News for 2010-01-12

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Big Haiti Quake Topples Buildings, Thousands Buried
PORT-AU-PRINCE - A major earthquake hit impoverished Haiti on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital Port-au-Prince, burying residents in rubble and causing many deaths and injuries, witnesses in the city said. The magnitude 7.0 quake, whose epicenter was inland and only 10 miles from Port-au-...
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Obama Received $20 Million from Healthcare Industry in 2008 Campaign
While some sunlight has been shed on the hefty sums shoveled into congressional campaign coffers in an effort to influence the Democrats' massive healthcare bill, little attention has been focused on the far larger sums received by President Barack Obama while he was a candidate in 2008.
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Despite Warnings, Military's Use of Drones on the Rise in Afghanistan
DELARAM, Afghanistan -- Using a pilotless Predator drone, the U.S. military this week fired a Hellfire missile into a crowd of suspected insurgents in Helmand province, killing 13 people and wounding three others, military officials said Tuesday. It was one of two such drone attacks on the same day.
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Bill Moyers Essay: Greed
To see Bill Moyers interview David Corn and Kevin Drum of Mother Jones magazine, go here .
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Wal-Mart, the US Retailer Taking Over the World by Stealth
It hardly shrieks of billion-dollar glamour. The US nerve centre of the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, consists of a collection of low-slung prefabricated buildings along a four-lane highway in north-western Arkansas. Wal-Mart's head office is hundreds of miles from the nearest big city. It...
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Feingold Wary of Upcoming Ruling on Campaign Finance
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a case that challenges one of the primary provisions in Sen. Russ Feingold's signature campaign finance legislation. The court's decision, which could come as early as this week, could have monumental consequences for the influence of...
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Police Fight Cellphone Recordings
Simon Glik, a lawyer, was walking down Tremont Street in Boston when he saw three police officers struggling to extract a plastic bag from a teenager's mouth. Thinking their force seemed excessive for a drug arrest, Glik pulled out his cellphone and began recording. Within minutes, Glik said, he...
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Western, Afghan Troops Fire During Demonstration
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - NATO troops and Afghan security forces opened fire during a demonstration in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, sharply raising the political temperature in one of the most volatile parts of the country. Accounts differed over the number of casualties and the roles played...
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Federal Grand Jury Targets ‘Tough-Guy’ Sheriff
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- America's self-proclaimed "toughest" sheriff Joe Arpaio is facing a grand jury investigation into allegations of abuse of power. The Maricopa County sheriff has made national headlines because of his immigration sweeps on Latino neighborhoods and a pending investigation by the U.S...
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Yucca Haunts Admin's Lagging Efforts on Nuclear Waste Study Panel
While President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget proposal is expected to sound a death knell for the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, the administration has so far failed to launch the blue-ribbon commission it promised almost a year ago to decide on a waste-disposal alternative. Hanging...
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Stronger Controls Urged on Chemicals in Water
Citing the decline in frogs and rise of "frankenfish," a Bay Area environmental group filed a legal petition Monday for tighter federal standards on pollutants that disrupt the hormones of humans and wildlife. The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Environmental Agency to beef up...
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Iraq Invasion in 2003 Was Illegitimate: Dutch Probe
THE HAGUE - The 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq lacked legitimacy under international law, an independent commission probing Dutch political support for the still controversial action said Tuesday. "There was insufficient legitimacy" for the invasion for which the Netherlands gave political but no...
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Daily Show: Exclusive - John Yoo Extended Interview
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Makeover to Turn Guam Into Key US Fortress
HAGATNA, Guam - The United States plans to fortify Guam, upgrading its military infrastructure on the island into a strategic staging post that would allow rapid access to potential flash points in the Pacific region. More service members, including 9,182 marines, soldiers and their dependents from...
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