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AUG 26, 2016 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Dayton orders steps to protects bees and other pollinators

Among other things, the governor's order says state regulators should require verification that the use of neonicotinoid pesticides is necessary due to imminent threats of significant crop losses. Dayton's order also creates a new task force to study issues impacting pollinators and to recommend long-term solutions. [...] he's ordering state government to lead by example and take immediate steps to ...

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AUG 26, 2016 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Rebels, civilians evacuating long-besieged Damascus suburb

DARAYA, Syria (AP) — Syrian rebels and their families began evacuating a long-besieged Damascus suburb Friday as part of an agreement reached with the government following four years of grueling airstrikes and siege that left the suburb in ruins. The surrender of Daraya, which became an early symbol of the nascent uprising against President Bashar Assad, marks a success for ...

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AUG 26, 2016 - San Francisco Chronicle

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The Latest: Amnesty cheers end of French burkini bans

John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International's Europe Director, said in a statement Friday: "By overturning a discriminatory ban that is fuelled by and is fuelling prejudice and intolerance, today's decision has drawn an important line in the sand." The enforcement of these bans leads to abuses and the degrading treatment of Muslim women and girls. A human rights lawyer says the decision ...

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AUG 26, 2016 - San Francisco Chronicle

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The Latest: 1st funeral takes place for Italy quake victims

Marco Santarelli, the 27-year-old son of Frosinone's police commissioner, was playing video games with two friends when the earthquake struck Amatrice early Wednesday. Police officers stood outside the church and the chaplain of Italy's department of public security celebrated the Mass. The families issued a statement paying tribute to the rescue workers and "expressed their gratitude for the love and ...

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AUG 26, 2016 - San Francisco Chronicle

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AP Explains: Behind the trial to remove Brazil's president

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Senate on Friday began the second day of deliberations in a trial to decide whether to permanently remove President Dilma Rousseff from office. While the formal accusations against Rousseff are related to her management of the federal budget, the leadership fight involves much more. In April, the Chamber of Deputies approved it 367-137 and ...

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