News for 2012-07-11

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Record US Drought Causes Corn Shortage, Price Hikes
Due to extreme drought conditions and record heat waves across the country, corn yields are projected to be the lowest in nearly a decade, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The statistics have also sparked concern over food prices in the near future. The USDA expects that this year's...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Media Pounces on False DNA Link to OWS Protests, Student's Murder
Corporate media outlets spent Wednesday headlining shocking news: the New York Police Department had found DNA that linked the Occupy Wall Street protests to an unsolved 2004 murder.
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[title] Nurses Cross California to Promote Guaranteed Healthcare
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hard Times, USA: Cities and Workers Driven to Brink by Austerity
Municipal workers in Scranton, Pennsylvania have filed federal lawsuits after the mayor cut all city employee's pay to $7.25 an hour, the state's minimum wage. San Bernadino, California, meanwhile, became the third city in California this year to declare bankruptcy.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Portuguese Doctors, Nurses Launch 48-Hour Strike Over Austerity Cuts
Thousands of Portuguese doctors and nurses are staging a 48-hour strike to protest austerity measures they say are destroying the country's public health care service. Although the strike will cause widespread disruption to patients, it has attracted widespread public sympathy from people fed up...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Spain Announces Massive Cuts Amid Intensifying Protests
Prime minister Mariano Rajoy announced the latest round in massive austerity cuts to Spain's public spending on Wednesday as police fired rubber bullets at protesters during growing demonstrations in Madrid. The $79.85 billion austerity package is designed to meet conditions imposed by the European...
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[title] Mississippi: A Test Case for Underhanded Anti-Abortion Strategy
Nancy Northrup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, representing the Jackson Women's Health Organization, talked with Rachel Maddow Tuesday night about the legal fight to preserve Mississippi's sole abortion services clinic threatened by a battery of technicality laws designed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Extreme Weather Tied to Man-Made Climate Change
For the first time ever, scientists behind one of the world's most comprehensive weather assessments say they can perceive the likely impact of human-influenced climate change on specific extreme weather events. What the study found was increasing evidence that specific events, and patterns of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Green Groups Sue US over Approval of Shell's Arctic Drilling Spill Plans
A coalition of conservation organizations filed a lawsuit in Alaska federal court on Tuesday challenging the US government’s approval of Shell Oil Company’s plan to drill for oil in the Arctic.
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