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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Vetoes Bill Making Abortion A Felony

OK governor Mary FallinOklahoma‘s Republican Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill calling for prison terms of up the three years for doctors who performed abortions, saying the legislation would not withstand a criminal constitutional legal challenge, her office said on Friday.

The bill, which was approved a day earlier in the Republican-dominated legislature, would have made performing an abortion a felony. It also called for revoking the license of any doctor who conducted one.

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Unaoil Middleman Paid Millions To Influence Iraqi Officials Had U.S. Ties

Ubaio middleman paid millions for influence in IraqA middleman who received millions of dollars from Unaoil — a Monaco-based firm now at the center of an international bribery scandal — in return for improperly influencing officials in U.S.-occupied Iraq was also operating businesses in America.

He did all this under the nose of the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI — for years, without getting caught.

It’s a reminder just how difficult it is for law enforcement to detect and stop corruption.

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Israel Releases Hunger-Striking Palestinian Journalist

Hunger striker Muhammad al-QiqIsrael released from prison a Palestinian man who had endured a 93-day hunger strike during his five months in prison.

Muhammad al-Qiq, 33, was set free Thursday, the Ma’an news agency reported. Al-Qiq ended his hunger strike in February as part of an understanding reached with Israeli officials that he would be released in May.

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Alien Civilizations May Number In The Trillions, New Study Says

Alien civilzations may number in trillionsThe possibility that we earthlings are not truly alone in the universe has gained some added credibility, thanks to a new study that coincides with NASA’s recent planetary discoveries. The research, published in the journal Astrobiology last week, suggests that more planets in the Milky Way galaxy may harbor advanced civilizations than we previously imagined.

Study co-authors Adam Frank and Woodruff Sullivan looked at recent discoveries of potentially habitable exoplanets and considered the odds of whether sophisticated civilizations existed on them in the past or present.

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Body cam footage released of man Tased to death by Georgia deputies

Body cam shows man tasered to deathOn Nov. 20, 2015, Chase Sherman was handcuffed and Tasered by two Coweta County sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 call from his parents. Sherman died at the scene.

The body cameras worn by the deputies captured the episode.

According to the New York Times, Sherman was reacting to synthetic marijuana he had taken days earlier. He bit his girlfriend and tried to jump out of the back seat of the car as the family drove through Georgia toward Florida.

That's when Sherman's parents called 911 for help.

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Trump Paid No Income Tax in 1978, ’79

Trump  paid no tax in 78 and 79The last public tax filings from Donald Trump showed he paid no federal income taxes by taking advantage of a break often used by developers, The Washington Post reports.

A 1981 report by New Jersey gambling regulators said Trump claimed that his total income for 1978 and 1979 was negative $3.8 million, so he didn't owe taxes, the Post said.

The New Jersey report is the last time Trump's returns were made public. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has so far refused to release his tax returns, saying he won't do so until the IRS completes an audit of him. He has also said there is "nothing to learn" from the filings.

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A third of cash is owned by 5 U.S. companies

Cash owned by five corporationsThe rising cash holdings of U.S. corporations is increasingly in the hands of a few U.S. companies, with just five tech firms having grabbed a third of it. And nearly three-quarters of cash held by non-financial U.S. companies is stashed overseas outside the long arm of Uncle Sam.

Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Alphabet (GOOGL), Cisco System (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are sitting on $504 billion, or 30%, of the $1.7 trillion in cash and cash equivalents held by U.S. non-financial companies in 2015, according to an analysis released Friday by ratings agency Moody's Investors Service.  That's even more cash concentration in previous years, as these five companies held 27% of cash in 2014 and 25% in 2013. Apple alone is holding more cash and investments than eight of the 10 entire industry sectors.

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Pipeline company blamed directly for Refugio Beach, Calif., oil spill

California oil spillPreventable errors on the part of Plains All American Pipeline led to last year's oil spill at a beach in California, the U.S. transportation secretary said.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, part of the Transportation Department, completed its investigation into the May 19, 2015, oil spill in Santa Barbara County from Line 901, operated by Plains. The rupture released around 3,000 barrels of oil into the Pacific Ocean and on Refugio State Beach.

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Japanese PM Abe outraged after U.S. air base worker arrested for killing

Shinzo Abe- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, angered by the slaying of an Okinawa woman allegedly by a former U.S. Marine, vowed to confront President Barack Obama at their planned meeting next week.

Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, 32, was arrested Thursday after he allegedly admitted strangling Rina Shimabukuro, 20, and dumping her body. His arrest touched off protests and heightened tensions about American military presence in Okinawa, where a majority of some 38,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan are located. Local residents say Americans bring crime and pollution.

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