News for 2013-12-03

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] ALEC Facing 'Funding Crisis' Following Public Scrutiny
On Tuesday, the day before the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will convene with hundreds of state legislators and corporate representatives for a "states and nation policy summit" in Washington, The Guardian newspaper has published a series of ALEC documents that reveal the group is...
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[title] Closure of Lone Power Plant Cripples Already Besieged Gaza Strip
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[field_image_caption-raw] A Sign of the Times? UN Launches First Drone
For the first time, peacekeepers with the United Nations launched a surveillance drone on Tuesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Poland Faces Charges for Complicity in CIA Torture
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[field_image_caption-raw] Judge OK's Detroit Bankruptcy, Puts Public Pensions Under the Axe
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[field_image_caption-raw] Defying Security State, Guardian Editor Defends Importance of Free Press
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[title] H2Oil: Postcard from Colorado
In September 2013, Colorado's Front Range area was hit by an unprecedented rainfall and massive floods. This Postcard from Climate Change shows the impact on fracked wells in Weld County, home to the highest density of oil and gas wells in the United States.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chimpanzees, Habeas Corpus, and the "Un-Human" Right to Be Un-Caged
An animal rights group has filed one petition and will continue to file others in a New York court this week demanding that a number of chimpanzees held captive in the state be granted status as "cognitively complex autonomous legal person[s] with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned."
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[field_image_caption-raw] #PensionTheft: Public Workers Under Attack in Illinois
A critical vote for past, current, and future public workers is set to take place in the Illinois General Assembly today and if Governor Pat Quinn gets his way and deep cuts are made to the pension and retirement rules, critics worry that similar efforts to strip workers of their earned retirement...
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