News for 2009-08-08

Saturday, August 8, 2009
Obama Reverses Stand on Drug Industry Deal
WASHINGTON — Caught between a pivotal industry ally and the protests of Congressional Democrats, the Obama administration on Friday backed away from what drug industry lobbyists had said this week was a firm White House promise to exclude from a proposed health care overhaul the possibility of...
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Military Recruiting Rises Among Middle-Class, Suburban Youths in Dallas-Fort Worth Area
Suburban areas like Collin County are being invaded by the armed forces, which are seeing a new kind of recruit - middle-class kids with high school and even college educations. Steady income, college funding and heightened recruiting efforts during an economic downturn are attracting more affluent...
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At Appalachian Fairgrounds, Charity Tries to Fill Gaps in Health Care
WISE, Va. - On a sunny Saturday at the county fairgrounds in this Appalachian community, the gaps in the American health care system were on vivid display. Lured by the promise of a weekend of free checkups, surgeries and dental care, thousands of people turned up two weeks ago in the far southwest...
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UK 'May Have 40-Year Afghan Role'
The UK's commitment to Afghanistan could last for up to 40 years, the incoming head of the Army has said. Gen Sir David Richards, who takes over on 28 August, told the Times the Army's role would evolve, but the process of "nation-building" would last decades. Troops will be required for the medium...
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Colombia Under Fire From Neighbours Over US ‘Military Aggression’
It is the cocaine deal that threatens to divide a continent. President Uribe of Colombia has brought stability to his country by crushing the Farc guerrilla movement, but much of his drug eradication effort has been a failure. The Latin American leader has now asked Washington to step in, inviting...
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Obama Administration Asks SCOTUS to Block Detainee Photos
The Obama Administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the public release of detainee abuse photos that were the subject of a high-profile reversal by President Barack Obama earlier this year. On Friday afternoon, the Justice Department filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking it to...
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