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Federal court refuses to halt Dakota Access Pipeline

Federal court allows pipelineA federal appeals court denied the request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop construction on a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, arguing that the tribe had failed to demonstrate that an injunction on construction was warranted.

That means that construction can resume on a section of the pipeline that runs within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota, a sacred area which the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has argued holds deep cultural significance to their community. The pipeline, if completed, would run 1,170-miles and transport 470,000 barrels of oil a day across four states. But it would also run within a mile and a half of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation, and could potentially threaten the Missouri River, the tribe’s sole water supply.


The American Fugitive From the JPMorgan Hack Turns Up in a Russian Cell

Joshua AaronThe only American suspect named in the largest known hack of Wall Street is negotiating his return to the U.S. from a detention cell in Russia, where he’s no longer welcome, people familiar with the talks said.

Joshua Aaron, a Maryland native who attended Florida State University, has been held at a facility for illegal immigrants outside Moscow since failing to show police a valid passport during a midnight check at his apartment above the Beverly Hills Diner near downtown in May, court records show.


Trump Taj Mahal closes after years of losses

Trump Taj Mahal closesThe Trump Taj Mahal, an iconic casino hotel on the Atlantic City boardwalk, ceased operations Monday after hemorrhaging losses for years and negotiations with employees' union broke down, according to its owner, billionaire investor Carl Icahn.

The shutdown, which leaves 3,000 employees out of work, was widely expected after its management announced the planned closure in August. Beset by labor strife and the decline of Atlantic City as a resort and gaming destination, the hotel lost "almost $350 million over just a few short years," Icahn said in a statement Monday.


Christopher Columbus: The myth that keeps on giving

Christopher Columbus mythOn October 12, 1492, a geographically misguided voyager by the name of Christopher Columbus happened upon the so-called New World.

Five centuries later, famed Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano would refer to the day as the one on which "America discovered capitalism" as Columbus, "financed by the kings of Spain and the bankers of Genoa, brought this novelty to the Caribbean islands".


Ken Thompson, Brooklyn's First Black District Attorney, Dies at 50

Ken Thompson diesBrooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson died Sunday at the age of 50 after 32 months in office, officials said.

Thompson’s sudden death at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center came as a shock to the city, which was already reeling from his announcement Tuesday that he was seriously ill with cancer and was going on leave to be treated.

His family was with him when he died.


More cities replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day

Indigenous DayPhoenix voted on Wednesday to officially declare the second Monday in October -- the same day as Columbus Day -- Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the request which aims to celebrate Phoenix's indigenous community.

Phoenix is the largest city in the country to formally recognize the alternative celebration, joining 25 other cities including Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver. South Dakota and Vermont also honor Indigenous Peoples' Day statewide.


Death penalty in US: New Mexico defies nation's mood

Death penalty in USNew Mexico has taken a first step towards reinstating capital punishment in the US state, a move which, if successful, would defy a national trend that has seen support for capital punishment wane in recent years.

During a state budget battle in the early hours of Thursday morning, the House of Representatives on a 36-30 vote along party lines agreed to bring back the death penalty.


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