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Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres: After Two Weeks, 356 People Rescued in the Central Mediterranean May Finally Disembark
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 24 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news:

AMSTERDAM/NEW YORK -- After being stranded for 14 days at sea with 356 rescued people on board, the Ocean Viking, a ship operated by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE, has finally been offered a safe place for disembarkation in Malta.

While a coalition of countries has worked together on this response, European governments must stop prolonged delays and ad hoc negotiations over rescued people, ... Show Full Article

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance: A Plan to Plunder - Trump Administration Releases Plan for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
ESCALANTE, Utah, Aug. 23 -- The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance issued the following news release:

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- Plan Undermines Standards for National Monument Protections, Ignores Public Opposition and Ongoing Litigation Over Reduced Boundaries

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Today, local and national groups, businesses and globally-respected scientist organizations, denounced the Department of the Interior's (DOI) release of management plans for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument as another step toward undermining protections for Americans' national monuments and other protected public lands.

Top failures of ... Show Full Article

Rohingya People Still Trapped Two Years on From Exodus - Oxfam America
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Aug. 23 -- Oxfam America issued the following news release:

Rohingya people in Myanmar and Bangladesh say they feel trapped and that their lives are on hold two years on from a campaign of violence that forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Despite global attention and a huge humanitarian effort, more than a million Rohingya are being denied their basic human rights and no resolution is in sight.

Two years ago this Sunday (August 25), the first of more than 700,000 Rohingya people fled to Bangladesh after a military crackdown by the Myanmar army. An estimated 500,000 Rohingya ... Show Full Article

Renee Hoffpauir-Klann Pledges to Support Congressional U.S. Term Limits
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 -- U.S. Term Limits issued the following news release:

U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national, non-partisan movement to limit terms for elected officials, is gathering support from state lawmakers across the nation. Its mission is to get 34 states to apply for an amendment proposal convention specific to term limits on Congress. Louisiana state senate candidate (district 30), Renee Hoffpauir-Klann, has committed support for term limits on Congress by signing the Term Limits Convention pledge.

USTL President, Philip Blumel, commented on the pledge saying, "Klann's ... Show Full Article

OSF HealthCare: Consumers Embrace New Urgent Care Option
PEORIA, Illinois, Aug. 23 -- OSF HealthCare issued the following news:

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- OSF Urgo Celebrates Successful First Year

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Sharon Russell of Normal, Illinois is an amateur actor who had just finished up a performance at Heartland Theater when she took a dramatic fall and rolled her foot as it caught the edge between the pavement and grass after a Saturday night performance last month. The painful grimace that quickly crossed her face was no acting job.

Russell knew a trip to a busy emergency department was not how she wanted to spend the next few hours but when the morning came, even before ... Show Full Article

Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast Program Pairs Local Companies With NASA Expertise
SPACE COAST, Florida, Aug. 23 -- The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast issued the following news release:

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- Technology Docking Program continues to fuel innovation.

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The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast (EDC) has introduced four local companies into a collaboration with NASA subject matter experts through the EDC's Technology Docking Program.

A strategic alliance powered by the EDC and NASA, the Technology Docking Program matches Brevard companies together with NASA expertise to solve a defined commercial technology challenge. This ... Show Full Article

Brady Campaign: Families File Lawsuits Against Major Gun Dealer That Supplied Serial Killer With Firearms
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 -- The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued the following news release:

Family members of two victims killed by a notorious serial killer filed lawsuits against the gun dealer who sold alleged straw purchased firearms used in the killing. The lawsuits were filed today by the families of Charles David Carver and Meagan Leigh Coxie. The gunman, a convicted and a known serial killer, has admitted to murdering Carver and Coxie. The lawsuits allege that the gun dealer, Academy Sports + Outdoors, illegally and negligently sold guns in multiple straw purchases to Dustan Lawson ... Show Full Article