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VA Choice emergency funding passes House, Senate vote pending

The Portland CBOC will consolidate the existing Saco and Portland CBOCs and enhance VA outpatient services. "Veterans deserve convenient access to the high-quality health care that they have earned through their service". The House has to adopt technical corrections of the new VA bill, then the bill signing is expected sometime in September after Congress returns from the August break.

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Russian Federation bans VPNs to stop users from looking at censored sites

We're now discovering that Russian Federation is cracking down on VPN's as well. Mr Cook said comparisons to a legal battle in the United States previous year - in which the firm refused to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock a dead terrorist's iPhone - were unfair.

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Climate: 5% chance of limiting global warming to 2°C

Using statistical projections for these quantities based on global data gathered over the last half century, they found a median value of 3.2°C (5.8 F) warming by 2100, and a 90 percent chance that warming this century will fall between 2.0 to 4.9°C (3.6 to 8.8 F).

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Facebook AI bots create own language

Weeks after the initial news broke that Facebook had pulled the plug on the language-creating A.I., it turns out that the reason for shutting down the A.I. "Over time, the bots have become quite skilled at it and they even began gaining interest in one item in order to "sacrifice" it at a later stage in their negotiation as a faux compromise", it added.

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Ford Mustang Good Neighbor Mode Keeps Quiet

The new Quiet Exhaust mode limits volume of the engine by using an active valve performance exhaust system that closes valves to restrict the amount of noise made by the vehicle. Steve von Foerster didn't get a ticket but did pursue the problem. And that's more important than you think: a recent survey by Ranker.com showed loud engine revving was second only to early-morning lawn mowing among the most annoying noises neighbors make - more so than power tools, barking dogs or band practice.

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U'khand was in the dark about Chinese incursions in Barahoti

There have been several reports threatening escalation of troop movement in various sectors if India does not withdraw from Doklam. "The soldiers stayed there for a while and went back", said a highly-placed source in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).