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Jonathan Pollard Release Set for November

Jonathan PollardA federal parole board has ruled that Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, will be released in November after serving a 30-year prison sentence, his attorneys said on Tuesday.

Pollard, who has remained jailed for decades despite efforts by successive Israeli governments to secure his early release, will be required to remain in the United States for five years under the terms of his parole, the attorneys said in a statement.

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Petition to pardon Edward Snowden rejected by Obama administration

SnowdenThe White House has rejected a petition to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, dubbing the former contractor’s revelations about the US government’s surveillance apparatus as “dangerous” and compromising to national security.

Responding to a “We the People” petition, launched after Snowden’s initial leaks were published in the Guardian two years ago, the Obama administration on Tuesday reiterated its belief that he should face criminal charges for his actions.

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'Jaw-dropping': Medicare deaths, hospitalizations AND costs reduced

Medicare reductions in deathsThe U.S. health care system has scored a medical hat trick, reducing deaths, hospitalizations and costs, a new study shows.

Mortality rates among Medicare patients fell 16% from 1999 to 2013. That’s equal to more than 300,000 fewer deaths a year in 2013 than in 1999, said cardiologist Harlan Krumholz, lead author of a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and a professor at the Yale School of Medicine.

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Bloomberg: Trump Worth 1/3 What He Says

Trump worth on third of claimThe latest math on Donald Trump: $2.9 billion.

An analysis by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, based in part on a 92-page personal financial disclosure form made public last week, revealed a portfolio dominated by skyscrapers and golf courses. The celebrity presidential candidate says he’s worth more than $10 billion.

Trump has vaulted to the top of some polls in the crowded field of Republican contenders hoping to win the White House next year. His comments against illegal immigration and Senator John McCain’s status as a Vietnam War hero have attracted attention—and renewed the focus on his many and varied claims to the size of his own wealth.

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Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif, eight other ex-officials to death

Ghaddafi son sentencedA Libyan court on Tuesday sentenced Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, and eight others to death over war crimes including killings of protesters during the 2011 revolution that ended his father's rule.

The former Gaddafi regime officials sentenced to die by firing squad included former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and ex-prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, Sadiq al-Sur, chief investigator at the Tripoli state prosecutor's office, told a televised news conference in the capital.

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Obama administration wants to give prisoners Pell grants

ObamaThe Obama administration is taking steps to expand the Pell grant program to prisoners.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have scheduled a visit to the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland, on Friday to announce the plans.

Duncan previewed the plans in a speech Monday on higher education. He says the administration wants to develop “experimental sites that will make Pell grants available” to inmates to help them get job training and secure a productive life after they get out of jail.

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NFL's Arizona Cardinals hire league's first woman coach

Female coach at NFLThe Arizona Cardinals have hired Jen Welter, believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL as an assistant coach for training camp and preseason.

The Cardinals say Welter will help coach the inside linebackers. She played running back and special teams in 2014 for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League, becoming the first woman to hold a non-kicking position for a men's professional football league.

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Navy probes complaint of cancer 'cluster' among Guantanamo workers

GitmoThe U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers from parts of the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following reports of cancer cases among personnel working on the trials of detainees there.

At least seven civilians and military members who worked on detainee trials at Guantanamo Bay have been diagnosed with cancer, according to the complaint, which was filed with the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General. The complaint calls on American military officials to remove personnel from court facilities on the base and test them and the base itself for carcinogens.

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Intruders with Confederate flags crash black child’s birthday party

Confederate flag wavers crash birthday partyParty crashers waving Confederate flags disrupted a black child’s birthday celebration in Georgia, shouting racial slurs and death threats, partygoers said.

The intruders cruised through in pickup trucks, taunting their targets, cell phone video showed.  A second video captured the uninvited guests shouting the N-word from a grassy field during the Saturday confrontation.

“This is a child’s birthday party,” an angry witness called out to them.

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