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A pipeline exploded in Beaver County, Pennsylvania at approximately 5 a.m. Monday morning, causing a large fire and prompting the evacuation of dozens of homes in the area.
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As Hurricane Florence threatens the East Coast, a newly released document shows that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) transferred almost $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show reported Tuesday night.
The document was released by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who said he believed the transfer of $9,755,303 occurred this summer.
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In a "crib sheet" sent to BBC journalists via email last Thursday and obtained by Carbon Brief, the major news source provided reporters with a climate "editorial policy" and "position" and invited them to attend an hour-long "training course on reporting climate change."
"After a summer of heatwaves, floods and extreme weather, environment stories have become front of mind for our audiences. There are a number of important related news events in the coming months—including the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Green Great Britain Week in October—so there will be many more stories to cover. Younger audiences, in particular, have told us they'd like to see more journalism on the issue," the email, written and sent by BBC Director of News and Current Affairs Fran Unsworth, began.
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Japan is proposing a slew of rule changes at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Florianópolis, Brazil this week that conservationists worry would ultimately lift a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling.
Japan, which launched a "scientific whaling" program in 1987 as a loophole to the moratorium, has killed more than 15,600 whales in the Antarctic since the ban (including juvenile and pregnant minke whales), according to a report released last month by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the Animal Welfare Institute(AWI).
Previous reports have revealed that the Japanese government has an ultimate goal to resume commercial whaling, even though most of its citizens no longer eat whales. Whaling proponents say that hunting the mammals is part of their culture.
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Journalist Dan Rather no doubt spoke for millions of Americans when he recently tweeted: "This story gnaws at my soul. How could we let this happen in our name?" He was talking about the more than 400 children, some younger than 5, who were taken from their parents at the southern US border and still remain separated five months later, with no end in sight. Public outrage forced Donald Trump to back down for awhile, but if we allow this story to fade from the news, the chances of every child being reunited any time soon, if at all, will fade as well.
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Before his inauguration in 2017, Trump made this promise: "We're going to have insurance for everybody. People can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better". Now, a year-and-a-half later, it is time to test the validity of this promise. Without any question, it is one lie after another.
Republicans and the Trump administration have failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after multiple attempts, but have sabotaged it in a number of ways. What we now have is chaos and confusion throughout the system, increasing numbers of uninsured and underinsured, health care costs going through the roof, worse patient outcomes as more people forgo care they cannot afford, and increasing bureaucracy as private insurers game the system for maximal profits at the expense of patients and their families.
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Editor's Note: The 2018 election season is finally upon us, and the democratic doings in Florida have -- as usual -- made the whole country sit up and take notice. The governor's race between Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis, along with the senate race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson, are a microcosm of both our national discourse and our ongoing national trauma. BuzzFlash decided we need eyes and ears on the ground in that strangest and swampiest of states, and Bryan Adeline is our man. He will be submitting weekly reports on the doings down in the Sunshine State, so stay tuned. This is Florida, so it only gets weirder from here. -- WRP
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"This isn't rocket science," Jackie Ingram said, humorously downplaying her involvement in the Restorative Justice Community Court, a pilot project of the Cook County Circuit Court, which has brought a new, healing-focused system of justice to her community this past year.
My thought in that moment was: She's right. Saving kids and reclaiming a troubled, broken community may be more complex than rocket science.
And more crucial.
"This is basic," she went on. "Give them hope that they have a future."
Jackie, who lives in the Chicago neighborhood of North Lawndale, is one of the community members involved in the experimental court, which addresses some of the worst failings of the country's criminal justice system.
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Days after an arbitrator announced that former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick's collusion suit against the NFL can move forward, Nike announced that it was kicking off the 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" campaign, by choosing Kaepernick as one of the faces of the campaign. The campaign – which already has drawn reaction by anti-Kapers -- features a close-up black and white image of Kaepernick's face with the quote "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." According to Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson, Kaepernick will be paid millions for his endorsement deal and will "have his own apparel line with the company."
Last week, at the U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, Kaepernick and former 49er safety Eric Reid were greeted with loud applause when they were introduced during the match between Serena Williams and her sister Venus. At her post-match press conference, Serena said: "I think every athlete, every human and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored how Colin and Eric are doing so much more for the greater good," She added, "They really use their platform in ways that is really unfathomable. I feel like they obviously have great respect from a lot of their peers, especially other athletes, people that really are looking for social change."
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Two environmental groups have filed suit against the U.S. Coast Guard in a Detroit federal district court, arguing that their plan to respond in the case of a Great Lakes pipeline oil spill is inadequate, The Detroit News reported on Aug. 22.
The suit is part of a larger push to shut down Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac between Lakes Huron and Michigan and comes as indigenous activists have set up camps protesting the line that could damage 400 miles of shoreline in a spill.