Keith Rush - Biography
 Keith began his broadcasting career on Febuary 16, 1952 at the age of 20 left New Orleans for full time position, KLOU in Lake Charles, Louisiana... Keith is considered by many as the "Father of Talk Radio" in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1st "Honorary" member of LSU statewide Alumni Association in history of LSU. Received many awards, but most proud of Freedom's Foundation Award 1972 for fight against "Filth" in radio and television. Representatives came to New Orleans Louisiana to make the presentation. During period 1953 - 1956 (still broadcasting) booked acts on the Louisiana Hayride, such as George Jones, Johnny Cash, The Browns and brought Elvis Presley to New Orleans (1954) for 1st apperance ever. (Lost Money)   1957 - 1959 United States Army 4th Infantry Division Fort Lewis Washington, 2 years active duty.
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The Billionaire CEO Who Says He'll Leave The Country If Trump Is Elected
What would media mogul Barry Diller do if Donald Trump is elected president? "I'll either move out of the country or join the resistance." But he's convinced he won't have to do either, saying he would take any bet that Trump will not be elected. "Truly, I'm not moving, and I don't think I'm joining the resistance," he said in an interview with Bloomberg. Diller is CEO of IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), the conglomerate of new media businesses from to The Daily Beast to Forbes estimates his net worth at $2.5 billion, while it puts Trump's wealth at $4.5 billion. CNN
VOA VIEW: Diller commited to cover all bets - we seek to take him up on it - we will update the response.

Carson: Train Students On What To Do In School Shooting Scenario
GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Wednesday that students need to be trained on what to do in the event of a school shooting. “You have to train them how to react in each of the different scenarios as you do teachers. I personally believe we need to have people in schools who are armed, who are trained, who can help in this situation,” he said. Carson has received criticism for comments he made Tuesday on “Fox & Friends” when he said if he were faced with a gunman, he would fight back and sacrifice himself to save other potential victims. “If a gunman walks up and points a gun at you and says, ‘What religion are you?’ That is the ultimate test of your faith,” Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade said. CNS News

Feds Made $124.7B In Improper Payments In 2014; ‘Almost $1 Trillion’ Over 12 Years
The federal government made an estimated $124.7 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2014 and has made “almost $1 trillion” in improper payments over the past twelve years, U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, head of the Government Accountability Office, told the Senate Finance Committee last week. “In fiscal year 2014, agencies reported improper payment estimates totaling $124.7 billion, a significant increase—almost $19 billion—from the prior year’s estimate of $105.8 billion,” Dodaro told the committee in written testimony. “The almost $19 billion increase was primarily due to the Medicare, Medicaid, and Earned Income Tax Credit programs, which account for over 75 percent of the government-wide improper payment estimate,” he said. CNS News
VOA VIEW: Most improper Fed payments were made on Obama's watch.

Obama Praises Unions, Workers' Rights At White House Summit
President Barack Obama called for higher blue-collar wages and benefits and promoted collective bargaining on Wednesday, courting workers' unions as his advancing Pacific Rim trade deal has disenchanted many labor groups. In a speech to workers, union leaders, lawmakers and employers, Obama supported the defense of workers' rights and urged workers to band together in an increasingly technology-driven sharing economy. "I believe when people attack unions, they're attacking the middle class," Obama told attendees of the first-ever White House Summit on Worker Voice. Reuters


Doctors Without Borders: Kunduz Strike An 'Attack On The Geneva Conventions'
President Barack Obama has personally apologized. But will that be enough for Doctors Without Borders after a deadly airstrike struck its hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz? The charity group -- which is also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF, and provides medical care in some of the world's most dangerous places -- is calling the strike an "attack on the Geneva Conventions" and urging an independent investigation by a never-before-used international commission. The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission has been in existence since 1991. It requires a request by one of the 76 nations that have signed on to it for it to begin its work. Its job is to investigate whether international humanitarian law has been violated. CNN

Good Feelings Toward Catholic Church Up In U.S. Since Pope's Visit
Positive feelings toward the Roman Catholic Church have gone up in the United States since Pope Francis's first visit to the country, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Wednesday. Overall, 28 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said they had a more positive view of the Catholic Church because of Pope Francis. The September trip by the head of the world's approximately 1 billion Catholics included a speech to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. The favorable shift is more pronounced among liberals, with 39 percent saying they have a more positive view of the Church, compared with conservatives, at 22 percent. Conservatives were 10 percent more likely to have a negative view of the Church because of Francis, compared with liberals at 4 percent. Reuters

Average American Loses $43 During Each Doctor Visit
How much does a visit to the doctor's office cost? Around $43 in lost productivity, according to a recent study. The problem is that people waste a lot of time traveling to and waiting for their doctor. It took people an average of 37 minutes just to get to their appointment, according to a study published this summer in the American Journal of Managed Care. They then only received 20 minutes of face-to-face time with their physician — less than the 64 minutes they spent filling out forms and sitting in the waiting room, possibly reading old issues of "Cat Fancy" and "Highlights" magazine. MSNBC

President Obama To Relax In Rancho Santa Fe
Word has it that President Barack Obama, whose itinerary includes private visits with families of mass shooting victims at Umpqua Community College in Oregon tomorrow, will quietly visit Rancho Santa Fe Saturday night through Monday evening. It will be an unofficial visit, for R&R — golf, maybe? — with his family over the Columbus Day holiday. No word on where the president might stay, but my money would be on Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa. After being the honored guest at a private fundraising event last year at the La Jolla home of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan, perhaps Obama will visit the 45-acre resort property purchased in 2010 by their four sons and investors Jeffrey Essakow and Doug Carlson. San Diego Union
VOA VIEW: Obama should not be called Mr. President - he is Mr. Vacation.

Calling Protesters In Chile ‘Dumb,’ Pope Francis Sets Off Uproar
Many watched in disbelief: There he was, Pope Francis, calling people in Osorno, a city in southern Chile, “dumb” for protesting against a bishop accused of being complicit in clerical sexual abuse. “The Osorno community is suffering because it’s dumb,” Francis told a group of tourists on St. Peter’s Square, because it “has let its head be filled with what politicians say, judging a bishop without any proof.” ”Don’t be led by the nose by the leftists who orchestrated all of this,” the pope said. Kansas City Star

Feds Bust Suspected South Florida Fentanyl Importer As Deaths Soar
Federal agents have busted a Miramar man who they say was part of an international ring that used the Internet and U.S. mail to import a so-called synthetic heroin called fentanyl that is sweeping Florida and killing hundreds of users. The arrest of Aldolphe Joseph, 34, comes as law-enforcement agencies are working to stem the pipeline of synthetic drugs from China, which has helped fuel a spike in fentanyl-related deaths. Newly released statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show that deaths caused by fentanyl overdoses statewide last year jumped a staggering 114 percent. From Molly to flakka to fentanyl, the wave of synthetic drugs from overseas has become a top priority for South Florida law enforcement and public health officials, as chronicled in the recent Miami Herald series Pipeline China. Miami Herald

VW's Top US Executive Learned Of Emissions Issues In 2014
Volkswagen's top U.S.-based executive is expected to testify before Congress Thursday that he first learned in 2014 of emissions problems with the German automaker's four-cylinder diesel cars. But in prepared remarks posted Wednesday, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn doesn't directly address when he was first told his company had developed on-board computer software designed to deceive emissions tests. Horn is scheduled to testify before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which was provided an advance copy of the executive's written testimony. It will be the first appearance on Capitol Hill by Horn, a German and veteran VW manager who took over the reins of the brand's American subsidiary last year. SF Gate


Israeli Ministers Barred From Jerusalem Site
A Palestinian stabbed a Jewish seminary student in Jerusalem on Thursday as the Israeli prime minister barred all Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from visiting a sensitive holy site in the Old City in an effort to calm tensions that have gripped the country for weeks. According to police spokeswoman Luba Samri, a Palestinian teenager stabbed the 25-year-old Israeli in the neck, wounding him seriously, before police apprehended the attacker. It was the latest act of Palestinian violence in a week in which bloody attacks killed four Israelis and injured several others. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's move to try and calm the situation appeared to put the Israeli leader on a collision course with hard-liners within his own governing coalition. They have been putting intense pressure on Netanyahu to respond to the surge in violence with a tough crackdown and increased settlement activity. Atlanta Journal

US Commerce Secretary: Ending Embargo Of Cuba Will Take Time
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker wrapped up her visit to Cuba on Wednesday by saying both sides need to learn more about each other as they work to improve relations and cautioning that it will take time to end the American embargo. She reiterated that President Barack Obama wants to see an end to the U.S. trade embargo against the communist-ruled island. “The president wants to see the embargo lifted, but the president realizes it will take time,” she said, alluding to the fact that many Republican lawmakers and some Democrats oppose lifting the embargo at this stage. Charlotte Observer

Congress Growing Skeptical Of Health Guidelines
The quality of the evidence supporting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the influential nutritional advice from the federal government, came under steady attack at a Congressional hearing Wednesday, with representatives complaining that the credibility of the national advice has been eroded by shifts in science. Salt? Saturated fat? Eggs? Meat? Opinions about each of these were aired as members of Congress directed their skepticism at the two cabinet secretaries who oversee the development of the nutritional guidelines, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Charlotte Observer

Senate OKs Massive Defense Bill Under Veto Threat
Congress on Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill that he has threatened to veto over an ongoing battle between Democrats and Republicans over government spending. The Senate voted to approve the measure 70 to 27. If Obama vetoes the defense bill, it would be only the fifth time that has happened in the past half-century. The bipartisan measure is a rarity in Washington; it has become law every year for more than 50 years. The House passed the bill last week, 269 to 151, with enough Democratic votes to sustain a presidential veto. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Obama needs to spanked with a veto override.

Rubio Again Defends Missing Senate Votes
Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday again dismissed criticism about missing votes in the United States Senate. "When I miss a vote or two in Washington, it's not because I'm on vacation, it's because I'm running for president," he told NBC News while speaking to reporters after a campaign event at Dynamic Network Services, an Internet services company in Manchester. "In my four and a half years there, I've been deeply frustrated by the lack of progress on any major issue and we're not going to make progress unless we have the right person in the White House." MSNBC

McCain: U.S. Must Do More To Protect Iranian Dissident Group
The head of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the U.S. is not doing enough to help relocate from Iraq members of controversial Iranian dissident group that has a record of providing Washington with “useful intelligence” on Iran’s clandestine nuclear activities. During a committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. John McCain said successive U.S. administrations have broken their promise to protect members of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran — known in U.S. national security circles as Mujahedin-e-Khalq, or “MEK.” Washington Times

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Anonymous Donors Send Millions To Pro-Rubio Group
Voters are beginning to learn about Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio. What they're not learning, however, is who is paying to promote his candidacy.
The Florida senator is benefiting in unprecedented ways from a nonprofit group funded by anonymous donors. While other presidential candidates also have ties to secret-money groups, the Rubio arrangement is the boldest. Every pro-Rubio television commercial so far in the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina has been paid for not by his campaign or even by a super PAC that identifies its donors, but instead by a nonprofit called Conservative Solutions Project. It's also sending Rubio-boosting mail to voters in those same states. Tampa Tribune

Clinton Seeks Crackdown For Those Breaking Wall Street Rules
Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to crack down on bad behavior by Wall Street by punishing individual investors, financial managers and traders for misconduct, saying they will be "prosecuted and imprisoned." Bankers who violate the law would face the possibility of tougher criminal penalties, according to a summary of Clinton's plan released Wednesday night by her campaign. They also would be banned from future employment in the financial industry and could find their compensation penalized as part of a government settlement. Her proposals came just days before the first Democratic presidential debate with her primary rivals. Liberal Democrats have spent months calling on Clinton to take a more aggressive approach to regulating Wall Street. In recent weeks, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has gained ground against her in early primary states with a populist economic message that vows to take on the "billionaires." Tampa Tribune

Obama’s Refugee Resettlement Plan Could Stir Battle With States
The Obama administration's pledge to absorb thousands more Syrian and other refugees could run headlong into resistance from state and local officials worried about whether their communities can handle the influx. Federal officials announced last month they plan to take in at least 10,000 refugees from Syria over the next year, and a total of 100,000 refugees from around the world by 2017 -- up from 70,000. While Republicans on Capitol Hill have raised concerns about whether refugees from Syria will be adequately screened for terror ties, local officials are worried simply about whether they have the resources to take them. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Obama's plan must be stopped.

House Defeats Attempt To Dismantle Benghazi Committee
U.S. representatives beat back an attempt Wednesday to disband the House Select Committee on Benghazi, as Republicans quashed the latest push from Democrats to try to discredit the panel ahead of a hearing later this month featuring former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Rep. Louise Slaughter, New York Democrat and ranking member of the House Rules Committee, had introduced the privileged resolution, which cited recent comments Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made about the work of the committee and Mrs. Clinton’s sagging poll numbers. Washington Times

The Real Reason U.S. Drug Prices Are So High
Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli became the latest poster boy for Wall Street greed when he jacked up the price of an HIV drug more than 4,000 percent to $750 a pill. But the former hedge fund manager's behavior is far from unique. Dramatic price hikes on existing drugs, or astoundingly high rates for new ones, are common practice in the United States. The pharmaceutical industry defends the price spikes as a means of funding research to develop new drugs. But a close look at the finances of more than a dozen public drug companies illustrates research and development expenses are routinely smaller than company overheads, including marketing costs. And often after-tax profits still greatly exceed those R&D expenses that the companies say are so high. CBS


Officials Investigate Petting Zoo At County Fair After 2 Children Sickened With E. Coli
A petting zoo and animal barns at a Maine county fair are being investigated after two children who visited the fair were infected with E. coli, health officials said. The Maine branch of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has launched a probe into the cases and is currently focusing on the children's visits to the petting zoo and animal barns at the Oxford County Fair, officials said. "Maine CDC is working with the State Veterinarian and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to investigate the fact that each child attended the Oxford Fair and visited the animal barns and petting zoo," a CDC spokesman said in a statement. ABC

Volkswagen Executives in the Hot Seat on Capitol Hill
The top U.S. official for Volkswagen will appear before a congressional panel this week and is expected to apologize for the company's emissions violations. Michael Horn, Volkswagen Group of America’s president and CEO, will answer questions Thursday from lawmakers about the automaker's software that cheated U.S. emissions tests. "We have broken the trust of our customers, dealerships, and employees, as well as the public and regulators," Horn will say, according to his testimony. "We are determined to make things right." ABC

Carson Would Beat Clinton, Biden, Sanders In Ohio, Pennsylvania
No president has won the general election since 1960 without carrying two out of those three swing states. Hillary Clinton is still leading the Democratic presidential primary in three key swing states—Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania—but a new poll suggests she may have more to worry about than whether Vice President Joe Biden enters the race: Neurosurgeon Ben Carson could potentially pose a threat to the entire Democratic field. If the election were held today and Carson were the Republican nominee, he would beat Clinton, Biden, and Senator Bernie Sanders in the battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania and also best Sanders, a Vermont independent, in Florida, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.1 No president has won the general election since 1960 without carrying two out of those three swing states. Bloomberg

House Conservatives Oppose McCarthy, Search For Alternative
The House's most hard-edged conservatives are anxious to derail Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's bid to become speaker, but they're outnumbered and their chosen candidate lacks support. That leaves the Californian the heavy favorite when Republicans pick their candidate to replace John Boehner on Thursday. Members of the House Freedom Caucus announced Wednesday that the group of several dozen rebellious conservatives would support longshot Republican Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida for speaker. But with McCarthy expected to win Thursday's vote anyway, many were looking ahead to Oct. 29, when the full House formally elects the next speaker. Philadelphia Inquirer

Second Company Turns Over Hillary Email Data To FBI
The FBI’s investigation into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s server has extended to a second computer data company to recover her deleted e-mails. Datto Inc., of Norwalk, Conn., was hired by Clinton in 2013 to provide a private “cloud” backup of her personal server and now is cooperating with the FBI to turn over any remaining data, the McClatchy News Service reports. Datto said in a statement that “with the consent of our client and their end user, and consistent with our policies regarding data privacy [on Tuesday], Datto delivered to the FBI a hardware device containing all backed-up data [related to Clinton].” The company that maintained Clinton’s personal e-mail operation, Platte River Networks in Denver, already turned over its server to the FBI. NY Post
VOA VIEW: More emails, more lies.

Ben Carson Would Be A 'Real Black President,' Rupert Murdoch Tweets
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is drawing criticism for implying that President Obama is not a “real black president” in a tweet Wednesday night intended to praise GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson. “Ben and Candy Carson terrific,” the owner of Fox News wrote. “What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.” Many on Twitter took issue with Murdoch’s choice of words. Murdoch has been a vocal Carson booster and has posted several supportive tweets about the candidate. Murdoch, 84, started his media empire with a chain of Australian newspapers. It has grown to include 21st Century Fox (which is now run by his son, James), Britain’s BSkyB, Dow Jones, The New York Post, Harper Collins and a 30% stake in Hulu, to name a few. USA Today

Medicare Part B Premiums To Rise 52% For 7 Million Enrollees
For seven in 10 Medicare beneficiaries 2016 will be much like 2015. They will pay $104.90 per month for their Medicare Part B premium just as they did in 2015. But 2016 might not be anything like 2015 for some 30% of Medicare beneficiaries — roughly 7 million or so Americans. That’s because premiums for individuals could increase a jaw-dropping 52% to $159.30 per month ($318.60 for married couples). And for individuals whose incomes exceed certain thresholds, premiums could rise to anywhere from $223.00 per month up to $509.80 (or $446 to $1,019.60 for married couples), depending on their incomes. What gives? Blame the “hold harmless” provision in the law that addresses cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for Social Security benefits. USA Today

Clinton E-Mails Were Vulnerable To Hackers, Tech Firm Warned
A technology subcontractor that has worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail setup expressed concerns over the summer that the system was inadequately protected and vulnerable to hackers, a company official said Wednesday. But the concerns were rebuffed by the company managing the Clinton account, Platte River Networks, which said it had been instructed by the FBI not to make changes. The FBI has been reviewing the security of the e-mail system. The subcontractor, Datto, which specializes in backing up data, had not been aware that it was handling Clinton e-mails until media reports in August noted Platte River Networks’ involvement with the controversy surrounding the former secretary of state’s e-mails. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Hillary jeopardized national security.

Jose Andres Hits Back At Trump Over Restaurant Deal
Washington-based celebrity chef Jose Andres isn’t bringing a whisk to a knife fight. In court documents filed late Wednesday, the top toque says real estate mogul-turned GOP candidate Donald Trump is the one to blame for the bust-up of a deal in which Andres was to open the flagship restaurant in Trump’s redevelopment of the Old Post Office Pavilion into a luxury hotel complex. Andres, a native of Spain who recently became a U.S. citizen, backed out of the plan in August after Trump made some unsavory comments about illegal Mexican immigrants. Trump promptly slapped the chef with a $10 million breach-of-contract suit. But in the documents filed with the D.C. Superior Court, Andres and his company, ThinkFoodGroup, contend that Trump’s comments themselves constituted the initial breach of the contract — and so Trump has no one to blame but himself. Washington Post

California Wants Renewable Energy For Half Its Power By 2030
Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California's climate-change goals, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years. Brown tried for an even stronger measure that also would have enforced a 50 percent drop in petroleum use by 2030, but was defeated by oil interests. He called that a short-term setback, and insisted that the world needs to wean itself off fossil fuels as quickly as possible. "What has been the source of our prosperity now becomes the source of our ultimate destruction, if we don't get off it. And that is so difficult," Brown said at a signing ceremony Wednesday at the hilltop Griffith Observatory, overlooking the haze of downtown Los Angeles. Houston Chronicle

Chaffetz, Webster Challenge McCarthy For House Speaker
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is the front-runner in the race to become the next speaker, but he faces two Republican opponents who are trying to draw some of his support. Four-term Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and three-term Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida both say they can bring a needed fresh perspective to GOP leadership, unlike McCarthy, who has served as majority leader under Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Boehner is resigning at the end of the month and has endorsed McCarthy in Thursday's race in the GOP caucus to pick a nominee. After the caucus picks its candidate, the full House will elect a speaker Oct. 29. Chaffetz is the brash 48-year-old chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he has launched high-profile investigations of the Secret Service, Planned Parenthood and other issues. Houston Chronicle

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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Still Lead In Three Key Swing States
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton still lead in the swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania with Clinton's support eroding a bit, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey. In Florida, 28 percent of GOP voters say they would vote for Trump, up 5 percentage points from August. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson comes in second, with 16 percent. And only 12 percent of Florida Republicans would back their own former governor, Jeb Bush, for president. Trump also leads among Republicans in Ohio with just under a quarter of the vote. Again, Carson comes in second place and the state's current governor, John Kasich, would receive 13 percent of the GOP primary vote. CBS

Amazon Said To Weigh Creating A Live Online Television Service Inc. is exploring the creation of a live online TV service and has reached out to major media companies including CBS Corp. and Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal to express interest in carrying their channels, according to people familiar with the matter. Amazon’s deliberations are preliminary, said the individuals, who asked not be identified discussing ongoing negotiations. A live service would expand the online retailer’s investment in video entertainment and bring it into direct competition with pay-TV providers like Comcast and AT&T Inc. Other companies are offering or experimenting with Internet-delivered TV services, including Sony Corp., Dish Network Corp. and Apple Inc. Bloomberg

Harry Reid Files Suit Against Exercise Companies Over Eye Injury
Less than a year after suffering an eye injury while exercising with an elastic band, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid is suing the three exercise companies that manufacture the TheraBand that snapped and lacerated his face for negligence. Reid and his personal attorney, James M. Morgan, filed a complaint in the Clark Country District Court to take action against Hygenic Intangible Property Holding Company, the Hygenic Corporation and Performace Health LLC. The complaint, first reported by the Las Vegas Law Blog, alleges that Reid, 75, suffered damages exceeding $50,000 and that the companies were responsible for manufacturing a “defective” product. The complaint says that the “TheraBand broke or slipped out of Mr. Reid’s hand, causing him to spin around and strike his face on a cabinet.” It goes on to allege that the “defendants knew or had constructive knowledge that TheraBands were dangerous for use by the elderly” and that the “accident occurred solely as a result of the carelessness, recklessness, negligence and culpable conduct of defendants." Las Vegas Sun

GOP Hopefuls Donald Trump And Marco Rubio Take Over The Strip
The Entertainment Capital of the World is all about political power this week. GOP presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Marco Rubio bring their showbiz connections to the Strip seeking to get voter support, as Nevada becomes the third state in the Union to hold its early Republican caucus voting Feb. 23. The Democratic caucus is three days earlier on Feb. 20. There will be 34 Republican delegates and 33 Democratic delegates who represent precinct-level voters at respective national conventions to select the party nominee. Las Vegas Sun

Weight Loss Surgery Linked To Suicide, Self-Harm
Weight loss surgery patients are at increased risk for self-harm and suicide within the first three years after having a bariatric procedure, according to a new study.
Previous research has shown therapy before and after surgery should be recommended for some patients because of the proportion of morbidly obese people with depression or other issues related to their weight. "Even if you remove the burden of weight, you don't remove the burden of disease," Dr. John M. Morton, president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, told the L.A. Times. "Some of the psychological issues might still be there." UPI

Draft Biden Super PAC Releases First Ad
Draft Biden, a super PAC dedicated to convincing Joe Biden to run for president, released an emotional ad online Wednesday featuring the vice president talking about his family. The 90-second clip is titled "My Redemption" and juxtaposes Biden's 2015 address at a Yale commencement ceremony with images of him and his family.
After being elected to the Senate in 1972, Biden's wife and young daughter were killed in a car crash and his sons, Hunter and Beau, badly injured. Beau ultimately died of cancer earlier this year. UPI

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White House 'Deeply Concerned' By Escalating Tensions In Jerusalem
The White House is monitoring an increased tempo of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank with a growing sense of alarm, a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. Four separate attacks gripped the country on Wednesday alone, following a series of stabbings and shootings of Israelis over the past week. "We are deeply concerned about recent violence and escalating tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem," the senior official said, "and we condemn in the strongest terms violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians." "We call upon all parties to take affirmative steps to restore calm, and refrain from actions and rhetoric that would further escalate tensions," the official continued. Jerusalem Post

Russian Missiles 'Hit IS In Syria From Caspian Sea'
Russia says it has launched rocket strikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria from warships in the Caspian Sea - about 1,500km (930 miles) away. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said four warships fired 26 sea-based cruise missiles at 11 targets, destroying them and causing no civilian casualties. Meanwhile, Syrian ground troops have launched an offensive under Russian air cover, Syrian officials say. Russia denies claims that its week of strikes have mainly hit non-IS targets. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported "the most intense fighting in months" in Hama and Idlib provinces. The clashes followed a wave of Russian air strikes in the same areas, it said. BBC

California Bans Paparazzi From Flying Drones On Private Property
California has put limits on flying drones, in an effort to stop paparazzi photographers from snapping photos of celebrities from afar. The law expands the state's definition of invasion of privacy to include sending a drone over private property to make a recording or take photos. Singer Miley Cyrus filmed a paparazzi drone flying above her home last year. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill on Tuesday, but has rejected other recently proposed drone regulations. Another bill would have made flying drones over wildfires illegal. Drones have been blamed for interfering with recent fire-fighting efforts as the state has experienced massive wildfires. BBC

JFK: Declassified Documents Reveal A Cunning And Cagey President
John F Kennedy’s secret talks with Soviet intelligence, surreptitious tape recordings and “girlfriend system” create a new portrait of a cunning and cagey JFK, according to a historian who has researched a treasure trove of recently released recordings and papers of the late president. Drawing on documents and tape recordings recently declassified, historian Timothy Naftali told a meeting at New York University on Tuesday night that Kennedy’s wife Jacqueline and brother Robert censored and edited the president’s legacy, cultivating the “mystique” of a charismatic leader who continues to baffle and fascinate Americans of all stripes and creeds. Guardian

Bill Clinton On The Late Show: Trump Interesting But I Support 'Val The Singer'
Bill Clinton has refused to take credit – or blame – for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s White House bid, while calling the mercurial real-estate mogul the “most interesting character out there”. Appearing on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show on Tuesday, the host asked Clinton to set the record straight about a private phone conversation that took place between the former president and the would-be president in the weeks before Trump declared his candidacy and subsequently upended the 2016 race. Guardian

UN Launches ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ On Improving Treatment Of Prisoners
The United Nations today launched the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules,’ which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed as “a great step forward” but also drew attention to three areas that could be strengthened from a human rights perspective. “The Secretary-General welcomes the revised rules and progress made,” said Ivan Šimonovi?, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, who represented the UN chief at the high-level presentation at UN Headquarters of the revised Rules, named after the late South African President who spent years in prison. South Africa also chaired the Expert group in the revision of the Standard Minimum Rules. UN News

Ban Welcomes Election Of Chief Of UN-Backed Climate Panel Ahead Of Paris Conference
 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the election of Lee Hoesung of the Republic of Korea as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Mr. Hoesung will guide the Panel’s work of assessing the science related to climate change. “He looks forward to the IPCC’s new leadership at this critical moment when governments are preparing for the global climate change conference in Paris later this year, and extends his congratulations to Mr. Lee,” said a statement issued yesterday by his spokesperson in New York. UN News

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