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Oil train protesters briefly disrupt Obama speech

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SEATTLE (AP) — Protesters objecting to crude oil shipments on Northwest railways briefly interrupted President Barack Obama’s remarks in Seattle on Friday night. Speaking at a fundraiser for Gov. Jay Inslee, the president paused when hecklers shouted, urging him to use his authority to stop the trains. The president responded, cupping his ear to hear better and then saying he ...

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Protest showdown looms at Casper hearing on coal leasing

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A showdown is shaping up over the future of Wyoming’s coal industry Tuesday as federal officials look at overhauling the federal coal leasing program and possibly charging more to mine. Pro-coal and anti-coal protesters both plan to protest at a U.S. Bureau of Land Management hearing in Casper. On one side is the Wyoming Mining Association ...

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Oil pipeline protesters interrupt Minnesota water summit

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton asked more than 800 people attending his inaugural Water Summit on Saturday to brainstorm ideas for solving Minnesota’s water quality challenges, but not before opponents of the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline interrupted his remarks to urge him to play a greater role in scrutinizing the project. Just after Dayton took the ...

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In Seattle, ‘kayaktivists’ take on Arctic oil drilling

SEATTLE — Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle’s waterfront — but the petroleum giant will have to get around protesters in kayaks and a mayor determined to take on climate change. The fast-approaching battle with so-called kayaktivists is unfolding in a city well known for embracing environmental causes, laying bare the high-stakes ...

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Strike call in Turkey as mine blast death toll rises, scores still trapped

Turkey’s biggest union geared for a massive strike amid mounting anger over the country’s worst mining accident, as the toll from the disaster rose to 282, with scores still trapped underground. ISTANBUL, May 14 (Reuters) – “Those who keep up with privatisation… policies, who threaten workers’ lives to reduce costs… are the culprits of the Soma massacre and they must be ...

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Ukraine’s east braces for ‘full-scale’ anti-rebel operation

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* Acting president warns of major military crackdown on rebels * Calls on them to surrender their arms * But as deadline passes, no sign of rebels complying * Fears of further confrontation with Russia By Thomas Grove SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 14 (Reuters) – Towns in eastern Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government forces after Kiev gave pro-Russian separatists a ...

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Ukraine says separatists hold hostages; activists deny charge

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By Thomas Grove LUHANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine’s state security service on Tuesday said that pro-Russian separatists had placed explosives in a building they seized in the eastern city of Luhansk and were holding 60 people hostage. But the activists, who have controlled the region’s state security headquarters since storming it on Sunday, denied both charges. They said they had ...

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