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Fearing 'Trick,' Standing Rock Protesters Defy Call to 'Go Home'

'Our native people have reason to be distrustful'

(Newser) - The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota has told activists to leave camps in protest of the Dakota Access pipeline following the US Army Corps of Engineers' decision to consider alternate routes that don't travel under Lake Oahe. "It's time to go home,... More »

Pipeline Protesters Face a New Battle

This one is with Mother Nature

(Newser) - So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds, and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands. But if they defy the government deadline to abandon the camp by Monday as promised, demonstrators... More »

Hundreds of Vets Will Stand Up to Protect Pipeline Protesters

Veterans bringing money, supplies, symbolism to North Dakota

(Newser) - The thousands of protesters already camped out in defiance of the Dakota Access Pipeline are about to get reinforcements in the form of hundreds of veterans, Stars and Stripes reports. As many as 2,000 vets will arrive in North Dakota on Sunday with the goal of "protecting the... More »

10 Most Charitable US States

Utah is for givers: WalletHub

(Newser) - Virginia is for lovers, but Utah is for givers, according to WalletHub . The site has named Utah the most charitable state in the country based on the number of people who volunteer their time, volunteering hours, percentage of income donated, and other factors. The top 10, with a score out... More »

Feds: We're Not Evicting Pipeline Protesters

Army Corps wants 'peaceful and orderly transition'

(Newser) - The US Army Corps of Engineers says it isn't going to force more than 5,000 pipeline protesters off land where they've been camping since August— despite having told them that they need to leave. "The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking a peaceful and orderly transition... More »

Government Ousting Dakota Access Protest Camp: Tribe

Pipeline protesters have until Dec. 5 before they're trespassing

(Newser) - The day after Thanksgiving—timing that is "both unfortunate and disrespectful"—the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says it got notice from the US Army Corps of Engineers that it must vacate the land where Dakota Access pipeline protesters have been camping since August. “Although the news is... More »

Thanksgiving Meal on Its Way for 2,000 Pipeline Protesters

Meanwhile, North Dakota wants to borrow another $7M for law enforcement

(Newser) - About 75 people from around the country are planning to serve Thanksgiving dinner to about 2,000 protesters who are demonstrating against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota, the AP reports. The group is to include actress-activists Jane Fonda and Shailene Woodley. The meal is set for late... More »

Pipeline Protester May Need Arm Amputated

Protesters blame cops for Sophia Wilansky's injury, but cops blame protesters

(Newser) - A 21-year-old woman may lose her arm after her father and fellow activists say she was hit with a concussion grenade thrown by police during a Dakota Access pipeline protest Sunday in North Dakota, the Guardian reports. Police, however, deny using such grenades and blame protesters for the injury. According... More »

Amid Freezing Temps, Water Sprayed at Pipeline Protesters

Cops use tear gas, water cannon in battle for bridge

(Newser) - Tension flared anew on the Dakota Access pipeline as protesters in North Dakota tried to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway, only to be turned back by a line of law enforcement using a water cannon and what appeared to be tear gas, the AP reports. Sunday'... More »

Dakota Pipeline Protest Fund Tops $1M

But the money is disappearing quickly in Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations

(Newser) - As the protest in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline escalates, so has the main crowdfunding page linked to it. The AP reports that since April, a GoFundMe account set up to raise money to aid protesters has far surpassed the $5,000 its organizer had originally hoped it... More »

Police Fire Pepper Spray, Bean Bags at Pipeline Protesters

More than 20 protesters were arrested; at least 1 was injured

(Newser) - Officers in riot gear fired bean bags and pepper spray at protesters Thursday as they tried to clear them from a camp on private land in the path of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the AP reports. A North Dakota State Emergency Services spokesperson said officers were responding to "... More »

Riot Charges Dropped Against Reporter at Pipeline Protest

Amy Goodman was accused of trespassing and rioting after her coverage

(Newser) - Another arrest related to protests over a proposed oil pipeline in North Dakota is making headlines. In this one, journalist Amy Goodman was accused of participating in a riot while covering a protest that turned violent last month, but a judge rejected the charge on Monday, reports Gothamist . Goodman works... More »

Shailene Woodley Livestreamed Her Own Arrest

Actress was protesting at the Dakota Access Pipeline

(Newser) - The Fault In Our Stars actress Shailene Woodley was arrested Monday in North Dakota while protesting the construction of an oil pipeline on Native American lands. The $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline protest encampment has been the site of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in a century, CBS... More »

Government Sides With Tribe, Halts Pipeline Construction

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says it's a 'game changer'

(Newser) - On the heels of major defeat comes surprising victory: Shortly after a federal judge denied a request from the Standing Rock Sioux to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the federal government stepped in and did exactly that. ABC News reports the Department of Justice, Department of the Interior,... More »

Judge Denies Tribe's Request to Halt Pipeline

Judge: Standing Rock Sioux didn't prove Dakota Access injunction warranted

(Newser) - A federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux's request for a temporary halt to construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline Friday, the AP reports. Judge James Boasberg says he took the tribe's request very seriously— NPR notes he acknowledged the "contentious and tragic" relationship between Native... More »

Protest Over Dakota Pipeline Near Reservation Is Growing

A big decision is expected Friday

(Newser) - The protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline launched by the Standing Rock Sioux Nation is continuing to grow, with fellow tribes and environmentalists joining the cause. The planned pipeline would transport oil from Canada to Illinois, but it would cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation... More »

3 Siblings Born on Same Date 3 Years in Row

Birthdays come just one day a year in the Stevenson household

(Newser) - Three’s the charm for the Stevenson family. The North Dakota family welcomed baby Henry on Sept. 1, their third child born on the same date the third year in a row, the Dickinson Press reports. And that’s not all. In a tangle of threes, Seth and Lauren Stevenson... More »

Warrant Issued for Jill Stein's Arrest

She's been charged with mischief in ND after spray-painting bulldozer

(Newser) - An arrest warrant has been issued for a 2016 presidential candidate—and it's for neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump. Instead, Green Party candidate Jill Stein has been charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief in Morton County, ND, after spray-painting construction equipment during a pipeline protest, the AP... More »

Pipeline Protest Near Reservation Turns Violent

Tribe in North Dakota taking a stand against four-state project

(Newser) - A protest of a four-state, $3.8 billion oil pipeline turned violent after tribal officials say construction crews destroyed American Indian burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota. Four private security guards and two guard dogs were injured after several hundred protesters confronted construction crews Saturday... More »

Best, Worst States for Student Debt

Utah is best; DC is worst

(Newser) - Congratulations to anyone heading off to college in Utah this fall. A WalletHub ranking finds the state is the friendliest in the country when it comes to student debt, based on average debt, loans overdue or in default, unemployment, the availability of student jobs and grants, and other factors. Other... More »

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