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Obama Administration Cuts Program Funding to Expand Florida Medicaid

On Thursday—possibly triggered by the lawsuit brought by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) last month to get the Obama administration to back off its plans to expand Medicaid in his state—the Obama administration announced it would not entirely withhold funds for a federal program called the Low Income Pool (LIP).

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Sexual Assault Case Against Venice High Schoolers Collapses

On Wednesday, prosecutors decided not to file charges against 15 students at Venice High School who had been suspected of sex crimes and arrested. Greg Risling of the District Attorney’s Office stated that they had “insufficient evidence,” according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

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Bay Bridge Rod Has Fractured

On Wednesday, Caltrans confirmed that one of the 424 25-foot-long steel rods supporting the Bay Bridge eastern span’s tower has fractured. Brian Maroney, Caltrans’ lead bridge engineer on the eastern span project, showed reporters the 3-inch-thick tower rod, asserting that Caltrans didn’t know what had caused it to break and that any reasons given for the break would be “speculative,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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‘Fake Rape’ Campaign Ridicules ‘Mattress Girl’ Emma Sulkowicz

After Emma Sulkowicz, aka Mattress Girl, who walked around the campus of Columbia University carrying a mattress to protest the university’s attitude to her debunked “rape,” graduated and carried her mattress through the ceremony, someone started a hashtag and Twitter account called @fakerape, and subtitled it Faking Rape to Perpetuate an Astroturf Agenda.

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Aide to Hillary Blocked Document Release

Cheryl Mills — who served as Associate Counsel to the President in the White House in the Bill Clinton Administration, defended Clinton in his 1999 impeachment trial, and served as the Counselor and Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton when Clinton was Secretary of State — tried to block certain records involving Clinton that had been requested through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Four Cancer Charities Accused of Pocketing $187 Million

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has joined attorneys general in every state in accusing four cancer charities, run by extended members of the same family, of lying to donors, collecting $187 million from 2008 through 2012, while spending only 3% of the total on helping actual cancer patients. The four charities are the Cancer Fund of America, the Breast Cancer Society, the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and Cancer Support Services.

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Columbia University’s ‘Mattress Girl’ Carries Mattress to Graduation

On Tuesday, Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student whose questionable story of how she was raped by another student led her to carry a mattress everywhere she went on campus for years, gaining her enough notoriety that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand invited her to President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address, ignored the university’s email banning large or heavy objects from the graduation ceremony and carried the mattress onstage when she accepted her diploma.

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Ninth Circuit Rules in Favor of Google in Benghazi Video Case

On Monday, the 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a prior decision by a three-member panel of the same court that forced YouTube to take down the video “Innocence of Muslims,” which sparked condemnation among Muslims globally and was falsely cited by the Obama Administrations as the catalyst for the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

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Elite High School Students Rejecting Common Core Tests

LOS ANGELES — Half of the students in their junior year at four affluent high schools in California–Gunn, Palo Alto, Palos Verdes and Calabasas–have chosen to ignore the Smarter Balanced Assessments, the tests based on Common Core that premiere at California high schools this spring.

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Ichiro Suzuki Ties Babe Ruth on Career Hits List

Ichiro Suzuki of the Miami Marlins, who holds the all-time record for hits in a season with 262 in 2004, got two more, the second of which gave him 2,873 career hits, tying him Monday night with Babe Ruth on the all-time hit list.

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