Jul. 14, 2017

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A federal judge in Hawaii ruled that the Trump administration didn't conform with the Supreme Court's instructions in rolling out its temporary travel ban. The decision means many people covered by the government's restrictions would be allowed to enter the U.S.

Deep within the Treasury Department sits a once-secret plan written by the Obama administration that could lead to the first-ever default on U.S. debt. Bond traders are worried that Donald Trump's Treasury secretary may have to use it.

India is considering tracking digital currencies like bitcoin through the central bank and capital markets regulator along with intelligence agencies to monitor money laundering and terrorist financing, people with the knowledge of the matter said.

The U.S. will seek to use a United Nations fund designed to aid nations hard hit by climate change to promote the construction of coal-fired power plants around the world.

Elected officials' practice of opening meetings in North Carolina with Christian prayer and inviting audience members to join is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a closely watched case likely headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Retail sales unexpectedly dropped for a second month in June, signaling consumers are providing only modest support for the U.S. economy, Commerce Department data showed Friday. Purchases dropped 0.2% (forecast was 0.1% gain) after falling 0.1% the prior month (previously reported as 0.3% drop)

Sepsis-a frequently lethal condition in which the body's immune system attacks its own organs while trying to fight off infection-is the top killer in U.S. hospitals, and the country has only recently begun to understand the scope of the problem. A new government report suggests that sepsis cases tripled in the decade from 2005 to 2014, causing 1.5 million hospital stays by the end of that period. Experts who study sepsis say the apparent increase is actually a reflection of how doctors are getting better at identifying cases they used to miss.

Italy's absolute poor, or those unable to purchase a basket of basic goods and services, reached 4.7 million last year, up from almost 1.7 million in 2006, national statistics agency Istat said Thursday. That is 7.9 percent of the population.

The eclipse set to darken skies next month threatens to sideline solar farms and rooftop panels in a wide swath of the U.S., wiping out enough power generation to supply about 7 million homes. The impact is a testament to the nine fold increase in solar installed in the U.S. since 2012 and highlights the risks associated with relying on an intermittent resource such as the sun for power.

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said Wednesday that Congress should pad the budget for President Trump's border wall by cutting funding for Planned Parenthood and food stamps.

Jeff Sieting, the village president in Kalkaska, Michigan refuses to apologize for sharing Facebook posts calling for the killing of "every last Muslim" and for nuclear weapons to be used on the world's 10-largest Muslim-majority cities.

China's economic might is catching up to the United States - or is seen to be catching up. That's according to a new report from the Pew Research Center, which released results of a 38-nation survey Thursday afternoon. While the majority of those polled still correctly believe the United States is the world's biggest economy, 12 nations - including Canada, Russia, and most of western Europe - believe China has the largest economy in the world.

United States military advisers are operating inside the city of Raqa, the Islamic State group's last major bastion in Syria, a US official said Wednesday.

A group of scientists from the University of Cambridge have detected a star that is so small, even one of our own planetary neighbors happens to be larger, and it's assumed to be the absolute smallest a star can possibly be.

A Democratic congressman on Wednesday became the first US lawmaker to formally file an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but the effort is likely to stall in the Republican-controlled Congress.

BBC

Two Israeli policemen have been killed and a third wounded in a shooting attack near a sacred site in Jerusalem. They were shot by three Israeli Arabs close to the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary).

Nigeria's parliament is investigating reports that 97 fishermen have been killed in the Bakassi peninsula, which the country ceded to Cameroon. Reports say that the killings happened last week when a Cameroonian paramilitary unit was enforcing a $300 fishing levy.

Widespread opioid abuse is tied to a fall in the share of Americans working or looking for work, the head of the US central bank said. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she was not sure if it was a cause of the decline or a symptom revealing more longstanding economic problems.

Growing competition for land and natural resources saw a record number of environmental activists killed in 2016, says Global Witness. The green group's report details at least 200 murders across 24 countries, up significantly from 2015.

President Donald Trump is attending the Bastille Day parade in Paris, where US and French troops are marching together down the Champs-Élysées. The parade marked 100 years since the Americans entered World War One.

WND

Scientists at the University of Alberta have put together from scratch a relative of the smallpox virus - and a reminder that the threat of deadly viruses created by humans is more than theoretical. The smallpox virus, which triggered brutal disease for centuries, was declared eradicated in 1980 after a successful global effort to end its reign of terror. But some scientists fear that it could be revived through what's known as synthetic biology - the ability to make a virus by putting together by the recipe outlined in its genetic code.

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