News for 2011-05-26

Thursday, May 26, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Arizona Immigration Law Upheld by Supreme Court
The US supreme court has upheld an Arizona law allowing the state to shut down businesses that hire illegal immigrants, a ruling arising from the fierce national debate on immigration policy.
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Senate Clears way to Extend PATRIOT Act, Wiretapping Powers
WASHINGTON - Senators showed overwhelming support Thursday for extending three terrorism-fighting tools for law enforcement beyond their midnight expiration. Senators voted 79-18 to move toward a final vote on the legislation, with passage expected later Thursday. The measure also needs House...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dick Cheney: ‘I Worship the Ground That Paul Ryan Walks On’
Former vice president Dick Cheney heaped praise on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), author of the GOP’s budget blueprint to phase out Medicare and replace it with a subsidies system for seniors to buy private insurance. “I worship the ground the Paul Ryan walks on,” Cheney said...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Vermont Gov. Shumlin Signs Health Care Reform Bill
Optimistic that the rain would hold off and Vermont’s health reform bill would make history, Gov. Peter Shumlin stood on the steps outside the Statehouse Thursday and signed a law that puts Vermont on the road toward a universal health care system.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Europe Sowing the Seeds of Hunger
LEIPZIG, Germany - Europe is facing a hungry future unless it changes agricultural policies and makes farmers the main participants in agriculture research, a new report has found. And there is little hope of meeting Europe's recently announced goal of reducing the loss of biodiversity in ten years...
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[title] Bill McKibben: From Storms to Droughts, Devastating Extreme Weather Linked to Human-Caused Climate Change
2011 has already become the deadliest year for tornado outbreaks in the United States since 1953 with more than 500 people killed. Extreme weather has made headlines across the world as well, with megafloods occurring in Colombia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Australia, even as the Amazon just faced its...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ratko Mladic Arrested: Bosnia War Crimes Suspect Held
Ratko Mladic, wanted by UN prosecutors for genocide during the Bosnian war in the 1990s, has been arrested in Serbia and is being flown to The Hague. Serbian President Boris Tadic confirmed the arrest of the former Bosnian Serb army chief at a news conference. Gen Mladic is accused over the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Leak Feared at Stricken Japan Nuclear Plant
TOKYO - Radioactive water appears to be leaking from a waste disposal building at Japan's Fukushima nuclear complex, operator Tokyo Electric Power said on Thursday, in a new setback to the battle to contain radiation from the crippled power plant. The disclosure by Tepco raises the stakes in a race...
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[title] FBI Targeting Political Activists as Terrorists
Anti-terrorism resources are being used to target environmentalists, peace, animal and political activists who hold different views than the government.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Slash and Burn: Brazil Shreds Laws Protecting Its Rainforests
Brazil has taken a big step towards passing new laws that will loosen restrictions on the amount of Amazon rainforest that farmers can destroy, after its lower house of parliament voted in favour of updating the country's 46-year-old forest code.
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[field_image_caption-raw] House Wrestles Over War-on-Terror Measure
House Republican leaders will attempt Thursday to beat back an effort by Democrats and at least a few GOP lawmakers to defeat a legislative proposal that critics contend will expand and indefinitely extend the war on terror. The update to the Authorization for Use of Military Force — passed three...
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