News for 2008-12-09

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Exxon Valdez Spill Payments Reach Claimants
The millions of dollars Exxon Mobil Corp. has surrendered as punishment for the Prince William Sound oil spill have started hitting the streets, nearly 20 years after the disaster. Several commercial fishermen who joined in the lawsuit against Exxon reported receiving direct deposits in their bank...
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Feds: Governor Tried to 'Auction' Obama's Seat
CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich embarked on "political corruption crime spree" and tried to benefit from his ability to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate, federal officials said Tuesday. At a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Patrick...
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Bipartisan US Panel Offers Blueprint to Prevent Genocide
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan task force of former top national security policymakers is calling on the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama to make the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities overseas a top U.S. foreign policy priority. In a report released here Monday, the group...
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US Declines to Free Reuters Photographer in Iraq
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military in Iraq is not obliged to obey an Iraqi court order to release a freelance photographer working for Reuters news agency and will hold him into 2009, a spokesman said on Tuesday. The Iraqi Central Criminal Court ruled on November 30 that there was no evidence against...
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Victims of Global Warming Could Sue Oil and Power Companies
Myles Allen, a physicist at Oxford University, said: "We are starting to get to the point that when an adverse weather event occurs we can quantify how much more likely it was made by human activity. "And people adversely affected by climate change today are in a position to document and quantify...
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US Contractors Charged in Massacre
WASHINGTON - Wild, unprovoked gunfire and grenades killed 14 innocent Iraqis and hurt dozens more in a 2007 Baghdad attack, prosecutors said yesterday in announcing charges with mandatory 30-year prison terms against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards. The justice department called the...
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Ill. Gov Blagojevich Arrested on Corruption Charges
CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on criminal charges on Tuesday, including trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Democrat President-elect Barack Obama, federal prosecutors said. Blagojevich was also accused of threatening to withhold substantial state...
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Liberals Wonder When Obama’s Team Will Reflect Them
CHICAGO - President-elect Barack Obama's appointments have tilted so much to the political center that they have drawn praise from the likes of Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh. That alone would seem enough to set off a revolt in his liberal base. But a month into Mr. Obama's transition, many on the...
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Prop. 8 Foes Set 'Day Without a Gay' Boycott
SAN FRANCISCO - Since California voters approved Proposition 8 last month and repealed the right of gay couples to marry, initiative opponents have marched, held rallies and blocked intersections. On Wednesday, they're asked to do something different: nothing at all.
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Too Late? Why Scientists Say We Should Expect the Worst
At a high-level academic conference on global warming at Exeter University this summer, climate scientist Kevin Anderson stood before his expert audience and contemplated a strange feeling. He wanted to be wrong. Many of those in the room who knew what he was about to say felt the same. His...
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