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  • NJ Transit officer pulls man from tracks just before train arrives

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:46:00 by: Deleted Member

    A New Jersey Transit police officer is being hailed as a hero for pulling a man from the tracks and out of the way of an oncoming train last ...

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  • Welcome center becomes rescue center for cross-country cat

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:41:38 by: Deleted Member

    A Michigan Welcome Center doubled as an animal rescue center, as employees sought and saved a cat that escaped from its cross-country bound ...

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  • Unprecedented overdose spike in Cincinnati seems to be leveling off

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:38:28 by: Deleted Member

    An unprecedented spike of drug overdoses in the Cincinnati area seem to be leveling off, although are still at higher than normal levels, after a stunning wave last week, authorities said. Newtown Police Chief Thomas Synan, who heads the Hamilton County Drug Coalition task force, said reports show heroin overdoses dropped to 10 to 15 a day over the weekend. Just Friday, emergency rooms reported 174 overdose cases over six days, for an average of 29 per day, although Synan said some likely were not from heroin. But he said 20 to 25 overdoses in a week would be more typical. "We're not seeing anything like we did last week, but it's still a little elevated," he said. He said authorities have samples of heroin that was being sold and they will test it, hoping to determine the source. They suspect it was mixed with another drug, such as the powerful painkiller fentanyl or the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil. "I think it shows the callousness of those who are dealing this drug," Synan said. "They do not care about the person they are selling to, they do not care about the communities they affect." Communities in the neighboring states of Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia also saw overdose spikes last week. Meanwhile, Tennessee state officials on Monday urged increased public awareness of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that's also being mixed with other drugs or as cheap counterfeits, and the increased risk of overdoses and fatalities. Ohio ...

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  • Brazil president makes last-ditch effort to save her job

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:38:28 by: Deleted Member

    Fighting to save her job, suspended President Dilma Rousseff addressed the Senate on Monday in a showdown pitting accusations that the she hurt Brazil's economy with budget manipulations against her argument that she did nothing wrong and is being targeted by corrupt lawmakers. Rousseff told senators that she is being unjustly accused of breaking fiscal rules in her management of the federal budget. She said: "I know I will be judged, but my conscience is clear. I did not commit a crime." The suspended Brazilian leader reminded senators that she was re-elected in 2014 by 54 million voters. She said that at every moment she has followed the constitution and done what was best for the country. In her words, "I can't help but taste the bitterness of injustice." In May, the Senate voted 55-22 to suspend her from office for up to 180 days while a trial was prepared. Michel Temer, who was her vice president and turned into her nemesis, took over as president. If Rousseff is permanently removed, Temer will serve the rest of her term, which goes through 2018. In the middle of her second term, the left-leaning leader is accused of breaking fiscal rules to hide problems in the federal budget. She denies wrongdoing and argues that her enemies are carrying out a "coup d'état." Opponents claim her maneuvers were an attempt to continue high spending and mask deficits, which ultimately exacerbated a severe recession in Latin America's largest economy. According to the official close to Rousseff, she planned remarks that would be "firm, but not arrogant." The official agreed to discuss the speech only if not quoted by name because he wasn't authorized to divulge its details. The trial is being presided over by Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski. Outside Congress, a huge wall was put up to separate Rousseff supporters and pro-impeachment activists. Police did not allow anyone to camp there Sunday, so the grounds were completely empty. On Monday ...

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  • States, religious groups sue HHS over transgender treatment requirements

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:38:28 by: Deleted Member

    Five states, joined by Christian health care providers, have filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration over new federal rules they say could force doctors to perform gender-transition procedures that violate their religious beliefs or medical judgment. Texas, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Kansas filed the suit at a Texas federal court last Tuesday, along with the Christian Medical and Dental Association and the Franciscan Alliance – a network of religious hospitals. The claims that nondiscrimination rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services in May would force doctors to ignore their medical judgment in favor of “rigid commands.” The lawsuit claims doctors could be forced to perform procedures such as gender-reassignment surgery and hysterectomies. “On pain of significant financial liability, the regulation forces doctors to perform controversial and sometimes harmful medical procedures ostensibly designed to permanently change an individual’s sex—including the sex of children,” the lawsuit says. According to , the rules require insurers to cover treatments for transgendered patients that they would cover for others and ban discrimination based on gender identity. Health care providers are required to provide treatment, and must also allow patients to use facilities that align with their gender identity. The rules apply to all medical systems that receive federal money. “The regulation leaves doctors and hospitals in a very difficult position,” Luke Goodrich, a lawyer ...

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  • Tension mounts across Venezuela as protesters gear up for anti-Maduro rally

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:38:28 by: Deleted Member

    The political mood in Venezuela is starting to heat up as Sept. 1, the day picked for a massive pro-referendum rally, approaches. On that day, the opposition is hoping hundreds of thousands will descend on Caracas to demand a vote to decide whether President Nicolas Maduro should stay in power.  They are calling it “La Toma de Caracas” or “The Caracas Takeover.” Last week, two separate groups started to walk hundreds of miles from the heartland all the way to the capital city encouraging Venezuelans to join, while Liliana Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, started a set of daily protests throughout the country. But days before the anticipated event on Sept. 1st, violence is already a concern. Government supporters are allegedly trying to boycott the different groups rallying, as more and more people seem to spontaneously be joining the initiative and walking to Caracas from their hometowns. On Saturday, the government issued a decree banning all private aircraft and drones over Venezuelan territory until Sept. 5 — no was explanation given, but many are connecting it to the ongoing rallies. Tintori has denounced several attacks against her movement, including one on Wednesday last week in the city of Barinas while participating in a press conference with two opposition lawmakers. “A group self-proclaimed as Chavistas surrounded the hotel in which we were and burned tires. We were trapped for two hours,” she said in a statement. In Caracas, Carlos Julio Rojas, an activist who works with Jesus Torrealba, secretary of the Democratic Unity Roundtable, was attacked by two government supporters when emerging from the National Assembly. “They ripped my shirt, hit me different times and broke my glasses. Two police men were watching and didn’t do anything. I had to run to escape,” Rojas told Fox News Latino. Also last week, student activist Hasler Iglesias said he was threatened in his own Caracas home by ...

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  • US will meet target of 10,000 Syrian refugees today

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:38:28 by: Deleted Member

    The White House says the United States on Monday will meet President Barack Obama's goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees during the current fiscal year. Obama directed a sixfold increase in the number of Syrian refugees provided safe haven into the United States. After a slow start, the administration was able to hit the goal about a month early and just a few weeks before Obama convenes a summit on refugees during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly. National Security Adviser Susan Rice says Obama understood the important message that expanding Syrian refugee admissions would send, not just to the Syrian people but to the broader international community. Millions have been forced to flee Syria to escape the country's civil war and persecution.   ...

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  • Mexican President Peña Nieto copied texts on his thesis, law school confirms

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:38:28 by: Deleted Member

    The university where Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto earned his law degree in 1991 acknowledged that he copied texts and ideas without crediting their authors in his thesis. The PanAmerican University said Sunday that Peña Nieto's failure to properly credit texts included in his thesis did not violate the rules that were in force at the law school at the time. The university's statement avoided the word "plagiarism," but did say the thesis included "textual reproductions of fragments (of other works) without footnotes or mentions in the bibliography." It that he did attribute other quotes and material, although sometimes in a vague manner. The university suggested that rules had become tighter, but noted "our university's general rules do not apply to ex-students" and said "this is an old case which cannot be subject to any action." The news site Aristegui Noticias reported last week that 29 percent of Peña Nieto's thesis was material lifted from other works, including 20 paragraphs copied word-for-word from a book written by former President Miguel de la Madrid. While the Mexican leader has not discussed the issue, a spokesman for Peña Nieto said last week that the president had completed all requirements for his law degree and downplayed the relevance of "style errors" in an academic work done 25 years earlier. The thesis was titled "Mexican Presidentialism and Alvaro Obregón." The news website is run by journalist Carmen Aristegui, who in 2014 broke the story that Peña Nieto's wife was purchasing a house with financing from a government contractor. The first lady eventually gave up the house and in recent months Peña Nieto has said he understands why the so-called "White House" scandal upset so many Mexicans. A poll by the national newspaper, Reforma, this month found Peña Nieto's approval rating was at 23 percent, the lowest rating for any president since the paper began the survey in 1995. The margin of error was 3.3 ...

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  • Minnesota gun buyback program a dud, some legal owners say - Second Amendment backers arm up with ink and paper to battle California's 'Gunmageddon'

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:38:28 by: Deleted Member

    A Minneapolis gun buyback program targeting weapons used in street crimes may be shooting blanks, as detractors said a Saturday collection mostly took in antiquated, unused or homemade arms from legal owners and did little to thin the firearm supply actually available to dangerous criminals. Two Minneapolis locations collected about 150 firearms Saturday, but both exchanges were forced to shut down several hours early when officials ran out of Visa gift cards – $25,000 worth, reported. And at least some of that money helped finance the purchase of even more guns. One anonymous gun owner told he received $200 in gift cards that he planned to use to buy a new firearm. That man said he didn’t think the program was serving its intended purpose. “I just don’t feel that a criminal is going to come up to a fire department with a bunch of police around it and turn in a gun,” he said. Paul Joat, an area gun collector, told The Star Tribune he bought two weapons on the street, ostensibly offering the sellers a better deal than the city could. “A lot of what I’m seeing is gun nuts turning in their guns for more than they’re worth,” he said. A commenter on the message board noted that “every single person in line was one of us.” The lure of a Visa gift card worth between $15 ...

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  • Yale students launch new protest, equate Calhoun with Hitler and Bin Laden

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:38:28 by: Deleted Member

    Yale students decided to commemorate Freshman move-in weekend by holding what they thought would be a massive, spectacular protest designed to persuade the administration to change the name of Calhoun College. Several members of Unidad Latina en Acción showed up to pressure the administration to “CHANGE THE NAME.” The freshmen were unmoved. Determined to convince the students that Calhoun College was a triggering name for minority students on campus—because Yale grad and former Vice President John C. Calhoun owned slaves and was an advocate for the Southern agrarian lifestyle—protesters then took to “changing” the name themselves. They first tried "Hitler.” Then "Osama bin Laden." ...

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