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Flooding of coastal cities to cost $1 trillion in damages by 2050: study

By 2050, flood damage in the world’s coastal cities is expected to reach $1 trillion a year as sea levels rise and global warming triggers new extremes of heat, windstorm and rain. More than 40% of these prodigious costs could fall upon just four cities – New Orleans, Miami and…

Hurricane Sandy task force calls for stronger homes to withstand worsening storms

A taskforce created by President Obama in the wake of superstorm Sandy has issued a report with 69 policy initiatives centered around one major recommendation: to construct stronger buildings in anticipation of more extreme storms. The report, published on Monday by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, had 69 policy…

U.S. seeks to speed up hearings for five alleged 9/11 suspects

The US government on Monday pushed for an acceleration of preliminary hearings in the case of five alleged 9/11 plotters as the proceedings resumed in Guantanamo Bay. Lead prosecutor Brigadier General Mark Martins said he hoped to see progress “this week” as he presented a motion calling for a September…

Human rights group demands halt to live ammo use in Egypt

Human Rights Watch called on the Egyptian government Monday to stop using live ammunition against protesters, as it challenged the official death toll from day one of the ongoing crisis. In a statement, the New York-based human rights group said the large-scale use of live ammunition was not only unjustified,…

Copper ingestion may lead to the development of Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists on Monday reported new evidence that copper can lead to the plaque buildup in the brain that causes Alzheimer’s disease, fueling fresh debate over the mineral’s role in dementia. The scientific community is divided on the question of whether copper — found in red meat, vegetables, dairy products as…

CIA admits to helping overthrow Iran’s democratically elected leader in 1953

The CIA has publicly admitted for the first time that it was behind the notorious 1953 coup against Iran’s democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, in documents that also show how the British government tried to block the release of information about its own involvement in his overthrow. On the…

World Athletics Championships marred by Russian anti-gay and nationalist rhetoric

Russia on Monday basked in the glory of its triumph at the World Athletics Championships but the event was shadowed by a controversy over homophobia which now risks tarnishing its hosting of the Winter Olympics and World Cup. Russian athletes topped the medals table for the first time since 2001…

NYC’s Police Chief: Largest-ever gun seizure by an undercover cop was really because of ‘stop and frisk’

At a press conference this morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Department Commissior Ray Kelly announced the largest gun seizure in the history of the city. Nineteen people were arrested on charges that they were running “a gun pipeline” that led from the Carolinas into New York…

Government asks for 60-year sentence for Bradley Manning

The US government has urged a military judge to sentence Bradley Manning to 60 years in prison, arguing that the solider, who leaked a huge collection of classified documents to WikiLeaks, “deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life” in custody. The request was made by military lawyers on…

Detroit’s unions file challenge to city’s bankruptcy filing

(Reuters) – Detroit’s unions filed a challenge on Monday to the city’s historic bankruptcy filing, contending that the city has not met key requirements to seek protection from its creditors. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25 and other unions said Detroit has not proven it…

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