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    Supervisors oppose 120-240 tons of bird flu carcasses in Polk County

    As the bird flu problem continue to grow in Iowa and the Midwest, officials are working to dispose of the animals killed to help prevent the spread of the disease. Where will they all go?  Many will end up in Iowa landfills. The Metro Park East Landfill east of the Des Moines metro is the

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    Iowa bird-flu farms fall short on containment measures

    Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show. In visits to six affected sites in Iowa last week, a Reuters reporter found procedures at

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    Food Companies Fear Bird Flu May Cause Egg Shortages

    With avian flu devastating a significant portion of the nation’s egg-laying hens, major food companies and restaurant chains are bracing for shortages and scouting the country to find alternative supply sources. Roughly 87 percent of the birds stricken with the disease are laying hens, according to the Department of Agriculture, and many of the eggs

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    California drought prompting state to cut water for farmers with oldest rights

    California farmers who hold rights to water that date back as far as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country’s most productive agricultural state. After telling cities and towns to slash water use by 25 percent

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  • File- In this Dec. 6, 2011 file photo former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates speaks during a news conference in New York.   Gates will serve as the next president of the Boy Scouts of America, taking the helm of a national executive board that remains tangled in controversy over the organization's policies toward gays, BSA announced Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
    Boy Scouts leader Robert Gates says ban on gay adults not sustainable

    The national president of the Boy Scouts, Robert Gates, says the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and is urging change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. In a speech Thursday in Atlanta to the Scouts’ national annual meeting, Gates referred to recent moves by Scout

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    U.S. vows to continue patrols after China warns spy plane

    The United States vowed on Thursday to keep up air and sea patrols in international waters after the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a U.S. surveillance plane to leave the airspace over artificial islands China is creating in the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese navy issued eight warnings to the crew of a U.S. P8-A

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    Emails reportedly show confidant told Clinton Benghazi attack planned by fighters tied to Al Qaeda

    A longtime Clinton confidant reportedly advised then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two days after the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that an Al Qaeda-tied group had planned the deadly assault and used a protest as cover — but despite this warning, Clinton’s U.N. ambassador went on to publicly claim the attack was “spontaneous.” The guidance from

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    FBI used Patriot Act to obtain ‘large collections’ of Americans’ data, DoJ finds

    As lawmakers and security agencies braced for a potential loss of the heart of the Patriot Act, a long-delayed Justice Department report showed that the FBI uses the surveillance authorities it provides for “large collections” of Americans’ internet records. Section 215 of the Patriot Act permits the FBI to collect business records, such as medical,

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    Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware

    Canada and its spying partners exploited weaknesses in one of the world’s most popular mobile browsers and planned to hack into smartphones via links to Google and Samsung app stores, a top secret document obtained by CBC News shows. Electronic intelligence agencies began targeting UC Browser — a massively popular app in China and India with growing

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    NSA Planned to Use Google App Store to Launch Massive Spy Campaign

    The US National Security Agency (NSA) and its allies tried to hijack Google and Samsung app stores via software vulnerabilities to launch a massive data harvest campaign putting millions of users at risk, new Snowden revelations show. The NSA, assisted by spy agencies of the Five Eyes alliance, comprising Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and

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