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  • Justice Department says domestic use of unmanned drones must not violate privacy, civil rights

    WASHINGTON –  The Justice Department is acknowledging that the FBI, DEA and other federal law enforcement agencies are likely to make increasing use of unmanned aerial drones in the United States. The department on Friday issued its first written guidelines for domestic drone use and emphasized the need to respect civil and constitutional rights. The unmanned aircraft already have been used in kidnapping, drug and fugitive cases, as well as search and rescue operations, the department said. They also can be operated relatively cheaply. The five-page policy document comes 19 months after the agency’s inspector general recommended drone-specific policies that consider privacy rights. That report said that unmanned drones raised greater privacy concerns than pilot-operated aircraft because they can fly closer to homes and operate for days at a time. The department said drones can’t be used solely to monitor protests and other constitutionally protected activities. Annual reviews will make sure the agency is complying …

    May 22, 2015 5:55 pm


  • Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi

    WASHINGTON Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed. The emails from Clinton’s personal email account made public by the State Department do not appear to contain any revelations that could badly damage her bid for the presidency in 2016 or provide fodder for Republicans who accuse her of being negligent before the Benghazi attacks. But they offer a glimpse into how Clinton’s team was concerned about her image immediately afterward. A senior adviser to Clinton, Jake Sullivan, forwarded an email from a State Department official about positive media coverage of a statement she gave on Sept. 12, 2012, the day after the killings. “Really nice work guys,” State Department official Matthew Walsh wrote in an email to other staffers, which linked to a story …

    May 22, 2015 4:15 pm


  • Your clothes are killing us

    The True Cost, a new documentary, chronicles the evils of the clothing industry and asks us to stop buying so much cheap stuff We buy too many clothes, and we pay too little for them. That’s the message of “The True Cost,” a new documentary on the perils of the fashion industry, which is being released next week. The film is a sweeping, heartbreaking and damning survey of the clothing economy. It covers malformed children of pesticide sprayers in India’s cotton belt, gruesome shots of the deadly 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, Indian rivers frothing with chemicals, and mountains of discarded clothing in Haiti. “I believe these clothes are produced by our blood,” Shima Akhter, a Bangladeshi factory worker, says in the film. “I want the [factory owners] to be aware and look out for us, so that no more mothers lose their kids like that.” Textile waste in a Dhaka, Bangladesh landfill. …

    May 22, 2015 5:15 pm


  • Mike Babcock returns to Joe Louis Arena, bids emotional farewell to team and city

    DETROIT –  Mike Babcock stood at the front of the familiar dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, this time for something of a farewell address. He became choked up after about a minute of talking, and at one point he even held up an old newspaper from a decade ago. “I dug it out here today — I’m going through and cleaning out my office,” Babcock said. “There it is. That’s my first day on the job.” After 10 seasons, Babcock is no longer the coach of the Detroit Red Wings, having been hired to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He moves from one storied franchise to another, and the cracking in his voice Friday indicated just how much he still appreciates the team he’s departing. “As you can see, just as I talk — emotionally involved with the franchise and with the city and with the people,” he said. “It gives me great …

    May 22, 2015 5:55 pm

World News

  • California farmers agree water deal

    Officials estimate that 94% of California is now in severe drought or worse California regulators have accepted an offer from farmers to reduce their water usage by 25% in an effort combat the state’s record four-year drought. A group of several hundred farmers made the concession after state officials threatened to cut their water rights. The state has already demanded a 25% reduction in cities and towns. But critics say state governor Jerry Brown has not done enough to reduce usage by the farming industry’s powerful water rights holders. The deal between the state’s Water Resources Control Board and the farmers – who have so far resisted pressure to commit to cutting back – is a sign of the worsening impact of California’s drought. The US Drought Monitor said on Thursday that 94% of California was in severe drought or worse, and farmers use 80% of all water taken from the land in the state. …

    May 22, 2015 5:55 pm


  • NSA pranksters plant ‘listening’ devices in New York and take snooping abroad

    Next time you’re at a bar in the East Village, say, congratulating yourself on having tricked your roommate, bitching about your friend’s accent or sharing your partner’s sex secrets, check under the table for listening devices. Wags claiming to work for the NSA as one of “many third-party contractors, albeit pro-bono and unofficial” are collecting your conversations. A group calling themselves We Are Always Listening says it has placed recording devices across New York and – just like their real NSA counterparts – they have plans to start snooping on people in Germany too. The stunt aims to highlight the extent of the NSA’s domestic surveillance program as the debate over whether or not to renew the Patriot Act rages on. In a conversation with the Guardian the “agents” said they have been careful not to release “anybody’s first and last names”, although there were two names in one of the tracks on the site …

    May 22, 2015 3:34 pm


  • Partly human yeast show a common ancestor’s lasting legacy

    Related images(click to enlarge) Despite a billion years of evolution separating humans from the baker’s yeast in their refrigerators, hundreds of genes from an ancestor that the two species have in common live on nearly unchanged in them both, say biologists at The University of Texas at Austin. The team created thriving strains of genetically engineered yeast using human genes and found that certain groups of genes are surprisingly stable over evolutionary time. The research, published May 22 in the journal Science, paves the way for using humanized yeast to better understand genetic disorders and to screen drugs for treating the diseases. Although yeast consist of a single cell and humans have trillions of cells organized into complex systems, we share thousands of similar genes. Of those, about 450 are critical for yeast’s survival, so researchers removed the yeast version of each one and replaced it with the human version and waited to see whether …

    May 22, 2015 3:55 pm


  • Amgen ends collaboration with AstraZeneca on inflammation drug

    Amgen Inc said it will terminate a collaboration with AstraZeneca Plc to develop an inflammation drug after it observed suicidal thoughts in subjects of a trial. AstraZeneca could decide on the development and marketing of the drug for all territories, except for Japan and certain Asian territories, where Kyowa Hakko Kirin has the rights to it, Amgen said. Amgen said such safety concerns would likely result in a restrictive label, potentially limiting the number of patients using the drug. (Reporting by Amrutha Penumudi in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian)

    May 22, 2015 4:15 pm


  • Duggar fans are actually defending Josh Duggar — and I’m disgusted

    More: Michelle Duggar considered a hypocrite over her daughters’ bathroom selfie (PHOTO) And fans are furious, much to my absolute horror. Not only did In Touch produce a 33-page report through the Freedom of Information Act that reported a 14-year-old Josh fondled the genitals and breasts of several girls in 2002 and 2003, sometimes forcibly, but Josh himself even confirmed the molestation news. More: Josh Duggar’s argument against gay marriage doesn’t even make sense (VIDEO) “I acted inexcusably,” Josh said in his confession statement. Due to the statute of limitations, Josh was never prosecuted for the crimes. But his parents did send him to counseling after he confessed to the crimes at age 17. It’s unclear if there were more women between the ages of 14 and 17 or if the girls in 2002 and 2003 were the only ones. But it doesn’t really matter. Yes, he was a minor. And yes he made mistakes. But …

    May 22, 2015 6:36 pm


  • Where’s the coverage of heroes who stop mass killings?

    Heroic citizens stopping someone from killing a large number of people don’t seem to be considered news worthy.  Don’t people want to read about a brave soul risking his life by running towards the sound of gunfire while others run away?  Yet, such stories never get national news coverage by the national mainstream media.  While accidental gunshots get national coverage, few people have any idea how often concealed handgun permit holders stopping mass killings. The lack of news coverage allows left wing media outlets, such as Mother Jones which should know better, to falsely claim: “In not a single case was [a mass public shooting] stopped by a civilian using a gun.” The truth is that the more successful these heroes are in preventing people from getting killed, the less media coverage they receive, but the lack of fatalities doesn’t explain the lack of news coverage.  And if the heroes hadn’t been there, the attacks …

    May 22, 2015 4:35 pm

Odd News

  • Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes

    First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday. They had gone to the 46-year-old man’s high-rise building on Tuesday after his worried girlfriend called for assistance, saying she had not heard from him for two days, according to a medical examiner’s report. When they arrived at his apartment, they found him cold, pale and rigid at the foot of his bed, the report said. They did not try to resuscitate him. About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man’s family of his death. As the examiner readied the body to be taken to the morgue, the man began to move his left arm and right leg, the report said. Paramedics took the man, who has not been identified, to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to …

    May 22, 2015 11:52 am