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  • Obamacare architect discussed misleading public in 4th newly uncovered video

    11/13/2014 4:10:08 PM PST · by Innovative · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | Jake Tapper
    As Congress voted on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in 2010, one of the bill's architects, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, told a college audience that those pushing the legislation pitched it as a bill that would control spiraling health care costs even though most of the bill was focused on something else and there was no guarantee the bill would actually bend the cost curve. In recent days, the past comments of Gruber -- who in this 2010 speech notes that he "helped write the federal bill" and "was a paid consultant to the Obama administration to help develop...
  • CNN poll: Voters are angry

    10/27/2014 2:39:30 PM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 27, 2014 | Mark Preston
    Nearly 7 in 10 Americans are angry at the direction the country is headed and 53% of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance... Making matters even more difficult for Democrats is that Obama's disapproval rating among rural voters is 70% and the eight states listed above have sizable rural populations. Nationally, when asked if they agree with Obama on issues that matter most to them, only 42% said yes, while 55% said they disagreed with him, in the poll.
  • Compound in cocoa found to reverse age-related memory loss

    10/26/2014 5:34:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 26, 2014 | Fredrick Kunkle
    In case anyone needed another reason to love chocolate, a new study suggests that a natural compound found in cocoa, tea and some vegetables can reverse age-related memory loss. The findings suggest that the compound increases connectivity and, subsequently, blood flow in a region of the brain critical to memory, the researchers said. Researchers said that if a person had the memory of a typical 60-year-old at the beginning of the study, after three months, on average, that person’s memory would function more like a 30- or 40-year-old’s. The researchers also cautioned that more work is needed because of the...
  • US midterm elections: the 10 key races to watch

    10/26/2014 2:49:40 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Oct 25, 2014 | Tom McCarthy
    Haven’t been following the US midterm elections closely? Here’s a roundup of the most notable – and notorious – races. KENTUCKY SENATE Running Incumbent Mitch McConnell (Republican) v Alison Lundergan Grimes (Democrat) Snapshot There is no single candidate Democrats would love to knock off more than McConnell, their Senate nemesis, who is so close to becoming majority leader he can smell it. And if any Democrat can crack Kentucky, it may be Grimes, a 35-year-old rock-star secretary of state. Polling An average of projections has McConnell winning by 4 points. KANSAS SENATE Running Incumbent Pat Roberts (R) v Greg Orman...
  • Spoiler alert: rogues could determine fate of US Senate

    10/26/2014 11:51:47 AM PDT · by Innovative · 73 replies
    Yahoo News/AFP ^ | Oct 26, 2014 | Michael Mathes
    Independent or third-party politicians often roil American elections, and the current battle for Senate control could be determined by any of several unconventional candidates, including a pizza-delivering Libertarian in North Carolina. GREG ORMAN: This independent received a dramatic boost in the Kansas Senate race when the Democrat suddenly dropped out... SEAN HAUGH: A folksy, mild-mannered Libertarian who delivers pizza around Durham could hold the key to North Carolina on November 4. He is polling at six percent in a race where Democratic Senator Kay Hagan leads Republican Thom Tillis by half that margin.
  • Suspected shooter identified in Canada attack (CNN identified him as a "convert to Islam")

    10/22/2014 5:00:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 22, 2014 | By Ashley Fantz, Josh Levs and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
    Michael Zehaf-Bibeau has been identified by Canadian officials to their American counterparts as the suspected gunman, multiple U.S. officials told CNN. The gunman was killed after two shooting incidents -- one at the Canada War Memorial, and another just minutes later nearby inside Parliament. Bibeau, who was born in 1982, was a convert to Islam and had a history of drug use before he converted, two sources said. Investigators haven't provided any possible motives for the shooting. The violence at Parliament comes just days after Canada raised its terror alert Friday. The suspect in Monday's vehicle attack, Martin Rouleau Couture,...
  • In U.S., an Ebola crisis of confidence (by LA Times Editorial Board)

    10/19/2014 7:18:30 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct 15, 2014 | LA Times Editorial Board
    Even as U.S. health authorities continue to tell Americans not to worry about the Ebola virus, their assurances are being undercut by the increasingly obvious deficiencies in domestic planning. The United States does not remotely have an Ebola crisis, but it is beginning to have a crisis of confidence in the Obama administration's handling of the matter. President Obama made the right move early on when he offered $1 billion worth of aid to West Africa. Substantial aid is not only a necessary humanitarian response, but the smartest way to prevent a global health problem. Now the administration also must...
  • Ebola outbreak: How Nigeria is beating the killer virus

    10/19/2014 9:34:41 AM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | David Shukman
    With a population of more than 170 million, Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation and there were fears that Ebola would take hold when a Liberian-American arrived with the disease in July. An initial contact list of 281 people soon increased to a staggering 894 - each of them visited and checked repeatedly for signs of infection. But the sleuthing did not end there. Specialists then calculated how many people were living within a particular radius of the 894 people who were being monitored. This depended on the density of the housing in each particular area. The result was that...
  • 10-year-old shooter (girl): 'I want to be an inspiration'

    10/17/2014 9:58:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 17, 2014 | Christina Zdanowicz
    Meet Shyanne Roberts, a 10-year-old competitive shooter who is out to prove something: Children with guns don't always mean disaster. "I want to be an inspiration to other kids and be a leader," said the girl. "Kids and guns don't always mean bad things happen." Shyanne competes alongside junior shooters, who are participants younger than 18, and even adults. Last year, she beat out adult women to place second in the Women's Division of the New Jersey Ruger Rimfire Challenge.
  • Dying man sees huge improvement after being reunited with cherished dog (w pixs & video)

    10/17/2014 6:45:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 17, 2014 | Not Stated
    James Wathen, 73, is a terminally-ill patient at Baptist Health Corbin in Corbin, Kentucky. His body frail and spirit weak, hospital staff were having difficulty improving Wathen's condition. But Wathen whispered that he was missing his beloved one-eyed-Chihuahua named Bubba, the nurses leant forth their greatest efforts to reunite Wathen with his dog. Nurses traced Bubba's trail to the Knox-Whitley animal shelter, where they learned that the dog had been placed with a foster family after Wathen was admitted to the hospital. Bubba too had been showing similar signs of emotional grief after being separated from his owner. On Saturday,...
  • Vatican proposes 'stunning' shift on gays, lesbians

    10/13/2014 10:31:21 AM PDT · by Innovative · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 13, 2014 | Delia Gallagher,
    ROME (CNN) – Using strikingly open language, a new Vatican report says the church should welcome and appreciate gays, and offers a solution for divorced and remarried Catholics who want to receive Communion. “Regarding homosexuals, it went so far as to pose the question whether the church could accept and value their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine,” said John Thavis, a former Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service. The Rev. James Martin, an author and Jesuit priest, called the report's language on gays and lesbians "revolutionary." “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community. Are...
  • CDC head criticized for blaming nurse's Ebola infection on 'protocol breach'

    10/13/2014 5:53:44 AM PDT · by Innovative · 102 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Oct 13, 2014 | FoxNews
    Some healthcare experts have criticized the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for saying that a "protocol breach" was responsible for the infection of a Dallas nurse with the Ebola virus, claming that the description scapegoats the nurse in a case that shows how unprepared nursing staffs are for dealing with a potential outbreak. Texas and CDC officials say that the nurse was wearing the recommended personal protective gear for handling an Ebola patient, including a gown, gloves, mask, and eye shield. However, one expert told Reuters that gear only offers a minimum amount of protection, especially...
  • Britain's oldest sex change as James becomes Ruth at 81 thanks to NHS surgery

    10/12/2014 1:51:20 PM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    The Mirror (UK) ^ | Oct 11, 2014 | Lewis Panther
    A former RAF navigator has become the oldest person in Britain to have sex change surgery – at the age of 81. The NHS op for Ruth Rose, once a man named James, drew criticism because of her age. But she said: “I always knew I was in the wrong body. She used to be James, a divorced father of three and grandfather of four. Despite Ruth’s secret desire for change, the couple stayed together for 42 years. The marriage ended in an amicable ­divorce and they are still close.
  • US pledges $212M to Palestinians, Kerry says

    10/12/2014 11:54:21 AM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 12, 2014 | AP
    The United States is promising $212 million in immediate assistance to the Palestinians as part of an international effort to rebuild the Gaza Strip after this summer's 50-day war. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says people in Gaza "need our help desperately.
  • Health officials struggle to control the media narrative about Ebola

    10/12/2014 7:03:43 AM PDT · by Innovative · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct 12, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The Obama administration is battling for control of the media narrative about Ebola as conditions worsen in West Africa and fears of an outbreak mount in the United States. Health officials insist the virus will be contained and stress the potential for infection is remote. While Ebola is frightening, says Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden, health officials "know how to stop it."
  • (Flashback) Leader of (ISIS) Jihadist Onslaught in Iraq Released on Obama’s Watch

    08/27/2014 7:24:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 16, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Obama became president on January 20, 2009, the war in Iraq was essentially won. The al Qaeda-backed insurgency was reduced to smoldering embers. George W. Bush’s surge had succeeded. Safely behind bars at the time was Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, an al Qaeda-linked point man who was imprisoned at Camp Bucca in Iraq, after being captured by U.S. forces in 2005. However, the Obama administration decided to shut down the Bucca prison camp and hand over its prisoners to the Iraqi government, including Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, in 2009. The Iraqi government later released him. Al Baghadi boasted to the...
  • Texas police chief killed in traffic stop

    08/23/2014 10:54:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 24, 2014 | Leslie Holland
    A police chief in a small Texas town was shot multiple times during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon and later died, authorities said. Michael Pimentel served in Elmendorf, a suburb southeast of San Antonio with about 1,500 residents. According to Rosanne Hughes, spokeswoman of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Pimentel pulled over a vehicle in a residential area. There was a struggle and Pimentel was shot, Hughes said. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office took 24-year-old Joshua Manuel Lopez into custody and he will face charges of capital murder of a police officer, said Hughes.
  • Obama’s America Is September 10th America (by Andrew C. McCarthy)

    08/23/2014 9:15:01 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Our barbaric jihadist enemies – the ones President Obama repeatedly assured us he had “decimated” and put on “the path to defeat” – are now stronger than ever. Not stronger than they have been in years, or decades – stronger than ever. They have seized a country-size swath of territory (and growing). They have just beheaded an American journalist – which is the sort of thing they do as a matter of routine but has obviously, and finally, gotten our attention. Not to worry, though: The Obama Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation. I’m sure ISIS is quaking. The...
  • ISIS Terrorist Group Developing WMD Bomb To Blow Up U.S. Cities, Claims Senator Jim Inhofe

    08/23/2014 8:44:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | inquisitr
    The possibility of the ISIS terrorist group attacking America has Senator Jim Inhofe claiming that ISIS’ WMD capabilities may include developing a bomb big enough to destroy a U.S. city. The Islamic terrorist group is now the richest in the world and apparently the best organized since it’s believed that ISIS sleeper cells are allegedly planning a large scale terror attack within the United States. The full extent of ISIS’ WMD capabilities have been debated by the experts ever since it was revealed that the ISIS in Iraq had uncovered Saddam Hussein’s WMD stockpiles. The ISIS terrorist group even managed...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s unlawful Bergdahl-for-terrorists swap

    08/23/2014 5:23:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | WT Editorial
    Trading five terrorists for a deserter isn’t just bad policy, it’s against the law President Obama was wrong earlier this year to trade five hardened terrorists from the prison at Guantanamo Bay for a deserter. All but the president’s most dedicated supporters understood then that the trade was a really bad idea. Now, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office has confirmed what many suspect, that the swap violated a “clear and unambiguous” law. For this White House, the law is little more than an annoyance to be swatted away when inconvenient. Mr. Obama makes and remakes the law as he goes...
  • Ret USAF General Warns of Possible 9/11/14 Coming

    08/23/2014 11:31:48 AM PDT · by Innovative · 124 replies
    Breitbart from Fox News ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | Breitbart
    Saturday on Fox News Channel's "America's News HQ," network military analyst Ret. Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney told host Uma Pemmaraju that in oder to address the current threat ISIS posses, the Untied States should "go to DEFCON 1, our highest state of readiness and be prepared as we lead up to 9/11," because he warned "we may even see a 9/11/14."
  • Pomegranate peel may cure deadly brain disorders (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's)

    08/23/2014 3:43:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Business Standard ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | IANS
    Two years of research by a Nigerian scientist has shown that sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease could be helped by punicalagin, a compound extracted from pomegranates. Olumayokun Olajide from the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire showed how punicalagin could inhibit inflammation in specialised brain cells known as micrologia. He also found the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease could be reduced using the same drug. "We do know that regular consumption of pomegranate has a lot of health benefits, including prevention of neuro-inflammation related to dementia," Olajide added.
  • Dog Saves Life of Newborn Kitten, Now Like Siblings

    08/22/2014 5:52:29 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | SARAH FIGALORA
    Opie and Spilka’s partner, James Roode, were on a walk around their neighborhood in Ontario, Canada, last August when Opie heard a squeak coming from the bushes. Opie led Roode to a newborn kitten pinned underneath a log, and the dog continued to cry and whine until his owner took the shirt off of his back to pick up the kitten and carry the injured animal inside. A year later, Opie and Roscoe now lead adorable lives as the best of animal friends.
  • Remember When President Bush Gave Up Golf?

    08/22/2014 11:41:13 AM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | Aug 23, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander-in-chief playing golf,” Bush said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them.” “And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong message,” Bush said.
  • Democrats Fail in Effort to Tilt Alaska’s GOP Senate Primary

    08/20/2014 11:49:49 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | John Fund
    Last night in Alaska, the choice of both establishment Republican Karl Rove and the free-market Club for Growth won over a tea-party-backed candidate — but not by much. With that result comes some lessons for the future about Democratic interference in GOP primaries. The race against Democratic senator Mark Begich this fall will be close and very hard fought — and could determine overall control of the Senate. Miller’s grassroots support gave him a late surge against Sullivan. But one of the biggest drags on the frontrunner was a series of brutal TV ad attacks against him by Put Alaska...
  • BrightSource solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead ($2.2B plant heats 100,000 homes)

    08/18/2014 9:08:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    CBC Canada ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | AP
    Death estimates range from 1,000 to 28,000 per year The $2.2 billion plant, which launched in February, is at Ivanpah Dry Lake near the California-Nevada border. Unlike many other solar plants, the Ivanpah plant does not generate energy using photovoltaic solar panels. Instead, it has more than 300,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door. Together, they cover 1,416 hectares. Each mirror collects and reflects solar rays, focusing and concentrating solar energy from their entire surfaces upward onto three boiler towers, each looming up to 40 stories high. The solar energy heats the water inside the towers to produce...
  • Cancer Screening in Seniors Yields Few Benefits

    08/18/2014 6:42:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Charles Bankhead
    Screening older patients for cancer provided minimal benefit at considerable cost and increased use of invasive procedures, reported investigators in two separate studies. "It is particularly important to question screening strategies for older persons," Gross continued. "Patients with a shorter life expectancy have less time to develop clinically significant cancers after a screening test and are more likely to die from noncancer health problems after a cancer diagnosis."
  • Gov. Perry indicted: Everything's big in Texas, even this B.S.... by Sarah Palin

    08/17/2014 8:53:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 17, 2014 | Sarah Palin
    This ridiculous politically motivated “indictment” of Governor Rick Perry stems from the ugly thug tactics of the "politics of personal destruction" that the left is known for. They draw blood and leave scars on conservatives who threaten their political power, hoping the threat retreats and hoping his or her base of support remains silent in fear of becoming collateral damage. Thankfully, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and those of us with scars to prove it can help others learn from things like this Texas-sized political drama.
  • Pennsylvania woman fights Ohio rescue over dog

    08/17/2014 7:49:49 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Agu 17, 2014 | AP
    A Pennsylvania woman's fight to get her dog back from a central Ohio rescue group has turned into a full-fledged legal battle and Internet war. Veronica Covatch, 53, of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, has been trying to get her 5-year-old sheltie back since April, when she said the dog escaped from her friend's back yard in Columbus, Ohio. Covatch said her dog, Piper, was picked up by Franklin County Animal Control and then turned over to Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue in Columbus in April, even though Covatch said a microchip in her dog would have shown she was the owner.
  • Bee, scorpion and snake venom may hold cancer cure

    08/17/2014 8:05:51 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Jen Christensen
    A scientist at the University of Illinois, Dipanjan Pan, and his team say they may have found a way to stop cancer cell growth, according to a paper presented at the American Chemical Society conference this week. The work is in very early stages, but has shown success in stopping breast cancer and melanoma cell growth in lab tests. Pan's technique uses nanotechnology to deliver a synthesized element similar to the venom found in bees, snakes and scorpions.
  • The fantasy of Middle Eastern moderates

    08/17/2014 7:24:16 AM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Fareed Zakaria
    For decades, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has been to support “moderates.” The problem is that there are actually very few of them. The Arab world is going through a bitter, sectarian struggle that is “carrying the Islamic world back to the Dark Ages,” said Turkish President Abdullah Gul. In these circumstances, moderates either become extremists or they lose out in the brutal power struggles of the day. Look at Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya and the Palestinian territories.
  • Some evangelicals in Republican Party are feeling left out, see no standard-bearer

    08/16/2014 8:04:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Wasington Post ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Sebastian Payne
    Many social conservatives say they feel politically isolated as the country seems to be hurtling to the left, with marijuana now legal in Colorado and gay marriage gaining ground across the nation. They feel out of place in a GOP increasingly dominated by tea party activists and libertarians who prefer to focus on taxes and the role of government and often disagree with social conservatives on drugs or gay rights.
  • A bacterium that destroys tumors' dark heart shows promise

    08/16/2014 7:50:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Melissa Healy
    When scientists injected spores of a weakened form of the bacterium Clostridium novyi directly into the soft-tissue tumors of dogs and that of a single human subject, the results were not only abscesses, fever and pain at the site--all inflammatory responses that showed the immune system had been drawn to the area. In a matter of hours, the bacterial spores quickly found their way into these tumors' necrotic cores and began replicating madly, in several cases killing the malignant tissue. In three of 16 dogs treated with the C. novyi, tumors disappeared altogether and the animals were cured. In three...
  • Boston Researchers Train Bees To Detect Diabetes

    08/16/2014 7:30:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Dr. Mallika Marshall
    “Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions, not only in the U.S. but worldwide,” says Dr. Allison Goldfine, a diabetes specialist at the Joslin Diabetes Center. She is helping foreign graduate students Tobias Horstmann and Juliet Phillips with their research project. They’re trying to use bees to sniff out diabetes. In collaboration with the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, they are using a device to house the bees and observe the bees’ reaction. If a patient breathes into the device and acetone is detected, the bees stick out their tongues in response.
  • Apple begins storing users' personal data on servers in China

    08/16/2014 7:08:33 AM PDT · by Innovative · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten
    Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has begun keeping the personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, marking the first time the tech giant is storing user data on Chinese soil. The storage of user data in China represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, notably Google Inc (GOOGL.O), which has long refused to build data centers in China due to censorship and privacy concerns. Apple said the move was part of an effort to improve the speed and reliability of its iCloud service, which lets users store pictures, e-mail and other data. Positioning data centers...
  • If Only They Treated Him Before... (letting murderers out!)

    08/16/2014 6:58:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Wayne Drash,
    The last time he was discharged, Will was a different man. He'd refused treatment for 2 1/2 months and gone back into the world the way he'd arrived: confused, incoherent, psychotic. Two months later, he bludgeoned his mother to death with a hatchet. He believed she was an al Qaeda operative. Will is part of a special state program in Maine that allows the most violently mentally ill to get treatment after crimes instead of going to prison. Each remains in the custody of the state but has earned the right to live in the community by following rules, taking...
  • Islamic State fighters take Yazidi town; killings and abductions reported

    08/15/2014 9:29:42 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Wasington Post ^ | Aug 15, 2014 | Liz Sly
    Extremist fighters swarmed into a besieged Yazidi village Friday and killed or captured dozens of residents, according to Yazidis and Kurdish commanders, offering a reminder that the ancient minority sect is still in danger despite President Obama’s conclusion that the risk had passed for a group stranded on Mount Sinjar. The alleged killings came a day after Obama called off plans for a military evacuation of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar, saying they were no longer at risk. But although the airstrikes appear to have helped those trapped on the mountain reach safety, people who did not join the initial...
  • FedEx indicted on new criminal charges in online pharmacy case

    08/15/2014 4:12:07 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 15, 2014 | Dan Levine
    FedEx Corp faces a new charge of conspiring to launder money in a U.S. criminal case over the company's drug deliveries for rogue online pharmacies despite warnings from law enforcement. The latest indictment, filed in court on Friday, said FedEx accepted payment from several pharmacies when it knew the revenue was the product of invalid prescriptions. If convicted, FedEx could face fines of up to roughly $1.6 billion.
  • Soldiers reunited with dogs and cats they rescued in Afghanistan

    08/15/2014 2:36:26 AM PDT · by Innovative · 7 replies
    KDVR ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | CNN Wire
    When a litter of puppies was born on the base where Caba served, the animals provided just the relief he needed. But a few months later, the soldiers’ tour was coming to an end. Determined not to leave the dogs behind, they searched for a way to get them to America. That’s when Caba was connected with Nowzad Dogs. Since 2007, the organization has reunited hundreds of soldiers with the stray dogs and cats they rescued while serving on the front lines. The group’s shelter and clinic in Kabul are staffed by 14 Afghan nationals, four of whom are trained...
  • Fox News poll: Slim (?!) majority (52% to 41%) continues to oppose ObamaCare

    08/14/2014 4:51:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Dan Blanton
    the latest Fox News national poll finds voters oppose the law by a 52-41 percent margin. As in the past, the new poll shows that most Democrats favor Obamacare (74 percent), while most Republicans (84 percent) and independents (61 percent) are against it. Voters in every age group are more likely to oppose the law than favor it, with one exception: those ages 65 and over. And that group only favors it by two percentage points. President Obama receives higher job approval ratings on health care than on almost any other issue: 42 percent of voters approve, while 53 percent...
  • Report: Companies desperate to avoid ObamaCare 'Cadillac tax' shifting costs to workers

    08/14/2014 3:38:38 AM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Jim Angle
    A national business group representing the nation’s large employers reported Wednesday that companies desperate to avoid a 40 percent ObamaCare “Cadillac tax” are finding ways to shift the costs to workers. The so-called “Cadillac tax,” now four years away, will affect health plans that spend more than $10,200 per worker. Meanwhile, employers are shifting workers into plans with higher deductibles, just as ObamaCare does in the health care exchanges, and using health savings accounts to help defray the costs.
  • Low-Salt Diets Shown to Pose Health Risks

    08/13/2014 6:26:20 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | Ron Winslow
    The new study, which tracked more than 100,000 people from 17 countries over an average of more than three years, found that those who consumed fewer than 3,000 milligrams of sodium a day had a 27% higher risk of death or a serious event such as a heart attack or stroke in that period than those whose intake was estimated at 3,000 to 6,000 milligrams. Risk of death or other major events increased with intake above 6,000 milligrams. Last year, a report from the Institute of Medicine, which advises Congress on health issues, didn't find evidence that cutting sodium intake...
  • War-weary America has to show its steel in Iraq (Financial Times)

    08/12/2014 11:33:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 29 replies
    Financial Times ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Richard Haass
    What the world saw last Thursday evening was an American president torn between personal preferences and cold reality. The result is a US that is once more moving towards greater military involvement in Iraq – but only reluctantly and incrementally. Isis is more of a threat than al-Qaeda, which was and is mostly content to destroy. Isis has an agenda: to create a caliphate based on what it views as a return to pure Islam over swaths of the Middle East and beyond. Above all, Mr Obama needs to articulate what the US is doing and why. He must explain...
  • Pastor says he was paid by McDaniel camp (to claim he was paid by Cochran!)

    08/12/2014 11:20:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Mississippi pastor Stevie Fielder says he was paid by Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) campaign to give an interview to a conservative blogger in which he said Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) campaign had asked him to pay people to vote for Cochran. Fielder told conservative blogger Charles Johnson that he had been asked by a Cochran staffer to pay African-American Democrats $15 to vote for Cochran in his hard-fought primary. He's now under investigation. Johnson has said he paid Fielder $2,000 for the interview and related texts and emails, and is now reportedly facing a subpoena from the state...
  • Special Guest (Hillary Clinton!) Editorial: Obama's Foreign Policy Failures

    08/12/2014 6:09:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Editor’s note: I think it was the great Maimonides who taught us, “You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.” So THE WEEKLY STANDARD is happy to feature this special guest editorial on President Obama's foreign policy failures (excerpted verbatim from Jeffrey Goldberg’s fine interview). – William Kristol On American Power and American Security: “But we’ve also learned about the importance of our power, our influence, and our values appropriately deployed and explained. ... One of the reasons why I worry about what’s happening in the Middle East right now is because of the breakout capacity of jihadist...
  • Butterscotch the cat no longer has head stuck in bird feeder

    08/12/2014 12:01:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    CBC News ^ | Aug 9, 2014 | CBCnews
    Butterscotch, the Brandon cat with a bird feeder stuck on his head, has been caught and is no longer wearing the bird feeder that has been stuck on his head for about the last two weeks. BALA, the Brandon and Area Lost Animals group that has been trying to trap the feline, posted Saturday on its Facebook page that Butterscotch is safe. The group said Butterscotch is being checked out by the Grand Valley Animal Clinic and he's in good shape. The posting said while Butterscotch was in the trap, he broke the bird feeder, "exposing his handsome face to...
  • The White House Now Has A Digital SWAT Team. It aims to prevent future HealthCare.gov disasters.

    08/11/2014 11:38:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Readwrite ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | Lauren Orsini
    On Monday, the White House announced a new organization designed to help spruce up government websites and (it hopes) prevent another HealthCare.gov debacle. Called the U.S. Digital Service, it will be tasked with modernizing the government's digital presence and revamping how the feds provide information and online services in ways that compare favorably with Amazon or Facebook.
  • FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

    08/11/2014 11:26:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    The Tribune -- San Louis Obispo ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | MATTHEW PERRONE
    The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patients' DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths. The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences detects irregular mutations in stool samples that can be an early warning sign of cancer. Patients who test positive for the mutations should undergo a colonoscopy to confirm the results. Doctors have long used stool tests to look for hidden blood that can be a warning sign of tumors and precancerous polyps. But company studies of Cologuard showed that it was more accurate at detecting cancerous tumors...
  • Pioneering new injection to cure heart failure without need for major surgery

    08/11/2014 11:13:46 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    The technique, which involves a simple injection, could aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients - and could even consign heart transplants to history. Researchers hope to increase levels of SERCA2a, a protein in heart muscle cells that plays an important role in heart muscle contraction The technique, which involves a simple injection, could aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients. Heart transplants could even be consigned to history thanks to a trial by Imperial College, London, which aims to show for the first time that gene therapy could repair failing organs....
  • Feds: Afghan doctor in Philly tied to anti-Western insurgents

    08/10/2014 2:06:49 PM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 10, 2014 | David Shortell
    Hayatullah Dawari is a former doctor in Philadelphia who treated American troops in his native Afghanistan while working with the American Red Cross, according to his lawyer. But in the eyes of the United States government, Dawari has been working with an anti-Western insurgent group in Afghanistan with ties to al Qaeda. According to court documents, Dawari has been in touch with HIG associates in Pakistan and in January was the intended recipient of a book sent from Pakistan containing a secret message glued between two pages.