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AP Wire
Feb 26, 2014

1. FEW WOMEN IN THE ARMY WANT COMBAT JOBS

Pentagon survey shows that soldiers of both genders are nervous about females entering combat jobs.

2. OBAMA ISSUES WARNING TO KARZAI

The president threatens to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan if Kabul doesn't sign a security pact with Washington.

3. HOW MEXICO IS DELAYING GUZMAN'S EXTRADITION TO THE U.S.

Judges ruled that the captured drug lord will face more than half a dozen charges before they even consider handing him over to Washington.

4. WHAT THE COLLAPSE OF AN EXCHANGE MEANS FOR BITCOIN

The mystery surrounding the virtual currency is heightened and its value plummets because of the closure of a Tokyo trading platform.

5. A GLIMMER OF HOPE IN CHILD OBESITY BATTLE

Researchers find that obesity among children ages 2 to 5 decreased — to 8 percent, from 14 percent a decade ago, a 43 percent drop.

6. MILITANTS ATTACK SCHOOL IN NIGERIA KILLING DOZENS

Islamist gunmen set fire to a locked dormitory in the north of the country then shot and slit the throats of students who were trying to flee.

7. EXPERTS WORRIED ABOUT HEALTH CARE COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Documents show that more than two-thirds of state systems that were supposed to verify personal information were initially rated as "high risk" for security problems.

8. WHY SENATE RACES MAY WORSEN GOP DIVIDE

Strategists say several establishment Republicans are trying to clobber tea party candidates and the companies helping to fund them.

9. FDA WEIGHS RISKS OF 3-PERSON EMBRYO FERTILIZATION

Preliminary tests suggest the technique may allow mothers to give birth to healthy children, but experts say it could take decades to confirm its safety.

10. CALIFORNIA COUPLE FIND A 'POT OF GOLD'

Husband and wife discover $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins dating from 1847 to 1894 buried in the shadow of an old tree in their backyard.

Comments

Vladtheimp

11. WHY DOES OBAMA HATE MIDDLE CLASS SENIORS II

Drug Rationing for Seniors Begins. Since passage of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, seniors enrolled in the Medicare prescription drug program have been guaranteed access to “all or substantially all” of the drugs in several classes of pharmaceuticals. President Obama’s health care bureaucrats, however, have proposed removing three of these classes from the “protected” list. http://spectator.org/articles/57... (Plus, see #13 below)

12. SEBELIUS - WE NEVER SET 7 MILLION OBAMACARE SIGN UP GOAL

Who are you going to believe - Queen Sebelius or your lying eyes and ears? http://youtu.be/YFWTs-11fUY ; http://cnsnews.com/news/article/...

13. OBAMA'S NEW GIFT TO THE TRIAL LAWYERS

The price of generic drugs would skyrocket under a proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would open manufacturers to lawsuits for failures to warn consumers about the potential side effects, according to a new report. http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatc...

Goyo

Vlad, who's going to twist your panties when Obama is gone. I am a bit worried for you.

Vladtheimp

Not to worry my friend, my jockeys are in perfect order. If we have another president who lies to us repeatedly, ignores and violates the Constitution, attempts to turn us into a socialist state, mangles our foreign policy, supports the Muslim Brotherhood, decimates our military and generally operates in a lawless manner, I will continue pointing out inconvenient truths that the media ignores to protect Obama, whether that President be named Clinton or Cruz. (although the media will suddenly become concerned about things if the name is Cruz).

Otherwise, I will simply return to more pleasurable pursuits and love life even more than I do now.

Thanks for your concern.

bigdeal

Never be afraid to film the oppressor. It is your right to confront oppression head on. We have become a police state with the SCOTUS ruling yesterday where police can enter your house without a warrant. Massachusetts law now taking away people's guns (Mitt's state). The end times are near...
http://www.filmthepolice.com

Vladtheimp

I agree that we all have a right to generally film police misconduct, without unduly interfering with legitimate police activities - given some of the misconduct by police in this regard, I'm not sure about whether one should be concerned for their safety in exercising this right.

The SCOTUS opinion is really just a minor refinement of the rules regarding warrantless searching of a residence, where there are two tenants and one authorizes the search and the other objects.

Factually, "The Court’s opinion rehearses in some detail events that led the police to Fernandez’s apartment after a violent gang-related robbery and upon hearing “screaming and fighting coming from” inside. His girlfriend (Rojas) having opened the apartment door, Fernandez objected to any police search, standing on his doorstep and saying “I know my rights.” Not well enough, it turns out. Rojas was holding an infant and showed signs of bruises, so the police promptly removed Fernandez and arrested him on suspicion of domestic abuse as well as the knife-wielding robbery. When the police returned an hour later, Rojas gave consent for the police to search the apartment, and the trial court later found that consent to be voluntary. (Justice Ginsburg’s dissent says that there is “cause to doubt” the voluntary nature of her consent, and the facts are somewhat unsavory, with Rojas claiming the officers threatened to take her children.) Because Fernandez was no longer “physically present” and his removal was “objectively reasonable,” the Court ruled that Rojas’s consent to search the jointly occupied premises was valid, even though Fernandez had earlier made his objection clear." http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/0...

Although I agree with your opinion about becoming a police state, I think there are far more egregious examples of government intrusion on our rights than this Supreme Court holding.

bigdeal

a little "police kill warrantless search" search on Google might show you how cops think differently than you on this matter.

A bright, shiny badge does not = more rights than you. Unless it is SCOTUS speaking.

And why are no CEO's of the failed (propped-up) banking industry in jail if corporations are people? Man, this court is so freaking screwed up!

Lanivan

Absolutely right, bd. The SCOTUS majority, time and time again, show themselves to be nothing more than common corporate shills. Unless the majority changes, we're screwed.

bigdeal

Jack-in-the-box says 10.10 minimum wage would only raise it's prices by less than 1%. Walmart would cost you $12 more a YEAR (average person spends $1200/yr @ Walmart).
http://iacknowledge.net/jack-in-...

bigdeal

even more corporate welfare while Republicans cut unemployment benefits for millions, food stamps & vet benefits, defund our public schools in favor of private and give huge breaks to their wonderful contributors.
http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/sit...

Lanivan

Corporate welfare is the insidious product of years of mind control beginning with Reagan's famous "Welfare Queen" (who was quite a con artist and hardly representative of the average welfare recipient). The Republicans are expert at duplicity in drumming into our consciousness that societies' ills are the direct result of federal laws and the safety net, while simultaneously using federal laws to increase the degree of Corporate Welfare.

bigdeal

the right is constantly harping on welfare queens, well, low wages and low hours are the reason. Now we all know who are the biggest welfare queens, McD's & Wallyworld, but add to that Subway, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell...The 10 biggest chains earned $7.44 billion in profits in 2012, National Employment Law Project (NELP) found. The 10 chains, with 2.25 million workers, account for “nearly 60 percent, or $3.8 billion, of the almost $7 billion in public costs associated with their low-wage, no-benefit business model,” it said. These corporate-run franchises granted “more than $53 million in compensation to their highest-paid executives and an additional $7.7 billion in dividends and buybacks to shareholders.”

The 10 largest fast-food chains are McDonald’s, Yum Brands (Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC), Subway, Burger King, Wendy’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Dairy Queen, Little Cesar’s, Sonic, and Domino’s.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/20...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/timw...
http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/cor...
http://consumerist.com/2013/10/2...
http://www.alternet.org/corporat...

jenkem

Hmm ... why do women relentlessly fight for equal rights in the military when they are unwilling to take equal responsibility? Now that just seems sexist.

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