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    Utah man dies of bubonic plague

    State health officials are investigating a case of bubonic plague, which killed an elderly man in Utah earlier this month. It is the first case of human plague since 2009 and the first death caused by the plague in 35 years, though there have been a dozen cases reported in seven states since April this

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    Deaths from MERS virus surge in Saudi Arabia

    Deaths from Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome have risen in Saudi Arabia. Health officials say they are concerned as the country is preparing to host millions of people for the annual hajj pilgrimage.   Saudi Authorities have recorded 19 fatalities in one week from the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronovirus. A total of 502 people

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    Planned Parenthood admits it manipulates rules on fetal organ sales to maximize profit

    In a letter to Congress intended to defend its practices and attack its hidden-video critics, Planned Parenthood wound up lending credence to accusations that it manipulates rules on selling fetal organs to maximize profit. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, admitted in an 11-page letter Thursday that its affiliates have accepted

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    Scientists fear tsunami would devastate Greece and Italy if ‘moderate’ earthquake hits

    Highly-populated coasts of Greece and Italy would be swamped by a tsunami if a moderate earthquake struck in the Mediterranean, scientists say. Experts simulated what would happen if a magnitude seven earthquake occurred beneath the Mediterranean sea off Sicily or Crete. The results showed that low-lying areas up to five metres above sea level would

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    South Korea plans ‘decapitation’ strike against North’s leadership if nuclear war is likely

    South Korea is drawing up plans to “decapitate” the top leadership in North Korea in the event that a new crisis between the two countries looks like it is descending into nuclear war. Seoul is re-examining its defense strategies in the wake of the recent tensions across the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two nations,

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    Tropical Storm Erika Soaks Puerto Rico, Hispanola; Warnings in the Bahamas; Uncertain Threat to Florida, Southeast U.S.

    Highlights The center of Tropical Storm Erika is moving over Hispanola, still very poorly organized. Tropical storm warnings continue in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos, and the central and southeast Bahamas. Deadly, destructive flooding has been reported in Dominica, in the Lesser Antilles, Thursday. Strong wind gusts were reported in St. Croix and

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    Poroshenko Signs Secret Military Tech Deal With Anonymous Allies

    The head of Ukraine has signed a decree on military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and a number of countries, the list of which has not been disclosed, but rather attached as a “classified document”, according to the statement of his press service. The details of the document are also being kept secret. However, control over the execution of the

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    Jim Paulsen: Overvalued market has further to fall

    Despite all of the market spasms amid fears of slowing global growth, stocks are on pace for a weekly gain, but that’s not enough to think the worst is behind us, strategist Jim Paulsen said Friday. “The thing that really brought this market down was basically a market that was overvalued, that developed investor sentiment

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    Fed’s Fischer: Too early to decide on Sept hike

    It’s too early to determine if recent market turmoil has made a September rate hike more or less compelling, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer told CNBC on Friday. Investors are watching the Fed closely for signs of an impending tightening. As international and U.S. markets swung wildly this week, some questioned whether the conditions

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    The Fed spooks: Don’t blame China for global market turmoil — it’s the Fed’s fault

    China’s economy isn’t responsible for the turmoil in the markets, the U.S. Federal Reserve is No one should expect that the stock market selling is over. The correction may soon morph into a full-fledged bear market if the Fed makes good on its supposed intentions to raise interest rates this year. Have no illusions, while

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    IAEA says Iran has expanded Parchin nuclear facility

    The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency reported Thursday that while Iran has largely been complying with agreements on curtailing its nuclear program, it has built an extension to its military facility at Parchin. A segment of the confidential report seen by the Reuters news agency says the Islamic Republic’s activity at the site since

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    Christian bus driver says he’ll quit if he has to drive Calgary’s Pride-themed rainbow bus

    A Calgary man says he will quit his job if he’s assigned to drive a bus wrapped in a rainbow flag. The annual Calgary Pride Festival kicks off Friday and, as a show of support, a Calgary Transit bus has been wrapped in the symbol of inclusiveness. The rainbow flag bus will operate through Sept.

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    Polish Official confirms Nazi gold train find

    A Polish official says he has seen images made by ground-penetrating radar that seem to prove the discovery of an armored Nazi train missing in southwestern Poland since World War II. Local lore says a German train filled with gold, gems and armaments went missing around the city of Walbrzych while it was fleeing the

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    US Next-Gen B-3 Bombers Could Remain in Chinese Airspace For an Hour

    Based on the location of American military bases and the range of the aircraft, the new B-3 Long-Range Strike Bombers could remain over Chinese territory for over an hour, according to Chinese media. With an operative range of up to 2,500 nautical miles (almost 5,000 km) the B-3 bomber will most likely replace all current

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    Former Vatican adviser to Dominican Republic dies of ‘sudden illness’ before child pornography trial

    The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who had been charged by church prosecutors with sexually abusing children in the Caribbean country, died Friday of apparent natural causes as he awaited trial, the Vatican said. Jozef Wesolowski, 67, was found dead early Friday in the Vatican room where he has been held on house

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    Spanish public radio removes show on Jews and Satanism amid outcry

    “The director of Spanish National Radio (RNE), given the controversy and annoyance caused be the program, has removed this episode from the Internet,” a spokesman for the broadcaster, Carlos Garrido, told AFP on Thursday. The management of the station also apologized to the former spokesman for Israel’s foreign ministry, Yigal Palmor, who “raised the problem”

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    It’s the Talmud — with zombies! — in new Israeli horror film

    An Israeli documentary about disabled children was rejected by a Norwegian film festival because it “failed” to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the same time, Israeli horror movies, such as the hot new English-language “JeruZalem” by Yoav and Doron Paz, are winning awards and drawing sell-out crowds at film festivals all over the world.

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    Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters

    President Obama’s push to extend the EPA’s regulatory hand to ditches and small streams to enforce clean water rules was blocked Thursday by a federal judge, who said the administration had overstepped its bounds in trying yet another end run around Congress. Judge Ralph R. Erickson called the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt “inexplicable, arbitrary and

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    Walker: FBI Investigating Islamic State In All 50 States

    Gov. Scott Walker disclosed on Friday in a wide-ranging foreign policy speech that the FBI is investigating Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) elements in all 50 states, a revelation that the Republican presidential candidate said is proof that the Obama administration is failing to adequately combat radical terrorist forces. Walker, who laid out his

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    DHS outlines biometric future

    The Department of Homeland Security released its vision for how enhanced biometrics capabilities will transform the agency’s operations over the next 10 years. DHS has several biometric-based programs underway, including the Automated Biometrics Identification System as well as various research and development activities within its Science and Technology Directorate and operational components. This DHS strategic framework,

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