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Fear, Fire But No Injuries
in California Jet Crash

Associated Press, by Elliot Spagat & Matt Hamilton

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/5/2014 4:26:25 AM

IMPERIAL, Calif.-- A military jet slammed into a Southern California neighborhood dense with homes and exploded in flames, but the pilot and everyone on the ground emerged unscathed, officials said. Moments after the pilot ejected to safety Wednesday afternoon, the Harrier jet went down in a residential area of Imperial and destroyed two homes and heavily damaged a third. Eleven-year-old Christopher Garcia was watching TV with his father and brother when he heard a frightening boom. Outside, he said he saw a pilot in a parachute falling from the sky, and what looked like a mushroom cloud of dark smoke two blocks


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Fear, Fire But No Injuries
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Associated Press, by Elliot Spagat & Matt Hamilton    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/5/2014 4:26:25 AM     Post Reply
IMPERIAL, Calif.-- A military jet slammed into a Southern California neighborhood dense with homes and exploded in flames, but the pilot and everyone on the ground emerged unscathed, officials said. Moments after the pilot ejected to safety Wednesday afternoon, the Harrier jet went down in a residential area of Imperial and destroyed two homes and heavily damaged a third. Eleven-year-old Christopher Garcia was watching TV with his father and brother when he heard a frightening boom. Outside, he said he saw a pilot in a parachute falling from the sky, and what looked like a mushroom cloud of dark smoke two blocks




Steve Lonegan loses again
Politico, by Elizabeth Titus    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/4/2014 12:05:04 PM     Post Reply
Tom MacArthur defeated Steve Lonegan in New Jersey’s 3rd District Republican primary Tuesday and will face Democrat Aimee Belgard in the fall, according to The Associated Press. MacArthur, a former insurance executive, won 60 percent of the vote, and Lonegan, a conservative activist, won 40 percent, with 41 percent of precincts reporting. In the Democratic primary, Belgard won with a commanding 78 percent of the vote. MacArthur loaned his campaign at least $2 million, giving him a cash advantage over Lonegan, who is best known for being the outspoken GOP nominee against Cory Booker in the special Senate election last year. MacArthur

Carbon standards for
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Associated Press, by Felicia Fonseca    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/4/2014 4:57:47 AM     Post Reply
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Two of the Southwest´s largest coal-fired power plants straddle the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico, one within clear view of the other. But one of them didn´t factor into the Obama administration´s plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across the nation because it is on an American Indian reservation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will hold off on emissions standards for four power plants on reservations to talk further with tribes and give them an opportunity to create cleanup plans of their own. If the tribes decline, the federal government will craft

To help our furry friends,
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New York Post, by Diana Culp    Original Article
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With 70 million households in America owning pets, it’s no surprise that the TV ads with sad music showing needy cats and dogs tug at our heartstrings. Americans give hundreds of millions a year to national animal charities. Sadly, a good chunk of that money isn’t going to help those animals. It’s going to pay a racketeering lawsuit settlement. Last month, several animal-rights groups including the Humane Society of the United States agreed to pay $16 million to settle a suit over their alleged behavior in a different lawsuit. The payout settles claims that they’d engaged in illegal payments to a witness as

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In the first year since the Wolverine State adopted a right-to-work law in 2013, SEIU Healthcare Michigan lost a staggering 80 percent of its members. The case illustrates a dirty secret of the modern labor movement: A lot of its rank and file members don´t want to be in a union in the first place and will leave if given the chance. What right to work did in Michigan, the Supreme Court might soon do nationally: In the case of Harris v. Quinn, the justices must decide if Illinois state government can force its own public sector employees to participate in a

Congress has had concerns about
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House Republican aides say congressional leaders from both parties expressed deep misgivings about a proposed prisoner exchange when they were briefed on the idea in 2011 and 2012. The prisoner swap was first proposed to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, along with the top Democrats and Republicans of relevant Senate and House committees, on November 30, 2011. In the briefing, officials from the State Department, the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, and the CIA, laid out the outlines of an arrangement they said had been working on since early 2011: to exchange five Taliban members being held at




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Midwest Hospitals Also
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists that caused a furor at a Veterans Affairs health care campus in Arizona existed at several facilities in the Midwest, but in much smaller numbers, VA officials said in letters to two U.S. senators. The Department of Veterans Affairs maintained 10 such "secret waiting lists" of military veterans in need of care at facilities in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, the letters said. They also said at least 96 veterans waited more than 90 days for treatment at seven facilities in those states, including 26 in St. Louis and

Obama’s Dishonorable Deal
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/3/2014 4:42:03 PM     Post Reply
Even I, a consistent and at times quite a harsh critic of President Obama, have been taken aback by the latest turn of events. To recapitulate: Mr. Obama released five high-value, high-risk terrorists from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who it appears was a deserter–and has been known to be a deserter for a couple of years. People who served with him are calling on the military to court martial Bergdahl. Media reports indicate that at least six Americans died in their efforts to rescue him. In de facto negotiating with the Taliban and acceding to their demands, the

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Dan Marino is trying to withdraw from a concussion lawsuit filed against the NFL in federal court last week, claiming he had joined the litigation in error. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Marino’s lawyers are trying to figure out how such an error could have happened. The Hall of Famer and former Miami Dolphins quarterback — who has said he sustained two concussions during his 17-year playing career — worked as an NFL analyst for CBS until last year. “It was never Marino’s intention to initiate litigation in this case, but to ensure that in the event he had adverse

Soccer star Pele´s son sentenced
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New York Daily News, by David Harding    Original Article
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The son of Brazilian and New York Cosmos soccer legend Pele has been jailed for 33 years for money laundering. Edinho had been accused of getting the money from drug trafficking in the coastal city of Praia Grande, Brazil. Edhino apparently used his father´s famous name to promote businesses that laundered money for a cartel that shipped cocaine into Rio de Janeiro, according to a report in The Independent. The sentence comes just two weeks before the soccer World Cup starts in Brazil. Pele, who won the World Cup three times, is often considered the greatest player ever to have played soccer.



The VA’s Two Underlying Problems
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Now that the political fight over Eric Shinseki has ended, our nation can focus on reforming the VA system, which treats about 10 million of the 22 million U.S. combat veterans and costs taxpayers about $150 billion a year. The problem is much bigger than negligence and dereliction of duty by individual bad actors. In fact, there are two main problems: one cultural, the other of supply and demand. The supply-and-demand issue is partly due to the huge new caseload of qualifying veterans. Some of this is inevitable in wartime, but as secretary of veterans affairs Gen. Shinseki instituted policies making

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