News for 2010-09-28

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Austerity Whips Up Anger, Protests Mount in Europe
BRUSSELS - Painful cuts by overspending EU countries come head to a head with mounting social anger on Wednesday when labour leaders call angry workers onto streets right across the continent. Set for its largest Europe-wide protest for a decade is Brussels where labour leaders are planning to...
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Plan to Ship Radioactive Parts Over Great Lakes Condemned
OTTAWA—Environmental groups Tuesday condemned plans by Bruce Power to ship radioactive generators across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region to Sweden. At a news conference they warned that the private power producer’s proposal to ship 16 100-tonne radioactive generators could be harmful...
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BP Spill: Scientists Scramble to Find Out Where the Oil Went
The twin drilling platforms rising from the waters above BP 's blown well look like the brooding guard towers of a lost ruin, which in a sense they are: the relics of a disaster zone now turned into an open-air science quest to claim a slice of $500m (£316.5m) in research funds . Ten days after...
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Former US President Jimmy Carter Hospitalized: Official
CHICAGO - Former US president Jimmy Carter, 85, was hospitalized Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio, after falling ill on a flight to the city, an airport spokeswoman told AFP. The former president, who maintains a busy public schedule and recently released his 26th book, was taken to the hospital around...
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Fate of Thousands of Iraqis Unknown
Thousands of Iraqis have gone missing since the US-led invasion seven years ago. It is thought that many disappeared during the sectarian bloodshed and a number were rounded up in military operations. As the United States winds down its presence in the country, many families fear they will never...
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Landslide Hits Oaxaca Leaving Hundreds Dead
Up to 300 houses have been buried by a landslide in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, officials have said. Heavy rain saturated a 200m (656ft) wide strip of mountainside above the town of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, causing it to slip at 0400 (0900 GMT). It is not clear how many people have...
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U.S. 9/11 Rescue Workers Still Waiting for Healthcare
NEW YORK - Election-year interparty political wrangling is threatening to again sabotage congressional efforts to provide medical help for tens of thousands of firefighters and other first responders whose health was damaged by the Sep. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Centre...
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GM Maize 'Has Polluted Rivers Across the United States'
An insecticide used in genetically modified (GM) crops grown extensively in the United States and other parts of the world has leached into the water of the surrounding environment. The insecticide is the product of a bacterial gene inserted into GM maize and other cereal crops to protect them...
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Report: Significant Cheating by FBI Agents on Exam
WASHINGTON - A Justice Department investigation has found that FBI agents, including several supervisors, cheated on an important test covering the bureau's policies for conducting surveillance on Americans. Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine said Monday that his limited review of...
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Truthiness to Power
After Stephen Colbert wastes 10 minutes to testify before Congress on the plight of farm laborers, legislators can get back to the business at hand.
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U.S. Mounting First Test of Cyber-Blitz Response Plan
ARLINGTON, Virginia - The United States is launching its first test of a new plan for responding to an enemy cyber-blitz, including any attack aimed at vital services such as power, water and banks. Thousands of cyber-security personnel from across the government and industry are to take part in...
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Israel Seizes Gaza Aid Boat
An aid ship carrying eight Jewish activists from Europe, Israel, and the US was apprehended by the Israeli navy just miles off the coast of Gaza after being warned by a warship. Navy commandos boarded the Irene , and then the passengers were led off the boat. Rich Cooper, an organiser with...
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