newshour:

China consumes half of the world’s pork. And the country’s growing middle class — bigger than the population of the United States — wants more meat. The Center for Investigative Reporting looks at how China plans to meet that demand.

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newshour:

Can dogs be trained to detect the smell of cancer? Researchers at the Penn Vet Center are testing the idea right now.

breakingnews:

State of Liberty, Grand Canyon to reopen during shutdown
NBC News: The Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore were among the national parks and landmarks set to reopen during the government shutdown after negotiations concluded late Friday.
The attractions will reopen Saturday after the states where they are located agreed to fund them through state funds or private donations.
The costs range from $61,600 each day for the Statue of Liberty to $362,700 to reopen Colorado’s parks.

The federal shutdown closed all 401 national parks and resulted in furloughs for more than 20,000 Park Service employees. 






Photo: The Statue of Liberty had been open after repairs only three months when it had to close again last week because of the government shutdown. (National Park Service)

breakingnews:

State of Liberty, Grand Canyon to reopen during shutdown

NBC News: The Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore were among the national parks and landmarks set to reopen during the government shutdown after negotiations concluded late Friday.

The attractions will reopen Saturday after the states where they are located agreed to fund them through state funds or private donations.

The costs range from $61,600 each day for the Statue of Liberty to $362,700 to reopen Colorado’s parks.

The federal shutdown closed all 401 national parks and resulted in furloughs for more than 20,000 Park Service employees. 

Photo: The Statue of Liberty had been open after repairs only three months when it had to close again last week because of the government shutdown. (National Park Service)
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With the government shutdown in its 11th day, and just six days remaining to raise the debt limit, Republicans are bearing the brunt of public frustration with Washington’s dysfunction.

A majority of Americans, 53%, place more blame for the shutdown on the GOP according to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released late Thursday, with 31% targeting President Barack Obama as more responsible for the shutdown. And in multiple surveys, favorable views of the Republican Party are at never-before-seen lows. In a Gallup survey, just 28% of Americans had a positive view of the GOP, and in the NBC/WSJ poll that number was 24%.

On the flip side, Obama’s approval numbers have ticked up, with a 51% favorable, 47% unfavorable score in the latest poll from the conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports.

All told, the polling indicates a potentially catastrophic miscalculation by House Republicans, who in the pursuit of pleasing their conservative base have alienated large swaths of the rest of the country. The share of Americans who want a Republican-controlled Congress has dropped to the lowest level since early 2009.

In a closed door meeting this week, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who is one of the architects of the GOP’s shutdown strategy to demand the elimination of Obamacare, presented his colleagues with his own take on polling, arguing that if the GOP only stays the course it will improve its standing with the public. But most of his fellow Republicans, who cite almost every public and independent poll, feel that strategy is doomed to failure.

One congressional Republican aide, who would only speak on the condition of anonymity, said the party’s pathway out is clear: ‘Surrender. If we’re lucky, conditional surrender.’

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Time Magazine, "The Verdict Is In: Shutdown Stinks for the GOP."

LOLpublicans.

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newshour:

The United Nations estimates that since 2011, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict. Violence has forced more than 2 million Syrians to flee the country as refugees, and another 4.5 million are internally displaced. 
Roughly one in four Syrians have been forced to abandon their home. 

newshour:

The United Nations estimates that since 2011, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict. Violence has forced more than 2 million Syrians to flee the country as refugees, and another 4.5 million are internally displaced.

Roughly one in four Syrians have been forced to abandon their home. 

breakingnews:

Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to murder, weapons charges
Boston Globe: Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez answered “not guilty’’ six times  as he was arraigned Friday on first-degree murder and weapons charges in Bristol County Superior Court.Both Bristol County District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter and the defense team agreed that Hernandez will remain held without bail. The defense said they may ask for bail at a later date.Relatives of murder victim Odin Lloyd wept in the courtroom as the charges were read.Photo: Getty Images

breakingnews:

Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to murder, weapons charges

Boston Globe: Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez answered “not guilty’’ six times  as he was arraigned Friday on first-degree murder and weapons charges in Bristol County Superior Court.

Both Bristol County District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter and the defense team agreed that Hernandez will remain held without bail. The defense said they may ask for bail at a later date.

Relatives of murder victim Odin Lloyd wept in the courtroom as the charges were read.

Photo: Getty Images

theweekmagazine:

Why are chemical weapons considered worse than conventional weapons?

(Source: usnews)

yahoonews:

In a 10-7 vote, a Senate panel has voted to give President Obama the authority to use military force in Syria.

latimes:

U.S. to take ‘limited action’ in response to Syrian chemical attack

But what that action will be has yet to be decided by President Obama. Following Secretary of State John Kerry’s call to action and condemnation of the Aug. 21 attack, Obama spoke to reporters about his considerations.

"There is a certain weariness, given Afghanistan. There is a certain suspicion of any military action post-Iraq. And I very much appreciate that," Obama said "…It’s important for us to recognize that when over a thousand people are killed, including hundreds of innocent children, through the use of a weapon that 98 or 99 percent of humanity says should not be used even in war, and there is no action, then we’re sending a signal."

Kerry claimed earlier that 1,429 people had died in the attack, with at least 426 of them children. Calling the attack a “crime against humanity,” Kerry echoed Obama’s commitment to limited action, but action nonetheless.

Read more on Kerry’s disclosures over at World Now, and read through the intelligence community’s report on the chemical weapons attack.

Photos: EPA, Saul Loeb / AFP Photo, Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press