April 22, 2016

Many New Yorkers confused by relocation of voting sites during primary election. “Clare Lazar, 88, had received a letter from the (Board of Elections) in the mail telling her that her polling site had been moved to P.S. 166 — not to P.S. 163 nor the Central Baptist Church of NYC — from her usual voting site at P.S. 84.”I voted in this place for 58 years,” Lazar said of coming to P.S. 84. She was surprised by the signs telling voters to go all the way up to P.S. 163.”  https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160419/upper-west-side/uws-polling-site-changes-confuse-sabotage-voters-locals-say

Anti-corruption gyrocopter pilot sentenced to 120 days in prison. “Before the sentence was handed down, Hughes said he was remorseful, and apologized to police, tourists who were scared and his family. But he said he had no regrets for the flight bringing attention to the corruption of money in politics.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/04/21/gyrocopter-pilot-sentenced-4-months-prison/83271738/

Federal Court rules that secret political donations can stay secret. “U.S. District Judge Manuel Real, in a ruling issued Thursday, found that the Americans For Prosperity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity organization, can ignore (California Atty. Gen. Kamla) Harris’ demand to turn over the names and addresses of those who have donated more than $5,000.” http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-koch-brothers-group-donors-kamala-harris-20160421-story.html

British government documents reportedly show pervasive surveillance of citizens. “That includes financial data; confidential health records; travel records; content of communications, including with lawyers, doctors, and ministers of Parliament; and personal online activity, such as petition signing, among other data.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/04/21/staggering-reach-uk-surveillance-and-15-year-coverup-revealed

9/11 lawsuit bill hits resistance. “Speaking to reporters, White House spokesman Josh Earnest warned that the bill would jeopardize international sovereignty and put the U.S. at “significant risk” if other countries adopted a similar law.” http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/19/politics/ryan-mcconnell-9-11-bill-lawsuit-saudi-arabia/index.html

Another Los Angeles hospital reportedly settles “patient dumping” lawsuit. “The Good Samaritan case involves a former patient who was found on the streets in December 2014 with a visibly infected leg, the city attorney’s office said. He was found a couple of miles from downtown after being released from the hospital’s emergency room with only a bus token, (city attorney Mike) Feuer said. He had to be hospitalized again for his infection.” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/21/la-homeless-patient-dumping-lawsuit-good-samaritan-hospital

Mercedes-Benz owners sue manufacturer, alleging VW-style emissions cheating. “During virtually all real-world driving conditions, we found that Mercedes BlueTEC technology scarcely achieves any meaningful reduction of NOx emissions,” the firm wrote in a scathing letter to Mercedes-Benz. “Our equipment has recorded levels of NOx emissions between 4.5 and 30.8 times the legal limit in real-world driving conditions.” http://www.motortrend.com/news/mercedes-slapped-class-action-lawsuit-diesel-emissions/

Journalist disputes Defense Department’s claim that it is seeking to “promote openness and transparency”. “After three and a half years of waiting for this information, I received one page of unclassified but still partially redacted (not to mention relatively useless) material about the only officially acknowledged U.S. base in Africa.” https://theintercept.com/2016/04/20/how-a-simple-request-got-me-blacklisted-by-the-pentagon/

Uber reportedly settles lawsuit brought by California and Massachusetts drivers. “Key for Uber is an agreement that it will continue to classify its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees.” http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/21/uber-will-pay-100-million-to-settle-driver-class-action-lawsuit/

Indigenous protection clauses allegedly disappeared from agreements in Finland under conservative government. “To keep the country from ending up in (EU trade) court again, the new act makes a type of administrative change to Metsähallitus, moving the company’s sales and business to a Metsähallitus subsidiary. The trouble is that the act has no clause concerning the protection of Sami culture or livelihoods.” http://fusion.net/story/293387/finlands-forest-law-endangers-indigenous-and-reindeer/

Reuters investigation says Italian student was arrest in Egypt by authorities before he disappeared. “All six intelligence and police sources told Reuters that (Giulio) Regeni was picked up by plainclothes police near the Gamal Abdel Nasser metro station in Cairo on the evening of January 25.” https://news.vice.com/article/egyptian-police-detained-italian-student-giulio-regeni-before-his-murder-according-to-intelligence-sources-1

Fighting breaks out between Kurdish leftists and Assad allies. “Fighting between Kurdish and pro-government factions in the northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli intensified on Thursday, in what is likely the bloodiest such violence of the conflict there.” https://news.vice.com/article/kurds-battle-assads-forces-for-second-day-in-syrias-qamishli

 

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April 22, 2016

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