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Jun 28 2013

ReThink Reviews: The Heat

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Rethink ReviewsTaking a deeper look at current and past films and how they relate to the world today.

Jonathan Kim is an independent film critic who writes and produces film reviews for Uprising and other outlets. He is a former co-producer at Brave New Films.

Read his reviews online at ReThinkReviews.net. Watch his videos at www.youtube.com/user/jsjkim, …

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Jun 26 2013

MotherJones: How Fiscal Conservatives Learned to Love a $20 Billion Nuke Plant

Before retiring from Congress four years ago, David Hobson, a powerful subcommittee chairman, says he couldn’t fathom why the Energy Department was so determined to build a multibillion dollar plant in South Carolina for transforming plutonium into fuel for US nuclear reactors.

Although the plant was billed as a noble arms control initiative, meant to dispose of the plutonium so it could not be used in weapons again, Hobson was troubled by billions in cost overruns, …

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Jun 26 2013

CBS: FDA allows two new cigarettes to market after “historic” review

Newswire | Published 26 Jun 2013, 12:49 pm | Comments Off on CBS: FDA allows two new cigarettes to market after “historic” review -

he Food and Drug Administration in a first has authorized the release of two new types of cigarettes while rejecting four others, using for the first time a regulatory rule established about five years ago by the Obama administration.

That’s not to say the two new products — Lorillard Tobacco’s Newport Non-Menthol Gold Box 100s and Newport Non-Menthol Gold Box — are less harmful than other cigarettes or that the makers can even call the products …

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Jun 26 2013

ABC: Student Loan Deal Unlikely as Deadline Looms

ABC News’ Cara Newlon reports:

Senate lawmakers say that a compromise to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling before the impending July 1 deadline appears unlikely.

“If I were a betting person, I’d say that’s something we’ll come back and attempt to fix retroactively,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told ABC News.

If the Senate fails to reach an agreement, interest rates on new Stafford student loans will double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent. The doubling …

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Jun 26 2013

al-Monitor: Erdogan’s ‘Three Children’ Campaign Alienates Women

Newswire | Published 26 Jun 2013, 12:39 pm | Comments Off on al-Monitor: Erdogan’s ‘Three Children’ Campaign Alienates Women -

During the 15 days the AKP government pulled out security forces from Gezi Park and its environs in Istanbul and left the park to protesters, the young people there used also humor to express their reactions to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

One the most memorable protests was by three young protesters holding a placard saying, “Hey Erdogan! Do you want three children like us?” They had it photographed and shared it via social media.

There …

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Jun 26 2013

KCET: Giant Solar Project Planned on Edwards Air Force Base

Newswire | Published 26 Jun 2013, 12:36 pm | Comments Off on KCET: Giant Solar Project Planned on Edwards Air Force Base -

A 450-megawatt solar project may break ground as early as next year at Edwards Air Force Base in the western Mojave Desert. The project, now undergoing environmental review, would sell power to utilities outside the military base.

The proposed Oro Verde Solar Project is proceeding under a 2010 agreement between Edwards Air Force Base and the solar contractor SunEdison, which would lease up to 4,000 acres in the base’s northwestern corner in Kern County. The Air …

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Jun 26 2013

McClatchy: GAO slams USAID’s Haiti rebuilding efforts

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WASHINGTON — U.S. efforts to help rebuild Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake have been plagued by poor planning, delays and mistaken cost estimates that have forced many projects to be scaled back, the Government Accountability Office has concluded in a report released this month.

Of the $651 million Congress allocated for Haiti reconstruction to the U.S. Agency for International Development, only $204 million has been spent three years later. And much of that has …

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Jun 26 2013

Bloomberg: BofA, Citi Sued by University of California Over Libor

Newswire | Published 26 Jun 2013, 12:27 pm | Comments Off on Bloomberg: BofA, Citi Sued by University of California Over Libor -

Bank of America Corp. and Barclays Plc (BARC) are among more than a dozen banks sued by the Regents of the University of California over claims they manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate.

The university system filed an antitrust complaint in federal court in San Francisco. It accuses the banks of fraud, deceit and unjust enrichment, among other claims, and it seeks unspecified damages for either paying inflated interest rates or receiving deflated interest rates on …

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Jun 26 2013

LAWeekly: Ride App Services Told to Shut Down in L.A.

How can ride-app outfits like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar operate in a town with strict rules about how and where taxis can do business?

It’s a question we’ve been asking here at L.A. Weekly world headquarters. And Los Angeles Department of Transportation taxicab administrator Thomas Drischler this week came up with an answer.

Namely, they can’t:

In a cease-and-desist letter sent to those three companies, Drischler accused them of …

… operating an unlicensed, for-profit …

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Jun 26 2013

NatGeo: Biggest Dead Zone Ever Forecast in Gulf of Mexico

Newswire | Published 26 Jun 2013, 11:43 am | Comments Off on NatGeo: Biggest Dead Zone Ever Forecast in Gulf of Mexico -

A possibly record-breaking, New Jersey-size dead zone may put a chokehold on the Gulf of Mexico (map) this summer, according to a forecast released this week.

Unusually robust spring floods in the U.S. Midwest are flushing agricultural runoff—namely, nitrogen and phosphorus—into the Gulf and spurring giant algal blooms, which lead to dead zones, or areas devoid of oxygen that occur in the summer.

The forecast, developed by the University of Michigan and Louisiana State University with support …

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