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NEWS     THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014     NEWS

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Obama Reportedly Plotting End-Run Around Congress On Global Climate Change Deal
President Obama reportedly plans to do an end-run around Congress to forge an international climate change deal, effectively bypassing the Constitution's requirement to get the Senate's approval for a treaty. The New York Times reported that the agreement is slated to be signed at a United Nations meeting next year in Paris. However, because the U.S. Senate is unlikely to ratify any international climate treaty, Obama’s negotiators reportedly are working toward an alternative agreement – a “politically binding” deal that would serve in lieu of a bona-fide treaty. Fox News
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Sen. Kaine: Obama Needs Authorization
Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, is among the growing number of lawmakers in both parties who say President Obama must get congressional authorization for U.S. military action in Syria and Iraq. "And so he needs to come to Congress again with respect to the threat that ISIL poses. And he needs to explain it and crisply define what a military mission would be.  And then ...let Congress debate it and vote it up or down. That's what the framers of the Constitution intended," Kaine told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Tuesday night. CNS News

Gay Marriage Advocates Ask Top U.S. Court To Strike Down State Bans
In a bold legal move, gay marriage advocates are urging the U.S. Supreme Court in three pending cases to decide once and for all whether states can ban same-sex unions. Gay and lesbian plaintiffs won before appeals courts in cases involving bans in Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma, and lawyers for those states have already asked the justices to take up their appeals. Lawyers defending the bans contend that the U.S. Constitution gives the states the role of defining marriage. In what is a relatively unusual strategy, all three sets of challengers have said they want the justices to review the lower court rulings, even though those decisions favored their side by striking down individual state bans. Reuters

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U.S. Investigating Reports Of Second American Jihadist Killed In Syria
The State Department is investigating reports that a second American jihadist was killed last weekend in Syria fighting for ISIS. The news comes a day after NBC News first reported that Douglas McAuthur McCain, a U.S. citizen, died fighting for the Islamic militants. A Free Syrian Army source told NBC News said the second American was killed in the same battle. A law enforcement official told NBC News that “it appears to be true” a second American died in the fighting. MSNBC

Romney Flirts With 2016: I’d Take On Hillary, But Better GOP Option Coming
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has insisted that he will not run for president again in 2016 but admitted in an interview Tuesday that “circumstances can change.” “Circumstances can change, but I’m just not going to let my head go there,” Mr. Romney said during an interview on the nationally syndicated radio program “The Hugh Hewitt Show.” Mr. Romney, who ran unsuccessfully in 2012 as the GOP presidential nominee, said there was a one in a million chance that he would run again, referencing a line from the Jim Carrey film “Dumb and Dumber.” Washington Times

US Economy Growing Slower Than White House Predicted
The U.S. economy has grown just 1.5 percent in the 2014 fiscal year – far slower than White House projections – while more than $500 billion of deficit spending was added to the national debt, according to new projections released today by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. Just last month the Obama administration optimistically forecast 2.6 percent GDP growth in 2014. The CBO had some good economic news, predicting that the GDP will rebound and expand by 3.4 percent over the next two years due to increased demand for goods and services, businesses investments in new structures and equipment, improved consumer spending and good news on the housing front. ABC

U.S. Top Guns in Darwin Dog-Fight Drills As China Tensions Rise
In Australia’s remote top end U.S. fighter pilots are engaged in combat drills, while Marines sip beers at night in pubs in the tropical city of Darwin. Thousands of kilometers to the north, the U.S. finds itself in increasingly real standoffs with China’s air force. “The planes are noisy but they’re just a part of life,” said Rachael Molloy, 24, who sells crocodile skin whips at the evening beach markets in Darwin, which plays host to the 22-day exercises where jets roar overhead until late at night. “They’re massive, beautiful planes.” Bloomberg

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Why A Gun Range Says It’s OK For Kids To Fire Uzis
A Nevada gun range today defended having children fire automatic weapons despite the fatal accident at a nearby shooting range that occurred when a 9-year-old girl was unable to control the powerful recoil of an Uzi she was shooting. Firing an automatic weapon teaches children the difference between their video games and the real thing, Bill Regenhardt, spokesman for The Range 702, told ABC News. "It's an eye opener for them to see the difference: this is not a toy, this is not a plastic Wii gun. It's heavy, you have to really be mindful of what it does... A lot of times it's an eye opener for the parents as well," Regenhardt said. ABC

U.S. Stocks Lose Momentum After S&P 500 Index Tops 2,000
The rally that propelled the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) above a record 2,000 lost a little bit of momentum today. The S&P 500 rose 0.1 point to 2,000.12 at 4 p.m. in New York with about the same number of stocks rising as falling. About 4.2 billion shares changed hands across U.S. exchanges, the lowest volume since July 3, data compiled by Bloomberg show. “The market is not overly expensive, not cheap either,” Ethan Anderson, senior portfolio manager at Rehmann Financial in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said by phone. His firm oversees $1.5 billion. Bloomberg

With New MLS Proposal, Taxpayers’ Cost Grows 22 Percent, Developers’ Share Flat
Las Vegas' new MLS proposal shows that taxpayers' share of the stadium's upfront costs grew by 22 percent compared to an earlier version of the proposal. In a July 22 city memo, Las Vegas' costs were listed at $128 million and the developers' share was $44 million. The development team is led by Findlay Sports and Entertainment of Las Vegas and Cordish Cos. of Baltimore. At the time, the $200 million stadium had a $29 million funding gap. Since then, the city and the developers have been negotiating to close the gap. Las Vegas Sun

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New Technology Lets Parents Set Controls For Teen Drivers
Many parents fear letting their teenagers start to drive, and with good reason. Fatal auto crashes are the leading cause of death among Americans ages 15 to 20. But new technology can help give parents some peace of mind by letting them set a limit on the car's speed and by tracking the location of their teenage driver on the road. Ford and General Motors have taken two different approaches. Ford's MyKey lets parents set the maximum speed of the car and limit the volume of the audio system. General Motors Family Link -- part of its OnStar service -- tracks the location of the car driven by a teenager and sends text messages to the parents if it is driven outside a stipulated area. Here is a closer look at these two systems. CBS

FBI Official Used ‘Poor Judgment’ In Suit
A former leader of the FBI's Milwaukee field office used "extremely poor judgment" in trying to influence the testimony of a subordinate in a disability discrimination lawsuit, according to a Justice Department inspector general report issued Wednesday. The report concerns a discrimination complaint brought two years ago by Justin Slaby, a Wisconsin native who lost his left hand in an Army training accident and argued in his lawsuit that the FBI wrongly kicked him out of its training academy because of his injury. An Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Slaby contended that he was qualified to serve despite his prosthesis. Las Vegas Sun

Obama's Plan Calls For Computer Chip Implants To Help Soldiers Heal
President Obama is backing a unique program aimed at developing computer chip implants that monitor and augment an injured soldier's nervous system -- mitigating all sorts of maladies, ranging from arthritis to post-traumatic stress. The computer chips are the purview of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency specializing in the development of high-tech military equipment. It was one of several programs green-lighted as part of the 19 executive actions announced yesterday by President Obama -- all of them aimed at boosting the mental health of U.S. troops and veterans. UPI

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Potentially Dangerous Debris Left Behind After Failed Hypersonic Flight In Alaska
A military safety team will clean up unexploded rocket fuel and other potentially dangerous debris at the Kodiak Launch Complex following an explosion Monday of a rocket carrying an experimental Army hypersonic strike weapon. The Alaska Dispatch News reported Wednesday that state officials are waiting for the military safety team to do the cleanup before damage to the launch complex is assessed. The rocket carrying the Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was blown up four seconds after it lifted off. One person who witnessed the explosion reportedly wrote on Facebook that it was "quite scary to see. The sound was quite loud even though we were many miles from the launch site." Fox News

Ebola Outbreak: 'It's Even Worse Than I'd Feared'
"It's even worse than I'd feared," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday of the Ebola outbreak rampaging through West Africa. "Every day this outbreak goes on, it increases the risk for another export to another country. "The sooner the world comes together to help Liberia and West Africans, the safer we will all be." Frieden spoke to CNN's Nima Elbagir in Monrovia, Liberia, where fear and anger over the largest Ebola outbreak on record has grown as health officials put up quarantines around some of the capital city's poorest areas. CNN

Itsy Bitsy Spiders Weaving Trouble Lead To Recall Of Suzuki Cars
Suzuki has recalled about 19,000 Kizashi mid-size sedans in the U.S. because spiders drawn to gasoline vapors weave webs that can block a hose to vent those gases. Air flow blocked in the cars' evaporative emissions system can cause negative pressure in the fuel tank, which can lead to cracks and leaks that increase the risk of a fire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Wednesday.This is a similar problem to one that prompted Mazda to recall the Mazda6 twice since 2011. No crashes or injuries have been reported in relation to this issue, Suzuki told NHTSA. Suzuki stopped selling cars in the U.S. market last year after nearly three decades, so NHTSA and Suzuki advise owners of 2010-2013 Kizashis to take their vehicles to authorized “service providers.” The remedy? A filter on a ventilation line to keep the spiders out. The Kizashi was one of the Japanese company’s best-sellers in the United States before the automaker decided to pull out. MSNBC

Unions Prod Obama Toward Executive Action On Immigration
Labor unions Wednesday increased pressure on President Obama to use executive action to ease immigration laws, saying that’s the best hope for undocumented workers who are being exploited and mistreated by unscrupulous employers. The AFL-CIO made its case at a panel discussion in Washington that highlighted the plight of undocumented workers, including testimony by illegal immigrants who describe the indignities they suffered because of their status. Washington Times

Any Fuel Left For The Market's Record Run?
The bulls have roared out of early August lows in one of the smoothest, most powerful V-shaped rebounds in market history. And on Tuesday, after flirting with a close above 2,000 the day before, the S&P 500 finished higher than that level for the first time ever -- albeit by the slimmest of margins at 2,000.02. It took the index 16 years to cross this threshold after passing 1,000 for the first time since 1998. To refresh your memory, Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" was dominating the airwaves, "Armageddon" topped the movie box office and in the annals of value-destroying mergers, AOL (AOL) bought Netscape for $4.2 billion while Daimler-Benz completed its star-crossed merger with Chrysler. CBS

North Korea Criticizes John Kerry For Bilateral Relations Remarks
North Korea lambasted recent remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the possibility of improving relations with Pyongyang. "The U.S. has never wanted improved relations with the DPRK but worked hard to overthrow it by force of arms, waiting for a chance through procrastination," the country's main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, reported Wednesday. While on a trip to Asia, Kerry commented on the state of U.S. relations with North Korea, asserting that the U.S. "is absolutely prepared to improve relations with North Korea if North Korea will honor its international obligations," a reference to denuclearization. UPI

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McConnell To CNN: Obama Would Have ‘A Lot Of Congressional Support’ For Action Against ISIS
Sen. Mitch McConnell knew how surprising it was going to sound to room full of Kentucky voters that he backs President Barack Obama on something. "I think the President now, at this point - this will shock you when I say it - at this point, is doing the right thing,” he said Wednesday in a speech to the Chamber of Commerce here. The GOP Senate leader was talking about the President’s increasingly robust approach towards ISIS, the Islamist extremist group sweeping Syria and Iraq. CNN

Mayor: Adult Illegal Aliens With 'Graying' Hair Enrolled In Public Schools
The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.” “They are not all children,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy told reporters at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “One of the things that we did notice when we were processing some of these students coming in was that they were adults,” she said. CNS News

Immigration Could Set Stage For Big U.S. Budget Showdown
Conservatives in the U.S. Congress who object to President Barack Obama's immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter of a government shutdown. White House-Congress tensions rose on Wednesday when Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said the president's upcoming decision on steps to possibly ease some immigration rules would not be affected by Republican tactics. "The president is determined to act where House Republicans won't," Earnest said, citing support from the business community, religious leaders, labor unions and law enforcement. "It would be a real shame if Republicans were to engage in an effort to shut down the government over a commonsense solution (on immigration)." Reuters

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Netanyahu: Hamas Suffered Its Greatest Glow Since It Was Founded
Amid rapidly declining approval ratings, deep frustration among residents of the South, and harsh criticism from senior cabinet ministers, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the nation on Wednesday the Gaza operation was a military and diplomatic success. Netanyahu, speaking at a Jerusalem press conference alongside Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, said that “Hamas was hit hard, and did not get any of the things it demanded for a cease-fire.” A sedate, low-key Netanyahu said that from the first minute of the operation he set out clear goals: To hit Hamas and the other terrorist organizations hard, and through this to bring about a prolonged quiet for Israeli citizens. Jerusaelm Post

Tomatoes 'Important In Prostate Cancer Prevention'
Eating tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer, research suggests. Men who consume more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week reduce their risk by about 20%, according to a UK study. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, with 35,000 new cases and around 10,000 deaths in the UK every year. Cancer experts recommend eating a balanced diet which is high in fruit and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, fat and salt. The Bristol team analysed the diets and lifestyles of around 20,000 British men aged between 50 and 69. BBC

Yazidis Still Stranded On Mount Sinjar: 'We Need Weapons Now More Than Food Or Water'
For the US and its allies, Mount Sinjar is a success story: a humanitarian disaster alleviated by US air power. But hundreds, if not thousands, of Iraqis – mostly sick and old – remain atop the mountain, with no relief on its way. Satellite images taken on 21 August by the firm ImageSat International and interviews with members of the Yazidi religious minority still on the mountain indicate a humanitarian emergency continuing to unfold. While thousands have fled down the mountain’s north face, making a dangerous trek into Iraqi Kurdistan through Syria, those on the southern side remain in crisis. Guardian

Syria And Isis Committing War Crimes, Says UN
The Syrian government and Islamic State (Isis) insurgents are both committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, UN investigators have said. Syrian government forces have dropped barrel bombs on civilian areas, including some believed to contain the chemical agent chlorine in eight incidents in April, and have committed other war crimes that should be prosecuted, they said in a 45-page report issued in Geneva on Wednesday. "Violence has bled over the borders of the Syrian Arab republic, with extremism fuelling the conflict's heightened brutality," said the report. Guardian

Angela Merkel Announces Plans To Deport EU Welfare Cheats
Germany has announced plans to deport welfare cheats from other European Union countries as part of a major new crackdown on "benefits tourism". Angela Merkel's government wants to expel immigrants from other EU countries who lie or use fraudulent means to claim benefits in Germany, and block the worst offenders from re-entering the country for up to five years. There have already been calls for Britain to follow Germany's lead, with the former Labour minister Frank Field calling on David Cameron to implement similar measures. Telegraph

FBI Investigates Alleged Russian Cyber Attack On Wall Street
The FBI is investigating whether Russian hackers staged a cyber-attack on major Wall Street businesses this month in retaliation for US sanctions imposed over Ukraine, Bloomberg News reported last night. The Russian hackers allegedly stole large amounts of sensitive data from JP Morgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to sources familiar with the investigation. The FBI is also reportedly looking into possible links to recent hacking of large European financial institutions. Telegraph

Using Egyptian Crossing For First Time In Seven Years, UN Convoy Brings Food Aid To Gaza
For the first time in seven years, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days. WFP’s trucks arrived at the Rafah crossing after a seven-hour drive from Alexandria, where the food was procured, across the Sinai Peninsula, the agency said in a news release. This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the Israeli blockade was imposed in 2007.  UN News

Recent Libya Fighting ‘Unprecedented In Gravity,’ Warns Outgoing UN Envoy
In recent days, armed battles, inflamed by airstrikes and fuelled by deep divisions among Libyan political factions have been “unprecedented in their gravity and very alarming,” the outgoing United Nations envoy to that country told the Security Council today. In his final address as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Tarek Mitri said that the Libyan people bear the brunt of the conflict. The number of people displaced is estimated to be over 100,000, with at least another 150,000 seeking refuge abroad. UN News

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