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Chelsea Manning readies for disciplinary hearing over suicide attempt

Chelsea Manning faces indefinite isolationChelsea Manning goes before a three-member disciplinary board of the US army on Thursday charged with interfering with the “good order” of the military prison in which she is held by attempting suicide, an offence that could lead to indefinite solitary confinement.

Manning, who is serving 35 years at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas for leaking a vast trove of secret documents on the US war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan, required hospital treatment after she attempted to kill herself in July. The military authorities generated outrage by responding to the army private’s act of despair by charging her with a number of serious disciplinary counts.

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Team Hillary Recruits ‘West Wing’ Cast to Campaign in Ohio

West Wing cast to campaign for HillaryOn Wednesday afternoon, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign announced that cast members from The West Wing—Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed NBC series about a fictional Democratic administration and a beloved liberal president—will campaign for the Democratic nominee in Ohio on Saturday and Sunday.

West Wing stars Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Dulé Hill, Richard Schiff, Joshua Malina, and Mary McCormack are set to participate in organizing and GOTV events in the Buckeye State, including ones in Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton, and Columbus areas.

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Puerto Rico Entirely Without Power After Power-Plant Fire

Puerto Rico without powerA big fire erupted at an electricity plant that powers most of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, causing a blackout that swept across the U.S. territory of 3.5 million people.

The Electric Power Authority said two transmission lines of 230,000 volts each failed. Executive Director Javier Quintana told reporters that he expected most power to be restored by Thursday morning.

Puerto Rico’s fire department said it had extinguished the blaze at the southern power plant, which serves a majority of customers on the island.

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U.S. tests for mustard agent after rocket attack near Iraq base

Mustard gas investigated at US baseThe U.S. military is testing to see if a chemical agent may have been used in a rocket attack in Iraq by Islamic State that came within hundreds of yards (meters) of U.S. forces but injured no one, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday.

The rocket fell on Tuesday in an unpopulated area near the Qayyara West base, where hundreds of U.S. forces are working to prepare an airfield ahead of Iraq's offensive to retake the city of Mosul from the radical group Islamic State, said the official, who spoke with Pentagon reporters on condition of anonymity.

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Scores drown after boat capsizes off Egypt's coast

Dozens of refugees drown

At least 43 people have died and 154 have been rescued after a boat carrying hundreds of refugees capsized off Egypt's coast.

State news agency MENA reported on Wednesday that the boat, believed to be carrying around 600 people, capsized off the coast of Kafr al-Sheikh governorate, about 140km north of Cairo.

Officials said 31 bodies had been recovered - 20 men, 10 women and one child. A correspondent for Reuters news agency later saw a fishing boat bring in 12 more bodies, bringing the total to 43.

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Complaint filed against Trump Foundation with Florida AG

Florida AG files Trump Foundation complaintA Democratic group filed a complaint Wednesday against the Trump Foundation with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has herself been caught up in accusations against the organization.

The complaint was submitted by an arm of the anti-Trump Keep America Great PAC called the Democratic Coalition Against Trump. It calls for Bondi to investigate the GOP nominee and his charitable foundation's long-term business dealings in Florida.

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Clueless Trump calls for 'stop and frisk' policing to fight crime

Trump is an idiotDonald Trump called for boosting controversial “stop-and-frisk” policing to curb inner city violence Wednesday.

“I would do stop and frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well. And you have to be proactive,” Trump said during a pre-taped interview with Sean Hannity for a Wednesday night broadcast on Fox News. “You know, you really help people sort of change their mind automatically.”

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Drug-resistant gonorrhea a growing U.S. threat: CDC

Drug resistant gonorrhea spreadingGonorrhea appears to be developing resistance to the two antibiotics that constitute the last available treatment option for the sexually transmitted bacteria, U.S. health officials announced Wednesday.

Gonorrhea samples taken last spring from seven patients in Honolulu showed resistance to azithromycin at dramatically higher levels than typically seen in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported at its STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta.

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Chaos erupts in Charlotte in wake of police-involved shooting

NC riotsA second night of dramatic protests gripped this North Carolina city Wednesday night, one day after a police-involved shooting of an African-American man led to angry demonstrations, smashed windows and trucks set ablaze.

Protesters beat against a police van and broke a window of the Ciity Smoke barbecue restaurant and bar downtown. Some yelled "hands up, don't shoot." Police tossed out smoke bombs. Protesters running outside of the Omni Charlotte Hotel said someone had been shot but that could not immediately be confirmed Wednesday night.

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