RT America -- January 19, 2015

Continued prejudice against African-Americans and other minorities was the central focus of this weekend’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemorations. While honoring the civil rights icon who led millions in acts of civil disobedience throughout the country, marchers also called for a change to the justice system they feel continues to unfairly target communities of color, citing the recent deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. RT’s Manila Chan and Alexey Yaroshevsky attended rallies in Washington and New York.

University researchers have discovered two new pollutants in fracking wastewater that can have potentially devastating effects on waterways and those who depend on them. Professor Avner Vengosh identified both ammonium and iodide in samples taken by his team, which says that the two chemicals have never before been linked to the natural gas extraction process. Although not deadly by themselves, according to scientists, when combined with other substances used by the natural gas drilling industry, they become carcinogenic. Dr. Ken Carlson of Colorado State University explains the importance and of the findings to RT’s Ben Swann.