News for 2010-01-10

Sunday, January 10, 2010
Popular Kids’ Trinkets Loaded with Toxic Metal
LOS ANGELES - Barred from using lead in children's jewelry because of its toxicity, some Chinese manufacturers have been substituting the more dangerous heavy metal cadmium in sparkling charm bracelets and shiny pendants being sold throughout the United States, an Associated Press investigation...
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Chernobyl Nuclear Accident: Figures for Deaths and Cancers Still in Dispute
At the children's cancer hospital in Minsk, Belarus, and at the Vilne hospital for radiological protection in the east of Ukraine, specialist doctors are in no doubt they are seeing highly unusual rates of cancers, mutations and blood diseases linked to the Chernobyl nuclear accident 24 years ago.
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Israel Vows 'Powerful Response' to Gaza Attacks
GAZA/JERUSALEM - Three Palestinian militants were killed in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a "powerful response" to any attacks from the territory. An Israeli army spokesman said an Israeli aircraft carried out an air strike...
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30 Iranian Mothers Arrested at Peaceful Gathering, Group Says
Thirty members of a women's group were arrested by Iranian security forces during a peaceful protest in a Tehran park on Saturday, a human rights organization reported. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, citing an eyewitness account, said more than 100 police and plainclothes...
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Blackwater Wants $1 Billion to Train the New Afghan Police Force
That's right. $1 billion : Blackwater Worldwide's legal woes haven't dimmed the company's prospects in Afghanistan, where it's a contender to be a key part of President Barack Obama's strategy for stabilizing the country.
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Israelis Reject US Loan 'Threat'
Israeli officials have shrugged off a suggestion that the US could withhold loan guarantees to pressure Israel over the Middle East peace process. The finance minister said Israel did not need the guarantees, while the prime minister accused the Palestinians of holding up peace negotiations. US...
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Corporate "Personhood" and Election Financing
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