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Second Philippine mayor shot dead in two days

(CNN)A second town mayor in the Philippines has been shot and killed by an unknown assailant, a day after one was assassinated by a sniper in a brazen daylight attack. “We assure everyone that we would discharge the state obligation for every murder. We will spare no effort in getting to the bottom of this latest violent crime,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. The killing comes just over 24 hours after Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was killed by a single shot to the chest while attending a flag-raising ceremony.…

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It Is Happening Here, Trump Is Already Early-Stage Mussolini

Is there a moment when a fanatical leader can be stopped before he takes a nation into the abyss? A moment when those with the moral determination to stop him can act before it is too late? These questions are not academic. Every day Trump stress tests this republics defenses against a demagogue. History has such moments. They need to be heeded. In Italy the moment came on Aug. 16, 1924. For more than two months, one of Benito Mussolinis most formidable opponents, Giacomo Matteotti, a socialist member of the…

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Not Much Longer

ShareTweet My husband and I lay in the bed propped up on respective pillows. He played a game on his iPad, and I read a novel. We weren’t actively having a conversation, but we didn’t have to, not really. That’s the thing about being in love with your best friend. Some moments are spent in deep conversations while others may be passed with mindless, joking chatter. And still others go by in comfortable silence, not worrying what the other person is thinking, or if they love you enough. You can…

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Hawaii bans sunscreens that harm coral reefs

(CNN)Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Tuesday signed the first bill in the country that will ban sunscreens containing chemicals harmful to coral reefs. The bill, which was passed by state lawmakers in May, will go into effect January 1, 2021. At that point, the sale or distribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, which help filter UV rays, will be prohibited. “Oxybenzone is really toxic to the juvenile form of corals,” said Craig Downs, a forensic ecotoxicologist and executive director of Haereticus Environmental Laboratory who will be attending the…

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Pharmacist Puts Womans Life At Risk By Refusing Her Prescription On Moral Grounds

A woman with an unviable pregnancy went into a US pharmacy last Thursday in order to pick up her prescription medication. The drug prescribed was misoprostol, used to induce or speed up a miscarriage.  In Nicole Mone’s case, it was needed to speed up a miscarriage that was inevitable. She had been told by her doctors that her 9-week-old fetus had stopped developing. The drug would induce a miscarriage to expel the fetus. If this doesn’t happen naturally and stays inside the woman, it puts her at risk of serious infection. However, when she went…

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8-Year-Old Japanese Girl Stuns Robert Plant By Nailing Led Zeppelin Drum Part

She even won praise from rock god Robert Plant.  “My dream is to be the best drummer in the world,” Yoyoka wrote in the description of a Vimeo clip.  The video was posted online earlier this year, but went viral last month which caused Plant to take notice.  In a clip posted online by the network, Plant was all smiles as he watched Yoyoka play.   Bonham was widely considered one of the greatest drummers in rock history. Rolling Stone ranked him number one.  When Ultimate Classic Rock ranked Zeppelin drum…

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This Giant Invasive Flower Can Give You Third-Degree Burns

The giant hogweed is hard to miss. The monstrous plant towers up to 15 feet tall, with a crown of white flowers the size of an umbrella. They burst into bloom between the last week of June and the first week of July—just in time to be the perfect dramatic backdrop to red-white-and-blue-themed parties. But whatever you do, don’t touch it. The giant hogweed’s toxic sap could give you third-degree burns if you don’t get out of the sun and wash it off immediately. Like an anti-sunblock, chemicals in its…

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Chill California bear enjoys margarita and nice relaxing soak in hot tub

It doesn’t matter if you’re a human or a bear — summer is the time to kick back, relax, hop in a hot tub, and enjoy and nice cold margarita.  Mark Hough, a Altadena, California, resident, recently learned this universal truth when he saw a chill bear climb over his fence and wander into his backyard on Friday. According to The Associated Press, the bear soaked in Hough’s unheated hot tub (jets on and everything,) slurped up his beverage, and then took a nice little nap under a shady tree.…

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Fishermen Think They Found A Seal Floating On An Iceberg, Then They Take A Closer Look

Fishermen Mallory Harrigan, Cliff Russell and Allan Russell were out a few miles off shore from Labrador, Canada recently when they came across something quite extraordinary. Something was atop a small, mushroom-shaped iceberg, drifting helplessly out to sea, and it wasn’t a creature designed for swimming. It was a starving and terrified Arctic fox, wet through and under attack from circling seagulls. Knowing that the poor fox was doomed to a terrible fate, Mallory and her crew-mates decided that they had to intervene and do what they could to try…

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