News for 2013-01-02

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Details of Obama 'Kill List' to Remain in the Shadows, Court Rules
Information surrounding the targeted killing of three American citizens by US drones in Yemen will remain secret for now, following a federal court decision to turn down a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the ACLU.
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[field_image_caption-raw] House GOP Fails to Act on Violence Against Women
Among the various end-of-the-year housekeeping occuring on Capitol Hill, the House GOP failed to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the Democratic point person on VAWA, condemned the House leadership in a statement calling the failure to take up and pass the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Poland Bans Genetically Modified Corn, Potatoes
Poland banned the cultivation of genetically modified corn and potatoes on Wednesday, Agence France-Presse is reporting. The agency reports that while Prime Minister Donald Tusk felt "lawmakers had been forced to pass the blanket approval for GM crops," a loophole allowed the country to ban the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wind Subsidies Find Renewal in Otherwise 'Lousy' Fiscal Deal
Despite the absurd manner in which it was achieved, champions of alternative energy in the United States welcomed passage of extended and modified federal subsidies for the wind industry which came attached to an otherwise 'lousy' fiscal agreement passed by Congress on New Year's day.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fracking Industry Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?
Hydraulic fracturing operations planned for suburbs, mid-sized towns and large metropolitan areas, as opposed to the no-less-toxic rural sites more commonly known, are becoming increasingly common, the Guardian 's Suzanne Goldenberg reports Wednesday—pointing to one suburban town in Texas that has...
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[title] The Bottom Line: Healthcare
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[field_image_caption-raw] Feds: Exxon's Response to Oil Spill Inadequate
Exxon Mobil Corp.'s delay in responding to a major pipeline break in Montana's Yellowstone River in July 2011 worsened the impact of the 1,500-barrel spill by about two-thirds, the federal government said Wednesday. Pipeline controllers in Houston failed to isolate the rupture as soon as problems...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Iraq 'Remains in a State of Low-Level War'
A new analysis shows that Iraq "remains in a state of low-level war" with over 4,000 Iraqi civilians dying in 2012 as a result of violence. The new report from Iraq Body Count , which maintains a database of violent civilian deaths during and since the 2003 US-led invasion, documents 4,471 civilian...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mysterious Court Appearance Proves Rendition Alive and Well Under Obama
The secretive, abusive, and morally-challenged practice of rendition is alive and well under the Obama Administration.
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[field_image_caption-raw] World Bank 'Fights Poverty' by Investing in Five-Star Hotel
Accra is a city of choking red dust where almost no rain falls for three months at a time and clothes hung out on a line dry in 15 minutes. So the new five-star Mövenpick hotel affords a haven of sorts in Ghana’s crowded capital, with manicured lawns, amply watered vegetation, and uniformed waiters...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fructose, Corn Syrup Cause Excess Hunger, Obesity: Study
Fructose, a form of sugar found in products such as high-fructose corn syrup, causes excess hunger and subsequent overeating, according to a new report released Wednesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Progressives: Washington's Fiscal Deal a Predictable, Terrible Mess
Agreement was widely shared across the progressive community on Wednesday that the deal reached in Washington in the first twenty-four hours of 2013 fell well short of what might have been possible had President Obama simply held strong to the leverage provided to him by a Republican Party hell...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Idle No More Gains Worldwide Support
The Idle No More movement continues to garner support in the United States and countries as far away as New Zealand as Attiwapiskat Chief Theresa Spence continues her plea to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A Maori women's group held a rally on Dec. 28, calling for mobilized...
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[field_image_caption-raw] King Coal Gets a Boost Through ALEC
As Americans experienced epic droughts, freakish hurricanes, and other extreme weather over the past few years, many are eager to see our nation secure a sustainable energy supply for the future that won’t break our climate. But others – most notably the polluting fossil fuel industries – are eager...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Taliban Compares US Role in Afghanistan to Vietnam
The Taliban has compared the failures and withdrawal plans of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan to the US retreat in Vietnam, and called 2012 "the beginning of the invaders' scamper." The group's "Quick Glance at 2012" released Wednesday highlighted what it portrayed as "advancements and...
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[title] Canada's Indigenous Movement Gains Momentum
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[field_image_caption-raw] Thirty Foot Waves, Arctic Storm Batter Shell's Grounded Oil Rig
Thirty-foot seas and an arctic storm are preventing rescue or salvage of a Royal Dutch Shell oil drilling rig that ran aground in Alaska on New Year's Eve.
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