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Putin Confirms Syria Airstrikes Serve To Help Assad Regime
Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed in a television interview that Russian airstrikes in Syria serve to reinforce Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Speaking Sunday on Rossiya One state television, Putin said, "Our task is to stabilize the legitimate government and to create conditions for a political compromise, by military means, of course. "The units of international terrorists and their ilk have no desire to negotiate with the Syrian government, who is almost sieged in its own capital." UPI
VOA VIEW: Putin slapped Obama in the face, again.

U.S. Delivers 50 Tons Of Ammunition To Syria Rebel Groups
U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups. Details of the air mission over Syria were confirmed by a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly because the details have not yet been formally announced. C-17s, accompanied by fighter escort aircraft, dropped small arms ammunition and other items like hand grenades in Hasakah province in northern Syria to a coalition of rebels groups vetted by the US, known as the Syrian Arab Coalition. CNN

In ‘60 Minutes’ Interview, Obama Muddles Facts On Ukraine
Defending himself against accusations that Russian President Vladimir Putin is challenging American leadership, President Obama erroneously told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that when he took office Ukraine was ruled by a Putin “stooge.” Questioning the premise that Putin’s foreign policy was succeeding, Obama cited the situations in Ukraine and Syria. “When I came into office, Ukraine was governed by a corrupt ruler who was a stooge of Mr. Putin,” he told interviewer Steve Kroft. “Syria was Russia’s only ally in the region.” Today, Putin is no longer able to count on those allies’ support, Obama continued, adding that the Russian leader instead was having to deploy his military “just to barely hold together by a thread his sole ally” – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. CNS News
VOA VIEW: Obama is a liar and weak president.

DNC Vice Chair Disinvited From Democratic Debate
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said the committee disinvited her from the first Democratic presidential debate after she publicly called for more face-offs. Ms. Gabbard said her staff received the message last Tuesday from the chief of staff to Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chairwoman, a day after she appeared on MSNBC demanding more than the current six sanctioned debates, The New York Times reported. Washington Times

Toddler Finds Gun And Shoots His Grandma
Police say a 2-year-old South Carolina boy found a gun in the car he was riding in and shot his grandmother in the back. Authorities were trying to determine Monday whether to file charges against the woman’s sister, who owns the gun. Rock Hill police Capt. Mark Bollinger said the 40-year-old woman is expected to survive. She and the child were riding in her sister’s car on Sunday afternoon when the boy found a .357 revolver in the pouch on the back of the front seat and fired the weapon.
Bollinger says the injured woman’s sister owns the revolver. NY Post

Finally, Facebook ‘Unfriends’ Pedophiles
It took more than three years, but Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook has finally developed a conscience. The social media company, founded by the hoodie-wearing tech billionaire, is suddenly on the right side of the law when it comes to pedophiles and other assorted perverts. Hey, welcome to the human race, Mark! Last week New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that his office agreed to a partnership with Facebook “to use innovative data and analytical methods to crack down on human trafficking.” NY Post


RNC’s New TV Ad Hits Hillary Clinton With Email Scandal Ahead Of First Democratic Debate
The Republican National Committee on Monday debuted a new TV ad highlighting ongoing federal investigations into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email practices and potential mishandling of classified material as secretary of state. The ad went up on cable TV and the Internet as Mrs. Clinton prepares for the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday in Las Vegas and continued to aggressively move to cast the email scandal as a political smear campaign orchestrated by House Republicans. Washington Times

VW Brand To Change Diesel Technology, Cut Investments
Volkswagen's flagship brand will switch to new diesel emissions control technology in Europe and North America as well as cut a billion euros ($1.1 billion) in annual investment spending. VW brand head Herbert Diess made the announcement Tuesday as the company struggles to overcome a scandal over the fact that some of its cars are equipped with computer software that let them evade U.S. emissions tests. Diess said the company would change its diesel technology in Europe and North America and install systems that that use a mixture of the chemical substance urea and water to reduce diesel emissions. He said that change would come "as soon as possible."
He said the company would extend its low-cost manufacturing techniques and reduce spending on investments. Houston Chronicle

Trial Set To Begin In Iowa For 2 Former Aides To Ron Paul
A federal trial is set to begin in Iowa for two aides to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign accused of secretly paying a state lawmaker for his endorsement. Court records show jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday morning in Des Moines in the case against Jesse Benton and Dimitri Kesari. Benton faces one count of making false statements. Kesari faces five charges, including conspiracy and obstruction. Both have pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say they concealed payments to former Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson after he jumped from the Michele Bachmann campaign to the Paul campaign a few days before the January 2012 Iowa caucuses. The judge overseeing the trial recently dismissed charges against a third aide to the former Texas congressman, though some could be refiled in a separate case. Houston Chronicle

Ga. Confederate Flag Supporters Face Terrorism Charges
Fifteen individuals associated with a group of Confederate flag supporters in Douglas County, Ga., have been indicted on terrorism charges, it was announced on Monday. The charges are related to a July 25 incident in which members of a group called Respect the Flag drove a convoy of vehicles displaying Confederate flags through a neighborhood in Douglasville, when they were involved in an altercation with residents outside a home where a children's birthday party was taking place.
According to a July 27 Atlanta Journal-Constitution report, those engaged in the confrontation offered conflicting accounts of what happened. CBS
VOA VIEW: Outrageous - it's not terrorism when blacks take to the streets looting, committing violence and setting cars and buildings on fire.

Obama: Donald Trump Is A "Classic Reality TV Character"
In an interview with "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday, President Obama called Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump "the classic reality TV character" and "a great publicity seeker" who is capturing hearts and minds at a time the Republican Party "hasn't really figured out what it's for, as opposed to what it's against." "I think that he is tapped into something that exists in the Republican Party that's real. I think there is genuine anti-immigrant sentiment in the large portion of at least Republican primary voters," Mr. Obama said. Ultimately, however, Mr. Obama predicted, "I don't think he'll end up being president of the United States." CBS

Playboy To Stop Publishing Nude Photos
Do people really read Playboy for the articles? Well, we're about to find out. According to The New York Times, the iconic men's magazine will no longer publish nude photos of women when its redesign launches in March. The reason? Thanks to the ubiquity of online pornography, nudity – a staple of the magazine since its launch in 1953 – is "just so passe at this juncture," Scott Flanders, Playboy's chief executive, told the Times. As a result, Playboy's circulation has fallen to 800,000, down from 5.6 million in 1975. Atanta Journal

Okinawa Gov Revokes Approval For Relocation Of US Air Base
Okinawa’s governor on Tuesday revoked approval for work needed to relocate a U.S. air base from one area of the southern Japanese island to another, but the Tokyo government said it would still proceed with the plan. Local residents object to living with U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma and want the base moved off Okinawa. Current plans call for moving it to a less developed area on the island called Henoko. Gov. Takeshi Onaga was elected last year on promises to fight the move, revoked the local approval given in 2013 by his predecessor on the grounds of “legal defects.” “I will work to keep my promise not to allow another base in Henoko,” Onaga said Tuesday. Charlotte Observer

Police Defend Use Of Taser On City Official In Texas
Police officials in a small, predominantly black Texas college town are defending the decision to use a stun gun on a City Council member when he intervened as officers questioned his friends outside his apartment. Police say they were questioning four men outside Prairie View City Councilman Jonathan Miller’s apartment about suspicious activity in the neighborhood when Miller interfered on Thursday night. Miller, at a Monday news conference, said he was vouching for his friends and telling officers they were doing nothing wrong.“It was just concern for my friends. That’s all it was, and that’s all it should have been,” Miller said. Video from police and from one of Miller’s friends shows officers using a Taser on Miller when he was slow in following police commands. Miller and the officer ordering the use of the Taser are both black. Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: Hard to call a black on black confrontation, police racism.

California To Big-League Callplayers: Stop Chewing Tobacco
California lawmakers have taken the first step toward accomplishing something Major League Baseball could never do: Stop players from stuffing those big wads of chewing tobacco into their mouths during games. With Gov. Jerry Brown signing a bill earlier this week banning the use of smokeless tobacco in all California ballparks, a practice dating to the days of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb now seems headed toward the sport's endangered species list. Although California is only one state, it is home to five of Major League Baseball's 30 teams, and team owners themselves have been pressing for a ban for years. Last May they got one in San Francisco, home of the reigning World Series champion Giants. In August they got another in Boston, site of fabled Fenway Park, and when Brown signed Assembly Bill 768 on Sunday one was already in the works for Los Angeles. Kansas City Star

Many Still Don’t Get The Perils Of Social Media
A marketing executive was fired recently for posting a picture of himself with the son of his African-American co-worker on Facebook and making racist comments.
Shortly before that, a soap opera actress made comments on Twitter that many found racist and offensive on the Emmy acceptance speech of Viola Davis, the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for lead actress in drama. People seem to increasingly fail to recognize that once they put comments that can be viewed as bigoted out in the public sphere, their employers have a right and a responsibility to deal with them quickly. And those who take offense at employers’ meting out discipline tend to fall back on a couple of arguments that don’t hold up, legally or logically: Kansas City Star


Hotel Booking Scams A Much Bigger Problem Than Previously Known
The problem of "rogue" hotel booking websites is bigger than previously known and is creating enormous problems for both travelers and the hotel industry. A recent survey done for the American Hotel & Lodging Association found that 6 percent of travelers who had booked a room online thought they were booking directly with the hotel, but later found out they had used an imposter site. Based on this survey, the group estimates 15 million hotel bookings were done on rogue websites last year with $1.3 billion going to these fraudsters. Prior to this survey, the group estimated the problem to be much smaller: about 2.5 million hotel bookings a year. MSNBC

What To Watch For As Democrats Square Off In First Televised Debate
Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the debate stage for the first time in this campaign Tuesday night to face four rivals looking for something — anything — to knock down her lead in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. Clinton must use the debate to explain her rationale for her second candidacy for the White House or risk seeing her chief rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, stealing her front-runner status, which already has eroded, in part, because of the inquiries into her use of personal email for government business. The two-hour debate at the Wynn Las Vegas, airing on CNN starting at 5:30 p.m. PDT, will feature the five Democratic candidates who received at least 1 percent in a trio of national polls within the last six weeks. Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a run, will not participate. Seattle Times

Debate Podium Awaits Joe Biden, With Or Without Him
Joe Biden does not plan to participate in the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, but the invitation remains open to the vice president should he make a last-minute decision to jump in the race and join his would-be Democratic rivals on the debate stage. The debate hosts have even gone so far as to set aside an extra podium for the VP. While all indications are that the reserved podium will go unused Tuesday night, the political world is watching in anticipation as the vice president continues a debate of his own, within the privacy of his Delaware home, in deliberating whether to mount a White House bid. ABC
VOA VIEW: It would be a spectacular way to enter the race if Biden joins the debate.

Trump Faces Tough Questions At Bipartisan NH Event
Independent-minded voters in politically important New Hampshire challenged Donald Trump Monday on his "divisive" style and his attitude toward women. "Prove me wrong, but I don't think you're a friend to women," said one woman in the crowd of more than 1,000. She asked whether, as president, he would support paying women and men equally. Then, apparently referring to reproductive rights, she asked, "Do I get to choose what I do with my body?" Out of his usual element of screaming supporters, Trump replied that she'd get paid the same if she does her job as well as a man, and that he is pro-life. "I respect women, and I'm going to take care of women," he said. ABC

Hillary Clinton Server’s Software Had Hacking Risk
The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers, according to data and documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Clinton’s server, which handled her personal and State Department correspondence, appeared to allow users to connect openly over the Internet to control it remotely, according to detailed records compiled in 2012. Experts said the Microsoft remote desktop service wasn’t intended for such use without additional protective measures, and was the subject of U.S. government and industry warnings at the time over attacks from even low-skilled intruders. Tampa Tribune

Insurgents Shell Russian Embassy In Syria
Insurgents have fired two shells at the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital as scores of pro-government supporters gathered outside the compound to thank Moscow for its intervention in Syria. An Associated Press reporter was outside the embassy on Tuesday morning when the first shell slammed into the compound in central Damascus and smoke billowed from inside. As people started running away, another shell hit the area. It was not immediately clear if there were casualties. Opposition fighters in the suburbs of the capital have targeted the embassy in the past but it was not clear if Tuesday's attack targeted the rally. Russia began launching airstrikes against insurgents in Syria on Sept. 30. USA Today

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Jebcare Would Give Tax Incentive
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush yesterday proposed repealing and replacing President Obama's health-care law with one that would increase tax credits for individuals, allowing them to buy coverage protection against "high-cost medical events." But the two-page proposal, which would give more power to states to regulate health insurance, contained no specific details on how many people could be left without coverage. It does, however, guarantee coverage for people with pre-existing health conditions, which is part of Obama's 974-page federal health law. Bush was expected to release more details today, during a three-day swing through New Hampshire. The Bush campaign says the former Florida governor's plan, in broad terms, would accomplish three goals: promote innovation, lower costs and return power to states. Philadelphia Inquirer

Three Dead, Others Injured In Latest Israel Attacks
Three people were killed by Palestinian attackers Tuesday and more than a dozen others were wounded in two separate incidents in Jerusalem, Israeli authorities said.
Two assailants stabbed and shot people on a bus in a city neighborhood, killing a man thought to be around 60, the Jerusalem Post reported. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld later said a second Israeli died in the bus attack. Police said one of the attackers was killed and the other was wounded and was treated by paramedics, according to the Jerusalem Post. Some 16 people were wounded and four were taken to hospital with likely gunshot wounds, it said. Almost simultaneously, a driver rammed his car into people waiting at a bus stop in Jerusalem, exited the vehicle and began stabbing the injured and others, killing a person, the Jerusalem Post reported. The attacker was shot dead. USA Today

U.S. Army Secretary Raises Concerns About Declining Budget
U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh said that the Army was being stretched too thin and was on the “ragged edge” given a declining budget and personnel cuts. "We are in an extraordinarily rare position in American history where are our budgets are coming down but our missions are going up,” McHugh said while speaking with reporters at the annual conference of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington. Speaking earlier in the day at the opening ceremony of the conference, McHugh said the Army budget had fallen from a peak of $144 billion to a current level of $120 billion. He added that budget uncertainty was adding to the problem. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The Army should work harder cutting down of waste, fraud and mismanagement.

Police Guarding Julian Assange At London's Ecuadorian Embassy Are Withdrawn
Police officers who have been stationed for more three years outside London's Ecuadorian Embassy to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange were withdrawn Monday, officials said. Assange took refuge in the embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over sexual assault and rape allegations against two women. London's Metropolitan Police had stationed officers 24 hours a day outside the building, ready to arrest him if he left. On Monday, the force said it was "no longer proportionate to commit officers to a permanent presence." In a statement, it added that officers remained "committed to executing the arrest warrant and presenting Julian Assange before the court" and vowed to "deploy a number of overt and covert tactics to arrest him." MSNBC

Under Pressure From Clinton, Bernie Sanders Softens On Gun Rights
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday backed away from a controversial vote he cast in 2005 on legislation to grant immunity to gun manufacturers and dealers from liability if their firearms are used criminally. On NBC's Meet the Press, one week after his chief rival, Hillary Clinton, called for repealing that law, and two days before the first Democratic debate, the U.S. senator from Vermont said he's willing to see that law changed. "That was a complicated vote and I'm willing to see changes in that provision," Sanders said. "Here's the reason I voted the way I voted. If you are a gun shop owner in Vermont and you sell somebody a gun and that person flips out and then kills somebody, I don't think it's really fair to hold that person responsible, the gun shop owner. Bloomberg


Transatlantic Divide: How U.S. Pays Three Times More For Drugs
U.S. prices for the world's 20 top-selling medicines are, on average, three times higher than in Britain, according to an analysis carried out for Reuters. The finding underscores a transatlantic gulf between the price of treatments for a range of diseases and follows demands for lower drug costs in America from industry critics such as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The 20 medicines, which together accounted for 15 percent of global pharmaceuticals spending in 2014, are a major source of profits for companies including AbbVie (ABBV.N), AstraZeneca (AZN.L), Merck (MRK.N), Pfizer (PFE.N) and Roche (ROG.VX). Reuters

Clinton Joins Rally At Trump's Hotel
Hillary Rodham Clinton went to Donald Trump's doorstep yesterday to mock the Republican presidential front-runner on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate. The appearance at a boisterous rally of the politically potent Culinary Workers Union was a win-win for Clinton, letting her signal her support for an influential union while taking aim at the Democratic Party's favorite foil. The union, which represents casino and resort workers, is trying to organize hotel employees and invited all five candidates in town for the debate to the rally. Clinton was the only one who showed up, clad in a red pantsuit that matched the crimson union shirts. She urged the workers to "say 'No' to Donald Trump." Philadelphia Inquirer

Obama Says Clinton Email Server A 'Mistake,' But Denies National Security Jeopardized
President Obama said Sunday that Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct her correspondence while secretary of state was a "mistake," but denied that U.S. national security had been jeopardized as a result. "She made a mistake. She has acknowledged it. I do think that the way it's been ginned up is in part because of politics," Obama said in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes." "I think she'd be the first to acknowledge that maybe she could have handled the original decision better and the disclosures more quickly." Fox News
VOA VIEW: Obama is covering for himself, as he is ultimately responsible for the security breach on his watch.

Here's Why Goldman Economists Expect Even Lower U.S. Unemployment
It's all about labor-force participation. Goldman Sachs economists have turned more pessimistic on the outlook for the U.S. labor-force participation rate, which is already at its lowest level since 1977.  Just 62.4 percent of civilian, noninstitutionalized Americans ages 16 and older worked or looked for work in September, compared with 66 percent in December 2007, the start of the last recession. Economists, commentators, and even Federal Reserve researchers have spilled a lot of ink debating whether the participation decline is a short-term, "cyclical" aftershock of the economic downturn, or if it signals a more permanent, "structural" shift in the economy. Goldman economists are coming around to the latter idea. Workforce participation among older workers is picking up more slowly than the economists had initially projected, and discouraged workers entering the workforce are providing less of a boost, according to an Oct. 10 research note. Bloomberg

Nevada A Reminder Of Why Hillary Clinton Is The Democratic Front-Runner
When the Democratic candidates for president take the stage for their first debate this week in Nevada, they'll do so in a state that serves as a reminder of why Hillary Rodham Clinton is the front-runner for the nomination. One of the first four states to cast ballots in the presidential contest, Nevada is home to large communities of immigrant families, including many who have only recently arrived in the state. When combined with the state's baroque caucus system, which is so complex that the rules surrounding it run 51 pages, that means winning the state and the largest share of delegates requires a higher degree of organization and effort to get-out-the-vote than in most others. Las Vegas Sun

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Land-Rush Revolution: U.S.-Cuba Talks Rile Island’s Real-Estate Market
When the communist island began allowing citizens to buy and sell their homes almost four years ago, it was a godsend for Nieves Puig Macías. The 56-year-old retired architect is suffering from an array of health problems — from bad kidneys to a bum arm — that make it hard for her to get around her three-story home. She’s been hoping to sell it and move into a ground-level dwelling. But two years later, she says she has a new problem: greedy real-estate agents who are so keen on turning a profit that her house has languished, overpriced, on the market. In just a few short years, Cuba’s nonexistent real-estate sector has boomed into a multifaceted, sometimes frenetic industry: Hand-scrawled “Se Vende” signs hang from dilapidated colonial structures and modern condos, there are real-estate magazines and agents, and almost a dozen home-buying websites have sprung up despite the island’s extremely limited Internet access. Miami Herald

Twitter Suspends Accounts After NFL Complaints
Twitter accounts for websites Deadspin and SB Nation were suspended by the social media platform Monday night after the NFL filed notices related to their use of copyrighted video highlights. The NFL told The Associated Press that it requested Twitter "disable links to more than a dozen pirated NFL game videos and highlights that violate the NFL's copyright," adding that it did not request that any Twitter accounts be disabled. The NFL sent 18 Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices regarding the Gawker-owned Deadspin account, said Gawker social media strategist Terron Moore via Twitter. Both suspended accounts regularly use GIFs of highlights from sporting events, including NFL games. The SB Nation account that was suspended, @SBNationGIF, specializes in such highlights. SF Gate

Outrage As Pork Chopped From Federal Prison Menus
Inmates will no longer be pigging out on ham or bacon after the Obama administration removed pig products from federal prison menus, in a sudden move being decried by the pork industry. The federal Bureau of Prisons, responsible for over 200,000 inmates, reportedly imposed the ham ban at the beginning of the month and said it was in response to surveys of prisoners' food preferences. According to the government, pork just wasn't a popular menu item. “Why keep pushing food that people don’t want to eat?” Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the prison bureau, told The Washington Post. “Pork has been the lowest-rated food by inmates for several years.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Obama is showing his Islamic prefreference.

Iran Finds Jason Rezaian Guilty. Washington Post Calls It 'Injustice'
Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has been convicted by a Revolutionary Court in Iran, according to state-run media. Rezaian was reportedly facing up to 20 years, but the sentence was not specified on Monday. He has already been behind bars for more than a year. Rezaian was taken into custody in July 2014 and later charged with espionage. The Post has denied all the claims against him. On Monday, the newspaper's executive editor Marty Baron said the "guilty verdict" announcement "represents an outrageous injustice." "We are working with Jason's family and Iranian counsel to pursue an immediate appeal, and we expect Jason's lawyer, Leila Ahsan, also to petition for Jason to be released on bail pending a final resolution of the case," Baron said. CNN

Farrakhan On Columbus Day: ‘No Indigenous People’ Want To Celebrate ‘The Wicked One’ Who ‘Dislodged Them’
Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan called Christopher Columbus “the wicked one” during an event on Saturday marking the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. “Haiti and the Dominican Republic used to be called Hispanolia, and it’s the first place that the wicked one, Columbus, set his feet. Tomorrow, they say it’s his birthday. I think it’s tomorrow, or the day after, Monday,” said Farrakhan. The Anti-Defamation League has been an outspoken opponent of Farrakhan for anti-semetic remarks he has made. CNS News
VOA VIEW: Farrakhan is a loud mouth fool.

Zimbabwe Official: U.S. Dentist Not Wanted For Killing Lion
Zimbabwe is no longer pressing for the extradition of James Walter Palmer, an American dentist who killed a well-known lion called Cecil, a Cabinet minister said Monday. Palmer can now safely return to Zimbabwe as a "tourist" because he had not broken the southern African country's hunting laws, Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri told reporters in Harare on Monday. Zimbabwe's police and the National Prosecuting Authority had cleared Palmer of wrongdoing, she said. Palmer was identified as the man who killed Cecil in a bow hunt. Cecil, a resident of Hwange National park in western Zimbabwe, was well-known to tourists and researchers for his distinctive black mane. Las Vegas Sun

Blood Sugar Rate During Pregnancy Linked To Baby's Heart Defect Risk
Pregnant women with elevated blood sugar levels have an increased risk of giving birth to babies with congenital heart defects, researchers found in a new study.
During pregnancy, metabolic changes in women's bodies make glucose more available to the fetus than the mother, which can result in the development of gestational diabetes. Even when the mother's blood sugar levels are below those considered diabetic, however, the risk for defects increases, according to the study. "Diabetes is the tail end of a spectrum of metabolic abnormalities," said Dr. James Priest, a researcher in pediatric cardiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, in a press release. "We already knew that women with diabetes were at significantly increased risk for having children with congenital heart disease. UPI

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Opposition Parties Not Joining Coalition Despite Terror
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's governing coalition will not be expanded beyond its 61 MKs, despite the terror raging across the country, the heads of opposition factions indicated in the Knesset Monday night. There were hopes in Likud that the terror attacks could be used as a catalyst to widen the razor thin majority the coalition has in the parliament. Netanyahu even invited the Zionist Union to enter the government at a press conference last Thursday. But on the first day of the Knesset's winter session following its extended summer recess, opposition party heads firmly ruled out entering the government. Jerusalem Post

Israel To World Leaders: Urge Palestinian Authority To Stop Incitement
Israel is urging various leaders around the world to impress upon Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas the need to stop incitement and try to rein in the raging terrorism, Israeli government officials said Monday. The comments came after  EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called both Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening in an effort – her office said in a statement Monday – to “promote calm, encourage restraint and avoid actions which would fuel tensions even further.” According to the statement, Mogherini said, “Too many people have died already and too many families were left bereaved.” She condemned terrorism against civilians, and “stressed that any reaction should be proportionate.” Jerusalem Post

Alaska Mulls Extra Oil Drilling To Cope With Climate Change
Expanding the search for oil is necessary to pay for the damage caused by climate change, the Governor of Alaska has told the BBC. The state is suffering significant climate impacts from rising seas forcing the relocation of remote villages. Governor Bill Walker says that coping with these changes is hugely expensive.
He wants to "urgently" drill in the protected lands of the Arctic National Wilderness Refuge to fund them. Alaska has been severely hit by the dramatic drop in the price of oil over the past two years. BBC

Aerosmith Protest Over Trump Campaign Using Their Hit Dream On
Aerosmith star Steven Tyler has asked Donald Trump to stop using his band's song Dream On on the campaign trail. The singer's lawyers have sent a cease-and-desist letter, saying the use of the song "gives a false impression" he endorses Mr Trump's presidential bid. The politician has been playing the power ballad all summer, even air-drumming to it at a rally in Las Vegas. Tyler, who is a registered Republican, says it is not a "personal" issue but one of permission and copyright. BBC

US Government Deporting Central American Migrants To Their Deaths
The US government is deporting undocumented immigrants back to Central America to face the imminent threat of violence, with several individuals being murdered just days or months after their return, a Guardian investigation has found. The Guardian has confirmed three separate cases of Honduran men who have been gunned down shortly after being deported by the US government. Each was murdered in their hometowns, soon after their return – one just a few days after he was expelled from the US. Guardian
VOA VIEW: The United States must protect its borders and deport illegals.

Texas Gun Lobby: Bring Your Children To The Zoo – And Your Firearms Too
Visitors to the Houston zoo can now pack a little something extra besides a camera and picnic basket. The nearly century-old institution recently lifted its longtime firearms ban amid a broader push by gun-rights advocates who are pressuring zoos in Texas and elsewhere to do the same. Gun rights supporters say publicly owned zoos have misinterpreted laws and are illegally posting signs that ban firearms. Some zoos have countered calls for policy changes by claiming they are considered amusement parks, day cares or educational institutions – venues that legally can enforce gun bans in many states. Guardian

Russia Summons Britain's Military Attache Over 'RAF Permission To Shoot Down War Planes'
Russia summoned Britain's military attache to explain reports that RAF pilots had been given the green light to shoot down Russian war planes in the Middle East, the Foreign Office has said. It was reported that RAF Tornado fighters homing in on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) targets in Iraq had been equipped with missiles designed for aerial combat - reports the Foreign Office described as "inaccurate". Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador in London, said he "urgently requested explanations" from the Foreign Office, The Times said. Telegraph

Top UN Refugee Official Thanks Greece And Frontline Islands For Improved Response To Continued Arrivals
During a two-day mission to Greece – the main European Union entry point for nearly 450,000 refugees and migrants so far this year – the United Nations’ most senior refugee official said he had witnessed the improved humanitarian response mounted by Greek local authorities and civil society while lamenting the continued lack of a large-scale and effective European response. “It is amazing that on a small island, you are managing, whereas in a big Europe, with half a billion people, they are finding it so difficult,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, told Lesbos Mayor Spyros Galinos and other Greek officials. UN News

Peace Endures When Women Can Participate Meaningfully In Peace Talks, Says New UN Report
A new report on women, peace and security, launched today to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the landmark United Nations Security Council resolution on the issue, highlights the important gains to be made by the greater empowerment of women in peacebuilding efforts. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the lead author of the global study, introduced it at a press conference at UN Headquarters. “Since 2000, when resolution 1325 was adopted, the UN has recognized that women’s leadership and equality are key to international peace and security,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka. UN News

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