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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
US Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Killed by ISIS
According to reports, U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff has been killed by fighters with the Islamic State after a video purporting to show his beheading death was released and flagged on Tuesday by the SITE Intelligence Group , a research group that tracks jihadist web postings. Sotloff, 31, a...
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Challenge to Sweeping NSA Dragnet Reaches Highest Court Yet
Lawyers for the ACLU on Tuesday presented arguments before a federal court as they challenged the U.S. government's claimed authority to bulk collect and search America's cell phone data , which the group argues is unconstitutional and exceeds Congressional authority provided by the Patriot Act. “...
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As Expected, Big Money Flood Grows Bigger in Wake of McCutcheon Ruling
Five months after the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling struck down certain limits to the campaign contributions, the election cycle is already flooded with more money from wealthy individuals that would not have been allowed prior to the decision. By the end of...
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Dumping Plan Scrapped, But Coal Terminal's Threat to Great Barrier Reef Remains
After international outcry and fierce opposition from environmental groups, developers of Australia's Abbot Point coal terminal are reportedly scrapping plans to dump millions of tons of dredged sediment on the Great Barrier Reef. According to the Australian Financial Review , the developers—North...
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'No Escape': Alarming Cancer Rates at Prison Built Next to Toxic Coal Dump
A report released by human rights groups in Pennsylvania on Tuesday questions whether cancer rates and other serious health ailments among inmates at a maximum security state prison are connected to an adjacent coal waste dump. If so, the breach of environmental justice could necessitate shutting...
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US Bombs Somalia in Drone Attack
The Pentagon confirmed that U.S. forces bombed a location in Somalia on Monday, though spokesperson Rear Adm. John Kirby said the "results of the operation" were still being assessed and that additional information would only be provided to the public "as and when appropriate." Reuters reports : An...
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NATO's "Military Hysteria" Undermines Hope for Peace in Ukraine, says Russia
In response to threats from NATO that it will be expanding its military capabilities eastward, Russia on Tuesday countered by saying such moves will only result in military recalibrations of its own. Ahead of a NATO summit scheduled for later this week and citing repeated announcements by NATO...
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