More gene tests become available, the U.S. plans to send weapons to Syrian rebels; the Turkish Prime Minister hands over park project decision to court; two are found dead as a result of the Colorado wildfire; many women working for the CIA still encounter a glass ceiling; and a Nazi leader is living in the U.S. Meanwhile, Mumford and Sons cancels their trip to Bonnaroo, and Jack Johnson saves the day by filling in.
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After Patent Ruling, Availability of Gene Tests Could Broaden, http://nyti.ms/1ab7UvC
The Supreme Court recently ruled that human genes cannot be patented, and now many laboratories are announcing that they are offering genetic testing for breast cancer risk, making genetic testing more affordable and available. Myriad Genetics, a company that once monopolized the industry of genetics, now has competition, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling. Managing director of GeneDx, Sherri Bale, explains, “This is going to make a lot more genetic tests available, especially for rare diseases.”
U.S. Is Said to Plan to Send Weapons to Syrian Rebels, http://nyti.ms/14zMOEx
After concluding that Syria has been using chemical weapons, the Obama administration has decided to supply the rebels with small arms and ammunition. The CIA is responsible for coordinating this assistance, and it is said that this has been a long discussed approach to helping fight the Syrian civil war.
Turkish PM to delay Istanbul park project, http://aje.me/16lz9AR
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Edorgan has resolved to delay the park project until a court rules on it. Erdogan met with representatives of protest group Taksim Solidarity in addition to actors and artists on Thursday and promised them he would let the court rule whether or not to proceed with the project.
2 found dead in area burned by Colo. wildfire, http://cbsn.ws/11LcWvh
Two people’s remains have been found in an area burned by the wildfire that has been sweeping across Colorado. The fire has burnt down at least 360 houses and another 1,000 homes have been evacuated. The fire is currently only five percent contained, and is likely to top the charts as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history.
Many women in CIA still encounter glass ceiling, agency report says, http://wapo.st/142hj3M
It is apparent that the glass ceiling still remains in the CIA, one of the governments largest and most powerful agencies. Avril D. Haines was appointed to deputy director of the CIA, a position never before held by a woman. Although women make up 46 percent of the CIA’s work force, only 19 percent were promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service last year. Former CIA Director David H. Petraeus was concerned by these numbers and decided to delve deeper into the CIA’s work culture. It appears that this has been a long-standing issue, one perpetuated by the fact that the CIA does not effectively address work-life balance.
Commander in SS-led unit living in US, http://bit.ly/14AwG5I
A chief commander of a Nazi SS-led unit has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II. He apparently lied about his Nazi involvement to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living here ever since. It is unsure whether or not
Analysis: Whatever the Supreme Court decides, marriage equality faces more legal challenges, http://bit.ly/11ANt3q
According to Joan Biskupic, no matter what decision the U.S. Supreme Court comes out with this month with regard to gay marriage, there are likely to be many more years of legal debate following the decision. Out of the dozens of cases left for the Supreme Court to decide on however, it seems that the two cases involving gay rights have garnered the most attention.
Mumford & Sons Cancel 2013 Bonnaroo, Telluride Appearances as Band’s Bassist Released From Hospital, http://eonli.ne/161ibqH
Joanna Krupa Is Married: Real Housewives of Miami Star Ties the Knot With Romain Zago, http://eonli.ne/161lvSU
Selena Gomez Has a Baby Sister! Demi Lovato Congratulates Singer and Mom Mandy on New Arrival, http://eonli.ne/1a9kawC
Jack Johnson At Bonnaroo: Singer Steps In For Mumford & Sons After Cancellation, http://huff.to/17M3tbe
Matt Damon In ‘Bridesmaids’? Paul Feig Says Cameo Almost Happened, http://huff.to/13IRDJe