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WCS Issues Statement on Recent Ivory Trade Enforcement Action in Manhattan
BRONX, N.Y., Oct. 19 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society issued the following statement by Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Director of WCS's 96 Elephants Campaign on recent ivory trade enforcement action in Manhattan:

"The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is grateful to receive funds from the recent enforcement action against an antiques dealer selling illegal ivory in New York City.

"We commend the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. for keeping up the pressure against wildlife crime and protecting elephants ... Show Full Article

People for the American Way Issues Statement on Nomination of Farr
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 -- People for the American Way issued the following statement by Executive Vice President Marge Baker in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee's party line vote approving the nomination of Thomas Farr as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina:

"A vote in favor of Thomas Farr is a vote against civil rights. In North Carolina, Farr was the go-to litigator for attacks on the right to vote--whether that was the state's aggressive campaign to disenfranchise voters in the wake of the Supreme Court's Shelby County decision, its gerrymandered ... Show Full Article

In Vote on EPrivacy, EU Civil Liberties Committee Makes Improvements for Users' Rights
BRUSSELS, Oct. 19 -- Access Now issued the following news release:

Today, the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) of the European Parliament adopted its report on the ePrivacy Regulation which aims at strengthening users' right to privacy and the confidentiality of communications. The committee has included new measures on privacy by default, safeguards the use of secure encryption technology, and improves corporate accountability by requiring companies to publish yearly transparency reports. The committee however lacked ambition in developing protections against tracking.

"This ... Show Full Article

Humane Society Praises N.Y. Gov. Cuomo for Prohibiting Elephants in Circuses
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 -- The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement by Brian Shapiro, New York state director, praising New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for signing legislation that prohibits the use of elephants in circuses and other traveling shows in New York:

"We applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this historic bill into law. Elephants are a treasured species, and there is growing popular support for their protection. The use of elephants in circuses and other traveling shows is outdated and causes unnecessary suffering for these magnificent animals"

In June, both houses ... Show Full Article

CAIR-NY Condemns Failure to Prosecute Manhattan Assault as Hate Crime
NEW YORK, Oct. 19 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release:

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the Manhattan District Attorney's failure to prosecute a September 4 attack on an African-American woman in Manhattan as a hate crime.

According to the victim, Kimberly Halliday, her assailant repeatedly punched her body and head while saying "you're the devil. . . you're no good. Black b**ch."

Despite these statements, the Manhattan District Attorney ... Show Full Article

Brain Training Can Improve Our Understanding of Speech in Noisy Places
BOSTON, Oct. 19 -- Massachusetts Eye and Ear issued the following news release:

For many people with hearing challenges, trying to follow a conversation in a crowded restaurant or other noisy venue is a major struggle, even with hearing aids. Now, Mass. Eye and Ear researchers reporting in Current Biology on October 19th have some good news: time spent playing a specially designed, brain-training audiogame could help.

In fact, after playing the game, hearing impaired elderly people correctly made out 25 percent more words in the presence of high levels of background noise. The training provided ... Show Full Article

Americans for Limited Government Issues Statement on FBI Informant on Uranium
FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 19 -- Americans for Limited Government issued the following statement:

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Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Justice Department to clear the FBI informant now alleging corruption in the Uranium One deal to be cleared to testify:

"The FBI informant must be allowed to testify. The initial reports of a delay of the investigation of the Russian bribery nuclear fuels transfer scandal involving former FBI directors Robert Mueller and James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former Attorney General ... Show Full Article