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August 6, 2014

Stocks shake off global fears, turn positive

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Stocks cut early losses and turned positive in morning trading Wednesday as Wall Street attempts shake off global worries about Russia-Ukraine tensions and halt the recent market sell-off.     The Dow Jones industrial average was up less than 0.1% after initially falling about 50 points at the open. The Dow has dropped for five of the previous six trading sessions. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 0.1% and the Nasdaq…

Volcanoes could ease impact of storms for Hawaii

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Mountainous volcanoes and a massive ocean could double team to ease the impact of two major storms roaring toward Hawaii. Hurricane Iselle is scheduled to tear into the islands Thursday and Friday. On it’s heels, Tropical Storm Julio is setting up as a Sunday-Monday event, National Weather Service meteorologist Anthony Reynes said Wednesday. “If that happens it will be something the state of Hawaii has never seen before,” Reynes said….

Missing Oregon mom found dead in remote area

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DUNDEE, Ore. — Missing Dundee mom Jennifer Huston has been found dead in a remote area of Yamhill County near Sheridan, police said. A property owner spotted her SUV along a dirt road about 1/8 of a mile from the closest home in the rural farming community near Sheridan. He alerted police around 10:30 a.m., and deputies soon found Huston’s body about 50 yards away from her vehicle, according to Capt. Jeff…

Parkinson’s Drug Gives Woman ‘Unwelcome’ Orgasms

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NEWSER) – Apparently not everyone wants to have multiple orgasms a day. While the typical side effects of the Parkinson’s drug rasagiline are flulike symptoms, depression, stomach problems, and joint pain, for one woman the side effect was spontaneous orgasms that began to disrupt her days—typically three to five of them a day, reports LiveScience. After giving the drug a second chance but suffering the same results, the woman stopped taking the…

4 states face gay marriage showdown in Cincinnati

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DETROIT — Michigan’s gay marriage ban is set for another legal showdown, only this one involves more players, more judges and likely more drama. On Wednesday, the historic civil rights case that centers on the right to marry heads to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, where three federal appeals judges will decide the fate of same-sex marriage bans in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. In each of these…

Thieves defeat keyless entry to break into cars

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  More thieves are using high-tech electronic devices to break through the keyless-entry systems that lock up modern cars, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports. The thieves are using electronic “scanner boxes” that allow them mimic the signal emitted by key fobs that open car doors with the click of a button, the NICB says. Once inside, thieves can steal personal items, the investigative arm of the insurance industry says….

U.S. Major General Killed In Afghan Insider Attack: U.S. Officials

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An American major general was shot to death Tuesday in one of the bloodiest insider attacks of the long Afghanistan war when a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on allied troops, wounding about 15 including a German general and two Afghan generals. The Army identified the American officer as Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, a 34-year veteran. An engineer by training, Greene was on…

’72 Percent’ Documentary Confronts The Black Community’s Single-Parent ‘Epidemic’

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There is one number that is always mentioned in the discussion of black children born out of wedlock: 72 percent. Estimations place the growing number of children born to unwed mothers in the 70th percentile of the black population in America. The documentary ‘72 Percent,’ “takes a hard look at the single mother phenomena in the African American community.” The documentary aims to analyze “beyond catastrophic” statistics through a discussion of the effect…

Lawyers Cite Botched Arizona Execution While Defending Gitmo Prisoner

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FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) – Defense lawyers for the Guantanamo Bay prisoner charged with masterminding the 2000 USS Cole warship bombing in Yemen sought on Tuesday to find out how their client could be executed in the death penalty case, citing a troubled Arizona execution. The request was among several pre-trial motions involving al-Rahim al-Nashiri, 49, a Saudi citizen of Yemeni descent. The attack on the Cole in a Yemeni…

Barney Frank Sharply Criticizes Gay Rights Groups’ Flip On ENDA

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) rebuked the gay rights groups opposing a bill that would ban workplace discrimination on the basis on sexual orientation and gender identity, calling their strategy “ridiculous.” A handful of groups said last month that they no longer back the Senate-passed version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because of its sweeping religious exemption, which would allow religiously affiliated businesses to fire someone for being lesbian,…

Obama Seeks Executive Ways To Limit Tax Inversions

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday. President Barack Obama has denounced so-called tax inversions as unpatriotic and has urged Congress to stop them, in an election-year push that Democrats hope will appeal to middle-class voters who feel corporate America…

My Daughter Wants Me to Find Her a New Mom

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I hate to use the term “acting out,” so I’ll say that my 3-year-old daughter is expressing a brand-new feeling that she doesn’t know how to articulate: heartbreak. And maybe even desperation. It’s understandable. She wants a mother. This is just the latest development in what’s been a long, and often hard, story for our family. Nine days after Cydney was born, her mom—my fiancee—was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.  After…