News for 2012-04-05

Thursday, April 5, 2012
[title] Jobs Act 2012 a Recipe for Fraud
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[field_image_caption-raw] Five New Orleans Cops Sentenced For Katrina Shootings
Five New Orleans police officers were sentenced on Wednesday to between six and 65 years in prison for their roles in the shootings of unarmed residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Kartina in 2005. The 'Danziger Bridge' shootings came to symbolize a culture of lawlessness by the New Orleans...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Signs "Fraud-Friendly" JOBS Act into Law
President Obama has signed today the "fraud-friendly" JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act, which one leading economist has referred to as an "anti-jobs act" that will lead to more fraud.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study Links NAFTA to Obesity Epidemic in Mexico
A new study shows a link between the agribusiness-benefiting policies of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the obesity epidemic in Mexico.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chaos Intensifies in Mali: the West to Intervene?
The West African nation of Mali has descended into chaos this week, sparking fears in the region that 'Islamist' rebel groups haven taken control in much of the country. Hundreds fled Mali overnight and surrounding countries began to consider military intervention. Western powers are also showing...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Democracy Now: Cop in Fatal Shooting of Ex-Marine Kenneth Chamberlain ID’d, Sued in 2008 Racism Case
In a broadcast exclusive, we reveal the name of the police officer who allegedly killed 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain, the retired African-American Marine who was shot dead in his own home in White Plains, New York, in November after he inadvertently triggered his medical alert pendant...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Despairing Greek Leftist Makes Final Stand
Protests continue in Athens, Greece today, the day after 77-year old Dimitris Christoulas committed suicide outside the parliament to protest the country's austerity measures. Dimitris' death has put renewed attention to the plight of the Greek working class in the face of crippling austerity cuts...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wikileaks' Julian Assange Slams Media for Libelous Coverage
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange said today that he's made 75 official complaints over shoddy reporting of his extradition battle. Assange itemized the complaints in a written statement to Britain's judge-led inquiry into media ethics, which is examining the standards and practices of the UK's scandal-...
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Fukushima Leak Seeps More Radiation into Pacific
Fukushima's plant operator TEPCO announced today that about 12 tons of water contaminated with radiation has leaked from the plant. Sources are saying that much of the water has leaked into the Pacific ocean, making this the second major leak in two weeks. TEPCO believes most of the water flowed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Videos Show Blackwater in Iraq Running Over Woman, Firing into Traffic
Videos posted by Harper's Magazine show the private contractor formerly known as Blackwater in Iraq running over a woman with a car, smashing into Iraqis' cars to move them out of the way and firing a rifle into traffic. The behavior by Blackwater seen in the videos adds even more fuel to evidence...
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[field_image_caption-raw] USGS: Recent Earthquakes 'Almost Certainly Manmade'
A US Geological Survey research team has linked oil and natural gas drilling operations to a series of recent earthquakes from Alabama to the Northern Rockies. According to the study led by USGS geophysicist William Ellsworth, the spike in earthquakes since 2001 near oil and gas extraction...
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[title] Inside Story Americas - Is the US Student Debt Bubble About to Burst?
As student loan debt in the US exceeds $1tn for the first time, we ask what the high cost of higher education means for the limping US economy. Alan Collinge, Pat Garofalo and Victor Sanchez discuss.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Austerity USA Decimating Health, Safety, and Education
Last year, 19 percent of US cities cut spending for public safety, according to a survey by the National League of Cities. That statistic, cited by McClatchy in a new report , does little to tell the very real and dangerous impact that reduced public spending has had on state and local communities...
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