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9/11 Commission chiefs: "America cannot afford to let down its guard"

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:16
The two former leaders of the 9/11 Commission warned on the 10th anniversary of their post-9/11 terror report that terrorism is still growing around the world. "We must not become complacent. Terrorists are still plotting attacks on our homeland and aviation systems. The trend lines overseas are pointing in the wrong direction," wrote the commission's leaders, Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, in an op-ed in USA Today Tuesday. "The 'generational challenge' against terrorism we anticipated…
Court blows a hole through Obamacare subsidy system
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:16
A federal three-judge panel on Tuesday ruled that the government cannot dole out subsidies to consumers on federally-run Obamacare marketplaces, delivering a significant blow to the new health insurance system. More than half of the states rely on federally-run marketplaces, and were subsidies not available in those states, Obamacare could be too costly for many customers. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling rests on the interpretation of one sentence in the Affordable Care Act.…
Train carrying MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine city
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:40
By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - A train carrying the remains of many of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine arrived in Ukrainian government territory on Tuesday as a separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts. The train carrying around 200 body bags arrived in the eastern city of Kharkiv, which is in Ukrainian government hands.
Akin tries, again, to clarify 'legitimate rape'
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:40
Top Line Todd Akin may regret how he said it, but he doesn’t regret what he meant. The former Missouri Republican’s Senate campaign crumbled in 2012 after he said that “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” and prevent an unwanted pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.” Now, just months before the 2014 mid-term election, Akin has returned with 'Firing Back' -- a book about his life, his politics…
Abductions leave some families forever broken
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:40
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — 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…
Georgia voters to pick Republican U.S. Senate nominee after long fight
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:14
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A drawn-out fight between an 11-term congressman and a former Fortune 500 chief executive in a key U.S. Senate race is due to be decided by Georgia's Republican voters on Tuesday. U.S. Representative Jack Kingston and David Perdue, former CEO of Reebok, Dollar General and Pillowtex, have traded jabs and tried to coalesce Republican support since emerging from a crowded primary field in May.
Is this evolution? Humans getting taller, fatter, older
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:40
Humans are getting taller; they're also fatter than ever and live longer than at any time in history. And all of these changes have occurred in the past 100 years, scientists say. So is evolution via natural selection at play here? Not in the sense of actual genetic changes, as one century is not enough time for such changes to occur, according to researchers. Most of the transformations that occur within such a short time…
Train with MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine base
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:40
By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - A train carrying the remains of many of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine arrived in Ukrainian government territory on Tuesday as a separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts. The train carrying around 200 body bags arrived in the eastern city of Kharkiv, which is in Ukrainian government hands.
Inside restaurant where your waiter could be convicted murderer
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 07:40
By David Lalmalsawma NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As India's capital baked in a heat wave, banker Gaurav Gupta sat down for lunch at a new air-conditioned restaurant, to be greeted by a smiling waiter who took his order for a traditional "thali" meal of flat bread, lentils, vegetables and rice.Nothing unusual, except that the employee, like most of his colleagues, is a convicted murderer serving time in South Asia's largest prison complex.
Putin: I'll handle Ukraine rebels, West should butt out
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 07:40
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would use its influence with separatists in east Ukraine to allow a full investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but said the West must put pressure on Kiev to end hostilities. Putin also called on Western powers not to meddle in Russia's domestic affairs and said steps were needed to strengthen the country's military capabilities because of moves by NATO and to protect…
 

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