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10,000 feared killed in Philippines by super typhoon Haiyan

WEB Notes: This storm is still active and will make landfall in Vietnam later today. Our prayers go out to those affected by this massive storm.

(Video, RT) – An estimated 10,000 people might have been killed in the central Philippine province of Leyte alone, which was almost completely destroyed by the powerful typhoon Haiyan, local authorities said.

The typhoon has devastated up to 80 percent of the Leyte province area as it ripped through the Philippines, Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria told Reuters.

“We had a meeting last night with the governor and other officials. The governor said based on their estimate, 10,000 died,” Soria said.

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Iran nuclear talks in Geneva conclude without deal

WEB Notes: The group of nations will reconvene in 7-10 days according to other reports.

(Voice of Russia) – Negotiations between Iran and six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear programme ended early in the morning on Sunday. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that no deal had been reached at international talks in Geneva.

“The meetings in Geneva have made it possible to move forward, but we have not yet managed to conclude (a deal), because there are still some questions remaining to be dealt with,” Fabius said.

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Cancer Patient Chooses Death Over Obamacare

(Fox News) – After Bill Elliott’s $150/mo plan was canceled as a result of the ACA, he found himself unable to burden his family with his new $1500.00/mo premium costs. He is choosing to pay the fine and “let nature take it’s course”.

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Death toll likely exceeds 1,000 after typhoon slams Philippines

(Video, CNN) – A day after Super Typhoon Haiyan roared into the Philippines, a Philippine Red Cross official estimated that the death toll could reach 1,2000.

“We estimate 1,000 people were killed in Tacloban and 200 in Samar province,” Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said of two coastal areas that Haiyan hit first as it began its march Friday across the archipelago.

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US Census Bureau claims more than 50,000,000 Americans suffer from poverty

(Voice of Russia) – According to the US Census Bureau more than 50 million of Americans are experiencing poverty and struggling with major financial issues. The worst part is that the situation is not becoming better. If to look on the living standard, the family of four is expected to spend at least $23,050 per year, everything less than that is considered poor.

A family living in a rural state usually spends about $18,000 with mortgage, a family living in California with mortgage house is likely to spend at least $35,000 to maintain a very simple lifestyle. The same research proved that the number is not coming down, concluding that 47 million Americans are below the poverty level. This number stayed the same for the last three years, showing worse result than in 2009.

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Promising Comet ISON Now Brightening for Stargazers on Earth

(Video, Space) – Comet ISON — a potentially dazzling, but so far disappointing, comet — finally appears to be brightening as seen from Earth.

During the last few days, observers worldwide have noticed a noticeable upturn in the overall brightness of Comet ISON as well as a lengthening of its tail. While Comet ISON has remained somewhat dark since coming back into view for skywatchers, the comet might now be on track for a brilliant show when it makes it close pass with the sun at the end of November.

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Report: As Many as 52 Million Americans Have Lost or Will Lose Health Insurance

(McClactchy) – Even as President Barack Obama sold a new health care law in part by assuring Americans they would be able to keep their insurance plans, his administration knew that tens of millions of people actually could lose those their policies.

“If you like your private health insurance plan, you can keep your plan. Period,” Obama said as he pitched the plan, the unqualified promise he made repeatedly.

Yet advisers did say in 2010 that there were large caveats and that anyone whose insurance plan changed would lose the promised protection of being able to keep existing plans. And a report in 2010 said that as many as 69 percent of certain employer-based insurance plans would lose that protection, meaning as many as 41 million people could lose their plans even if they wanted to keep them and would be forced into other plans. Another 11 million who bought their own insurance also could lose their plans. Combined, as many as 52 million Americans could lose or have lost old insurance plans.

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California Court of Appeals Confirms Ruling Striking Down Ammunition Sales Restrictions

(From The Trenches) – On November 6, 2013, the California Court of Appeals for the 5th District affirmed the lower court’s issuance of a permanent injunction in the NRA/CRPA backed legal challenge to Assembly Bill (AB) 962, Parker v. California.  
AB 962 would have banned mail order ammunition sales and required all purchases of so-called “handgun ammunition” to be registered.   The court’s 41 page published opinion confirms that AB 962 is unconstitutionally vague and cannot be enforced.

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Bizarre Asteroid with Six Tails Spotted by Hubble Telescope

(Space) – Astronomers have spotted a never-before-seen phenomenon in our solar system’s asteroid belt: a space rock with six tails, spewing dust from its nucleus like spouts of water radiating from a lawn sprinkler.

Scientists using the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope at the summit of Maui’s Haleakala volcano in Hawaii first detected the six-tailed asteroid in August. They dubbed it P/2013 P5 and noted that it looked fuzzier than typical asteroids, which usually appear as tiny points of light. More detailed observations with the powerful Hubble Space Telescope in September revealed a clearer picture of asteroid, showing it had six comet-like tails.

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Whopping 932,000 Americans Drop Out Of Labor Force In October; Participation Rate Drops To Fresh 35 Year Low

(ZeroHedge) – The only two charts that matter from today’s distroted nonfarm payrolls report.

First, the labor force participation rate, which plunged from 63.2% to 62.8% – the lowest since 1978!

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Saudi nuclear weapons ‘on order’ from Pakistan

(BBC) – While the kingdom’s quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran’s atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy such devices more quickly than the Islamic republic.

Earlier this year, a senior Nato decision maker told me that he had seen intelligence reporting that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.

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FCC to police news media, question reporters in wide-ranging content survey

WEB Notes: Fascism plain and simple. The government has no right to request this information nor is it any of their business. This is a data gather bid to find out who is on big brothers side and who is not.

(Daily Caller) – The Federal Communications Commission is planning a broad probe of political speech across media platforms, an unprecedented move that raises serious First Amendment concerns.

The FCC’s proposed “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” which is set to begin a field test in a single market with an eye toward a comprehensive study in 2014, would collect a remarkably wide range of information on demographics, point of view, news topic selection, management style and other factors in news organizations both in and out of the FCC’s traditional purview.

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