News for 2014-01-20

Monday, January 20, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] Another Reason to Love Big, Old Trees
Large, old trees are better at "sequestering" carbon than previously thought, in some cases absorbing as much CO2 as is in a smaller tree each year, according to a study published last week in the journal Nature .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama: Drug Enforcement Wrongly Targets 'Select Few'
As proof that the growing consensus against the War on Drugs and the criminalization of marijuana use has reached the upper echelon's of influence, President Barack Obama said in an interview published Sunday that current drug enforcement wrongly punishes "a select few."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Smuggled Evidence Shows 'Industrial-Scale Killing' of Syrian Prisoners
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[field_image_caption-raw] TEPCO: Fukushima Leak Likely Radioactive Cooling Water
The highly radioactive water leaking from the No. 3 building of the ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant is probably the water that is used to cool melted nuclear fuel, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced Sunday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] EU Mobilizes Troops for 'Crisis of Epic Proportions'
Up to 1000 military troops will head to the crisis-stricken Central African Republic, European Union foreign ministers decided Monday. The troops will join French and African troops already on the ground.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Devastating Weather Events' to Double Due to Global Warming
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[field_image_caption-raw] Global Warming a 'Clear and Present Danger': Scientist
"We know the climate is warming. We know that humans are now in the driver’s seat of the climate system. We know that, over the next century, if nothing is done to rein in emissions, temperatures will likely increase enough to profoundly change the planet."
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[field_image_caption-raw] #Day2Dream: Airport Workers Channel MLK in March for Higher Pay
Airport workers in New York were arrested Monday for blocking traffic on the 94th St. bridge in a united show of civil disobedience against working conditions which they say are an "affront to Dr. King's legacy."
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Japan, Mayor's Re-Election Adds Fuel to Resistance to US Militarism
Following decades of protest against the controversial U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan, plans to move that base to a different location on the island faced new challenges Sunday after the re-election of a mayor who has promised to block the move.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bowing to 'US PR Concerns,' UK Court Blocks Lawsuit for Drone Death
A UK court has blocked a lawsuit against the British government for participating in U.S. drone strikes on the grounds the case would make the U.S. look bad.
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[field_image_caption-raw] The Global Elite: Rigging the Rules That Fuel Inequality
The global elite have rigged the rules so that "economic growth looks more like a winner-take-all system" that undermines democracy and threatens future generations with a "cascade of privilege and disadvantage," a new report from Oxfam states.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Now Deemed 'Safe,' Water Supply Sickens Over a Hundred W. Virginia Residents
Over a hundred West Virginia residents were treated by the hospital over the weekend, days after the local utility finished flushing the water system and lifted the ban imposed after a toxic coal cleaner was spilled in the region's water supply.
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[title] Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words
Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15th, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause...
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