All News Articles for 2010-07-29

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Dozens Arrested in Protests of AZ Immigration Law
PHOENIX - Opponents of Arizona's immigration crackdown went ahead with protests Thursday despite a judge's ruling that delayed enforcement of most the law, and dozens of people in Phoenix were arrested after peacefully confronting officers in riot gear. Gov. Jan Brewer called U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's Wednesday's decision halting the law "a bump in the road," and her spokesman said they'd appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco later Thursday.
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U.S. and Major Powers Urged to Join Cluster Munitions Pact
GENEVA - Activists called on the United States and other major powers on Thursday to join a global treaty banning cluster munitions that goes into force on August 1. Dropped from aircraft or fired from artillery or rockets, the weapons scatter bomblets over a wide area, but have limited military impact today as they were designed to attack tanks on an open battlefield, an increasingly rare scenario, they said.
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Are Our Oceans Dying? Phytoplankton has Declined Terrifying 40% in 60 Years
Microscopic marine algae which form the basis of the ocean food chain are dying at a terrifying rate, scientists said today. Phytoplankton, described as the 'fuel' on which marine ecosystems run, are experiencing declines of about 1 per cent of the average total a year. According to the researchers from Dalhousie University in Canada the annual falls translate to a 40 per cent drop in phytoplankton since 1950. The research into phytoplankton comes as a separate report today offered evidence that the world has been warming for the past 30 years.
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Endgame in Afghanistan: 'It's Taken a Year to Move 20km'
As the war in Afghanistan enters its final chapter, Sean Smith's brutal, uncompromising film from the Helmand frontline shows the horrific chaos of a stalemate that is taking its toll in blood...
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White House Pushes for Warrantless Access to Internet Records
Attorney speculates data could include Facebook friend requests
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As Desert Deaths Soar, a Morgue Grows Crowded
TUCSON - Dr. Bruce Parks unzips a white body bag on a steel gurney and gingerly lifts out a human skull and mandible, turning them over in his hands and examining the few teeth still in their sockets. The body bag, coated with dust, also contains a broken pelvis, a femur and a few smaller bones found in the desert in June, along with a pair of white sneakers. "These are people who are probably not going to be identified," said Dr. Parks, the chief medical examiner for Pima County. There are eight other body bags crowded on the gurney.
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Congress Reforms Cocaine Convictions
Congress has reformed a law that subjected tens of thousands of black people to long prison terms for crack cocaine convictions while giving far more lenient treatment to mainly white people caught with the powder form of the drug.
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Michigan Oil Spill Estimated by EPA at 1 Million-Plus Gallons
Federal officials now estimate that more than 1 million gallons of oil may have spilled into the Kalamazoo River through Battle Creek, and the governor is sharply criticizing clean-up efforts as "wholly inadequate." The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the update Wednesday night, shortly after Gov. Jennifer Granholm lambasted attempts to contain the oil flowing down the riiver. She warned of a "tragedy of historic proportions" if the oil reaches Lake Michigan, which is still at least 80 miles downstream from where oil has been seen.
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Superclass
A new breed has emerged; they set the global agenda, ride on Gulfstreams and manage the credit crunch in their spare time. They are anything but elected; they are entrepreneurs and entertainers, media moguls and former politicians - the self-made super rich who are using their money to lay down a new set of global rules. They have more in common with each other than with their countrymen, set apart by their ability to regularly influence the lives of millions of people around the globe.
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Global Warming Pushes 2010 Temperatures to Record Highs
Scientists from two leading climate research centers publish 'best evidence yet' of rising long-term global temperatures
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