News for 2009-05-05

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Truckloads of Dead Civilians After Afghan Battle
HERAT, Afghanistan - Villagers brought truckloads of bodies to the capital of a province in Western Afghanistan on Tuesday to prove that scores of civilians had been killed by U.S. air strikes in a battle with the Taliban. The governor of Farah Province, Rohul Amin, said about 30 bodies had been...
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Health Care Activists Disrupt Senate Finance Committee Hearing
Health care activists disrupted a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday, standing up one after the other as Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) tried to restore order. As soon as police escorted one protester out of the room, another would stand up, criticizing the committee for convening a panel of...
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Democrats Seek More Interrogation Documents
Fallout from the Bush administration's detainee interrogation practices persisted yesterday, with House Democrats requesting documents that reportedly challenged the decision to use methods critics have likened to torture. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and House...
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Palestinian Patients 'Interrogated Before Leaving Gaza for Treatment'
An Israeli medical human rights group said today that an increasing number of Palestinian patients from Gaza were being interrogated by Israeli security services before being allowed to leave the strip for treatment. Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said at least 438 patients had been summoned...
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Economic Casualties Pile Into Tent Cities
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - Jim Marshall recalls everything about that beautiful fall day. The temperature was about 70 degrees on Nov. 19, the sky was "totally blue," and the laughter from a martini bar drifted into the St. Petersburg park where Marshall, 39, sat contemplating his first day of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pakistan's Forgotten Casualties of War
Shafiq Ullah vividly recalls the night he fled his home. "The helicopters came close over us, growing louder," the silver-bearded farmer says, in quick, panicked breaths. "I could see the bombs firing from cannons come down on the nearby houses. I saw one house destroyed completely. We waited at...
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Taliban Prepare for US Surge
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN - Taliban fighters say they are planning a bloody summer campaign of buried bombs and staged ambushes in rural areas and a rash of multiple co-ordinated suicide bombings and assassinations in urban Kandahar. Designed to spread terror across the most densely populated areas of...
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Supreme Court to Consider Life in Prison for Juveniles
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that it would decide the constitutionality of giving juveniles who commit crimes other than murder a sentence of life in prison without the chance of release. The nation's high court agreed to hear two Florida cases, one involving a 13-year-old...
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Walmart Workers Fight For Change
Walmart pulls in billions every year but barely pays its workers a living wage. Not only that but they've aggressively resisted efforts among workers to unionize. Walmart's slogan is Save Money, Live Better. As Vikki Gill, a former Walmart store manager in Illinois says, the company is saving money...
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At Annual Meeting, Pro-Israel Group Reasserts Clout
WASHINGTON - The formidable political strength of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the nation's major pro-Israel lobby, has been on decidedly intentional display here in the last few days. But this year, Aipac's annual conference comes after a period fraught with small anxieties for...
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