News for 2009-03-26

Thursday, March 26, 2009
Hidden Homeless Emerge as US Economy Worsens
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Emergency shelters brimming with homeless people in California's capital are quietly turning away more than 200 women and children a night in a sign of the deteriorating U.S. economy. The displaced individuals on waiting lists at St. John's Shelter and other facilities often...
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Neo-Con Ideologues Launch New Foreign Policy Group
WASHINGTON - A newly-formed and still obscure neo-conservative foreign policy organization is giving some observers flashbacks to the 1990s, when its predecessor staked out the aggressively unilateralist foreign policy that came to fruition under the George W. Bush administration.
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NRC Racing to Answer Questions on Depleted Uranium
SALT LAKE CITY - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is rushing to meet an April 2 deadline to turn over stacks of internal documents that could shed light on why it recently decided to classify large quantities of depleted uranium as the least hazardous type of low-level radioactive waste. The NRC's...
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US Historian John Hope Franklin Dies at 94
WASHINGTON - U.S. historian and civil rights advocate John Hope Franklin, credited with helping create the field of African-American history, died on Wednesday at age 94, Duke University said.
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US Infrastructure Is Deplored
The nation has gone backward in the last four years from an already sorry performance in maintaining vital infrastructure, a national engineers group reported yesterday. "America's infrastructure rates a cumulative grade of D," the American Society of Civil Engineers said, citing delayed...
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Hope Rising in US for National Death Penalty Ban
WASHINGTON- Death penalty opponents in the United States hope New Mexico's decision to ban capital punishment is a turning point, as a crippling economic crisis becomes their latest argument for abolition. Last week Democratic Governor Bill Richardson made his southwestern state the 15th in the...
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Alaskan Villages Will Get Free Citgo Heating Fuel Again
Millions of dollars in free heating fuel will flow through Alaska villages early next month courtesy of a controversial giveaway program paid for by the Venezuelan government. The sooner the better, say many villagers and rural nonprofits who appear more concerned about their towering energy bills...
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US Troops Still Dodging Deadly Showers
WASHINGTON - The military is racing to inspect more than 90,000 U.S.-run facilities across Iraq to reduce a deadly threat troops face far off the battlefield: electrocution or shock while showering or using appliances.
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Barack Obama May Delay Signing up to Copenhagen Climate Change Deal
Barack Obama may be forced to delay signing up to a new international agreement on climate change in Copenhagen at the end of the year because of the scale of opposition in the US Congress, it emerged today. Senior figures in the Obama administration have been warning Labour counterparts that the...
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Leaders and Champions of Alternative Media
With the rash of newspaper closings and the gobbling up of news outlets by corporate interests, it might appear to be a good time for graduating college students to select "corrupt politician" as their career choice. It's enough to make one wonder who will be minding the store if the papers that...
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Should Tim Geithner Resign?
Laura Flanders talks to Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone and Robert Johnson former chief economist for the Senate Banking Committee. Treasury Secretary Geithner represents absolute continuity with the previous administration and his announcement Monday recycles Henry Paulson's plan--what Paul Krugman...
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