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25 sources of free public domain books

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Books

The Pentagon wants to spend $13 billion on new submarines over the next five years

The plan also shifts the Navy's strategy for a new carrier-based unmanned drone to focus more on intelligence-gathering and refueling than combat strike missions, said the sources, who were not authorized to discuss it publicly before the budget's release.<p>U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter plans to …

Billions recovered for victims of Madoff scheme, attorneys say

Investors who lost billions of dollars in the disgraced hedge fund manager Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme could recover most of their initial investments, bankruptcy attorneys announced Monday.<p>More than $11 billion has been recovered, attorney Irving Picard said, according to ABC News. Investigators …

The White House just gave North Korea another stern warning about its space launch

"I feel confident in telling you that the international community would regard a step like that by the North Koreans as just another irresponsible provocation and a clear violation of their international obligations," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing.<p>North Korea notified …

Army, Marine Corps Generals Say Women Should Have To Register For The Draft

For the first time, top Army and Marine Corps leaders have testified that they think women should register for the draft.<p>"I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft," Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services …

Military

Texas prosecutor offers probation to anti-abortion activist behind video | Reuters

HOUSTON (Reuters) - An anti-abortion activist indicted for using a fake driver’s license ID to aid secret filming inside Planned Parenthood facilities turned himself into authorities in Houston on Thursday and was offered a probation deal, prosecutors said.<p>A member of the New York Police Department …

Rewrite The Constitution? Several States Are Trying To

<i>The story was first published by Nashville Public Radio.</i><p>Since the Bill of Rights, there have been just 17 changes to the U.S. Constitution.<p>On Thursday, Tennessee's House of Representatives voted 59-31 to call for a constitutional convention, becoming the fifth state in recent months where lawmakers …

Supreme Court reaffirms supremacy over state courts, and why that matters now

Last week, the Supreme Court in <i>James v. City of Boise</i> unanimously and summarily reversed a decision by the Idaho Supreme Court wherein the state high …

An Expert Panel Just Gave The Go-Ahead For Three-Parent Babies in The US - But Only Boys

No three-parent girls allowed.<p>A new report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today has advised that the US …

Episode 682: When CEO Pay Exploded

Politicians have argued for decades that CEOs are overpaid. But there's this precise moment in the 1990s when CEO pay suddenly shot up. We find out what happened. It involves Bill Clinton's campaign promises, and Silicon Valley workers taking to the streets to protest an accounting rule.<p><i>Find us:</i> …

The Pentagon Just Issued Marching Orders on Climate Change | VICE News

<b>VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here</b><i>.</i><p>A bit over a year after identifying climate change as a "significant challenge" for the US military, the US Department of Defense has given its top officials orders for handling the hazards posed by a …

Global Warming

As Unemployment Drops Below 5%, Here Are Five Facts About America's Jobs Market

Today, we learned that American businesses added 158,000 jobs in January, extending a record-breaking streak of private-sector job growth to 71 straight months – with wages growing at the fastest pace in years. We also learned that for the first time in almost 8 years, the unemployment rate dropped …

The guy who blew the whistle on Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme says there's one 'bigger than Madoff'

Markopolos first submitted evidence to the SEC in May 2000, eight years before the Madoff fraud was revealed.<p>3 major schemes scamming investors<p>Markopolos told ABC News that he has found three new schemes that are multibillion-dollar pyramids of fraud.<p>In an explosive statement, he indicated that one …

Congress made Martin Shkreli look like a jerk, but it bears responsibility for high drug prices

Members of the House Oversight Committee were probably giving each other high-fives Thursday for making Martin Shkreli look like a smug jerk under their questioning about the high drug prices at his former company, Turing Pharmaceuticals.<p>You know what? He <i>was</i> a smug jerk, smirking through his …

The political wars damage public perception of Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts says

BOSTON — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said late Wednesday that partisan extremism is damaging the public’s perception of the role of the Supreme Court, recasting the justices as players in the political process rather than its referees.<p>Divisive battles over confirmations and …

Bill Cosby's court defeat: How it happened, and what happens next

Bill Cosby suffered a defeat in court Wednesday evening.<p>Actually, he suffered two defeats.<p>In addition to rejecting a bid to dismiss the three counts of sexual assault against him, a Pennsylvania judge also turned down a request by Cosby's lawyers to remove newly elected Montgomery County Dist. …

Julius Baer to Pay $547 Million in U.S. Tax Case

Two former client advisers, who surrendered this week to U.S. authorities, also pleaded guilty<p>Swiss bank Julius Baer Group AG on Thursday admitted to helping U.S. taxpayers hide billions of dollars in offshore accounts and agreed to pay $547 million.<p>Separately, two of the bank’s former client …

Corruption

Peyton Manning Hired Private Investigators to Look into HGH Allegations

Link to Media<p>Days before Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is scheduled to step onto the field at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, for a Super Bowl 50 showdown with the Carolina Panthers, a report from the <i>Washington Post</i>'s Will Hobson and Justin Wm. Moyer shed light on a visit …

Mayor Bill de Blasio praises officers wounded after encountering two people in a stairwell on Thursday evening, adding both ‘are alert and communicating’<p>Two New York City police officers were shot and wounded by a gunman they encountered in the stairwell of a public housing project they were …

Law Enforcement

US readies defence assets before North Korea launch

The United States plans to use missile defence assets to track an expected North Korean missile launch as tensions escalate over Pyongyang's plan to fire a rocket soon.<p>Ashton Carter, the US Secretary of Defense, however, declined to comment further on Thursday on any specific plans to position navy …

‘Terror has arrived’: Official calls for San Bernardino employees to be armed

Two months after terrorists gunned down 14 unarmed San Bernardino county workers in a gun-free zone, one local official is calling for county employees to be permitted to carry guns at work and have access to weapons at county facilities.<p>The proposal made by First District Supervisor Robert …

Lawyer: Omission of witness crippled 'Serial' case's defense

BALTIMORE (AP) — An attorney told a Baltimore judge Friday that a witness who could have provided an alibi for the convicted killer at the center of …

Coen brothers: diversity is important, the Oscars are not

The Coen brothers are the latest of the Hollywood players to let their opinions be known about the lack of diversity in front of the lens, following the controversy when for a second year in a row, not one single actor of color received an Oscar nomination.<p>“<i>Diversity</i>’s important,” Joel Coen told …

Jada Pinkett Smith

During Utah funeral, Oregon refuge occupier hailed as a hero

KANAB, Utah (AP) — Inside a packed Mormon church in this desert town Friday, a leader of the Oregon armed standoff who died in a confrontation with …

Two NYPD Officers Shot at Bronx Public-Housing Complex

One suspect dead in apparent suicide; second in custody<p>Two New York Police Department officers were shot and injured Thursday night, including one who was struck in the face, when they confronted two men in a Bronx public-housing complex, authorities said.<p>One suspect was shot in the head and killed …

Bronx

Four Supreme Court Justices are older than 75. Is that a problem?

In a law review article I wrote 15 years ago about cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court, I predicted that, in the coming years, no one would take action to mitigate the problem. Instead, another half a dozen mentally decrepit justices would join "the roster of jurists who harmed their court …

6 people, including a child, found dead in Chicago home, ruled as homicides

<b>(CNN) —</b> Six people found dead in a brick bungalow in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood have been declared homicides, with one woman killed by gunshot and the others by blunt or sharp force, police said.<p>The bodies were found Thursday afternoon, and authorities on Friday were investigating how they …

Martin Shkreli resigns as Turing CEO after securities fraud arrest

The pharmaceutical executive reviled for price-gouging resigned Friday as head of the drugmaker Turing Pharmaceuticals, a day after being arrested on charges of securities fraud related to a company he previously ran.<p>Martin Shkreli, whose arrest delighted countless people appalled by his …

Hillary Clinton on encryption: 'maybe the back door isn't the right door'

Democrats have strange ideas about the internet, too. At tonight's ABC News presidential debate, candidates offered a number of vague, borderline-illiterate thoughts about technology, especially Hillary Clinton. It all started when ABC gave her an inane prompt, characterizing encryption as a …