News for 2010-02-16

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
French Soldiers Used as 'Nuclear Guinea Pigs'
PARIS - France used soldiers as guinea pigs in nuclear tests in the 1960s, deliberately exposing them to radiation from atomic blasts to test the effects, according to a report revealed on Tuesday. The secret military report, obtained by AFP, said that between 1960 and 1966 France sent troops onto...
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Senate Quartet Urges Reid To Pass Public Plan Via Reconciliation
Four senators have signed a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to pass a public option for insurance coverage through the use of reconciliation. The list of signatories includes both usual and somewhat unusual suspects, from the progressive wing of the party -- Sens. Jeff...
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No Rights Charge Against NY Police in 50-Shot Death
NEW YORK - Several New York City police officers who killed an unarmed black man in a hail of 50 bullets on his wedding day will not face criminal civil rights charges, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Sean Bell, 23, was killed and two friends injured outside a strip club after his...
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Thomas Geoghegan on the Case for Busting the Filibuster
Senate Republicans are currently using the filibuster to paralyze the Senate and derail Democratic initiatives, according a McClatchy Newspapers investigation. Since President Obama took office, Republican senators have used the filibuster to stall legislation on healthcare reform, global warming,...
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Joya Condemns 'Ridiculous' Military Strategy
Afghanistan's "most famous woman" has voiced deep scepticism about Operation Moshtarak's aims and its impact on Afghan civilians.
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Lindsey Graham: White House Mulling Indefinite Detention
The White House is considering endorsing a law that would allow the indefinite detention of some alleged terrorists without trial as part of efforts to break a logjam with Congress over President Barack Obama's plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday.
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US Black Farmers Seek Compensation
African-American farmers have staged a massive protest in Washington DC calling on the US government to deliver on cash payments promised to the group years ago. In 1999, black farmers won a landmark case that granted them a billion-dollar compensation settlement on the grounds of racial...
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Economy Prompts Fresh Look at ND's Socialist Bank
BISMARCK, N.D. - It has no automatic tellers or drive-up windows, doesn't issue credit cards, and tends only a few thousand checking and savings accounts. Its only location is a glass, steamboat-shaped headquarters near the Missouri River, where the business moved from its original 1919 home in a...
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Mossad-Backed 'European Hit Squad Killed Hamas Leader'
An 11-member hit squad, composed mostly of UK passport holders, was responsible for the killing of a leader of the Hamas armed wing in a Dubai hotel room last month, the country's police chief told reporters yesterday.
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Taliban Second-In-Command Captured in Pakistan
Mullah Barader, the Taliban 's powerful second in command, has been captured in the Pakistani city of Karachi, senior US officials have confirmed. The detention of Abdul Ghani Barader is the most significant breakthrough in many years of the US-led hunt for the Taliban's leaders, and comes as Nato...
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In War of Words, Iran Calls US a 'Military Dictatorship'
Locked in a sharpening confrontation with the United States, Iran on Tuesday rejected an assertion by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that it was becoming a military dictatorship, saying America itself answered to that description.
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Obama to Announce Loan Guarantee for Nuclear Plants
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is highlighting a new investment in energy jobs with an announcement that the government will guarantee more than $8 billion in loans needed to build the first U.S. nuclear power plant in nearly three decades.
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Special Comment: Beware Fear's Racist Temptation
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