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Court to Reconsider Decision on Roadless Areas of Alaska's Tongass National Forest

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today announced that it would rehear a case challenging the Tongass exemption from the Roadless Rule, a landmark conservation rule adopted in 2001 to protect nearly 60 million acres of wild national forests and grasslands from new road building and logging. The court granted a rehearing "en banc," which means that the court will reconsider the case before a new 11-judge panel.

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Labor Day Video Shows Why Unions Are Needed Now More than Ever

A new Labor Day video from the American Federation of Government Employees illustrates what unions have done for working people and why they remain relevant today.

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Federal Court Protects Texas Women from Further Loss of Abortion Access

Following a trial earlier this month, today a federal district court judge struck down two components of an anti-abortion Texas omnibus law that has already closed approximately half the state's abortion clinics and threatened to restrict access to safe and legal abortion across the state even further.

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New article examines U.S. contribution to elephant poaching crisis in Africa

The earth's largest land mammal is in crisis – on average, one elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. A new article published in the American Bar Association's Natural Resources & Environment journal explores the international crisis through the lens of the thriving illegal ivory market in the United States – a significant contributor to the rapid decline of elephant populations in Africa.

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Ten CIA rendition victims urge Obama to name them in Senate torture report

Ten victims of CIA rendition and torture have signed an open letter to President Obama asking him to declassify the upcoming Senate report into the program. Two of the signatories – Abdel-Hakim Belhadj and Sami al-Saadi – were rendered with their entire families, including a pregnant woman and four children between the ages of six and twelve.

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After Great Recession, Americans are Unhappy, Worried, Pessimistic, Rutgers Study Finds

The protracted and uneven recovery from the Great Recession has led most Americans to conclude that the U.S. economy has undergone a permanent change for the worse, according to a new national study at Rutgers. Seven in 10 now say the recession's impact is permanent, up from half in 2009 when the recession officially ended, according to the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

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Board of Immigration Appeals Rules That Guatemalan Mother Who Fled Domestic Violence Can Be Granted Asylum

The federal immigration appellate board has found that a Guatemalan woman is eligible for asylum protection based on life-threatening abuse she suffered at the hands of her spouse. The published Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision recognizes that women who are unable to escape violent domestic relationships in their own countries merit the same refugee protections as others who face persecution because of characteristics they cannot change.

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Court Grants Emergency Injunction to Delay BLM Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup

Late yesterday, the U.S. District Court in Wyoming granted an emergency injunction to delay until September 13 the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) planned roundup of more than 800 wild horses from public and private lands in the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in an area known as the Wyoming checkerboard.

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Rick Perry doesn't understand his own indictment: 'I'm not a lawyer'
Full story: MSNBC

Georgia student's family disowns and assaults him in nightmarish gay 'intervention' video
Full story: Raw Story

In a shocking video, police tase and arrest a black man picking his kids up from preschool
Full story: Salon.com

British resident Shaker Aamer 'beaten' in latest Guantanamo crackdown

British resident Shaker Aamer has reportedly been beaten at Guantánamo Bay, in evidence of a new crackdown on prisoners protesting their detention without charge.

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Video shows moments before 9-year-old girl accidentally killed shooting instructor with Uzi
Full story: Raw Story

aught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires
Full story: The Nation

Coalition Blasts Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Plan

More than 60 organizations representing consumers, content producers, and social justice and democracy-reform advocates called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today to reject the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The FCC is currently reviewing the deal to determine whether it serves the public interest.

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Shocking Picture of What Life Will Look Like When You Can't Afford to Retire
Full story: AlterNet

40,000 Americans Sign Petition Opposing Wyoming Wild Horse Wipeout - Petition Delivered To BLM Advisory Board

Today, at a meeting of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) will deliver the signatures of more than 40,000 American citizens who oppose a pending roundup of over 800 wild horses from the Adobe Town, Salt Wells and Divide Basin Herd Management Areas in southwestern Wyoming. The strong public stand against the roundup comes as the U.S. District Court in Wyoming considers a motion for Temporary Injunction filed by AWHPC and others to block the roundup, which had been scheduled to begin on August 20.

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ACLU and News Organizations Sue Over Closed Blinds During Botched Lockett Execution

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Oklahoma, and two newspapers filed a federal lawsuit today seeking to stop Oklahoma prison officials from selectively filtering what journalists can see during an execution. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of The Guardian and The Oklahoma Observer, follows the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April during which prison officials blocked witnesses' view when the procedure did not go as planned.

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President Calls for Review of Military Equipment for Police; Smart Reforms Can Help Avert Future Ferguson Crises

President Obama today announced a review of federal programs that provide equipment and funds for local police departments, especially those that transfer military equipment. The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law applauded the move.

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Washington Department of Wildlife Secretly Sends Aerial Gunners for Wolf Pack

Conservation groups learned today that the Washington Department of Wildlife has abandoned nonlethal measures to deter further loss of sheep and instead use a helicopter to gun down members of the Huckleberry wolf pack. The groups learned that the department was unsuccessful today, but plans to return at first light Sunday in southeast Stevens County.

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Cutting emissions in the U.S. pays for itself

Lower rates of asthma and other health problems are frequently cited as benefits of policies aimed at cutting carbon emissions from sources like power plants and vehicles, because these policies also lead to reductions in other harmful types of air pollution.

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UN confirms handover of US journalist Peter Theo Curtis

The United Nations has confirmed that an American freelance journalist, reportedly held captive for nearly two years by militants in Syria, was freed on Sunday in a handover to UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, who then released him to United States officials.

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Alaska: Donlin gold mine brings hope of jobs -- and fear of destruction
Full story: Anchorage Daily News

Judge Halts Plan to Eliminate Secure Grizzly Bear Habitat in Northwest Montana

A federal judge has blocked a plan to carve new roads into a 36,700-acre block of secure grizzly bear habitat within the Stillwater State Forest in northwest Montana. The judge's ruling, issued late Thursday, preserves the "Stillwater Core" grizzly bear habitat from elimination under a plan by the State of Montana that called for building new roads to open the area to increased logging.

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Leading National Bird Group Challenges Army Corps Plan to Kill 16,000 Birds for Eating Fish

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leading national bird conservation organization, has raised multiple objections to assertions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in their proposal to kill 16,000 cormorant birds on East Sand Island (ESI), in the Columbia River Estuary, as part of a plan to reduce predation of juvenile salmonids including salmon smolt by the birds.

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­Groups Sue U.S. Government Over Life-Threatening Deportation Process Used Against Mothers and Children Escaping Extreme Violence in Central America

The National Immigration Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild today sued the federal government to challenge its policies denying a fair deportation process to mothers and children who have fled extreme violence, death threats, rape, and persecution in Central America and come to the United States seeking safety.

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National Park Service Grizzly Bear Restoration Review Process to get Underway this Fall

As an initial step in the decision-making process to determine whether grizzly bears should be restored to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state, the National Park Service announced today that it will begin developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) this fall, a three-year process that evaluates a variety of options for the future of the grizzly bear in the area.

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Conservation Groups: Massive Big Thorne Timber Sale Deals a Severe Blow to the Tongass, Taxpayers

The U.S. Forest Service has announced its decision to approve the Big Thorne timber sale, the largest industrial clear-cutting project in Alaska's Tongass National Forest since the pulp mill era. Big Thorne would put more than 120 million board feet of old-growth timber on the chopping block. Allowing such sales to continue will not only accelerate the decimation of old-growth in the Tongass and greatly increase the expanse of degraded wildlife habitat, but it could also lead to an endangered species listing for the Alexander Archipelago wolf, the first ever listing of wildlife species in the Tongass under the Endangered Species Act.

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Bank of America settlement creates at least $4 billion burden for taxpayers

Taxpayers will shoulder anywhere from $4 to $5.8 billion of today's $16.65 billion Bank of America settlement with the U.S. Justice Department. The settlement, which releases the bank from charges of alleged illegal activity related to mortgage activities, specifically refuses to stop Bank of America from writing the settlement off as a tax break — which means much of the settlement cost will ultimately be shouldered by U.S. taxpayers.

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Tear Gas, Stun Grenades, Sound Cannons: Companies Profiting From Police Crackdowns Like Ferguson
Full story: AlterNet
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