News for 2011-12-14

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Maine Report Lists Hundreds of Products Containing Toxic Chemicals
Maine is among just a handful of states that require manufacturers to report the use of certain chemicals in their products. It also has the earliest deadine for companies to report. This week the results are in, and more than 650 products are on the list. Business representatives and state...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Revealed: Huge Increase in Executive Pay for America's Top Bosses
Chief executive pay has roared back after two years of stagnation and decline. America's top bosses enjoyed pay hikes of between 27 and 40% last year, according to the largest survey of US CEO pay. The dramatic bounceback comes as the latest government figures show wages for the majority of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] BP Awarded $27 Million in Leases for Gulf Oil, Gas Exploration
BP is officially getting back into deep water exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, the Interior Department announced on Wednesday. The British energy giant, responsible for the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history last year in the Gulf, won $27 million worth of leases to conduct new oil-and-gas...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Soviet-Armed Iraq Switches Allegiance to US Weapons Systems
NEW YORK - As the United States withdraws the last of its 50,000 troops after a nearly nine-year military occupation of Iraq, visiting Iraqi President Nuri al-Maliki had one final request: billions of dollars worth of U.S. weapons for his ragtag armed forces. A longstanding Soviet and later Russian...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Environmental Injustice: EPA Neglects Discrimination Claims from Polluted Communities
Three years into Lisa Jackson’s tenure as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than a dozen formal complaints alleging air pollution is disproportionately harming low-income, minority communities remain unresolved. Each of these complaints has languished — in some instances, for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tar Sands Pipeline Foes Protest Outside Boehner's Office
WEST CHESTER TWP. — Protesters staged a human oil spill Wednesday morning outside of House Speaker John Boehner’s office, upset about his support of a proposed continental oil pipeline.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Progressive Caucus’ New Bill Would Create Millions Of Jobs In The Next Two Years And Reduce The Deficit Long-Term: Report
The Congressional Progressive Caucus — chaired by Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) — yesterday released the Restore the American Dream for the 99% Act , a plan meant to boost job creation with the economy still struggling. The bill is a package of public works projects, increased...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Emails Suggest Ohio’s New Republican-Friendly Maps Save the GOP ‘Millions’
As we’ve been documenting in our ongoing series , political parties and other powerful players use the once-a-decade redistricting process to advance their own goals — often at the expense of voters. A recently released trove of email messages from Ohio offers a rare inside glimpse into how it...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Egypt: Resistance and the Vote
The burnt out shell of Al Arbaeen police station along the main thoroughfare of Suez has been masked behind dozens of campaign posters strung out along its blackened facade. The police station—torched in the opening days of the Egyptian revolution—stands as a testament to the hotbed of militancy...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Uncertainty Looms Large in Iraq as US Leaves
BAGHDAD - Not everyone in Iraq was convinced on Monday when United States President Barack Obama announced in Washington : “After nearly nine years, our war in Iraq ends this month.”
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rush for Land a Wake-Up Call for Poorer Countries, Report Says
Population growth, the increasing consumption of a global elite, and an international legal system skewed in favour of largescale investors are fuelling a worldwide rush for land that is unfolding faster than previously thought and is likely to continue, according to the largest study of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Solidarity Divided: Occupy Protesters Shut Down Ports Without Union’s Support
On Monday, Occupy protesters attempted to shut down ports along the West Coast. In particular, the protesters targeted SSA Marine, a company owned in large part by Goldman Sachs, as a way of protesting both corporate greed and the working conditions of port truck drivers who are denied basic...
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[title] Ethics of Drone Strikes Questioned
The use of drones in modern warfare, where the person pulling the trigger spots their target on a video screen and is not even on the battlefield, has led some to question the ethics behind using such weapons. The operation of the unmanned aircraft has dramatically increased under the Obama...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Europe's Austerity Zeal Risks Another Recession
Europe's "no pain no gain" attitude to solving its sovereign crisis risks exacerbating the bloc's problems, choking off the very growth needed to raise the money to pay down the debt.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Shock as Retreat of Arctic Sea Ice Releases Deadly Greenhouse Gas
Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region.
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