Christina Cauterucci: Trapped is a Close Look at Just How Absurd Abortion-Restriction Laws Have Become (Slate)
[Marva Sadler, Whole Woman's Health's director of clinical services,] says when she started her career in abortion care at a Planned Parenthood in Waco, Texas, she didn't know there was "a fight going on" around abortion. "On my first day there at that job, I was rushed by protesters telling me that I shouldn't work there, and that I was a baby-killer, and that I was going to hell," she says. "And I think I was bit by the bug from that day forth. If these people were fighting against it, somebody had to fight for it."
Scott Burns: Healthcare and Magic (AssetBuilder)
As a personal finance writer I don't think about magic often. I try to stick with the evidence and the odds. Then I thought about Penn and Teller, the popular duo with a long-standing act in Las Vegas. Lone-wolf magicians perform most magic. Penn and Teller are unusual. They operate as a team, a bit like our health care institutions. Health care has become an elaborate institutional magic trick. In one misdirection after another, the price always disappears.
The Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), also known as the peregrine, and historically as the duck hawk in North America, is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. A large, crow-sized falcon, it has a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head. As is typical of bird-eating raptors, peregrine falcons are sexually dimorphic, females being considerably larger than males. The peregrine is renowned for its speed, reaching over 322 km/h (200 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop (high speed dive), making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom.
The peregrine's breeding range includes land regions from the Arctic tundra to the tropics. It can be found nearly everywhere on Earth, except extreme polar regions, very high mountains, and mosttropical rainforests; the only major ice-free landmass from which it is entirely absent is New Zealand. This makes it the world's most widespread raptor and one of the most widely found bird species. In fact, the only land-based bird species found over a larger geographic area is not always naturally occurring but one widely introduced by humans, the rock pigeon, which in turn now supports many peregrine populations as a prey species.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
I don't know and The Googles are not forthcoming on this one...
That would be the Peregrine falcon. It can dive at incredible speeds.
Rain stopped and rumor has it that spring is on the way. I'm all for it.
Lois Of Oregon said:
They even have them in Malta...
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
The Peregrine falcon…one fast fucking bird…the highest measured speed of a peregrine falcon is 389 km/h (242 mph)…Dry weather today! Yeah!
Peregrine falcon ~ A large, crow-sized falcon, it has a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
CBS begins the night with a FRESH'NCIS', followed by a FRESH'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH'Limitless'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Shirley MacLaine, and Gustavo Dudamel.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Paul Rudd and Diane Lane.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'The Voice',followed by a FRESH'Crowded', then another FRESH'Crowded'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Jesse Eisenberg, Zoe Kravitz, and Coldplay.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Naomi Watts, Chris Cuomo, Bloc Party, and Matt Cameron.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/22/16) are Jay & Mark Duplass, Wolf Alice, and Anya Taylor-Joy & Robert Eggers.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH'The Real O'Neals', then a FRESH'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by a FRESH'Of Kings & Prophets'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Kirsten Dunst, Gal Gadot, and Jake Bugg.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a RERUN'iZombie'.
Faux has a FRESH'New Girl', followed by a FRESH'Grandfathered', then a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH'The Grinder'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', 'Fit To Fat To Fit', followed by a FRESH'Fit To Fat To Fit', then still another FRESH'Fit To Fat To Fit'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Fugitive', followed by the movie 'Enemy Of The State'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 10 - Episode 2
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 10 - Episode 3
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Dillon's
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Mill Street Bistro, Part 1
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-A Fistful of Datas
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Quality of Life
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Chain of Command (Part 1)
[2:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Fish
[3:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Birds
[4:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Insects
[5:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds
[6:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains
[7:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
[8:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Shallow Seas
[9:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Seasonal Forests
[12:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains
[1:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
[2:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Shallow Seas
[3:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Seasonal Forests
[4:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Ocean Deep
[5:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Fish (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of BH', and 'Real Housewives Of BH'.
FX has the movie 'After Earth', followed by the movie 'World War Z', then a FRESH'The People V. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story'.
History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars', then another FRESH'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH"Forged In Fire'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Take It or Leave It
[6:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Joel McHale
[6:45AM] THE BLUES BROTHERS
[9:45AM] BLUES BROTHERS 2000
[12:30PM] THE BLUES BROTHERS
[3:30PM] GET SMART
[6:00PM] PORTLANDIA-First Feminist City
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-'Til the Next Goodbye
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Bohemian Rhapsody
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Somebody to Love
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-You're My Best Friend
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Misfire
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Stone Cold Crazy
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Long Away
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Fun It
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Good Company
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Who Needs You
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-'Til the Next Goodbye
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Bohemian Rhapsody
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Somebody to Love
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-You're My Best Friend
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Misfire
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Stone Cold Crazy
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Long Away
[3:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Fun It
[3:30AM] GET SMART (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:30AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Make-up
[9:45AM] The Game
[3:30PM] Fast Times at Ridgemont High
[5:30PM] The Goonies
[8:00PM] The Lost Boys
[10:00PM] Red Dawn
[12:30AM] Red Dawn
[3:00AM] The Mechanic
[5:30AM] Body Double (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia', followed by the movie 'Lady In The Water'.
On a RERUNConan (from 12/14/15) are Andy Serkis, Krysten Ritter, and Drennon Davis & Karen Kilgariff.
Humans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton is known for giving a voice to the voiceless with his long-captioned social media posts.
But on Monday, he did something that he doesn't do often: he used his own voice.
In what he calls an "open letter to Donald Trump," the blogger breaks out his political side in a Facebook post -- just days after massive protests led Trump to cancel a rally in Chicago.
"For the longest time I felt a reluctance to speak out strongly because I didn't want to involve myself in politics," Stanton told CBS News on Monday. "But Trump's appeal to hatred and violence has grown to the point where I think every person of influence needs to make a decision. Do you maintain a political silence? Or do you take a moral stand?"
In his letter, which was shared by nearly 500,000 people in three hours, Stanton said that now is the time to speak up.
Actress Aunjanue Ellis holds a slogan on her dress, in protest against the flying of the Confederate flag, as she poses with the cast of the mini-series "Book of Negroes" on arrival at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto, Ontario March 13, 2016.
Photo by Mark Blinch
Republicans prepared Monday to unleash a torrent of activity opposing President Barack Obama's nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin "Fat Tony" Scalia (R-Opus Dei). As the president neared an announcement, Obama's allies, too, were priming for an election-year fight.
The Republican Party launched a task force housed within the Republican National Committee to orchestrate attack ads, petitions and media outreach, party officials said. They want to bolster a strategy that Senate Republicans adopted as soon as Justice Antonin Scalia died last month: refusing to consider an Obama nominee out of hopes that the next president will be a Republican.
The Republican National Committee will contract with America Rising Squared, an outside group targeting Democrats that's run by a longtime aide to GOP Sen. John McCain (R-Get Off My Lawn). GOP chairman Reince Priebus said it would be the most comprehensive judicial response effort in the party's history.
Echoing that strategy, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network said it was spending upward of a quarter-million dollars on TV and digital ads targeting three appellate judges Obama has considered for the job: Sri Srinivasan, Merrick Garland and Jane Kelly. The group's move to attack candidates even before Obama had announced his selection underscored conservatives' insistence that nobody Obama nominates will be confirmed in an election year.
"This is Exhibit A of Republicans putting political considerations at the RNC ahead of their constitutional duties," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
Liberal-leaning Vermont could become the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use through legislation, rather than by voter initiative, in a move that advocates for the drug say could speed its acceptance across the nation.
State representatives this month are set to take up a bill passed by the state Senate in February that would allow adults over 21 to purchase and smoke the drug beginning in 2018.
The move follows a year of hearings in the Senate that lawmakers say allowed them to closely consider appropriate limits to place on the drug's use. The current proposal would prohibit users from growing plants at home and ban the sale of edible products containing marijuana extracts.
The law would impose a 25 percent tax on sales of the drug, which would fund drug law enforcement and drug education programs.
Four states, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized marijuana through ballot initiatives, and voters in four more states, including neighboring Massachusetts, are to vote on legalization in November. The drug remains illegal under federal law.
Four straight days of rain have replenished several key reservoirs in Northern California, delighting a state in its fifth year of drought and raising hopes that water-use restrictions might be eased.
The series of storms that started late last week drenched the state, closing roads and schools while causing flooding and power outages.
Northern California was the hardest hit over four days. Other parts of the state saw the heaviest rainfall late last week.
Forecasters had issued an avalanche warning that expired Monday along the crest of the Sierra Nevada, where the highest peaks received up to 5 feet of snow over the weekend. The snowpack normally stores about 30 percent of the state's water supply.
Lake Shasta, the state's largest reservoir, was at 79 percent capacity and at 103 percent of its historical average for this time of year.
The Breitbart News reporter allegedly roughed up last week at a Donald Trump press conference has resigned from the conservative website, saying that she can't work for an organization that doesn't support her, and three other news employees followed her out the door.
Michelle Fields, who said that she was grabbed by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as she attempted to question the candidate last Tuesday in Florida, was joined in her resignation by Breitbart editors Ben Shapiro and Jarrett Stepman, along with national security correspondent Jordan Schachtel.
After initially publishing Fields' account, Breitbart posted a story doubting its own reporter, saying the "likeliest explanation" is that Fields was grabbed by a security officer, not Lewandowski.
Shapiro, in a lengthy statement first reported by BuzzFeed News, said Breitbart did nothing to support Fields outside of tepidly asking for an apology. "In the ultimate indignity, they undermined Michelle completely by running a poorly-evidenced conspiracy theory as their lead story," Shapiro wrote.
Shapiro called Breitbart's chief executive, Stephen Bannon, a bully who has shaped the company into "Trump's personal Pravda."
As testimony in the Hulk Hogan sex video trial entered its second week, the case with serious legal implications was once again centered on salacious details.
An editor who worked on a disputed post on the Gawker gossip website was asked by a juror if she'd had sex with her bosses, and another editor described an editorial discussion about whether a video posted on the Internet should show Hogan's penis.
Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker Media for $100 million for posting an edited video showing him having sex with his then-best friend's wife. The former wrestler has said he didn't know he was being filmed when the video was made. He contends Gawker violated his privacy. Jurors will likely be asked to consider how celebrity affects privacy expectations.
Gawker's lawyers called A.J. Daulerio to the stand. He's the reporter and editor who posted the edited version of the sex video on Gawker and wrote an item about it for the website.
Under cross-examination, Daulerio said he told other Gawker staffers that Hogan's penis should be shown in the video. He added that Hogan's penis in and of itself wasn't newsworthy - but the broader themes of celebrities and sex were.
A Vatican monsignor admitted in court Monday that he passed confidential Holy See documents on to journalists but said he did so at a time when he feared for his life after a friendship with a woman turned sour.
Monsignor Angelo Lucio Vallejo Balda, a former high-ranking official in the Vatican's finance office, was the first defendant called to testify in the Vatican's controversial trial over leaked documents. In addition to Vallejo, the two journalists, the woman and Vallejo's secretary are on trial.
Under repeated questioning from the chief prosecutor and the tribunal president, Vallejo confessed that he passed documents to journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.
Fittipaldi's book "Avarice," and Nuzzi's book "Merchants in the Temple," detailed millions of euros in lost potential rental income from the Vatican's real estate holdings, millions in missing inventory from the Vatican's tax-free stores, the exorbitant costs for getting someone declared a saint and the greed of bishops and cardinals lusting after huge apartments.
The books were based on documents produced by a reform commission Pope Francis appointed in 2013 to get a handle on the Vatican's financial holdings and propose reforms so that more money could be devoted to the poor. Vallejo was the commission's No. 2; Francesca Chaouqui was a member and outside public relations expert; and the fifth defendant, Nicola Maio, was Vallejo's assistant.
Three of the numerous victims of an alleged French pedophile priest have asked Pope Francis to help them understand why Catholic Church officials failed to protect them.
In a letter, dated Monday, that appeared on a Vatican-curated blog, the victims wrote that "we have no spirit of vengeance. We want to understand."
The victims were boy scouts in the 1980s when allegedly molested by Bernard Preynat. The scandal gained attention this month when French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin and five others were handed preliminary charges for failure to denounce a crime and endangering others. Preynat was charged in January with sexual aggression of minors.
The case arose years before Barbarin was named Lyon's cardinal. He's said he was convinced the priest reformed in 2007-2008 when they met and denies "covering up."
A seal bearing the inscription "Revere Heaven and Serve thy People", carved for the Kangxi Emperor, is displayed by Sotheby's Asia Deputy Chairman Nicholas Chow at a preview ahead of its April 6 auction in Hong Kong, China, March 14, 2016.
Photo by Bobby Yip
With more than $100 million at stake, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's company has been granted a do-over in a Las Vegas courtroom on the contested amount owed to a Hong Kong businessman for helping to secure lucrative business in Macau.
The Nevada Supreme Court called for a review of the $70 million that a jury awarded in 2013 to Richard Suen and his company, Round Square Co. Ltd., but did not overturn findings that Las Vegas Sands Corp. must pay.
Penalties and interest have added at least an additional $30 million to the amount, court filings say.
Suen contends that meetings he arranged with Chinese officials helped Las Vegas Sands get crucial approval to build casinos in the Chinese gambling enclave.
Suen filed the breach-of-contract lawsuit in 2004, and a jury found in his favor in 2008.
An aerial view of watermelon terraces in Xibeile Village under Yongle Township in Baise City, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on March 14, 2016. Yongle Township is the hometown of watermelons in Guangxi. The planting there covers an area of 15,000 mu (about 1,000 hectares), with an output of 28,000 tons of watermelons annually.
Photo by Huang Xiaobang
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