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Pit Bull Discrimination Is Never OK -- Especially For A Superhero Therapy Dog 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Aladdin is such a superhero that an anonymous fan gave him a shiny green costume over the summer. "He loves dressing up. To him, that's a sign that he's going to work," says his owner, Michele Schaffer-Stevens, who has been caring for Aladdin for about a year and a half now. Aladdin's job is as a volunteer therapy dog. He goes to schools, nursing homes, libraries -- anywhere people may find comfort in a dog wearing a fancy outfit. Well, almost anywhere. A Philadelphia-area hospital stirred controversy this summer after rejecting Aladdin for its therapy dog program, seemingly on account of his pit bull-shaped head . After an outraged response from members of the therapy dog and animal rescue communities, Richard P. Miller, Virtua hospital's president and CEO, issued a statement that the hospital does not discriminate against dogs by breed . Miller said Schaffer-Stevens hadn't filled out the correct paperwork and invited invited her to try again. Last week, Dean Mazzoni, a vice president, called to say ...
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As US Bombs Iraq and Syria, Who Exactly Is Being Killed? 29.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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It's Time to Abandon the Delusion of a Carbon Tax 29.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
At the United Nations last week, President Obama urged the nations of the world to follow our lead and begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The president has moved aggressively to use the powers of the Clean Air Act to begin the decade-long process of regulating greenhouse gases as air pollutants. Still, even though the president is articulating a strong policy on climate change, he is being criticized because the U.S. is not willing to set a price on carbon. As Coral Davenport reported in the New York Times : ...a major new declaration calling for a global price on carbon -- signed by 74 countries and more than 1,000 businesses and investors -- is missing a key signatory: the United States. The declaration, released by the World Bank the day before Mr. Obama's speech at the United Nations Climate Summit, has been signed by China, Shell, Dow Chemical and Coca-Cola. It calls on all nations to enact laws forcing industries to pay for the carbon emissions that scientists say are the leading cause of ...
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Russian suspicions of U.S. motives in Syria make cooperation unlikely 28.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Lesley Wroughton and Matt Spetalnick NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Russia see Islamic State as a common enemy but are failing to overcome deep mutual distrust and agree on how to tackle the threat together, making any role for Moscow in the U.S.-led campaign unlikely, say U.S. Moscow suspects Washington's ulterior motive is removal of its ally, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Washington refuses to consider working together as long as Moscow insists that ...
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Oregon Court Says Animals Can Be Crime 'Victims,' Like People. So What Does That Mean? 26.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last month, the Oregon Supreme Court issued two rulings widely celebrated as major victories for animal rights, granting animals legal protections formerly reserved for humans. In State v. Nix , the court held that animals -- namely, 20 goats and horses, found starving among the bodies of others that hadn't made it, on the defendant Arnold Nix's farm -- can each be considered individual "victims" under the law. In State v. Fessenden , also involving an emaciated horse, the court upheld the warrantless seizure of an animal found to be starving, under an "exigent circumstances" exception to the Fourth Amendment. But some, like the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Oregon animal welfare attorney Dane Johnson have pointed out the rulings' limits . ALDF, for example, expressed disappointment that the court did not go even further and explicitly decide if a broader Fourth Amendment exception -- the " emergency aid exception " -- also applies to animals. This exception, ALDF writes, is "similar to the exigent ...
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No Charges in Ohio Police Killing of John Crawford as Walmart Video Contradicts 911 Caller Account 26.9.2014 Truthout.com
An Ohio grand jury has declined to indict the white police officer who fatally shot John Crawford. A 22-year-old African American, Crawford was killed inside a Wal-Mart store last month after a caller phoned police to accuse him of brandishing a gun and pointing it at other customers. In fact, Crawford had picked up an unloaded BB air rifle on a shelf, an item that is sold in the store. Newly released surveillance footage shows major discrepancies between a 911 caller’s account, and what really happened. The Justice Department now says it will launch a federal review to determine if Crawford’s civil rights were violated. We are joined by two guests: Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, a national organization that has campaigned for Wal-Mart to release the surveillance tapes, and James Hayes, founding member of the Ohio Student Association, which has been organizing protests over the shooting. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We ...
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Utah opens criminal probe into Stericycle medical waste incinerator 26.9.2014 Health
(Reuters) - Utah Governor Gary Herbert asked the state's attorney general on Thursday to open a criminal probe into allegations of misconduct at a medical waste incinerator that environmental activists have accused of polluting the air. The criminal investigation comes in addition to separate probes launched last week by the state's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and its Labor Commission into activities at the plant owned by Stericycle in North Salt Lake. Herbert's office said the governor had directed that all the investigations be completed as soon as possible. ...
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Are U.S. Air Strikes In Syria Legal? 26.9.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
Rachel Martin talks to Noah Feldman, professor of International Law at Harvard School of Law, about why he believes there is no law supporting the American air strikes in Syria.
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"Restricted use": right direction, but won't protect our kids and communities from toxic pesticide 25.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Veena Singla, Staff Scientist, Health Program, San Francisco: When the average person hears that the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) is making chlorpyrifos a “restricted use” pesticide, they tend to think that it’s a good thing. And, in general, it is. But despite its impressive-sounding name, “restricted use”...
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No Charges in Ohio Police Killing of John Crawford as Wal-Mart Video Contradicts 911 Caller Account 25.9.2014 Democracy Now!
An Ohio grand jury has declined to indict the white police officer who fatally shot John Crawford. A 22-year-old African American, Crawford was killed inside a Wal-Mart store last month after a caller phoned police to accuse him of brandishing a gun and pointing it at other customers. In fact, Crawford had picked up an unloaded BB air rifle on a shelf, an item that is sold in the store. Newly released surveillance footage shows major discrepancies between a 911 caller's account, and what really happened. The Justice Department now says it will launch a federal review to determine if Crawford's civil rights were violated. We are joined by two guests: Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, a national organization that has campaigned for Wal-Mart to release the surveillance tapes, and James Hayes, founding member of the Ohio Student Association, which has been organizing protests over the shooting.
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How far does ISIS' reach extend? 25.9.2014 CNN: Top Stories
But the recent expansion of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS into Syria, as well as a call by a leader of the extremist group for attacks against Western citizens, has raised questions about how far the militants' global reach extends.
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The Next Move on Climate Change -- Lessons from the First Earth Day 25.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When I ponder the next big push for action on climate change, I think back to the late summer of 1969, just before Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson vowed to organize a nationwide environmental teach-in. At the time, the United States did not really have an environmental movement. Grassroots activism was diffuse and often unheralded. Polls showed that most Americans were concerned about pollution, but the issue was not a priority. The federal government had not yet acted boldly to clean up the nation's air and water. Nelson's resolve changed everything. His teach-in became the first Earth Day -- the biggest demonstration in U.S. history. Inspired by Nelson's call to action, local organizers planned more than 12,000 Earth Day events that drew millions of people. Politicians took notice: Earth Day 1970 prompted a landmark series of government actions, from the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency to the passage of the Clean Air Act. Earth Day also built a new eco-infrastructure outside of ...
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Can a gas station charge for providing air for your tires? 24.9.2014 LA Times: Business
Sharon wants to know how gas stations get away with charging people for providing air for their tires.
Rubin: Pols with no plan for destroying the Islamic State 24.9.2014 Washington Post

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has spent a good deal of time trying to make clear that he is not Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) when it comes to foreign policy, citing his tough stances on Russia and Iran, to name two. (He sometimes sounds — as Paul does — as if he opposes National Security Agency data gathering and droning jihadists overseas, but he’s not been pinned down nor has he taken a stance on defense spending, which should be a no-brainer.) But in voting “no” on the use of force in Syria in 2013 and in opposing the resolution on Syria now, he risks frittering away what progress he made in establishing himself as a serious foreign policy leader.

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Plan to disburse climate change funds challenged by Bay Area officials 24.9.2014 LA Times: Science
Bay Area public officials are challenging a state plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to fight climate change by cleaning the air in some of California's poorest and most polluted communities, most of which are in Southern California.
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2,4-D or not 2,4-D? That is EPA's question. 24.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kristi Pullen, Staff Scientist, Washington, D.C.: There was an old lady who swallowed a fly – or so began one of my favorite songs from childhood.  An elderly woman, determined to rid herself of a pesky fly problem, starts out by swallowing a spider to catch...
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Airstrikes Move To Syria, Target More Than Just ISIS 23.9.2014 NPR News
The strikes, supported by five Arab nations, are a major escalation in the campaign and hit other extremists groups including one that the Pentagon says is planning to attack U.S. interests.
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U.S. airstrikes expand to Syrian city of Aleppo 23.9.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Even as it launched sweeping new airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, the U.S. military said Tuesday that it had expanded the campaign to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, targeting an offshoot of Al Qaeda said to be plotting  "imminent" attacks against American and...
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U.S., Arab allies begin airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria 23.9.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the ...
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Obama faces hurdles at U.N. Security Council meeting 23.9.2014 L.A. Times - World News
When he heads to the United Nations this week, President Obama will try to rally the world around military operations against Sunni extremists in Iraq, without invoking his predecessor's similar effort, which failed before the global body 11 years ago.
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