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Historic rendezvous between
a comet and a space probe
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/6/2014 4:19:04 AM     Post Reply
European scientists were preparing for a historic rendezvous on Wednesday between a comet and a space probe after a 10-year, six billion-kilometre chase through the Solar System. The scout Rosetta is on track for meeting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in deep space, when it will become the first envoy of Man to orbit one of these wanderers of the Solar System, they said. If all goes well, the mission in November will carry out the first landing on a comet. Rosetta will send a robot chemistry lab to the surface to delve into a theory that comets hold the key to understanding how our star system formed. "After completing a complex

Oscar Pistorius due back in
court as murder trial nears verdict
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/6/2014 3:57:01 AM     Post Reply
The murder trial of fallen South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius resumes on Thursday for closing arguments after months of gripping testimony that captured the world´s attention. It will be a final showdown between two of the country´s top legal minds: defence lawyer Barry Roux, and senior state prosecutor Gerrie Nel, nicknamed "Bulldog" because of his brutal style of questioning. The hearing is set down for two days before Judge Thokozile Masipa, who is then expected to adjourn the case for a couple of weeks before delivering her verdict. South Africa does not have trial by jury. Pistorius, 27, is charged with murdering his model girlfriend

Utah asks high court if states
can block same-sex unions
Washington Post, by Robert Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/6/2014 3:51:16 AM     Post Reply
Utah asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to decide whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage or whether it is up to states to allow or prohibit such unions. Virginia, which said it did not want to be left behind, indicated it would file a similar request later this week. An appeals court in Denver struck down Utah’s ban, while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, ruled in the Virginia case, saying that marriage is a fundamental right that may not be withheld from gay couples. Those rulings are part of an unbroken string of cases in which federal courts have said that state bans cannot stand in the



Kerry: US investment can
fight extremism in Africa
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/6/2014 2:09:29 AM     Post Reply
US investment in Africa is fighting extremism there, US Secretary of State John Kerry has told the BBC. In an interview with BBC´s HARDtalk, Mr Kerry said stability from business projects was countering extremist ideologies and militant movements. He spoke as more than 40 African heads of state gathered in Washington at the first US-Africa Leaders´ Summit. Earlier on Tuesday, US companies pledged to invest $14bn (£8.3bn) in the continent. Mr Kerry told the BBC´s Zeinab Badawi that US investment in Africa was developing infrastructure, bringing wealth, and improving the standard of living of many Africans.

Gaza conflict: Kerry urges
broader Israel-Palestinian talks
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/6/2014 2:04:33 AM     Post Reply
US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Israel and the Palestinians to take advantage of the Gaza truce to move towards broader negotiations. Mr Kerry told the BBC the situation could concentrate minds on the need to negotiate a "two-state solution". A 72-hour humanitarian truce is holding in Gaza, halting a four-week conflict that has claimed more than 1,900 lives. Israel and the Palestinians have sent delegations to Cairo to discuss the possibility of a longer-term truce. [Snip] Mr Kerry, in an interview with Zeinab Badawi for BBC HARDtalk, said the US fully supported Israel´s right to defend itself

After Edward Snowden, US government
now fears it has new mole
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/6/2014 1:47:53 AM     Post Reply
The US government fears that the US intelligence agencies have a second mole who is feeding top secret information to journalists, it has been reported. The existence of a second high-level leaker--separate from the former defence contractor Edward Snowden--has been mooted in intelligence and journalistic circles for some weeks, but was confirmed by US officials, according to a report by CNN. [Snip] The documents, which were not sourced to the Snowden files, showed that the number of people on the US “no fly” had increased more than ten-fold during Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House, potentially deepening popular concerns

Women ordered to stop praying
inside mall
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/6/2014 12:35:42 AM     Post Reply
It’s not uncommon for shopping malls to have rules of conduct. Some places ban saggy pants. Others won’t let you ask people for money. But a mall in Georgia may have one of the most unusual rules -- they won’t let shoppers pray – not even over their meals. Meet Tammy Brantley of Dublin, Ga. She’s a wife, a mom and an avid power walker. She’s also a person of deep faith in God. Tammy is the co-founder of “Dublin Girls Run,” a group of local ladies that combines Southern fellowship with physical fitness. The Dublin Girls have developed quite



How to really turn
the economy around
USA Today, by Charles Koch    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 8/5/2014 11:58:46 PM     Post Reply
For years, Washington politicians have said that our economy is turning the corner. They said it in 2011, in 2013 and again last week — every time they report a quarter with 4% economic growth. But each time, the economy has turned sluggish again. Like most Americans, I am deeply concerned about our weak economic recovery and its effects on millions of families. Opportunity, especially for the young and disadvantaged, is declining. High underemployment has become our new norm.

Diaper duty for Calif. taxpayers? Bill
would create new welfare program
Fox News, by Sacha Janke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 11:53:32 PM     Post Reply
California is weighing a first-of-its-kind welfare program that would subsidize diapers for needy families, though some lawmakers say the plan´s a stinker. Assembly Bill 1516, written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat from San Diego, would create the taxpayer-backed program within the state´s existing welfare network, called CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids). Families that qualify for CalWORKS could be eligible for $80 a month to buy diapers for children under the age of 2. “When you have an identifiable problem preventing women from self-sufficiency and there is an identifiable barrier, shouldn’t we help that along when we can?”

Aspirin cancer prevention
benefits ´outweigh risks´
Reuters, by Kate Kelland    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/5/2014 11:24:56 PM     Post Reply
Taking a small daily dose of aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing -- or dying from -- bowel, stomach and oesophageal cancer, according to a large review of scientific studies. An international team of researchers analysed all available evidence from studies and clinical trials to assess benefits and harm of taking aspirin to prevent cancer. They found that taking aspirin for 10 years could cut bowel cancer cases by around 35 per cent and deaths from the disease by 40 per cent. Rates of oesophageal and stomach cancer were cut by 30 per cent and deaths from these cancers by 35

Sen. Pat Roberts fends off
tea party challenge
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 11:24:00 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Pat Roberts fended off an aggressive challenger Tuesday in the Kansas Republican primary, dealing another blow to a national tea party movement that has targeted longtime Washington incumbents. Milton Wolf, 43, a Leawood radiologist making his first run for public office, failed to pull the upset in the race against Roberts, 78, whose political dates to the late 1960s, when he was a congressional aide. After surviving the primary, Roberts is a huge favorite to win his fourth, six-year term in November. Republicans enjoy a nearly 20 percentage-point advantage among registered voters and have won every U.S. Senate race



Supreme Court Refuses to
Stay Execution in Missouri
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/5/2014 11:22:02 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday refused to stay the execution of a Missouri inmate who is set to become the first man put to death since an execution in Arizona went awry last month, in which an inmate took two hours to die from a disputed drug cocktail. Michael Worthington, 43, raped and murdered a college student in 1995. He will be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at a prison south of St. Louis, calling into question the Arizona execution and two others that were botched in Ohio and Oklahoma, as well as the secrecy involving the drugs used during

Michigan Tea Party Congressman
Amash Defeats Challenger
Bloomberg News, by Anne Linskey    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/5/2014 11:16:58 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, supported by the small-government Tea Party, defeated a Republican primary challenger backed by the nation’s largest business lobby. Amash, 34, beat Brian Ellis, 54, who was aided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is working to send Republicans to Congress who support an agenda that includes reauthorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank and avoiding government shutdowns. With 56 percent of the precincts reporting in today’s vote, Amash had 56 percent of the vote compared with 45 percent for Ellis, according to the Associated Press tally. The race is part of a contentious primary season in which Republican

Russia gang hacks 1.2 billion
usernames and passwords
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 8/5/2014 11:14:53 PM     Post Reply
A Russian group has hacked 1.2 billion usernames and passwords belonging to more than 500 million email addresses, according to Hold Security - a US firm specialising in discovering breaches. Hold Security described the hack as the "largest data breach known to date". It claimed the stolen information came from more than 420,000 websites, including "many leaders in virtually all industries across the world". Hold Security did not give details of the companies affected by the hack. "They didn´t just target large companies; instead, they targeted every site that their victims visited," Hold Security said in its report. "With hundreds of thousands of sites affected,

Report: Feds Created 400 New
Crimes Since 2008
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by CJ Ciaramella    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 11:13:26 PM     Post Reply
The federal government has created more than 400 new crimes since 2008, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). In a June report to the House Over-Criminalization Task Force, the CRS identified 439 new criminal offenses to the U.S. Code between 2008 and 2013. A 2008 analysis by the law scholar John S. Baker for the Heritage Foundation found that, between 2000 and 2007, the government added 452 crimes to the books, indicating the government has increased the rate at which it created new crimes. The 2008 report identified “at least 4,450 federal crimes.” Adding in the



Will Tea Partiers Sink Mitch
McConnell’s Kentucky Senate
Reelection Bid?
Daily Beast, by Ben Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 8/5/2014 11:12:30 PM     Post Reply
The Senate minority leader, long reviled among many on the right for what they see as kowtowing to Democrats, is in a tough race for his seat—and in trouble with the Tea Party. If Alison Lundergan Grimes pulls off an upset victory over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in November, she may have Tea Partiers to thank. But don’t expect conservative voters to rally to Grimes—they simply aren´t getting behind McConnell. Although the five-term Republican ended up winning a a tough primary challenge from businessman Matt Bevin handily, the race was one of the most vicious and ugly this cycle

As Israel and Hamas claim victory,
Gaza residents ask what was gained
Los Angeles Times, by Laura King    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 8/5/2014 11:10:35 PM     Post Reply
In the wake of any ugly conflict, the question of who won can seem beside the point. Still, as fighting in the Gaza Strip gave way to a truce on Tuesday, Israel and Hamas both were quick to claim victory. And it was left to those who took the pounding during the four-week war, particularly residents of this luckless sliver of seaside territory, to question whether anything of worth could be found.(Snip)For Gaza residents, the picture was sadder and more complicated. To Mustafa Taha, shepherding his family of nine back to their half-ruined house in Beit Hanoun, in Gaza´s battered

Iraqi Yazidis stranded
on isolated mountaintop
begin to die of thirst
Washington Post, by Loveday Morris    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/5/2014 10:49:33 PM     Post Reply
BAGHDAD — Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst. Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar two days earlier. But the mountain that had looked like a refuge is becoming a graveyard for their children. Unable to dig deep into the rocky mountainside, displaced families said they have buried young and elderly

Mastermind Behind Kidnapping
of Three Israeli Teens Arrested
Arutz Sheva (Israel), by Ari Soffer    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/5/2014 10:46:41 PM     Post Reply
Israeli security forces have arrested the leader of the Hamas terror cell which kidnapped and murdered Israeli teenagers Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Sha´ar. Hussam Kawasmeh, a resident of Hevron, was arrested in the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat in Jerusalem in a joint operation involving IDF forces and the Shabak (Israel Security Agency), and has admitted under interrogation to having orchestrated the kidnapping and said he received funding from Hamas officials in Gaza. It is not clear precisely when he was detained, but news of the arrest was only released for publication on Tuesday evening. Kawasmeh was caught in an apartment

House Republicans adding
to debt as balanced budget
commitment wavers
Washington Times, by S. A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/5/2014 10:45:02 PM     Post Reply
After initial success in cutting federal spending and reducing deficits, House Republicans have drifted into the red with a series of tax measures and spending bills that are not offset — either adding to the pile of debt or hiding the costs with accounting gimmicks. More than a dozen bills with costs that are not fully offset elsewhere in the budget have passed the Republican-controlled House and threaten to add nearly $1 trillion to federal debt over the next decade. The measures include a slew of tax breaks known as tax extenders. Among them are a $155 billion research and


NBC’s Jansing on Obama Meeting
African Leaders: Helps That
‘He’s from Kenya’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 10:40:01 PM     Post Reply
NBC White House Correspondent Chris Jansing appeared on MSNBC’s The Reid Report today with a report on President Obama at the U.S.-African Leaders Summit. Unfortunately, there was just one tiny little problem with what she said: she accidentally said that the president’s from Kenya. Oops. In talking about the White House hopes for Africa becoming part of Obama’s legacy, Jansing said, “Yeah, the fact that he’s from Kenya, and that fact that when he was elected there were expectations from the African continent that he would do great things for them.” Ten minutes later, when Jansing was back on-air, she

Krauthammer’s Take: Remember,
It’s Obama Who Campaigned on
More Involvement in Afghanistan
National Review Online, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/5/2014 10:34:26 PM     Post Reply
In response to the death of a U.S. major general in Afghanistan today, Charles Krauthammer notes that it was Obama who escalated U.S. involvement there. “The irony is when Obama came into office, there was a plausible way for us to get out,” he said on Tuesday’s Special Report, without a heavy involvement. Krauthammer noted that out of every four American causalities in Afghanistan, three occurred under Obama, and that the Bush administration had kept involvement there “at a low boil.” “[Obama]’s the one who escalated,” Krauthammer said. “He’s the one who said we have to make a stake here.

Guest list for the African Summit
dinner at the White House
Washington Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/5/2014 10:31:58 PM     Post Reply
The complete guest list for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner provided by the White House on Tuesday night. The President and Mrs. Obama His Excellency Mohamed Abdulaziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, State of Libya His Excellency Jean-Paul Adam, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Seychelles His Excellency Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ms. Uzo Aduba, Actress, New York, NY Ms. Nonyem Aduba Ms. Mimi Alemayehou, Washington, DC Mr. Papa Ndiaye Her Excellency Amina Ali, Ambassador of the African Union Mission His Excellency Abdalla Alteni, Prime Minister of the State of Libya His Excellency Martin Andjaba, Ambassador of the Republic of

Wall Street Journal Poll:
Majority Want Illegals
´Returned Immediately´
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/5/2014 10:14:44 PM     Post Reply
Another poll has found that a majority of Americans want illegal immigrants to be "returned immediately" to their home countries. A new Wall Street Journal-NBC poll found that 51% of respondents wanted illegal immigrant juveniles, nearly 90% of whom are teenagers, to be deported, while only 43% of Americans want them to stay if they meet certain conditions. In the poll, which was conducted July 30-August 3, a majority believed that allowing illegal immigrants "to stay will be a signal that will encourage thousands more to try and come here, placing an even greater burden on limited public services such

America´s Fed Up: Obama
Approval Rating Hits All-
Time Low, Poll Shows
NBC News, by Mark Murray    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/5/2014 10:11:08 PM     Post Reply
Two words sum up the mood of the nation: Fed up. Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, more than 70 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 80 percent are down on the country’s political system, according to the latest NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll. The frustration carries over to the nation’s political leaders, with President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating hitting a new low at 40 percent, and a mere 14 percent of the public giving Congress a thumbs up. “We’re in the summer of

Poll: Obama approval rating
sinks to new low
The Hill (Washington DC), by Peter Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/5/2014 9:56:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s job approval hit a new low of 40 percent in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday, as the public expressed widespread disappointment in the state of the country. Fifty-four percent disapprove of his performance, with 6 percent unsure. Obama received poor marks for both foreign policy and on the economy, a troubling sign for the president and Democrats with only three months before the midterm elections. Respondents rated Obama´s handling of foreign policy even lower, with 36 percent approving, also an all-time low for the president. The figure is 2 points lower than his previous low

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