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France To Keep A Headscarf Ban Despite Negative Legal Advice










REUTERS/Charles Platiau ) France decided on Monday to maintain a ban on Muslim headscarves for volunteer school monitors despite a warning that it overstepped the law requiring religious neutrality in the public service. The Council of State, which advises the government on disputed administrative issues, said in a 32-page analysis that this neutrality did not apply to mothers who help escort schoolchildren on outings such as museum visits. Education Minister Vincent Peillon promptly announced the ban would continue because the Councils opinion also said that schools could impose internal rules against religious wear. The memo (establishing the ban) remains valid, he said in a communique after the Councils analysis was released. France imposed the ban last year as one of several steps in recent years to tighten its policy of strict secularism. It banned headscarves for pupils in state schools 10 years ago and outlawed full-face Muslim veils in public in 2011. <br>More: http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/12/24/france-to-keep-a-headscarf-ban-despite-negative-legal-advice/





Storms batter Britain, France, disrupting travel, power



The French weather service had put 23 of the country's 96 metropolitan departments on orange alert -- its second-highest level -- for high winds and waves. By Tuesday afternoon the number affected had dropped to 16. London's Gatwick Airport was expecting disruptions, with some flights likely to be diverted to other airports, and Heathrow Airport warned of problems and urged passengers to check flight details. Flights to and from visit site the northern French city of Lille were cancelled Tuesday due to strong winds but resumed later. View gallery A woman walks her dog near a wrecked model ship, The Black Pearl, beside the River Mersey at New Bri Some ferry services across the Channel have been halted as well as services between Scotland and Northern Ireland. In France, rail links between the cities of Caen and Cherbourg were disrupted with felled trees blocking traffic but returned to normal on Tuesday morning. Flooding was reported company website in some areas such as Morlaix in Brittany where the city centre was under 1.4 metres (four feet) of water. <br>More: http://news.yahoo.com/storms-batter-britain-france-disrupting-travel-power-194154824.html





France Finds Itself Alone Again in Central Africa



These are not just tax rebels, whose red caps recall their ancestors' tax revolt in the 17th century. The small business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, and some unions that also comprise the movement are calling for a new economic direction in France, inspiring similar protests across the country. There is a worry about the rise of taxes, but it's not just in Brittany, it touches a lot of people throughout France. As the fiscal pressure has grown, there is a general feeling of 'stop,' that could spread to other regions in other sectors, says Bernard Vivier, director of a French research institute on labor issues, the IST. The taxes have grown very fast, yet the government is not doing anything about cutting public spending." "We are not doing what we have to do, external link or fulfilling our European solidarity. 'Red caps' The first red caps emerged more than 300 years ago, in a protest in 1675 against new taxes that King Louis XIV imposed to fund his war effort. The modern red cap is a loose symbol, but one of the leaders of today's movement, union head Thierry Merret, calls Hollande a modern-day version of the 17th century French king. RECOMMENDED: Get your 2014 Emerging & Frontier Markets Forecast FREE. <br>More: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2013/1223/Why-Brittany-s-red-caps-are-a-red-alert-for-France-s-Hollande












France in 2014: Another annus horribilis for Hollande?



So let us hazard a few predictions for the year ahead. Hollandes poll ratings will not see any significant recovery, and may yet sink further as taxes, spending cuts and other unpopular measures take effect. Nor will the UMP profit greatly from the Socialists difficulties; after ten years in power (2002-2012), it is still too early for Sarkozys old party to effect a providential return to public affection. But Sarkozy himself will continue to float the prospect of his own providential return to oust Hollande in 2017. The Socialists and the UMP, for all their problems, will once again sweep the vast majority of the half million seats at stake in the municipal elections of March. And the Front National? The FN will overcome voting system bias to win a substantial number of council seats and some mayors in the municipal elections, and may even for the first time top the poll in the European elections. <br>More: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/24/france-in-2014-another-annus-horribilis-for-hollande/





Why Brittany's 'red caps' are a red alert for France's Hollande



It involves the Socialist Party's traditional distance from anything like a national affirmative action programanother unrealized Sarkozy campaign promiseout of concern for losing the votes of working class whites. Yet reality says the alternative is more frustrating, politically correct debate, a strengthening of extremist politics, and greater animosity between the majority population and the Arab immigrant community. With the French presidency's extremely broad powers, and some nerve, Mr. Hollande's government could systematically open new areas of employment and education to Muslims and link this to specific requirements for new, more whole-hearted assimilation into French society. That's a lot of walking the walk, and all uphill. But Mr. <br>More: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304475004579275833639609874





France in Distress



With fears that the country could become a base for international terrorism, France deployed first and asked for help later. Little beyond trainers for African troops and logistical support was forthcoming from the U.S. and its European partners. There has been a distinct note of pique from French officials, who seem dismayed to find themselves once again on Kim Kardashian their own. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told French radio on Thursday that he wants the "maximum" number of troops from EU countries. But beyond its irritation, France is also facing a significantly stickier task in Central African Republic that makes it that much more difficult to handle on its own. <br>More: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/france-finds-central-africa-21317180



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California Judge Won't Extend Order Keeping Brain-dead Girl On V










The court fight in San Jose over pensions has been closely watched because other cities in California, and across the country, are targeting cuts in existing retirement plans as a way to reduce budget deficits. The emergency manager appointed to oversee the finances of bankrupt Detroit has said he wants to slash pension costs there, a move already under challenge by public employee unions in that city. The bankruptcies of Detroit and the southern California city of San Bernardino have set up proxy battles between Wall Street bondholders and pension funds over who should take the greater hit when a local government goes broke. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, a Democrat, encouraged voters in his city to back municipal pension cuts he proposed as part of last year's Measure B, which drew tape 70 percent support at the polls. It called for city workers, including police, firefighters and other employees, to contribute up to 16 percent more toward their pensions. The unions challenged the measure, leading to Judge Lucas' ruling in Santa Clara County Superior Court. <br>Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/california-judge-bars-voter-approved-pension-cuts-city-015218987--sector.html



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California judge bars voter-approved pension cuts for city workers



By Juliet Williams,Associated Press / December 23, 2013 The HealthCare.gov website notes that applicants must enroll by Dec. 23 for coverage to start Jan. 1, 2014. Jon Elswick/AP Enlarge SACRAMENTO, Calif. California 'shealthinsurance exchange was scrambling to help consumers before thedeadlinehit to enroll for coverage that starts Jan. 1. <br>Read more: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2013/1223/Obamacare-deadline-California-health-exchanges-brace-for-deadline





Obamacare deadline: California health exchanges brace for deadline



Family members and their lawyer said after the proceedings that they had not yet decided whether to dispute the medical findings or appeal the latest decision by Alameda County Superior original site Judge Evelio Grillo to a higher court. "I just want to kiss Jahi's warm face like I do every day," her grandmother, Sandra Chatman, said outside the courthouse. The girl's uncle, Omari Sealey, said the hearing left him feeling "numb," adding "We're still trying to digest it." Jahi was admitted to Children's Hospital and Resource Center in Oakland on December 9 for surgery to remove her tonsils but ended up being declared brain dead three days later following complications from the operation, hospital officials have said. The family's lawyer, Christopher Dolan, said the surgery, aimed at treating Jahi's sleep apnea, was considered routine, but after surgery Jahi began bleeding profusely, suffered a heart attack and then brain swelling. The judge granted a restraining order on Monday barring doctors from taking Jahi off the ventilator - a machine that has kept her breathing artificially - against the family's wishes any sooner than 5 p.m. <br>Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/california-judge-won-39-t-extend-order-keeping-022552849.html





California Community Replaces Stolen Gifts for Soldier's Family



Residents of Lodi, Calif., joined together to replace Christmas gifts and other items stolen from the home of an active-duty soldier just before he returned from Afghanistan. Cpl. Christopher Petrossian was getting ready to surprise his wife, Cheryl, and their two daughters at the Sacramento airport last week when he received a call informing him that their home had been robbed. About $5,000 worth of items, including their gifts and electronic equipment, were taken, ABC News reports. Officer Eric Bradley was one of the police officers to respond to the break in, and tapes when Bradley discovered that the burglarized home belonged to a soldier and his family, he encouraged his fellow police department employees to donate money and gift cards to the Petrossians. Bradley, himself a veteran of the first Gulf War, started a movement of giving that stretched beyond the Lodi police department and out into the community. <br>Read more: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20769382,00.html





California's Latinos now a majority, lagging in academic achievement



(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Associated Press In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 photo, Alvaro Zamora poses for a portrait at the Watsonville library in Watsonville, Calif. Zamora is attending Brown University to study astrophysics. As white Californians become a minority this summer, the state becomes a potential model for the rest of the country, which is going through a slower but similar demographic shift. But when it comes to how California is educating students of color, many say the state serves better as a model of what not to do. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Associated Press Next Slide Previous Slide PAJARO, Calif. <br>Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/22/california-latinos-now-majority-lagging-in-academic-achievement/



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Ray J And Cocktail Face Off During Reunion Show










I'll sock that ni--a in his face again my ni--a." All i'm saying if you got Fabs number tell that ni--a to send a picture of his face right now." Floyd Mayweather Jr. Buys 50 Cent $20,000 Watch During the conversation with the morning hosts Ray J confirmed that his issue with Fab stemmed from a few jokes the rapper sent his way that he didn't find quite funny. In a recent episode of HBO's "24/7" show documenting the road to Mayweather's fight against Ortiz, in one scene Ray J is playing the piano in the champ's living room singing his song "One Wish." "Don't disrespect me and Floyd like that" Ray J continued raging. "I play piano on that muthaf--kin piano every day, thats my big brother, ni--a we grew up together. So if you think that I just came over there and sang a song, ni--a you got me twisted. <br>More: http://rapfix.mtv.com/2011/09/19/fabolous-ray-j-fight-in-las-vegas/







Fabolous And Ray J Clash In Las Vegas



Eyebrows raised. But then came the good part. The host brought out Cocktail (as in the season one winner who supposedly broke up with Ray before season two began). Cocktail warns Mz Berry that Ray J is a liar, and he has seen her and several other eliminated girls from season two since the show ended. <br>More: http://realitytv.about.com/b/2010/02/08/ray-j-and-cocktail-face-off-during-reunion-show.htm







Ray J taunts Kanye West in new single, 'I Hit It First'



Drew show that he may have provided the late diva with the drugs that contributed to her tragic Feb. 11 death , saying her interview was "rife with false statements." "Though Leolah Brown was nowhere near the Beverly Hilton hotel on the day Whitney Houston died, [HLN's parent company] CNN proceeded to broadcast an interview with Ms. Brown in which she falsely claimed that Ray J was at the hotel and contributed to Whitney Houston's death," Ray J's attorney said in a statement released to E! News last night. MORE: Whitney Houston Cause of Death Revealed: Accidental Drowning and Cocaine The statement continued: "Even the most minimal inquiry with anyone actually in contact with Whitney would reveal that Leolah Brown had been out of contact with Whitney for more than a year and was nowhere near the scene on the day of her death." What ticked off Brandy 's little brother was the fact that Leolah told Dr. <br>More: http://www.eonline.com/news/303488/ray-j-slams-bobby-brown-s-sister-for-claiming-he-gave-whitney-houston-cocaine





Ray J in Backstage Brawl: Rapper Got "Sucker-Punched by Bad Azz," Manager Says



When people say it, it makes the top of my head blow off. If [it did], there wouldnt be people who are still bitter about their divorce twenty years ago, or people who cant talk about somebody who died ten years ago. They didnt do their grief workyou obviously can see that." Clearly, Ray J's got some issues to work out. But, we asked Elliott, do these issues merit some kind of psychological diagnosis? <br>More: http://www.complex.com/music/2013/04/for-the-love-of-ray-j-is-i-hit-it-first-a-cry-for-help





Ray J Loses It After Cops Jeer At Whitney Houston Corpse



Brandy: When we commit to something we give it 100 percent. Although it is scary to capture tough, dramatic moments in front of the camera. If were going to show reality we have to do moments like that. We want people to feel that theyre not alone in their drama by showing ours. Some reality shows have participants re-enact moments if the cameras miss them. <br>More: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/04/12/brandy-and-ray-j-a-family-business-the-stars-on-their-new-reality-series/





Is "I Hit It First" a Cry for Help? A Grief Counselor Assesses Ray J's State of Mind



Weir also claims that he heard Nutall remark; "Damn, she's still looking good, huh?" whilst he peered unnecessarily at her body. Representatives from the county police have denied that there was any misconduct at the scene of Whitney's death, and have also refuted the widely reported news that Weir had suffered any retaliatory harassment or had been punished for his claims. Police Deny That There Was Any Misconduct In The Handling Of Whitney's Body. "It is appropriate for a responding detective sergeant to briefly examine the body upon arriving to a scene like that. At this time we're not aware of any inappropriate behaviour or inappropriate comments," said police spokesman Leonard Hoshino, via the LA Times . <br>More: http://www.contactmusic.com/article/ray-j-inappropriate-police-comment-whitney-houston-death_3874543





‘Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business’: The Stars on their New Reality Series



That is when the fight happened," prompted by animosity stemming from an "old, old fight from 10 years ago." Ray J reveals Real Chance at Loveplayer is battling colon cancer Sure enough, Bad Azz (born Jamarr Stamps) called into New York's Power 105.1 radio station this morning to explain why he got into it with his onetime friend. "I took off on Ray J's ass at [Club Nokia] last night 'cause I'd seen him...I'd probably seen him twice since about '05," Bad Azz began before launching into a lengthy recollection that had to do with Suge Knight, Snoop Dogg 's tour bus, and Bad Azz (a member of the Snoop-related Dogg Pound) at one point allegedly getting jumped by "six or seven other dudes" from Suge's Death Row crew. "I said, Unc, next time I see Ray J pass me I'm taking off," Bad Azz said, referring to last night, where his entourage included a lady friend and his uncle. "So as soon as he walked by, I bing-bing-bing-bing a couple to the head. I respect him just a bit 'cause he tried to fight back a little bit." 5 reasons why Drake should date Amanda Bynes "But it wasn't nothing," he continued. <br>More: http://www.eonline.com/news/400613/ray-j-in-backstage-brawl-rapper-got-sucker-punched-by-bad-azz-manager-says





Ray J Slams Bobby Brown's Sister for Claiming He Gave Whitney Houston Cocaine



Ray J is set to release new single taking a jab at fellow singer Kanye West , who now dates his ex, Kim Kardashian . The R&B singer who infamously filmed a sex tape in 2007 with the now reality superstar Kardashian, announced Friday he is dropping a new track April 9 entitled "I Hit It First." Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the Givenchy Fall/Winter show in Paris on Wednesday. Ray J tweeted the new cover art to fans Friday first pointed out by Global Grind to be a blurred out bikini pic of Kardashian from 2008 and also possibly mimicking Kanye West's blurred artwork on "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." "Check out my new single cover "I Hit It first" available on ITUNES on 4/9 "I Put her On" #KOmusic," he wrote. John Shearer/WireImage Ray J and Kim Kardashian back in 2006, when they were still an item. <br>More: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/ray-taunts-kayne-new-single-hit-article-1.1309575



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Suspect In 1986 New Mexico Death Arrested In Texas










The peso slipped 0.1 percent to 13.0032 per dollar. Its the news that everyone was waiting for, what they were going Chiriqui to do with the tapering, Rodrigo Rueda, a trader at Casa de Bolsa Finamex SAB in Guadalajara, Mexico, said in a telephone interview. The pesos implied volatility had been surging since May as investors speculated on when the Fed would begin reducing the pace of its $85 billion in monthly asset purchases that boosted demand for the Latin American countrys securities. The Fed said Dec. 18 that it would pare monthly bond buying to $75 billion in Panama the first step toward unwinding its unprecedented stimulus, citing an improved U.S. <br>More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-24/mexico-peso-volatility-declines-for-fifth-straight-day-on-fed.html





Woman Found Hacked in Suitcase in Mexico City



December 24, 2013 (AP) Authorities in Texas have arrested a man accused of using aliases for 27 years to avoid apprehension in a New Mexico killing. Albuquerque police say 47-year-old Ramone Astorga Ramirez was taken into custody Monday in the Midland, Texas, http://www.blogigo.de/caintlru/hi-there/1/ area and will be extradited to New Mexico. Ramirez was identified as a suspect after 27-year-old Paul Dubose was shot to death in 1986 during an altercation outside an Albuquerque apartment complex. He was indicted in 1987 on a first-degree murder charge. Ramirez is from Mexico, and authorities say he used various aliases over the years to avoid apprehension. The Albuquerque Police Department's Cold Case Unit took the case 11 months ago and followed up on leads with assistance from the FBI, the Texas Rangers, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Midland police. <br>More: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/suspect-1986-mexico-death-arrested-texas-21318433





Mexico Peso Volatility Declines for Fifth Straight Day Panama on Fed



Its very easy for a young person to turn to crime so we must work to fortify the national economy and generate employment and opportunities in order to combat the root cause of the problem, del Toro told Al Jazeera. We are constantly working to bring greater investment to create jobs in the municipality. We are also working to recover public spaces and weve built a network of 17 public sports facilities, where we organize sporting and cultural events, he added. The aim of such initiatives is to encourage young people to engage with their community and resist the allures of gang life, del Toro explained. A sprawling industrial district in the western state of Jalisco, Tlajomulco made international headlines in February 2012 when the Mexican army seized what it claimed was a record haul of 15 tons of methamphetamine at a laboratory hidden amidst the sun-baked scrubland. Although fighting organized crime remains a top priority, del Toro believes that military force is not necessarily the most effective means of doing so. <br>More: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/12/mexicos-new-level-transparency-2013122210143407881.html





Mexico’s new level of transparency



EDUARDO CASTILLO Associated Press Police in Mexico City say they have found the mutilated corpse of woman stuffed inside a suitcase abandoned at a subway station. Authorities say the suitcase bore a hand-lettered sign referring to the Familia Michoacana drug cartel. Police say the sign read: "Don't steal from the Familia Michoacana. You're next, Jonas." A police official who was not authorized to speak on the record said Monday that the woman's head and hands had been cut off. The cartel was once based in the violence-wracked western state of Michoacan, but has reportedly expanded to Mexico City suburbs. <br>More: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/woman-found-hacked-suitcase-mexico-city-21318220



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8 Reasons You Must Workout Starting Today!












So, if the weather and accumulated fatigue have you feeling less than active lately, you might want to try hitting the gym first thing in the morning. Doing so will release endorphins and other hormones to give you a much-appreciated boost that often lasts all day. Clears your mind Studies have also shown that exercise significantly increases mental acuity. Training early helps clear your head and put you in a healthy frame of mind. home page Working out before your day officially begins allows you to start each day with a fresh perspective as you destroy the stresses of the previous day with a bench-press or a run on the treadmill. This will help you reduce the chances of getting upset during the course of your new day. Regulates your appetite Many people find that morning exercise has a tendency to regulate appetite for A Book Full Of Exercises For A Strong Core In And Outside Of The Gym the rest of the day. Not only do such people eat less (since activity causes the release of endorphins, which in turn diminishes appetite), they also choose healthier portions of healthier foods. You will discover that your meal times will get regularised and official site you don't experience as many cravings and serious dips in energy levels, which will deter binge eating. <br>Full story: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/fitness/8-reasons-you-MUST-workout-starting-today/articleshow/20405977.cms



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