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Rusted, Broken Containment Systems in Indian Point Discharge Canal: NY State Officials

Indian Point nuclear plantThe Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Public Service have been directed to conduct a comprehensive review of Friday’s oil spill event at the Indian Point Energy Center as part of the state's ongoing investigation into the operational reliability and safety of the nuclear power plant.

About 600 gallons of petroleum leaked from a heat exchanger into a cooling water discharge canal inside the plant on Friday.


UN: Children in 'life-threatening' conditions at Papuan Nauru

Nauru prisonA United Nations report into the Nauru prison camp has raised "profound" concern over the inhuman and degrading treatment of refugee children there, which it says is having an impact on their physical wellbeing.

About 500 people, including 50 children, are stuck in a prison on the tiny Pacific Island nation as they seek asylum in Australia.


Hurricane Matthew: Death toll soars in Haiti

Haity deaths at 450The number of people killed in Haiti by Hurricane Matthew has risen sharply, as coastal villages and towns began making contact with the outside world, two days after being hit by the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade.

A Reuters news agency tally of deaths reported by civil protection officials at a local level on Friday showed the storm killed at least 572, updating an earlier figure of 478.

Bodies started to appear late on Thursday as waters receded in some places after Matthew's 235 kilometres-per-hour winds smashed concrete walls, flattened palm trees and tore roofs off homes, forcing thousands of Haitians to flee.


Colombian president Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President SantosColombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end a five-decades-long civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people in the South American country.

The award came just days after Colombian voters narrowly rejected the peace deal that Santos helped bring about, and Nobel authorities conspicuously left out his counterpart, Rodrigo Londono, the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, from the honor.


Ivana Trump says she alone raised The Donald's kids

Ivana Trump raised kids aloneDonald Trump may kiss babies at campaigns, but he’s not interested in raising them.

“I brought up the children singlehandedly,” Ivana Trump told guests at the Lifeline benefit at Le Cirque on Wednesday. The topic came up when partygoers complimented the first of three Mrs. Trumps on how poised her kids — Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. — have appeared while supporting their father’s presidential campaign.


Obama commutes sentences of 102 inmates

Obama commutes 102 sentencesPresident Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of 102 inmates, the White House announced.

Obama has commuted the sentences of 744 individuals, more than the past 11 presidents combined, according to the White House. Thursday’s announcement brings the total number granted this year alone to 590, more than any single year in U.S. history.


Bob Alexander: Say Goodnight Gracie Part II

Monster caterpillarLast month looking South I saw another bad day brewing. Not surprising. It was preceded by a bad week, month, year, decade … fifteen years to be exact. The United States of America was shocked out of its fucking mind on September 11th 2001 and there is no sign it is ever coming back.

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11 the major media booked the psychopaths, quislings, and blood-suckers who used the attacks as the excuse to launch never-ending wars. The war criminals and their minions were not in prison … they were on television. In addition to all of that the blogger driftglass observed in Crooks & Liars, “Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal has turned a large chunk of its 9/11 editorial page over to one of the worst and most unrepentant American war criminals and profiteers in modern history, and his blood-drunk beast of a daughter.”


NY archdiocese offers compensation program for abuse victims

NY Diocese sets up payment for abuse victimsThe Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York announced a compensation program Thursday for victims of sex abuse by priests who are willing to forego lawsuits in exchange for an award to be determined by an independent mediator.

"One sin, one crime, one scandal has gravely wounded us in the church, the sexual abuse of young people by clergy," Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in unveiling the program.


Dozens of Afghans Missing From U.S. Military Training

Afghan trainees AWOL in USForty-four Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and work illegally in America, Pentagon officials said.

Although the number of disappearances is relatively small -- some 2,200 Afghan troops have received military training in the United States since 2007 -- the incidents raise questions about security and screening procedures for the programs.


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