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1. Obama Cancels High-Profile Meeting With Putin

President Obama on Wednesday canceled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled for September; it was the first time since the Cold War the U.S. has canceled plans with Russia. The White House cited a range of issues, including Edward Snowden’s asylum and human rights issues, as reasons for canceling the meeting. The canceled meeting could jeopardize a nuclear arms reduction Obama has been trying to hammer out with Putin and hamper efforts to end the conflict in Syria: The U.S. needs Russia to pressure Bashar al-Assad to step down.
More from around the web:
This photo perfectly sums up Obama’s relationship with Putin (WaPo).
Russia wants Edward Snowden’s advice on cybersecurity (CS Monitor).
More from PolicyMic:
The Cold War Between Obama and Putin Just Heated Up Big Time (Rachel George)
2. Women Accuse San Diego Mayor Of Preying On Vets 

Two women veterans accused San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment on Wednesday, bringing the total number of claims against Filner to 13. Eldonna Fernandez and Gerri Tindley say Filner used his connections with a veterans group to take advantage of vulnerable women. Tara Jones, the president of the National Women’s Veterans Association of America, says 7 or 8 of her members have received unwanted sexual attention from Filner; most of them are survivors of sexual assault. Filner entered a two-week therapy program on Monday but says he will not resign.
More from around the web:
Here are the stories of the 13 women who have come forward against Filner (Atlantic).
• The NY Times has a video of vets describing Filner’s unwanted advances.
More from PolicyMic:
We Don’t Care About Politician’s Sex Lives, We Care About Their Lies (John Giokaris)
3. Study Finds Military Suicides Not Linked to Combat

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week says the recent spike in military suicides may not be linked to deployment or exposure to combat. Researchers looked at data from 2001-2008 and found the risk factors for suicide in the military were the same as for civilians. However, the study says war increases hardship on soldiers and may heighten other risk factors. “Perhaps it’s not being deployed so much as being in a war during a high-stress time period,” said the principal investigator for the center that provided the study’s data.

More from around the web:
• This soldier’s tragic suicide note illustrates the toll war takes on veterans (Gawker).
More from PolicyMic:

• How Many Soldiers’ Suicides Will It Take For Us to Change Our Foreign Policy? (Robert Taylor)

4. Japanese Nuclear Plant Leaking Waste Into Pacific

A Japanese official revealed on Wednesday that the Fukushima nuclear plant is leaking 300 tons of water contaminated with nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean every day. The plant was damaged by the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, and it’s possible contaminated water has been leaking ever since. The Independent says experts believe the leak will require the most complex nuclear clean up the world has ever seen. It could take over 40 years and $11 billion to reverse the damage from the contaminated water.
More from around the web:
National Geographic has incredible footage of the tsunami that ravaged Japan.
More from PolicyMic:
The Fukushima Nuclear Plant is Still Leaking 300 Tons Of Waste a Day (Nick Demas)

5. Researchers Announce Groundbreaking Privacy Agreement

Health officials announced an unprecedented agreement on Wednesday that looks to balance scientific advancement with the need for privacy. The agreement concerns the cells of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman who died in 1951 from cervical cancer. The cells from Lacks’ tumor have been used in more than 74,000 studies since her death. The National Institutes of Health and Lacks’ family agreed to store Henrietta’s genome in a private database in response to two studies that would have made her genetic info available to the public. Scientists will have to balance research and privacy for years to come: Researcher Eric Lander says “tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands” of patients will have to share their genetic info for scientists to cure cancer.

More from around the web:
How scientists are teaming up to end cancer (TIME).
More from PolicyMic:
• Would You Sell Your DNA For Better Facebook Ads? (Andrea Ayres-Deets)
Inside McDonald’s efforts to win over millennials with the McWrap (Bloomberg).
• This is what happens when a porn star finds God (BuzzFeed).
What's making the monkeys at this Dutch zoo act so strangely? (NPR)
Find out how exercise affects how you learn (Well).
Guess which continent is home to 14 of the 15 most optimistic countries? (PolicyMic)
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