News for 2009-06-18

Thursday, June 18, 2009
US Congressmen Tell Dow to Clean Up Bhopal
NEW DELHI - A campaign in the United States led by two girl victims from Bhopal, highlighting lingering toxicity left behind by the 1984 gas disaster in their city, has paid off with a group of 27 members of the U.S. Congress asking Dow Chemicals to clean up the site. Sarita and Sareen, both in...
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US Senate Approves Resolution Apologizing for Slavery
The U.S. Senate approved a resolution on Thursday apologizing for slavery and segregation of African-Americans, almost five months after Barack Obama was sworn in as the first black U.S. president.
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Maine Gay-Marriage Foes Hire California Firm That Ran Prop 8
Opponents and supporters of gay marriage are laying the groundwork for a tough summer political campaign that experts say will put Maine in the national spotlight. Organizers of an effort to overturn a new law legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine have hired the California public relations firm...
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Obama Administration Criticized Over Failure to Disclose Coal Dump Locations
A rift has opened between the Obama administration and some of its closest allies - Democratic leaders and environmental organisations - over its refusal to publicly disclose the location of 44 coal ash dumps that have been officially designated as a "high hazard" to local populations. The...
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World Powers Push for Financial Sector Reform
BRUSSELS - World powers pushed for sweeping financial reforms to prevent another crisis Thursday, with EU leaders set to join Washington in calling for tough new controls despite British reservations. A day after US President Barack Obama's administration unveiled a shake-up of US financial...
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Nuclear Funds Hit With Losses
The economic downturn has caused funds set aside for the safe closure of the Three Mile Island and Peach Bottom nuclear plants to drop dramatically in the last two years. Since 2007, estimates of dismantling costs at the nation's 104 nuclear plants have risen by more than $4.6 billion while the...
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Arms Talks Ahead of Obama Visit 'Constructive': Russia
MOSCOW - Russia said on Thursday that talks with the United States on reducing vast arsenals of Cold War nuclear weapons were proceeding constructively ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Moscow in July. Finding a replacement for the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I)...
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Partisan Ire Surfaces as Senators Start Work on Health Bill
WASHINGTON - Partisan anger flared Wednesday as senators began the public drafting of legislation to remake the health care system. By day's end, lawmakers had settled in for a long, hard slog that may not fit with President Obama's goal of signing a bill within four months. "This is about as...
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Despite Campaign Promises, President Obama Adopts President Bush’s Policy of Secrecy
In his first several months in office, Obama has embraced Bush administration justifications to keep secret key government information. Most recently, the Secret Service rejected requests from two organizations for public access to White House visitors logs. The logs document the West Wing meetings...
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EPA Declares Public Health Emergency in Asbestos-Ridden Libby, Montana
WASHINGTON, DC, June 17, 2009 (ENS) - The first public health emergency ever declared by the U.S. EPA exists at the Libby asbestos site in northwest Montana, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced today. Vermiculite contaminated with asbestos was mined in Libby until 1990. Hundreds of asbestos-...
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Daring Dragline Protest Launches 7 Days That Will Shake Mountaintop Removal Operations
Four daring protestors accomplished something today that no high ranking member in the Obama administration involved in the recent mountaintop removal mining policy decisions has ever bothered to do: These four American patriots made an actual visit to a mountaintop removal site. They also went...
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Lieberman to Clinton: Israel Won't Freeze Settlements
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday that Israel could not accept the Obama administration's demand to "completely" halt activity in West Bank settlements. "We have no intention to change the demographic balance in Judea and Samaria,"...
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