People seeking federal housing assistance from FEMA are being pushed into a new, more restricted program, but thousands will be left behind by new rules and red tape.
The Navy and the tourism industry have teamed up in an apparent win-win situation , but ecologists say ocean life stands much to lose from the deal.
Telecom giant Verizon is refusing to confirm or deny participation in the illegal National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapping program, as citizens in Maine urge the stateâ€™s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to investigate whether the company handed over its phone records.
A weekly run-down of stories related to work, labor organizing, job safety, wages, etc.
@ More mine deaths
@ Wal-Mart tied to poverty
@ Cintas workers win
@ Alcoa steelworkers may strike
@ Starbucks labor struggle
This weekend's general election for mayor and other seats in the Crescent City revives racially complicated concerns about displaced residents' ability to access polls.
Legal and legislative moves to standardize federal food warnings â€“ or lack thereof â€“ chip away at statesâ€™ prerogative to warn consumers about hazards posed by certain foods.
The problem of food insecurity in America is gradually worsening, yet the governmentâ€™s main â€œsolutionâ€ is sluggish, inadequate and sometimes inaccessible, and some critics note such programs do nothing to address the root causes of hunger.
Small farmers and their advocates say funneling tax dollars to big corporations is unwise and unappreciated, especially while an even playing field is the scarcest resource of all.
A lawyers association filed a suit challenging some changes to the federal Bankruptcy Code just days before the IRS announced a crackdown on the predatory credit-counseling groups those rules were apparently meant to rein in.
While the federal government continues to kill wild predators tens of thousands in the service of ranchers, critics question the usefulness of the secondary slaughters.
With another election season around the corner, activists are concerned that electronic voting machines supplied by a handful of American corporations are bug-ridden and easily tampered with, but the road to redress is rough and windy.
A weekly run-down of stories related to rights, privacy, etc.
@ Ga. same-sex marriage
@ Gitmo detainees listed
@ Wiretapping call-in action
@ NY DNA database fight
@ Tex. lethal injection
Last week, shareholders controlling an overwhelming majority of ConocoPhillips stock rejected the very idea of asking the companyâ€™s board of directors to prepare a report on potential environmental damage related to drilling in a protected Alaskan wilderness area.
With the Bush administration on the defensive against civil suits challenging its practices in the so-called "war on terror," Justice Department attorneys are turning to state-secrets arguments to suppress filings against its own and other departments.
@ Smithfield labor fight
@ Delphi talks
@ Wal-Mart front group
@ Ohio grocery workers win
@ AFL-CIO & CTW conspire
@ IWW picks up Berkeley Cinema
@ LA Hilton workers fired
Purportedly to help ease spiking energy prices, oil and gas companies â€“ joined by manufacturers and a significant portion of Congress â€“ are pushing to open huge areas of off-limit coastal waters to oil and gas exploration.
Despite the known health risks, the FDA cannot regulate cigarettes or other tobacco products, a situation watchdogs find increasingly problematic as the historically deceitful industry introduces new smokeless products.
Yielding to a legal challenge filed by workersâ€™ rights advocates, the Department of Labor agreed yesterday to hand over information on workers who never received back-pay owed by employers because the government had failed to locate them.
Following the chance revelation of a closed-door meeting on future wireless efforts in one of Americaâ€™s greatest national parks, environmentalists say the public deserves greater say over corporationsâ€™ impact on parklands.
With massive amounts of toxin-laden consumer electronics hitting the trash heap every day, few are taking responsibility for their ecological and health impacts.
A bill to deregulate group healthcare plans has faced massive opposition from consumer and patientsâ€™ rights groups and now faces potentially insurmountable hurdles in the Senate.
Details of horrific conditions endured by boys and girls held in a New Orleans jail during and after Hurricane Katrina are chronicled in a shocking new report by a group that advocates for criminalized youth.
Critics are markedly unimpressed by what they consider toothless measures coming out of both chambers as lawmakers scramble to appear concerned in the wake of recent corruption scandals.
Among the $14 billion in "extra" budget items the US Senate crammed into its version of a supplemental military and storm-relief funding bill is a relatively small bankroll to fund housing help for some of Hurricane Katrinaâ€™s neediest survivors.
With millions of eligible seniors not signed up for Medicareâ€™s new prescription drug coverage, the Bush administration is backing off a bit on next weekâ€™s deadline for lowest-income seniors.
Radioactive leaks, faulty construction and doubts over untested technology plague Department of Energy contractor Bechtelâ€™s cleanup of an atomic bomb waste site.
Residents in a small West Virginia fight against a coal crushing plant that has blanketed their town with dust and ruined their quality of life.
Students working to end abuses of workersâ€™ rights in the factories that make their school apparel won a victory in California last Friday after months of escalating protest.
President Bush made headlines across the nation yesterday for telling a German public-television station that he would like to see the US-military-run prison camp at GuantÃ¡namo Bay, Cuba shut down. "I would like to close the camp and put the prisoners on trial," Bush said on the program, which aired Sunday night.
A new controversy is gripping stem-cell science as California funds efforts with what critics consider little regard for ensuring the products of publicly funded research will benefit the public as a whole.