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Venezuela accuses the US, NATO
of Malaysia Airlines jet crash
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/22/2014 1:38:44 PM     Post Reply
In a communiqué, the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs regretted the events reported in Ukraine, and voiced its support to the relatives and friends of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane crashing in Ukraine. The ministry also called for an inquiry to identify the ones responsible for the jet crash. Furthermore, the Venezuelan authorities expressed their concerns over the "occurrence of similar events, which destabilize the region, and, indeed, are the result of chaos generated by interfering policies pushed forward by the United States and its NETO allies..."

A bloody conflict in Gaza,
but Israel is not to blame
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/22/2014 1:20:36 PM     Post Reply
The Israeli Defence Force yesterday issued a mocked-up picture of the Houses of Parliament with missiles raining down on the building, alongside the words: “What would you do?” It is a good question. Indeed, as the IDF continues its offensive in Gaza, causing huge suffering among the civilian population of the benighted Palestinian enclave, it is one that Israel’s critics need to answer--but can’t. [Snip] In similar circumstances, what would we do to protect our families and territory? We should also remember how this particular set of circumstances developed. The kidnapping and murder of three Israeli students last month was blamed

Delta and US Airways cancel ALL flights
to Israel over rocket strike concerns*
Daily Mail [UK], by Snejana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/22/2014 1:04:15 PM     Post Reply
Delta Air Lines and US Airways have suspended service to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv´s Ben Gurion Airport. A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board. ´Delta has suspended service until further notice to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and its New York-JFK hub,´ the airline said in a statement posted on its official website Tuesday.

  


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Paving company executive pleads
guilty in massive fraud case
Charlotte Observer, by By Michael Gordon and Elizabeth DePompei    Original Article
Posted By: Muncsdad- 7/22/2014 1:01:10 PM     Post Reply
A second Boggs Paving executive pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in connection with charges that the company received more than $87 million in road projects by misrepresenting the role a minority-owned contractor played in the work. Prosecutors say a third high-ranking company official will plead guilty on Wednesday. Kevin Hicks, the chief financial officer for the Monroe-based company, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of Transportation and conspiracy to launder money. He will be sentenced at a later date. Hicks, 43, of Monroe, faces up to 25 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.

MH17 plane crash: UK experts
to retrieve flight data
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/22/2014 12:59:31 PM     Post Reply
British air accident investigators will retrieve data from the black boxes of crashed flight MH17, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said. This follows a request by authorities in the Netherlands, where the Malaysia Airlines plane flew from before crashing in Ukraine. The experts, based at Farnborough, will download data from the flight recorders for "international analysis". Some 298 people, including 10 Britons, were killed in the crash. Mr Cameron tweeted: "We´ve agreed Dutch request for air accident investigators at Farnborough to retrieve data from MH17 black boxes for international analysis." The announcement comes after Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond joined other EU ministers

Jersey City 19-year-old charged
in murder of popular McNair grad
Jersey Journal [Jersey City, NJ], by Ron Zeitlinger    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/22/2014 12:52:26 PM     Post Reply
A Jersey City man charged in February with knocking a man unconscious and robbing him has now been charged with murdering a popular Jersey City man earlier this month, authorities said. Kirt Barrington, 19, of Linden Avenue, was arrested by Hudson County Prosecutor´s Office homicide detectives yesterday in Hackensack at 5:30 p.m., Assistant Prosecutor Gene Rubino said this morning. A warrant had been issued for his arrest on July 19. He is charged with murder, unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose in the shooting death of Christopher Lemoine on July 3.

The secret is out:
‘Unaccompanied minors’ are only
one-fourth of illegal border-crossers
Washington Times, by Ernest Istook    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 12:41:10 PM     Post Reply
A Border Patrol report reveals that “unaccompanied minors” are only one-fourth of the current invasion from Central America across our Southwest border. The crossings by family units have increased almost five times faster. This contradicts White House and media efforts to elicit public sympathy by focusing public attention on children. Total other-than-Mexican (OTM) apprehensions were 202,951 in the Southwest Border Sector (with three-fourths of those in the Rio Grande Valley) from Oct.1 through June 30. Of those, 57,525 were “unaccompanied alien children.” The other 145,426 persons were among 55,420 “family units”

  


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True Life never a Hollywood script
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 7/22/2014 12:33:12 PM     Post Reply
For all of those out there who are humming the precipitate Swan Song called ‘America is dead and finished’, stuff a sock in it. For the oh-so-many who are going down for the third time in the ‘Lake of Their Own Embitterment’: Your Crying Wolf screams for help are only heard by those who would have joined you sooner or later anyway. Life became a Cattle Script on January 20, 2009—the day when the driven-by-hatred Barack Hussein Obama thought he could corral 314 million Americans as so many cows, brand all who would bolt as ‘racists’ and herd them, one and all,

Happy Birthday Prince George:
See His Cutest Moments
Fox News Magazine, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 12:24:00 PM     Post Reply
Britain’s most popular royal turns the big O-N-E today. On July 22, 2013, the world watched as Prince George Alexander Louis made his grand debut alongside parents Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton outside the steps of St. Mary’s Hospital. According to Express UK, the baby, who is third in line to the British throne behind his father and grandfather, Prince Charles, weighed a healthy 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and arrived at 4:24 p.m. on that fateful day. And since then, his royal highness has been charming fans across the globe. From his coveted style (just like mama), to his international tour of Australia and

Mother of Marine Held by Iran Pleads
to Obama: ‘Do Not Forget Amir,
His Service, His Zeal’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 7/22/2014 12:10:15 PM     Post Reply
The mother of a decorated U.S. Marine vet held by Iran for 1,057 days appealed directly to President Obama for help on Friday, noting that her family “is constantly reminded” that her son’s case “is being raised, but there has been no real progress.” Flagstaff, Ariz., native Amir Hekmati was seized by the Iranian government in August 2011 while on a trip, with proper visa documents from the Iranian government, to visit relatives in Tehran. He was originally sentenced to death in a quickie trial on charges of conspiracy to commit espionage, retried last month and sentenced to 10 years behind

Airlines cancel flights to
Israel over rocket threat
USA Today, by Bart Jansen    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/22/2014 12:09:30 PM     Post Reply
Delta Air Lines, United and US Airways each canceled flights Tuesday to Israel because of safety and security concerns. Delta, which typically flies between New York´s JFK airport and Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, suspended service indefinitely. Delta Flight 468, a Boeing 747 with 273 passengers and 17 crew members, diverted to Paris on Tuesday after reports of a rocket near Tel Aviv, the airline said. US Airways also canceled a flight to Israel Tuesday. Flight 796, which began in Los Angeles, was canceled in Philadelphia before leaving for Tel Aviv. United Airlines canceled flights 84 and 90

  


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Obama Tells Russia to ´Get
Serious´ About Downed Flight MH17
US News and World Report, by Andrew Soerge    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/22/2014 12:06:26 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama delivered a statement Monday morning as Israel and Hamas continue to battle in the Gaza Strip and Russian separatists continue to impede Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 investigation efforts. Amid international turmoil, Obama spoke to reporters outside of the White House, first addressing Israel’s ongoing conflict with Hamas militants. (Snip) The president then addressed the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which crashed Thursday over a pro-Russian separatist-controlled region of eastern Ukraine. The plane is believed to have been shot down. Ukrainian officials point the finger at pro-Russian militants, though they have publicly denied involvement. Obama said investigation efforts

Putin Misses Global Rally
as Micex Erases $28 Billion
Bloomberg News, by Boris Korby & Ye Xie *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 11:59:17 AM     Post Reply
President Vladimir Putin’s meddling in Ukraine cost Russia dearly in financial markets. With the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, the toll is only getting worse. The price to protect Russian bonds against default, already the highest among the world’s four largest emerging markets, has surged since the July 17 tragedy in eastern Ukraine. The Micex Index resumed its decline, putting the losses since Putin began his push into Crimea in late February at 4.2 percent through yesterday and wiping out about $28 billion in market value, even as stock gauges from the U.S. to India jumped to all-time highs. Russia’s market slump is exacerbating

The strange saga of now-dead
billionaire South Korean
ferry owner Yoo Byung-un
Washington Post, by Terrence McCoy    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 11:49:37 AM     Post Reply
The fugitive and alleged owner of the South Korean ferry that sank in April and killed hundreds of children aboard was as mysterious in death as he was in life. The billionaire tycoon Yoo Byung-un founded the Web site God.com, led a church many considered a cult, was once jailed for fraud, but only recently became internationally known as the focus of the largest manhunt in South Korean history. Now that search, which once included 9,000 cops and was renewed on Monday, seems to have come to a close. South Korean police announced Tuesday morning they had determined that a previously discovered body, found on June 12,

White flags fly from Brooklyn Bridge
in stunning security breach
New York Post, by Natasha Velez & Larry Celona    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 11:41:48 AM     Post Reply
In a stunning security breach, the giant American flags at the top of both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced by white-painted flags overnight, cops said Tuesday. Emergency Services cops lowered the two rogue flags — which are the traditional symbol for “surrender” — and packed them up along with what appeared to be painting supplies. The discovery was made sometime this morning. Police are trying to figure out how someone was able to gain access to the bridge, which has patrol cars stationed on both sides and also has security cameras. A representative from the Department of Transportation is on scene with a new set of American

  


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Billionaire Ackman
accuses Herbalife of fraud
USA Today, by Wendy Koch    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 11:35:32 AM     Post Reply
Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman broadened his public assault Tuesday on diet shaker maker Herbalife, accusing it of defrauding members of its nutritional clubs. Ackman, head of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management, disclosed details of his latest investigation into more than 240 Herbalife clubs during a webcast at the AXA Equitable Center in New York. He said that the company, in a "pyramid scheme", is targeting Latinos and other lower-income socioeconomic groups. (Snip) "Herbalife has phantom or fictitious customers," Ackman said during the webcast, adding that many are uneducated trainees who

Federal Appeals Court Deals
Blow to Health Law
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/22/2014 11:22:35 AM     Post Reply
Washington — A federal appeals court delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama´s health care law Tuesday, potentially derailing billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies. In a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a group of small business owners argued that the law authorizes subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by the states — not by the federal government. A divided court agreed, in a 2-1 decision that could mean premium increases for more than half the 8 million Americans who have

Fed appeals court panel says
most Obamacare subsidies illegal
CNBC, by Dan Mangan    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/22/2014 11:20:25 AM     Post Reply
In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court panel declared Tuesday that government subsidies worth billions of dollars that helped 4.7 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are illegal. The 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia—not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov. "Section 36B plainly makes subsidies available in the Exchanges established by states," wrote Senior Circuit Judge Raymond Randolph in his majority opinion, where he was joined by Judge Thomas Griffith. "We reach this conclusion, frankly,

NAACP: Detroit water
shutoffs are racially motivated
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 11:01:52 AM     Post Reply
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Detroit for water shutoffs that members claim are racially motivated. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department stopped service to about 7,200 buildings with overdue bills in June, compared to 1,570 in the same month last year. The issue gained national attention last month after activists appealed to the United Nations for help. The shutoffs are “being done in a discriminatory fashion,” the NAACP’s Veronica Joice told a local CBS affiliate. “They should at least take a look at whether there’s a better way to do this that doesn’t affect the most vulnerable citizens

Federal appeals court invalidates some
ObamaCare subsidies, in blow to health law
Fox News, by Barnini Chakraborty    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 10:55:31 AM     Post Reply
Washington - A powerful federal appeals court dealt a major blow to ObamaCare on Tuesday, ruling against the legality of some subsidies issued to people through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on Tuesday that the IRS went too far in reinterpreting the language in ObamaCare to extend subsidies to those who buy insurance through the federally run exchanges, known as HealthCare.gov. The case, Halbig v Sebelius, is one of the first major legal challenges that cuts to the heart of the Affordable Care Act by going after the legality of massive federal subsidies and those who benefit from them.

  



Wow – D.C. Court of Appeals strikes
Obamacare federal insurance
exchange subsidy regulation
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/22/2014 10:45:01 AM     Post Reply
Decision just released in Halbig case. Here’s the punchline: Appellants are a group of individuals and employers residing in states that did not establish Exchanges. For reasons we explain more fully below, the IRS’s interpretation of section 36B makes them subject to certain penalties under the ACA that they would rather not face. Believing that the IRS’s interpretation is inconsistent with section 36B, appellants challenge the regulation under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), alleging that it is not “in accordance with law.” 5 U.S.C. § 706(2)(A). ...Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B

Perdue, Kingston make final campaign
pushes before Election Day
WRBL [Columbus, GA], by Jessi Mitchell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 10:40:34 AM     Post Reply
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Georgia´s two Republican candidates for US Senate, David Perdue and Jack Kingston, are facing off in the polls Tuesday, and they are taking different approaches with their last-minute strategies. Businessman David Perdue spent the last day of his runoff campaign on a fly-around tour of the state, and greeted his Columbus supporters on one of his stops. Perdue has been on the road for two weeks with an RV tour, and he says he feels good about Election Day because Muscogee County voters agree with him on important issues. "I´m very confident that they´re going to stand with me and

California firm issues
nationwide fruit recall
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/22/2014 10:40:29 AM     Post Reply
CUTLER, Calif. — A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing says on its website that no illnesses have been reported and the recall is a precautionary measure. The company said the recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers from June 1 through July 12. Retailers that received the fruit include Costco and Trader Joe´s. The recall came after internal testing at the packing house in Tulare County. Officials say they shut down the lines, retrofitted some equipment

Appeals court strikes
major blow to Obamacare
Chicago Sun Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/22/2014 10:40:22 AM     Post Reply
A federal appeals court has struck a major blow to Obamacare, ruling that premium subsidies are invalid in more than two dozen states. The Hill reports the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that the IRS cannot distribute premium subsidies in the federal Affordable Care Act exchanges, which means consumers have to bear the full cost of insurance. The government is expected to appeal the 2-1 ruling to the full D.C. Circuit, but either way, the case appears to be headed to the Supreme Court.

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