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  • President Trump Apologizes for Coronavirus Deaths

    Monday, May 11, 2020
    In a series of tweets, Trump said, “I’m sorry I didn’t act sooner and I’m sorry that I’ve pushed to open up the country before the pandemic is under control. As you know, I’ve added my name to the stimulus checks that Americans have received. Now I’ve asked to add my name to the death certificates of all Americans who die of the coronavirus from now on.”   read more
  • Phoenix Primary Voters Had 5-Hour Wait, Some Casting Ballots Past Midnight

    Friday, April 08, 2016
    Five polling places in Phoenix still had voters in line after midnight during Arizona's botched presidential primary two weeks ago. Votes were still being cast past 10 p.m. in 20 locations, and one location in Phoenix saw its last voter just two minutes before 1 a.m. Maricopa County cut the number of polling places from 200 in 2012 to just 60 this year. The Justice Department launched an inquiry into the wait times and whether they violated voting rights laws.   read more
  • Forest Service Accused of Imperiling Wildlife Habitat with Montana Silver Mine Project

    Friday, April 08, 2016
    The project will require massive groundwater pumping of lakes and streams--more than 4 billion gallons of water removed from the area over 22 years. Fisheries will be significantly affected and natural streams may dry up and take decades to recover, if at all, in violation of Montana water quality laws, according to the complaint. "Adverse impacts to the local and regional environment...are predicted to last for hundreds of years," the complaint states.   read more
  • Coal Mine CEO Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison for Mine Disaster that Killed 29

    Friday, April 08, 2016
    Tommy Davis, who lost three family members in the 2010 tragedy, yelled to Blankenship as he exited the courthouse. "Hey Don, this is Tom...It's been six years — six years I missed my son, my brother, my nephew. How come you never came to apologize to me personally? How come you never asked to see me?" He later said, "All he gets is a year... There need to be stricter, more harsh penalties for people like that who put greed and money over human life."   read more
  • U.S. Army Finally Agrees to Let Sikh Officer Wear Contested Turban and Beard

    Friday, April 08, 2016
    "My two worlds are one again," he told reporters after the Army agreed to his requests. But the Army insisted that Singh's commanders submit quarterly evaluations on the impact - if any - that the officer's hair and attire has on "unit cohesion and morale, good order and discipline, health and safety and individual and unit readiness." Singh said, "The U.S. was the only country that gave (my father) political asylum. I was and still am extremely grateful for that..."   read more
  • 4-Year-Old Avoids Financial Responsibility for Blinding his Babysitter

    Friday, April 08, 2016
    The babysitter lost all vision in her eye when the child she was watching, who was 4 years and 9 months old at the time, hit it with a toy rubber dolphin he threw. "Children under the age of five have a limited capacity to appreciate how their actions can cause harm to themselves or others and have an inadequate internal ability to control impulses that may lead to injuries," the 8-page ruling states.   read more
  • Militias Shop for Military Arms at Weapons Bazaars on Facebook

    Thursday, April 07, 2016
    A terrorist hoping to buy an anti-aircraft weapon in recent years needed to look no further than Facebook, which has been hosting sprawling online arms bazaars to sell military weapons coveted by terrorists and militants. Among the weapons displayed have been heavy machine guns on mounts that are designed for anti-aircraft roles, and more sophisticated and menacing systems, including guided anti-tank missiles and an early generation of shoulder-fired heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles.   read more
  • Forget Panama: U.S. is a Leading Tax Avoidance Haven for Foreigners

    Thursday, April 07, 2016
    The U.S. ranks third in the world in financial secrecy, behind Switzerland and Hong Kong but ahead of notorious tax havens such as the Cayman Islands and Luxembourg, according to the Tax Justice Network. "It is no secret that U.S. banks, particularly in Miami, are awash in undeclared Latin American money," wrote Cotorceanu. "How ironic — no, how perverse — that the USA, which has been so sanctimonious in its condemnation of Swiss banks, has become the banking secrecy jurisdiction du jour."   read more
  • Bombs Supplied by U.S. Used in Saudi-Led Attack that Killed 97 Yemeni Civilians

    Thursday, April 07, 2016
    The group said it found fragments of two U.S.-made bombs at the market, linking the U.S. for the first time to the airstrikes, which were believed to be the deadliest coalition bombings during Yemen’s yearlong civil war. The high death toll, along with images of children killed in the blasts, ignited international outrage. The debate in the U.S. over the airstrikes has been much more muted, in part because the Obama administration has provided few details about its role.   read more
  • Judge John Bates Rules that World Bank Can’t be Sued in U.S.

    Thursday, April 07, 2016
    A federal court has ruled that the lending arm of the World Bank has absolute immunity and thus cannot be sued in the U.S. Fishing communities sued IFC over destruction of their livelihoods and property and health threats caused by a IFC-funded coal-fired power plant in India. The IFC argued that it is not subject to the authority of U.S. courts, no matter how harmful or illegal its actions may have been. The court found IFC is entitled to absolute immunity based on previous decisions.   read more
  • New Treasury Dept. Rules Torpedo Pfizer-Allergan Tax-Avoidance Merger

    Thursday, April 07, 2016
    The rules wiped out Pfizer's financial incentives and rationale for the merger. It was Pfizer's third, and most expensive, failed attempt at an inversion, leaving analysts to speculate Pfizer will drop the strategy for good. The merger would have moved Pfizer's address on paper to Ireland, where it would have paid hundreds of millions of dollars less in annual U.S. corporate taxes. Pfizer had $23.3 billion available at the end of 2015, when it posted a profit of $9.1 billion.   read more
  • Fed Report Warns of Increase in U.S. Illnesses and Deaths from Global Warming

    Thursday, April 07, 2016
    The report said global warming will make the air dirtier, water more contaminated and food more tainted. It warned of diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes and thousands of heat wave deaths. Not to mention climate change's effects people's mental health. The government isn't doing enough, said UW public health dean Howard Frumkin: "There is a vast disconnect between the magnitude of the problem, as outlined by this report, and the response of government health agencies."   read more
  • Studies Show Economies Can Grow as Carbon Emissions Fall

    Wednesday, April 06, 2016
    Since the start of the 21st century, 21 countries, including the U.S., have already fully decoupled their economic growth from carbon emissions. While GDP went up, carbon pollution went down. Between 2000 and 2014, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions dropped 16% in the U.S. industrial sector, while economic activity increased 9%. “It’s really exciting, and it suggests that countries can sever the historic link between economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Nate Aden.   read more
  • San Francisco First Place in U.S. to Require Fully Paid Leave for New Parents

    Wednesday, April 06, 2016
    The action was hailed as the latest move to address income inequality in the nation. The issue of paid parental leave is gaining momentum across the country much like the debate over a higher minimum wage. Paid leave has become a topic in the presidential campaign as companies, especially in Silicon Valley, start offering better benefits. The U.S. lags other countries in providing parental leave and is the only major industrialized nation that doesn't require paid leave.   read more
  • 54% Increase in Executions around World; Texas Responsible for Half in U.S.

    Wednesday, April 06, 2016
    In the U.S., 28 people were executed in 2015, nearly half in Texas, the most active death penalty state, which put 13 people to death, the report said. Missouri executed six people, Georgia five, Florida two and Oklahoma and Virginia one each. Amnesty said 60% of those executed were black or Hispanic, double their percentage in the population. Executions in Saudi Arabia increased by 76% and in Iran they rose 31%. In China, data on the death penalty is considered a state secret.   read more
  • Tennessee Poised to Name Bible Its Official Book after Naming High-Powered Rifle Its Official Gun

    Wednesday, April 06, 2016
    The bill passed by lawmakers has alarmed those who think it sets a dangerous precedent by closing the gap between church and state. Both this bill and the one that would give a place of honor to a rifle with the power to take down a commercial aircraft are ways of playing “political football” with social issues, said ACLU's Hedy Weinberg. Last year, the state's attorney general said designating the Bible as an official state book violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.   read more
  • Obama-Appointed Judge Accuses Fish and Wildlife Service of Failing to Protect Endangered Wolverine

    Wednesday, April 06, 2016
    The Obama administration brushed over the threat that climate change poses to the snow-loving wolverine when it denied protections for the predator, a judge ruled Monday. The Fish and Wildlife Service had rejected the views of many of its own scientists and decided not to protect the wolverine, saying the effects of climate change on the animals remained ambiguous. Judge Christensen ordered officials to act quickly to protect the species as it becomes vulnerable to a warming planet.   read more
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