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WHITE HOUSE PUSHES BACK ON PUTIN'S OP-ED ON SYRIA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House pushed back Thursday against Russian President Vladimir Putin for his opinion piece in The New York Times that blamed opposition forces for the latest deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria and argued President Barack Obama's remarks about America were self-serving.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the U.S. wasn't surprised by Putin's piece and that Russia is "isolated and alone" in blaming the Syrian opposition for the deadly Aug. 21 attack. Even countries like Iran agree that the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad is responsible, Carney said.
In his piece, Putin wrote: "No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists."
State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said it would be "preposterous for anyone to suggest that anyone other than the Assad regime is responsible."
"We've laid out our intelligence assessment, and it's one in which we have high confidence. So we stand by that," Harf said.
The assessment concludes that 1,429 people were killed, including 426 children, but the U.S. is alone in that estimate. Others are lower.
Putin also said it was dangerous for America to think of itself as exceptional. He was referring to remarks Obama made in his Tuesday speech. The president said that America is not the world's policeman, but that if it can stop children from being gassed to death, the U.S. should act.
"That's what makes America different," Obama said. "That's what makes us exceptional."
"It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation," Putin wrote.
SCATHING OBIT ABOUT ABUSIVE NV MOTHER GOES VIRAL
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The children of an abusive woman whose horror stories prompted Nevada to become one of the first states to allow children to sever parental ties wrote a scathing obituary that was published in the local newspaper - and has since become an Internet sensation.
The obituary opened with a harsh statement about the legacy of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick: "On behalf of her children who she abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty and shame that she delivered on her children."
Katherine Reddick said she wrote it about her mother, who died at a Reno nursing home Aug. 30 at the age of 78.
Now a psychology consultant for a school district outside Austin, Texas, she said she decided to share the story of their painful physical and mental abuse after consulting with her brother, Patrick Reddick. They said they grew up with four siblings in a Carson City orphanage after they were removed from their mother's home and had been estranged from her for more than 30 years.
"Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit," the obit said. "Our greatest wish now is to stimulate a national movement that mandates a purposeful and dedicated war against child abuse in the United States of America."
Six of Johnson-Reddick's eight children were admitted to the Nevada Children's Home from 1963 to 1964 after they endured regular beatings, sometimes with a metal-tipped belt, and other abuse at the hands of their mother, Patrick Reddick said.
IS THERE AN APE FOR THAT? ORANGUTANS PLAN TRIPS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's the ape equivalent of Google Maps and Facebook. The night before a big trip, Arno the orangutan plots his journey and lets others know where he is going with a long, whooping call.
What he and his orangutan buddies do in the forests of Sumatra tells scientists that advance trip planning and social networking aren't just human traits,
A new study of 15 wild male orangutans finds that they routinely plot out their next day treks and share their plans in long calls, so females can come by or track them, and competitive males can steer clear.
The researchers closely followed the males as they traveled on 320 days during the 1990s. The results were published Wednesday in the journal PLoS One.
Scientists had seen such planning in zoos and controlled experiments, but this study provides solid evidence of travel planning in the wild, said Frans de Waal of Atlanta's Emory University, who was not part of the study.
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