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Northern California town hit hard by wildfire

california wildfireA wildfire whipped by 40 mph winds gutted 100 buildings in a small northern California town while another spread to almost 12,000 acres on the American River.

At least five other major fires burned around the state, including the massive Happy Camp Complex, which has charred more than 100,000 acres in Klamath National Forest in northern California.

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The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program

FBIOn Monday, the FBI announced a tool to identify as well as search for people's faces.

This is part of what the bureau calls the Next Generation Identification System. The FBI hopes this system will replace the current fingerprint-tracking system.

As part of the program, the bureau will rely on mug shots to search for people. They will then be identified by tattoos, scars and other features.

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Israeli leaders condemn military refuseniks as 'criminal'

refuseniksIsraeli leaders on Monday condemned members of an elite military intelligence unit as “criminal” for signing a letter last week declaring their refusal to spy on Palestinians, local media reported.

Signatories to the letter, which was published on Thursday, said they took “moral” issue with the extent of military surveillance carried out on residents in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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How members of Congress use a little-known power to shape the military and help their constituents

Congress and the militaryEach year, members of Congress exercise a little-known power to help constituents obtain a nomination to one of the country's four elite service academies, which prepare future officers for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Merchant Marine.

In doing so, they are helping the nominees obtain a highly sought college education worth nearly $500,000 while shaping the leadership of the military.

Those nominations are often secret, sometimes political and always prestigious. In some cases, a USA TODAY examination shows, they go to children of friends, political supporters and donors to the lawmakers' campaigns.

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Swiss say they would shield Snowden from 'political' extradition to U.S.

SnowdenFormer intelligence contractor Edward Snowden could be granted safe passage in Switzerland if he helped a potential criminal inquiry into U.S. spying there, the Swiss public prosecutor's office said on Monday.

He would probably not be extradited to the United States if Washington asked, but it was also unlikely that he would be granted political asylum, according to a document laying out Switzerland's legal options if Snowden were to visit.

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Philip Morris Sues Uruguay Over Graphic Cigarette Packaging

Philip Morris sues UruguayShopping for cigarettes in Uruguay isn't a pleasant experience. Photos of decaying teeth, premature babies and gruesome hospital scenes wrap around every pack. In fact, the country requires manufacturers to cover at least 80 percent of the packaging with medical warnings and graphic images.

Cigarette giant Philip Morris International sees this requirement as a violation of a treaty law. So it's suing the country of Uruguay for $25 million.

The lawsuit is based on a 1991 trade agreement between Uruguay and Switzerland, where the company is located. The cigarette manufacturer says Uruguay is violating its promise to respect intellectual property rights.

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Science education group raises red flag about Texas textbooks

Texas textbooksThe new social studies textbooks up for consideration this week by the Texas Board of Education have already come under heavy fire for their emphasis on America’s Christian heritage. A new analysis just out by the National Center for Science Education raises more red flags — about the textbooks’ treatment of global warming.

The NCSE, which has clashed with the Texas school board before over its treatment of evolution, points to “deeply concerning” sections in several geography, world culture and economics texts. One sixth-grade book, for instance, introduces global warming this way: “Scientists agree that Earth’s climate is changing. They do not agree on what is causing the change.”

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Homecoming queen Scarlett Lenh puts transgender issues front and center

transgender homecoming queenAt Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., over the weekend, Scarlett Lenh was named homecoming queen – no doubt a high point in the 16-year old’s life so far.

What makes the event newsworthy is that until recently Scarlett was known as Andy Lenh, a biological boy who identifies as a girl.

Transgender issues now touch virtually all aspects of American society – public and higher education, news media and entertainment, politics, and the armed forces.

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President Obama has a huge gas problem

fracking problem for OamaLater this month, hundreds of delegates will gather inside the U.N. to talk about climate change. President Barack Obama plans to attend the climate summit and reportedly wants work on a deal with other world leaders to “name and shame” countries that aren’t actively pursuing serious climate action.

But outside the U.N., thousands of activists will be protesting with one message: Whatever Obama accomplishes at the U.N., it won’t be enough to save his climate legacy.

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