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Airplane crashes on takeoff in Iran, killing 48

Iran plane crashAn Iranian regional passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from the capital, Tehran, killing 48 people onboard, state media reported.

The aircraft, an Iran-140 typically used for short domestic flights, crashed near Tehran's Mehrabad airport, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported. The plane went down in a residential area after its engine went out, the agency reported.

Iranian state television said 48 people were killed in the crash: 40 passengers and eight crew members. The plane, operated by Sepahan Air, was heading to Tabas, a town in eastern Iran. It took off at 9:20 a.m. local time (0450 GMT) and crashed shortly afterward.

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Pro-Palestinian Protesters March To U.N. Headquarters

Pro Palestinian protest nySeveral hundred demonstrators gathered in Manhattan Saturday to protest Israeli actions against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Ralliers began organizing near Columbus Circle, and planned to march to the United Nations headquarters.

Zouleikha Ban, who was born in Algeria and lives in Staten Island, said protesters feel they are all Palestinians because “there is no justice” in Gaza.  Protest organizers are calling for an end to U.S. aid to Israel.

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White students no longer to be majority in school

Whites a minority in US schoolsThe cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county says "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting.

Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. The children and their classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, near both mushroom farms and the borough's bucolic red-brick downtown, are a subtle reminder of America's changing school demographics.

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Tampa church cancels 'blasphemous' funeral of gay man

Tampaa chirch cancels gay man's funeralA Florida church abruptly canceled funeral services for a man after learning he was gay and married, leaving his family scrambling to make new arrangements, local NBC affiliate WFLA-TV reported this week.

Julie Atwood told the station she was notified of the cancellation the night before her 42-year-old son Julion Evan’s service, which was scheduled for July 26.

Atwood said she was told by the pastor of Tampa’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church that it would be “blasphemous” to hold the funeral at his church, reported WFLA-TV.

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Judge: NCAA can't stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses

NCAA rulingMajor college football and men's basketball student-athletes could be in line for paydays worth thousands of dollars once they leave school after a landmark ruling Friday that might change the way the NCAA does business.

A federal judge ruled that the NCAA can't stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, striking down NCAA regulations that prohibit players from getting anything other than scholarships and the cost of attendance at schools.

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Uganda holds first pride rally after 'abominable' anti-gay law overturned

Uganda gay prideUganda has hosted its first gay pride rally since a draconian anti-homosexuality law was overturned by the courts.

Sandra Ntebi, organiser of the rally held on Saturday in Entebbe, 35km from the capital Kampala, said police had granted permission for the invitation-only "Uganda Pride" event.

"This event is to bring us together. Everyone was in hiding before because of the anti-homosexuality law," she said. "It is a happy day for all of us, getting together."

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Louisiana hospital unwittingly supplied execution drug to prison

Louisiana hospital gave execution drugA Louisiana hospital unknowingly provided the state’s department of corrections with a drug used for lethal injections, it was revealed this week.

The Louisiana department of corrections purchased 20 vials of hydromorphone from Lake Charles Memorial hospital a week before the scheduled execution of Christopher Sepulvado, but did not inform the hospital of its intended use for the drug, according to a report by non-profit news group the Lens. The same report noted that the purchase was revealed in a document provided by the state in a lawsuit challenging its lethal-injection practice.

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New Medicaid enrollments top 7 million under Obamacare

Obama care enrollments riseMore than seven million Americans have gained health coverage through government programs including Medicaid since enrollment in Obamacare health insurance was launched October 1, the U.S. administration said on Friday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said 7.2 million new participants in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program by June brought overall Medicaid enrollment to 66 million people.

The enrollees include uninsured Americans who gained coverage through traditional Medicaid, as well as a special Medicaid expansion in 26 of the 50 U.S. states under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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Anti-Semitism flares in Europe amid Gaza war

Anti-Semmitism in EuropeFour weeks of fighting between Hamas militants and Israel fueled a rise in anti-Semitism outbursts across Europe, ranging from violent attacks to chants of "Deaths to the Jews" at anti-Israel demonstrations.

In Germany and other European countries — especially France, which has a large Jewish and Muslim population — Jews have been attacked on the street, synagogues have been bombed, Jewish groups have received hate mail and anti-Semitic slogans have been spray-painted on buildings.

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