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Sunday, September 25, 2016

In a stunning reversal, a large majority of Republicans are repudiating their party's traditional support for free trade, and falling sharply in line with nominee Donald Trump's insistence that trade costs Americans more jobs than it creates.

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The defense minister of South Korea said this week that the country has elite troops ready to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The troops would be used in the event that Kim was going to launch nuclear weapons at South Korea, Han Min-koo said. "Yes, we do have such a plan," Han said. "South Korea has a general idea and plan to use precision missile capabilities to target the enemy's facilities in major areas as well as eliminating the enemy's leadership." Tensions have increased since North Korea claimed a successful test of a nuclear warhead two weeks ago.


Video footage released Saturday shows Keith Lamont Scott taking four steps slowly backward with his arms at his sides when he is hit in a burst of four gunshots from police, then crumples to the pavement.

From neither vantage point – a police dashboard camera and a body camera worn by one of the officers on the scene – can it be determined whether Scott is holding a gun.

But police can be heard repeatedly shouting "Drop the gun!" at the 43-year-old Scott, who died from his wounds Tuesday as his wife stood nearby. read more


In examining honey samples from various locations in the United States, the FDA has found fresh evidence that residues of the weed killer called glyphosate can be pervasive - found even in a food that is not produced with the use of glyphosate. All of the samples the FDA tested in a recent examination contained glyphosate residues, and some of the honey showed residue levels double the limit allowed in the European Union, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. There is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the United States. read more


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Beijing's state media has made the bold claim that a Chinese defense contractor successfully developed the world's first quantum radar system. The radar can allegedly detect objects at range of up to 62 miles. If true, this would greatly diminish the value of so-called "stealth" aircraft, including the B-2 and F-22 Raptor fighter. But it's a pretty far-out claim. read more


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