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[edit] August 2016

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5Almost 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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6Police 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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5Stingray documents offer rare insight into police and FBI surveillance.
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3The IDF is conducting a kneecapping campaign in the West Bank. The military clears itself of wrongdoing over 2014 Gaza air strikes.
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8Just 90 companies are responsible for most of the Earth's carbon emissions.
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8A 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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4The ADL took US cops to Israeli prison, occupied Hebron, and settler winery during counter-terror seminar.
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6A 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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11Black and Hispanic people are enemies of the state, at least if that state is Maine.
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5Like abstinence, robot babies are not an effective form of birth control
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9Paul LePage leaves vulgar and homophobic voicemail.
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16In the Philippines, a peace deal ends a 48-year Communist insurgency.
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8Five 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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10Extended sessions of posting on the internet makes you worse at posting on the internet. At least on reddit.
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15The US military has confirmed that Abu Al-Baghdadi was held at Abu Ghraib.
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8German police dismisses that neo-Nazis were responsible for the murders of several Turkish immigrants, despite suggestions of a link.
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15Median income is down, but public college tuition is way up.
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30A black homeowner called 911 to report a carjacking; he is then mistaken as the suspect and shot in the stomach.
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21America’s bail system punishes poor people even if they're innocent of any crime.
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16Officials are cracking down on Native American protestors in North Dakota.
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13Secret cameras record Baltimore's every move from above.
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11Because 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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13Turkish 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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17Three British Muslims were marched off their Easyjet flights because their text messages were believed to be "ISIS materials".
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26Earth-sized planet discovered orbiting closest star to the Sun.
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126.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy. Over 100 confirmed dead, many villages devastated.
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-9Worshipping the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a real religion, US court rules
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9If 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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25Andrea 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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24Ramen is displacing tobacco as most popular US prison currency because of cost cutting measures by private facilities.
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12A proposed California bill could criminalize media reporting of undercover videos.
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14Forensics shows that Turkish investigative journalist Barış Pehlivan was framed for terrorism.
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1More 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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9Sheldon Adelson is funding a group run by Horowitz in order to smear pro-Palestinians activists.
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12The NLRB rules that graduate students are employees and can therefore unionize.
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9Syria 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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13Ted Lieu is leading the charge on trying to end the US's support for Saudia Arabia.
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18North Carolina police killed an unarmed deaf man while he tried communicating to them using sign language. (Autoplay video)
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5UK to scrap Human Rights Act in favour of British Bill of Rights.
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21Look, the gender pay gap exists (18% UK), most among higher educated women, and increases after having kids. Who knew?
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23Residents 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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17Rodrigo 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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14A 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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20White 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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16First 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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1751 people killed in suicide bombing in Turkey.
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25The 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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17Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law by Mike Pence, is now being invoked to defend religious minorities.
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17The Lakota have halted the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota.
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16Half of Wisconsin's Black neighborhoods are jails.
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19Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world.
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16People are being evicted from their homes for calling 911.
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11Whistleblower Jeffery Sterling is being denied life-sustaining medical care.
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4Israeli air strikes pound Gaza after rocket attack.
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12An audit reveals that the US Army has been fudging its accounts by trillions of dollars.
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10Texas is planning to scale back prison sentences for people who can't afford their traffic tickets. Racially charged criticisms ensue.
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11The largest detainee transfer from Guantanamo Bay under President Obama is underway.
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13UKIP's glorious infighting
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14The Sad Puppies fail again at the 2016 Hugo awards
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16With the legalisation of homosexuality, Belize enters the 21st century.
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19A 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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25Alabama will build a memorial to lynching victims.
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15Turkey 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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62Family 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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26Notorious 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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31Problems 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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13The 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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24Uncertainty doesn't excuse climate change inaction.
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31British 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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19The 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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26Fox 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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20The 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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35Car 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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28First 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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10There'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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28College 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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31Ireland 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.

[edit] July 2016

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45Faced with drought conditions, Israel has made major advances in economical water desalination and is now working with neighbouring governments to spread the technology through the region.
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22A Canadian judge rules an anti-terror investigation was entrapment.
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16Philippine Centre for Investigative Journalism's website was taken down by a cyberattack. They have accused Duterte's government of targetting them for their coverage of his human rights abuses. (Autoplay video)
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36Ryan Bundy files legal motion declaring himself an idiot
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29Wayne Grudem attempts to solidify the evangelical vote for Donald Trump by saying not voting for him is a sin
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13Chelsea Manning may face indefinite solitary confinement for her suicide attempt.
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13Inside the CIA's penal colonies.
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18The IMF admits its disastrous policies on the eurozone. (The Telegraph)
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22France's prime minister plans to ban foreign funding to mosques.
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19Haggard's Law strikes again.
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21The 10-day armed standoff continues in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, after 30 gunmen who captured a police station took several doctors as hostages. They are demanding the release of opposition politician, Jirair Sefilian, and the resignation of President Serzh Sarksyan.
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17The al Nusra Front has officially split from al Qaeda. Meanwhile, poverty and war in Afghanistan has led many men to fight for Assad in Syria's civil war.
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19Amid the US's opioid epidemic, Congress has loosened pharmaceutical regulations.
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23Canadian police have beaten a mentally ill Somali-Canadian man to death.
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38Remember that historic flooding last year in South Carolina? It could have been far worse. If four workers hadn't refused to evacuate and lived at the water treatment plant for five days, working with almost no sleep, the entire capital city of Columbia could have been flooded with 150 million gallons of raw sewage a day.
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36A jailer in Oklahoma choked a man to death on video and has yet to be charged.
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27A BMJ study has found that in 2012 US police hospitalized 54,000 people during legal stops. Keep this in mind as the NYPD is exploiting fears about terrorism in order to further militarize themselves.
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22Official who oversees whistleblower complaints files one of his own.
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36The richest CEOs run the worst performing companies.
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22A computer simulation demonstrates that a key prediction by climatology is consistent with gravitational physics.
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28Top Saudi clerical body finds catching Zubat near bloody impossible, takes out frustrations on Pokemon in general.
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31Taxes on groceries are hurting the poorest Americans.
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31In the days after the attempted Turkey coup, WikiLeaks points at dump of emails and government data... that doxxed millions of Turkish women's political affiliations and information. Oops. The actual uploader is very sorry and has removed them (a bit late).
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12In one day, first Tim LaHaye and now, Miss Cleo. Birds of a feather.
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24The Great Barrier Reef is undergoing a complete ecosystem collapse.
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16New UK trade minister Liam Fox opens a UK trade office in North Carolina, just as US companies are boycotting NC en masse. Genius!
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24BREAKING: Syrian Army besieges rebel-held Aleppo city. 250,000 civilians besieged. The government has told all civilians in rebel-held districts via text message that they can leave without punishment.
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32Video shows that children being held in the Don Dale detention center are being tortured. Meanwhile, the Spanish infrastructure company, Ferrovial, may be liable for crimes against humanity.
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26The UK Parliament's Work and Pensions and Business Committees are asserting that Philip Green was responsible for the BHS collapse, and specifically for the £571 million BHS pension hole. His knighthood is in danger. And Theresa May may have to act against a major Tory donor to back her words about corporate responsibility.
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27Doomsday prophet profiteer Tim LaHaye has died.
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10Another shooting in Florida
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42An international tribunal has ruled that Indonesia's communist purges constitute as genocide and that the US, UK, and Australia were complicit in said genocide.
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42Alaska's Supreme Court has ruled that parental notification for abortion is unconstitutional.
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19ISIL has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Hazara protest in Kabul that has killed 80 people.
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28Video shows a Swedish bus driver assaulting a Syrian refugee.
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28Guards at a juvenile detention center at Fort Lauderdale offered a snack bounty to anyone who would brutalize a 13-year-old.
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25A new study, funded by the DOJ, has found that far fewer minors are involved in sex trafficking than previously thought.
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35After a black teacher is violently arrested, a police officer tells her that people are "afraid of black people because of their violent tendencies." (Autoplay video)
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25Ongoing investigation in Munich, Germany after a shooting took place at a shopping mall. The official death count is ten, with the suspect having committed suicide in a park. Munich Police have identified the shooter as a local German-Iranian.
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31Edward Snowden and Andrew Huang have published a paper detailing how you can prevent your smartphone from being used to spy you. (The paper itself.)
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22Emails show that federal agents went undercover in order to spy on anti-fracking groups.
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27Muslim detainees were fed garbage at a federal immigration facility in New York.
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28Out of the frying pan, into the fire.
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96Miami Police shoot black man who is lying down with arms raised as he helps his autistic patient. He was shot in the leg and has survived his wound. He asked the policeman, 'Why did you shoot me?' the policeman replied, 'I don't know.' Kinsey claims he was handcuffed and left bleeding in the street for 20 minutes.] Update: The Miami police union president has released an excuse for the officer's action, the officer meant to shoot the unarmed austistic man. Since the relevant part of the video is missing that can't be confirmed. Since the autistic man is white it's far less likely he would have been shot. Warning! If you're black and a white policeman has a gun don't holler. You may feel you have good reason to holler to prevent an unarmed patient playing with a toy being shot. Still it's a big risk. Too many white American police dealing with blacks shoot first and ask questions later. Further update: The autistic man was identified as Arnaldo Eliud Rios Soto. What's more Rios Soto was also treated as a criminal, he was kept handcuffed in a squad car for hours among other abuses. [http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/north-miami/article91472342.html Rios Soto is now in psychiatric hospital and traumatized.
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22The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said Texas's voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act, but doesn't strike it down.
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20How predatory open access works: chemtrails advocate pays to publish articles, people notice the articles, they keep getting retracted. Repeat.
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32Tens of thousands of Turkish citizens have been targeted by Erdogan's government, accused of links to Emmanuel Goldstein Snowball Fethullah Gülen.
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38Nero has fallen.
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25The US's broken justice system: Virginia is facing a statewide class action lawsuit over their scheme that suspends the driver’s license of anyone who can’t pay trivial fines. In Houston, an audit has revealed that 298 people have been wrongfully convicted for drug use. Mass incarceration is making infectious disease outbreaks worse and is overly impacting Americans with disabilities.
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21Wikileaks has released almost 300,000 emails from Erdogan's AKP party after the failed coup. (The searchable archive itself.)
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14A US coalition airstrike in Syria has killed at least 56 civilians.
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25Norovirus strikes RNC staffers.
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46Not content to have her husband have all the fun, Melania Trump gives a speech in which she rick rolls the RNC and plagarizes Michelle Obama's speech from the 2008 DNC. The Trump camp, of course, denies all. (Side-by-side comparison of speeches.) Republicans blame Hillary Clinton.
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38The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists
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32US Rep. Steve King preaches literal white supremacy on national television. (This is the same Steve King who has a Confederate flag in his office. But he's just celebrating his Iowan heritage!)
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28Stopped clock for the Republican Party as they pledge to bring back Glass-Steagall. (More here.)
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20The UN has unveiled a report that accuses both Ukraine and the Russian-backed rebels of war crimes.
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21MSF says that Yemen's entire healthcare system is collapsing leaving many to needlessly die.
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21A human rights group believes many migrants are dying in the Sahara desert while attempting to settle in Europe.
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35Germany has finally recognized the Herero genocide and has apologized to Namibia.
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32White House responds to petition to label Black Lives Matter a "terror" group. The response: Nope. (Video and text.)
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13Michigan State Police will pick 5 counties for roadside drug testing pilot program. This program is meant to quickly drug test saliva during a roadside stop but critics assert that there isn't a way to judge the amount of a drug or the intoxication level of the driver.
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24A federal judge rules that the police can't track your cellphone without a warrant.
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18The circle of violence continues as 3 policemen are shot in Baton Rouge[1]
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13A year since Sandra Bland died, at least 810 people have died in jail.
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11New York City's Democrat-controlled council has voted down a police reform bill.
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28Newt Gingrich: the U.S. should "test" all Muslims in the country and deport them if they believe in sharia. (And since they could be practicing taqiyya we'll just have to deport them all, won't we? Note also one can follow sharia in one's personal life without believing it should be imposed on others, akin to halakha, not that Islamophobes know or care.)
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59Military coup underway in Turkey. Update: the coup appears to be failing, only backed by a faction in the military. 2,839 soldiers have been arrested since the coup has failed. Erdogan is now requesting the US extradite Gulen, the Islamic cleric he believes inspired the coup. 6,000 people have now been reportedly arrested in the aftermath of the coup. 2.700 judges have also been removed from their positions.
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21The U.S. government has released a once-classified chapter from a congressional report on the 9/11 attacks that addresses Saudi connections about some of the hijackers. You can download it here.
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23Herbalife has agreed to a $200 million settlement with U.S. regulators, under which the dietary supplements maker will change the way it does business and avoid being labeled a pyramid scheme.
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28A study finds that it is becoming harder for US workers to move up the economic ladder.
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15Fresno has released the police body cam video of the Dylan Noble shooting.
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17How a modest contract for 'applied research' morphed into the CIA’s brutal interrogation program.
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21International tribunal rules that China's claims on the South China Sea are invalid.
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28Police in Nottinghamshire, England, will now treat misogyny and harassment of women as a hate crime.
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4884 are declared dead and dozens more injured in the coastal city of Nice, France after a truck was intentionally steered over the sidewalk of a busy street on Bastille Day. Police exchanged gunfire with the driver, who has since been confirmed dead, and counter-terrorism police are investigating the scene. The State of Emergency enforced after the November attacks has been extended until the end of October. The French press reports the attacker to be a local French-Tunisian non-practicing Muslim.
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25Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) speaks about he has been targeted by police for being black. Conservatives, meanwhile, continue to bury their heads in the sand.
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39When police tell women experiencing death threats and harassment on social media that they can't do much about social media harassment, this turns out not to be the case if it's them.
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24Obama has written a scholarly paper advocating for a "public option". (The paper itself.)
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11This is how the US trains foreign police forces and soldiers from across the world.
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15An NYPD cop has recorded his captain encouraging him to racial profile minorities.
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18Chris Simcox, leader of the racist Minutemen militia, has been sentenced to 19 1/2 years for child molestation.
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15Philadelphia airport workers have voted to go on strike during the Democratic convention. They are demanding to be allowed to unionize, have increased wages, and better work schedules.
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53With Prime Minister Theresa May fresh in power, the cabinet now consists of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary (presumably to see if he can actually get France to nuke Britain), and Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer, with George Osborne resigning from the government entirely. Hammond immediately goes against the Brexiters' wishes by stating that it would take six years to leave.
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28As protesters shut down a bridge and refuse to move, a child stuck on it has a medical emergency and almost dies. Yeah, like that wouldn't have been another PR disaster... Oops, turns out the story is fabricated.
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27Human Rights Watch is concerned about a possible mass cover up of Turkish army abuses.
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21Police crackdown: Video from the Baton Rouge protest shows that the police arrested protestors who were invited on a woman's private property. These police crackdowns against BLM have been greenlit by the FBI.
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27Now that North Carolina has finished ruining trans people's lives they have decided to no longer allow public access to police dash cam videos.

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15The House Financial Services Committee has found that Eric Holder prevented attorneys from prosecuting banks like HSBC for financial crimes.
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20Even the Anglican Church of Canada is not immune to voting errors as Canadian Anglicans vote to allow same-sex marriage.
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11Israel's Parliament has passed a law forcing human rights NGOs to label themselves as foreign-funded. The law only applies to NGOs who receive half of their funds from foreign governments, but not from foreign individuals or foundations.
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8Philando Castile had been stopped by police 52 times for traffic violations. 86 of those violations were dismissed.
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13Micah Johnson was blacklisted from various Black militant groups because he was believed to be "mentally unstable".
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4Jahbat al-Nusra has become al-Qaeda's largest formal affiliate in history.
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7Snowflake, Arizona: where the residents are allergic to life
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31We have broken the record for hottest month ever recorded for the ninth time in a row.
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19EU referendum: youth turnout almost twice as high as first thought (64%)
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31Legalizing medical Marijuana has dropped Medicare prescription drug costs.
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20AT&T workers in Nevada and California have walked out on their jobs in order to force AT&T to sign a contract with them.
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23Police have arrested hundreds of people protesting police brutality across the country.
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14The internet is killing religion.
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18Leaked tapes show that Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar is backed by French, British, and US forces despite his opposition to the Tripoli government.
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19Telco businesses claim net neutrality threatens 5G rollout. They call this "a positive stance on innovation".
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18A massive eviction in the Silicon Valley will demolish 216 unit complexes and displace hundreds of tenants.
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22Epipens have more than quintupled in price since 2004.
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26Chelsea Manning's legal team has confirmed that she has been hospitalized. It is assumed she attempted suicide.
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35Police in Utah have finally released a video from 2014 shows a police officer assaulting and saying vulgar insults towards a handcuffed woman. Another released video, from June 25, shows Fresno police shooting an unarmed man lying on the ground. (Both links are NSFW)
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36At a peaceful protest in Dallas, TX in response to the recent police shooting incidents, 12 police officers were shot by two snipers, four dead (AUTOPLAY VIDEO). Update: 12 officers shot, five dead. Three suspects in custody, fourth was killed by explosive used by cops. (AUTOPLAY VIDEO) Aftermath: The shooter, Micah Johnson, supported militant black supremacist groups. The Oath Keepers, a militant group, has called for "an armed struggle against Marxists while former IL representative, Joe Walsh, threatens "cop hater" President Obama.
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23A general strike has started in Zimbabwe over police harassment and the country's failure to pay civil servants. It has already brought the country to a standstill.
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9Israel is targeting Palestinian protesters on Facebook.
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21Kentucky's tax revenue transfer to Ken Ham The Noah's Ark playground and souvenir shop is now open for business.
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28A Nigerian refugee of Boko Haram attacks is murdered by an Italian football hooligan. The Italian party "Lega Nord" (Northern League) condemns his death, but shifts the blame on to immigrants.
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28Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson sues CEO Roger Ailes, alleging sexual harassment.
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25Police brutality: In Louisana, video shows a police officer killing Alton Sterling, a black man who was selling CDs outside a convenience store. A second video shows that he was unarmed. (Autoplay video) Meanwhile, a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota has killed Philando Castile, a black man, during a traffic stop. (All links contain graphic videos) Update: This is everything we know about the Alton Sterling shooting.
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17The ACLU says that the US is deporting countless veterans.
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18UK police accessed civilian data for fun and profit.
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13The US and UN have condemned Israel's plan to expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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39The Chilcot report into Britain's role in the Iraq War says Tony Blair's case for war unjustified.
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28Judge rules that sites like ChristianMingle and LDSSingles must allow same-sex matches.
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14At least 45 people have been killed under Duterte's operation against crime and drug dealing.
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15Suicide attackers launch a wave of strikes in Saudi Arabia. (Autoplay video)
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30A Buddhist mob in Myanmar has burned down a mosque.
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20Documents obtained by Adalah reveal that Israeli police are allowed to use lethal force against stone throwers and those who fire fireworks at them. (The report itself which is written in Hebrew)
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1Secret records and lack of hearings raise concerns in merger review. (Autoplay video)
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18A federal judge blocks Kansas's attempt to cut Planned Parenthood from Medicaid.
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12A federal judge has ruled that the warrant that allowed the FBI's hacking in a child porn case was unnecessary.
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18ISIL has burned 19 Yazidi women for refusing to have sex with their fighters.
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10Thousands of pupils in England have seen school closures or disruption as the National Union of Teachers staged a one-day strike over funding.
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13Well that didn't take long: Republicans are already criticizing the FBI decision to not indict Clinton. Rep. Mike Turner wants to bring back the Office of the Independent Counsel which was used against Bill Clinton and House Speaker Paul Ryan will hold hearings on the FBI's decision.
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9Elite K-8 school begins separating classrooms to instruct white children about their privilege and to "challenge notions of colorblindness" and "raise awareness of Whiteness". Wonderful.
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21F.B.I. Recommends No Charges Against Hillary Clinton for Use of Personal Email. Cue the conspiracy theorists and cries of "The fix is in!" Update: Loretta Lynch has revealed that the Justice Department will not charge Clinton.
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9Israel continues siege on Palestinians in Hebron.
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18The lobbying reform that enriched Congress.
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34The Juno orbiter successfully reaches orbit around Jupiter, and begins a two-year survey.
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24UAE Muslim visiting Ohio is arrested for wearing traditional garb and speaking Arabic on the phone. See, Trump was right; Muslims coming into the U.S. leads to violence!
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22Two Muslim Youths have been beaten outside their mosque in Brooklyn, New York.
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15Walmart retail workers in China have gone on strike due to unfair scheduling.
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15Michael Foot's memorial has been vandalised with swastikas.
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48Nigel Farage stands down as leader of UKIP.
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20Black lives matter pulls out of SF Pride Parade in protest when organizers increase security presence in response to Orlando shootings. Their sister group in Toronto, despite given "Honoured Group" status, stalls the Toronto Pride Parade with a sit-in, refuses to move until parade organizer agrees to group demands to remove all police floats, among others.
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17126 people have died in a bombing in Baghdad. ISIL has claimed responsibility. (Autoplay video)
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32A Muslim doctor has been shot and stabbed by three men outside of a mosque in Texas.
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10Hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis protest police brutality in Tel Aviv. (A more in-depth link.)
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8Facebook defends position on content standards after Israeli censure.
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4Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York.
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9Israel approves construction of 42 units in West Bank settlement home to slain 13-year-old.
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25Disabled cancer patient slammed to the ground by TSA guards after she became confused at a checkpoint.
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25A recent poll finds 71 percent of Americans believe U.S. economy is rigged.
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22U.N. creates position to monitor violence, discrimination against LGBT people.
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14Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will examine the Chilcot report for evidence of abuse and torture by British soldiers but have already ruled out putting Tony Blair on trial for war crimes.
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21Elie Wiesel dies at age 87.
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23Florida coast is affected by huge algae bloom after emergency releases from Lake Okeechobee. Unsurprisingly, this is the result of the state and federal governments not funding necessary public works.
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33Over 100 Nobel laureates sign an open letter to Greenpeace criticizing its opposition to golden rice and other genetically modified foods.
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64 Boris Johnson, the man who spearheaded the Brexit movement all the way up to its The Producers-esque conclusion for purposes of becoming Prime Minister, has announced he will no longer be running for Prime Minister.
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64This is how Chicago is handling police misconduct allegations.
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18FBI asks agencies who responded to Pulse to deny records requests.
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7Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez, a former Chilean lieutenant under Pinochet, has been found liable for Victor Jara's torture and death.
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11U.S. offers to increase military aid to Israel.
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9Major political news outlets are selling interviews at the DNC and RNC conventions.
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9The US says that its air and drones have only killed between 64 to 116 people. Human rights groups estimate several hundred civilians have died in these bombings.
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7Islamic militants stage attacks and take hostages in Bangladesh's capital. They appear to have targeted foreigners. Update: At least 22 people have died as a result of the 10 hour standoff. (Autoplay video)
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17The libertarian paradise of Detroit charter schools.
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10Hacked emails reveal that the supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove, plotted to overcome President Obama's reluctance to escalate tensions with Russia during the war in Ukraine.

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16Congress wants to exempt Minor League baseball players from minimum wage and overtime pay laws.
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15The Feds are asking for a 27-month delay in release of Clinton staff emails.
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24A federal judge has blocked Florida's anti-abortion law.
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9The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because it creates a significant barrier on research on online discrimination.
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10Encryption isn't obstructing law enforcement investigations.
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5Iowa's Supreme Court rules that ex-offenders can be permanently stripped of their right to vote.
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5Here are the FBI's classified rules for targeting journalists with National Security Letters.
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1931 science groups are urging Congress to take action against global warming.
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0New Jersey becomes the 11th state to pass anti-BDS measures.
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12A judge has ordered a man who made threats against a US senator on Twitter to never tweet again.
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10The death penalty is largely driven by overzealous prosecutors.
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3Why prison phone rates keep rising despite the FCC's recent regulations. (Autoplay video)
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4Capitol Hill workers have been told not to drink the water inside the Cannon House Office Building because it is tainted with lead.
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-4Mark Kirk, Illinois's RINO senator, has exploited the recent Istanbul terrorist attack to smear Syrian refugees.
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7Senate panel grants more visas for Afghans who supported US.
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7A report has found that the US's efforts to regulate encryption have been flawed.
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4Kabul to investigate child sex slavery fuelling insider attacks.
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20U.S. military lifts transgender ban.
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12Combat AI beats the Air Force's top tactical experts.
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8Alvin Toffler[wp], prophet of our current crisis, has died.
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2The wrecked jet stream now runs from Pole-to-Pole.
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9The Senate has passed the Puerto Rico "relief" bill that will create a commission that can cut pensions, lower the minimum wage, limit overtime pay.
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15Six gay men in Ivory Coast were abused and forced to flee their homes after they were caught showing support to Orlando victims.
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7Poor Louisiana defendants fight alleged debtors’ prison.
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14British paedophile sentenced to 85 years in US for trafficking child abuse images.
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44 Hate crimes in the UK up 57% according to Huffington Post following Brexit vote
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13Chris Christie's lawyers hid a personal e-mail account and a cell phone from investigators during the Bridgegate Scandal.
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56 Xenophobia in the UK following Brexit hits ridiculous levels the woman in question is a white German who has lived in the UK for decades. This is your doing, Nigel Farage!
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14UNICEF warns that unless current trends in global poverty and education are addressed 69 million children will die by 2030.
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7Ban Ki-moon criticises Israel's Gaza blockade as collective punishment.
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16The UN is concerned about inequality in the UK. (Autoplay video)
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12A daring American plan to defeat ISIS on their home turf turned into an embarrassing rout for the allies.
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25Huge helium gas find in east Africa averts medical shortage
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14An inside look at Charles Koch's plot to hijack American universities.
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6Gunman dead after shooting woman in downtown Denver, Colorado.
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151,000 southern Chinese villagers have marched against the government demanding their chief be released from prison.
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20A terrorist attack in an Istanbul airport has resulted in 36 dead and 147 injured. (Autoplay video) Trump has used this to reiterate why the US should ban Muslim immigrants from entering the country.
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182,500 marine scientists and policy experts are urging the Australian government to stop using coal in order to save the Great Barrier Reef.
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32Rating agencies have downgraded the UK's credit rating from a AAA to a AA after the Brexit vote.
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18An Amnesty International report shows widespread and systematic sexual assault against Mexican women by the police and military. (The downloadable report itself.)
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10The US has most likely killed at least 6 Afghan hostages in an airstrike against the Taliban.
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14A report by Detention Watch and the Center for Constitutional Rights has found that ICE officials are profiting from secret deals with private prisons over immigrant family detention. (The report itself.)
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10A report by OpenTheBooks has found that between 2005-2014 67 agencies unaffiliated with the Department of Defense spent $1.48 billion on guns and ammo. A total of $335.1 million was spent by agencies traditionally viewed as regulatory or administrative. (The report itself.)
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4A new report has found that teens are suffering from tinnitus which could lead to permanent hearing damage due to their exposure to loud music.
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14 Washington pharmacists must stock morning after pills and supply them when prescribed.
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22A House report found no new evidence that could implicate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Benghazi attacks. Can we move on now? In case you missed it, a stupid Republican explained the real reason behind repeated investigations and hearings.
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197 people were stabbed during a Neo-Nazi march in Sacramento.
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17C.I.A. arms sent to the Syrian rebels have been sold black markets.
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18Pakistani clerics declare transgender marriages legal in Islam.
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15Officials held a 3-year-old immigrant alone in detention center for days.
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4On the far-right the Austrian Freedom Party and Our Slovakia want a referendum on leaving the EU. France's "leftist" Economy Minister, Emmanuel Macron, wants a referendum, as well. Meanwhile, Australian republicans demand a referendum so they can leave the Commonwealth.
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28Multiple outlets have reported an increase in hate crimes after the Brexit vote.
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6Four reasons why killing insurgents in Syria might backfire.
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6The Supreme Court has unanimously overturned former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell’s public corruption conviction sparking outcry from campaign finance watchdogs.
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11The Supreme Court has ruled that "reckless" domestic abusers can be barred from owning a gun but justices Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor have dissented declaring that the "majority blurs the distinction between recklessness and intentional wrongdoing".
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19Woman Wins $10,000 From Microsoft After Unwanted Windows 10 Upgrade
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51A Texas law making abortions more difficult was found unconstitutional.
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41Pope Francis says Christians should apologise to gay people.
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9A major terrorist attack has occured at a Somali hotel in Mogadishu resulting in 15 dead.
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9A mob in Myanmar has destroyed a mosque.
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10Central American migrants at risk of trafficking.
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14Turkey and Israel have ended their six-year standoff over the 9 Turkish activists killed in the Gaza flotilla incident.
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14A Tennesee judge has refused to recognize the parental rights of a woman in a same sex marriage because she isn't the biological parent of the child.
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11A judge has struck down Obama's fracking rules.
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10Baltimore's police union faces a backlash over its tweets about the Freddie Gray case.
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51Well that didn't take long........"Leave" leaders walking away from Brexit promises
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121 in 10 Cal State students are homeless.
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6Israeli soldiers shoot dead woman who allegedly rammed vehicle into a parked car, injuring two settlers.
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15Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to place gun owners on the FBI's database.
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13The FBI and local Cleveland police are knocking on the doors of activists who plan to protest the Republican convention.
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13The FBI's secret surveillance budget costs hundreds of millions.
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28The city of Fallujah has been fully liberated from ISIS.
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19Britain's choice of pride and prejudice over sense and sensibility means bad news for scientific collaboration.
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14An Indiana University frat house rapist will receive one-year of probation.
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17Russia's Duma has signed some of the most repressive laws in its post-Soviet history.
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3Extreme weather: A California forest fire has killed 2 people and burned 19,000 acres while a massive flood in West Virginia has killed 26 people so far. (Both links have autoplay videos)
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5Some doctors think AspireAssist (a stomach-to-bag weight loss tube) will encourage bad eating habits; some patients argue otherwise. Amidst the ruckus, the FDA approves it.
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6The Indianapolis Metropolitan PD is investigating an incident involving an officer slamming a handcuffed teen to a wall.
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9The UN urges solutions to Dark Web drug trading.
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6China has rejected India's bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Modi says this will result in a delay of the Paris Climate Agreement.
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20#Texit? Ehh, they're all nuts - I say let 'em go.
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22EU leaders' reaction to Brexit: Bye, don't let the door hit you on the way out. Spain: Hey, can we get Gibraltar now? Anti-EU parties in other EU countries want their own referendums. Trump: Brexit is a yuuuge win; also it's Obama's fault.
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6AP: Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries, many from her political and Clinton Foundation donors.
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29So what are Britons searching for on Google, now that they're done voting?
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32Schadenfreude grips the Remain votes as Farage admits his promise to spend money "saved" on the NHS was a lie.
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18Apparently it's Jeremy Corbyn's fault that an internal Tory spat broke the UK.
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17Colombia announces a peace agreement with the FARC rebel group, ending a 50-year conflict.
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25David Cameron steps down as PM
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61Victory for the Browncoats, down with the Purplebellies Britain votes to leave the EU. Stocks and the British pound are plummeting. Cameron's tenure is likely over. Scotland and Northern Ireland appear to have voted stay, meaning talk of secession is already being floated.
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5Britain's defense secretary, Michael Fallon, has agreed to pay damages to an imam after repeating false claims that he was a supporter of Islamic State.
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0The State Department scrambled on trouble on Clinton's server.
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15A Washington judge has ruled that public hospitals must provide abortions on site.
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11New York City will give all women in public schools, prisons, and homeless shelters free access to feminine hygiene products
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6A gunman in Germany has been killed during a shoot off with police after he shot his gun off inside a theater. Luckily, he only had blanks.
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19Actual science journal article title: Misperceiving Bullshit as Profound Is Associated with Favorable Views of Cruz, Rubio, Trump and Conservatism
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15The ACLU has urged Congress to vote no on the effort to ban those on the terrorist watch list and no-fly list from owning guns.
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8Up to 700 barrels of oil spills in Ventura County, California.
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8SCOTUS has upheld the University of Texas's affirmative action plan (Autoplay video) but its split decision on Obama's immigration plan has upheld the lower court's decision to overturn it.
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29“We Demand the Killing of Atheists” Was Trending on Arabic Twitter
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10The Orlando shooter's former lover says the attack was about revenge and not ideology.
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16U.S. House Republicans unveil their "plan" to replace the Affordable Care Act. It's basically just a repackaging of ideas they've been throwing out for years: cut and privatize everything. Some analyses: [2] [3] [4] (Meanwhile, it turns out U.S. health care spending has been much lower than projected.)
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10U.S. law to regulate chemicals in consumer products is signed.
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19After Colorado legalized recreational cannabis, the state has descended into a living hell of reefer madness. Just kidding, cannabis usage among Colorado teenagers has declined slightly.
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2211 million Americans spend half their income on rent.
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21Germany has banned fracking indefinitely.
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7Democrats hold a sit-in within the House of Representatives to demand gun control legislation. Unfortunately, one of the reforms they are pushing for is the secret, racist terror watchlist.
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15UC San Francisco study finds even accepting one meal from a pharmaceutical company appears to make physicians more likely to prescribe the company's drugs.
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17Why America's men aren't working.
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25Bill Donahue celebrates defeat of Child Victims Act. He believed that it was meant to "rape the Church".
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14Latino car wash workers reach a $1.65 million settlement for wage theft.
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16A British undocumented immigrant has tried to assassinate Trump.
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28Irish women using drones to get plan-B type birth control
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18State legislators have introduced more than 80 pieces of anti-Muslim legislation since 2013.
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15ICE has arrested 331 undocumented immigrants in a month of deportation raids.
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32Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gives a scathing dissent against the Court's decision that the police may use evidence obtained during an illegal search.
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31Surprising no one, the NRA Republican Senate defeats all four gun control measures brought up for vote on Monday. If suspected terrorists aren't allowed to buy guns, uh, only suspected terrorists will have guns?
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19Microsoft avoids paying £100m a year in UK corporation tax.
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20China outlines a plan to cut its population's meat consumption in half. The main goal is to improve public health, but the climate impact would be huge as well.
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18The teacher's protest in Oaxaca has resulted in a clash with six dead. Update: 8 people have now been reported killed.
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21NASA says the ozone layer will not fully recover until 2070.
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19Workplace harassment isn't being reported because minorities feel that they will be retaliated against.
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9Jeremy Corbyn says EU free movement means no immigration limit.
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12Ex-White House officials criticize vague rules around disclosure of hacking tools.
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16South Asian migrants say they were beaten and put in body bags for deportation from the US.
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1Israel approves extra $18m for West Bank settlements.
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16NYPD officials busted in corruption investigation.
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9A Chinese crackdown has begun and is aimed at rooting out Xi's opponents.
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21LIGO announces a second detection of gravitational waves from a black hole merger.
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33Yes, Donald, we know Belgium is rather small. That doesn't mean it's a fucking city though.
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24Pope Francis says most Catholic marriages are null because the spouses don't "understand" what a lifelong commitment is, causing some consternation among Catholics. (Alternative headline: "Lifelong bachelor tells married couples they don't know what they're doing")
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-2251 U.S. State Department diplomats sign an internal "dissent" calling for the U.S. to bomb Assad. Because what we really don't have enough of is American military involvement in the Middle East.
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37John McCain says Obama is "directly responsible" for the Orlando massacre. DAMN IT OBAMA WHY DID YOU SHOOT UP THAT NIGHTCLUB?!?! He later issued a half-hearted "clarification". For context: McCain is running for re-election this year, and many think this was an attempt to appeal to "Trumpistas". What's worse, honestly believing insane shit, or cynically parroting it to get votes?
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14New research suggests a strong link between the public revelation of the Tuskegee Study and poor health outcomes for black men.
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31Jo Cox's killer responds when asked about his name, “My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain.”
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17Doctors Without Borders will reject all EU funding in order to protest Europe's treatment of refugees.
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20PepsiCo's affiliate in Indonesia has been linked to child labor, worker exploitation, unethically low wages and hazardous working conditions.
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24Marines under investigation for allegedly threatening to attack gay bars.
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26Southern Baptist Convention votes to condemn Confederate battle flag.
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20Iraqi forces scored a major victory against losers ISIS.
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28Cleveland police locked a man in a closet for four days without food or bathroom breaks.
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18New York City has found a million intelligence documents on 1960s radicals.
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13The Supreme Court's next case will deal with the US's epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.
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14Parkinson's disease, like schizophrenia causes a dramatic drop in religiosity, though not necessarily changing religious beliefs.
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14U.S.'s first legally non-binary person.
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19Congresspeople are at least trying to improve gun safety.
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17This afternoon, literally everything cryptocurrency skeptics had been saying for months came true yet again. $50 million drained from the Decentralized Autonomous Organization through security bugs in the "smart contract" code. Also causing a price crash in Ethereum.
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21Gun sales surge among gays and lesbians.
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31The man who shot British MP Jo Cox seems to have bought a gun-making manual from a US neo-nazi group.
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20After a study found racial bias among Oakland's police force, the Oakland PD have been implicated in a sex scandal.
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12Border clashes have occurred on both the Eritrean-Ethiopian border and the Afghan-Pakistan border.
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17The UN has found that Eritrea has committed widespread crimes against humanity.
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17Chinese loan sharks are exploiting female students by offering student loans in exchange for nude photos.
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24Public schools across the US are violating the separation between Church and State.
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12Scotland's police force participated with the GCHQ's mass surveillance program.
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12Consumer groups have accused AT&T and Comcast of violating US privacy law by collecting user data without consent in order to sell it.
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10Ethiopians and Sudanese refugees may be pretending to be Eritreans in order to gain asylum in other countries.
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11A new study by a Florida State University researcher shows that both a lack of stimulation in the workplace and a dirty working environment can have a long-term cognitive effect on employees.
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7Duterte's government has begun peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines.
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10CIA declassifies documents detailing torture. (The report itself)
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11Democrats embrace the secretive, discriminatory, flawed, and unaccountable terror watchlist in the fight against gun violence.
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15The Federal Reserve has put rate hikes on hold due to Brexit.
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-9A defense spending bill would prevent transferring any detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
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4NATO has approved of expanded military basing in Afghanistan.
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14Kenya upholds use of anal exam to determine sexual orientation.
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11Shiite militias have reportedly killed and tortured Sunnis fleeing Fallujah.
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34British MP shot dead apparently by British nationalist.
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14The FBI has 411 million photos in its facial recognition system and refuses to disclose the locations of their utility pole surveillance cameras.
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25US citizens have committed 80 percent of terrorist attacks since 9/11
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9Israel has cut off water to the West Bank during Ramadan.
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18A pending bill in New York would bar funding for student organizations that want to boycott Israel, NATO members, and various other nations.
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20NYC schools have suspended sexual assault victims because they’re black.
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17Why most gay men are still not allowed to donate blood.
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14US spies are building software to spot your suspicious behavior in live video.
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17A computer crash has wiped out years of Air Force investigations.
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16A Chicago police officer stomped on a man's head during an arrest. (Autoplay video)
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19A prison in West Virginia locked a man in solitary until he agreed to let them remove his penis marbles.
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32Belief in tough-on-crime ideas such as death penalty and long prison sentences has no relationship to real world variables such as crime rates, prior victimization, knowing victims, or perceived risk of crime, but only related to ideology, race, and the amount of television news you watch (full paper)
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25A Federal Appeals court has upheld net neutrality.
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12U.S. top court rejects American Samoan birthright citizenship case.
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19A gay Chinese man is suing a mental hospital for trying to "cure" him with drugs and beatings.
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10Germany wants the UK to extend its inquiry into activities of undercover British officers in Germany.
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-11The Supreme Court has sided wth Puerto Rico's lenders by ruling that Puerto Rico doesn't have the ability to declare bankruptcy.
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20Bengali Bust: Bangladesh has started a nationwide crackdown including over 5,000 arrests following international outcry over recent spate of brutal murders.
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8The RCMP surveilled thousands of innocent Canadians for decades.
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44In more progressive news, the Dutch woman arrested for being raped will receive a small fine and a deportation. Her rapist will receive 140 lashes. Not exactly ideal, but it's a start. Hooray Qatar, welcome to the 18th century!
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13The FBI pursued questionable terror suspects before the Orlando massacre.
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24The LAPD has arrested an armed man who wanted to attack the LA pride parade. An American-born non-muslim.
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21The Ninth Circuit Court has ruled that the Second Amendment doesn’t protect a right to concealed firearms.
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21Four Navajos have sued the Mormon church over child sex abuse.
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15A federal judge has ruled that California must allow trans inmates items that match their gender.
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12The Urban Areas Security Initiative appears to be a slush fund for surveillance of activists and police militarization.
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12The NYPD have assaulted a rapper for being in the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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10ISPs are trying to fight competition.
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21The DEA is trying to gain surveillance access to millions of private medical files.
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32 Over 100,000 Texas women carried out their own abortions after the State introduced new restrictions on abortion clinics. The US Supreme Court has decided the restrictions are unconstitutional.
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28After Germany decided to recognise the Armenian Genocide as such, the 11 Turkish-German MPs that voted for the recognition received death threats, while Erdogan questions their Turkishness.
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4950 dead, 53 wounded in mass shooting at Florida gay club. Shooter is reported to be American-born Muslim. A speaker at a mosque about 20 miles from the massacre site quoted a text advocating killing gays, 'out of compassion'. It's not clear if Farrokh Sekaleshfar quoted that text at the nearby mosque or elsewhere.
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