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Jimmy Carter: Reject Keystone XL oil pipeline

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:00
Former President Jimmy Carter urged President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Wednesday, warning that the project would worsen the damaging effects of climate change and saying their decision would define their legacy "on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced." "As you deliberate the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, you are poised to make a decision that will signal either a…
Gun control groups join forces with $50 million from Michael Bloomberg
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:00
One year after legislative efforts to reduce gun violence flamed out in Congress, two gun control groups on Tuesday announced they're merging, in an attempt to revive the debate in Washington and beyond. The new effort is launching with a $50 million commitment from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the support of high profile figures from both sides of the aisle. The new group, Everytown for Gun Safety, will combine the efforts…
Classes resume at Pa. high school after mass stabbing
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:00
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives. Before school began, some students gathered at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on the football field behind Franklin Regional High School to pray and to support one another. After that, as day broke and other students drove to school…
Bloomberg to spend $50M on gun control
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:00
In his first major initiative since leaving office, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans on Wednesday to launch a new gun control organization that he hopes can rival the National Rifle Association. The grassroots umbrella group, called Everytown, is "a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities." "For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take…
4 dead in S. Korea ferry sinking
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:00
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean —…
Boston hoax suspect due in court
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:00
BOSTON (AP) — A man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings has a mental disorder, his mother told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Kevin "Kayvon" Edson, 25, has bipolar disorder, his mother, Joie Edson said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of threatening battery, possession of a hoax explosive device, threats to commit a…
Bloomberg takes on NRA
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:46
STORY HIGHLIGHTSThe gun control group will focus more on field work and less on TV advertisingEverytown for Gun Safety will become the umbrella for other gun control groupsThe effort will target 15 statesMoms are the key outreach demographic (CNN) -- Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year through his new group Everytown for Gun Safety to counter the influence of the National Rifle Association, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Former New York Mayor Bloomberg to spend $50 million in anti-gun drive
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:45
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control. The initiative's political target is the powerful pro-gun lobby, including the National Rifle Association, that spends millions of dollars each year to back gun-rights supporters. Bloomberg's group, called Everytown for Gun Safety, will focus on state and local lawmakers,…
Ex-con, ex-governor Edwards raises $33,000 in Louisiana run for Congress
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:45
By Lisa Bose McDermott (Reuters) - Former Louisiana Governor, Edwin Edwards, a convicted felon now running for the U.S. Congress, has raised nearly $33,000 in donations since launching his campaign last month, according to a contribution report. The 86-year-old Democrat, who was Louisiana's longest serving governor, revealed he has 12 donors to his campaign for the state's Sixth Congressional District, according to a first quarter contribution report filed before the midnight Tuesday deadline.
Calgary stabbing suspect is policeman's son
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:45
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history. Matthew Douglas de Grood, a recent graduate of the University of Calgary, picked up a large knife shortly after arriving at the party and stabbed the victims one by one shortly after 1 a.m.