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Tonight will be the longest night in the history of Earth

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Today, you might already know, is the winter solstice. That means for people living in the Northern Hemisphere, it's the longest night of the year. At any location in the Northern Hemisphere, in other words, tonight's period of darkness will be slightly longer than any other, ever — at least, since the planet started spinning right around the time it was first formed some 4.5 billion years ago. The reason is that the rotation of the Earth is slowing over time. Every year, scientists estimate, the length of a day ...

Despite Tragedy, Police Deaths Have Been Trending Down

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2 mentions6 hours ago
As officials continue to investigate yesterday's tragic killing of two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, details have surfaced about the suspect, 28 year old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who allegedly shot a woman in Baltimore before traveling to New York. Anti-police posts he appears to have published on ...

Cuban Oil May Prove A Boon For U.S. Companies

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5 mentions15 hours ago
With diplomatic relations warming between the U.S. and Cuba, oil and gas companies may train their sights on what’s off Cuba’s coast — large oil reserves. Right now Cuba produces just over 50,000 barrels per day of oil and relies on Venezuela for around another 100,000 bpd. However ...

Let's Blame Conservatives For All the Killings They're Responsible For

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7 mentions13 hours ago
Via Atrios, here is America's-mayor-for-life Rudy Giuliani commenting on the killing of two New York City police officers yesterday by a deranged gunman: “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News on ...

Justine Sacco Is Good at Her Job, and How I Came To Peace With Her

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13 mentions1 day ago
The internet is a mountain, and if you climb that mountain, waiting for you at the top will be person with whom you need to make peace. I climbed my mountain and a woman named Justine Sacco was there. One year ago today, Justine Sacco was the global ...

A Startling Admission By The Ferguson Prosecutor Could Restart The Case Against Darren Wilson

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27 mentions4 hours ago
Ferguson prosecutor Bob McCulloch admitted that he presented evidence he knew to be false to the grand jury considering charges against Darren Wilson. In an interview with radio station KTRS on Friday, McCulloch said that he decided to present witnesses that were “clearly not telling the truth” to ...

California Still Needs 11 Trillion Gallons Of Water To End Its Drought

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3 mentions13 hours ago
In this Dec. 12, 2014, file photo, Madison Gardner, 4, left, and her brother Mason, 3, play on flooded Wohler Road near a vineyard in Forestville, Calif. Recent storms have eased California’s decade-long drought somewhat, but state officials are worried that the rain will give people an excuse ...

We waste a lot of dollars on unnecessary medical care

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2 mentions2 hours ago
It is well known that Medicare expenditures threaten the financial solvency of the U.S. government. And it is pretty well agreed upon that some of our Medicare spending goes towards wasteful medical care. But which medical care is wasteful and how much is such care costing us?A study ...

Fox News Plays Video Montage Suggesting Obama Inspired NYC Cop Killer

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5 mentions14 hours ago
Fox News seized on the execution style murder of New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos to condemn President Barack Obama and other African American leaders for advocating reforms to the justice system following the deaths of two unarmed black men. The 28-year-old gunman, identified ...

for and against police

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After two rival demonstrations converged near New York City Hall Friday afternoon—one supporting the New York Police Department and the other opposing police brutality—some anti-police protesters continued their march throughout Manhattan, temporarily taking over the Manhattan Bridge overpass and stalling traffic. While the New York police brutality protesters ...

Obama Sounds Like He’s About to Reject the Keystone Pipeline

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4 mentions2 days ago
This story first appeared on the Grist website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Speaking at his end-of-the-year press conference on Friday afternoon, President Obama sounded very much like he's poised to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He gave his sharpest assessment to ...

Source: Hackers send new message to Sony

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3 mentions3 days ago
The source said that the company believes the email was from the hackers because it followed a pattern of previous messages, sent to a list of particular executives and formatted in a particular way. The hacker message is effectively a victory lap, telling the studio, "Now we want ...

Sony exec fires back at President Obama

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2 mentions2 days ago
"The President, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened," Lynton said in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria. "We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters." (Watch the entire interview tonight ...

Meet Alfreda Bikowsky, the Senior Officer at the Center of the CIA's Torture Scandals

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21 mentions2 days ago
NBC News yesterday called her a “key apologist” for the CIA’s torture program. A follow-up New Yorker article dubbed her “The Unidentified Queen of Torture” and in part “the model for the lead character in ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’” Yet in both articles she was anonymous. The person described ...

Lawmaker Defends 'Legitimate Rape' Bill

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A Missouri lawmaker who filed a bill requiring women seeking abortions to obtain notarized consent from the man who impregnated them defended the measure in an interview with 41 Action News on Thursday. “It took two to come together and create a child, and right now the way ...

Sean Penn on Sony Pulling "The Interview": This Sends ISIS an "Invitation"

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3 mentions2 days ago
Actor and activist Sean Penn, no surprise, has some thoughts about the Sony hacking and the movie studio's decision to pull The Interview after cyber-saboteurs linked (by the FBI) to North Korea threatened moviegoers and theaters. Here's a statement Penn sent me: It's not the first time culture ...

VIDEO: NYPD officers turn away from Mayor de Blasio as he enters police presser for murdered cops

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Police officers turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he walked into the police press conference about the two NYPD officers shot and killed execution-style in Brooklyn. Topics: 84th precinct, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bill Bratton, Bill de Blasio, execution, line of duty death, NYPD, police, police officers killed,

Direct Action unlikely to meet emissions target, says Climate Change Authority

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Advisory body also finds renewable energy target should remain at existing level but deadline could be pushed back to allow for investment uncertainty The government’s climate advisory body has delivered a stark assessment of the Coalition’s policies, stating it was unlikely that its Direct Action policy would meet ...

Personal Health Update

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3 mentions2 days ago
I haven't had any fresh news on the health front lately, so I haven't brought it up on the blog. But I continue to get lots of queries and good wishes, and today I finally have something to report. I'm 8 weeks through my 16-week regimen of chemotherapy,

Two NYC Police Officers Assassinated 'Execution Style'

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The 28-year-old gunman, identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, “ambushed and murdered” two officers, shooting them point-blank in the head as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn before killing himself at a nearby subway platform, NYC Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said at a press conference. The officers ...

Why Supporting 'Black Lives Matter' Could Mean A New Chapter For Environmentalism

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4 mentions3 days ago
The Sierra Club has had its share of environmental successes over the years. It prevented the damming of the Grand Canyon in the 1960s. It ran successful efforts to expand Sequoia National Park in 1926 and create the Redwoods National Park in 1968. And it has helped persuade ...

4 Legal Battles This Year That Were All About Climate Change

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7 mentions3 days ago
With every passing year it becomes increasingly clear that climate change is not just an environmental issue. It’s damaging to public health. It’s a drag on the economy. And, more and more, it’s become the foundation for legal battles. As the far-reaching impacts of climate change are more ...

Sony Exploring Alternatives For Releasing 'The Interview'

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On Friday, the corporation said it was in the process of exploring alternative ways for releasing the comedy after a terrorist threat — allegedly driven by North Korean hackers — prompted the country’s largest theater companies to cancel their scheduled Christmas Day openings. Sony insisted its decision to ...

The Senate’s back-channel in Cuba deal

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2 mentions3 days ago
Tim Rieser was a Vermont public defender before coming to the Senate Appropriations Committee in the late 1980s – and in many ways, he never stopped. Like all staffers, any power he has is owed to his patrons — in this case both Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and ...

Elizabeth Warren: Wall Street Just Got Another Giveaway

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2 mentions2 days ago
Last week, Congress did Wall Street a solid. When lawmakers passed a giant spending bill that funds the government through September, they included a provision written by Citigroup lobbyists that allows banks to make more risky trades with taxpayer-insured money. Then, on Thursday, bankers got another giveaway: The ...

Mall of America protest attracts thousands on busy shopping day

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Shoppers lined the rails of the mall rotunda to watch the peaceful protest that drew thousands of people of all races and ages. Thousands of people, from protesters of all ages and races to curious shoppers, filled the levels overlooking the Mall of America rotunda Saturday for a ...

Watch President Obama Call on Female Reporters for Every Single Question During Friday's Presser

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2 mentions2 days ago
For his final press conference of 2014, President Obama exclusively called on female reporters. The White House had planned it that way: By the eighth and final question, Obama even appeared to ignore a male reporter's attempt to participate. The result was amazing. Watch below: James West is ...

Obama: Sony "Made a Mistake" Stopping the Release of "The Interview"

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2 mentions2 days ago
On Friday, President Barack Obama called Sony's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" a "mistake." "We cannot have a society in which a dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States," he told reporters at his final press conference of the year.

More Good News For Obamacare: Employer Health Coverage Hasn't Crashed

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2 mentions3 days ago
The share of the population with employer health insurance has been slowly eroding for years. The chart on the right tells the story: total coverage rates have dropped from 70 percent to 62 percent since 2001. The trend is pretty clear: the number of workers covered by employer ...

Are Republicans Really Ready to Embrace Net Neutrality?

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2 mentions3 days ago
Well, this is unexpected. Democrats are generally in favor of net neutrality, the principle that all websites should be treated equally by internet service providers. Companies can't pay extra for faster service and ISPs can't slow down or block sites they don't like. Naturally, since Democrats are in ...

Science journals screw up hundreds of times each year. This guy keeps track of every mistake.

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In 2010, on a nerdish whim, Ivan Oransky — a medical editor and physician — co-founded the website Retraction Watch with his journalist friend, Adam Marcus. The plan was simple: they'd start tracking all the retractions that were announced at scientific journals. At the time, retractions were not exactly well promoted and no one else was methodically shining a light on research that turned out to be bogus. Retraction notices quietly languished in databases that no one read, making fraudulent or erroneous studies difficult to spot. Almost as soon as ...

Half of Dr. Oz’s medical advice is baseless or wrong, study says

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5 mentions2 days ago
It’s not hard to understand what makes Dr. Oz so popular. Called “America’s doctor,” syndicated talk-show host Mehmet Oz speaks in a way anyone can understand. Medicine may be complex. But with Dr. Oz, clad in scrubs and crooning to millions of viewers about “miracles” and “revolutionary” breakthroughs,

Motel 6 employee fired after allegeldy assaulting protesters from Ferguson

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MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio - A Motel 6 employee was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly assaulting four people traveling from Ferguson, Missouri. Police arrested 42-year-old Angela R. Kocinski-Brown for simple assault. The victims said they recorded the incident on their cell phones and may use the video to ...

NYPD recounts killer's history of violence

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Twenty-five hours after Ismaaiyl Brinsley fired four shots through the passenger side window of a police car, killing two officers in Brooklyn, police officials continued trying to piece together what may have motived the 28-year-old Brooklyn-born man to murder. The New York Police Department has obtained four videos ...

Could Bacteria Help Convict Rapists?

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3 mentions3 days ago
Could the trillions of bacteria living on the human body help identify and convict rapists? That's the question raised in a fascinating new study by a team of Australian researchers. The paper is the latest in a growing body of research on the microbiome, a term that refers ...

Black Lives Matter protesters sing carols at Mall of America

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Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges will start the final two games fo rookie Anthony Barr, who will be out for the season with a minor knee procedure. Flip Saunders, Shabazz Muhammad and Chase Budinger discuss loss at Boston on day Corey Brewer was traded to Houston Corey Brewer was ...

Americas

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2 mentions4 days ago
Text byFRANCE 24Follow france24_en on twitter 1898: The US declares war on Spain and defeats the declining European power, which cedes Cuba to Washington. 1902: Cuba becomes independent but remains under US protection. American troops return to the island a decade later to help put down black protests ...

2 New York cops shot in ‘execution style’ ambush

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Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you. Two NYPD officers have been shot by a suspect who ambushed their patrol car ‘execution style’ in Brooklyn. The ...

EBay Just Became The Latest Tech Company To Leave Conservative Group ALEC

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A spokesperson for eBay Inc. has confirmed to Reuters that it will end its association with the conservative political group American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. The confirmation comes two months after a coalition of more than 80 organizations asked eBay to leave ALEC, citing the conservative group’s ...

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill

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2 mentions3 days ago
This past summer, the "border kids"—tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid groups mobilized, Congress held hearings, and pleas for compassion resounded at the highest levels of government. "These are ...

Dish Network dumps Fox News setting off social media war on Facebook

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Satellite-TV provider Dish Network Corp. dropped the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network Saturday night after the companies couldn’t come to terms on a new distribution contract, reports TVNewser. According to Fox Executive Vice President of Distribution Tim Carry, contract talks have broken off and nothing is ...

Police search for man who shot woman in Owings Mills

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Baltimore County police said they were searching for a gunman who fled after shooting a woman in the stomach in Owings Mills early Saturday. The shooting was reported just before 6 a.m. in the 10000 block of Mill Run Circle in the complex near the parking lot of ...

How Much More Rain Does California Need to End the Drought?

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2 mentions3 days ago
Over the past two weeks, California has gotten a deluge of rain, lifting its reservoir levels and hydrating the soil in a state that is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in history. The chart above shows the state's drought levels pre- and post-storm, and ...

EPA Will Not Declare Coal Ash A Hazardous Waste

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3 mentions2 days ago
In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, Jenny Edwards, program manager for Rockingham County with the Dan River Basin Association, scoops coal ash from the banks of the Dan River. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued its first-ever regulations on coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning ...

Rudy Giuliani: 2 NYC Cops Were Killed Because Obama Told Everyone To 'Hate The Police'

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attributed the execution-style assassination of two police officers on Saturday afternoon to the protests that broke out across the city following a grand jury’s failure to indict a police officer for killing Eric Garner. “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting ...

Argentine court extends human right to freedom to orangutan

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Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you. In an unprecedented decision, an Argentine court has ruled that the Sumatran orangutan 'Sandra', who has spent 20 years ...

How Fox News Covers Right-Wing Cop Killers

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19 mentions5 hours ago
Claiming to be acting under the bloody "banner of Liberty and Truth," Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda, entered CiCi's Pizza in Las Vegas on Sunday right before noon and executed two local policemen on their lunch break. Authorities say Jerad approached one officer while he was refilling ...

Unbelievable: Baltimore Police Sent Warning to NYPD… by Fax

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There are certain technologies that are well past their expiration date: The 8-Track player, beepers, the Boom Box…each all had their day, but those days long gone. Included in that list is the fax machine. Believe it or not, this was once seen as cutting edge technology…back in ...

Two police officers killed in New York City in possible revenge for Eric Garner's death

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Two New York City police officers were reportedly shot and killed in Brooklyn on Saturday. Here's what we know so far. Both officers now dead; suspect identified by a senior police official as 28-yr-old named Brinsley. First name Ismail or Ishmael — jdavidgoodman (@jdavidgoodman) In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user ...

57,000-Gallon Oil Spill In Canada Forces Closure Of Pipeline To U.S.

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Enbridge, Inc. an energy delivery company based in Alberta, Canada, experienced an oil spill from one of its pipelines on Wednesday. Canadian energy delivery company Enbridge Inc. has temporarily shut down and isolated one of its crude oil pipelines that connects to the United States after a 1,350-barrel,
 

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