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Military Tension High As Crimea Holds Referendum
The likelihood of a full-scale war breaking out between Russia and Ukraine continued to increase as Crimeans voted in an independence referendum Sunday. Voters lined up at polling stations early in the morning to take part in a vote called by the Crimean regional assembly, whose leader was appointed during a pro-Russian armed occupation of the parliament. "The referendum is in accordance with democratic principles," said Olga Timofeeva, protesting at a pro-Russia rally in Sevastopol prior to the vote. "It's an opportunity for us to decide our fate. "
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See Jessica Simpson's Daughter Maxwell As An Adorable Flower Girl At Ashlee Simpson's Wedding!
Jessica Simpson still can't get over her sister Ashlee's romantic wedding. The fit mother of two posted a snapshot from the nuptials, of her with her daughter Maxwell, dressed in matching white dresses. She wrote as the caption to the sweet photo, "Bridesmaid and flower girl for @ashleesimpsonofficial and @eross88. I am madly I love with this moment!" E! News previously confirmed that Jessica's younger sister and Evan Ross tied the knot in a private ceremony at the Greenwich, Conn., home of the groom's mother, Motown legend Diana Ross, on Sunday, Aug. 31.
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Ben Affleck Compares His Own Anger Issues To Batman's: I Bury My Rage, Then It Pops Out In "Stronger Bursts"
Ben Affleck sees a little bit of himself in Batman, for better or worse. The actor said in a recent interview with London's Sunday Times about playing the Caped Crusader in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, "I think it's a necessity, historically, in the tradition of these films" to be able to channel deep-rooted anger. Affleck told the paper,"For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts."
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Adrian Peterson -- SECOND Child Abuse Investigation ... According To Report
According to a report, Adrian Peterson is under investigation for a SECOND child abuse case involving one of his other children. This new investigation involves an incident that allegedly went down last June. According to KHOU ... Peterson was investigated when the 4-year-old boy went home to his mother with a scar on his forehead. The station says Adrian sent the mother a text message saying the child hit his head on a carseat -- but when the mother questioned him further ...
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Brazil Election Poll Shows Rousseff Almost Even With Silva
A poll published on Monday showed Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is running almost even with her main rival, Marina Silva, in a likely second-round runoff in the October presidential election. Silva has 42 percent of voter support in the expected runoff, one percentage point ahead of Rousseff, according to a survey by polling firm Vox Populi, the same level of backing for each candidates in the previous poll five days ago. In the first-round vote, Rousseff's voter support was unchanged at 36 percent, while Silva's slipped one percentage point to 27 percent from the Sept. 10 poll. Support for centrist candidate Aecio Neves was unchanged at 15 percent.
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CIA Director John Brennan Refuses To Tell Congress Who Authorized Senate Spying
The CIA’s ongoing defiance of congressional authority continued during a closed-door meeting last week after Director John Brennan refused to tell lawmakers who authorized the illegal surveillance of Senate Intelligence Committee computers, which were used to compile a report on the agency’s interrogation practices. “I’m concerned there’s disrespect towards the Congress,” Senate Armed Services Committee chairman and Michigan Democrat Carl Levin said in a McClatchy report. “I think it’s arrogant, I think it’s unacceptable.” Hours before a closed meeting with Brennan and Director of National Security James Clapper on Tuesday, the committee received written notification that Brennan was refusing to answer questions posed to him by California Democrat and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein.
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U.S. To Assad: Beware Of Interfering With U.S. Air Power In Syria
The Syrian military's air defenses would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to U.S. air strikes that are expected against Islamic State targets in Syria, senior U.S. officials said on Monday. President Barack Obama's authorization of the use of American air power against Islamic State's strongholds in Syria has raised the question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would respond in some way. Senior U.S. officials who briefed reporters said Assad should not interfere, that the United States has a good sense of where Syrian air defenses and command-and-control facilities are located.
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UK Lawmakers Say Government Environmental Record Ranges From Bad To Worse
According to a report published on Tuesday, British lawmakers say the government is doing a worse job of reducing air pollution, preventing flooding and protecting wildlife than it was four years ago. The Environmental Audit Committee's report scored the government according to the progress it has made in 10 areas of the environment. Those included air pollution, emissions and climate change, forests, flooding and coastal protection, resource efficiency and water availability. The parliamentary committee assigned a traffic-light score to each environmental area. Red shows a deterioration in the area since 2010; amber shows "unsatisfactory progress" and green shows "satisfactory progress". The areas of air pollution, biodiversity and flooding were of particular concern and were classified as red risks. The remaining seven were amber.
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Students Get Peanuts, Obama’s Get … The 590 Calorie Jumbo Honeybun
Donuts for school students are out, but 590 calorie “Jumbo Honeybuns” are still very much IN at the White House. Because of First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy lunch program, the USDA has banned school’s from selling “unhealthy” snacks to students during school hours. But the “Jumbo Honeybuns” sold at the White House make the 240+ calorie donuts now banned in schools look healthy. Roll Call’s White House correspondent Steven Dennis pointed out the unhealthy snack in a tweet Monday, which also shows the cookies and donuts available for purchase:
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Ghosts Of Ethnic Conflicts Past Haunt Fiji Vote
When voters in Fiji head to the polls on Wednesday for the first time in eight years, they will be voting not only for a leader, but also testing the success of one of their military junta's key justifications: ending a history of ethnic conflict. Fiji, a chain of more than 300 tropical islands in the South Pacific, has suffered four coups since 1987, the latest in 2006 led by former army chief Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama, whose Fiji First Party has a strong lead heading into the general election.