News for 2009-03-24

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Amnesty International: Death Shows Taser's Risks
DETROIT - Amnesty International criticized police in Michigan on Tuesday for using a Taser to subdue a 15-year-old boy who died shortly afterward, saying it illustrates the dangers of the electroshock weapon. Bay City police said an officer used a Taser on Brett Elder on Sunday because he tried to...
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EPA Halts Hundreds of Mountaintop Mining Permits
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency put hundreds of mountaintop coal-mining permits on hold Tuesday, saying it wants to evaluate the projects' impact on streams and wetlands. The decision, announced by EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, targets a controversial practice that allows coal...
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Detainee Offered Freedom for Silence on Torture
NEW YORK - A British court ruled Monday that U.S. authorities had asked a Guantanamo Bay detainee to drop allegations of torture in exchange for his freedom. A ruling by two British High Court judges said the U.S. offered Binyam Mohamed a plea bargain deal in October. Mohamed refused the deal and...
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France to Compensate Nuclear Test Victims
PARIS - The French government offered for the first time Tuesday to compensate victims of nuclear tests in Algeria and the South Pacific, bowing to decades of pressure by people sickened by radiation - and seeking to soothe France's conscience. "It's time for our country to be at peace with itself...
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Cut to Pieces: The Palestinian Family Drinking Tea in Their Courtyard
Mounir al-Jarah slowly takes down the bricks he used to wall up the entrance to his sister's courtyard. Inside, flesh still clings to the walls; blood-soaked furniture and family items lie broken and mangled.
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Serbia Marks the 10th Anniversary of the Nato-Led Bombing Campaign
March 24 marks the 10th anniversary of the Nato bombing campaign that left the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in ruins. The bombing was part of the conflict in Serbia's now renegade province of Kosovo and lasted 79 days and nights between March 24 and June 11 1999. When Nato planes started striking...
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Plans to Kill Plants Along US/Mexico Border Reminiscent of Agent Orange Use
The U.S. Border Patrol plans to poison the plant life along a 1.1-mile stretch of the Rio Grande riverbank as soon as Wednesday to get rid of the hiding places used by smugglers, robbers and illegal immigrants. If successful, the $2.1 million pilot project could later be duplicated along as many as...
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Fighting for Life: American Peace Activist Shot by Israelis
The parents of an American peace activist publicly appealed yesterday for a full investigation into how their son was shot in the head with a high velocity tear gas canister by Israeli security forces. Tristan Anderson, 38, remains in critical condition after three brain operations at Tel Hashomer...
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Tell the Senate to Give Cluster Bombs the Boot! Join the National Call-In Day Monday, March 30
Take Action Spread the word about the March 30 th national call-in day to ban cluster bombs. Then, on Monday, March 30, call 1-800-590-6313 to ask your senator to cosponsor the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act, S. 416. Why? In mid-March, Congress passed a law permanently banning exports of...
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Same-Sex Marriage Bills Gain in N.E.
In a special session, the Vermont Senate yesterday voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Later this week, a similar bill is scheduled for a vote in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Next month a legislative panel in Maine will hold a hearing on a bill to allow gay couples to marry, just as...
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Oil Plagues Sound 20 Years After Exxon Valdez
Twenty years after the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil in Alaska's Prince William Sound, oil persists in the region and, in some places, "is nearly as toxic as it was the first few weeks after the spill," according to the council overseeing restoration efforts.
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