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Burst Water Main Floods NYC Subway, Streets – 9 April 2015

RT logoA busted water main flooded streets and interrupted subway service near Greenwich Village in New York City on Wednesday. The fire department and water crews are responding.

The cause of the broken water main is unclear at this point, but the fire department said it’s possible that a Con Edison utility crew accidentally struck the water pipe. The incident resulted in a downpour of water at the 14th Street station, where the 1, 2 and 3 trains stop.

Videos posted online show one subway car stuck on the rails as water cascades down its sides, with people still sitting inside. The fire department told DNAinfo that there have been no reports of people still inside the station, though some 500 people had to be evacuated.

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NaturalNews – David Gutierrez – Nobody Wants Or Needs GM Potatoes, So Why Is Big Biotech Intent On Pushing It? – 9 April 2015

NaturalNewss Logo-April-2014(NaturalNews) In November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted approval to biotech company Simplot’s “Innate” variety of genetically modified (GM) potatoes. Yet in response to campaigns by GMO critics, both Frito-Lay and McDonald’s have pledged not to use GM potatoes.

“McDonald’s USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practice,” a company spokesperson said.

“This GM potato appears to be yet another GMO white elephant,” wrote Claire Robinson on the website GMWatch. “Not only does nobody want to buy it… but nobody needs it either.” Continue reading

AT&T Settles Largest-Ever Privacy Case – 9 April 2015

RT logoTelecom giant AT&T will give American regulators $25 million after a data breach compromised personally-identifiable information pertaining hundreds of thousands of customers.

The agreement reached between AT&T and the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and announced on Wednesday this week signals the largest settlement the company has ever paid to resolve a privacy case, according to the Los Angeles Times.

According to the FCC, a data breach suffered at three foreign AT&T call centers caused the names, Social Security numbers and other sensitive details belonging to nearly 280,000 United States-based customers to be affected.

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‘Fight 215’ Coalition Unveils Campaign To End Patriot Act Spy Law – 9 April 2015

RT logoSome of the largest digital rights groups in the United States have formed a coalition, unveiling a new campaign intended to urge Congress to keep from renewing the surveillance authority granted to the government under the post-9/11 Patriot Act.

The group — Fight 215 —announcedits formation on Wednesday, less than two months before a June 1 deadline under which the Patriot Act and its provisions are scheduled to expire if lawmakers in Washington don’t reauthorize the law in the coming weeks.

Congress rushed to sign the Patriot Act into law shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the legislation has since been renewed by the US government as terrorism fears remain rampant. Section 215 of the Act allows federal authorities to compel companies across the US for sensitive user details including phone internet records according to secret documents disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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ActivistPost – Cost Of Negative Bank Rates – 9 April 2015

Logo_activistpost-comJames Hall
Activist Post

So you thought that the unimaginable could not happen. The signal is heard loud and clear. Keeping your money in a fiduciary account will not only earn no interest; there will be an actual cost of parking your funds in a bank relationship.

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California Moves To Protect Citizens’ Right To Record, Photo Police – 9 April 2015

RT logoCalifornia lawmakers took a step forward in protecting citizens who record or photograph the actions of police ‒ but do not obstruct their duties ‒ from reprisals by law enforcement, passing legislation out of committee.

The Senate Public Safety Committee unanimously approved State Bill 411 on Tuesday. The legislation would clarify two current laws ‒ Penal Codes 69 and 148, obstruction charges that are frequently used against citizens recording cops ‒ by adding language to those laws specifying that recording cops is not a violation of them.

“Our Constitution guarantees us all the fundamental right to freedom of speech,” Democratic state Senator Ricardo Lara said in a statement. “Recent events throughout the country and here in California have raised questions about when an individual can – and can’t – record. SB 411 will help erase ambiguity, enhance transparency and ensure that freedom of speech is protected for both civilians and police officers.”

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ICC Unlikely To Investigate ISIS Leaders Over War Crimes – Prosecutor – 9 April 2015

RT logoThe International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor says the chances to probe Islamic State leaders despite evidence of numerous war crimes are low, as they are mostly from non-member states Iraq and Syria.

The only chance is a referral by the UN Security Council, Fatou Bensouda said in a statement.

“The jurisdictional basis for opening a preliminary examination into this situation is too narrow at this stage,” she said.

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