News for 2009-03-31

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Syncrude Triples Number of Dead Ducks From Oil Sands
Calgary - The number of ducks that died in a tailings pond at the Syncrude oil sands mine is more than three times as high as first estimated. A total of 1,606 ducks died in April last year, many of them after they dove into a pond containing bitumen and drowned north of Fort McMurray, Alta.,...
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Chavez: Indict Bush, Not Bashir
DOHA, Qatar - The president of Venezuela said today that international prosecutors should indict former U.S. President George W. Bush for crimes in Iraq, rather than Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for crimes in Darfur. "The recent indictment against the Sudanese president Bashir is one of...
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US and Iran at Afghan Talks
The United States was meeting today with countries from around the world, including its adversary Iran, to seek support for its new strategy to end a stalemate in Afghanistan. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not expected to hold substantive talks with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister...
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Blame Is Put on Management, but More Pain Looms for Hourly Workers, Retirees
DETROIT - President Barack Obama's recovery plan for General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC appears to take aim at union retirees, a usually reliable Democratic constituency. After studying the plight of the companies, the president's auto task force concluded GM and Chrysler's survival is dependent...
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US Troops in Iraq Forced to 'Rough It' on British Basra Base
BASRA - The Americans knew that it would be tough taking over from the British in Basra but they never knew how tough: weird-tasting sausages, no wi-fi, rationed shower water and no Pizza Hut.
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Santa Cruz Medical Pot Outfit on the Brink of Survival
For at least the past six years, one of the fiercest struggles in the federal government's war with the states over medical marijuana has been waged from a nondescript Santa Cruz warehouse, tucked between an auto repair shop and an electrical contractor.
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US Lawmakers Press Fed for Minority Access to Bailout
WASHINGTON - A group of African-American lawmakers summoned Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to Capitol Hill on Monday for a closed-door meeting aimed at making sure minorities and women get their share of the billions of dollars in federal bailout funds. "We are not going to sit back and...
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Shoveling Water: War on Drugs, War on People
Journey to the heart of coca country where United States tax dollars have financed the aerial fumigation of 2.6 million acres of land in Colombia – the world's second most biodiverse country. See cropdusters target coca plants, the main ingredient of cocaine, with concentrated herbicide as part of...
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Vow to Fight Raises Question: Is Calm in Iraq Just the Eye of the Storm?
GARMA, Iraq — Mohammed walked in disbelief through the rich green grass that carpets the farm behind his modest family home. For more than three years, he'd seen no green, no hanging branches in the orchards near his home in Garma, in Anbar province in western Iraq. For more than three years, he'd...
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Climate Change Experts Call on G20 Members to Commit to Action
A last-ditch effort is being made to insert clearer green commitments into the global economic recovery package. The move comes amid fears amongst some British government officials that the G20 summit is in danger of missing a unique opportunity to prevent the world from being locked into...
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