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East Coast mayors support LA clean truck program

It's been an up-and-down week for environmentalists, port workers and residents of nearby communities trying to clean up the diesel pollution from trucks that contributes to soaring respiratory disease.

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EPA zaps BP on air pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency has taken on oil giant BP along with corporate-friendly Republican officials in the state of Indiana.

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Stores pull immigrant-slurring Halloween costume after protests

After a nationwide campaign by immigrant advocacy groups calling an "illegal alien" Halloween costume tasteless and offensive, several major retail stores and Web sites have pulled it from their racks.

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U.S. halts prosecutions for use of medical marijuana

The Department of Justice yesterday ordered its lawyers to cease prosecution of people who use or prescribe medical marijuana in states that have legalized the drug for that purpose.

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Demonstration demands end to Bloomberg education policies

About 200 people turned out to an outdoor rally on Sunday sponsored by Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, to protest current Mayor Michael Bloomberg's handling of the city school system.

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Immigrant activist leaves sanctuary after nearly two years

Flor Crisostomo is a well-known immigrant rights activist here who spent nearly two years in sanctuary at the Adalberto United Methodist Church on the city’s northwest side. In a prepared statement released Oct. 19, Crisostomo announced she has left the church in order to begin the next phase in her struggle for immigration reform and the rights of indigenous communities.

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Calling on Congress: health care reform now

 On Tuesday, October 20th, hundreds of events will take place across the country, in a "National Day of Action for Health Care."

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‘Fund the MAP, close the gap’

More than 2,000 from Illinois marched on the state Capitol to demand funding for more than 137,000 students whose Monetary Assistance Program grants were only funded for half the school year.

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Cap and trade controls smog, says EPA

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week touted the success of a cap and trade program (known as NOx Budget Trading Program, or NBP) that regulates emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in reducing smog and acid rain in portions of the country.

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Labor slams ‘deeply flawed’ Finance health bill

The labor movement will oppose any health reform bill that does not correct the "deeply flawed" version approved by the Senate Finance Committee.

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