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June 9, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Magazine's 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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Court: No right to carry concealed weapons in public (Politico)

In a victory for gun control advocates, a federal appeals court said Thursday people do not have a right to carry concealed weapons in public under the Second Amendment. An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said law enforcement officials can require applicants for a concealed weapons permit to show they are in immediate danger or have another good reason for a permit beyond self-defense.The decision overturned a 2014 ruling by a smaller 9th Circuit panel and came in a lawsuit over the denial of concealed weapons permits by a sheriff in San Diego County.

Congress Passes Largest Chemical Safety Legislation In 40 Years (NPR)

Unlike drugs, for example, that have to go through a rigorous review to get on the market, chemicals we use in everyday products have simply been assumed to be safe. This bill is going to change that, and it's going to require an affirmative finding that chemicals are safe in order for them to stay on the market.

Toxic failure: millions of American children missing early lead tests (Reuters)

Many states and Medicaid rules require blood lead tests for young children, but millions are falling through this safety net, leaving them vulnerable to poisoning – and showing lead worries extend beyond Flint, Michigan

President Obama endorses Hilary Clinton (Politico)

President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday, saying, “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office." The forceful show of support, which came after Obama met with Sen. Bernie Sanders for more than an hour at the White House, was designed to unite the party ahead of what is expected to be an especially brutal general election against Donald Trump.

Sanders vows to work with Clinton as Democrats move toward unity (CNN)

“I look forward to meeting with (Clinton) in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1%," Sanders told reporters…He added that he will monitor a "full counting of the votes" in California, where Clinton won the Democratic primary contest on Tuesday. The results will show "a much closer vote," Sanders predicted.

Trump  University scandal looking more like corruption? Trump made political donations to Attorney General who dropped investigations  (

Top Republican prosecutors in Texas and Florida dismissed complaints against Trump's scam after receiving funds.

Before Gary Johnson Can Debate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, He Needs to Be Included in Polls (Reason)

To be included in debate, a candidate must be polling at 15 percent in five mainstream news polls, only one of which currently includes Johnson (the Libertarian candidate).

Anti-trans bathroom ‘child protector’ caught with 13-year-old chained in basement (Bipartisan report)

… Esten Ciboro was recently in the news for protesting Target’s new policy of allowing transgender people to use the restroom of their choice. Now it turns out that he has been arrested for keeping a 13-year-old girl chained inside his basement.


Europe floods: Seine could peak at 6.5 meters as Louvre closes doors (Guardian)

At least 12 people killed across northern Europe in week of storms that have flooded villages and wrecked roads

Israel ramps up West Bank troops and restrictions after Tel Aviv attack (CS Monitor)

On Thursday, Israel imposed new restrictions on Palestinian movement and deployed hundreds of additional troops to the West Bank in response to an attack that killed four Israelis.

Venezuela's top court bans media's publishing videos of lynchings  (Reuters)

…The OPEC nation's society is in upheaval amid triple-digit inflation, a deep recession and brutal shortages of food and medicine. As Venezuelans have grown increasingly angry at frequent thefts, hold-ups and homicides, mob beatings and lynchings have increased in the country, which is already one of the world's most violent.

Not just Britain: It turns out French Euroskepticism is on the rise too (CS Monitor)

A new poll shows that the European Union is seen favorably by only 38 percent of the French public, below the 44 percent of Brits who hold a similar view of the EU.

Israel honors Japan's 'Schindler' who saved thousands of Jews in WWII(JPost)

Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara's actions saved five times as many people as Oskar Schindler, made famous in the film "Schindler's List."… / Sugihara was later asked to resign by Japan's Foreign Ministry for defying the rules of a government then allied with Germany and that a year later was at war with the United States. He died in obscurity in 1986.

Why albinos are being killed in Malawi, and what's being done to stop it (CS Monitor)

The past year has seen a surge in the killings and abductions of albinos, spurring nationwide conversation on what must be done to stop the attacks. 


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