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PBC News & Comment Wednesday, July 18

Deep Purple keyboard master Jon Lord checks out at 71;  Syrian civil war rocks Damascus with deadly attack on its "pentagon", killing Defense Minister who was Assad's brother-in-law     Also:

--Israel immediately blames Iran for attack in Bulgaria that killed 4 Israelis

--the father of Anwar al-Awlaki has sued the government over the assassination of Awlaki and his 16-year-old son by drone strikes in Yemen last year

--US is spending millions to build phony missile defense installation in Qatar

--Symposium on Genetically Modified Organisms and California's Prop 37 on the November ballot, requiring disclosure of GMO's in food products, July 25 at Community Center in San Rafael, CA

--Consumer Financial Protection Bureau nails Capitol One for misleading credit card customers

--Megabank HSBC nailed for money laundering for drug cartels, al Qaeda and outlaw nations

--3 important developments in cases of sex crimes in the military