News for 2009-11-08

Sunday, November 8, 2009
As Oceans Fall Ill, Washington Bureaucrats Squabble
WASHINGTON - Off the coast of Washington state, mysterious algae mixed with sea foam have killed more than 8,000 seabirds, puzzling scientists. A thousand miles off California, researchers have discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirling vortex roughly twice the size of Texas filled with...
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In Eastern Europe, People Pine for Socialism
BELENE, Bulgaria (Reuters) - In the dense forests of the idyllic Danube island of Persin, home to the endangered sea eagle and the pygmy cormorant, lie the ghastly remains of a communist-era death camp. Hundreds of "enemies of the regime" perished from beatings, malnutrition and exhaustion in 1949-...
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Climate Change: Dark Clouds Gathering Over Copenhagen
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - It has been a bad week for the climate change summit in Copenhagen next month. During the week the last meeting in the formal round of pre- Copenhagen talks collapsed in Barcelona. Then, meeting here on the weekend, the G20 finance ministers put the seal on that failure by...
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House Passes Health Reform, But Without Reproductive Rights
The U.S. House of Representatives answered "the call of history" put to it by President Obama Saturday and voted 220-215 in favor of the most sweeping expansion of health-care coverage since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid Act of 1965. House Democrats burst into sustained applause at 11:08...
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