Suit to Nix Double-Crested Cormorant Shoot-on-Sight Orders
Published Oct 29, 2014 - 9:49:13 AM
A second five-year renewal of federal “depredation” orders for killing an estimated 45,000 double-crested cormorants each year is legally deficient and scientifically vacuous, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). If successful, the suit will block shoot-on-sight authorizations for the fish-eating bird in 24 states east of the Mississippi.
Oklahoma Women At Risk of Losing Access to Non-Surgical Abortion on November 1
Published Oct 29, 2014 - 9:44:28 AM
A district court judge has refused to block Oklahoma’s unconstitutional restrictions on medication abortion in an order (see attached) issued this morning. The Center for Reproductive Rights is planning an emergency appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court to ensure women in the state will continue to have access to a method of ending a pregnancy in its earliest stages using medication that has been proven safe by more than a decade of scientific evidence and medical practice after November 1.
Blackwater convictions: “The exception, not the rule” – UN expert body calls for global regulation of private security
Published Oct 27, 2014 - 8:20:15 AM
Private military and security companies (PMSCs) personnel must always be held accountable for violations committed under international human rights and humanitarian law, has said today the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries, reiterating its call for global regulation of private security.
Migrant detention "abuse" can scar children for life
Published Oct 27, 2014 - 6:21:20 AM
An increasing number of migrant children are being detained in countries where they are seeking asylum despite a growing body of scientific evidence that such incarceration leads to long-term psychological and developmental difficulties.
Oklahoma Judge Greenlights Unconstitutional Clinic Shutdown Law
Published Oct 26, 2014 - 12:42:49 PM
A state district court judge failed today to block an unconstitutional Oklahoma abortion clinic shutdown law similar to others that have devastated access to safe, legal abortion services across the region. The Center for Reproductive Rights—who filed a legal challenge against the measure earlier this month—is planning an emergency appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court to ensure that the physician providing nearly half of the abortion services in the state can continue providing safe and legal care.
Update: New York City and CDC Report Positive Tests for Ebola in Volunteer International Aid Worker
Published Oct 24, 2014 - 10:43:04 AM
A hospitalized medical aid worker who volunteered in Guinea, one of the three West African nations experiencing an Ebola epidemic, and since returned to the United States has tested positive for Ebola according to the New York City Health Department laboratory, which is part of the Laboratory Response Network overseen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC has confirmed the test results in its Atlanta laboratory.
Most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients
Published Oct 24, 2014 - 9:07:28 AM
A new study finds that most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients, and those with disabilities have even worse nutrition than average.
Americans toss 40 percent of food produced, while 50 million go hungry; New report raises concerns about food waste in U.S.
Published Oct 24, 2014 - 7:10:21 AM
A new report published to coincide with Food Day reveals that America is one of the worst food waste offenders, tossing 35 million tons of food each year, and offers solutions for retailers and consumers. Released by the National Consumers League, the report finds that, worldwide, a quarter to a third of all food goes to waste, and in America, the figures are more stark: 40 percent of our food remains uneaten, and the numbers are trending upwards.
Owners of Safari Company Indicted for Illegal Rhino Hunts
Published Oct 24, 2014 - 6:32:53 AM
The owners of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris were charged with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns, announced Sam Hirsch Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama; and Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The indictment was unsealed today in Montgomery, Alabama following the federal indictment.
New York City Reports Positive Test for Ebola in Volunteer International Aid Worker
Published Oct 23, 2014 - 7:07:31 PM
A hospitalized medical aid worker who volunteered in Guinea, one of the three West African nations experiencing an Ebola epidemic, and since returned to the United States has tested positive for Ebola according to the New York City Health Department laboratory, which is part of the Laboratory Response Network overseen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Landmark Keystone XL Trial Underway in Oklahoma
Published Oct 23, 2014 - 11:44:58 AM
Alec Johnson, a 62 year old man arrested last year for disrupting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, attempts to make US history today by becoming the first to argue before a jury that he was justified in breaking the law to prevent the urgent threat of climate change. His defense is introducing a commanding consensus of climate science, including that of renowned climate scientist Dr. James Hansen who has prepared written testimony for the consideration of the court, and will make clear that effective action to address the climate crisis is urgent, imminently harmful to living things, and can no longer be delayed.
New Americans in the Voting Booth: The Growing Electoral Power of Immigrant Communities
Published Oct 23, 2014 - 9:04:09 AM
Today, the American Immigration Council releases New Americans in the Voting Booth: The Growing Electoral Power of Immigrant Communities by Walter Ewing and Guillermo Cantor.
Is there an "immigration crisis" on the U.S.-Mexico border? Not according to an examination of historical immigration data
Published Oct 23, 2014 - 7:48:33 AM
Is there an “immigration crisis” on the U.S.-Mexico border? Not according to an examination of historical immigration data, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Can you build a wall around 3countries in West Africa? 70 members of Congress support travel ban
Published Oct 21, 2014 - 10:57:52 AM
Since the death of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas on 8 October and the Ebola infection of two US nurses that treated him, there have been increasing calls by US lawmakers to ban travel from the countries most affected by the virus - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Federal Lawsuit Filed to Challenge Mississippi Ban on Marriage Equality
Published Oct 20, 2014 - 1:35:00 PM
Today a case was filed in federal district court in Mississippi challenging the state’s discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. Famed attorney Roberta Kaplan, who successfully argued United States v. Windsor against the federal Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court of the United States last year, will represent two plaintiff couples on behalf of Campaign for Southern Equality. This is the first marriage equality federal lawsuit filed in Mississippi. A case challenging the state marriage ban filed in state court – Czekala-Chatham v. Melancon – is on appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court after a judge denied a same-sex couple’s divorce petition, citing the state’s ban on recognition of marriages between same-sex couples.
Detroit's water shut-offs target the poor, vulnerable and African Americans, Says UN Special Rapporteurs
Published Oct 20, 2014 - 12:58:41 PM
The unprecedented scale of water shut-offs taking place in Detroit is disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable and poorest, most of whom are African American, two United Nations human rights experts have warned today. So far this year over 27,000 residences have had water services disconnected.
Is Your Politician a "Lap Dog" For the NRA and its Corporate Cash? Do they do Tricks? Roll Over? All for Gun Lobby Treats?
Published Oct 20, 2014 - 9:23:34 AM
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Writer, Director and Producer Adam McKay today launched a video, website and scorecard exposing members of Congress for the campaign dollars they have taken from the corporate gun lobby, while blocking life-saving legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
Consumer Federation of America Urges Obama Administration to Appeal WTO Decision on U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling
Published Oct 20, 2014 - 9:13:49 AM
Consumer Federation of America today expressed strong disappointment with the decision by a World Trade Organization panel which ruled on U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat.
MPI Report Offers Most Detailed Analysis Yet of U.S. Deportation System under DHS
Published Oct 20, 2014 - 8:21:02 AM
Even as deportation of criminals has risen steadily over the past decade, non-criminals represent a majority of the 3.7 million formal removals that occurred between fiscal 2003-2013, and the largest category of criminal removals consists of people whose only convictions were for immigration-related crimes. This pattern is mainly driven by border removals, which surged beginning in 2011 and accounted for 70 percent of all deportations in fiscal 2013. Interior enforcement, in contrast, focuses primarily on people convicted of non-immigration crimes.
Women Criticize NOW For Taking Money from Chevron In Ecuador Pollution Case
Published Oct 17, 2014 - 1:17:43 PM
The legal arm of the National Organization for Woman (“NOW”) is under attack from rainforest indigenous villagers and their allies for accepting a large donation from Chevron and then filing a legal brief in favor of the oil company in its campaign to evade an Ecuador court judgment ordering it to clean up extensive oil contamination in the Amazon.
After Supreme Court Declines to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases, AG Holder Announces Federal Government to Recognize Couples in 7 New States
Published Oct 17, 2014 - 1:07:49 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages taking place in the states affected by the Supreme Court’s recent decision to decline to review rulings from three federal appeals courts that had struck down bans on same-sex marriage. The Attorney General added that the Department of Justice will work with agencies across the administration to ensure that all applicable federal benefits are extended to those couples as soon as possible.
EPA Study: Highly Toxic Bee-killing Pesticides Yield Little or No Benefits for Soybean Production
Published Oct 17, 2014 - 12:51:14 PM
A new study from the Environmental Protection Agency has found that the neonicotinoid seed coatings linked to massive bee die-offs — including the largest bumblebee die-off in history, where 25,000 bees died in a single incident in a Portland suburb — provide little to no benefits for soybean production. Neonicotinoids, highly toxic pesticides, are used as seed coating on 30 percent of the 76 million acres of soybeans harvested every year in the United States. While the EPA study focused on soybeans, millions of acres of other crops, such as wheat and corn, are also subjected to neonicotinoid seed treatments.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy, Senate Democrats Press DHS Against Expansion of Family Detention System
Published Oct 17, 2014 - 12:23:32 PM
A group of leading Democratic Senators on Thursday pressed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on recent plans to expand the immigration detention system, notably the decision to construct a massive new immigration detention facility at the southern border, and urged the administration to ensure the physical safety and due process rights of women and children seeking asylum in the United States.
CDC Expands Passenger Notification
Published Oct 17, 2014 - 8:10:53 AM
Based on additional information obtained during interviews of close contacts to the second healthcare worker from Texas Presbyterian Hospital who tested positive for Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expanding its outreach to airline passengers now to include those who flew from Dallas Fort Worth to Cleveland on Frontier flight 1142 on Oct. 10.
The richest 5% of Americans now hold 63% of the country's wealth, and Janet Yellen is worried
Full story: The Guardian UK
Michael Dunn sentenced to life plus 105 years for killing unarmed teen over 'loud music'
Full story: Raw Story
Natural gas boom will not slow climate change, say researchers from Germany, US, Austria, Italy and Australia
Published Oct 16, 2014 - 1:54:19 PM
The recent natural gas boom due to the use of technologies such as fracking will not lead to a reduction of overall greenhouse gas emissions. Burning natural gas produces only half the CO2 emissions as coal per unit of energy. However, as natural gas becomes abundant and therefore cheap, it adds to the total energy supply and only partially replaces coal, a study published in the journal Nature shows. This market effect erases the advantage of lower emissions from the natural gas itself, according to an unprecedented international comparison of computer simulations.
Animal Welfare Institute: US Beef Cattle Industry's Animal Care Standards Inadequate
Published Oct 16, 2014 - 1:48:45 PM
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) announced today that it has sent a written appeal to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), criticizing and requesting revision of the trade association’s guidelines for the care and handling of cattle raised for beef in the United States.
Industrial-scale gold mines have left a toxic and costly legacy for taxpayers in South Carolina
Full story: The State
'Sovereign citizen' claims deeply held Christian belief that tax laws don't apply to him
Full story: Raw Story