Y2K bug resurfaces and sends draft notices to 14,000 men born in the 1800s

Y2K bug resurfaces and sends draft notices to 14,000 men born in the 1800s - July 10, 2014 (NetworkWorld)
The Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation’s military draft and warning that failure to do so is “punishable by a fine and imprisonment.”

U.S. lawmakers press CDC chief over ‘dangerous pattern’ of lapses

U.S. lawmakers press CDC chief over ‘dangerous pattern’ of lapses - July 15, 2014 (Reuters)
U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday faulted a “dangerous pattern” of safety lapses at government laboratories handling deadly pathogens such as anthrax and avian flu, calling for an overhaul of controls at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

BRICS set up bank to counter Western hold on global finances

BRICS set up bank to counter Western hold on global finances - July 15, 2014 (Reuters)
Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a $100 billion development bank and a currency reserve pool on Tuesday in their first concrete step toward reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system.

Iraqi army retreats from Tikrit after assault stalls

Iraqi army retreats from Tikrit after assault stalls - July 15, 2014 (Reuters)
Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held city of Tikrit after their new offensive met heavy resistance, in a blow to the government effort to push back Sunni insurgents controlling large parts of the country.

IDF Urges Civilians to Leave Areas Targeted for Strikes

IDF Urges Civilians to Leave Areas Targeted for Strikes - July 15, 2014 (Arutz Sheva)
The IDF continues to warn civilians of impending airstrikes Wednesday, dropping leaflets and leaving phone messages urging residents to leave their homes in areas targeted for airstrikes in northern Gaza.

Rockets hit north of Tel Aviv as Hamas dramatically ups range

Rockets hit north of Tel Aviv as Hamas dramatically ups range - July 08, 2014 (The Times of Israel)
Israel launched a major operation against Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza in the early hours of Tuesday morning, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, following heavy Hamas rocket fire over the preceding days. The fast-escalating situation in the south comes in the shadow of spiking Jewish-Arab tensions in Israel over the brutal killings of four teenagers — three Jews and one Arab — by extremists.

Scientists Withdraw Claim About Making Stem Cells

Scientists Withdraw Claim About Making Stem Cells - July 02, 2014 (NBC News)
Scientists who reported that they’d found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to “extensive” errors in the research. In two papers published in January in the journal Nature, the researchers said that they’d been able to transform ordinary mouse cells into versatile stem cells by exposing them to a mildly acidic environment. Scientists hope to harness stem cells to grow replacement tissue for treating a variety of diseases.

Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest

Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest - July 02, 2014 (FOX News)
A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.“There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told me. “We were under orders not to say anything.”

Forgotten vials of smallpox found near D.C.

Forgotten vials of smallpox found near D.C. - July 08, 2014 (USA Today)
Scientists last week discovered several vials of smallpox — one of the deadliest diseases known to man — in an unused storage room at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials say there’s no health risk from the vials — either to NIH employees or the public. The vials of smallpox, which apparently date to the 1950s, were “immediately secured” in a CDC containment lab, according to a CDC statement. NIH officials alerted the CDC about the smallpox July 1.

Obama holds off on deportation changes, seeks $3.7B to address border crisis

Obama holds off on deportation changes, seeks $3.7B to address border crisis - July 08, 2014 (FOX News)
President Obama is holding off on seeking legal changes to speed up the deportation process for illegal immigrant children, but is seeking more money than initially expected from Congress to deal with the crisis on the U.S.–Mexico border. The president sent a massive $3.7 billion request seeking funds for everything from transportation costs to border enforcement to surveillance to health services.

ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi Calls on Muslims to Rush to ‘Your State’

ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi Calls on Muslims to Rush to ‘Your State’ - July 01, 2014 (NBC News)
The leader of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, the Sunni insurgent group rampaging across Iraq, called on Muslims on Tuesday to join his fight. “Rush O Muslims to your state. Yes, it is your state,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said. He said that terrorism is a way for Muslims to live honorably and “insist upon your rights.”

IDF Hits More than 30 Terrorist Targets in Gaza

IDF Hits More than 30 Terrorist Targets in Gaza - July 01, 2014 (Arutz Sheva)
The IDF launched extensive airstrikes in Gaza on Monday night, hitting more than 30 targets in the Hamas-controlled region. The IDF said in a statement that 34 terrorist targets throughout the region were targeted in the strikes. The statement noted that the airstrikes were in retaliation for rocket fire on southern Israel.