Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:24 UTC
It happened about 11 p.m. at a home in the 500 block of West Highway 31 in Dawson.
Emergency crews were able to rescue all five people from the home. Three of them were flown to a Dallas-area hospital, Tanner said. It's unclear how they're doing. Two others were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A neighbor said an elderly couple lives inside the home. Three of their family members were staying with them when the explosion happened.
Homeowners Cathy Spruiell and her husband Dwain Spruiell are in stable condition at Parkland in Dallas. Another person in the home is also at Parkland.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:42 UTC
Three separation centers will be built as part of high-security prisons to incarcerate subversive prisoners who are thought to have been involved in planning terrorist attacks, or who represent a threat to national security either in person or through radicalizing others.
Construction of the first purpose-built block will begin at HMP Frankland high-security prison in the coming weeks, with two more to follow.
Plans to create the separation centers, which will have the capacity to hold up to 28 inmates, came after an inquiry found that "incapacitation units" are needed to keep Islamists and jihadis from manipulating other people.
The special units will hold people promoting all forms of extremism, including that of the far-right, and will be used to isolate "self-styled emirs" who attempt to draw other prisoners to extremist Islamic principles.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00 UTC
Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace will introduce Barghouti.
JVP's recent conference in Chicago included a video'd shoutout to Barghouti, who was then jailed by Israel on alleged tax offenses and facing days of interrogation. The arrest came at the same time as a new law barring travel to Israel by those supporting BDS, and as a government minister was vowing to undertake the civil "elimination" of BDS supporters.
After his release, Barghouti was subjected to a gag order and barred from leaving Palestine. Israel was pursuing a "McCarthyite witchhunt" against him, he told EI. But a judge reportedly suspended the travel ban.
The law will ban figures, abbreviations, numerals, symbols and characters, which are not letters (except a dash), obscene words and titles or positions as baby names, Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of Duma committee for state construction and legislation, told TASS.
The Free Thought Project
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:26 UTC
I know I'm asking for it but the community is great and the pizza is great too. Thanks James.
In what appears to be an attempt to reverse troll his accusers, Podesta only gave them fodder for an all-out Twitter assault.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00 UTC
The six-year study is the first-ever financial evaluation of spill's impact
The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill did $17.2 billion in damage to the natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of scientists recently found after a six-year study of the impact of the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
This is the first comprehensive appraisal of the financial value of the natural resources damaged by the 134-million-gallon spill.
"This is proof that our natural resources have an immense monetary value to citizens of the United States who visit the Gulf and to those who simply care that this valuable resource is not damaged," said Kevin Boyle, a professor of agricultural and applied economics in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Science and one of the authors on the paper.
Comment: The true costs of this horrific disaster to those whose lives have been irreparably changed can never be measured.
Study finds little oversight in use of hazardous chemicals in routine unregulated oil and gas operations
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00 UTC
The study, conducted by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of the Pacific and the California-based energy science and policy institute PSE Healthy Energy, is the first published research to investigate chemicals used in unregulated routine oil- and gas-field activities, including the overlap between chemicals used in both regulated and unregulated activities.
Analyzing publicly available data of chemical use in oil and gas production operations in the Los Angeles Basin, researchers found that the number of the chemicals used for routine activities is as high or higher than the number used for hydraulic fracturing, and those chemicals are used frequently and in high quantities. Further, the disclosure data showed that the same chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing were also used in more than half of recorded routine activities, which are unregulated. For example, they found common use of biocides, a class of hazardous chemicals that includes formaldehyde, and acidizing agents including hydrofluoric acid, in both regulated well-stimulation activities and unregulated routine activities. These findings have major implications for chemical disclosure policies and risk assessments of oil and gas development in California and across the nation, the researchers concluded.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:57 UTC
US District Judge Sean Cox ordered the fine on Friday, following the terms of the deal in which Volkswagen pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Nearly 600,000 diesel cars in the US were programmed to turn on pollution controls during testing, but turn it off while on the road, the company admitted.
Comment: See also: Volkswagen set to plead guilty to US emissions fraud
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:03 UTC
Delivering the verdict on Thursday, Judge Yury Ivanenko ruled that all 395 branches of the religious group on Russian territory are subject to disbandment and the property is to be forfeited to the state.
In the run-up to the ruling on its liquidation, based on a lawsuit filed by the Russian Justice Ministry, the Jehovah's Witnesses group has repeatedly found itself in trouble with Russia's anti-extremism legislation. In October last year, a lower court notified the organization of a looming ban if it did not stop engaging in what it considered extremist activity. In January this year, the warning was upheld by the Moscow City Court.
Jehovah's Witnesses leaflets promoting information "posing a threat to health" were provided as evidence by the Ministry of Justice during the hearings, Svetlana Borisova, the ministry's representative said, as cited by RIA Novosti. More than 90 printed booklets of the organization have been found to contain extremist materials.
One of Jehovah's Witnesses strict beliefs - a complete ban on blood transfusions - can potentially endanger the life of a child, argued Borisova. She cited a case when devout followers of the group refused to give consent for the procedure needed by their child.
The present lawsuit was revolving around Jehovah's Witnesses' chief managing organization in Russia, based in St. Petersburg, which is in charge of all its outfits scattered on the Russian territory.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:10 UTC
Ledell Lee, who was sentenced to death for murdering his neighbor, Debra Reese, in a Little Rock suburb in 1993, was pronounced dead at 11:56pm central time at the Cummins Unit prison in southern Arkansas. He received three lethal injections, including midazolam, to render him unconscious, vecuronium bromide to halt his breathing, and potassium chloride to stop his heart.
On Thursday, the US Supreme Court cleared the way for Arkansas to execute its first inmate since 2005 by removing holds on its lethal injection procedure, which was carried out just 30 minutes before the death warrant expired, according to Reuters.
Arkansas authorities plan to execute eight more death row inmates in the next two weeks.