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Remembering James Foley, And The Awful Calculus Of a Hostage's Family

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When I first saw the image of James Foley kneeling before a masked Islamic State member gripping a knife, I wanted to look away, forget, and go for a walk outside. I know the dragging uncertainty of living years and months in the power of someone who sees ...

U.K. Ad Council Rules 'Clean Coal' Isn't Clean, Bars Peabody Energy From 'Misleading' Public

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“Clean coal” is not clean. Even if the best coal plants had completely eliminated emissions of acid rain pollution and mercury — which they haven’t — you’d still have that pesky carbon pollution to destroy a livable climate and ruin the lives of billions of people. So it ...

Duke Energy Spilled At Least 5,000 Gallons Of Diesel Into The Ohio River On Monday

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Between 5,000 and 8,000 gallons of diesel spilled into the Ohio River on Monday, but officials say drinking water in the area is safe, reported the Cincinnati Inquirer. The spill occurred late Monday night at Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio, during a routine transfer.

U.S. Military Bans The Intercept

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The U.S. military is banning and blocking employees from visiting The Intercept in an apparent effort to censor news reports that contain leaked government secrets. According to multiple military sources, a notice has been circulated to units within the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps warning staff that they are prohibited from reading stories published by The Intercept on the grounds that they may contain classified information. The ban appears to apply to all employees—including those with top-secret security clearance—and is aimed at preventing classified information from being viewed ...

Meet the Locals Trying to Keep the Peace in Ferguson

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Peace prevailed last night in Ferguson, Missouri—for the most part. There were a few bottles hurled at the cops, and dozens of arrests, but no gunshots, looting, teargas plumes, or fusillades of rubber bullets. Largely to thank for this turn of events are the Peacekeepers, a group comprised ...

Ferguson, Missouri - Live

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VICE News is live from the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, where protests over the August 9 police killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown have become a daily occurrence. Early Monday morning, Governor Jay Nixon signed an executive order to direct additional law enforcement resources through the ...

Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants in Urals region: Itar-Tass

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1 of 2.People walk past a closed McDonald's restaurant in Moscow, August 20, 2014. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian food safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor is conducting unscheduled checks at McDonald's restaurants in Sverdlovsk region, Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing local watchdog official Natalya Lukyantseva. On Wednesday, Rospotrebnadzor ordered the suspension of operations at four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow over what it said were "numerous" sanitary law breaches. Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news ...

Housekeeping Note

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That's it for the day. I'm off to the hospital for yet another test that will undoubtedly show nothing wrong with me. But you don't know until you look, do you? See you tomorrow. Kevin Drum is a political blogger for Mother Jones. For more of his stories, click here. RSS | Twitter MoJo Troll Patrol encourages readers to sign in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Disqus, or OpenID to comment. Please read our comment policy before posting.

From Anarchists To Tibetan Monks, Here Are Some of the Outsiders Joining Protests in Ferguson

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"Crisis is the leading edge where change is possible," Lisa Fithian, an itinerant protest organizer, once told me. Nowhere does that seem more true right now than in Ferguson, Missouri, where ongoing protests have drawn attention to a deep national vein of racial animus. It's not surprising, then,

Here's What Happens to Police Officers Who Shoot Unarmed Black Men

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In the week since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, initial autopsy findings, police reports, and eyewitness accounts have begun to provide some insights into the circumstances of his death. But plenty of questions remain unanswered, not the least of ...

The Head of The Missouri GOP Thinks Voter Registration Drives in Ferguson Are "Disgusting"

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Over the last couple days, voter registration booths have been popping up in Ferguson. There was one by the ruined site of the recently burnt-down QuikTrip convenience store, which has become a central gathering site of the protests, and another near the site where Michael Brown was shot.

Islamic State video claims to show beheading of U.S. journalist

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1 of 9.A masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaks next to man purported to be U.S. journalist James Foley at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website. BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants posted a video on Tuesday that purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley in revenge for U.S. air strikes against the insurgents in Iraq. The video, titled "A Message To America," also showed images of another U.S. journalist, Steven Sotloff, whose life ...

Why trouble with the law marks the end for some politicians, but not others

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has been going on August ice cream runs, speaking with reporters and getting ready to schmooze with conservative activists in New Hampshire this weekend. Five days after a grand jury indicted him, Perry is going about business as usual -- and his stock ...

Austria detains nine suspected of wanting to join militants in Syria

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VIENNA (Reuters) - Nine people suspected of intending to join Islamic militants fighting the government in Syria have been arrested in Austria, Vienna prosecutors said on Wednesday. The Austria Press Agency had reported the nine people were being questioned and a decision on whether to place them in ...

Police officer suspended for pointing rifle at protesters, threatening them

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A police officer who pointed an assault rifle at people in Ferguson on Tuesday night and threatened to kill them has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely, authorities said. The officer, who was not identified, has been removed from the field after he pointed his semiautomatic weapon ...

Three more Tibetans die from shooting by Chinese police: rights group

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Three protesters shot last week by police in a Tibetan region of China have died of their injuries, taking to five the number of people killed in the incident, a rights group said on Wednesday. The protest erupted over the detention of a respected village ...

Watch: Livestream from Ferguson: August 19

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The live stream feed via Vice News and Tim Pool was largely mellow for most of the night, Aug. 19, until about 11: 50 p.m. CDT, when a thrown bottle led to police moving in. Watch the live stream here: 12:04 p.m. CDT: Ryan Devereaux of The Intercept ...

Afghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave within 24 hours

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KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan has given New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg 24 hours to leave the country for not cooperating with an investigation, a statement from the attorney general's office said on Wednesday. Rosenberg had been summoned to the attorney general's office for questioning on Tuesday after ...

Don't Like the War in Iraq? Blame Congress.

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President Obama has no plans to ask Congress for authority under the War Powers Act to take military action in Iraq. But he's hardly the only one to blame here. An even bigger problem is that Congress doesn't really want him to ask in the first place: “This ...

Cop Being Sued Over Beating Is Now a Ferguson City Councilwoman

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In 2009, police in Ferguson, Missouri arrested Henry M. Davis on suspicion of driving under the influence and took him to jail. What followed is described in court documents as "physical contact between the officers and Mr. Davis." One officer, Kim Tihen, allegedly "struck [Davis] in his head ...

Major Court Ruling Clears The Way To Let Renewables Into The Grid

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Building wind farms and huge solar arrays means nothing if they cannot transmit that energy to homes and businesses, and a recent court ruling just made connecting to the grid a lot easier. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, commonly known as FERC, doesn’t often draw headlines for fulfilling ...

Immigration Activists Urge Obama To Include Detainees In Upcoming Executive Action

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA—A group of seven young activists risked arrest Wednesday outside one of the most notorious private prisons in the country: the Broward Transitional Center, run by the corporation GEO Group. The protesters locked arms and blocked the entrance to the jail, chanting, “No more injustice! Let ...

USDOJ: Attorney General Statement on Latest Developments in Federal Civil Rights Investigation in Ferguson, MO

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Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Monday following his briefing of President Obama on the latest developments in the federal civil rights investigation in Ferguson, Missouri: “As I informed the President this afternoon, the full resources of the Department of Justice are being committed to our ...

Doctors Outraged By Claims That Health Officials Ignored Residents Sickened By Drilling

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Fracking opponents protest before the Tom Corbett inauguration to become the 46th governor of Pennsylvania at the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. Pennsylvania doctors, nurses, and health policy experts are calling for a statewide investigation into claims that the state Department of Health has ...

Mo'ne Davis Is the First Little Leaguer to Make the Cover of Sports Illustrated

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Thirteen-year-old pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis just became the first Little Leaguer ever on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Remember Her Name! #LLWS2014 sensation @Monedavis11 is on this week's national cover http://t.co/LAwVgubpCS pic.twitter.com/sENsPMF7ew — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) Davis, who pitches for South Philadelphia's Taney Dragons, received national attention last ...

Ebola Is Killing Women In Far Greater Numbers Than Men

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This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Make it your default.This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Switch to USHave you seen BuzzFeed English? Come check it out! A Liberian health official estimates 75% of Ebola deaths are women. That’s because they are the nation’s caregivers. A woman and her children wait outside a new Ebola treatment center run by Doctors Without Borders.John Moore / Getty Images MONROVIA — Ebola is killing Kona Kupee, who loved her husband too much. Kupee ...

Meet The First Pacific Island Town To Relocate Thanks To Climate Change

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A small town on Taro Island — the capital of Choiseul Province in the Solomon Islands — is planning to relocate its entire population in response to climate change, Reuters reports. It’s the first time that a provincial capital in the Pacific Islands will have done so. The ...

Ads With Facts About Women's Equality Rejected By Airports As Too Political

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UltraViolet, a group that runs campaigns for women’s rights, recently began an ad campaign to target states that have big tourism industries and bad track records on women’s economic equality. The group requested to place ads in airports in Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas. (It has ...

Gaza war resumes with deadly strikes, rocket fire

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1 of 9.Palestinians flee their houses at the scene of what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City August 19, 2014. GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel for a second day on Wednesday after fighting resumed with the collapse of truce talks and an Israeli air strike that killed three people in Gaza. Charging Israel had "opened a gateway to hell," Hamas's armed wing vowed to target Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport with rocket fire, possibly to retaliate for what Hamas ...

Woman Raises More Than $100,000 To Feed Ferguson's School Children

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Public schools in the district around Ferguson, MO were supposed to open on August 14, but they stayed closed and won’t open until Monday, August 25 at the earliest because of the continued protests against the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white cop. That means ...

Why Pope Francis Might Retire Early

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In an unusual display of macabre, Pope Francis directly addressed the question of his own mortality on Monday, laying out a short timeline for his death and raising practical and theological questions around when — or even if — a pope should resign. While answering a question from ...

We're Watching This Livestream From Ferguson

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The situation in Ferguson continues to deteriorate Monday night. The curfew imposed by Gov. Jay Nixon was lifted Monday as he called in the National Guard to help police the area. We'll be periodically keeping tabs on this livestream from Argus Radio, a small, independent radio station in ...

San Diego Business Owner Receives Death Threats For Sheltering Undocumented Immigrants

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Mark Lane felt angry when his young son asked, “Why are those people so mad at the buses?” They had been watching the television when they saw anti-immigrant protesters preventing three buses carrying immigrants, including many children from entering a detention center in Murrieta, California last month. He ...

Rick Perry Indictment Highlights the Hack Gap Once Again

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Simon Maloy finds five pundits arguing that last week's indictment of Rick Perry was flimsy and obviously politically motivated: Who are these five pundits downplaying the case against Texas’ Republican governor? In order: New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, MSNBC host Ari Melber, political scientist and and the American Prospect contributor Scott Lemieux, the Center for American Progress’ Ian Millhiser, New Republic’s Alec MacGillis. Five guys who work/write for big-name liberal publications or organizations. This, friends, is the Hack Gap in action. Ah yes, the hack gap. Where would we be ...

Can These New Small Wind Companies Finally Duplicate the Success of the Solar Industry?

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While solar has exploded in the U.S., small wind has struggled to grow. Two startups are hoping to change that. One of the biggest changes for solar came nearly a decade ago, when Congress created the 30-percent investment tax credit for the technology in a sweeping 2005 energy ...

ACLU: First Amendment 'suspended in Ferguson'

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Police in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday began telling protesters – who have been gathered for days demanding justice for the death of an unarmed teenager at the hands of police – that they were no longer allowed to stand in place for more than five seconds, but had ...

Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents who control territory in Iraq and Syria released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago. The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social ...

It Looks Like Obamacare Is Here to Stay

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Republicans may say that Obamacare is still the white-hot issue it's always been, and among their tea party base that might still be true. But if money talks, it turns out that Republicans no longer really believe Obamacare is a winning issue anywhere else. Bloomberg ran the numbers in a few battleground Senate races and discovered that GOP candidates are starting to turn to other issues: Republicans seeking to unseat the U.S. Senate incumbent in North Carolina have cut in half the portion of their top issue ads citing Obamacare,

How Much It Costs to Raise a Kid, in 4 Charts

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A middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about a quarter of a million dollars in child-rearing expenses over the next 18 years, according to a new report from the USDA. Costs such as housing, food, transportation, clothing, health care, child care, and ...

Wildfire Burns Near Yosemite National Park, Prompts Evacuation Of Thousands

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A firefighter controls the western edge of a California brush fire early Friday morning, June 27, 2014. A wildfire burning near Yosemite park has forced the evacuation of thousands of people, destroyed buildings, and has closed a road leading into the park. The blaze, which is known as ...

Obama May Soon Send This Reporter to Jail. Here Are the Embarrassing Secrets He Exposed.

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The Obama administration has fought a years-long court battle to force longtime New York Times national security correspondent James Risen to reveal the source for a story in his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. Risen may soon serve ...

Jose Antonio Vargas Among Undocumented Immigrants Making Urgent Plea To Obama

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WASHINGTON -- Eleven undocumented immigrants are putting themselves forward on Wednesday to plead with the Obama administration to protect them -- and others in similar circumstances -- from being deported as it considers what may be a broad executive action on immigration enforcement. The undocumented immigrants, including journalist-activist ...

Ukraine says fighting halts recovery of refugees' bodies

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1 of 9.Ukrainian servicemen drive armored vehicles along a road as they patrol the Donetsk region August 18, 2014. KIEV (Reuters) - Fifteen bodies have been recovered from the site of an artillery strike on a refugee bus convoy in east Ukraine, but further operations have been suspended due to renewed fighting in the area, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Tuesday. The Kiev military has said pro-Russian separatists attacked the convoy on Monday, killing dozens of people including women and children, but it has yet to provide visual evidence.

Islamic State fighters halt Iraqi offensive to recapture Saddam's home town

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1 of 13.Kurdish Peshmerga forces stand guard near the town of Makhmur, south of Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan after Islamic State (IS) insurgents withdrew August 18, 2014. BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces halted a short-lived offensive on Tuesday to recapture Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, due to fierce resistance from Islamic state fighters who have also threatened to attack Americans "in any place". In Geneva, the United Nations refugee agency announced a major aid operation to get supplies to more than half a million people displaced ...

A Lifetime of Waiting

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Hagadera refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, is just 100 kilometres from the Somali border. For Sarah, it might as well be a million. Like so many others living here, she was born a refugee and raised in the camp after her mother fled war-torn Somalia a quarter of ...

Live on the Ground in Ferguson, Missouri

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We are live on the ground from Ferguson, Missouri where protests following the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown have now entered a second week. Topics:americas, police, ferguson, riots, looting, quiktrip, unrest, racism, cops, missouri, police killing, war & conflict

For Many Politicians, Ferguson Isn't Happening

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Representative Paul Ryan’s response to the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police was fairly straightforward: say nothing, do nothing. “We should take a deep breath, let’s have some sympathy for the family and the community, and let’s not prejudge anything, and let’s let the investigation ...

A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in Ferguson

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There’s at least one line every Marine knows: “Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.” The St. Louis County Police Department apparently never received that memo. As smoke hangs over the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, it’s important to understand its source. Some of ...

The Longest River In The U.S. Is Being Altered By Climate Change

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Climate change is altering the flow of the Missouri River, the nation’s longest, causing increased streamflow in some parts and decreased flow in others, according to a new report. The report, published by the U.S. Geological Survey, looked at streamflow data from 227 streamgages — tools that estimate ...

West Africa Ebola toll passes 1,200, quarantine victims to get food: WHO

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four countries including Nigeria. The WHO said it was working with the U.N.'s World Food Programme to ensure food delivery to 1 million people living in Ebola quarantine zones in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. "Food has been delivered to hospitalized patients and people under quarantine who are not able to leave their homes to purchase food. Providing regular food ...
 

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