Protests over huge N Dakota oil pipeline

Protests over huge N Dakota oil pipeline

Image copyright AP Image caption Protests over the pipeline have also taken place in Iowa More than 100 protesters have gathered in Washington DC to express their fears about a huge oil pipeline which will cross four states in the US Midwest. The $3.7bn (£2.8bn) Dakota Access pipeline has prompted legal challenges, notably in North […]

Canada’s Mounties allow women in uniform to wear hijabs

Canada’s Mounties allow women in uniform to wear hijabs

Image copyright AP Image caption The iconic uniform has seen few changes in its long history The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known as the Mounties, is to allow women in uniform to wear hijabs. Government spokesman Scott Bardsley said the move was to reflect the diversity in Canada’s communities and to attract more female Muslim […]

Yellowstone River closes indefinitely over deadly parasite

Yellowstone River closes indefinitely over deadly parasite

Image copyright AP Image caption Officials blame the influx of dead fish on a contagious parasite Montana officials have indefinitely closed the Yellowstone River over concerns of a deadly parasite that has killed thousands of fish. A 183-mile-stretch (294km) of the river is closed to prevent infected fish from spreading to other waterways. Wildlife workers […]

US new home sales rise at fastest pace since 2007

US new home sales rise at fastest pace since 2007

Image copyright Getty Images US new homes sales jumped in July to their fastest rate in nearly nine years, according to Commerce Department figures. Low interest rates on mortgages and an improving jobs market have helped boost the US real estate market. New home sales increased by 12.4% in July month-on-month to a seasonally adjusted […]

The Slippery Appeal of the Biggest New Band in America – The New Yorker

Last summer, pop radio began playing a fiendish earworm about two young men who feared the ordinary demands of adulthood. A year later, those men have become the biggest new band in America. You may not be familiar with Twenty One Pilots—they’re a slippery phenomenon, selling out arenas while remaining nearly invisible to those outside their […]

Will America Finally Stop Privatizing Everything? – New Republic

It’s not hard to figure out why this happens. Private companies win contracts to manage federal prisons by undercutting the Bureau of Prisons’ operational costs. Unlike the government, private prison companies must also take their profit margins out of their budgets. The only way to make that work is to massively drop labor costs, corresponding […]