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11:29 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Third Of French Are On Psychoactive Drugs, Agency Says

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 2:52 pm

A drug safety agency says that 32 percent of French citizens are regular or occasional users of prescription drugs such as antidepressants and sleeping pills. France's National Drug Safety Agency warns that the pills are prescribed too often.

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11:06 am
Tue May 20, 2014

'Yooper' Blooper: Dictionary Misspells New Entry

If you need to know how to pronounce the term "yooper," this version of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary might not be the best guide.
Mark Lennihan AP

Yoopers were excited that they made the dictionary. It's too bad people won't learn the right way to pronounce their nickname.

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9:55 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Chipotle Tells Its Customers Not To Bring Guns To Its Restaurants

A Chipotle restaurant in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 12:10 pm

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast food chain, is asking its customers not to bring guns into its restaurants.

The announcement is similar to one the coffee giant Starbucks made back in September. Both companies were thrust into the middle of the national debate on guns, when gun activists brought guns into the establishments to make a point.

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9:45 am
Tue May 20, 2014

CIA Says It Will No Longer Use Vaccine Programs As Cover

A doctor gives a polio vaccine to a child at a health clinic in Baghdad last week. The CIA says it banned the use of vaccine programs as cover for spying last year — a practice health officials said had wide repercussions.
Ahmad Al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 5:32 pm

A White House official says the CIA will no longer use vaccine programs as cover for spy operations, answering health experts' complaints that it had hurt international efforts to fight disease.

The CIA famously used a vaccination program as a ploy to gain information about the possible whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. That effort didn't succeed, and the doctor involved was sentenced to a prison term. But the revelation had immediate effects — particularly in the fight against polio.

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8:21 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Book News: Politician's Story Of Growing Up Poor Wins Ondaatje Prize

Alan Johnson's This Boy: A Memoir of a Childhood describes life with his mother and sister in public housing in London's North Kensington neighborhood.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 8:36 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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8:09 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Tupelo Man Who Sent Ricin Letters To Obama Gets 25-Year Sentence

James Everett Dutschke, seen here as investigators searched his house last spring, was convicted of sending letters containing the poison ricin to President Obama and other officials.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 2:12 pm

After late wrangling that included a threat to withdraw his guilty plea, J. Everett Dutschke accepted a 25-year prison sentence Monday, a year after he was arrested for sending poison-laced letters to President Obama and others.

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7:20 am
Tue May 20, 2014

In China, Anger At U.S. Hacking Charges — And Claims Of Hypocrisy

The building housing China's Unit 61398, a division of the army linked to hacking operations, is seen in Shanghai last year. The U.S. says the group worked to steal trade secrets from American companies.
AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 2:07 pm

China says U.S. charges against five Chinese military officials for allegedly hacking into American computers amount to hypocrisy, citing U.S. surveillance and wiretapping. The country's foreign ministry summoned the American ambassador Monday night to complain about the charges.

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7:48 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Thai Army Declares Martial Law But Says It's No Coup

Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha (front) during a military parade in January. The army has declared martial law amid months of political unrest.
Apichart Weerawong AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:28 pm

Thailand's army has declared martial law less than two weeks after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was thrown out of office by the country's Constitutional Court.

The Associated Press reports:

"The army said in a statement that it had taken the action to 'keep peace and order,' and soldiers entered several private television stations that are sympathetic to protesters.

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6:59 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty To Helping U.S. Tax Evaders

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department on Monday. Holder announced that Credit Suisse had agreed to pay $2.6 billion in a criminal settlement. With him are IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (left) and Deputy Attorney General James Cole.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:03 pm

Credit Suisse AG has pleaded guilty to helping wealthy Americans evade taxes in offshore havens, and the Swiss bank has agreed to pay U.S. authorities $2.6 billion in penalties, the Justice Department has announced.

Attorney General Eric Holder told a news conference in Washington on Monday that the Swiss bank had "engaged in an extensive and wide-ranging conspiracy ... to help tax cheats dodge U.S. taxes."

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6:08 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

U.S. Coast Guard Calls Off Atlantic Search For 4 British Sailors

The missing yacht Cheeki Rafiki disappeared on Saturday with four experienced offshore sailors aboard.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 7:21 pm

The first person to sail single-handedly and nonstop around the world has joined others in urging the U.S. Coast Guard to resume a search for four missing British yachtsman who disappeared aboard a 40-foot sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean last week.

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5:34 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

U.S., Nigeria Reach Deal On Intelligence Sharing

The United States and Nigeria have reached a deal to share intelligence in the country's effort to find the more than 200 girls kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram.

NPR's Tom Bowman reports that the U.S. will now share "all source" intelligence with Nigeria. In simple terms, it means it will share intelligence analysis but withhold raw intelligence.

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4:14 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Selfie, Unfriend, Hashtag: From Your Teen's Phone To The Dictionary

Selfie is one of the 150-plus new words added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 6:38 pm

In school, many of us were sent to dictionaries to look up words we didn't know.

Now, dictionaries are coming to us, filling themselves up with terms that may already feel overly familiar.

More than 150 new words and definitions have been added to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the publisher announced Monday. The list includes selfie, hashtag, big data and unfriend.

"So many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to our lives and livelihood," Peter Sokolowski, a Merriam-Webster editor, said in a statement.

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4:04 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

NASA Chief Dismisses Concern Over Russia Quitting Space Station

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaks during a news conference in Berlin on Monday. Bolden said no single country was indispensable to the International Space Station's success.
Michael Sohn AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 6:04 pm

NASA's Administrator Charles Bolden says that Russia's plan to end cooperation on the International Space Station after 2020 will not have an impact on the success of the orbital platform.

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3:18 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Victories In Oregon, Utah For Same-Sex-Marriage Proponents

Julia Fraser (from left), Jessica Rohrbacher, Ken Brashier and Andrew Wallace await a ruling in the marriage equality case, so they can go into the building and get their marriage licenses.
Steve Dykes AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:19 pm

This post was updated at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Federal judges in two states have ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, with a decision in Oregon overturning a ban on the practice and another in Utah ordering officials to recognize more than 1,000 marriages that had been thrown into legal limbo.

In Oregon, opponents of gay marriage had asked a superior court to stay the judge's decision to give them a chance to argue their case against repealing the ban, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected their emergency motion earlier today.

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2:48 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Occupy Wall Street Activist Gets 90 Days For Assaulting Officer

Sarah Wellington stands in front of the courthouse after the sentencing of Cecily McMillan in New York, on Monday. McMillan, an Occupy Wall Street activist convicted of assaulting a police officer, was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 3:55 pm

An Occupy Wall Street activist convicted of assaulting a police officer who was arresting her during a March 2012 protest has been sentenced to three months in jail.

"A civilized society must not allow an assault to be committed under the guise of civil disobedience," said Justice Ronald Zweibel. However, "The court finds that a lengthy sentence would not serve the interests of justice in this case," he said.

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1:28 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

E. Coli Fears Spark Recall Of 1.8 Million Pounds Of Beef

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 2:05 pm

Federal authorities say a recall has been issued for 1.8 million pounds of ground beef that was shipped for use in restaurants. Detroit company Wolverine Packing issued the recall Monday; the Department of Agriculture says the beef may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

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12:54 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Whoa! Watch A Spectacular Supercell Take Form In Wyoming

A supercell storm in Clareton, Wyo.
Basehunters Chasing via Twitter

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 5:37 pm

Sometimes some of the most destructive forces in nature can be stunningly beautiful.

On Sunday, storm chasers caught a supercell thunderstorm taking shape in Wyoming. It is absolutely spectacular — the stuff of science-fiction movies:

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12:33 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

California Chrome To Run In Belmont, Nasal Strips And All

California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the Preakness Stakes on May 17 in Baltimore.
Jim Dietz Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 3:16 pm

California Chrome will be able to race after all.

There had been some doubt about whether the winner of this year's Kentucky Derby and the Preakness would compete in the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of horseracing's Triple Crown.

The thoroughbred has run and won his last six races wearing equine nasal strips. It was uncertain whether the stewards who oversee the June 7 event in New York would allow the strips, out of concern they offer the horse an unfair boost.

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12:06 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Flooding In Balkans Kills Dozens, Threatens Power Supply

A military amphibious vehicle heads down a flooded street in Obrenovac, Serbia. Residents were preparing for a river surge Monday that threatened to inundate Serbia's main power plant.
Darko Vojinovic AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 12:28 pm

The worst flooding on record in the Balkans has killed dozens of people and now threatens a power plant that is Serbia's main source of electricity.

Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes from rising waters in Serbia, Bosnia and parts of Croatia. Thousands more remain stranded, many of them trapped in upper floors of buildings without power or phone service. More than a thousand people have been evacuated by helicopter.

The flooding was triggered by months worth of rain that has fallen during the past five days.

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11:29 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Supreme Court Will Hear TSA Whistleblower Case

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 2:31 pm

The Supreme Court has accepted a case pitting the Department of Homeland Security against a former air marshal, setting up a debate over the imperatives of government secrecy and the public's safety.

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10:43 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Fired 'New York Times' Editor: 'Losing A Job You Love Hurts'

Jill Abramson
Evan Agostini AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 1:39 pm

Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times, addressed her sudden and controversial firing during a commencement address at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Monday.

"Sure, losing a job you love hurts," she admitted. "But the work I revered, journalism that holds powerful institutions and people accountable, is what makes our democracy so resilient. This is the work I will remain very much a part of."

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10:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Gordon Willis, Cinematographer Who Gave Woody Allen Films Their Look, Dies

Cinematographer Gordon Willis poses with his honorary Oscar following a 2009 ceremony in Los Angeles.
Chris Pizzello AP

Gordon Willis, the cinematographer behind such classic 1970s films as Annie Hall, Klute, All the President's Men and the Godfather series, died on Sunday. He was 82.

"One cinematographer had established a kind of noir color look, rich in brown, amber and shadow, that was a vital force in the noir movies made in Hollywood in the 1970s," film historian David Thomson wrote of Willis in his New Biographical Dictionary of Film.

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9:43 am
Mon May 19, 2014

U.S. Files Criminal Charges Against Chinese Officials Over Cyberspying

Press materials are displayed on a table at the Justice Department in Washington on Monday before Attorney General Eric Holder was to speak at a news conference.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 12:19 pm

(This post was updated at 12:00 p.m. ET.)

The United States has for the first time filed criminal charges against foreign government military officials in connection to cyberspying allegations.

The Justice Department is accusing five Chinese government officials of using military and intelligence facilities to steal trade secrets from U.S. companies, including Alcoa Inc., Westinghouse Electric Co., United States Steel Corp., and Allegheny Technologies Inc.

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9:30 am
Mon May 19, 2014

AT&T, DirecTV And Finding A Prom Date: Reactions To Merger

"I was scratching my head," one analyst says of news that AT&T will acquire satellite TV company DirecTV for $48.5 billion in cash and stock, or $95 per share. Analysts are mixed in their reactions to the deal.
Seth Perlman, Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 12:18 pm

AT&T's plan to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion is the latest tectonic shift in the media industry, with many viewing the deal as a response to the pending merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Among business analysts and consumer advocates, response to the AT&T-DirecTV deal is mixed. Here's a roundup of what we're seeing:

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8:58 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Russia Says It Has Ordered Its Troops Away From Ukraine Border, Again

Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, on Monday.
Mikhail Klimentyev AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 1:21 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops amassed along the Ukrainian border to return to their permanent bases, the president's office announced in a statement on Monday.

USA Today translated that statement as saying:

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