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Greenwald: Canada, At War For 13 Years, Shocked That ‘A Terrorist’ Attacked Its Soldiers

Canadian PMIn Quebec on Monday, two Canadian soldiers were hit by a car driven by Martin Couture-Rouleau, a 25-year-old Canadian who, as The Globe and Mail reported, “converted to Islam recently and called himself Ahmad Rouleau.” One of the soldiers died, as did Couture-Rouleau when he was shot by police upon apprehension after allegedly brandishing a large knife.

Police speculated that the incident was deliberate, alleging the driver waited for two hours before hitting the soldiers, one of whom was wearing a uniform. The incident took place in the parking lot of a shopping mall 30 miles southeast of Montreal, “a few kilometres from the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, the military academy operated by the Department of National Defence.”

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Thousands of U.S. children are improperly medicated each year

Children wrongly medicated in USEvery eight minutes, a child in the United States is improperly medicated at home -- that according to a new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics. Double-dosing, whereby a parent or guardian accidentally gives a child the same medication twice, accounted for a quarter of all mistakes.

Thankfully, the vast majority of mismeasurements and double doses weren't fatal, but the numbers -- which many experts say are on the conservative side -- suggest moms and dads in the United States need to be much more careful when dosing out meds to their children.

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Green groups say EPA underestimates methane leaks from fracking

Fracking report undrestimates methaneThe EPA has become increasingly concerned with reducing the methane emissions inherent in the oil and gas production and distribution process. In 2012 the agency announced that by 2015, drillers would be required to use green completion technology to capture methane during the drilling completion process — the stage after drilling, when oil and gas starts to flow out of the well. Vapor recovery systems turn methane into liquid that can be sold, providing an economic incentive.

On Sept. 30 the EPA announced that its new requirements appeared to be making a difference even before they become law on Jan 1. Through its greenhouse gas reporting program, which keeps track of the self-reported emissions of the country’s biggest emitters — mainly factories and oil and gas production infrastructure — the agency found that greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum and natural gas facilities fell 12 percent from 2011 to 2013. The most significant reductions came from hydraulically fractured wells, which saw a 73 percent reduction in methane emissions in that period.

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Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Ben BradleeBen Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post newsroom with the style of a well-dressed swashbuckler and the profane vocabulary of dockworker as the newspaper helped topple President Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal, died on Tuesday at age 93.

Bradlee's death at his Washington home of natural causes was announced by the Post, which reported late last month that its former editor had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past several years.

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Wyoming, scene of notorious 1998 hate crime, accepts gay marriage

Wyoming accepts same sex marriageWyoming has become the latest state to allow gay marriage, bringing the national wave of expanded rights for same-sex couples to a state where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard still influences national perceptions.

State lawyers filed a legal notice on Tuesday morning that said they will not defend a recently overturned Wyoming law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, meaning county clerks can begin to issue marriage licences to gay couples and the state will recognise same-sex unions performed legally elsewhere.

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White House Chief Of Staff Negotiating Redaction Of CIA Torture Report

denis McDonoughWhite House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough is personally negotiating how much of the Senate's so-called torture report, a probe into the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program, will be redacted, according to sources involved in the negotiations.

McDonough's leading role in the redaction discussion has raised eyebrows in the Senate, given that his position comes with a broad array of urgent responsibilities and that the Obama White House has a team of qualified national security advisers.

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American Jeffrey Fowle released from captivity by North Korea

Jeffrey FowleAn Ohio man held captive in North Korea for leaving a Bible inside a nightclub has been released after six months detained, the State Department said Tuesday.

Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in Chongjin on May 7 during a vacation tour in the northern part of the Communist country. Fowle, who is married with three children, was preparing for trial after leaving a Bible in a provincial nightclub.

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US forces Ebola-risk passengers to land at 'enhanced screening' airports

Full screening airportThe United States has unveiled new Ebola-related travel restrictions on visitors from West Africa, forcing passengers originating from the three worst hit countries to land at select airports for enhanced screening.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the move Tuesday, and will mean those wishing to come to America from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will have to arrive either at New York's Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington's Dulles, Chicago's O'Hare or Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airports.

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Afghan opium poppy yield hits all-time high

Afghan poppy yieldOpium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has hit an all-time high despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the US $7.6bn (£4.7bn), according to a US government watchdog.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime reported that Afghan farmers grew an “unprecedented” 209,000 hectares (523,000 acres) of opium poppy in 2013, surpassing the previous high of 193,000 hectares in 2007, said John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

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