News for 2012-08-13

Monday, August 13, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Letter Presses for Presidential Candidates to Be Asked About Gun Violence Plans at Debate
President Obama and Gov. Romney must be asked to present their plans to prevent gun deaths and injuries at the first presidential debate, says a letter released on Monday from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence . The letter to debate moderator Jim Lehrer notes that the "debate will take...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Peace Laureates Call on NBC to Cancel New Show: 'War Isn't Entertainment'
Nine Nobel Peace Laureates on Monday joined a growing chorus of critics calling on NBC entertainment to cancel the new “reality” show—“ Stars Earn Stripes” —saying that “war isn’t entertainment” and challenged NBC’s promotional line that that such a television program would be “pay[ing] homage to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Caused Mutant Butterflies
Radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster caused mutations to butterflies, researchers show in a new study.
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[title] "An Extreme Choice": Embracing Ayn Rand, GOP VP Pick Paul Ryan Backs Dismantling New Deal
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wikileaks Continues to Battle DDoS Attack
UPDATE : Wikileaks reported Monday evening that it was back online after a week-long DDoS attack. * * * Whistleblowing organization Wikileaks says it continues to suffer a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israeli Sniper Gets Only 45 Days for Killing of Two Women under White Flags
An Israeli soldier accused of killing a mother and daughter carrying a white flag in Gaza during Israel's 2009 'Operation Cast Lead' has received a sentence of only 45 days following a plea deal approved by a military court on Sunday.
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[title] GMO Tomatoes: Good-Looking Poison
Ever since industrial agriculture has started producing tomatoes, they have all started looking the same. That's because consumers want the ripest, reddest, roundest tomatoes they can get, and big business makes sure they got it. The question though is what producing genetically identical tomatoes...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Clean Energy' Politics Take Energy Out of Wind Industry Sails
As the US wind energy industry hit a new milestone recently by reaching 50GW of power production, the industry trade group warns that 'the best of times' could become the 'worst of times' if a looming deadline to extend federal subsidies for clean energy investment is not met.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Drought Exposes 'Hydro-Illogical' Water Management
NEW YORK - The historic drought withering much of the United States this summer has revealed a need for strategies to better manage water supplies that could remain under severe pressure both this year and in the longer term. On Friday, the U.S. Agriculture Department said that corn yields – which...
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