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National Guard Pilot Was Killed in Virginia Crash

August 29, 2014 The pilot of the military jet that crashed in Virginia on Wednesday was killed in the incident, military officials said in a press conference late on Thursday. Speaking to reporters in Westfield, Mass., Col. James Keefe of the Massachusetts Air National Guard said the pilot of the one-man F-15 fighter ...

Why People Don't Like to Talk About Government Surveillance on Social Media

August 28, 2014 Here's what social media is for, according to most people: Posting updates about your lunch, liking other people's updates about their lunch, getting follows, following other people, indulging in your vanity, stalking your exes, and oh, sharing videos of you dumping ice water on yourself. Here's what it's not for, ...

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Fort Lee Releases Name of 33-Year-Old Female Shooter

August 27, 2014 Army officials identified the shooter at Fort Lee as Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker Wednesday. Walker, 33, was a human resources specialist who had been stationed at the Combined Arms Support Command headquarters building in Fort Lee since December 2011. Following the base's lockdown Monday morning, she was apprehended ...

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Military Jet Crashes in Virginia

August 27, 2014 A military jet has crashed in rural western Virginia, the Associated Press has reported. Sheriff's Office dispatcher Becky Coynter told the AP authorities are heading to the site in Deerfield, about 135 miles northwest of Richmond, to search for the downed jet, and that witnesses heard a loud explosion early ...

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ISIL Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman

August 26, 2014 ISIL has identified a third American hostage, a 26-year-old American woman who had been doing humanitarian relief work in Syria before being kidnapped a year ago, ABC News has reported. In exchange for her life, the group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners. The woman, who ...

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The California Drought Versus the Ice Bucket Challenge

August 20, 2014 By now, the words "Ice Bucket Challenge" should send a shiver down your spine the way, uh, ice would when, well, poured on top of your head. Because by now, if you haven't heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, you might as wellread this, donate to the ALS Association, and ...

The Pentagon Gave the Ferguson Police Department Military-Grade Weapons

August 14, 2014 The local community of Ferguson, Missouri, may not look like a war zone, but the Pentagon has helped the police treat it like one. According to Michelle McCaskill, media relations chief at the Defense Logistics Agency, the Ferguson Police Department is part of a federal program called 1033, in which ...

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The Pentagon Gave the Ferguson Police Department Military-Grade Weapons

August 14, 2014 The local community of Ferguson, Missouri, may not look like a war zone, but the Pentagon has helped the police treat it like one. According to Michelle McCaskill, media relations chief at the Defense Logistics Agency, the Ferguson Police Department is part of a federal program called 1033, in which ...

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The Surgeon General Seriously Wants You to Stop Tanning

July 30, 2014 The United States surgeon general, in an unprecedented move, issued a call to action Tuesday for Americans to apply sun protection to prevent skin cancer. "Until today, the surgeon general has never said, 'UV radiation is bad for you; protect your skin,'" acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak told CNN. ...

German Official Thinks Snowden Should Give Up Being 'Hunted'

July 29, 2014 Germany would rather see Edward Snowden return home than have him on their turf. The country's justice minister Heiko Maas said in an interview Tuesday that the former NSA contractor should strike a deal with U.S. authorities to return. Snowden, Maas said, "surely doesn't want to spend the rest of ...