Today's Takeaways: Dangers in The Sky, A Mysterious Death, and The Future of Play

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1. When the Skies Are Too Dangerous to Fly | 2. Who Killed KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko? | 3. Powerful Politician Kills Bill to Protect Vets | 4. Designing Outdoor Play With Creativity in Mind

When the Skies Are Too Dangerous to Fly

Less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot out of the sky over a conflict zone in Ukraine, the FAA announced that no U.S. flights would be allowed to fly to Israel for a period of 24 hours after a rocket attack near Tel Aviv. What happens when the airspace becomes a war zone? 

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Who Killed KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko?

Amid growing tensions between Russia and the west, the U.K. government has decided to revisit the controversial death of former KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.

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Details on The White Flag Above the Brooklyn Bridge

It's not exactly terrorism, but it passed the "if you see something say something" test: American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced by big white flags yesterday, and the internet freaked out.

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Powerful Politician Kills Bill to Protect Vets

Judging from recent machinations in Congress, it's easier to protect for-profit colleges who are generous with their campaign donations than it is to protect this nation's veterans from being preyed upon by schools anxious to get their hands on G.I. Bill education benefits.

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Courts Collide on ACA Interpretation

On Tuesday, two separate federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings that complicate the nation's already-murky understanding of the Affordable Care Act. Millions of Americans are now potentially affected, and there will likely be months of legal limbo.

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Designing Outdoor Play With Creativity in Mind

Playgrounds are much safer and calmer in today's age of concerned parents and lawsuit-fearing school districts, and when kids want to play outside their options are sometimes limited. Architect David Rockwell weighs in on the future of playgrounds. 

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