News for 2009-07-31

Friday, July 31, 2009
Aquino, Heroine of Philippine People Power, Dies
MANILA - Former President Corazon Aquino, whose "people power" revolution swept dictator Ferdinand Marcos from power in the Philippines, died on Saturday after a 16-month battle against colon cancer, her family said. She was 76. Aquino was diagnosed with the disease in March 2008 but kept up public...
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Plan to Pay Sick Nuclear Workers Unfairly Rejects Many, Doctor Says
Carla McCabe spent a decade building nuclear bombs at the sprawling Rocky Flats complex near Denver. When she developed a brain tumor and asked for help, federal officials told her that none of the toxic substances used at the top-secret bomb factory could have caused her cancer. Now, on the eighth...
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Unexploded Ordnance 'May Take Centuries to Clear' in Vietnam
HANOI - At the current pace, it will take 300 years and more than $10 billion to clear Vietnam of left-over bombs, shells and mines, a humanitarian and economic scourge in parts of the country, a senior military officer said on Friday. With aid, the agency in charge of clearing unexploded ordnance...
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India Orders Arrest of American in Bhopal Gas Leak
NEW DELHI - An Indian court issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of the former head of the American chemical company responsible for a gas leak that killed at least 10,000 people in Bhopal 25 years ago. Warren Anderson was the head of Union Carbide Corp. when its factory in the central Indian...
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Farm Workers’ Union Sues California Agency Over Rules on Heat Safety
The United Farm Workers union sued California's occupational health and safety agency on Thursday, accusing it of doing too little to prevent farm laborers' deaths from heat illness. The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Los Angeles, says 11 farm workers have died from heat illness since...
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Did Dems Drop Labor's Number One Priority?
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Rove: Nothing Wrong With US Attorney Firings
WASHINGTON - After years of silence, top Bush administration political adviser Karl Rove went on a public relations offensive Thursday, saying he did nothing wrong in the controversial firings of nine U.S. attorneys and that soon-to-be-released White House documents and his closed-door...
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Obama Axes Pentagon Plan To Build Billion Dollar Tank In Shape Of Dragon
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DynCorp Takes Afghanistan: As KBR and Blackwater Get Shut Out, DynCorp Profits From Afghan War
DynCorp International, the Falls Church, Va., provider of mission critical services to the U.S. military, got good news Thursday from Houston rival KBR, which said it would not be protesting the recent loss of work supporting American troops in Afghanistan to DynCorp and Fluor Group. "We recently...
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Afghan War Spreads to Residential Areas: UN Report
GENEVA - The Afghan battlefield is spreading into residential areas where more people are being killed by air strikes, car bombs and suicide attacks, according to a U.N. report published on Friday. The U.N. Assistance Mission to Afghanistan said that 1,013 civilians were killed on the sidelines of...
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Bailed-Out US Banks Gave Employees Billions in Bonuses in 2008, Report Says
Citigroup, one of the biggest recipients of US government bailout money, gave employees $5.3bn in bonuses for 2008, New York's attorney general said today in a report detailing the payouts by nine big banks. The report from attorney general Andrew Cuomo's office focused on 2008 bonuses paid to the...
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Pfizer, Nigeria Sign $75 Mln Settlement in Drug Suit: Official
ABUJA, Nigeria - US drugmaker Pfizer reached a 75-million-dollar (53-million-euro) final settlement with a Nigerian state Thursday over 1996 drug trials that led to the deaths of 11 children, a joint statement said. "We are pleased to announce that we have reached a final agreement to settle the...
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Blue Dogs Receive More Health Industry Backing Than Other Democrats
On June 19, Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas made clear that he and a group of other conservative Democrats known as the Blue Dogs were increasingly unhappy with the direction that health-care legislation was taking in the House. "The committees' draft falls short," the former pharmacy owner said in a...
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