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Saudi Arabia's executions increase in 2015

saudi executions increaseSaudi Arabia is carrying out executions at the rate of one every two days, an international human rights group noted Tuesday.

London-based Amnesty International said in a report that at least 102 people were executed in Saudi Arabia in the first six months of 2015; while 90 were executed in all of 2014. It noted that juvenile offenders and the mentally disabled are among those executed, and that roughly half of the 2,208 people put to death, generally by beheading, were from foreign nations typically denied translation services at their trials and forced to sign confessions they did not understan.

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Planned Parenthood sues Louisiana over cut to Medicaid funds

Planned parenthoodPlanned Parenthood asked a federal judge Tuesday to stop Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration from ending Medicaid payments to the organization's Louisiana clinics.

Jindal, a Republican presidential candidate, announced plans earlier this month to cut off the Medicaid funding to the Baton Rouge and New Orleans health centers, citing hidden-camera videos that accuse the national organization of profiting from fetal tissue sales after abortions. Planned Parenthood denies the allegations, saying the videos are heavily edited and misleading.

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Fox News chief: Donald Trump owes Megyn Kelly an apology

Kelly and TrupThe chairman of Fox News Channel says Donald Trump owes the network’s Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that he called “as unacceptable as it is disturbing.”

The Republican presidential front-runner welcomed Kelly back from a vacation Monday night by tweeting that he liked her show better when she was away.

Trump wrote that Kelly “must have had a terrible vacation” because “she’s really off her game.” He also retweeted a message that referred to Kelly as a bimbo.

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With billions set to flood presidential race, campaign finance laws wilt

Campaign 2016In the four weeks after Jeb Bush announced his run for president, his campaign raised more than $11 million in donations, an impressive haul.

That figure is dwarfed, however, by the eye-popping $108 million in unlimited contributions raised through his super PACs, which began soliciting donations five months before he officially entered the race. This novel precampaign fundraising strategy allowed him to ask donors personally for precisely the kinds of no-limit contributions that federal campaign finance laws forbid candidates from accepting.

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Okinawans decry noise, chemical pollution at US bases across island

Okinawa bases pollution protestedSeventy years after the end of World War II, there are 32 U.S. military facilities in Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture. Many of the U.S. bases there are concentrated in the crowded southern part of the island

. The sparsely populated north is home to the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Gonsalves and the Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC). The northern and central training areas make up a 37,000-acre expanse of rugged subtropical jungle that includes the U.S.’s only site designated for practicing jungle warfare and have played a major role in training since before the Vietnam War.

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Hill analysts lower 2015 budget deficit forecast to $426B

CBO DirectorCongress' official budget analyst projected Tuesday that this year's federal deficit will drop to $426 billion, the lowest shortfall of Barack Obama's presidency.

But the annual summertime update by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office also contained words of warning. It cautioned that without action by lawmakers, annual federal deficits will surge upward again later this decade and spike back above $1 trillion in 2025.

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Palestinians ordered to pay $10m to terror victims while appealing lawsuit

Palestinians orderd to pay millionsPalestinian authorities found liable in a high-profile lawsuit over Americans killed in terrorist attacks must pay $10m in cash – and an additional $1m monthly payment while the case is on appeal – to secure the hundreds of millions awarded by a jury, a US judge said on Monday.

In ordering the security payment, Manhattan federal Judge George B Daniels said he had given significant thought to a motion filed this month by the US State Department, which intervened in the case via the Department of Justice to argue a high bond could threaten the stability of the region by straining the cash-strapped Palestinians.

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Sigma Nu frat suspended at Old Dominion following outrage over 'daughter dropoff' 'Mom too' banners

Sigma Nu

Weeks after a sorority at the University of Alabama sparked a national debate for a "rush week" promo video that was more about bikinis and glitter than books and grades, a national fraternity at another university has suspended a local chapter following another "welcome week" scandal.

The Sigma Nu fraternity has suspended all activities for brothers at its Old Dominion University chapter, the AP reports, after the school's  administration and many students were outraged by three sexually suggestive banners intended for entering freshmen women were hung from campus housing in Norfolk, Va.

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Ferguson, Mo., court to withdraw all arrest warrants issued before 2015

Ferguson warrants withdrawnThe newly appointed municipal judge in Ferguson, Mo., issued an order Monday withdrawing all arrest warrants issued in the city before 2015.

Judge Donald McCullin, who was appointed in June, announced the order as part of an overhaul of the municipal court six months after the U.S. Department of Justice said it found systemic racial discrimination within the system.The newly appointed municipal judge in Ferguson, Mo., issued an order Monday withdrawing all arrest warrants issued in the city before 2015.

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