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Nuclear nightmare worse than Fukushima could hit US because of potential danger - study

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The US has underestimated the risks to its nuclear safety as a single nuclear fuel fire could lead to fallout "much greater than Fukushima," according to a new study. Researchers slammed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for ignoring the potential danger.

If spent fuel at one of the dozens of US nuclear sites sets alight, it "could dwarf the horrific consequences of the Fukushima accident [in Japan]," researchers from Princeton University and the Union of Concerned Scientists warned in their study published in the May 26 issue of Science magazine.

The disaster would lead to "trillion-dollar consequences," as the hypothetical fire would result in contamination of an area larger than New Jersey and force mass relocations.

Comment: See also: Another Hanford Nuclear Reservation emergency: Signs of another leaking tank


Arrow Down

'System let me down': Newly freed US man who spent 24yrs in jail on wrongful murder conviction speaks to RT

A newly freed man wrongfully convicted of murder at the age of 19 is grateful for friends, family and allies, crediting them for his ability to stave off anger towards the justice system that had locked him up for 24 years.

Sean Thomas was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole in 1993. He then spent a chunk of his youth, his entire 20s, 30s and early 40s, fighting for his innocence from behind bars. He had been wrongfully convicted of the 1990 fatal shooting of Puerto Rican businessman Domingo Martinez who was taking a $25,000 check to a store in Philadelphia.

Thomas had an alibi, but the jury was not convinced. A court dismissed one of his appeals in 1999, and from 2004 to 2009, he unsuccessfully sought help in proving his innocence. His nightmare ended on Tuesday after a court reversed Thomas' conviction on the basis of newly discovered evidence.

"There was a box that was found by the police department that contained documents that showed that there was an alternate theory of the murder that was never presented, never handed over to the defense," James Figorski, Thomas' attorney, told RT.

Listen to interview here.

Pistol

Masked gunmen ambush convoy of Egyptian Coptic Christians killing dozens including children

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Gunmen opened fire on two buses and a truck carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, Egypt on Friday, killing at least 26, including children. Some 26 people were also injured in the attack.

The group of between eight and 10 gunmen approached the convoy in three four-wheel-drive pickup trucks before opening fire, according to local media reports and the Egyptian Interior Ministry.

Security chiefs established a perimeter around the scene and launched a hunt for the attackers, setting up dozens of roadblocks in the area and sending out patrols to scour the desert road.

Comment: Was someone not happy with Sisi's latest speech? Egypt's President Sisi drops a depth charge in midst of American Islamic Summit: Shames supporters of terrorism


Handcuffs

188 illegal immigrants arrested in 5-day ICE operation

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Federal immigration officers have arrested nearly 200 illegal immigrants during a five-day operation which targeted criminals known or suspected of being in the US illegally within the greater Los Angeles area.

On Thursday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the conclusion of a five-day expanded enforcement operation. Fugitive Operations officers made 188 arrests in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, targeting "at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives," according to a news release from the agency.

"Operations like this are emblematic of the vital work ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers do every day seeking to locate, arrest, and ultimately deport at-large convicted criminals and other immigration fugitives who pose a threat to public safety," David Marin, field officer director for ERO in Los Angeles, said in a statement.

"By taking these individuals off the streets and removing them from the country, we're making our communities safer for everyone," Marin said.

Of the 188 individuals arrested, 169 had prior convictions, the most prevalent of which were drug offenses, domestic violence and driving under the influence.

Evil Rays

Seeing Beyond Neoliberal Identity Politics - A Weapon of Mass Deception

Last year, Daniel Denvir insightfully described Hilary Clinton's political strategy as "peak neoliberalism, where a distorted version of identity politics is used to defend an oligarchy and a national security state, celebrating diversity in the management of exploitation and warfare" (emphasis added).

This "peak" neoliberal identity politics (NIP) is a great weapon on the hands of the privileged capitalist Few and their mass-murderous global empire. It was central to the Barack Obama phenomenon and presidency. And it is very much alive and kicking atop the corporate Democratic Party and its various media allies more than half a year after Mrs. Clinton's humiliating defeat.

It works like this. You couldn't stand and vote even just "lesser evil"-style for the lying neoliberal warmonger (LNW) Hillary Clinton, the vicious tool and ally of the nation's unelected and interrelated dictatorships of money, empire, and white supremacy?

Well, NIP says, that just proves that you are a sexist. You've got a gender problem. You just can't deal with women in positions of authority.

Attention

California farmer fights $2.8 million federal fine for plowing his own field

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The US Army Corps of Engineers and state authorities are seeking almost $3 million in fines from a California farmer because residue from plowing polluted creeks on his property, under environmental rules the Trump administration wants to abolish.

Federal authorities are charging John Duarte of Modesto for not obtaining permits to discharge dredged or fill material into seasonal wetlands that are considered waters of the United States, the Redding Record Searchlight reported this week.

"The case is the first time that we're aware of that says you need to get a [US Army Corps of Engineers] permit to plow to grow crops," said Anthony Francois, a lawyer for the Pacific Legal Foundation, a libertarian nonprofit working on Duarte's behalf. "We're not going to produce much food under those kinds of regulations."

Star of David

IDF removes West Bank anti-occupation encampment set up by activists

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IDF soldiers have removed the last remaining tent at a West Bank encampment set up by Jewish activists from the US and Canada. The camp was erected to mark the 50th anniversary of Israeli occupation.

Soldiers embarked on the encampment, referred to by activists as the Sumud Freedom Camp, early on Thursday, Haaretz reported.

According to activists at the site, the soldiers did not present any written teardown orders for the camp, which was located in the South Hebron Hills.

Attention

Police union chief says Theresa May's cuts to blame for need to deploy army after Manchester attack

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The leader of the Police Federation has gone public with thinly-veiled criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May, accusing her of not providing support after military personnel had to be called in to help "desperately understaffed" forces.

The union's chair, Steve White, said on Thursday that the military deployment was needed to keep the streets of Britain safe as the police "simply do not have the resources."

"The welcome support of the military to free up armed officers and offer public reassurance will no doubt be managed in the same professional, resolute way. But, as welcome as this is, we cannot avoid the reasons it is needed at all. There is no ignoring the fact that we, the police, simply do not have the resources to manage an event like this on our own," White added.

Star of David

Israel reduces electricity supplies to Gaza amid Palestine's refusal to pay in full

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Israel has reduced its supplies of electricity to the Gaza Strip after Palestinian authorities refused to pay the monthly bill in full earlier in the week, local media reported Thursday.

Within the framework of the agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), Israel supplied 125 megawatts of electricity to the Gaza Strip in exchange for the PA paying 40 million Israeli new shekels ($11.2 million) a month for the provision. However, earlier in the week, the PA announced that it would reduce the payments down to 25-30 million Israeli new shekels.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Israel reduced the supplies to Gaza down to three hours a day after the PA made its announcement.

Health

CBO warns 23 million people would lose health care coverage within a decade under Obamacare replacement

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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's latest scoring of the House Republican replacement to Obamacare shows that by next year, 14 million people would lose health coverage, while a total 23 million would lose insurance within a decade.

The CBO's report Wednesday takes into account amendments attached to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4, shortly before the House bill's partisan passage which was nearly denied by just two votes. This is the AHCA's second scoring by the CBO, which released its first report in March.

Around 23 million Americans would lose health care insurance by 2026, the new report found. The CBO had previously projected 24 million people losing health coverage. However, it remains unclear how much, if any, good news the Senate Republicans can take away from the government report.

Comment: House passes Trump's healthcare bill -- Here's what you need to know