News for 2011-04-04

Monday, April 4, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] US Labor Department Demands Refund in Maine Mural Dispute
WASHINGTON — If Maine Gov. Paul LePage doesn’t wish to display a mural depicting the state’s labor history, then the federal money used to create it should be returned, the U.S. Department of Labor says. The department said Monday that LePage violated the terms of federal laws governing money used...
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Unions Mark MLK's Death with National Protests
The eldest son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said Monday if his father had not been killed 43 years ago, the civil rights icon would be fighting alongside the workers rallying to protect collective bargaining rights.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Workers' Rights are Under Threat Across the World
Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis on this day in 1968. He was there to support striking sanitation workers, fighting for the right to have their union recognised by their employer; fighting for the right to collective bargaining.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rights Groups Deplore Order to Try 9/11 Suspects at Guantanamo
WASHINGTON - U.S. human rights groups reacted angrily to the Justice Department's announcement Monday that the self-acclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on Lower Manhattan and the Pentagon will be tried before a military commission at the Guantanamo detention facility in Cuba. The groups, which...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Libyan War: A Showcase in the New Arms Race
PARIS - The photograph shows a French Rafale warplane at the Mitiga air base outside Tripoli. A small crowd of men, women and children mill around the fighter, its tail fin lit up by the North African sun.
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[field_image_caption-raw] What Japan's Disaster Tells Us about Peak Oil
For large parts of eastern Japan that were not directly hit by the tsunami on 11 March 2011, including the nation’s capital, the current state of affairs feels very much like a dry-run for peak oil. This is not to belittle the tragic loss of life and the dire situation facing many survivors left...
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[field_image_caption-raw] We Are One Rallies Across Country Today
The most important kickoff in Democratic and progressive politics today is not Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign . It’s the We Are One April 4 rallies. They’ve been put together by a similar coalition as the One Nation rallies from last October.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 5 Ways GE Plays the Tax Game
A version of this story was co-published with Fortune. General Electric's tax department is famous for inventing ways to pay Uncle Sam less. So it should come as no surprise that its CEO, Jeff Immelt, is in the crosshairs as the new chairman of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Activists Call for Renewable Energy at UN Meeting
BANGKOK — Citing the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, environmental activists at a U.N. meeting Sunday urged bolder steps to tap renewable energy so the world doesn't have to choose between the dangers of nuclear power and the ravages of climate change. The call came at the opening of the six-day...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Beyond Change and Hope: Billion-Dollar Obama to Run Moneyed Campaign
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is no longer the outsider candidate who fueled his bid for the White House in 2008 with a flood of small donations from new and young voters inspired by his message of hope and change. As a sitting president he has far greater authority and media access and his...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Glaciers Melting at Fastest Rate in 350 Years, Study Finds
Some mountain glaciers are melting up to 100 times faster than at any time in the past 350 years.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Violence Intensifies in Yemen Protests; at Least 12 Dead in Taiz
SANAA, Yemen -- Protesters seeking the end of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule clashed with security forces in several cities Monday. Witnesses and medical sources reported at least 12 deaths and hundreds of injuries in the cities of Taiz and Hodeida as security forces turned...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Japan Starts Dumping Radioactive Water into Sea
TOKYO — Japan started dumping 11,500 tons of low-level radioactive water at sea Monday to free up storage space at its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant for more highly contaminated water. The release into the Pacific Ocean started shortly after 7:00 pm (1000 GMT) local time, public broadcaster NHK...
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