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Cleveland video shows police shot boy within seconds

Cleveland shooting videoCleveland officials on Wednesday released a video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy that shows him pointing a pellet gun around a park before police arrive and shoot him within two seconds.

Tamir E. Rice was shot by a patrol officer on Saturday after a 911 call reported someone pointing a gun at people at the Cudell Recreation Center. The caller said the gun could be a fake.

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Ebola vaccine from Glaxo passes early safety test

Ebola vaccineAn experimental Ebola vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline caused no serious side effects and produced an immune response in all 20 healthy volunteers who received it in an early-stage clinical trial, scientists reported on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The trial, which began on Sept. 2 and will monitor the volunteers for 48 weeks, is primarily aimed at assessing how safe the vaccine is. But the immune response offered hope that it would also be effective.

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Oil prices plummet as OPEC decides against output cut

Oil prices plummetCrude prices collapsed Thursday after the powerful oil collective OPEC said it wouldn't intervene in global markets and cut production levels to stem a drop in prices that have fallen 30% since June.

Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali Al-Naimi delivered the news as he left a meeting of the cartel in Vienna. He said it was a "great decision." It took OPEC's 12 oil ministers nearly 5 hours to reach a decision.

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Smoking levels reach all-time low in the United States

Smoking at all time low in USAmericans are kicking the habit in record numbers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of adults who smoke cigarettes is at an all-time low in the United States. From 2005 to 2008, the number of smokers in the U.S. dropped from from 45.1 million to 42.1 million. Today, just 17.8 percent of Americans over the age of 18 smoke cigarettes -- a record low.

The annual report, released Wednesday by the CDC, found the percentage of admitted smokers who smoke cigarettes daily is also falling. Additionally, smokers are smoking fewer cigarettes per day. Health experts greeted such details with lukewarm enthusiasm.

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European Parliament votes to break up Google

GoogleThe European Parliament, in a symbolic and non-binding vote Thursday, approved a resolution calling for the breakup of Google Inc. into separate companies.

The vote, 384-174 with 56 abstentions, part of a larger resolution and carrying no legal power, represents resentment over Google's power in Europe. The California-based Internet search company has about a 90 percent market share in Europe, a higher percentage than in the United States, and is suspected of favoring its own advertisers and services when presenting search results.

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Ship with 700 migrants safely towed to Greek coast

700 migrants towed to greeceA smuggling ship carrying more than 700 men, women and children that broke down in gale-force winds while trying to reach Europe was towed Thursday to the Greek island of Crete.

The 77-meter (250-foot) cargo ship appeared off the coastal town of Ierapetra around sunrise Thursday, still tethered to the Greek navy frigate that has been towing it for a day and a half.

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UN torture experts weigh in on disputed Senate CIA interrogation report

CIASeven top United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday urged President Barack Obama “not to yield” to demands from the Central Intelligence Agency that key material be edited out from a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation practices.

In an open letter, the experts called on Obama to release the Senate report “in the most complete and comprehensible form possible, allowing the victims and the public to fully understand the facts.”

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New Sanctuary Movement Seeks to Protect Undocumented Immigrants

Sanctuary movementWhen President Obama went before the American people to say that he was issuing an executive order to empower Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, he made no mention of those who are already in the throes of deportation.

What's more, he also failed to acknowledge the seven Latino/a immigrants who have taken refuge in churches - in Tempe and Tucson, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Portland, Oregon - in public defiance of policies that threaten to separate parents from children, and husbands from wives.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott, staff used private email account for state business

rick scottFlorida Gov. Rick Scott exchanged emails dealing with vetoes, the state budget and his speeches from a private email account, according to records turned over to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Scott has previously said he used a Google email account to communicate with his family and not for state business. He also said that if ever he got an email dealing with state business he would forward it to his public email accounts.

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