News for 2009-11-03

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
One in Five Mammals Threatened With Extinction
A fifth of the world's known mammals, a third of amphibians and reptiles and more than two thirds of plants are threatened with extinction, according to the latest "Red List" of endangered species. Of the 5,490 mammal species that have been identified by scientists, 79 are extinct or extinct in the...
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Jeremy Scahill Takes on Max Boot over Afghan Fiasco
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Claude Levi-Strauss, 100: Reshaped Field of Anthropology
PARIS–Claude Levi-Strauss, widely considered the father of modern anthropology for work that included theories about commonalities between tribal and industrial societies, has died. He was 100. The French intellectual was regarded as having reshaped the field of anthropology, introducing the...
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Afghan War Vets Patrol Halls of Congress to Stop Troop Escalation
A little more than two months ago, Brock McIntosh was fighting in Afghanistan, a member of the Army National Guard. This week, he's walking the halls of Congress, trying to end a war that began when he was 13 years old. McIntosh, now 21, and four other vets are in Washington for something of a...
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Lobbying Cash Obscures US Climate Debate
Lobbying groups for the energy companies and environmentalists have boosted their spending by double digits in a year because they knew that the US Senate would debate environmental legislation ahead of global climate change talks next month. But science and specifics are hard to find in the...
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As Maine Goes, So Goes Gay Marriage
Maine could become the first state to endorse gay marriage by popular referendum Tuesday, as voters head to the polls to decide whether to repeal a recently-passed law legalizing unions between people of the same gender.
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Govt Lawyers Seek to Quash Rendition Lawsuit
NEW YORK - The long road to the proverbial day in court just got longer for five men who claim they were "disappeared" and tortured by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The men, who say they were victims of the extraordinary rendition programme conducted during the administration of President...
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TABOR: A Bad Idea That Just Won't Go Away
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British Break up Several Bailed-Out Banks
LONDON -- The British government announced Tuesday that it will break up parts of major financial institutions bailed out by taxpayers, highlighting a growing divide across the Atlantic over how to deal with the massive banks that were partially nationalized during the height of the financial...
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In Fight Over Credit Rules, Elizabeth Warren Wields a Plan
CAMBRIDGE - Her critics portray her as an ivory tower elitist intent on disrupting the American Dream. But to her legions of fans in the Democratic Party, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren is the nation's leading economic David, fighting to protect middle-class families from corporate Goliaths...
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UN Assembly Draft Urges Action on Gaza 'War Crimes'
UNITED NATIONS - Arab U.N. delegates circulated a draft resolution on Monday that would require Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to bring a U.N. report alleging war crimes in the Gaza Strip before the Security Council. A special meeting of the 192-nation assembly on Wednesday will debate the U.N...
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