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More than 500,000 in U.S. could be at risk of female genital mutilation

Nearly 507,000 women and girls in the United States could be at risk of female genital excision, including 57,000 in California, a new study has found.

That is more than twice the number that were thought to be at risk in 2000, the last year for which estimates are available.

Analysts at the Population Reference Bureau, a nonprofit research organization in Washington, attributed the preliminary findings released Friday to an increase in immigration from countries where the practice is common, including Egypt, Ethiopia and Somalia.


It is unclear how many families continue the practice after moving to the U.S., but community activists say there is anecdotal evidence of girls being sent back to their parents’ home countries for “vacation cutting” and of traditional cutters traveling to the U.S. to circumcise girls in this country.

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http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-female-genital-excision-20150206-story.html

Play-Doh bungles suggestive 'extruder' tool redesign

http://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.2222559.1423165528!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/image.jpg

Is it another bungled design, or are parents overanalyzing their kids' toys?

Hasbro's oddly-shaped Play-Doh 'extruder tool' continues to raise eyebrows, as the redesign of the original phallus-shaped object is now being compared to a more intrusive sex toy.

Multiple parents have likened the latest yellow extruder tool to a butt plug sex toy – a decidedly odd replacement for the original phallic tool that prompted the redesign.


Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/play-doh-bungles-suggestive-extruder-tool-redesign-1.2222556#ixzz3QvZwQyo6

Gov. Sam Brownback cuts 44.5 million in funding for schools and higher education

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday that he will cut funding for public schools and higher education to help keep the state solvent through June, a move that has sparked anger from some lawmakers and education advocates after his previous promises to safeguard education funding.

The automatic cuts do not need legislative approval and will go into effect March 7. The governor will cut the state’s regents universities by 2 percent and public schools by 1.5 percent across the board, for a combined savings of $44.5 million.

The cuts were announced after the state missed its January revenue expectations by $47 million.

Brownback’s announcement came just minutes before the Kansas Senate met to debate and vote on a bill to fix the budget. That bill does not affect school funding, but would move money out of the state highway fund and other dedicated funds to meet state expenses through the end of June. In all, the budget bill makes nearly $250 million in fund transfers and spending reductions.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article9351788.html

Hubble Captures Rare Triple-Moon Conjunction



FEBRUARY 5, 2015: Firing off a string of snapshots like a sports photographer at a NASCAR race, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a rare look at three of Jupiter's largest moons zipping across the banded face of the gas-giant planet: Europa, Callisto, and Io. Jupiter's four largest moons can commonly be seen transiting the face of the giant planet and casting shadows onto its cloud tops. However, seeing three moons transiting the face of Jupiter at the same time is rare, occurring only once or twice a decade. Missing from the sequence, taken on January 24, 2015, is the moon Ganymede that was too far from Jupiter in angular separation to be part of the conjunction.

http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2015/05/image/a/

Charmless Billionaire to President: "You Have to Connect"


If David Axelrod—the former Obama adviser whose memoir is soon to be published—is to be believed, the president received some advice on charm from an unlikely source early in his first term. The Daily News, which obtained an advance copy of Axelrod's book, relates the story:

On a trip to New York City in 2009, then Mayor Mike Bloomberg offered unsolicited advice about Obama's demeanor. "'You know what his problem is? You have to like people to be successful. You have to connect," Bloomberg told Axelrod. "I saw him greet people at the golf course. You probably told him to do it. But he doesn't feel it. You have to have that!"

Assuming the veracity of this quote, there's a lot to unpack here. It really is something for a mayor—even a generally popular big city mayor—to give a popularly elected president advice on how "to be successful," especially when that mayor's national, aisle-spanning unpopularity thwarted his plans to run for higher office.

It's even funnier that "you have to like people" is advice Mayor Michael Bloomberg would have given to anyone, considering that his considerable political success happened in spite of his irritable, hostile personality and obvious misanthropy. If Bloomberg liked people, as opposed to considering them a pesky but necessary nuisance in his otherwise perfectly engineered technocratic dream city, he managed to hide that fact for three long terms in office. Bloomberg didn't much seem to like critics of his treatment of pregnant employees, uneducated parents, New Yorkers of color who were tired of being routinely harassed by the NYPD, and people who criticized his atrocious homelessness policies. Not to mention reporters! ("'Miss!' Mr. Bloomberg began. 'I'm sorry that my English isn't apparently good enough for you.'" He hated reporters, but that doesn't count because everyone hates reporters. In general, Bloomberg just hated critics.

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http://justice.gawker.com/charmless-billionaire-to-president-you-have-to-connec-1683768509/+maxread

Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

A Nevada court has ruled FBI agents can dress up as ISP repairmen to blag their way into a suspect's home without a search warrant – but must tell the courts about it when they do.

The ruling stems from a case brought by the Feds against Malaysian poker player Wei Seng Phua and his son, whom the agency accused of running an illegal betting syndicate from a luxury Las Vegas villa during last year's FIFA World Cup.

The duo hired the house in the grounds of Caesars Palace casino on the famous Strip, and asked for large-screen monitors, laptops, and extra internet broadband lines to be installed for the duration of their stay. This raised suspicion among the staff, and the FBI were called in.

The Feds couldn't get a search warrant based on the information they had, so hatched a cunning plan to get inside the property. With the hotel's connivance, they cut internet access to the villa, then posed as repairmen to supposedly fix the problem and get a look inside.

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/04/courts_fine_with_fbi_impersonating_internet_repair_men_to_enter_homes/

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