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Britain Plans to Require Community Service for Jobless Benefits

Under the plan, those out of work for more than two years could be required to take on tasks like cooking for the elderly or cleaning up litter to keep their payments. The initiative represents a significant hardening of policy in a country that once considered the idea of “workfare” taboo.
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Bankrupt Cities Seek Crowdfunding For Garbage

Want to fund your "grilled cheesus" project? Need money to continue your "edible cup" business? Kickstarter is the platform of choice. But now, with the muni bond market suffering from outflows in retail funds and bankruptcies mounting across the nation, cities are increasingly turning to 'crowd-funding'.
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U.S. was warned about Kenya mall attack

U.S. intelligence received reports of a serious threat in Kenya before last week’s terrorist attack at a Nairobi mall that left 62 dead and more than 150 injured, NBC News reported.
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Russian troops wargame invasion of Europe for political gain

Every two years, Russia holds massive military exercises in its north-western territories that open a window onto its strategic thinking and combat capabilities. September’s demonstrated both a growing aggression in Russian military posture, as well as an underlying strategy to keep the West off-balance.
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John McAfee reveals details on gadget to thwart NSA

There may also be a possibility that the NSA is behind the development of this device. It would certainly be in their interest for people to have devices that don't do anything except to make people feel safe. Meanwhile the NSA just continues monitoring as usual.
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How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers

Taxpayers fund the stadiums, antitrust law doesn't apply to broadcast deals, the league enjoys nonprofit status, and Commissioner Roger Goodell makes $30 million a year. It's time to stop the public giveaways to America's richest sports league—and to the feudal lords who own its teams.
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BACK TO BASICS: Oil Helps Unfreeze US-Iranian Relations

Missing in the diplomatic and media hoopla surrounding US-Iranian relations, for example the missing “photo op” handshake between the USA’s Obama and Iran’s new president Rouhani at the UN General Assembly, that dirty, three letter word,O-I-L, was also absent.
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Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos arrested

Authorities said some 25 counter-terrorism units were trying to track down two other MPs almost nine hours after Michaloliakos was arrested in his Athens home at 7am. Greek media quoted the politician as telling police "what you are doing is not right. The truth will shine," as he was taken away in handcuffs.
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H-1B workers in line for Obamacare work

Computerworld - Some state governments are willing to hire offshore IT service providers to work on healthcare IT projects under controversial contracts that don’t bar use of temporary foreign labor, or workers on H-1B visas.
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Will Dianne Feinstein Investigate Her Own Leak Of Classified Info? Will She Face Espionage Act Charges?

So, we just discussed how it appears that Dianne Feinstein accidentally confirmed what was widely suspected: that the NSA is tapping the internet backbone to get access to emails. This is interesting on many levels, not the least of which is that Feinstein herself has been famously harsh against any kind of leak, regularly arguing that the leaks themselves are more damaging than what the leaks may reveal about US government abuse.
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Qatar’s Slave Trade Death Toll

The Egyptians dispensed with the life of their slaves in the construction of the pyramids as if they were nothing but throw-away products before that had even been invented in the modern day and age in which we live.
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Who Wants to Fish in Fukushima?

Let's say you were to conduct an entirely informal poll to a crowd of people, wherein the question featured was "At which location would you rather fish: Off the coast of Fukushima, home of the most famous melted-down nuclear reactor core of the last 25 years, or literally anywhere else on the planet?" My hunch is that you would get plenty of respondents selecting the latter.
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FHA may need bailout

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) may need a $1 billion bailout to bolster its balance sheet, which has been hit hard by bad mortgages, according to news reports.
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Detroit spent billions extra from pensions

Detroit's municipal pension fund made payments for decades to retirees, active workers and others above and beyond normal benefits, costing the struggling city billions of dollars and helping push it into bankruptcy, according to people who have reviewed the payments.
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FBI Releases Information on Michael Hastings

The FBI has posted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) release regarding Michael Hastings, the reporter who died in a fiery car crash in June. The bureau released what it says is the only material found in FBI records that mention Hastings.
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The NIS Gave Advance Westgate Attack Warning

Two NIS officers who did not want their identities revealed yesterday told the Star that their organisation had given advance warning of the attack to Inspector General of Police Service David Kimaiyo and Criminal Investigations Department director Ndegwa Muhoro.
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