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News-That-Make-You-ThinkA proposed cease-fire aimed at ending a week-long conflict in and around the Gaza Strip was approved by Israel's Security Cabinet Tuesday morning, but rejected by the Islamic militant group Hamas minutes later.

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the proposal by Egypt's Foreign Ministry had been approved shortly after it was due to take effect at 9 a.m. local time (2 a.m. Eastern Time). Less than half an hour later, a senior Hamas official told The Associated Press that the group had rejected the proposed truce.

The official, Sami Abu Zuhri, told AP that "this proposal is not acceptable."

Earlier Tuesday, the armed wing of Hamas reportedly vowed to reject the mooted cease-fire, saying on its official website that it was "an initiative of kneeling and submission." The statement from the al-Qassam Brigades vowed that "our battle with the enemy continues, and will increase in ferocity and intensity."


JERSEY CITY, N.J. –  A day after a rookie police officer was gunned down in an ambush, mourners came to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial with candles, balloons, empty liquor bottles and messages of love from friends scrawled on T-shirts taped to a brick wall.

Instead of honoring the officer, the memorial was for his killer. "Rest easy," "Thug in peace" and "See u on the other side" friends wrote about Lawrence Campbell, who police say ambushed Officer Melvin Santiago early Sunday as he responded to an armed robbery call at a 24/7 pharmacy. Officers returned fire, killing Campbell.


(Newser) – Researchers know that guys tend to find women in red to be alluring; now, they're investigating how women react to the color. Research headed by a University of Rochester psychologist finds that women see others wearing red "as if these other women are actively advertising" sexual availability. For instance, "there is a huge reluctance to introduce or let a boyfriend spend time alone (with a woman wearing red)," Adam Pazda tells LiveScience. "You see this defensive behavior intention, like, 'I don't want my boyfriend anywhere near this girl.'"

His team referred to studies across two continents. In one, half of the women participating saw an image of a woman in red; the other half saw the same picture—except the woman was wearing white. Their responses supported statements like "this person is interested in sex," thePacific Standard reports. Another study saw subjects viewing photos of a woman in a red or green shirt. Asked how likely they'd be "to introduce this person to your boyfriend," women "reported stronger intentions to guard their mate from the target" when she was wearing red. Pazda emphasizes that his results refer to "tendencies" and aren't always applicable. An earlier study points to a link between red and fertility.


A Massachusetts town cut short its contract with Gordon College after the school's president asked President Obama to exempt religious institutions from an expected non-discrimination order.

Gordon president D. Michael Lindsay—also a CT board member—was among 14 other Christian thought and policy leaders, including CT's executive editor Andy Crouch, who signed the letter. They asked Obamato allow religious exemptions in an anticipated executive order that could require organizations to hire people regardless of sexual orientation in order to receive federal funding.

"Without a robust religious exemption, like the provisions in the Senate-passed ENDA, this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom," the July 1 letter stated.

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll on July 9 terminated Gordon's contract to manage the city's Old Town Hall, saying in a letter to Lindsay that the college "now advocates for discrimination against the LGBT community." The college, a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), is located in Wenham, seven miles away from Salem, and had managed a museum and theater production at the town hall.

"While I respect your rights to embed religious values on a private college campus, religious freedom does not afford you the right to impose those beliefs upon others and cannot be extended into a publicly owned facility or any management contract for a publicly owned facility, like Old Town Hall," Driscoll said in the letter.


Moscow (CNN) - Ten people were killed and more than 100 injured after a metro train derailed in Moscow on Tuesday, state-run media reported.

Of the 106 people hospitalized, 50 are in critical condition.

The incident took place during the morning rush hour. Three metro train cars derailed while in an underground tunnel, the state-run Itar-Tass news agency reported.


A few months ago, Mayor de Blasio said he hoped Pope Francis would visit the city “some day.”

On Monday, the mayor extended an official invitation.

Without his own direct pipeline to the Vatican, de Blasio transmitted the invite through Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

“I’ve been very clear that I hope he will visit New York City,” the mayor said at a press conference on school enrichment programs in Brooklyn.

“We sent a formal request through Cardinal Dolan asking for a papal visit, so I’m hopeful that we’ll have a chance for that, perhaps next year.”

Pope Francis has yet to respond.


Americans’ taste in coffee might be getting more high-end—with a growing fixation on perfectly roasted beans, pricier caffeinated concoctions, and artisan coffee brewers—but it turns out a surprisingly big part of the world is going in the opposite direction: towards instant coffee.

Sales of instant coffee—the kind that dissolves in hot water and has been popularized by brands like Nescafe—have nearly tripled since 2000, according to data from market research firm Euromonitor. The world consumed nearly $31 billion-worth last year, and is expected to drink more than $35 billion-worth by 2018. Instant coffee accounts for more than 34 percent of all the retail brewed coffee consumed around the world.



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News-That-Make-You-ThinkAttorney General Eric Holder said Sunday he and President Obama have been targets of “a racial animus” by some of the administration’s political opponents.

“There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there's a racial animus."


Subway pervert Gilbert Welsh was busted for rubbing his pelvis against a woman in a packed subway car on June 26. This prolific subway pervert is every woman’s nightmare.

Cops busted subterranean sicko Gilbert Welsh, 61, last month for allegedly grinding against a woman on a No. 4 train — at least his ninth arrest for a sex offense in the subways.

Yet the most Welsh faces is a year behind bars thanks to a legal loophole that allows his time as an inmate to spare him from being charged as a repeat offender.


The Israeli military says four soldiers have been lightly wounded in fighting in northern Gaza.

The military says the soldiers were hurt during a brief incursion to destroy a rocket launching site. It says they have returned to Israeli territory.

It is the first time that Israeli ground troops are known to have entered Gaza in the current offensive. But the operation was carried out by special forces and did not appear to be the beginning of a broad ground offensive.


The 4 NYC teachers banned from classrooms who rake in millions

Three of the city’s longest-running “rubber room” teachers have raked in more than $1 million each for a decade of not working in classrooms, and a fourth is paid a top salary — $100,049 a year — not to teach.

The Foul Four — who beat sexual-misconduct charges — can’t be fired by the Department of Education because they are entitled to job protections under state tenure laws, which require “due process.” Educators are entitled to a trial with an independent hearing officer who decides whether any misconduct warrants termination.

A group of New York City parents filed a lawsuit this month seeking to loosen the restrictions after a California judge ruled teacher tenure in that state unconstitutional.


Officers used a stun gun to try and bring down an apparently drunken visitor at Legoland Florida.

Richard Campagna was chased through the water park in an incident that lasted around 30 minutes.

Cops were called after Campagna, who had arrived at the park alone and appeared to be drunk, refused to leave Legoland.

Instead he ran into the park's lazy river which was "occupied by a large number of children," the Sheriff's Office said.

During the course of the subsequent chase he splashed water on an officer.

That was when the stun gun was used, but was unsuccessful.

Campagna was eventually arrested by several officers.



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News-That-Make-You-ThinkTexas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday on “Hannity” that President Obama needs to act now to stop the surge in illegal immigrants flooding across his state’s border, calling it “a humanitarian crisis that he has the ability to stop.”

The Republican governor spoke out after meeting with Obama in Texas Wednesday afternoon. Both sides called the meeting “constructive” and said they agreed philosophically. However, Perry said he is concerned that Obama did not indicate he will take the immediate action he requested: to use his power as commander-in-chief to send the National Guard to secure the border.

“You know, I was like, Mr. President, you can deal with this. You can unilaterally direct the Department of Defense to put those troops on the border…” he said, later adding, “The president needs to understand that the single most important thing that he can do is put the National Guard on the border to coordinate with local law enforcement, with state law enforcement, with the border patrol…”

Obama said Wednesday that he is open to the National Guard suggestion, but that he believed it would only be a temporary fix.


Lois Lerner just got smoked on the floor of Congress by Congressman Jim Jordan in front of the smug IRS head John Koskinen.

Emails recovered on the IRS official who plead the Fifth (before giving up her right to remain silent) and then “lost” her hard drive show that she was wanting to make sure that the IRS’ internal messaging system was set-up to make sure her info was not traceable, trackable or storeable. The phrasing could not be more “perfect.”

Lois Lerner sent the following to Maria Hooke, the Director of Business Systems Planning for Tax Exempt & Government Entities, and copied Nanette Downing, theDirector of Exempt Organizations Examinations: lerner2

Hooke responded with the following: Hooke

And Lois Lerner’s insidious one-word response? lerner



A man who claims he was beaten to a bloody pulp by NYPD officers on a Bronx sidewalk last month is planning on suing the city for $50 million.

Handyman Raul Garcia will file a lawsuit against the city and the NYPD Thursday, alleging that he was wrongfully arrested and beaten until he lost consciousness after a June 3 fire at his girlfriend’s apartment building.

The 39-year-old Melrose resident says the trouble started when cops from the 40th Precinct began investigating an arson fire in the Jackson-Melrose Houses on Courtlandt Ave.

Garcia said that Jonathan Ogando, 25, who was later arrested and charged with arson, initially blamed the blaze on him. Police then turned their attention to Garcia, he said.



There are few things in the world that can’t be improved by coating them in chocolate. Twinkies are no different. Now, Hostess brands is bringing back an old favorite that is really nothing more than creme-filled soft yellow sponge cakes encased in chocolate, but is probably amazing nonetheless. Say hello (again) to the Chocodile.

Previously only available on the West Coast since the late 1990s, these miniature Boston Creams are now being released nationwide in original, chocolate creme, strawberry creme, and banana creme flavors. Unfortunately, they’ll only come in “fun size” wrappers, we figure that’s just another excuse to buy an extra box.


Israeli forces have dramatically escalated the number of airstrikes on targets in the Gaza Strip on the third day of an offensive against militants inside the Hamas-controlled territory.

Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told The Associated Press that Israel struck more than 300 Hamas targets overnight, focusing on underground tunnel networks and rocket launching sites. That brought the total number of targets hit to 750. The military said it struck a car in Gaza carrying three Islamic Jihad militants involved in firing rockets, raising the Palestinian death toll to at least 75. The Palestinian health ministry has reported that at least 20 of those deaths have been civilians, but the exact number is not known.


WASHINGTON (July 9, 2014) — A U.S. Supreme Court justice has rejected a Pennsylvania county clerk's bid to stop gay marriages in the state while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently.

Without comment, Justice Samuel Alito on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Schuylkill County Orphans' Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney. The clerk can appeal to another justice, however.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania on May 20 when U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III struck down a state ban against the practice. Gov. Tom Corbett's administration decided not to appeal the decision.

The county clerk, however, then tried to intervene. The federal judge and a federal appellate court rebuffed her attempts, prompting her appeal to the Supreme Court.


A Queens man who had his stolen car returned to him by the NYPD was pulled over and surrounded by gun-waving cops just months later because they forgot to remove the vehicle from their database, according to a new lawsuit.

In his Brooklyn federal suit, Clinton Pittman claims that his 1999 Honda Civic was stolen in September 2011 in Jamaica, Queens and that he reported the theft to police.

The vehicle was located by cops the next day and Pittman picked it up from the 48th Precinct stationhouse in The Bronx, the suit states.

Pittman claims that he was driving the same car along the Van Wyck Service Road with his then 11-year-old son two months later when an unmarked NYPD vehicle suddenly cut him off at an intersection.

A pair of Nassau County police cruisers and a marked NYPD car arrived at the scene and surrounded the stunned father and son.


Want to know why Broadway ticket sales are slumping? Blame Cookie Monster!

Aggressive costumed characters who pose for pictures to drum up dollars in the Theater District are driving away customers from one of the city’s biggest draws, industry leaders said Wednesday.

“We are actually seeing a decline in local theatergoers and they tell us that it’s because they are accosted, they are overwhelmed,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League.

“They’re telling us this is beginning to make them not want to come to the theater.”



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News-That-Make-You-ThinkIsraeli television reported Tuesday that a rocket aimed at Tel Aviv was intercepted by its "Iron Dome" defense system after the country carried out airstrikes on at least 100 sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as part of a new offensive aimed at halting rocket attacks by militants.

The apparent rocket attack would be the deepest strike by Palestinian militants since Israel launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Air raid sirens went off in the city, which is Israel's commercial capital and about 45 miles north of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military didn't immediately confirm the report, but an explosion was heard shortly afterward.

The earlier strikes prompted President Obama to urge both sides to exercise restraint.

But the Israeli military said the strikes would help "retrieve stability to the residents of southern Israel, eliminate Hamas' capabilities and destroy terror infrastructure operating against the State of Israel and its civilians."


Enrollment at a third of the city’s elementary schools registered at least a startling 138% of capacity that year, Stringer concludes in a report to be released Wednesday, a copy of which the Daily News obtained.

But even that figure underestimates the problem, the audit said, because the Department of Education’s official census, known as the Blue Book, was “misleading.” Until this year, the Blue Book did not count thousands of students housed in temporary trailers as part of each elementary and middle school’s enrollment.

Similar reports issued recently by the Independent Budget Office and the advocacy group Class Size Matters have chronicled a steady rise in school overcrowding the past few years, but Stringer’s audit provides key details on the most afflicted schools.


Robert Matthews, a visiting scientist at Aston University in Birmingham, England, has developed a mathematical theory that explains why headphones invariably tangle up into hopeless knots. It’s called the “Murphy's Law of String” or the “Loop Conjecture,” and it’s a phenomenon that has driven headphone users bonkers since before the Walkman was popular.

Matthews’ years of study suggest that clipping the two earbuds together, then attaching them to the end near the audio jack to form a loop, will cause a tenfold reduction in knot formation.

“First, by forming the loop you've effectively reduced the length of string able to explore the 3D space by 50 per cent, which makes a big difference.” Matthews said. “Second, you've also eliminated the two ends, which are the prime movers of knot formation.”


(CNN) - President Barack Obama travels to Texas, the epicenter of the immigrant influx, on Wednesday.

But the trip has come under criticism from Republicans and some Democrats because, while it includes a Democratic Party fundraising event, it doesn't stop at the border area where the flood of immigrants cross illegally into the United States.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a possible GOP presidential nominee in 2016, called the situation similar to the much-disparaged federal response to Hurricane Katrina by the Bush administration.

"For him to go to Texas and spend two days shaking down donors and never even getting near the border mess he helped create would be like flying into New Orleans in the highest waters of Katrina to eat Creole cooking, but never getting near the 9th Ward, the Superdome, or the Convention Center where thousands languished in squalor," Huckabee said.


Six teenage lifeguards — at least two of whom were on the clock — lit up inside a car parked on Seagirt Boulevard near Beach Ninth Street at around 2:20 p.m., police sources said.

Cops found two joints, two bags of weed and a pipe inside the 2002 Suburban and slapped all six with possession of marijuana, authorities said.

“It’s completely unacceptable that lifeguards are getting high. [It] could clearly impact the public-safety job that they are required to do,” said Geoffrey Croft of NYC Park Advocates.


Out of more than 27,000 Seminole County elementary school students, 11-year-old Yazielis Ramirez of Winter Springs is the only one to have received perfect scores on all three portions of the test this school year.

“I didn't know I was going to get a perfect score, but I thought I would get around a 5. I just tried my very hardest and it came out great,” Ramirez said.

When asked how she did it, Yazielis said she just paid attention in class and made sure she studied.

“I'm so proud of her. I'm very grateful for the school because I know they do very hard work with the kids,” said Inneabell Ramirez, Yazielis’ mother.



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News-That-Make-You-ThinkIsraeli military officials said early Tuesday that they had carried out airstrikes targeting at least 50 sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as part of a new offensive aimed at halting rocket attacks by militants as President Barack Obama urged both sides to exercise restraint.

Israelli Army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told The Associated Press that the military attacked four houses belonging to militants,  as well as concealed rocket launchers and other sites. Most of the sites were targeted in airstrikes, and three were attacked from the sea.

Lerner says the army will gradually increase attacks on Gaza, and is recruiting reservists for a potential ground invasion.

The latest operation comes after militants fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel on Monday, setting off air raid sirens and forcing hundreds of thousands of Israelis to stay indoors. A Twitter statement from the Israeli army said the offensive, dubbed "Operation Protective Edge," is intended to "stop the terror Israel's citizens face on a daily basis."


The NYPD is currently keeping track of events in numerous trouble spots in the Middle East, a top police official said, though no specific terror threat to the city has been identified.

“We are monitoring several situations simultaneously. One is the situation in Syria. Two or three key groups there talking about expanding their activities,” Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence John Miller said Monday.

Events in Iraq and the Gaza Strip are also being eyed, as the NYPD shares info with the FBI. “When you deal with that region, there is always a ripple effect” that can affect New York, Miller said.


WASHINGTON (July 7, 2014) — President Barack Obama called for Israelis and Palestinians alike to restrain themselves and put an end to acts of retribution, in some of his first public comments on the matter since the murder of three Israeli teenagers touched off a new round of violence and deepening mistrust.

In an op-ed in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Obama called it a "dangerous moment" for the region where a vaunted U.S. peace effort recently collapsed. Writing in emotional terms, he said he couldn't imagine the pain suffered by the parents of the three Israeli teens, but was also heartbroken by the senseless murder of a Palestinian teenager who many suspect was killed as payback.

"All parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance and retribution," Obama said.

Obama's comments, published in Hebrew, Arabic and English, reflected growing U.S. concern about tit-for-tat violence spiraling out of control as the fragile situation in Israel appears to deteriorate.

After dozens of rockets rained on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, Israel's military on Tuesday launched an offensive operation including airstrikes that Palestinians said injured at least nine. Israel authorized the mobilization of some 1,500 military reservists in an escalation that evoked uneasy memories of Israel's other incursions into the Hamas-controlled coastal strip.


A cat is being quarantined for 10 days after it attacked its owners inside a Volusia County home, leaving the couple with several scratches to their legs and hands.

Teresa and James Gregory called the DeLand Police Department around 7 p.m. July 5, in regard to an aggressive cat.

When police arrived, the Gregorys both said that Kush, their 4-year-old Russian Blue cat, became aggressive and attacked them.

Both James and Teresa Gregory sustained several scratches to their legs and hands, police said. They declined treatment but did want the cat removed from the home.

DeLand Animal Control arrived and will quarantine the cat for 10 days. The owners said the cat has never had any shots or vaccinations.


Protesters and illegal immigrant supporters have drawn battle lines once again in Murrieta, the California city where angry residents last week turned back busloads of border crossers.

The small city about 60 miles north of San Diego has been in the national spotlight since last Tuesday when a group of protestors stopped three federal buses filled with mostly women and children from central America. The buses eventually turned around and left.

On Friday, six protestors were arrested but that hasn’t stopped even more from showing up again on Monday. Many say they’re worried about the immigrants being released in their community after they’re processed.


Two drones nearly took out an NYPD chopper over the George Washington Bridge on Monday, and cops arrested the wayward crafts’ operators, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

The Aviation Unit helicopter was on patrol at around 12:15 a.m. when it had to swerve to avoid the small unmanned aircrafts, the sources said.

The NYPD pilots “observed flying object[s] at 2,000 feet in vicinity of the George Washington Bridge, then circling heading toward the helicopter,’’ a police report said.

“The officers were forced to change their course to avoid a collision.”

One source called it a “very dangerous” scenario.

“Although [drones] may only weigh a few pounds, that’s all birds weigh, and look what they did to the Sully Airbus,” the source said, referring to 2009’s “Miracle on the Hudson,” in which a bird strike forced US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to crash-land a jetliner in the Hudson River.

The chopper tailed the drones north as they landed at the corner of Audubon and Fort George avenues, near Fort Tryon Park, at 12:35 a.m., sources said.

The chopper cops called NYPD Patrol, and officers were dispatched to nab the suspects.


There’s no crying in baseball, but a sleepy Bronx Bombers fan is whining in court that he got mocked by two ESPN announcers for snoozing in his seat at Yankee Stadium.

Andrew Rector has filed a $10 million defamation suit against the team, the sports network, its play-by-play man Dan Shulman and big-leaguer-turned-commentator John Kruk, who he claims unleashed an “avalanche of disparaging words” over his nationally televised nap.

Rector admits in the Bronx Supreme Court suit that he “briefly slept” during the April 13 night game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

But his typo-ridden suit says Shulman and Kruk’s “false statements” include suggestions that Rector is “not worthy” to be a Yankee fan and “is a fatty cow that need two seats at all time and represent symbol of failure.”

It also says Rector was made out to be “a confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankee.”

As a result, the used-car dealer claims to have “suffered substantial injury” to his “character and reputation,” as well as “mental anguish, loss of future income and loss of earning capacity.”


MOUNTAIN VIEW Calif. (Reuters) - Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology are about to blast into orbit, where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the International Space Station.

NASA plans to use the handsets to beef up its Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, which could eventually take over daily chores for astronauts or even handle risky duties outside of the vessel.

The phones, part of Google's Project Tango augmented reality initiative, will be aboard a cargo spacecraft scheduled to launch on July 11.

Inspired by a scene from the movie Star Wars where Luke Skywalker spars with a hovering globe, the soccer-ball sized robots can be guided around the space station's microgravity interior, propelled by tiny blasts of CO2 at about an inch per second.


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News-That-Make-You-ThinkIsrael vowed retaliation on Monday after the bodies of three teenagers who were kidnapped more than two weeks ago were discovered in the West Bank.

The bodies of the youths -- including one with U.S. citizenship -- were found just north of Hebron, and led to outpourings of grief and rage in the Jewish State, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowing "Hamas will pay."

The Israeli air force conducted strikes early Tuesday morning against 34 targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks against Israel's southern communities. It was not immediately clear if the airstrikes, which targeted Hamas and Islamic Jihad assets in the strip and came after more than 20 rockets were fired into southern Israel over the past two days, resulted in any casualties, the Jerusalm Post reported.


President Obama suffered two final defeats in the Supreme Court on Monday, capping a 2013-2014 term in which the justices delivered several judicial hits to the White House while taking a firm stand against the unchecked power of the state.

The administration’s losses on Obamacare rules and compulsory union dues served as a rebuke on the Supreme Court’s final day after months of judicial decisions to rein in big government on issues such as snooping without a warrant, campaign finance restrictions and Mr. Obama’s recess appointment powers.

Just as damning was the way the court ruled in some of those cases. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. corralled unanimous votes on privacy and recess appointments — cases that dealt stinging defeats to Mr. Obama, himself a lawyer and former lecturer on constitutional law.

In the more than five years that Mr. Obama has been in office, the court has rejected the government’s argument with a 9-0 decision 20 times.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, criticized for manipulating temperature records to create a warming trend, has now been caught warming the past and cooling the present.

July 2012 became the hottest month on record in the U.S. during a summer that was declared “too hot to handle” by NASA scientists. That summer more than half the country was experiencing drought and wildfires had scorched more than 1.3 million acres of land, according to NASA.

According to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in 2012, the “average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during July was 77.6°F, 3.3°F above the 20th century average, marking the warmest July and all-time warmest month on record for the nation in a period of record that dates back to 1895.”

“The previous warmest July for the nation was July 1936, when the average U.S. temperature was 77.4°F,” NOAA said in 2012.

This statement by NOAA was still available on their website when checked by The Daily Caller News Foundation. But when meteorologist and climate blogger Anthony Watts went to check the NOAA data on Sunday he found that the science agency had quietly reinstated July 1936 as the hottest month on record in the U.S.


The U.S. is sending another 300 troops to Iraq to increase security at the U.S. Embassy and elsewhere in the Baghdad area to protect U.S. citizens and property, officials said Monday.

That raises the total U.S. troop presence in Iraq to approximately 750, the Pentagon said. The State Department, meanwhile, announced that it was temporarily moving an unspecified "small number" of embassy staff in Baghdad to U.S. consulates in the northern city of Irbil and the southern city of Basra. This is in addition to some embassy staff moved out of Baghdad earlier this month. Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the Baghdad embassy "will be fully equipped to carry out" its mission.

The White House announced that President Barack Obama had directed that 200 troops be sent to reinforce security at the embassy, its support facilities and Baghdad International Airport.


Hillary Clinton on Monday called the Supreme Court’s ruling in the contraception-related Hobby Lobby case “deeply disturbing.”

The former secretary of state and possible Democratic front-runner skewered the decision during an appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, hours after the Supreme Court ruled that for-profit employers don’t have to provide contraception coverage, mandated under Obamacare, if they have religious objections.

“It’s the first time that our court has said that a closely held corporation has the rights of a person when it comes to religious freedom, which means the corporation’s … [‘closely held’] employers can impose their religious beliefs on their employees, and, of course, denying women the right to contraceptives as part of a health care plan is exactly that,” she said. “I find it deeply disturbing that we are going in that direction.”


Traveling to a foreign land and afraid you’ll go through Dunkin’ Donuts withdrawal? Worry not! Dunks is in 30 countries, and while you’ll find some of your favorite menu items (the Boston Kreme seems to be almost everywhere – it’s Lebanon’s most popular variety) abroad, there are also some pretty interesting options adapted to regional palettes you won’t find here.

Some of these might seem pretty weird—even disgusting—but you could probably say the same about some of Dunks' American offerings (bacon donut sandwich, anyone?)


SCOTUS: Can’t force companies to provide abortion!


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News-That-Make-You-ThinkBAUCHI, Nigeria – Suspected Islamic extremists sprayed gunfire at worshipers and torched four churches Sunday in a village just miles from the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped, witnesses said.

At least 30 bodies have been recovered but more are turning up in the bushes, where people tried to escape from Kwada village, said a member of a vigilante group that has had some successes in repelling attacks.

"They killed dozens of people and burned houses after attacking worshippers," survivor Mallam Yahi told The Associated Press by telephone from Chibok town, to which he escaped.

Some of the church buildings destroyed included the Protestant Church of Christ in Nigeria, the Pentecostal Deeper Life Bible Church and Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa, which is Hausa for Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, Yahi said. The last was started by American missionaries from Illinois in the 1920s.


The leaders of an Al Qaeda splinter group that has seized vast portions of northern and western Iraq have declared the establishment of an Islamic state and demanded allegiance from other Muslim groups.

In an audio statement posted online that coincided with the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a spokesman for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), announced that the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was the "caliph," or leader, of a state whose territory extended from the city of Aleppo in northwestern Syria, to Diyala province in northeastern Iraq.

The spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, described al-Baghdadi as "the imam and khalifah (caliph) for the Muslims everywhere." He also said that with the establishment of the caliphate, the group was changing its name to just the Islamic State, dropping the mention of Iraq and the Levant.

"The legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the caliph's authority and the arrival of its troops to their areas," al-Adnani continued. "Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day."


ALBANY — A Queens-based provider of bilingual pre-school special education services was hit by state Controller Thomas DiNapoli in a new audit for improperly spending taxpayer money on fancy cars, a Manhattan apartment, and even a recent hire's funeral expenses.

The audit, set to be released Monday, found that Bilinguals Inc. received reimbursements to help cover the cost of rent on a Manhattan apartment for Executive Director Trudy Font-Padron and her husband, Robert Padron, an assistant executive director, "so they wouldn't be too far from the office," even though the headquarters are in Forest Hills.


North Korea has announced that it is preparing to put two American tourists on trial for carrying out what Pyongyang says were hostile acts against the country.

Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle were detained nearly three weeks apart in April. North Korean authorities have not specified what the two did that was considered hostile or illegal, or what kind of punishment they might face. It also did not say when the trial would begin.

"Their hostile acts were confirmed by evidence and their own testimonies," read a partial statement from the official Korean Central News Agency.

Fowle arrived in the county on April 29. North Korea's state media said in June that authorities were investigating him for committing acts inconsistent with the purpose of a tourist visit.


David Bryant's days as a free man may soon be coming to an end.

The man who served nearly four decades for the vicious rape and murder of an 8-year-old Bronx girl — before being sprung from prison on a technicality last year — may be heading back behind bars now that an appellate court has overturned the decision that led to his release, authorities said.

A source with the Bronx district attorney’s office said prosecutors will demand that Bronx Supreme Court Justice Seth Marvin reinstate Bryant’s conviction for the 1975 killing of little Karen Smith.

“We go back into court Tuesday to put David Bryant back behind bars,” said the source.

A state appellate court recently overturned Marvin’s decision that Bryant’s lawyer botched his defense when he didn’t test for his client’s blood type or consult with a scientist who specializes in body fluids.


In addition to sweeping views, updated appliances and all modern conveniences, one new D.C. apartment complex comes with an English bulldog for all residents to enjoy.

Doug Crawford, the manager of 2M, a building set to open Aug. 1 at the corner of North Capitol and M streets, is making it possible for busy residents to have a pet without all the work.

His 10-month-old pup, Emmy, will serve as the communal dog.

"People work endless amounts of hours, so it's rather difficult to get a puppy and care for them," he said.



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