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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Lori Robertson, FactCheck.Org: Several Republican presidential candidates made false and exaggerated claims at a candidate forum in New Hampshire on Aug. 3. Among them: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he cut the state budget by 26 percent, but that drop is due to a decline in federal funds. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he was "leading Hillary Clinton in five states won by President Obama." His numbers are within the margin of error in all five states. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said workers' wages "have flatlined for 20 years," when the average real earnings for rank-and-file workers is up about 13 percent. read more


A Kentucky police officer has been named in a federal lawsuit filed Monday alleging that he illegally handcuffed and restrained two elementary school students with disabilities. According to the lawsuit, Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner, a school resource officer assigned to the Covington Independent Public Schools district, used handcuffs last fall to restrain an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, placing the cuffs on their biceps behind their backs. read more


Fox News has announced the line-up for the prime-time Republican presidential debate this Thursday, and here's who qualified: Real estate magnate Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The roster of 10 candidates was determined based on an average of the five most recent national polls. read more


The last surviving Dambusters pilot, Squadron Leader Les Munro, has died at the age of 96. The legendary World War Two Dambusters operation flew from RAF Scampton in 1943 and successfully used "bouncing bombs" to attack German dams. There are now only two surviving crew members of the Dambusters missions. Out of 133 crew, only 77 returned. read more


The environmental group Greenpeace claimed a moral victory in delaying the 380-foot icebreaker Fennica, which is carrying safety equipment required for Shell to fully explore its lease off northern Alaska. But the company said it started drilling Thursday night in anticipation of the ship's arrival. The ship passed the bridge Thursday evening after Portland-area police and firefighters and the Coast Guard forced open a hole in the bridge blockade and in the flotilla of kayaks that joined it in the water below. The vessel had made it to the open Pacific by Friday morning, Petty Officer First Class George Degener, a US Coast Guard spokesman, told VICE News.


Rocker Lenny Kravitz split open his leather pants while performing a concert in Sweden Monday, causing the NSFW crotch shot seen 'round the world. It appears the 51-year-old rocker was going commando. "The producer stepped up and said that they had some problems onstage," a fan told Sweden's Expressen newspaper. "A bit later Kravitz came out wearing other trousers. He said 'sorry, I ripped my trousers.'" read more


A college professor who accused a Connecticut state trooper of racial profiling saw her claims fail when audiotape of the stop proved she was lying, police said. According to Fox CT, Minati Roychoudhuri, 32, was driving on a highway on May 9 when she was pulled over in the town of Wethersfield. She was cited for failure to drive in the established lane. A month later, Roychoudhuri sent a letter to the Commissioner of Public Safety claiming that the officer had racially profiled her. "The policeman asked me if I could speak English and if I knew why he had stopped me. I said, "yes" to speaking English and "no" to why he had stopped me," she wrote in the letter. read more


A white man with a Ku Klux Klan tattoo and hat rallying for the Confederate flag at Georgia's Stone Mountain Park was told that his FUBU shoes were made by black entrepreneurs. "I just wanted to mention, I didn't know if you were aware, I know you came here with the Ku Klux Klan or whatever," George Chidi of Neon Flag began telling the man, only to be interrupted by the man explaining he came to the Saturday rally as a "southern American." "The only thing that I wanted to mention is that the shoes that you're wearing," Chidi continued. "What's the matter with the shoes I'm wearing?" the man asked, saying his shoes sported colors of the KKK's emblem. "They're red and black and white." "The brand FUBU, it stands for 'For Us, By Us,'" Chidi explained, noting the clothing company was founded by black entrepreneurs with the intent of empowering the black community. read more


Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact: Not long after Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced his run for the presidency in June, he appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe -- and harkened back to World War I. "I'm going to rebuild our military," Graham said on June 4, 2015. "We're on a course to have the smallest army since 1940, the smallest Navy since 1915." The line about the "smallest Navy" has become a popular talking point among presidential candidates who want to talk about spending more money on the military. But the claim is not really accurate; more important, it doesn't tell you much about the Navy's ability to do its job. PolitiFact has looked at several variations on the claim, and depending on its exact phrasing, we've rated it from Half True to Mostly False to Pants on Fire. read more


Daily Mail: An American animal psychic claims that Cecil the lion has spoken to her and given instructions on how to deal with his death at the hands of Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who was hunting illegally. "Let not the actions of these few men defeat us or allow darkness to enter our hearts. If we do then we become one of them. Raise your vibration and allow this energy to move us forward," Cecil said, according to Karen Anderson. "Be strong and speak for all the others who suffer needlessly to satisfy human greed. Bring Light and Love and we will rise above this." read more


The Kentucky man who shot down a drone he said was over his property might not be telling the truth. The owner of the drone, David Boggs, released the flight data recorder from his Apple iPad. In a video Boggs sent TV station WDRB, he describes the drone's path 40 seconds before, during and after the incident. "We are now one minute and 18 seconds into the flight," he says on the video. "We are now 193 feet above the ground. This area here is the world-famous drone slayer home, and this is a neighbor's home, and our friends live over here, and over here, and over here. You will see now that we did not go below this altitude -- we even went higher -- nor did we hover over their house to look in. And for sure didn't descend down to no 10 feet, or look under someone's canopy, or at somebody's daughter." read more


Six residents of Florida caught looking to retrieve two so-called credit card skimming devices attached to a gasoline station?s pumps near Harahan made dozens of counterfeit gasoline, credit and gift cards before Jefferson Parish Sheriff?s Office deputies arrested them this weekend, authorities said Monday. Deputies booked five from the group with 98 counts each of abusing a monetary instrument: Jesus Enrique Gonzalez Torres, 23; Orlando Guillen Diaz, 29; Yoetnis Vazquez Pedrosa, 30; Luis Rivera Garcia, 26; and Juliet Perez, 22. The last was booked with 58 counts of abusing a monetary instrument, which is punishable with fines of between $5,000 and $1 million as well as between six months and 10 years in prison.


Indiana on Thursday cleared Planned Parenthood facilities that perform abortions in the state of any wrongdoing in the handling of fetal tissue. Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, on July 16 ordered an investigation of Planned Parenthood facilities in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Merrillville to see if organs from aborted fetuses were being sold. He was among a number of conservative lawmakers around the country who have called for investigations after an anti-abortion group circulated a video it made secretly showing some of its national officials discussing how they obtain organs from aborted fetuses for research. Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of abortions, has said its donations of fetal tissue for research are legal. read more


Hundreds of Canadian woman joined a topless protest march after three sisters were allegedly stopped by police for cycling without shirts. Saturday's "Bare with us" march took place in Waterloo, Ontario. The women say that police told them to cover up whilst cycling in the neighboring town of Kitchener last month. It is legal for women to be topless in Ontario after a court ruling in 1996. The three sisters, Tameera, Nadia and Alysha Mohamed, say that they took their shirts off because it was a hot summer day.


The gravest fear that has rippled through humanity from the technology industry is that, someday, almost all of our jobs will be replaced by robots. While that fear is often laughed off as something that will only happen far into the future, the truth is that it's actually happening right now. In Dongguan City, located in the central Guangdong province of China, a technology company has set up a factory run almost exclusively by robots, and the results are fascinating. The Changying Precision Technology Company factory in Dongguan has automated production lines that use robotic arms to produce parts for cell phones. The factory also has automated machining equipment, autonomous transport trucks, and other automated equipment in the warehouse. read more


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