News for 2014-07-07

Monday, July 7, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] Coal Lawsuits Could "Devastate" Entire Mining Industry
Pending lawsuits in three states could have far-reaching implications for the coal-mining industry, as the U.S. Department of Interior has been charged with too quickly rubber-stamping coal-mining operations without adequate public input or consideration of pollution impact. Filed by the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rights Groups Call for Halt to 'Worst Since Jim Crow' Voting Law
Hundreds of people were turned away outside of a packed courtroom in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Monday where inside voting rights activists demanded a halt to what they said was the most restrictive voter suppression legislation since the Jim Crow era, local news reports. The plea, brought...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Tar Sands Contaminate First Nations' Foods, Give Residents Cancer
The development of Alberta oil sands is contaminating area wildlife, and as a result degrading the health of indigenous people in Canada's First Nations, including by contributing to higher cancer rates, according to a report released Monday by the University of Manitoba’s Environmental...
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[field_image_caption-raw] CIA Directly Involved in Germany Spying Operation
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) took part in a spying operation against Germany that led to the arrest of a double agent and has jeopardized its alliance with the U.S., Reuters reports . German authorities last week arrested an alleged "double agent" who confessed that he was paid by U.S...
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[title] Democracy Now! Goes Inside Embassy Refuge, Talks w/ Julian Assange on WikiLeaks, Snowden
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[field_image_caption-raw] Members of Congress Declare "Immunity" from Insider Trading Probe
The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee is refusing to cooperate with an insider trading investigation, saying its employees are “absolutely immune” from having to comply with subpoenas from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). U.S. District Court Judge Paul Gardephe ordered the committee...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Profiteers Cashing In on Nation's Catastrophic Water Crisis
America's food growing regions face a crisis of "catastrophic" proportions as historic drought continues to drive the nation's largest water reserves to record lows. Amidst the shortages, private landowners are facing harsh criticism for seeking profits from this dwindling public resource. “We’re...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Demanding End to 'Toxic Testing,' Teachers Call for Duncan's Resignation
The National Education Association (NEA) has approved a national campaign to roll back the “test blame and punish” policies that have dominated education policy in recent decades and have called for the resignation of Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, who the union says has spearheaded the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] "Super PAC to End Super PACs" Hits Goal, Takes Aim at Dark Money Politics
The Mayday PAC, a progressive campaign finance reform project aimed at reducing the influence of a wealthy few in U.S. politics, met an ambitious $5 million goal on July 4. When he launched the project earlier this year, Harvard Law professor and Internet activist Lawrence Lessig advised people to...
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[title] Is This the Dawn of a Renewable Energy Revolution?
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[field_image_caption-raw] KGB Defector's Trove of Cold War Secrets Made Public
The near complete collection of transcribed notes of Vasili Mitrokhin , a senior KGB official who defected to the UK with a trove of gathered Soviet intelligence information in the early nineties, have finally been made public. After being held under lock and key by the Churchill Archives Centre at...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israeli Bombs Kill At Least Nine Palestinians in Gaza
Israeli airstrikes in Gaza overnight have left at least nine Palestinians dead, according to Hamas officials. Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for the Hamas government, told the Ma'an news agency that six of its fighters were killed by Israeli airstrikes on a tunnel in Rafah overnight. Zuhri...
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