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Former quarterback Boomer Esiason says he probably has CTE

Boometr has CTEFormer NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason seems resigned to the fact that he could have a brain injury from his years of playing football.

"If I died tomorrow and my brain was taken and researched and it was found that I had CTE, which, most likely I have," he said Monday on his radio show "Boomer and Carton."

"All football players probably have it, the way I read it and the way I see it."

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Around the country, ICE is arresting immigrants when they show up to court

ICE deporting immigrants who go to courtThe courthouse is supposed to be a place where justice is not only meted out to the perpetrators of crimes but offered as protection to its victims.

But around the country, immigrants showing up for their day in court — as defendants, witnesses, or victims seeking redress — are encountering a different face of the law instead: They’re being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers seeking to deport them after they leave the courthouse, or even when they’re still within its walls.

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USDA has begun censoring use of the term 'climate change', emails reveal

USDA censors use of 'climate change'Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference “weather extremes” instead.

A series of emails obtained by the Guardian between staff at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a USDA unit that oversees farmers’ land conservation, show that the incoming Trump administration has had a stark impact on the language used by some federal employees around climate change.

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Democratic Socialists Of America Pass BDS Resolution Against Israel

DS of America pass BDSThe Democratic Socialists of America voted to endorse a BDS motion against Israel at their biannual convention in Chicago.

The vote, which took place on Saturday, passed with 90 percent approval of the 697 delegates from 49 states.

The motion read, in part, “Democratic Socialists of America declares itself in solidarity with Palestinian civil society’s nonviolent struggle against apartheid, colonialism, military occupation and for equality, human rights, and self-determination; Democratic Socialists of America responds to Civil Society’s call by fully supporting BDS… .”

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US Army forbids use of Chinese-made drones also flown by IDF

US army forbids use of Chinese dronesThe American military ordered its units to stop using a small, off-the-shelf drone last week, over concerns that the system, made by the Chinese company DJI and also employed by the IDF, was vulnerable to cyberattacks.

According to an internal US Army memo that was leaked on August 2 to sUAS News site, which focuses on drone technology, American troops were ordered to “cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from the devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction.”

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Troops at risk for suicide not getting needed care, report finds

Troops at risk for suicide not getting needed attentionPentagon health care providers failed to perform critical follow-up for many troops diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome who also were at high risk for suicide, according to a new study released Monday by the RAND Corp.

Just 30% of troops with depression and 54% with PTSD received appropriate care after they were deemed at risk of harming themselves. The report, commissioned by the Pentagon, looked at the cases of 39,000 troops who had been diagnosed in 2013 with depression, PTSD or both conditions. USA TODAY received an advance copy of the report.

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Former Philadelphia Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton dies at 55

Darren Daulton dies at 55Darren Daulton, a former All-Star catcher with the Philadelphia Phillies, died Sunday. He was 55.

In 2013, Daulton was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an infiltrative form of brain cancer, after doctors discovered two brain tumors.

One of the mainstays of the Phillies team that advanced to the 1993 World Series, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games, Daulton underwent a series of treatments and in early 2015 said he was cancer-free.

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Trump Administration Stirs Alarm Over Voter Purges

Voters in US purged by Trump administrationLarry Harmon, 60, hadn’t voted in a while when he drove to the high school in November 2015 to weigh in on a local referendum in Kent, Ohio. But he wasn’t allowed to cast his ballot.

"I served in the military and they tell us, 'Oh, you’re fighting for freedom.'" he said. "Then you come back and you’re taken off the voter rolls because you didn’t vote for two elections? That doesn’t make sense. I thought that was our right."

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The Bombs of August : In Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Hiroshima and Nagasaki rememberedOn Monday, August 6, 1945, after six months of intense firebombing of 67 other Japanese cities, the United States  dropped a nuclear weapon nicknamed "Little Boy" on the city of Hiroshima , Japan.  This attack was followed on August 9 by the detonation of the "Fat Man" nuclear bomb over the Japanese city of Nagasaki. To date, these are the only attacks with nuclear weapons in the history of warfare.

In Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

When the bombs were dropped I was very happy. The war would be over now, they said, and I was very happy. The boys would be coming home very soon they said, and I was very happy. We showed ‘em, they said, and I was very happy. They told us that the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had been destroyed, and I was very happy. But in August of 1945 I was only ten years old, and I was very, very happy.

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