News for 2010-11-11

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Workers wearing face masks load discarded piles of sacks onto a truck at a rare earth smelting plant located on the outskirts of the city of Baotou in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. (REUTERS/David Gray) Toxic Hotspots Require Global Superfund
UXBRIDGE, Canada - One of the world's biggest health threats is also one of the least recognised - more than 100 million people who literally breathe and eat toxic pollutants like lead, mercury, chromium every day, according to the first-ever detailed assessment. By contrast, global attention and...
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Suicide Rates Soaring Among WWII Vets
SAN FRANCISCO - We call them the Greatest Generation of military veterans, who saved the world for democracy by defeating Germany and Japan and then returned home to build the United States into a superpower after World War II. In the popular mythology, they're practically invincible, rarely...
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Kucinich to Force Vote on Withdrawing Troops From Afghanistan
Anti-war Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) says he will force a vote on a hard date for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan on the heels of reports they could remain there at least through 2014. Kucinich said Wednesday that he will force a vote via privileged resolution at the beginning of the...
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Cholera Death Toll in Haiti Passes 600
The death toll from cholera across Haiti has risen to 644, as aid workers fight to contain the spread of the disease in the capital, Port-au-Prince. At least 10,000 people suffering from cholera are in hospitals across the country. Doctors in Port-au-Prince say they are alarmed at the speed at...
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UK Silent on Torture Intelligence Amid Bush Furor
The UK Government has refused to say if it had acted on intelligence obtained through torture amid growing anger over George Bush's defence of the use of waterboarding. However, Downing Street did reject the former US president's claims that such interrogation, designed to mimic the experience of...
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Arctic Oil Spill Clean-Up Plans Are 'Thoroughly Inadequate', Industry Warned
The next big offshore oil disaster could take place in the remote Arctic seas where hurricane-force winds, 30ft seas, sub-zero temperatures and winter darkness would overwhelm any clean-up attempts, a new report warns.
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White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's top adviser suggested to The Huffington Post late Wednesday that the administration is ready to accept an across-the-board, temporary continuation of steep Bush-era tax cuts, including those for the wealthiest taxpayers. That appears to be the only way, said...
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GOP Unity Against Defense Cuts Erodes
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EPA Subpoenas Halliburton, Seeking Fracking Secrets
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. EPA has issued a subpoena to Halliburton, requiring information about the chemicals used by the energy and engineering company to fracture shale rocks, releasing the natural gas they contain. Halliburton was subpoenaed after failing to voluntarily meet EPA's requests for...
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