News for 2008-10-15

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Global Hunger: Some Progress, Serious Concerns
NEW YORK - Despite significant progress in global efforts to reduce poverty, hundreds of millions of people across the world are still going to sleep hungry at night, according to a new study by a group of international food policy think tanks.
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Bush Declares Exceptions to Sections of Two Bills He Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON - President Bush asserted on Tuesday that he had the executive power to bypass several parts of two bills: a military authorization act and a measure giving inspectors general greater independence from White House control. Mr. Bush signed the two measures into law. But he then issued a...
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Sunday's C-Span Opportunity: 3rd-Party Candidates Debate
WASHINGTON - Third-party presidential candidates finally will have their own debate: at 8 p.m. Sunday at Columbia University in New York.
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Judge Sides with Voting Rights Groups
DETROIT, Michigan - A federal judge ruled Monday that the current practices to purge the voter rolls in Michigan are illegal and ordered Republican Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land to immediately stop the cancellation of registered voters whose voter identification cards are returned as...
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Supreme Court Allows Troy Davis Execution
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for Troy Anthony Davis' execution, declining to enter a contentious debate as to whether the condemned inmate was the real killer of a Savannah police officer in 1989. The court, without explanation, refused to hear his appeal even...
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Going Beyond Climate Change
BARCELONA - While the financial mayhem continues to draw the headlines, the cost of persistent biodiversity loss has yet to be established. But it is believed to be bigger than that of the meltdown, and in many cases also irreparable. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)...
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Pay-To-protect Forest Plan Gets Cautious Welcome
A proposal for a giant global fund to pay the owners of the world's forests not to cut them down has received a guarded welcome from environmental groups. They warn of the risks of giving rich nations a cheaper alternative to cutting their own greenhouse gas emissions and to the human rights of the...
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At Indian Call Centers, Bleak View of US
GURGAON, India - With her flowing, hot-pink Indian suit, jangly silver bangles, and perky voice, Bhumika Chaturvedi, 24, doesn't fit the stereotype of a thuggish, heard-it-all-before debt collector. But lately, she has had no problem making American debtors cry.
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New intelligence Report says Pakistan Is 'On The Edge'
WASHINGTON - A growing al Qaida-backed insurgency, combined with the Pakistani army's reluctance to launch an all-out crackdown, political infighting and energy and food shortages are plunging America's key ally in the war on terror deeper into turmoil and violence, says a soon-to-be completed U.S...
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Morning in America: Buying Bank Stock Ends Reagan Era
WASHINGTON - When the sun set on the nation's capital Tuesday, it marked the end of one era in the nation's political economy and the beginning of another. American taxpayers, the proverbial Joe Six-Pack and Jane Wine-Box of campaign lore, had become partial owners of the nation's nine leading...
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Some Bottled Water Toxicity Shown To Exceed Law
Bottled water brands do not always maintain the consistency of quality touted in ads featuring alpine peaks and crystalline lakes and, in some cases, contain toxic byproducts that exceed state safety standards, tests show. The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization with offices in...
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CIA Tactics Endorsed In Secret Memos
The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects -- documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials about a possible backlash if details...
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