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Obama's oh bad, man

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With the 2014 midterm elections around the corner, Barack Obama's previous fantasy of ruling the US Senate may turn out to be his worst nightmare.

36 seats are up for election in just a few days and from the looks of it. the Democrats appear to have many reasons to lose sleep and that's not all they may wind up losing after the vote count.

On November 4, Americans will go to the polls to determine how the present senate control of 53 democrats, 45 republicans and two independents will be re-drawn.

Canada's parliament attacked

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Security measures in Canada's capital have come under criticism after a gunman was able to run through an unlocked front door of the main building and get close to Prime Minister Stephen Harper before he was shot down following a gun battle.

One soldier was shot dead and another seriously injured after a suspected extremist attack in Quebec, just outside Montreal. The man drove over two service personnel, before he was shot dead by the police.

More Americans are moving out

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The Asian economy is moving up quickly, and the European may be limping along, but Americans abroad say there are some other reasons why they are choosing these overseas locations as their new homes.

According to The Social Security Administration, more Americans are moving abroad. The federal government is sending 613,650 retirement checks outside the U.S., more than double the 242,128 benefit payments sent overseas in 2002.

Asian influence keeps growing

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Would you like a hot and spicy Lay? These popular snacks pack some kick, because the latest addition of Lay’s potato chip flavors is… Wasabi Ginger!

Their Do Us a Flavor contest beat out my favorite, Mango Salsa, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, and other less popular flavors. These unique flavors have been on sale nationwide since late July, and chip lovers have been voting on them.

RIP Ben Bradlee

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93 year old Ben Bradlee is dead. He was the managing editor of The Washington Post and oversaw the newspaper's coverage of the Watergate scandal.

As a journalist during the 1950s, he became friends with future President John F. Kennedy when he moved into a house on the same block as Bradlee when he was first elected to Congress. Bradlee later wrote two books about JFK, his one-time neighbor.

For the past 23 years, Bradlee had been The Washington Post's vice president at-large.

Born: August 26, 1921, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: October 21, 2014, Washington, D.C., USA

Laowai in a strange land

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Laowai means stranger, or an outsider in the Chinese, Mandarin language. The term is usually and generally used to refer to Westerners or whitey, Latinos, Arabs, Africans, or utilized interchangeably to denote all non-Asian foreigners.

As with the Spanish term Gringo, I'm told that being called a Laowai is not an offensive term. So as I travel throughout China, I have come to accept the fact that my round eyes and excess hair is an easy target to attract this label.

Street violence erupts

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The Chinese media is reporting this story in the mainland, while a deepening sense of impasse grips Hong Kong after four weeks of pro-democracy protests. Government officials see limited options to end this crisis and demonstrators are now willing to confront police.

Dozens were injured after clashes in the Chinese-controlled city, including 22 police officers. So far a few have been arrested on Sunday for assault. Protesters remain on the streets.

St Jude saves children with life-threatening diseases

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Jennifer Aniston, Robin Williams, Sofia Vergara, Shaun White, Michael Strahan, Luis Fonsi Darius Rucker, Sabrina Soto, Jennette McCurdy, Olivia Holt, Cedric the Entertainer, Daisy Fuentes join Marlo Thomas to star in 10th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign this holiday season.

Shanghai magical tour

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We continue our Shanghai visit with a magical tour to get to know the megalopolis a bit better and taste the wonderful food this largest of all cities by population in the whole wide world.

My personal guides were knowledgeable and lots of fun to be with. They were my mother in law, mama Chen and my wife, Yirong, both of which know the city extremely well. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time after we arrived at the temple area early morning.

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