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Palestinians planning their own peace talks in Cairo - just after John Kerry leaves town

National Post  A delegation of Palestinian officials, expected to include Hamas members, is to meet with Egyptian leaders in Cairo to discuss reviving a weeks-old ceasefire plan originally rejected by Hamas, news media in the region reported.

Attacks in western China reportedly leave dozens dead

McClatchy Washington Bureau  BEIJING — China's state media reported Tuesday that dozens of people have been killed in the western province of Xinjiang, where police and Muslim Uighurs have clashed increasingly over the last half year.

7 Items That Are Home To More Germs Than A Toilet Seat

Medical Daily  We tend to fret about the germs that are lying in wait on our toilet seats, but truth be told families are at a greater risk to a lot of other household items that are generally considered sanitary. The reason being is that most people scrub down their toilets any chance they get because we have become so obsessed with keeping that part of our house especially germ-free.

More Than 80,000 Pentagon Employees Don't Pay Their Taxes

International Business Times  An honor guard casts shadows as they march past a walkway in front of the Pentagon at the arrival ceremony for Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti in Washington June 27, 2014. A recent report from the Government Accountability Office shows that 83,000 Pentagon employees haven't paid some taxes, despite a quarter having high-level security clearance.

Man's Obituary: 'Please Don't Email Me, I'm Dead'

Liberaland  A Pennsylvania man left behind some advice in his obituary: it doesn't cost anything to be nice and never stick a knife in an electric outlet. The self-written obituary has captured the Internet's attention and launched the 53-year-old into posthumous fame.

US says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks

GlobalPost  In another sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, the US government said on Monday that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate bilateral talks on the issue.

Airlines and pilots raise alarm over laser attacks

Toronto Star  OTTAWA—Canada’s airlines and aviation organizations are pressing Ottawa to make shining a laser at an aircraft a criminal offence, warning that the threat is “too great to ignore.” In a joint letter to Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Justice Minister Peter MacKay, aviation representatives say tough action is needed to stem what they call a “genuine and growing safety and security concern.”

IBM to make free supercomputing power available to sustainability scientists

PR Newswire  ARMONK, N.Y., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of the updated Climate Data Initiative announced by the White House today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) will provide eligible scientists studying climate change-related issues with free access to dedicated virtual supercomputing and a platform to engage the public in their research.

The BuzzFeed Scandal Explained by Shattered Glass GIFs

Newsweek  Who is Benny Johnson and why are people talking about him? We break it down using GIFs from the classic 2003 journalism drama Shattered Glass. In December 2012, a conservative blogger/editor named Benny Johnson got a new job!!

Washington state doctor suspected of promoting prostitution

The Seattle Times  SEATTLE — A Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into an anesthesiologist who was making large cash bank deposits has turned up an international prostitution ring involving the doctor and his girlfriend, according to federal court documents.

Finding their niche: Young lawyers bite into the dental market

Financial Post  How do you bite into a saturated market? You talk to dentists. At least that's the strategy two business lawyers are using to carve out a niche in the crowded Ontario legal market. Michael Carabash and David Mayzel may be the only two lawyers in Ontario who exclusively serve the legal business needs of dentists.

Just 10 Minutes Of Running Each Day Can Reduce Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease Death

redOrbit.com  redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Running can significantly reduce a person’s risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, but you don’t have to be preparing for a marathon to see the benefits, according to a new study appearing in Monday’s edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Scott Brown struggles for political traction in New Hampshire Senate race

The Washington Times  Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator who took his political aspirations to New Hampshire for a new run at Congress, is not faring as well as hoped, as numerous polls paint his Democratic challenger with a healthy lead.

Arencibia comes through as Rangers beat Yankees

Fort Worth Star-Telegram  ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers slugger J.P. Arencibia has been around long enough to not let one or two failed at-bats shake his psyche. Especially not since spending more than a month in the minor leagues early this summer trying to work out his struggles at the plate.

USA Discounters Responds to ProPublica Article

ProPublica  In a press release Sunday, Virginia-based retailer USA Discounters said the company's practices and policies in dealing with military customers were "inaccurately" portrayed in my recent ProPublica article.