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Supreme Court Clears Way for California Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:26 Written by
By: The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO –  The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.
The justices turned aside a legal challenge brought by supporters of so-called conversion or reparative therapy. Without comment, they let stand an August 2013 appeals court ruling that said the ban covered professional activities that are within the state's authority to regulate and doesn't violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking

America's Most Patriotic Sites to Celebrate Fourth of July

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:21 Written by
Skip those small town fireworks and celebrate our nation's birth in style.
With the holiday on a Friday this year, take advantage of the long weekend with a visit to one of the nation's most patriotic spots. 
These special sites are marvels in themselves, but many offer special events to celebrate Independence Day. 
1. Statue of Liberty, New York City
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable symbols of the American spirit. Standing over 150 feet, Lady Liberty is a great place for families to celebrate the Fourth the July and learn about France's gift to the U.S. Lady Liberty is also the backdrop for the Big Apple's famous fireworks.  Book a boat cruise and watch the Green Lady light up the night. 
2. Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
The Lincoln Memorial anchors the west end of the National Mall. The monument itself was inspired by classical Greek architecture as echoed by the sturdy columns Visitors to Washington can spend hours outside, hopping from monument to museum-- for free.  Visitors can even enjoy a free tour of "America's front yard" with a park ranger.
3. World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Completed in 2004, the World War II Memorial is one of the newer additions to the Washington, D.C. monument collection. The stunning plaza is dedicated to the men and women who served America during this defining war.  The memorial is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all tourists who wish to pay their respect.

More Brazilians Are Visiting Central Florida

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:15 Written by
By: The Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. –  Orlando now gets more overseas visitors from Brazil than from any other country.
An annual report from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries says Orlando had 768,488 Brazilian visitors last year, up from about 639,000 in 2012. The 2013 total surpassed the visits from travelers from the United Kingdom to central Florida, which totaled 759,390.
The United States had a total 2,060,291 overseas visitors from Brazil in 2013, up 15 percent from the 1,791,103 that visited in 2012.
Only the U.K. with 3,835,308 visitors and Japan with 3,730,287 visitors came to the United States more in 2013.
The report's numbers do not include visitors from Canada or Mexico, who aren't classified as international visitors.

South Korea Rejects North Korean Call for Canceling Planned Military Drills with US

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:11 Written by
By: The Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea –  South Korea has dismissed North Korean proposals to reduce tensions, including the cancellation of South Korean military drills with the U.S., calling them insincere.
North Korea's powerful National Defense Commission made the proposals Monday, describing the planned drills as a rehearsal for invasion. It also suggested that the two Koreas halt hostile military acts against each other at border areas and stop psychological warfare. South Korea and the U.S. deny that they seek to invade the North.
Seoul's Unification Ministry said Tuesday that North Korea must first demonstrate that it is serious about nuclear disarmament if it truly wants peace.
The ministry accused North Korea of breaking an earlier agreement to stop mutual slander.
Analysts say North Korea wants better ties with South Korea to help revive its stagnant economy.

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Saudi King Names New Intelligence Chief, Appoints Former Spy Head as Adviser and Envoy

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:07 Written by
By: The Associated Press
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –  Saudi Arabia's state news agency says King Abdullah has named a new intelligence chief and elevated a former spy chief to a new advisory position.
The Saudi Press Agency late Monday said the king named Prince Khalid bin Bandar to the post of chief of general intelligence. Khalid was relieved of his post as deputy defense minister on Saturday, barely six weeks after he was appointed.
In a separate decree, the monarch named the former intelligence chief, Bandar bin Sultan, as adviser and special envoy to the king.
Bandar was ambassador to the U.S. for 22 years before becoming director general of Saudi Intelligence Agency in July 2012. He played a key role in overseeing the kingdom's support for Syrian rebels before being relieved of his post earlier this year.

Israel Vows Retaliation After Bodies of 3 Missing Teens Discovered in West Bank

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:03 Written by
Israel vowed retaliation on Monday after the bodies of three teenagers who were kidnapped more than two weeks ago were discovered in the West Bank.
The bodies of the youths -- including one with U.S. citizenship -- were found just north of Hebron, and led to outpourings of grief and rage in the Jewish State, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowing "Hamas will pay."
The Israeli air force conducted strikes early Tuesday morning against 34 targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks against Israel's southern communities. It was not immediately clear if the airstrikes, which targeted Hamas and Islamic Jihad assets in the strip and came after more than 20 rockets were fired into southern Israel over the past two days, resulted in any casualties, the Jerusalm Post reported.
Also on Tuesday, a Palestinian who Israel said was a member of Hamas was shot dead when he threw a grenade at forces carrying out an arrest raid in the West Bank. The man was the first casualty since the bodies were found.
Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, disappeared on June 12 while hitchhiking home. The teens' bodies were found Monday in a shallow grave in an open field in the West Bank village of Halhul, and a Defense official said based on the investigation that the teens were shot soon after they were abducted. He spoke anonymously in line with protocol as the investigation is still ongoing.

Aereo Suspends Operations After Supreme Court Verdict

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:57 Written by
By: The Associated Press
NEW YORK –  Online-streaming service Aereo Inc. is temporarily closing down its operation, three days after it was dealt an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
"We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps," Aereo's Chief Executive Officer Chet Kanojia wrote in a letter to customers posted on its website Saturday.
"The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over the air programming belongs to the American public and we believe you should have the right to access that live programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television or in the cloud."
The Supreme Court dealt Aereo, backed by Barry Diller, a major setback on Wednesday in ruling that the television-over-the-Internet service operates much like a cable TV company. As a result, the service violates copyright law unless Aereo pays broadcasters licensing fees for offering TV stations to customers' tablets, phones and other gadgets.
But although the Supreme Court expressed its thinking on the law, it's the U.S. District Court in New York that must issue a preliminary injunction stopping the service, as requested by broadcasters.

Superfast Internet Makes a Kansas City Neighborhood a Hot Spot for Startups

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:52 Written by
By: Lauren Blanchard
KANSAS CITY –  Innovators attracted by a high-speed connection are flocking to a startup village in Kansas City, turning this Midwestern city into a tech hub.
Google Fiber, high-speed Internet almost 100 times faster than what most Americans use, was installed in Kansas City back in 2012. It is drawing in innovators from across the world and has become a hotspot, not only for the high-speed connection, but also for the close proximity of other entrepreneurs and startups.  One cluster of companies, called the Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV), has workspaces located within a few blocks of each other. It looks like a regular neighborhood with trees and quiet streets, except for the red flags outside the homes housing the tech startups. 
One five bedroom house in the neighborhood is called The Hacker House. It has a white front porch and creaky stairs. It’s outfitted with 18 Ethernet cables throughout the various rooms, allowing hackers to plug-in almost anywhere, except the bathroom. The owner of the house, Benjamin Barreth, said that’s the only room where they don’t encourage people to log on. Four of the rooms are reserved for entrepreneurs and startups who apply for a three-month program to stay in the village rent-free.
One room is reserved for people who want to check out the area or just use the Internet.


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