News for 2010-03-25

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Reconciliation Bill Passes Senate
The Senate approved a package of fixes to the health care reform law Thursday, drawing to a close the chamber's year-long effort to overhaul the nation's insurance system. But the work isn't done quite yet. The bill passed 56 to 43, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding over the chamber. Senate...
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Protestors Demand Bank of America Freeze Foreclosures
ST. LOUIS, MO - About 60 people kicked off what they say will be five days of anti-coporate power protests Wednesday, by staging a demonstration in the Bank of America building at 8th and Market downtown. They pitched a tent in the lobby, sang songs and repeated chants They also demanded a meeting...
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Afghanistan Experts at USF Symposium Agree on One Thing: Things Don't Look Good
TAMPA - Almost nine years into the war in Afghanistan, there's still no guarantee of success or even much agreement on how to achieve it. That was the often gloomy take of experts meeting Wednesday at the start of a three-day symposium on Afghanistan and Pakistan at the University of South Florida.
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Top U.S. General in Afghanistan Gives Order: Close TGI Friday's
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — By American standards, the boardwalk at Kandahar Airfield isn't much to write home about. There's no roller coaster, mirror maze or carousel with unicorns. There's no cotton candy to buy, no candied apples, and no annoying mimes trying to get out of imaginary boxes. But this...
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Progressives Debate Health Care 'Victory'
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School Lunch Boosts Mean Painful Cuts
Washington - Senate lawmakers moved Wednesday to make school lunches more healthful by cutting farm conservation programs, while leaving intact the crop subsidies that many experts say contribute to the high fat and starchy diets behind the obesity epidemic. A costly remake of the $17 billion...
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UN: Global Deforestation Slows, Forests Still Lost at 'Alarming Rate'
The world's net rate of forest loss has slowed markedly in the last decade, with less logging in the Amazon and China planting trees on a grand scale. Yet forests continue to be lost at "an alarming rate" in some countries, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Its Global...
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US Supreme Court Halts Execution of Texas Death Row Inmate
HUNTSVILLE - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday stopped the execution of condemned prisoner Hank Skinner about an hour before he could have been taken to the Texas death chamber. Skinner asked the court and Gov. Rick Perry for the delay for DNA testing that he insisted could clear him in a triple...
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US Health Bill Needs New House Vote
WASHINGTON - Republicans forced a new vote on fixes to historic US health care reform legislation by finding two procedural "violations," a spokesman for a top Democratic senator said Thursday. "After hours of trying to find a way to block this, they (Republicans) found two relatively minor...
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Democrats Face Threats from Incited Right
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Nation’s Largest Private Water Utility Joins Lawsuit Against Herbicide Maker
The nation's largest private water utility company has joined a federal lawsuit that aims to force the manufacturer of atrazine, a widely-used herbicide, to pay for its removal from drinking water.
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