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Melissa Block

Melissa Block appears in the following:

Fla. Prosecutor: No Sexual Assault Charges For FSU Football Star

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault. That decision was announced Thursday in Talahassee.

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Nigeria Steps Up Security In Northeast After Boko Haram Attacks

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Nigerian authorities have increased security patrols around the northeastern city of Maiduguri after Islamist militants attacked military bases there. The unrest comes after Nigerian troops reportedly had pushed the militants, Boko Haram, out of the the city. This comes as the U.S. undersecretary for Africa is in Nigeria to discuss security concerns, and Nigeria's president is attending a security conference in Europe.

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Federal Bench Could See New Faces After Senate Rules Change

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Senate voted Thursday to change its rules to make it easier to approve judicial and executive branch nominees by curbing filibusters. This so-called nuclear option represents a radical shift in Senate procedure. Democrats had threatened to use after Senate Republicans upheld the confirmation of three judges to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the action could have a huge impact on the federal bench.

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Bullying Scandal Continues To Embroil Miami Dolphins

Friday, November 08, 2013

The Miami Dolphins remain at the center of a scandal over allegations that Richie Incognito bullied fellow teammate Jonathan Martin. Martin walked away from the team last weekend citing harassment from Incognito, and Incognito was suspended from the team while the NFL investigates.

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Twitter Goes Public And Its Stock Price Soars

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Trading in shares of the social-networking site Twitter began Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange. It's been the best year for initial public offerings since 2007. And the Twitter IPO was the most eagerly awaited of the year.

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What's In A (Panda Cub's) Name?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has put forward five names for the new panda cub. The zoo is asking the public to vote on the names, which are: Bao Bao, Ling Hua, Long Yun, Mulan, and Zhen Bao.

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Miami Suspends Player As NFL Investigates Bullying Allegations

Monday, November 04, 2013

Miami Dolphins linebacker Richie Incognito was suspended Sunday after the team and the NFL said they were investigating bullying and abuse allegations made by his teammate. Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left the team last week on a leave of absence.

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LGBT Workplace Protections Move Forward In Senate

Monday, November 04, 2013

The Senate voted Monday to move ahead on legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill won the approval of enough Republican senators late Monday to cross the 60-vote threshold and move onto a floor vote. Such a thing would have been impossible even a few years ago.

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Remembering Uncle Allan And His Folk-Filled Sandal Shop

Friday, October 25, 2013

Melissa Block remembers her Uncle Allan. He died this week at the age of 90. Allan Block was a self-taught leather worker and old-time fiddle player who owned a small sandal shop in Greenwich Village during the heyday of the folk music scene in the 1950s and 60s. Folk musicians such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan were known to stop by. Business would stop, as Allan and other musicians would have a free-wheeling folk music jam. As the late folksinger Dave Van Ronk once told a writer: "God help you, if you wanted to buy a pair of sandals."

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JPMorgan Chase Agrees To Pay $5.1 Billion To Feds

Friday, October 25, 2013

JPMorgan Chase agreed pay $5.1 billion to settle litigation over mortgage assets sold during the housing bubble. The deal, announced late Friday afternoon, is to resolve claims the company misled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the housing market crashed. It is part of a tentative $13 billion deal the company is trying to reach with federal and state agencies over its mortgage liabilities.

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U.S. Spying Takes Center Stage At EU Summit

Thursday, October 24, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is furious about the U.S. eavesdropping on her calls. She is the latest to protest loudly to the U.S. as the EU gathers for a regular summit. The meeting should have focused on immigration and the economy, but will be sidetracked by the continued NSA spying anger.

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E-Cigarettes: A Nearly $2bn Industry, A Regulatory Wild West

Monday, October 21, 2013

Electronic cigarettes are popping up in more and more stores around the country and consumers are "vaping" in bars and restaurants with gusto. Sales of the devices are expected to reach nearly $2 billion this year. Until now, the top tobacco companies have been out of the game, but both Altria, which owns Phillip Morris, and R.J. Reynolds are now launching their own brands. Back in 2009, the FDA warned that e-cigarettes could pose health risks. This month, the agency is expected to release a set of proposed regulations on the devices.

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Court Says West Los Angeles VA Rental Deals Were Illegal

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

A federal judge has stepped in to push the Veterans Administration to do more to help homeless veterans at its massive West Los Angeles campus.

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Senate Committee Votes To Authorize Strikes On Syria

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee spent Wednesday scrambling to find language authorizing military strikes on Syria that was acceptable to both those wanting a stronger response and those hoping to limit U.S. involvement.

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Egypt Attacks Suspected Militants In Sinai

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Egyptian army attack helicopters fired missiles at suspected militants in the Sinai desert Tuesday. The military says at least eight were killed and many more wounded. The army is also moving to seal off the border with the Gaza Strip, and it's destroying smuggling tunnels that have been a major lifeline for Gaza over the past few years.

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U.K. Lawmakers Vote Against Syria Strike

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron called a special gathering of Parliament to argue forcefully for military intervention in Syria in response to the apparent chemical strike that he said killed hundreds there. He met with opposition among legislators who don't want to rush to war. After a vigorous debate, they voted against the government.

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DOJ Won't Sue To Overturn Recreational Pot Laws

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Department of Justice issued new guidance Thursday on enforcement of marijuana laws. The move comes after two states โ€” Colorado and Washington โ€” legalized marijuana for recreational use. The department said it would not sue to pre-empt those laws as long as the two states follow the new policy, which applies to all 50 states. The government's priorities for prosecutors include keeping drug profits away from gangs and cartels, and keeping marijuana away from children.

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Treasury, IRS Debut New Tax Rules For Same-Sex Couples

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Officials of the Treasury Department and the IRS announced new rules allowing same sex couples who marry in states with gay marriage to file jointly if they move to other states.

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Obama Echoes Martin Luther King Jr. On March Anniversary

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

President Obama joined thousands at the Lincoln Memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Middle East, Civil Rights Intersect At White House

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

President Obama reached the White House largely on his opposition to U.S. intervention in the Middle East and his gift for both using and transcending his race. This week, the pressure to intervene in Syria has become overwhelming, just as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington โ€” the iconic climax of the civil rights movement.

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