News for 2010-12-24

Friday, December 24, 2010
John Denver and the Muppets - Alfie the Christmas Tree and The Christmas Wish
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Have Yourself a Frugal Little Christmas
It might be the saddest holiday story of the recession: Postal service workers who process letters addressed to Santa in the North Pole reported this month that kids are asking for more socks, shoes, and coats-necessities, rather than Barbies or Nintendos. "The need is greater this year than I've...
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Is Navy Plan a Threat to World's Oldest Killer Whales?
WASHINGTON - Could Ruffles and Granny be in trouble? At 59, Ruffles is the oldest known male orca in the world, one of an estimated 150 orcas known to inhabit the Puget Sound and the coast of Washington state. Granny is his 99-year-old mother. Environmentalists fear for the safety of the whales as...
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Pakistani Drone Victim Seeks to Put US on Trial
ISLAMABAD — Sadaullah Wazir says he was relaxing in his front yard when the missile struck, hurling him against the wall and mangling his legs so badly that they had to be amputated. Three of his relatives died. Now the 17-year-old and his family want justice from America, which they say was behind...
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Wall Street Must Pay for Mistakes
Wall Street continues to chug along and bring in more record breaking profits and paying larger bonuses to its employees. Economist Les Leopold says 25 individuals in New York will make as much money as 658,000 teachers around the United States.
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Obama Gives 'Lump of Coal' to Polar Bears: Activists
WASHINGTON - Environmental groups on Thursday accused US President Barack Obama's administration of failing to ensure the survival of polar bears after it stopped short of listing the animals as endangered. Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity, who has led legal efforts to protect...
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EPA to Set Pollution Limits on Power Plants, Refineries
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would set standards for greenhouse gas emissions from the country's two biggest sources: coal-fired power plants and refineries. Gina McCarthy, the assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, said it would be...
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Guantanamo Closure Recedes into Distance
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's hopes of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility appear as far from being realised as ever in the wake of new legislation approved by Congress this week. Wednesday's approval by the Senate of an amendment banning the use of Pentagon funds for 2011 to...
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