News for 2010-07-12

Monday, July 12, 2010
The Case for a New WPA
The image catches your breath. The look etched on the mother's face reveals more about the hard lives of migrant workers during the 1930s than any history book. The photo, by Dorothea Lange, is one of the most famous shots in American history and an iconic representation of the Great Depression...
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FDA Nears Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon
WASHINGTON - They may not be the 500-pound "Frankenfish" that some researchers were talking about 10 years ago, but a Massachusetts company says it's on the verge of receiving federal approval to market a quick-growing Atlantic salmon that's been genetically modified with help from a Pacific...
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Rate of Arctic Sea Ice Melt Heats Up
Arctic Ocean sea ice melted faster last month than it has in any previous June since satellite measurements began 30 years ago, continuing a pattern that could see a new record retreat by summer's end, according to North America's main ice-monitoring research centre.
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Afghan Monitor Says 2010 Worst Year of War
KABUL - This year has been the most violent since the Afghan war began in 2001 and civilian deaths have risen slightly with the increased insecurity, a local rights group said Monday. A massive US-led increase in troops has failed to quell the Taliban-led insurgency, Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM...
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Halliburton Continues to Flood Lawmakers With Contributions After Oil Spill
Halliburton, the company once headed by former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney contributed $15,500 to federal candidates during June, according to a Center for Responsive Politics review of their political action committee's most recent campaign finance filing. That amount represents the...
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With 'One Nation,' Liberal Groups Aim to Match Tea Party's Energy, Influence
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, the "tea party" movement must be honored. In an effort to replicate the tea party's success, 170 liberal and civil rights groups are forming a coalition that they hope will match the movement's political energy and influence. They promise to "counter...
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Haiti: Six Months On
Six months after the earthquake that killed up to 300,000 people, the dust is starting to settle over Port-au-Prince. As it does, the deep wounds that fracture this country are re-emerging, more gaping than even before. One-and-a-half million people remain displaced, many living under tents and...
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BP Defends Record As 'Safe And Reliable' Despite Hundreds of Egregious Violations
Despite a clear public record to the contrary, BP is continuing its public relations effort to define the blowout that has been spewing oil into the Gulf for nearly three months as an isolated departure from a record of safe and sound practices.
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Little Improvement at Haiti's Epicentre
If you ask, where did all the money for Haiti go, one answer is: not here. When the earthquake rumbled up from the earth directly below Leogane, 20,000-30,000 people were killed, and 80 to 90 per cent of the town's concrete buildings were reduced to rubble. And, chunk by chunk, shovelful by...
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