Second member of Cuban 5 spy ring released from US prison, will be deported
The South Korean and U.S. militaries have not been specific about where they are conducting their drills, and it was unclear if the missiles were fired in the direction of the exercises. South Korea’s Defense Ministry said it would provide more details at a news conference later. Foreign policy experts say the North Korean missile firings may not herald a repeat of last year’s saber rattling from Pyongyang, which included threats of preemptive nuclear strikes against the United States and South Korea and the declaration that the armistice that stopped the Korean War in 1953 is null and void. Last year, after North Korea tested a multistage rocket with possible intercontinental nuclear potential, followed by a third nuclear test, it was stung by fierce international criticism and sanctions. It reacted badly when 2013’s joint military exercises between South Korea and the U.S. involved stealth bombers simulating bombing attacks. The conditions of Thursday’s missile launch are very different. North Korea’s missile capabilities “It may be little more than regular military testing,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a defense and foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution. “I’m not persuaded it’s a big deal or even a medium big deal, though.” The launch may also be an attempt by North Korea to remind the world and its own people that it has muscle, too. Most observers say North Korea is still years away from having the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead on a missile, but it does have plenty of conventional military firepower, including medium-range ballistic missiles that can carry high explosives for hundreds of miles. “North Korea’s missile launch is merely part of their ongoing efforts to demonstrate to the world, and more importantly to their own people, what they are capable of.
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V.A. Doctor Says She was Fired for Refusing to Prescribe Higher Doses of Narcotic Painkillers
For instance, a roundtrip flight in July between New York and Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific costs $1,600 in coach, $7,600 in business class and $19,000 in first class. Other airlines charge similar price differences among their passenger classes. Besides privacy, that extra cash provides an outsize seat, attentive service and superior wines and liquors. Austrian Airlines, Etihad Airways and Gulf Air are among the carriers to staff planes with their own first-class chefs. Instead of having flight attendants reheating meals cooked on the ground, these chefs prepare the meals at 35,000 feet. Sometimes, that smell wafts back to the rest of the plane. “You know they’ve got something good up in front of the curtain, and you know you don’t have anything close to it,” Harteveldt says. “When you fly coach, you are reminded of the fact that you are unimportant as a traveler.” In the ultimate show of indulgence, Emirates has offered an onboard shower for first-class passengers on its A380s since the plane joined the fleet in 2008. Once back on the ground, that luxury treatment continues. At airports in Paris, London, Istanbul, Bangkok, Sydney and elsewhere, airlines offer their top passengers fast-track cards allowing them to speed past immigration lines. And then, while other passengers wait in lines for buses, taxis or shuttles, chauffeurs in suits meet these fliers ready to once again whisk them out of the chaos. SHARE 29 CONNECT 43 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.
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Latest airline perk: A safe distance from the masses
By Broderick Turner February 26, 2014, 11:00 p.m. Another injury took down another Clipper, leaving them short-handed in the backcourt after Jamal Crawford suffered a strained left calf. The Clippers pressed on, overcoming the injury to pull out a 101-93 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night at Staples Center. With Crawford in the locker room in the second half, Darren Collison started in his place. Also Nobody was around, Rivers said. And when guys get injured when nobody is around, that just always scares me. But we’ll know more tomorrow. Collison was eight for 14 from the field, three for five from three-point range. He scored seven consecutive points for the Clippers during one important stretch in the fourth quarter. His three-pointer gave the Clippers a nine-point lead, and his back-to-back baskets sent them to their third consecutive victory. It was great to see D.C. step up for us, Rivers said about Collison. I thought his defense was huge too. We put him on [James] Harden and I thought his pressure helped. Blake Griffin did his thing again, producing 23 points and 16 rebounds.
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Arizona’s decision on anti-gay bill unlikely to end religious liberty movement
Brewer felt Senate Bill 1062 did not address specific dangers to religious freedom. Ariz. gov.: ‘I have vetoed SB 1062’ Where are Arizona’s discrimination cases? Rep.: Veto ‘a wake-up call for Arizona’ Religious freedom or discrimination? “It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine,” said Brewer, who said she tuned out public pressure and made the decision she felt was right. Attention now turns to the following states: Georgia The Preservation of Religious Freedom Act has been introduced into Georgia’s Legislature, and it is similar to the one vetoed in Arizona. The measure, which is moving through the state House of Representatives, allows a private company to ignore state law that “directly or indirectly constrains, inhibits, curtails or denies” a person’s religious beliefs. An almost identical bill has been introduced in the state Senate . Much like the Arizona measure, neither Georgia’s House nor Senate bills specifically spell out gays or lesbians as the target. The legislation is not on the calendar for Monday, or “Crossover Day,” the last day for legislation to pass the chamber in which it was introduced and transfer to the other chamber for consideration.
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It cost [$105] for the cheapest ticket to the Brazilian Cup final. Minimum wage for a month is [$290].” Brazilians may have taken back their national anthem last year, but another collective symbol, the MaracanA, has been privatized in the buildup to the World Cup. If Brazil is the spiritual home of world soccer, the MaracanA is the spiritual home of Brazilian futebol. Built for the 1950 World Cup, it was the largest stadium in the world at the time, with standing-room-only concrete terraces that welcomed young and old, rich and poor, including masses of working-class fans. A crowd of more than 203,000 reportedly crammed into the MaracanA for the ’50 final between Brazil and Uruguay, in which a tie was all the SeleAAo needed to clinch its first World Cup title. Brazil’s notorious 2-1 defeat remains a national scar to this day, yet through the decades the old concrete hulk became known more as a grand meeting place, a stage for some of the greatest players in history: PelA, Garrincha, Carlos Alberto, Zico, SAcrates, RomArio, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and all the rest. Gustavo Mehl, a 30-year-old social activist and fan of the Rio club Vasco daAGama, lives in the shadow of the MaracanA. He grew up attending games there with his father, standing on the terraces and participating in the raucous supporter culture, with its giant flags and booming drums, its catchy songs and distinctly Brazilian group choreography. “The MaracanA was a symbol of public participation in Rio,” says Mehl.
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HTC: Desire 816 lower-cost,attracted look
“I hope he spends as little time as possible in an immigration jail and can enjoy as soon as possible his mother, his wife, his family, and we’ll see when we might be able to meet,” Hojas was quoted as saying. The Cuban Five have sometimes been linked to the case of American Alan Gross, who has spent four years in a Cuban prison after he was arrested while working covertly to set up Internet access for the island’s Jewish community. He was working as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, which Cuba considers bent on undermining its government. Cuba has suggested it might swap Gross for the Cuban Five — now down to three — but Washington has rejected any such deal. Gonzalez was originally sentenced to 19 years but had his prison term reduced after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said he was wrongly labeled a supervisor of other spies for certain activities. Two others also had their prison sentences reduced by that same court order, including 55-year-old Antonio Guerrero, who is set for release in September 2017. Rene Gonzalez, who is not related to Fernando Gonzalez, finished his prison sentence in 2011 but spent more than a year on probation in the U.S. until a judge allowed him to return to Cuba. Rene Gonzalez, a Chicago native, had dual U.S.-Cuban citizenship, and he renounced his U.S. citizenship after returning to Havana.
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Like a lingering cloud of tear gas: how do you reconcile the two Brazils?
Doctor Says She was Fired for Refusing to Prescribe Higher Doses of Narcotic Painkillers – Tweet Thursday, February 27, 2014 A physician working at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Missouri claims she was fired for refusing to prescribe higher doses of addictive painkillers to patients. Dr. Basimah Khulusi told the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and ABC News that she lost her job at the VA hospital in Kansas City after patients complained that she would not authorize more powerful amounts of opiates. I had to do something about it. And I tried, Khulusi said. And then, you know, I was let go. Khulusi told CIR that the VA informed her she was being terminated so they could replace her with a new doctor who was willing to work in a VA clinic that specialized in giving pain medicine injections. Abuse of painkillers has been a serious concern among VA patients, with prescriptions for opiates, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine, rising by 270% between 2001 and 2012, according to CIR. That has contributed to a fatal overdose rate of almost double the national average, according to an analysis that was performed by scientists who are part of the VA staff.
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Clippers slow down Rockets for 101-93 victory
It really does show up the Max. It doesn’t trade away many hardware features to do so, either. The Desire 816 has the same BoomSound series speakers as the HTC One, and a rep promised that they are not watered down versions but the same drivers used in HTC’s more expensive phones. That’s a huge win for a phone that should make an excellent games and movies device. HTC Desire 816 Screen The screen doesn’t escape compromise, though. It is 720p resolution where HTC’s larger One-series phones are 1080p. A pixel density rating of 267ppi means sharpness will be pretty good, but a little short of perfect. We didn’t really get close enough to assess the contrast and colour reproduction of the panel, but there are no major viewing angle issues.
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