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Football's In The Air, And In Denver, So Is The Sweet Smell Of Herb

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:39

The New York Times September 7, 2014 by Michael Powell

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While marijuana is now legal in Colorado, the Broncos have followed the N.F.L. in taking a position of disapproval. That has not deterred fans from smoking before games. Credit Matthew Staver for The New York Times

4th American With Ebola To Be Flown To U.S. For Care

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:20

ABC NEWS September 8, 2014 by Kate Brumback and Josh Funk (AP)

A fourth American who contracted Ebola in West Africa was expected to arrive in the U.S. for care Tuesday and will be treated at an Atlanta hospital where two other aid workers successfully recovered from the disease, the hospital said Monday.

Virus Hitting Midwest Could Be "Tip Of Iceberg," CDC Official Says

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:10

CNN Health Monday September 8, 2014 by Michael Martinez, John Newsome, and Elizabeth Cohen

(CNN) -- A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and beyond, health officials say.

The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported could be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Viral Diseases.

An Explanation of Respiratory Virus Striking Midwest Children

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:45

USA TODAY September 8, 2014 by Liz Szao

Hundreds of children across the Midwest have been hospitalized with severe respiratory illness in recent weeks, health officials report. USA TODAY medical reporter Liz Szabo asked leading health experts to answer questions about the illness.

Q. What's causing this illness?

Why Do People Deny Climate Change?

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:52

WGBH News September 5, 2014 by Alison Bruzek and Jck Doyle

Taped by the WGBH Forum Network, George Marshall visited the Harvard Book Store to discuss his book, Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

EPA Administrator Affirms Climate Change Is A Public Health Threat

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:42

Rhode Island Public Radio September 5, 2014

Climate change is one of the country’s most serious public health threats, said Gina McCarthy, the head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She spoke to a large crowd of local energy and environmental leaders at an annual conference today hosted by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. 

Rand Paul Should Check With the Pentagon Before He Slams Hillary Clinton

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:34

NEW REPUBLIC September 6, 2014 by Rebecca Leber

On Friday, Rand Paul suggested he knows more about international security than a certain former Secretary of State. Paul thought Hillary Clinton’s strong remarks on the threats of climate change—which came during her speech at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada—suggested an ignorance about America’s true key threats.


Submitted by babanaba1 on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:14

We have several correspondents on the scene today as the next dramatic showdown occurs in Luis and Rocio Garcia’s fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology.


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Children from the Children of God sect after being released back into their parents custody.

A MAN raised in the controversial religious cult, Children of God, has opened up about his evil upbringing, saying it led to a life of crime and drug addiction.

Joshua Cannane, 24, was one of 56 children taken from his parents in raids at Victorian properties run by “The Family” in the early 1990s.

Bucking Legal Trend, Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Ban On Gay Marriage

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:07

NPR September 3, 2014 by Eyder Peralta

Bucking a long judicial trend, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Louisiana's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman acknowledged that his ruling "runs counter to all but two other federal decisions," but he goes on to say that other judges went too far in their opinions.

Billionaire Climate Activist Tom Steyer and His NextGen Team: Climate Change Is Top-Tier Issue In 2014 Races

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:57

THE HILL September 3, 2014 by Laura Barron-Lopez

November may be two months away, but billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer and his political action team say they've made climate change a "top-tier" issue in seven key races.

Since unveiling campaigns in seven states across the U.S., Steyer's group, NextGen Climate, said on call with reporters Wednesday that it is "successfully making climate change a top-tier issue for voters."


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