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This Mother Giraffe Will Do Anything To Protect Her Calf - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
This Mother Giraffe Will Do Anything To Protect Her Calf
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Dogs On Joyrides Remind Us It's Time For A Summer Road Trip - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Dogs On Joyrides Remind Us It's Time For A Summer Road Trip
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Health Insurers Set To Give Out More Obamacare Refunds - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Health Insurers Set To Give Out More Obamacare Refunds
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Fiscally Shaky Budget For Chicago Public Schools Approved - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Fiscally Shaky Budget For Chicago Public Schools Approved
CHICAGO, July 23 (Reuters) - The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved a $5.76 billion fiscal 2015 operating budget that relies on an accounting maneuver to bulk up available reserves to eliminate a nearly $1 billion deficit. The budget for the nation's third-largest public school district, which serves 400,000 students, extends the district's revenue recognition period by 60 days - a move that is expected to increase reserve funds that will be tapped to balance the spending plan. Chicago-based Civic Federation, a government finance watchdog group, on Wednesday blasted the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for "artificially" inflating revenue to get through the new fiscal year. "The budget is balanced only by an accounting gimmick that allows CPS to book more than 12 months of revenue into a single fiscal year," report by the Civic Federation said. The school system acknowledged that it was buying time with this budget. "This is a one-time fix that allows the district to prevent...
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Angela Perkey: A Simple Prescription for Lower Health Care Costs - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/angela-...
Angela Perkey:  A Simple Prescription for Lower Health Care Costs
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Guy Decides To Talk To Some Baby Goats; Adorableness Ensues - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Guy Decides To Talk To Some Baby Goats; Adorableness Ensues
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Cops Deliberately Shot Woman's Dog 15 Times: Lawsuit - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Cops Deliberately Shot Woman's Dog 15 Times: Lawsuit
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Calm Down, Everyone. Two GOP Judges Didn't Annihilate Obamacare - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Calm Down, Everyone. Two GOP Judges Didn't Annihilate Obamacare
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Stephen Wells: What Our Laws Say About Dogs in Hot Cars - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen...
Stephen Wells:  What Our Laws Say About Dogs in Hot Cars
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Hello There, Little Adorable Critically Endangered Baby Rhino! - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Hello There, Little Adorable Critically Endangered Baby Rhino!
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Rep. Hank Johnson: New Caucus to Focus on Expanding Medicaid - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-han...
Rep. Hank Johnson:  New Caucus to Focus on Expanding Medicaid
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M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.: Health, Sensuality and the Supreme Court's New Feudalism - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/m-gregg...
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.:  Health, Sensuality and the Supreme Court's New Feudalism
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Jon Stewart Wants You To Help Him Buy CNN - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Jon Stewart Wants You To Help Him Buy CNN
Forget that potato salad Kickstarter campaign. Jon Stewart has something much more fun you can do with any money you're willing to throw away. Stewart wants to buy CNN, and on Tuesday night's "Daily Show," he asked for your help. Rupert Murdoch is angling to purchase Time Warner. But since he already owns Fox News, he'd likely be forced to sell CNN, which experts say could fetch $10 billion -- or exactly the amount Stewart is hoping to raise. "This $10 billion all-cash bid for CNN would secure control of a massive television network reaching over 100 million homes in the US alone, which we could then use to rebuild a news organization befitting this proud land," a statement on Stewart's "Let's Buy CNN" page reads. "Or more likely we'd use it to make a lot more poop jokes." Like any good Kickstarter campaign, Stewart is offering up some enticing rewards. Watch the clip above to find out what they are.
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Cuomo's Office Hobbled State Ethics Inquiries - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Cuomo's Office Hobbled State Ethics Inquiries
With Albany rocked by a seemingly endless barrage of scandals and arrests, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set up a high-powered commission last summer to root out corruption in state politics. It was barely two months old when its investigators, hunting for violations of campaign-finance laws, issued a subpoena to a media-buying firm that had placed millions of dollars’ worth of advertisements for the New York State Democratic Party. The investigators did not realize that the firm, Buying Time, also counted Mr. Cuomo among its clients, having bought the airtime for his campaign when he ran for governor in 2010.
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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Coffins Containing Downed Jet's Victims Leave Ukraine - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Coffins Containing Downed Jet's Victims Leave Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine, July 23 (Reuters) - A Dutch air force transport plane carrying the first 16 coffins with the remains of victims of the downed Malaysian airliner took off on Wednesday from an airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv for the Netherlands. Honorary guards placed wooden coffins on the plane after a short and somber ceremony held on the tarmac before it took off. All 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 perished when it was brought down last Thursday over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev is struggling to quell a pro-Russian separatist rebellion. Many of the victims were Dutch and the Netherlands will carry out their identification. At the ceremony, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said the downing of the plane was an "inhumane terrorist act" carried out with help from Russia. Kiev will do everything in its power to bring those guilty to justice, he added. A Canadian military transport plane is due to leave...
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Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Resigns, Has Alzheimer's Disease - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Resigns, Has Alzheimer's Disease
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has given up control of the team as he fights Alzheimer's disease, according to the Denver Post. "The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of the team's daily operations due to his condition. We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to 'Mr. B,' who has faced Alzheimer's disease with such dignity and strength," a team statement issued to the newspaper reads. The statement says Broncos president Joe Ellis will continue to operate the team, but that over the long term Bowlen hopes one of his seven children will eventually take control. Bowlen, 70, bought the Broncos in 1984 when the team was facing bankruptcy. Under his ownership, the team made six Super Bowl appearances, winning twice. "Alzheimer's has taken so much from Pat, but it will never take away his love for the Denver Broncos and his sincere appreciation for the fans," his wife, Annabel Bowlen, said in a statement to the newspaper. "My family...
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These Big Guys Surprise Scientists With 'Superior Sense' - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
These Big Guys Surprise Scientists With 'Superior Sense'
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This Is How Much More Your Health Insurance Could Cost If Two Republican Judges Get Their Way - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
This Is How Much More Your Health Insurance Could Cost If Two Republican Judges Get Their Way
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'World's Saddest Bear' Won't Be Moved, Argentine Zoo Says - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
'World's Saddest Bear' Won't Be Moved, Argentine Zoo Says
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Mideast Conflict 2014: Israeli Military Pummels Gaza, Sending Thousands Of Residents Fleeing - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Mideast Conflict 2014: Israeli Military Pummels Gaza, Sending Thousands Of Residents Fleeing
GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 23 (Reuters) - Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, sending thousands of residents fleeing, and said it was meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Tel Aviv to push ceasefire talks. In a blow to Israel's economy, U.S. and many European air carriers halted flights to the country citing security worries after a militant rocket from Gaza hit a house near Ben Gurion airport. Israel urged a re-think, saying its airspace was safe. Making an unannounced, one-day visit, Kerry was due to see Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, signaling an intensification of efforts to end the bloodshed. Israel launched its offensive on July 8 to halt missile salvoes by Hamas Islamists, who were struggling under the weight of an Israeli-Egyptian economic blockade and angered by a crackdown on their supporters in the nearby occupied West...
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Junkyard Dog Walks Miles Every Day To Feed Her Friends, Teaches Us The Power Of Sharing - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Junkyard Dog Walks Miles Every Day To Feed Her Friends, Teaches Us The Power Of Sharing
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John Kerry Flies To Israel Despite FAA Ban - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
John Kerry Flies To Israel Despite FAA Ban
TEL AVIV, July 23 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to seek ways of ending the deadliest violence in years between Israel and Gaza's Islamist Hamas. "Secretary Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel, this morning to meet with officials to discuss the ongoing ceasefire efforts," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "He will also travel to Jerusalem and the West Bank, and will be meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Palestinian Authority President (Mahmoud) Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu." (Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Crispian Balmer)
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25 Dogs Who Went The Extra (Messy) Mile For The Love Of Peanut Butter - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
25 Dogs Who Went The Extra (Messy) Mile For The Love Of Peanut Butter
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Sky Tower In Denmark Might Be The Scariest Theme Park Ride Ever - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Sky Tower In Denmark Might Be The Scariest Theme Park Ride Ever
This just might be the simplest idea for a theme park ride... and also the most frightening. The Sky Tower at Tivoli Friheden in Denmark is a free fall ride with no brakes because there's no vehicle. It's just you, plunging from the top of a 130-foot tower into a net 100 feet below. According to the park's website, you'll experience 4G sensations as your plummeting body hits a top speed of 55 mph. Don't worry. If you get to the top and have second thoughts, the park offers a dignified opportunity to chicken out. "You may also just take the lift to the top and enjoy the view," the website says. It's one thing to read about it. Check out the video above from Theme Park Review to see it in action. If you've watched the clip and still want to take the plunge, know that you have to be at least 14 years old and weigh between 110 and 265 pounds. You also can't have back problems, heart problems, hypertension, epilepsy, fractures, open wounds or (obviously) fear of heights. In addition,...
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Sarah Palin Ticketed For Speeding, Cracks A NASCAR Joke - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Sarah Palin Ticketed For Speeding, Cracks A NASCAR Joke
Sarah Palin was allegedly caught speeding in Alaska last week, but she has an excuse that's sure to make many of her NASCAR-loving fans smile. "I wasn’t speeding, I was qualifying," she joked to TMZ. Records posted online by Alaska's CourtView system show Palin was ticketed by the Wasilla Police Department on July 16 for going 10 to 19 mph over the speed limit, which is listed as a minor offense. TMZ says she was doing 63 mph in a 45 mph zone in a Toyota Tundra pickup truck. The former governor of Alaska joked that her choice in music may have played a role in her speed, telling TMZ that she was listening to "I Can't Drive 55" by Sammy Hagar. Palin was fined $144, plus a $10 surcharge. The ticket is currently listed as unpaid, but TMZ reports that she plans to settle up soon. For the record, qualifying speeds at a recent NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway ranged from 194.963 mph to 204.557 mph.
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StubHub Says It Was Victim Of Cyber Fraud Ring; Arrests To Be Announced - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
StubHub Says It Was Victim Of Cyber Fraud Ring; Arrests To Be Announced
By Deepa Seetharaman and Jim Finkle SEATTLE/BOSTON (Reuters) - eBay Inc's StubHub online ticket resale service said it was the victim of a massive international cyber fraud ring, the details of which authorities plan to disclose on Wednesday as they announce arrests in the case. StubHub's head of global communications, Glenn Lehrman, told Reuters late on Tuesday that his firm has been working with law enforcement around the world for the last year on the case. Lehrman said he could not say how much money was involved or how many people were being charged ahead of announcements planned by authorities in several countries on Wednesday. Fraudulent charges were posted after hackers obtained user credentials by hacking into other sites, then used them to log in StubHub, he said. "We did not have anyone who hacked into our system," Lehrman said. He said the schemes involved a "pretty intense network of cyber fraudsters working in concert with each other." Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus...
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Aussie Households Go Solar: Game-Changer - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-rees...
Australia's household solar revolution has caught the government-owned electricity sector by surprise. Join Earth Dr Reese Halter from Los Angeles in another SOS segment as he tells how Australian homeowner are fighting back against climate disruption. More than one million Australians have already installed solar panels on their rooftops. It has caused demand for electricity from the grid to plummet. The race to power Australian homes from the sun has left Prime Minister Tony Abbott's Coalition government speechless. Photo credit: smh.com.au Despite being a sun-rich country, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott continues to promote coal, a known heat-trapping pollutant, as the only source of energy for the future. The government has just spent over $50 billion upgrading the coal-powered energy grid expecting more demand for more electricity. By the time coal-powered electricity reaches Australian homes it has traveled hundreds of miles through the grid - a network of wires, cables...
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Twenty-five years ago, in late 1989, I enrolled in an ulpan or Hebrew immersion program at Mishmar Haemek, a kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley. When I met the kibbutzniks as well as the other students in the ulpan, many of them would ask me two questions. First, they asked if I had graduated from college. The answer was yes. I was puzzled that people asked me this question until I learned that most of my fellow ulpanim, at least those who hailed from western countries, were high school or college dropouts. Some had even gotten into trouble with the law and had fled to Israel to evade the long arm of justice. Then there were those who had emigrated from the then-Soviet Union, Hungary, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mauritius or other developing countries and had come to the Jewish state for asylum, job opportunities and freedom from tyranny. Those were the reasons why they were in Israel. But why was I? That was the second question. I never knew how to answer that question. All I ever said was...
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