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Anti-abortion group pushes hoax already uncovered by Planned Parenthood

Update: Planned Parenthood fires worker after undercover video surfaces Family planning organization Planned Parenthood said Tuesday that it had fired one of their managers who an anti-abortion group had accused of counseling a man posing as a “pimp” on how to skirt the law, according to Statehouse Bureau. Original story…

In Halliburton case, Supreme Court may sanction corporations lying to investors

The Supreme Court’s decision in the upcoming case Erica P. John Fund Inc v. Halliburton could prevent companies that deceive their investors from being held accountable, according to Jeff McCord of The Investor Advocate. In early January, the Supreme Court agreed to review a US appeals court ruling that denied…

Planned Parenthood reports possible anti-abortion media prank to FBI

In what may be an orchestrated hoax targeting Planned Parenthood, at least 11 of the abortion provider’s health centers were, in a one-week span, visited by men who implied they ran interstate sex trafficking rings involving teenagers and undocumented immigrants. Planned Parenthood reported the incidents to the FBI, and its…

SKorea ‘will be taking military action’ against NKorea, predicts former US Intel chief

The former chief of US intelligence warned Sunday that South Korea has lost its patience with provocations by North Korea and “will be taking military action.” Retired admiral Dennis Blair, who was director of national intelligence until May, said he did not think that hostilities would escalate into a larger…

UN climate change negotiations see progress in Mexico

CANCUN, Mexico (AFP) – The United Nations on Sunday pointed to progress in one track of negotiations on climate change, but questions persisted on whether the talks in Mexico can take concrete steps toward a new treaty. Negotiators from more than 190 countries were arriving at the Caribbean resort of…

AT&T pushes Supreme Court to demolish right to join class action lawsuits

A case that has quietly made its way up to the Supreme Court’s docket threatens to unhinge one of America’s key consumer protections: the class action lawsuit. Telecommunications provider AT&T is pursuing an argument in front of the nation’s highest court that would permit companies which require service or employment…

European polluters back Tea Party candidates

Some of Europe’s top polluters are funding the political campaigns of Tea Party candidates and others in the United States who deny global warming, according to a report by Climate Action Network Europe. The twelve page report (.pdf) is based on information recently published by the Open Secrets database. The…

Vets’ group: 92 percent of ‘D’ or ‘F’ grades on supporting troops go to Republicans

A new report by a leading veterans group has awarded grades to members of Congress based on their support of veterans issues. One party failed miserably. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) gave out 154 D and F grades. 142 of those went to Republicans and 12 to Democrats…

US heat wave just preview of future: study

WASHINGTON — The US East Coast is sweltering in a record-hot summer but it could endure twice as many sweaty days by mid-century without action on climate change, an environmental group said Wednesday. The US capital, Washington, is on track for 50 days in 2010 in which the mercury crosses…

Netanyahu: Only US military threats can stop Iran from making nukes

Diplomacy and sanctions won’t stop Iran from building a nuclear warhead, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “There has only been one time that Iran actually stopped the program,” Netanyahu told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday. “That was when it feared US military action.” The prime minister agreed with…

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