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  • U.S. House Benghazi panel says State Deptartment to hand over documents Tuesday

    WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, said the State Department has pledged to hand over 5,000 new pages of documents related to the incident on Tuesday. “The State Department has informed the Committee it will make a production of approximately 5,000 pages tomorrow – the second largest production the Committee has received and the largest since last summer,” Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, the committee’s chairman, said in a statement on Monday. The documents are not expected to include emails involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been embroiled in a controversy over her use of a private email account while she was America’s top diplomat. At least four emails out of some 30,000 from Clinton’s private account contained classified information, according to a government inspector’s letter to Congress last week. Clinton, who is the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination …

    July 27, 2015 9:51 pm


  • U.S. Republican House panel demands Obama remove IRS commissioner

    WASHINGTON The chairman of a congressional investigative panel on Monday called for the ouster of the head of the Internal Revenue Service over a scandal involving the targeting of conservative political groups starting in 2013. Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called on President Barack Obama to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, saying he had “failed in his duty” to keep documentation and provide it to the committee. (1.usa.gov/1MSFTKV) “The IRS failed to comply with a congressional subpoena. The IRS further failed by making false statements to Congress. We will pursue all constitutional remedies at our disposal, including potential contempt proceedings or perhaps impeachment of Commissioner Koskinen,” the committee said in a statement. The IRS reviews the activities of non-profits that apply for tax exemption because U.S. law limits their political involvement. Certain non-profits, designated 501(c)(4) organizations, had increasingly been used as conduits for political spending, …

    July 27, 2015 7:30 pm


  • Donald Trump sells Manhattan penthouse for $21 million

    Donald Trump has sold a Manhattan penthouse for a cool $21 million. The presidential candidate unloaded his 24th floor place in the Trump Park Avenue building in New York. The 6,200-square-foot unit, number 24, takes up an entire floor and has five bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. The apartment, which Trump never lived in, had been on the market for about a year and half, according to Michelle Griffith, listing agent at Trump International Realty, and had been listed at nearly $25 million. The all-cash deal closed on Friday to an undisclosed buyer from the U.S., Griffith said. “It’s one of the highest prices per square foot in the building, so Mr. Trump was very excited.” The 6,200-foot condo has a large kitchen. Related: Got $25 million? You can buy Tyler Perry’s mansion Griffith said there was on offer to rent the unit for more than $80,000 a month with a start date of September 1 …

    July 27, 2015 8:30 pm


  • Michigan St RB Williams returning after weapons incident

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State says running back Delton Williams is returning to the Spartans this fall as a non-scholarship athlete. Williams was suspended from the team in March, shortly after being arraigned on a charge of brandishing a firearm in public. He later pleaded guilty to a reduced weapons charge, according to court records. Michigan State says Williams violated a university ordinance by possessing a weapon on campus. Coach Mark Dantonio said Williams has satisfied the expectations of the school’s student conduct system, the court and the football program. Williams ran for 316 yards last season as a sophomore, finishing third on the team in rushing behind seniors Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill. Williams says he wants to apologize to the entire Spartan family, and he appreciates the opportunity to return.

    July 27, 2015 9:50 pm

World News

  • Nato set for emergency Syria talks

    Envoys from all 28 Nato countries are to hold a emergency meeting to discuss Turkey’s campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group and Kurdish militants. The meeting in Brussels was called by Turkey, which has become involved in the Syrian conflict in recent days. The country, which had previously been reluctant to intervene, has launched raids against IS in Syria and Kurdish PKK guerrillas in northern Iraq. The strikes followed a wave of attacks by militants on Turkish soil. Turkey, a key Nato member, called Tuesday’s meeting of the North Atlantic Council under Article 4 of the alliance’s founding treaty. The clause allows members to request a summit if their territorial integrity or security is threatened. It’s only the fifth time in the alliance’s history that a member state has requested such a meeting. It will give Turkey’s Nato allies the opportunity to work out Turkey’s goals and motivation the country has stood on the …

    July 27, 2015 9:50 pm


  • Medium cracks down on cyberbullying in rules update

    Medium announces new rules to curb abusive behavior. Nicole Cozma/CNET Blog publishing platform Medium has updated its rules to prohibit activity intended to harass other users, the latest Internet community to crack down on abusive behavior. The social publishing site announced new rules Monday that prohibit public shaming, the posting of revenge porn, or publishing private or confidential information intended to harass other users. The new rules are intended to foster an environment where users feel comfortable expressing themselves online without fear of being intimidated by other users, the publishing platform explained in an unsigned blog post. “We want everyone to feel at home on Medium. This doesn’t mean you’re free from having your views challenged or your ideas re-characterized,” the blog post explains. “But some speech shuts down more expression than it opens up, by causing silence, retreat, isolation, or intimidation. No one should feel any less than who they are from spending time …

    July 27, 2015 7:50 pm


  • New study: Consumers don’t view GMO labels as negative ‘warnings’

    Related images(click to enlarge) A new study released just days after the U.S. House passed a bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods reveals that GMO labeling would not act as warning labels and scare consumers away from buying products with GMO ingredients. The study, presented at the annual conference of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, held in San Francisco on July 27, relies on five years of data (2003, 2004, 2008, 2014 and 2015) and includes 2,012 responses to a representative, statewide survey of Vermont residents. It focuses on the relationship between two primary questions: whether Vermonters are opposed to GMO’s in commercially available food products; and if respondents thought products containing GMO’s should be labeled. Results showed no evidence that attitudes toward GMO’s are strengthened in either a positive or negative way due to a desire for labels that indicate the product contains GM ingredients. On average …

    July 27, 2015 6:50 pm


  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals’ Finacea generic infringes Bayer patent: court

    NEW YORK India’s Glenmark Pharmaceuticals’ proposed generic version of Bayer AG’s Finacea, a gel for treating the common skin condition rosacea, infringes Bayer’s patent, a U.S. court ruled on Monday. The federal court in Wilmington, Delaware said Glenmark’s proposed gel would be absorbed into the skin in a similar way to Finacea, violating Bayer’s patent. Germany’s Bayer had sued Glenmark in 2013 after Glenmark filed an application to market a copycat version of the $95 million drug in the United States. (Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Bernard Orr)

    July 27, 2015 7:10 pm


  • Billionaire Jessica Alba Still Buys Her Own Groceries With The Fam

    Posted on Mon Jul 27th, 2015 12:13pm PDT       By X17 Staff Jessica Alba may be the co-founder of a billion-dollar business but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t buy her own food! The movie star-turned-business woman grabbed some groceries at high-end market Bristol Farms on Sunday. Alba was joined by her hubby Cash Warren and their two little girls Honor, seven, and Haven, four, at the supermarket in Beverly Hills. It looks like the fam was shopping for a special occasion — they had a bounty of white hydrangeas and a mound of ice in their shopping carts. We have a feeling the family of four had a fun-filled BBQ at their home. Umm can we come?! Jessica looked easy breezy in a blue dress, layered under a white cardigan. The 34-year-old kept her off-duty outfit cool with a pair of sandals. Cash opted for a white shirt and blue shorts and their two daughters looked adorbs …

    July 27, 2015 6:10 pm


  • EXCLUSIVE: Cruz defends Huckabee, accuses Obama of ‘gutter politics’

    President Obama and Jeb Bush have drawn the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz after they attacked Gov. Mike Huckabee for his comments about the Iran nuclear deal.  Huckabee said the president’s Iran policy would “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Click here to join Todd’s Facebook page! The president bristled at what he called a “ridiculous” comment. “The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad,” he said. “We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We’ve had a sitting senator, who also happens to be running for president, suggest that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism. These are leaders in the Republican Party.” Cruz rebuffed the president’s slap and said it was “particularly sad today that President Obama chose to engage in gutter politics – attacking Mike Huckabee by name, attacking …

    July 27, 2015 10:10 pm

Odd News

  • Fugitive-turned-actor arrested after U.S. Marshals read film write-up

    SEATTLE A fugitive bank-robber-turned-actor has been arrested in Washington state after U.S. agents spotted his picture in a newspaper article about a low-budget horror film in which he plays an evil doctor, an official said on Monday. Officers on a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force saw Jason Stange’s picture in the Olympian newspaper’s feature last week on horror movie “Marla Mae,” said Jack Williams, chief deputy for the agency’s western district of Washington state. The officers, who had been tracking his disappearance for several months, identified him by the photo and a unique forearm tattoo, Williams said. Marshals tracked him from a filming location to a store in Olympia, where he was arrested without incident on Friday, he said. Stange was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison and five years supervised release in 2006 after pleading guilty to armed bank robbery, Williams said. He was freed on supervised release in 2014, but had …

    July 27, 2015 7:10 pm