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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tells donors of his 39kg weight loss

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Parliament crucial to IS decision

MPs’ views will decide if UK joins strikes against Islamic State

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Obama Admin to Crack Down on Inversions

Due to lack of Congressional action.

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Sept. 21

From American support for airstrikes and ground troops against ISIS to the nine lives of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, PunditFact checks the talking heads against the record.

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Global protests over climate change

Protests to demand urgent action on climate change kick off, with over 2,000 marches taking place around the world.

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Young, Evangelical & Pro-Gay

A gay 24-year-old evangelical Christian is leading the charge toward tolerance among conservative Bible Belt Christians.

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Joe Biden Makes Third Gaffe of the Week

Praises Senator accused of sexual assault.

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New Zealand prime minister’s National Party takes early lead in general election

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Rand’s Fans Hate His ISIS Plan

The senator disappointed his fringe, libertarian followers with his support of airstrikes. Can he play the game in Washington and still keep their loyalty?

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Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown

A three-day curfew imposed by Sierra Leone to try to stop the spread of Ebola comes into effect, but critics say it will achieve little.

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Cancer test ‘Jolie effect’ found

Referrals to breast cancer clinics more than doubled in the UK after Angelina Jolie revealed last year she had had a double mastectomy, say scientists.

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No Labels’ Bid For The Big Time

The centrist group thinks they can build centrist grassroots army. But first they need to put together a platform.

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Okla. Republican Calls Muslims ‘Cancer’

Refuses to apologize.

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Biden Apologizes for ‘Shylock’ Comment

A known slur for Jews.

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GOP Senate Candidate Plagiarizes Rove

Publishes health plan similar to Crossroads survey.

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36 bits of good news to cure your ocean blues

We know: Beginning a series on current ocean news seems like a bleak proposition. Between the expanding garbage patches and relentless rise of warming seas, positive stories aren’t exactly growing on trees. So we’ve gone to the trouble to net you 36 whole reasons to be excited about the future of the high seas — including magic-seeming plastic removal tech, more facts confirming the radness of sharks, and (of course) a cute baby seal video. 1. After learning about the harmful effects of ocean-borne plastic, a group of fifth and sixth grade students persuaded Dunkin’ Donuts to phase out the use of foam cups. These kids are superheroes. 2. The Vermont Sail Freight Project is ditching oil to deliver fresh produce and other goods from Vermont to New York by sailboat. Not bad for a landlocked state. 3. California stepped it up yet again for the climate to ban micro-beads cosmetics and keep them out of the ocean. 4. We all wanted to be marine biologists when we grew up, right? If you (like us) didn’t, California’s Reef Check Foundation recruits citizen divers to collect data on fish and coral for the state. 5. The National Science Foundation awarded $11.4 million to fund research on ocean acidification. 6. Sharks are the shit. They’ve skirted four global mass extinctions. Oh, and they’ve been around longer than trees. *Shark drops mic.* 7. Fishermen and conservationists in Morro Bay, Calif., joined forces to revive a fishery once described as a “national disaster.” Now it’s a sustainable model for other potential fishing hubs in the U.S. 8. Wait, seriously? U.S. fisheries are actually recovering from over-fishing? 9. Fishermen to the rescue! A group of seafarers saved a family of 70 dolphins that were stuck in shallow water. With only boats and brute fisherman force, the dolphin family was transported back to deeper waters. 10. 648,015 volunteers picked up 12,329,332 pounds of trash across 12, 914 miles of coastline during the 2014 Coastal Cleanup. Best finds: a working iPad, a wedding dress, a microwave, and a baby stroller. 11. Apparently kids these days do care about things outside of selfies and Instagram — like the ocean! The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit on Nov. 8 in Sarasota, Fla. aims to connect future ocean advocates with marine scientists and more. 12. Since whaling is no longer fashionable or necessary, blue whales in California are recovering to up to 97% of their historic levels. 13. Island country and diving mecca Palau will ban commercial fishing by 2018, effectively creating a Northern Pacific marine sanctuary the size of France. 14. Sylvia Earle. If everyone started their day with a pep talk from her, the earth would be a better (bluer) place. 15. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 21 species (and climbing) of groundfish are recovering in the wild. 16. New York waters are increasingly cleaner, leading to an increase of whales … and sharks. This may not sound like a good thing but… 17. …each year more people are killed by sand castles each year than sharks. 18. Good news: Dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico are getting smaller. (Bad news: there are still dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico.) 19. Groups of humpback whales create bubble-lassos to rein in schools of herring for dinner. Whales, the cowboys of the sea. 20. The ocean is full of plastic patches, BUT the Inner Harbor Water Wheel in Baltimore can collect up to 25 tons of garbage per day and deposit all of it into floating Dumpsters. 21. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) wants to help marine life de-stress. Because noise makes many sea creatures anxious, the IMO will soon regulate the amount of noise that shipping companies can make. 22. Obama officially designated June as National Ocean Month. 23. Britain banned plastic bags. Boom. 24. Up for a challenging and very expensive new hobby? If so, you can raise your own coral reef garden in an at-home aquarium. 25. Humpback whales make lifelong friendships, and have been known to go on cross-ocean vacations to visit their pals. 26. When a tree falls into the ocean, it continues to be a source of life for sea creatures. 27. The NOAA Fisheries issued an amendment to protect bluefin tuna from getting caught in surface longlines. 28. Bioluminescent creatures: the Lite-Brites of the deep. 29. Eelgrass may be an answer to acidification. It neutralizes the water by absorbing CO2. 30. Western Australia listens to their EPA? The West Aussie government is following the recommendation to hold off on baiting sharks. 31. These people care so much about the ocean, they’re painting their bodies just to tell us about it. 32. There has never been anything more adorable than this baby seal cuddling with a random guy on a boat. 33. Glowing underwater jelly beans aren’t edible, but they are amazing. 34. These resilient snails survived almost a decade after scientists declared them extinct. 35. These oyster farmers are finding ways to deal with dissolving baby oyster shells by nursing them until they’re big and strong enough to resist that bully acidification. 36. Pharell Williams started his own clothing brand, specializing in recycled ocean plastic. That makes us happy.Filed under: Article, Climate & Energy, Living

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Top Women Smashing Fundraising Records

Women have emerged as the greatest fundraisers in this electoral cycle, particularly on the Democratic side, upending the old myth that they were no good at that side of politics.

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The Stigma of Interracial Dating

An actress’ arrest just sheds light on common challenges interracial couples face.

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We can’t escape politics, but don’t forget livelihood issues

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Hong Kong pan-democrats seek to politicise city’s schools

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Outflanked by Beijing, the pan-democrats now want to send our children to the trenches. The latest plans are for university students to boycott classes from September 22 and those in secondary schools to go on a one-day strike on September 26. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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