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March To Washington Begins With Civil Rights Rally In Selma
NAACP leaders launched a 40-day march across the U.S. South on Saturday with a rally in Selma, Alabama, drawing on that city's significance in the 1960s civil rights movement to call attention to the issue of racial injustice in modern America. Organizers of "America's Journey for Justice" want to build momentum behind a renewed national dialogue over race relations prompted by the killing of a number of unarmed black men by police officers over the past year. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People leaders at the rally urged marchers to honor the memories of New York's Eric Garner and Cincinnati's Samuel DuBose, two of the unarmed black men killed in the police confrontations. Reuters
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HPV Vaccinations For American Teens Rise Slightly
The percentage of U.S. teenagers vaccinated against the human papillomavirus increased slightly in 2014, but the rate lags behind other immunizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The HPV vaccine, sold as Gardasil by Merck & Co and Cervarix by GlaxoSmithKline, protects against the most common sexually transmitted infection. Each year, 27,000 people nationwide are diagnosed with a cancer caused by the virus, including cancers of the cervix, penis, anus and throat. The CDC said the percentage of girls between 13 and 17 years old who received at least one dose of the vaccine increased by 3.3 percentage points to 60 percent. For boys, the rate increased 8.1 percentage points to 41.7 percent. Fox News

2 Airliners Fly Within 100 Feet Of Drone Above New York
Two airplanes flying near one of the nation's busiest airports each came within 100 feet of a drone on Friday, according to audio from each flight's radio calls. The first, JetBlue Flight 1843, reported spotting a drone at 2:24 p.m. while approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. In the audio recording, the cockpit says that the drone passed just below the planes nose when the jet was flying at an altitude of about 800 to 900 feet. Then at about 5 p.m., Delta Flight 407 -- which had 154 people on board -- was preparing to land when the cockpit reported seeing a drone below its right wing. Neither plane needed to take evasive action, according to the FAA. CNN


Four Dead, 65 Sick In New York City Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak
A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, a severe type of pneumonia, has now killed four people and sickened 65 in the Bronx section of New York City since July 10, New York City health officials said on Saturday. This wave of Legionnaires', which officials have called unusual, is now more than five times the number of cases recorded in the last outbreak, in which 12 people in the Bronx fell ill in December 2014. The disease is caused by Legionella, a bacteria found in certain plumbing systems, including hot tubs, humidifiers, cooling towers and hot water tanks. It is spread by breathing in mist from water, and cannot be spread from person to person. Reuters

Hillary Clinton Campaign Slams New York Times For 'Egregious' Errors
Escalating its confrontation with The New York Times, Hillary Clinton's campaign made public a nearly 2,000-word letter it sent to the paper's top editor this week complaining of "egregious" errors in a recent story falsely reporting that Clinton was flagged for a potential criminal investigation. "I feel obliged to put into context just how egregious an error this story was," Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri wrote in the letter to Times executive editor Dean Baquet. "We remain perplexed by The Times' slowness to acknowledge its errors after the fact, and some of the shaky justifications that Times' editors have made." MSNCB

Obama Revokes 22 Illegal Immigrants’ Amnesties; Unclear If They Will Be Deported
Homeland Security has punished 22 illegal immigrant Dreamers who refused to give up their three-year deportation amnesties and exchange them for two-year permits, and has instead revoked them entirely, officials told a federal court late Friday. And the department has agreed to turn over sensitive information on about 2,600 other Dreamers who were issued three-year amnesties in violation of Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s order, so 26 states can decide whether they want to take action against the illegal immigrants, such as potentially canceling or changing their driver’s licenses. Washington Times


Bad Chemical Plant Info Leaves U.S. Vulnerable To Terrorist Attacks
The Department of Homeland Security can’t verify threat level reports from thousands of chemical plants across the country, weakening the department’s ability to respond to a chemical attack or emergency, according to a new report. Investigators from Congress’ Government Accountability Office found that the office responsible for keeping track of roughly 37,000 chemical facilities has not been verifying reports on each facility’s risk level and toxic release threat. Investigators estimated more than 6,400 facilities hold chemicals that could post a threat to the surrounding area in the event of a toxic release. Washington Times

Joe Biden Said To Be Considering Presidential Bid
Vice President Joe Biden is still thinking about whether he will run for president and challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, according to people familiar with his thinking. Biden would need to finalize his decision by September in order to give himself enough time to get a ground organization and fundraising operation running. His chief of staff Steve Richetti has been reaching out to and fielding inquiries from Democratic leaders and some donors, to try to keep Biden's options open in the event that he does decide to run. Some close confidants still consider it very unlikely, particularly as he grieves the death of his son, Beau. CBS
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Company With Crowds For Hire Sees Opportunity In Politics
As the race for the White House heats up with the first Republican debate set for Thursday, there appears to be a growing number of supporters showing up at campaign speeches and appearances. The increasing pressure to gain an edge has some candidates paying actors to be faces in the crowd, CBS News' Carter Evans reports. When Donald Trump entered the presidential race, spurred on by an energetic crowd, apparently not all were true believers. According to an email obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, actors were offered $50 to wear T-shirts, carry signs and cheer. Trump denies paying supporters, but if he did, he is hardly alone. CBS

Here’s Why The 2016 Republican Presidential Primary Could Make History
The 2016 Republican primary is on course to become the most crowded in modern presidential history. The GOP now has 17 major contenders for the nomination -- former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore announced on Wednesday -- breaking the record previously held by the 16 candidates who sought the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 1972. Counting presidential contenders isn't an exact science, however. There are hundreds of candidates each election cycle that run for president. And the term "major" is, of course, subjective. But it's clear that 2016 is shaping up to be a record-setting election cycle. To understand why, it's important to know a little history about the presidential nominating process. ABC

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Obama Wants 5-Year Plan: ‘I Guarantee You This Is Not How China’ Handles Its Infrastructure
When President Obama signed a law yesterday funding federal transportation projects for the next three months, he lamented that the United States did not have a five-year federal plan for transportation—and warned Congress that “big, powerful countries” like the Peoples Republic of China did not do it the way the U.S. is doing it now. “I guarantee you this is not how China, Germany, other countries around the world--other big, powerful countries around the world--handle their infrastructure,” Obama said. CNS News

Obama Gets Early Start On 54th Birthday Celebration
In what's become a birthday tradition, the president started celebrating on Saturday by taking a trio of friends from his Hawaii childhood for a golf outing at Andrews Air Force Base. Afterward, the group headed to the secluded Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains for the night. The White House said the other members of Obama's foursome are his longtime friends Mike Ramos, Bobby Titcomb and Greg Orme. Several White House aides were also seen dressed for a round of golf. Obama planned to return to the White House on Sunday afternoon. ABC

U.S. Widens Probe Of Car Radios That May Be Vulnerable To Hacks
Harman International Industries Inc., which supplied car audio systems involved in an historic Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV recall in July, has been asked for information on other radios that may be vulnerable to hacking, the U.S. regulator said. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the top U.S. auto safety regulator, said on its website an estimated 2.8 million Harman Kardon “infotainment” systems may be affected - - double the number specified in the Fiat Chrysler recall announced July 24. The Harman Kardon investigation was opened on July 29, according to the agency. Company officials were not immediately available for comment. Bloomberg


Mt.Gox CEO Mark Karpeles Arrested In Japan
Japanese police have arrested the head of the Mt.Gox bitcoin exchange company over the loss of a "massive amount" of the virtual online currency. Mark Karpeles was detained Saturday, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement. He is suspected of accessing the exchange's computer system and falsifying data to change the outstanding balance, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported ,citing the Metropolitan Police Department. A day earlier, a report emerged that Karpeles was going to be arrested, prompting him to send a message to The Wall Street Journal describing the allegations as "false." He told the paper that he planned to deny them. CNN

U.S. Asks Judge To Drop Immigration Plan Contempt Hearing
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked a judge not to find him and other Obama administration officials in contempt after his agency recovered work permits mistakenly issued after the court halted a controversial immigration initiative. Johnson said the government reclaimed all but 22 of the 2,500 offending permits and corrected federal computer databases to invalidate the rest, according to a report filed late Friday in federal court in Brownsville, Texas. Administration lawyers said the effort should prove Johnson and other top immigration officials have been sufficiently compliant to head off a contempt hearing set for later this month. Bloomberg

Obama To Speak At Energy Conference At Mandalay Bay
President Barack Obama be the keynote speaker for the eighth annual “National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” this month at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas. The summit is set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 24 and brings together clean-energy advocates, business leaders, students and public officials. Reid, Obama counselor John Podesta and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz are some of the featured speakers at the summit, which is co-sponsored by Reid, the Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International and UNLV. “President Obama’s record on clean energy and climate stands above all others,” Sen. Harry Reid said in the release. “His administration has made the largest investment in clean energy in American history and there is no place better than Nevada to discuss how we will continue this progress.” Las Vegas Sun

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Attorney For Clinton Aide Abedin Says Overpayment Report 'Fundamentally Flawed'
The federal report that purportedly found a top Hillary Clinton aide was overpaid by nearly $10,000 because she violated State Department rules while at the agency is “fundamentally flawed,” an attorney for the Clinton aide said Saturday. “No hardworking, dedicated public servant should be subjected to irresponsible allegations based on a fundamentally flawed report, and the State Department has undertaken a review of the report,” attorney Karen Dunn said. The Washington Post first reported the purported findings of the report Friday, after Iowa GOP Sen. Charles Grassley sent letters to Secretary of State John Kerry and others about an investigation into possible “criminal” conduct by Abedin over her pay and her possibly violating rules that govern vacation and sick time. Fox News

Atlanta Airport Leads In Number Of Guns Found In Bags
Authorities say Atlanta's airport once again leads the nation in the number of guns found in carry-on bags. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/1DYE2PA ) reports Transportation Security Administration officers have found 92 guns so far this year. They found a total of 109 last year. TSA spokesman says 9mm pistols are the most common guns found at checkpoints. He says they're usually found in clothing at the bottom of a bag. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has previously been the airport with the most confiscated, but Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport topped it last year. The TSA has launched a campaign to teach travelers how to legally travel with guns on commercial flights. Howell says they don't want to infringe on rights, but they don't want the guns accessible during a flight. Las Vegas Sun

N.J. Lawmakers Propose Legislation Inspired By Cecil The lion
A New Jersey lawmaker said he plans to introduce legislation that would curb the sport killing of potentially threatened or endangered animals after a Minnesota dentist killed a popular lion during African hunting expedition. U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., announced Friday the CECIL, or Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies, Act would extend restrictions on the import and export of animals under consideration for inclusion on the Endangered Species Act. UPI News

Texas Attorney General To Be Undicted For Securities Fraud
A three-count felony indictment is coming against the state of Texas' chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Kenneth Paxton, sources close to a grand jury investigation told Dallas news media Saturday. NBC affiliate KXAS-TV reported Paxton was charged with securities-related fraud by a Collin County, Texas, grand jury last week -- and that a Tarrant County judge has been assigned to preside over the case. The charges will be unsealed on Monday at noon CDT, after which Paxton may surrender for booking, according to a report by Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. UPI

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US, Allies Target Islamic State With 30 Air Strikes In Iraq, Syria
The United States and its allies launched 19 air strikes in Iraq and 11 in Syria on Friday in the coalition campaign against Islamic State militants, the US military said on Saturday. The strikes in Iraq included six near Mosul, four near Ramadi and three near Sinjar, destroying staging areas, fighting positions, tactical units and other Islamic State targets, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement. The strikes in Syria were concentrated in northern areas where Islamic State is fighting for a foothold, including near Hasaka, Aleppo, Kobani and Deir al-Zor, it said. Jerusalem Post

Retired General Galant Demands Netanyahu Hold Cabinet Meeting On Jewish Terrorism
In a letter written to Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit, retired Maj.-Gen. and current Housing Minister Yoav Galant (Kulanu) called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the issue of Jewish terrorism and how to stifle its potential growth in the wake of a recent arson attack in the West Bank that left one toddler dead and three of his relatives injured. "Jewish terror erodes the moral foundation of Israel built and damages the justice of our cause," the letter began. "Jewish terror causes a wave of international condemnation and a severe blow to Israel's standing in the world." Jerusalem Post

Topless 'Bare With Us' Protest Rally In Canada
Hundreds of Canadian woman joined a topless protest march after three sisters were allegedly stopped by police for cycling without shirts. Saturday's "Bare with us" march took place in Waterloo, Ontario. The women say that police told them to cover up whilst cycling in the neighbouring town of Kitchener last month. They have filed a formal complaint with the police. It is legal for women to be topless in Ontario after a court ruling in 1996. Protestors held signs that included the slogans "They are boobs not bombs, chill out" and "Nudity isn't sexual." The three sisters, Tameera, Nadia and Alysha Mohamed, say that they took their shirts off because it was a hot summer day. BBC

TPP Talks Make Progress But No Deal On Pacific Trade
Negotiators from 12 Pacific nations have finished a week of talks without agreement on a regional trade deal. But the US trade representative Michael Froman said ministers were more confident than ever that a deal on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership was within reach. He said it would support jobs and economic growth.
Among the sticking points were issues relating to the automobile sector and access to dairy markets. No date has been set for the next round of talks. Mr Froman said "significant progress" had been made in the discussions on the Hawaiian island of Maui. BBC

Mike Huckabee Threatens Actual War On Women … With Troops To Stop Abortions
If Mike Huckabee becomes president, he will consider using all available resources to stop abortions in the US – including a domestic military intervention. At a succession of campaign stops this week, the former Arkansas governor said he would violate a landmark supreme court ruling to accomplish his goal of ending abortion. “I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this,” Huckabee said at one stop in Iowa. The Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi pressed Huckabee at the next campaign stop, asking if he would use the national guard or the FBI to stop abortions. Huckabee responded: “We’ll see, if I get to be president.” Guardian

Democrats Add Donald Trump To List Of Serious Republican Candidates
The Guardian has learned that Trump has joined the tier of Republican White House hopefuls to whom the DNC assigns a full-time staff member, devoted to responding to statements and pushing back against his campaign. Previously, the staffer in question only had New Jersey governor Chris Christie to monitor. But as Trump’s fortunes have risen in the polls and Christie’s have fallen, the DNC has changed its focus. The decision makes Trump the ninth candidate (out of 17) to which the DNC is devoting such resources. In addition to Christie, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker are also so monitored. Guardian

Barack Obama Does Not Want To Defeat Isil - Yet
According to the view of the world taken by President Obama, however, this does not represent failure. The truth is - and this is no cheap smear - Mr Obama does not want to win the war against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - yet. He thinks winning quickly would be pointless and potentially disastrous. In Iraq, his professorial mind sees Isil as being one part of a multilateral equation, involving Iraqis who are Sunni Muslim, like Isil, but also the Kurds, the Shia majority, the Iranians, and the sweep of American involvement since 2003. Telegraph

US Jobs Boom To Strengthen Case For Early Federal Reserve Interest Rate Rise
Surging job growth will entrench the case for the first US interest rate rise in nine years as early as September, economists predict. Highly anticipated jobs data released on Friday are expected to show that the US economy added 233,000 jobs last month, 10,000 more than the gains made in June. The figures come as the Federal Reserve prepares to make the first change to its interest rates since late 2008. Analysts at Barclays said: “Given that the Fed continues to look for “some further improvement” in labour markets before hiking, the upcoming non-farm payroll report assumes importance.” Telegaph

With 99 Days To Go Before Myanmar Elections, UNICEF Urges Candidates Make Children The Clear Winner
The top UN children's representative in Myanmar reminded candidates from more than 80 political parties running in historic elections 99 days from today “to make new commitments for children” to improve spending for health, education and social welfare that remains the lowest in the Southeast Asian region. “Building a better future for Myanmar's children is the most strategic and important investment that can be made in Myanmar's future,” said UNICEF representative Bertrand Bainvel. “In this important election, UNICEF calls on all political parties and all voters to make sure one group – Myanmar's children – is the clear winner.” UN News

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