News for 2011-06-28

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Rewriting History: Nuke Plants Designed to Last 40 years, Now Talk of 100-Year Life Span
ROCKVILLE, Maryland -- When commercial nuclear power was getting its start in the 1960s and 1970s, industry and regulators stated unequivocally that reactors were designed only to operate for 40 years. Now they tell another story - insisting that the units were built with no inherent life span, and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Growing Fire Advances on Nuclear Weapons Lab
LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico -- UPDATE 8:38 PM EDT -- New Mexico fire managers scrambled on Tuesday to reinforce ground crews battling for a third day against a fierce blaze roaring out of control at the edge of one of the nation's top nuclear weapons production centers. The fire's leading edge burned to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Afghanistan: Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel Attacked by Taliban Militants
A famous hotel in Kabul is under attack from a commando squad of Taliban militants armed with small arms, at least one suicide bomb and rocket propelled grenades. The assault on the old Intercontinental, which is popular with Afghan politicians and foreign visitors, began late on Tuesday night when...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Storm Warnings: Extreme Weather Is a Product of Climate Change
In North Dakota the waters kept rising. Swollen by more than a month of record rains in Saskatchewan, the Souris River topped its all time record high, set back in 1881. The floodwaters poured into Minot, North Dakota's fourth-largest city, and spread across thousands of acres of farms and forests...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Skeptic Willie Soon Received $1m from Oil Companies, Papers Show
One of the world's most prominent scientific figures to be sceptical about climate change has admitted to being paid more than $1m in the past decade by major US oil and coal companies.
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[field_image_caption-raw] It’s All Greek to Them: Populist Backlash Ruptures IMF Status Quo
They can't avoid political catastrophe, but at least their timing is impeccable. The Hellenic landscape provides a stunning backdrop for the 48-hour general strike, against which the lumpen proletariat, restive revolutionaries, anxious politicians, riot police, even a pro-Palestinian flotilla.....
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[field_image_caption-raw] Proposed GOP Budget Cuts To Medicaid Could Kill Jobs And Short-Change Seniors
WASHINGTON -- While the debate over entitlements is focusing on cuts to Social Security and Medicare, Senate Democrats worry that the closed-door debt-ceiling talks could instead lead to major cuts to Medicaid at a time when the joint federal-state program is under assault from cash-strapped states...
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[title] Wisconsin Cuts Public School Budget
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[field_image_caption-raw] Worst Drought in 60 Years Hits 10 Million in East Africa
GENEVA — Ten million people in the Horn of Africa have been hit by the worst drought in 60 years, with some areas on the verge of famine and thousands on the march in search of food and water, the UN said on Tuesday. A poor rainy season coupled with rising food prices have led to severe food...
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[field_image_caption-raw] The Hardest Cases: When Children Die, Justice Can Be Elusive
This story was produced in collaboration with PBS "Frontline" [1] and NPR [2] .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Special Report: A Little House of Secrets on the Great Plains
CHEYENNE, WY - The secretive business havens of Cyprus and the Cayman Islands face a potent rival: Cheyenne, Wyoming. At a single address in this sleepy city of 60,000 people, more than 2,000 companies are registered. The building, 2710 Thomes Avenue, isn't a shimmering skyscraper filled with A-...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Three US Nuclear Facilities Threatened by Flood, Fire
Just months after a tsunami set off a nuclear crisis in Japan, three nuclear facilities in the United States are under siege, threatened by two separate natural disasters. It almost seems as if Mother Nature is decidedly anti-nuke. Just months after a tsunami slammed into a Japanese nuclear plant,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Police Fire Teargas at Greek Austerity Protest (Video)
ATHENS - Greek police clashed with groups of hooded youths in central Athens on Tuesday at the start of two days of strikes and protests against cuts demanded by international lenders as the price for more financial aid.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gaza Flotilla Ship 'Sabotaged by Divers'
A Swedish ship due to join an upcoming Gaza-bound aid flotilla has been sabotaged in the Greek port of Piraeus, organisers say. In a statement, they said "hostile divers had destroyed the propeller house and cut the propeller shaft" of the vessel Juliano on Monday . The ship is part of the 10-...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Opponents of Anti-Immigration Laws Encouraged by Georgia Ruling
MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Isabel Rubio, executive director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, said she hoped a federal judge's decision to temporarily block parts of Georgia's strict new law targeting illegal immigration foreshadows such a move by a judge when Alabama's immigration law is...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Change Hots up in 2010, the Year of Extreme Weather
The year 2010 may have been the most extreme in terms of weather since the explosion of Indonesia's Mount Tambora in 1816, when much of the world experienced reduced daylight and no summer, says one of the world's most prominent meteorologists.
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[title] Thom Hartmann with Lester Brown: Is the Global Civilization Failing?
Thom sits down with Dr. Lester R. Brown, President-Earth Policy Institute / Author or co-author of more than 50 books, his latest is "World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse" Part 1:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fukushima Radiation Fears: Children Near Nuclear Plant to be Given Monitors
Tens of thousands of children living near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are to be given personal radiation monitors, as concern grows over the long-term health effects of exposure to radiation. Dosimeters will be given to 34,000 children aged between four and 15 living in Fukushima city...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Conservative Budget Cuts Bad for State Economies
There is no question that our nation is still suffering a raging hangover from the Bush-era bubble economy that left much of the middle class behind. What our economy needs are jobs, economic growth, and more jobs.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greece Gripped by General Strike
ATHENS – Greece ground to a halt on Tuesday as angry workers launched a 48-hour general strike against an austerity drive ordered by its bankruptcy-threatened government in exchange for a European bailout. Crowds converged early on Syntagma Square, where parliament will vote on sweeping spending...
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