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NEWS   WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015   NEWS

Obama Attacks Netanyahu's Credibility Ahead Of Speech
The differences between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were on display Monday when the two offered dramatically divergent takes on a nuclear deal with Iran -- even as Netanyahu struck a conciliatory tone during his visit to Washington. Obama told Reuters that a deal with Iran to freeze its nuclear activity for at least 10 years, with verification measures, would be "far more effective in controlling their nuclear program than any military action we could take, any military action Israel could take and far more effective than sanctions will be." He also said Netanyahu has been wrong before -- pointing to the 2013 interim deal with Iran. CNN

Cardinal Dolan: ISIS Carrying Out 'Targeted Genocide' Of Christians
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York City, agreed with CNN's Chris Cuomo today that Islamic State jihadists are engaging in "targeted genocide," a "holy war" against the Christian population in the Middle East, with Dolan adding that these extremists are indeed "Muslims" however "perverted" their form of Islam. On CNN Live this morning, Mar. 3, host Chris Cuomo asked Cardinal Dolan, "Obviously, ISIS is going after everybody who doesn’t agree with them.  But do you believe that this is targeted genocide, this is holy war by these ISIS extremists on Christians?" The cardinal said, "I do.  I think it’s time to talk turkey.  I think it’s a systematic, well-choreographed, very well-focused attempt to eradicate the ancient Christian population in the Middle East." CNS

Huckabee: Can't Trust Obama, Can't Trust Iran
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he distrusts the Obama administration's nuclear negotiations with the untrustworthy Iranians, just as Israeli Prime Minister Binaymin Netanyahu does: "Well, this is a president who told us we could keep our doctors, we could keep our health insurance, they're going to get to the bottom of Benghazi. And that was all about a video. We were told they're going to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal. We're going to get to the bottom of the Fast and Furious. CNS News

Supreme Court Set To Hear Second Major Obamacare Challenge
The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh a second major case targeting President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday when it considers a conservative challenge to tax subsidies critical to the measure's implementation. The case is set for a one-hour oral argument starting just after 10 a.m. (1500 GMT), with a ruling due by the end of June. If a majority of the nine justices rules against the administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would lose subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people afford private health insurance, unless Congress or the affected states act immediately. Reuters

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Speaker John Boehner Caves In Shutdown Showdown, Sets Vote On ‘Clean’ Homeland Security Bill
House Speaker John Boehner has announced that the House will vote Tuesday on a homeland security funding bill without restrictions on President Obama’s deportation amnesty, ending the shutdown showdown by conceding to Democrats’ demands for a clean bill. In a closed-door meeting with the House Republicans, Mr. Boehner explained that the party should not shut down the Homeland Security Department amid ever-present terrorist threats and blamed Senate Republicans for failing to find a way to win the standoff. “As you’ve heard me say a number of times, the House has done its job by passing legislation to fund DHS and block the president’s executive actions on immigration. Unfortunately, the fight was never won in the other chamber,” said Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, according to a source in the room. Washington Times

Netanyahu Says U.S., Israeli Fates Tied Together In Fight Against Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday his nation and the U.S. share a common destiny, challenged lawmakers to stand firm in the face of terrorism whether from the Islamic State or Iran, and specifically praised President Obama for being a friend to Israel. But even as he credited the president, Mr. Netanyahu said Mr. Obama’s negotiations with Iran to try to halt that country’s nuclear program ignore its history of cheating, and he said leaving Iran with any nuclear infrastructure — something he said is one of the terms Mr. Obama is offering — is unacceptable. “This deal is so bad. It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paves Iran’s path to the bomb,” said Mr. Netanyahu, making his third address to a joint meeting of Congress. Wawshington Times

15 Things Kids Today Will Never Do
Kids today have the world at their fingertips. The Internet, along with the fast pace of innovation, have made things possible that previous generations could only dream about. Those advancements have sent some items to technology's graveyard. In fact, there are dozens of products and services that previous generations relied on that will never be necessary again. In many cases, that's a good outcome. Does anyone really need to lug around a typewriter anymore? But we can't help but feel a little sadness at the loss of some things that were a big part of being a kid in the past. CBS

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Love Coffee? Your Heart May, Too
Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day may reduce the risk of developing clogged arteries, which in turn might reduce the risk for heart attack, a new study suggests.
"We found that drinking three to five cups a day was associated with less calcium build-up in the arteries," said researcher Dr. Eliseo Guallar, a professor from the department of epidemiology and medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Calcium build-up is an early sign of hardening of the arteries and the risk for heart disease, he explained. Guallar said that this study cannot show a direct cause-and-effect relationship between coffee and reduced calcium in the arteries, but noted that the association between these factors is very strong. CBS

US Considers Banning Type Of Popular Rifle Ammunition
The Obama administration is considering banning a type of ammunition used in one of the most popular types of rifles because it says the bullets can pierce a police officer's protective vest when fired from a handgun. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is proposing the ban of some types of 5.56 mm rounds — or .223-caliber — used in widely available and popular AR-15-style rifles because the bullets can also be used in some new types of handguns. Other types of 5.56 mm rounds would still be legal to buy, own and fire from guns. The rule change would affect only "M855 green tip" or "SS109" rounds with certain types of metal cores. People who already own the ammunition would be allowed to continue to legally own it, but manufacturers would not be allowed to produce, sell, import or distribute it. ABC

‘Jihadi John’ Father Jasem Emwazi In 'State Of Shock'
After being interrogated by Kuwaiti authorities, Jasem Emwazi is still reeling following the public identification of his son, Mohammed Emwazi, as the alleged cold-blooded ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” the elder Emwazi’s attorney told ABC News today. “He is in a state of shock from the story and needs time to deal with all the pressure from the media,” the attorney, Salem al-Hashash, said. Jasem Emwazi declined to comment to ABC News, the first Western news outlet to have met him since Mohammed was identified. Al-Hashash said Jasem Emwazi was questioned by Kuwaiti authorities about his son for two or three hours, but was then released. He is not a suspect in activities related to his son, the attorney said. ABC

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U.S. Stocks Fall From Records Amid Slump In Autos, Health-Care
U.S. stocks retreated after the Nasdaq Composite Index closed above 5,000 for the first time in 15 years, as auto and health-care companies slid. Ford Motor Co. slipped 2.6 percent after a drop in February light-vehicle sales. Health-care companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lost 1.2 percent, led by biotechnology stocks. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. fell to the lowest since it began trading in September. The S&P 500 declined 0.8 percent to 2,100.70 at 12:09 p.m. in New York, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 131.75 points, or 0.7 percent, to 18,156.88. Both gauges closed at records Monday. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.9 percent. Trading in S&P 500 companies was 14 percent below the 30-day average. Bloomberg

Americans Are Feeling A Little Better About Their Retirement Crisis
Whether the U.S. is or isn't facing a retirement crisis isn't a matter of debate for the majority of Americans. A new poll shows that 86 percent of people agree that it's a crisis. And it's hardly just those approaching retirement who see it that way. When the generation just starting to plan for retirement—them millennials—are singled out in the data, 92 percent agreed. At the same time, the results from a report released Tuesday by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRI) show fewer Americans are worried they won't have enough money to be self-sufficient in old age. Every two years, NIRI polls to see how Americans feel about (oxymoron alert) financial security in retirement, as well as their views on government policies that could make the retirement picture less bleak. Bloomberg

 Harry Reid Cheered Before Controversial Netanyahu Speech
 Sen. Harry Reid received bipartisan cheers and a standing ovation this morning before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a controversial speech to Congress. “Harry, it’s good to see you on your feet,” said Netanyahu, prompting the Senate minority leader to gingerly stand up from his front-row seat and wave in recognition. “I guess it’s true what they say, ‘You can’t keep a good man down,’” Netanyahu continued as Reid sat back down and members of Congress from both parties stood and applauded. Reid is recovering from a New Year’s Day exercise accident in which he broke four ribs, suffered a concussion and has undergone two surgeries to try to restore the vision in his right eye. He missed nearly all of the first month of Congress. Las Vegas Sun

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VP Biden To Headline Gay rights Group’s Convention
Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a speech this week to the nation's largest gay rights group. The Human Rights Campaign says Biden will headline its annual convention on Friday in Washington. The group advocates for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Biden spoke at the group's annual gala fundraiser last year, and President Barack Obama has also spoken to HRC. The group endorsed the Obama-Biden re-election campaign, and has already started attacking likely 2016 Republican presidential candidates over their positions on gay rights issues. Las Vegas Sun

North Korean Envoy: Regime Can Launch Preemptive Strikes
North Korea's top foreign envoy said at a United Nations-backed disarmament conference that his country has the capability to deter the United States and launch preemptive strikes if necessary. Speaking in Geneva on Tuesday, Ri Su Yong, a veteran North Korean diplomat, said the United States has pushed the reclusive regime to nuclear weapons production, reported Yonhap. On Sunday North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan in response to the launch of joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. UPI

VP Joe Biden Meets With Central American Leaders
Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Guatemala for meetings on economic and educational issues, and policy talks on Latin American humantrafficking networks.
Because he was afflicted by a severe cold, he and Jill Biden arrived in Guatemala City on Monday after cancelling a visit to Uruguay, where Biden was to lead the U.S. delegation at the inauguration of President Tabare Vazquez. In Guatemala on a two-day visit, Biden will meet with the presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the president of the Inter-American Development Bank. Biden met in November with the Central American heads of state in Washington, where an "Alliance for Prosperity" plan was revealed. It included a request to the U.S. Congress for $1 billion to help create reforms and investment in Central America. UPI

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Petraeus Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Charge In Plea Agreement Over Claims He Leaked Classified Info To Mistress
General David Petraeus has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection to his handling of classified material -- striking a plea deal with the government that avoids an embarrassing trial and keeps him out of prison over whether he leaked private information to his mistress when he headed up the CIA. Instead of jail time, federal prosecutors will ask the judge for two years of probation for Petraeus. The criminal complaint, filed Tuesday in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina’s Charlotte Division, charges Petraeus with one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. Fox News

Hillary Clinton's Use Of Private Email Address While Secretary Of State Draws Scrutiny
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a personal email account to exclusively conduct official business during her time at the State Department, a move that raises questions about access to the full archive of her correspondence, as well as the possibility that she violated federal law requiring official messages to be retained for the record. The existence of the account was discovered by the House select committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and was first reported by The New York Times. Clinton did not even have a government email address during her tenure as America's top diplomat, which lasted from 2009 to 2013, and The Times reports that her aides took no action to preserve her emails on department servers, as required by the Federal Records Act. Fox News

Man Claims Exploding iPhone Left Him With Severe leg Burns
A New York man says his smartphone blew up in his pocket and that he wound up in a hospital. Erik Johnson of Lindenhurst says his iPhone 5C spontaneously erupted in extreme heat while it was in his pants pocket, giving him second- and third-degree burnson his leg the size of a football. He was headed to a wake for his cousin in New Jersey on February 14, Johnson said, and he dropped his car keys. "When I went to bend over, I heard a pop," he told CNN. "I heard a sizzling, and I ended up ripping my pants off to stop it from burning me." Johnson said he didn't know what was causing the pain at first and there was no warning -- just an extreme burn and a lot of pain. In a panic, he quickly started ripping at his pants as the phone began to melt the edges of his pocket shut, he said. CNN

Federal Agency Cancels Sensitive U.S. Patent Program
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled a largely unknown but controversial program that flagged "sensitive" patent applications for heavier scrutiny, saying it was of minimal benefit. The program, called the Sensitive Application Warning System, began in 1994 and was meant to notify the federal agency's leadership of applications that could generate extensive or unfavorable publicity. "Upon careful consideration, the USPTO has concluded that the SAWS program has only been marginally utilized and provides minimal benefit," the agency said in a notice posted to its website on Monday night. Reuters

Penis-Size Study 'Am I Normal?' Reveals Average Manhood Length
For some men, love has long been a battle of inches. But a new report revealing the "definitive" length of typical manhood may let many guys breathe easier — even as they, undoubtedly, grab a ruler. And for dudes who come up short against the average dimensions of other fellas, sex experts are quick to nix the tired notion that bigger is better. So how does the regular man size up? The mean length of a flaccid penis is 3.6 inches, and the mean length of an erection is 5.16 inches, according to a paper titled "Am I Normal?" published Tuesday in the British Journal of Urology. MSNBC

Pakistan Polio Push: 471 Parents Arrested For Refusing To Vaccinate Kids
Pakistan has arrested 471 parents for refusing to vaccinate their children against polio amid persistent and violent opposition to the government's nationwide eradication efforts, officials said on Tuesday. "There were chronic refusals and they were asking other parents as well to refuse polio drops to their children. This was the last option to arrest them," the police commissioner Peshawar police commissioner Riaz Khan Mehsud told NBC News. Pakistan is one of the last countries where polio, which has been eradicated in the West, is still endemic. The Taliban and some clerics in conservative and lawless strongholds in the northwest of the country have come out against the vaccinations, claiming they are part of a Western plot to sterilize children. Sixty-four people have been assassinated in the militants' drive to prevent vaccinations, according to Reuters, and health teams in parts of the country now only travel with armed guards. MSNBC

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Kerry’s Remarks At UN Contradict Human Rights Council
The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry for defending Israel at the United Nations Human Rights Council. On Monday, Kerry accused the Council of being obsessed by allegations of Israeli abuses and said the US would defend Israel against efforts to isolate it. Kerry’s remarks came during a speech to the Council in Geneva. In response, the PA Foreign Ministry called on Kerry to stop dealing with Israel as if it were a state “above the law.” The ministry said that Kerry’s remarks contradicted the principles and mission of the Human Rights Council. Jerusalem Post

UN Drugs Body Warns US States And Uruguay Over Cannabis Legalisation
The United Nations has renewed its warnings to Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington that their cannabis legalisation policies fail to comply with the international drug treaties. The annual report from the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board, which is responsible for policing the drug treaties, said it would send a high-level mission to Uruguay, which became the first country to legalise the production, distribution, sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. The UN drug experts said they would also continue their dialogue with the US government over the commercial sale and distribution of cannabis in Colorado and Washington state. BBC

Obama Hopes To Reopen US Embassy In Cuba Before April Summit
Barack Obama has said he hopes the US will open an embassy in Cuba ahead of an Americas summit in April, one of the first major steps in restoring diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana. The US president emphasized that considerable work remains to be done as the two countries seek to re-establish diplomatic ties, but said in an interview with Reuters on Monday that he hopes recent negotiations can lead to the embassies reopening in the coming weeks. Both Obama and the Cuban president, Raúl Castro, are expected to attend the Summit of the Americas, which is set for 10 and 11 April in Panama City. Obama said before the summit: “My hope is that we will be able to open an embassy, and that some of the initial groundwork will have been laid.” Guardian

Energy Company To End Funding For Climate Change Denier
Funders have backed away from a prominent climate change denier who may have failed to disclose that his peer-reviewed articles were funded with grants from petroleum companies. On Monday, the scientist defended accepting the grants through one of the largest climate denial lobbying groups in the United States, even as former donors are discontinuing contracts. Documents obtained by Greenpeace showed that Dr Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, who worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, accepted $1.25m in funding from companies such as Exxon Mobil and the industry group American Petroleum Institute. Guardian

Which Are The 15 Most Miserable Countries In The World?
Misery will be most acute this year in Venezuela, Argentina, South Africa, Ukraine and Greece – the five most painful economies in which to live and work, according to Bloomberg's 'misery index' for 2015. Rising unemployment coupled with high inflation will hit these countries hardest, the financial services firm said.
Venezuela, which tops the list, recently entered a recession, and its economy is expected to shrink by 7pc this year, according to data from the International Monetary Fund. The country has the highest annual rate of inflation in the Americas at 63.6pc. The collapse in world oil prices has left the country short of dollars needed to import many basic goods. Telegraph

Ed Miliband Proposes 'Turing's Law' To 'Pardon' Convicted Gay Men
Ed Miliband will secure posthumous 'pardons' for gay men convicted under historic indecency laws, Labour announced today. If elected, Mr Miliband will introduce legislation to allow the family and friends of deceased men punished for consensual relationships to have the convictions disregarded. The ‘Turing’s Law’ will be named in honour of Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke the wartime Enigma Codes. He was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, and killed himself with cyanide two years later. He received a posthumous Royal Pardon in 2013. Telegraph

Amid ‘Diminishing Window Of Opportunity,’ Libyan Peace Talks Set To Resume
A new round of United Nations-facilitated talks aimed at resolving Libya’s political crisis will kick-off later this week as stakeholders from the North African country prepare to gather in Morocco, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced. “The parties underscored the need to urgently resume the dialogue process as the only viable means of finding a peaceful solution to Libya’s political crisis and bringing a durable end to the military conflict that has brought much suffering to the Libyan people,” the Mission confirmed in a statement issued earlier today. UN News

Nigerian Refugee Crisis Continues As Boko Haram Fighting Spills Across Region
The exodus of Nigerians fleeing violence in the country’s north-eastern regions continues amid an influx of sixteen thousand refugees into neighbouring Cameroon, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has reported. Speaking to journalists at a press briefing in Geneva earlier today, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said Cameroonian authorities had observed a steady flow of refugees streaming in through the “extremely volatile” border regions of Makaria, Logone Birni and Fotokol, just south of Lake Chad, rendering them vulnerable to attacks from the Nigerian insurgent group, Boko Haram. UN News

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