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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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