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Five dead as Russian helicopter shot down in Syria

Russian helicopter downed in SyriaFive Russian military personnel died after their helicopter was shot down over Idlib province, Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.

"On August 1 a Russian transport helicopter Mi-8 was shot down with fire from the ground on the way to the Hmeymim air base, after delivering humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo. There were three crewmembers and two officers" aboard, the ministry statement said.

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Texas becomes campus carry state on 50th anniversary of UT Tower mass shooting

Texas becomes carry stateThe University of Texas at Austin on Monday is holding a memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower mass shooting as the state's new campus carry law goes into effect.

One of the first U.S. college mass shootings in the modern era occurred at UT, where former U.S. Marine and engineering student Charles Whitman killed 14 people on campus after killing his wife and mother in 1966.

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Terminix offers $87M settlement to injured Delaware family

Terminix xettles caseThe parent company of pest-control giant Terminix has reached a tentative agreement to pay $87 million to a Delaware family injured by exposure to a banned pesticide during a Caribbean vacation.

Citing information from an earnings report filed Thursday by ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee, The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2apPiPK ) reports that the company has agreed to pay the Esmond family $87 million. That is in addition to $3 million it has paid to cover its insurance deductible.

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Idiot Roger Stone suggests Khizr Khan is part of Muslim Brotherhood

Roger StoneLongtime Donald Trump ally Roger Stone is suggesting the father of an American Muslim soldier who was killed in Iraq is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Mr. Khan more than an aggrieved father of a Muslim son- he's Muslim Brotherhood agent helping Hillary," Stone tweeted, linking to an article about what the media is not telling people about Khizr Khan, the father of Capt. Humayun Khan.

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Microsoft to cut about 2,850 more jobs

MicrosoftMicrosoft's costly bet on Nokia will mean more job losses than previously expected.

The software giant will layoff about 2,850 people over the next year as it continues to unwind its smartphone hardware business. Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) disclosed the news in a regulatory filing on Thursday.

The new cuts come on the heels of 1,850 layoffs announced two months ago, and about 7,800 losses a year ago.

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Ireland jails three top bankers for 'deceitful and corrupt' actions in 2008 financial crisis

Ireland jails three top bankersThree former senior Irish bankers have been jailed for their role in the collapse of a bank during the 2008 financial crisis.

Willie McAteer, John Bowe and Denis Casey conspired to conceal losses of billions of euros at the defunct Anglo Irish Bank – the biggest accounting fraud in Irish corporate history, which contributed to the country’s devastating financial crash.

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Debate commission to Trump: The dates are set

Debates set: commissionThe Commission on Presidential Debates responded to Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee's complaints about the debate schedule with a message on Sunday: The schedule is set.

"The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) started working more than 18 months ago to identify religious and federal holidays, baseball league playoff games, NFL games, and other events in order to select the best nights for the 2016 debates," the commission said in a statement. "It is impossible to avoid all sporting events, and there have been nights on which debates and games occurred in most election cycles. A debate has never been rescheduled as a result."

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Trump has 'black soul', says Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim US soldier

Khizr KhanThe parents of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq said on Sunday Donald Trump was a “black soul” unfit for the White House, after he insulted them and suggested he had made sacrifices for the US comparable to their son’s.

Amid widespread astonishment at the conduct of the Republican presidential nominee, the family of the 27-year-old army captain Humayun Khan, who died in a suicide bombing in 2004, said Trump was morally deficient and incapable of empathy.

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Alex Baer: Oh, Goody: Oyyow.

Alex BaerWonderful.  We've managed to get through another set of political conventions.

Frankly, this is tantamount to celebrating a fleeting victory over jaundice,  a temporary flare-up of malaria, or an ongoing resurgence in hemorrhoids.

If I didn't know better -- and I'm not sure that I do, not anymore -- I'd say someone slipped some blotter-paper acid, or mind-warping alien spores, into my preventively-medicated, yeast-enhanced beverage.

Of course, it could also be that the candidates themselves have divvied up the hallucinatory goods, right before each one got off their respective Gravy Trains, for their respective stops at Podiumville.

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