News for 2009-09-18

Friday, September 18, 2009
Unhealthy US Diets Prompt More Calls for Reform
WASHINGTON - The American way of eating is under attack, which could expose the food industry to new junk food taxes, but it's unlikely major reforms are in the offing to quickly alter U.S. food policies. The increasingly unhealthy American diet has contributed to epidemics of obesity and diabetes...
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Ex-CIA Chiefs Seek Halt to Interrogations Probe
WASHINGTON - Seven former CIA directors asked President Barack Obama on Friday to quash a criminal probe of harsh interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration. The CIA directors, who served both Democratic and Republican presidents and include three who worked under President...
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Former Iraq Security Contractors Say Firm Bought Black Market Weapons, Swapped Booze for Rockets
Last spring, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Iraq got a makeover,replacing the scandal-plagued Blackwater private security company with a firm named Triple Canopy. The new $1 billion contract cemented Triple Canopy's status as the pre-eminent provider of private security services in Iraq, with its...
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US Senators Target Bush-Era Surveillance Laws
WASHINGTON - A group of US Senators unveiled legislation Thursday aiming to strip telecommunications firms that took part in a hugely controversial Bush-era spying program of immunity from lawsuits. The bill aims to "fix problems with surveillance laws that threaten the rights and liberties of...
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Faced With Water Woes, California Increases Conservation With Graywater Systems
Pam Hartwell-Herrero is making sure she washes her family's clothes when the olive tree, rhubarb and coffee berries in her front yard look thirsty. Why? Hartwell-Herrero and a team of fellow water conservation enthusiasts recently installed a "laundry to landscape" graywater system at her 1960s...
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The Forgotten US Patients
Part I
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Activists Protest War Simulator
PHILADELPHIA - Located across from an indoor skateboarding park in a Northeast Philadelphia outlet mall, the Army Experience Center includes a computer lab that showcases careers as well as the kind of interactive simulators that are irresistible to its target market: the teenage boys recruiters...
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Report Chides Bureau of Land Management's Rush to Drill
Sloppy wording in the Bush administration's 2005 Energy Policy Act's directives to streamline oil and gas development has led to lawsuits, end runs around environmental laws and dirty air in Vernal, a federal agency says. In a report issued this week, the Government Accountability Office criticized...
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Cost of Racial Disparities in Health Care Put at $229 Billion Between 2003, 2006
Racial health disparities cost the United States $229 billion between 2003 and 2006 - money that could help cover an overhaul of the nation's health care system, according to a new report by Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland researchers.
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Obama Puts Nuclear Abolition Back on Agenda
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president ever to take the gavel at the United Nations Security Council next week, but those lobbying to eliminate the world's nuclear-weapon stockpiles are hoping the session will be historic for its circumstance, not just its pomp. What's the...
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Study Finds Lack of Insurance Can Be Lethal
As medical care has improved for people with health insurance, the consequences of being uninsured have worsened, according to a new study that says the lack of coverage translates into nearly 45,000 deaths each year among working-age Americans.
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Karl Grossman of Envirovideo on Nuclear Energy
Investigative reporter for Envirovideo Karl Grossman reports that nuclear energy is not the solution the nuclear lobby has been promoting. Take a look.
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