News for 2014-04-29

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] Victory for Millions as High Court Rules Against Cross-State Pollution
In what is being hailed as a major victory for public health, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate cross-state air emissions from polluting factories and power plants. In a 6-2 decision, the Court upheld the Cross-State Air Pollution...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Trailblazing Church Leads Challenge to North Carolina Same Sex Marriage Ban
A mainline Protestant denomination is leading a landmark challenge to North Carolina's ban on same sex marriage, charging that it is unconstitutional and restricts the ministers' freedom of religion. The Cleveland-headquartered United Church of Christ (UCC), which in 2005 adopted a marriage rights...
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[title] As Unrest Grows, Is Ukraine Paying Price of US-Russian Cold War?
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[field_image_caption-raw] Miscarriage Risk Rises with BPA Exposure, Study Finds
Women exposed to high levels of bisphenol A early in their pregnancy had an 83 percent greater risk of miscarriage than women with the lowest levels, according to new research. The scientists said their new study adds to evidence that low levels of the ubiquitous chemical, used to make...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greenpeace Readies to Confront First Arctic Oil Shipment
The first Arctic oil is making its way towards Europe, and environmental campaign group Greenpeace International announced that it is preparing to confront that shipment as part of its ongoing fight to save the Arctic . Russian's state-owned Gazprom sent off on April 18 70,000 tons of oil from the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Explosion Rocks Ship Set to Sail Against Gaza Blockade
Gaza's Ark—a freedom flotilla aimed at breaking the Israeli blocked from within this besieged strip—was rocked by an explosion early Tuesday, partially sinking the vessel weeks before it was to set sail from the Gaza Port. According to a statement from Gaza's Ark, no one was injured in the blast,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Food Defenders Protest Corporate Takeover of 'Organic' Standards
Champions of organic food brought the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting to a halt on Tuesday as they raised their voices against what they see as the takeover of the organic standards by the corporate food industry. The NOSB—an advisory board to the USDA and designed to represent...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Number of Innocent People Sentenced to Death Much Higher Than Thought
At least one in 25 people sentenced to death in the United States is innocent. So finds a damning study published Monday in leading scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The authors, hailing from Pennsylvania and Michigan, employ a statistical technique called "...
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[title] On Racism In Sports, History Is a Reference
Rachel Maddow reviews some of the landmark instances of racism by owners of American professional sports teams, including this weekend’s scandal surrounding L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and how Sterling’s personal history defines his case.
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[field_image_caption-raw] NYT: Snowden Retained 'Espionage Act' Attorney
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to the New York Times , sought the legal counsel of an attorney expert in criminal cases related to the 'U.S. Espionage Act,' under which the Justice Department has filed multiple charges against him. "[Snowden] does not believe that the ‘felon’ label is...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Senate Agrees: US People Can't Know Overseas Drone Death Toll
The Senate Intelligence Committee and the Obama administration agree on this: the American people should not know the number of people killed by U.S. drone attacks overseas, nor should they hope to understand the circumstances under which such lethal killings are authorized or executed. This high-...
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