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Hong Kong protesters refuse to stop rallies

Pro-democracy demonstrators let an ambulance go through as the protestors gather for the third night in Hong Kong on September 30, 2014

Hong Kong (AFP) – Hong Kong demonstrators rejected demands immediately to end rallies that have paralysed the city’s downtown, their numbers swelling for a third night before a national holiday Wednesday expected to put their campaign for free elections into overdrive.

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Hong Kong protesters set deadline for government

A student pro-democracy protester covers his face in plastic wrap to protect against pepper spray in the event that it is used as they stand-off with local police, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands for reforms after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience.

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U.S. FAA says reviewing contingency plans, security polices after fire

FAA Administrator Huerta holds news conference announcing expanded use of portable electronic devices at Reagan National Airport in Washington

By Alwyn Scott WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. aviation safety agency’s top official said on Monday he ordered a review of all U.S. air traffic control contingency plans and security policies following a fire on Friday that crippled air travel over much of the U.S. Midwest. Speaking at an industry conference, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta said the agency will not hesitate to make changes in security policies if needed. The outage affected more than 3,000 flights. …

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Victim in Florida loud music shooting was in defensive position, court told

Defendant Michael Dunn in court on day two of his first-degree murder trial in Jacksonville

By Susan Cooper Eastman TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) – The trajectory of the bullets that killed an unarmed teen in a gas station dispute over loud rap music indicates that the victim could not have been in an aggressive pose, a forensic expert testified on Monday in a racially charged north Florida murder trial. Michael Dunn, 47, a white software engineer, is being retried for first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was black. Dunn fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying Davis and his three friends at a Jacksonville gas station in November 2012. …

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Corporations Are Not Going to Save Us From Climate Disruption

Participants in the People's Climate March 2014 in New York City, September 21.

With apparent naïveté, the UN insists on taking its cue from the very corporations who are responsible for degrading the planet, destroying lives and creating the crisis in the first place. This is pervasive throughout institutions and governments across the globe, not only the UN. The reason is money.

Participants in the People’s Climate March 2014 in New York City, September 21. (Photo: South Bend Voice)

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This past week in New York saw some remarkable actions around climate change. The massive People’s Climate March was perhaps the main media spectacle, but it was not the only, or necessarily the most important event. Another important one: the Climate Justice Summit, which featured the voices and testimonials of people all around the country and the globe who are on the frontlines, bearing the brunt of both ruthless extraction and destruction of their lands and livelihoods, and also experiencing most directly the impacts of climate change itself. Many were tearful as they described lives and lands laid to ruin by tar sands, fracking, coal, uranium mining and more. The brutal, relentless and …read more

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