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Today Reuters published an article titled “Snowden journalist to publish UK secrets after Britain detains partner.”
The article’s author Pedro Fonseca writes:
The journalist who first published secrets leaked by fugitive former U.S. intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden vowed on Monday to publish more documents and said Britain will be “sorry” for detaining his partner for nine hours.
British authorities used anti-terrorism laws on Sunday to detain David Miranda, partner of U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald, as he passed through London’s Heathrow airport.
Miranda, 28, a Brazilian citizen, said he was questioned for nine hours before being released without charge, minus his laptop, cellphone and memory sticks, which were seized.
Today Think Progress published an article titled “Food Stamps Don’t Reach Millions Of People Who Are Eligible.”
The article’s author Alan Pyke writes:
Though frequently portrayed by conservatives as an overly generous, fraud-plagued, dependency-inducing disaster, the federal food stamps program actually serves millions fewer people than are eligible for the assistance. Liberal California sports the lowest enrollment rate and conservative Tennessee holds one of the highest, underscoring how the reality of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) differs from the rhetoric about it.
“Only about half of the Californians who qualify for help get it,” the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday, due to understaffed agencies mishandling applications, “onerous paperwork requirements, inhospitable county benefits offices and confusing online applications.” The state only eliminated its requirement that all food stamps recipients submit to fingerprinting in late 2011, months after Texas had ended the practice. Other unusually stringent and often humiliating procedures for proving continued eligibility remain in place in the state, however. One single mother quoted in the Times’s story was nearly kicked off the SNAP rolls when the state demanded receipts for her day care expenses.
Today Think Progress published an article titled “Plan B Is Supposed To Be Available Over The Counter, But Some People Are Still Struggling To Get It.”
The article’s author Tara Culp-Ressler writes:
At the beginning of August, Plan B — the most common brand of the so-called “morning after pill” — finally hit pharmacy shelves, a victory for women’s health advocates who have been fighting for over-the-counter access for more than a decade. But even though emergency contraception is supposed to be out from behind the pharmacy counter, that doesn’t mean everyone is able to easily access it.
There’s still a lot of confusion swirling around emergency contraception, thanks largely in part to this year’s complicated legal battle that eventually led to the FDA’s decision to end age restrictions on over-the-counter Plan B sales. “Because of political interference with Plan B, we have major confusion about who can purchase it and whether these products are safe,” Jessica Arons, the president of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, told Jezebel last week.
Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Iran to teach drone-hunting to school students.”
The article reads:
Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards paramilitary units plan to teach drone-hunting to school students, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.
The report by pro-reform Etemad daily quoted Gen. Ali Fazli, acting commander of the Guard’s Basij militia, as saying the new program will be taught as part of a “Defensive Readiness” lesson in high schools from late September.
He did not elaborate but the plan suggests students would be taught how to track and bring down drone aircraft by hacking their computer systems.
Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Egypt officials: Mubarak could be freed this week.”
The article’s author Hamza Hendawi writes:
Egyptian judiciary officials say former President Hosni Mubarak could be freed from custody this week.
They say a court on Monday ordered his release in a corruption case that alleged he and his two sons embezzled funds for presidential palaces.
Mubarak has been ordered released in two other court cases against him — the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled him and another in case, on illegal earnings.
Mubarak is on retrial for the protesters’ killing but cannot be held in custody anymore because of a two-year limit pending a final verdict.
Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Most inmates recaptured from Indonesia jail break.”
The article reads:
Security forces have retaken control of an overcrowded prison in western Indonesia following a night-long riot, and have captured most of the estimated 30 convicts who escaped, authorities said Monday.
The riot erupted Sunday afternoon at the Labuhan Ruku jail, which was built for around 300 prisoners but houses more than 850, most of them drug traffickers. Local police chief Lt. Col. Japerson Sinaga said the riot began when a warden was beaten by inmates who had just been transferred to the facility from other prisons.
Inmates torched the prison in North Sumatra province and at least 30 prisoners overpowered security guards and scaled a 2-meter (6.5-foot) wall. A warden and a male inmate were hospitalized with injuries, and 23 inmates have been captured, including four who turned themselves in to authorities, Sinaga said.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today The Raw Story published an article titled “Illinois governor Pat Quinn signs new ‘background checks’ law: ‘Guns are a plague on too many of our communities.’”
The article’s author Arturo Garcia writes:
Private gun sales in Illinois must now be approved by state police under a law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn (D) on Sunday.
WGN-TV reported that as of January 1, 2014, the law will require gun sellers to contact a police hotline to confirm that the buyer holds a valid state firearm owners’ identification card (FOID), Authorities vowed to expand their services to meet the demand for the new background checks.
“This law really aims at holding those straw buyers accountable for buying a gun then turning around and giving it to a gang member on the street,” Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said at at the public signing ceremony for the new law, held at a Chicago park where a local police officer, Thomas Wortham IV, was killed in May 2010 by a weapon acquired in such a sale.
Today Reuters published an article titled “New York to announce largest gun seizure in city history.”
The article reads:
Authorities in New York City will announce the largest gun seizure in city history at a news conference Monday, according to Special Prosecutor Bridget Brennan’s office.
Brennan will join Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in making the announcement at police headquarters in downtown Manhattan at 11:30 a.m. EDT (1630 GMT).
Bloomberg has spent millions of his personal fortune combating illegal guns through Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition he founded that includes more than 1,000 mayors in the United States.
Today The Raw Story published an article titled “Chris Christie to ‘reluctantly’ sign law banning ‘gay conversion’ therapy for minors.”
The article’s author Arturo Garcia writes:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will sign a bill on Monday barring “gay conversion” therapy against minors, saying the health risks outweighed parental worries, the Associated Press reported.
“Government should tread carefully into this area, and I do so here reluctantly,” Christie reportedly said in a signing note accompanying the bill. The AP reported that the note will be made public after Christie signs it into law. “However, I also believe that on the issues of medical treatment for children we must look to experts in the field to determine the relative risks and rewards.”
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