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Jerusalem car ‘attack’ kills baby

A baby girl is killed and eight others injured after a car hits pedestrians in Jerusalem in what police are suggesting was a terrorist attack.

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Blackwater Guard Convicted of Murder

For killing Iraqis in 2007.

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GOP Rep. Blames Suicide Victim’s Friends

At high school Q&A.

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Mentally ill put in police cells

Too many people in the middle of a mental health crisis end up locked in police cells after being turned away from hospitals, says a report.

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US $7bn fails to stop opium growth

US counter-narcotics efforts costing $7.6bn fail to stop production of opium poppies in Afghanistan reaching an all-time high, a new report says.

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Dems: Vote to ‘Prevent Another Ferguson’

Tells blacks in Georgia.

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Christie ‘Tired’ Talking Minimum Wage

Obamacare is “fiction,” too.

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Canada car killer’s passport seized

Man who attacked two Canadian soldiers in deadly hit-and-run was radical who had had passport seized, police say.

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8 officers investigated over death

The death of a woman following reports of domestic abuse sparks an investigation into the conduct of eight police officers.

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John Kasich’s Unforgivable Truth

Ohio governor and smart money 2016 GOP hopeful just complimented Obamacare, and said a repeal isn’t happening. Can the Republican base ever get over this moment of honesty?

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The Self-Segregation of Partisan Media

We’re two weeks from Election Day, and you can feel political debates turning bitter, more personal.

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The Self-Segregation of Partisan Media

We’re two weeks from Election Day, and you can feel political debates turning bitter, more personal.

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Alabama Rep. Faces 23 Felony Charges

For misuse of power.

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VIDEO: Mental health and motherhood

Ruth Eglin, Abi Sherratt and Natalie Nuttall, who all suffered mental health problems related to their pregnancies, spoke to the BBC about their experiences.

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Life inside a Taliban stronghold

Rare glimpse of militants’ camp at the gateway to Kabul

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Obama: My Credit Card Was Declined

At restaurant in Manhattan.

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Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law

Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan dissent.

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Jobless Benefits Claims Hit 14-Year Low

Dropped 23,000 from two weeks ago.

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FL Governor Protests Foe’s Electric Fan

Wouldn’t come on stage.

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Which water cooler is coolest?

Q. Is it better for an office to use a water cooler with bottles or a bottleless cooler? My instinct is that the bottleless cooler is better because it uses your existing water supply and eliminates those giant plastic bottles, but I think bottleless coolers may use more energy than one that relies on bottles. What do you think? Emily Washington, D.C. A. Dearest Emily, Hummers. Leaving the water on while brushing your teeth. The popularity of all five Twilight movies. These are a few of the things I just don’t get, and to the list I’m adding our enduring obsession with frosty-cold water. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the workplace, where water coolers have spawned an entirely distinct type of conversation. Look, I’m not advocating for tall glasses of room-temperature refreshment here. But neither have I ever found the fruits of a functioning cold tap to be just not cold enough. And if I ever do, there’s always an ice cube. OK, grouch session over. Water coolers — both the plastic jug variety and the integrated bottleless cooler you describe — are a fixture in plenty of office break rooms. As to the former: Bottled water coolers take the water from a large plastic bottle (usually five gallons) and chill it like a mini-refrigerator (some use a process that’s not exactly like a fridge, but the result is the same). Coolers that also offer hot water accomplish this via an electric heater. When the bottle runs dry, you either need a water delivery person to come in and swap jugs, or someone is on the line to refill it at the grocery store. Bottleless coolers (usually called point-of-use coolers) on the other hand, need to be installed into the building’s pipes, from which they draw their water. From there, it’s the same story: The cooler uses electricity to cool and sometimes heat the drinks on demand. But in this case, there’s no need to periodically replace the water supply. When we line them up side by side, I think a clear winner emerges. You’re rightly concerned about energy use, Emily, so I perused the Energy Star ratings for both types of coolers. The most delicate electricity-sipper on the list is a point-of-use cooler (surprise?), and several others rank quite high on efficiency (from .1 to .31 kWh used per day). The bottled coolers do have more options on the .2 kWh-and-under list, but overall, they’re pretty comparable. Only bottled coolers, however, require the use of, well, plastic bottles. And only bottled coolers require someone to burn gas hauling these heavy jugs back to the office. That’s a much bigger impact than the small differences in electricity use between types. If you must have a separate appliance to chill (and heat) your water, then point of use is the way to go. Choose an Energy Star model, and look for one that provides on-demand water, as they take a bit longer to dispense but save electricity. Now that I’ve said my piece about cool vs. ultracool drinking water, there is one thing I do get about water coolers. Many of them employ filters to scrub contaminants like lead, chlorine, silt, cysts, and even pesticides and herbicides out of your glass of water. There can be some seriously funky stuff in the municipal water supply. And if your tap water is coming up positive for something like chromium-6, I don’t blame you for filtering one bit. One can, however, achieve purified water without the electricity-fed cooling. The solution can be as small and portable as a pitcher or faucet-mounted filter (perhaps best for smaller offices), or a bit more involved in the form of an installed under-sink filter. You’ll need to do a little research to find one that filters exactly what you want it to be filtering, Emily, but these options will get the job done, and I daresay do more good than lowering the temperature of the tap water those all-important 10 degrees. Refreshingly, UmbraFiled under: Living

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