Trump administration grants approval for Keystone XL pipeline

The decision marks a revival for the controversial pipeline, which the Obama administration halted.

Source: Trump administration grants approval for Keystone XL pipeline

Senate votes to lift limits on hunting Alaska grizzlies and wolves on federal land

The White House calls climate change research a ‘waste.’ Actually, it’s required by law

The Arctic just set a grim new record for low levels of sea ice

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White Teen Arrested After Falsely Accusing Three Black Men Of Rape &am

An 18-year-old Texas woman was arrested Wednesday after she falsely accused three Black men of rape two weeks ago, reports the Dallas News.

The woman, ID’d by police as Breana Harmon Talbott, riled up the town of Denison, Texas when she claimed she was abducted and sexually assaulted by two Black men while another held her down.

According to the outlet, on March 8 Talbott ran into a local church wearing only a t-shirt, bra and underwear, asking for help.

In a released statement, Denison Police Chief Jay Burch revealed that Talbott confessed to the hoax on Tuesday, leading to a Wednesday arrest. She also admitted to self-inflicted wounds.

Source: White Teen Arrested After Falsely Accusing Three Black Men Of Rape &am

17,000 AT&T technicians and call center workers go on strike

California and Nevada workers allege offshoring and illegal job changes.

About 17,000 AT&T wireline technicians and call center employees went on strike in California and Nevada today while filing an unfair labor charge to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleging that AT&T violated federal law.

“The company has shown disrespect to the bargaining process by changing the work assignments of workers without bargaining as required by federal law,” the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union said in its strike announcement. “Further, AT&T reneged on an agreement to resolve the dispute without any explanation.”

The CWA said that AT&T “is asking its workers to do more for less—keeping them from their families with unpredictable overtime, undercutting pay and advancement, offshoring good jobs, and pushing more health care costs onto employees.”

Source: 17,000 AT&T technicians and call center workers go on strike

Sears Has Finally Admitted That It’s Almost Dead

This zombie retailer is on its deathbed.

Kudos to Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) for finally admitting what everyone already knew: it’s almost dead.

As TheStreet broke the news on Twitter Tuesday evening, Sears indicated in its newly filed annual report that “substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.” For those clickbait-loving headline writers out there with no financial services training: what Sears essentially said is that yes, it’s unsure if it could stay in business. Well, duh.

Sears’ cash position has melted from a high point of $1.7 billion for the 2009 calendar year to a mere $286 million to close out 2016. Revenue hasn’t grown since the credit boom lifted all ships in retail in 2006. The company hasn’t generated cash flow from its operations since 2006.

Source: Sears Has Finally Admitted That It’s Almost Dead

Reddit plans a profile page redesign reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter 

Reddit has been trying to make its site more accessible to a wider pool of users, and today the company is planning to show off one of the ways it plans to do that: by making the service a little bit more like Facebook and Twitter.

From today, Reddit is going to start offering users a new profile page design that will let them make posts directly to the pages themselves (not just communities), and Reddit users who are logged in will be able to follow the profile for new posts.

The news was made public in a post in Reddit itself last night, which noted that the new profile view was reported to have been tested out first with a “few redditors” starting Tuesday the 21st. It was further confirmed in smaller detail with a short item on Reuters quoting Alexis Ohanian, the company’s co-founder.

Source: Reddit plans a profile page redesign reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter (updated)

Hempfield SD officials investigating racist video involving young students | WPXI

Hempfield SD officials investigating racist video involving young students

GREENSBURG, Pa. – Officials are investigating after several middle and elementary school students in Westmoreland County appeared in a racist video that was posted on social media.

The video includes several boys who danced and made obscene gestures while a homemade rap song played, calling the song’s target “the whitest black man I know.” One boy wore what appears to be a Klansman’s hood made of paper, while another waved a toy gun.

Hempfield Area School District Superintendent Barbara Marin said in a statement that a school police officer and the district’s administration worked to identify all of the children involved.

“We will not tolerate this type of racial intimidation and harassment,” Marin said in her statement.

In a letter sent to parents (CLICK HERE to read), Marin confirmed that the video was created at home by Hempfield middle and elementary school students. A student who does not attend school in the district posted the video on Twitter.


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Source: Hempfield SD officials investigating racist video involving young students | WPXI

Trump signs NASA bill aimed at sending people to Mars

Former astronauts will get health care. Pence will run the National Space Council. Trump doesn’t want to be an astronaut.

The bill more or less aligns with the budget blueprint Trump laid out last week. NASA won’t face the same cuts as other science and medical agencies, which stand to lose huge portions of their budget under the president’s proposal. Sending humans to Mars by the 2030s remains NASA’s long-term goal, and Congress will continue to fund the construction of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule for that mission.

Source: Trump signs NASA bill aimed at sending people to Mars

Analysis | Trump inherits the Iraq War. But what will he do?

The Iraqi prime minister’s visit to Washington raises more questions than answers.His visit was drowned out in the American news cycle by feverish coverage of hearings on Capitol Hill regarding Russian meddling in last year’s election. Sensing the moment, Abadi gestured to the national conversation, joking while sitting alongside Trump that he had nothing to do with wiretapping the then-candidate’s phones. (Earlier in the day, FBI director James B. Comey had confirmed that his agency had found no evidence to support Trump’s allegations about wiretapping.)

Source: Analysis | Trump inherits the Iraq War. But what will he do?

Half Of Canadians Want Illegal Refugees Deported: Poll | The Daily Caller

Support is growing among Canadians to deport illegal refugees who are entering Canada at unofficial border crossings. Almost half of respondents to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Monday want the illegals out of the country. A similar number are critical of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to the crisis.

Only 36 percent of those polled want to keep the refugees in Canada.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/20/almost-half-of-canadians-want-illegal-refugees-deported-poll/#ixzz4bvzb8WSB

Source: Half Of Canadians Want Illegal Refugees Deported: Poll | The Daily Caller

Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth – BBC News

It’s the international day of happiness – and the annual rankings have been published.

The world’s happiest – and saddest – countries
Happiest Least happy
1. Norway 146. Yemen
2. Denmark 147. South Sudan
3. Iceland 148. Liberia
4. Switzerland 149. Guinea
5. Finland 150. Togo
6. Netherlands 151. Rwanda
7. Canada 152. Syria
8. New Zealand 153. Tanzania
9. Australia 154. Burundi
10. Sweden 155. Central African Republic

Source: Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth – BBC News

Is the coal industry really roaring back to life under Trump? – LA Times

In his recent speech, President Trump said he had promised that “dying industries will come roaring back to life” – and then highlighted the boost he gave one such industry by blocking an environmental regulation “that threatens the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.”

The move Trump referred to stopped an environmental rule meant to protect streams from pollution stemming from mining.

Source: Is the coal industry really roaring back to life under Trump? – LA Times