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Choking Game Riskiest When Kids Play Alone

By Lisa Rapaport – Kids who play “choking games” to achieve a euphoric high are more likely to be suicidal and face a greater risk of injury and death when they play alone, a U.S. study suggests. It’s dangerous enough in groups, but without others present to interrupt the asphyxiation children face an increased risk

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Popular Pressures and Policy Options Awaiting Donald Trump

By Rami G. Khouri When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were competing over the American vote, intense speculation over how either candidate’s foreign policy would impact the many tensions and wars in Middle East dominated the news. But in the end, it is just that — speculation that is likely to be overtaken by events the

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Trump or Clinton? Israelis Fret, But Either is a Likely Ally

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, Nov 8  – Most of the world follows U.S. presidential elections closely, but Israel can seem particularly obsessive, endlessly assessing which candidate will better protect its interests and breaking down their every comment for policy clues. As America votes on Tuesday, a cartoon in the left-leaning Israeli newspaper Haaretz captured a

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Obama: U.S. Gun Rules Heighten Tension Between Police, Citizens

WARSAW, July 9 – President Barack Obama pledged on Saturday to seek ways to calm racial tensions and reduce divisions between police and minorities during his final months in office, but he warned that easy access to guns nationwide exacerbated the problem. Obama spoke at the end of a week in which five policemen were

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Afghan Forces’ Casualties Climbing in 2016, Top US Commander Says

KABUL, July 10 – Afghan forces are suffering rising levels of battlefield casualties this year after unprecedented numbers of police and soldiers were killed and wounded in 2015, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said. U.S. Army General John Nicholson, in some of his first remarks since the United States last week scaled back its

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Californians Seek Pot Of Gold In Marijuana Legalization

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 3 – There is no guarantee California will vote to legalize recreational marijuana in November, but political operative and father of four Daniel Conway has already staked his future on it. Conway left his job as chief of staff to Sacramento’s celebrity mayor, former Phoenix Suns NBA basketball star

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Court Decision Shifts Abortion Battle to State Bans

By Jilian Mincer June 27 – The battle over abortion was expected to shift to measures focusing on the fetus in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a Texas law enacted in the name of maternal health. The 5-3 ruling held that Texas clinic regulations put an undue burden on women

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U.S. Supreme Court Toughens Gun Ban For Domestic Violence

By David Ingram WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday expanded the types of domestic violence convictions that can trigger the loss of gun ownership rights in a ruling issued amid fierce debate about reducing firearms violence in America. The justices, in a 6-2 ruling, rejected arguments that a gun-ownership prohibition

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Cuba: When the Cows Come Home

From toothpaste to toilet paper, shortages are common in Cuba. But as the country warms to capitalism—and the U.S.—that may change. A prime example: Beef By Taylor Wofford with Hannah Berkeley Cohen in Havana Every time Gator ejaculated, Dan Marvel grossed 10 grand. At the time of his death last year, the bull was a ton and a half of

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