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Isis militants ´seize Iraq
monastery and expel monks´
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/22/2014 6:13:01 PM     Post Reply
Islamist militants in Iraq are reported to have seized an ancient monastery near Mosul and expelled the monks. Local residents said monks at the Mar Behnam monastery were allowed to take only the clothes they were wearing. The monastery, which dates from the 4th Century, is a major Christian landmark and a place of pilgrimage. Christians have fled Mosul after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. Isis has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq and said last month it was creating an Islamic caliphate.

For second time, rockets
found at UN school in Gaza
Times of Israel, by Raphael Ahren    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 6:07:40 PM     Post Reply
For the second time in less than a week, rockets have been found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body said. “Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday. “As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500

Sources: Militia blamed for
Benghazi attack moved next door
to US Consulate before strike
Fox News, by Adam Housley    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 6:04:33 PM     Post Reply
Members of the Islamist extremist militia blamed for the Benghazi terror attack had moved in next door to the U.S. Consulate months before the strike but “nothing was done” despite concerns about the dangerous neighbors, sources tell Fox News. Sources say members of Ansar al-Sharia moved to the house just outside the east wall of the compound within three weeks of American personnel renting the facility, and later used the location to help plan and take part in the attack on the American Consulate on Sept. 11, 2012. The neighbors prompted multiple security requests -- including repeated requests up until the day

  


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Police, community seek answers in
renowned FSU law professor´s slaying
CNN, by Javier de Diego & Alina Machado,    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 6:03:03 PM     Post Reply
Days after a nationally renowned criminal law professor was found with a gunshot wound to his head, his death is being investigated as a homicide. Florida State University professor Dan Markel was found in his Tallahassee, Florida, home on Friday. Police say there were no signs of robbery or burglary and have yet to disclose any motive. According to Tallahassee police, officers found Markel after a neighbor called 911 at about 11 a.m. with reports of a "loud bang." Markel, 41, was rushed to a local hospital, where he died the following day. "While we cannot release specific information or details regarding this case,

Turns Out It’s Pretty Easy to
Shoot Down a Passenger Jet
Wired, by Alex Davies    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/22/2014 5:59:15 PM     Post Reply
American officials believe the missile that destroyed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was fired by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, using a Russian-made system designed for bringing down fighter jets. That brings up the question: How easy is it to bring down a passenger jet with a weapon that’s meant to used by trained soldiers? Turns out, it’s pretty easy. As in, take a three-day course and go for it easy. The weapon in question is the SA-11, a radar-guided surface to air missile (SAM) system. It’s been around since the Soviets deployed the first-generation model in 1979. The mobile system (it sits on

Ted Cruz bites back at ‘True Blood’
Washington Post, by Colby Itkowitz    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 5:59:12 PM     Post Reply
There were only a few ways Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) could react to HBO’s “True Blood” portrayal of Texas Republicans being murdered at a fictitious Cruz fundraiser. He could have ignored it, or laughed it off. But he went political. A scene in Sunday’s episode took place at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, where a Cruz function was being held. The vampires who went made disparaging comments about the Republicans in attendance (What do you expect? It’s Hollywood.) and then there was a vicious bloodbath. (We admittedly do not watch “True Blood,” so we can’t offer further context, but we know it’s a show about

Dallas County confirms first
chikungunya case in local traveler
Dallas Morning News [TX], by Sherry Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 5:47:34 PM     Post Reply
It was just a matter of time. Given the heavy travel patterns to Caribbean countries where the new mosquito-born virus is spreading widely, it was inevitable that someone would bring it back to Dallas County. Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed Tuesday the first case of imported Chikungunya virus in Dallas County this year. (Snip) Chikungunya does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be disabling, and some people suffer severe complications. There is no specific medication available to treat the virus and there is not a vaccine. Avoiding mosquito bites is the key to avoid getting infected.

  


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Chrysler recalls 792,000 older Jeeps
CNN Money, by Katie Lobosco    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 5:39:44 PM     Post Reply
New York - Chrysler recalled about 792,000 older SUVs Tuesday for ignition switch problems. The flaw affects Jeep Commanders from model years 2006-2007 and Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2005-2007. The issue is linked to one accident, but the company is unaware of any related injuries. The problem can cause the ignition key to move out of the "on" position while the car is being driven, usually because it was bumped by a driver´s knee, the company said in a statement. That could cause the engine to stall and the front airbags to stop working. Problems with ignition switches have been found in millions of vehicles recalled this year.

24 arrested, two teens rescued during
human-trafficking sting in Denton County
Dallas Morning News [TX], by Robert Wilonsky    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 5:34:35 PM     Post Reply
The Denton County Sheriff’s Office says 24 people were arrested late last week during a joint human-trafficking sting that included The Colony Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations. Two 17-year-olds were also rescued, according to spokesperson Sandi Brackeen, and other arrests are expected. But Brackeen says it’s too early to provide further details as this remains “an ongoing investigation.” According to a release from the sheriff’s office, “the focus of this operation was to identify juveniles that have been trafficked in the sex industry and to reduce demand for their services.” Seven escorts were arrested,

Locals Say Rebels
Moved Missile Launcher Shortly
Before Malaysian Plane Was Downed
BuzzFeed, by Max Seddon    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 5:10:35 PM     Post Reply
Torez, Ukraine - Its white metal shutters are down and business is slow, but this nondescript home improvement store in a decaying rebel-controlled east Ukrainian industrial town could be key to establishing who downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Several locals near the StroiDom store in Torez, about 10 miles from where the plane crashed, said Tuesday that they had seen what appeared to be a missile launcher driving through their town a few hours before the plane was shot down last Thursday. Their story appears to corroborate Ukrainian claims that the separatist rebels had a sophisticated missile launcher and drove it to the site

11 Parents of Nigeria´s Abducted Girls Die
Associated Press, by Michelle Faul    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 4:53:28 PM     Post Reply
Lagos, Nigeria - Nearly a dozen parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again. Since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls by Islamic extremists three months ago, at least 11 of their parents have died and their hometown, Chibok, is under siege from the militants, residents report. Seven fathers of kidnapped girls were among 51 bodies brought to Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month, said a health worker who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals by the extremists. At least four more parents have died of heart failure, high blood pressure and

  


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The View Crew: Stop Trying to
Shame Hillary with Bill´s Mistresses!
Media Reseach Center, by Geoffrey Dickens    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/22/2014 4:49:58 PM     Post Reply
The women of The View are sick and tired of people using Bill Clinton’s mistresses to get in the way of Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions. At the top of Tuesday’s show Whoopi Goldberg introduced the topic: “You know, there’s a new book called The First Family Details: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents. And it claims that Bill Clinton has a mistress that visits the house so often that when Hillary is out of town, they see her and they have nicknamed her The Energizer.” Guest host and former CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin led the charge

Fruit recall affects Costco,
Trader Joe´s, Walmart, Kroger stores
CNN, by Jacque Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 4:42:30 PM     Post Reply
If you´ve picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe´s, Kroger or Walmart stores recently, keep reading. Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California, warehouses between June 1 and July 12. Wawona believes the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Costco, Trader Joe´s, Kroger and the Walmart Corp. -- which operates Walmart and Sam´s Club stores, have all posted notices about the fruit recall on their websites. The recall is nationwide, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Internal testing at Wawona revealed the potential

Divorce case exposes bickering
between Michael Moore, wife
Detroit News, by Francis X. Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 7/22/2014 4:35:49 PM     Post Reply
A lakefront mansion. Dueling movie producers. Super agents joining the fray. A drunken driving arrest. The possible hiring of private investigators. The divorce of Michael Moore has this normally sedate community northeast of Traverse City all atwitter. The filmmaker, 60, who split his time between a home here and one in New York, is leaving his wife of 22 years, Kathy Glynn. By reaching a settlement, Moore avoids a trial that could have aired dirty laundry common in high-proile breakups and impugned his long-hewn image as a common man by disclosing details of his comfortable life.

China meat scandal
hits Starbucks, Burger King
Associated Press, by Joe McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 4:35:21 PM     Post Reply
Beijing - A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald’s said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets. Chinese authorities expanded their investigation of the meat supplier, Shanghai company Husi Food Co. (Snip) The scandal surrounding Husi Food, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, has added to a string of safety scares in China over milk, medicines and other goods that have left the public wary of dairies, restaurants and other suppliers.

  


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ISIS Robs Christians Fleeing Its
Edict in Mosul: Convert, Leave, or Die
Daily Beast, by Andrew Slater    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/22/2014 4:26:06 PM     Post Reply
The last Christians have left one of their holiest cities, running from ISIS demands to become Muslim or be slain—but as a final indignity, their money and even crucifixes were stolen. After being issued an ultimatum from ISIS in Mosul, some of the city’s last Christian families have fled, only to be robbed of their last possessions at ISIS checkpoints. Friday at noon was the deadline for Christian families to meet ISIS’s demands: Convert to Islam, pay an anachronistic Islamic tax for non-Muslims known as jizya, leave Mosul, or be killed. But the day before the final exodus, Christians were

GOP must get its message
out to nonwhite voters
Boston Herald, by Star Parker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/22/2014 4:20:55 PM     Post Reply
It is no accident that rhetoric about race has been ramping up at a time when racial politics can be the key determinant for control of the Senate this year. At least three states that have large black populations — North Carolina, Louisiana, and Arkansas — are red states with vulnerable Democrat senators up for re-election. Can racism really be as rampant in America as all the current rhetoric implies? A Google search for “racism” will produce a long list of articles from the most recent week’s news claiming racism on issue after issue of national concern. We need to

Neal Boortz defends Hillary Clinton
for representing child rapist
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 4:19:19 PM     Post Reply
Libertarian radio host Neal Boortz came to Hillary Clinton’s defense on Tuesday after the potential presidential candidate came under fire in recent weeks for defending a child rapist during her lawyer days in the 1970s. Mrs. Clinton has faced criticism for helping a sex predator avoid a lengthy prison term when she was a defense attorney in 1975. She has defended herself in saying that it was her obligation to represent the man, regardless of if she approved of him. Mr. Boortz, a former attorney, agreed, arguing that the former secretary of state was only doing her duty in upholding the Constitution. “Government has one power that you do

One Media Outlet Catching On To
Massive Governmental Non-Profits
Housing The Unaccompanied Alien
Minors – “Southwest Key” Under Review
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/22/2014 4:16:39 PM     Post Reply
A Texas Media outlet has just caught on to something we discovered and have shared with you. Previously we identified the BIG THREE large non-profit corporations getting massive grants from DHS and HHS. These were the “faith based groups” President Obama met in Dallas 7/9/14. They are, listed smallest to largest: #3 Bronze – U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and/or, U.S. Catholic Charities $70,000,000+ #2 Silver – Southwest Key Programs Inc $122,000,000+ #1 Gold - Baptist Child and Family Services Emergency Management Division (BCFS-EMD) $270,000,000+ Today we focus on one. “Southwest Key Programs Inc” – KEYE TV in Austin Texas has just discovered the

Carter calls for end
to fighting in Gaza
Atlanta Journal-Constitution [GA], by Shelia Poole    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 7/22/2014 4:16:17 PM     Post Reply
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has called for an end to the fighting and bombing in Gaza. “Both sides must distinguish between combatants and noncombatants, and Israel must ensure that its use of force is proportionate in accordance with international humanitarian law. More immediately, all combat operations must stop, and Israeli troops should withdraw from Gaza,” Carter said in a statement released Tuesday. So far, more than 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the fighting, according to reports. The Israeli death toll is estimated at 29, including two civilians. Humantarian groups have also called for an end to

  



UK Opposition Leader Brushed Off by
Obama in ´Waste of Time´ Meeting
Breitbart London [UK], by Andre Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/22/2014 4:12:13 PM     Post Reply
A former Labour spin doctor has claimed that Ed Miliband wasted his time meeting Barack Obama, and should have seen State Governors instead. Damian McBride, who worked in Downing Street under Prime Minister Gordon Brown, wrote in the Times that stage-managed meetings with the President tell Britain nothing about "real America". McBride worked at Downing Street shortly before the ill-fated meeting between Gordon Brown and President Obama. [Snip] "Provided Obama turns up and the White House doesn’t serve bacon sandwiches, today’s meeting will be the diplomatic equivalent of the speaking clock. So what is the point?"

What the Internet Can
See From Your Cat Pictures
New York Times, by Derek Willis    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 4:09:28 PM     Post Reply
Your cat may never give up your secrets. But your cat photos might. Using cat pictures — that essential building block of the Internet — and a supercomputer, a Florida State University professor has built a site that shows the locations of the cats (at least at some point in time, given their nature) and, presumably, of their owners. Owen Mundy, an assistant professor of art who studies the relationship between data and the public, created “I Know Where Your Cat Lives” as a way of demonstrating “the status quo of personal data usage by startups and international megacorps who are riding the wave of decreased privacy for all,” Mr. Mundy

The 5 Happiest Cities In America
Are In One State & The Unhappiest
Places Have One Thing in Common
Independent Journal Review, by Caroline Schaeffer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/22/2014 3:49:18 PM     Post Reply
A working paper from professors from Harvard and the Vancouver School examined the happiness of cities based on data from a CDC study and weighted based on demographics and income, PolicyMic reports. (Map) Some might suspect that they’re just putting something in the water, but the five happiest cities in America are all in the same state: Louisiana. Those cities are Lafayette, Houma, Shreveport-Bossier City, Baton Rouge, and Alexandria. The Northeast and one city in the Midwest did not fare too well: Scranton, Erie, and Pittsburgh, PA, Gary, IN, and New York City were found to be the top five

MH17 plane crash: EU to
widen Russia sanctions
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/22/2014 3:48:44 PM     Post Reply
The EU will widen its sanctions against Russia to include more individuals and consider targeting the defence sector, the Dutch foreign minister says. Frans Timmermans said "unanimous" and "forceful" decisions had been taken on enhanced sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict. The UK has pushed for the Russian arms sector to be targeted. [Snip] The sanctions are aimed at forcing Russia to help defuse the Ukraine conflict and put pressure on the rebels to disarm. A new sanctions list naming individuals and organisations will be drawn up by EU ambassadors by Thursday, Mr Timmermans told reporters after meeting his

World´s largest aquatic insect
specimen found in China
CNN, by Zoe Li    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/22/2014 3:45:02 PM     Post Reply
The world´s largest flying aquatic insect, with huge, nightmarish pincers, has been discovered in China´s Sichuan province, experts say. According to the Insect Museum of West China, local villagers in the outskirts of Chengdu handed over "weird insects that resemble giant dragonflies with long teeth" earlier this month. Several of these odd critters were examined by the museum and found to be unusually large specimens of the giant dobsonfly, which is native to China and Vietnam. The largest one measured 21 centimeters (8.27 inches) when its wings were open, according to the museum, busting the original record for largest aquatic insect

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