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Top secret documents may hold clues to Saudi backing for 9/11

Saudi connection to 9/11President Obama is due to visit Saudi Arabia in 10 days. His visit comes at a time of deep suspicion between the two allies. The United States also doubts the commitment of the Saudis to fight violent Islamic extremism.

Following is a summary from CBS’ 60 minutes report on “28 pages” that holds clue to the Saudi connection and an interview with Bob Graham, who at the time was chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-chair of the bipartisan joint congressional inquiry into intelligence failures surrounding the attacks.

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Oil Giants Spend $115 Million A Year To Oppose Climate Policy

american petroleum instituteMajor fossil fuel companies and trade groups shell out nearly $115 million a year to oppose efforts to reduce carbon emissions, according to a new report from the British research organization Influence Map.

The largest share of the money comes from the American Petroleum Institute, the country’s largest trade organization for oil and gas producers. It reportedly spends $65 million annually in efforts to block climate policy. API is followed by Exxon Mobil, which spends $27 million, and Shell, which spends $22 million a year on anti-climate advocacy.

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Trump’s Charitable Donations Mostly Free Rounds of Golf, Other People’s Money

TrumpSince the beginning of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has prided himself in the more than $102 million he's reportedly given to charity in the past five years. "It's one of the things I most like doing and one of the great reasons to have made a lot of money," he told the Associated Press back in August.

But even in that August interview, something seemed off — the AP noted that "the Trump campaign did not respond to a request that it identify donations that Trump himself gave." Now, it appears the campaign had a very good reason to keep mum. According to a Washington Post investigation into an exhaustive list of Trump's charitable donations — 4,844 contributions filling 93 pages — not a single donation was of Trump's own money.

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Report: West Has Assad’s Torture Documents

Assad torture The investigator in Syria had made the drive perhaps a hundred times, always in the same battered truck, never with any cargo. It was forty miles to the border, through eleven rebel checkpoints, where the soldiers had come to think of him as a local, a lawyer whose wartime misfortunes included a commute on their section of the road.

Sometimes he brought them snacks or water, and he made sure to thank them for protecting civilians like himself. Now, on a summer afternoon, he loaded the truck with more than a hundred thousand captured Syrian government documents, which had been buried in pits and hidden in caves and abandoned homes.

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Goldman Sachs to pay $5 billion in U.S. Justice Dept mortgage probe

Goldman SachsGoldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) has agreed to pay $5.06 billion to settle claims that it misled mortgage bond investors during the financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday.

The settlement, which Goldman disclosed in January, stems from Goldman's conduct in its packaging, securitization, marketing and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities between 2007 and 2009, the Justice Department said.

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U.S. Navy officer charged with spying for China

US navy officer charged with spyingA U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the suspect as Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen, according a Navy profile article written about him in 2008.

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Suicide bombing kills dozen of Afghan army recruits

Suicide bombings kill dozensAt least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded on Monday when a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying Afghan army recruits near Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad, officials have said.
"It was a single suicide blast that killed 12 army recruits and wounded 38 others," Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province, told Al Jazeera.
"The target was the army shuttle bus. These recruits were traveling to the capital Kabul for their training. All of them were young."

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Director Brennan: CIA Won't Waterboard Again — Even if Ordered by Future President

CIA director BrennanCIA Director John Brennan told NBC News in an exclusive interview that his agency will not engage in harsh "enhanced interrogation" practices, including waterboarding, which critics call torture — even if ordered to by a future president.

"I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I've heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure," Brennan said.

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UC Berkeley students to file state sexual harassment complaint against professor

UC Berkeley students to file harassment charges against professorKathleen Gutierrez struggles to get out of bed each day. For the past year, the 28-year-old University of California at Berkeley graduate student has battled extreme fatigue, unexpected body aches and debilitating anxiety.

At the root of her stress is her fear that at any moment on campus, she could run into Blake Wentworth, a professor in her department who she says repeatedly sexually harassed her – touching her inappropriately and frequently making offensive comments, including telling her “I’m so attracted to you” and bragging about doing drugs off of a stripper’s body.

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