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Army to Begin Chelsea Manning's Gender Treatment

July 17, 2014 The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the request to transfer Pvt. Chelsea Manning from a military prison and the Army will begin gender treatment. A defense official told the Associated Press Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved the Army's recommendation to keep Manning in military custody. The Army had tried ...

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Pulitzer-Prize Winning Immigration Activist Detained By Texas Border Patrol

July 15, 2014 Prominent immigration activist and former journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has been detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport. Vargas was trying to leave McAllen, a Texas border town where he attended a vigil for unaccompanied immigrant children and families illegally entering the U.S., for Los Angeles. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tweeted just ...

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California Plans to Make Emergency Water Move to Deal With Drought

July 15, 2014 California is making an unprecedented move to end its three-year drought. The State Water Resources Control Board is expected to approve a tough emergency measure Tuesday to institute mandatory statewide restrictions on water use for the first time in California history. "There is a need for people to take more ...

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California's Almond Problem

July 14, 2014 The new California gold rush is a bit, well, nutty: According to USDA predictions reported Monday, farmers will harvest a record 2.1 billion pounds of almonds this year. That's great news for almond-lovers, but not-so-great news for California, which produces 80 percent of the world's almonds. A single almond requires ...

Ex-Officer Wants @CIA to Stop With the Jokes

July 9, 2014 Former Central Intelligence Agency officer and current national security analyst Bob Baer isn't keeping his distaste for the CIA's social media strategy confidential. "I'm sort of old school, and I think intelligence agencies should stay out of the news as much as they can," he told CNN today. "Intelligence agents ...

Security Firm Says Chinese Hackers Targeting U.S. Experts on Iraq

July 8, 2014 A private cyber security firm has discovered evidence that a suspected Chinese government hacker group has been targeting U.S. experts on Iraq. CrowdStrike — a firm consisting of former U.S. government officials and credited with exposing the motives of Russian hacker group Energetic Bear — claims they have discovered that ...