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Navajo farmers reject use of water after toxic spill in Colorado

Written by The AP Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:51

One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine.

The unanimous vote by more than 100 farmers in Shiprock, New Mexico, was heart-wrenching and guarantees the loss of many crops, Shiprock Chapter President Duane "Chili" Yazzie said Monday.

ExxonMobil gets reduced settlement after toxic pollution in New Jersey

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:26

A New Jersey court on Aug. 25 approved a settlement between ExxonMobil and Gov. Chris Christie’s administration over damages due for decades of toxic soil and water contamination in the northern part of the state.

The settlement gives the oil giant a more than 98 percent discount on the state’s original price tag for restoring and replacing the resources, according to environmental advocates.

Face of Donald Trump appears in woman's tub of organic butter

Written by WiG Tuesday, 25 August 2015 06:15

Americans are accustomed to finding images resembling Jesus on things everywhere around them, from a banana skin to bird poop on a car windshield.

Colombian band mystified by making president's Spotify playlist

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 25 August 2015 04:46

Sonora Carruseles.

The members of the little-known Colombian salsa band are clueless as to how an obscure song they recorded more than a decade ago landed on a Spotify playlist curated by President Barack Obama.

Bernie Sanders takes aim at 'greedy' Koch brothers

Written by Bill Barrow,
AP writer
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 04:38

David and Charles Koch

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is making the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch the face of a “corrupted” political and economic system that the Vermont senator wants to upend.

Tech Tips: Stuff you didn't know you could do on Facebook

Written by BARBARA ORTUTAY,
AP writer
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:04

Did you know you can add a pronunciation guide to your name on Facebook?

Overlay colorful text on the photos you post?

Tribal vote endorses legalizing marijuana use on Wisconsin reservation

Written by The AP Tuesday, 25 August 2015 05:30

Members of the Menominee Indian Tribe endorsed legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana use on a northeastern Wisconsin reservation.

Tribal leaders referred to the endorsement as an advisory vote, with about 77 percent of tribal citizens voting for medical marijuana and 58 backing recreational use.

U.S. welcomes U.N. discussion on ISIL attacking LGBT people

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 August 2015 04:30

The United States welcomed the first-ever “Arria formula” discussion by the UN Security Council of how better to protect the lives and dignity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender persons, who are frequently among the most vulnerable in conflict and post-conflict situations.

Hundreds attend 'Go Topless Day' protest in Minneapolis

Written by AP Tuesday, 25 August 2015 17:28

-PHOTO: femen.org

Hundreds of people showed their chests Sunday afternoon in a Minneapolis park as part of a national “Go Topless Day” protest against laws requiring women to cover their chests while men can legally bare theirs.

Soda pop industry pumps $100 million into defeating public health initiatives

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 August 2015 11:41

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the American Beverage Association have spent at least $106 million to defeat public health initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels since 2009, according to an analysis conducted by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The watchdog group says the actual amount spent by the soda industry is much greater, since campaign finance and lobby expenses are not available in 10 out of the 23 jurisdictions that have considered policies aimed at reducing sugar drink consumption.

Scott Walker wants Obama to cancel visit by China's president

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 August 2015 05:06

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker wants President Barack Obama to cancel an official state visit next month by the president of China.

The Wisconsin governor said in a statement on Aug. 24 that the planned visit of Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) should be canceled in light of the U.S. stock market's tumble, which Walker maintains was driven by China's manipulation of their economy.

Artist Banksy opens derelict Dismaland theme park

Written by SYLVIA HUI,
Associated Press
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 04:14

The elusive British graffiti artist Banksy has unveiled his latest project — a parody of a seaside theme park called "Dismaland'' complete with a derelict castle, a dead Cinderella and a Grim Reaper in a bumper car.