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Judge orders Ferguson police to stop using '5-second' rule for protesters

Ferguson protest judgmentA federal judge in St. Louis has ordered police in Ferguson, Missouri to stop enforcing a rule that threatens protesters with arrest if they stop moving. The judge said the rule violates constitutional rights.

Police adopted the so-called "keep moving" policy — which prohibits protesters from remaining still for more than five seconds — as a method to control large crowds that gathered to protest the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson police officer.

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CIA didn't know it had Senate 'torture' report

CIA reportThe U.S. government inaccurately told a federal judge last month that the CIA did not have a copy of the unabridged version of a Senate committee report on treatment of detainees, but the spy agency in fact does have a copy of the 6,300-page report, a Justice Department lawyer said Tuesday.

"There was a miscommunication over at the agency as to what we were looking for," DOJ attorney Vesper Mei told U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg Tuesday. "They didn't realize that they had it."

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Twitter sues U.S. government over limits on ability to disclose surveillance orders

Teitter sues US gov'tTwitter, the world’s largest microblogging platform, on Tuesday sued the U.S. government, alleging that the Justice Department’s restrictions on what the company can say publicly about the government’s national security requests for user data violate the firm’s First Amendment rights.

With its lawsuit, the San Francisco-based firm is seeking to go further than five other technology companies that earlier this year reached a settlement with the government on the permissible scope of disclosure at a time of heightened concern about the scale of government surveillance.

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Most Foods Labeled 'Natural' Actually Contain GMOs

gmo's in most natural foodsA majority of U.S. packaged foods labeled as "natural" and tested by Consumer Reports actually contained a substantial level of genetically modified ingredients, according to a report issued Tuesday by the non-profit product testing group.

Consumers are being misled by the "natural" label, said Urvashi Rangan, executive director of Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability.

Consumer Reports said it had conducted a survey of more than 80 different processed foods containing corn or soy, the two most widely grown genetically engineered crops in the United States, to determine whether labeling claims for GMO presence were accurate.

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Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for 30,000 Part-Timers

walmartsWal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that starting Jan. 1, it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week. The move affects 30,000 employees, or about 5 percent of Wal-Mart's total part-time workforce, but comes after the company already had scaled back the number of part-time workers who were eligible for health insurance coverage since 2011.

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Turkey says Syrian town about to fall as Islamic State moves in

Syrian town falling to ISISTurkey's president said Kobani was "about to fall" after Islamic State fighters advanced into the south west of the Syrian Kurdish town, pressing home a three-week assault that has cost a reported 400 lives.

The prospect that the town on the Turkish border could be captured by the militants has increased pressure on Turkey, with the strongest army in the region, to join an international coalition to fight against Islamic State.

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New York doesn't like fracking, NRDC finds

anti frackingThose taking part in a survey commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council said they support a fracking ban in New York, the group said Tuesday.

"People here know that fracking is a snake oil cure for economic woes, one that comes with steep costs -- in the form of water pollution, air contamination, health issues and destroyed communities," advocacy director Kate Sinding said in a statement.

A survey of 802 likely voters in September found nearly 80 percent supported a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state.

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Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to inventors of blue LEDs

Shuji NakamuraOver 20 years after their invention, the team of Japanese scientists behind blue colored light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, has been recognized with the Nobel Prize for Physics.

Found in everything from light bulbs to televisions to cellphones, LEDs are typically clustered in trios of red, blue and green. While the invention of red and green LEDs came easy by comparison, blue LEDs, the fundamentally necessary final ingredient to white-emitting energy efficient lights.

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Record $4.5M fine pursued against gas driller

EQT companyPennsylvania environmental regulators are pursuing a record $4.5 million fine against a gas driller over what they describe as a major case of pollution from a leaking waste pit.

The Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday it is seeking the penalty against EQT Corp. Acting DEP Secretary Dana Aunkst says EQT has been uncooperative during the investigation and "fails to recognize the ongoing environmental harm" from its leaking impoundment in Duncan Township, Tioga County.

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