Meet the baby who was born twice

(CNN)Margaret Boemer went for a routine ultrasound 16 weeks into her pregnancy with her third child. She quickly found out that things were far from routine.

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October 21, 2016

Federal court blasts Pence on Syrian refugees

Washington (CNN)A federal appeals court on Monday dealt a blow to Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, upholding a preliminary injunction blocking Indiana’s effort to prevent resettlement of Syrian refugee families in his state.

The ruling from a three judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit held that there is “nothing to suggest that Indiana is a magnet for Syrians.” The opinion, penned by Judge Richard Posner, is critical at times of the arguments put forward by the state noting that it “provides no evidence that Syrian terrorists are posing as refugees or that Syrian refugees have ever committed acts of terrorism in the United States.”
    Posner calls the suggestion “nightmare speculation.”
    In stinging language, the court dismissed the state’s argument that it has a compelling interest in protecting its residents. And Posner rejects the idea that the policy is based solely on the threat Pence thinks the refugees might pose to the safety of the citizens of Indiana.
    “(Pence) argues that his policy of excluding Syrian refugees is based not on nationality and thus is not discriminatory, but is based solely on the threat he thinks they pose to the safety of residents of Indiana,” Posner wrote. “But that’s the equivalent of his saying (not that he does say) that he wants to forbid black people to settle in Indiana not because they’re black but because he’s afraid of them, and since race is therefore not his motive he isn’t discriminating. But that of course would be racial discrimination, just as his targeting Syrian refugees is discrimination on the basis of nationality.”
    He added that the refugees coming from war-torn Syria are required to undergo multiple layers of screening by the federal government.
    The ruling is a victory for a private agency named Exodus that assists refugees in the state. The Immigration and Nationality Act authorizes the president to determine how many refugees to admit annually, and in 2016 fixed the number at 85,000, 10,000 of whom came from Syria. To receive federal money, a state submits to the Office of Refugee Resettlement a plan for using the money to assist refugees. Under the plan, the state contracts with a private resettlement agency for the provision of social services. But Pence refused to pay for the services for any refugee whose country of origin is Syria.
    Without the payments, Exodus would be unable to provide assistance to the refugees.
    Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks defended the governor’s actions.
    “The safety and security of the people of Indiana is Gov. Pence’s highest priority. The state of Indiana took decisive action last year to suspend resettlement of Syrian refugees after the terrorist attack in Paris and because the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged security gaps with regard to screening refugees from Syria,” Brooks said. “In addition, as recently as September 21, the State Department spokesman is quoted as saying he ‘wouldn’t debate the fact that there’s the potential for ISIS terrorists to try to insert themselves’ into the refugee program.”
    The ACLU praised the ruling.
    “A court has once again rejected Indiana’s efforts to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees,” said Omar Jadwat of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights project. “This ruling is a stinging rebuke of Gov. Mike Pence’s anti-refugee actions,” he said.
    Posner, who was appointed to the bench by Ronald Reagan, was joined in the unanimous opinion by another Reagan appointee Frank H. Easterbrook as well as Diane Sykes who was nominated by George W. Bush. Sykes was one of the judges listed as a potential Supreme Court nominee by Trump earlier this year.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/03/politics/mike-pence-syrian-refugees/index.html

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    October 4, 2016

    Brazil police arrest journalists reporting on Rio evictions

    Rene Silva and Renato Moura held while reporting from Alemo favela, as activists are attacked by officers using teargas

    Brazilian police have arrested a prominent community journalist in the Alemo favela complex of Rio de Janeiro, underlining the authorities often weak respect for media freedom, particularly when it comes to coverage of poor neighbourhoods.

    Rene Silva, the founder of Voz da Comunidades (Community Voice), was detained alongside a photographer, Renato Moura, on Saturday night as they attempted to report on the forced relocation of residents who had reoccupied their demolished homes in the Skol community.

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    October 3, 2016

    Pastors take to pulpit to protest IRS limits on political endorsements

    Washington (CNN)Pastors across the country are taking to their pulpits this Sunday to protest an Internal Revenue Service law that they say limits their religious freedom.

    Pulpit Freedom Sunday is an initiative started in 2008 by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Arizona-based non-profit focused on defending religious liberty.
      “The ultimate goal of Pulpit Freedom Sunday is to restore a pastor’s right to speak freely from the pulpit without fearing government censorship or punishment,” said Erik Stanley, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom. “The IRS currently holds the power to impose legal sanctions on a church for something its pastor preaches from the pulpit.”
      As a senator, Lyndon B. Johnson backed a change in the US tax code that blocked some tax-exempt organizations, including churches, from supporting or opposing political candidates.
      “Until 1954, America’s pastors had the right to speak freely they exercised that right responsibly,” Stanley said. “Churches were not turned into political action committees and party bosses did not set up shop in the basement of churches. Instead, pastors spoke out as they believed their faith intersected with something that was happening in an election. Pastors should have the right to decide that issue for themselves.”
      Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has pledged to repeal the “Johnson Amendment” should he win.
      “The Johnson Amendment has blocked our pastors and ministers and others from speaking their minds from their own pulpits,” he said at the Values Voter Summit last month.
      “If they want to talk about Christianity, if they want to preach, if they want to talk about politics, they’re unable to do so. If they want to do it, they take a tremendous risk that they lose their tax-exempt status,” he said. “All religious leaders should be able to freely express their thoughts and feelings on religious matters. And I will repeal the Johnson Amendment if I am elected your president, I promise. So important.”
      Hillary Clinton campaign did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on the Johnson Amendment.
      The IRS told CNN that federal privacy laws prohibit the agency from commenting on any individual taxpayer or case.
      But Jim Garlow, lead pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego, has tried to get the IRS to comment on this issue for years.
      “We record our sermons, as have many several thousands of pastors, and then send their sermons to the IRS in the hopes of provoking a lawsuit. But we have not been successful,” he said.
      Although ADF advocates for more traditional social issues like marriage and abortion, the group is not endorsing a candidate or encouraging pastors to address certain issues.
      “ADF remains firmly committed to the goal that Pulpit Freedom Sunday is not about any particular issue or candidate or election, but is about restoring the right of pastors to speak freely from their pulpits and removing the censorship and punishment power from the IRS,” Stanley said.
      Trump supporter Tony Perkins, president of the socially conservative Family Research Council, said that although pastors don’t need to choose a candidate, they do need the freedom to do so if they want.
      “As a pastor, you have a biblical responsibility to speak to your congregation and help them understand the issues and how they line up with Scripture,” he said. “We’re simply going down the list of biblical issues like life and human sexuality and marriage and speaking to what Scripture has to say and juxtaposing that with the positions of the candidates.”
      But not all clergy are in favor of religious leaders using the pulpit to make political endorsements.
      Broderick Greer, curate at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee, believes support for Pulpit Freedom Sunday is due to more conservative leaders losing influence in an increasingly diverse climate.
      “I don’t see our relationship with the people we’re serving as one of paternalism,” he said. “I would never want to tell people who they should vote for.”
      “If you want to lose your tax-exempt status, then feel free to make an endorsement from your pulpit. If you don’t then, you don’t,” he added. “I think the broader question is should religious organizations have tax-exempt status at all.”

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/01/politics/pulpit-freedom-sunday-johnson-amendment/index.html

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      October 2, 2016

      Agnes Nixon, creator of ‘All My Children,’ dead at 93

      (CNN)Agnes Nixon, a woman who brought years of drama to daytime TV as the creator of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” has died. She was 93.

      Nixon died due to complications from Parkinson’s disease and a recent stroke, ABC News reported.
        “I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes,” former “All My Children” star Susan Lucci wrote on Instagram. “I adored her and admired her–and I am forever grateful to her!”
        Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, called Nixon a “television pioneer.”
        “Agnes’ impact on daytime television and pop culture is undeniable,” he said in a statement via ABC. “She was the first to champion socially relevant topics, and the towns and characters Agnes brought to life leave an indelible imprint on television that will be remembered forever.”

        I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes. I adored her and admired her–and I am forever grateful to her! May this liveliest and loveliest of women rest in peace.

        A photo posted by Susan Lucci (official) (@therealsusanlucci) on

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        October 1, 2016

        Pokmon Go maker taken to court over players on beaches

        Case will be heard in the Hague court after mobile-game developer failed to respond to requests to remove Pokmon from protected areas in Kijkduin

        Authorities in the Netherlands are taking Niantic Labs, developers of the smash hit mobile game Pokmon Go, to court after it failed to stop hordes of players flocking to protected beaches.

        Since the game was launched in the Netherlands, thousands of Pokmon hunters have crowded the vast, windswept beaches of Kijkduin, south of the Hague, where hundreds of the games most popular monsters spawn daily.

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        September 30, 2016

        ‘Luke Cage’ brings muscle, cool to Marvel’s new Netflix series

        Los Angeles (CNN)As superhero team-ups go, Marvel and Netflix continue to make a pretty powerful pair. Enter, on the heels of “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” which closely adheres to that gritty formula and should win its own loyal legion of fans behind Mike Colter’s imposing presence in the title role.

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        September 29, 2016

        Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo denied by Borussia Dortmund

        (CNN)No team has ever retained the Champions League title — and Real Madrid got a taste of how difficult it might prove after being held 2-2 by Borussia Dortmund Tuesday.

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        September 28, 2016

        US Census Fast Facts

        (CNN)Here’s some background information about the United States Census which counts residents, citizens and non-citizens alike.

        2010 Census – US population – 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from 2000
          2000 Census – US population – 281,421,906
          Other Facts:
          1790 –
          The first United States Census is conducted by US marshals and their assistants. They travel house to house gathering information about the residents. The census counts 3.9 million people at a cost of $45,000 and is completed in 18 months.
          The US Constitution requires it take place every 10 years. “The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of 10 years, in such manner as they shall by Law direct.” – Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States.
          The decennial census results determine how taxpayer money is spent on emergency services, hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, bridges and other public works projects.
          The data collected by the census helps determine the number of seats states have in the US House of Representatives.
          The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is included in the census.
          1840 –
          Questions are added about education, vocation and industry.
          1850 – Detailed information about all household members, white and non-white, is collected for the first time. Additional information on taxes, schools, crime, wages and data on mortality is collected.
          1890 – First census in which the electric tabulation system is used.
          1910 – The Census Bureau’s 1910 population and economic data is used during the nation’s mobilization for World War I in 1917.
          1940 – TheCensus Bureau creates the first “long form,” which asks additional questions and is only completed by a subset of the population.
          1950 – The first non-military computer, UNIVAC, is used to tabulate the 1950 census.
          1960 – For the first time, residents self-identify their race.
          1970 – The Census Bureau is asked by people of Hispanic descent to be able to identify themselves as such.
          1980 – Following the 1980 count, 54 lawsuits, many by civil rights groups, are filed against the Census Bureau for improper and unconstitutional methods of counting.
          2000 – The first advertising campaign used to promote the census costs $167 million. The Census Bureau calculates the population to be 281,421,906. People can mark more than one race, and a “some other race” category is also included.
          March 2010 – Census forms are mailed or delivered to households.
          April 1, 2010 – National Census Day is promoted as the day to return completed forms.
          April-July 2010 – Census takers visit households that have not returned their completed forms.
          December 14, 2010 – 2005-2009 American Community Survey five-year estimates are released. This marks the first release of five-year estimates. The American Community Survey includes “social, economic, housing and demographic statistics for every community in the nation.”
          December 31, 2010 – The Census Bureau is required by law to deliver population information to the president for apportionment.
          August 8, 2013 – John H. Thompson is sworn in as the director of the US Census Bureau.

          Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/27/us/u-s-census-fast-facts/index.html

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          September 27, 2016

          $100 store-bought kit can help anyone hack into iPhone passcodes

          Technique known as NAND mirroring, which focuses on bypassing limit on password retry attempts, can be used to break into any model up to the 6

          The FBI paid more than $1.3m to unlock the San Bernardino shooters iPhone 5C, but one computer scientist from Cambridge University has shown that the passcodes can be hacked using a store-bought kit worth less than $100.

          Sergei Skorobogatov demonstrated a technique known as NAND mirroring dismissed by the FBI director, James Comey, as being unworkable to break into any model of iPhone up to the iPhone 6, including the iPhone 5C. He outlined the attack in a paper published last week as well as a YouTube video.

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          September 21, 2016