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Has missing Malaysia Airlines plane been found?

French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island, which air safety investigators, one of them a Boeing investigator, have identified the component as a flaperon from the trailing edge of a Boeing 777 wing, a U.S. official said, July 29, 2015  (Credit: AP Photo/Lucas Marie)"This is obviously a very significant development.  It's the first real evidence that there's a possibility that part of the aircraft may have been found."  So stated Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss yesterday, describing the discovery of debris off the coast of an Indian Ocean island.

Investigators believe they have found part of a plane's wing called the "flaperon," and that it is almost certainly from a Boeing 777 aircraft.  They could not confirm that the debris was from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370.  However, MH370 is the only Boeing 777 that has ever disappeared over water.

Even if the debris is proven to be part of the doomed jet, the mystery continues.  The aircraft part was found 1,000 miles away from where investigators believe the plane went down.  And of course, we still don't know what caused the plane to crash.  Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak: "As soon as we have more information or any verification we will make it public.  We have had many false alarms before, but for the sake of the families who have lost loved ones, and suffered such heartbreaking uncertainty, I pray that we will find out the truth so that they may have closure and peace."

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Are gay rights now civil rights?

Jessica Chesnutt, visiting from Brooklyn with her wife for Pride weekend, cheers outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, June 26, 2015, following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide. (Credit: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)You may not care about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but that's about to change.  Last week, by a 3-2 vote, it determined that allegations of discrimination based on sexual orientation are covered by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  According to The Atlantic, "This is a big deal."  Why?

Because this ruling makes legal protections for LGBT people into civil rights.  The Supreme Court's Obergefell decision legalizing gay marriage applied only to marriage.  Now, according to The Atlantic, we'll see a whole new wave of discrimination claims.  Hiring practices, spousal benefits, providing goods and services for same-sex functions, adoption by gay couples, issuing same-sex marriage licenses and performing wedding ceremonies, sex-conduct policies at religious universities—all this and more will be debated and litigated.

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Jon Stewart secretly visited White House twice

President Barack Obama, left, talks with Jon Stewart, host of "I can't believe you're leaving before me.  I'm going to issue an executive order.  Jon Stewart cannot leave the show."  So stated President Barack Obama on The Daily Show, referring to host Jon Stewart's impending retirement.  The president recently made his seventh appearance on Stewart's show.  But Mr. Obama's relationship with the comedian is even more personal than his televised appearances would indicate.

Politico magazine has broken the story: President Obama twice asked Stewart to meet with him privately in the White House.  The first visit came in the midst of the October 2011 budget fight, when Stewart jokingly told his escort he felt he was being called into the principal's office.  The second came in February 2014, when the president asked Stewart to come for a mid-morning visit hours before Mr. Obama went on television to warn Russia against further intervention in Ukraine.

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What Satanic statue in Detroit says about us

A family kneels as they pray during Mass at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Detroit at a service that was held in response to The Satanic Temple planning to unveil its controversial goat-headed Baphomet sculpture at an undisclosed location in Detroit, July 25, 2015 (Credit: AP/Detroit News/Todd McInturf)The Satanic Temple in Detroit has unveiled a one-ton bronze tribute to Satan.  The statue depicts a person with a goat's head, horns, and wings.  The image is flanked by statues of a young girl and boy gazing up at the creature in adoration.

However, the Satanic Temple says it doesn't believe in Satan.  The group views the devil as "a literary figure, not a deity—he stands for rationality, for skepticism, for speaking truth to power."

So Satanists stand for rationality and truth?

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Is Russia preparing for war in space?

Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, Expedition 40 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, participates in a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) in support of science and maintenance on the International Space Station, deploying a small science satellite, retrieving and installing experiment packages and inspecting components on the exterior of the orbital laboratory, August 18, 2014 (Credit: Sipa via AP Images)Russian bomber pilots recently flew within 40 miles of the California coast.  Their planes were capable of carrying nuclear missiles.  When intercepted by U.S. fighter jets, the Russians delivered this message: "Good morning, American pilots.  We are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day."  The bombers then retreated.

If only all Russian military intentions were so benign.

According to The Daily Beast, Russia recently sent three satellites into orbit that are capable of spying on, hijacking, or destroying other satellites.  Since our country depends on satellites for navigation, communications and surveillance, this development is ominous.  Of the world's 1,200 active satellites, half are American.  As a result, we are especially vulnerable to space attacks.

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