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What’s With The Huge Hole in the Sun?

|See updates below | In case you haven’t heard about it, a huge portion of the sun’s corona has indeed gone missing. But even if you have heard about this so-called “coronal hole,” click on the screenshot above. It’ll take you to a new animation of the phenomenon posted to the web today

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Misconduct by TSA Officers up 26% in 3 Years

Their job is to keep air travelers safe in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks. But just how good of a job are they doing?

A new government report says misconduct by Transportation Security Administration workers has increased more than 26% in the last three years.

Some of the most serious violations include:

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Three British SAS Trainees Die

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The man, who has not been named, was taking part in a course to become an SAS reservist during one of the hottest days of the year

A third Army reservist has died after taking part in an SAS selection training exercise in the Brecon Beacons earlier this month.

Edward Maher, 31, and Craig Roberts,

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Did Dead Farmers Receive $22M is USDA Subsidies

The Agriculture Department may have doled out millions in subsidies to dead farmers, according to the Government Accountability Office.

GAO reviewed crop insurance data from 2008 to 2012 and found that $22 million in subsidies and allowances may have been provided on behalf of about 3,400 program policyholders two or more years after death.

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High on Mushrooms, Grabs Cops Gun Fires Shot, Breaks Handcuffs (Video)

A teen who was apparently intoxicated on magic mushrooms started acting in a highly agitated manner and was eventually subdued by police, but not before demonstrating feats of strength like breaking handcuffs and grabbing a gun and firing it off in the lobby of a building while pinned down by several officers.

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Black Robbers Posed as White Cops, Collect $200,000

Somebody deserves an Oscar for special effects.

A crafty trio of black robbers bought amazingly lifelike disguises from a Hollywood special-effects firm to transform themselves into white guys for a brazen Queens heist — and their get-ups were so good, their victims had no clue they were in masks.

The Brooklyn federal court trial of

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Obama Asteroid Lasso Plan Hits Congressional Snag

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President Obama’s plan to have NASA lasso an asteroid, tow it toward Earth, place it into the moon’s orbit, and claim the space rock for the United States of America has hit a congressional snag. The New York Times reports:

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Tyranny Strikes at Sleep Away Camp

A Connecticut teen was hauled off by a gun-toting police officer for kissing a boy at a Berkshires sleep-away camp, according to a new lawsuit.

The 15-year-old was labeled a “security threat” by Camp Emerson director Sue Lein — who called Hinsdale, Mass., police on July 11 to escort the young woman to her parents,

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Test Tube Burger Almost Ready to Try

One cheeseburger, hold the cow, please.

A Dutch researcher says he is a week away from unveiling a burger patty made from cow meat grown entirely in Petri dishes. The first taster, whose identity has been kept secret, can try the burger on Aug. 5 in London, but it cost about $380,000 to make.

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FBI Background Checks Raise Concerns of Accuracy, Causing Unemployability

Employers are increasingly turning to the FBI’s criminal databases to screen job applicants, sparking concerns about the accuracy of the agency’s information and the potential for racial discrimination.

Many of the FBI’s records list only arrests and not the outcomes of those cases, such as convictions. Consumer groups say that missing information often results

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GMO Companies Produce GMO “Answers” Website

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A group of biotech seed companies on Monday launched an online forum to combat mounting opposition to genetically modified foods among consumer groups and activists.

The website, www.GMOAnswers.com, is designed as a “central online resource” for information on genetically modified organisms and their use in agriculture and food production, the Biotechnology Industry Organization said.

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JPMorgan Pays 410 Million Dollars for Electricity Price Manipulation

JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $410 million in penalties on Tuesday to settle accusations by U.S. energy regulators that it manipulated electricity prices.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the bank used improper bidding strategies to squeeze excessive payments from the agencies that run the power grids in

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Scientists Design Insect Cultivator to Stave off World Hunger

Scientists concerned about world hunger, dwindling resources and wasteful processes are looking more closely into alternative prospects for protein, and edible insects are of considerable interest. An Austrian industrial designer, Katharina Unger, who “rethinks systems and design strategies,” and studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, has proposed a way to harvest and eat

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Harvard Study: Coffee Consumption Linked to Lower Suicide Rate

Drinking a few cups of coffee daily appears to reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent, U.S. researchers say.

Lead researcher Michel Lucas, a research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues found the risk of suicide for adults who

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Pa. SWAT Team Sued for Terrorizing Family at Gunpoint

A Pennsylvania family has filed a lawsuit against the Pittsburgh police department, claiming that two dozen SWAT team members raided their home and terrorized their two children in retaliation for a prior incident involving an officer outside a local bar.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s SWAT team members standing on a armored car arrive to

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African Ceremony Results in Penis Loss or Permanent Injury for Many

Johannesburg – This is a grim time of year for a hospital in the Eastern Cape, where mattresses are laid on floors to cope with the stream of young men with severe injuries from botched circumcisions at initiation ceremonies.

Some patients with amputations, a doctor says, were told by their handlers that their genitals

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Manning Supporters Gather in 40 Cities

As a US military judge decides the fate of former army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, activists in dozens of cities across the world are calling for the Convening Authority on the case to free the whistleblower.

Protesters attend a demonstration against secret monitoring programmes PRISM, TEMPORA, INDECT and showing solidarity with whistleblowers Edward Snowden,

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38 Killed in Italian Bus Crash

At least 38 passengers died and more than 10 were seriously injured, including children, when a bus plunged off a viaduct on a treacherous stretch of mountainous highway in the Campania region of southern Italy on Sunday night, officials told Italian media.

Dozens of people died on Sunday after a bus plunged 100

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JC Penny “Hitler Teapot”

JC Penny Stores have a teapot and received complaints that it resembles Adolph Hitler

JC Penny Bans Teapot Over Complaints

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FAA Approves Civilian Drone Use

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued certificates for two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use. The move is expected to lead to the first approved commercial drone operation later this summer.

The two unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are the Scan Eagle X200 and Aero Vironment’s PUMA. They both measure around 4 ½

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