Yet after becoming a hero to the right, Kobach is now struggling to hold onto office, trailing or tied in recent polls. And he can thank Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for his troubles, since Brownback’s decisions to alienate moderate Republicans ended up driving Kobach’s opponent out of the party and made her determined to take Kobach down.
New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up, according to an analysis published online Tuesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.
Since the first cases were reported six months ago, the tally of cases in West Africa has reached an estimated 5,800 illnesses. WHO officials say cases are continuing to increase exponentially and Ebola could sicken people for years to come without better control measures.
But the U.N. health agency has warned that tallies of recorded cases and deaths are likely to be gross underestimates. For instance, it noted Tuesday that the true death toll for Liberia, the hardest-hit country in the outbreak, may never be known, since bodies of people dying in a crowded slum in the capital have simply been thrown into rivers.
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tate Farm has pulled an ad featuring anti-vaccine activist Rob Schneider after a social media campaign urged the insurance company to end its affiliation with the actor.
Social media pages Food Hunk, Science Babe, and Chow Babe, all of which refute pseudoscience claims, started the anti-Schneider campaign last week, questioning how a company that sells insurance could hire a celebrity spokesman so openly against vaccinations.
The activists have encouraged consumers with State Farm policies to get involved by contacting their agents and telling them that “someone who publicly states dangerous opinions should not be a spokesperson for a health insurance company.”
The technology industry’s practice of sending consumer’s cases to arbitration instead of the courts suffers a blow.
A class action lawsuit claiming Samsung’s Galaxy S4 phone isn’t as fast or high-performing as the company claims will not be sent to an arbitrator, a federal judge ruled.
U.S. District Judge James Donato denied Samsung’s motion to compel arbitration, concluding that no arbitration agreement existed between the parties after a Verizon salesperson unboxed the phone and handed it to name plaintiff Daniel Norcia without also giving him the warranty booklet, which contained the arbitration provisions.
In February Daniel Norcia sued Samsung, alleging the company “intentionally programmed the Galaxy S4 to fool benchmark apps and create false perceptions regarding the speed and performance of those devices.”
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Terrorism doesn’t exist in a vacuum, without sponsors and support terrorists would have little impact on the world. So whenever you see large organized groups of extremists committing atrocities you should first look for and out their sponsors.
The unprecedented civil trial of Arab Bank ended Monday with a federal jury holding it liable for 24 Hamas-sponsored suicide attacks in Israel.
Never before has a financial institution been held liable in the United States for providing material support to a known terrorist organization under the Anti-Terrorism Act, which allows American victims of terrorist attacks to seek compensation. Hamas was branded a terrorist group by the United States in 1997.
The verdict comes 10 years after the filing of the suit by the families of 300 victims of 24 separate Hamas-led suicide attacks in Israel during the Second Intifada between 2000 and 2004.
Gary Osen, an attorney for those plaintiffs, noted after the verdict that Arab Bank “fought us tooth and nail for a generation.”
He and co-counsel hugged after U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan, who presided over the six-week trial, published the decision. The verdict marks an “enormous milestone against the largest financial institution to be held liable for knowingly supporting terrorism,” Olsen said.
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The intro sentence to this article demonstrates why feminists still have miles to go before they sleep.
Emma Watson turned heads for something other than acting and fashion over the weekend, delivering what many described as a powerful speech on feminism and acceptance at a United Nations meeting in New York over the weekend.
The 24-year-old “Harry Potter” actress, who was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador earlier this year, addressed an audience of delegates and representatives with what the New York Daily News said was an impassioned speech describing how she came to identify as a feminist.
“Why has the word become such an unpopular one?” Watson said, of feminism.
“I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.”
Consumers have already snapped up more than 10 million of Apple’s new iPhones, and analysts say the fast start for the bigger phones will mean bigger sales for the company for the rest of the year.
Apple announced Monday that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sparked record sales in the first three days they were available, besting the 9 million gadgets sold when the iPhone 5S and 5C debuted in 2013. But unlike last year, Apple reached a new high without China, where the devices have yet to win regulators’ stamp of approval, and supply appeared to be crimping sales where the new phones were available. That means Apple has most likely gleaned only a fraction of the riches its new iPhones promise, analysts say.
“There’s no question selling 10 million units of anything over a weekend is spectacular,” said analyst Avi Greengart of Current Analysis. “But that number just shows Apple’s supply. The demand is higher still.”
The Urumqi People’s Intermediate Court convicted Ilham Tohti after a heavily guarded two-day trial that ended last week, said lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan, who heard the news from the scholar’s family. The court didn’t answer several telephone calls Tuesday seeking information about the trial.
Liu said the court also ordered the confiscation of all of Ilham Tohti’s possessions. In a message posted on Twitter, the lawyer said Ilham Tohti told the court he did not agree with the verdict.
Ilham Tohti was known as a moderate voice with ties to both the country’s Han Chinese establishment and the Muslim Uighur ethnic group that has long complained about treatment under the government. A Communist Party member and professor at Beijing’s Minzu University, Ilham Tohti ran a website, Uighur Online, that highlighted issues affecting the ethnic group.
Israel’s military said that it shot down a Syrian warplane Tuesday after the aircraft strayed more than half-mile into airspace Israel controls over the Golan Heights.
Military experts in Israel said that this was the first time in nearly 40 years that Israel downed a Syrian jet, although a Syrian drone that entered Israeli-occupied territory last month was also shot down.
It also reflects how the Golan — captured by Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war — is increasingly drawn into the tensions in Syria, including the more than three-year-old civil war and the growing reach of Islamist militants.
The troubled Iraq war veteran who scaled the White House fence had a dangerous fixation on the president, stockpiling weapons and ammunition and carrying a map to the White House stuffed in a Bible during an earlier arrest, a federal prosecutor said Monday.
When he was arrested, Omar Jose Gonzalez had two hatchets, a machete and 800 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle parked near the White House, said Assistant U.S. Attorney David Mudd. A judge granted the government’s request to hold Gonzalez for 10 days without bail.
“Mr. Gonzalez’s preoccupation with the White House and accumulation of large amounts of ammunition in an apparently short period of time renders him a danger to the president,” Mudd said. There was no indication he had a gun Friday night, however.