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Supermarket Chain Kroger Under Fire From Gun-Control Moms

Kroger chainThe fight over whether shoppers should be allowed to tote guns openly in American businesses is about to spill into the aisles of Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket chain.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national gun control organization backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will kick off a campaign on Monday that seeks to pressure the grocery giant to ban the open carry of firearms in all of its nearly 2,500 stores. The moms' group decided to take action in response to recent demonstrations by open carry activists in Kroger stores in Ohio and Texas, and after conducting research that identified more than a dozen shootings on Kroger property since 2012, said Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman.

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Tibet's glaciers are warmer than they've been in 2,000 years

Tibetan glaciers warmingThe glacier-filled Tibetan plateau has warmed more over the last 50 years than it has in the preceding 2,000, according to researchers in China.

The Tibetan plateau is covered with tens of thousands of glaciers. The interlinked sheets of ice source the headwaters of the some of the world's largest rivers -- the Yellow and Yangtze in China, the Brahmaputra in India and the Mekong in Southeast Asia -- providing clean drinking water for more than 2 billion people. The snow-covered plateau is sometimes called the "roof of the world."

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Friends of the Earth advocacy group questions Keystone XL data

Keystone data questionedAn advocacy group said Monday it filed a request for information from the U.S. State Department on its assessment of the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The State Department is tasked with vetting a pipeline TransCanada plans to build across the U.S.-Canadian border. A southern U.S. leg of the project is already in service, though the cross border section needs federal approval.

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Iran rocked by 6.3 magnitude earthquake

Iran earthquakeA 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck a remote area in western Iran, leaving dozens injured and causing considerable damage.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit 36km southeast of the western city of Abdanan, in Ilam province, close the border with Iraq.

USGS said the quake struck at 02:32 GMT on Monday, and its epicentre was at a depth of 10km.

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Mo. Governor Nixon orders National Guard to Ferguson

Ferguson - Nat'l Guard called inMissouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help "in restoring peace and order" to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.

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Health Minister German outlaws fluoridation of all tap water

Fluoridation banned in IsraelContrary to the advice of public health and dentistry experts in her own ministry and academia, Health Minister Yael German has decided to prohibit the fluoridation of drinking water around the country.

She also issued her decision Sunday in contravention of a letter written exactly two years ago by Prime Minister (and then-official health minister) Binyamin Netanyahu, who told Knesset Interior Committee chairman MK Amnon Cohen that he [Netanyahu]  “could not agree to the cessation of fluoridation” of potable water. Netanyahu continued that municipalities had requested to continue their fluoridation of water and that they should be.

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Alex Baer: Endings

Endings: Bacall and WilliamsYes:  Lauren Bacall.

A landmark, watershed moment of loss, finality.

End of an era much adored.

End of a storybook, starry-eyed romantic pair.

End of a warm, playful, and sly sort of style, grace, wit, charm.

End of a role model and path-maker for women, for people.

Too many ends.

Too many irrevocable lines drawn in the sand.

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Why the Scientific Case Against Fracking Keeps Getting Stronger

FrackingOn the political right, it's pretty popular these days to claim that the left exaggerates scientific worries about hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

In a recent National Review article, for instance, a Hoover Institution researcher complains that 53 percent of Democrats in California support a fracking ban "despite the existence of little if any credible scientific evidence of fracking's feared harms and overwhelming scientific evidence of its environmental benefits, including substantial reductions in both local and global pollutants."

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James Risen: Obama Is 'Greatest Enemy To Press Freedom In A Generation'

James RisenPulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter James Risen is not mincing words about President Barack Obama.

Risen has been fighting the Obama administration's efforts to get him to testify about his sources for six years. The Department of Justice has ordered him to testify against former CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling, who it believes leaked information about a failed CIA operation in Iran that Risen reported on in his book. Risen recently lost his bid to have the Supreme Court revisit his case.

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