News for 2009-10-20

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Govt Threatens Tar Sands Activists with Anti-Terror Laws
VANCOUVER - The provincial government in Alberta, Canada is threatening to unleash its counterterrorism plan if activists continue using civil disobedience to protest the tar sands, Canada's fastest source of greenhouse gas emissions. In recent weeks, Greenpeace has staged three daring protests...
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Nudging Recycling From Less Waste to None
At Yellowstone National Park , the clear soda cups and white utensils are not your typical cafe-counter garbage. Made of plant-based plastics, they dissolve magically when heated for more than a few minutes.
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Chronic Illnesses More Often Undiscovered, Undertreated in Uninsured
Uninsured people are also more likely to have undiagnosed and undertreated medical conditions, according to a new study comparing chronic illnesses among Americans with and without health coverage. The results offer possible clues to a recently reported higher death rate among people who lack...
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The Yes Men Pull Off Prank Claiming US Chamber of Commerce Had Changed Its Stance on Climate Change
The business community got a shock on Monday when its leading advocacy group appeared to make a startling announcement. A statement purporting to come from the Chamber of Commerce said the group had dropped its opposition to congressional climate change legislation and would now even support taxing...
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Report Urges Broad Actions to Preserve Journalism
Journalism is at risk and American society must act to preserve it, according to a report co-authored by The Washington Post's former executive editor. In a paper commissioned by the Columbia University Journalism School, the ex-Post editor, Len Downie, and Michael Schudson, a Columbia professor,...
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High Court to Consider Uighurs' Plea for Freedom
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will hear a new case about the rights of Guantanamo detainees, this time involving prisoners who remain in custody even after the Pentagon determines they're not a threat to the United States. The high court said it will take a challenge from Chinese...
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US Commander in Iraq Warns of Threat to Pull Out... of Withdrawal
President Obama's pledge to withdraw US troops from Iraq and end combat operations there by September 2010 is under threat because of increased levels of violence and bickering within the Iraqi parliament, the top US general in the country has told The Times. General Ray Odierno said that militant...
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US-Sudan: Activist Groups Cautiously Praise New Policy
WASHINGTON - Activist groups that have long urged a tougher U.S. policy toward Khartoum praised the new "comprehensive approach" toward Sudan announced here Monday by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, even as they expressed concern that it will not be fully implemented.
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Refugee Flood Reveals Human Cost of South Waziristan's Invisible War
The war in South Waziristan started early for Ghufran. As Pakistani warplanes pounded the Taliban stronghold of Ladha last week, in preparation for the ground offensive now under way, the 11-year-old boy and his family scrambled to safety across a range of jagged mountains.
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American Sickos: Will the Current Bills Help?
Donna Smith starred in Michael Moore's Sicko, along with many other Americans with health care issues. Now that health care legislation is moving through Congress, she wonders whether the bills in consideration would help the other "American Sickos" that were suffering from the abuses of the...
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US Gives Shell Green Light for Offshore Oil Drilling in the Arctic
Conservationist groups based in Alaska have accused the Obama administration of repeating the mistakes of George Bush after it gave the conditional go-ahead for Shell to begin drilling offshore for oil and natural gas in the environmentally sensitive Beaufort Sea.
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Karzai Orders Security Chiefs to Prepare for Election Run-Off
Afghanistan's security chiefs have been ordered to make emergency preparations for a second round of voting, in the clearest sign yet that Hamid Karzai will admit he didn't win August's fraud-ridden presidential poll. Senior Afghan officials at the Ministry of Interior in Kabul said the president...
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Public Option Gains Support
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that support for a government-run health-care plan to compete with private insurers has rebounded from its summertime lows and wins clear majority support from the public.
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