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Nuclear reactor at Indian Point plant in N.Y. shut down again after leak found

Indian Point reactor leakOne of two reactor units at a nuclear power plant near New York City has been taken offline for the second time in four months after leakage was found in a pipe that pumps water into the facility, officials said Friday.

Reactor Unit 2 at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, N.Y., was shut down Thursday after discovery of the malfunction. Officials said the leak was found in a non-radioactive part of the plant.

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Israel's water cuts: West Bank 'in full crisis mode'

Israel cuts water to west bank homesSalfit sits atop an underground wealth of water, but the city's residents are forbidden from accessing it - and they are now in crisis, as Israel's national water company, Mekorot, has reduced water supply to the northern West Bank.

Since the start of the month, residents of Salfit have been receiving between 30 and 40 percent of their normal water allowance, said Saleh Afaneh, the head of the local water and wastewater department.

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More Than 1 Million Britons Are Demanding A Second EU Referendum

Brexit revote petitionCalls for the United Kingdom to hold a second referendum on its membership of the European Union are growing.

A petition demanding a rerun of Thursday’s vote which resulted in the British exit, dubbed a “Brexit,” after the “leave” campaign won 51.9 percent to Remain’s 48.1 percent, had garnered nearly 1.5 million signatures by Saturday morning.

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Pentagon To Repeal Ban On Transgender Troops

Transgender ban lifted in militaryThe Pentagon plans to announce the repeal of its ban on openly serving transgender service members next month, U.S. defense officials said.

The repeal would come five years after a 2011 decision to end the U.S. military’s ban on gays and lesbians serving openly, despite fears - which proved unfounded - that such a move would be too great a burden in wartime and would undermine readiness.

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Obama creates first U.S. monument to gay rights at New York site

Obama creates first US gay rights monumentPresident Barack Obama on Friday designated the site of a watershed event in the history of U.S. gay rights, the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, as a national monument, the first one to honor the contributions of gay Americans.

The Stonewall Inn gay bar in Manhattan's Greenwich Village was the scene of a police raid that triggered riots and ignited a long struggle to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into the American mainstream and guarantee their rights.

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Execution of eight Arkansas inmates can go ahead, supreme court rules

execution drugs okayedArkansas can execute eight death-row inmates, a split state supreme court ruled on Thursday in upholding a state law that keeps information about its lethal injection drugs confidential.

However, the state has only seven days before one of the drugs needed for the three-drug protocol expires, and it isn’t clear when Arkansas will be able to resume its first executions since 2005.

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Bank of America will pay $430 million to settle Merrill Lynch claims

Bank of America fined $430MBank of America Corp., the nation's largest bank, has agreed to pay $430 million and admit wrongdoing after its Merrill Lynch wealth management arm misused customer cash.

The company generated profits and issued misleading offering documents for structured notes off of the money, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday.

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At least 80 homes destroyed in California wildfire

California firs burn 80 homesA fast-moving fire in central California destroyed at least 80 homes near Bakersfield, making it the most destructive to personal property in a week of wildfires across the state.

The Erskine Fire has burned 5,000 acres -- or about 5 square miles -- and forced thousands to evacuate with about 1,000 homes still threatened.

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Report: Islamophobia is a multimillion-dollar industry

Islamophobia is multimillion dollar industryMore than $200m was spent towards promoting "fear and hatred" of Muslims in the United States by various organisations between 2008 and 2013, according to a fresh joint report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the University of California, Berkeley.

Released on Monday, the report identifies 74 groups, including feminist, Christian, Zionist and prominent news organisations, which either funded or fostered Islamophobia.

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