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  • FINAL LOOK: Sex can kill you, say researchers

    Here is our roster of stories that managed to evade the full-on blog treatment:

    • Sudden bursts of intense physical activity like sex can lead to fatal heart attacks, researchers say. (Reuters)

    • An Alabama sheriff says that economic distress caused by the BP spill has led to a rise in crystal meth use in his area. (WALA)

    • If you deny a kiss to a 92 year-old woman, you risk having your house shot up, apparently. (Smoking Gun)

    • A coastal Louisiana doctor says that he's seeing a spike in patients suffering from ailments he believes are oil-spill related. (WWL)

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  • A 31 year-old former U.S. Marine in Illinois was put in the controversial no-fly list for exchanging emails -- he was seeking advice on raising children in an interfaith home -- with a Muslim cleric being monitored by the FBI.

    According to the Associated Press, Abe Mashal, a Muslim with a Christian wife, first discovered he was on the list last April when he tried to board a flight to Spokane, Washington for his job as a dog trainer -- and he says that he's lost business because he hasn't been able to fly. Mashal claims federal agents told him they'd take him off the list only if he agreed to go undercover to spy on mosques for them.

    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the government on his behalf, as well as that of 16 others who believe they've been unjustly placed on the list.

  • AP96112802099American banks are opposing an international task force's attempt to increase accountability in account ownership -- and keep money clean -- according to a Wall Street Journal report by Deborah Ball and Cassell Bryan-Low.

    The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) -- a branch of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, whose members from 34 countries promote globally sound economic policy standards -- is championing a measure that would force banks to "identify and take reasonable measures to verify the identity" of the individual who ultimately controls any account. U.S. banks, which typically allow accounts to be opened in the name of a trust, contend they alone should have discretion over mandating disclosure of beneficiaries and screening potential customers.

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  • This iPhone case makes it easier than ever for thieves to steal your ATM PIN
    This iPhone case makes it easier than ever for thieves to steal your ATM PIN

    In light of this weekend’s massive celebrity photo leak, mobile security is bound to be a major topic of discussion in the weeks to come. How can we keep our private data safe if actors and actresses whose lives often revolve around keeping things private are this vulnerable? With the amount of information we store on our phones, in our email, in cloud storage, we’re always going to be at risk, but there are ways that hackers can get private data from us without accessing any of our devices. At the beginning of the year, thermal imaging company FLIR announced the FLIR One, an iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s-compatible case with a infrared camera. Although there are plenty of legitimate uses for an infrared camera, there

  • Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire
    Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town — not realizing he's fired it backward at his leader.

  • Germany to send anti-tank weapons, rifles to Iraqi Kurds
    Germany to send anti-tank weapons, rifles to Iraqi Kurds

    Germany will send anti-tank rocket launchers, rifles and hand grenades to support Iraqi Kurds battling jihadist militants fighting for the Islamic State, the defence ministry announced Sunday. The move followed a meeting of ministers led by Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to discuss what Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen described as an "extremely critical" situation in Iraq. Islamic State (IS) militants are acting with "merciless brutality", she told a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, adding the international community had to support the persecuted. The equipment, which will be delivered in three stages, will include 30 anti-tank missiles, 16,000 assault rifles, 8,000 pistols as well as portable anti-tank rocket launchers, the defence ministry said.

  • Iran's Zarif 'quite optimistic' of Iran nuclear agreement

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced optimism after talks with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday that a dispute over Tehran's nuclear program can be resolved by a Nov. 24 deadline. "I am quite optimistic after discussions with Lady Ashton that we can in fact resolve this issue in time," Zarif said after what he described as "good" talks with Ashton. "I hope with the readiness and political will that I see in all parties to this discussion to have a resolution within the next three months," he told a news conference following separate talks with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. Iran and global powers are working to strike a comprehensive agreement by the Nov. 24 deadline, under which Iran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions that have crippled its economy.

  • 4 hilariously awful Kickstarters that you will not believe are real
    4 hilariously awful Kickstarters that you will not believe are real

    Kickstarter has become a wonderful way to watch hilariously deluded people fail to achieve their completely ridiculous dreams. Thanks to the dedicated crew at Reddit’s /r/shittykickstarters community, we’ve found for more incredible anti-gems for you to check out that will hopefully never find enough suckers to get successfully funded. Free AC Wow! Free air conditioning! That sounds awesome! Tell me how you do it! Oh wait. You just drilled holes into the top of your fridge and used some tubes to funnel the freezer’s cool air through an air conditioner unit? And you think this is actually going to save you money without completely wrecking your freezer? Oh my. The Free AC Kickstarter project has mercifully been halted, likely after the inventor

  • Ukraine rebels say they are willing to talk peace with Kiev

    East Ukraine's Russian-backed rebels now say they are willing to talk with Kiev about a political settlement that would keep Ukraine united but would grant sweeping autonomy to their war-torn regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Barely a week ago, rebel prime minister Alexander Zakharchenko insisted he would only be satisfied by full independence for the self-declared proto-state, Novorossiya. He said that living within Ukraine would be impossible after several months of bloody warfare that has displaced hundreds of thousands and probably killed far more than the official estimates of 2,600 people. Speaking at a Minsk meeting of the three-way Contact Group [Russia, Ukraine, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] on Monday, the rebel delegation outlined its terms, which include a full ceasefire and pullback of Ukrainian forces from their regions.

  • Drama of mother starving baby grips Venice fest

    By Michael Roddy VENICE (Reuters) - A film portraying New York City mother who starves her baby because she thinks he is saint-like and food contains impurities has caused a stir at the Venice Film Festival for its switch from light romance to painful psychosis. "Hungry Hearts", by Italian director Saverio Costanzo, is one of two Italian films shown so far this week that are among 20 films competing for the top Golden Lion award at the world's oldest film festival. It stars Adam Driver, who will be in the next "Star Wars" series, and Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher as his wife. The film, which was shot for a budget of under 1 million euros ($1.3 million), starts off in rom-com style when Driver's character Jude, who works as an engineer, and Rohrwacher's Mina, who works at the Italian embassy, are both accidentally locked in the toilet of a Chinese restaurant.

  • ISIS Turning Old Enemies into Awkward Allies
    ISIS Turning Old Enemies into Awkward Allies

    US Attacks Joined With Militia Advised by Iran

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