Show Notes 04-01-17

Saturday Show 4-1-17

Pennsylvania high school gives nearly 500 students suspension notices
More than 500 students at a Pennsylvania high school have been given suspension notices for skipping at least a week’s worth of classes. Officials at Harrisburg High School gave the notices to the students on Monday for accumulating too many unexcused absences.
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Wildflowers, dormant for years, bloom across California
Rain-fed wildflowers have been sprouting from California’s desert sands after lying dormant for years — producing a spectacular display that has drawn record crowds and traffic jams to tiny towns like Borrego Springs.
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Trump walks out on signing ceremony without actually signing order
President Trump walked out on his own Oval Office signing ceremony without actually signing his two executive orders on trade.
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APRIL FOOLS: KREMLIN OFFERS ‘ELECTION INTERFERENCE’
Need some election interference? The Russian Foreign Ministry is ready to help — or so it says on April Fools’ Day. On Saturday, the ministry posted on its Facebook page an audio file of the purported new automated telephone switchboard message for Russian embassies.
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GOP Protects Trump’s Tax-Return Privacy: ‘No Single Individual Has Ever Been Targeted in Such a Manner’
The House Ways and Means Committee voted 24-16 Tuesday against a Democrat resolution directing the U.S. Treasury Department to gather ten years of Donald Trump’s tax returns and other confidential financial information and then turn it all over to Congress.
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I’ll back Texas independence, EU’s Juncker warns Trump
“The newly elected US president was happy that the Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries to do the same,” European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said. However, he warned, “if he goes on like that I am going to promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas, in the United States of America.”
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Brexit Leader Farage: European Union Just Lost Whatever Credibility they Had in the U.S.
The man behind Brexit, Nigel Farage, has called European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker a “complete and total idiot” after Juncker said he would support the independence of U.S. states in response to President Donald Trump’s support for Brexit.
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Brexit: Europe fears protecting itself from terrorism without UK’s expertise
A day after officials triggered the Brexit divorce proceedings European security experts said they worried about the prospect of protecting the continent without the UK’s policing expertise.
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ISRAEL TAKES BABY STEP TOWARD REBUILDING TEMPLE?
With June marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s reunification of the capital city of Jerusalem along with the Temple Mount, the Israeli government is considering a proposal to create a new foundation responsible for providing “research, information and advocacy” about the Jewish connection to what many consider the holiest site in all of Judaism – the place where the Temple stood until A.D. 70.
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Bees! Bees! Rockies and Padres Hit the Deck as Swarm Hits Baseball Field
When a pack of bees swarmed the field, the Rockies and Padres didn’t seem to know what to do. So they hit the deck.
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April Fools’ Day snowstorm dumps up to 18 inches in New England
It’s April Fools’ Day but it’s no joke: People across northern New England woke up to a foot of heavy, wet snow on parts of the region Saturday and conducted weekend business as more fell throughout the day.
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Sanctuary cities free 253 illegal-alien criminals in 2 weeks
Law enforcement agencies in New York City declined 12 detainers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during the week of Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, according to ICE’s latest Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report.
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Show Notes 02-11-2017

Saturday Show 2-11-17

California boy, 7, saves $10G for college after starting recycling business
A 7-year-old California boy is being praised for his entrepreneurial skill and love for the environment after he made $10,000 by starting his own recycling business — cash he said he’s saving for college.
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Swarming crowds and hostile questions are the new normal at GOP town halls
Republicans in deep-red congressional districts spent the week navigating massive crowds and hostile questions at their town hall meetings — an early indication of how progressive opposition movements are mobilizing against the agenda of the GOP and President Trump.
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TRUMP SUPPORTERS WARNED IT’S TIME FOR SELF-DEFENSE
Are you ready to rumble? That’s the question the Knights of Socialism at the University of Central Florida used to advertise their new Leftist Fight Club, which is open to the entire campus – except Republicans.
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Black plastic covers windows, blocking reporters’ views of Trump golfing
Reporters who are supposed to keep an eye on President Trump couldn’t see him Saturday morning. White House reporters tasked with covering Trump tweeted they were holed up in a clubhouse basement of the luxurious Trump National Jupiter Golf Club & Spa.
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Right-to-work court case could have national impact on unions
A landmark right-to-work lawsuit playing out in Illinois has captured widespread attention amid expectations the case could land before the Supreme Court – and potentially have national implications for an estimated 20 million government workers.
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BIG PAYDAY AFTER STATE FIRES PASTOR FOR CHRISTIAN BELIEFS
The state of Georgia has agreed to pay $225,000 to settle a complaint that it illegally discriminated against a lay pastor who was fired by the state’s Department of Public Health, apparently because of the content of his sermons.
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Bill Nye to Target ‘Religious Leaders,’ ‘Climate Deniers’ In Netflix Show
Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” is one of the media’s favorite global warming alarmists. He will star in a new Netflix show called Bill Nye Saves the World which will debut in the Spring of 2017.
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District tells teacher: Put faith ‘into folder hidden in desk’
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to fix the outcome of a series of hearings and rulings in the lower courts that erupted when a New York school district told one teacher, under threat of dismissal, to keep her faith in “a folder to be kept hidden in her desk.”
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Fed-up cop blows whistle on immigrant crime
A Swedish police officer and senior investigator in the serious-crimes division is under internal investigation after taking to Facebook to describe his work week and the nationalities of those he has to deal with.
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Georgetown Islamic Studies Professor: Slavery OK, So is Non-Consensual Sex
A professor at Georgetown University is teaching his students that men do not need consent to have sex with women, and that slavery is justifiable under Islamic teachings.
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Friday Show 10-21-16

State Dept. releases Clinton’s misdated Benghazi schedule
State Department officials handed over Hillary Clinton’s schedules from the days surrounding the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attack, revealing a mistake on the documents that might have helped to keep them hidden until this week.
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GOP announces unprecedented contempt resolution for Clinton tech firm
Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, said Thursday that his panel planned to hold the firm that managed Hillary Clinton’s email server in contempt of Congress, the first time he said his committee has ever taken such an “unprecedented” step to enforce a subpoena.
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Canada walks out on EU trade deal
Canada walked out of talks Friday meant to save a massive trade deal with the European Union, unable to break a deadlock with a small Belgian region that has been defying multinational efforts to have the pact signed next week.
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Anti-U.S. protesters demand action after violent police response
Hundreds of Filipinos protesting Friday outside the presidential palace burned a mock U.S. flag and asked President Rodrigo Duterte to punish police officers for brutally dispersing an anti-U.S. rally and ramming a van into some of the activists.
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Germans are leaving Germany
A growing number of Germans are abandoning neighborhoods in which they have lived all their lives, and others are leaving Germany for good, as mass immigration transforms parts of the country beyond recognition.
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Swedish city to offer returning Isis fighters housing and benefits in reintegration program
A programme to rehabilitate former Isis fighters and other extremists with housing, employment, education and financial support is being trialled in Sweden.
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Risk of ‘Mass Exodus’ of Doctors from Medicare
In what may be the most significant modification to Medicare since the program began in 1966, on Oct. 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
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Show Notes 12-03-15

Thursday show 12-3-15

PENTAGON CHIEF TO MILITARY: OPEN ALL COMBAT JOBS TO WOMEN
After three years of study and debate, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the military Thursday to open all military jobs to women, removing the final barriers that kept women from serving in combat, including the most dangerous and grueling commando posts.
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Pentagon to Cut Pay Rates for Autism Specialists: Tricare Officials say
Providers of applied behavior analysis therapy are currently reimbursed at a fixed rate based on education and certification level, regardless of location. Providers with a doctorate or master’s degree are paid an hourly rate of $125, those with a bachelor’s degree, $75; and technicians, $50.
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Air Force burning through bomb stockpiles striking ISIL
The Air Force has fired more than 20,000 missiles and bombs in the air war against the Islamic State, depleting its stocks of munitions and prompting the service to scour depots around the world for more weapons and to find money to buy them, according to records obtained by USA TODAY.
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2 female suicide bombers kill at least 6 in northern Cameroon
The governor of Cameroon’s Far North province says that two teen female suicide bombers detonated explosives in a town in the area killing at least six people.
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White House Rejects Plan to Close Gitmo Prison as Being Too Expensive
White Hose rejects plan to close GitThe U.S. government rejected a plan by the Department of Defense to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for being too expensive and sent it back to the Pentagon for revision, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
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Inside secret underground ISIS bomb-making lair found littered with US-made guns and drugs
The underground tunnels, used by ISIS militants to hide from bomb raids, were discovered under Sinjar, which has only recently liberated from ISIS control.
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Nuns pose as prostitutes to rescue victims of human sex trafficking
A network of nuns has ditched their habits to dress like prostitutes and infiltrate brothels worldwide in an effort to rescue victims of sex trafficking and buy children sold into slavery.
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New York paper mocks GOP for praying
The New York Daily News couldn’t be blunter in its characterization of those in the Republican Party who turned to prayer after the San Bernardino shooting, rather than gun control, blasting out a headline that basically read: relying on God was stupid.
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Term mass shooting confuses public and masks phenomenon
Depending on how you’re counting, the shooting deaths of 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. Wednesday was the 22nd mass shooting this year, or one of more than 300 in a near-daily epidemic.
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University: Your holiday party cannot be a Christmas party in disguise
The taxpayer-funded university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion recently released an “unofficial” edict calling for the campus to host holiday parties that do not emphasize religion or culture.
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ICE Director: ‘Bunch’ of Countries Refuse U.S. Efforts to Deport Criminal Aliens
Sarah Saldana, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told Congress on Wednesday that ICE cannot deport criminal aliens without the cooperation of their home countries — and there’s “a whole bunch” of countries that do not cooperate in taking back their criminals.
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Entire police department resigns over flap with Mayor
One community in South Carolina has been left police-free after the entire force resigned over disputes, in part, about First Amendment rights with the newly elected mayor, Patty Carson.
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Show Notes 06-11-2015

Thursday show 06-11-15
Lindsey Graham to Fox star: Knock off attacks
Fox star Sean Hannity and Republican presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham had some tense television moments after the South Carolina senator suggested the news host ought to quit splitting the Republican Party and fueling political dissent.
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Record number of Americans renounced their US citizenship
Record Number of Americans Renounced Their U.S. Citizenship in 2015. Between January and March of 2015, a record 1,336 Americans renounced their U.S. citizenship, according to a quarterly report by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that was published in The Federal Register.
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Whistleblowers testify on gov’t backlash, DHS agent says bosses tried to strip her gun rights
Whistleblowers testify on gov’t backlash, DHS agent says bosses tried to strip her gun rights
A Department of Homeland Security whistleblower testified Thursday that the “retaliation” against her for probing a controversial visa program was so extensive she was told she couldn’t “carry or own a personal weapon”.
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Maine city recruiting Somalis as cops
One of smallest cities that has received thousands of Somali refugees over the years is Lewiston, Maine. But, unlike the Minnesota Muslims from Somalia, this group appears to fly under the radar.
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Aggressive moose injures 2 visitors near Alaska campgrounds
A cow moose with two calves has injured at least two visitors at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.
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Connecticut homeowner calls 911 to report w hour stand off with his cat
Connecticut police have released a 911 call a homeowner made after his 8-pound cat turned violent and prevented him from entering the house.
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Monkeys’ cosy alliance with wolves looks like domestication
In the alpine grasslands of eastern Africa, Ethiopian wolves and gelada monkey are giving peace a chance. The geladas – a type of a baboon – tolerate wolves wandering right through the middle of their troops, while the wolves ignore potential meals of baby geladas in favour of rodents, which they can catch more easily when the monkeys are present.
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HHS Secretary: 259 Million Opioid Prescriptions in U.S. in 2012 Outnumbered American Adults
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told Congress Wednesday that there were more than 250 million prescriptions for opioid drugs in 2012 – more than the number of adults in the U.S.
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Obama: without Catholic Nun we would not have gotten Obamacare done
While addressing the Catholic Health Association Conference in Washington, D.C., yesterday, President Barack Obama said that the Affordable Care Act—AKA Obamacare—would not have been enacted had it not been for Sister Carol Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association.
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Show Notes 01-25-2015

Sunday show 01-25-15

Horrid result when teacher confiscates cell phone
A high-school freshman in New Jersey is now facing a criminal charge after pouncing on his 62-year-old teacher who confiscated the student’s cell phone during class.
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John McCain faces jeers-boos at GOP meeting
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., struggled to get his speech started Saturday at the Arizona Republican Party annual meeting. The chorus of boos and jeers was just too loud.
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Getting married? Hire a bridesmaid for only $2000
It is time for the professionals to take over the bridesmaid game. That’s right: If you are planning a wedding this year, you can hire the services of a professional bridesmaid for only $2,000.
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Obama discusses bias to preschoolers
Discussing a children’s book about discrimination, President Obama told a group of preschoolers Thursday that his job would be a lot easier if some Americans didn’t feel superior to others.
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Father of chemistry worked to evangelize America
The “Father of Chemistry” wanted to evangelize America? And warned of the end?
Robert Boyle was born Jan. 25, 1627. He studied Bacon, Descartes and other of his contemporaries, including scientists Isaac Newton and Galileo, philosophers John Locke and Thomas Hobbes and poet John Milton.
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Baptists in jail inspire Constitutional revision
James Madison’s defense of religious freedom began when he stood with his father outside a jail in the village of Orange and heard Baptists preach from their cell windows.
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June 30 will be a second longer than any other day this year
A “leap second” needs to be added in 2015 to make sure the time on atomic clocks stays in sync with Earth’s rotational time, but some Internet companies are dreading the day.
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220-Year-Old Time Capsule Buried by Sam Adams & Paul Revere Opened
In 1795, then-Massachusetts Gov. Samuel Adams, famed patriot Paul Revere and Col. William Scollay buried a time capsule under the Massachusetts State House cornerstone in Boston, and now, after more than 200 years, its contents have been revealed.
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Digital life hack: Turn your old phone into a security camera
In these days of nonstop hacking, phishing and data breaches, it’s easy to forget that regular old burglars are still lurking around to steal from your home. That’s why I’m a big fan of home security systems, especially ones that let you watch your home from a distance and alert you when someone breaks in.
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Drivers trying to calculate whether it’s practical to own an electric car are facing a new math.
U.S. gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon over the last 12 months, to a national average of $2.06, according to AAA. That makes electric cars — with their higher prices tags — a tougher sell.
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Dinosaurs not wiped out by global firestorm
The theory that a global firestorm accompanied the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs may not be correct, according to a new study. A team of researchers has found that heat near the impact site would not have been sufficient to ignite plants. It suggests our understanding of the mass extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs may not be as complete as thought.
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Greece anti-bailout Syriza party wins election
The anti-bailout Syriza party won a clear victory in austerity-weary Greece’s national election on Sunday, according to projections by state-run TV’s exit poll.
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Show Notes 11/09/2014

Sunday Show 11/9/14
Veterans Day
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.”
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John Muir
John Muir’s birthplace was a four-story stone house in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland. His parents were Daniel Muir and Ann Gilrye. He was the third of eight children: Margaret, Sarah, David, Daniel, Ann and Mary (twins), and the American-born Joanna.
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US Unemployment Rate Falls for Younger Workers
Younger workers benefited from the October uptick in hiring. While still high, the unemployment rate for teenagers fell to 18.6 percent from 20 percent in September as 266,000 of them landed jobs. The jobless rate for workers in their early 20s declined to 10.5 percent from 11.4 percent.
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AUSTRALIA STRIVES TO KEEP CLIMATE CHANGE OUT OF G20 ECONOMIC SUMMIT
The government of Australia, which has been at the forefront of resisting international pressure of developed countries to manage their economies around the threat of climate change, is expected to resist more spending proposed at the summit for a “Green Climate Fund,” which would give money to underdeveloped countries with the intention of helping them reduce emissions.
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Pope Francis warns against becoming Pagan Christians
Not all those who claim to be Christians really are, said Pope Francis Friday morning. Some are Christians “in name only,” he said. “They bear the name of Christians but live a life of pagans.”
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From Brian’s Mexican Connection
Mexico City, November 7 (HOWEVER) .- Residents of the mountain town of Linda Vista, belonging the municipality of San Miguel Totolapan, Guerrero, took up arms to protest unsafe conditions with which, say, day face day and demanded that the government guarantees that no similar case happen to Iguala.
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Man chooses to be eaten alive by Anaconda
Naturalist Paul Rosolie believes “you have to go head first.” What he’s referring to is shoving his head into the mouth of an anaconda, letting it swallow him, and filming the experience for a Discovery Channel special called Eaten Alive, News.com.au reports.
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PETA CONDEMNS DISCOVERY CHANNEL FOR ‘EATEN ALIVE’ ANACONDA SPECIAL
In response to Discovery Channel’s upcoming special, Eaten Alive, which will feature author and naturist Paul Rosolie in a “snake-proof” suit while being eaten by a massive anaconda, People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals had something to say:
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GOP civil war
As most Republicans were taking a victory lap the morning after the elections, a group of conservatives huddled anxiously in a conference room not far from Capitol Hill and agreed that now is the time for confrontation, not compromise and conciliation.
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Fema asking disabled elderly residents to repay aid from Superstorm Sandy
The residents of Belle Harbor Manor spent four miserable months in emergency shelters after Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters surged through their assisted-living center on New York City’s Rockaway peninsula.
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Giant sunspot mystifies scientists
The biggest sunspot to grace the face of the sun in more than two decades just rotated out of Earth’s view, but it was responsible for kicking up some truly amazing solar activity this week.
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NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Finds Mineral Match
Reddish rock powder from the first hole drilled into a Martian mountain by NASA’s Curiosity rover has yielded the mission’s first confirmation of a mineral mapped from orbit.
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Korean war POW laid to rest 60 years after capture and death
A Korean War POW has been laid to rest near his mother’s grave in California with full military honors more than 60 years after he died of untreated wounds in enemy hands.
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Army Vet killed at Los Angeles party celebrating recent return from Afghanistan
An Army veteran who survived the treacherous battlefields of Afghanistan was gunned down Sunday in his old neighborhood in Los Angeles while celebrating his homecoming from the wartorn land.
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