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FEMA Contractor Seeks $70 Million After Failing to Deliver 29,950,000 Hot Meals to Puerto Rico

A contractor facing acrid backlash over a scathing report detailing the delivery of just 50,000 of a promised 30 million self-heating meals to desperate Puerto Ricans recovering from Hurricane Maria has now come forward to defend her actions after FEMA had no choice but to terminate the contract “due to late delivery” — but Tiffany Brown’s response smacks of shirking responsibility for blatant failures, rather than humble mea culpa.

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US to send 1,000s of extra Marines to East Asia to counter China – report

The Pentagon reportedly plans a “major muscle movement” from the Middle East to East China, with thousands of extra Marines to be deployed. The goal is to “persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US” and not China. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the US plans to boost its military presence in the East Pacific with rotating deployment of Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs. An MEU is a group of about 2,200 Marines who operate from amphibious assault ships and have their own aircraft, tanks, heavy weapons, and other resources. A typical deployment lasts for seven months and may involve missions on the shore like patrols or military-to-military training.

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How creepy is your smart home? Really, very creepy

One journalist went all-in on connecting her apartment to the internet, but her experiences might make you think twice about doing the same

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Israel attacks 12 targets in Syria after plane shot down in most serious confrontation in years

Israel’s military said on Saturday Iran and Syria were “playing with fire” but that it was not seeking an escalation after a confrontation resulted in large-scale Israeli air strikes inside Syria. It was the most serious confrontation between arch foes Israel and Iran since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

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Why the CDC Lies about its Fluoridation Data

The Centers for Disease Control operates a website called “My Water’s Fluoride.”  On the home page it states:  “It is important to know the level of fluoride in your drinking water.  My Water’s Fluoride (MWF) allows consumers to learn about the fluoride level in their drinking water.”  However, the fluoride levels seen on the website are often false.  If a water system is adding fluoride to the tap water, a practice known as fluoridation, this website automatically assigns it a “default” fluoride level of 0.70mg/L regardless of what actual testing shows or what fluoride level the water system is trying to achieve.

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Scientists Blast FDA, Warn That a Ban on Kratom Would Cause More Opioid Deaths

While the FDA pushes for a ban on kratom, a group of scientists is arguing that if it is labeled as a Schedule I drug, opioid-overdose deaths will only continue to increase.

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Stephen Paddocks autopsy released

The autopsy, which included toxicology tests and a brain examination, found that Paddock had anti-anxiety medication in his system. It also confirmed what authorities had previously said — that Paddock died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head after he opened fire at an outdoor concert from his 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

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China’s J-20 stealth fighter jet lines up for combat duty, boosting firepower in the sky

China’s J-20 stealth fighter has entered combat service, the country’s armed forces confirmed on Friday, expanding the military’s air power options as it presses on with a massive modernisation programme.

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Massive alert in Mexico after radioactive device stolen

Mexico’s interior ministry has issued an alert across seven states following the theft of a radioactive device. The item in question is a nuclear densometer which is used in geotechnical engineering to measure density. It contains radioactive material and there are fears such material could be used to make a “dirty bomb.”

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At Olympics opening ceremony, Pence refuses to stand for any country except the U.S.

Athletes from North Korea and South Korea marching under the same flag in the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games was a significant symbolic moment for many. Vice President Mike Pence, in Pyeongchang to lead the U.S. delegation, was not impressed, however.

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Ride-Hailing Is Deepening Social and Economic Inequity in the US

Earlier this month, a few dozen companies, cities, and organizations pledged to work together to make cities more livable by promoting shared transportation. The plan, they said, would make urban areas more equitable, accessible, and environmentally friendly—all by gradually eliminating the privately owned personal car and relying exclusively on public transit and tech-led transportation solutions.

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Israel Carries Out "Large Scale Attack" On Syria After Israeli F-16 Shot Down

Open war has now essentially broken out between Israel and Syria. Israel confirms through its IDF spokesperson that it has carried out "a large scale attack" consisting of at least a dozen strikes on Syrian and Iranian military targets inside Syria.

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Staunch Anti-Prostitute Congressman Busted Using Taxpayer Money to Buy Escort

A representative—who advocated for harsher and cruder penalties for prostitutes—has been caught spending government money to fund sex with an escort.

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ISIS Moves Into Online Casinos To Offset Dwindled Oil Revenue

Islamic State is running online casinos as the terrorists try to compensate dwindled revenues from oil smuggling after they were driven out of vast areas in Syria and out of Iraq, Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, said on Thursday.

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Pentagon Admits US Tanks Accidentally Ended up With ISIS, Iranian-Backed Militias

The United States military has developed a reputation for being careless with its resources and weapons. It has been unable to account for hundreds of millions — if not trillions— of dollars, and its armaments have ended up in the hands of ISIS. In the latest snafu to be officially acknowledged, as many as nine M1 Abrams tanks ended up in the hands of Iranian-backed militias last year.

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Leaked Equifax documents provided to US Senate reveal that they dumped all our drivers' licenses, too, but Equifax says it's OK, so...

A leaked set of disclosures made by Equifax to the US Senate have revealed that the breach of 145.5 million Americans' sensitive financial data was even worse than suspected to date: in addition to data like full legal names, dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, and home addresses, it appears that Equifax also breached drivers' license numbers and issue-dates.

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Stimulus Puts U.S. Debt On An Upward Trajectory

As part of a pledge to “Make America Great Again,” President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers are pursuing aggressive economic stimulus while slashing taxes at the same time.

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UK: Wealthy To Get Private Police Force

In March last year, The Independent reported that there were: “Plans for private police officers to patrol three of the most expensive and privileged areas of London. The private company, TM Eye is to patrol 250 residences in a scheme that plans to place 20 officers on the streets of Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Belgravia where the average price of a property (an apartment) is £1.3 million.

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Russian Nuclear Scientists Connect Airgapped Supercomputer to Internet to Mine Cryptocurrencies

Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly mining crypto-currencies. The suspects had tried to use one of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoins, media reports say.

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American Spies Paid $100,000 to Russian Who Wanted to Sell Material on Trump

After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials.

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