News for 2009-01-30

Friday, January 30, 2009
Broader Labor Agenda Likely to Face Rougher Waters
WASHINGTON (AP) - Labor, riding high after quick wins with President Barack Obama, faces the harsh reality that the Democratic-controlled Congress will not find it easy to push more fiercely contested legislation to improve the status of workers or the unions trying to organize them.
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Arar Shocked and Depressed by Testimony Tying Him to Khadr
Torture victim Maher Arar says he was shocked when he learned earlier this month that Pentagon war crimes prosecutors had linked him to a terrorist safe house in Afghanistan through an interrogation of Omar Khadr in Guantanamo Bay. "It was shocking," Arar said last night before a panel discussion...
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California Scouts Logged in Sensitive Areas
Executives of the Boy Scouts of America in California have repeatedly conducted commercial logging on scout lands in environmentally sensitive areas, sometimes drawing sharp criticism from regulators and environmentalists. That finding is part of a Hearst Newspapers investigation of the Boy Scouts...
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Experts Say Vt. Yankee's Nuke Waste Is Here to Stay
MONTPELIER - Don't count on Yucca Mountain or any other national solution for the long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel, a consulting group told lawmakers Thursday. As the Vermont Legislature considers Vermont Yankee's proposal to continue operating past its 2012 expiration date, lawmakers should...
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Iraqi Government Finally Bans Blackwater
We’re seeing some long overdue justice for one of the Iraq war’s biggest profiteers . Today, the AP reports that the Iraqi government is barring Blackwater from providing security for US diplomats because the mercenary firm used “excessive force” in the 2007 Ni
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Turkish PM Greeted by Cheers After Israel Debate Clash
Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, arrived home to a tumultuous reception of cheering crowds early today after storming out of a debate in Davos over Israel's recent offensive in Gaza. Hours after clashing with the Israeli president, Shimon Peres, in angry scenes at the normally sedate...
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Group: Settlement Info Implicates Israeli Gov't
JERUSALEM - An Israeli rights group plans to use a database detailing the complicity of Israel's government in widespread illegal construction in West Bank settlements to help Palestinians file lawsuits over their lost land, the group said Friday.
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French Demonstration: Sarkozy vs the Street
PARIS - In the biggest demonstrations seen in France for more than a decade, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets yesterday to protest against everything from the global economic crisis to President Nicolas Sarkozy's efforts to shrink the French state. About 300,000 people - mostly...
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Medical Marijuana Raid Raises Question: What's Obama Policy
WASHINGTON - A recent Drug Enforcement Administration raid on a South Lake Tahoe, Calif., medical marijuana dispensary showcases one of the legal conflicts inherited by the Obama administration. The Jan. 22 raid near the California-Nevada border occurred two days after Obama took office and before...
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Close Torture Loopholes, Physicians' Group Urges
NEW YORK - While applauding President Barack Obama's recent executive orders banning torture and other harsh interrogation practices, medical authorities are calling attention to a little-reported section of the Army's Field Manual on Interrogation that they say still allows the use of tactics that...
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Homelessness Surges as Funding Falters
SEATTLE - As snowstorms blew into this Northwest city and the economy iced over in December, the occupants of a shelter nestled among industrial buildings on the north side prayed for divine intervention.
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Union Leaders Condemn Delegates on Crisis Response
The gloom surrounding this year's World Economic Forum descended into confrontation yesterday as international labor leaders launched a withering attack on the 1,400 business executives and 41 heads of government at Davos over what the labor leaders alleged was their failure to respond effectively...
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