News for 2014-08-25

Monday, August 25, 2014
Snowden Documents Reveal NSA's 'Own Secret Google'
The National Security Agency has for years been giving hundreds of billions of telecommunications records about foreigners and U.S. citizens to dozens of government bureaus, the Intercept reported on Monday. Documents linked to Edward Snowden's leak last year, obtained by the Intercept , show the...
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Groups to FCC: Don't Let Comcast Become Nation's Media 'Gatekeeper'
Sixty-five consumer, social justice, and media reform organizations on Monday released an open letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable on the basis that it would "inevitably lead to unprecedented gatekeeper control over...
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ESPN Says Announcers Do Not Have to Say 'Redskins' on Air
Sports announcers will not have to say the name of Washington’s professional football team on the air while commentating on games, ESPN said Saturday. ESPN made the decision after Keith Olbermann challenged the sports network to institute a policy similar to that which has been adopted by...
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Officials Warn of Possible Second Outbreak as Ebola Confirmed in Fifth Country
Scientists are racing to confirm if an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which officials confirmed on Sunday, is a different strain than that which has killed nearly 1,500 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, potentially raising the specter of the crisis to two...
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WaPo: Governments Exploit Cell Phone Technology to Track Users Worldwide
A "burgeoning, multibillion-dollar surveillance industry" is making technology available to governments around the world that lets them "track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cell phone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent," a Washington Pos t investigation shows. On...
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Elevated Rates of Thyroid Cancer Found in Fukushima Youth
The number of Fukushima youth diagnosed with definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer now reaches 104, according to a Japanese newspaper's analysis of government data. There were 300,000 total youth in the Fukushima prefecture who were aged 18 or younger at the time of the 2011 Fukushima...
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Michael Brown's Funeral Unites Family, Activists, Mourners
As activists and mourners in Ferguson, Missouri prepared for Michael Brown's funeral on Monday, his father, Michael Brown, Sr., asked the community to suspend its protests for the day to ensure a peaceful procession. "All I want is peace while my son is being laid to rest," Brown told the crowd...
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In Defiant Action, Pipeline Protesters Lock Themselves to Trucks
Demanding a halt to pipeline corporation Enbridge's continued expansion of Line 6B—which ruptured in 2010, spilling over one million gallons of tar sands oil and diluting chemicals into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River—two activists Monday morning locked themselves to a pipeline construction...
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New York’s Homeless Pushed Deeper into the Shadows
Joe sits on newspapers spread on the sidewalk by the entrance to midtown’s Grand Central Station. His head rests in his hands, only looking up when coins from passersby clink into his paper cup. “A shelter is like a prison without guards,” he says, when asked why he was out on the street. “I’m done...
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