News for 2014-05-15

Thursday, May 15, 2014
[title] Rising Voices for a New Economy
Last month, thousands of activists from across the country gathered in Washington DC for the National People's Action Conference. The conference, dubbed "Rising Voices for a New Economy" was an opportunity for activists and organizers from around the country to meet, share their stories and plan...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Brown at 60': Segregation Plaguing US Schools: Report
Six decades after the formal desegregation of U.S. schools, segregation along lines of race and class continues to plague nation-wide education, according to a report released Thursday by the UCLA’s Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles. Entitled Brown at 60: Great Progress, a Long Retreat...
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Photo: chesapeakeclimate/cc/flickr What the Frack? Groups Slam Favorable Federal Review of LNG Export Terminal
Environmental and community groups are crying foul on Thursday following the release of a federal assessment stating that a proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal will cause no environmental harm. Dominion, the energy company that has proposed the LNG export project in Cove Point,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Will Congress Rescind President's 'Blank Check' for Endless War?
The " blank check " to declare war handed to the U.S. president in the immediate aftermath of the September 11th, 2001 attacks is attracting growing scrutiny in Congress. As lawmakers advance measures to repeal and change this authorization, peace and justice campaigners say they are hopeful these...
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[field_image_caption-raw] California's Groundwater Depletion Could Mean More Earthquakes
Groundwater depletion from California's thirsty agriculture industry could cause increased earthquake risks, a new study shows. Published online Wednesday in the journal Nature , the study explores how the water draining leads to a sinking of the ground by a few millimeters yearly in the drought-...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rage in Turkey: "It's Not an Accident. It's Murder."
Anger and public protest spread across Turkey on Thursday as family members in the city of Soma began burying the victims of the nation's worst ever mining disaster that has claimed the lives of more than 300 coal workers. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has become the main target of ire as his...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US “Political” Breakout Demand Could Derail Iran Nuclear Talks
WASHINGTON - As diplomats began drafting a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme and Western sanctions in Vienna Tuesday, U.S. officials were poised to demand a drastic cut in Iran’s enrichment capabilities that is widely expected to deadlock the negotiations. Iran is almost...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pipeline Bursts in LA Neighborhood Spewing Thousands of Gallons of Crude
Thousands of gallons of crude oil spewed into the streets of a Los Angeles area neighborhood on Thursday following the rupture of an above ground pipeline, according to the LA Fire Department. The crude shot up 20 feet into the air and covered a roughly half-mile area in Atwater Village, according...
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Historic Vote, FCC Advances Rules to Kill 'Open Internet'
Despite national outcry and protests both outside and inside a packed hearing room in Washington, DC, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor of advancing a set of rules that threaten the heart of the "open internet" by allowing the creation of "paid priority fast lanes,"...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gitmo Hunger Strikers: Don't Destroy Evidence of Our Torture
Men on hunger strike in the Guantanamo Bay offshore prison have asked a U.S. court to intervene to stop the military from destroying evidence of atrocities committed in the course of force-feedings. According to an emergency motion filed by the detainees on Tuesday, the Department of Defense...
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[title] Disastrous Record Shows Tank Car Hazard
Rachel Maddow illustrates the safety shortcomings of the rail tank cars that are used to in large number to ship highly flammable material including Bakken crude oil, pointing to accidents, explosions, and toothless warnings going back over decades.
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[field_image_caption-raw] World's Fast Food Workers Unite in Global Day of Protest
Fast food workers in 80 cities, both in the U.S. and around the globe, are demonstrating together on Thursday with demands for increased wages and better treatment from restaurants—dominated by international chains like McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, and others—that make billions in profit...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Outside FCC and Nationwide, a Single Call: "Save the Internet!"
Outside the Federal Communications Commission and around the country on Thursday, defenders of the "open internet" are rallying to protect the essence internet freedom by protesting proposed rule changes now under consideration at the FCC. Follow the day's action and developments on Twitter: Tweets...
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