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for the week ending 9 April 2017

 Palm Sunday Bombings Of Egyptian
Coptic Churches Kill 44

TANTA, Egypt/Cairo (Reuters) — At least 44 people were killed in bomb attacks on the symbolic cathedral seat of the Coptic Pope and another church on Palm Sunday, prompting anger and fear among Christians and troop deployments across Egypt.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, which also injured more than 100 people and occurred a week before Coptic Easter, with Pope Francis scheduled to visit Egypt later this month.

The assault is the latest on a religious minority increasingly targeted by Islamist militants, and a challenge to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has pledged to protect them as part of his campaign against extremism.

The first bombing, in Tanta, a Nile Delta city about 100 km (60 miles) north of Cairo, tore through the inside of St. George Church during its Palm Sunday service, killing at least 27 people and injuring at least 78, the Ministry of Health said.
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NAVY Says T-45 Jets Grounded Indefinitely,
Following Fox News Exclusive

(Fox News) — The U.S. Navy has decided to ground all 197  training jets indefinitely, following an exclusive Fox News report earlier this week that U.S. Navy pilots are refusing to fly the T-45 training jet because they say there is poison in the oxygen system.

“The pause is extended as long as our experts need as they diligently work to determine the root cause of the physiological episodes and solutions to fix the issue,” said Lt. Leslie Hubbell, a Navy spokesperson told Fox News Saturday.

Previously the Navy announced a three-day “pause” to the flight schedule, which was supposed to expire on Monday.

The heads of naval aviation and experts have been meeting with the instructor pilots at three bases across the  United States in Mississippi, Texas, and Florida.  Senator Roger Wicker, R.-Miss., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is meeting the heads of naval aviation as well on Saturday in Meridian, Mississippi.
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U.S. Withdraws Funding For U.N. Population Fund

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The State Department said on Monday it was ending U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund, the international body's agency focused on family planning as well as maternal and child health in more than 150 countries.

In a letter to U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, the State Department said it was dropping the funding because the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) "supports, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization."

The cut marks U.S. President Donald Trump's first move to curtail funding for the United Nations and is likely to raise further questions about how deep those cuts will eventually go throughout the organization, where the United States is the top donor.
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Lyme Disease Is Set To Explode
And We Still Don't Have A Vaccine

(New Scientist) — By the time he had finished his walk through the woods in New York state, Rick Ostfeld was ready to declare a public health emergency. He could read the warning signs in the acorns that littered the forest floor – seeds of a chain of events that will culminate in an unprecedented outbreak of Lyme disease this year.

Since that day in 2015, Ostfeld has been publicising the coming outbreak. Thanks to a changing climate it could be one of the worst on record: the ticks that carry the disease have been found in places where it has never before been a problem – and where most people don’t know how to respond. The danger zone isn’t confined to the US: similar signs are flagging potential outbreaks in Europe. Polish researchers predict a major outbreak there in 2018.
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Stockholm Attack Suspect Was Failed Asylum-Seeker

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Stockholm truck attack suspect from Uzbekistan was a rejected asylum-seeker who eluded authorities' attempts to deport him by giving police a wrong address, Swedish police said Sunday while announcing the arrest of a second suspect.

Jan Evensson of the Stockholm police told a televised news conference that the 39-year-old suspect's request for a residence permit was rejected in June 2016 but police could not find him to send him back to his native country because he was not at the address he had given. On Feb. 24, he was formally sought after by Swedish police.

"We know he has been sympathetic to extremist organizations," said Jonas Hysing of Sweden's national police. He declined to name the suspect, who had been arrested within hours of Friday's attack on shoppers in Stockholm.

Swedish prosecutors on Sunday arrested a second person in connection with the truck attack case for suspected crimes against the nation and were holding four other people.
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U.S. Carrier Strike Group
Ordered To The Korean Peninsula

(Daily Mail) — A U.S. Navy strike group will be moving toward the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula as a show of force, a U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday, as concerns grow about North Korea's advancing weapons program.

Earlier this month North Korea tested a liquid-fueled Scud missile which only traveled a fraction of its range.

The strike group, led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula, according to the official, who was not authorized to speak to the media and requested anonymity. 'We feel the increased presence is necessary,' the official said, citing North Korea's worrisome behavior.

In a statement late Saturday, the U.S. Navy's Third Fleet said the strike group had been directed to sail north, but it did not specify the destination.  The military vessels will operate in the Western Pacific rather than making previously planned port visits to Australia, it added.
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Jerry Brown’s 12-Cent Gas Tax
Passes Legislature On Deadline

(Breitbart) — Both houses of the California legislature passed a 12-cent gasoline tax hike on Thursday, meeting Governor Jerry Brown’s deadline to provide an estimated $52 billion in new revenues, ostensibly for transportation infrastructure.

The bill, which also raises Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) fees, barely reached the two-thirds majority needed to raise taxes in both the State Assembly and the State Senate. Passage marks a huge political victory for Gov. Brown, who is in his fourth and final term as governor. The political consequences for legislators, however, have yet to be seen, as voters have not yet felt the pinch of a tax hike that, critics say, will hit rural and working-class Californians hardest.

The vote in the State Assembly was incredibly close, with the measure receiving no more than the 54 votes needed. The Los Angeles Times reported: “The bill posed a test of the Democratic supermajority, with members in swing districts wary of casting a politically unpopular vote to raise taxes.
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Google Pays Female Workers Less Than Male Counterparts, Labor Department Says

(NYT) — An investigation of Google Inc. has found it systematically pays female employees less than their male counterparts, U.S. Department of Labor officials said, a claim that adds to allegations of gender bias in Silicon Valley.

The Labor Department found the gender-pay gap during a routine probe into whether Google, a federal contractor, is complying with laws that prohibit contractors from discriminating against applicants or employees.

The department is suing Google to compel the company to disclose more compensation data for its investigation. At a procedural hearing before a federal administrative law judge in San Francisco on Friday, Labor Department Regional Director Janette Wipper  said the agency “found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce” at Google, according to the Guardian newspaper, which attended the hearing.
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Double Amputee Robbed Of Wheelchair, Wallet

BROCKTON, Mass. (CBS) — Steve Otis, a double amputee, does not like to talk poorly of people. But he is very angry at the men who robbed him of his wheelchair.

He said that only “a lowlife sleazeball,” would commit a crime like that.

“I was coming up the sidewalk, one hit the back of my head. One took my wallet and one took my wheelchair,” said Otis.

Otis said after the men knocked him down and stole his wheelchair. He was left lying on the ground and crawled on his hands down the sidewalk.

He continued almost halfway up the street, where police found him almost 100 feet away from where his wheelchair was stolen.
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“Fresh Express” Salads Recalled From Walmart
After A Dead Bat Was Found Inside

(Miami Herald) — Fresh Express recalled its Organic Marketside Spring Mix from Walmart stores in the Southeastern United States Saturday because a dead bat was found in a packaged salad in Florida.

As the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s recall chart notes, if there’s the possibility of bat body parts, there’s a “minimal risk of rabies contamination.” The CDC says it’s working with the FDA and the Florida’ Department of Health to investigate situation.

While Fresh Express’ recall notice tiptoes around the batness – “Fresh Express was notified that extraneous animal matter was allegedly found in a single container of the salad” – the Centers for Disease Control indulges no such subtlety on its website:
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 20,000 Lesbians Come Out To Party At The World's Biggest All-Female Festival

PALM SPRINGS (Daily Mail) — Summer came early for the lesbian community, who flooded Southern California to soak up some rays at an annual five-day festival in Palm Springs that is entirely dedicated to lesbian women, and cultural appreciation.

The Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend has become known as one of the wildest weekends in the lesbian community, and this past weekend's debauched event – the 27th in the festival's history – looks to have been no different.

The long weekend, which takes place just days before the start of the Coachella music fesitval, included pool parties, comedy shows, mixers, and performances from Top Ten artists. Previous years have seen Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The Pussycat Dolls, Meghan Trainor, and Ke$ha take the main stage.

Originally founded by party promoter Mariah Hanson in 1991, the event, which is better known as 'the Dinah', was named after Dinah Shore, a singer and actress from Hollywood's golden age.
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Barry Manilow Reveals Long Time Gay Marriage

(People) — For decades Barry Manilow gave the world timeless hits, while keeping his own world a total secret. Now at 73 years old, the music legend is opening up about his life, struggles and, for the first time, his sexuality.

Fiercely private, the pop icon recently welcomed PEOPLE into his Palm Springs home for an exclusive interview and photo shoot with his manager husband Garry Kief – and talked for the first time about their nearly 40-year romance. Says Manilow, "I'm so private. I always have been."

Born Barry Alan Pincus in 1943 and raised by his single mother Edna Manilow, in Brooklyn, Manilow knew early on his first love was music. His second love was his high school sweetheart Susan Deixler. "I was in love with Susan," says Manilow of the woman he married after graduating high school, "I just was not ready for marriage." The star maintains he wasn't struggling with his sexuality at the time of their one-year matrimony.

The star maintains he wasn’t struggling with his sexuality at the time of their one-year matrimony. “I was out making music every night, sowing my wild oats – I was too young. I wasn’t ready to settle down.”
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