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Tribe cheers Obama talk of rerouting ND pipeline

Dakota pipelineThe Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Wednesday welcomed President Obama’s hint at rerouting the Dakota Access Pipeline they say threatens their land.

At the same time, the suggestion drew scorn from the pipeline’s developers and its industry supporters, and green groups said Obama needs to block the pipeline entirely.

Obama told NowThis News on Tuesday that the Army Corps of Engineers “is examining whether there are ways to reroute the pipeline,” which the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says threatens sacred sites and a water source near their reservation in North Dakota.

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2 Iowa officers killed in 2 ambush-style attacks

2 Iowa officers killedTwo Des Moines area police officers were shot to death early Wednesday in separate ambush-style attacks while they were sitting in their patrol cars, and police are searching for a suspect, authorities said.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 1:06 a.m. and found an Urbandale Police Department officer who had been shot. Authorities from several agencies saturated the area after that shooting, and about 20 minutes later discovered that a Des Moines officer had been shot in a patrol car at an intersection, Des Moines Sgt. Paul Parizek said. The shootings happened less than 2 miles apart and both took place along main streets that cut through residential areas.

Update: 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene, a suspect in these murders, has been taken into custody.

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Wells Fargo to pay $50 million for overcharging customers for home appraisals

Wells FARGOAs it continues to reel from being caught opening millions of accounts for customers without their permission, Wells Fargo on Monday agreed to pay millions to mortgage customers for overcharging them on home appraisals.

Wells Fargo agreed to a settlement filed in federal court in San Francisco to pay $50 million to customers whose mortgages fell into default before the bank overcharged them for appraisals to verify the value of the properties.

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Alabama: Gas explosion happened on Colonial Pipeline about 1 mile from previous leak

Alabama gas pipeline explodesInvestigators are at the scene of a large explosion in Shelby County, Alabama.

Emergency officials tell ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, that a gas pipeline was being worked on prior to the explosion near the 300 block of Highway 13 in the Helena area of Shelby County.

TVNL Comment:  This is a breaking story.  Check for updates.

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For Helping Immigrants, Chobani’s Founder Draws Threats

Chobani founderBy many measures, Chobani embodies the classic American immigrant success story.

Its founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, is a Turkish immigrant of Kurdish descent. He bought a defunct yogurt factory in upstate New York, added a facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, and now employs about 2,000 people making Greek yogurt.

But in this contentious election season, the extreme right has a problem with Chobani: In its view, too many of those employees are refugees.

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Supreme Court Tosses Sentences Of Five Juveniles Who Were Condemned To Die In Prison

Supreme Court tosses convictions of 5 juvenilesThe Supreme Court on Monday gave a new day in court to five Arizona defendants who were sentenced to spend the rest of their days in prison without the possibility of ever getting out.

What the five cases have in common is that every defendant was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole while they were still under the age of 18 ― a type of sentence the high court has said should be given to minors only in extreme circumstances.

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Creationism in Texas Could Go Extinct on Election Day

Creationism in Texas Could Go Extinct on Election DayIn September, a group of educators chosen by the Texas Education Agency to streamline the state’s science curriculum standards removed portions of four passages that contained creationist language.

The new standards must still be approved by the Texas State Board of Education where creationists are fighting to reverse the changes. The board members, unlike the education agency staff, are elected officials. That means the fate of creationism in Texas could be determined on Election Day.

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