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Inside a corporate giant’s fight to thwart a massive pollution tab

Giant company GM avids tab on using pollutants

Chemical industry giant 3M is waging an aggressive campaign to stave off new regulations and potentially billions of dollars in damages stemming from a contamination crisis that has fouled tens of millions of Americans’ drinking water.

The Minnesota-based company is putting its lobbying muscle to work in Washington and courting the support of state attorneys general as it faces potentially massive financial liability for toxic pollution linked to two of its nonstick and water repellent chemicals, which have turned up in the water supplies of more than 1,500 U.S. communities.

TVNL Comment: That's YOUR drinking water, folks.  Wake up, America.

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Los Angeles prosecutor declines felony case against Avenatti

LA prosecutor declines felony case against AvenatiThe Los Angeles district attorney declined to prosecute attorney Michael Avenatti on felony domestic abuse charges on Wednesday and referred allegations that he roughed up his girlfriend to the city attorney for a possible misdemeanor case.

Avenatti, 47, was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence last week after his girlfriend told police he abused her at his Los Angeles apartment following an argument.

A restraining order against Avenatti was issued after actress Mareli Miniutti said he dragged her by the arm across a bedroom floor.

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Migrant caravan: Tijuana declares humanitarian crisis, asks for international help

Tijuana declares national emergency

The mayor of Tijuana declared an international humanitarian crisis on Thursday over the arrival of more than 5,000 mostly Central American migrants traveling in a caravan.

The migrants have streamed into the border city in the past week to seek asylum in the United States.

During a press conference Thursday, Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum asked international groups like the United Nations to step in help the city deal with the influx of migrants, amid a lagging response from the Mexican federal government, which he accused of neglecting their responsibilities to deal with migrant and immigration issues.

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Trump tweets on a ‘mean & nasty world,’ 'unsafe' judges and, yes, Thanksgiving

Trump gobbles Thanksgiving messages

President Donald Trump got his holiday tweet-a-thon rolling early Thursday with a Thanksgiving Day reminder that it’s a “mean & nasty world out there” before he accused some judges of making the country unsafe.

In a tweet at 6:58 a.m. from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, the president quoted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, underscoring that the grim state of the world applies “in particular” to the Middle East.

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White House approves military to use lethal force at southern border

WH approves lethal force at borderThe White House has authorized active-duty military troops stationed along the southwest border to use lethal force, if necessary, a significant escalation of the support role they had been tasked with that may run afoul of a 140-year-old law that generally bars the military from operating within U.S. boundaries.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly signed a memo late Tuesday expanding the mission of the 5,800 troops to include protecting Customs and Border Protection agents. That represents a sharp change in the orders given to troops currently deployed in California, Arizona and Texas, who had been lining the border with concertina wire and providing only logistical support to CBP personnel.

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House Republicans order Comey, Lynch to testify behind closed doors before judiciary panel

Comey and Lynch sybpoenaed to testify before House Committee

Former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch have been issued subpoenas to testify early next month before the House Judiciary Committee, according to media reports.

Committee chair, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., wants Comey to testify Dec. 3 and Lynch to testify Dec. 4. The testimony would be taken in private before committee members, reported POLITICO and CNN. It would take place only weeks before Democrats take power over the influential committee.

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Trump confuses climate change with weather, prompting widespread despair

Trump is dumb.  Plain dumb.Donald Trump has once again confused the weather with climate change after suggesting chilly weather headed towards the US means global warming is not real.

“Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?” Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday evening.

The US president was apparently referring to possible record low temperatures forecast for northeastern US this weekend.

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Border agent acquittal sparks Tucson protest

Tucson protests against acquittal of border patrol agentScores of people have protested in Tucson after a jury in Arizona acquitted a Border Patrol agent of manslaughter in the cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teen six years ago, shutting down an intersection.

One sign protesters carried says, "Abolish Border Patrol." Another reads "No justice, no peace."

Jurors found Lonnie Swartz not guilty of involuntary manslaughter Wednesday. It was his second trial after another jury acquitted him of second-degree murder and deadlocked on the manslaughter charge earlier this year.

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Ikea to slash 7,500 jobs, focus on smaller stores in city centers

iKEA TO SLASH 7,500 JOBS

Furniture giant Ikea plans to cut 7,500 jobs worldwide as part of a plan to cater more to online customers, the company said Wednesday.

The shakeup at the Swedish firm, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, shows that even Ikea — known for its massive suburban stores and affordable assemble-yourself furniture — is not immune to the online competition that has affected other brick-and-mortar retailers.

Most of the job cuts will not hit Ikea’s retail workers, but rather those in office positions including human resources and communications, the Journal said.

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