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  • peterToday the Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), a controversial anti-gay group based in Naperville, Illinois, provided a new culture-war twist on the controversy surrounding the TSA's stepped-up security checks. AFTAH is especially exercised over the full-body pat-downs administered to fliers who refuse to pass through an X-ray scanner.

    "Is it fair to travelers who may end up getting 'groped' by homosexual TSA agents who are secretly getting turned on through the process?" asks Peter LaBarbera, the group's president, in a press release. "The reality is, most traveling men would not want Barney Frank to pat them down at the airport security checkpoint."

    (Photo of LaBarbera via AFTAH)

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  • AP100913040380In honor of the likely demise of the controversial caffeinated alcoholic beverage Four Loko, we at The Lookout have put together a time line documenting the beverage's surprisingly rapid rise and fall since its woozy 2005 inception at the hands of a group of Ohio State University students. We highlight the company's PR response every step of the way, since throughout the drink's lurch into ill repute, the makers of Four Loko have run the emotional gamut in their public statements from confidently unresponsive to angry to contrite — and then back again. In a letter dated this month, Four Loko's founders admitted they were "late to the game in publicly addressing some of the criticisms of our products."

    Enjoy responsibly!

    (One can of Four Loko, seen at right, contains the equivalent of five beers and three cups of coffee, though as you'll see below, Four Loko's PR rep doesn't like that estimate.)

    August 2009: After 25 attorneys general requested an investigation of caffeinated booze, Chris Hunter of Phusion Projects, which makes Four Loko, declined to comment to the L.A. Times, saying only that "we're letting our products speak for themselves." Some might say that was the trouble to begin with.

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  • Senate finally moves to vote on food-safety bill

    AP071113018478The recent spate of contaminated-food recalls in the United States appears to be opening the door for wider regulatory control over the industry by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Indeed, the issue has furnished one of the few bipartisan openings in the recently convened lame-duck Congress. Today, a group of Senate Republicans crossed the aisle to break a filibuster, thereby allowing debate to proceed on a long-stalled food-safety bill that would finally provide the FDA with the power to issue mandatory food recalls.

    The bill would also allow the FDA to conduct more frequent inspections of food producers, outfitting agency inspectors with more authority to track fruit and vegetable shipments — and to remove contaminated goods from the nation's food supply.

    Congressional Democrats have long sought a way to expand the FDA's food-safety oversight, since under the present system, the Department of Agriculture, which has a less expansive regulatory mandate, handles food recalls. But this latest bill has gained traction in part because the food industry itself has supported more aggressive regulation, looking to undo some of the damage that setbacks such as this summer's enormous egg recall have done to the industry's image.

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  • How a 15-Year-Old Investor Beat the Market
    How a 15-Year-Old Investor Beat the Market

    When her 15-year-old son Michael Finn-Henry set out to invest, it was with modest objectives. “I wanted to understand how the stock market works, because that seems to be where a lot of adults end up making money,” he says.

  • North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia: South Korea newspaper
    North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia: South Korea newspaper

    By Ju-min Park and James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper reported on Friday, citing an unidentified source. Yun Tae Hyong, a senior representative of North Korea's Korea Daesong Bank, disappeared last week in Nakhodka, in the Russian Far East, with $5 million, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported. The Daesong Bank is suspected by the U.S. The newspaper said North Korea had asked Russian authorities for cooperation in efforts to capture Yun.

  • SHARED FINANCES ARE THE TIES THAT BIND MAN AND HIS MOM

    DEAR ABBY: I'm a 22-year-old college student. My boyfriend of seven years and I are engaged. Because we were high school sweethearts, we have watched each other grow into the people we are today. For the most part, I'm very proud of the person he has become. When I quit my full-time job to continue my education, he stepped up to support me. I never asked for it, nor did I expect it from him. "Liam" is very frugal. ("Cheap" might be a better word.) I never understood it because he makes enough money to support us both and put plenty into savings. ...

  • Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Putin says
    Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Putin says

    By Alexei Anishchuk LAKE SELIGER Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us." Putin told the assembly, on the banks of a lake near Moscow, the Russian takeover of Crimea in March was essential to save a largely Russian-speaking population from Ukrainian government violence. He said continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists launched an uprising in April, was the result of a refusal by Kiev to negotiate. Ukraine, and Western governments, accuse Russia of sending troops and armor to back the separatists in a conflict that has already killed over 2,000 people.

  • Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day
    Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day

    Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told a briefing the expense of U.S. He did not offer an estimate of the Pentagon's total costs so far, but an average cost of $7.5 million per day for 71 days would mean the department has spent roughly $532 million. By comparison, the Pentagon has been spending roughly $1.3 billion per week on Afghanistan, analysts said.

  • Here's what you need to know before taking out a peer-to-peer loan
    Here's what you need to know before taking out a peer-to-peer loan

    From Lending Club to Prosper, here's how the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending business works .

  • Recline-Gate 2: Another Plane Diverted After Passenger Leans Back
    Recline-Gate 2: Another Plane Diverted After Passenger Leans Back

    An American Airlines flight headed from Miami to Paris had to be diverted into Boston airport late on Wednesday night after two passengers began arguing and the argument turned physical. It was at that moment that air marshals, who were on the flight undercover, had to intervene.

  • The most disappointing rumor about the iPhone 6 may have just been confirmed
    The most disappointing rumor about the iPhone 6 may have just been confirmed

    There’s no shortage of hype for the upcoming iPhone 6 although that doesn’t mean the device won’t be disappointing in some ways. The most disappointing rumor we’ve heard about Apple’s upcoming flagship phone is that it will only feature 1GB of RAM at a time when most high-end smartphones have long moved onto using 2GB of RAM or more. FROM EARLIER: Here’s an iPhone 6 leak that will leave you disappointed MacRumors takes a look at the newest leaked picture of the iPhone 6’s A8 processor and says that it appears the chip will only have 1GB of RAM after all. How does MacRumors know this? One of its forum members pointed out that the leaked photo appears to show that

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