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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-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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Republican Rep. Darrell Issa claimed that an email he’s reviewed shows the White House decided to reach out to YouTube within hours of the Benghazi terror attack, to warn the website about the consequences of posting an anti-Islam video.

The email would suggest the White House was connecting the attack to the video almost from the outset -- though their initial claim that the attack sprung out of protests over the film would later be proven false.

According to Issa, who discussed excerpts from the otherwise classified emails on Wednesday, the email was sent at 9:11 p.m. ET on Sept. 11 to the Diplomatic Security Command Center.

According to Issa, the email said: “White House is reaching out to UTube to advise ramifications of the posting of the Pastor Jon Video.”

Issa said this email is “troubling” because it “contradicts” White House claims that the faulty storyline on the video was drawn from the intelligence community’s talking points.

The congressman also said “the email shows the White House had hurried to settle on a false narrative -- one at odds with the conclusions reached by those on the ground -- before Americans were even out of harm’s way or the intelligence community had made an impartial examination of available evidence.”

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The century-old Texas-based organization kicked off its annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday as questions lingered over its decision last year to allow gay scouts in its ranks but bar them from adult leadership posts.

Gates, a former CIA director, will succeed Boy Scouts President Wayne Perry, who led the group through the emotionally charged debate in May last year when the council voted to lift a ban on openly gay scouts, a decision criticized by both conservatives opposed to the change and gay rights groups for not going far enough.

Gay rights groups are optimistic that Gates, who will officially take his new post on Thursday, will end the ban on adult leaders.

Gates was secretary of defense from December 2006 to July 1, 2011, serving both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which barred openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service, was repealed on December 22, 2010.

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A Colorado second grader was disciplined after he drew a picture of a handgun during an assignment where students look up to the clouds and draw what they see.

Kody Smith, 8, went outside May 14, looked up to the sky and saw a big fluffy handgun, KKTV.com reported. When he showed the drawing to his teacher at Talbott Elementary in Widefield, which is southeast of Colorado Springs, he was reprimanded.

The school reportedly filed a behavior report that said Smith’s behavior was disruptive to the school. The school district told the station that the report will notremain on Smith’s record and its response was “in line with routine procedures focused on school safety. But the boy’s parents say he was wrongfully punished.

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Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Thursday it is time for President Obama to make the case of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the Marine jailed in Mexico, a priority and convey its importance to Mexican authorities.

Tahmooressi was arrested March 31 after border inspectors found three legally purchased and registered firearms in his truck. Although he says he made a wrong turn at the poorly marked crossing, he was taken to the notorious La Mesa Prison in Tijuana and charged with weapons trafficking.

Rubio, R-Fla., said on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” that he understands Mexican authorities would like to work through Tahmooressi’s case in their own judicial system.

However, he said he believes the situation was clearly an accident, and that Tahmooressi does not fit the profile of someone dangerous.

“I hope he is treated fairly. I hope he is back in Florida soon,” Rubio said. Tahmooressi grew up in southern Florida and his mother still lives there.

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One in four adolescents is likely to acquire a sexually transmitted disease, according to the first ever Youth Sexual Health Plan released by New York State.

As CBS 2 reported, the state has launched a controversial plan to tackle sex education among youth.

The state Department of Health said some 60 percent of high school students in New York state reported they’d had sex by their senior year of high school, and more than 25 percent by their freshman year of high school.

More than one in 10 students said they did not use any method to protect against pregnancy using their last experience of sexual intercourse, while only 7.2 percent of sexually active students used a condom as well as another birth control method, the state said.

This was part of the reasoning behind the release of the first ever Youth Sexual Health Plan, a 22-page document defining “sexual health” as “a state of well‐being in relation to sexuality across the life span that involves physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions.”

Among the main objectives of the document are promoting the continuity of sexual education across the state, reducing the rate of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and reducing unintended teen pregnancies.

“Anything is possible once you start engaging,” said Nina Barba of the Upper West Side.

The statistics surrounding STDs in youth from 2012 were scary. Those between the ages of 15 and 24 accounted for 63 percent of reported STDs.

For newly diagnosed cases of HIV, one in five cases affected individuals under 25.

To reduce the rate of HIV, the state suggested mandatory offerings of HIV testing to all persons 13 or older. Some argued that 13 might be a young age for such worries.

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Letters signed by 50 U.S. senators urging the league to change theWashington Redskins name were sent on Thursday to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

The senators draw a parallel between the NBA's no-tolerance policy regarding the racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and asks the NFL to act similarly.

"Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports," the senators write. "It's time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team.

"The despicable comments made by Mr. Sterling have opened up a national conversation about race relations. We believe this conversation is an opportunity for the NFL to take action to remove the racial slur from the name of one of its marquee franchises."

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has opposed the name change, and his team has launched its own public relations campaign issuing comments by Native Americans that continue to support the name.

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News-That-Make-You-ThinkHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday reluctantly picked her team for a GOP-led Benghazi investigative committee, saying that Democrats’ participation was the only way to assure Americans of a “fair process.”

Pelosi appointed five fellow Democrats to the 12-member House select committee on Benghazi, including Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings as the ranking member of the panel.

“We've already been there,” Pelosi said in naming the members, continuing to voice concerns about the probe while also ending weeks of speculation about whether her party would participate.

“Eight reviews have been conducted in the House and Senate, 25,000 documents released, millions of taxpayer dollars spent. It was not necessary to put the families or our country through this partisan exercise once again,” the California Democrat continued. “I could have argued either way.”

Cummings is also the top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and is known to publicly spar with the chairman of that committee, GOP Rep. Darrell Issa. Pelosi also named Washington Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee; California Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the House Committee on Appropriations; California Rep. Linda Sanchez, a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means; and Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

“I believe we need someone in the room to simply defend the truth," Cummings said.

The committee will investigate the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (May 22, 2014) - A judge has granted a temporary injunction to two Christian colleges in Iowa and Michigan that halts a federal mandate requiring them to provide insurance coverage for certain contraceptives.

U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett's ruling Wednesday is in response to a lawsuit filed in October by Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The schools argue the mandate violates their religious freedoms.

Gregory Baylor is an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian law group representing the schools. He says in a statement that Christian colleges should "remain free to operate according to their defining beliefs."

The Justice Department has said the lawsuit is meritless and an attempt to prevent female employees from obtaining coverage.

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Star Wars director JJ Abrams has announced he is offering one fan the chance to film a cameo appearance on the upcoming film.

He launched the competition in a video, shot on the set in Abu Dhabi.

"It's surreal to be here, in this amazing place with these incredible people, working on this film," he said.

"Like a lot of people, I've been a Star Wars fan since I was a kid, so it's truly a surreal thing to be working on this movie. I can't believe it."

He added: "We're so grateful to all the Star Wars fans out there for their support and their patience that we would like you to be part of the fun here."

A picture of the new Star Wars cast was released by director JJ Abrams last month Entry into the prize draw comes at a cost.

The competition is part of the new Star Wars: Force for Change initiative, which has seen the Star Wars producers team up with a children's charity.

Abrams and his team are asking fans to make a financial contribution to the charity in return for entry to the prize draw, to win the filming experience.

The winner will also get a behind-the-scenes access and opportunities to meet some of the cast.

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In Miami, a hub of Cuban and Venezuelan exiles, about the most politically lethal thing a lawmaker can do is to speak about Communism in a positive way.

But that is what U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, a Democrat, did Tuesday night during a Google Hangout about immigration and crimes along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a discussion about the issue, the Cuban-American noted that El Paso, Texas, known as being one of the country’s safest cities, is directly across from Juarez, Mexico, one of the most dangerous in the hemisphere.

And then he added: “It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the Americas, which is Juarez, right? And two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico. And of course, the reason is we’ve proved that Communism works.”

“If you give everybody a good, government job, there’s no crime,” Garcia said.

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North Carolina restaurant The Pit was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday. Normally, local crime stories like this wouldn't merit a Townhall post, but this one is different: The Pit has a "no weapons" sign displayed prominent lyon its door declaring the restaurant a gun-free zone, and bans patrons from carrying concealed weapons.

Authorities said just before 9 p.m. Sunday, three men wearing hoodies entered the restaurant through the back doors with pistols, and forced several staff members to lie on the floor.

The bandits assaulted two employees during the crime, but they were not seriously injured.

What groups like Everytown for Gun Safety or Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America seem to have an issue grasping is that criminals have no respect for the law by nature of being criminals. Criminals aren't going to be stopped by a "no guns allowed" sign. If somebody is going to rob or shoot up a Chipotle, for instance, they're not going to care that they cannot (or have been politely asked not to) bring a gun onto the premises. Criminals are not going to submit to background checks. They'll use straw purchases or just buy a gun from an illegal source. All these policies and laws do is make it harder for legal gun owners to protect themselves.

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Cassandre Fiering was filling in for a class of five fourth-graders at P.S. 189 on June 13.

“It was an all-day situation and I was in the room for seven hours without a lesson plan,” Fiering said of the school day. The 45-year-old teacher, who also acts in commercials and has had small roles in movies and on TV, said she decided to discuss relationships with students – her relationships.

At the time, she was dating two men. Although she later noted that “it was all theoretical,” she sought out her young class’s opinions on the two men.

Fiering reportedly acted out her scenarios with her students, in which she acted as the boyfriends and students took turns pretending to be her. She allegedly hugged one student, tapped another’s shoulder, and touched two students’ thighs.

The case was investigated by the office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation for New York City Schools. The investigation began when Fiering’s students told school officials that they had counseled Fiering on her romantic life.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney wound up with egg on his face Monday as he told reporters that President Barack Obama first learned from a TV news report that his Veterans Administration was denying medical care to vets with secret off-the-books-waiting lists.

But new evidence emerged this morning that his transition team was notified five years ago about how VA medical centers' official wait-list times bore little resemblance to reality and risked denying military heroes critical health care.

The Washington Times reported Monday that waiting times at veterans' medical facilities were known to be wildly inaccurate at the end of the George W. Bush administration. By the time Obama's transition team got a post-election briefing from the VA at the end of 2008, scheduling failures were already reaching a critical point.

The newspaper received a copy of that briefing through a Freedom Of Information Act request.

Obama has come under fire before for saying he was made aware of scandal-worthy shortcomings in his own administration by watching television, including the IRS tea party-targeting scandal that rocked Washington 12 months ago and the Operation Fast and Furious saga that has tainted his Justice Department for years.

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Meriam Ibrahim, 26, who is eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death last Thursday after being convicted of apostasy. The court in Khartoum delayed carrying out the ruling until Ibrahim gives birth and nurses her newborn.

In the interim, she has been spending her days bound with shackles on her legs according to her husband, U.S. citizen Daniel Wani, a Christian, who was able to visit his wife for the first time on Monday.

“He originally was not allowed to see her until this week,” Tina Ramirez, executive director of Hardwired, a U.S.-based advocacy group against religious persecution, told FoxNews.com. “Once he was able to, she was shackled and her legs were swollen.”

Ramirez added that Ibrahim’s attorney is working on an appeal as international outrage over her persecution grows.

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NEW YORK — Burger King is scrapping its 40-year-old "Have It Your Way" slogan in favor of the more personal "Be Your Way."

The chain says the new tag line will roll out across its marketing in the U.S., including in a TV ad that will begin airing Monday night. The line made its first appearance in an online video last month.

Burger King says in a statement that the new motto is intended to remind people that "they can and should live how they want anytime. It's ok to not be perfect ... Self-expression is most important and it's our differences that make us individuals instead of robots."

It may seem odd for a fast-food company to champion individuality, but Burger King isn't the only one trying to project a hip, non-corporate attitude to gain favor with customers. Since 2012, for instance, Taco Bell has been touting its "Live Mas" slogan, which means "live more" in Spanish.

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Washington (AFP) - The White House has promised the United States will not use vaccination programs as cover for spy operations -- after the move was attempted during the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

As Pakistan suffers a resurgence of polio, a top White House official pledged in a letter dated May 16 that intelligence agencies would foreswear the tactic, which is partly blamed for the spread of the crippling disease.

Islamic militant leaders are reluctant to embrace vaccination programs after Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi attempted to help the CIA track down the Al-Qaeda terror chief through a fake vaccine project.

President Barack Obama's top White House anti-terrorism advisor Lisa Monaco told deans of 13 US schools of public health that CIA chief John Brennan had directed last year that agents would "make no operational use of vaccination programs."

"Similarly, the agency will not seek to obtain or exploit DNA or other genetic material acquired through such programs."

"This CIA policy applies worldwide and to US and non US persons alike."

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PORTLAND, Ore. (May 20, 2014) - A federal judge threw out Oregon's same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th legal victory for gay marriage advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned part of a federal ban.

State officials earlier refused to defend Oregon's voter-approved ban and said they wouldn't appeal.

The National Organization for Marriage sought to intervene, but both U.S. District Judge Michael McShane in Eugene and a federal appeals court rejected its attempts to argue in favor of the ban.

Many county clerks in the state began carrying out same-sex marriages almost immediately after Monday's ruling, as jubilant couples rushed to tie the knot.

"It's the final step to be truly a family," said Patty Reagan, who waited in line in Portland to get a marriage license with partner Kelly. "Everyone else takes for granted that they have this right."

McShane joins judges in seven other states who have overturned same-sex marriage bans, though appeals are underway. Lower-court judges have repeatedly cited last year's Supreme Court ruling when striking down bans.

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FINDLAY, Ohio (WTVN) --  The University of Findlay is being forced to replace nearly all its grass after weedkiller was accidentally used instead of fertilizer.

"A lot of the grass still looks pretty sad. It's pretty brown," said university spokesperson Brianna Patterson.

The chemical was applied by a contractor during the last week of April. She says they are working to replace the grass, but it will take several weeks.

"Anyone who has done lawn care on their own lawn will agree with how easy it is to make this mistake," Patterson said.

The name of the company wasn't released, but Patterson says they are working with the company's insurance provider to foot the bill. Patterson did not have an estimate of how much it could cost, but The Courier in Findlay reported the price tag could be around $2 million.

Patterson estimates about 70 to 75 percent of the university's lawns were impacted.

The University of Findlay has received several awards in the past for the beauty of the plants on their campus.

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