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EPA cancels scientists' presentation on climate change at R.I. conference

EPA cancels scientists report to climate change conference The Environmental Protection Agency canceled a scheduled speaking appearance at a conference in Rhode Island on Monday -- at which three government scientists were set to talk about climate change.

John Konkus, an EPA spokesman and former campaign worker for President Donald Trump in Florida, confirmed that the agency scientists would not speak at the program.

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Officials: Islamic State killed dozens before being run out of Syria town

Islamic State kills dozens before fleeing Syrian townBefore Islamic State forces were expelled from the Syrian town of al-Qaryatayn, they killed dozens of civilians in what appears to be a revenge attack, pro-government forces said.

Syrian government and pro-government forces retook the ancient oasis town over the weekend. When they surveyed the damage, they found at least 45 civilians dead.

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Trump's digital campaign chief to interview with House Intel

Trum campaign digital cheif to speak to intel probeThe digital director of President Trump’s 2016 campaign will interview with the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday as part of the panel’s investigation into Russian election interference, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

Brad Parscale, who oversaw the creation of campaign ads posted on social media as part of his work on the campaign, has not yet met with any of the other committees holding probes.

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Director James Toback accused of sexual harassment by more than three dozen women

James Toback accused by three dozen women

An Oscar-nominated writer and director lured women into disgusting encounters while presenting himself as a gatekeeper to Hollywood stardom, according to a new report.

More than three dozen women told The Los Angeles Times that James Toback duped them into meetings in which he’d pleasure himself in front of them or grind against them.

Toback, 72, is accused of approaching women in Manhattan, touting his Oscar nomination for writing “Bugsy,” starring Warren Beatty. Toback, who directed the films “Black and White” and “Two Girls and a Guy,” told many of the women that Robert Downey Jr. was a close friend, the women told the newspaper.

TVNL Comment:  Let's face it.  Sexual assault and harassment are endemic to American society.  It has to stop.  Most women are not free to make accusatoins without fear of retribution.  There has to be a safe place for women to tell the truth.  As of now, there is none..

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Troubled By Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device

12 yr. old Flint girl invents way to test lead in water.When the drinking water in Flint, Mich., became contaminated with lead, causing a major public health crisis, 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao took notice.

"I had been following the Flint, Michigan, issue for about two years," the seventh-grader told ABC News. "I was appalled by the number of people affected by lead contamination in water."

She saw her parents testing the water in their own home in Lone Tree, Colo., and was unimpressed by the options, which can be slow, unreliable or both.

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Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals? An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots

Dr. Nancy Beck, from chemical corp. to EPA toxic chemcial adviserFor years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water.

The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, immune system disorders and other serious health problems.

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White House Rushed Condolences To Gold Star Families

WH rushes condolence letters

Multiple families of military service members killed in the line duty are now getting rush-delivered letters from President Donald Trump, days after Trump claimed he had called the immediate families of all service members who had been killed since he took office in January.

The Atlantic reported Saturday that their reporters had spoken to three Gold Star families who received condolence packages from the president this week.

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DOJ closing halfway houses is a terrible idea, Congress must stop it

DOJ closing halfway houses - a terrible idea

If you wanted to increase the chances that federal prisoners would commit new crimes when they are released, there are a few things you would do.

First, make lots of prisoners serve sentences that remove them from the community for far too long. Second, limit prisoners’ access to educational and job training opportunities and treatment for substance disorders and mental illness. Finally, as prisoners reach the end of their sentences, limit the time and services they are given to transition back to community.

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All five living former presidents appear at hurricane relief benefit concert

Five former presidents raise funds for hurricane victims

All five living former presidents took to the stage at a benefit concert to raise funds for disaster relief Saturday night.

Former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama appeared together on stage at the One America Appeal fundraiser.

The five leaders joined together to raise money for victims of the recent hurricanes that have devastated the U.S.

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