News for 2010-05-15

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Campaigners Believe War on Climate Change Will Be Stymied
Fears that the UK's fight against climate change will be lost in the confusion of the Liberal-Conservative coalition were underlined yesterday when divisions between the two parties were exposed over nuclear power, renewable energy, airport expansion and offshore oil drilling.
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BP Accused of Using Gulf of Mexico as 'Toxic Testing-Ground'
State officials are angry that federal regulators gave the company permission to try out new chemical techniques to break up and hold back the growing tide of oil. Despite registering concerns about the potential implications for the environment, marine life and human health, Governor Bobby Jindal'...
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'Nobody is Winning,' Admits McChrystal
Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in London yesterday as US generals express doubts that the fight against the Taliban is having any success. The US and Nato commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, who was boasting of military progress only three months ago, confessed last week...
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Obama Administration Presses BP for Formal Position on $75 Million Liability Cap
In a letter to Dr. Anthony Hayward, the group chief executive of BP, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar note the many public statements from BP officials dismissing the $75 million-per-incident statutory liability cap, and ask...
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Baby Coral Move Towards Sound, Finds Study
Baby corals find their way to reefs by detecting the sound of snapping shrimps and grunting fish, scientists revealed today. It had long been assumed that coral larvae drift aimlessly after being released by their parent colonies and almost by chance land back on reefs. But scientists now believe...
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Gov’t Loan Mod Program Leaves Some Homeowners Worse Off
Susan Lauten had done everything right during her trial mortgage modification under the government's program [1] to help struggling homeowners. She had submitted all the necessary paperwork and made the required trial payments on time each month.
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BP Trying to Thread Mile-Long Tube to Help Plug Gulf Oil Leak; Obama Assails Drillers
HAMMOND, La. - At first, BP tried to stop the oil rushing into the Gulf of Mexico by flipping a blowout preventer switch. A week ago, they attempted to capture the leak with a 100-ton box. The latest experiment? Trying to guide a skinny, mile-long tube into the gusher. BP PLC technicians were...
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Army Brings Death and Carnage to Bangkok's Streets
A day of violence on the streets of the Thai capital left at least ten dead and 125 wounded after renewed fighting erupted in the city's commercial heart yesterday. Soldiers fired bullets and teargas into the fortified encampment held for weeks by anti-government protesters, and street battles...
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Google Admits its Street View Cars Spied on Wi-Fi Activity
Google's Street View cars have been spying on people's internet use for three years, the search giant admitted last night. It had been scooping up snippets of people's online activities broadcast over unprotected home and business wi-fi networks. Google admitted that the cars' radio antennae...
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