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Again, CIA is Concealing Information Americans Should See

Once again, the CIA is concealing information that Americans have a right to know, and once again President Obama should ensure its release. 

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is set to release a landmark report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. But Obama allowed the CIA to oversee redactions, and it predictably went to town with the black marker. According to committee Chair Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the redactions “eliminate or obscure key facts that support the report’s findings and conclusions.”  

The CIA even redacted information already made public by a 2009 Armed Services Committee Report on detainee abuse within the military. Members of the committee are haggling with the CIA and the White House over the redactions. The President, and only the president, can break the stalemate.
As the official responsible for oversight of the system for classifying national security information during the Bush administration, I frequently did battle with theCIA over declassification. I found its negotiating posture to be consistent: start out with the most ridiculous position and eventually settle for one that is simply outrageous. My 40 years of experience in the world of government secrecy taught me that the CIA rarely if ever acts in good faith when it comes to transparency.

NY Farm Owners Fined $13K for Refusing Same-Sex Wedding

A Christian couple who owns a farm in upstate New York has been fined $10,000 and ordered to pay two women $1,500 each for refusing to hold a same-sex wedding on their property in 2012.

New York State Administrative Law Judge Migdalia Pares ruled this week that the Liberty Ridge Farm near Albany, which is owned by Cynthia and Robert Gifford and is their home, was a place of public accommodation and subject to the anti-discrimination provisions of the state's Human Rights Law.

The judge's decision was first reported by The New York Law Journal.

The Giffords rent their farm for about a dozen weddings a year, Religion News Service reports. They also hold other events there such as birthday parties and corporate events.

In 2012, Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, a same-sex couple from Newark, N.J., sought to rent the Giffords' farm for their wedding.

Cynthia Gifford offered the farm for a reception, but not for the ceremony, RNS reports. Those are typically held on the first floor of the Giffords' home or in a nearby field.

When McCarthy asked Gifford whether it was lawful to have a policy barring same-sex weddings, she responded that "we are a private business," according to court documents cited by RNS.

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38-Year-Old Skeleton Removed From Woman, 62

An Indian woman is thought to have had the world's longest ectopic pregnancy after doctors removed the skeleton of a baby that had been inside her for nearly four decades.
Kantabai Thakre became pregnant at the age of 24, in 1978.

At the time doctors warned the expectant mother her unborn child had little chance of survival, after it was found to be growing outside of her womb.

Terrified at the thought of an operation, she fled and sought treatment for the pain at a small clinic.

Months later when the pain subsided, Ms Thakre was convinced the problem had been treated.
But 36 years later, the now 60-year-old started to experience constant pain in her stomach.
She visited doctors at the NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences, in the central Indian city of Nagpur.
Doctors felt a lump on her lower right side and a sonography and CT scan discovered a mass made of hard, calcified matter.

Dr Murtaza Akhtar, head of surgery at the hospital, said: 'She was complaining of consistent pain in her abdomen and she had urinary problems with high fever. 
'Then we found a lump on her right side but we feared it was cancer.
'After she went for an MRI and CT scan we could make out that it was actually a matured skeleton encapsulated in a calcified sac.
‘When we asked her for her medical history she told us that she was pregnant in 1978 but her child had died.

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