ECM WORLD WATCH; NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

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September 26, 2013 (San Diego's East County) --ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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House Republican reject Senate spending bill, explore options to avoid shut down (Washington Post)

Top House Republican leaders Thursday rejected the short-term spending plan expected to be passed by the Senate in coming days, increasing the possibility of a government shutdown next week. Asked if the House would pass the bill unchanged once it is sent from the Senate, Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) replied: “I do not see that happening.”

Report: White House delaying parts of Obamacare enrollment (The Hill)

The White House is delaying ObamaCare enrollment for small businesses and Spanish speakers, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

Atom bomb nearly exploded over North Carolina in 1961: UK paper (Reuters)

A U.S. atom bomb nearly exploded in 1961 over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima, according to a declassified document published in a British newspaper on Friday. ..Fallout could have spread over Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and even New York City, the paper said, threatening the lives of millions of people.

Obamacare premiums: What the price leaves out (KPBS: APM Marketplace)

Iif you can’t afford all the deductibles and co-pays, your insurance might not be worth much, no matter how cheap your monthly premium

Living in a flood zone? Check your insurance. It may be about to go up. (+video)

(CS Monitor) -- A new federal flood-insurance reform law requires maps to take account of projected sea level rise in designating flood zones, as federal subsidies for properties in flood zones fade to zero.

George H.W. Bush a witness at same-sex marriage (CBS)

Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday.

 

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Hundreds dead in Pakistan earthquake

(BBC) -- At least 328 people are killed and hundreds more injured as a 7.7-magnitude earthquake strikes south-western Pakistan, causing a new island to emerge....  More than 300,000 people have been affected over a total of six districts...  

In Widening Crackdown, Egyptian Court Bans Muslim Brotherhood (NPR)

An Egyptian court ruling on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered the government to seize all the assets of the Islamist group. This is the latest move in a widening crackdown on the group that ruled Egypt just a few months ago.

 

How elephant poaching helped fund Kenya terrorist attack (www.treehugger.com) –

Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-backed Somali terror group responsible for Saturday's attack in a Nairobi mall, receives significant funding from the illegal poaching. This is why the US sees wildlife trafficking as a national security issue.

75 killed in Taliban attack on historic Pakistani church (CS Monitor)

A wing of the Taliban is claiming credit for an attack on All Saints Church, a historic church in Pakistan. Suicide bombers detonated their devices as worshipers were gathering outside the church for a free meal, killing 75 and wounding 110. 

Islamist gunmen hold hostages in Kenya siege after 68 killed (Reuters)

Kenya said its security forces were in control of most of the Nairobi shopping mall where at least 68 people were killed by Somali al Shabaab Islamists, but gunmen still appeared to be holding hostages as the siege entered its third day on Monday.

Confusing evil (Jewish World Review)

   
 
   
   

An Israeli criminologist who has studied suicide bombers for almost two decades and conducts research for the National Security Council peers into the mind of mass murderers --- Islamic jihadis and Western gunmen

In Widening Crackdown, Egyptian Court Bans Muslim Brotherhood (NPR)

An Egyptian court ruling on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered the government to seize all the assets of the Islamist group. This is the latest move in a widening crackdown on the group that ruled Egypt just a few months ago.