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New Breed Of French Protester: Sheep 27.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PARIS (AP) — Disgruntled farmers have brought their sheep to the Eiffel Tower to protest wolf attacks, and what they call the government's anti-farmer environmental policies.

The woolly protesters munched grass near the Paris monument while their owners urged tougher measures against wolf attacks. The government says its existing plan on preventing attacks and compensating farmers is sufficient. Authorities also want to ensure protections for wolves. The march Thursday came as President Francois Hollande spoke at an environmental meeting about plans for cleaner energy and France's plans to host the U.N. Climate Change Conference next year.

Protester Franck Dieny said government policies — which include large subsidies to agriculture — are less and less farmer-friendly and "don't recognize ... the role we play maintaining the landscape" that so many visitors to France appreciate.
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Tensions Flare Between Senate Democrats, White House 27.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration. In a high-profile speech on Tuesday dissecting Democrats' losses in this month's midterm elections, Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, listed "a cascade of issues" botched by the White House, starting with Obama's push for healthcare reforms soon after he took office in 2009. Later on Tuesday, the White House took the unusual step of publicly pledging to veto a deal on tax breaks that Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid was trying to hammer out with Republicans in the House of Representatives. "There is clearly a lot of unhappiness and a lot of mistrust that exists between the president and his congressional party," said Ross Baker, political scientist at Rutgers University. Democrats will cede control of the Senate to Republicans in the New ...
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'Turning Point'? Hong Kong Police Descend on Protest Sites, Targeting Leaders 27.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Donation of Prize Money by Canadian Activist Spurs Flood of Dollars to Tar Sands Fight 26.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Is Spate of Texas Earthquakes Connected to Nearby Fracking Operations? 26.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Headlines for November 26, 2014 26.11.2014 Democracy Now!
More Than 40 Arrested in Ferguson on 2nd Night of Protest, Protesters March, Block Highways in 170 Cities Over Police Abuse, Obama Calls for Calm in Ferguson, Darren Wilson: "I Know I Did My Job Right", Black Friday Boycott over Ferguson to Coincide with Wal-Mart Strikes, Syrian Airstrikes Kill 95 People in Raqqa, Gunmen Kill 3 Pakistani Polio Workers, Driver, U.S. Drone Strike Kills 7 in Northwest Pakistan, Yemen: U.S. Commandos Lead Raid to Rescue Hostages, Nigeria: Double Suicide Bombing Kills Dozens, 8th Doctor Infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone; Burial Workers Dump Corpses in Protest over Pay, Flournoy Withdraws from Running to Replace Hagel, Report: U.S. to Keep More Troops in Afghanistan Than Promised, U.N. Resolution on Spying Weakened by Pressure from U.S., Allies, EPA to Issue New Limits on Ozone Air Pollution, Obama Admin Sued over Leasing of Land to Coal Firms, Obama Vows to Veto Tax Deal Which Favors Corporations, CDC: Half of People with HIV in the U.S. Not Receiving Treatment
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Hong Kong Riot Police Clear Protest Site, Arrest Student Leaders 26.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Farah Master and James Pomfret HONG KONG, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Hong Kong police on Wednesday cleared one of the largest protest sites that has choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in what could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political freedom from Beijing's control. Riot police clashed with protesters late into the evening as activists sought to regroup and regain lost ground. Student leaders Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were among those arrested as hundreds of officers swept through the bustling area of Mong Kok, clearing barricades and tents that had blocked key roads in the Chinese-controlled city for more than two months. Some among the pockets of demonstrators still out on the streets denied the setback marked the beginning of the end of the occupation, and it was not clear if or when police might try to remove the remaining protest sites elsewhere in the city. Scuffles broke out when riot police moved against hundreds of protesters ...
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12 Things White People Can Actually Do After the Ferguson Decision 26.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Joseph Osmundson and David J. Leonard In the wake of the decision in Ferguson, and the killing of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio and Akai Gurley in New York, righteous anger is boiling over on the streets, on social media and within our everyday lives. So many of us feel so powerless, unable to affect substantive change, unable to do anything other than hurt. Powerless does not mean there isn't work to be done. It is silence, inactivity, complacency and disconnect that are the enemies of justice, not rage. White people of good conscious, too, want to act in solidarity in the fight for racial justice, but may feel cut off from the communities or resources necessary to do so. The feelings of disconnect from these movements, from the rage, from tears and from injustice warrant interrogation. So does the cycle of injustice, followed by shock, silence, articles on "we can do," and a return to our everyday lives. This cannot simply be about performing change and solidarity; it cannot be about doing ...
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Powerful Photos Show The Nationwide Response To Michael Brown Won't End Any Time Soon 26.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On the night after a St. Louis County grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, protesters around the U.S. continued to assemble to raise their voices and demand justice for Brown's death on Tuesday evening. In New York City, groups swarmed major streets and bridges, including the Lincoln Tunnel , the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive , Manhattan Bridge l and Brooklyn Bridge . A march paused on Wall Street to observe a moment of silence, then sang "We Shall Overcome," Andrew Losowsky reported . After a crowd refused orders to disperse from Times Square, police moved in and made several arrests, the New York Times reported. Marches in Washington D.C. prompted warnings of street closures from police . Groups shouted "Shut it down!" in front of government buildings. Videos posted to social media showed what appeared to be an American flag set ablaze. HuffPost's Diane Jeanty saw protesters enter an area Wal-Mart, chanting, "We are better than ...
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If You Think Looters And Arsonists Are The Only Ones Protesting Ferguson, Think Again 26.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Television and computer screens have been saturated with images of violence and alarming headlines since a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown. But what about the peaceful protests? People across the country have been gathering to voice objections to the decision in ways that involve neither conflict nor violence. With media attention focused on Ferguson, it's easy to forget that peaceful protests are the norm, not the exception. There are many ways for individuals to make their voices heard on the subject of Ferguson. Here are some of the organizers and participants who have become faces of peaceful, organized action: Charlene Carruthers, 29, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Photo: Chicago Reporter Charlene Carruthers coordinates the Black Youth Project , or BYP100, an organization that trains black 18-to-35-year-olds as activists. "We talk about black men, black women, girls and boys, LGBT folks," said Carruthers, who ...
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Legal Experts Question Excluding Parents Of Dreamers From Deportation Relief 26.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
At 27, José Luis Zelaya has had four knee surgeries, all stemming from when he was 13 and traveled overland for a month and a half from Honduras to Texas in search of his mother. Having crossed the border illegally, Zelaya doesn’t have legal status in the United States. But in 2012, he won the next best thing -- permission to stay under the policy known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” DACA allows Zelaya to reside and work in the U.S., at least temporarily, without fear of deportation. Now a doctoral student in urban education at Texas A&M University, Zelaya traveled from College Station, Texas, to Washington, D.C. last week so he could be there personally when President Barack Obama announced his executive action shielding an estimated 4.4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Zelaya was confident that finally his mother, who is also undocumented, would receive the same relief extended to him two years ago. “On my way over there I was very excited, very happy,” Zelaya told The ...
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These Peaceful Responses To The Ferguson Decision Show The U.S. At Its Best 26.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the hours following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision on Monday night to not indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson cop who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown, news outlets focused on the destruction and looting overtaking the Missouri town. But while "Ferguson on Fire" and "Jury Fury" dominated headlines, reactions to the decision were hardly all violence and chaos. Across the country, activists took to heart the urgings of President Obama and Brown’s grieving parents to react to the decision with calm. "I join Michael's parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully," Obama said on Monday. "Let me repeat Michael's father's words: ' Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer. No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son's death to be in vain.'" Thousands of supporters paid heed and partook in peaceful protests, marches, prayers and moments of silence as a call for justice for the slain 18-year-old. Protesters Join Hands at the ...
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Governor Jay Nixon Ups National Guard Presence In Ferguson 26.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) said Tuesday that he will significantly increase the presence of National Guard troops in Ferguson following the episodes of looting and protesting that took place Monday night. During the press conference, Nixon said 2,200 Missouri National Guard troops would be deployed, compared with the 700 from Monday. The amplification of force comes after protests broke out in Ferguson and other areas Monday night when the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney announced the grand jury did not issue an indictment against Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. The majority of Monday's response around the country was civil, but some shops and cars were set on fire in Ferguson. In all, more than 60 arrests were made. Adding more guardsmen, said Nixon, is a way "to make sure that tonight is a safer night." He suggested that even more troops might come, if needed. "We are going to continue to up their numbers here," he said. As August protests in Ferguson ...
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Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge 26.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban on Tuesday, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, arguing that the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation. But Baker put her ruling on hold, and the state is expected to appeal it to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis. The ruling comes as the state Supreme Court weighs a separate case challenging the ban. Justices are weighing whether to uphold Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's decision in May striking down the 2004 amendment and earlier state law as unconstitutional. Piazza's decision led to 541 same sex couples getting married in the week before the state Supreme Court suspended his ruling. Justices have not indicated when they ...
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Climate change, species extinctions and tipping points 25.11.2014 Environmental News Network
Researchers from North Carolina State University have created a model that mimics how differently adapted populations may respond to rapid climate change. Their findings demonstrate that depending on a population's adaptive strategy, even tiny changes in climate variability can create a "tipping point" that sends the population into extinction.Carlos Botero, postdoctoral fellow with the Initiative on Biological Complexity and the Southeast Climate Science Center at NC State and assistant professor of biology at Washington State University, wanted to find out how diverse populations of organisms might cope with quickly changing, less predictable climate variations. 
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Protests and Outrage Force Campus Rape Into Spotlight 25.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Hysteria over Ferguson Grand Jury an Indictment of America 25.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Headlines for November 25, 2014 25.11.2014 Democracy Now!
Ferguson Erupts After Grand Jury Decides Not to Indict Darren Wilson, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Forced to Resign, Report: U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 28 Unnamed People for Every 1 Target, Iran Nuclear Talks Extended for 7 Months, Hong Kong Authorities Arrest 30, Clear Protest Site, Mexico: 11 Held in Maximum Security Prisons After Protest, Marissa Alexander Takes Plea Deal in Warning Shot Case, British Journalists Sue London Police over Spying, More Bill Cosby Events Cancelled amid Growing Rape Scandal, University of California Students Stage Walkouts, Occupations over Tuition Hike, Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to 18, Including 3 Slain Civil Rights Activists
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Here's A Much-Needed Reminder About Civil Unrest In Light Of The Ferguson Decision 25.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As the nation braces for protests following a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's decision on whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, leaders around the nation , including President Barack Obama , have urged calm. But regardless of what ends up happening, it's important to keep the response in perspective. Twitter users took the opportunity on Monday to remind that civil unrest comes in all colors, shapes and sizes, and for all sorts of reasons (yes, including relatively bad ones). Sometimes, people seem to forget that the underlying issues are still what matter when tensions boil over, not the skin color of those who are organizing it . After the San Francisco Giants won the World Series this year, fans began rioting in the city . To put upcoming events in #Ferguson in context: This is what San Francisco looked like after recent Giants' victory pic.twitter.com/0zAjZQ0xSO — Karen Franklin (@kfranklinphd) November 24, 2014 SF Police car ...
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Oklahoma Says Its Education Waiver Reinstated 25.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials say the federal government will restore the state's flexibility to decide how to use $29 million in public school funding.

The state Board of Education said in a statement that the U.S. Department of Education would announce Monday afternoon it is reinstating a waiver from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. Oklahoma lost its waiver this year after the state dropped Common Core standards and didn't certify that the replacement guidelines made students ready for college or the workplace.

State education officials certified new guidelines last month and asked that the federal waiver be reinstated.

The board said the waiver will be reinstated for the rest of this school year.

Education department spokeswoman Dorie Nolt said she could not confirm that "at this point."
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