News for 2010-06-30

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Gulf Spill Galvanizes Activist Community
NEW ORLEANS - With the U.S .government and oil giant British Petroleum under fire for their handling of the more than two-month-old Gulf Coast oil spill disaster, environmental and community activists across the country are taking matters into their own hands. In New Orleans, a Gulf Emergency...
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Ecuadorians Help Clear US Oil Spill
Hurricane Alex, with winds of up to 100km an hour, is hampering efforts to clean-up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The state department has welcomed help from 12 countries offering to assist with the clean-up. And there has been a rare offer of support from an indigenous community from...
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Feingold: 'Standing Up to the Unholy Alliance Between Washington and Wall Street'
WASHINGTON - Wall Street and its allies have been calling the shots in Congress for decades, so they must be glad to see how things are shaping up on financial regulatory reform. Congress is about to vote on a final bill that fails to fix the key flaws in the bills passed by both the House and...
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DR Congo Marks 50 Troubled Years of Independence
KINSHASA - Portraits of the four presidents who led the Democratic Republic of Congo through 50 years of corruption and conflict glowered down Wednesday on world leaders marking the African nation's independence anniversary.
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Ancient Fossils Show Arctic Now Near Climate Tipping Point
BOULDER, Colorado - Current levels of Earth's atmospheric carbon dioxide may be high enough to bring about "irreversible" shifts in Arctic ecosystems, according to new research published today by scientists from the United States, Canada and The Netherlands.
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Unmanned Drones - Targeted Killing vs. "Collateral Murder"
UNITED NATIONS - When a Pakistani-U.S. national pleaded guilty last week to a failed attempt to detonate explosives packed in a vehicle in the heart of New York City, he admitted that one of the reasons he targeted the busy Times Square neighbourhood was to "injure and kill" as many people as...
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Barred from Jerusalem for Crime of Being Palestinian
To say that Palestinian Murad Abu-Khalaf's roots are in Jerusalem is a serious understatement. His family lived in the Baka district of West Jerusalem until they were forced to leave in the war of 1948. They have since lived - and live - in the inner East Jerusalem district of Ras al-Amud. His...
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Goldman Admits it Had Bigger Role in AIG Deals
WASHINGTON — Reversing its oft-repeated position that it was acting only on behalf of its clients in its exotic dealings with the American International Group, Goldman Sachs now says that it also used its own money to make secret wagers against the U.S. housing market.
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'Worse than Gaza': Conditions in West Bank Areas Reach Crisis Point
Children living in the poorest parts of the West Bank face significantly worse conditions than their counterparts in Gaza, a study conducted by an international youth charity has found. The report by Save the Children UK, due to be released on Wednesday, says that families forced from their homes...
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BP's Oil Spill Fouls Water, Land and Air
On a morning last week, Floridians along the pristine beaches of the Florida panhandle found themselves the latest shoreline victims of the underground volcano of oil and dangerous gasses released by BP into the Gulf of Mexico. And again, the disaster was winning in the water, on the land -- and in...
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Did BP Lie About Its Political Donations?
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War-Funding Puzzle Stumps Dems
WASHINGTON - House Democratic support for the war in Afghanistan has eroded to a point where President Barack Obama is now so reliant on Republican votes that he’s backtracking from his own party’s efforts to add new education funding to avert teacher layoffs.
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FDA is Sued for Failing to Regulate Bisphenol A
A top environmental group has sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over its failure to regulate bisphenol A, a ubiquitous chemical linked to reproductive harm, cancer and obesity in studies. The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C...
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Hurricane Alex Hampers Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Cleanup
MIAMI, Florida - Roaring across the Caribbean, Alex has become the first hurricane of the 2010 season and the first June Atlantic hurricane since 1995, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Located in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, about 255 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas,...
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