News for 2012-04-02

Monday, April 2, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Several Dead in Oakland Christian University Shooting
A gunman opened fired at an Oakland christian university leaving around 3 to 5 people dead Monday afternoon. The total count of fatalities is uncertain, but sources say it could be over 5 people. Police are saying that a suspect has been detained; they are currently questioning witnesses. * * *
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[field_image_caption-raw] Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Invasive Strip Searches
In a 5-4 ruling today, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of jails to strip search any new detainees, even those who have been arrested for minor offenses. Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the ACLU, states that “today’s decision jeopardizes the privacy rights of millions of people who...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greenpeace Observes 'Oily Sheen' Miles from North Sea Leak Site
A vessel operated by Greenpeace arrived in the waters near an oil and gas drilling rig owned by energy giant Total to observe the environmental impacts of a gas leak that has been ongoing since March 25th off the coast of Scotland in the North Sea.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Blogger Suit Against Huffington Post Dismissed
A federal judge dismissed on Friday a class action lawsuit by former Huffington Post bloggers who said they were entitled to part of the $315 million sale price to AOL because the website had profited from their work.
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[field_image_caption-raw] America’s New Data Center Makes UK Surveillance Plans Seem Petty
In the small town of Bluffdale in the Utah desert, the US government is halfway to completing a gargantuan complex designed to store and trawl through billions of phone calls, emails, and other global communications. As the UK government reveals its own plans to carry out mass surveillance, a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Europeans Pushing Back Against Austerity
Europeans are pushing back against government-imposed austerity measures, with protests growing and unions issuing general strikes.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hundreds Arrested At Pre-Chicago NATO Protest
Belgian Police arrested 483 peace activists on Sunday as they attempted to gain access to NATO headquarters in Brussels. The activists trekked across fields and climbed over fences leading to the HQ but were stopped by up to 600 police officers in a 'heavy handed' repression of the protest. The...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Plans for Nuclear Drones 'On Hold'... For Now
American scientists have drawn up plans for a new generation of nuclear-powered drones capable of flying over remote regions of the world for months on end without refuelling, The Guardian reports today.
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[title] National Occupation of Washington Begins with Demonstration at the EPA
Environmental and social justice advocates marched on the federal headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, March 30th, kicking off the National Occupation of Washington, DC Campaign. Protestors called on the EPA to prioritize environmental protection and sustainability over...
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[field_image_caption-raw] If 'Obamacare' Falls, Will 'Medicare for All' Rise?
After last week's deliberations before the US Supreme Court over Obama's signature health care reform legislation, the Affordable Care Act, speculation is rampant about the political fallout if the nation's highest court knocks down some, or all, of the law.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Triumph of the People' says Suu Kyi After Victory in Burmese Elections
Aung San Suu Kyi, held under house arrest for almost 22 years by the ruling military junta in Burma, has now won a seat in the nation's parliament. The pro-democracy campaigner and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, along with 42 other members of the National League for Democracy' (NLD) party,...
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