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Ward Churchill Loses Appeal To Win Back CU Job

DENVER (AP) -- A former University of Colorado professor who compared some Sept. 11 victims with a Nazi has lost his appeal to get his job back.

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court decision against Ward Churchill.

The court said that the Denver District Court was right to direct a verdict in favor of the university and to find that the school was entitled to "quasi-judicial immunity."

Churchill's 2007 termination came after an essay he wrote described some victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi leader who helped orchestrate the Holocaust.



Penney Makes Free Haircuts For Kids Permanent

NEW YORK (AP) -- J.C. PENNEY'S FREE HAIRCUTS: After an overwhelming response to its free haircut program for kids last month, J.C. Penney will be making the offer permanent every Sunday, starting Nov. 4.

WHAT'S BEHIND IT: The move underscores how Penney CEO Ron Johnson is trying to overhaul every aspect of its business, from pricing to the shopping experience. The retailer is grappling with two quarters of losses and severe sales drops as shoppers have been confused over its new pricing plan that eliminates hundreds of sales events in favor of everyday pricing.



Ford To Add 1,200 Workers At Detroit Plant

FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) -- Ford is adding 1,200 workers to a suburban Detroit factory to build the Fusion, a sign of confidence that the revamped sedan will be a big seller.

Ford Americas President Mark Fields told workers at the Flat Rock plant Monday that the Fusion's market segment is growing two times faster than the rest of the U.S. auto industry. The new Fusion goes on sale this fall.

Ford has only made Fusions in Mexico until now. But new labor contracts lowered its U.S. costs, so Ford decided to add production in the U.S.



Survivors Of Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Attack Visit Israel, Hold Protest Against Nuclear Arms

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A group of survivors from the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack have held a protest in Jerusalem calling for the end of nuclear weapons.

The group visited Jerusalem holy sites on Monday and held signs reading "Nuclear Abolition" in Japanese.

The visit comes amid growing tensions between Israel and Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Israel and much of the West believe Iran is seeking nuclear weapons, a charge that Tehran denies.



Ahmadinejad to Address U.N. General Assembly on Yom Kippur

First Publish: 9/10/2012, 12:27 PM

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, September 26, which also happens to be Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently said that he will leave for New York after the conclusion of Yom Kippur. He is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama on September 27, although sources said the date is subject to change due to the President's campaign schedule.

Netanyahu is likely to address the General Assembly the next day, Friday September 28.

The Prime Minister’s decision to address the U.N. came a day after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran, calling Israelis “ferocious Zionist wolves who digest the Palestinian people.”



U.S. ‘Not Setting Deadlines’ for Iran, Clinton Say

Source: Bloomberg

The U.S. is “not setting deadlines” for Iran and still considers negotiations as “by far the best approach” to prevent the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

While Clinton said in an interview yesterday that economic sanctions are building pressure on Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week the sanctions aren’t slowing Iran’s nuclear advances “because it doesn’t see a clear red line from the international community.”

Asked if the Obama administration will lay out sharper “red lines” for Iran or state explicitly the consequences of failing to negotiate a deal with world powers by a certain date, Clinton said, “We’re not setting deadlines.”

“We’re watching very carefully about what they do, because it’s always been more about their actions than their words,” Clinton said in the interview with Bloomberg Radio after meetings at an Asia-Pacific forum in Vladivostok, Russia.



Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-09/u-s-not-setting-deadlines-for-iran-clinton-says.html

For Palestinian Kids in Hebron, Little Joy on Back-to-School Day

By: Lena Odgaard posted on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012

HEBRON — Catching up with friends, showing off new clothes and getting new books — for most kids, the first day of school is exciting. But for Palestinian children who live in or go to school in the Old City of Hebron, the day is nothing to look forward to. Here, crossing checkpoints manned by heavily armed Israeli soldiers and dodging barbs and attacks from Israeli settlers are unfortunate parts of an ordinary school day.

On Sunday morning (Sept. 2) little girls sporting new dresses, shiny shoes and braided hair, boys in blue shirts, and teenage girls in blue and white school uniforms flocked to the otherwise usually quiet and empty Shuhada street in H2. Israel’s military closed all the shops and sealed off the Old City’s main artery to Palestinian traffic after the 2000 Intifada to avoid recurring clashes between Palestinians and Jewish settlers — between 600 and 800 live in the midst of 35,000 Palestinians. Only settler vehicles can use that street.

At one of the many checkpoints controlling passage from the Palestinian-managed side of Hebron, known as H1 to H2, eight soldiers watched as children, parents and teachers crossed through the beeping metal detector. An 8-year-old girl walked nervously through from H1 and started running as soon as she passed the armored vehicle parked next the checkpoint. A boy, 6, clung to his father’s hand and kept looking over his shoulder toward the soldiers. A group of 6- to-12-year-old girls, who reside in H2, ran down the hill toward the checkpoint while making sure to keep as much distance from the soldiers as possible. The children were heading for the Cordoba school, which is the only school still open for Palestinian children in the H2 area.

Monitoring potential rights violations in the highly volatile part of the city were Chris Cox and Eero Mäntymaa, volunteers with the international organization EAPPI. Cox remarked on the soldiers checking the backpacks of even very young children, even though the school has asked them not to because it frightens the pupils. Many residents in H2, including children, are used to crossing checkpoints, but some still react very strongly. Said Mäntymaa: "Children react how they react, often by crying, and they remind you that it is not normal to have a gun pointed to your face."



Does Racial Bias Fuel Obama Foes? How To Tell?

Is it because he's black?

The question of whether race fuels opposition to President Barack Obama has become one of the most divisive topics of the election. It is sowing anger and frustration among conservatives who are labeled racist simply for opposing Obama's policies and liberals who see no other explanation for such deep dislike of the president.

It is an accusation almost impossible to prove, yet it remains inseparable from the African-American experience. The idea, which seemed to die in 2008 when Obama became the first black president, is now rearing its head from college campuses to cable TV as the Democratic incumbent faces Mitt Romney, the white Republican challenger.

Four years after an election that inspired hopes of a post-racial future, there are signs that political passions are dragging us backward.

"We're at a tipping point," said Susan Glisson, director of the Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi. "But I don't know which way we're going to tip."



Israel Could Send Iran ‘Back To The Stone Age’ With Electromagnetic Bomb

srael could destroy Iran’s electric network with a specially designed electromagnetic bomb in the event of a military conflict between the countries, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

An electromagnetic bomb of this sort would be detonated above the ground, creating an electromagnetic pulse that would “disrupt all the technological devices working on the ground,” an American expert was quoted as saying to the London paper.

The use of the new technology by Israel was brought up in discussions regarding a possible attack on Tehran’s nuclear facilities, the report claimed. Such a move would send Iran “back to the stone age,” the British paper said.

This kind of bomb would operate based on the nonlethal technology of gamma rays, the report explained. The outburst of energy would “fry” electric devices and currents around the source of the explosion.



Guest Lineups For The Sunday TV News Shows

ABC's "This Week" — Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Ryan; President Barack Obama; White House adviser David Plouffe.

CNN's "State of the Union" — Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif.; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"Fox News Sunday" — Glenn Hubbard, economic adviser to the Romney campaign; Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; Mayor Mia Love of Saratoga Springs, Utah.
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