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Saturday, May 5, 2007
NRA: Don't Ban Gun Sales to Suspected Terrorists
WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association is urging the Bush administration to withdraw its support of a bill that would prohibit suspected terrorists from buying firearms. Backed by the Justice Department, the measure would give the attorney general the discretion to block gun sales, licenses or...
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Veto Threat for Federal Hate Crimes Protection for Gays
Washington -- After the same-sex marriage fights that roiled the 2004 elections and knocked gay rights groups on their heels, advocates seemed poised with the Democratic seizure of Congress in November to enact federal civil rights laws they have sought for nearly two decades. But four hours before...
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Rove Prepped Justice Dept. Official for Testimony
WASHINGTON - Top White House political aide Karl Rove helped prepare a high-ranking Justice Department official for testimony about the controversial firings of eight U.S. attorneys, congressional investigators have been told. William Moschella, associate deputy attorney general, told the...
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Friday, May 4, 2007
Charges of Dishonesty Fly at World Bank
WASHINGTON - The controversy over allegations of misconduct by World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz is turning ever more sour, with Wolfowitz and former top managers, who together oversaw billons of dollars in loans to thousands of projects in developing nations, trading barbs and accusations of...
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Historian Howard Zinn Calls for Activism
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Howard Zinn may be a historian, but he lives in the present. As demonstrators for immigrant rights made their way around New Haven on May Day, Zinn assumed the stage at the Center Church on the New Haven Green, stressing the need for youth to engage in activism, to understand the...
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Chavez Threatens to Nationalize Banks
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Thursday threatened to nationalize the country's banks and largest steel producer, accusing them of unscrupulous practices. "Private banks have to give priority to financing the industrial sectors of Venezuela at low cost," Chavez said. "If...
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Murder of Mexican Union Organizer Alarms Workers, Activists
MONTERREY, Mexico - Santiago Cruz moved to this northern Mexico city to help organize Mexican farmworkers bound for the United States under a legal guest-worker program. His killers spared him no agony. They bound his hands and feet with strips of T-shirt, strangled him using a beach towel adorned...
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Crucial Climate Change Agreement Reached After Fierce Debate
BEIJING - Climate change experts agreed Friday on measures the world can take to combat global warming, following intense debate and marathon talks at a crucial UN conference here, participants said. Scientists and other leading authorities from 120 nations finally achieved a consensus after an...
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Rights: US 'Moral Authority' Rests on Big Stick
UNITED NATIONS - When the 192-member U.N. General Assembly meets in mid-May to elect 14 new members to the 47-nation Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC), the United States will be conspicuous by its absence and missing from the ballot. Justifying its decision, Washington says it will skip the...
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US Oil Company Accused of Dumping Waste in Amazon
A US oil company has been accused of contaminating an area of the Peruvian Amazon where it and its successor company have drilled for oil for the past 32 years, creating misery for the local Achuar people and widespread lead and cadmium poisoning. A report issued by a coalition of protest groups...
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UK and US Must Admit Defeat and Leave Iraq, Says British General
LONDON - A retired British army general says Iraq's insurgents are justified in opposing the occupation, arguing that the US and its allies should "admit defeat" and leave Iraq before more soldiers are killed.General Sir Michael Rose told the BBC's Newsnight programme: "It is the soldiers who have...
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Thursday, May 3, 2007
Honeybee Die-Off Threatens Food Supply
BELTSVILLE, Md. - Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet. Honeybees don't just make honey; they...
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2006 Missouri's Election Was ground Zero for GOP
WASHINGTON - Accusations about voter fraud seemed to fly from every direction in Missouri before last fall's elections. State and national Republicans leaders fretted that dead people might vote or that some live people might vote more than once.The threat to the integrity of the election was seen...
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Death Penalty: Young US Lawyers Halting Executions
BOSTON - Youthful idealism and perseverance are helping to win the day against the U.S. conservative establishment and its huge law enforcement resources in the life and death legal struggle to halt execution by lethal injection -- and with that the final end to the death penalty in the country."...
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Biodiversity: Farming Will Make or Break the Food Chain
BROOKLIN, Canada - As the world population swells to nine billion by 2050, global biodiversity will be under extreme pressure unless new ways to grow food are developed, experts say. An additional one billion hectares of wild lands -- mainly forests and savanna -- will be converted to food...
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Holiday at the End of the Earth: Tourists Paying to See Global Warming in Action
Bored with your usual holiday? Try watching bits of the world as they start to heat up! The effects of climate change are leading to a distinctive new form of 21st-century travel: global-warming tourism. A US tour company will be running a special trip this summer to view Warming Island, the...
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Boston Police Bracing for Biotech Protests
BOSTON - When 20,000 delegates, including scores of dignitaries, descend on Boston for an international biotechnology conference starting Sunday, they will be met by dozens if not hundreds of protesters and by police bracing for what could be the biggest demonstrations in the city since the 2004...
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Afghans Say US Bombing Killed 42 Civilians
KABUL, Afghanistan - Aerial bombing of a valley in western Afghanistan several days ago by the American military killed at least 42 civilians, including women and children, and wounded 50 more, an Afghan government investigation found Wednesday. A provincial council member who visited the site...
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Iraqi Blocs Opposed to Draft Oil Bill
ERBIL, Iraq - Kurdish and Sunni Arab officials expressed deep reservations on Wednesday about the draft version of a national oil law and related legislation, misgivings that could derail one of the benchmark measures of progress in Iraq laid down by President Bush. The draft law, which establishes...
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Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Around Globe, Walls Spring Up to Divide Neighbors
TIJUANA, Mexico - What do Tijuana, Baghdad and Jerusalem have in common? They all have walls that divide neighbors, cause controversy and form part of an array of physical barriers around the world that dwarf the late, unlamented Iron Curtain. There are walls, fences, trenches and berms. Some are...
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Bush's Management Style Allows for Incompetence - But Not Massage
WASHINGTON - Apparently, a penchant for massages is the one thing that President Bush cannot abide in an underling.Arranging a massive pay raise and promotion for a girlfriend? World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz "ought to stay," Bush said. "He ought to be given a fair hearing." Admittedly muffing...
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Karzai Says Afghans Lose Patience Over Killings
KABUL - President Hamid Karzai warned on Wednesday that Afghan patience was wearing thin over the killing of civilians by Western forces hunting Taliban guerrillas, saying further deaths would lead to bad consequences. Around 50 civilians have been killed in raids by U.S.-led troops in the past...
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Scientists Protest New Reading of Endangered Species Act
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - More than three dozen scientists have signed a letter to protest a new Bush administration interpretation of the Endangered Species Act, saying it jeopardizes animals such as wolves and grizzly bears. The new reading of the law proposed by Interior Department Solicitor David...
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Chávez Takes Over Foreign-Controlled Oil Projects in Venezuela
SAN FELIPE, Venezuela - President Hugo Chávez on Tuesday seized control of the last remaining oil projects in Venezuela controlled by large American and European energy companies. The move to take over the projects, announced in January, is the centerpiece of recent actions aimed at consolidating...
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War on Terrorism going Badly, US Admits
THE US State Department yesterday urged that "non-military" strategies be used to fight terrorism as it admitted that more than 20,000 people died in terrorist attacks last year, up 40 per cent on 2005. The big rise in deaths, injuries and terrorist incidents was almost entirely due to...
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Nuclear Storm Gathers as Climate Change Experts Meet
BANGKOK, Thailand - Few issues are as divisive as nuclear power, and the furore over its use threatens to resurface as leading scientists meet in Thailand to thrash out a plan to reduce the impact of climate change. Nuclear supporters hail it a "clean" energy that will help lessen the world's...
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Russia Suspects US Plans to Monopolize Fuel from Moon
MOSCOW - Mankind's second race for the moon has taken on a distinctly Cold War feel, with the Russian space agency accusing its old rival NASA of rejecting a proposal for joint lunar exploration. The charge comes amid suspicion in Moscow that the US is seeking to deny Russia access to an isotope in...
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Administration Pulls Back on Surveillance Agreement
WASHINGTON - Senior Bush administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that they could not pledge that the administration would continue to seek warrants from a secret court for a domestic wiretapping program, as it agreed to do in January. Rather, they argued that the president had the...
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Tape 'Reveals Order' to Shoot Vietnam Protesters
WASHINGTON - The command, as Alan Canfora heard it on a 37-year-old audio recording recently discovered in a government archive, appeared to leave no room for doubt. "Right here. Get set. Point. Fire." Then came 13 seconds of gunfire. When it ended, four students were dead and nine injured, and the...
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Price Tag for War in Iraq on Track to Top $500 Billion
WASHINGTON - The bitter fight over the latest Iraq spending bill has all but obscured a sobering fact: The war will soon cost more than $500 billion.That's about ten times more than the Bush administration anticipated before the war started four years ago, and no one can predict how high the tab...
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Venezuela Pulling Out of IMF, World Bank
CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez announced Monday he would pull Venezuela out of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, a largely symbolic move because the nation has already paid off its debts to the lending institutions."We will no longer have to go to Washington nor to...
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Afghanistan: Coalition Killings Spark Furious Street Protests
KABUL - Angry protests have erupted in two Afghan provinces against killings of civilians in military operations by coalition troops on Taliban targets.On Monday, thousands of furious people took to the streets to denounce a "cold blooded massacre" of dozens of civilians by coalition troops in...
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Ex-Soldier Recalls Horrors of Abu Ghraib
SAN FRANCISCO - Saturday marked the third anniversary of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. On Apr. 28, 2004 CBS broadcast the first graphic photos of torture inside of the U.S.-run prison in Iraq on its 60 Minutes II programme."Americans did this to an Iraqi prisoner," news anchor Dan Rather said as a...
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Blair's Bloody Legacy: Iraq
LONDON - On the 10th anniversary of Tony Blair's election as Prime Minister, an exclusive poll reveals 69 per cent of Britons believe that, when he leaves office, his enduring legacy will be the bloody conflict in IraqSeven out of 10 people believe that Iraq will prove to be Tony Blair's most...
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Security Cameras and HQ Squads: Wal-Mart's Union-Busting Tactics
NEW YORK - The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart, today stands accused of routinely flouting its workers' human rights through a sophisticated strategy of harassing union organisers, discriminating against long-term staff and indoctrinating employees with misleading propaganda.In a forensic...
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Arctic Sea Ice Melting Faster, a Study Finds
Climate scientists may have significantly underestimated the power of global warming from human-generated heat-trapping gases to shrink the cap of sea ice floating on the Arctic Ocean, according to a new study of polar trends. The study, published online today in Geophysical Research Letters,...
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Monday, April 30, 2007
Clamshell Alliance: 1,400 Arrested 30 Years Ago
PORTSMOUTH, N. H. - Longtime residents of the Seacoast will likely remember the Clamshell Alliance, a group formed in 1976 that swelled in numbers in opposition to the construction of Seabrook Station nuclear power plant.Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the Clamshell Alliance demonstration at...
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Kent State Shooting Victim: Reopen Case
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A man who was shot when National Guard troops opened fire on protesters at Kent State University wants the government to reopen the case, citing an audio recording that he says may reveal an order to fire.Alan Canfora, who was wounded in the right wrist during the 1970 anti-war...
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Gore Calls Canada Climate Plan a 'Fraud'
TORONTO - Al Gore condemned Canada's new plan to reduce greenhouse gases, saying it was "a complete and total fraud" because it lacks specifics and gives industry a way to actually increase emissions.Under the initiative announced Thursday, Canada aims to reduce the current level of greenhouse gas...
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Australia, U.S. Behave Tyrannically, Says Ex-PM
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's government and close ally the United States behaved in a tyrannical way and for "evil purpose" by jailing militants at Guantanamo Bay, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser said on Monday.Fraser, a conservative and mentor to current Prime Minister John...
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US Democrats Raise Prospect of Bush's Impeachment Over Iraq
A top US congressional Democrat has raised the possibility of George W. Bush's impeachment in a bid to force the president to accept a compromise that would place conditions on continued US military involvement in Iraq.Representative John Murtha, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Defense and is...
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Green Groups Urge Action Now on Climate Change
Environmental groups Monday called for immediate and decisive action on climate change, amid concern that powerful nations will seek to water down a masterplan aimed at tackling global warming. "We now stand at a climate crossroads," Greenpeace international climate and energy campaigner Stephanie...
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Animal Extinction - The Greatest Threat to Mankind
In the final stages of dehydration the body shrinks, robbing youth from the young as the skin puckers, eyes recede into orbits, and the tongue swells and cracks. Brain cells shrivel and muscles seize. The kidneys shut down. Blood volume drops, triggering hypovolemic shock, with its attendant...
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They Also Serve Their Conscience:
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - Off duty in Baghdad, Army Sgt. Ronn Cantu operates an antiwar website.When not repairing Black Hawk helicopters for the California National Guard, Jabbar Magruder conducts counterrecruiting sessions with would-be enlistees. Fresh from two tours each in Iraq, decorated former...
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Some Analysts See Iraq War Eclipsing Toll from Vietnam
WASHINGTON -- President Bush recently said that "there's a lot of differences" between the current war in Iraq and the Vietnam War.As fighting in Iraq enters its fifth year, an increasing number of specialists in foreign policy and national strategy are contending that the biggest difference might...
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Sunday, April 29, 2007
Carbon-Neutral Is Hip, but Is It Green?
THE rush to go on a carbon diet, even if by proxy, is in overdrive. In addition to the celebrities - Leo, Brad, George - politicians like John Edwards and Hillary Clinton are now running, at least part of the time, carbon-neutral campaigns. A lengthening list of big businesses - international banks...
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Going to College? Watch Out for Bush's Bandits
For those of us here with children of 17 or so, it's angst time: where does he or she go to college, and will they get a place? More than a year before high school graduation, the first scouting visits have started to possible campuses, and the first serious worries surface about the Scholastic...
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Seal Cull Halted by Drifting Arctic Ice Mass
ENVIRONMENTAL conditions have done what no animal rights activists could manage in decades - put a virtual stop to Canada's annual seal hunt. The Canadian government's Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which oversees what they call a sustainable and 'humane' industry, signaled the start of the...
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Sunday, April 22, 2007
Native Americans Are Finding Their Voice in Government
HELENA, Mont. -- Jonathan Windy Boy was a longtime champion of the international Grass Dance competition, a native event in which the object is to simulate the natural movement of tall prairie grass in the wind.But, recalled Windy Boy with a laugh, "that was many years and about 40 pounds ago." Now...
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Pair of House Resignations Reignites GOP Ethics Woes
WASHINGTON - The resignations last week of two Republican House members from their sensitive committee assignments have thrust lingering legal and ethics issues back into the limelight, potentially complicating GOP efforts to retake Congress next year.On successive days, Wednesday and Thursday,...
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Obama's Refusal of Lobbyists' Money Has its Limits
WASHINGTON - While pledging to turn down donations from lobbyists themselves, Sen. Barack Obama raised more than $1 million in the first three months of his presidential campaign from law firms and companies that have major lobbying operations in the nation's capital.Portraying himself as a new-...
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The New 5-to-4 Supreme Court
AFTER the 5-to-4 decision last week in which the Supreme Court reversed course on abortion, upholding the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, many court watchers were wondering what to expect next.For guidance, law professors and Supreme Court specialists looked to lists of 5-to-4 cases in...
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Congress Set to Defy Bush on Iraq War
WASHINGTON - A fight between the U.S. Congress and President George W. Bush over the Iraq war is set to come to a head this week when Democrats are expected to send him $100 billion to pay for continuing combat while setting timetables for withdrawing troops.Bush has promised to veto any bill...
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Earth Day 2007: Happiness Is a Smaller Eco-Footprint
BROOKLIN, Canada - Today's children will live in a new world of climate change and greatly diminished natural resources, which may give way to a nightmarish reality, or it could give birth to a happier and lighter way of living on the Earth, say environmentalists.The scientific evidence for...
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Saturday, April 21, 2007
In Florida, Warming Gives Earth Day New Urgency
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tomorrow is Earth Day, and it arrives with the kind of urgency not felt since the holiday was created 37 years ago.The first Earth Day in 1970 triggered a grass-roots uproar against rampant pollution that was endangering air, water and wildlife. A worried nation supported swift...
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Illegal Roads Speeding Destruction of the Rainforest
Officially Geroan's chainsaw shop doesn't exist. Nor does the newly opened petrol station next door, or the motorbike workshop or even the Uniao supermarket, a rickety shack where the dusty shelves droop under the weight of dozens of cachaca spirit bottles.This is the Trans-Iriri highway, a...
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Power Bills Soar After Electric Deregulation
BENTON, Ill. --This wasn't supposed to happen with deregulation. Electric bills were supposed to go down. Instead, Ellie Dorchincez can almost see the dollars evaporating every time she turns on the lights or opens the freezer at her small Farm Fresh grocery store.Her electric bill, which used to...
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Cover-Up? After Tillman Death, Army Sealed Off Information
Within hours of Pat Tillman's death, the Army went into information-lockdown mode, cutting off phone and Internet connections at a base in Afghanistan, posting guards on a wounded platoon mate, and ordering a sergeant to burn Tillman's uniform.New Army investigative documents reviewed by The...
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General's Report on Haditha Condemns Marines
WASHINGTON - A U.S. Army general concluded the Marine Corps chain of command in Iraq ignored "obvious" signs of "serious misconduct" in the slayings of two dozen civilians in Haditha, Iraq, in 2005, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.The report by Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell, obtained by the...
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Shareholder Bill Targets Excessive Compensation for Executives
WASHINGTON - The House voted Friday to give shareholders at public corporations a voice in executive pay packages that typically equal 500 times the salaries of workers at those companies.The shareholder vote under the bill would be advisory only. But Democratic backers of this provision said that...
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Latest US Solution to Iraq's Civil War: A Three-Mile Wall
BAGHDAD -- A wall U.S. troops are building around a Sunni enclave in Baghdad came under increasing criticism on Saturday, with residents calling it "collective punishment" and a local leader saying construction began without the neighborhood council's approval.The U.S. military says the wall in...
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Friday, April 20, 2007
Vermont Senate Calls for Bush, Cheney Impeachment
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont senators voted Friday to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, saying their actions have raised "serious questions of constitutionality."The non-binding resolution was approved 16-9 without debate - all six Republicans in the chamber at...
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Audit Finds Many Faults in Cleveland's '06 Voting
CINCINNATI - An audit of last November's general election in the Cleveland area has found that hundreds of votes were lost, that others were recorded twice and that software used to count the ballots was vulnerable to data problems. In a state that was pivotal to President Bush's election and re-...
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Wolfowitz Told: No Changes, Just Go
WASHINGTON - A senior aide has told Paul Wolfowitz to resign as president of the World Bank, unimpressed by the former White House official's promise to change his management style.At a meeting with about 30 vice-presidents of the bank on Wednesday, Dr Wolfowitz had asked for suggestions on how to...
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Rights Group Sues Yahoo Over Arrests in China
SHANGHAI, CHINA - A human rights group sued Yahoo this week, accusing the Internet giant of abetting the torture of pro-democracy writers by releasing data that allowed China's government to identify them.The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, says the company was complicit in the...
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Withering Gonzales Struggles to Salvage Job
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, trying to salvage his job, endured withering questioning on Thursday from Senate Judiciary Committee members who expressed grave doubts about his truthfulness and judgment in the firing of federal prosecutors. In more than five hours of often-...
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Kucinich to Sponsor Impeach Cheney Bill
Sources close to the office of Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) confirm that the progressive Democratic congressman and Democratic presidential aspirant intends to introduce a bill of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 25. The...
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Demoted U.S. Attorney Protested Office Shutdown, Loss of Resources
A U.S. attorney targeted by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff complained to his superiors in Washington about losing investigative resources little more than a month before his demotion.Years before Abramoff was sent to jail, the Department of the Interior ignored an October 2002 letter from...
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Harry Reid Tells Bush: War is 'Lost'
WASHINGTON - Senate majority leader Harry Reid said yesterday that the war in Iraq is ''lost,'' triggering an angry backlash from Republicans who said the top Democrat had turned his back on the troops. The bleak assessment, the sharpest yet from Reid, came as the House voted 215 to 199 to uphold...
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Thursday, April 19, 2007
Doolittle Denies Wrongdoing After FBI Search
An FBI search of Rep. John Doolittle's Virginia home has turned up the heat on the embattled congressman, who barely won re-election last November after being linked to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.An attorney for Doolittle, a Republican from Roseville (Placer County), said Wednesday...
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World Needs to Axe Greenhouse Gases by 80 Pct: Report
OSLO - The world will have to axe greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, more deeply than planned, to have an even chance of curbing global warming in line with European Union goals, researchers said on Thursday.Even tough long-term curbs foreseen by the EU or California fall short of...
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Congress Hears from Organic Growers over Farm Bill
WASHINGTON - Organic farming was hailed as a savior of family farms, the environment, the American diet and rural life -- a crunchy David versus the Goliath of industrialized agriculture -- during the first-ever hearing about organics Wednesday before the House Agriculture Committee.Organic farmers...
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World Bank May Target family Planning
WASHINGTON - Under beleaguered President Paul D. Wolfowitz, the World Bank may be scaling back its long-standing support for family planning, which many countries consider essential to women's health and the fight against AIDS.In an internal e-mail, the bank's team leader for Madagascar indicated...
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Politicians Duck for Cover at Talk of Gun Control
LOS ANGELES - THE response of America's political leaders to the deaths at Virginia Tech was so muted it was no louder than a sob.But the largest mass shooting in US history did force reluctant Democratic leaders in Congress to confront an issue that divides their party and holds considerable...
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Campaign Against Alleged Voter Fraud Fuels Political Tempest
WASHINGTON - For six years, the Bush administration, aided by Justice Department political appointees, has pursued an aggressive legal effort to restrict voter turnout in key battleground states in ways that favor Republican political candidates.The administration intensified its efforts last year...
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Iraq Refugees: The Hidden Face of the War
GENEVA - The United Nations was able, at least for a few hours, to draw public attention away from the bombings and attacks that have become routine in Iraq and direct it towards another, equally painful, aspect of the conflict -- the humanitarian crisis suffered by nearly four million refugees and...
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World Opposed to U.S. as Global Cop
WASHINGTON - The world public rejects the U.S. role as a world leader, but still wants the United States to do its share in multilateral efforts and does not support a U.S. withdrawal from international affairs, says a poll released Wednesday.The survey respondents see the United States as an...
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Supreme Court Backtracks on Abortion Rights
WASHINGTON - Elated and emboldened, antiabortion activists in state after state are planning to push for stringent new limits on second- and third-trimester abortions in the hope of building on their victory Wednesday in the Supreme Court.By a 5-4 vote, the justices upheld a federal ban on a...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Supreme Court Upholds Law Banning Some Abortions
WASHINGTON - A closely divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the first nationwide ban on a specific abortion procedure, restricting abortion rights in a ruling on one of the nation's most divisive and politically charged issues.By a 5-4 vote, the high court rejected two challenges to the...
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Libraries React to Patriot Act Abuses
HILLSDALE, N.Y. -The U.S. Department of Justice released an audit last month that revealed poorly trained FBI agents have abused a provision of the anti-terrorism law, the USA Patriot Act, which permits agents to look secretly at personal and public documents without a court warrant. Libraries have...
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Majority Expect U.S. Will 'Lose' War In Iraq
ABC News/Washington Post poll finds 51 percent think U.S. will lose war, 66 percent think Iraq was not worth fight; Dems, Pelosi get higher marks in approval and trust. A bare majority of Americans for the first time believe the United States will lose the war in Iraq, and a new high -- two-thirds...
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Call to End Wolfowitz's Reign Goes Global
WASHINGTON - The calls for embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz to step down have gone global, coming from newspapers, officials, activists and even Internet bloggers from across the world.Wolfowitz, who took over as the 10th president of the World Bank in June 2005, has admitted to...
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Impeachment Activists Grill Legislative Leaders
MONTPELIER, Vt. - They will not take no for an answer.More than 125 Vermonters from 56 communities congregated at the Statehouse Tuesday and sought to pressure legislators from both chambers and of all political persuasions to act on a resolution calling for President Bush's impeachment this...
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Massacre Renews Call for 'Common-Sense' Gun Policy
WASHINGTON - The massacre at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, which left at least 33 dead and 29 injured in the worst school shooting in U.S. history, has led gun control advocates in Congress and elsewhere to call for immediate reforms to current gun control legislation.The...
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Dems Divided over Webb's Proposal Requiring Approval for Attacking Iran
WASHINGTON - Supporters of requiring President Bush to secure congressional approval for any preemptive strike on Iran are regrouping for a new push, presaging a difficult vote for Democratic leaders and presidential hopefuls alike.Democrats hailed the Iraq withdrawal language attached to the...
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Bush Won't Turn Over Emails Until White House 'Reviews' Them
WASHINGTON - President Bush's lawyers told the Republican National Committee on Tuesday not to turn over to Congress any e-mails related to the firings last year of eight U.S. attorneys before showing them to the White House.Democrats and Republican critics of the administration said the move...
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World to US: We Demand 'Climate Justice'
WASHINGTON - Dubbing the battle against climate change a moral test for the United States, global anti-poverty and religious leaders called on U.S. politicians Monday to take drastic and immediate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to minimize the country's contributions to global...
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Smog, Heat Waves May Contribute to Big Rise in Illness
Higher temperatures over the coming decades are expected to cause more smoggy days and heat waves, contributing to a greater number of illnesses and deaths in the United States, according to international climate scientists.Severe heat waves -- characterized by stagnant masses of warm air and...
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Unusual Trip to Iraq in '03 for Wolfowitz Companion
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department directed a private contractor in 2003 to hire Shaha Ali Riza, a World Bank employee and the companion of Paul D. Wolfowitz, then the deputy secretary of defense, to spend a month studying issues related to setting up a new government in Iraq, the contractor said...
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Death in the Rainforest: Fragile Creatures give the World a New Climate Warning
A protected rainforest in one of the world's richest biodiversity hotspots has suffered an alarming collapse in amphibians and reptiles, suggesting such havens may fail to slow the creatures' slide towards global extinction.Conservationists working in a lowland forest reserve at La Selva in Costa...
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UN Urges Help for Iraqi Refugees
GENEVA - The UN head has urged Iraq's neighbours not to close their borders to refugees, and states further afield to do more to help tackle the humanitarian crisis.Ban Ki-moon was speaking to a major UN conference in Geneva highlighting the plight of Iraqi refugees, which the UN says most...
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Gonzales Contradicts His Own Testimony
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' assertion that he was not involved in identifying the eight U.S. attorneys who were asked to resign last year is at odds with a recently released internal Department of Justice e-mail, ABC News has learned.That e-mail said that Gonzales supported...
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Bush Allies in Congress Block Bill That Would Require Intelligence Disclosures
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's allies in Congress on Monday blocked a bill that would require the White House to disclose the locations of secret prisons run by the Central Intelligence Agency and to reveal the amount spent annually by American intelligence agencies. The vote on the...
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Group Says Worst Crisis in US Faced by Black Men
NEW YORK -- Citing bleak data on incarceration, joblessness, and AIDS, the National Urban League said yesterday that problems facing black men represent America's most serious social crisis and proposed an aggressive campaign to provide them with more opportunities.The 97-year-old black empowerment...
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Monday, April 16, 2007
E-Mail Uproar Gives Dems Ammo vs. Rove
WASHINGTON - The fight over documents has gone to red alert.The White House acknowledges it cannot find four years' worth of e-mails from chief political strategist Karl Rove. The admission has thrust the Democrats' nemesis back into the center of attention and poses a fresh political challenge for...
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Leak Prompts Fear Over World Bank Health Policies
A key figure in the World Bank, said to have links to the Roman Catholic sect Opus Dei, was accused yesterday of undermining its commitment to the health of women by ordering the deletion of goals, targets and policies relating to family planning.Juan José Daboub, the bank's managing director,...
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Increasingly, War Tax Resisters Defy IRS in Protest Over Iraq
Bryan Nelson's federal tax return says he owes $3,082. So he mailed his 1040 form to the IRS before tomorrow's filing deadline. But for the second year in a row, the New Brunswick man did not send what he owes.His reason: "I wasn't going to pay for an illegal war in Iraq." Nelson, 26, told the IRS...
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Data-Mining of Students raises Alarms
WASHINGTON -- Some lending companies with access to a national database that contains confidential information on 60 million student borrowers have repeatedly searched it in ways that violate federal rules, raising alarms about abuse of privacy, government and university officials said.The...
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Global Warming Could Spur 21st Century Conflicts
OSLO - Droughts, floods and rising seas linked to global warming could spur conflicts in coming decades, experts said on Monday, the eve of a first U.N. Security Council debate on climate change.And the poor in tropical regions of Africa and Asia are likely to suffer most, perhaps creating tensions...
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Political Winds Shift on Nebraska Prairie
MCCOOK, NEB. - In early February, the war in Iraq came home to this small railroad town on the Nebraska prairie where farms begin to give way to high plains.Seven thousand miles away on a Baghdad street, a bomb exploded beside Army Sgt. Randy J. Matheny's armored vehicle, killing the 20-year-old...
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