News for 2009-04-09

Thursday, April 9, 2009
Where the Poor Pay More for Water
LOMAS DE MANCHAY, Peru - In Lomas de Manchay, an area of slum-covered hills outside of the Peruvian capital that is home to 50,000 people, mainly poor indigenous migrants from the highlands, clean water is worth gold - almost literally. Local residents of the shantytown pay 3.22 dollars per cubic...
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US Made Little Progress on Food Safety in 2008
CHICAGO - Efforts to improve food safety in the United States "plateaued" in 2008, exposing the need for an overhaul of the nation's food safety system, government health officials said Thursday. Despite efforts to improve food safety in recent years, the number of foodborne infections remained...
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Obama's Military Budget
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said before presenting his FY2010 budget that the event was special due to the "scope and significance of the changes". Change was expected, given the arrival of a new administration and the fiscal pressures applied by the economic crisis, but what specifically...
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Protesting Priest's Path Leads Repeatedly to Jail
SANTA BARBARA - Father Louis Vitale has lost track of how many times he has been arrested. More than 200, he figures, maybe 300. The gaunt Franciscan friar figures he's spent a year and a half behind bars. At 76, he is ready to go to jail again. Last month, he appeared before a federal magistrate...
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Senate Budget Revives 'Nuclear Pork'
Nuclear energy advocates quietly slipped an extra $50 billion for an Energy Department program into the Senate's budget blueprint last week, giving new life to a provision that had been rejected as "nuclear pork" in February's economic stimulus bill.
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US Can Send Noriega to France: Court
MIAMI - The United States can send former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to France for trial on money-laundering charges without violating his rights as a prisoner of war, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday. After he finished his U.S. prison sentence in September 2007, U.S. courts ordered...
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Military Used Pigs in Blasts to Test Armor
WASHINGTON - Military researchers have dressed live pigs in body armor and strapped them into Humvee simulators that were then blown up with explosives to study the link between roadside bomb blasts and brain injury.
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Ray McGovern on Fascism
27 year Veteran of the CIA makes the case for why it is imperative to hold the Bush Administration accountable for their crimes
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Poor Pay Price of Progress in India
NEW DELHI - One recent morning, as she'd done most days over the past 20 years, Fatima Begum left her hovel in a slum tucked in the corner of this city's diplomatic enclave and shuffled to a nearby dumpster to begin her work day. As Begum began to root through refuse, searching for bottles, old...
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Anti-US Demo Six Years After Saddam Statue Toppled
BAGHDAD - Thousands of supporters of the anti-US cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Thursday protested the occupation of Iraq, six years after the toppling of a Saddam Hussein statue symbolised the fall of his regime. Crowds lined the streets leading to Firdos Square in Baghdad, where Saddam's giant bronze...
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Recession Anxiety Seeps Into Everyday Lives
Anne Hubbard has not lost her job, house or savings, and she and her husband have always been conservative with money. But a few months ago, Ms. Hubbard, a graphic designer in Cambridge, Mass., began having panic attacks over the economy, struggling to breathe and seeing vivid visions of "losing...
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Obama Risks Liberal Backlash on War Funding
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to request new funding from Congress for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he risks a backlash from antiwar lawmakers. Mr. Obama is expected to seek congressional approval of $75.5 billion for the wars, perhaps as soon as Thursday. The issue is...
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Obama Climate Adviser Open to Geo-Engineering to Tackle Global Warming
The global warming situation has become so dire that Barack Obama's chief scientific adviser has raised with the president the possibility of massive-scale technological fixes to alter the climate known as 'geo-engineering'. John Holdren, who is a member of the president's cabinet, said today the...
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