News for 2011-10-12

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Exclusive: BP to Risk Worst Ever Oil Spill in Shetlands Drilling
BP is making contingency plans to fight the largest oil spill in history, as it prepares to drill more than 4,000 feet down in the Atlantic in wildlife-rich British waters off the Shetland Islands. Click HERE to view graphic (207k jpg)
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nato Success Against Taliban in Afghanistan 'May Be Exaggerated'
The success of one of Nato's principal tactics against the Taliban – targeted night raids aimed at killing or capturing leaders of the insurgency – may have been exaggerated to make the military campaign in Afghanistan look more effective, according to a new report published on Wednesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Unanswered Questions over the Alleged Iranian Assassination Plot
It has the ring of a far-fetched Hollywood thriller and even the senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation admitted to journalists that the alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US did not fit with what was known about the methods and practices of the supposed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Sweep Nets Private Email Addresses
Dealing another blow in its fight against WikiLeaks, the US government has obtained secret court orders forcing two companies - Google Inc and California-based Internet provider Sonic.net Inc - to turn over the e-mail contacts of a WikiLeaks volunteer.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: One in Four Millionaires Pays Less in Taxes than Some in Middle Class
A quarter of millionaires in the United States pay a smaller share of their income in federal taxes than many middle-class families, according to a new congressional analysis that offers fresh support for President Obama’s push to raise taxes on the nation’s wealthiest households.
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Occupy Boston Tent City, The Unheard Find a Voice
The theme of Occupy Boston, the tent-city protest in Dewey Square, is hard to pin down. It is like a rolling snowball that collects victims of the Great Recession and those who otherwise feel ignored or disenfranchised. Some of the protesters want to abolish the Federal Reserve. Others demand more...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Alabama Parents Prepare for the Worst: Separation from Their Kids
Hundreds of parents in Alabama who fear being rounded up at any time and jailed or deported under the state's draconian new immigration law are making legal arrangements to have their children placed in the care of relatives or friends.
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[title] Food Chain Slaves: Hidden Servitude in the US
In the opening episode of Slavery: A 21st Century Evil , Al Jazeera's Rageh Omaar investigates food chain slavery, considered the easiest form of slavery to stamp out, in the US. The US has been leading the global fight against modern slavery. But, according to conservative estimates, there are...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Arms Bahrain While Decrying Russian Weapons in Syria
UNITED NATIONS - Peeved at Russia's Security Council veto derailing a Western- sponsored resolution against Syria last week, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice implicitly accused the Russians of protecting the beleaguered government of President Bashar al-Assad primarily to safeguard their lucrative arms...
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Colorado, Occupy Fort Collins Demonstrators Dig In; No Plan to End Protest
Occupy Fort Collins is sticking around. After assembling at noon Monday, the group has moved into "indefinite" protest mode at the corner of College and Jefferson avenues in Old Town. Protesters spent their second night out last night. Police say the group is permitted to stand on public property...
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Zealand’s Worst Maritime Disaster: Yet Another Oil Spill
HONOLULU - One week after the container ship Rena struck and got stuck on Astrolabe Reef, leading to massive oil leaks, New Zealand has declared the oil spill its worst maritime disaster. The ship flying under a Liberian flag is located about 12 nautical miles off the coast of New Zealand, in the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Biofuels, Speculators Driving Food Price Surges
WASHINGTON - A new report on global hunger pinpoints factors at the heart of spikes in food prices it says are exacerbating the unfolding food crisis in the Horn of Africa. Released ahead of World Food Day on Oct. 16, the report calls for action to control price volatility in the global food market...
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[title] Russ Feingold to Dems: ‘This Is No Time to Hang Back’
Former Sen. Russ Feingold, founder of Progressives United, tells Keith he both supports and is excited about the Occupy protests. Feingold is calling on Democrats to not play “cautious politics” and to join the movement, saying conservatives are attempting to mock the protests because “they’re very...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Trade Deal Votes to Divide Democrats
Congress is poised to pass trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia on Wednesday in a series of votes that will divide House Democrats. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday predicted that the trade agreements would garner support from many Democrats, despite strong...
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