News for 2008-12-04

Thursday, December 4, 2008
Minnesota Senate Recount: Pendulum Swings to Franken
The U.S. Senate recount took two abrupt turns Tuesday, both boosting the prospects of DFLer Al Franken.
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Electric Cars Put Hawaii on The Road to Independence
LOS ANGELES - Hawaii is to become the first US state to create a transport infrastructure that will allow cars to run almost entirely on electricity. The plan involves building up to 100,000 charging stations in car parks and streets by 2012 and importing electric vehicles manufactured by a joint...
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As More Eat Meat, a Bid to Cut Emissions
STERKSEL, the Netherlands - The cows and pigs dotting these flat green plains in the southern Netherlands create a bucolic landscape. But looked at through the lens of greenhouse gas accounting, they are living smokestacks, spewing methane emissions into the air. That is why a group of farmers-...
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Adoption Ban Targets Gay Couples, Critics Say
Fayetteville, Ark. - Anne Shelley and Robin Ross are unwinding after a jam-packed day of ferrying 4-year-old daughter Eva Mae from preschool to ice skating lessons to speech therapy. "It's pretty much your mundane American family," said Shelley, 46, over a dinner of barbecue at their home near the...
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Activists Slam World's "Grotesque Indifference" to DR Congo
TORONTO, Canada - International lust for the enormous mineral and resource riches of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) abetted by international indifference has turned much of country into a colossal "rape mine" where more than 300,000 women and girls have been brutalised, say activists. "...
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Native Peoples Out in Cold at Warming Meet
UNITED NATIONS - Global efforts to combat climate change will lead nowhere as long as the indigenous peoples' representatives have no say in discussions to lay out future plans, say activists who are attending the international conference on climate change being held in the Polish city of Poznan...
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Noisy, Acid Oceans Increasingly Harmful to Whales
ROME, Italy - Oceans and seas are becoming noisier with more vessels, increased seismic surveys for oil and gas, off-shore construction and recreation, and a new generation of military sonars, an alliance of wildlife groups said today. They warn that the cacophony is intensifying threats to marine...
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Libya Complains of Israeli High Sea 'Piracy' to UN Council
UNITED NATIONS - Libya protested in vain Wednesday before the UN Security Council over Israel's interception of one of its cargo ships attempting to offload aid in Gaza. Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi told an emergency council session that Israel was guilty of "piracy in the high seas," and called for...
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Polish Fears Over US Defense Shield
Slupsk, Poland - A small and disused former Warsaw Pact air base in a remote corner of northwest Poland may soon become the focus of a new conflict between Russia and the US. George Bush, the US president, and his administration have chosen the Redzikowo Base as the site of Washington's new missile...
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Indiana Guardsmen Sue Defense Contractor KBR
WASHINGTON - Sixteen Indiana national guardsmen filed a lawsuit yesterday accusing KBR, the Houston-based US defense contractor, of knowingly exposing them to "one of the most potent carcinogens" known to man while they guarded a water treatment plant in Iraq that the company was repairing.
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Ret. Officers Urge Obama to Expunge "Stain of Torture"
NEW YORK - As a group of retired military leaders prepared to urge U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to quickly put an end to the harsh interrogation practices inflicted on security prisoners, a new United Nations report charged that Iraqi authorities were committing "grave human rights violations...
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Canada's PM Tries to Head Off Bid to Topple Him
OTTAWA - Canada's prime minister was expected to try Thursday to suspend parliament in an unprecedented effort to delay a vote that could bring down the new government because of dissatisfaction over its handling of the economy. Stephen Harper set a morning meeting with the unelected representative...
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