Bladerunner: Amputee runner Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. His lawyer said he expected Pistorius to spend only 10 months behind bars with the rest of his time served under house arrest. Pistorius, who has at times been very emotional during the trial, showed little reaction.
Permawar: US aircraft yesterday dropped small arms, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters squared off against Islamic State militants in and around the Syrian border town of Kobane. American aircraft have been pounding ISIS militants, but this is the first time the US has given direct military assistance to
Sound Recall: Toyota is recalling 247,000 cars in the US because their air bags can explode, showering the passenger compartment with deadly shrapnel. At least three people have been killed. The airbags, made by a company called Takata, have been installed in more that two million cars around the world.
Permawar: A new round of ISIS attacks has targeted the Mosul dam in Iraq, the loss of which would be disastrous for Iraq. The Kurdish fighters known as Peshmerga claim they repulsed the assaults.Read more
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On Second Thought: In a slap down to Pope Francis, Catholic bishops voted to remove language in a draft report calling for greater openness toward homosexuals. The move suggests a clash between the more liberal-thinking Pope and some conservative bishops. …Read more
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It's Been Said
"The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters."
-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting in the Supreme Court decision to allow Texas to apply its voter ID law.