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Greenpeace again stands in Shell's way to Arctic

GreenpeaceGreenpeace said Wednesday several of its activists have suspended themselves from an Oregon bridge using climbing gear in a protest against Royal Dutch Shell.

"The next big step in the fight to save the Arctic is happening right now," the campaign group said in a statement. "Greenpeace U.S. activists have suspended themselves from St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon to block a Shell Oil vessel from leaving port for Alaskan waters."

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Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark, NJ, archbishop

Newark ArchbishopAdvocates for victims of clergy sex abuse want a Vatican investigation of the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.

A group of Roman Catholic priests, nuns and canon lawyers who call themselves the Catholic Whistleblowers say an investigation is needed because Archbishop John Myers has been hostile to victims and has failed to stop predators from molesting children in Newark and in his previous diocese of Peoria, Illinois.

The group wants an inquiry through the new tribunal Pope Francis formed to discipline bishops who don't protect young people.

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As anger at US hunter grows, aides to illegal Cecil lion hunt go to court

CecilTwo Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a protected lion named Cecil were in court on Wednesday as anger escalated over the kill by Walter James Palmer, an American dentist.

"If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property ... he needs to be extradited, charged and, preferably, hanged," People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in a statement Wednesday. The statement, emailed to The Associated Press, came from Ingrid Newkirk, the president of the animal rights organization.

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Cincinnati officer indicted for murder over death of unarmed black driver

officer indicted for Ohio murderA University of Cincinnati police officer who shot dead a motorist after pulling him over for a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said Ray Tensing “purposely killed” 43-year-old Samuel DuBose, a black man who was unarmed at the time of the incident. Tensing “should never have been a police officer,” Deters added.

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Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement

Settlement demolitionIsraeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister's office announced the "immediate construction" of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.

The move, which is likely to draw international rebuke, comes amid a standoff in Beit El settlement, about 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of Jerusalem.

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Massive swimming dinosaur's skeleton, age 70 million, found in Alaska

swimming dinosaur foundThe fossilized remains of a swimming dinosaur have been discovered by researchers at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

The 70-million-year-old elasmosaur, a type of plesiosaur, is a dead ringer for the Loch Ness Monster, according to Patrick Druckenmiller, a marine fossil expert with the museum.

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Jonathan Pollard Release Set for November

Jonathan PollardA federal parole board has ruled that Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, will be released in November after serving a 30-year prison sentence, his attorneys said on Tuesday.

Pollard, who has remained jailed for decades despite efforts by successive Israeli governments to secure his early release, will be required to remain in the United States for five years under the terms of his parole, the attorneys said in a statement.

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Petition to pardon Edward Snowden rejected by Obama administration

SnowdenThe White House has rejected a petition to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, dubbing the former contractor’s revelations about the US government’s surveillance apparatus as “dangerous” and compromising to national security.

Responding to a “We the People” petition, launched after Snowden’s initial leaks were published in the Guardian two years ago, the Obama administration on Tuesday reiterated its belief that he should face criminal charges for his actions.

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'Jaw-dropping': Medicare deaths, hospitalizations AND costs reduced

Medicare reductions in deathsThe U.S. health care system has scored a medical hat trick, reducing deaths, hospitalizations and costs, a new study shows.

Mortality rates among Medicare patients fell 16% from 1999 to 2013. That’s equal to more than 300,000 fewer deaths a year in 2013 than in 1999, said cardiologist Harlan Krumholz, lead author of a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and a professor at the Yale School of Medicine.

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