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Amazon 'Fixed' Reviews For Hillary Clinton's Book
Hillary Clinton's newest book, "Stronger Together," has been met with critical reviews and slow sales since its release earlier this month. But Amazon.com appears to be helping the Democratic presidential nominee by removing negative reviews from its website, WND.com reported. The book, co-authored by Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, sold just 2,912 copies in its first week on sale, according to Nielsen BookScan. And the online ratings have been abysmal, with 81 percent one-star ratings and an average of only 1.7 on Amazon.com after it hit book shelves on Sept 6. Amazon, however, has tried to fix that. Fox News

Agency Probes Whether California Dem Party Funneled Illicit Oil Donations To Governor
California’s campaign finance watchdog agency is looking into allegations the state’s Democratic Party funneled millions of dollars from oil and energy companies to high-profile politicians, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 reelection campaign. “It was a laundry machine for dirty energy contributions to the Brown administration, a slush fund of sorts, hiding big oil, utility and other dirty energy dollars in close proximity to officials’ actions,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, the group that brought the complaint. A Consumer Watchdog report “Brown’s Dirty Hands” highlighted transactions between 2011 and 2014 that seem to show contributions from Chevron, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Occidental Petroleum Corp. were given to the state’s Democratic Party around the time the party gave Brown’s campaign donations of similar amounts.  Fox News

Getting A Flu Shot? It May Be Better To Wait
The pharmacy chain pitches started in August: Come in and get your flu shot. Convenience is touted. So are incentives: CVS offers a 20-percent-off shopping pass for everyone who gets a shot, while Walgreens donates toward international vaccination efforts. The start of flu season is still weeks -- if not months -- away. Yet marketing of the vaccine has become an almost year-round effort, beginning when the shots become available in August and hyped as long as the supply lasts, often into April or May. Not that long ago, most flu-shot campaigns started as the leaves began to turn in October. But the rise of retail medical clinics inside drug stores over the past decade -- and state laws allowing pharmacists to give vaccinations -- has stretched the flu-shot season. CNN

Wells Fargo Workers: Fake Accounts Began Years Ago
Almost a dozen Wells Fargo (WFC) workers told CNNMoney that the shocking tactic -- where employees opened unauthorized accounts to meet unrealistic sales goals -- has been around much longer than the bank has acknowledged. "These practices were going on way before 2011," said Susan Fischer, a former Wells Fargo branch manager, who worked at the bank for five years, starting in 2004. Americans were stunned to learn earlier this month that Wells Fargo employees had opened as many as two million fake accounts since 2011, and that 5,300 people had been fired as part of the scam since then. CNN

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Pence Warns Against Painting ‘Law Enforcement … With The Broad Brush Of Racial Bias’
GOP vice presidential Candidate Mike Pence on “Fox News Sunday” accused Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of painting law enforcement “with the broad brush of racial bias.” “We need to step away from efforts by Hillary Clinton and others to paint law enforcement in this country with the broad brush of racial bias,” Pence said. “Hillary Clinton this week, before all the facts were in, in the wake of an African-American police officer involved in a police-action shooting that cost the life of a citizen in Charlotte, referred to the implicit bias in policing. “You know, Donald Trump and I don't believe that law enforcement in this country is a force for racism or division. Donald Trump and I know what the American people know, that law enforcement in this country is a force for good. Police officers, whether they be white or African-American or Asian or Hispanic or Latino, police officers in this country are the best of us. They put their lives on the line for us every day,” Pence added.  CNS News

Dem Congressman: ‘I Don’t Support’ National Anthem Protests; ‘The Flag And The National Anthem Are Sacred’
Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) said last week that he doesn’t support National Anthem protests, saying “I think the flag and the National Anthem are sacred.” He also called National Anthem protests a “misguided decision,” and said that those who participate “will regret that they did it.” “I would obviously never protest the National Anthem. I think the flag and the National Anthem are sacred,” Delaney said in an interview with Montgomery Community Media in Maryland. CNS News

Dozens Of Investors Say North Carolina Bathroom Law 'Bad For Business'
Nearly 60 U.S. investors who together manage more than $2 trillion in assets called on North Carolina on Monday to repeal a law they said is making it harder for companies in the state to hire top talent by limiting protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans gender people. Under the law, enacted in March, North Carolina is the only U.S. state to require that transgender people use bathrooms in publicly owned buildings that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate. The measure, known as House Bill 2, also bars local non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. The money managers' criticism comes as the push for civil rights for transgender people has gained momentum in the United States. After North Carolina passed its controversial law, major sports organizations, entertainers and companies pulled events or jobs from the state in protest. Reuters

'Bridgegate' Witness Says Christie Campaign Manager Knew Of Plot
The one-line email to David Wildstein, an executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, arrived at 7:35 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2013. "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," wrote Bridget Anne Kelly, a top aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Weeks later, thousands of cars were stuck in a mammoth traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, after Wildstein had executed the plan, he testified on Monday in federal court in Newark, New Jersey. He had closed access lanes in Fort Lee, New Jersey, to punish the town's mayor for refusing to back Christie's re-election bid. Wildstein also testified that Bill Stepien, the campaign manager for both Christie's successful gubernatorial runs, knew about the plot. Stepien is now an adviser to the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Reuters

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Mylan Understated Its Profit Margin: Included Taxes When Giving Figures To Congress
Mylan said on Monday the auto-injector EpiPen's pretax profits were 60 percent higher than it told Congress, according to sources close to the matter. Without a tax-related reduction, the pharmaceutical company's profits on the EpiPen two-pack would be about $160, higher than the $100 figure the company gave Congress. The company said any lack of clarity was not intentional. "Tax is typically included in a standard profitability analysis and the information provided to Congress has made clear that tax was part of the EpiPen Auto-Injector profitability analysis. In fact, Mylan has provided Congress with a detailed analysis of EpiPen Auto-Injector profitability," Mylan said in a statement. MSNBC

Clinton Leads Trump Among Likely Voters Ahead Of First Debate
Just hours ahead of the first 2016 presidential debate, Hillary Clinton continues to lead Donald Trump by 5 points, 45 percent to 40 percent, unchanged from last week, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson trails behind with 10 percent support, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein has 3 percent support. In a two-way match-up without the third-party candidates, Clinton has a 7-point advantage over Trump, 51 percent to 44 percent. The margin is up from 5 points last week among likely voters. MSNBC

Army Drops Smith & Wesson From Beretta M9 Replacement Competition
The U.S. Army has cut Smith & Wesson from its competition to replace the Beretta M9 as its standard-issue sidearm. The Army’s hunt for a company that can make its upcoming Modular Handgun System by 2018 has been narrowed down to just a few gun makers, such as Glock and Sig Sauer. The Pentagon told Smith & Wesson and partner General Dynamics of its decision late Friday. “We and our partner in the pursuit of the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System, or MHS, solicitation to replace the M9 standard Army sidearm have been notified by the Department of the Army that our proposal was not selected to advance to the next phase of the competition,” Smith & Wesson said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Fox Business reported Monday. Washington Times

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White House Says U.S. Safer Under Obama, Despite Crime Surge
The White House said Monday that Americans are safer under President Obama, despite FBI crime statistics showing that violent crime rose about 4 percent last year.
“The numbers indicate that since President Obama took office, the violent crime rate has fallen 15 percent,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who said crime rates are still “near historic lows.” The FBI reported Monday that violent crime rose nationwide, fueled by an 11 percent increase in homicides, particularly in some of the largest cities. Republican nominee Donald Trump has been campaigning on a promise to restore law and order. Washington Times

New Trial Over Talc, Cancer Link: What You Need To Know
Two lawsuits ended in jury verdicts worth $127 million. Two others were tossed out by a judge who said there wasn’t reliable evidence that the talc in Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer. This week, yet another lawsuit is going to court, alleging that a California woman’s use of talcum powder over many years caused cancer. Her lawsuit accuses Johnson & Johnson of “negligent conduct” in making and marketing its baby powder. So who’s right? And is baby powder safe? Most scientific research finds no link or a weak one between ovarian cancer and using baby powder for feminine hygiene, a practice generations of American mothers passed on to their daughters. CBS

Californians Can Now Break Strangers' Windows To Save Pets In Hot Cars
Californians who see an animal trapped in a hot car can now break a window to set them free without fear of prosecution under a bill signed over the weekend by Gov. Jerry Brown. Rescuers can break into the car as long as there is no other way to free the animal, for instance if the animal appears to be in peril, the car is locked and law enforcement is not arriving quickly enough. The rescuer must stay at the scene until law enforcement respond to the situation. The bill was introduced after a series of incidents in which dogs died after being left in closed cars on hot days. Many of those cases have led to criminal charges. CBS

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Beef, Veal, Bison Products Voluntarily Recalled After E. Coli Outbreak
A voluntary recall of beef, veal and bison products has been issued by the Adams Farm Slaughterhouse over concerns the products might contain E. coli bacteria, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food Safety and inspection service. At least seven people in four states have been identified as infected with a potentially deadly strain of E. coli, O157:H7, that is believed to be linked to the Adams Farm Slaughterhouse, according to the USDA. Those infected became sick from June 27 to Sept. 4 and were identified in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and five patients have reportedly been hospitalized, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those sickened were 1 to 74 years old, and 57 percent were female, according to the CDC. ABC

Congress Expected To Override Obama 9/11 Bill Veto
For the first time in President Obama’s tenure, the Senate is set to override his veto of a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts. The president vetoed the bill Friday, citing concerns that it could open the U.S. government to similar lawsuits. "Our concern extends not just to the impact this would have on our relationship with Saudi Arabia, but rather the impact that this could have on the United States' relationship with countries around the world,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. ABC

Citi Warns On Gold As Bank Boosts Odds Of Trump Win To 40%
Gold may be in for a bumpy ride in the final quarter as Republican candidate Donald Trump now has a 40 percent chance of winning the presidential election and investors will be preparing for the possibility of higher U.S. interest rates, according to Citigroup Inc. Volatility in bullion and foreign-exchange markets may increase, according to a commodities report from the bank as it raised the odds on a Trump victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in November from 35 percent. There would probably be a single U.S. hike by year-end, it said. A Bloomberg Politics poll has Trump and Clinton deadlocked before a debate later today. Bloomberg

U.S., South Korea Naval Forces Conduct Exercise Near North Korea Border
The U.S. and South Korean naval forces conducted a joint exercise near the North Korean maritime border as a warning to Pyongyang on Monday. The 9,500-ton U.S. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance joined South Korea's 7,600-ton Aegis destroyer Yulgok YiYi. A 1,200-ton South Korean submarine and the anti-submarine helicopter Lynx were deployed alongside U.S. P-3 patrol aircraft. The purpose of the training was to improve precision strike capabilities against enemy ground targets and to closely simulate wartime scenarios, according to Yonhap. UPI

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How Trump Rides On Waves Of Other People's Money
During a campaign stop in North Carolina last week, Donald Trump described the logic behind his plans for billing other countries for U.S. military support should he become president: It's called OPM. I do it all the time in business. It's called other people's money. There's nothing like doing things with other people's money because it takes the risk -- you get a good chunk out of it and it takes the risk. By "takes the risk," Trump means that using other people's funds reduces his risk of losing any of his own money on deals. Trump has spent a lifetime using other people's money – and losing piles of it along the way. Trump's MO around OPM in his early days was defined largely by his father, Fred, basically because Fred had a lot of M. While Trump frequently downplays the role his father played at the start of his business career, his dad was always there for him, wallet and Rolodex open. Bloomberg

Official: One-Third Of Calls To VA Suicide Hotline Roll Over
More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director. Some hotline workers handle fewer than five calls per day and leave before their shifts end, even as crisis calls have increased sharply in recent years, said Greg Hughes, the former director of the VA's Veterans Crisis Line. Hughes said in an internal email that some crisis line staffers "spend very little time on the phone or engaged in assigned productive activity." Coverage at the crisis line suffers "because we have staff who routinely request to leave early," he said. Las Vegas Sun

US Not On Track To Meet 2025 Carbon Pollution Cutting Goal
Unless it does more, the United States probably will fall short of goals set under last year's Paris agreement to dramatically reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases, according to a new study. The U.S. pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in 2025 by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels. But taking into account current efforts by state and local governments, the nation will only reach about four-fifths of that goal, according to a study in Monday's Nature Climate Change. Looking at all types of greenhouse gases from energy and other sources— carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and various fluorocarbons — two scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab figure the U.S. will have to cut about 1,660 million tons of annual emissions. But current, proposed and even less concrete policies would only reduce about 1,330 million tons, leaving a gap around 330 million tons, they calculated. Las Vegas Sun

Harry Reid Calls Donald Trump 'Racist' On Senate Floor
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Monday denounced Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a "racist" in a speech from the Senate floor, criticizing GOP leaders for failing to call him out. In blunt terms, Reid, D-Nev., also criticized members of the news media for failing to call out Trump a racist. "Virtually every time Donald Trump says or does something discriminatory -- and that's often -- the media relies upon a catalog of buzzwords to describe his actions," Reid said Monday. "The press uses words like hateful, intolerant, bigot, extremist, prejudice, to name but a few. Yet there's always one word that many of the press conspicuously avoid: racist. They never label Trump as a racist. But he is a racist. Donald Trump is a racist." UPI

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US Jews Contribute Half Of All Donations To The Democratic Party
A new study argues that the large majority of American Jews have a deep-seated notion that being Jewish is inextricably bound to being liberal. That idea took hold after the large waves of Jewish immigration to the US in the late 19th century, according to the study’s author, American history professor Gil Troy. American Jewish liberalism and association with the Democratic party is showing no signs of abatement, despite many predictions to the contrary since Ronald Reagan’s presidency, according to Troy’s research, which is being published by the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa, As to the origin of Jewish liberalism in the US, Troy says the phenomenon stems from the immigration of eastern European Jews who emigrated to the US with “socialist idealism and labor unionist values.” Jerusalem Post

Iran Has No Reason To Point Finger Over Sanctions, US Says
The United States has kept its side of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran, and Tehran has no reason to complain that Washington has not done enough on lifting sanctions against it, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Monday. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said last week that Washington had not fulfilled its obligations under the agreement, which places restrictions on Tehran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. Major foreign banks are wary of doing business with Iran because of fears that they would violate restrictions on US banks, which are still banned from doing business with Iran because of core US sanctions that remain in force. Jerusaelm Post

Syria Conflict: Obama 'Deeply Concerned' About Aleppo
Medics in the city are struggling to cope with the huge number of casualties caused by the most sustained and intense aerial bombardment in years. Supplies of medicine and blood are running low, as a three-week siege by the army begins to have an impact. An air strike on a pumping station has also left many areas without water. "The planes are not leaving the skies at all," Brita Hagi Hassan, president of the rebel city council, told Reuters news agency. "Life in the city is paralysed." "Everyone is cooped up in their homes, sitting in the basements. These missiles are even targeting the basements and shelters that we'd set up to protect people." BBC

China Slowdown Is Global Economy's Biggest Threat, Rogoff Says
The former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund has told the BBC a slowdown in China is the greatest threat to the global economy. Ken Rogoff said a calamitous "hard landing" for one of the main engines of global growth could not be ruled out. "China is going through a big political revolution," he said. "And I think the economy is slowing down much more than the official figures show," Mr Rogoff added: "If you want to look at a part of the world that has a debt problem look at China. They've seen credit fuelled growth and these things don't go on forever." BBC

Passengers In Uber's Self-Driving Cars Waived Right To Sue For Injury Or Death
Anyone requesting an Uber ride in a 12-sq mile area in the center of Pittsburgh might now be randomly allocated a self-driving Ford Fusion rather than a human-operated vehicle. But passengers riding in Uber’s computer-controlled cars today might be surprised at just how experimental the technology is. According to documents obtained by the Guardian under public records laws, until as recently as June anyone not employed by Uber riding in one of its autonomous vehicles (AVs) had to sign a legal document waiving the company of any liability for their injury or death. One senior Pittsburgh police officer signed a waiver on 23 June: “I acknowledge that some or all of the AVs in which I ride are in a development phase, are experimental in nature, and that riding in an AV may involve the potential for death, serious injury, and/or property loss.” Guardian

Google's Self-Driving Car In Broadside Collision After Other Car Jumps Red Light
One of Google’s self-driving cars was involved in one of the worst autonomous vehicle accident yet, when a driver ran a red light and collided with the passenger side door of the modified Lexus SUV. The driver of the vehicle passed through a red light as one of Google’s fleet of autonomous Lexus SUVs passed through a green light on Friday afternoon. The collision, which occurred at the intersection between El Camino Rea and Phyllis Ave in Mountain View, California, caused the Google car’s airbags to be deployed, and caved in its front and rear right-side doors. Mountain View police said that no injuries were reported, but the Google car had to be towed away on a flatbed truck. Guardian

'Emergency' Need For Exorcists After Surge In People Dabbling In Satanism And Black Magic
Exorcists are in urgent demand as a result of a sharp rise in people dabbling in Satanism and the occult,  experts from the Catholic Church in Italy and the US said. Speaking in tongues, levitating and vomiting nails may seem far-fetched to most people, but church experts insist there is a need to recruit more priests as exorcists in order to combat sorcery and black magic. Valter Cascioli, a psychologist and scientific consultant to the International Association of Exorcists, which is endorsed by the Vatican, described as an “emergency” the lack of priests capable of fighting the forces of evil.  “The lack of exorcists is a real emergency. There is a pastoral emergency as a result of a significant increase in the number of diabolical possessions that exorcist priests are confronting,” he told La Stampa newspaper. Telegraph

'Disgruntled Lawyer' Wearing A Nazi Uniform Shoots Six At Houston Mall Before Being Killed By Police
A disgruntled lawyer with a stash of weapons randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood on Monday morning, hitting six people, one critically, before he was shot and killed by police. Local television network KPRC2 said that two law enforcement sources confirmed the gunman was wearing a Nazi uniform when he was killed. The first report of the shootings came in at about 6:30 am as many people were driving to work, and the suspect began firing at officers when they arrived. The shooter, who police said was having problems with his law firm, was identified by local media as Nathan DeSai. DeSai's law firm closed within the last year, Fox News reported, and his father told news channel ABC13 that his son had been upset at his business failure. Telegraph

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