News for 2014-04-17

Thursday, April 17, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] BP Says Gulf Cleanup Over. Not by a Long Shot, say Others
BP announced on Tuesday it was ending "active shoreline cleanup" from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 people, spewed millions of gallons of oil, contaminated beaches and ecosystems, and unleashed ongoing threats to marine life.
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[title] University Sit-In Targets World's Largest Private Coal Company
Student organizer Caroline Burney and journalist Jeff Biggers join The Real News Network to discuss the more than week long sit-in against Washington University's ties with Peabody Energy, the largest private coal mining company in the world
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[field_image_caption-raw] Thousands of Schools in 'Shadow of Risky Chemical Facilities'
Ten thousand schools housing 4.6 million children in the U.S.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Snowden to Putin: Are You Guilty of Mass Surveillance?
NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden appeared Thursday on Russian state television via video link, where he posed a question to Vladimir Putin's during the president's annual question-and-answer program: Is the Russian government spying on millions of people? Putin side-stepped the question.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Unconstitutional': Judge Strikes Down Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Law
A federal judge on Wednesday struck down North Dakota's "fetal heartbeat" law, seen as the most restrictive abortion ban in the country.
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[field_image_caption-raw] How One State Is Taking On The Micro-Plastics Polluting Its Waterways
They are the tiny beads and pieces of plastic found in facial scrubs and other cleansing projects. And now they are washing down the drain and spreading from sewage systems into oceans, gulfs, lakes, and rivers around the world, where they are adding to plastic pollution that threatens those...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Third Report in Three Days Shows Scale of Fracking Perils
The fracking industry is having a bad week.
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[title] Billionaires: The Opinions That Really Matter
A new study shows that the average voter’s opinion matter very little when it comes to policy. Billionaires, however, are a different story.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Lavabit, Company That Defied NSA Surveillance, Loses Appeal
The encrypted email service Lavabit, which founder Ladar Levison chose to close down rather than give government agencies access to its customers private data, lost a federal appeal on Wednesday when the Fourth District Court upheld a lower ruling that that the company should be held in contempt...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ukraine Talks Result in Agreement to "De-escalate Tensions"
UPDATE (1:14 PM EST): Tentative agreement reached in Geneva
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[field_image_caption-raw] Has Afghanistan Turned a Political Corner?
JALALABAD, Afghanistan - The Afghanistan presidential election is turning out to be a tale of two narratives. The more positive and democratic one could be winning the day.
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