News for 2014-08-13

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Feds Ignore Science, Imperiling Wolverines
Despite evidence that climate change threatens their habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that it was withdrawing a proposal to list North American wolverines as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Environmental groups decried the decision, saying it...
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ACLU Threatens Lawsuit Over Violations of Chelsea Manning's Rights
The medical needs and therefore constitutional rights of Chelsea Manning continue to be ignored during her incarceration, a fact that has prompted the threat of a lawsuit by her lawyer and the American Civil Liberties Union. Manning is currently serving a 35-year sentence at Ft. Leavenworth for...
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Analysts Say: Bike Share Programs Are Good For All
As city bike share programs sprout up in metropolitan areas nationwide and local governments attempt to tally the cost-benefit of such programs, analysts note that the "costs" of bike shares pale in comparison to the untold social and environmental costs of cars. According to a Reuters article...
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Following Israel's Assault on Gaza, 'Freedom Flotilla' to Sail Against Siege
Civil society groups from around the world say they are moving forward with plans to break the blockade on this besieged strip by sailing a "freedom flotilla" into Gaza Port.
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Snowden Reveals NSA Program Described as 'Last Straw' Before Leak
In an in-depth interview published by Wired Magazine on Wednesday, Edward Snowden discloses what government activities proved to be the "last straw," prompting the whistleblower to expose the depths of the National Security Agency's secret surveillance operation. Speaking with investigative...
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UN: Ukraine Death Toll Doubled in Past Week
The death toll from ongoing conflict in Ukraine has nearly doubled in the past week, the United Nations human rights office said Wednesday. A "very conservative estimate" indicates that as of Aug. 10, 2,086 have died, compared to 1,129 on July 26, spokesperson Cecile Pouilly told media. Pouilly...
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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Twitter Users Criticize Media Portrayals of Minority Deaths
In the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last weekend, a new movement on Twitter is criticizing media portrayals of young black Americans as thuggish and violent with the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. Started by Twitter user @...
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US Expanding Military Operations in Iraq
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Monday that Obama authorized 130 new military "assessors," who arrived in the Kurdish capital of Erbil Monday.
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