News for 2012-10-19

Friday, October 19, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Guns Sales Soar on NRA's "Obama Conspiracy"
Gun proponents who argued that Barack Obama would be "the most anti-gun president in American history" succeeded in driving up gun sales and the number of gun dealers by 3,000 during the president's term in office, despite a lack of any new gun control legislation.
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[title] Ashindi Maxton: America's Founding Inequality and Citizens United
From the founding of the republic, inequality has been built into our country's DNA. As Ashindi Maxton, a former fellow at the New Organizing Institute, says, the first step toward a more just society is to recognize the pervasive nature of that inequality and confront it head-on. [thumbnail image...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chomsky Tells Israel from Gaza: "End the Blockade"
In his first visit to Gaza, American linguistic scholar Noam Chomsky on Thursday called on Israel to end a six-year blockade of the occupied territory. Chomsky, 84, is a frequent critic of Israel's treatment of Palestinians and American foreign policy.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Privatized Cities' Rejected in Honduras Supreme Court
A plan to build a series of 'model cities' designed to cater to foreign investors through the privatization of development, municipal services and legal systems within autonomous zones http://news.yahoo.com/honduran-supreme-court-rejects-model-cities-idea-1...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Investigation: Mexico's War Against Obesity, Sponsored by Coca-Cola
The organization charged with battling the latest "global epidemic," diabetes and heart disease, has been exposed getting funding from the industries at the heart of this plague. Reuter's investigative report on the UN's World Health Organization found that the regional office in Mexico has been...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Texas Keeps Executions Going in Wake of Drug Shortages With Covert Changes
Officials in Texas are keeping executions going in the state in the wake of drug shortages by tweaking lethal injection rules without public input or scrutiny through changes made by one official with no medical training, a report published Thursday shows. Mike Ward reports for the Austin American-...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Warnings of Domestic Spying as Oakland Police Seek Drones
The sky may no longer be the limit for local law enforcement in Oakland, Calif. Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern announced a plan to add drones to his local law enforcement fleet by next year. Oakland city police have been testing various models and have their sites on a craft that can be...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Beirut Bomb Kills 8, Injures Dozens
At least eight people were killed Friday afternoon and dozens more injured when a large bomb exploded in Sassine Square, a mostly Christian neighborhood in Beirut. It was unclear who the target of the blast was, according to Reuters . No one immediately claimed responsibility.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anti-Austerity Allies Coming Together for Coordinated European Strikes
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fracking Poisoning Families at Alarming Rate: Report
Residents living near gas fracking sites suffer an increasingly high rate of health problems now linked to pollutants used in the gas extraction process, according to a new report released Thursday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Biodiversity Conference Ends With 'False Solutions,' says Friends of the Earth
As the United Nations biodiversity conference winds down to its final hours in Hyderabad, India on Friday, an environmental group warns of "false solutions" that favor corporate polluters, while lack of financial commitments by developed countries may put biodiversity goals at risk.
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[title] Could a Federal Appeals Court Decision Spell Supreme Court Defeat for the Defense of Marriage Act?
Richard Socarides, former LGBT adviser to President Clinton and former president of Equality Matters, joins “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer to react to news that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in the case of Windsor v...
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[field_image_caption-raw] CIA's Petraeus Tells White House: 'We Want More Drones'
Not content with the size of the current fleet and tired of asking to "borrow" from the Pentagon, CIA chief and former US Army General David Petraeus has requested more armed Predator drones in order to broaden the spy agency's targeted killing program that now operates in several countries across...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Scenes of 'Dust Bowl Days' Return As Oklahoma Storm Causes Highway Pileup
Dramatic video footage and eye witness accounts from Oklahoma on Thursday tell the story of a scene right out of the Depression-era 'Dust Bowl days' as a massive wind-swept cloud of 'reddish-brown' dirt made visibility impossible on a stretch of Interstate-35 between Oklahoma City and Kansas City,...
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