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Apple's WWDC Tightens The Handcuffs On Users. Analysts Overall Positive
Platforms and integration are the key themes from Apple’s WWDC (WorldWide Developers Conference). There is deeper integration of iOS and OS X which tightens the handcuffs on users as the company makes it easier to seamlessly work between its hardware products. As with any on-going product life cycle there were new initiatives and incremental improvements to existing products and solutions.
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Emma Watson's HeForShe Gender Equality Campaign Gains Major Traction In Hollywood
Emma Watson has Hollywood under her spell. The Harry Potter actress, who is also a U.N. Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, delivered an inspiring speech about feminism at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City Saturday. While addressing world leaders, the Brown University alum said, "We want to end gender inequality, and to do this, we need everyone involved... We want to try to galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change and we don't just want to talk about it." Actor Douglas Booth, was one of the first to support her campaign on Facebook. The actress also inspired a number of other famous celebrities, including Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Simon Pegg, Maria Shriver and James Van Der Beek.
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Amnesty Int'l: China Increasingly Producing 'tools Of Torture' For Export
Human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday that dozens of Chinese firms are producing and exporting "tools of torture"--from electric stun guns to metal spiked batons--to countries with bad human rights records. Amnesty said more than 130 companies are involved in producing or trading the equipment, typically marketed to law enforcement agencies,--up from about 28 companies a decade ago.
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Bears Get Early Breaks, Hold On To Beat Jets 27-19
Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears needed to claw back from a big deficit last week. On Monday night, they had to hang on against the New York Jets. Bears coach Marc Trestman said after a 27-19 victory that wasn't sealed until the final moments "It was quite a game." Even after spotting the Bears a 14-0 lead with early mistakes, the Jets had one last opportunity to tie, getting into Bears territory on Geno Smith's 51-yard pass to Greg Salas.
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Accused White House Intruder Armed In July Arrest
Two months before Omar J. Gonzalez allegedly hopped a White House fence, dashed across the North Lawn, and entered the executive mansion, he was arrested in rural Virginia--heavily armed and carrying a map of Washington tucked inside a Bible — with a circle drawn around the White House. The 42-year-old Army veteran from Copperas Cove, Texas, had been arrested on July 19th in rural southwestern Virginia, after a state trooper received a call about a man in a Ford Bronco driving erratically.
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Spain's PM Scraps Hardline Abortion Reform
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday withdrew a change of an abortion law that would have made Spain one of the most difficult countries in Europe to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The bill had proposed allowing abortion only in the case of rape or if the pregnancy posed a serious health risk to the mother, and had deeply divided the center-right People's Party (PP) as well as being unpopular with the electorate. Rajoy told reporters at a conference in Madrid, without explicitly saying the bill had been scrapped, "As president of the government, I have taken the most sensible decision."
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Adrian Peterson In 2012 -- I Hated How My Parents Disciplined Me ... But It Worked
Adrian Peterson says he HATED the way his parents physically disciplined him while he was growing up -- but believed it was effective ... and that's why he treats his kids the same way. AP opened up about his childhood -- and his disdain for the way he was punished -- during a 2012 interview with Yahoo's Graham Bensinger ... saying: "I feel like I just have to teach [my kids] the ropes along the way and stay on them and really be disciplined ... not to the point where they’re hating you when they’re older, like my dad did and my mom did growing up," Peterson said. The NFL star -- who's now facing child abuse charges after beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch -- went on to explain why even though he "hated" his parents at times, he believes their tough love instilled important values that he wants to pass on to his own children.
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Obama Speaks On Massive Strikes On ISIS In Syria
President Barack Obama plans to speak publicly Tuesday morning for the first time since the United States and Arab allies carried out airstrikes in Syria against ISIS militants hours earlier. The president will speak at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, from the South Lawn of the White House--before flying to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where he will seek to marshal further support for the anti-ISIS campaign.
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Vitter: Obama Admin ‘Bending Over Backwards To Give Obamacare To Illegal Immigrants’
The Obama administration is “bending over backwards to give Obamacare to illegal immigrants,” Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter charged on Monday. Sen. Vitter wrote to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Marilyn Tavenner on Monday with a hard line of questioning about the agency’s months-late effort to verify Obamacare sign-ups’ citizenship and immigration status. “The Obama Administration is bending over backwards to give Obamacare to illegal immigrants — but won’t protect hard working American citizens who are losing their health care coverage,” Vitter said. “The Obama administration has been granting deadline extensions, making excuses, and turning a blind eye to falsified documents by illegal immigrants.”
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The Allure Of Vintage Theme Parks
According to Jim Futrell, a historian with the National Amusement Park Historical Association, deep feelings of nostalgia associated with places like local, homegrown theme parks are quite common. He said, "In this Internet era, people are looking for something different to do, and a lot of amusement parks are able to capitalize on that." David Mandt, a spokesman for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions said attendance at U.S. theme parks increased by 59 million visitors from 2000 to 2013. The jump in attendance is positive news for an industry that historically goes through cycles of park closures. From 2004 to 2008, amusement parks hit a slump with dozens of theme parks shutting their doors nationwide.