News for 2016-02-26

Friday, February 26, 2016
Alabama Just Passed Fast-Tracked Bill Blocking Any City From Raising Minimum Wage
Workers in Alabama's biggest city were days away from having their minimum wage lifted. And then state lawmakers swiftly crushed Birmingham's increase—and any other city's potential effort to do the same. As local news ABC3340 reports , Earlier this week, Birmingham City Council passed an ordinance...
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New Report Shows How ICE Neglect Makes Detention a 'Death Sentence'
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) failed to implement critical reforms to medical care standards at its migrant detention centers, which contributed to the deaths of eight people between 2010 and 2012, civil and human rights groups said on Friday. A report published jointly by the ACLU...
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Snyder's Advisers Knew Flint Water Was Toxic
Reigniting calls for Rick Snyder's resignation, emails released Friday reveal that advisers to the Michigan governor knew that Flint's water was toxic as far back as October 2014. "My Mom is a City resident. Nice to know she's drinking water with elevated chlorine levels and fecal coliform," the...
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Republicans Rebuked for Utter 'Perversion of Constitutional Duties'
Scores of organizations representing a wide range of interests have denounced Republican obstructionism on a Supreme Court nominee, writing to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Republican members on Friday that their "unprecedented and destructive" decision represents "a dereliction of...
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World's Carbon Budget is Only Half As Big As Thought
Climate scientists have bad news for governments, energy companies, motorists, passengers and citizens everywhere in the world: to contain global warming to the limits agreed by 195 nations in Paris last December, they will have to cut fossil fuel combustion at an even faster rate than anybody had...
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California's "Monster" Gas Leak Was Largest in US History, Study Shows
The Aliso Canyon natural gas well blowout, which lasted for months and sickened scores of nearby residents, has been confirmed as the largest methane leak in history.
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Clinton Promises 'Absolutely, Absolutely' Nothing to Worry About in Wall Street Speeches
From the New York Times editorial board to a Republican-friendly super PAC, it appears unease is widespread over Hillary Clinton's continued refusal to release transcripts of recent paid speeches she gave to some of Wall Street's most powerful firms. In a sharply-worded editorial in Friday's print...
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New Report Issues Dire Warning About Global Decline in Pollinators
Pollinators worldwide, from bees and butterflies to beetles and bats, are facing a grim state of affairs. Factors such climate change and land use changes are driving many pollinator species—including 16 percent of vertebrate pollinators—towards extinction. For invertebrate pollinators like bees...
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Warren Blasts "Back-Slapping" Wall Street Insiders
Wall Street insiders are trying to write their own rules and Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants them stopped, according to a letter (pdf) by the senator published Thursday. In the Massachusetts Democrat's letter, a response to a report (pdf) criticizing trading restrictions known as "position limits," she...
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#WhichHillary vs. #OnlyOneBernie as Democratic Contrasts Sharpen
In speeches and social media campaigns, the contrasts between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are coming into sharp focus just ahead of major nominating contests in a dozen states. Sanders, who is leading in national polls but trailing in South Carolina, which holds its Democratic primary on...
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ACLU Sounds Alarm as Obama Administration Plans Quiet NSA Expansion
Civil liberties advocates slammed reports on Friday that the Obama administration is poised to authorize the National Security Agency ( NSA ) to share more of its private intercepted communications with other U.S. intelligence agencies without expanding privacy protections. "Before we allow them to...
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