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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The game is free to download, but players spend real money on things like virtual clothes, virtual hairstyles and energy boosts for their avatars. The more your avatar does, the faster you can move up the ranks from the E List to the A List -- the objective of the game.
If sales continue at their current rate, the game will gross $200 million in its first year.


The Israeli military said Thursday that it is calling up 16,000 additional reservists, bolstering its forces for its fight against Hamas in Gaza after a request for more ammunition from the United States.
The addition brings the total number of reservists Israel has called up since the beginning of the operation against Hamas to 86,000, a military spokeswoman said.
The conflict has killed more than 1,300 people in Gaza, most of them civilians. Fifty-six Israeli soldiers have been killed. read more


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This month, a Senate committee held a hearing on whether to halt the growing number of state laws reducing access to abortion services in the name of protecting women's health. The "expert" testimony revealed just how much these laws rely on fringe science and discredited research.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

An arrest warrant has been issued for a California man with tuberculosis who has refused treatment and may be contagious. The case has gained urgency because he is from a part of Mexico known for a drug-resistant strain of TB. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 25, is a transient who was diagnosed in March after going to San Joaquin General Hospital's emergency room. He disappeared from a San Joaquin County motel instead of taking his medication. Tuberculosis is a contagious lung infection transmitted through the air in the droplets emitted when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. If left untreated, it can be deadly.


A Torrance, California, surfer will receive a $1.8-million settlement for being accidentally shot at by city police during the 2013 manhunt for former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner. David Perdue was going surfing when his truck was rammed by a Torrance police officer and struck by several bullets (none hit Perdue). Police at the time said his pickup truck matched the description of one belonging to Dorner, who had already killed two police officers and injured two other people. read more


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