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Nsa Surveillance Ruling

Nsa Surveillance Ruling, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit court on Friday reversed the December 2013 ruling against the National Security Agency’s controversial phone surveillance program, according to The Wall Street Journal. The program has changed since the December 2013 ruling, so the appeals court found that this decision is now moot.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled that the data collection politics of the NSA were unconstitutional in 2013, referring to it as “almost Orwellian.” That decision was reversed Friday becase the NSA has changed its policy. However, the case brought against the NSA, which claims that its surveillance practices violate the Fourth Amendment, has not been dismissed. The case brought by Larry Klayman against the NSA will now go back to the U.S. District Court. The lawsuit against the agency will be ruled upon a second time by Judge Richard Leon, Reuters reported.

Cdc School Lunches

Cdc School Lunches, School lunches are getting healthier, with most districts in the U.S. offering more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and reduced salt content, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“School meals are healthier now than ever before,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a news release. “We’ve made real progress, but there is much more to do to help American children make food choices that will keep them healthy throughout their lives.”

According to the CDC, 79.4 percent of schools offered two or more vegetables each day at lunch in 2014, up from 61.7 percent in 2000, and 78 percent offered two or more fruit options, up from 68.1 percent.

Just over 97 percent of schools served whole grains for breakfast and 94.4 percent for lunch.

Only 30.5 percent of schools provide self-serve salad bars, but 54.1 percent use fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables instead of canned in preparing meals.

Most districts have made efforts to reduce salt, with 65.1 percent using other seasonings and 68 percent using low-sodium recipes, both significant increases from 2000.

The CDC reports says 90 percent of children in the U.S. consume too much salt, and adds that most youth do not meet recommendations for a healthy diet. The CDC says this puts them at risk for weight gain, obesity, diabetes, and other diseases.

The gains in nutrition are only a benefit if children eat the meals, and a study published this week shows that many of the fruits and vegetables end up in the trash bin, NBC News reports. Kids are throwing away about 56 percent more of the servings since healthy-lunch initiatives were implemented in 2012.

“That was discouraging to see,” Sarah Amin, a researcher at the University of Vermont and lead author of the study, tells NBC. “We can’t give up hope yet. This change is going to take time.”

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Planned Parenthood Sues Alabama

Planned Parenthood Sues Alabama, With the ACLU at its side, Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against Alabama following the state’s decision to terminate its Medicaid contract. This comes in the wake of the recent video scandal exposing the abortion provider’s practices of harvesting aborted baby body parts to sell on the open market.
Planned Parenthood Southeast, which has clinics in Birmingham and Mobile, says Gov. Robert Bentley’s (R) order to stop its flow of federal funds is illegal and will keep low-income women from healthcare services they need.

“Unfortunately, we find ourselves in court once again with state officials who are hell-bent on ending a woman’s ability to make her own deeply personal and private healthcare decisions,” said Planned Parenthood Southeast President Staci Fox, according to the Washington Examiner. “Only this time, instead of going after safe and legal abortion as he has each of the past four years, now Governor Bentley is trying to dictate where a woman can go for contraception and other preventive care if she’s enrolled in Medicaid.”

Republicans, however, have said federal funds that have previously been directed to Planned Parenthood could go to other federally qualified health centers that provide the same services but do not offer abortions.

Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast filed a lawsuit against Louisiana following Gov. Bobby Jindal’s decision to end the state’s Medicaid contract with the organization.

‘House of Cards’ star calls off engagement: Ben Foster and Robin Wright

‘House of Cards’ star calls off engagement: Ben Foster and Robin Wright, Robin Wright and Ben Foster have called it quits on their engagement once again.

The couple, who have had an on-again, off-again relationship and initially got back together in January 2014. They actually ended the engagement for the second time months ago but have kept the decision a secret, according to People.

Wright, 49, and Foster, 34, called off their first 10-month engagement split back in November 2014. The couple had been together for three years after meeting on the set of their 2011 drama, Rampart.

“I’ve never been happier in my life than I am today,” Wright told Vanity Fair in April of her relationship with Ben at the time. “Perhaps it’s not ladylike [to say], but I’ve never laughed more, read more, or come more than with Ben. He inspires me to be the best of myself.”

This isn’t the first time the House of Cards actress has faced major heartbreak with a Hollywood actor. Robin divorced from Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn in 2009 after 20 years together. They have two children, daughter Dylan Penn, 24, and a son Hopper Jack, 22.

“Divorce in and of itself, and with children, is devastating,” she told the U.K.’s Telegraph in February 2014. “Worse than that. One of the reasons why we got back together and broke up so much was trying to keep the family together. If you’ve got kids, it’s a family, and you try again, and you try again. We did that for a long time.”

Ford Ranger: Ford Bringing Back Model?

Ford Ranger: Ford Bringing Back Model?, Ford Motor Co is considering a revival of the Bronco sport utility vehicle and Ranger small pickup in the US, where truck demand is booming, said a person familiar with company’s plans.

The two models would be built at a Wayne, Michigan, factory that now makes small cars, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing product plans. The move would help Ford preserve some US union jobs amid contract talks. The company may assemble the Focus and C-Max in Mexico, a person familiar with the matter had said.

The return of the Ranger and Bronco, which drew unwelcome renown as OJ Simpson’s getaway car two decades ago, gives Ford key models to compete with offerings by Toyota Motor Corp and General Motors Co. The Bronco would also bring back an iconic name that has struck a chord with young buyers despite being out of production for almost 20 years.

“It’s a good move,” John Wolkonowicz, a Boston-based independent analyst, said of reviving the SUV. “Gen Y has discovered the original Bronco. Ford has seen what the Mustang can do for them, and they are bringing back their iconic names.”

The Bronco debuted in 1966 as a rugged competitor to the Jeep CJ, now known as the Wrangler. It has become popular with millennials in southern California, said Wolkonowicz, a former product planner for Ford.

The move would help Ford preserve some US union jobs amid contract talks. – Reuters picMid-sized SUV

The new Bronco will be a mid-sized SUV, like the Explorer, the person said. It will be built on a pickup frame, making it tougher than the Explorer, according to the person.

“The only way this makes sense is if it is more rugged and likely targeted at Jeep,” said Jeff Schuster, an analyst at consultant LMC Automotive in Southfield, Michigan.

Ford made its last Bronco in 1996 and ended Ranger production in 2011.

Yamaguchi Gumi: Gang War On The Way?

Yamaguchi Gumi: Gang War On The Way?, As reports of Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest organized crime syndicate, splitting have begun to trickle in, the country’s law enforcement is gearing up for what might be one of the bloodiest battles for supremacy and business.

Japan’s police have no choice but to gear up as best as they can for the gang wars that are bound to break out any time as multiple factions of the dreaded Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate begin to choose sides. Multiple Japanese media outlets have indicated that the organization has been severely and rather irreparably hit by infighting about the loyalties toward the gang’s boss, Shinobu Tsukasa.

According to police sources, the Yamaguchi-gumi severed ties with 13 affiliated groups that did not send representatives to the talks or had indicated they wanted out, reported the Asahi Shimbun. What’s shocking is that, of the 72 directly affiliated gang leaders who head their own crime groups, those banished are some of the oldest, largest, and once considered fiercely loyal to the largest crime cartel in Japan. Some of the notable mentions that faced banishment include Yamaken-gumi, which has about 2,000 members; the Takumi-gumi; and the Kyoyu-kai. All these gangs are headquartered in Kansai, reported the Daily Beast.

One of the issues that were at the core of the discontent was the discussion pertaining to the shifting of the Yamaguchi-gumi headquarters from Kobe to Nagoya. Many gangs strongly opposed this move which was interpreted as a challenge to the way the hugely successful business was functioning. Additionally, 73-year-old Tsukasa, who became Japan’s most powerful mafia don in 2005, invited the ire of affiliated gangs allegedly by extending special treatment, privileges, and concessions to certain members. Reports indicate Tsukasa has been excessively siding with Kodo-kai, a Nagoya-based affiliate he founded in 1984, reported MSN.

9/11 Survivor In Iconic Photo Dies: 9/11 Survivor Dies

9/11 Survivor In Iconic Photo Dies: 9/11 Survivor Dies, A New Jersey woman shown covered in dust in an iconic photo taken after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City has died.

Marcy Borders died Monday night after a battle with stomach cancer, her daughter Noelle Borders said Wednesday.

The 42-year-old Bayonne resident was working on the 81st floor inside one of the Twin Towers in the attack, but she managed to escape the building. She told news reporters afterward that as the north tower crumbled before her eyes, a stranger pulled her into a building lobby, out of harm’s way. The striking image of her was captured by Stan Honda with AFP.

 Last year, Borders said she had avoided looking at the photo as much as possible because “I don’t want to be a victim anymore.”

In an interview with The Jersey Journal, Borders said her traumatic experience caused her to fall into a decade-long depression that led her to abuse alcohol and drugs. She entered rehab in 2011 and said she had remained clean.

Borders learned she had stomach cancer in August 2014 and she underwent chemotherapy.

At the time, the mother of two questioned if her cancer was related to the terrorist attacks.

“I’m saying to myself ‘Did this thing ignite cancer cells in me?'” she told the newspaper. “I definitely believe it because I haven’t had any illnesses. I don’t have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes.”

Researchers have not yet determined whether exposure to toxins during the attacks made anyone more likely to get certain types of cancer.

9/11 Survivor In Iconic Photo Dies: 9/11 Survivor Dies

9/11 Survivor In Iconic Photo Dies: 9/11 Survivor Dies

James Red Duke: Famed TV Doctor Dies

James Red Duke: Famed TV Doctor Dies, Houston icon Dr. James “Red” Duke passed away Tuesday at the age of 86.

Dr. James “Red” Duke was a world-renowned trauma surgeon known as much for his Texas Twang and big red mustache as his medical skills.

Dr. Duke was a surgeon and professor at UT Health Science Center and Memorial Hermann Hospital.

He was instrumental in bringing the Life Flight program and a level one trauma center to Memorial Hermann in 1976.

Longtime Houstonians and people outside of Texas knew him best for his nationally syndicated “Dr. Red Health Reports” that aired for fifteen years.

His family provided the following statement:

“It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Dr. James Henry “Red” Duke, Jr. To countless colleagues, friends and patients, he was a skilled physician, innovative healthcare provider, exceptional communicator and dedicated conservationist. We, however, mourn him as a caring father, grandfather and devoted brother who will be deeply missed by his family.”

Dr. Duke was born in Ennis, Texas and was a 1950 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he was a yell leader.

He served in the U.S. Army on a two-year tour of duty as a tank officer in the 2nd Armored Division.

Dr. Duke attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a divinity degree in 1955.

Five years later, he received his medical degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.