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Bad bedside manna: Bank loans signed in the hospital leave patients vulnerable

Taking out a loan for healthcare while in the hospital isn't a good idea — but for many, it's the only choice

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Dead heat in Florida: Incumbent Bill Nelson ties Republican challenger Rick Scott in latest poll

But Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum holds a slight advantage in the race to become the next governor of Florida
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Dead heat in Florida: Incumbent Bill Nelson ties Republican challenger Rick Scott in latest poll

But Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum holds a slight advantage in the race to become the next governor of Florida

State: Cosby should be classified as a sexually violent predator, because he is “likely to reoffend”

Cosby has no prior convictions, but he has been accused of sexual assault by more than 60 women over many decades
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State: Cosby should be classified as a sexually violent predator, because he is “likely to reoffend”

Cosby has no prior convictions, but he has been accused of sexual assault by more than 60 women over many decades

Some Amazon delivery drivers have been forced to use trucks with bald tires and broken doors

Investigation finds drivers of Amazon-affiliated courier companies are being forced to use shoddy delivery trucks
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Some Amazon delivery drivers have been forced to use trucks with bald tires and broken doors

Investigation finds drivers of Amazon-affiliated courier companies are being forced to use shoddy delivery trucks

Open thread for night owls: Pompeo, Bolton to join fellow warmongers in shady anti-Iran 'summit'

At Lobelog, Eli Clifton and Derek Davison write—Pompeo, Bolton To Headline Shady Anti-Iran Event During UNGA: On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Boltonare scheduled to deliver keynote addresses at United Agai
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Open thread for night owls: Pompeo, Bolton to join fellow warmongers in shady anti-Iran 'summit'

At Lobelog, Eli Clifton and Derek Davison write—Pompeo, Bolton To Headline Shady Anti-Iran Event During UNGA: On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Boltonare scheduled to deliver keynote addresses at United Against Nuclear Iran’s (UANI) annual “summit” during the United Nations General Assembly. This raises troubling red flags, to say the least, about the Trump administration’s Middle East policy and its ties to the most aggressive anti-Iran forces in the United States and in the region itself, including the ambassadors from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain. The Trump administration insists that the goal of its “maximum pressure” policy toward Iran is not to effect regime change but rather to change the “behavior” of the Iranian government. If that’s the case, then the decision to send two senior foreign policy officials to this UANI event is puzzling. According to the organization’s guest list, in attendance will be virtually every prominent official both in the United States and overseas who has pushed for a military confrontation with Iran—a veritable who’s who of warmongers. Beyond that, the decision to send Pompeo and Bolton to this event may be deeply inappropriate. UANI’s murky financial ties include links to questionable businessmen and shadowy foreign actors with possible ties to the massive 1MDB corruption scandal in Malaysia under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. UANI was founded in 2008 to “inform the public about the nature of the Iranian regime, including its desire and intent to possess nuclear weapons.” Its board, chaired by former U.S. senator and ardent Iran hawk Joe Lieberman, includes a number of influential neoconservatives with well-known anti-Iran views, such as former Senator Mark Kirk, Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Russell Mead of the hardline Hudson Institute. Bolton himself is a past UANI board member and received at least $165,000 in consulting fees from the group’s partner organization, the Counter Extremism Project (CEP). UANI stridently opposed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA), going so far as to part ways with its then-president, arms control expert Gary Samore, after Samore (who remains on UANI’s board) came out in support of the final deal. The U.S. intelligence community, Israeli intelligence, and the International Atomic Energy Agency have repeatedly contradicted UANI’s contention that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. Likewise, its claims that Iran was involved in the 9/11 attacks have never been proven. Nevertheless, UANI has been a reliable source of talking points on both fronts for anti-Iran policymakers in Washington. It has pushed for a comprehensive array of measures intended to isolate Iran internationally, weaken its economy, and increase the possibility of a U.S.-Iran military confrontation. Though UANI has become one of the most prominent organizations in the anti-Iran policy world, relatively little is known about its internal workings or its financing. Financial documents acquired by LobeLog reveal that trusts controlled by billionaire investor Thomas Kaplan contributed $843,000 to UANI in 2013, nearly half of the group’s $1.7 million revenue in that year. GOP and Trump megadonors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson also contributed $500,000 in 2013. (That same year Adelson suggested that the United States should fire an “atomic weapon” at Iran rather than negotiate.) UANI’s budget ballooned to almost $5.2 million in 2016, but the source of the group’s ongoing funding is largely shrouded in mystery. [...] TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “The fuel in the earth will be exhausted in a thousand or more years, and its mineral wealth, but man will find substitutes for these in the winds, the waves, the sun's heat, and so forth.”                  ~~John Burroughs, Under the Apple-trees (1916) TWEET OF THE DAY xBREAKING: Yellowstone-area grizzlies are again protected by the #EndangeredSpeciesAct. The judge in the case wrote, «The @USFWS failed to make a reasoned decision.» Read the back story: https://t.co/Cw8DelplsY— High Country News (@highcountrynews) September 24, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2013—Texas Republicans will always be the last horse out of the barn: Given the caliber of political mind Texas Republicans seem intent on foisting off onto the rest of us, non-Texans might be curious as to what sorts of people they've tapped for state government of late. The simple answer is «more of the same,» as the responses to an AP questionnaire on gay rights sent to GOP candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general revealed. Lt. Gov. Dewhurst sets the tone: «Sadly, in a culture infected with political correctness, people of faith are targeted for defending their beliefs with no consideration of their First Amendment rights. I will continue to stand with my fellow Texans in defending our God-given, constitutionally protected freedoms.» Yes, yes. Why are we even talking about civil rights for gay Americans when people of faith are the real victims here. It's getting so you can't even show your love for Jesus by calling someone names and beating them up anymore. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Any news on KavanOOOHMYGOD! Greg Dworkin recaps the wild weekend and what we learned. A reminder of what's at stake in a Supreme Court seat. And a peek at the «Federalist Society,» that gins up resumes judge costumes to try to win those stakes. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

Election Roundup: Red Tide Rick, Nunes and recreational marijuana

The following stories are examples of this week's Election Roundup of 34 down ticket stories covering Saturday 9/16 through Saturday 9/22. (FL-SEN) 'Red-Tide Rick' Scott being booed out of a Gulf Coast restaurant may be the best thing you see today Flor
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Election Roundup: Red Tide Rick, Nunes and recreational marijuana

The following stories are examples of this week's Election Roundup of 34 down ticket stories covering Saturday 9/16 through Saturday 9/22. (FL-SEN) 'Red-Tide Rick' Scott being booed out of a Gulf Coast restaurant may be the best thing you see today Florida Governor Rick Scott is running scared, as the natives become more and more restless over his disastrous environmental policies that are ravaging our beautiful and fragile watery environments. In Venice, Florida, Scott, who is in a closely contested Senate race against Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, was booed out of the Mojo’s Real Cuban restaurant in the ruby-red county of Sarasota—only to face an even larger, angrier crowd when the coward fled out the back door. (CA-22) The DCCC is inexplicably letting Devin Nunes get re-elected, abandoning an amazing Dem candidate Normally, CA-22 is very red. But this year, the political climate has changed across the country, and thanks to Nunes’ absolutely pathetic shilling for Trump and Putin, as well as his deep disconnect with his Central California district, he’s put himself in a real danger zone. Nipping at his heels is the aggressive, progressive prosecutor Andrew Janz, an energetic candidate who has been raising big money online and canvassing the central California district since this time last year. He’s pulled to within five points of Nunes in polls, and with some help, could depose the dopey Republican — but the DCCC, he says, is reneging on its promise to provide him with that help. (ND-Initiative) Recreational Marijuana? In North Dakota? I'll Bring the Doritos! Recreational marijuana could be legalized. In North Dakota. How did this happen? North Dakota is an Initiative state. Measure 3, as it is officially known, was placed on the ballot courtesy of over 14,000 valid signatures on a petition. When you are an Initiative state, this can happen. And it did. The success of the petition was quite a surprise to the typically staid and sturdy folk of the northerly of the two Dakotas. Visions of half-naked, unkempt Woodstock holdovers dancing in the amber waives of grain likely abounded in the heads of those who woke up one morning to find Measure 3 on the ballot. Indeed, the battle lines were drawn quickly. Sunday 9/16 - Saturday 9/22 Stories: (34) Senate: (3) posts, (3) states House: (20) posts, (12) states, (19) districts State and more: (8) Polls: (3) Rescues since 2006 (13,077) Welcome to Election Roundup, formerly known as “Election Diary Rescue.” Look for this down ticket collection every Monday through the election. The Roundup team has compiled and linked down ticket stories since 2006.  Archives Election Roundup gives down ticket stories a second chance for exposure and hopefully encourages people to write about contests that interest them, knowing their stories from the previous week will be listed every Monday. The ER team scans every DK post and republishes applicable stories to our Election Diary Rescues list which only contains down ticket work. We have been republishing since early this year so there is a wealth of writing there, please enjoy. Format and Tags Writers can help the ER team and readers by identifying the race in the beginning of the title like this: (NY-Sen) (FL-14) (GA-Gov) (AZ-StSen) (MN-StHs-07). Readers will be scanning a list of stories and this standard method of quick identification is really helpful. This edition of Election Roundup was made possible by the following: eeff, Jax Dem, Joieau, zentrainer, turbonerd and randallt. Click below for the collection, thank you for reading and writing!  Roundup List

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Amazon India offers EMIs on debit cards on purchases of up to Rs 1 lakh

The offer, however, is available only to select customers whose eligibility is decided by the participating banks
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Amazon India offers EMIs on debit cards on purchases of up to Rs 1 lakh

The offer, however, is available only to select customers whose eligibility is decided by the participating banks

SEBI probing Friday#39;s stock market crash for trading irregularities: Report

The Securities and Exchange Board of India is probing whether brokers and investors conspired the sharp sell-off and subsequent recovery in financial shares
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SEBI probing Friday#39;s stock market crash for trading irregularities: Report

The Securities and Exchange Board of India is probing whether brokers and investors conspired the sharp sell-off and subsequent recovery in financial shares

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Why Instagram’s founders are resigning: independence from Facebook weakened

Facebook promised Instagram autonomy, but reduced it over time leading to today’s bombshell revelation. Eight years after launching Instagram and six years after selling it to Facebook, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger are le
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Why Instagram’s founders are resigning: independence from Facebook weakened

Facebook promised Instagram autonomy, but reduced it over time leading to today’s bombshell revelation. Eight years after launching Instagram and six years after selling it to Facebook, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger are leaving the company, according to The New York Times. The founders apparently did not give a reason for […]

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will reportedly meet with Republican lawmakers this week

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will meet in private with Republican lawmakers on Friday to discuss issues including its work in China and alleged political bias, reports the Wall Street Journal. The meeting was organized by House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, wh
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai will reportedly meet with Republican lawmakers this week

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will meet in private with Republican lawmakers on Friday to discuss issues including its work in China and alleged political bias, reports the Wall Street Journal. The meeting was organized by House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, who has accused Google of “controlling the internet” by boosting negative news stories about conservatives […]

Instagram’s founders resign from Facebook as autonomy weakened

Eight years after launching Instagram and six years after selling it to Facebook, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger are leaving the company, according to The New York Times. The founders apparently did not give a reason for their de
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Instagram’s founders resign from Facebook as autonomy weakened

Eight years after launching Instagram and six years after selling it to Facebook, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger are leaving the company, according to The New York Times. The founders apparently did not give a reason for their departure when they informed the company today that they’re resigning and that they’ll […]

Instagram’s founders are reportedly resigning from Facebook

Eight years after launching Instagram and six years after selling it to Facebook, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger are leaving the company, according to The New York Times. The founders apparently did not give a reason for their de
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Instagram’s founders are reportedly resigning from Facebook

Eight years after launching Instagram and six years after selling it to Facebook, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger are leaving the company, according to The New York Times. The founders apparently did not give a reason for their departure when they informed the company today. But after growing the app to […]

As English burns, Scrabble plays the fiddle adding 300 words like Bitcoin, botnet and emoji

Attention, Scrabble enthusiasts! A whopping 300 new words have been added to Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, including a few that are sure to satisfy millennials and aggravate everyone else: Bitcoin, emoji and botnet. Merriam-W
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As English burns, Scrabble plays the fiddle adding 300 words like Bitcoin, botnet and emoji

Attention, Scrabble enthusiasts! A whopping 300 new words have been added to Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, including a few that are sure to satisfy millennials and aggravate everyone else: Bitcoin, emoji and botnet. Merriam-Webster likes to keep up with the hip, younger crowd and often adds words that began as slang but infiltrated the average person’s vocabulary.  […]

Car-sharing network Turo expands service in UK

Turo — the peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace sometimes referred to as the ‘Airbnb of cars’ — is expanding to the UK. And this time, everyday car owners can actually use it. The San Francisco-based company expanded to the UK once before in 2
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Car-sharing network Turo expands service in UK

Turo — the peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace sometimes referred to as the ‘Airbnb of cars’ — is expanding to the UK. And this time, everyday car owners can actually use it. The San Francisco-based company expanded to the UK once before in 2016. But at the time, the Turo platform was only offered to small rental […]

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After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) - Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story goes that some houses haven't flooded from the Sampit River since they were built before the American Revolution. She will
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After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) - Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story goes that some houses haven't flooded from the Sampit River since they were built before the American Revolution. She will spend Tuesday with sandbags, watching the nearby ...

New Hampshire expects more visitors this fall

HOLLIS, N.H. (AP) - Tourism officials in New Hampshire are projecting a slight increase in the numbers of visitors and the amount spent this fall in the state. The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development on Monday projected that 3 million out
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New Hampshire expects more visitors this fall

HOLLIS, N.H. (AP) - Tourism officials in New Hampshire are projecting a slight increase in the numbers of visitors and the amount spent this fall in the state. The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development on Monday projected that 3 million out-of-state visitors who spend the night will ...

Judge restores protections for grizzly bears, blocking hunts

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A U.S. judge on Monday ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains, a move that blocks the first hunts planned for the animals in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. The order came as
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Judge restores protections for grizzly bears, blocking hunts

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A U.S. judge on Monday ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains, a move that blocks the first hunts planned for the animals in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. The order came as Wyoming and Idaho were on ...

The Latest: Wyoming disappoints by grizzly bear protections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on a ruling against planned grizzly bear hunting (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Wyoming officials say they're disappointed grizzly bears are again getting federal protections instead of being hunted in the state. A judge in Mon
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The Latest: Wyoming disappoints by grizzly bear protections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on a ruling against planned grizzly bear hunting (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Wyoming officials say they're disappointed grizzly bears are again getting federal protections instead of being hunted in the state. A judge in Montana on Monday blocked hunts planned in Wyoming and ...

Judge restores protections for grizzly bears around Yellowstone National Park, blocking planned hunt

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Judge restores protections for grizzly bears around Yellowstone National Park, blocking planned hunts in Wyoming, Idaho.
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Judge restores protections for grizzly bears around Yellowstone National Park, blocking planned hunt

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Judge restores protections for grizzly bears around Yellowstone National Park, blocking planned hunts in Wyoming, Idaho.

The Latest: Zinke says public lands not going to oil, gas

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) - The Latest on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's visit to Utah (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke dismissed the notion that he's giving away public lands to oil and gas during a visit to at Zion National Pa
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The Latest: Zinke says public lands not going to oil, gas

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) - The Latest on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's visit to Utah (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke dismissed the notion that he's giving away public lands to oil and gas during a visit to at Zion National Park where he drew attention ...

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Michael Hermosillo describes 'surreal' first home run experience

Michael Hermosillo smacked his first-career home run Monday and described it to Alex Curry as a surreal moment he will never forget
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Michael Hermosillo describes 'surreal' first home run experience

Michael Hermosillo smacked his first-career home run Monday and described it to Alex Curry as a surreal moment he will never forget

A's clinch playoff berth, then beat Mariners 7-3

The Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth since 2014, then beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 behind Khris Davis' major league-leading 46th home run
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A's clinch playoff berth, then beat Mariners 7-3

The Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth since 2014, then beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 behind Khris Davis' major league-leading 46th home run

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