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The World is Running Out of Water

world is running out of waterA new report says the world is running out of water as aquifers that hold most of the world's drinkable water empty faster than they can be restored.

The New York Times reports that a new study has found 11 of the world's 37 major aquifers are being emptied faster than they can be refilled by rainstorms, hurricanes, and monsoons. The majority of the aquifers are said to be located in regions that also produce most of the Earth's food, sustaining some 2 billion people.

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Apple removes games featuring confederate flags from App Store

Apple AppApple Inc (AAPL.O) has removed several civil war games featuring Confederate flags from its App Store, some game developers said.

The flags and other symbols of the Confederacy have been at the center of debate since a 21-year-old gunman, accused of killing nine black worshippers in last week's South Carolina church shooting, posed with the flag in photos posted online.

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Jury Rules Against JONAH in Landmark 'Gay Conversion' Therapy Case

JONAH loses court caseA jury ruled against a Jewish group that promotes so-called ‘gay conversion therapy’ in a landmark fraud case that could have a wide-ranging impact on the controversial anti-gay practice.

In a first-of-its-kind decision, the jury awarded $72,000 to several mostly Jewish victims who said Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing and co-founder Arthur Goldberg made bogus promises that they could ‘cure’ gays.

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Pope Francis: Sometimes divorce can be a ‘moral necessity’

Pope FrancisPope Francis may go down in history as the Catholic leader most actively supporting divorce, after saying the practice was “morally necessary.” However, the pontiff’s position could face obstacles at an upcoming bishops’ meeting.

The Catholic Church is known worldwide for being staunchly anti-divorce, but according to Francis there are certain moral imperatives, which make divorce a lesser evil. He was talking about the humiliation a wife could suffer at the hands of an abusive spouse. Also, if there are children, their safety must be considered.

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Retired cop uses Twitter to accuse Baltimore police of brutality and corruption

Baltimore cop tweets corruption and brutalityA retired Baltimore cop is blowing the whistle on police brutality and misconduct he allegedly witnessed during his decade on the force.

Former Sgt. Michael A. Wood Jr. listed his disturbing allegations in a Twitter firestorm Wednesday but stopped short of naming names or providing dates and locations.

"So here we go," the ex-detective and U.S. Marine, 35, wrote to his thousands of followers. "I'm going to start Tweeting the things I've seen & participated in, in policing that is corrupt, intentional or not."

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Hundreds Attend First Funeral For Charleston Church Shooting Victims

Shooting victims memorialPolice officers stood guard and checked bags as hundreds of people filed into a church Thursday for the first funeral for victims of the massacre at a historic black church.

The increased security comes amid a heated debate over the Confederate flag and other symbols of the Confederacy around the South and elsewhere. A monument to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis had the phrase "Black Lives Matter" spray-painted on it Thursday in Richmond, Virginia, the latest of several monuments to be defaced around the country.

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Judge Blocks Kansas Law Banning Procedure Used In Most Second-Trimester Abortions

judge blocks KansAs abortion lawA Kansas judge on Thursday blocked a law that would have effectively banned the majority of second-trimester abortions performed in the state, in a win for reproductive rights advocates less than a week before the law was set to take effect.

The first-in-the-nation law would have banned a process that abortion rights opponents call "dismemberment abortion" and that reproductive health advocates call dilation and evacuation. D&E is the most commonly used procedure in the second trimester. However, since nearly 90 percent of abortions are performed in the first trimester, the ban would have affected only the 8 or 9 percent of abortions performed using the D&E method.

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Wildfires near LA force evacuations of 1,000; Flames threaten homes

LA wildfiresAbout a thousand people were evacuated from their neighborhoods in Southern California Wednesday after a wildfire started and spread quickly, consuming more than 100 acres and threatening homes in the area, authorities said.

The Calgrove Fire started about 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday along Interstate 5 in the Santa Clarita area, located 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. By 3 p.m., three alarms had been called to fight the flames, CBS Los Angeles reported.

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Supreme Court approves Obamacare subsidies on HealthCare.gov

John RobertsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, handing a major victory to the president.

The court ruled on a 6-3 vote that the 2010 Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, did not restrict the subsidies to states that establish their own online healthcare exchanges. It marked the second time in three years that the high court ruled against a major challenge to the law brought by conservatives seeking to gut it.

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