News for 2014-06-05

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Genetically Modified Crops Fueling Decline of Monarch Butterflies: Report
The monarch butterflies' numbers have been plummeting in recent years, and a new study has pointed to the likely main culprit: loss of its summer habitat as a result of genetically modified crops. The findings from researchers with the University of Guelph were published Wednesday in the Journal of...
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'Unprecedented': Critics Assail Kafkaesque Secret Trial in UK
For the first time in the UK's modern legal history, two men could face an entirely secret criminal trial for terrorism charges, their identities, the proceedings, and the verdict concealed from the public record. First reported Wednesday, the blackout sparked alarm among human rights campaigners,...
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Appeals Court Rejects BP, Anadarko Attempt to Skirt Blame for Gulf Disaster
A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected BP and Anadarko Petroleum's efforts to evade billions of dollars in fines for Clean Water Act violations for the millions of barrels of oil that spewed from their well in the 2010 Gulf disaster. The opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth...
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[title] They Knew Our Secrets. One Year Later, We Know Theirs.
One year ago, the world had never heard of Edward Snowden, and we knew very little about the breathtaking scope of U.S. government surveillance. One year later, we are in a very different place. Since the first Snowden disclosure was published on June 5, 2013, we have learned that our government is...
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'Walmart Moms' Strike Rejects Retailer's Family-Friendly Claims
Under the banner of " Walmart moms ," mothers who work at Walmart launched strikes in 20 cities across the United States on Wednesday to protest what they say are poverty wages and routine policies of retaliation against workers who organize. From Chicago to Pittsburgh to Miami, the mass actions...
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Brazil Readies 'RoboCop' Riot Squads for World Cup Protests
As Brazilians opposed to outrageous sums of public money spent on preparations for the upcoming World Cup protest with marches and strikes, the nation's government and its police forces are boasting that they have planned for all contingencies ahead of the games, including plans to clamp down on...
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[title] Is The U.S. Headed Toward Another Recession?
Economists Dean Baker from CEPR and Robert Pollin from PERI say that the U.S. economy remains weak 5 years after the recession, despite recent job growth, due to low wages and weakened unions.
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'We Are Resetting the Net to Shut Off Mass Surveillance'
To mark the one-year anniversary of the first reporting based on information revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on June 5, 2013, privacy advocates, organizations, and technology companies all over the world on Thursday are participating in 'Reset The Net '—an online day of action in which...
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3 Police Dead in Shooting Rampage That Shocks Canada
Canadian law enformcement officials are conducting an intense manhunt Thursday morning after what appears to be a lone individual went on a shooting rampage at a residential area in the eastern town of Moncton, New Brunswick Wednesday night that left 3 Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers dead...
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