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Ukraine military chopper
shot down near Slovyansk

Associated Press, by Peter Leonard*

Original Article

Posted By:NorthernDog, 5/29/2014 3:49:31 PM

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down a government military helicopter Thursday amid heavy fighting around the city of Slovyansk and confirmed they were holding four missing observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The eastern city of Slovyansk has become the epicenter of fighting between pro-Russia insurgents and government forces in recent weeks. Located 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the Russian border, it has seen constant clashes and its residential areas have regularly come under mortar shelling from government forces, causing civilian casualties and prompting some residents to flee. An Associated Press reporter saw

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Ukraine military chopper
shot down near Slovyansk
Associated Press, by Peter Leonard*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/29/2014 3:49:31 PM     Post Reply
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down a government military helicopter Thursday amid heavy fighting around the city of Slovyansk and confirmed they were holding four missing observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The eastern city of Slovyansk has become the epicenter of fighting between pro-Russia insurgents and government forces in recent weeks. Located 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the Russian border, it has seen constant clashes and its residential areas have regularly come under mortar shelling from government forces, causing civilian casualties and prompting some residents to flee. An Associated Press reporter saw

   

 

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Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/28/2014 10:36:41 PM     Post Reply
Add Krakow to the growing list of cities who do not want to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Polish city withdrew its bid this week after residents overwhelmingly voted against the plan, according to the Associated Press. Now only four cities remain in the bidding process, and two of those may soon be ruled out -- leaving only Kazakhstan and China as contenders. Krakow had proposed co-hosting the games with neighboring Slovakia, but more than 70 percent of the voters in Krakow´s referendum said they did not want to host the event. It is the latest city to reject

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Atlantic Wire, by Abby Ohlheiser    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/28/2014 10:22:31 PM     Post Reply
The National Park Service will start considering more sites important to the history of LGBT rights in the U.S., based on the recommendation of a recently convened panel through the Department of Interior. The panel of 18 scholars is examining the history of the LGBT movement, according to a report from the Associated Press. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will announce the panel on Friday. There are three federally recognized sites in the U.S. chosen in part for their importance to LGBT history, one of which is landmarked — the Stonewall Inn in New York gained the distinction in 2000. The

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Reuters, by Mubasher Bukhari    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/27/2014 1:13:11 PM     Post Reply
LAHORE Pakistan - A 25-year-old woman was stoned to death by her family outside one of Pakistan´s top courts on Tuesday in a so-called "honor" killing for marrying the man she loved, police said. Farzana Iqbal was waiting for the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore to open when a group of around dozen men began attacking her with bricks, said Umer Cheema, a senior police officer. Her father, two brothers and former fiance were among the attackers, he said. Iqbal suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital, police said. All the suspects except her

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Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/26/2014 1:33:13 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/26/2014 1:03:55 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will use his commencement speech at West Point this week to defend his handling of an ever-widening array of foreign policy crises and to outline top national security goals for his fast-shrinking time in office, officials say. Under fire from Republicans who accuse him of being a weak president overseeing a dramatic and dangerous American retreat from the world stage, the president who ordered the death of Osama bin Laden but has been powerless to stop the bloodbath in Syria will argue that he has struck the right balance — and will continue to do so. “You

   

 

  


 
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MARQUETTE, MI -- Remember how bad the winter was? The polar vortex, inches upon inches of snow. While the season has passed for most of us and Memorial Day weekend is underway, there are reminders in Michigan´s Upper Peninsula of the historically cold and snowy winter. There´s still ice on Lake Superior. (Snip) Is this common and how much longer will it last? We called MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa while driving from Marquette to Sault Ste. Marie. As of May 15, 2014 Lake Superior is reportedly 14.48 percent covered in ice, more than any time in the past 40 years.

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Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/25/2014 8:28:38 PM     Post Reply
It looks like germaphobes in Minnesota are going to have to kiss antibacterial hand wash good-bye and go back to disinfecting their skin with old-school soap and water. Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a measure banning the antibacterial chemical triclosan from all products sold in the state. Triclosan is commonly found in a slew of personal care items—everything from body wash, dish soap, and toothpaste to over-the-counter acne medication. It’s found in nearly 2,000 products, but the bad news about the substance keeps piling up. Back in December, the FDA proposed requiring manufacturers of products that contain triclosan to

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If America had a Memorial Day
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What a society chooses to memorialize says a lot about what it values, which is worth contemplating this weekend as the nation recognizes the sacrifices of military men and women who died in service to their country. (Snip) Warrior culture pervades American society, from the military flyovers at major public events to the video games we play, to the movies and TV shows we watch. It even informs the vocabulary of our political life, where "war chests" finance "campaigns" by "foot soldiers" in "battleground" states directed by top "lieutenants." Less militarily, there´s the obligatory singing of the national anthem before

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Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/24/2014 9:27:33 AM     Post Reply
Seven people, including a suspected gunman, died in drive-by shootings Friday night in a small Southern California college town, a rampage that authorities believe to be "premeditated," Santa Barbara County sheriff´s deputies said Saturday. The shootings occurred in Isla Vista near the University of California-Santa Barbara. Seven people also were being treated in a hospital for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries, including at least one who was in surgery, said sheriff´s office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. "The sheriff´s office has obtained and is currently analyzing written and video evidence that suggests this was a premeditated mass murder," Hoover said. The violence

   

 

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Californians gripe about Obamacare
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Los Angeles Times, by Chad Terhune    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/23/2014 2:53:03 PM     Post Reply
Nearly 1,500 Californians have complained to state regulators in the last four months about their Obamacare coverage purchased through California´s insurance exchange. New data reveal the biggest category of complaints centers on getting confirmation of health plan enrollment and basic issues such as getting an identification card to obtain care. Many consumers have also encountered difficulty finding a doctor who accepts their new coverage, as well as frustration with inaccurate provider lists, according to the California Department of Managed Health Care. "If you have a medical condition and can´t get care that is a very serious issue,"



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