News for 2009-04-08

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Modern Life's Pressures May Be Hastening Human Evolution
WASHINGTON - We're not finished yet. Even today, scientists say that human beings are continuing to evolve as our genes respond to rapid changes in the world around us. In fact, the pressures of modern life may be speeding up the pace of human evolution, some anthropologists think. Their view...
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Maine Lawmakers Tout Single-Payer Healthcare System
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers have passed a resolution calling on President Obama and Congress to establish a single-payer health system that covers everyone. The Senate passed the nonbinding resolution by a 20-15 vote on Wednesday, a day after the House did the same by a 91-52 vote. The...
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Credit Card Industry Defeated for Now
Hidden penalties, sudden interest rate hikes, and deceptive language are just a few of the questionable tactics used by credit card companies to extract money from increasingly stressed consumers. Now, some on Capitol Hill are trying to regulate the more abusive practices. With bills actually...
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Putting the 'Pirate' Attack in Context
UPDATE: US Crew Tricked Into Giving Over Captain to the Pirates? Meanwhile US Warships head to Scene Just as it seemed that this drama was coming to an end, the story has taken a very bizarre turn.
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London Man Who Died at G20 Protest Attacked by Police, Video Shows
Britain's police watchdog is to remove the police from the investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson during last week's G20 protests and carry out its own independent inquiry, the Guardian has learned. Earlier this week the Independent Police Complaints Commission appointed the City of London...
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Black Sites Exposed
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Too Old for Foster Care, and Facing the Recession
Even in boom times, young people who become too old for the foster-care system often struggle to make it on their own, lacking families, job skills or adequate educations. Now, the recession has made the challenges of life after foster care even more formidable, especially for those seeking federal...
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Military Sonar Blamed for Mass Dolphin Strandings
Mass strandings of dolphins and whales could be caused because the animals are rendered temporarily deaf by military sonar, experiments have shown. Tests on a captive dolphin have demonstrated that hearing can be lost for up to 40 minutes on exposure to sonar. Hearing is the most important sense...
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Former Oilsands Exec Named Head of Climate Working Group
OTTAWA - The Harper government has named a former oil and gas industry executive who led a company active in the Alberta oilsands as a representative on a U.S.-Canada working group on clean energy. Charlie Fischer, who until recently served as president and chief executive officer of Calgary-based...
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National Parks on Front Lines of Climate Debate
They sequester carbon, serve as corridors and refuges for plants and animals adapting to climate change, and increasingly provide model programs for energy and water conservation. They are America's national parks and, as a congressional subcommittee heard at a field hearing Tuesday at City Hall in...
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Experts: Earth Warming Faster; A Trigger for "Dangerous" Change?
OSLO/BONN - Global warming is likely to overshoot a 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) rise seen by the European Union and many developing nations as a trigger for "dangerous" change, a Reuters poll of scientists showed on Tuesday. Nine of 11 experts, who were among authors of the final summary by the U.N.'...
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