News for 2010-07-14

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Obama Hires Former Wellpoint Exec to Implement Health Care Law
From the Department of You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up, check out this little-noticed report from the Billings Gazette today:
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Natural Gas No Quick Fix for U.S. Energy Woes
Washington, D.C.-In the wake of April's calamitous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, pundits are pointing to natural gas as the resource to save the U.S. from its energy woes. But a new report released today by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch suggests that relying on this...
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Rich Countries to Pay Energy Giants to Build New Coal-Fired Power Plants
The UN is set to channel billions of pounds of public money from rich countries to giant energy companies to build 20 heavily polluting coal -fired power plants on the basis that they will emit less carbon dioxide than older ones. Data seen by the Guardian shows that 12 companies have applied to...
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Gaza Aid Ship Docks in Egypt
A Libyan aid ship originally bound for the Gaza Strip has been diverted to a port in Egypt after the Israeli navy warned the vessel against trying to break an Israeli blockade on the Palestinian coastal territory. An Egyptian official said the Amalthea arrived in El Arish, on Egypt's Mediterranean...
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How to Clean Up an Oil Spill -- ScamWow!
Scamwow! Whether you're in Louisiana, Alaska, Nigeria, or Ecuador, Scamwow will meet all your oil spill cleanup needs. Learn more at www.greenpeace.org/stopdrilling
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In EU 'No' to Genetically Modified Food Could Conceal a 'Yes'
BRUSSELS - Genetically modified (GM) foods will be introduced more quickly in Europe as a result of a new proposal, some Brussels officials fear. Over the past 12 years, the European Union has effectively observed a moratorium on the cultivation of new GM crops because of widespread opposition to...
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Six More Charged in New Orleans Danziger Bridge Shootings
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday announced the indictment of six current or former New Orleans Police Department officers in connection to the Danziger Bridge shootings, which occurred during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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Is the GOP Ruining America?
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Scientists Say Gulf Oil Disaster Altering Food Web
New Orleans - Scientists are reporting early signs that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is altering the marine food web by killing or tainting some creatures and spurring the growth of others more suited to a fouled environment. Near the spill site, researchers have documented a massive die-off of...
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Fears Grow as Millions Lose Jobless Benefits
CINCINNATI - Deborah Coleman lost her unemployment benefits in April, and now fears for millions of others if the Senate does not extend aid for the jobless. "It's too late for me now," she said, fighting back tears at the Freestore Foodbank in the low-income Over-the-Rhine district near downtown...
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Gaza Aid Ship 'Diverted to Egypt'
A Libyan aid ship originally bound for the Gaza Strip has been diverted to a port in Egypt after the Israeli navy warned the vessel against trying to break an Israeli blockade on the Palestinian coastal territory. Israeli warships were shadowing the Moldovan-flagged Amalthea , carrying 2,000 tonnes...
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