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U.S. nuclear operators try to save plants with carbon emission rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. nuclear industry has made a last-minute push to urge the Obama administration to protect the country's 100 nuclear units in its forthcoming carbon rule and prevent the early retirement of several plan...

Aid rushed to Myanmar flood victims, as more heavy rains forecast

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Authorities and relief workers in flood-hit Myanmar are rushing to provide aid to thousands of people after weeks of heavy rains that have killed at least 21 people this month, aid agencies sai...

Growing California wildfire destroys homes, forces hundreds to flee

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A rapidly growing wildfire burned largely unchecked in Northern California's ranch country on Friday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of people to flee.

Time to Shut Down Trophy Imports of All Lions to the United States

On Monday, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, D-N.J. will introduce a bill to ban all imports of trophies and parts from African lions and other at-risk species into the United States. The bill is called the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act. Show More Summary

Criminal Justice News Round-Up: July 27-31

This week, as with every other week in 2015, and likely before, has been punctured with the loss of Black lives at the hands of police and the criminal justice system. Here are this week's stories on the harsh realities and glimmersShow More Summary

Laura Browder and the Punishment Economy

Laura Browder, a single mother of a two and a six-year-old, had just moved to Houston and was trying to start her life there by getting a job. Called in for a last-minute job interview, she had no one to watch her kids, so she decided to bring them and station them 30 yards away in the food court. Show More Summary

Livestream Pickathon from the comfort of your couch

We're live-streaming the 2015 Pickathon Festival from the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Ore., all weekend long.

Beijing, a city without snow, to host 2022 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee announced that the Chinese capital will be home to the games in 2022. Our condolences.

The Shell standoff in Portland comes to a dramatic end

Activists dangling from a bridge are cut loose to make way for Shell's icebreaker, which is now on its way to despoil the Arctic.

Quote of the Day

"I wish to emphasize our genuine wish to have a constructive relationship with The New York Times. But we also are extremely troubled by the events that went into this erroneous report, and will be looking forward to discussing our concerns...Show More Summary

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by cackling.Recommended Reading:Kenrya: [Content Note: Police brutality; misogynoir] Raynette Turner: The Latest Black Woman to Die in Police CustodyJohn: [CN: Police misconduct; homophobia; disablism]Show More Summary

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Adele: "Love Song"(See what I did there?)This week's TMNS has been brought to you by The Cure.

Daily Dose of Cute

Little Ms. Sophie. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Primarily Speaking

[NB: Not only women need access to abortion, but Rand Paul doesn't think about that.] I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it! I love I love I love the primaries and I just can't hide it! Are you as excited as I am! I BET YOU ARE! If...Show More Summary

Open Thread

Hosted by Tatooine.This week's Open Threads have been brought to you by the letter T.

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...This is very good news: "The World Health Organization announced Friday that an Ebola vaccine has shown great promise in halting the spread of the deadly virus during a clinical trial in Guinea....Show More Summary

Charly "Africa" Keunang: Update

[Content Note: Police brutality; racism; death; descriptions of violence; victim-blaming.]In March, I wrote about the police killing of a homeless man known as Africa in Los Angeles. Five officers descended on Africa, with one of the officers (wrongly) claiming that Africa had seized his gun. Show More Summary

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