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Bergdahl's lawyers ask for charges to be dropped over McCain comments

Benghazi lawyers ask for dismissal of chargesThe legal team for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Monday asked to have the charges against the former prisoner of war dismissed, arguing comments made by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain violated his due process rights.

Bergdahl, 30, is facing a court-martial with a potential life sentence on charges of desertion and endangerment of U.S. troops after he walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and became a Taliban prisoner for five years.

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New Minnesota law will make college sexual assault data public

Minnesota law to make sex offences on campus pblicA new law in Minnesota will require all colleges to publicly reveal how many sexual assault complaints they investigate every year — and how many lead to punishments.

The law, which went into effect Monday, requires all colleges in October to start sending annual reports on sexual assault investigations to the state. By December, the Minnesota the Minnesota Office of Higher Education expects to make the data public. Details of the cases will be kept confidential.

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FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Acting as China Agent

FBI agent worked for ChinaKun Shan Chun, a native of the People’s Republic of China and a naturalized U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty today to a criminal information charging him with acting in the United States as an agent of China without providing prior notice to the Attorney General.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York and Assistant Director in Charge Diego P. Rodriguez of the FBI’s New York Field Office made the announcement.

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How Paul Manafort Wielded Power in Ukraine Before Advising Donald Trump

Paul ManafortFew political consultants have had a client fail quite as spectacularly as Paul Manafort’s did in Ukraine in the winter of 2014.

President Viktor F. Yanukovych, who owed his election to, as an American diplomat put it, an “extreme makeover” Mr. Manafort oversaw, bolted the country in the face of violent street protests. He found sanctuary in Russia and never returned, as his patron, President Vladimir V. Putin, proceeded to dismember Ukraine, annexing Crimea and fomenting a war in two other provinces that continues.

Mr. Manafort was undaunted.

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Five dead as Russian helicopter shot down in Syria

Russian helicopter downed in SyriaFive Russian military personnel died after their helicopter was shot down over Idlib province, Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.

"On August 1 a Russian transport helicopter Mi-8 was shot down with fire from the ground on the way to the Hmeymim air base, after delivering humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo. There were three crewmembers and two officers" aboard, the ministry statement said.

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Texas becomes campus carry state on 50th anniversary of UT Tower mass shooting

Texas becomes carry stateThe University of Texas at Austin on Monday is holding a memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower mass shooting as the state's new campus carry law goes into effect.

One of the first U.S. college mass shootings in the modern era occurred at UT, where former U.S. Marine and engineering student Charles Whitman killed 14 people on campus after killing his wife and mother in 1966.

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Terminix offers $87M settlement to injured Delaware family

Terminix xettles caseThe parent company of pest-control giant Terminix has reached a tentative agreement to pay $87 million to a Delaware family injured by exposure to a banned pesticide during a Caribbean vacation.

Citing information from an earnings report filed Thursday by ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee, The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2apPiPK ) reports that the company has agreed to pay the Esmond family $87 million. That is in addition to $3 million it has paid to cover its insurance deductible.

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Idiot Roger Stone suggests Khizr Khan is part of Muslim Brotherhood

Roger StoneLongtime Donald Trump ally Roger Stone is suggesting the father of an American Muslim soldier who was killed in Iraq is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Mr. Khan more than an aggrieved father of a Muslim son- he's Muslim Brotherhood agent helping Hillary," Stone tweeted, linking to an article about what the media is not telling people about Khizr Khan, the father of Capt. Humayun Khan.

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Microsoft to cut about 2,850 more jobs

MicrosoftMicrosoft's costly bet on Nokia will mean more job losses than previously expected.

The software giant will layoff about 2,850 people over the next year as it continues to unwind its smartphone hardware business. Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) disclosed the news in a regulatory filing on Thursday.

The new cuts come on the heels of 1,850 layoffs announced two months ago, and about 7,800 losses a year ago.

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