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Fire Razes Slipper Factory In The Philippines; Dozens Feared Dead

slipper factory fire in PhilippinesA fire at a Philippine rubber slipper factory killed 31 workers on Wednesday and dozens were missing and feared dead, government and fire officials said.

Ariel Barayuga, head of bureau of fire protection, said investigators were trying to determine the cause of fire in the capital, Manila, that trapped workers at the two-storey factory building of Kentex Manufacturing Inc, which makes flip-flops and slippers.

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Anti-Fracking Filmmaker Josh Fox Arrested In Finger Lakes Protest

Josh Fox arrestedThe creator of the award-winning film ‘Gasland’ was just arrested at a protest in rural New York. Here’s the mini-documentary he made on the eve of his arrest.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Josh Fox, who wrote and directed the acclaimed fracking film Gasland, was arrested this afternoon while engaging in a human barricade at a natural-gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes.

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New class of molecules kills cancer cells, saves healthy ones

New class of moleculesThe most effective drugs in the battle against cancer work well, but kill good cells in the body while also eliminating the bad. Now, a researcher has found a class of molecules that causes cancer cells to die while protecting healthy ones.

Using femtosecond time-resolved laser spectroscopy, University of Waterloo Faculty of Science professor Qing-Bin Lu studied when DNA becomes damaged, how cancer treatment drugs interact with cells, and tested molecules that may be able to eliminate cancer without harming healthy cells.

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Fracking may cause air pollution, respiratory issues

fracking causes air pollitionThe explosion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the oil and natural gas industry as a method of extracting fuels from shale basins has raised dozens of environmental concerns including increased risk of air pollution and respiratory issues among them.

A new study found that contaminants in the air from fracking exceed levels deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency and may pose health risks to those exposed.

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Toyota, Nissan recall 6.6 million more cars, citing faulty Takata airbags

NissanJapanese automakers expanded their global recall of cars to include 30 million vehicles, citing potentially faulty airbags.

Toyota and Nissan said Wednesday they will recall another 6.6 million vehicles, reported The Financial Times. Honda did not specify the number of cars it plans to recall.

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Vatican recognizes Palestine in new treaty

Pope recognizes PalestineThe Vatican formally recognized Palestine as a state Wednesday in a treaty, the first legal document negotiated between Palestine and the Holy See.

The yet-unsigned treaty specifies the Holy See no longer deals with the Palestine Liberation Organization but with the state of Palestine, a symbolic but important formality in Palestine's legitimacy as a nation. The Vatican, whose interests include the safety of many Christian holy sites in Israel and Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, thus joins a number of European countries accepting Palestine as a state.

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Prosecution rests in Minnesota trial of Final Exit

final exit trialProsecutors have rested their case in the trial of a national right-to-die group accused of assisting the suicide of a Minnesota woman.

The prosecution finished Wednesday in the trial for Final Exit Network Inc. Defense attorneys did not present any evidence. Closing arguments were scheduled Wednesday afternoon.

The group is charged with a felony count of assisting in the 2007 suicide of Doreen Dunn, a 57-year-old Apple Valley woman who had lived with chronic pain for about a decade. The group is also charged with interfering with a death scene.

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Resettled in the US, Afghan interpreters plead for help

afghan interpretersIn 2007, Sardar Khan, a young Afghan just out of high school, signed up at Camp Phoenix in Kabul to work as an interpreter for the U.S. military.

It was a straightforward decision. For years, he'd seen American soldiers walking around the streets near his home. He was struck by their tone.

“They … [spoke] in a nice way to the people and they were helping the people,” he recalled. “On that time, a question occurr in my mind: … These people [left] their families. They are coming here to help this country. ‘Why [are] you not joining them?’”

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CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Speaks Out Upon Sentencing to 3.5 Years in Prison

Jeffrey SterlingOn Monday former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to 42 months in prison for leaking classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen about a failed U.S. effort to undermine Iran’s nuclear program.

Risen later exposed how the risky operation could have actually aided the Iranian nuclear program. In January Sterling was convicted of nine felony counts, including espionage. He becomes the latest government employee jailed by the Obama administration for leaking information.

Since he was indicted four years ago, Jeffrey Sterling’s voice has never been heard by the public. But that changes today. We air an exclusive report that tells his story, "The Invisible Man." We are also joined by Norman Solomon, who interviewed Sterling for the piece and attended both his trial and sentencing. Solomon is a longtime activist, executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, co-founder of RootsAction.org, and coordinator of ExposeFacts.org.

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