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Detained Americans in North Korea seek U.S. help, in interviews with CNN

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SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed on Monday to the U.S government for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews set up by the North Korean government. The three men, one serving a 15-year sentence and two awaiting trial in the isolated country, spoke to a visiting CNN reporting crew in tightly controlled circumstances. One of them said his health was failing and another described his situation as “urgent.” The three men said they were being treated humanely but asked the U.S. government to get ...

Labor Day 2050: Global Warming And The Coming Collapse Of Labor Productivity

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Los Angeles City Street Services Field Engineering Aide Winston Chu drinks water as his crew paves streets in a heat wave. Global warming is projected to have a serious negative impact on labor productivity this century. Here is a look at what we know. In 2013, a NOAA ...

Iraq: Massive UNHCR Aid Operation

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The UN refugee agency is conducting a massive aid operation to assist some 500,000 Iraqis displaced by conflict in northern Iraq. It includes airlifts, and transport of aid by road and sea.Meet some of the families who have fled their homes, including Yasir, who carried his disabled father ...

Fighting erupts between Syrian army, rebels on Golan Heights

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1 of 2.A rebel fighter rides a motorcycle inside a rebel-made tunnel connecting to Zamalka in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, which activists claim has been undergoing violent clashes between forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and rebel fighters August 31, 2014. EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) - Heavy fighting between Syrian army forces and rebels erupted on the Golan Heights on Monday, a Reuters photographer said, but it was unclear if either of the two sides had gained an advantage to control a key frontier crossing. Rebels of ...

Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy

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1 of 10.A pro-democracy protester carries a placard which reads 'Communist Party, you lie!' as he sits with other protesters during a campaign to kick off the Occupy Central civil disobedience event in front of the financial Central district in Hong Kong August 31, 2014. BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong's financial hub to a standstill after China's parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony's next leader in 2017. The Standing Committee of the National People's ...

After unrest over shooting, Ferguson police now wear body cameras

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(Reuters) - Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident, officials said on Sunday. Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by ...

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton resigns amid federal probe into 2012 endorsement-for-pay deal

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Jesse Benton, the GOP political strategist spearheading Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign, resigned from his post Friday amid new details about an ongoing federal investigation into an endorsement-pay-scheme involving a 2012 presidential campaign he oversaw. In a statement issued Friday evening, Benton cited “inaccurate press accounts ...

Are We On The Verge Of An Electric Car Battery Breakthrough?

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Electric vehicles are cool. They’re inexpensive to operate, can make our air cleaner, and help reduce the amount of climate change-causing gases released into the atmosphere. But right now, they’re also mostly just for rich people. The initial cost of buying the car, combined with their limited availability,

Libyan militia fighters enter U.S. embassy annex in Tripoli: source

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of a Libyan rebel militia have entered an annex of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, a U.S. official said on Sunday. A YouTube video showed ...

Aftershock hits California's Napa Valley

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(Reuters) - California's Napa Valley, the site of a strong and damaging earthquake a week ago, was shaken by a small aftershock early on Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, measuring magnitude 3.2, occurred five miles southwest of Napa. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Iraqi forces, militias enter besieged northern town: officials

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias entered on Sunday the northern town of Amerli, which had been besieged by the Islamic State for around two months, officials said. The mayor of Amerli and army officers said troops backed by militias defeated fighters from the ...

UK deplores Israeli government decision to expropriate land in West Bank

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UK deplores Israeli decision to expropriate land near Bethlehem and urges Israel to reverse the decision. Commenting on Israel’s decision on 31 August to expropriate almost 990 acres of privately owned Palestinian land near Bethlehem, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: The UK deplores the Israeli government’s expropriation ...

The most compassionate field of medicine: palliative care

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Jack was the very first palliative care patient I met. Visiting him in his home, I feared the worst: emaciation, pain, a fluxing state of consciousness, and the otherwise bed-bound shadow of a former life. Instead, the first sight I was greeted with was a beaming smile beneath ...

Fiji says no word on location of U.N. peacekeepers seized in Golan Heights

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UNITED NATIONS/EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) - The head of the Fijian army said on Sunday negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers seized by an al Qaeda-linked group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were being pursued but he worried there had been no word on where his men are being held. The U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji were detained by Islamist militants on Thursday, one of several groups attacked in the volatile frontier between Syria and Israel. The United Nations and Manila said on Sunday all of ...

Income Inequality Costs The Middle Class $18,000 A Year

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The growth of income inequality between 1979 and 2007 has reduced middle-class incomes by $17,890 a year, or about 23 percent, according to a new paper from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). “In other words, if inequality had not risen between 1979 and 2007, middle-class incomes would have ...

Florida Mayor Ejects Resident From Public Meeting For Not Standing During Prayer And Pledge

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A Florida mayor ejected one of his constituents from a City Commission meeting on Thursday because he declined to stand during the invocation and pledge to the flag at the beginning of the meeting. Winter Garden Mayor John Rees, a nonpartisan official leading an Orlando suburb of about ...

Michael Sam, Who Is Better At Football Than You Will Ever Be At Anything, Has Been Cut By the Rams

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Germany Added A Lot Of Wind And Solar Power, And Its Electric Grid Became More Reliable

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To hear its critics tell it, Germany’s ambitious push to switch over to renewable energy has delivered an electrical grid that’s capricious, unreliable, and prone to blackouts. But according to data highlighted by ECO Report last week, the reality on the ground couldn’t be further from that caricature.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the Shi'ite town of Amerli, army sources said. Two officers said Iraqi troops, militia and Kurdish peshmerga were advancing from four directions on the northern town, which has been surrounded by Islamic State forces for more than two months. In a separate incident on Saturday, a suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives killed at least 11 people in a town just south ...

Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the Shi'ite town of Amerli, army sources said. Two officers said Iraqi troops, militia and Kurdish peshmerga were advancing from four directions on the northern town, which has been surrounded by Islamic State forces for more than two months. In a separate incident on Saturday, a suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives killed at least 11 people in a town just south ...

Stop Dreaming. Republicans Are Not Going for a Carbon Tax.

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This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Republicans, as everyone knows, hate taxes and don't accept, much less care about, climate change. But wonks on both sides of the aisle fantasize that a carbon tax could win bipartisan ...

This Is What a Farmer Looks Like

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During the 2013 Super Bowl, Marjorie Gayle Alaniz was captivated by a commercial for Dodge Ram trucks that featured portraits of American farmers. She couldn't help but notice, however, that among the many farmers shown, there were only a handful of women. Alaniz, who comes from a family ...

Create a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

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National Wildlife Federation EcoLeader Initiative

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Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded

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At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners. James Foley was among the four ...

Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - About 8,000 protesters camped outside the home of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday demanding he quit, more than two weeks into a political crisis that has destabilized the nuclear-armed nation. Thousands of demonstrators, led by former cricket hero Imran Khan and moderate cleric Tahir ul-Qadhave, have been camped outside parliament in the capital Islamabad for more than two weeks. But it was the first time they had staged a rally directly outside the office of the prime minister. Late on Friday, protesters led by opposition ...

Weekly Address: This Labor Day, Let’s Talk About the Minimum Wage

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In this week’s address, the President wished Americans a Happy Labor Day weekend, highlighted the important economic progress we’ve made, and reaffirmed his commitment to accelerate our progress and ensure that our growing economy fuels a strong middle class.

Would you reduce meat consumption to help fight climate change?

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Greenhouse gases caused by meat production will go up 80% if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise,according to a new report. Would you ration your consumption to help meet global emissions targets? Global consumption of meat must be reduced, according to a new report that warns of ...

Happy Labor Day! Allison and Jamie discuss...

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Happy Labor Day! Allison and Jamie discuss Allison’s amazing superpower, why Jamie will never be on American Ninja Warrior, Grover Norquist at Burning Man, why Kirsten Gillibrand shouldn’t be pressured into naming her harassers, a federal judge in Texas halting abortion restrictions that would have closed dozens of ...

Beer can ring kills dolphin

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A PLASTIC ring from a six-pack of beer carelessly tossed into the sea resulted in the agonising death of a young dolphin. As the dolphin desperately tried to free itself from the object, the plastic ring wedged ever tighter and prevented it from feeding. Wildlife enthusiast Sheena Jolley ...

Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water In Pennsylvania 243 Times, State Agency Reports

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For the first time, Pennsylvania has made public 243 cases of contamination of private drinking wells from oil and gas drilling operations. As the AP reports, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection posted details about the contamination cases online on Thursday. The cases occurred in 22 counties, with Susquehanna,

How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels

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On a December night in 2011, a terrible thing happened on Mount Cudi, near the Turkish-Iraqi border. One side described it as a massacre; the other called it an accident. Several Turkish F-16 fighter jets bombed a caravan of villagers that night, apparently under the belief that they ...

UK political parties urged to include green pledges in election manifestos

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Green campaigners are calling on all of the UK's political parties to include key environmental pledges in their manifestos ahead of next spring's general election. The UK is well-placed to lead the transition to a green economy, with the potential for hundreds of thousands of new jobs and ...

To Curb FGM, Our Project Focuses on the Cutters

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This fall our pilot project in a town in Mali will test the premise that the women who perform female genital mutilation are also ready for a change. But first they need a new line of work. A woman wears a fabric with the message: Zero Tolerance to ...

Will Brazil elect Marina Silva as the world's first Green president?

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It started with the national anthem and ended with a rap. In between came a poignant minute's silence, politicised football chants and a call to action by the woman tipped to become the first Green national leader on the planet. The unveiling in São Paulo of Brazilian presidential ...

The RET review cares only about coal profits, not renewable energy

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The review did not conclude that the RET had failed to fulfil its objectives, rather it decided that the objectives were irrelevant Let’s not beat around the shrubbery: the review of the renewable energy target (RET) led by Dick Warburton was a sham designed from the very start ...

Australia's Renewable Industry Imperiled Pending Policy Review

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Natalie Obiko Pearson, BloombergSeptember 01, 2014|0 CommentsNEW DELHI -- A government-appointed panel gave Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott two options to cut emissions more cheaply: either scrap or weaken its main clean energy program. Accepting either would imperil A$20 billion ($19 billion) of existing projects and shut ...

No More Fireflies? 9 Ways We Can Help Before It’s Too Late

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Fireflies may be Nature’s most magical animals. You can be walking down a street at night, or sitting on your porch, or camping out, and there they are, flitting about right next to you, blinking on and off like tiny fairies. But they’re not fairies – they’re fascinating ...

Ukraine crisis: Russia urges Ukraine ceasefire talks

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An "immediate ceasefire" in Ukraine must be the priority for key negotiations taking place on Monday, Russia's foreign minister has said. Ukrainian troops "must leave positions from which they can harm the civilian population", Sergei Lavrov said. Ukrainian and Russian officials are due to hold talks with separatist ...

Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded

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At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners. James Foley was among the four ...

Boris Johnson: third runway at Heathrow would be a 'disaster'

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Boris Johnson has rebuffed calls to back a third runway at Heathrow, saying it would be a "disaster". The London mayor said the expansion plans were "desperately short-sighted" and "barbarically contemptuous of the rights of the population", whose health he said would be put at risk. The comments ...

California Becomes The Second State Ever To Guarantee That Sick Workers Can Take A Paid Day Off

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Early on Saturday morning, the California Senate passed a bill guaranteeing at least three paid sick days a year for about 6.5 million workers, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Brown’s office said it supports the bill, and in a statement after it passed he said, “Tonight,

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.Explanation:Why would the sky look like a giant target? Airglow. Following a giant thunderstorm over Bangladesh in late April, giant circular ripples of ...

China media: Beijing's Hong Kong ruling

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Papers in China urge Hong Kong to accept Beijing's guidelines over electoral reforms in the territory. China's legislature on Sunday ruled that candidates standing for Hong Kong's election must be approved by more than half of a special nominating body. The election, due in 2017, will be the ...

Liberal Democrats seek to ban 'unabated' coal power

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Electricity generated from coal in old power plants without carbon capture would be banned in a proposal that will form the centrepiece of the Liberal Democrats' commitment on the environment in its general election manifesto. Ed Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, will announce on Monday that ...

Beijing official heckled amid Hong Kong election anger

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Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have disrupted a speech given by a Beijing official explaining voting changes for the territory. They chanted slogans and held placards accusing Beijing of breaking its promise to allow Hong Kong to choose its leader directly. On Sunday the Chinese government ruled out ...

Manhunt after New Zealand shooting

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Police in New Zealand are hunting for a man who shot two people dead and injured a third at an unemployment office. Two people were killed and a third person was in a "serious but stable condition", local police said. "This is an ongoing situation and a full ...

EVs and Energy Storage Pave the Road to a Clean Energy Future

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Vic Shao, Green Charge NetworksSeptember 01, 2014|0 Comments“The times they are a' changin'.” So goes Bob Dylan's classic song from the '60s, and that's certainly the case when it comes to how we generate, distribute, use and store electricity. Having made great strides in enhancing performance and reliability and reducing costs, growing government support and incentives for intelligent energy storage solutions adds significant impetus to the growing wave of change sweeping across the U.S. power sector. With far more distributed renewable power generation online than any other U.S. state,

Federal Government Sues Minnesota City For Rejecting A Proposed Islamic Center

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The U.S. government is suing the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota for rejecting a proposal for a Muslim worship space two years ago, arguing that the city’s decision is a violation of religious freedom. In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) took a stand ...

Friday Cat Blogging - 29 August 2014

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It's the return of quilt blogging! Sort of. In any case, there's a quilt in the background because that happens to be where Domino was posing this week. I think she's auditioning to be the model for a new pair of sculptures outside the New York Public Library.
 

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