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July 4, 2014

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Younger Americans less patriotic. at least, in some ways

Americans are a patriotic bunch. Compared with people in most other countries, Americans express more pride in their nationality, and most say that being an American is an important part of their identity. Even so, patriotism in America is on the decline. But the decline seems to have more to do with reactions to the symbols of American democracy than its values. Older Americans remain remarkably high in their devotion to symbols like the flag, while young citizens are cooler toward Old Glory but express higher support for classic American ideals like equality and opportunity. — The New York Times

Supreme Court women lash out at birth control decision

It was a disappointing week for the women of the Supreme Court. All three — Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor — were on the losing side of rulings involving women’s reproductive health. First came the Hobby Lobby decision, in which the high court decided 5-4 that the government cannot force certain for-profit companies to offer contraception coverage under Obamacare. Then another decision emerged in which a Chicago-area evangelical college won a temporary victory over the requirement in the 2010 health care law that religious non-profits provide contraception insurance to their workers. — CNN

American Apparel sorry for using Challenger disaster photo

American Apparel issued a public apology after the company posted a stylized picture to its Tumblr page of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. t is unclear if the image was mistaken for fireworks or clouds.   The company was immediately hammered with negative feedback. In its apology, the company said it was an honest mistake by the social media manager, who was born after the 1986 explosion that killed all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. — Los Angeles Times

French primary teacher ‘stabbed to death by parent’

A primary school teacher in the southern French town of Albi has been stabbed to death in front of her class by a pupil’s mother, police say. Fabienne Terral-Calmes, 34, was attacked at the Edouard Herriot school on Friday morning. The suspect, 47, was arrested at home shortly afterwards, prosecutors say. — BBC

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