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Enbridge Inc shuts down pipeline to U.S. after leak releases 1,350 barrels of oil at pumping station

Embridge, Inc.Canadian oil supplies to the U.S. Midwest were disrupted after Enbridge Inc. shut a pipeline because of a leak.

The company isolated its Line 4 pipe at the Regina terminal in Saskatchewan yesterday after about 1,350 barrels of oil were released within an on-site pumping station, according to a statement. The company is excavating the line around a pumphouse and hasn’t provided an estimate for how long repairs may take, Gerard Kay, deputy chief of operations at Regina Fire and Protective Services, said by phone.

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Florida attraction Machine Gun America to allow children, gun nuts to fire off automatic weapons

gun fun for kids in FloridaIt's an amusement park with a bang!

Machine Gun America, a controversial Orlando, Fla. attraction that puts automatic weapons and military-grade firearms in the hands of gun lovers as young as 13, is opening its doors this weekend.

"Most of these are not eligible to be owned by an individual," the venue's Brooklyn-born General Manager Bruce Nierenberg told the Daily News after naming off a stockpile of firearms available, including Uzis, Tommy Guns, AK47s and M5s.

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Nebraska, Oklahoma File Federal Suit Against Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

Colorado marijuana lawThe states of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, claiming that Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana is unconstitutional under federal law.

"Federal law undisputedly prohibits the production and sale of marijuana," Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday in a statement. "Colorado has undermined the United States Constitution, and I hope the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold our constitutional principles."

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The CIA Didn’t Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings

Torture program not just tortureHuman experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.

At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. They designed interrogation and detention protocols that they and others applied to people imprisoned in the agency’s secret “black sites.”

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ACLU lawsuit challenges Ferguson-area school board over district voting policies

Ferguson school board The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging a Missouri school district’s board voting policies as part of an effort to increase the representation of black students in a region including Ferguson – the city that this summer became a flashpoint for American race issues.

Simmering racial tensions in the region peaked in August, when unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson. The incident sparked international protests that continue across the globe as more broad demonstrations against systemic racism in the US.

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Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers'

Chinese workersPoor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories.

Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme's conclusions.

Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai.

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Air Pollution Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Autism in Study

Autism and air pollutionWomen who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to have an autistic child, a study found.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found the risk of autism rises in parallel with exposure to fine particulate matter during pregnancy, with the biggest effect occurring in the final months of gestation. The results appear in the Dec. 18 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap over 100 women, children in Nigeria

Boko Haram takes women and childrenSuspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped more than 100 women and children and killed 35 people during a raid on the remote northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, a security source and resident said on Thursday.

"They gathered the people, shot dead over 30 people and took away more than 100 women and children in two open-top trucks," Maina Chibok, who did not witness the attack but is from Gumsuri and visited family there shortly after the Sunday raid.

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Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

Feds sue NYCFederal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" against young inmates.

The move comes a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the 10-jail lockup to announce the end of solitary confinement for 16- and 17-year-old inmates, a policy change initiated after the 2 1/2-year federal probe released in August.

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