Merrit Kennedy

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Pakistan Sentences Man To Death For 'Blasphemy' On Social Media

Monday, June 12, 2017

Amnesty International says this is the country's harshest sentence yet for a cybercrime related offense. The Pakistani government is pushing a campaign against blasphemy on social media.

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Montana's Gianforte Pleads Guilty, Won't Serve Jail Time In Assault On Journalist

Monday, June 12, 2017

The representative-elect was given a six-month deferred sentence after pleading guilty to assaulting a Guardian reporter. He also was sentenced to community service and anger management counseling.

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Eagles Adopt Baby Red-Tailed Hawk, Putting Aside Violent Species Rivalry

Friday, June 09, 2017

In British Columbia, a pair of bald eagles are caring for a baby red-tailed hawk, in addition to their own three eaglets. The species have been known to fight to the death.

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Saudi Soccer Apologizes After Team Skips Tribute To London Rampage Victims

Friday, June 09, 2017

Ahead of a World Cup qualifying match, the Australian players lined up in a row and stood silently in memory of the eight people killed. Members of the Saudi team did not.

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Trump Administration Orders Review Of Sage Grouse Protections

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that the regulations – which have been subject to years of negotiation and controversy in Western states – are once again under review.

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Accused NSA Leaker Reality Winner To Remain In Jail Pending Trial

Thursday, June 08, 2017

A judge denied her bail after prosecutors suggested she may possess more secret documents. The 25-year-old National Security Agency contractor allegedly gave classified material to a news outlet.

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Turkey Detains Chair Of Amnesty International Turkey

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Taner Kiliç's detention is part of a crackdown following last July's failed coup attempt. Thousands have been arrested since then. Amnesty says 22 other lawyers were detained in the city of Izmir.

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Hawaii Signs Legislation To Implement Goals Of Paris Climate Accord Anyway

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Gov. David Ige signed the Senate bill on Tuesday, saying he was motivated by the evidence of climate change visible in Hawaii. It's a commitment to reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Trump Administration Warns That U.S. May Pull Out Of U.N. Human Rights Council

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

"It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias, if it is to have any credibility," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said and noted human rights abuses in Venezuela.

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British Police Name Third Attacker From Saturday's Rampage In London

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Metropolitan Police say they believe 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, an Italian of Moroccan descent, was the third attacker in the violent rampage in London that killed at least seven people.

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U.S.-Backed Fighters Begin Offensive To Push ISIS From Its 'Capital'

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Raqqa is the most important stronghold for the militant group in Syria and fell under its control in 2014. This offensive is expected to be difficult and is seen as pivotal in the fight against ISIS.

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Trump Administration Seeking Permits For Seismic Air Gun Surveys In Atlantic

Monday, June 05, 2017

The proposal would allow five energy companies to incidentally harass ocean wildlife by using seismic air guns for oil and gas exploration, much to the chagrin of environmental groups.

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British Police Name 2 Attackers From Terrorist Attack In London

Monday, June 05, 2017

Counterterrorism police have released preliminary details about two of the three men who were killed by police Saturday. The London attack killed at least seven people and wounded dozens.

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Crude Oil Begins To Flow Through Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline

Thursday, June 01, 2017

"Just because the oil is flowing now doesn't mean that it can't be stopped," said Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II. Tribes and environmental groups have fought against the pipeline.

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In Canada, Ex-Nurse Pleads Guilty To Murdering 8 Nursing Home Patients

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Elizabeth Wettlaufer's guilty plea makes her one of the deadliest serial killers in the country's history, according to Canadian media reports. She says she injected her victims with insulin.

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Dozens Of Deaths Reported In Philippine Resort Attack

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Local media say bodies were found there after what police call a possible robbery attempt. Though ISIS claimed responsibility Friday, police continue to maintain that there's no evidence of terrorism.

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Bahrain Court Orders Dissolution Of Country's Last Major Opposition Group

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The court order targets the secular National Democratic Action Society. Human rights groups are decrying the court order, saying it amounts to a de facto ban on all opposition in the country.

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NASA Plans To Launch A Probe Next Year To 'Touch The Sun'

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The small spacecraft is set to hurtle toward the sun at about 450,000 miles per hour. Scientists hope it will clear up some big mysteries, such as why the sun's atmosphere is hotter than its surface.

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N.J. Town Must Pay Islamic Group $3.25 Million To Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

As part of the settlement of a separate Justice Department lawsuit, the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge will be allowed to move forward with its plans to build a mosque, ending a years-long dispute.

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant To Shut Down In 2019

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The company that owns the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, site of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history, says the facility will be closed unless the state of Pennsylvania decides to bail it out.

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