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Dramatic Photos Show Impact Of Paris Flooding

Paris floodingParis’ Seine river has risen a whopping 5 meters — about 16 feet — above its normal level due to torrential rain and flooding that have ravaged the French capital and other parts of Europe this week.

Photos show statues and lampposts almost submerged in water. Rafts were used to evacuate thousands of residents in certain parts of the city.

Authorities installed emergency flood barriers along the river on Thursday, and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared a state of emergency in the parts of the country most affected.


Ohio purging voters who haven’t voted often

Ohio purging votersOfficials in Ohio have removed tens of thousands of voters from registration lists for not recently voting, according to a new report.

Purged voters have not cast ballots in the Buckeye State since the 2008 presidential election, according to Reuters.

“If this is [a] really important thing to you in your life, voting, you probably would have done so within a six-year period,” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) said Thursday.


Documents Show Pentagon Whitewash of U.S. Killing and Mutilation of Afghan Family in 2010

Gardez raid documentsMore than six years after a notorious night raid gone wrong by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, Pentagon documents shed new light on the event including the determination that mutilating the bodies of dead pregnant women was an “appropriate use of force,” according to a new report in the Intercept by Jeremy Scahill.

Scahill had previously written about the February 2010 night raid near Gardez in Paktia Province in his 2014 book, Dirty Wars. Seven civilians were killed, including two pregnant women, and troops used knives to remove bullets from their bodies after the shooting. The victims were all members of a family that opposed the Taliban and had worked with U.S. forces to build up the Afghan police and judicial system.


At least 33 US cities used water testing 'cheats' over lead concerns

33 cities had lead cheatsAt least 33 cities across 17 US states have used water testing “cheats” that potentially conceal dangerous levels of lead, a Guardian investigation launched in the wake of the toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has found.

Of these cities, 21 used the same water testing methods that prompted criminal charges against three government employees in Flint over their role in one of the worst public health disasters in US history.


Payday loans face new limits under proposal from U.S. consumer bureau

Payday loansThe U.S. agency charged with protecting consumers from financial abuse unveiled a proposal on Thursday that would limit short-term borrowings known as “payday” loans, which can carry interest rates as high as 390 percent.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposal includes having lenders determine if some borrowers can afford to take out debt. It also calls for restrictions on loan rollovers.


Trump's 3,500 lawsuits unprecedented for a presidential nominee

3500 law suits filed against TrumpDonald Trump is a fighter, famous for legal skirmishes over everything from his golf courses to his tax bills to Trump University. But until now, it hasn’t been clear precisely how litigious he is and what that might portend for a Trump presidency.

An exclusive USA TODAY analysis of legal filings across the United States finds that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his businesses have been involved in at least 3,500 legal actions in federal and state courts during the past three decades. They range from skirmishes with casino patrons to million-dollar real estate suits to personal defamation lawsuits.


Nine charged, 66 dogs rescued in multi-state dog-fighting ring

Dog fighting ring bustedNine people have been charged in a multi-state dog fighting ring and more than 60 dogs were rescued from a "vicious blood sport," officials said Wednesday.

Six people from New Jersey as well as residents of Indiana, Illinois and New Mexico have been charged with felony violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act for their alleged involvement in a dog-fighting ring, Assistant Attorney General John Cruden for the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman for the District of New Jersey announced.


Germany declares Armenian massacres as 'genocide,' straining Turkish relations

Germany declares Armenian massacres as genocideGerman lawmakers approved a resolution declaring the World War I mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide, a move that further strains relations with Turkey.

The motion, approved by the German Parliament on Thursday, declared the 1915-16 killings of some 1.5 million Armenians a deliberate act of ethnic cleansing. Turkey has long rejected the label, saying there was no systematic killings of Christian Armenians and the death toll was much lower. The country has accepted some responsibility for the killings but said they do not constitute genocide. To date, 11 of the 28 European Union nations have recognized the killings as genocide.


Syrian state TV: Deadly blast at Latakia mosque

Latakia mosque blastSyrian state TV is reporting that an explosion has struck outside a mosque in the coastal government stronghold of Latakia inflicting casualties.

The TV says the blast occurred Thursday as people were leaving the Khulafa Rashideen mosque following afternoon prayers.

State TV says the blast killed and wounded several people, but did not give numbers.

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