News for 2014-07-23

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government "Watchlist"
“A source within the intelligence community” has leaked the government’s secret guidebook to how it adds names to and manages its controversial terrorist “watchlist” and was published in full by The Intercept on Wednesday. Reported by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, the 166-page document (pdf)...
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Screengrab from video showing NYPD putting Eric Garner in a chokehold Scrutiny Over NYPD Tactics After Chokehold Death of Unarmed Man
New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Wednesday that every member of the department will undergo mandatory retraining on the use of force after the death of Eric Garner, a Long Island man who died in police custody after being put into a chokehold—a move that has been...
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'New Gold Rush' for Riches Takes Aim at Deep Ocean
A new gold rush for mineral riches lurking in the deep sea continues, as a United Nations organization has given the green light to seven new applications for exploratory seabed mining work permits. The International Seabed Authority, a Kingston, Jamaica-based body established under the UN...
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US Leads World in Climate Change Denial
Even as the planet continues to grow warmer — with June 2014 the hottest June on record — just 54 percent of Americans agree with this statement: “The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity,” according to a U.K.-based research firm's study . This makes the U...
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Pennsylvania Fracking Regulators 'Woefully' Unprepared, Says State Audit
Placing the health and wellbeing of Pennsylvania residents at great risk, the state’s environmental regulatory body is "woefully" unprepared to monitor and regulate the shale oil and gas drilling boom, charged a report released by the state’s Inspector General on Tuesday. According to the audit,...
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Industry Pushes EPA to Roll Back Power Plant Regulations
Coal industry and business giants are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to backpedal on its proposed regulation of existing power plant emissions, despite warnings from environmental experts that the limits already do not go far enough to stave off climate crisis. Partnership for a Better...
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 Image: Mashable composite. Getty Creative, , neyro2008 Apple Denies It Built NSA a Backdoor for 600 Million Devices
After Jonathan Zdziarski, a computer security researcher, presented an academic paper last week revealing previously-unknown backdoors in Apple's iOS software running on hundreds of millions of iPhone an iPad devices, Apple has gone on the defensive by publicly stating it did not wittingly create a...
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Violence and Political Upheaval Plunge Iraq Deeper into Chaos
Iraq's Parliament delayed its vote for a new president Wednesday, following an overnight bombing in Baghdad that killed more than 30 people, including many civilians. Islamic State, the al Qaeda offshoot that is leading the insurgency and currently controls about one-third of the country, claimed...
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CDC Head: Age of Antibiotic Resistance Is Nigh
"If we're not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era. And in fact for some patients and some pathogens, we're already there," said Dr. Tom Frieden.
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UN Human Rights Chief: Israel Assault on Gaza Resembles 'War Crimes'
The United Nation's top official on human rights said on Wednesday that Israel's military assault on the Gaza Strip may constitute "war crimes" for its widespread practice of targeting civilian areas. After two weeks of bombing, the Israeli assault has now claimed an estimated 680 Palestinians...
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Gaza Under Fire – a Humanitarian Disaster
GAZA CITY - As a result of over two weeks of Israeli bombardment, thousands of Palestinian civilians have fled their homes in the north of Gaza and sought refuge in schools run by the UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees. Among the worst affected are Gazan children who have been forced...
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Airliner Shot Down 'By Mistake' say US Officials
New comments from high-level U.S. officials and portions of declassified intelligence information released on Tuesday indicates—contrary to earlier comments by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry—that Russia had no direct involvement in last week's Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 disaster in which 298...
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