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United States Launches First Airstrike Against ISIS in Northern Iraq

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:12

CBS News August 8, 2014

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Iraqi families who fled recent fighting near the city of Mosul prepare to sleep on the ground as they try to enter a temporary displacement camp but are blocked by Kurdish soldiers on July 3, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

WHO: Ebola Outbreak in West Africa an International Health Emergency

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:54

CNN August 8, 2014 by Faith Karirni and Radina Gigova

Global health experts on Friday declared the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are battling the Ebola virus, which has also spread to Nigeria. More than 930 people have died.

European Spacecraft Pulls Alongside Comet After 10 Years and Four Billion Miles

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:59

The New York Times August 6, 2014 by Kenneth Chang

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The comet, as photographed by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, is 2.5 miles wide. Credit European Space Agency

Washington Begins Sales of Edible Marijuana Products

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 09:40

USA TODAY August 6, 2014 by Trevor Hughes

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This marijuana-infused chocolate bar sold in Colorado is scored into 10 pieces, indicating that each square contains a single serving size of 10 mg of THC, the active component of pot. (Photo: Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY)

MAYBE THE SADDEST SCIENTOLOGY PROMO VIDEO EVER, AND A HISTORY LESSON FROM MARK BUNKER!

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 19:44

We have a potent set of videos for you today. First, we’re going to show you the very latest Scientology promotional message that’s been smuggled out to us. Then we’re going to go back in time thanks to filmmaker Mark Bunker.

To begin, wasn’t it just the other day that we remarked how Scientology seems to be focusing so much attention on its “Ideal Org” program in the western United States, and the eastern half of the country is almost an afterthought?

L. RON HUBBARD'S GREAT-GRANDSON SPILLS THE FAMILY SECRETS ON HOW SCIENTOLOGY STARTED. EEK.

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:36

Scientology has a history of silencing critics. If you want to know where that history comes from, look no further than the experiences of Jamie DeWolf, the great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

Learn his family's story. Then share it...

Same-Sex Marriage Cases From Four States To Be Heard In Ohio Fedferal Appeals Court

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:40

The Washington Post August 6, 2014 by Robert Barnes

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Hundreds of of same-sex marriage supporters rally in Cincinnati’s Lytle Park on Tuesday. (Jeff Swinger/AP)

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