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Aug 13, 2015
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Pope Francis’s climate push at odds with U.S. Catholic oil investments

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(Pope Francis gestures as he talks during a special audience with members of “Eucharist Youth Movement” in Paul VI hall at the Vatican, August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis heartened environmentalists around the world in June when he urged immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate change, declaring that the use of “highly polluting fossil fuels needs to be progressively replaced without delay.”

Aug 12, 2015

Insight – Pope’s climate push at odds with U.S. Catholic oil investments

BOSTON (Reuters) – Pope Francis heartened environmentalists around the world in June when he urged immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate change, declaring that the use of “highly polluting fossil fuels needs to be progressively replaced without delay.”

But some of the largest American Catholic organizations have millions of dollars invested in energy companies, from hydraulic fracturing firms to oil sands producers, according to their own disclosures, through many portfolios intended to fund church operations and pay clergy salaries.

Aug 12, 2015

Pope’s climate push at odds with U.S. Catholic oil investments

BOSTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Pope Francis heartened
environmentalists around the world in June when he urged
immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate
change, declaring that the use of “highly polluting fossil fuels
needs to be progressively replaced without delay.”

But some of the largest American Catholic organizations have
millions of dollars invested in energy companies, from hydraulic
fracturing firms to oil sands producers, according to their own
disclosures, through many portfolios intended to fund church
operations and pay clergy salaries.

Jul 28, 2015

U.S. defense contractor copied secret military documents: Justice Department

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday accused a former Chinese army serviceman of copying classified files from a U.S. military computer network while employed as a U.S. defense contractor in Kuwait in 2013.

Wei Chen, 61, of Westfield, Massachusetts, was charged with making a false statement and damaging army computers after he lied on a questionnaire about his foreign military service to get his as a computer system administrator. He later copied secret computer files onto a personal thumb drive and tried to conceal it by deleting network logs, according to a Justice Department press release.

Jul 27, 2015

Offshore wind power gets foothold in U.S. with Rhode Island project

NEW SHOREHAM, Rhode Island (Reuters) – Rhode Island’s Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America’s first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States.

The 30-megawatt wind farm, which will include five turbines located three miles (4.8 km) off the coast of the bucolic summer tourist destination of Block Island, will take more than a year to build and is scheduled to produce electricity for the tiny island community and the mainland by the end of next year.

Jul 19, 2015

Before Tennessee rampage, suspect texted friend link to Islamic verse

By Richard Valdmanis

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) – Hours before the Tennessee shooting that killed five U.S. servicemen, the suspected gunman texted a close friend a link to an Islamic verse that included the line: “Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him.”

The gunman’s family said in a statement late on Saturday he had suffered from depression, and that they had experienced shock and horror over the violence.

Jul 18, 2015

Navy sailor dies, becoming fifth serviceman killed in Chattanooga

By Richard Valdmanis

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) – A male U.S. Navy petty officer has died of wounds sustained in this week’s shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the U.S. Navy said on Saturday, raising the number of people killed in the attack to five.

The suspected shooter, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen, also died on Thursday in a firefight with police after the rampage at a military recruiting office and a training centre six miles away.

Jul 18, 2015

Navy sailor dies of wounds, becoming fifth Chattanooga fatality

By Richard Valdmanis

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) – A male U.S. Navy petty officer has died of wounds sustained in this week’s shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the U.S. Navy said on Saturday, raising the number of people killed in the attack to five.

The suspected shooter, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen, also died on Thursday in a firefight with police after the rampage at a military recruiting office and a training center six miles away.

Jul 18, 2015

U.S. Navy petty officer dies after wounding in Tennessee attack

By Richard Valdmanis

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) – A male U.S. Navy petty officer has died of wounds sustained in this week’s shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the U.S. Navy said on Saturday, raising the number of people killed in the attack to five.

The suspected shooter, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen, also died on Thursday in a firefight with police after the rampage at two military facilities.

Jul 18, 2015

Suspect in slaying of U.S. Marines made 2014 trip to Mideast

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The suspect in the fatal shootings of four U.S. Marines traveled to Jordan and possibly other Middle Eastern countries last year, authorities said on Friday, as the investigation focused on any signs of a connection to Islamist militants.

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen, died on Thursday in a firefight with police after a rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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