News for 2009-08-05

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The Word - Hippie Replacement
Soon America's grassroots people-power movements will be rid of the one thing that's holding them back: people.
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In Explosive Allegations, Ex-Employees Link Blackwater Founder to Murder, Threats
In sworn statements, two ex-employees claim Blackwater's owner, Erik Prince, murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. One also charged Prince "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the...
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US Ruling: California Must Cut Prison Population
A federal court panel ordered California on Tuesday to reduce the population of its bulging prisons by 40,000 over the next two years to meet constitutional standards for inmate health care and said it could be done without releasing dangerous prisoners to the streets.
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Obama Pentagon Plans Speeding Up 'Bunker Buster' Bomb
WASHINGTON - The US military said on Monday it wants to speed up production plans for an enormous "bunker buster" bomb, amid international concern over underground nuclear sites in Iran and North Korea. The Pentagon has asked Congress for extra money to ensure the massive ordnance penetrator (MOP)...
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Toxic Chemical Still Found in 'BPA-Free' Bottles
OTTAWA - Health Canada scientists have found bisphenol A leaching into the liquid of plastic baby bottles marketed to parents as being free of the toxic chemical. The study says "traces" of the toxin were found in "BPA-free" bottles while internal correspondence between a department official and...
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'Cash for Clunkers' Effect on Pollution? A Blip
WASHINGTON - "Cash for clunkers" could have the same effect on global warming pollution as shutting down the entire country - every automobile, every factory, every power plant - for an hour per year. That could rise to three hours if the program is extended by Congress and remains as popular as it...
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Senators, Military Advisers Urge Obama to Double Afghan Forces
President Barack Obama and top U.S. military commanders are under pressure from influential senators and civilian advisers to double the size of Afghan security forces, a commitment that would cost billions of dollars. In private letters and face-to-face meetings, these supporters of mounting a...
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Blackwater's Dark Side Exposed
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