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Florida School District Replaces Football Chaplains

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A spokesperson for Florida's Orange County Public Schools has announced that their practice of having local ministers serve as volunteer chaplains for student teams has ended.

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U.S. Banks Hit by Hackers

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Computer hackers targeted JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and at least four other banks in a coordinated attack on major financial institutions this month.

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Transgendered Military Should Be Allowed to Serve Openly, Report Says

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Gay military service personnel may now serve openly, and now former top Pentagon officials believe that another group should be afforded the same treatment: transgendered Americans.

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Hundreds of Americans Fighting Alongside Islamic State

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The U.S. government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and are poised to become a major threat to the homeland.

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Obama Pursuing Climate Accord Without Congress

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The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

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'Three Parent Babies' Developed in U.S. Fertility Clinic

Researchers for the first time created microbes containing artificial DNA, expanding the universal genetic code that guides life. The advance one day could lead to new antibiotics, vaccines and other medical products not possible with today's bioscience.
A private fertility clinic in the United States has launched an investigation into the health of 17 teenagers who were born as a result of a controversial IVF technique that produced the world's first "three-parent" embryos more than 15 years ago.

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Obama may bypass Congress on Syria airstrikes

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The White House said Monday that President Obama won't necessarily seek congressional approval for airstrikes in Syria against militants of the Islamic State, while Syria warned the U.S. it would consider any unilateral attack an act of "aggression."

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Judge Rejects White House Secrecy on Fannie May, Freddie Mac

The White House accidentally blew the cover of the top CIA officer in Afghanistan Saturday, when his name and title were released in an e-mail sent to reporters who traveled with President Obama on his surprise visit to Bagram Air Field.
A federal judge has issued a stinging rebuke to the Obama administration's recent attempt to shield documents from disclosure in a case that could yield important clues about the Treasury Department's relationship with mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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6.0 Earthquake Shakes California

A strong earthquake shook the southern Pacific coast of Mexico as well as the capital and several inland states Thursday, sending frightened people into unseasonal torrential rains that were also bearing down on the coast.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Northern California near Napa Valley Sunday, injuring at least 172 people and causing extensive damage, including fires sparked by burst gas lines, in the largest tremor to rock the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta quake in 1989.

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Laws Broken with Bergdahl Prisoner Swap, GAO Says

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The Government Accountabilty Office, a nonpartisan government watchdog agency, said that the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year.

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Holder Arrives As Protests Continue in Ferguson

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson to lead the investigation into the shooting. It was revealed that Darren Wilson, the police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun. Meanwhile, Community elders and the clergy were credited with helping to bring "a different dynamic" to protests in this St. Louis suburb, police said as fewer arrests took place.

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Riots Continue to Break Out, Governor Orders Curfew, Feds Take Over Investigation

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Over the weekend in cities throughout the United States, demonstrators marched in solidarity with Missouri protesters over the killing of Michael Brown, a unarmed black teenager, who was shot by a police officer. Despite a curfew imposed by the Missouri governor, one person was critically injured after being shot, and seven others arrested as clashes continued to break out over the weekend in Ferguson, Missouri. A private autopsy revealed the teen was shot six times, including two in the head, as the Justice Department ordered a second autopsy into the teenager's death as the FBI took over the investigation.

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Militarization of Police Stuns America (Video)

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As photos of heavily armed police officers in full combat gear squared off against protesters in the small suburban town of Ferguson, Missouri, America got a sobering wake up call of the militarization of its local police forces. Since 2006, U.S. police departments have acquired 93,763 machine guns, 432 mine-resistant trucks, over 500 aircraft and hundreds of thousands of ammunition magazines, all provided by the U.S. military with the help of Congress.

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Same-Sex Marriage in Virginia Takes Effect on Aug. 20 Unless Supreme Court Intervenes

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A federal appeals court on Wednesday cleared the way for same-sex marriages to be performed in Virginia as soon as next week, denying a request to stay its ruling striking down the state’s ban on the unions.

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Despite Record Tax Revenues, Gov't Runs $460B Deficit

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Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $2,469,178,000,000 for the first 10 months of fiscal year this July, but the federal government still ran a $460,450,000,000 deficit during that time.

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