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Unearthing America's Deep Network of Climate Change Deniers

Climate change deniersThe American public has turned away from outright denial of climate change. Sixty-three percent of adults describe the problem as "serious" in the latest opinion poll from the Washington Post and ABC News, a dip from the 69 percent who held that view in June. The minority who remain skeptical of climate science—a group that includes presidential hopefuls and powerful lawmakers—can count on a dedicated network of several thousand professional supporters.

New research for the first time has put a precise count on the people and groups working to dispute the scientific consensus on climate change. A loose network of 4,556 individuals with overlapping ties to 164 organizations do the most to dispute climate change in the U.S., according to a paper published today in Nature Climate Change. ExxonMobil and the family foundations controlled by Charles and David Koch emerge as the most significant sources of funding for these skeptics. As a two-week United Nations climate summit begins today in Paris, it's striking to notice that a similarly vast infrastructure of denial isn't found in any other nation.


Migrant crisis: Turkey rounds up hundreds 'bound for Greece'

Migrant crisisTurkish authorities have rounded up some 1,300 migrants allegedly bound for Greece, Turkish state media report.

Police detained hundreds of migrants near the western town of Ayvacik, a main crossing point to Greece, according to the Anadolu news agency.  Among those detained were Syrian, Iraqi, Iranian and Afghani migrants as well as some suspected smugglers.

The move comes hours after Turkey and European leaders struck a deal to control the flow of migrants to Europe.


Trials of officers in Freddie Gray case begin amid skepticism over process

Freddy GrayHarold Perry, a blind 72-year-old-man, still can’t shake what he heard through his window on the morning of 12 April.

“I still hear the young man crying, screaming at certain points,” said Perry, standing on his porch in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore, across the street from the court in Gilmor Homes where Freddie Gray was arrested.

Perry, who was wearing dark glasses and holding a cane in one hand as he smoked a cigarette in the sun while a group of young men stood on the corner joking, remembered that morning all too well. He was still asleep when the cries of the 25-year-old Gray awoke him.


Federal Reserve ends 'too big to fail' lending policy

YellenThe Federal Reserve Board approved a rule Monday prohibiting the government from extending emergency loans to "too big to fail" companies.

The practice of intervening with loans was essential during the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, but was formally abandoned Monday to keep within the confines of the Dodd-Frank Act, passed in 2010.


US activist heading home after serving Peru terror sentence

Lori BerensonAmerican activist Lori Berenson is finally heading home to New York, two decades after being found guilty of aiding leftist rebels in Peru.

The 46-year-old has been living quietly in Lima with her 6-year-old son since her 2010 parole because she was barred from leaving the country until her 20-year sentence lapsed. Berenson told The Associated Press that occurred on Sunday.


Splits over climate responsibility in spotlight at crucial Paris talks

Fact-basedPresident Obama, the leaders of China and Russia and around 150 other states are in Paris Monday for talks aimed at forging an international agreement to stem global climate change emissions. But despite months of negotiations — and with only two weeks remaining ahead of the deadline for a new treaty — several unresolved and controversial topics threaten to weaken or even derail any new deal.

At the heart of the split is a debate over how much responsibility developed countries like the United States should bear for producing emissions historically, and in parallel, how much assistance should be given to developing countries to encourage them to stop polluting as they struggle to pull millions of people out of poverty.


Israel convicts 2 youths in 2014 killing of Palestinian teen

Youths convicted for killing PalestinianA Jerusalem court on Monday convicted two Israeli youths in the grisly killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy whose slaying played into a chain of events that led to last year's Gaza war. The court at the same time delayed the verdict for the third and chief suspect in the case due to a last-minute insanity plea, sparking claims that Israel is too lenient with Jewish assailants.

The court found the two Israeli minors guilty of killing Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was burned to death in early July 2014 attack. Their names were not released under Israeli law. The sentencing of the two is expected in mid-January.


Trump campaign cancels event to showcase endorsements from blacks pastors

Trump cancels meeting with pastorsDonald Trump on Sunday abruptly scrapped a news conference designed to showcase his support from black religious leaders, as African-American pastors lined up to deny they were willing to endorse the Republican frontrunner.

It was an unusually public U-turn for the billionaire real-estate mogul, 69, whose controversial campaign last week invited the world's media to Trump Tower in New York for a press conference on Monday.


Israel To Coordinate With Google, YouTube, To Censor Palestinian Videos Of Conflict

Israel to Censor Palestinian VideosIsraeli daily Maariv said Hotovely will be working with Google and YouTube officials in a joint mechanism that will be in charge of “monitoring and preventing” any publication of materials deemed by Tel Aviv to be “inflammatory.”

Hotovely announced in a Hebrew-only press release that she met with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and Google’s Director of Public Policy, Jennifer Oztzistzki, at Google’s Silicon Valley Offices.


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