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News That Makes You Think… 06.09.14

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News-That-Make-You-ThinkThe pair who fatally shot two Las Vegas police officers and one civilian before taking their own lives Sunday are believed to be a married couple who possessed white supremacist paraphernalia and spoke of targeting police officers.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported late Sunday that officers were searching a small apartment complex about four miles from the Cici's Pizza restaurant where the officers were killed and the Wal-Mart where the two killed one other person before executing an apparent suicide pact.

The identities of the suspects have not been officially released, but a law enforcement official close to the investigation told the Review-Journal that the suspects were married, in their 20s, and new to the area. The paper reported that investigators found swastika symbols during their search of the apartment. Several neighbors the paper spoke to said the man's first name was Jared, while one person gave the women's name as Amanda.

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The mother of the accused Brooklyn butcher blamed the criminal justice system for failing her violent son, who is accused of fatally stabbing a 6-year-old boy and repeatedly knifing the youngster’s 7-year-old playmate.

Marie Bauzile — who watched her son, Daniel St. Hubert, get locked up five years ago after he viciously attacked her — said jail should not be a substitute for mental health facilities.

“Jail is not the answer,” Bauzile, 60, told the Daily News from her South Ozone Park, Queens, home on Sunday. “If people have a mental problem, it’s not jail. It’s not the answer.”

St. Hubert, 27, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia while serving time for trying to strangle Bauzile with an electrical cord in 2009. His sister, Judith Perry, has said he was given no meds or psychiatric referrals when he was released from the upstate Clinton Correctional Facility on May 23.

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A 111-year-old New Yorker who lived on the Upper West Side and had been certified as the oldest man in the world died Sunday morning, according to friends who had been taking care of him.

Alexander Imich died peacefully at 9:03 a.m., according to his friends Michael Mannion and Trish Corbett. He had attained the rank of oldest man on the planet this April as determined by the Gerontology Research Group of Torrance, Calif.

Imich shrugged off the title in an interview with NBC 4 New York last month when asked for his secret to longevity.

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The Justice Department is resurrecting a program designed to thwart domestic threats to the United States, and Attorney General Eric Holder says those threats include individuals the government deems anti-government or racially prejudiced.

The Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee was created in the wake of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing but was scrapped soon after the 2001 terrorist attacks as intelligence and law enforcement officials shifted their focus to threats from outside the country. The committee will be comprised of figures from the FBI, the National Security Division of the Justice Department and the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

In his statement announcing the return of the committee, Holder said he remains concerned about the specter of attacks prompted by Islamic extremists, but he said this committee will be tasked with identifying other threats.

“We must also concern ourselves with the continued danger we face from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of other causes from anti-government animus to racial prejudice,” Holder said.

According to reporting from Reuters, the American Civil Liberties Union is pushing back against the DOJ plan, fearing “it could be a sweeping mandate to monitor and collect controversial speech.”

Conservative groups are alarmed on multiple levels. First, they see themselves once again the target of an administration that disagrees with them philosophically.

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The accused Brooklyn Ripper, charged with butchering two young children in an elevator, is now terrifying even hardened staffers on the Bellevue psych ward.

Daniel St. Hubert has been threatening to beat up cops and hospital workers since being taken in for evaluation last week, sources told The Post on Sunday.

“Any hospital staff that have to deal with him are very nervous around him,” said a Bellevue source. “They are on high alert.

“He is extremely hostile and accepts no responsibility for anything,” the source said, adding that his colleagues describe the alleged killer as a “menacing brute” with “a bad look in his eyes.”

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A Texas mom is angry over a school ban on sunscreen that she says led to her daughter getting a severe sunburn during a field trip.

The North East Independent School District has the restriction because it considers sunscreen toxic, and fears kids will eat it, parent Christy Riggs, of San Antonio, told Fox News.

“The reality is: Children don’t eat sunscreen and they’re not going to,” Riggs said.

School district spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor told ABC News that allergic reactions to sunscreen are one of the numerous reasons the district does not allow sunblock in its 72 schools.

“We don’t want students sharing sunscreen,” Chancellor told the station. “If students get it in their eyes or react badly to the sunscreen it can be quite serious.”

The district treats sunscreen as a medicine, Chancellor said, and requires a doctor’s note to apply it at school.

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Goodbye to the 1st Amendment?

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News That Makes You Think… 06.04.2014

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The Taliban has released a video purporting to show the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl into U.S. custody over the weekend.

The video was emailed to media outlets Wednesday.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said that the Defense Department was reviewing the video, but had "no reason to doubt [its] authenticity."

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More than 100 Harlem gang members have been indicted in a massive conspiracy case surrounding the 2011 slaying of an 18-year-old high school hoops star, sources said.

The probe revolves around the deadly rivalry between crews from the Manhattanville and neighboring Grant Houses, which straddle Amsterdam Ave. near W. 125th St.

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A 94-year-old World War II veteran from Alabama is making the trip of a lifetime to attend D-Day ceremonies in France, a journey he nearly wasn't able to make because he didn't have the proof of his citizenship needed to get a passport.

Sherwin Callander and his granddaughter Elaine Oakes landed in Paris Tuesday to attend the ceremonies for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, after getting help from social media and Callander’s local congressman to overcome financial and passport issues that threatened to thwart his trip. Oakes announced they had landed on her Facebook page.

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President Obama acknowledged Tuesday that his Taliban prisoner swap could blow up in his face — or somewhere else around the globe.

The five hardened terrorists sprung from Guantanamo Bay for suspected deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s return could rejoin the jihad on America, the President conceded in defending his decision.

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In an Instagram video posted by a straphanger on the city’s subway Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio challenges President Obama to a game of one-on-one hoops.

“I think it’s a great idea,” he said after a young man made a short phone video suggesting the Mayor take the Commander-in-Chief on one-on-one.

“President Obama and I are almost the same age,” de Blasio said in the clip, as he considered the idea. “He has more basketball skills and practices a lot more but I have height.”

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The best part of waking up is about to get more expensive. Prices for Folgers and Dunkin’ Donuts packaged coffee will be increasing by 9 percent, the J.M. Smucker Company announced Tuesday.

That means a 1-pound bag of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee that retails for about $8.99 will increase by 81 cents.

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News That Makes You Think… 05.29.14

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News-That-Make-You-ThinkThe economy in the U.S. contracted for the first time in three years from January through March as companies added to inventories at a slower pace and curtailed investment.

Gross domestic product fell at a 1 percent annualized rate in the first quarter, a bigger decline than projected, after a previously reported 0.1 percent gain, the Commerce Department said today in Washington. The last time the economy shrank was in the same three months of 2011. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.5 percent drop.

A pickup in receipts at retailers, stronger manufacturing and faster job growth indicate the first-quarter setback will prove temporary as pent-up demand is unleashed. Federal Reserve policy makers said at their April meeting that the economy has strengthened after adverse weather took its toll.

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A statement by the Royal College of Psychiatrists that people are not born gay has been welcomed as "a major admission" by a Christian charity that helps men and women change unwanted same-sex feelings.

Core Issues Trust (CIT), which is campaigning against a ban on therapy being offered to people who want to move away from a homosexual lifestyle, says the latest statement by the Royal College admits what it previously denied.

"They now say that the causes of homosexuality are a combination of 'biological and postnatal environment factors.' So, if a child does not encounter such postnatal life experiences, he or she will grow up heterosexual," says the director of CIT, Mike Davidson.

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A Utah high school has used Photoshop to censor its yearbook photos because it deemed some female students' pictures too sexy.

Wasatch High School is under fire after it altered the images of certain students to show less skin without them knowing about it.

When the students received the much anticipated yearbook, they were shocked to see they appear to be wearing a different outfit.

Some have now complained, and said they also feel upset because the decisions whether to alter the photos or not were not made consistently.

'I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who,' Sophomore Rachel Russel Told WGHP News.

'There were plenty of girls (who) were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn't.'

Russel's original picture showed her wearing a sleeveless top. But the version seen in the yearbook has black sleeves added on.

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The official watchdog for the Department of Veterans Affairs claimed in a scathing report that the department has a "systemic" problem with clinics lying about patient wait times, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle joined calls for Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

The VA Office of Inspector General released its interim report on Wednesday, as part of its ongoing probe into whether veterans died as a result of under-reported delays. While not reaching any conclusion on what led to those deaths, the office released troubling statistics regarding the embattled Phoenix VA facility suggesting workers under-stated wait-times in order to make their internal figures look good.

The office, in its preliminary findings, determined that veterans in Phoenix waited an average of 115 days for a primary care appointment -- far longer than the VA's official statistics showed. Such inappropriate scheduling tactics, according to the report, may be the basis for claims of "secret" waiting lists.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who until now had held off on urging Shinseki to resign, said during a press conference at his Phoenix office Wednesday afternoon that "it's time for Secretary Shinseki to step down" -- and that if he won't, "then I call on the president of the United States to relieve him of his duties, fire him."

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The German study, which was published in JAMA Psychiatry, claims to have found "the first evidence for a link between pornography consumption and reductions in brain size and brain activity in response to sexual stimuli." Researchers took men, asked them how often they watch porn, and then checked their brain to see how it reacted when they were shown pornography. It turns out that men who admit to watching higher levels of porn have diminished function in the areas of the brain that deal with motivation. In more scientific terms, from Reuters:

“We found that the volume of the so-called striatum, a brain region that has been associated with reward processing and motivated behavior was smaller the more pornography consumption the participants reported ... Moreover we found that another brain region, that is also part of the striatum that is active when people see sexual stimuli, shows less activation the more pornography participants consumed,” [Lead author Simone] Kühn said.

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News That Makes You Think… 05.28.14

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News-That-Make-You-ThinkPresident Barack Obama is expected to indicate that he will expand assistance to Syrian rebels in a speech at the U.S. Military Academy Wednesday and is reportedly weighing sending a limited number of American troops to Jordan to be part of a regional training mission to train and equip certain moderate members of the Free Syria Army.

If Obama signs off on the program, it would mark a significant boost in U.S. support to the rebels, who have repeatedly asked the U.S. for military help in their four-year-long war against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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The White House has launched an internal probe after its press office inadvertently outed the top CIA official in Afghanistan -- a national security blunder that could put that individual at risk.

A spokeswoman with the National Security Council confirmed to Fox News that the White House chief of staff asked White House Counsel Neil Eggleston to “look into what happened” and make recommendations on “how the administration can improve processes and make sure something like this does not happen again.”

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I know, the last thing you’d expect from the Obamas is hypocrisy. Alas, I bring you yet another example, this time regarding school lunches. First Lady Michelle Obama has been widely criticized among hungry students across the U.S., a result of school meal nutrition standards that she successfully lobbied for in 2010. Twitchy has done a great job capturing the reactions and photos to some of these lunches and it’s not pretty (click here,here, and here for examples). But CNS News decided to dig a little deeper. What exactly are Michelle O’s daughters eating at lunch? Is it in any way comparable to the lunches in our nation’s public schools? Obviously, the answer is no:

With public school students using #ThanksMichelle to tweet photos of their skimpy, stomach-turning school lunches, I decided to look at what Michelle Obama's daughters are served at Sidwell Friends school, and it turns out the girls dine on lunches frommenus designed by chefs. While the Obama daughters have enjoyed dishes like chicken coconut soup, local butternut squash soup, crusted tilapia,they also get their fill of what Mrs. Obama might consider junk food.

This week, for example, they'll enjoy meatball subs, BBQ wings, and ice cream, in addition to chicken curry, deviled egg salad and the intriguing "Chef's Choice."

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President Obama, in a commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, signaled a significant shift in U.S. foreign policy -- one that pulls back from what he described as "military adventures" while wielding American power in other ways.

The president described the new American foreign policy as one of "collective action" and restraint, deploying unilateral U.S. military force only when the American people are threatened. He outlined the approach a day after announcing his plan for gradually drawing down the U.S. force in Afghanistan once the war formally ends later this year.

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The Obama administration’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expects to have more money for medical care than it can spend for the fifth fiscal year in a row, The Daily Caller has learned.

Republican lawmakers and veteran groups are currently calling for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki over secret waiting lists kept at the Phoenix VA Medical Center that led to preventable veteran deaths.

Despite liberal claims that VA needs more funding, based on a report from the labor union the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) that VA is underfunded, the scandal-plagued department actually has a surplus in medical-care funding.

VA expects to carry over $450 million in medical-care funding from fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2015. VA received its full requested medical care appropriation of $54.6 billion this fiscal year, which is more than $10 billion more than it received four years ago.

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Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou was found dead in her Winston-Salem, N.C., home Wednesday morning. She was 86.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Jones confirmed Angelou's death to Fox News. Police reportedly were at her home investigating. A press conference is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. ET.

Angelou, who rose from poverty as a child raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Ark., to become a cultural icon, gained widespread acclaim for her first book, her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.

In 1998, she directed the film "Down in the Delta" about a drug-addicted woman who returns to the home of her ancestors in the Mississippi Delta. She was the poet chosen to read at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993. She wrote and read an original composition, "On the Pulse of Morning," which became a million-seller.

Major League Baseball announced last week that Angelou would not attend its 2014 Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she was to be honored, due to health concerns. Angelou also canceled an event in April in Fayetteville, Ark., because of an "unexpected ailment" that sent her to the hospital.

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