News for 2015-01-22

Thursday, January 22, 2015
'Doomsday Clock' Ticks Forward: Climate Change, Nuclear Weapons Push Humanity Closer Towards Global Catastrophe
Runaway climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons have pushed the world closer towards irreversible catastrophe, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Thursday, as the group pushed the symbolic Doomsday Clock forward to three minutes before midnight. The two factors "pose...
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Journalist Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison
Activist and journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced in a Dallas, Texas federal court Thursday to 63 months in federal prison and ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in restitution and fines. Brown, 33, pleaded guilty to charges of transmitting threats, accessory to a cyber attack, and obstruction of...
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On Roe vs. Wade Anniversary, GOP House Passes Vicious Assault on Women's Right to Choose
On the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade , which affirms a woman's Constitutional right to an abortion, House Republicans passed a far-reaching anti-choice bill that women's health advocates say would cause the entire insurance market to drop abortion coverage...
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Former McDonald's Workers Sue Over Racial Discrimination, Sexual Harassment
Ten former McDonald's employees filed a civil rights lawsuit against the fast food giant on Thursday over claims of racial discrimination and sexual harassment at three separate locations in Virginia. Nine black workers and one Hispanic worker say they were subjected to "rampant racial and sexual...
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Nearly 3 Million Gallons of Drilling Wastewater Spewed From ND Pipeline
A pipeline rupture earlier this month in North Dakota is now revealed to have spilled a possible record-setting amount of "brine" created as a byproduct of oil drilling, with the full impacts of the incident still unknown. The North Dakota Department of Health was notified of the Jan. 6 leak in...
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After SCOTUS Gutted Voting Rights Act, Is Fair Housing Act Next?
Civil rights groups and anti-poverty advocates are raising serious concerns after the U.S. Supreme Court hear orals arguments in case challenging the federal Fair Housing Act on Wednesday. The ultimate ruling in the case could have profound implications for those who benefit from the landmark...
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Netanyahu Side-Steps White House in Bid to Sabatoge Iran Talks
At the invitation of Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Washington in March to directly address Congress on Iran, side-stepping the White House in a maneuver that analysts say is aimed at sabotaging diplomatic talks. If negotiations...
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No Indictment for Fukushima Execs Who Presided Over Disaster
Japanese prosecutors will not indict three former Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) executives over their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster , a spokesman for Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office said Thursday. However, according to Reuters , "a rarely used citizens' panel could still...
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GOP Senators Admit Climate Change 'Not A Hoax' But Refuse to Blame Humans
The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate admitted on Wednesday night that climate change is not—as some Republicans have claimed in the past—"a hoax," but stopped short of attributing its causes to human activity, as scientists have done for close to 30 years. In fact, the Senate's most ardent climate denier...
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Yemeni President, Cabinet Resign Amid Deal With Rebels
Update (2:31pm EST): Yemeni President Abed Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, and members of the Yemeni cabinet reportedly resigned from power on Thursday after the president acquiesced to the demands of Shia Houthi rebels who stormed his palace and private home in Sana'a earlier this week...
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No Civil Rights Charges Expected in Ferguson Shooting: Reports
According to news reports, no federal civil rights charges will be filed in the case of white police officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri last summer. First reported by the New York Times on Wednesday afternoon, other news outlets...
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Attempt to Pass Extreme Abortion Law Backfires on GOP
Proving that its long-planned assault on a women's right to control their own bodies was too contentious even for some of its own members, the Republican majority in the House on Wednesday night withdrew plans to debate a bill that would have banned nearly all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy...
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