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[edit] September 2016

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4India has launched a "surgical" strike on militants on the border of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.
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4The FBI wanted to target Yemenis using student groups and mosques.
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5NYPD sent undercover officers to Black Lives Matter protest and collected ‘multimedia records’ of protests after the death of Eric Garner.
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5Another American airstrike in Afghanistan has killed 15 civilians.
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6NYC Uber and Lyft drivers are protesting for union rights.
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7Millennials have very little confidence in most major institutions.
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7About half of young college graduates between the ages of 22 to 27 are underemployed, most have liberal arts degrees.
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3Behind India's epidemic of farmer suicides.
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9A bill before the Russian parliament, backed by the government and based on a recommendation from the totally credible UN, would ban baby boxes where children can be safely surrendered to the care of a hospital. All while the Russian Orthodox Church is pushing to ban abortion. What should destitute mothers do instead? *crickets*
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16 Rachel Maddow of MSNBC has some interesting evidence about Trump and his business connection to Cuba during the embargo. For the record, Trump was rabidly pro embargo.
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16A Duke University study finds that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused widespread marsh erosion.
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14A UN report finds that the US and EU sanctions are harming Syrian citizens and crippling work.
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15The Scripps Institution of Oceanography says we’ve permanently pushed atmospheric carbon levels past 400 parts per million.
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16Across the US, police officers abuse confidential databases. (Autoplay video)
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14The UK has opened its secret files on Jewish terrorists in Palestine.
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15US Congress rejects Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which means relatives of 9/11 victims can now sue the Saudi government. Basically the entire Senate rejected the veto, Harry Reid being the only senator to support it, while Tim Kaine and Bernie Sanders abstained from voting.
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14Police have killed a mentally ill Black man in El Cajon, protestors take to the streets soon after.
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16Prison guards at Alabama's Holman prison didn't show up to work in order to show solidarity with the prisoners' strike.
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12A pharmacy argues that they have a First Amendment right to secretly sell drugs used for executions.
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13A study from the Columbia Law School finds that the ATF drug stings in Chicago targeted minorities.
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-5United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent believes that the U.S. owes Black people reparations.
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23Abolish Abortion Florida, a Florida-based Christian anti-abortion group, is pushing for a ballot initiative that would classify abortion as first-degree murder, a crime punishable by death in Florida.
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12The IDF Censor redacts 1 in 5 articles it reviews for publication.
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11Over 1,000 faculty members condemn bullying tactics employed by the shadowy ‘Canary Mission’ website.
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7California has become the 13th state to enact anti-BDS measures.
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8Facebook has apologized for disabling Palestinian news outlets, Quds News and Shebab News Agency, accounts.
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6The Housing and Finance Institute thinktank believes that housebuilding on towns and villages will solve the housing crisis in Britain.
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11Nearly half a million households in the United States lack proper plumbing.
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1260 percent of Australians would be concerned if a relative married a Muslim. (Autoplay video)
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10Elon Musk unveils his plan for colonizing Mars No word on whether it will include a hyperloop. (The Verge)
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11Hezbollah chief prefers Israel over Wahhabism. (Ya Libnan)
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11General Haftar's troops have seized the Brega oil port.
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19Daesh receives most of its arms through Eastern Europe.
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18Concentrix, the US company used by the Brits in order to cut down on tax credit fraud, has continuously been receiving suicidal calls.
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13World leaders have approved of a refugee resettlement plan. The plan itself has no concrete solutions and will still allow countries to detain children, something the US pushed for.
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14Turkey is forcing Turkish Kurds into paramilitaries in order to permenantly occupy Kurdish villages.
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16Saudi Arabia will heavily cut public sector employee paychecks as Iran gains the edge in oil prices.
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22Saudi women file petition to end male guardianship system.
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20Baltimore man who called 911 for help dies after being punched by police.
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17A mass shooting at the Cascade mall ends with 5 dead. Another mass shooting in Houston by a gunman wearing a Nazi emblem injuries 9. (Autoplay video)
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21Syrian ceasefire collapses; experts say the situation and diplomatic efforts to stop it are as dire as when it first started in 2011.
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18Newly released documents show that the CIA knew Pinochet personally ordered Orlando Letelier's assassination.
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12Obama has approved construction of two more oil piplines.
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17The UK has been accused of blocking a UN inquiry into claims of war crimes in Yemen.
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18Students and student athletes across the US are protesting the national anthem and they are being threatened for it.
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9The city of Munich cancels a BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions[wp]) event because "It is probable that during the event the line between criticism of Israel and antisemitism will be crossed" (Jerusalem Post)
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26A Jordanian writer has been murdered just prior to his trial for sharing a "blasphemous" cartoon. Isn't it nice to have this infantile bullshit back again?
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17Body camera video shows a Maryland cop pepper-spraying a 15-year-old girl who is sitting in the back of a police cruiser. In Phoenix, 3 cops resign after they forced a teen to eat marijuana during a traffic stop. Lastly, the police officer who shot Charles Kinsey will not be charged. (Autoplay video)
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10The US military is using white phosphorus against ISIS troop formations in Iraq, again.
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15Chromium-6 chemical threatens two-thirds of Americans
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16Archeologists denounce Dakota Access pipeline for destroying artifacts.
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9A court rules that national security trumps free speech when it comes to 3d printed guns.
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11A study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine finds that immigrants aren't "stealing" American jobs.
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12Palestinian DAESH supporters in Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp are reportedly abandoning the organization in favour of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham following the arrest of local commander, Imad Yassine. How this will affect life in the camp is .not yet known.
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13A boat holding approximately 450 refugees has capsized off the coast of Egypt.
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14Pennsylvannia court throws out bargaining rights for home care workers.
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20KKK fliers are showing up across the US.
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21Far-right Jewish fundamentalists arrested for riot at Christian choir event in Jerusalem.
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-2Boston police Officer Kills Black Man over marijuana cigarette. False! Snopes confirms that the "Boston Tribune" and "Baltimore Gazette" (the sites peddling this story) are fake news sites. Snopes now has an article on this fake story.
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17The Syrian Army announces the start of the operation to retake Aleppo city from rebels, telling all civilians to flee from rebel areas and granting them amnesty.
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15Chelsea Manning gets 14 days in solitary confinement for her suicide attempt. Because, you know, that's really the ethical thing to do to suicidal inmates.
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20Video of police fatally shooting Keith Scott, a black man, in Charlotte, North Carolina. They shot him for allegedly having a gun. Update: A second video has been released. The Charlotte police have finally released both the body camera and the dashcam footage of Keith Scott.
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30Oculus founder, Palmer Luckey supports the alt-right movement by supporting an unofficial pro-Trump group that thinks "shitposting is powerful and meme magic is real" and makes derogatory memes on Hillary Clinton. Indie developers distance themselves and declare to no longer support the Oculus Rift.
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19 Benjamin Netanyahu gives his speech at the UN and has invited Mahmud Abbas to speak at the Knesset and said he would take a counter-invitation to Ramallah "for the sake of peace". (His full speech on YouTube)
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15Prosecutors in the Philippines call for the reintroduction of capital punishment following last year's arrest of the Australian citizen Peter Sully, accused by both countries of multiple counts of child abduction, murder, human trafficking, and running an online business producing and selling violent child rape videos.
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25Charlotte's police chief refuses to release the dashcam video of Keith Scott's killing, but they have shown it to his family; according to the family lawyer, he had his arms to his side when he was shot. Meanwhile, the police officer who killed Terence Crutcher will be charged with first-degree manslaughter.
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26State-sanctioned Christian prayer has returned.
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9 As another judge rules that the evidence collected by the FBI Playpen warrant is invalid and orders it suppressed, Senator Ron Wyden will try to force a debate on the changes to Rule 41 which will give the US government broad hacking authority after December 1st. (If you think it will help, sign a petition.)
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14Wells Fargo fired the whistleblowers who reported massive fraud.
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9As 26 civilians are killed in Hodeidah, Yemen by a Saudi coalition airstrike, the US Senate approves of a massive arms deal with the Saudis.
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20An inmate died of thirst after prison guards deprived him of water after he tried to flood his cell.
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11Attempted Mustard Gas attack against US and Iraqi soldiers conducted by IS.
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27Renewable energy comprises up to a third of the world's total electric capacity in 2015.
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18President Duterte of the Philippines lashes out at the EU for criticising his extrajudicial killings of accused criminals, citing past European colonialism, because that's apparently relevant somehow.
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21Saudi Arabia appears to be using white phosphorus in Yemen supplied by the US.
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11TiSA has been leaked. (The documents themselves.)
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26Massachusetts high court says Black men may have a legitimate reason to flee police and shouldn't be deemed suspicious for doing so.
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20HP is using firmware in their printers to sabotage off-brand ink.
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17A Federal bill in Congress would surrender 18 million acres of protected public land in Eastern Utah to gas and oil companies. Most of this land is sacred to the Native Americans living on or around it.
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9Seattle City Council approves worker-scheduling law.
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15The attorney general will ignore the White House's new report finding that commonly-used forensics are bogus. (The report itself.)
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15Fast food restaurants aren't doing enough to stop the overuse of antibiotics.
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9A water crisis in India sparks clashes in neighboring states.
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18Scientists incentivised to publish surprising results frequently in major journals, despite risk that such findings are likely to be wrong.
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16A study by the Economic Policy Institute reveals that the racial wage gap has worsened in recent decades. (The study itself.)
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17It's not just Wells Fargo that is fraudulently opening unauthorized bank accounts as more banks are using low wages and job insecurity to force employees to commit fraud.
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153 New York correctional officers are being charged with conspiracy and fraud as well as assault after they savagely beat a Black inmate.
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13A judge rules that the NYPD can now arrest and prosecute you without going through the DA.
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12DARPA wants an aerial dragnet to monitor urban drone traffic.
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23Protests erupt in Charlotte, North Carolina, after police officers kill a man while looking for their suspect. Update: 1 protestor has been shot by the police.
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20Don't cross the streams! A British pub invites its drinkers to show their appreciation for Trump every time they need to take a piss.
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32Donald Trump has used over $250,000 of charity money from the Trump Foundation to settle legal expenses for his businesses.
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29Video shows Tulsa police killing Terence Crutcher This link is behind a soft pay wall. Use incognito. while he is unarmed and has his hands up Accessible link (NSFW) while Tyre King's autopsy shows that he was shot while running away.
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14US covering up opposition breaches of Syria ceasefire, claims the totally impartial Russian government.
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293% of American adults own half of guns in the US.
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12Weapons makers hold lavish lovefest for Joseph Rixey, the Pentagon official who manages arms sales.
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13Ghassan Abdallah al-Sharbi, an Al-Qaeda bombmaker being held indefinitely at Gitmo, says that a Saudi royal family member recruited him.
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21George Washington University, a college that charges students $64,000 a year, is opening a food pantry for students who can't afford food.
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15Witnesses say that Korryn Gaines was killed by police out of frustration and that the police escalated the situation.
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23Police accidentally record themselves conspiring to fabricate criminal charges against a protester.
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12A study by scientists from Harvard University and Columbia University estimates 100,000 premature deaths have been caused by Indonesian haze.
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15Marijuana is legal, but only if you are a US citizen.
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23Even the National Review Online admits (with extensive numbers) that nobody except the conservative base cares about the conservative media bubble. (See also the author's earlier piece on the same topic.)
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19Millions of Africans face food insecurity as fish stocks diverted to make animal feed for Western factory farms.
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24If you still needed a reason not to hit your kids, a 50 year study finds that spanking is ineffective.
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15Congress will try to pass the TPP during Obama's lame duck session.
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23The sugar industry is manipulating scientific studies.
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20Dolphins in a Russian zoo have been recorded having a conversation.
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19August has been recorded as the hottest month ever recorded making it the 11th month in a row to break climate records. This will only be exacerbated now that we have destroyed a tenth of the Earth's wilderness in the last 25 years.
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18Many Black schools are increasingly becoming surveilled and policed.
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11UK students are going on a debt strike.
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13Joseph Michael Schreiber, the 9/11 Florida mosque arsonist, has turned himself in.
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16A pressure cooker bomb exploded in Manhattan on Saturday, leaving 29 injured. Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared it an act of terrorism, though no groups have yet come forward.
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11DAESH claims responsibility for a stabbing spree in Minnesota that left eight people injured on Saturday.
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18Colombia accepts role in 1980s killings of leftist politicians.
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11Julian Assange says he'll turn himself in if Obama pardons Chelsea Manning.
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14British war crimes: British MPs attack Cameron over Libya's collapse while a UK judge condemns British troops who drowned Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali, a 15-year-old Iraqi boy, in 2003.
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19Colin Powell's leaked emails seem to confirm that Israel has approximately 200 nuclear weapons.
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15A Saudi "double-tap" airstrike on a water well has killed 30 civilians. This kind of carnage shouldn't be surprising since one in three Saudi air raids on Yemen hit civilian sites.
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12The US has "accidentally" bombed static Syrian army positions near Deir al-Zor, allowing DAESH to briefly seize the area.
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9A cop in Columbus, Ohio lethally shot a 13-year-old boy multiple times because he had robbed someone with a BB gun.
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8Elizabeth Warren wants James Comey to explain why the DOJ didn't prosecute bank fraud after the 2008 economic crash.
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10Dr. Adam Hanieh, a British professor who was invited to give a lecture at Birzeit University, and TeleSUR journalist, Abby Martin, have both been denied entry due to "pro-Palestinian" views.
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17The Colonial Pipeline has burst in Shelby County, Alabama spilling over 336,000 gallons oil.
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16A study by the American Journal of Public Health has found that marijuana legalization reduces the use of opioids.
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16A London undercover police agent has been accused of urging anti-racist activists to commit arson. Meanwhile, the FBI will impose new restrictions that will make it harder for undercover agents to impersonate journalists, but they will still approve these tactics.
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11Video footage shows US commandos fleeing a Syrian town while rebels hurl anti-American insults at them.
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11Switching to cold showers reduce sick leave(but not sickness) by 27%
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28Because Scott Walker asked. The Guardian's story on recently obtained court documents which reveals the secretive influence of corporate cash on politics.
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32The post-9/11 wars have cost nearly $5 trillion.
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18ITT Tech students announce a debt strike after campus closures.
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21Kentucky governor Matt Bevin says conservatives may need to spill blood in order to retake the country.
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14Probe finds that popular children's websites tracked their users' activity.
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1622 people have been arrested protesting the Dakota Pipeline. A live stream of the event was taken down by Facebook; the posters claim it is politically motivated.
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24The ACLU and Amnesty International are asking President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden.
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25A new study confirms that human activities are responsible for the ongoing sixth mass extinction, which is compounded by global warming, climate change, and ocean acidification. Large marine creatures in particular face the greatest risk.
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18Bayer buys everyone's favorite corporate puppet masters, Monsanto, for $57 billion. "Blame it on Bayer" does have a better ring than "Monsanto Did It".
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22A former Ohio mayor has been arrested for raping a girl eight times from the age of four. He pleads not guilty, as she led him on.
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20Homophobic preacher and terrible human being, Steven Anderson banned from visiting South Africa.
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12In some cities, police go from stop-and-frisk to stop-and-spit.
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13A study from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School finds that US drug prices remain high without generic competitors.(Autoplay video)
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17Syrian Army allegedly shoots down Israeli warplane after it allegedly bombed Syrian Army positions on the border. Israel denies it.
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1823 prisoners have died in an Ethiopian prison known to hold political dissenters. It has been reported that they died while trying to escape.
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24A man tried to set a Muslim woman on fire in Midtown, New York City. The suspected motive behind the attack is an Islamaphobic hate crime.
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24A study by the Urban Institute has found that US teens in low-income communities often have to do sex work, save school lunches, sell drugs and join gangs for food
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7Facebook is collaborating with the Israeli government to determine what should be censored.
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13U.S. veterans support legal fight by Yemeni man whose relatives were killed in drone strike.
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19Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has finally resigned from Parliament altogether.
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22A union organizing workers at O'Hare airport is suing the airport over widespread wage theft.
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18US special ops training in Latin America has tripled.
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23Arizona's governor asked voters to fact check whether pot was safer than alcohol so the Washington Post did it for them.
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16A lawsuit alleges that the US dairy industry killed half a million dairy cows in order to fix the prices of dairy products.
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19A suggestion from the Quackwatch newsletter, where finally The Sun gets it right for a change: "How web giant Amazon ‘endangers’ the sick and vulnerable by ‘peddling bogus miracle cancer cures’".
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27So, will the Donald J. Trump Foundation receive as much public scrutiny as the Clinton Foundation? We'll see.
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19The Guardian has interviewed the chief investigator for the Senate intelligence committee’s inquiry on the CIA's torture programs, Daniel Jones, and releases a three-part series on how the CIA tried to interfere and cover-up the Senate torture report.
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15Another use for the goat has been found: Goats as yoga assistants! Aren't they wonderful animals?
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22A group of about 10 louts verbally harass two French women over what they apparently judged to be revealing leg-wear, calling them "whores". When the women's husbands and a male friend came to their defence, they were severely beaten.
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13Turkey to oust 28 pro-Kurdish mayors and administrators.
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20Stifling dissent: An arrest warrant has been issued for Amy Goodman for her coverage of the Dakota Pipeline. The US has also blocked Craig Murray's visa without explanation.
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18The ocean will no longer be a buffer against global warming.
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16Disease studies: A study by Radiology finds that Zika damage to brain goes well beyond microcephaly. Another study by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has found a mosquito virus that's broken up into pieces.
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14Researchers believe widespread use of fungicides on crops is reducing effectiveness of frontline medicines.
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11A ceasefire deal has been reached between America and Russia regarding Syria. If successful, the U.S. will now begin bombing al-Qaeda in Syria.
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23Brock Turner, the Stanford rapist, has unfortunately been released from prison. Meanwhile, a bill has passed in CA's state legislature to give mandatory prison sentences to those convicted of sexual assault, and to prevent judges from giving them probation or a short stint in jail.
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22It's going down! On the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison protests in New York, inmates in at least 24 states are leading the largest prison strike in US history. This strike was organized by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, a project of the radical trade union Industrial Workers of the World, Anarchist Black Cross, the Free Alabama Movement, and other groups using smuggled cellphones and social media. Their demands vary but they want more humane treatment and better wages in the slave-like conditions they are forced to work in. (Live updates)
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20Chelsea Manning is on a hunger strike. Update: Chelsea's hunger strike has ended and she will now receive gender reassignment surgery. (Autoplay video)
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5The EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, reveals plans for military cooperation.
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22The House has unanimously passed a bill that will allow families of the victims of the 9/11 attack to sue Saudi Arabia.
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12A Federal judge has denied the Sioux Tribe's claim against the Dakota Pipeline but the Federal government has blocked its construction.
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12Google will use its advertising algorithm to send potential ISIL recruits and right-wing extremists to YouTube videos that seek to deradicalize them and delegitimize their ideology.
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15The Anonymous activist who helped expose Steubenville rape pleads not guilty to hacking and will face 16 years in federal prison.
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16The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined Wells Fargo $185 million for creating fake accounts by opening accounts and transferring funds without customer authorization.
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17North Dakota's governor has activated the national guard against the Dakota Pipeline protestors.
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10Arizona Supreme Court won't alter laws for lawyers in marijuana matters.
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14Indiana Supreme Court orders most arrestees to be released without bail.
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28Senator Rand Paul, Chris Murphy, Al Franken and Mike Lee are trying to block a $1.15 billion weapons deal to Saudi Arabia.
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175 corporations now dominate our privatized intelligence industry.
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20Turkey suspends 11,000 teachers for suspected PKK links.
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16A Minnesota man sentenced to 15 years in prison for firebombing Somali restaurant in hate crime.
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17Brandon Marshall, a Denver Bronco's lineman, has kneeled during the national anthem while Megan Rapinoe, an American women's soccer player, planned to but was later prevented. The Seattle Seahawks also plan to protest the national anthem.
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17A 5.3 magnitude earthquake in North Korea near a known nuclear testing site during a national holiday indicates that the regime may have tested a fifth bomb.
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45The US will spend $90 million on the removal of unexploded munitions dropped on Laos during the secret wars.
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22The Syrian government has allegedly used chlorine gas against rebel positions in Aleppo.
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16Inside Bill Clinton’s nearly $18 million job as an honorary chancellor of Laureate International Universities, a for-profit college.
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23The Dakota Pipeline guards have been accused of using attack dogs and pepper spray against protestors.
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36Huzzah! The biggest for-profit college corporation joins Corinthian Colleges and has permanently shut its doors after scamming students for over 50 years.
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17Fox News will pay Gretchen Carlson $20 million. Greta Van Susteren has left Fox News, unrelated to the sexual harassment claims.
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15Women ask for pay raises at the same rate as men but are denied more often.
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17Giant pandas are no longer considered endangered but Eastern Gorillas are now "critically endangered".
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9360 Syrian refugee children have disappeared raising fears of trafficking.
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12A Bangladeshi Muslim woman has been stabbed to death in Queens, New York City.
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10Britain is now the second biggest arms dealer in the world.
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11The NSA’s British base at the heart of U.S. targeted killing.
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11Times of Israel co-founder, Seth Klarman, gave $1.5 million to CAMERA, the Israeli right-wing media watchdog.
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13The US lost track of hundreds of thousands of weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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13Toxic metal waste from air pollution has been found in human brains while the EPA and California are planning to expand pollution of potential drinking water.
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17UK Prime Minister Theresa May is considering banning EU migrants from Britain unless they have a job.
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115Phyllis Schlafly hears rumors of liberals in Heaven, departs immediately to launch her latest campaign.
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19Anti-Zika toxin, Naled, has killed 2.5m bees.
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-25Washington Post sees a Red under every bed.
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18At least 10,000 people have died and millions have been displaced in Yemen's civil war.
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17The LAPD will crack down on the problem of police officers shooting unarmed drivers.
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19An Alabama library to enforce jail sentences for overdue books
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6Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal are paying $1.6 million a day in major label guarantees.
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22A Juvenile Law Center report finds that poor children are often locked up when their families can't pay juvenile court fees. (The report itself.)
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18Millions of Indian workers strike for better wages.
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13The Santa Clara police union has threatened that they may stop working San Francisco 49ers' home games over Colin Kaepernick's protest.
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12Calais refugee camp running out of food amid donor fatigue.
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25South Carolina hosts its 27th annual pride festival. And for the very first time, there are no protestors. Progress!
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34Ken Ham's Ark Encounter does not seem to be meeting its attendance goals.
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22One UK's National Health Service Trust tries to prevent smokers and obese patients from elective surgery to deal with budget cuts. This is just a part of serious problems with UK NHS investment, funding and efficiency.
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20The FBI has released Hillary Clinton's email investigation documents.
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11Georgetown University will offer preferential admission to descendants of slaves.
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26The FDA has ordered that all antibacterials must be removed from consumer soaps.
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19David Sneddon, a BYU student who went missing in China in 2004, has been found to have been kidnapped by North Korea in order to teach English to Kim Jong-un. (Autoplay video)
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17A leaked memo from Nancy Pelosi in 2015 tells House Democrats to not support concrete policies from BLM.
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23Tasmanian Devils may be rapidly evolving to resist a deadly face cancer.
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12Protests have erupted in San Juan, Puerto Rico over the institution of the unelected economic control board.
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15DAESH has claimed responsibility for the shooting of two police officers by a Bosnian-Dane in Copenhagen. Police are still investigating if it was a drug-related crime the group is prematurely taking credit for.
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22A Royal Marine has been charged with manufacturing and storing explosives across England and Northern Ireland for use by Irish terrorist groups.
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16Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan, has died.
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18In his new Memoirs, former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg accuses Britain's former Chancellor of the Exchequer of admittedly discriminating against poorer people in welfare and housing cuts because of their tendency to vote Labour.
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15Court upholds ban on gun sales to medical marijuana card holders.

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23A woman charged with child abuse is using Indiana's Religious Freedom law as a legal defense.
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17A Ukrainian pogrom against the Roma have forced dozens to flee.
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14Albquerque police continue to ignore New Mexico's law against civil asset forfeiture.
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17A Black teen was run down by a white supremacist after a violent confrontation in Gresham, Oregon.
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16Israel has approved the construction of 464 settlement homes in West Bank and is queitly legalizing pirate outposts.
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12Meet the worst cocaine smugglers of all time.
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28Insulin is the latest drug to become unaccesible to the poor. (Autoplay video)
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30Ohio's aborting restrictions made women less safe.
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18Where the death penalty is still heavily used in the US.
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26DAESH second-in-command, head of propaganda, and leader of oversees terrorist operations, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani has been confirmed dead in a Coalition bombing in the Aleppo governorate.
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40A protestor tried to film police roughing up another protestor at a 'Black Lives Matter' rally. Police took his recording phone. When he called at a police station to get it back, they locked him up for 15 hours. He is due in court on October 21st 2016. James Croft needs donations to cover legal costs and clear his name.
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32Oklahoma police tased an unarmed Black man and pepper sprayed his inocent 84-year-old grandma, possibly endangering her life. All that was because the man ran a stop sign.
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38One of the biggest crime waves in the US is being committed by employers.
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27NASA says that the Earth is warming at a pace unprecedented in 1,000 years.
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23The Obama Administration has reached its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees. And no, refugees are unlikely to commit more crime.
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11The DEA will classify Kratom as a Schedule 1 drug.
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16SETI has observed a strong signal that may originate from a Sun-like star but probably isn't space aliens. The signal could just contain useful information that we can't decode.
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17Protests have begun in Kargoorlie, Western Australia after a white man killed an Aborigine teen for allegedly stealing a bike.
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29Teen births in the US is plummeting, and the reason will shock you! Not really, it's just access to contraceptives.
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34Mother believes daughter is possessed, forces crucifix down daughter's throat and kills her.
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29The European Commission rules that Apple's tax benefits in Ireland are illegal and orders Apple to pay Ireland $14.5 billion plus interests. Both the corporation and the country have promised to appeal the decision.
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33A Catholic hospital refused to remove an IUD from a bleeding woman.
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23The evidence of fracking’s health effects keeps mounting.
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25FBI-owned Megaupload.org serves up porn and sex ads.
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13European copyright leak exposes plans to force the Internet to subsidize publishers.
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34The unabashedly racist White Lives Matter will be listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (Autoplay video)
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25It ain't just Stalin being sanitised. Dictatorship denial is on the rise in Argentina
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27 The TTIP has likely died.
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26Deadly heat in US prisons is killing inmates because prisons refuse to take actions to mitigate the dangerous temperature.
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40University of Chicago tells freshmen it does not support trigger warnings.
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29Almost a year after Texas passes a 'Campus Carry' law which allows concealed carry of firearms in public colleges, UT students stage a protest - by publicly carrying sex toys around on the first day of the new semester.
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22Police in Zimbabwe have begun to crack down on protestors by hitting them with batons, tear gas, and water cannons. (Autoplay video)
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14Stingray documents offer rare insight into police and FBI surveillance.
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16The IDF might be conducting a kneecapping campaign in the West Bank. The military clears itself of wrongdoing over 2014 Gaza air strikes.
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25Just 90 companies are responsible for most of the Earth's carbon emissions.
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26A judge gives a high school athlete probation for two rape charges while a Wisconsin wrestling coach says he was fired for reporting sexual assault allegations to the police.
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10The ADL took US cops to Israeli prison, occupied Hebron, and settler winery during counter-terror seminar.
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12A study by the London Business School finds that lawmakers overseeing Wall Street are given bigger, more favorable loans than others on similarly powerful committees.
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21Black and Hispanic people are enemies of the state, at least if that state is Maine.
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13Like abstinence, robot babies are not an effective form of birth control
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17Paul LePage leaves vulgar and homophobic voicemail.
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19In the Philippines, a peace deal ends a 48-year Communist insurgency.
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11Five men from Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent in the UK's Black Country have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to commit acts of terror. An Army bomb disposal unit has been ordered into the region to search properties.
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15Extended sessions of posting on the internet makes you worse at posting on the internet. At least on reddit.
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18The US military has confirmed that Abu Al-Baghdadi was held at Abu Ghraib.
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12German police dismisses that neo-Nazis were responsible for the murders of several Turkish immigrants, despite suggestions of a link.
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20Median income is down, but public college tuition is way up.
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37A black homeowner called 911 to report a carjacking; he is then mistaken as the suspect and shot in the stomach.
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24America’s bail system punishes poor people even if they're innocent of any crime.
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21Officials are cracking down on Native American protestors in North Dakota.
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15Secret cameras record Baltimore's every move from above.
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15Because being a woman on the Internet is a crime, actress Leslie Jones has her personal website compromised and filled with explicit and racist content and personal information. (The website has since been taken offline.)
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14Turkish military, with U.S. air support, makes incursion into Syria to aid anti-Daesh rebels.
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-4Jeremy Corbyn sat on the floor of a Virgin Train claiming public ownership could fix the underlying problem now there is debate on whether the train actually was "ram-packed" as Corbyn claims or it was all a PR stunt as Virgin claims
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20Three British Muslims were marched off their Easyjet flights because their text messages were believed to be "ISIS materials".
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31Earth-sized planet discovered orbiting closest star to the Sun.
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136.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy. Over 100 confirmed dead, many villages devastated.
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-14Worshipping the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a real religion, US court rules
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12If stoned rats get enough reward to get by while jumping through fewer hoops, we ought to applaud their wisdom and model our own lives after their wholesome pattern.
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29Andrea Tantaros has now filed a lawsuit against Fox News, implicating not only Roger Ailes but also Bill O'Reilly and former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, who is a frequent Fox contributor.
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25Ramen is displacing tobacco as most popular US prison currency because of cost cutting measures by private facilities.
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13A proposed California bill could criminalize media reporting of undercover videos.
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15Forensics shows that Turkish investigative journalist Barış Pehlivan was framed for terrorism.
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3More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state were donors to the Clinton Foundation. New emails also show that consultants also raised cash for Hillary while she was the Secretary of State. Clinton also approved weapon sales to Bahrain as they were violently surpressed protests after they gave $32 million dollars to her family Foundation. Update: A roundup of investigations on the Clinton Foundation. (Autoplay video)
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10Sheldon Adelson is funding a group run by Horowitz in order to smear pro-Palestinians activists.
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13The NLRB rules that graduate students are employees and can therefore unionize.
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10Syria has given up control of Hasakah to the Kurds while China has agreed to join Russia and Iran's coalition. Meanwhile, Turkey has shelled Kurdish controlled Manbij in order to deter them from moving westward towards Jarablus.
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14Ted Lieu is leading the charge on trying to end the US's support for Saudia Arabia.
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21North Carolina police killed an unarmed deaf man while he tried communicating to them using sign language. (Autoplay video)
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3UK to scrap Human Rights Act in favour of British Bill of Rights.
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24Look, the gender pay gap exists (18% UK), most among higher educated women, and increases after having kids. Who knew?
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28Residents in West Calumet, East Chicago, Indiana are being relocated because the EPA has found that their community has a dangerosly high amount of lead and arsenic comtaminating their community. The community was kept in the dark about the lead contamination that their community was built on. TYT did several interviews with local residents. (Videos)
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19Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has killed approxiametly 1,800 people, Filipino senators have started an investigation into said killings. After the UN criticized the war, Duterte threatened to leave the organization but quickly reneged.
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15A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia circuit reinstated a case challenging the Bureau of Prisons’ use of secretive and experimental prison units known as communications management units.
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23White supremacists show up outside the Houston NAACP office to tell us how white people are the real victims in the U.S. (On the bright side, they were soon outnumbered by counterprotesters.)
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18First U.S. offshore wind farm is almost completed. Meanwhile, July was the hottest month on record, making it the tenth such month in a row, Antarctica continues to melt, and coastal villages in Alaska are having to relocate due to climate change.
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-5German government urges its citizens to stockpile groceries as a preventive measure in case of an uncertain to happen, future terrorist attack.
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1851 people killed in suicide bombing in Turkey.
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27The parents of a Pakistani-American special needs student at a Long Island middle school allege he was forced by school administrators to confess to being a terrorist after students bullied him.
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19Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law by Mike Pence, is now being invoked to defend religious minorities.
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18The Lakota have halted the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota.
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17Half of Wisconsin's Black neighborhoods are jails.
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23Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world.
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17People are being evicted from their homes for calling 911.
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13Whistleblower Jeffery Sterling is being denied life-sustaining medical care.
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5Israeli air strikes pound Gaza after rocket attack.
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13An audit reveals that the US Army has been fudging its accounts by trillions of dollars.
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11Texas is planning to scale back prison sentences for people who can't afford their traffic tickets. Racially charged criticisms ensue.
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13The largest detainee transfer from Guantanamo Bay under President Obama is underway.
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18UKIP's glorious infighting
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16The Sad Puppies fail again at the 2016 Hugo awards
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18With the legalisation of homosexuality, Belize enters the 21st century.
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20A transgender woman has been murdered in Turkey, which has the most murders of transgender people of any European country (in reports that count it as part of Europe). Who'd have thought a country ruled by Islamists would be unsafe for transgender people?
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26Alabama will build a memorial to lynching victims.
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16Turkey has closed a pro-Kurdish daily and arrested two dozen journalist.
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8Syria's civil war:Assad's government has renewed its attacks against the Kurds. Human rights groups report that more than 17,000 people have died in Syria's jails. Omran Daqneesh, the Syrian boy rescued after a Russian bombing on Aleppo, brother has died. Meanwhile, Turkey vows to take a more active role in Syria and will work with Iran and Russia in order to achieve their goals.
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10Video shows an LAPD officer strangling a Black man to death.
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6Chris Christie has now signed legislation blacklisting groups associated with the BDS movement.
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13Corporate crimes: Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, will not pay US corporate taxes because he believes they are "unfair"; Aetna's CEO has threatened to pull out of Obamacare if the administration prevents his company from merging with Humana. Meanwhile, the SEC halted a massive $35 billion stock on suspicion of manipulation.
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11Top Indian hospitals are buying kidneys from poor villagers to sell to rich patients.
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15Workplace suicides are on the rise, globally.
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12US soldiers are relying on millions of dollars in food stamps in order to survive.
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15Walmart is causing out of control crime.
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10Debt collectors may soon be able to buy your lawsuit.
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11Texas's legislature has awarded $1.6 million to the Heidi Group, a crisis pregnancy center.
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12The US has found that Volkswagen acting criminally in their emissions scandal.
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11A Michigan judge has ruled in favor of a funeral home that fired their employee because they were transgender.
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12A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia upheld the dismissal of Mohammed Jawad's case; he was seeking justice for being tortured and detained at Guantanamo when he was 15.
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15Policing reforms: The Justice Department has denounced bail practices that result in unnecessary incarceration. Baltimore's PD has cut ties with a lawyer who had associations with Neo-Nazis.
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9This is how people are being treated in Arizona's immigration detention centers.
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15Zika transmission confirmed in Miami Beach.
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21Chicago Police Department will seek to fire seven officers for filing false reports about an officer-involved shooting.
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18Police in Huntington, West Virginia responded to 26 heroin overdose calls within 4 hours on Monday. The U.S. death rate from drug overdoses has surpassed that of motor vehicle accidents.
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17North Korea's number two UK diplomat defects to the South.
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22Atheists Are Raising Funds to Help Flood Victims in Louisiana. Please Consider Chipping In! (Since they're not on charity navigator, brief summary, according to tax records Foundation Beyond Belief took in $439,000 in donations and gave out $440,000 in charitable grants in 2014)
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38The US makes one small step forward for basic common sense. Private prisons to be banned at the federal level. Most prisons are state rather than federal, but it's a good start.
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63Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who has claimed that natural disasters are God's way to punish gays has his home destroyed by a natural disaster.
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29In a gold rush, the money is in selling shovels. How "nootropics" woo is sold to desperate Silicon Valley dot-com workers. You'll be next.
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26Turkish post-coup round-ups continue as private businesses are raided for perceived associations with Gulenists.
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29The NSA has been hacked, and samples of top-secret code from their hacking software have been released. Because of how sophisticated the hack was, Edward Snowden suspects the group is associated with the Russian government.
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22A man has killed his Lebanese neighbour in Oklahoma for being a Muslim. He had a history of stalking his neighbour and was realeased from jail for trying to kill his neighbour's mother.
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15Renewed Saudi airstrikes in Yemen have hit an MSF hospital, killing 11, and a a school, killing 10 children. In response, Houthi rebels have shelled Saudia Arabia's southern border and the Saudis ramped up airstrikes in retaliation.
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14An Israeli security officer was caught confiscating a Palestinian girl's bicycle; a 10-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by a security officer who fired a "non-lethal" sponge at him. Fortunately, Israel has passed a law forcing officers to to wear body cameras but have also passed a law allowing the imprisonment of children as young as 12.
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11David Amsalem, a Likud MP in Israel, has proposed a new law that would shield the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, from any future criminal investigation while in office.
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27Notorious Salafi hate preacher Anjem Choudary has finally been convicted of pledging allegiance to DAESH and serving as a recruiter.
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17 While most of the world is getting rid of birthright citizenship in a sad racist trend away from ius soli[wp] towards ius sanguinis[wp], the prime minister of the German state of Thrunigia, Bodo Ramelow (Die Linke[wp]) proposes automatic citizenship for all children that are born to refugee parents on German soil. (Link in German; no paywall, just click "continue reading")
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32Britain First banned from every English Mosque, Islamic centre and the entire town of Luton for three years.
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26Cosmetics are largely unregulated in the U.S. A proposed bill in Congress aims to change that, motivated by widespread reports of adverse effects caused by Wen Hair Care products. Many of the large cosmetics companies actually support the bill, but a group of smaller companies led by the Mary Kay MLM business have enlisted Jeff Sessions to fight it. Also Sessions's bill would preempt tougher state regulations. So much for states' rights.
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12Floods in Louisiana kill seven and displace tens of thousands.
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23Research shows that the minimum wage saves lives.
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15Here’s how many hours you need to work to pay rent in every state.
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12Most states in the US have very lax regulations on amusement parks.
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9New account on Attica prison riot, the bloodiest US prison riot, names shooters.
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11Inside the Obama administration's $1 billion deal to detain Central American asylum seekers.
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16American politicians have claimed there was no terrorism before Obama before, but Rudy Giuliani is the first to actually acknowledge 9/11 right before.
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13The US is using gang data to deport undocumented immigrants. Many immigrants who got out of detention are now trapped in debt.
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20Civil asset forfeiture: The DEA regularly mines Americans' travel records to seize millions in cash. Meanwhile, in New York, the NYPD's civil forfeiture system has taken millions from low-income citizens.
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20The inspector general of the Justice Department has released a report that finds private prisons are less safe and secure. Prisons are also trying new methods of restraining inmates which have deadly outcomes.
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15Having a trial by jury is becoming a rarity as plea deals become the norm.
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18National Guard have been activated after Milwaukee protests over a traffic stop suspect being killed became violent.
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14Notorious Filipino kleptocrat to be given hero's burial
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15Manbij has been liberated from ISIS ISIL. DAESH
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15Further religious violence in the US as an Imam is murdered on the streets of Queens outside his Mosque.
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11After reading more than 800 academic studies, a psychologist concludes that "a wedded bliss is largely a myth".
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17At least six people are seriously injured in Switzerland after a knifeman slashed several people on a train and set himself on fire.
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42Problems for UKIP as one of Nigel Farage's aides and nephew of a prominent noble donor is arrested for money laundering for undercover police and then blackmailing them.
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14Massive rail strikes have started in the UK.
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14How Israel is trying to enforce gag orders beyond its borders. (972 mag)
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14The U.S. will rearm Saudi Arabia to the tune of $1.5 billion as airstrikes resume in Yemen.
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18Burqinis banned from Cannes beaches for showing ‘allegiance to terrorists’ (RT)
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25Uncertainty doesn't excuse climate change inaction.
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32British Jehovah's Witnesses react to allegations of child abuse in an all-too-predictable way: going to court to block an inquiry.
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21Further lives lost: LA police killed an unarmed black man who was misidentified as a carjacking suspect. A Florida cop fatally shot a 73-year-old woman during an academy simulation. Lastly, a white homeowner called 911 to report a black man as a "hoodlum" and proceeded to fatally shoot him.
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20The average Black family would need 228 years to build the wealth of a White family today.
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15Venezuela's inflation rates are now highest in the world.
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18According to a report by the Women and Equalities Committee, Muslim women are the most economically disadvantaged group in British society.
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13Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s finance chief, bails out Spain and Portugal by intervening against the EU commission's sanctions.
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18Palo Alto, CA city planning official moves out of the city because she can't afford to live there.[No, not The Onion]
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5Snapchat decided it would be hilarious to add a yellowface filter.
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27Fox News sexual harassment scandal continues to expand. Vox has an overview of the allegations. Try not to vomit. Update: Ailes used Fox News like a criminal empire.
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13U.S. DEA rejects request to reschedule cannabis. They're basically passing the buck to the FDA, saying they won't reclassify it if the FDA hasn't approved it for medical use. The DEA did announce they will make it easier for researchers to obtain federally-sanctioned cannabis for research.
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11Twin-bombing at a resort in the Thai city of Hua Hin. 11 reported casualties so far including 1 fatality.
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22The Nauru Files: 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention. (The files themselves.)
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23Newly declassified documents reveal that Henry Kissinger hindered US effort to end mass killings in Argentina
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24Comcast believes it should be allowed to charge its users a premium for privacy.
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24Working hazards: A survey by TUC has found that more than half of women say they have been sexually harassed at work and most don't report it.
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15Labor protests in China are increasing as their economy slows. (Autoplay video)
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16A Harvard study finds that millions of Americans may be drinking water contaminated by PFAS.
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21The DOJ will finally track police killings.
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13Vietnam moves new rocket launchers into the disputed South China Sea.
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23The Affordable Care Act is making people in the U.S. Communists healthier.
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18Despite threat of lawsuit, the school board of Berkeley County, South Carolina, decides to resume using the Lord's Prayer to open meetings.
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36Department of Justice investigation of Baltimore Police Department finds it intentionally targets blacks, sky is blue, grass is green. Update: Officers were also found to have frequently dismissed or mishandled sexual assault complaints.
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41Proposed California law would prohibit schools receiving state funding from discriminating against LGBT+ people, mostly removing an existing exemption for religious schools. Religious schools are predictably up in arms about this "attack on the First Amendment". (The bill itself.)
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53Justice prevails, as the right Schlafly beats the wrong Schlafly.
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26Climate change is leading to increased numbers of dangerous Vibrio bacteria in the North Atlantic.
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31Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu shatters world record at the Olympics, so naturally NBC announcer credits her husband and coach for the victory. This appears to be a media habit.
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23Jamming of GPS and other wireless signals is becoming a widespread problem.
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36Car dealer refuses to sell an Indian man a Mercedes, citing concern that he'll "ship it to the Taliban"
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24Olympic athletes have strange red marks on their bodies - welcome unwelcome back, cupping.
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26An undercover FBI agent encouraged the "Draw Muhammad" shooting in Texas.
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8Assad's government has likely used chlorine gas against the Syrian rebels.
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15The US has released its drone strike playbook.
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15Another Bitcoin exchange compromised.
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29First mammal species confirmed to have been driven to extinction by anthropogenic climate change.
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19An anomaly found last year in data from the Large Hadron Collider turns out to have been a random fluke. This is interesting because it's yet another negative result for supersymmetry.
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23Human rights groups report that Australia deliberately ignores refugee abuse in order to deter people from migrating to the country.
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16Phillip Galea, who has been linked with Reclaim Australia, has been arrested and charged with terrorism offences, claims charges are "a conspiracy against the patriot movement".
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33Melting permafrost in Siberia has caused an outbreak of Anthrax, infecting 13 people.
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22Zika vaccines show early promise.
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15The Associated Press has found that the medical benefits of dental floss are largely unproven. (Autoplay video)
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1418 year old arrested on terrorism charges has a child-like mental state.
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11Al-Qaeda has broken the Syrian government's siege on the city of Aleppo after a violent offensive.
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16Sweden's largest evangelical church plans to use drones to bomb DAESH with tiny, electronic bibles. The crazies in question[wp].
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36DAESH is finally starting to take advantage of Boko Haram's "loyalty" pledge by demanding a new - DAESH-approved - leader, arguing on the grounds that its leader Abubakar Shekau[wp] kills Muslims and is therefore not a Muslim. The irony here is that DAESH is accusing another group of being too extreme.
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72Missouri is seriously short of funding for public defenders. Fortunately, in extremis, the head public defender can draft any member of the state bar to serve as a public defender. For instance, the governor who vetoed proper funding for public defenders. (The letter to the governor is a thing of beauty.)
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13Obama shortens terms for 214 prisoners.
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25Billionaire Peter Thiel is very interested in parabiosis as a life extension technique. That is, rejuvenating the old with the blood of the young. "I suspect we're a little too biased against all these things in society," Thiel said. Elizabeth Bathory as neoreactionary role model. There's even a "patient-funded" study in progress. (PZ Myers dissects the pseudoscientific thinking that's going on here, and what the original parabiosis experiments were actually about.)
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23Skye Mockabee, a Black transgender woman, was found dead in a parking lot in Cleveland in an apparent case of murder. If such is the case, she is the 17th transgender person to be murdered this year. For context, that makes the chances of being murdered for trans people approximately 8.5 per 100,000 per year, more than double the average murder rate.
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25The Center for Media and Democracy has found that AARP is funding ALEC while leaked emails reveal that Coca-Cola has ties within the CDC. Meanwhile, the Olympic executives has embraced the "Olympic Movement" that underpays athletes.
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25Filipino police and vigilantes will partake in a state-sanctioned killing spree of drug suspects in Manila.
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16The Movement for Black Lives has released its racial justice demands beyond police misconduct. (The full policy list.)
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22The financial firm that cornered the market.
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37The US blew $1.4 billion on abstinence education in Africa.
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26Japanese people are working themselves to death.
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11There's a massive battle going on right now for the Syrian city of Aleppo, with the Syrian government fighting al-Qaeda-led rebels for control of a key supply line.
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23The operator of the balloon that crashed in Texas had four prior DUI convictions, another drug-related conviction, and dozens of business complaints. The NTSB urged the FAA in 2014 to implement stricter regulation of ballooning licenses, but the FAA ignored them. (autoplay video)
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31Zika outbreak in Florida continues to grow, as does the already-massive outbreak in Puerto Rico. And there's no federal funding to fight it thanks to the Republicans. Mosquitoes only bite poor people, so just work harder!
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27Here are all the UK companies, councils, and charities who used benefits claimants as unpaid labour.
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31A man who threatened to kill a Muslim woman and attempted to drive her off the road will not be charged with a hate crime.
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21Swaziland has begun to evict all Asian immigrants following its ban on Asian immigration.
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21The rise of "K2" or "synthetic marijuana". The War on Drugs continues to succeed! As does the U.S.'s lack of universal health care, which means the only place many of the poor can get medical treatment is prison.
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29College students in Texas can now carry guns to school
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20It's possible that the UAE funded the Turkish coup.
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32Ireland has jailed 3 bankers responsible for the Great Recession.
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27The UN has found that American rights to peaceful assembly and association have eroded and race is a major factor.
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19E-cigarettes emit harmful chemicals.
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