, Johan Cruyff, dies aged 68[2]
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36In order to improve its Millennial base and build a better understanding of AIs developing natural conversation, Microsoft released "AI fam from the internet" Tay, a "teen girl" chatbot AI which learns from the conversations it holds with anyone she chats with on Twitter, Kik, and Groupme. It... goes about as well as you'd expect.
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25 For the first time ever, developing countries invest more in renewable energy than their developed counterparts. Meanwhile, the fossil fuel industry continues to receive heavy subsidies, up to six times as much as the renewable energy industry. It is not surprising, therefore, when one learns that what has been done, while encouraging, is simply not enough.
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21A bill introduced by Kansas state legislators would allow students to sue their school if they notice a transgender student in the "wrong" bathroom, and would entitle the suing student to no less than $2,500 in "damages for all psychological, emotional and physical harm suffered".
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28Disney threatens to boycott Georgia if their governor signs an anti-gay "religious freedom" bill.
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13In the US poor white kids are less likely to be imprisoned than rich black kids.
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12Missouri further restricts abortion rights.
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11North Carolina passes a bill that prevents local LGBT anti-discrimantion ordinances.
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14SCOTUS rules against Tyson and paves the road for worker class action lawsuits.
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9Georgia's “felony driving law” targets blacks, latinos, and undocumented immigrants.
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2A lab explosion in the University of Hawaii injuries one.
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26The International Criminal Court recognizes rape as a war crime.
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17The CDC tells doctors to stop testing patients for marijuana
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17The state of NY is proposing a slash to campus funding for supposed tolerance of Antisemitism.
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16Probe launched into Pentagon handling of NSA whistleblower evidence.
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19Since Paris, there have been hundreds of terrorist attacks.
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30DEA agent reveals that the DEA avoids arresting rich white people
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29Syrian refugees save a German, Neo-Nazi politician.
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30Gay “Cures” Are Harmful And Don’t Work, Says World’s Largest Body Of Psychiatrists
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2Cuba arrests dozens of protesters ahead of Obama's visit to the country. (Autoplay video)
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6A suicide bombing has occurred in Istanbul, Turkey
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6Ex mayor Rob Ford deaded
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28Terrorism in Belgium: Multiple explosions at Brussels airport and metro stations starting at about 8 a.m. GMT. Airports and metro systems closed nationwide. Belgian media reporting 26 deaths, over 100 injured as of about 1.30 p.m. GMT.
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10U.S. drops spying case against former envoy, Robin L. Raphel.
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13A jury rewards Hulk Hogan with $25 million on top of the $115 million already awarded. Gawker is planning to appeal.
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13Triple homicide suspect who had guns taken from him was given them back in 2008.
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17A Georgian man who poured boiling water on a gay couple will not be chargeed with a hate crime because Georgia doesn't have any hate crime legislation.
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5Hillary Clinton's campaign has a political 'hit list'.
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16Johns Hopkins researchers poke a hole in Apple’s encryption.
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19Brazil is engulfed by ruling class corruption. (TL:DR? Then Hank Green will explain it.)
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34Recently declassified CIA documents prove that the Iraq war was justified with incompetence and dishonesty.
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25Two Syrian refugees deliver a child molester to the Greek police.
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29Royal research vessel could be called 'Boaty McBoatface'
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22A Congressman has called Elizabeth Warren "Darth Vader" and believes she should be "neutered" for attacking Wall St.
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29Yemen's civil war:41 civilians have been killed in airstrikes on a market in Yemen. The Houthis have rebuked Iran's support.
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14Two cattle trading Muslims have been lynched in India for slaughtering cattle.
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18Three former leaders of a Franciscan order have been charged with abetting a member who sexually abused children, the first time members of a Roman Catholic religious order have been charged with aiding an abuser.
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17This week in "small government conservatism": proposed Tennessee bill would strip funding for University of Tennessee's Office for Diversity and Inclusion and use the money to put "In God We Trust" decals on law enforcement vehicles.
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-42Trump supporters aren't authoritarians.
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10Turning mortal enemies into allies? Ants can.
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20Homosapiens' sex with extinct species was no one-night stand.
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18WikiLeaks has released a searchable archive for Hillary Clinton's emails.
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29Carl's Junior/Hardee's CEO Andy Puzder threatens to automate jobs if the minimum wage goes up, naming Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton specifically in his rant.
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21FIFA has admitted to taking bribes. They have requested that the US return their money.
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18The US government has accidentally revealed that they were investigating Edward Snowden during the Lavabit case. (duh)
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20The Clintons have received $3 billion in contributions over the past 41 years.
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21The GOP has proposed a bill that would codify Trump's bigotry into law.
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21The US State Department declares that ISIL has committed genocide in Syria and Iraq.
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18Pregnant T-rex discovery sheds light on evolution of egg-laying.
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12Mounting evidence shows the US killed Serbian diplomats in an airstrike conducted in Libya.
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23Study: vaccine refusers helped spark recent measles and whooping cough outbreaks
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24 Denmark remains the world's happiest country. That's right, Madam Secretary, the USA is not Denmark.
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31 Carbon dioxide emissions have stalled for a second year running thanks to a surge in investments in renewable energy, particularly in the United States and China, the world's worst polluters.
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15UC's intolerance policy goes dangerously astray on anti-Semitism
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37Netherlands votes to ban weapons exports to Saudi Arabia.
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7FBI raids in Ramapo target yeshivas, tech businesses
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0Hawaii Supreme Court revokes permit for massive telescope
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31A high school assistant coach has been terminated after saying he would hang black students from a tree by their toes if they acted out. Commenters have already piled on saying "It's not that bad, just rowdy kids" till later in article it states this coach has repeatedly shouted racist things at players while the administration ignored repeated complaints.
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37Sikh Americans still struggle for civil rights.
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17The terrorist watchlist now shows up on rap sheets.
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8There is still no justice for Italian hostage, Giovanni Lo Porto, who was killed in an American drone strike.
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14America’s airlines are introducing a class below economy.
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13Chris Matthews plays "softball" with guests who are donating to his wife's campaign.
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17Three Belgian police officers wounded in an anti-terrorism operation relating to the 2015 Paris attacks. The two suspects are currently on the run in Brussels.
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9Parents concerned over vaccines demand more vaccines
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22Jamie Gilt has a serious lady-boner for handguns. Jamie brags that her 4 year old gets totally "jacked up" to target shoot with his .22. 24 hours later irony does exactly what you thought it would do.
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26Myanmar elects a civilian president after over 50 years of military rule.
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25NFL acknowledges, for first time, a link between football and brain disease.
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27Utah has declared porn to be a public health crisis.
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6Russia has begun to subjugate the Crimean Tatars.
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7AT&T defeats class action in unlimited data throttling case.
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15Kalamazoo shooter says he was possessed by his Uber app
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20In the UK the wealth of super rich soars as the worst-off lose out.
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18The Justice Department recommends that states shouldn't jail people who can't afford their fines.
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15Putin withdraws Russian forces from Syria.
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13An explosion kills 37 people in Ankara. Turkey proceeds to bomb Kurdish rebels in their southeast and northern Iraq.
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22Both Ben Shapiro and Michelle Fields have resigned from Breitbart.
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11A federal judge upholds Puerto Rico's same sex marriage ban.
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20The Republicans pass even more draconian anti-abortion bills in state legislatures.
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13AEI invites several politicians to a private meeting in order to discuss how to beat Trump.
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27More police brutality and corruption: An Orange County district attorney investigator beats a defense attorney; a deputy shoots a man's dog after he loses everything in trailer fire and then arrests him for disorderly conduct; scientists claim New York police forced them to fake DNA tests to convict more suspects; Houston police fatally shot an unarmed black man.
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25White blood cells found in birds may help destroy Cryptococcus neoformans, a fatal fungal illness.
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12New Pew Poll Suggests Almost Half of Israeli Jews Back Transfer or Expulsion of Arabs
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9China cracks down on funeral strippers.
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27The U.S. Justice Department has "discussed" taking civil legal action against the fossil fuel industry.
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6Harper Lee's estate will no longer print the inexpensive paperback version of To Kill a Mockingbird.
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15 Hillary Clinton made a factual error and actually corrected it and apologized for it on Twitter
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26According to fivethirtyeight "nones" (i.e. people with no religious affiliation) are the most likely to be "socialist"
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23The UN finds that South Sudanese militias associated with the government were allowed to commit war crimes and rewarded with rape.
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36American religiosity is waning.
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22Controversy and discussions about personal politics sparked in the transgender community after Caitlyn Jenner comes out in support of... Ted Cruz?
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12Historic flooding leaves parts of Louisiana under water.
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22Person suspected of shooting Idaho pastor arrested after throwing things over the White House fence. Before doing so he posted a manifesto alleging that Martians secretly control the world (paging David Icke!). Police say he has "a history of mental illness", but of course he was still able to obtain guns because 'MURICA!
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15PLOS One publishes a paper containing a comment that human hand coordination is evidence of a divine creator, then retracts it after outcry. Interestingly, it appears the comment was a result of a mistranslation by the authors, who aren't native English speakers. But it does raise questions about the journal's review process.
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9Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights kill six near Pittsburgh in an apparently planned shooting.
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18The NSA's database will soon be used for domestic spying and the Pentagon admits to using drones for domestic spying. Luckily, students are having the debate about surveillance that Congress is unwilling to have.
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26ISIS insider releases identities of over 22,000 members
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21God and the Holy Spirit fail to save a true believer's ass
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21Polish government made medical cannabis refundable. The surprising part? PiS (Law and Justice), a considerably right-wing party did it.
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23U.N. torture envoy appeals again for visit to U.S. prisons.
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12New documents show the Obama admin aggressively lobbied to kill transparency reform in Congress.
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12National Bar Association thinks Chicago's police superintendent should resign.
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35West Virginian lawmakers drink raw milk to celebrate legalizing raw milk, get a mysterious stomach bug
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16The US has killed 150 people in Somalia, but they have no info on who they killed. In the meantime the US promises to release their drone casualty report, but it won't include 'active hostility zones'.
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10Now Google's AlphaGo has beaten Go player Lee Se-dol. Update: AlphaGo goes 3-0 against Lee Se-dol.
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35Both Democrats and Republicans agree that corporations need a tax break of $400 billion.
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32Another heartbreaking, but avoidable tragedy: co-owners of nutritional supplement company Truehope Nutritional Support face criminal charges after their 19-month-old son died of pediatric meningitis, following unsuccessful naturopathic treatments of dilute maple syrup, whey protein, horseradish, and hot peppers, among others.
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16Even though Trump didn't attend CPAC 2016, conservatives couldn't escape Trump.
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8Protests erupt in Venice over cruise ships sailing in Venice and a planned high speed railway connecting Turin, Italy to Lyon, France.
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18South Dakota will charge you $93 an hr for your right to an attorney
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10The Pentagon's secret foreign aid budget.
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14Turkish-backed pro-Al-Qaeda rebels attacked Kurds in Aleppo, Syria with chemical weapons, causing dozens of casualties.
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13The cryonic preservation of Kim Suozzi, and how bumblingly incompetent Alcor are at the one thing they claim to be able to do.
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17Russia halted sales of S-300 missile system[wp] to Iran after receiving Israeli intelligence indicating that Iran handed down SA-22 anti-aircraft system[wp] to Hezbollah
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13The crime: founding 4chan. The sentence: running Google+.
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25Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes harmful to peace, says US.
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9ISIS has massacred almost 200 Iraqis in the past week, while Western countries turn away refugees.
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6The director general of the British Chambers of Commerce resigns over support of the Brexit
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35SCOTUS overturns Alabama court ruling against same-sex adoption.
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34New data shows how debt, unemployment and property prices have combined to stop millennials taking their share of western wealth.
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31An analysis done by the Tax Policy Center and CBO shows Trump's plan to reduce "waste" and "fraud" while giving tax breaks to the wealthy will more than double the deficit in 4 years. So much for being the "fiscally responsible" party.
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17In a very special episode, Nancy Reagan has passed
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48Supreme Court reopens Louisiana clinics closed by anti-abortion law
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26The Turkish government has seized Zaman newspaper.
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12State Department removes a dozen emails from unclassified electronic archives
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16Bowdoin College students fall into hot water, with reports of two student government members facing impeachment charges and several students being kicked out of dormitories... for having a party with tequila and mini-sombreros. Imitating other cultures is often creative and valuable but it's now considered politically incorrect. Despite all this it seems there is a history at that college of racially themed parties that mock or demean ethnic or cultural minorities.
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30Good news from South Carolina for once: scientist resurrects ancient, almost extinct crops.
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33Oregon is set to become the first state to ban coal.
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26The first peaceful anti-Assad protests in years has taken place in Syria.
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19Gang of goats "causing havoc" in New Zealand
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27Chimpanzees observed exhibiting proto-religious behaviour.
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22Top Pakistani religious body rules women's protection law 'un-Islamic'
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40Bangladesh may abandon Islam as its state religion.
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14Fed’s Neel Kashkari says banks are ‘Still too big to fail’
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25Husband of San Bernardino survivor calls for stronger gun laws, not weaker privacy.
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10The Clinton-backed Honduran regime is picking off indigenous leaders
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20Texas Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland finally fired three months after he was indicted for perjury in relation to the traffic stop.
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13Justice Dept. grants immunity to staffer who set up Clinton email server
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33No one at the State Department's Syrian ceasefire hotline can speak Arabic.
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25Fired FBI agent who blew whistle over sex trips wins his appeal.
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30A cop and his 2 family members have been arrested for assaulting an Arab teen.
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18Debbie Wasserman Schultz joins the Republicans' efforts at undermining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (Autoplay podcast)
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15Six New Jersey newspapers call for Chris Christie's resignation.
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29Russian Forced to Undergo Psychiatric Evaluation, Faces Up to Year in Prison for Denying Existence of God
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38A Saudi gang rape victim was sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months in prison for being out in public without a male escort.
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32A Saudi man who is openly an atheist and refused to repent was sentenced to 200 lashes and 10 years in prison In Saudi Arabia all atheists are legally defined as terrorists.
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25Louis Farrakhan praises Trump for rejecting ‘Jewish’ money
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34Bill O'Reilly loses custody of his kids after alleged domestic violence.

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24Gerald Ford's administration altered the Rockfeller Commission in order to cover up CIA assassination plots.
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5The problem with BPA-free: Alternatives are just as troubling.
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22McDonald's somehow manages to make kale unhealthy for you.
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56Reformists in Iran win every seat in Tehran parliament. Guess they forgot to rig the vote the way they did a few years ago? Oh, they rigged this one too, but there are limits to how much you can rig while being "subtle".
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36In Iowa, students chant 'Trump! Trump!' after basketball loss to more racially diverse high school. Update: It can always be worse
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23UK energy lobby turns its back on fossil fuels.
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31Three Muslim men are killed "execution-style" in Fort Wayne, IN.
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40Emails from Flint shows that Gov. Rick Snyder's aides were concerned about using the Flint River as a water source a year before the residents found out about its toxicity. Luckily, Ted Cruz is taking it upon himself to hold up the federal relief bill so that he can personally examine it.
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24As Tennessee declares the Barret .50 cal to be its state rifle, Iowa wonders if kids should be allowed to use handguns.
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35The Egyptian military government is facing strong criticism after it turns out that it accidentally sentenced a three-year-old to life in prison for three counts of murder.
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24Well known fact, but the incoming statistics confirm this: Japan's population declines for first time since 1920s.
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233 dead and 18 injured in Kansas after another mass shooting. (Autoplay video)
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33BlackLivesMatter: Three white college students who assaulted an African American student only received a misdemeanor and a South Carolina African American woman died in jail after she was deprived of water.
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37Obama closes a loophole that allowed companies to import slave produced goods. (Autoplay video)
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34Ghost protests in Seoul: decrying the crackdown on free speech and freedom of assembly in recent years, South Korean activists held a rally using holograms in place of protestors.
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21Tulsa Public Schools considers four-day school week, eliminating buses to meet next year's budget cuts.
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23European Parliament calls for Saudi arms embargo. Update: Cameron boasts of Arms sales to the Saudis
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27Nevada's GOP governor being vetted for Supreme Court. Update: he declines.
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23Alcohol exposure during pregnancy affects multiple generations.
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22The US military believes that hijabs are "passive terrorism" and "sexual deprivation" causes terrorism.
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2312 other police agencies want Apple to create a backdoor.
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17The Army blocks articles on prison censorship sent to Chelsea Manning because it "may infringe copyright."
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32The Senate will not consider any nominees to fill Scalia's seat because the president was only nominated to three-fifths of a term the American people need a voice in the process.
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21According to documents published by WikiLeaks, the NSA has been spying on the UN, EU, and individual EU members. They collected info on their diplomatic talks and trade pacts.
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19The US and Russia agree to a ceasefire in Syria, but it won't be official until February 27.
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33Of 15 purported purchases of Palestinian land for settlements by a pro-settler group, a police investigation determines all to be invalid and believes 14 to be instances of fraud. Original source by Haaretz (Paywalled)
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11Your genes may determine how strong of a reaction marijuana gives you. Which isn't surprising at all, really. The news here is that we've found the (or a) specific gene responsible!
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37The Pope has declared that using birth control to avoid pregnancy complications caused by the Zika virus is "the lesser of two evils". (Autoplay video)
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17Albert Woodfox, the last member of the Angola 3[wp], has finally been released after 40+ years of solitary confinement.
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18The UK will hold a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union.
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29Another day, another mass shooting in the US not stopped by good guys with guns.
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21The FCC rules that you can now get cable through Apple, Google, and Amazon.
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18Australian authorities are considering deporting a refugee mother and her baby.
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32The militia that took over the BLM building left behind weapons and explosives. They also filled a trench full of shit on a Native American burial ground.
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63Homeopathy effective for 0 out of 68 illnesses, study finds
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123Antigay bigots buy all tickets to stop a queer-safe high school formal. They fail to realize it's a crowdfunding, each ticket funds 1 young attendee, and that they've accidentally funded the whole thing (in fact, three times the original funding target) which now has to find a larger venue.
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34Global warming is slowly causing global water inequality.
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25Flint residents have been drinking PFCs along with lead.
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19Calls to the VA suicide hotline went to voicemail.
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21 NPR takes a look at Bernie Sanders's plan to make American colleges tuition free.
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32A new quantum model has potential to explain dark matter and dark energy. It also suggests that the Universe has always existed.
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36Most Americans say U.S. economic system is unfair, but high-income Republicans disagree.(Not The Onion)
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23An Anonymous hacker has released 17.8 GB of data from the Turkish national police server. (Autoplay video)
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24Either Russia or the Syrian government has been bombing civilian targets within rebel territory. An MSF hospital and schools have been hit.
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21January breaks even more climate records.
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14Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died
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29Martin Shkreli indulges in some Twitter performance art, claiming he tried to purchase the rights to a Kanye album via bitcoin... only to have lost $15 million to an apparent scammer under the pseudonym 'Daquan'. (No such transaction shows up on the blockchain.)
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17Bahrain has arrested 4 American journalists because they were providing "false information" about their intentions on the island.
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16Hawaii's governor declares a state of emergency over a Dengue fever outbreak and the possibility of a Zika outbreak.
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18Aussie anti-vaxxer seeks treatment advice for son's measles on a "secret" (private) anti-vax Facebook page. Receives "helpful" advice such as giving him cod liver oil, homeopathic remedies, vitamin A and C supplements.
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21Turkey confirms that they have struck both Assad's troops and Kurdish YPG forces.
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98Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been found dead at a West Texas ranch he was visiting. Death was not properly certified and there was no autopsy fueling conspiracy theories. Ted Cruz already wants to delay replacing him until 2017, as does Senate judiciary committee member Conn Carroll.
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26The Porter Ranch gas leak has been temporarily capped.
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38An Oklahoma judge dismisses charges against a cop for molesting a 3-yo girl and instead jails the victim’s father for a year after he said 'offensive' comments in court.
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27Earth's rarest minerals catalogued. Some are so rare that there's only a thimble-full on the entire planet. Worth reading to understand the final joke alone: "Yes, it's true - hazenite happens".
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35South Carolina's second most numerous faith will probably surprise you: it's Baha'i, believe it or not.
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29News about the US police: Cleveland is suing Tamir Rice's family over payment for the transportation of their slain son; ex-LA sheriff, Lee Baca, pleads guilty to lying to federal agents; US police are using a potentially dangerous counter-terrorist tactic to end high speed pursuits whose rules of use largely vary per state. The Mayor of Cleveland has announced that they will not make the family pay for the ambulance after swift outrage.
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18Richard Dawkins had a minor stroke.
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27The ENCRYPT Act, a bipartisan legislation from the House, would ban states' efforts at creating backdoors in encryption.
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23Major nations agree to call on a cease-fire in Syria.
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29PRAZE WHITE JEEZUZ, this shit show is finally over. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Occupation ends. Eventually, we will read about it. Advice given by Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore[wp] to former occupier Sandy Anderson: “Be detailed Sandy, be very, very detailed,” Fiore said. “Like that author did in Fifty Shades of Grey.”
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67Gravitational Waves detected for the first time. The science is complex and exciting.
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18The ACLU has stated that the continued incarceration of Pete Santilli, who live-streamed during the Oregon standoff, is a violation of the First Amendment.
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32Maryland has restored voting rights to felons which gives 40,000 people their voting rights back.
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21Justice Department sues Ferguson after city amends police reform deal
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22Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Limits on Power Plants. 5-4, of course.
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33Chris Christie has exited the clown car. So has Carly Fiorina.
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31Bishops do not have to report child abuse, Vatican says.
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38The DOJ has found that the FLDS has been harassing non-members and marrying children; the local police were also helping them commit this discrimination while taking their own child brides.
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46A Chicago cop sues an African American family for "emotional trauma" caused by killing their son.
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33A new study finds that sleep deprivation leads to false confessions.
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18Learn about the Guantánamo in New York.
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17The Pentagon releases 198 photos related to the investigation of the Afghan and Iraqi detainees who were tortured by US forces. These are considered the most SFW photos with many more still being held back.
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20Remember that satellite that North Korea sent to orbit; it's tumbling in orbit. (Autoplay video)
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1Review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that: "organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers." "In severe drought conditions, which are expected to increase with climate change, organic farms have the potential to produce high yields because of the higher water-holding capacity of organically farmed soils." Shame they forgot to mention how much land would need to be brought under cultivation.
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40Many US states still prevent felons from receiving food stamps and welfare.
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28"Don't want to hire an Arab for security reasons? Tired of being legal employers and getting sued by any passing worker? There's a solution!" Uproar in Israel because of a cleaning company's racist advertising leaflet.
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23Sheriff in North Carolina decides to put "In God We Trust" on all of the county's patrol cars.
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3The Free State Project has reached its goal of 20,000 signatories. New Hampshire, here they come!
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23Michigan senate passes a bill outlawing sodomy.
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21Maryland's Attorney General believes that the mere act of switching on your phone nullifies your 'reasonable expectation' of privacy.
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26(Insert some witty comment about goats here, please.) “Russian prosecutors have begun considering whether media coverage of the unexpected friendship between a male tiger and goat at a safari park in the country’s far east counts as gay propaganda.”
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24Riots break out in Greece as the government debates about cutting pensions.
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20Oregon militia faces conspiracy charges over 'force, intimidation and threats'.
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61Roosh V cancels his meetings amid a global backlash against bullshit. Then he gets doxxed by Anonymous and makes a police complaint about the "threats" he's received. Bonus: The "King of Masculinity" lives in his mother's basement.
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6A UN panel rules that Julian Assange is being arbitrarily detained in the UK.
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-26Roosh V meetup planned for British Columbia.
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26Weed can actually permanently harm your short term memory, but you have to smoke a lot of it.
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16Boko Haram has been increasing their terrorist attacks in Cameroon.
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23What Donald Rumsfeld knew we didn’t know about Iraq
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37UK health minister Jeremy Hunt advises parents to look up rashes on Google rather than e.g. go to a doctor. Actual doctors: "Every paediatrician I have spoken to has been shocked" and this advice is non-negligibly fatal.
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45In November 2015, U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA5) introduced H.R.4057, the Interstate Swatting Hoax Act, a bill that would close the emergency situation false reporting loophole against SWATers. Someone, in their infinite wisdom, decided that the best way to express their disagreement with her was to SWAT her.
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44Teenage girl admits making up migrant rape claim that outraged Germany
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26A month has passed since the Oregon standoff started. As a new wave of "Patriots" flood Burns, Oregon after the death of LaVoy, politics and concerns about the future of its businesses continues to strain the small town's kindness.

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29An ACLU study finds "driving while black" really is a crime in Florida.
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6Labeling of genetically modified foods draws a packed house to New Hampshire committee
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48Massive amount of news comes out of Israel: The UN condemns the occupation of the Palestinian territories and in response France proposes peace talks and threatens to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state if they fail. There is hope that, according to the UN, that Israel and Iran are likely to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Also the Snowden reveals that the US and UK have been hacking Israeli drones in order to spy on the IDF.
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8EEOC announces proposed addition of pay data. The rules themselves.
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24The Smith Cloud is hurtling towards our galaxy and could trigger the creation of 200 million new stars.
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3580 percent of Chicago PD dash-cam videos are missing audio due to ‘officer error’ or ‘intentional destruction’.
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30It turns out that notoriously homophobic Pastor James Manning's World Atlah Church is up to its spires in debt over unpaid water/sewage bills and federal tax liens, and is ordered to be foreclosed upon in late February. Guess who they blame.Link contains auto-play video.
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15A huge step forward in AI as a computer can reliably beat humans at Go.
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4Another sign of the Apocalypse: Barbie has evolved!
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18The WHO says that the Zika virus is spreading at an explosive rate.
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23Sweden considers rejecting 80,000 refugees.
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8ISIS is spreading in Libya and the US considers bombing them.
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24Lead pollution disproportionately affects poor communities and racial minorities. And poor communities are overwhelmingly affected by extreme polluters.
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10They've won... for now. Answers in Genesis's Ark Encounter wins legal battle over the tax incentive withdrawal. There are currently no plans for the state to appeal the decision.
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29As the poorly thought out ban on legal highs comes into force in the UK, notably banning Poppers, a report concerning one of the substances that required a special exemption is released showing the hypocrisy of the bill.
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20Body cam footage from 2013 captures Oakland man’s final words—begging the cops to get off of him.
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29Denmark will now confiscate refugees' valuables as compensation for allowing them to come stay in Denmark.
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22Heat turned up on Bikram yoga founder and yogi Bikram Choudhury after a jury slams him with $7.396 million in compensatory/punitive damages for wrongful termination and sexual harassment. (Bonus hilarity when he claims under oath that he is also an expert in making brand new Ferraris from parts from "the junkyards")
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15UN report into Saudi-led strikes in Yemen raises questions over UK role.
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11The mathematics of conspiracy theories.
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22Mizzou professor who blocked reporters from protest charged with third degree assault
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14When a cop plays ninja everyone has a bad time.
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271 dead, 5 arrested (including Y'All Qaeda leader Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan) after a traffic stop in Oregon.. Link contains auto-play video.
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19Map: Creationism in schools.
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27CIA declassifies hundreds of UFO documents. (Not that this will slow UFO believers for a moment.)
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18Behold, genetically engineered autistic monkeys! They all laughed at me, they all laughed, but all I need now is a few typewriters and an inter-tube connection...
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21Indiana decides to create even more anti-LGBT laws.
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25SCOTUS rules in favor of alternative energy and denies North Dakota's fetal heartbeat law.
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29Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. He outlines further reforms to the use of solitary confinement in a Washington Post op-ed.
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49A grand jury in Texas has cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing in the video manufactroversy, and surprisingly indicts two of their accusers.
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24If only they'd had guns... oh wait.
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7Staunch Tory and defender of family values Cecil Parkinson dies
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37In which TERFs are so obnoxious that even Tories are taken aback.
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28Asylum seekers made to wear coloured wristbands in Cardiff leading to outbursts and abuse from local people against those seeking asylum. The wristbands cannot be resealed after being removed and are required to be worn if they want to eat.
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14EU judges convict Kosovo Serb politician Ivanovic of war crimes
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26SCOTUS sides with consumers on class action lawsuit in Campbell-Ewald Co. v Gomez.
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49New study says 0.0% of young Icelanders believe that God created the Earth
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4‘Royal wedding’ of atheist group, Richard Dawkins Foundation launches woman to top post
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23Mass school shooting in Canada kills five, two critically wounded.
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21According to a new report by the CDC, the prevalence of gastroschisis - a severe birth defect in which the infant is born with its intestines outside its body - doubled between 1995 and 2005. The reasons for this are as of yet unclear.
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46In a world filled with moral decline, Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti has declared a fatwa against... chess.
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10Teen in Waseca, MN school bomb plot may return home. He's white and not Muslim.
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32Global temperatures in 2015 by far hottest in modern times.
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7Vladimir Putin most likely signed off on the assassination of ex-FSB spy, Alexander Litvinenko[wp].
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27At the U.S. Department of Justice, “prosecution of individual defendants was, on average, nearly seven times more likely than it was for corporations.”
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24The South Carolina state legislature continues to be a bunch of assholes, this time targeting women's rights.
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32Amnesty International has accused Apple, Microsoft and Samsung of using minerals mined by children to make their phones.
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32New evidence suggests a ninth planet lurking at the edge of the solar system.
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17Another Pakistani school has been shot up by the Taliban.
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20The UN suggests that ISIL is responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide and that airstrikes have caused mounting civilian deaths.
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21 Study finds most coverage of reproductive issues in newspapers written by men
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28 Denmark has just broken world records in wind power production.
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17ATM and overdraft fees top $6 billion at the big 3 banks
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34SCOTUS has ruled that Arkansas's ban on abortion after 12 weeks is unconstitutional.
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28In Italy, Religious Objections to Abortion Are Preventing Women from Having Them
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26UK court rules that the Terrorist Acts violates the freedom of press.
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0Islamophobia + the culture of fear = a little boy getting interrogated by the pigs for a spelling mistake.
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