News for 2012-04-11

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Trayvon Martin Shooter in Custody, Will Be Charged With Second-Degree Murder
George Zimmerman, the man who shot dead unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, has been taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder. At a press conference at 6 PM, special prosecutor Angela Corey confirmed that Zimmerman was in custody but would not disclose Zimmerman's location "for his...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UC Davis Pepper Spray Report Released: Campus Police Force 'Very Dysfunctional'
Months after students at UC Davis were filmed being soaked in pepper spray and arrested by police in riot gear after peacefully protesting at their university, a UC Davis 'task force' has finally released a report on the incident today.
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[title] DC Hoodies March Denounces Institutional Racism
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[title] Mumia Abu-Jamal: Exclusive RT Interview
RT speaks to former journalist and Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal in the first interview since he was removed from death row in January. Abu-Jamal will spend his life behind bars for [allegedly] killing a police officer in 1981. Considered by many to be a flagrant miscarriage of justice, the case of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Autism Linked to Industrial Food, Environment
A new study by Clinical Epigenetics, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses largely on diseases, has found that the rise in autism in the United States could be linked to the industrial food system, specifically the prevalence of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the American diet. The study,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] BP Target of Prank: Company Dropped from Olympics, Hoax Website Reports
BP was the target of a hoax this morning, when the Campaign for a More Sustainable Olympics made a fake website announcing that The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games was "looking for a new ‘Sustainability Partner’ after an internal review concluded that BP was no...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Left-to-Die Boat': NATO Negligence, Deceit Lead to Death of 63 Migrants
A tragedy at sea last year left 72 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean as passengers holding dead babies in the air and waving empty fuel tanks went ignored by hovering NATO helicopters. A 'damning' new report conducted by Goldsmiths, University of London, pairs survivor's stories with 'forensic...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Student Protesters in Montreal Stage 'Marathon' Day of Action
University students in Montreal are staging a 12-hour 'marathon' protest as their ongoing demonstrations over a tuition fee hike come to a critical point.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Court Denies British MPs Access to Information about Rendition, Torture
The United States has prevented British MPs from obtaining documents that would reveal the extent of UK involvement with the CIA's rendition program, which has prisoners sent to nations that practice torture for interrogation. A federal judge cited language in the Freedom of Information Act that...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Aid Groups Sound Alarm of Severe Food Crisis in West Africa
International aid and human rights groups, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), are sounding the alarm over worsening conditions in the Sahel region of western Africa where threat of mass malnutrition is at "emergency levels" and "at least one million...
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[title] Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention
Immigration is a key issue in the US presidential election, with the Republican candidates trying to demonstrate their tough stance on undocumented immigrants. But under the Obama administration, the detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high. Every day, the US government...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Despite Protest, Tucson School Board Fires Ethnic Studies Director
Sean Arce, the director of the embattled Mexican American Studies program in Tucson, Arizona was fired last night after a split vote by the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). Students, teachers, and community members gathered before the vote to champion Arce as a vital member of the school...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Huge Quake Strikes Off Indonesia, Tsunami Warnings Lifted
An enormous 8.7 earthquake struck off the coast of Aceh, Indonesia today. There were initial fears of a potential tsunami, but those warnings have since been cancelled. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported that there were tsunami watches in effect for the entire Indian Ocean. Individual...
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