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Judge Orders Betsy DeVos To Begin Student Loan Forgiveness

Here's how it can impact your student loans.

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USC Students Demanded a Professor Get Fired For Supporting Due Process and Suggesting That 'Accusers Sometimes Lie'

Students at the University of Southern California rallied to get professor James Moore fired, because he sent an email supporting due process in sexual assault cases and suggesting that "accusers sometimes lie."

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‘Unbelievable’: Bald eagle swoops in to join firefighters’ 9/11 tribute in Minnesota

Viral video shows the majestic American symbol atop a fire truck in Coon Rapids.

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Why is Germany silent on Corbyn’s praise of Munich terrorists?

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel and her Foreign Minister Heiko Maas have remained silent about Corbyn’s 2014 visit to Tunisia to commemorate the Black September Palestinian terrorists.

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Vietnamese residents from Southern California paying respects to Sen. McCain

A group from Vietnam was spotted at the Arizona State Capitol Wednesday, as they paid respects to late Sen. John McCain.

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Nazi labor camp guard caught by ICE, deported to Germany, completing 'difficult task,' Grenell says

The last known Nazi collaborator living in the United States -- a 95-year-old former camp guard who played an indispensable role in the murders of thousands of Jews -- was deported to Germany from his New York City home early Tuesday morning, completing w

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Trump: Kim summit 'better than anybody could have expected'

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were heading to “a signing” after their “fantastic meeting,” Trump told reporters Tuesday after emerging from a working lunch at their Singapore summit.

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Covered California premiums will rise 12.5%, and Anthem Blue Cross cuts coverage - LA Times

Monthly premiums for California health insurance plans sold under the Affordable Care Act will rise by an average of 12.5% next year, and Anthem Blue Cross plans to end coverage in most of the state.

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Linda Sarsour Declares CNN's Jake Tapper Has Joined 'the Ranks of the Alt-Right' – Tablet Magazine

Back in October, the Anti-Defamation League released a study of anti-Semitic abuse on social media during the 2016 election campaign. As part of it, they ranked the top 10 Jewish journalists who had received the most harassment from the alt-right. I was

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Don Rickles, legendary lightning-fast launcher of comic insults, dies at 90

Comedian, who sharpened his barbs on TV and at clubs, was dubbed Mr. Warmth by Johnny Carson.

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PolitiFact statements about Fake news

PolitiFact.com is a project of the Tampa Bay Times to help you find the truth in Washington and the Obama presidency.

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France's Jews Flee As Rioters Burn Paris Shops, Attack Synagogue

France’s politicians and community leaders have criticised the “intolerable” violence against Paris’ Jewish community, after a pro-Palestinian rally led to the vandalizing and looting of Jewish businesses and the burning of cars.

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My last Sabbath with Elie Wiesel, a giant of our era - NY Daily News

I was in North Carolina last week when Elisha Wiesel informed me that his father’s health had taken an irreversible turn for the worse.

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EU referendum: BBC forecasts UK vote to leave - BBC News

The UK has voted by a narrow margin to leave the European Union after 43 years in an historic referendum, a BBC forecast suggests.

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Inside Disney's digital 'newsroom': 'Our goal is to win the Internet every day'

DI Media has built its social footprint to 1.15 billion followers across its platforms. The Disney Interactive Media office, located just 3 miles away from the Burbank studios, looks more like a newsroom than a division of a giant media corporation.

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Brooklyn College students demand ‘Zionists off campus’ | The Times of Israel

Group of activists barges in on faculty meeting, calls Jewish professor 'Zionist pig,' demands end to 'racist' classes

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No Penalty for UCLA Student/Employee Posting Blatantly Antisemitic Comments on Facebook

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) slammed an antisemitic comment posted on social media by a student, but has decided not to punish its author, according to a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating antisemitism. The student, w

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Menorahs in France to Shed Light During State of Emergency
Public Lightings to Continue, Despite Terror Attacks

Chabad Houses across Paris and its suburban environs are preparing for outdoor public Chanukah menorah-lightings just weeks after terror attacks killed more than 120 people throughout the city.

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Why The Syrian Refugees Are Not The Jews of 1939

Pundits are invoking the plight of Jewish refugees fleeing Adolf Hitler’s Germany in an effort to soften American hearts toward an expected flood of Syrian refugees.

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Americans over 30 are more miserable than they’ve ever been - MarketWatch

“Adults over 30 are less happy than their predecessors,” concludes a study published online Thursday in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science, which examined happiness data from more than 50,000 adults, gleaned from the General Social Survey, carried out by NORC at the University of Chicago, a nonpartisan, independent research organization, which has collected information about American adults since 1972.

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Does the UC System Have an Anti-Semitism Problem? | Anthony Berteaux | The Blogs | The Times of Israel

It was her first week back at the University of California, San Diego, and Sara Ahdoot had already become the target of an anti-Semitic attack. A psychology senior at UCSD, Ahdoot had planned to celebrate the start of her last year of undergraduate studies with a bang: by going out to a club.

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20 haunting photos from the September 11 attacks that Americans will always remember - Business Insider

The images from that day are burned in my brain. It's been a long time, but the devastation and tragedy are hard to forget.

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Tree Counter Is Astonished By How Many Trees There Are : Goats and Soda : NPR

Earth is home to more than 3 trillion trees, a new map of forest density shows. That's more than anyone realized. But the total is also down about 46 percent since the first humans arrived.

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Why Do Many Jews Support the Iran Deal? - Dennis Prager

The more one knows about the Iran deal, the more obvious it becomes that it is not a deal so much as it is a fraud. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a fraud is "something that is meant to look like the real thing in orde

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Yazidi girls fight back against ISIS terrorists who raided their towns

If the female members of the 'Sun Girls' batallion (pictured) are ever captured by ISIS in battle, they will either be killed or, more likely, be held by the vile extremists as their personal sex slaves.

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Digital takeover: 71% mags lose subscribers, online news overtakes TV

Online websites have now cemented their position as the nation's No. 1 source of news, overtaking television and practically burying print publications six feet under as younger Americans embrace digital platforms. The latest evidence comes from the

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Lawsuit spells out 'nightmare' for California man accused without evidence | WashingtonExaminer.com

Nightmare. That's how Scott Hounsell, the former executive director of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, describes the ordeal he went through two years ago, and is still trying to recover from today. It was the most — the scariest, most devast

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'Eye for an eye': Survivors and officials react to Tsarnaev's death sentence

Government officials, police and survivors of the Boston bombing praised the jury for its work in the Tsarnaev trial. Many said it was time to move on.

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Iran's military 'fires at and seizes US cargo ship'

Iranian forces have reportedly fired at and seized a US cargo ship with 34 sailors on board, according to Saudi Arabian state TV.

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SS 'accountant of Auschwitz' going on trial in Germany | The Times of Israel

Oskar Groening, 93, recalls the 'atrocities,' admits feeling they were 'necessary,' and now faces 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

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Rumors Claim Iran Dictator Khamenei Has Died

Social media is ablaze with rumors that Iranian dictator Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died. Iranian state-media has yet to confirm or deny.

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Leonard Nimoy on Spock, Yiddish Theater, and the Vulcan Symbol's Jewish Inspiration

In 2005, Abigail Pogrebin published Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish. The following is an excerpt from the chapter about Leonard Nimoy, the beloved actor best known for portraying Mr. Spock in the Star Trek TV series and films, who d

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1 dead after shooting near Copenhagen synagogue, hours after deadly cafe attack

One person was killed, and two others injured, in a shooting near a Copenhagen synagogue early Sunday, just hours after a gunman with an automatic rifle opened fire on a cafe hosting a free speech event organized by a controversial Swedish artist who has

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Brian Williams Stepping Away From 'NBC Nightly News' Amid Scandal

Brian Williams is stepping away from NBC Nightly News for a number of days.

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Jordan unleashes wrath on ISIS: 'This is just the beginning' - CNN.com

Two days after news emerged that ISIS had burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death, the Middle Eastern nation hit back.

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    U.S. Not Expected to Fault Officer in Ferguson Case - NYTimes.com

    Authorities have found no evidence to support charges against Darren Wilson, a former police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in the shooting death of Michael Brown, officials said.

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    North Korea's Internet Is Totally Screwed Right Now 

    Following several days of continuous connectivity problems, North Korea's internet has gone dark, according to one researcher. Whether it's a cyber attack or a routine outage remains unclear. However, it looks a lot like a DDoS attack.

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    A Sony Employee Details The Panic And Confusion That Followed In The Days After The Massive Hack

    An anonymous Sony employee describes what happened at Sony after one of the worst cyber attacks in history.

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    Touching: Alabama cop who caught mother stealing eggs gives her two truckloads of food | Daily Mail Online

    The compassion shown by Officer William Stacy to desperate Alabama mother Helen Johnson captured the nation's attention and on Wednesday he delivered two truckloads of food.

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    Brooklyn man shot after yelling 'I want to kill the Jew!'

    A man stabbed a 22-year-old student in the face at the Brooklyn HQ of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement before he was shot dead by police.

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    What Happened in Ferguson? - NYTimes.com

    Here’s what you need to know about the situation in Missouri, including information about how the grand jury made its decision.

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    Germany Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall - WSJ

    White balloons spanning a stretch of the former barrier’s death strip floated over hundreds of thousands of revelers in the German capital on Sunday, culminating a day of celebrations to mark 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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    Virgin Galactic pilot defied the odds to survive crash - LA Times

    The Virgin Galactic rocket plane had just broken the sound barrier and was shooting toward the heavens when it began disintegrating, battered by powerful aerodynamic forces.

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    Marine vet to be released from Mexican jail

    Andrew Tahmooressi to be freed immediately, judge rules.

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    Even the best hazmat-suit manufacturers can’t guarantee protection against Ebola. Here’s why:

    Even the best hazmat-suit manufacturers can't guarantee protection against Ebola. Here's why.

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    Attack on Ottawa: PM Harper cites terrorist motive - The Globe and Mail

    The attack on Parliament Hill and the War Memorial has left one Canadian soldier and one male suspect dead.

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    F. Landis MacKellar and Jose G. Siri: Reasons to Calm Down About Ebola - WSJ - WSJ

    In The Wall Street Journal, F. Landis MacKellar and Jose G. Siri write that Nigeria has contained Ebola, with a health system that is better than Liberia’s but below developed-world standards.

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    US cautiously optimistic after no new Ebola in 5 days - Yahoo News

    From Yahoo News: Washington (AFP) - With no new Ebola cases in five days, US authorities were cautious but hopeful that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system.

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    John Wayne's Heirs Lose 'Duke' Legal Brawl - ABC News

    John Wayne had a two-fisted image but heirs of the late movie star have lost a legal throw-down over use of his nickname, Duke.

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    Only On CBS2: Anti-Semitic Flyers Surface At Jewish-Owned Business Near UCLA - CBS Los Angeles

    Are events in the Middle East behind flyers with an anti-Jewish message that have surfaced near the UCLA campus?

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    Robin Williams in a group facing higher risk of suicide: Older white men with depression

    Like actor Robin Williams, they often experience life changes and health problems.

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    General, engineer, father and Trojan falls in Afghanistan | USC News

    Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, who died in an attack in Kabul, was the highest-ranking soldier lost in the line of duty since the Vietnam War.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Holocaust denied by students in Rialto school assignment

    Dozens of Rialto eighth-graders questioned whether the Holocaust occurred in essays written for an in-class assignment this spring.

    Rialto Unified School District administrators, besieged by criticism after the assignment became public in May, claimed at the time that none of the students who completed the assignment questioned or denied the Holocaust, but a survey of the students’ work by this news organization found numerous examples of students expressing doubt or flatly denying that the Holocaust occurred.

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    LUDDITES: University of California Bans Uber For All Employees

    Bureaucrats in the 10-campus University of California system have outlawed peer-to-peer services such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb for all employees when they travel on official business. The ban came

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    Ohio's newly dedicated Holocaust memorial seen as remembrance for victims, sign of hope for future

    The monument remembers the millions who died in the Holocaust -- 6 million Jews and millions of people from other groups, including the mentally ill, homosexuals, gypsies, developmentally disabled and political dissidents.

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    Anti-Semitic Chicago Kids Tell Jews to Get in the Oven

    Several eighth graders in the Chicago public school system were suspended for being anti-Semitic bullies and playing a game that they called “Jew incinerator,” according to the Chicago Sun Times.

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    Police arrest suspect in Belgian Jewish Museum shooting

    Police have arrested a man in Marseille, France, who is suspected of killing three people last week in the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium.

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    FBI Director Says He's Having Trouble Recruiting Techies Because They're All Stoners

    FBI Director James Comey is starting to think the law enforcement agency's zero tolerance policy on marijuana might be, like, a total bummer.

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    The World Is Full of Holocaust Deniers

    A new survey suggests that many Asians, Africans, Middle Easterners, young people, Muslims, and Hindus believe that facts about the genocide have been distorted.

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    Bedford working to deal with anti-Semitic incidents - The Boston Globe

    Bedford school officials are reaching out to community groups for guidance as they cope with a recent series of anti-Semitic incidents involving elementary school children. The incidents, which included a game called “Jail the Jews,’’ took place at

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    California school district cancels lesson plan that involved Holocaust denial

    A storm of criticism – including at least one death threat – has led a California school district to cancel a lesson plan that instructed middle school students to make arguments supporting Holocaust denial.

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    Dad Gets Arrested After Protesting Book Being Read At Daughter's High School

    One New Hampshire parent was apparently so opposed to a book assigned at his daughter’s school that he was willing to get arrested over it. William Baer, the father of a teen who attends Gilford High School, was arrested during a school boar...

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    Police arrest 'raging anti-Semite' in Kansas Jewish center shootings

    A Missouri man, with a history of anti-Semitism, is suspected of killing three at Jewish centers in Kansas City.

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      Powerful earthquake strikes off Chile, triggers tsunami

      An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, generating a tsunami, authorities said.

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        San Diego Opera votes to fold

        City cultural institution will cease operations after 49 years.

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          Monty Hall remembers Sid Caesar | Hollywood

          “The King Is Here,” intoned the comedy writers and actors, rising to their feet as Sid Caesar entered Factor’s Famous Deli to join the fortnightly eat-and-shmooze fest.

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            Sid Caesar, Brought Jewish Humor to Middle America, Dies at 91

            Sid Caesar was more than just a pioneer of TV comedy. The iconic comic seamlessly blended the immigrant Jewish experience, jazz music, and the repercussions of the Holocaust.

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              Anti-Semitism Spurs More European Jews to Flee

              Nearly one-third of European Jews are considering emigrating because of rising anti-Semitism, and 25 percent of Jews in Europe are afraid to appear in public with cloths or symbols that would identify them as Jews, a new report reveals. There was no indic

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                Fact-Checking Meryl Streep’s Disney-Bashing Speech

                While there are surely many things that the actress Meryl Streep can do well, critical thinking and historical research will not appear at the top of that list anytime soon. At the National Board of Review dinner a few nights ago, Streep made headlines wh

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                  WWII fighter pilot who flew THROUGH the Eiffel Tower dies in Virginia aged 92

                  William Overstreet Jr. died on Sunday at a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, according to his obituary, but there was no indication of the cause of his death.

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                    'Banished' words: Selfie, Twerking, Obamacare

                    Michigan's Lake Superior State University announced its 39th annual list of words "banished" from the language includes "selfie," "twerking" and "hashtag.

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                      Northern California counties revive an old idea for a breakaway state

                      YREKA, Calif. — Farmers, ranchers and onetime loggers were among those who packed a church community room here in August to listen to a former state lawmaker convey his vision of a cleaved — and more governable — California.

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                        In a Car-Culture Clash, It’s the Los Angeles Police vs. Pedestrians

                        A crackdown on jaywalkers has raised questions about whether the police are siding with the automobile at a time when the city’s pedestrian culture is taking off.

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                          After 75 years, Hollywood Park to host final races

                          After 75 years, Hollywood Park will host its final races Sunday before closing for good.

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                            Alan Gross, left behind in Cuba

                            Freeing Alan Gross has been assigned a low priority.

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                              Sale of iconic Catskills resort signals the end of an era

                              The last of the iconic Catskills resorts has been sold to a company that plans to turn the property into a healthy living resort. 

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                                Johnie's Coffee Shop named an L.A. landmark by City Council

                                The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to make a closed coffee shop used in the movie

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                                  That stinks! Judge tells hot sauce maker to curb smelly chili - NBC News.com

                                  The maker of Sriracha, a popular spicy condiment, has been ordered to stop the stink. But fans of the food need not worry, the company...

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                                    US Gov Sues The Art Institutes for $11 Billion Fraud

                                    The Art Institutes, one of the nation's largest for-profit school systems where people can receive an education in photography, has come under fire. Last m

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                                      109-year-old survivor may be headed to the Oscars

                                      With her 110th birthday on November 26, Alice Herz-Sommer awaits news if her documentary, now shortlisted with eight films, will make it to the final nominations for an Academy Award

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                                        School asks cop to lose the uniform when dropping off his daughter

                                        Apparently they've never heard of the Officer Friendly program in Arizona. When Scott Urkov got a call from officials at Entz Elementary School in Mesa, it wasn't to summon him for a meeting with his daughter's teacher.

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                                          ‘Alarming’ number of eagles killed by wind farms, new study finds

                                          The research represents one of the first tallies of eagle deaths attributed to the nation's growing wind energy industry, which has been a pillar of President Obama's plans to reduce the pollution blamed for global warming.

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                                            Kippah in Crosshairs as Quebec Mulls Ban – Forward Thinking

                                            If Quebec’s government has its way, we’ll be seeing far fewer yarmulkes on the Canadian province’s streets.

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                                              Jewish group calls for Roger Waters boycott due to use of 'anti-Semitic' imagery during show

                                              A Jewish group in the German city of Duesseldorf is urging a boycott of an upcoming concert by former Pink Floyd band member Roger Waters for using an inflatable pig featuring a Star of David during his show.

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                                                Another victory for the Dodgers: Vin Scully will return in 2014

                                                In 1888, Ernest Thayer wrote the most famous poem in baseball history. Mighty Casey had struck out, and Thayer contrasted the despair in Mudville with the joy and spirit elsewhere.

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                                                      Anti-Semitic display at Roger Waters concert

                                                      Culture, Music: Pig-shaped balloon with Star of David alongside fascist symbols released during British musician's concert in Belgium. ‘I really love his music,’ says Israeli viewer, 'but this time he crossed the line’

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                                                        Operation Last Chance: The final attempt to track down ageing Nazi war criminals before they die

                                                        A campaign by the Simon Wiesenthal Center is targeting German cities to find rank-and-file Nazis following the conviction of John Demjanjuk, pictured, in 2011.

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                                                          McJobs Are the Future: Why You Should Care What Fast Food Workers Earn

                                                          Maybe most McDonald's workers don't make a career of fast food today. But will that be true in 10 or 15 years?

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                                                            Atheist Group Seeks to Block Star of David on Holocaust Memorial

                                                            An atheist activist organization wants a proposed Ohio statehouse Holocaust memorial to remove the Star of David symbol, which, the group claims, is an “exclusionary” religious symbol. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the non-profit Freedom From Re

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                                                              Canvas, paint found in ashes of stove linked to man accused of stealing multimillion-dollar works

                                                              A Romanian museum official says ash found in the stove of a woman whose son is charged with stealing seven multimillion-dollar paintings from a Dutch museum — including a Matisse, a Picasso and a Monet — contains paint, canvas and nails.

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                                                                Is Tumblr Really Worth $1 Billion?

                                                                The news of Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr launched many an irritated post on the microblogging site this week; the response is similar to Instagram users’ histrionic reactions after Facebook bought the photo-sharing company last year. The pric

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                                                                  Dozens Gather For Memorial Service For 144 Geese Euthanized By County - CBS Charlotte

                                                                  Dozens of people have gathered in a Gaston County park for a memorial service for 144 Canadian geese that were euthanized by county workers worried they had become a health hazard.

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                                                                    ABC News Defends Alec Baldwin, Calls Homophobic Attack ‘Alleged Slur’ | NewsBusters

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                                                                    New Antisemitism English Subs האנטישמיות החדשה כיתוביות באנגלית

                                                                    An investigative documentary called The New Anti-Semitism was aired on Sunday night, the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day 2013, on Channel 2 ... SYNOPSIS ===...

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                                                                      France: Sarin gas used in Syria

                                                                      Sarin gas has been used several times in the Syrian civil war, including at least once by the Assad regime, France's foreign minister said Tuesday.