News for 2010-10-27

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
'Our Families Can’t Afford to Stay Home on Election Day'
If you're like me, this election doesn't feel anything like 2008. The excitement and hope of that historic election have been replaced by worry and disappointment. The 2008 campaigns at least occasionally addressed our country's serious problems.
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Planting Oases in a Land of Burgers and Fries
WASHINGTON - Though close to a billion people remain undernourished worldwide, one in three U.S. children are overweight - a problem that First Lady Michelle Obama has made her priority over the first two years of her husband's administration. This rate of overweight or obese U.S. children has...
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Former Argentina President Néstor Kirchner Dies
The former Argentinian president, Néstor Kirchner, the current leader's husband and a contender to succeed her in next year's election, has died of a heart attack. Kirchner, 60, was considered President Cristina Fernández's closest adviser and a major power broker in her government. He died after...
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Democrat Pushed To The Ground, Arrested By Local Police At Eric Cantor Public Event (Video)
WASHINGTON -- A Democrat was arrested by local police at a public meet-and-greet event for Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Monday, with three men pulling him out of the building and pushing him to the ground for allegedly causing a disturbance in the coffee shop.
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Millions of Secret Dollars Shape Elections
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BP Dispersants 'Causing Sickness'
Two-year-old Gavin Tillman of Pass Christian, Mississippi, has been diagnosed with severe upper respiratory, sinus, and viral infections. His temperature has reached more than 39 degrees since September 15, yet his sicknesses continues to worsen. His parents, some doctors, and environmental...
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Terrorism Suspect Given 'Victim' Status by Polish Legal Authorities
The status gives credence to allegations by Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi citizen suspected by the US of involvement in the bombing of the warship USS Cole in 2000, that he was held at an airfield in Poland and subjected to harsh interrogation tactics, including being threatened with an electric...
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Drones Spur Yemenis' Distrust of Government and US
WADI ABIDA, Yemen - An afternoon tribal meeting in a remote desert valley in Yemen is interrupted by the unmistakable hum of an unmanned drone. The men, gathered in their chieftain's courtyard, rise to look at the sky. "I wish I had a weapon that could reach that aircraft," tribesman Salim Hassan...
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Border Guards Profiting from Haitian Child Smuggling
OUANAMINTHE, Haiti -- The long-legged young man in a black jacket and shorts carries a child under each arm, given to him on the Haitian side of the border. He steps into the calm waters of the Massacre River and in less than 10 strides, without getting wet above the knees, he's in the Dominican...
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UN Assembly Calls for End to US Embargo on Cuba (Again)
UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted Tuesday for a resolution calling on the United States to end its five-decade old embargo of Cuba. The 19th straight annual condemnation of the embargo was supported by 187 countries, with only the United States and Israel against and...
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Pack Assange Off to Guantanamo, US Conservatives Tell Obama
The White House and the Pentagon have failed to confront and contain the threat to national security posed by WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange who should be arrested as an "enemy combatant", voices on the US conservative right insisted yesterday. Frustration with the failure of President...
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UN Investigator Urges Probe of Alleged US Torture
UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. torture investigator said President Barack Obama has ended harsh interrogations that were commonplace during the Bush era but an independent probe is needed of U.S. practices since 2001. "There is a major difference between the Bush and the Obama administration," Manfred...
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With No Oversight, US Army Amasses Biometric Data in Afghanistan
The young man reluctantly proffered his eyeballs and fingertips to an American soldier wielding a hi-tech box resembling an outsize digital camera. As the machine slowly gathered his biometric details, the man looked increasingly ill at ease. Was it because his herd of goats had started to wander...
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Dianna Cohen: Tough Truths About Plastic Pollution
Artist Dianna Cohen shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean and in our lives -- and some thoughts on how to free ourselves from the plastic gyre. About Dianna Cohen Dianna Cohen co-founded the Plastic Pollution Coalition, which is working to help end our cycle of plastics use.
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Clashes Erupt at Israel March
Violent clashes have broken out between Palestinian-Israelis and Israeli police in response to a demonstration by members of a right-wing Jewish group in the town of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel. Israeli police fired tear gas at a crowd of Palestinian-Israelis who had gathered to protest against...
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Victory in Afghanistan 'Impossible': Gorbachev
LONDON – Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said it was "impossible" for coalition forces to secure victory in Afghanistan in a BBC interview broadcast Wednesday. Gorbachev, who was in charge when Soviet troops withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989 after a war lasting nearly a decade, added that...
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