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Chimpanzees´ intelligence depends
on their genes, study says
Agencia EFE [Madrid, Spain], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/11/2014 7:46:45 PM     Post Reply
Almost half the differences in chimpanzees´ intelligence is due to their genetic heritage, according to a study published in Current Biology magazine and which contributes to understanding the cognitive abilities of primates, including humans. The research was headed by Jennifer Shaeffer and William Hopkins of the Neuroscience Institute of Georgia State University and Jami Russell of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta. The authors recalled that the role played by genes in human IQ has been a matter of debate for ages. "As is the case in humans, genes matter when it comes to cognitive abilities in chimpanzees. It doesn´t mean

Egyptian Cleric: Muslim Brotherhood
Authorizes ´Anal Jihad´ for Lonely Terrorists
- Thread Closed
Breitbart Big Peace, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/11/2014 7:43:09 PM     Post Reply
An Egyptian cleric formerly known as the "preacher of the revolution" during the revolt against President Hosni Mubarak warned Egyptian television viewers this week that Muslim Brotherhood sheiks have issued a fatwa permitting "anal jihad" for terrorists far from their wives, which is exactly what it sounds like. (snip) In another example of homosexuality surfacing as an alleged element of jihad, a parody of the jihadist group The Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) on Palestinian television implied that its members were gay, calling them "ISISsy"s.

U.S. Medicaid enrollment nears
7 million since Obamacare rollout
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/11/2014 7:28:14 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - New enrollments in Obamacare´s Medicaid expansion and other healthcare programs for the poor have reached 6.7 million people since the launch of President Barack Obama´s healthcare reforms last year, the administration said on Friday. The figures, which include state Medicaid plans that existed before Obamacare and the Children´s Health Insurance Program, show enrollment climbing by 920,000 people during May, the latest month for which data is available. All told, new enrollments are up 11.4 percent since last October´s Obamacare rollout. Eight million Americans have also signed up for private health insurance through new state-based Obamacare insurance marketplaces. But while private

  


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Harry Potter actor Dave Legeno
dead in Death Valley
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/11/2014 7:23:41 PM     Post Reply
A British actor who appeared in the Harry Potter film series has been found dead in a remote part of California´s Death Valley, authorities say. Mixed martial arts fighter Dave Legeno, 50, was found by hikers on Sunday and his body was recovered by helicopter. There were no signs of foul play and it is believed he died from the heat, an initial coroner´s examination found. He appeared as werewolf Fenrir Greyback in three Harry Potter movies, including both Deathly Hallows films. "It appears that Legeno died of heat-related issues, but the Inyo County coroner will determine the final cause of death," the Inyo

Florida’s political landscape
upended with ruling
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/11/2014 7:18:32 PM     Post Reply
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s political landscape is being upended by a landmark legal ruling that one legal expert says could influence the way other states draw their congressional districts. A circuit judge ruled late Thursday that the state Legislature illegally drew Florida’s congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party. Judge Terry Lewis ruled that two of the state’s 27 congressional districts were invalid and that the map must be redrawn. Justin Levitt, a law professor at Loyola Law School who tracks redistricting cases, called the decision a “big victory” for Florida’s voters that could be a model for other states to

UPDATE 3-U.S. anthrax probe
reveals new bird flu mishap,
widespread safety lapses
Reuters, by Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/11/2014 7:14:56 PM     Post Reply
Federal health officials on Friday disclosed a new safety breach at a high-security U.S. government laboratory involving dangerous avian flu, a lapse that came to light as they investigated the potential exposure of researchers to live anthrax bacteria. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an internal probe found multiple failures by individual scientists and a lack of agency-wide safety policies led to the potential exposure of more than 80 lab workers to live anthrax at its Atlanta campus last month. Researchers in a high-security bioterror lab sent samples of what they thought were inactivated bacteria to colleagues in

Center for American Progress
wants mileage-based highway fee
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Keith Laing    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/11/2014 7:06:22 PM     Post Reply
The Center for American Progress is calling for Congress to ditch the federal gas tax in lieu of a system where drivers pay fees for road construction based on how many miles they travel. The proposed mileage-based system has been controversial in previous transportation funding debates because critics question how government would monitor the traveling habits of drivers without infringing upon their privacy. But the Center for American Progress said Friday that taxing drivers based on how far they drive is a much more sustainable system than the current 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax. With people driving more

  


  

Man who tried to get wife
deported in frame-up faces same fate
Sun-Times [Chicago, IL], by Stefano Esposito    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/11/2014 6:55:15 PM     Post Reply
Dressed in a somber suit, Bogdan Mazur stood before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board this week and begged the panel not to tear his family apart. Portraying himself as an adoring father, the 53-year-old Oswego man was mostly met with befuddled looks from the four-member panel. In 2007, Mazur arranged for cocaine, marijuana and a .22 caliber handgun to be planted in the trunk of his estranged wife’s car — in a failed attempt to get her deported to her native Poland. (Snip) Now, Mazur faces deportation. He’s a citizen of both Australia and Poland, a felon living in the United States on a long-expired visa.

Hagel: US Aware of Russian,
Iranian Roles in Iraq
Associated Press, by Robert Burns    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 6:41:37 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. knows Russia and Iran are providing fighter aircraft to help Iraq combat Islamic extremists, but Washington is not coordinating assistance with either Russia or Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday. Hagel was asked at a Pentagon news conference about reports that Iranian and Russian planes are flying combat missions over northern Iraq and why Washington is not seeking to coordinate with them. "We are aware of the Iranian and Russian efforts to help the Iraqis, but we are not involved in coordinating any missions," (Snip) A defense official said later that Hagel did not mean to suggest

Migrant boy´s body arrives
back in Guatemala
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 6:32:26 PM     Post Reply
GUATEMALA CITY— The body of a 15-year-old migrant was brought home Friday, nearly a month after he died in the hot, dry brushland of southern Texas and became a symbol for the perils facing unaccompanied children who have been flooding illegally into the U.S. The remains of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez were flown to Guatemala City in a cargo plane and turned over to his father at the airport´s small chapel. Gilberto´s father, Francisco Ramos, then took the gray and silver coffin with a photo of the boy attached to it in a pickup truck to his mountain hometown of

Federal agents swarm Livingston, Ill.
Fox News, by Roche Madden    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 7/11/2014 6:29:15 PM     Post Reply
LIVINGSTON, IL – Homeland security, the US Customs and Border Patrol and other police agencies swarmed Livingston, Illinois. They all parked in the field of a grade school. The peacefulness of the town of 850 was broken by all the excitement. The law officers would not comment about their operation, even to the school superintendent and they were using the school district’s land. The site became an immediate attraction for citizens who say the officers were hospitable, inviting the kids to check out the choppers up close. A spokesman in the U.S. Attorney`s Office said he cannot confirm or deny

  


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Get ready for Saturday night’s
big, bright ‘supermoon’
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 4:40:06 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — The full moon on Saturday will appear to be unusually big. In fact, it will be a “supermoon.” That’s the nickname for full moons that happen when our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it’s close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although in fact the difference can be hard to detect. If you see Saturday’s moon close to the horizon it may seem huge, but that’s just an illusion caused by its position in the sky. Two other full moons this

Obama’s Law Professor: ‘I
Wouldn’t Bet’ on Obamacare
Surviving Next Legal Challenge
National Revew, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/11/2014 4:33:27 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he “wouldn’t bet the family farm” on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” Tribe told the Fiscal Times. “But I wouldn’t bet the family farm on this coming out in a way that preserves Obamacare.” The law’s latest legal problem is that, as written, people who enroll in Obamacare through the federal exchange aren’t eligible for subsidies. The text of the law only provides subsidies

Dems Trounce House GOP
in Grass-Roots Donations
Breitbart Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 7/11/2014 4:32:48 PM     Post Reply
The DCCC, the campaign arm for Rep. Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats, has raised $22 million more than the House GOP for the fall elections. That result is surprising enough, as Democrats´ minority status gives them little political leverage in the House. More surprising, though, is that Democrats have raised almost three times as much money, $46 million v. $17 million, as Republicans from small-dollar grass roots donors. The political landscape and recent polling would suggest the opposite situation.

Polar vortex to hit US with
midsummer cold blast
New York Post, by Chris Perez    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/11/2014 4:25:08 PM     Post Reply
It’s the revenge of the polar vortex! A frigid cold air system will be moving through the eastern United States next week, leading to intense weather conditions reminiscent of last year’s dreaded polar vortex. The approaching weather system is expected to bring overwhelmingly below-average temperatures to parts of the northern and northeastern US next week, beginning Monday or Tuesday, according to the Washington Post. States located in areas such as the High Plains, the central US and the Great Lakes could see temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below their current averages. That means people normally dealing with scorching temperatures sometimes

  


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´I´m on your side, man!´: Obama
meets with Hispanic hecklers who
interrupted Texas economic speech
with immigration complaints
Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 4:23:23 PM     Post Reply
´Sit down,´ President Barack Obama begged – not ´get out´ – after two Hispanic hecklers interrupted his economic speech on Thursday with shouts about illegal immigration. Then, for the first time in his presidency, the Secret Service stood down and Obama promised to meet with them before he left.´I’m sorry, what are you yelling about now?´ Obama said amid the sudden yelling. ´Sit down, guys. I’m almost done.´ ´Come on, sit down. I’ll talk to you afterwards, I promise. I’ll bring you back. I’m wrapping things up here.´ SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO -The White House´s transcript of his remarks in

EXCLUSIVE - ´Daddy, I´m getting married
to Charlie. . . Charlie Manson!´: Father
relives moment his daughter revealed
she intended to marry infamous killer*
Daily Mail (UK), by Laura Collins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 4:16:26 PM     Post Reply
Bunker Hill, Illinois -Phil Burton remembers his daughter being very matter of fact over the phone that day. ‘Daddy I’m getting married to Charlie,’ she said. He wasn’t surprised. He had long ‘seen the writing on the wall.’ And he knew there would be no need to place an announcement in the local paper. Because his daughter’s fiancé is one of the most infamous convicted killers of all time and the story was about to break. It is eight months since Charles Manson’s 26-year-old girlfriend announced her intention to marry the 79-year-old convict. Dark-haired, slender and strikingly pretty, little was known,

MSNBC’s Luke Russert Cuts Off
Dem Rep. to Break LeBron James News
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 4:02:32 PM     Post Reply
n case you didn’t already believe that MSNBC’s Luke Russert is cable news’ biggest dudebro, he may have sealed the deal while filling in for Andrea Mitchell today. Just after 12:30pm ET on Friday, Russert brought on Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) to discuss the partisan gridlock in Washington. King began going after a Republican Congress that “insists on suing the president” and “refuses to do almost anything” but only got to answer one real question before he was ushered off the screen. After speaking to his guest for a total of about 60 seconds, Russert cut the interview short to

Former Top NYT Editor: Obama
Officials Repeatedly Told Me ´You´ll
Have Blood on Your Hands´
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 3:57:21 PM     Post Reply
Eleanor Clift of The Daily Beast profiled former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, and suggested she’s best known for asserting “the Obama administration is the most secretive of any she has covered, and in 22 years in Washington, that covers a lot of White Houses. She got plenty of grief from President Obama’s top aides in the aftermath, and while other journalists made the same observation, Abramson’s words carried weight, coming as they did from the prestigious newspaper’s first female top editor.” Clift added “Two months after leaving the Times, in case anyone is wondering, she isn’t backing

Congress backpedals on ethics
USA Today, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 3:48:06 PM     Post Reply
Remember those civics courses that taught "how a bill becomes a law"? Well, they need a follow-up called "how a law becomes a sham." The lesson would focus on the ways in which Congress — usually amid an uproar over some particularly sleazy activity — bars behavior that most people would know is wrong, law or no law. Later, when nobody´s looking, Congress backtracks. The latest example is the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, which explicitly bars lawmakers and staffers from spreading or trading on inside information. The law passed in 2012 only after CBS´ 60 Minutes aired

  



University of Michigan pays libertarian
student group to settle political
discrimination lawsuit
Journal [Ann Arbor, MI], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/11/2014 3:31:48 PM     Post Reply
ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan has settled a lawsuit brought by a student libertarian club after the university spent thousands supporting leftist campus groups while denying funding to campus conservative and libertarian clubs. The university agreed to pay the U-M Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) a sum of $5,000 plus attorney fees for denying the student group funding toward an event hosted by anti-affirmative action activist Jennifer Gratz. Gratz spoke about the importance of intellectual diversity at the University last October.

Second federal judge tells IRS
to explain lost Lerner emails
Fox News, by Shayla Bezdrob & Doug McKelway    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/11/2014 3:28:48 PM     Post Reply
A second federal judge has now ordered the IRS to explain under oath how the agency lost emails from former division director Lois Lerner, the woman at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal. U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton told Obama administration lawyers on Friday he wants to see an affidavit explaining what happened with Lerner´s hard drive. The IRS claims her computer suffered a crash in 2011 that wiped her email records at the time clean. But at a hearing examining a lawsuit against the IRS by conservative group True the Vote, Walton said he wants to

Meet The ´Mega Troll´ Who´s Turned
A Major US Senate Race Into His
Own Performance Art Piece
Business Insider, by Brett LoGiurato    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/11/2014 3:26:57 PM     Post Reply
Charles C. Johnson hadn´t covered the Mississippi Senate Republican primary until it was already over. Almost a week after incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran officially staved off a primary challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel — results that were certified this week — Johnson exploded onto the Mississippi scene in a major way. On June 30, Johnson published a story that was viewed in conservative circles as a bombshell — and in mainstream circles as a joke. Johnson, who calls himself an independent journalist and runs a site called GotNews, was told by an African-American, self-proclaimed reverend that he was

The Secret War On Black Republicans
Daily Beast, by Keli Goff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/11/2014 3:24:30 PM     Post Reply
Why are racist attacks on black Republicans so underreported by the media? There has been much written about the racial rhetoric that has permeated political discourse since President Obama took office, and the media often highlights the racially inflammatory language used by some of his opponents. But racially charged language targeting black Republicans rarely receives much coverage, further fueling conservative suspicion of the mainstream media. Late last month, Gloreatha Scurry-Smith, a congressional candidate in Florida’s Fifth district, found that one of her campaign signs had been vandalized. Smith says she initially wasn’t surprised that one of her billboards had been defaced, but

Why so many kids can’t sit
still in school today
Washington Post, by Valerie Strauss    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 3:21:37 PM     Post Reply
The Centers for Disease Control tells us that in recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011. The reasons for the rise are multiple, and include changes in diagnostic criteria, medication treatment and more awareness of the condition. In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests

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