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MSNBC's Sole Palestinian Voice Rula Jebreal Takes on Pro-Israeli Goverment Bias at Network and in US Media 24.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster 24.7.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts.
Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster 24.7.2014 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial
GENEVA (AP) — Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering ...
Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster 24.7.2014 AP Top News
GENEVA (AP) -- Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts....
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HUFFPOST HILL - Senator Caught Having Unoriginal Ideas 24.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Politicos were shocked to learn that John Walsh plagiarized his masters thesis — just as soon as they found out who John Walsh was. David Gregory is rumored to be on the outs at “Meet the Press,” disappointing people who wake up early on Sunday to watch programming they saw on CNN all week. And Ted Cruz accused President Obama of launching an indirect boycott of Israel by halting flights to Tel Aviv. On a totally unrelated note, Air Canada did the same thing. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014: HOUSE REPUBLICANS BRAVELY PROPOSE TO INVADE AMERICA - We wish our fighting men and women luck as they establish a beachhead in the Mesa, Arizona A&W. Elise Foley and Sabrina Siddiqui: "House Republicans are considering a roughly $1.5 billion package that would help deal with the nation's ongoing border crisis, but there will be strings attached that could threaten the bill's support from Democrats and the chance for resolution before members leave town in August. Key to the plan are changes to a ...
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EPA: No comment on fracking air pollution 23.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
No one at the Environmental Protection Agency has been willing to talk on the record about air pollution associated with fracking in Texas.
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Crippled cruise liner Costa Concordia towed away from Italian shore 23.7.2014 L.A. Times - World News
The Costa Concordia, the cruise liner that capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio on Jan. 12, 2012, began its final voyage Wednesday as tugboats pulled it away from the accident site.
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MH17: An Unintended Consequence 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The evidence indicating that MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made radar guided Surface to Air Missile (SAM) is compelling. The perpetrators, on the other hand, will be harder to discern, requiring independent forensic experts to sift through the vast debris field created by the jet breaking up at a speed of over 500mph and at an altitude of 33,000ft. The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) will once again be critical in progressing the sequence of events but unlikely to reveal the culprits. Sadly, the investigation may never actually reach a satisfactory conclusion, as access is already proving difficult due to the vacuum of governance and state security functions in Eastern Ukraine. Aviation accident investigations are by their nature complex, methodical and slow, especially when compounded by geo-political tensions. But there are critical lessons that must be heeded from the outset, linking the future safety of global air travelers to the adaptation of foreign policy that can ...
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John Kerry Flies To Israel Despite FAA Ban 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com

TEL AVIV, July 23 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to seek ways of ending the deadliest violence in years between Israel and Gaza's Islamist Hamas.

"Secretary Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel, this morning to meet with officials to discuss the ongoing ceasefire efforts," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

"He will also travel to Jerusalem and the West Bank, and will be meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Palestinian Authority President (Mahmoud) Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu." (Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Crispian Balmer)
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Maine Conservation Groups Gather with South Portland Residents to Celebrate and React to Tar Sands Vote 23.7.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

In an historic vote, the South Portland City Council last night voted 6-1 to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance to protect the city from a tar sands crude oil terminal. The city developed the ordinance after Protect South Portland’s neighbor-to-neighbor campaign educated and mobilized the community against tar sands over the last year and a half. Conservation groups and South Portland residents gathered to reflect, stating that the victory shows that citizens can overcome out-of-state oil interests.

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"You Want Clean Air? Well, Screw You." 22.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We've just spotted a new form of conservative protest against the EPA and the Clean Air Act: Coal Rollers. Pick-up trucks customized to spew black smoke -- "the newest weapon in the culture wars." As one salesperson of these trucks put it: "You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you." The people driving these trucks spew black smoke over anyone they think looks like an environmental softie-people driving Priuses or riding bikes, for instance. Let's compare this "Right to Pollute" attitude with that of a polluter who now wants to do right by the world. Tom Steyer is a former hedge fund manager who is forcefully and effectively using his vast wealth to support regulations that will slow down climate change. He will invest $100 million in political races around the country this year; he is targeting places where polluting climate deniers, backed by the Koch Brothers , are trying to stop any action to curtail the dangerous carbon pollution that is wreaking havoc on our world. Recently ...
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9/11 Commission Report A Decade Later: Threats Have Evolved, U.S. Hasn't 22.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The authors of the seminal 9/11 Commission report have produced a new study, a decade after the first, painting an often alarming picture of the country’s vulnerability to another terrorist attack. The report, released Tuesday, praises some federal actions for making the country ”better equipped to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks than in 2001.” The commission, led by Chairman Tom Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton, points to the federalization of airport security, upgraded security at ports of entry, and the devotion of hundreds of billions of dollars to the intelligence community as policy movements in the right direction Yet the report finds foreboding gaps. The authors argue that the U.S. remains under-resourced on cyber-terrorism and under-appreciative of emerging threats, predominantly in the Middle East. They note that while core al Qaeda “has been damaged in recent years, its affiliates and associated groups … now have a presence in more theaters of operation than they did ...
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Does Big Oil Really Care About Vulnerable Communities? 21.7.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jorge Madrid Source: flickr/Jason Holmberg, Richmond, CA There they go again… with the same lament we always seem to hear from Big Oil lobbyists when it's time to protect public health: Don't put environmental protections on fuels, because that "will hit low-income and middle-income families the hardest." In other words, if you make us clean up our act, then we'll be forced to raise gas prices, which hurts vulnerable people… You don't want to hurt them, do you? Hmmm. Do oil companies really care about vulnerable populations like low income people and communities of color? Could it be that they are using these families as a smokescreen for killing environmental protections and protecting their profits? Let's look at the facts and see if we can cut through some of this smoke. Oil companies are among the most profitable enterprises in the world — last year the "big five" made $93 billion in profits, or $177,000 per minute. Even in my home state of California, which is at the forefront of environmental ...
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Minnesota man mourns brother lost aboard MH17 21.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Drew Ryder said his brother Anjen, and sister-in-law Yvonne, were returning from a vacation in the Netherlands to the family's home in western Australia when the jet went down.
FBI warns about unapproved air-conditioner coolant 20.7.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
The FBI is warning people to be on alert for refrigerant substitutes that have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Some contain propane, which is flammable and can explode or catch fire.
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Worldwide legal claims could await Malaysia Airlines after jet downed 19.7.2014 World
By Andrew Chung and David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - Malaysia Airlines may need to convince judges from several countries that it was not negligent to send a plane over wartorn eastern Ukraine if the airline hopes to avoid an outsize legal exposure for the downing of Flight MH17, aviation lawyers said. The lawyers told Reuters they expected at least some of the families of the 283 passengers on board the flight to sue Malaysia Airlines for damages above the amount they can already seek under an international agreement. There was no consensus among the lawyers about whether there was a strong case that Malaysia Airlines was negligent. He said the national airline took no undue risk in flying over Ukraine.
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FBI issues warning about unapproved air conditioner coolant that could explode or catch fire 19.7.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant 19.7.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.
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FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant 19.7.2014 Yahoo: US National
ATLANTA (AP) — As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.
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Scientists launch campaign to detail front range air pollution 17.7.2014 Environmental News Network
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and partner organizations are launching a major field project across the northern Front Range of Colorado this month to track the origins of summertime ozone, an invisible but harmful pollutant. The researchers will use specially equipped aircraft, mobile radars, balloon-mounted sensors, and sophisticated computer simulations to measure local and far-flung pollution sources. Results from the month-long study will provide needed information to officials seeking to ensure that air in the region is healthy to breathe.
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