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Sen. Boxer: Obama’s Pollution Proposal Can Prevent Bronchitis, Asthma Attacks, Heart Attacks

Sen. Boxer: Obama’s Pollution Proposal Can Prevent Bronchitis, Asthma Attacks, Heart Attacks

US Senator Barbara Boxer(WASHINGTON) — Environmental Protection Agency hearings are discussing a proposed rule that would limit carbon pollution from power plants.
The proposal, from the Obama administration, would cut pollution 30% by 2030.
Senator Barbara Boxer supports the proposal, saying it would save and improve thousands of lives.”It will avoid up to 3,700 cases of bronchitis in children; 150,000 asthma attacks; 3,300 heart attacks; 6,600 premature deaths and 490,000 missed days of school and work,” Boxer said.Boxer cited a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll that reported about 70% of Americans believe such a rule is needed.
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Teen’s Body in Wheel Well of Plane Carrying Evacuated Americans

Teen’s Body in Wheel Well of Plane Carrying Evacuated Americans

File photo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Melissa Sheffield)(RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany) — In a shocking turn of events, the C-130 aircraft on which an African stowaway’s body was found this weekend had just been used to transport United States personnel evacuated from Libya.
Officials have now determined that the male teen died of asphyxiation after sneaking into one of the aircraft’s wheel wells in Mali, which means the boy’s remains were aboard when the plane was used to fly the evacuated personnel from Tunisia to Sigonella, Italy.
The C-130 was one of several involved in the mission to evacuate at least 150 U.S. embassy personnel and Marines who had been driven out of Libya into Tunisia early Saturday morning, several U.S. officials say. The State Department ordered the relocation of the personnel from Tripoli because of rising violence levels between fighting militias that posed a threat to embassy staff.
After driving westward into Tunisia, the embassy personnel boarded aircraft that took them to the U.S. Naval base at Sigonella. Two officials say it is unclear whether the aircraft was carrying civilian personnel or Marines.
When the body was discovered Sunday night at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the aircraft had just completed an eight-day journey, originating in Senegal and then stopping in Mali, Chad, Tunisia and Italy before returning to Ramstein.
One of the officials said the aircraft had originally gone to Africa on a resupply mission before being “reassigned to support the movement of persons from Tunisia to Sigonella, and from there back to Ramstein.”
At a Pentagon news conference Wednesday, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said U.S. European Command has confirmed “that the young man died of asphyxiation.”
“He got on the plane in Mali,” Welsh said. “I don’t know if he is from Mali or not.”
How the teen managed to get into the C-130′s wheel well “is a huge question mark” and the incident “raised security flags for everybody involved,” Welsh said.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James agreed, saying, “obviously, whatever happened here, something fell through the cracks that his boy was able to gain access to the aircraft.”
One U.S. official said the boy’s remains were found in a part of the wheel well “that couldn’t be considered accessible by anyone.” Maintenance crewmembers saw what appeared to be an orange rag sticking out of a portion of the wheel well, according to the official.
They tried pulling it out but found it was attached to something. They then removed a panel in the well and found the teen’s remains.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby Tuesday told reporters that security measures at airfields in remote locations may not be the same as those found in the United States.
“The aircraft is a rugged aircraft designed to operate in austere locations. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that the security at some of these fields is not going to be at the same level,” he said. “We shouldn’t expect that the security environment in every location that these aircraft operate in will be at the same high standard.”
The German and U.S. teams that removed the body wore protective clothing because of concerns about the potential for communicable diseases, military officials said.
Subsequent tests were negative, Kirby said.
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Wall Street: Stocks Finish Mixed

Wall Street: Stocks Finish Mixed

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks finished mixed on Wednesday.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 31.75 points, ending the day at 16,880.36. The Nasdaq rose 20.20 points to 4,462.90, and the S&P 500 finished up 0.12 at 1,970.07.
Payroll processor ADP says hiring slowed a little in July but is continuing at a health pace — possibly enough to lower unemployment nationally. Numbers from the government will be released Friday.
Gross domestic product– a snapshot of all goods and services produced in the United States– rose at an annualized rate of 4% from April to June, the Commerce Department announced.A study in the journal Administrative Science Quarterly says the best managers empower and encourage their teams and ask for feedback.
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Russia Says Sanctions Will Also Affect US

Russia Says Sanctions Will Also Affect US

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — The U.S. and its European allies have slapped yet another round of sanctions on Russia — punishment, they say, for Russia’s continued meddling in Ukraine.But Russia says the sanctions will also hurt the U.S. and do a little more than harm relations between the two countries.Russian officials, meanwhile, are defiant, declaring that Russia will make up the difference on its own. Russia’s Central Bank said it would help financial institutions that were hit by sanctions, including the giant VTB.But privately, economists and businesses reportedly worry these latest sanctions will push the fragile Russian economy towards recession, even as the latest independent poll finds nearly two thirds of Russians think sanctions won’t affect them.
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Michelle Obama Rallies for Women’s Rights in Africa

Michelle Obama Rallies for Women’s Rights in Africa

Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon(WASHINGTON) — First lady Michelle Obama rallied for equality for women and girls in Africa at a summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders on Wednesday. The first lady emphasized the importance of leadership.
“Leadership is about empowering all of our people, men, women, boys and girls to fulfill every last bit of their god-given potential,” she said.
“We all know that girls who are educated earn higher wages. They are more likely to stand up to discrimination and abuse. They have healthier children who are more likely to attend school themselves,” Obama added.The three-day flagship program comes ahead of the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit being held in Washington next week.
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How US Government Could Evacuate Americans with Ebola

How US Government Could Evacuate Americans with Ebola

U.S. Centers for Disease Control(WASHINGTON) — A government-owned jet equipped with a plastic isolation tent could evacuate Ebola-stricken Americans from the West African hot zone, health officials say.The portable tent, designed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense and the Phoenix Air Group, transforms an airplane into a portable isolation ward. It’s called an Aeromedical Biological Containment System, and it can house a sick patient along with medical personnel. It can be loaded on a Gulfstream jet, which has a flight range of seven hours or 3,500 miles.“CDC sends personnel all over the globe to respond to some of the most dangerous infectious agents,” said ABC News’ chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser, who served as the CDC’s director of emergency preparedness and response when the tent was constructed. “It was essential that if the agency was going to send people out to help others, it had a way to bring them back if they got sick. That was the impetus behind this project.” At least two Americans have contracted Ebola while working to contain the outbreak — Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol. Both are currently receiving treatment in Liberia, according to their organization, Samaritan’s Purse.Another 12 American CDC workers are in the area, according to the agency, but none of them have been reported sick.
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CDC: Two Thousand Americans Die from Weather Every Year

CDC: Two Thousand Americans Die from Weather Every Year

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Weather reportedly kills 2,000 Americans every year.
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 6% of weather-related deaths are from extreme situations like storms– 63% of the victims die from cold exposure, while 31% die from heat.
The old, the poor, people in cities, and people in rural areas are the most susceptible.
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Former IRS Official Calls Conservatives ‘Crazies’ in Emails

Former IRS Official Calls Conservatives ‘Crazies’ in Emails

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Former Internal Revenue Service senior official Lois Lerner apparently believed conservatives were “a–holes” and “crazies,” according to emails released by the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, committee chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., released a redacted email exchange from Lerner’s official IRS email account that Republicans believe shows she held personal bias and hostility against conservatives.In the Nov. 9, 2012 email evidently sent while Lerner was vacationing in England, she appeared to refer to conservatives as “a–holes” and suggest they could cause the downfall of the federal government.“So we don’t need to worry about alien teRrorists. (sic) It’s our own crazies that will take us down,” Lerner wrote in an email to a recipient whose identity was redacted. A Republican aide at the Ways and Means Committee said the person Lerner was emailing was not an agency employee.The unknown person said American talk radio shows were “scary to listen to” and said callers to those shows were “rabid.”The House voted earlier this year to find Lerner in contempt of Congress and also, on a separate resolution, to request that Holder appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups and possible criminal wrongdoing at the IRS.So far, Holder, who is also the target of articles impeachment in the House, has maintained that he will not comply with the House’s request.“Despite the serious investigation and evidence this committee has undertaken into the IRS’ targeting of individuals for their beliefs, there is no indication that DOJ is taking this matter seriously,” Camp said. “In light of this new information, I hope DOJ will aggressively pursue this case and finally appoint a special counsel, so the full truth can be revealed and justice is served.”
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GDP Rebounds, Rises 4% in Second Quarter

GDP Rebounds, Rises 4% in Second Quarter

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. economy has bounced back from the winter doldrums.After contracting in the first quarter of 2014, gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 4 percent between April and June, according to the latest figures released on Wednesday by the Commerce Department.”The big area that we saw an increase in GDP was after taking more than a percent off of GDP in the first quarter, we saw inventory bounce back and add almost 1.7 percent to that 4 percent growth figure,” says Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial in Chicago.The better than expected bump in the second quarter was fueled in part by more consumer spending and business investment.”We saw consumers spend more, particularly on big ticket items, vehicle sales have been strong. We also saw gains in investment, which is much needed at this stage of the game,” Swonk notes.She adds, “I’m hoping to see at least a 3 percent handle on the rest of the summer. That would get us still to a year that’s probably about 1.7, 1.8 percent overall.”

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ABC News Goes Inside Gaza with an Israeli Armored Unit

ABC News Goes Inside Gaza with an Israeli Armored Unit

File photo. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesReporter’s Notebook by ABC News’ Terry Moran(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — “The Cruel Lady” rolled along.That’s the nickname the Israeli soldiers use to describe their armored personnel carrier, or APC — it’s basically an oven on wheels. ABC News traveled into Gaza on an APC with troops from the Israeli Defense Forces’ 188 Armored Brigade today, witnessing a rarely-seen side of Israel’s conflict with Hamas, now in its third week.The soldiers in “The Cruel Lady” were accompanied by two tanks, all under the command of Col. Tomer Ifrah.Ifrah says he’s proud of the work he and his troops are doing.The mounting civilian casualties in Gaza, especially the children, affect him, he said.”I see my own kids,” he said. “A child is a child is a child. We do everything we can to avoid hurting innocents. It is the first thing we brief every day. But sometimes, it happens.”The squad was commanded by Barak Lanes, 29, a veteran of Operation Cast Lead. Lanes said he was scared to go into Gaza today. He has a 1-year-old boy at home, and Lanes hopes his son never has to enter the army.The unit traveled from Kissufim Crossing, where incoming mortar fire sent us scrambling for shelter. The unit’s destination today was a newly-discovered tunnel on the outskirts of Gaza City.On the way, we stopped. One of the tanks had spotted what they feared was a Hamas militant team with an anti-tank missile. The tank took cover. Ifrah assessed the situation. A school housing refuges was located nearby — too close to engage the threat, Ifrah decided — so another route was taken.The tunnel the soldiers visited was uncovered the day before when an armored vehicle sank into the sandy ground under what were once greenhouses, but now were sandy ruins. The IDF dug it out this morning.The tunnel stretched into darkness, sided in concrete and narrow.Two Israeli soldiers stood with their guns pointed down the shaft, scanning for potential threats. Hamas militants have been using the tunnels for sneak attacks, a main focus for the Israeli forces.The soldiers decided against entering the tunnel — booby-traps are always a possibility. The Israelis believe there may be other entrances, too.Entrances to the tunnel had already been found at a nearby house. But at the moment, that location was too difficult to reach.As the soldiers stood at the tunnel’s entrance, sniper fire peppered down. The Israelis countered with suppressing fire and a smokescreen. We hustled back to our vehicles, and back to Israel.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Prosecution Rests Its Case in ‘Porch Shooting’ Trial

Prosecution Rests Its Case in ‘Porch Shooting’ Trial

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — The prosecution rested its case Wednesday in the murder trial of a suburban Detroit man accused of fatally shooting an unarmed teenager.Theodore Wafer, 55, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Renisha McBride, 19, after she showed up on his porch in Dearborn Heights during the early morning of Nov. 2, 2013.Wafer sat quietly at the defense table Wednesday, the fifth day of his trial, as he listened to testimony from Dr. Kilak Kesha, an assistant medical examiner from Wayne County.Kesha described McBride’s brain as “pulpified” and how the bullet wound the teen suffered proved catastrophic. He also told the jury that he wasn’t able to discern any other injuries.A photo of pellets removed from McBride’s brain during the autopsy was also shown. Alcohol and marijuana were also found in McBride’s system, Kesha testified.Where McBride was before she was fatally shot on Wafer’s porch — and the screen door through which the fatal bullet was apparently fired — will be decisive during the trial.Whether Wafer’s screen door was torn from a break-in attempt or if it was damaged from the bullets he allegedly fired at McBride will be a key question in the case, which is reminiscent of the George Zimmerman trial in Florida.On Tuesday, Detective Sgt. Shawn Kolonich of the Michigan State Police testified that there was no feasible way Wafer could have accidentally fired his shotgun at McBride.Under a 2006 Michigan self-defense law, a homeowner has the right to use force during a break-in. Otherwise, a person must prove his or her life was in danger.McBride was shot in the face, falling on her back, with her feet facing Wafer’s door, prosecutors said.Wafer told police he didn’t know his gun was loaded and said he shot the unarmed teen by accident, according to a recording played to jurors last week.”What happened here?” Sgt. Rory McManmon asked, according to the recording.”A consistent knocking on the door, and I’m trying to look through the windows, but every time I look through the windows and the door it’s banging somewhere else,” Wafer said on the recording. “So I open up the door, kind of like who is this? And the gun discharged.””I didn’t know there was a round in there,” he tells McManmon on the recording. “I don’t get it. Who’s knocking on your door at 4:30 in the morning? Bang, bang, bang — somebody wanting in.”
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Investigator to Interview Bowe Bergdahl on 2009 Disappearance Next Week

Investigator to Interview Bowe Bergdahl on 2009 Disappearance Next Week

File photo. Credit: US Army(SAN ANTONIO) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s attorney tells ABC News that he expects his client will be interviewed next week by Maj. General Kenneth Dahl, the two star general investigating his 2009 disappearance. Military attorney Eugene Fidell says it’s his “assumption” that Bergdahl will be interviewed by Dahl next week in San Antonio, where the former Taliban captive is currently assigned at the U.S. Army North headquarters. Fidell will be on hand for the meeting when it takes place, though he did not provide a specific date for the interview. It’s also unclear whether the Dahl’s questioning will last more than one day.  Fidell, who teaches military law at Yale, adds that Bergdahl has already participated in a “very introductory” meeting with Maj. Gen. Dahl and that “nothing substantive” was discussed. An Army official says that meeting took place in San Antonio the week of July 14. Dahl’s full investigation is supposed to last 60 days, which means he’s slated to present a report by Aug.15. He could, however, request an extension for his investigation.  Fidell referred questions to the Army when asked if an extension was likely. As for what happens after the interview next week Fidell says the “ball will be in the Army’s court as Maj. Gen. Dahl prepares his report and it’s reviewed by the commands he’ll present it to.”Dahl’s report is meant to uncover the facts surrounding the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance from an Afghan outpost and his capture by the Taliban in 2009 that will be presented to the director of the Army staff.  If the report reveals findings that could require disciplinary action, it will be up to Bergdahl’s current command to follow through with those actions. Fidell hopes the matter “will be resolved sooner rather than later so Sgt. Bergdahl can go back to his life.” The attorney would not answer whether Bergdahl has spoken or met with his parents.          Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Woman Dies on US Airways Flight

Woman Dies on US Airways Flight

iStock/Thinkstock(PHEONIX) — A passenger died aboard a US Airways flight from Honolulu to Phoenix.
The victim, a woman in her 50′s, suffered a medical emergency as flight 693 was decending.
She reportedly became unconsious, and when the plane touched down in Phoenix, firefighters say she had no pulse and was declared dead.
Her cause of death is not yet known.
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How Zac Efron Knew He Needed to Go to Rehab

How Zac Efron Knew He Needed to Go to Rehab

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Last year Zac Efron quietly checked into rehab, though he didn’t specify why. Now he’s opening up a bit about the experience.
“The challenging part was never the work. That was never it,” he told Bear Grylls in a clip for the show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls. “It was sort of the in-between work.”
Efron, 26, who said in April that he now attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, explained that as an actor, he felt pressure everywhere he went because of the constant glare of the press. Calling it a “confusing” situation, he said he needed a “social lubricant” to be social and eventually, to go anywhere at all.
“It was getting to the point where I was caring less about the work and waiting more for the weekend,” he said. “I couldn’t wait to go out and sort of let loose and have fun, but then when Monday and Tuesday were difficult to get through, then I was like, ‘This is bad.’”
Now sober, Efron said that he doesn’t ever want to rely on an artificial substance to feel comfortable again. Now, he meditates as often as possible in an attempt to calm his mind.
“You don’t realize when you’re out here, when we’re in it, but I haven’t thought about one thing today apart from what [we're] doing,” he noted of being outdoors with Grylls. “I think that’s one of the most beautiful things about nature.”
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Hurricanes’ Captain Eric Staal Undergoes Surgery

Hurricanes’ Captain Eric Staal Undergoes Surgery

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury, the team announced.
The 10-year-veteran suffered the injury during offseason training.  He is expected to make a full recovery by the start of next season.  Dr. William Meyers performed the surgery in Philadelphia.
“Eric notified us of the injury late last week,” general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “… By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season.”
Staal, 29, has been the captain of the Hurricanes since 2010.  He led the Hurricanes in assists (40) and points (61) last season.
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Warren Jeffs’ Mansion Becomes Bed and Breakfast

Warren Jeffs’ Mansion Becomes Bed and Breakfast

Steve Marcus-Pool/Getty Images(HILDALE, Utah) — While polygamist leader Warren Jeffs spends his days in a prison cell, his sprawling compound has been turned into a bed and breakfast.Jeffs’ former bodyguard, Willie Jessop, bought the Hildale, Utah mansion last year with money he received as part of a settlement against Jeffs and members of his sect, the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints.Jessop claimed in the lawsuit the FLDS leaders ruined his excavating business after he was excommunicated from the group.Jeffs, the former leader of the FDLS, married more than 80 women and was convicted on two counts of sexual assault against two girls, ages 12 and 15. He was sentenced to life in prison in Texas.Jessop has turned the compound into “America’s Most Wanted Suites and Bed & Breakfast.” The hotel takes its cheeky name from his former boss’ stint on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.The $3.6 property has been transformed from Jeffs’ vision, however. It includes newly constructed apartments, full size kitchens and satellite television, according to the hotel’s website. The cost to book a room was not available online and a booking agent did not immediately return a call from ABC News.The location is perfect for outdoorsy guests who are looking for an adventure. It’s close to the Grand Canyon, near the recreational opportunities of Lake Powell and Zion’s National Park, along with other sightseeing destinations.The business has not yet been registered with Utah’s Chamber of Commerce.The FLDS group broke away from the mainstream Mormon church during the late 19th century after LDS officials ended plural marriages. Jeffs took over as leader of the group when his father, Rulon Jeffs, died in 2002.A raid in 2008 on the group’s Yearning for Zion compound in Eldorado, Texas, brought the FLDS community into the national spotlight. Authorities found a polygamous community and pregnant child brides.
Pictures of women in pastel prairie clothes with tightly braided hairstyles and stories of the controlling, male-dominated environment offered the world a glimpse into the lives of the reclusive group.
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Ax Flies into Windshield, Startles Motorists

Ax Flies into Windshield, Startles Motorists

Massachusetts State Police/Facebook(TOPSFIELD, Mass.) — Motorists driving down a Massachusetts highway on Wednesday were rattled when an ax came flying through the windshield.The ax, which had not been properly secured by the dump truck in front of the vehicle, went halfway through the window, according the Massachusetts State Police. The ax blade rested on the dashboard on the passenger side of the car while much of the handle stuck out of the windshield.The frightening incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday as the car traveled on Route 95 in Topsfield, Massachusetts. The passenger in the car, who was not identified, “was shaken up,” but not injured, a police statement said.Trooper Joseph Risteen of the Newbury Barracks responded to the accident and the truck driver, who was identified only as being from Peabody, Massachusetts, was fined $200 for failure to secure cargo.Officers with the Massachusetts State Police hope that the incident serves as a tale of caution to drivers to properly secure items they are carrying, like tools, bicycles, canoes and furniture.
It was also a reminder, police said, to follow the speed limit. The driver in the incident had been going a legal 65 mph, and officers noted that if the car had been traveling above the limit, it would have increased the ax’s impact and been a possibly fatal situation.
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Florida Family Strikes Gold on Sunken Treasure Hunt — Again

Florida Family Strikes Gold on Sunken Treasure Hunt — Again

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Florida man literally struck gold when he unearthed a “priceless” religious artifact from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.The sunken treasure was discovered at the site of a shipwreck that happened nearly 300 years ago off the coast of Ft. Pierce. It’s the missing piece of a necklace that was discovered at the same wreck in 1989.Called a pyx, the ornate gold trinket is a Spanish artifact used by priests to hold the communion host, Brent Brisben, the operations manager of Queens Jewels, told ABC News.”We find shipwrecked artifacts on a daily basis, but it’s more like ship spikes and musket balls, so when you get an extremely rare, unique piece like this, it’s exciting,” Brisben said.He said 27-year-old Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager in Florida, found the piece last month on a scavenging hunt with his family. Last year, he had dug up more than $300,000 worth of gold chains and coins from the same wreckage.”He found an incredible silver platter when he was 14 years old,” Brisben added.Hunting for buried treasure is the Schmitt’s family business. They own Booty Salvage and work for Brisben’s company, which owns rights to the wreckage. Brisben also goes on treasure-hunting excursions.”It’s incredibly difficult work,” Brisben said. “It’s long, it’s in the middle of the summer, it’s hot. You’re in the sun all day. It’s quite laborious work, so when you come across an amazing artifact like that, words can’t describe it. It’s a surreal experience to touch something from 300 years ago, to learn about it, and to share it with the world.”Spanish historians recently discovered what it was and linked it to the artifact dug up 25 years ago. The piece has not been appraised yet, but Brisben called it “priceless.”By law, it is in the custody of the U.S. District Court in South Florida. The state can take possession of up to 20 percent of Brisben’s goods. Proceeds from the rest are split between his company and the Schmitt family.The shipwreck where it was found is one of the most important in history. Several galleons packed with treasures from the New World left Havana, bound for Spain, and were taken down by a hurricane in 1715.
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Senators Introduce Bill to Combat College Sexual Assault

Senators Introduce Bill to Combat College Sexual Assault

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A group of bipartisan senators introduced a bill Wednesday to curb sexual assaults occurring on college campuses.“If you are a young woman and you attend school, the odds jump that you will be sexually assaulted at school, probably by someone you know from your class, from a team, from a party,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said. “The price of a college education should not be that one in five women will be sexually assaulted.”“We are telling our young people every day that in order to get ahead they have to go to school. Let’s make sure that when they do that they’re safe,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said.“We are done with the days of asking victims why they drank too much, or wore the wrong thing or went to the wrong place or hung out with the wrong guy,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said.  “Those days are done and students are embracing a new culture of accountability that will be enforced through this measure.”The measure, called the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), will create new support services for victims of sexual assault on college campuses, including designating Confidential Advisors for students to speak with, and ensures on-campus staff will received specialized training on handling sexual assault cases.
It also requires colleges and universities to survey all of their students on their experiences with sexual violence on campus; requires the Department of Education to release the names of schools with pending investigations into their handling of sexual assault cases; increases coordination between colleges and law enforcement; removes the ability of athletic departments to handle sexual assault cases involving athletes; and institutes a penalty for schools that don’t comply with Title IX.The senators were joined by survivors of sexual assault, who detailed the responses they received when they reported their assaults.“When I reported that I was sexually assaulted, someone told me that rape was like a football game and that I should look back on that game to figure out what I would do differently in that situation,” Annie Clark, a former student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said.“One Sunday morning my sophomore year at Carolina, I woke up in a bed soaked in blood with bruises of my attacker. My body was covered in bruises and far away from home, I was alone in my recovery, told by my administrators that I could just not handle college,” Andrea Pino, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said.The co-sponsors of the bill include Sens. Gillibrand, Blumenthal, Rubio, Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Dean Heller, R-N.V., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Mark Warner, D-Va.The bill comes weeks after a Senate subcommittee released a survey finding that 41 percent of institutions didn’t conduct a single investigation of sexual assault on their campuses in the past five years.
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Impeach the President? History Isn’t on GOP’s Side

Impeach the President? History Isn’t on GOP’s Side

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — They say that history repeats itself, but when it comes to impeachment, Republicans may have learned their lesson the first time.House Speaker John Boehner insisted Tuesday that Republicans had “no plans to impeach the president,” calling talk of removing President Obama from office “a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”But Dan Pfeiffer, a senior White House adviser, told reporters last Friday the House has “opened the door” to impeaching the president by filing a lawsuit against him over changes made to the health care law that were not approved by Congress.So why are Republican leaders apparently steering away from trying to oust the president?One reason may be that it didn’t make too many people happy the last time.With midterms around the corner and a majority in the Senate up for grabs, Republicans have a lot of chips on the table. The GOP needs public opinion on their side, and based on what happened last time, impeachment likely won’t get them there.The GOP-controlled House impeached former President Bill Clinton in December 1998. But the American people didn’t seem to side with the Republicans.Almost six in 10 Americans said they were dissatisfied — or even angry — when the House voted to impeach Clinton. And 62 percent disapproved of how Senate Republicans handled the following trial.And only a third wanted the Senate to remove him from office over the Monica Lewinsky affair.What’s more, six in 10 Americans said the House voted to impeach Clinton based on partisan politics instead of the facts of the case and 74 percent thought the same thing about the Senate.The number of Americans identifying themselves as Republicans fell to match a then 15-year low at the time of the impeachment vote — a potential shot in the foot at a time when Republicans were working to unify their base.Of course, there would be several differences this time around: for example, Clinton’s approval rating was a solid 67 percent at the time of his impeachment, while Obama’s now is 46 percent.But few observers believe that Republicans who are looking to mobilize a splintered electorate and pick up the six seats they need to win control of the Senate see an impeachment battle as the way forward.
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