News for 2014-06-09

Monday, June 9, 2014
Overwhelming Majority of Americans Say: 'Just Label It!'
New Consumers Report poll finds that 92 percent of respondents want the government to require labeling of genetically engineered foods.
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Obama Announces Executive Action on Student Loans
President Barack Obama on Monday announced a series of executive steps he was taking to tackle the $1.2 trillion student debt crisis, including the expansion of a federal program that puts a cap on monthly loan payments. The first of the three steps outlined was the expansion to those with older...
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[title] EPIC FAIL: A Short History of Privatization in Ontario, Canada
When it comes to value for money no government policy of the past 20 years has a worse track record than privatization. The Ornge boondoggle, the gas plant scandal, Walkerton, e-Health, the Teranet fire sale, the Highway 407 giveaway, cutting corners on highway maintenance -- the list goes on and...
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Visionaries Imagine a New York City 'Designed for Free Speech'
What does a space for free speech look and feel and sound like?" This is the question that artists, performers, and architects are taking on in an ongoing design competition and exhibition, organized by Theatrum Mundi and the American Institute of Architects—New York , in which participants "...
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Human Rights Watch: Israeli Shooting of Teens a 'War Crime'
The May 15 shooting of two Palestinian teens by Israeli forces may amount to a war crime, Human Rights Watch stated Monday. Nadim Nawareh and Mohammed Salameh, both 17* years old, were marking the Nakba or "catastrophe" by participating in a demonstration near the Ofer military prison in the West...
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State Takes Bold Stand Against Consumer Plastic Pollution
In what many hope is the beginning of a "nationwide movement" against plastic pollution, Illinois on Sunday became the first state to sign a law banning plastic "microbeads." Commonly found in personal care products, microbeads are miniscule plastic fragments that easily escape sewage filtration...
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Concern Grows as Military Weapons Flood Police Departments
Under the Obama administration, surplus weapons from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—from grenade launchers to machine guns to silencers—have militarized police departments across the United States at unprecedented levels, the New York Times revealed in an investigation published Sunday. Pentagon...
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[title] A Brief History of GI Resistance During the Vietnam War
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nearly 30 Dead in Pakistan After Assault on Major Airport
An overnight gun battle at the main airport in Karachi left nearly thirty people dead as the Taliban claimed responsibility and said the brazen assault was retribution for the killing earlier this year of a key leader by a U.S. drone. Pakistan Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid claimed his group'...
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Vegas Cop Killers Awash in Anti-Government, Rightwing Conspiracy
Law enforcement officials in Las Vegas have named a married couple, Jared Miller and Amanda Woodruff Miller, as the two people behind Sunday's shooting spree in a Las Vegas shopping center. A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Department described the two as being motivated by the idea that "law...
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Kerry Indicates Drone Targeting of Freed Taliban Soldiers
Responding to questions and criticisms surrounding the recent prisoner exchange of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban soldiers, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to quell concerns about those fighters "returning to the battlefield" by boasting of his government's ability...
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