News for 2013-03-15

Friday, March 15, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Maryland Moves to Abolish Death Penalty
Maryland's House of Delegates voted 82-56 to repeal the death penalty Friday afternoon, all but guaranteeing the state's status as the 18th to abolish executions. The bill now goes before Governor Martin O'Malley, who introduced the legislation in January and has pledged to sign it into law.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fearing Radiation Poisoning from Fukushima, Lawsuit Against TEPCO Grows
Claiming that TEPCO, the Japanese energy company that owns the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor, knowingly withheld vital information about the levels of radiation released following the plant's disaster in 2010, a growing number of US service members are joining a lawsuit seeking more than $2...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN: US Drone Strikes Violate Pakistan's Sovereignty
Pakistan has condemned justifications given by U.S. officials for its drone strikes, which are "a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty" and have killed hundreds of civilians, the head of a United Nations team probing U.S. drone attacks stated Friday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Change Will Force Billions More Into Poverty, Warns UN
A lack of action against climate change will force up to three billion people into extreme poverty by 2050, according to the United Nations 2013 Human Development Report, released Thursday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Interior Department: Shell 'Screwed Up' in the Arctic
Shell "screwed up in 2012," US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said of the company's blunder-filled year in Arctic waters, and said it was barred—for now—from drilling in the Arctic. His comments came after the release Thursday of a government review (pdf) which concluded that Shell was not prepared...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Court: CIA's Defense of Drone Secrecy 'Neither Logical Nor Plausible'
The American Civil Liberties Union claimed a small victory against the CIA on Friday, following a federal court ruling that determined the CIA cannot deny its "intelligence interest" in the targeted killing program or continue its argument that the program's literal existence remains a secret...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Teachers Prepare 'Civil Disobedience' Tactics to Fight School Closings
An announcement from Chicago this week reveals that teachers are preparing to ramp up their fight to save the shuttering of as many as 129 schools across the city, putting their bodies on the line in order to fight back on behalf of their students and the communities where
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[title] Protesters Fight to be Heard in Dismantled Michigan Democracy
Pastor David Bullock, national spokesperson fo the Change Agent Consortium, talks with Rachel Maddow about objection to Michigan's emergency manager law and "traffic slow-down protests" to raise awareness fo the dismantling of democracy in Michigan.
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[field_image_caption-raw] EU Vote Allows 'Disastrous Chemical Armageddon' on Bees to Continue
The "disastrous chemical armageddon on bees" is going to continue, according to one campaigner, after the European Union failed to reach a decision on Friday on the ban of three widely used insecticides linked to the decline of the pollinators.
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[title] Iraq 10 Years On: A Photographer's Story of War
Award-winning photographer Sean Smith describes the experience of being on the frontline in Iraq and explains why he was driven to return again and again. His photos are a bloody and unmediated record of the Iraq war and a reminder of the importance of photography.
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[field_image_caption-raw] North Dakota's Efforts to Ban Abortion Put Women Back 100 Years
State legislators in North Dakota are on the verge of passing the most regressive measure in the nation aimed at outlawing a women's right to an abortion after only five weeks of pregnancy. As Bloomberg reports :
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[field_image_caption-raw] New 'Costs of War' Report: Hundreds of Thousands Dead, Trillions Spent
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