News for 2012-04-20

Friday, April 20, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Meet the Media Companies Lobbying Against Transparency
News organizations cultivate a reputation for demanding transparency, whether by suing for access to government documents, dispatching camera crews to the doorsteps of recalcitrant politicians, or editorializing in favor of open government. But now many of the country's biggest media companies —...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chorus of Anger says Little Learned from BP's Gulf Disaster
Two years since a blowout caused the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and spewed nearly 5 million barrels of oil and more than 6 billion cubic feet of natural gas into the Gulf of Mexico, few lessons have been learned, according to various environmentalists, experts, and Gulf coast residents.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Judge Commutes Death Sentence: Cites Racial Bias in Landmark Decision
A North Carolina judge ruled Friday that racial discrimination played a role in sending a black man to death row in 1991, in the first in a series of cases that will challenge death role rulings on grounds of racism.
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[title] Gulf of Mexico Spill Takes Toll on Health
Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, local residents and clean-up workers say they have developed serious illnesses.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Passenger Airliner Crashes in Pakistan; All 127 Aboard Presumed Dead
A Pakistani passenger jet with 127 people on board crashed into wheat fields Friday as it was trying to land in a thunder storm at an airport near the capital Islamabad, reports the Associated Press citing officials. Sobbing relatives of those on the flight flocked to the airport as a government...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wikileaks to Break 'Bank Blockade' with US Foundation
US backers of transparency organization Wikileaks have announced plans to establish a foundation for the site seeking a way to allow donors to give money to Julian Assange's Wikileaks once again. Wikileaks has undergone over 500 days of a "banking blockade" after Visa, MasterCard and PayPal blocked...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Georgia, Out Migrant Workers, Turns to Prison Labor
As Georgia's agricultural fields are finding themselves without its usual mirgrant workforce due to harsh immigration laws, the state is turning towards another cheap source of labor: prisoners. With increased privatization of prisons and inmates providing a "pliable" work source, Georgia's...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Vermont Legislature Passes Resolution Challenging Citizens United
Vermont joined Hawaii and New Mexico on Thursday to become the third state to have its legislature pass a resolution calling on the US Congress to pass an amendment to the Constitution that would reverse the Supreme Court's 2010 'Citizens United' decision.
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[field_image_caption-raw] FAA Docs Show Clamor for Domestic Drones
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has publicly released the names of all public and private entities that have applied for authorizations to fly drones domestically in the US. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit against the U.S. Department...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: One in Four Americans Without Health Insurance Coverage
A quarter of the adult population ages 19 to 64 experienced a gap in health insurance in 2011, and 69% of those were without coverage for year or more, according to study released Thursday by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund.
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[title] 'Your Bank of America': Yes Men at it Again
A new website has been launched all for the sake of mocking Wall Street giant Bank of America. The site, YourBofA.com, greets its visitors with a warm welcome from the chief executive officer, allegedly claiming their bank is no "longer working anymore." The website was blacklisted by Google and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Vatican Orders Crackdown on 'Radical Feminist' US Nuns
An American archbishop has been appointed to oversee reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the United State's largest organization of Catholic nuns, after the Vatican accused the group of promoting "certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Violent Clashes in Bahrain Ahead of Grand Prix
Pro-democracy advocates and student-aged activists took to the street of Bahrain as promised Thursday night and into today, showing their contempt for the ruling monarchy and hoping to leverage the international attention drawn by this weekend's Formula 1 'Grand Prix'. The February 14 Youth...
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