News for 2011-01-18

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Kennedy Brother-in-Law Sargent Shriver Dies at 95
Sargent Shriver, the first US Peace Corps director, Democratic vice-presidential candidate and brother-in-law to President John F Kennedy, has died. His son, Anthony Kennedy Shriver, said he had died on Tuesday aged 95 after two days in hospital. Mr Shriver, who was George McGovern's vice-...
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U.S. Officials Privately Say WikiLeaks Damage Limited
WASHINGTON - Internal U.S. government reviews have determined that a mass leak of diplomatic cables caused only limited damage to U.S. interests abroad, despite the Obama administration's public statements to the contrary. A congressional official briefed on the reviews said the administration felt...
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Massive Earthquake Shakes Pakistan: USGS
ISLAMABAD - A major 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Pakistan on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake struck at around 1:20 am local time (2023 Tuesday GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) with its epicentre around 50 kilometres west of the town of Dalbandin, close to...
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[title] Kucinich Kicks Off Health Care Debate with Renewed Call for Single-Payer
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Free Press Denounces FCC Approval of Comcast-NBC Merger
WASHINGTON -- According to press reports on Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced its decision, by a vote of 4-1, to approve the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the largest media mergers in history. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn,...
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Independent Journalist, Activist John Ross Dies
And the independent journalist, activist and poet John Ross has died. Ross covered social movements in Mexico and Latin America for nearly 50 years. He authored 10 books, including his latest El Monstruo: Dread and Redemption in Mexico City . In a Democracy Now! interview last April, Ross talked...
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Obama Launches Review to Target 'Excessive' Regulations
President Obama said Tuesday he will sign an executive order to trim outdated and ineffective regulations that impede economic growth. In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal , Obama said the country's complex regulatory structures have sometimes had a "chilling effect" on job growth and, giving a...
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Up to Half in U.S. Have Pre-Existing Conditions: Study
WASHINGTON - As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems putting them at risk of being rejected by insurance companies or having to pay more for coverage, according to a U.S. government study reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday. The Department of Health and Human...
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[title] Naomi Klein: Addicted to Risk
Days before this talk, journalist Naomi Klein was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at the catastrophic results of BP's risky pursuit of oil. Our societies have become addicted to extreme risk in finding new energy, new financial instruments and more ... and too often, we're left to clean up...
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Suicide Blast at Iraq Police Center Kills 50
TIKRIT, Iraq - A suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of police recruits in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Tuesday, killing 50 people in the bloodiest attack in more than two months. The blast, which also wounded 150, was the first major strike in Iraq since the formation of a new government...
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Ministers Quit New Tunisian Govt
Tunisia's junior minister for transportation has said that he and two other ministers with ties to a top labour union have resigned from the newly formed government. Anouar Ben Gueddour said on Tuesday that he has resigned along with Houssine Dimassi minister of training and employment, and...
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Obama Administration's Revolving Door
Candidate Barack Obama repeatedly pledged on the campaign trail that working in his administration would not be “about serving your former employer, your future employer or your bank account.” But with his administration at its midpoint, a traditional time for personnel turnover, it’s clear that...
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