News for 2011-04-06

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] US Officials Doubted Nuclear Safety Plans: Watchdog
BOSTON - U.S. regulators privately have expressed doubts that some of the nation's nuclear power plants are prepared for a Fukushima-scale disaster, undercutting their public confidence since Japan's nuclear crisis began, documents released by an independent safety watchdog group show.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study Finds Maine the Most ‘Peaceful’ State in the Nation
BANGOR, Maine — While U.S. military forces continue to be engaged in conflicts abroad, a survey of the home front by an international think tank finds that U.S. states have become more peaceful since 1995.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Maliki's Doubts Threaten Post-2011 Troop Presence Plan
President Barack Obama has given his approval to a Pentagon plan to station U.S. combat troops in Iraq beyond 2011, provided that Iraqi Premier Nouri al-Maliki officially requests it, according to U.S. and Iraqi sources. But both U.S. and Iraqi officials acknowledge that Maliki may now be reluctant...
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Sharp Drop in American Enthusiasm for Free Market, Poll Shows
American public support for the free market economy has dropped sharply in the past year, and is now lower than in China, according to a GlobeScan poll released today. The findings, drawn from 12,884 interviews across 25 countries, show that there has been a sharp fall in the number of Americans...
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[title] K Street's Favorite Dictators
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[field_image_caption-raw] America's Costliest War
Congress, the media, and the public are rightly asking whether America should be spending $1 billion or more on the intervention in Libya at a time of fiscal austerity. One member of Congress has even proposed that the mission be offset dollar for dollar by cuts in domestic programs (leaving the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Honeybees 'Entomb' Hives to Protect Against Pesticides, say Scientists
Honeybees are taking emergency measures to protect their hives from pesticides, in an extraordinary example of the natural world adapting swiftly to our depredations, according to a prominent bee expert.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tar Sands Pipeline Losing Steam?
A year ago, it seemed that the construction of a 1,700-mile pipeline connecting northern Alberta with the United States was all but a certainty. Now, it feels like TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline is losing momentum
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[field_image_caption-raw] Former Afghan Lawmaker Joya says US Soldiers Disregard Lives
A former Afghan lawmaker told an audience of South Sound peace activists Tuesday that photos of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers grinning over the corpse of a boy they allegedly murdered revealed a disregard for civilian lives among U.S. forces fighting in her country.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Post-Carbon World by 2050? If We Had the Will, say Researchers
If someone told you there was a way you could save 2.5 million to 3 million lives a year and simultaneously halt global warming, reduce air and water pollution and develop secure, reliable energy sources – nearly all with existing technology and at costs comparable with what we spend on energy...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Koch’s Web of Influence
At an EPA hearing last summer, representatives from Koch Industries argued that moderate levels of the toxic chemical dioxin should not be designated as a cancer risk for humans. When members of Congress sought higher security at chemical plants to guard against terrorist attacks, Koch Industries...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Kloppenburg Declares Victory Over Prosser in Wisconsin Supreme Court Election
Unknown sixth months ago, unviable six weeks ago, first-time candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg declared victory Wednesday in her challenge to a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice closely aligned with Governor Scott Walker. It was a narrow but stunning upset win for Kloppenburg— 204 votes out of almost 1.5...
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[title] Labor Mural Finds Its Way Back to Maine State House
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[field_image_caption-raw] No Plans to Suspend Military Aid to Yemen: US
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Tuesday there were no plans to suspend US military assistance to Yemen but urged a swift transition of power amid a wave of anti-regime protests. Asked at a news conference if the US administration was considering withholding military aid due to unrest and violence...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Japan Finally Plugs Radioactive Leak
Engineers have stopped highly radioactive water leaking into the sea from a crippled Japanese nuclear power plant, the facility's operator said. The development at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, announced on Wednesday, is a breakthrough in the battle to contain the nuclear crisis caused by...
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