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Slate: Your Smartphone is Built with Blood

Slate published a story this week that may turn a few heads with the release of the new iPhone iterations: the biggest manufacturing trade group in the United States is in the midst of a court battle with the Securities & Exchange Commission over whether or not consumers should be made aware of the primary sources of the minerals used …

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Egyptian Court: Muslim Brotherhood is Banned

USA Today reported this morning that an Egyptian Court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood as a political organization and as a community organization. Authorities will be expected to seize all of its assets in an upcoming crackdown against Islamists in Egypt. The language of the court is clear: “any institution branching out of it [The Muslim Brotherhood] or … receiving …

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Henry Bromell Awarded Posthumous Writing Emmy

The Emmys have been criticized in recent years as being the TV industry’s annual “pat on the back,” where millions in advertising dollars are spent on gift packages for voting members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Others have blasted the awards ceremony for entirely failing to appreciate present-day talent in favor of honoring a nominee’s past work. …

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Nairobi Westgate Mall: Islamists Kill 25

Islamists around the world are staging coordinated attacks with increasing regularity. Yesterday saw a series of coordinated attacks on the Arabian peninsula, and today sees al-Qaeda affiliated militants seizing a shopping mall, killing dozens and injuring 40. Witnesses say that terrorists were responsible for the attack, which happened earlier this morning. Gunmen burst into the mall and indiscriminately killed some …

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Danville Pawn Shop Shooting: A Triple Homicide

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported today that a 9-year-old boy called police from the ABC Gold and Games pawn shop in Danville, Kentucky shortly after 9 a.m. Apparently, somebody had entered the shop with the intention of robbing it, and ended up shooting three people dead. Boyle County coroner Don Hamner identified two of the victims as Michael and Angela Hockensmith. …

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AQAP Stages Suicide Car Bombing, Kills 38 Yemenis

The AP via USA Today reported earlier today that al-Qaeda militants in Yemen launched a coordinated attack on a military barracks in the southern part of the country called Shabwa province. 38 soldiers were killed in the attacks and dozens of others were wounded. Yemeni defense official Maj. Mohammed Nasser, speaking about the attacks, said that the soldiers were caught …

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Vikings Beheaded Their Slaves Before Burial

In a study published last week in the Journal of Archaeological Science, a team of researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway have discovered that the Vikings distinguished among social classes, much like every other ancient society (Mayans, Aztecs, Egyptians, Mesopotamians) and that slaves who were buried with their masters were beheaded and offered as “grave gifts.” Discovered in …

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Al-Qaeda, Free Syrian Army Stop Fighting in Azaz

The BBC reported this morning that fighting between some of the rebel groups has come to a grinding halt in the town of Azaz. Militants linked to al-Qaeda and fighting under the banner of “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) attacked the town earlier this week, wresting the town from Free Syrian Rebels backed by the western world. …

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Ottawa Train Crashes into Double-Decker, Kills Six

Tragic news out of Canada: the CBC reported that an Ottawa city bus crashed with a Via passenger train leaving five men and one woman dead. The scene has been cleared, and officials have removed the bus for investigation. The Ottawa transit system does not have a noteworthy history of accidents with regard to its buses or its bus drivers. …

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John McCain’s Op-Ed Appears on Pravda.ru

Last weekend, John McCain made it clear he intended to write a counterpoint to Vladimir Putin’s viral NYT column, and that he wanted that piece published by Pravda. The internet teased McCain because of his outdated worldview (let’s face it: his worldview is an easy target), but the truth is that McCain really had no idea who he was writing …

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Orbital Sciences Sends its First Commercial Cargo Ship to ISS

The AP reported yesterday that the Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launched a rocket from the eastern shore of Virginia. The occasion was marked, as most occasions are, by a tweet: We have #Cygnus separation! Look out ISS, here we come. #COTSDemo — Orbital Sciences (@OrbitalSciences) September 18, 2013 OSC’s Cygnus capsule is bound for NASA’s International Space Station with 1300 …

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Colorado Floods: Latest Reports Show Toxic Spillage

The latest reports from Colorado on the flooding damage are indicative that we have gone from the “worst flood in a century” stage to the “environmental catastrophe” stage. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported yesterday that state regulators are working with gas and oil industry workers to assess exactly how many of Weld County wells are leaking toxic sludge. Locals are …

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