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Unlabeled GMO Salmon? Groups Call on FDA to Rein In Industry Claims

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:29

Food & Water Watch and Center for Food Safety called on FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg today to put an end to erroneous statements by AquaBounty Technologies Vice President, who recently told the press that FDA has already decided that the company’s GMO salmon will be sold without a label.

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Unlabeled GMO Salmon? Groups Call on FDA to Rein In Industry Claims

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:29

Food & Water Watch and Center for Food Safety called on FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg today to put an end to erroneous statements by AquaBounty Technologies Vice President, who recently told the press that FDA has already decided that the company’s GMO salmon will be sold without a label.

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Proactive Reproductive Rights Bill Passes Colorado Senate Committee

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:25

The Reproductive Health Freedom Act (SB 175), a proactive bill to protect private medical decisions by Colorado women, has passed its first vote in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The legislation is co-sponsored by Sen. Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood) and Sen. Jeanne Nicholson (D-Gilpin), and it ensures that every individual in Colorado has the fundamental right of privacy and freedom to make their own decisions about contraception and abortion.

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Proactive Reproductive Rights Bill Passes Colorado Senate Committee

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:25

The Reproductive Health Freedom Act (SB 175), a proactive bill to protect private medical decisions by Colorado women, has passed its first vote in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The legislation is co-sponsored by Sen. Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood) and Sen. Jeanne Nicholson (D-Gilpin), and it ensures that every individual in Colorado has the fundamental right of privacy and freedom to make their own decisions about contraception and abortion.

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93 Harvard Faculty Call On University to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:39

Today, in a dramatic acknowledgment of the dangers of man-made climate change, and of the direct link between fossil fuels and climate change, nearly 100 members of Harvard University’s faculty sent a “Faculty Open Letter” to Harvard University President Drew Faust and the members of the Harvard University Corporation.  The Letter criticizes what its authors describe as a “failure of leadership” and calls on the university to divest its endowment—the largest university endowment in the world—from the fossil fuel industry. 

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93 Harvard Faculty Call On University to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:39

Today, in a dramatic acknowledgment of the dangers of man-made climate change, and of the direct link between fossil fuels and climate change, nearly 100 members of Harvard University’s faculty sent a “Faculty Open Letter” to Harvard University President Drew Faust and the members of the Harvard University Corporation.  The Letter criticizes what its authors describe as a “failure of leadership” and calls on the university to divest its endowment—the largest university endowment in the world—from the fossil fuel industry. 

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ACLU Comment on Introduction of Democracy Restoration Act of 2014

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:36

The Democracy Restoration Act, important legislation that seeks to restore voting rights in federal elections to millions of disfranchised Americans, was introduced today in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.).

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ACLU Comment on Introduction of Democracy Restoration Act of 2014

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:36

The Democracy Restoration Act, important legislation that seeks to restore voting rights in federal elections to millions of disfranchised Americans, was introduced today in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.).

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Health Care Providers Ask Full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to Reconsider Texas Law that Blocks Abortion Access

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:33

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Texas, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Center for Reproductive Rights have filed a petition asking the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reconsider the constitutionality of the provision of Texas’ H.B. 2, which requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges. This is a measure that has forced some health centers to close and others to stop providing abortions, making access to abortion services scarce in the state.

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Health Care Providers Ask Full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to Reconsider Texas Law that Blocks Abortion Access

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:33

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Texas, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Center for Reproductive Rights have filed a petition asking the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reconsider the constitutionality of the provision of Texas’ H.B. 2, which requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges. This is a measure that has forced some health centers to close and others to stop providing abortions, making access to abortion services scarce in the state.

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Awards Ceremony to be Held at Ithaca College for Journalists Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Nick Turse and John Carlos Frey

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 08:28

Four acclaimed journalists will speak at Ithaca College on Monday, April 28, as they accept national honors. Glenn Greenwald will appear via a pre-taped video, while Jeremy Scahill, John Carlos Frey and Nick Turse will appear in person.  

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Awards Ceremony to be Held at Ithaca College for Journalists Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Nick Turse and John Carlos Frey

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 08:28

Four acclaimed journalists will speak at Ithaca College on Monday, April 28, as they accept national honors. Glenn Greenwald will appear via a pre-taped video, while Jeremy Scahill, John Carlos Frey and Nick Turse will appear in person.  

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Consumer Pressure Leads Avon To Phase Out Antibacterial Chemical

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:51

The decision by Avon, one of the world’s largest beauty product manufacturers, to remove the antibacterial chemical triclosan from its products is “the latest example of how consumer pressure can improve product safety and change the marketplace,” Environmental Working Group said in a statement today.

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Consumer Pressure Leads Avon To Phase Out Antibacterial Chemical

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:51

The decision by Avon, one of the world’s largest beauty product manufacturers, to remove the antibacterial chemical triclosan from its products is “the latest example of how consumer pressure can improve product safety and change the marketplace,” Environmental Working Group said in a statement today.

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American Rivers Announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:47

American Rivers today announced its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming California’s San Joaquin River the Most Endangered River in the country. Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the current drought, have put the San Joaquin River at a breaking point.

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American Rivers Announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:47

American Rivers today announced its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming California’s San Joaquin River the Most Endangered River in the country. Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the current drought, have put the San Joaquin River at a breaking point.

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'Fast for Families Across America' Returns to National Mall

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:25

After seven weeks, more than 18,000 miles and 90+ congressional districts, the “Fast for Families Across America” buses today completed their journey by returning to the National Mall where the Fast for Families movement originally began. The buses were greeted by a rally of hundreds of supporters from the faith, business, labor and immigrant rights communities who continued the call that “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform.”

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'Fast for Families Across America' Returns to National Mall

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:25

After seven weeks, more than 18,000 miles and 90+ congressional districts, the “Fast for Families Across America” buses today completed their journey by returning to the National Mall where the Fast for Families movement originally began. The buses were greeted by a rally of hundreds of supporters from the faith, business, labor and immigrant rights communities who continued the call that “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform.”

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IMF World Economic Outlook: Economy Improves for Some as Inequality Persists

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:21

The IMF released the World Economic Outlook Report (WEOR) ahead of the annual IMF meetings. The report forecasts improvement for several advanced and emerging economies, including the United States, but notes that the recovery is uneven and vast inequality still continues. One of the principle issues the report reviews is how sustainable the debt loads are for both G20 and developing countries.

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IMF World Economic Outlook: Economy Improves for Some as Inequality Persists

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:21

The IMF released the World Economic Outlook Report (WEOR) ahead of the annual IMF meetings. The report forecasts improvement for several advanced and emerging economies, including the United States, but notes that the recovery is uneven and vast inequality still continues. One of the principle issues the report reviews is how sustainable the debt loads are for both G20 and developing countries.

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