News for 2009-01-08

Thursday, January 8, 2009
US Senate Supports Israel's Gaza Incursion
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voiced strong support on Thursday for Israel's battle against Hamas militants in Gaza, while urging a ceasefire that would prevent Hamas from launching any more rockets into Israel. The chamber agreed on a voice vote to the non-binding resolution co-sponsored by...
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Groups Seek Syncrude Charges Over 500 Duck Deaths
CALGARY, Alberta - Environmental groups took the first step on Wednesday to convince a court to charge Canada's largest oil sands producer with the deaths of 500 ducks, an incident that brought worldwide attention to the ecological impact of the huge energy resource. Ecojustice, the Sierra Club and...
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Europe's Heating Goes Off
BUDAPEST/SARAJEVO/BRUSSELS - Russia has shut down all gas flowing to Europe, sparking fear and anger in the bitterly cold Balkans, where hundreds of thousands of people were forced to weather sub-zero temperatures without heating, schools were closed and firms shut down production.
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ICRC Says Israel Broke International Law in Gaza
GENEVA - Relief workers found four starving children sitting next to their dead mothers and other corpses in a house in a part of Gaza City bombed by Israeli forces, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday. The ICRC accused Israel of delaying ambulance access to the hit area...
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Era of Cheap Energy 'Will Never Return'
The era of cheap energy is over and will never return as Britain pays the price of turning into a low-carbon economy, the former chairman of the Environment Agency has warned. Sir John Harman accuses politicians of failing to be honest with people about the costs of developing and delivering new...
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Egypt Pulls Down the Shutters on Aid
CAIRO - Egyptian authorities have almost fully sealed the border with Gaza, preventing delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid. "The government has expressly forbidden the entry of aid convoys laden with food into the Gaza Strip," Emmad al-Din Moustafa, member of the Popular Committee for...
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Shell Stakes Claim on Yampa River
The race to secure water for oil shale has moved to the Yampa River, one of the last few streams in the West with liquid to spare. Shell Oil Co. has staked a new claim on the scenic waterway, seeking millions of gallons of H20 to support future plans for oil shale, said spokesman Tracy Boyd. "This...
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Coal Ash Sludge Ponds in Use at Some Illinois Power Plants
More than a dozen Illinois power plants store toxic coal ash in sludge ponds similar to the one that burst and spread contaminated muck over 300 acres of eastern Tennessee last month, according to a Tribune review of federal records. The sludge dumps, all Downstate, are among hundreds of makeshift...
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Cheney Says Obama Should Keep Terror Policies
WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday it would be a mistake for President-elect Barack Obama to scrap the Bush administration's terrorist-fighting policies designed to prevent future attacks on the U.S. "It would be a tragedy if they threw over those policies simply because they...
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War Resister Ordered Out
When Kimberley Rivera shipped out to serve in Iraq with the U.S. Army in the fall of 2006, she saw herself rebuilding homes, feeding the hungry and helping children. Barely three months into her 15-month mission, Rivera, a gate guard in Baghdad, had had enough. A young mother herself, she says she...
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Media Eyeless in Gaza at Key Moment
WASHINGTON - Consumed by coverage of the Nov. 4 presidential election, U.S. mainstream media ignored a key Israeli military attack on a Hamas target that some Palestinians claim marked the effective end of the ceasefire between the two sides and set the stage for the current round of bloodletting...
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