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August 1, 2014

Nation digest: CEO wounded in Chicago; employee kills self

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A man upset about a job demotion gravely wounded the chief executive of his company in a downtown Chicago office building and then fatally shot himself, police said Thursday. Steven LaVoie, 54, CEO of the Chicago software company ArrowStream, is in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his stomach and head, police and hospital officials said. The dead gunman was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Anthony…

Obama gets a Special Olympian hug

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President Obama lauded courage and athleticism during Thursday’s White House tribute to the Special Olympics, but the highlight of the evening was a simple hug from a man named Tim Harris. Harris is a Special Olympian in basketball, hockey, volleyball, golf, and track and field — “so he has all four seasons covered,” Obama said — and also owns a restaurant in Albuquerque called Tim’s Place. One of his specialties:…

Stock futures fall further after big sell-off

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U.S. stock futures and global markets were dropping again Friday following Thursday’s big sell-off on Wall Street that saw the Dow tumble 317 points –  its third-biggest loss of the year. Financial markets went into a tailspin Thursday after Argentina defaulted on its debt, raising fears among skittish investors already fretting about weak corporate earnings growth, rising interest rates and an aging bull market. Friday, Dow futures were down 0.5%, S&P 500 futures…

3 things to know about Do Not Call registry

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The first phone call in history happened on March 10, 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell rang up his assistant. “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you,” he said. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the second call in history took place later than evening, when a telemarketer rang up asking if a Mr. Bell lived at the residence and if he might want to buy…

Not just Argentina: 11 countries near bankruptcy

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After years of bitter court battles with creditors, Argentina has defaulted on its debt, according to rating agency Standard & Poor’s. After failing to come to an agreement with creditors from its previous default in 2001, the country missed necessary bond payments on July 31, triggering the default announcement. As of publication, other organizations, most notably the rating agency Moody’s Investors Service and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, a…

Clinton, in 2001, on bin Laden: ‘I could have killed him’

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Former President Bill Clinton told an audience in Australia just hours before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that he passed on the chance to kill Osama bin Laden with a military strike, according to an audio tape just released. Australia’s Sky News aired the tape, which was rebroadcast by NBC News on Thursday. The recording had been forgotten about until Michael Kroger, former head of the Liberal Party in the…

Atlanta hospital to receive Ebola patient

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ATLANTA – Emory University Hospital has been informed of plans to transfer a patient with the Ebola virus to its special facility containment unit within the next several days. It is not known when the patient will arrive. In a release, the Atlanta hospital said they have a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to treat patients who are exposed to certain…

Beverly Johnson Reflects On Being First African-American Woman To Land A Vogue Cover

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Beverly Johnson was once told she would never get a Vogue cover. But today, the 61-year-old model is celebrating the 40th anniversary of becoming the first African-American woman to do just that. When Eileen Ford told her she would never appear on the cover of Vogue, Johnson left Ford Models and signed with Wilhelmina Models. After posing for a beauty shoot for the magazine, Johnson received a call from Wilhelmina Cooper during which she learned she…

Growing Up in Prison: What I’ve Learned During My Eight Years of Incarceration

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Often I read articles and essays about the experiences of prisoners and their families. The tales are harrowing and heartbreaking. Mothers worry about the safety of their sons. Fathers concern themselves with not who, but what will come walking out the prison gates upon the termination of their child’s incarceration. And prisoners, well, while they are fairly vocal when first entering prison, this drive to communicate seems to dim, and…

Concentrate on Africa’s Children

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President Obama is convening the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit with over 50 African leaders in Washington D.C. next week. The event will have a strong focus on Africa’s long-term economic growth, under the theme of “Investing in the Next Generation.” To us, the next generation is, quite simply, Africa’s children. Some may think that concentrating on the economic well-being of Africa has little to do with children, but we strongly…

House Scraps Vote On Bill To Address Border Crisis

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WASHINGTON — The House abruptly removed a bill from its schedule that would provide $659 million in funding to address the ongoing border crisis, after initially planning to vote on the measure Thursday. After meeting Thursday afternoon, House Republicans are set to meet again Friday morning to discuss the next steps for a border bill, delaying a planned congressional recess. The bill had significant opposition from Democrats, but GOP leadership decided to add a…

The Perfect Way To Keep A Sexy Bod And Still Enjoy Your Vacation

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So many of us focus our energy on getting to the gym in preparation for that beach bikini moment when we let the sarong fall and bare our abs, two piece and a sun hat. All of that work ethic goes out the door when we find ourselves overeating, drinking and indulging in rich local fare and tourist restaurant attractions. When you’re on vacation there are a few things that…

Senate Fails On Border Crisis Funding

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WASHINGTON — Efforts by Congress to approve money for what most deem a crisis along the southern border were in shambles on Thursday evening, after the Senate failed to approve its funding bill and the House was forced to rework its plans to win more Republican votes. The Senate legislation would have provided $2.7 billion to care for and help deport many of the more than 57,500 unaccompanied minors who have been…

House Republicans Vow To Stay In Washington Until They Vote On Border Funding

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WASHINGTON — After canceling a vote on funding to address the border crisis because not enough House Republicans supported it, GOP members were scrambling for a new solution so they don’t go home to face constituents with nothing. Members met Thursday afternoon to figure out a game plan. Afterward, they said there was near-consensus on one thing: They’ll stay in Washington, postponing the start of their August recess, until they…