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Climate Change Threatens National Security, Pentagon Says

The Pentagon released a report earlier this week detailing the threats that climate change poses in the near future.

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School Closures, Capitol Hill Hearing Follow News of Second Ebola-Infected Nurse

As of Thursday, two nurses—Amber Joy Vinson, 29, and Nina Pham, 26—who treated the first Ebola patient in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, had tested positive for the virus, and the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was catching heat on Capitol Hill.

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Vietnam War Era Journalist and Activist Fred Branfman Dies at 72

Truthdig contributor Fred Branfman, who was among the first to inform the world that the aerial war in Vietnam had spilled into neighboring Laos, and who campaigned to end the war, died of ALS on Sept. 24 at his home in Budapest.

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Lockheed Martin Forecasts Nuclear Fusion in the Back of a Truck in 10 Years

The defense contractor said Wednesday that it made a breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, the elusive process the company says can generate nearly 10 million times more energy than the same amount of fossil fuels, The Guardian reports.

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Nurse Union Accuses Texas Hospital of Sloppy, Dangerous Handling of Ebola Threat

The biggest union of registered nurses in the country says it has spoken with workers at the hospital in Dallas where a man died of Ebola and two nurses have been infected, and it reports a level of carelessness that boggles the mind.

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Feminist Gaming Critic Threatened With ‘Montreal Massacre Style Attack’

Feminist gaming critic and blogger Anita Sarkeesian chose to cancel a Wednesday speech at Utah State University after an anonymous email purportedly sent by a student promised to violently attack her and her audience if she went forth with the event.

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U.N. Report Says NSA’s Mass Digital Surveillance ‘Violates Core Privacy Rights’

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes that a report recently released by the United Nations’ top official for counterterrorism and human rights rejects the “key argument often made by American defenders of the NSA.”

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Second Texas Hospital Worker Tests Positive for Ebola

Just days after it was confirmed that a 26-year-old nurse at a Dallas hospital had been infected with Ebola after caring for patient Thomas Eric Duncan, another health care worker at the same hospital has tested positive.

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Give Us Your Fertile Years: Apple and Facebook Will Pay to Freeze Your Eggs

At the intersection of good intentions and just-plain-weird, two of the biggest tech companies are offering their female employees an unusual benefits package.

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Julian Assange on Google’s Role in the Surveillance State

In a recent interview, the WikiLeaks founder talks about how Google is funding groups that would otherwise criticize it; a writer questions what allows humans to feel at peace with destroying the planet; meanwhile, a conservative judge writes a scathing dissent on voter ID laws. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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