August 17, 2016

Survivors of Silver Spring, Maryland blast say they smelled natural gas before explosion at apartment complex. http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Fear-Remains-After-Massive-Explosion-at-Silver-Spring-Apartment-Complex-390378512.html

U.S. Court of Appeals rules that feds can’t prosecute medicinal marijuana users in states where such use is legal. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/16/appeals-court-rules-feds-cant-prosecute-medical-marijuana-cases-unless-state-law-violated.html

Clinton reportedly chooses lobbyist who supports TPP and fracking to lead her transition team. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/ken-salazar-tpp-trade-227068

Lebanese-American man tells Tulsa police his neighbor with a restraining order has a gun, eight minutes later he’s shot dead. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/16/mans-unusual-fixation-with-lebanese-neighbors-led-to-murder-tulsa-police-say/

Donald Trump has a new advisor – former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/17/us/politics/donald-trump-roger-ailes.html?_r=0

FBI defends its decision not to charge Hillary Clinton over private email server, says she exhibited ‘extreme carelessness’ but not ‘gross negligence’. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/08/16/hillary-clinton-interviews-by-fbi-have-been-delivered-to-congress/

Boston Globe calls on Clintons to stop taking Clinton Foundation donations while seeking or serving in public office due to the appearance of a conflict of interest. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/boston-globe-clinton-foundation-donations-227079

Work stops on Dakota Access oil pipeline after hundreds of protesters arrive at construction site near Sioux reservation. http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/work-stops-at-dakota-access-pipeline-site/article_61ea3dd7-532c-5fdc-a537-7c8a278edc4b.html

Cisco Systems announces layoff of 14,000 employees. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cisco-systems-layoffs-idUSKCN10S05D

Study finds that bees who feed on crops treated with neonicotinoid pesticides have experienced greater declines in population. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/08/16/nearly-two-decades-of-data-reinforce-concerns-that-pesticides-are-really-bad-for-bees/

Latest NBC poll: Clinton (43 percent), Trump (37 percent), Libertarian Gary Johnson (11 percent), Green party candidate Jill Stein (4 percent). http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/poll-clinton-maintains-big-lead-voters-doubt-trump-s-temperament-n631351?cid=sm_tw

Louisiana’s governor calls recent flooding “unprecedented” and “historic”. http://abcnews.go.com/US/louisiana-flooding-leaves-livingston-parish-residents-facing-total/story?id=41417568

Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protesters have been camping out at city hall for 35 days, demand firing of police chief over shootings. http://fusion.net/story/337104/black-lives-matter-lapd-protest/

Activists say private health insurers dropping out of Obamacare reinforces the need for a single-payer national health care system. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/16/aetnas-greed-proves-medicare-all-best-solution

White House announces campaign to press for passage of TPP trade deal during lame duck session after elections. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/16/obama-provokes-progressive-outrage-all-out-tpp-push

NASA says “Four Corners” methane hot spot caused by natural gas industry leaks. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/16/nasa-study-nails-fracking-source-massive-methane-hot-spot

State Department says it will release “thousands” of work-related emails that were deleted by Clinton staffers but recovered by the FBI. http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/08/16/clinton-s-work-related-emails-recovered-from-fbi-investigation-to-be-released.html

Study finds that districts with electronic voting machines without paper verification records “systematically and overwhelmingly (favored) Secretary Clinton” in Democratic primaries. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mLpCEIGEYGYl9RZWFRcmpsZk0/view?pref=2&pli=1

Turkey to release 38,000 criminals from prison, apparently to make room for political prisoners. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/17/world/europe/ap-eu-turkey-military-coup.html?_r=0

Six children shocked while riding Connecticut amusement park ride, one burned. http://time.com/4455698/children-electrocuted-amusement-park-connecticut/

High-level Olympics official arrested in connection with ticket scalping ring. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/17/ioc-executive-arrested-patrick-hickey/88887084/

Trump campaign manager allegedly used non-profit group as a front to lobby U.S. government on behalf of previous Ukrainian government. http://time.com/4455661/paul-manafort-donald-trump-ukraine-lobbyist/

Karma: $100 billion of oil industry infrastructure threatened by rising sea level. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-08-17/louisiana-s-sinking-coast-is-a-100-billion-nightmare-for-big-oil

 

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August 17, 2016

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