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Officer Recommends Death Penalty for Accused Soldiers

An Army officer has recommended the execution of four soldiers, should they be found guilty of murder.  The soldiers are accused of improperly shooting three Iraqi detainees during a raid.  No U.S. soldier has been executed since 1961.

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Fertility Clinics Offer Brave New World

Doctors on the frontier of in vitro fertilization now offer to test embryos for predisposition to treatable cancers and other ailments using the same technique that detects some serious childhood maladies.  As scientists learn more about the code that builds human life, critics warn of an age when the wealthy will be able to buy a healthier brood.

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More Than 200 Taliban Fighters Die in Afghan Clash

Two thousand NATO and Afghan soldiers are involved in the largest military operation to occur in southern Afghanistan since NATO took over the area in early July. The explosion of violence in the area has taken the lives of over 200 Taliban fighters and of four Canadian soldiers. A UK reconnaissance plane also crashed, killing 14 people.

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Abortion Rule for Texas Minors: Notarized Parental Consent

Yep, you read right. The Texas Medical Board now requires minors seeking abortions to provide notarized parental consent forms. (h/t Feministing)

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Airport Security Beset by Technology Failures

The Transportation Security Administration has suspended the installation of trace-detection portals, the machines that detect explosives on passengers.  The move comes amid criticism that the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security have been unable to develop and implement effective airport security tools.

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Taliban Resurgence Produces Record Opium Harvest in Afghanistan

Opium production in Afghanistan is at the highest level ever recorded and shows an increase of 50 percent from last year. The increase in opium cultivation is a result of the resurgence of Taliban rebels.  The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said in a statement: ?The southern part of Afghanistan was displaying the ominous hallmarks of incipient collapse, with large-scale drug cultivation and trafficking, insurgency and terrorism, crime and corruption.?

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Government Admits to Yet Another Domestic Spying Program

The Education Department has admitted to searching through millions of student loan records on behalf of the FBI.  The government says the operation, known as ?Project Strike Back,? was meant to uncover information on individuals allegedly related to terror investigations.

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Oliver Stone on Hollywood and the ?Machinery of War?

Oliver Stone, speaking at the Venice Film Festival, criticized Hollywood?s romance of war.  ? ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘Black Hawk Down’—these movies worshipped the machinery of war and I think America went back to the concept of war too easily.?

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Iraq Report: Civilian Casualties Up by 50%

Civilian casualties in Iraq rose by 50% during the last three months, according to a report released by the Pentagon.  The report on security and stability in Iraq examined the sectarian violence that grips the country, saying ?Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq? but that the fighting does not meet the ?strict? definition of a civil war.

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Israel’s Defense Minister Supports War Inquiry

In a surprising reversal of position, Amir Peretz has called for a full independent investigation into the war in Lebanon.

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