News for 2013-05-03

Friday, May 3, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Rhode Island Legalizes Marriage Equality
Rhode Island has become the 10th state to legalize marriage for LGBT couples. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a marriage equality bill into law Thursday following its passage in the state House. State Rep. Frank Ferri, a longtime advocate of same-sex marriage, spoke shortly before the vote...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's Former Communications Director's Firm Does PR For Keystone XL Pipeline, Tar Sands Rail Transport
Double-dipping is a "no go" in the real world of eating chips and salsa with a circle of friends but an everyday reality in the world of lobbyists and PR professionals.
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[title] Will Obama Close Guantanamo?
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'There Is No Alternative' to Austerity, Troika Reiterates
Members of the "troika" continue to trumpet austerity as the only way forward despite the massive unemployment and anger at the policies that have catalyzed protests across Europe. "There is no alternative to austerity," International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde told Swiss...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Killer Air: Study Links Pollution to Heart Disease, Stroke
Air pollution suffocates. Its effect on breathing is clear. But the impact of fumes, car exhaust and other particulates on other organs is less established. A new study which appears in the April issue of PLoS Medicine found that long-term exposure to air pollution similarly suffocates our primary...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Killer Robots' on the Rise, UN Warns
Beware. "Killer robots" are on the rise, and not to be taken lightly, warns the U.N. Human Rights Commission in a draft report announced this week, which highlights the ongoing development of autonomous robots for use in combat by the world's leading military powers.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Worse Than Syria'? Civil War in Iraq 'Has Already Started'
“It is wrong to say [Iraq is] getting close to a civil war... The civil war has already started.”
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[field_image_caption-raw] 1,856 to Zero: Secret Spy Court Authorizes 100% of US Government Requests
A secret federal court last year did not deny a single request to search or electronically spy on people within the United States "for foreign intelligence purposes," according to a Justice Department report this week.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Profits Over Water: 'State of Seige' Declared in Guatemala
In a crackdown on mining protests, Guatemala declared a 30-day "state of siege" on Thursday in four areas of the country, suspending people's constitutional rights and sending in hundreds of police officers and thousands of soldiers following weeks of violence. Reuters reports that
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Things Could Get Ugly': Fracking Set to Escalate US Water Wars
A new study released Thursday shows that a "significant portion" of fracking, a water intensive process, is happening in already water-stressed regions of the United States—most prominently Texas and Colorado, "which are both in the midst of prolonged drought conditions."
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[title] Anti-Activist 'Ag-Gag' Laws Under Fire
Twenty-five year-old Amy Meyer was being prosecuted for allegedly recording cellphone video showing the butchering of cows at a slaughterhouse in Utah. The country's first ever attempt at prosecuting someone under "Ag-Gag" laws was dropped on Tuesday, however, after prosecutors in Meyer's case...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Study Links Pesticides to Honey Bee Deaths, but EPA Won't Call for Ban
WASHINGTON - A major study by the U.S.
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[field_image_caption-raw] As Death Toll Rises Beyond 500, Garment Factory Disaster 'Worst in World History'
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