News for 2010-05-17

Monday, May 17, 2010
Oil Sands Riskier than Gulf Spill, Say Investor Groups
WASHINGTON - As the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico destroys habitat and livelihoods, the extraction of oil from Canadian oil sands deposits is having a similar impact on fragile ecosystems and communities deep in the North American interior. The dramatic impact of oil sands expansion should...
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U.S. Overflowing Prisons Spur Call for Reform Commission
NEW YORK - Despite the lackluster performance of so-called "blue ribbon commissions" in the United States over the years, sponsors of the latest proposal - the National Criminal Justice Commission - are optimistic that it will become a reality and that its recommendations will be taken seriously by...
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ADHD in Kids Tied to Produce Pesticides
NEW YORK - Children exposed to pesticides known as organophosphates could have a higher risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study. Researchers tracked the pesticides' breakdown products in kids' urine and found those with high levels were almost twice as...
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Goldman Sachs Publicly Backs Financial Reform — While Dispatching Army of Lobbyists
For all of Goldman Sachs’ professed support for an overhaul of financial regulations, the megabank hasn’t exactly withdrawn its army of lobbyists. Far from wearing out its welcome, the firm is busier than ever safeguarding its interests while a Wall Street crackdown takes shape in Washington.
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D.C. Douglas PSA For Tea Party And FreedomWorks Critics
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Glenn Greenwald: Appearing on ABC's "This Week"
I was on ABC's This Week roundtable this morning -- along with George Will, Greg Craig, Ed Gillespie, and The New York Times ' Helene Cooper -- discussing the Kagan nomination, Obama's civil liberties record, and the various primary challenges taking place around the country. I have several...
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Iran Signs Nuclear Fuel Swap Deal With Turkey and Brazil
The agreement was signed in the Iranian capital between the foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey and Brazil after three-way talks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Under the agreement "Turkey will be...
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Tritium Leak Poses Question for Integrity of NRC
BRATTLEBORO - A former Nuclear Regulatory Commission official now working for the Union of Concerned Scientists said that the NRC was a "lapdog" of the nuclear industry and wasn't enforcing its own regulations when it came to "unmonitored and uncontrolled" radioactive tritium leaks.
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Vermont Farmer Draws a Line at US Bid to Bolster Border
FRANKLIN, Vt. - The red brick house sits unassumingly on a sleepy back road where the lush farmlands of northern Vermont roll quietly into Canada. This is the Morses Line border crossing, a point of entry into the United States where more than three cars an hour constitute heavy traffic. The...
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Submerged Oil Plumes Suggest Gulf Spill Is Worse Than BP Claims
Ocean scientists in the Gulf of Mexico have found giant plumes of oil coagulating at up to 1,300 metres below the surface, raising fears that the BP oil spill may be larger than thought – and that it might create huge "dead zones".
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Greenpeace Claims Sweet Victory Over Nestle
Environment group Greenpeace has claimed social media led to its success in a campaign that linked global food giant Nestle's chocolate bar KitKat to deforestation in Indonesian rainforests and the destruction of orang-utan habitats. Today in Malaysia, Nestle announced a partnership with not-for-...
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