News for 2010-07-15

Thursday, July 15, 2010
BP Says Oil Has Stopped
BP engineers on Thursday stopped oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since April as they shut all valves on a new cap placed on top of a fractured wellhead, a BP official said. "It is good to see no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico," said senior vice-president Kent Wells, but he...
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Israel Chokes Gaza Despite Announced Easing
RAMALLAH - Israel has received international praise for its decision to ease its crippling blockade on Gaza following the country's deadly assault on a humanitarian flotilla trying to bring desperately needed humanitarian aid to the coastal territory. But according to the UN and human rights...
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Dean Baker: 'Reform Bill Will Improve Regulation in the Financial Sector'
Washington, D.C.- Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) issued the following statement on the passage of the financial reform bill by Congress: "The final bill passed by the Senate today and already approved by the House of Representatives will improve...
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BP's Live Stream From Sub at Oil Geyser Site
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Wall Street Reform Clears Final Hurdle
Nearly two years after major banks brought the global financial system to the brink of collapse, triggering a steep economic decline and crisis-levels of unemployment, Congress cleared the final hurdle to enacting a Wall Street reform package, passing a decisive cloture vote 60-39, with only three...
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Girl Raised From Birth by Wolf Blitzer Taken Into Protective Custody
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Suspicions Raised Over BP's Possible Deal to Access Libyan Oil
Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, is to look into suspicions raised by American senators that oil giant BP was part of a deal to free the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing in return for Libyan oil. The four senators from New York and New Jersey, states that were home to many of the...
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Hudson Bay Polar Bears 'Could Soon Be Extinct'
Polar bears in the Hudson Bay area of Canada are likely to die out in the next three decades, possibly sooner, as global warming melts more Arctic ice and thus reduces their hunting opportunities, according to Canadian biologists. The animals in western Hudson Bay, one of 19 discrete sub-...
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Suppliers for Tobacco Company Philip Morris Used Child Labour
The world's largest non-government cigarette seller said that it took immediate action following the Human Rights Watch report based on interviews with 68 farm workers in 2009 and early 2010. The report, released Wednesday, raised serious concerns over child labour and conditions of migrant workers...
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Oceanographer and Documentary Filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau Returns to Gulf to Survey Oil Damage
Oceanographer and documentary filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau recently checked in with the Rundown to update us on his team's explorations since returning to the Gulf Coast. Since his last visit, Cousteau has been both on the water with local fishermen and in the air surveying the site of the BP oil...
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In Vietnam-Era Files, Parallels of Anxiety
WASHINGTON - The CIA director predicted it would be a "long war.'' A senator from Missouri, expressing concern about the unconventional nature of the fighting, wanted to know, "Who is the enemy?'' A senator from Tennessee, meanwhile, warned that if the American people were being misled that "the...
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After the Gulf, an Oil Sands Debate Looms
WASHINGTON—America’s gaze may be fixed on the Gulf of Mexico, as a tentative bid to stanch free-flowing environmental catastrophe begins to take hold. But with one pipe poised for closure, the Obama administration now must grapple with another, as a bid to dramatically increase the flow of carbon-...
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