News for 2013-03-22

Friday, March 22, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] North Dakota Passes Slew of Anti-Abortion Legislation
North Dakota could be headed towards banning abortion in the state after the state legislature passed a so-called "personhood" resolution on Friday, the latest in a series of legislation chipping away at women's reproductive rights.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Senate’s Big Oil Benefactors' Slammed for Keystone XL Vote
Updated (6:42 pm): In a 62-37 vote late Friday, the US Senate passed a non-binding amendment calling for the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Environmental groups and climate activists were quick to condemn the vote, but said the "symbolic vote" was valuable because it revealed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Levy on Deposits 'Back on Table' as Cyprus Reels
A week of nervous panic and public outrage continued in Cyprus on Friday as government ministers said a bailout deal was again close to being reached between the island nation and its creditors from mainland Europe. The country's banks remain closed until next week, but the furor caused by an...
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[title] Living and Breathing in the Shadow of Chevron
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[field_image_caption-raw] NYPD Racist Quotas Revealed in 'Stop and Frisk' Trial
New York police officers testifying before a federal court this week said that racist quotas imposed by ranking officers are behind the police department's controversial stop-and-frisk program, confirming years of accusations made by civil rights and community advocates that the department's...
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[field_image_caption-raw] EPA Favors 'Bee-Toxic Pesticides' Over Future of Food, Groups Charge
Arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency has failed in its obligation to protect the nation's bee population—one of the Earth's most vital pollinators—from dangerous pesticides, a group of beekeepers and environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court saying the EPA's inaction is...
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[field_image_caption-raw] More Evidence Guantanamo Will Be Open Indefinitely
Death is increasingly looking like the only way out for detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison. Charlie Savage reports in the New York Times on Friday: The United States Southern Command [SouthCom] has requested $49 million to build a new prison building at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for “special”...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Shrouded in Secrecy': US Soldiers, Drones Proliferate in Niger
Though "shrouded in secrecy," operations at the new US drone base in the West African country of Niger appear to be in full swing.
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[title] Kucinich, Ratner: We Should Be Standing Up and Screaming Over Guantánamo
As U.S. officials have continued to downplay the scope and significance of the ongoing Guantánamo prisoner hunger strike this week, critics urge President Obama, once again, to close the indefinite detention facility once and for all. Michael Ratner on the Real News: Denniss Kucinich on RT:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Change Now Seen as Security Threat Worldwide
WASHINGTON - Defence establishments around the world increasingly see climate change as posing potentially serious threats to national and international security, according to a review of high-level statements by the world’s governments released here Thursday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] A Growing Drought for Some, Flood Warnings for Others, says New Report
In a report released Thursday, the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) warned that the drought that plagued the U.S. in 2012 will continue this year and that extreme weather—a mix of continued dryness in some areas, flooding in others and the destructive interplay of a warming...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 3 Dead After Shooting, Standoff at US Marine Base in Virginia
Three US Marines are dead this morning following a shooting inside barracks at the Quantico military base in northern Virginia. According to reports, the shooter was a Marine himself and killed two fellow soldiers before turning the gun on himself. The Associated Press reports :
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