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U.S. government to pay New Mexico $73 million over radiation leak

The U.S. Energy Department will pay New Mexico $73 million in road and other infrastructure projects for violations by an underground nuclear waste dump and nuclear research lab that led to a radiation leak last year, officials said on Thursday. The deal struck between the department and New Mexico forgoes fines and instead applies funds to upgrades to federal nuclear facilities and surrounding communities in the state, according to settlement documents. Projects include construction of a $5 million emergency operations center in Carlsbad, near where the nuclear waste dump leaked radiation in February 2014. The leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, exposed 22 workers to radiation in amounts not expected to threaten their health, and indefinitely suspended key operations at the site, the Energy Department’s only permanent underground disposal facility for certain types of radiological waste from U.S. nuclear labs. Read More..

April 30th, 2015

After Baltimore, what hope for change?

Protests turn violent in wake of Freddie Gray deathHalf a century after the Watts riots — and 23 years after the riots following the Rodney King-beating verdict — the persistence of police brutality, racism, poverty and economic neglect in America’s inner cities has erupted afresh as a topic riveting the nation.

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April 30th, 2015

China April official services PMI dips to 53.4

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Activity in China’s services sector expanded in April but at a slightly slower pace than in March, in another sign that the economy may be losing momentum. Read More..

April 30th, 2015

New York mayor refutes allegations that police adopting tougher strategy for protests

New York City Mayor de Blasio speaks to guests during the Whitney Museum of American Art Dedication Ceremony in New YorkBy Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio denied that the city had toughened its policing strategy in response to the riots in Baltimore after some lawmakers accused the city's police force of overly aggressive tactics in its handling of protests on Wednesday night. During a series of marches across Manhattan to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered severe spinal injuries while in police custody in Baltimore, there were 143 arrests, mainly for obstructing traffic.

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April 30th, 2015

FDA approves the Medicines Co’s pain drug device Ionsys

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Medicines Co’s drug device Ionsys for postoperative pain for hospital use, the company said on Thursday. Ionsys, a needleless, patient-controlled, opioid-based treatment, offers patients recovering from surgery in the hospital control over their analgesic dosing. Ionsys was originally developed by Johnson & Johnson and won approval in the United States and Europe in 2006. Read More..

April 30th, 2015
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