News for 2014-04-16

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] Switzerland Makes Push for World's Highest Minimum Wage
Voters in Switzerland next month will decide if their nation enacts the world's highest minimum wage. In a national referendum, the Swiss could make the minimum wage $25 per hour, or 4000 francs per month.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nader Backs Laws Aimed at Ending 'Corporate Carnage'
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader announced last week he is supporting two corporate accountability bills aimed at warning the public about dangerous and deadly products and tracking corporate crimes. Introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the bills come in the wake of revelations of GM's deadly...
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[title] George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him Everywhere
News satire site The Onion created this video about the much-publicized new painting hobby of former President George W. Bush. Interjected in the mundane scenes from Bush's Texas ranch home is the ghostly image of an "undead Iraqi boy who lives in his nightmares," The Onion writes. According to the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Preemptive Strike, Oklahoma Bans Efforts to Increase Minimum Wage
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Fracking Boom Creating Crisis of Illegal Toxic Dumping
Industrial waste from fracking sites is leaving a "legacy of radioactivity" across the country as the drilling boom churns out more and more toxic byproducts with little to no oversight of the disposal process, critics warn.
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[title] IPCC Report Flawed By Narrow Focus on Carbon Emissions
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[field_image_caption-raw] Legacy of US Nuclear Weapons Still Killing Uranium Miners Decades Later: Study
The race by the U.S. and British governments to build nuclear arms and power plants in the 1970s has left behind a deadly—and largely ignored—legacy for those who worked at the world's oldest open-pit uranium mine in Namibia.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Jimmy Carter, Other Nobel Peace Laureates to Obama: Reject Keystone XL
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Environmental Injustice': Minorities Face Nearly 40% More Exposure to Toxic Air Pollution
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[field_image_caption-raw] $1,259: What Corporate Tax Dodgers Cost the Average Taxpayer
The average U.S. taxpayer would have to pay an extra $1,259 in taxes per year to make up for revenue lost to offshore tax havens and corporate tax dodgers, according to a report released by U.S. PIRG to mark Tax Day on Tuesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Civilians Dead in US Bombing: Afghan Officials
A U.S. air strike on a village in Eastern Afghanistan killed three civilians—a woman and two children—the Afghan president's office revealed Tuesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nation's Boldest GMO Label Law Nears Passage in Vermont
After a groundswell of support from state residents fueled by grassroots activism, Vermont is on track to become the first state to require the labeling of food that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). “This is a victory for everyone who eats.”
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[title] University of Maine Faculty Reinstated After Students Protest Against Cuts
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[field_image_caption-raw] CEO Pay Soars, Workers Toil in Capitalism's New Gilded Age
Here's the first number to know: 331. That, according to a new report , is the number of times more the average CEO in the United States made in 2013 compared to the average worker. Here's the second number: 774.
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[field_image_caption-raw] NYPD Shutters 'Muslim Spy Unit' But More Needed, says ACLU
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