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About Bennett Rieser

Bennett is a college-educated contract writer with WebProNews. When not bombarded by fascinating news or political upheaval, he spends his time relaxing with good friends, loyal family, and typically some of the many bastions of free internet discourse.
Eric Holder: We Can’t Jail our Way to Safety Eric Holder: We Can’t Jail our Way to Safety
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In the long and drawn out battle between inmate advocacy groups and the U.S. Justice Department regarding the efficacy of mandatory minimum sentences, a stalemate has been finally struck. Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, has come out …

New Study: Men Drink Less When Smokes Cost More New Study: Men Drink Less When Smokes Cost More

In the quest to further understand human behavior and substance use, a team of researchers from Yale, Stanford, and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY has found an interesting correlation: when analyzing data from over 21,000 drinkers who …

Judge: Stop-and-Frisk is Unconstitutional Judge: Stop-and-Frisk is Unconstitutional
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The long-awaited ruling on the controversial stop-and-frisk policies of the New York Police Department has arrived, and it does not look good for Bloomberg: the New York Times reported this morning that U.S. District court judge Shira A. Scheindlin has …

Purdue, Maker of OxyContin, Keeps a List of Bad Docs Purdue, Maker of OxyContin, Keeps a List of Bad Docs

Earlier this year, the FDA made headlines when it prevented pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma from continuing to produce generic and crushable versions of the popular opioid OxyContin. The New York Times took note that the company had chosen the opportune …

Student Loan Deal Signed by Pres. Obama Student Loan Deal Signed by Pres. Obama
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This past Friday, President Barack Obama signed the Higher Education Act into law, an act that the AP reports restored lower interest rates. The President also pledged to continue lowering the costs of a college education. “Feels good signing bills. …

Mayan Frieze Discovered in Guatemala Mayan Frieze Discovered in Guatemala

The AP reports that Guatemalan archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli of Tulane University’s Anthropology department has discovered a wonderful site in northern Guatemala: a beautiful frieze that dates to the Mayan classical era. Although it was found in July, the Guatemalan government …

New Study: Marine Life Rapidly Migrating to Poles New Study: Marine Life Rapidly Migrating to Poles
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A new study published in the journal of Nature and Climate Change may generate some controversial discussion: the rising ocean temperatures are pushing marine creatures 7 km (just over 3 mi) a year in the direction of the cooler water. …

Statue Defaced: Jackie Robinson’s in Brooklyn Statue Defaced: Jackie Robinson’s in Brooklyn
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A statue of groundbreaking African-American baseball star Jackie Robinson was vandalized today in Brooklyn. In a statement by the NYPD, detective John Nevandro of the 60th precinct has said the incident “is being treated as a bias crime… Hate Crimes …

Al-Qaeda Plot to Bomb Yemeni Industries Foiled Al-Qaeda Plot to Bomb Yemeni Industries Foiled
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The country of Yemen has foiled a plot by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (also known as Ansar al-Sharia). The plot comes in the wake of warnings from al Qaeda that would impact travelling Americans, as well as the …

Obama Cancels Visit to Russia over Snowden’s Asylum Obama Cancels Visit to Russia over Snowden’s Asylum
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It seems that Edward Snowden’s new found asylum in Russia may result in soured diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the United States: President Obama has formally cancelled his bilateral meeting with Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin after the …

Pentagon Chops 5 Days off of Civilian Furloughs Pentagon Chops 5 Days off of Civilian Furloughs
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The forced spending cut regimen of the sequester is starting to have effects, even if its impact on the bloated budget is minimal at best. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said yesterday that the Pentagon will reduce the number of …

New Study: Combat Doesn’t Affect Suicide Risk for Soldiers New Study: Combat Doesn’t Affect Suicide Risk for Soldiers
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Studies in years past have caused a recent outcry regarding our soldiers’ dwindling mental health, and after 2012 saw a rise in suicides (325 soldiers, up from the previous year of 2011 in which we lost 301 soldiers), the pressure …

FBI Arrests Two Florida Mayors for Public Corruption FBI Arrests Two Florida Mayors for Public Corruption
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Gov. Rick Scott of Florida suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Marono today, but not until after they had been arrested in their offices at City Hall for public corruption charges in the wake of a …

McDonald’s Franchisees are Furious About Costs of Doing Business McDonald’s Franchisees are Furious About Costs of Doing Business

A showdown of capital proportions is taking place in the fast food world, as if the constant striking by workers were enough for the industry: McDonald’s franchise owners are alleging that McDonald’s costs are too high, citing rent, remodeling and …

Hiroshima: Japan Honors 68th Anniversary Hiroshima: Japan Honors 68th Anniversary

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima by the Enola Gay on August 6, 1945. The AP reports 50,000 people gathered in the Hiroshima peace park accompanied by many of the “hibakusha,” or “explosion-affected” and burned incense …

Henriette & Gil: Hurricane, Tropical Storm Pass near Hawaii Henriette & Gil: Hurricane, Tropical Storm Pass near Hawaii
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Tropical Storm Henriette graduated to hurricane status this morning, and is actively heading westward through the central Pacific Ocean. Weather.com is currently tracking the development of the storm. At last update, the storm was heading west-northwest at approximately 10 mph, …

SOD: Secret DEA Unit Conceals Criminal Case Evidence SOD: Secret DEA Unit Conceals Criminal Case Evidence
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A Reuters exclusive published this morning details a startling discovery about the criminal case procedures of the Drug Enforcement Administration: documents obtained by the news organization reveal that agents of the DEA have been trained to “recreate” the trail of …

War in Syria: Nation Suffers 3-Way Divide War in Syria: Nation Suffers 3-Way Divide

After over two years of intense infighting, the nation formerly known as the Syrian Arab Republic has virtually ceased to exist. #Syria's war splits nation into 3 distinct regions (from @AP) http://t.co/1FdUpl9lrX — zeina karam (@zkaram) August 4, 2013 The …

‘Benghazi Bombshell’: CNN Alleges CIA is Intimidating Operatives to Keep Quiet on Benghazi ‘Benghazi Bombshell’: CNN Alleges CIA is Intimidating Operatives to Keep Quiet on Benghazi
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CNN is alleging that the CIA is acting in an “unprecedented attempt to keep Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.” Apparently, CIA agents have been frequently polygraphed in relation to the Benghazi disaster and repeatedly questioned about the possibility of …

Acetaminophen Warning: FDA Adds Additional Concerns Acetaminophen Warning: FDA Adds Additional Concerns
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The FDA has announced a new warning Thursday for the manufacturers of acetaminophen, Tylenol, and similar medications. The official FDA consumer update warns consumers of the dangers of rare skin diseases associated with acetaminophen use, the symptoms of which include …

New Study: A Pricier Burger could mean a Living Wage New Study: A Pricier Burger could mean a Living Wage

The recent striking by fast food workers in many large cities has prompted an undergraduate student to publish a controversial study about McDonald’s food prices. The question has recently been repeatedly asked (particularly in the wake of a distressing financial …

Arsenio Hall Jumps Back to the Late-Night Circuit Arsenio Hall Jumps Back to the Late-Night Circuit
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Comedian Arsenio Hall is preparing to re-enter our homes once again on the talk show circuit. Last on talk television in 1994 when AP notes there were less channels and Johnny Carson was the dominant host of “The Tonight Show,” …

Justin Bieber Tour Bus Busted on the Border for Pot Justin Bieber Tour Bus Busted on the Border for Pot
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Another day, another media tornado for Justin Bieber: a Canadian drug-sniffing canine discovered marijuana and paraphernalia for personal usage inside a Bieber tour bus on the border between Windsor and Michigan. This is not the first time for Bieber, nor …

Francisco Garzon, Spanish Train Driver, Faces 79 Counts of Vehicular Homicide Francisco Garzon, Spanish Train Driver, Faces 79 Counts of Vehicular Homicide
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The driver of the train that crashed last Wednesday evening in Spain has been under arrest since it occurred, and just yesterday he was formally charged with 79 counts of homicide committed by ‘professional recklessness.’ Francisco Jose Garzon was granted …