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French court dismisses hate ‘incitement’ charges against Bob Dylan

A Paris court on Tuesday dismissed a case against singer Bob Dylan on charges of incitement to hatred filed after he was quoted allegedly comparing Croats to Nazis, his lawyer said. The legendary American musician was preliminarily charged with the offence in November after comments made to Rolling Stone magazine…

West, Texas considers building another fertilizer plant despite deadly 2013 explosion

By Lisa Maria Garza WEST, Texas (Reuters) – Not far from an enormous crater where a fertilizer plant stood before an explosion there killed 15 people, lifeless and uprooted trees surround boarded-up homes spray-painted with “OK.” A year ago, that designation was meant to signal that structures had been checked…

U.S. appeals court upholds EPA’s hazardous air pollution rule

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a regulation that would limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, starting next year. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…

Ukraine pushes tanks toward flashpoint separatist city of Slavyansk

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces towards the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east. The seven buses, filled with 100 paratroopers, and 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers represented the Western-backed team’s most forceful response…

European Parliament approves banking reforms to prevent taxpayer-funded bailouts

The European Parliament approved on Tuesday the last elements of a new set of rules to prevent failing banks from ever again driving EU member states into bankruptcy. With ‘banking union’ passed, “we now have in place a true European system to supervise the eurozone banks and deal with any…

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell flown to U.S. after being injured in car accident

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell and his brother Michael were injured in a taxi accident on Saturday while vacationing out of the country, according to the news network. Both men were transported back to the United States, where they are expected to make a full recovery. MSNBC said that the host…

Sen. Feinstein asks DOJ to investigate leak of torture report to McClatchy News Service

Dianne Feinstein Asks DOJ To Investigate Leak Of Torture Report Summary To McClatchy News Service (via Techdirt) Sen. Feinstein seemed incredibly outraged that her office was spied on by the CIA in its efforts to keep a torture report under wraps. This was noted with some attendant irony, given Feinstein’s…

Futuristic walking, ‘talking’ drilling rigs aim to modernize fracking

By Ernest Scheyder WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – The backbreaking life of a roughneck, the iconic worker bees of oilfield drilling rigs, is getting a little easier. Schramm Inc, which built the drilling rig that four years ago helped rescue 33 trapped Chilean copper miners, has designed a 500,000-pound rig…

Boston marks anniversary of bombing with somber ceremonies

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston began its memorials of last year’s marathon bombing attack, which killed three people and injured 264, on a quiet note Tuesday, with Mayor Martin Walsh and Cardinal Sean O’Malley visiting wreaths left at the spots where the two bombs went off. Accompanied by…

Only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women

Just a seventh of scientists in Japan are female, government figures show — a record high rate for the country, despite being the lowest rate of any developed nation. The figure comes amid a high-profile row in Japan that has pitted a young female researcher against the scientific establishment, and…

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