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The Truth About Columbus Day: Why Are We Celebrating?

Columbus DayWe should all be celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Today, while millions across America are celebrating Columbus Day, the city of Seattle is celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

That’s because last week, the Seattle city council unanimously passed a resolution to honor the contributions and cultures of Native Americans on the second Monday of October.

While Seattle’s decision may seem unusual, it’s actually part of growing trend.

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Second leaker in US intelligence, says Glenn Greenwald

New leaker: GreenwaldThe investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald has found a second leaker inside the US intelligence agencies, according to a new documentary about Edward Snowden that premiered in New York on Friday night.

Towards the end of filmmaker Laura Poitras’s portrait of Snowden – titled Citizenfour, the label he used when he first contacted her – Greenwald is seen telling Snowden about a second source.

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France's Patrick Modiano wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Nobel in LiteraturePatrick Modiano of France, whose work focuses on the Nazi occupation and its effect on his country, was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday.

The Swedish Academy gave the $1.1 million prize to Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation."

Modiano, 69, whose novel "Missing Person" won the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 1978, was born in a west Paris suburb two months after World War II ended in Europe in July 1945.

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Twitter sues U.S. government over limits on ability to disclose surveillance orders

Teitter sues US gov'tTwitter, the world’s largest microblogging platform, on Tuesday sued the U.S. government, alleging that the Justice Department’s restrictions on what the company can say publicly about the government’s national security requests for user data violate the firm’s First Amendment rights.

With its lawsuit, the San Francisco-based firm is seeking to go further than five other technology companies that earlier this year reached a settlement with the government on the permissible scope of disclosure at a time of heightened concern about the scale of government surveillance.

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BP asks court to reconsider 'gross negligence' ruling

BP ruling challengedBP has asked a US court to reconsider its ruling of "gross negligence" over a 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which boosted its potential fines to around $18bn (£11.1bn).

BP said that Judge Barbier's ruling in Louisiana was based on evidence he had said he would not consider in court.

For this reason, the oil company said the ruling should either be amended or there should be a new trial.

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U.S. had plans to invade Cuba in 1976, documents show

1976 plans to invade CubaThe United States developed plans to attack Cuba in 1976 following its military intervention in Angola, recently declassified documents indicate.

The research of documents at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Mich., declassified at the request of the research group National Security Archive, says then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and other officials convened to work out plans to retaliate against Cuba, should it deploy its army to other African countries.

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Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn under Vatican investigation

Bishop Robert FinnA Canadian archbishop visited the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese last week on behalf of the Vatican to investigate the leadership of Bishop Robert Finn, the first Catholic prelate to be found criminally guilty of shielding a priest in the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis.

Ottawa, Ontario, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast visited the Midwestern diocese for several days last week, interviewing more than a dozen people about Finn's leadership, several of those interviewed told NCR.

According to those who spoke with Prendergast, the main question he asked was: "Do you think [Finn] is fit to be a leader?"

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