September 15, 2016

Police allegedly collecting DNA samples from people stopped, interviewed or questioned but not arrested. https://www.propublica.org/article/dna-dragnet-in-some-cities-police-go-from-stop-and-frisk-to-stop-and-spit

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Johnson on the ballot in all 5o states, Green’s Stein on the ballot in 45 with write-in allowed in three more. Neither candidate is likely to meet the CPD’s 15% polling threshold to participate in debates however. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/gary-johnson-november-ballot-50-states/story?id=42081756

Suspect arrested in Florida mosque fire, reportedly has previous criminal history. http://abcnews.go.com/US/32-year-man-arrested-connection-arson-florida-mosque/story?id=42098425

Zika virus funds still tied up in Congress as politicians squabble. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/09/14/fight-zika-money-hampered-partisan-squabbles/90365072/

Monsanto and Bayer agree to merger deal, new firm would control about 1/4 of the world’s seed and pesticide business. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/bayer-agrees-to-buy-monsanto-in-66-billion-deal-that-could-reshape-agriculture/2016/09/14/4599de48-7aa6-11e6-ac8e-cf8e0dd91dc7_story.html

Ford CEO says all of its small cars for the U.S. market will be made in Mexico in 2 to 3 years. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/14/ford-ignores-trumps-criticism-confirms-plans-to-expand-production-in-mexico/

Health insurance deductibles (employee share of medical fees) up about 50% in five years for people covered by employer health plans, employee share of premiums also increasing. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/business/health-insurance-analysis-kaiser.html?_r=0

First fatal Tesla autopilot car crash may have actually occurred in China in January. https://electrek.co/2016/09/14/another-fatal-tesla-autopilot-crash-emerges-model-s-hits-a-streetsweeper-truck-caught-on-dashcam/

Second type of crow discovered that uses tools to obtain food. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37354588

High levels of toxic chemicals such as phthalates and flame retardants found in indoor dust. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/14/toxic-chemicals-household-dust-health-cancer-infertility

More than 40% of likely voters 34 or under plan to vote for a third party candidate – poll. http://fusion.net/story/347468/young-people-third-party-poll/

69 year-old Trump protester with an oxygen tank allegedly punched in the face by angry Trump supporter at South Carolina Trump rally, arrest warrant issued. http://fusion.net/story/347029/deplorable-trump-rally-asheville-shirley-teter/

Prominent right-wing donors reportedly helped Wisconsin governor Scott Walker fight recall election after union-busting battle by making huge donations to “dark money” organization, according to leaked documents that Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered destroyed. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2016/sep/14/john-doe-files-scott-walker-corporate-cash-american-politics

Wall Street and big bank wish list of financial deregulation measures passes House Financial Services committee vote. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/09/13/gop-bill-described-avalanche-deregulatory-rubbish-advances

Internet of sex things: Chicago woman sues company for collecting “personally identifiable information” from customers using the company’s smartphone controlled vibrator, as well as settings and times used. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/14/wevibe-sex-toy-data-collection-chicago-lawsuit

Some alcohol industry groups are reportedly major contributors to efforts to keep marijuana illegal. https://theintercept.com/2016/09/14/beer-pot-ballot/

Clinton releases letter from her doctor saying she is “healthy and fit to serve as president of the United States.” Had previously disclosed a plastic tube in her left ear to aid drainage of fluid and continuing treatment for hypothyroidism. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/hillary-clinton-releases-medical-information-pneumonia-diagnosis/story?id=42094799

City meeting to discuss building permit for mosque cancelled after militia member posts video with weapon displayed, threatens armed demonstration at the meeting.  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/meeting-about-proposed-georgia-mosque-canceled-after-militia-video-surfaces-n648106?cid=sm_tw

Three officers involved in Waco biker shootings will not face charges, still unclear who fired fatal shots that killed nine bikers. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-bikers-idUSKCN11K2KX

 

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September 15, 2016

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