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NEWS THAT MAKES YOU THINK… 08.13.14

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News-That-Make-You-ThinkThe Pentagon sent additional military planners to Iraq on Tuesday to figure out a way to rescue and relocate the tens of thousands of religious minorities trapped on a mountain by Islamic militants, senior U.S. officials said.

A senior U.S. official told Fox News that 130 military personnel have arrived in Irbil for the job.

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FERGUSON, Mo. — Authorities on Tuesday delayed revealing the identity of the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teen three days ago, citing threats against the officer on social media.

“If we come out and say, ‘it was this officer,’ then he immediately becomes a target,” Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said. “We’re taking the threats seriously.”

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Two families who lived just miles apart were reeling from a shared tragedy Tuesday after a Bronx cop and a 59-year-old man died in a wrong-way crash on the New York State Thruway.

NYPD Officer Richard Christopher, 32, was off-duty and driving south “in the northbound lanes of I-87 for unknown reasons,” according to a New York State Police statement, when he hit an SUV driven by James DeVito of Airmont.

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Two German artists have claimed responsibility for the white flags planted on the Brooklyn Bridge last month — offering compelling video evidence that even the NYPD thinks is legit.

Mischa Leinkauf, 37, and Matthias Wermke, 35, of Berlin, said they simply wanted to “show the beauty of public space” — not humiliate the Police Department or fuel terrorism fears.

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A traveling petting zoo has been identified by Minnesota health officials as the source of an E. coli outbreak that so far has infected 13 people and required seven of them to be admitted to hospitals.

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The Austin Police Department will start ticketing children for good deeds. It’s part of an initiative called Operation Chill.

The idea behind the program is to reward youngsters for their good behavior. The ticket is actually a coupon for a free 7-Eleven Slurpee.

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NEWS THAT MAKES YOU THINK 08.12.14

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Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, who dazzled in such wide-ranging dramatic and comedic roles as alien, nanny, therapist and cartoon genie during a four-decades long career, was found dead in his northern California home in a suspected suicide Monday. He was 63.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his home around noon. The statement said the investigation into Williams’ death is ongoing, but the coroner “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”

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Working at Urban Outfitters was an urban nightmare for one employee who says creepy customers took videos up her skirt and licked her face.

Tatiana Swiderski, 25, said her bosses at the Fifth Avenue store turned a blind eye the harassment — refusing to call cops on the pervy patrons and holing her away in the stock room for complaining.

“They made it their mission to make me feel invalidated,” Swiderski told the Daily News. “They tried to make me feel like I was a crazy over-reactor.”

Now she’s suing the chain for sexual harassment and retaliation.

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Whether it’s called the upward inflection, high-rising terminal or simply “uptalk”, the habit of making statements sound like questions is a genuine linguistic mystery, writes Chris Stokel-Walker.

The habit of ending statements with a stress that makes them sound a bit like questions is one that winds many people up.

Surveys have suggested bosses dislike it. Stephen Fry admitted on the TV show Room 101 that he hated it. Numerous older people have picked up numerous younger people on their use of it.

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FERGUSON, Mo. — Officers in riot gear lobbed tear gas Monday night at crowds angered by the weekend shooting of an 18-year-old unarmed man by a police officer, according to published reports.

KSDK-TV in St. Louis reported that police officers trying to quell unrest and violence began firing tear gas at crowds here. There are no reports yet of injuries.

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A 10-year-old girl playing in the surf at Coney Island made a shocking and potentially deadly discovery Monday afternoon, finding a loaded gun buried on the packed beach, cops said.

The kid found the 9 mm firearm under about two feet of sand near West 19th Street at 2:15 p.m., and brought it to a lifeguard, according to police.

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Nutley will be overnight “fogging” in and around DeMuro Park next week in an effort to control the bird population, the township announced Monday.

The Bird Doctor Nationwide plans to apply the Thermal Dyna Fogger between Monday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Aug. 23, in an area bordering Bloomfield, Margaret, Van Winkle and Wilson avenues. DeMuro Park will be closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. those evenings.

The fogger contains a methyl anthranilate aerosol, which the township states is environmentally responsible. The EPA has classified the chemical as a naturally occurring flavorant, and the FDA has labeled it “generally regarded as safe.” It is also used in grape gum.

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NEWS THAT MAKES YOU THINK… 08.11.14

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The United States is sending weapons directly to Kurdish forces in Iraq who have begun to roll back gains made by Sunni militants, according to a published report.

The Associated Press, citing senior U.S. officials, reported early Monday that the weapons were being provided to the Kurds. The officials did not specify which government agency is supplying the weapons, but one did say it is not the Pentagon. However, the officials did say that the Obama administration is close to approving a plan for the Pentagon to arm the Kurds. News-That-Make-You-Think

Providing weapons to Kurdish forces is a reversal of U.S. policy, which had previously only allowed for selling arms directly to the Iraqi government. In recent days, the U.S. military has been helping facilitate weapons deliveries from the Iraqis to the Kurds, providing logistic assistance and transportation to the north.

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South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham sounded the alarm Sunday about the growing threat of Islamic State launching an attack on American soil unless President Obama takes more decisive action to stop the terror group’s surge across Iraq and Syria.

Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that the well-funded, swiftly-strengthening organization, which has taken control of large parts of both Middle East countries, is a “direct threat to our homeland.”

“Mr. President, be honest with the threat we face,” Graham said. “They are coming.”

Graham was critical of the president’s decision late last week to order a series of limited airstrikes at Islamic State military installations in northern Iraq to stop members from killing American personnel and the thousands of Christians, Kurds and others who have fled into the Sinjar Mountains.

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HAWTHORNE, N.J. — One person was killed and several others were injured when a pickup truck drove into a farmers market in northern New Jersey.

Authorities say the accident occurred around 2:20 p.m. Sunday in Hawthorne, but they would not immediately disclose further details.

Hawthorne Mayor Richard Goldbergtold NJ.com that the pickup truck drove through a barricade, struck several people and briefly dragged a woman who was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Mikayla Capers sported a broad smile across her face and two round scars on her chest.

The 7-year-old girl, two months after surviving a knife-wielding maniac’s attack in a Brooklyn elevator, danced and posed for pictures Saturday in her first public appearance since the stabbing.

“I’m feeling good and it’s because you all supported me,” Mikayla said at the National Action Network’s Harlem headquarters. “Thank you for your kindness . . . I’m feeling good.”

Mikayla — wearing a purple and pink dress — was eager to return to school after recovering from 16 stab wounds inflicted during the savage June 1 attack that killed her 6-year-old pal P.J. Avitto.

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FREMONT — A health textbook that talks about masturbation, foreplay and erotic touch, among other sexual education topics, will stay even though some parents are objecting to it on the grounds it’s inappropriate for their ninth grade children.

The school board voted 3-2 on June 25 to purchase copies of “Your Health Today” for $204,600 after an extensive review process that included input from teachers and parents, said school board President Lara Calvert-York. It was chosen over six other books under consideration and the district has no plans to pull it from classrooms, she said.

But that approval process the book went through hasn’t dulled the fury of parents who say the book’s information on sex is way too advanced. A petition on the website Care2 has over 1,500 online signatures calling for the book’s removal.

“There’s a section that tells you how to talk to your prospective partners about your sexual history,” said Asfia Ahmed, a parent and school district employee who said she may sue the district if it does not remove the book. “How does that relate to a 14-year-old kid? I don’t see it at all.”

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Like it or not, kids or no kids, California taxpayers could find themselves signed up for diaper duty, footing the bill – Assembly Bill 1516, that is – for diapers for needy families.

The newly proposed bill, which could reportedly cost taxpayers $100 million annually, would provide eligible families with $80 a month to be spent on diapers for their children under two years old.

Intended to fall under the umbrella of the Golden State’s current welfare network, CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids), AB 1516 would be the first legislative act giving free diapers to citizens at taxpayers’ expense.

Proponents of the controversial groundbreaking bill are ecstatic to see it come as far as it has and consider it to be a taxpayer obligation.

“When you have an identifiable problem preventing women from self-sufficiency and there is an identifiable barrier, shouldn’t we help that along when we can?” said the author of the bill, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), according to FoxNews.com. “To be quite frank, I am delighted but a little surprised that we’ve gotten it this far.”

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Many single mothers may be moving back home.

Census statistics show many single mothers are not living in their own households.

Census Bureau stats indicate that 20% of women giving birth in 2012 were living in someone else’s home. Alison Howard of Concerned Women for America tells OneNewsNow that as a matter of moving back in with family, it may be in the best interest of the child because it’s well known what happens to single mothers with children.

“In the 1960s the percentage of children born outside of marriage was less than 10%,” she says. “Now it’s over 40%, and statistically children in single parent homes don’t do as well in school. They’re five times as likely to be poor compared to peers born to married parents. That’s an unfortunate and hard reality to swallow, but it’s the truth.”

Children of single mothers are more likely to drop out of school, abuse drugs and alcohol and spend time in jail.

“We want to end this breakdown of marriage so that kids can do better and women can do better and American families can do better,” she says. “A strong family leads to a strong economy and leads to a strong country.”

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NEWS THAT MAKES YOU THINK… 08.04.14

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Just when you thought we couldn’t get any worse news from the southern border… We did!News-That-Make-You-Think

According to border authorities, in reports deemed “sensitive” and not initially expected to be revealed to the general public, we’ve learned that 71 persons have crossed our border recently…

…from the three nations fighting the Ebola outbreak!

Also dozens to hundreds have crossed who originally started their journeys to America, from Pakistan (where we killed Osama bin Ladin), Egypt (the nation with the largest number of Muslim Brotherhood, er “brothers,”) and Yemen (the nation hosting the new and improved global home for all things Al Qaeda.)

Awesome!

Deadly diseases there is no cure for, and lots of terrorism, welcomed at the gateway to the future–President Obama’s southern border.

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IRBIL, Iraq –  Militants with the Islamic State extremist group on Sunday seized two small towns in northern Iraq after driving out Kurdish security forces, further expanding the territories under their control, officials and residents said.

The fresh gains by the Sunni extremist militants have forced thousands of residents to flee from the religiously mixed towns of Zumar and Sinjar, toward the northern self-ruled Kurdish region, the United Nations said. Some of them were trapped in an open rugged area, it added.

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An Israeli soldier in Jerusalem was shot and seriously wounded by a gunman on a motorcycle Monday near the closing of a seven-hour humanitarian cease-fire window, according to Israeli media reports.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said authorities are searching for the shooter in east Jerusalem.

“Multiple shots were fired, one man was hit in the stomach and rushed to the hospital in serious condition,” hetold the Jerusalem Post.

Shortly before the reported attack, the lull in the Gaza Strip fighting between Israel and Hamas was broken by an assault in Jerusalem in which a man rammed the front end of a construction excavator into an Israeli bus.

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A triathlete’s trek was cut short on Sunday morning during the New York City Triathlon.

EMS responders and event staff pulled a man in his early 50s out the Hudson River near W. 99th St. after he went into cardiac arrest during the swimming portion of the triathlon.

A lifeguard said the swimmer’s eyes rolled back into his head and he became unconscious.

“The swimmer was blue, he was not breathing, he was in bad shape. But thankfully he’s OK,” said Cary Epstein, head of the triathlon’s lifeguards.

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Here comes The Calatrasaurus — the Port Authority’s “World Trade Center Transportation Hub,” a cyclopean PATH terminal onto which scary “wings” have been grafted like plastic mutant terrors of 1950s sci-fi movies.

Or do the wings, not plastic but steel, suggest teeth whittled down by a sadistic dentist? Or a giant fishbone? The Hub exhausts your capacity for cheap jokes.

With each passing week, the embarrassing ugliness of this $4 billion boondoggle designed by Santiago Calatrava — a hideous waste of public money — grows plain for all to see.

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COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Police say two 17-year-old boys have been charged with breaking into a Pennsylvania home and baking drug-laced brownies.

Police say the burglary happened late July 22 in Perkiomen Township, though the department only recently publicized it.

Police say the boys were found with drug paraphernalia and more than 2 pounds of the unspecified drug used to make the brownies.

The boys have been charged in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

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One cup of Bitty Foods’ cricket flour contains 28 grams of protein, and Ms. Miller believes it could replace wheat flour in everything from pasta to bread to cake.

“My vision is that we’re going to boost the protein content of all the staple foods that we eat,” she says. “And we’re going to need a really sustainable and plentiful protein source to do that with.”

Ms. Miller and other edible-insect entrepreneurs also think crickets could appeal to people concerned with environmental sustainability. The insects take just six to eight weeks to reach maturity and, because they don’t require much food, water or land and produce low levels of greenhouse gas emissions, they have a smaller carbon footprint than, say, a cow.

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NEWS THAT MAKES YOU THINK… 07.28.14

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News-That-Make-You-ThinkIsrael and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to three weeks of hostilities that have claimed hundreds of lives.

After initially rejecting an Israeli offer Saturday for a 24-hour truce, Hamas said Sunday that it had agreed to hold fire ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. But as Israel’s Cabinet met to discuss the offer and the ongoing war, rockets rained down on southern Israel.

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Even as President Obama grapples with the crisis of immigrant children arriving at the Southwest border, White House officials are laying the groundwork for a large-scale expansion of immigrant rights that would come by executive action within weeks.

Officials signaled strongly Friday that Obama’s move would shield from deportation large numbers of immigrants living in the country illegally, as advocacy groups have demanded.

Roughly 5 million of the estimated 11 million people who entered the country without legal authorization or overstayed their visas could be protected under a leading option the White House is considering, according to officials who discussed the proposals on condition of anonymity.

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MONROVIA, Liberia (July 27, 2014) — One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa — the largest ever recorded.

A second American, a missionary working in the Liberian capital, was also taken ill and was being treated in isolation there, said the pastor of a North Carolina church that sponsored her work.

Dr. Samuel Brisbane, a top Liberian health official, was treating Ebola patients at the country’s largest hospital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia, when he fell ill. He died Saturday, said Tolbert Nyenswah, an assistant health minister. A Ugandan doctor died earlier this month.

The American physician, 33-year-old Dr. Kent Brantly, was in Liberia helping to respond to the outbreak that has killed 129 people nationwide when he fell ill, according to the North Carolina-based medical charity, Samaritan’s Purse.

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New Hampshire has been told to stop violating free speech rights of pro-life prayer counselors through a new law that had been passed.

The New Hampshire law created a 25-foot zone of censorship outside abortion clinics. Under that law, pro-lifers were not permitted speak to people going in and out and were not allowed to stand on the public street or sidewalks. Abortion clinic employees were exempted from the law, allowing them to encourage women to enter clinics for abortions.

Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit and obtained a court order halting the enforcement of the New Hampshire law, according to ADF attorney Matt Bowman.

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A ‘graveyard’ of more than 70 trains from all over the United States was discovered by a young photographer and urban explorer in a forest in North Carolina.

The trains, once filled with people, now sit decaying on winding tracks stretching through the snowy forest, infusing visitors with a certain apocalyptic feel.

Among the many abandoned trains discovered and photographed by 24-year-old Johnny Joo are a passenger train from Philadelphia and several disused subway cars. There is also a cracked and broken New York street bus.

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The Arizona College and Career Ready Standards, which are based on the Common Core State Standards Initiative, do not mandate that students learn cursive. Nor did Arizona’s previous standards — those that AIMS is based on — or the standards of most of the other states that have new standards based on the Common Core.

The standards require that students master keyboarding and a form of handwriting — that can be print or cursive, said Kathryn Hrabluk, associate superintendent for the Arizona Department of Education.

California, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, are among the states that are either debating or have recently mandated that cursive be brought back to the classroom.

Arizona has not joined the debate, possibly because many schools here still teach cursive despite the lack of a state requirement.

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NEWS THAT MAKES YOU THINK… 07.21.14

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News-That-Make-You-ThinkThe United Nations Security Council called for an immediate halt to fighting in the Gaza Strip at an emergency session Sunday evening, but stopped short considering a draft resolution that would have called for Israeli forces to withdraw from the territory.

The draft resolution had been proposed by Jordan, which had requested the meeting of the Security Council as the Arab League’s representative on the panel. A copy of the draft resolution obtained by the Associated Press expressed also expressed “grave concern” at the high numbers of Palestinian civilians reported killed in Gaza, including children. However, the Jordanian proposal was not discussed.

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The grieving son of a man who died after an NYPD officer put him in an illegal chokehold said Sunday he wants to see the cop behind bars.

Eric Garner’s son, Eric Snipes, 18, spoke out just hours after four emergency workers who responded to Thursday’s tragic scene in Staten Island were put on modified duty pending an investigation.

Snipes focused his anger on Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the plainclothes cop seen in a viral video putting Garner in a chokehold and refusing to let up even when the father of six repeatedly yelled he couldn’t breathe.

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Watch your butts, kids — a state appeals court says it’s OK for parents to spank them.

In a ruling Wednesday, the state Appellate Division found that a Long Island father’s spanking of an 8-year-old boy “was a reasonable use of force.”

A Suffolk County Family Court judge had determined last year that the father of the boy had abused his son “by inflicting excessive corporal punishment.”

The father allegedly spanked the child with an open hand as punishment for cursing while they were at a party at friend’s home back in 2012, the appeals court ruling says.

“Further, it was alleged that after the father and the child returned home from the party, the father repeatedly struck the child with a belt on the buttocks, legs and arms,” the ruling said.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out against a chorus of international condemnation Monday over Moscow’s role in training and arming the rebels believed to have shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane Thursday, killing all 298 on board.

Putin said Russia was doing everything possible to allow a team of experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency, to investigate the scene. He also again criticized the Ukraine authorities in Kiev for reigniting the fighting with the pro-Russian rebels who control the crash site.

“We can say with confidence that if fighting in eastern Ukraine had not been renewed on June 28, this tragedy would not have happened,” Putin said. “Nobody should or does have a right to use this tragedy for such mercenary objectives.”

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President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations.

Obama’s action comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case that allowed some religiously oriented businesses to opt out of the federal health care law’s requirement that contraception coverage be provided to workers at no extra charge. Senior administration officials said Friday that ruling has no impact on non-discrimination policies in federal hiring and contracting.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the plans publicly.

Since Obama announced last month that he would sign the orders, he’s faced pressure from opposing flanks over the religious exemption and given no indication of where he would come down. Many religious leaders and conservative groups wanted him to exempt religious organizations from the order, while liberal clergy and gay advocacy groups adamantly opposed such an exemption.

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A new dating site is embracing genetic science to match young professionals together, by testing the DNA of their customers to find certain indicators that make a good match.

The site, SingldOut.com, works by mailing out DNA testing kits to their customers, who then spit in a tube and send it back. The tube is then sent to a lab, where it is tested for the presence of two genetic markers.

The two markers tested for are the serotonin uptake controller, which is involved in how people handle positive and negative emotions. The second marker tested for relates to the genes influencing the person’s immune system.

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NEWS THAT MAKES YOU THINK… 07.15.2014

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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.”

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 MAKES YOU THINK… 07.14.14

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 MAKES YOU THINK… 07.10.14

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.

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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:
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Hooke responded with the following:
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And Lois Lerner’s insidious one-word response?
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“Perfect.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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