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  • Bill could reduce illegal immigration 25 percent

    06/19/2013 3:22:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/19/13 | David Espo and Erica Werner | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of far-reaching immigration legislation rejected a challenge Wednesday from Senate conservatives demanding evidence that the nation's borders are secure before millions living in the United States unlawfully can gain legal status. The vote came as lawmakers on both sides of the issue digested a startling Congressional Budget Office forecast that the bill would fail to prevent a steady increase in illegal residents in the future, even though it would grant legal status to millions already in the country without the necessary papers. "Illegality will not be stopped, but it will only be reduced by 25 percent,"...
  • With New Laws, Obama Calls on Congress to Reduce Gun Violence

    01/19/2013 11:03:12 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/13
    Obama urged Congress to pass measures aimed at reducing gun violence, while reaffirming his commitment to the right to bear arms. .....
  • US Navy to Briefly Reduce Carriers in Persian Gulf

    11/22/2012 10:53:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    inn ^ | 11/21/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The U.S. aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf will temporarily decline due to unexpected repairs and unusual maintenance problems, the Navy said on Wednesday. The USS Nimitz was expected to be deployed to the Gulf early next year to relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is now stationed in the region, but will be delayed due to the need for extensive repairs on a failed propulsion pump. The USS Eisenhower is being sent back to the U.S for repairs to its flight deck. It will remain in Norfolk, Virginia, for two months and then return to the Middle...
  • Reduce Spending to 21% of GDP--1 Point Higher Than Highest Taxes Since WWII(Erskine Bowles)

    07/25/2012 3:13:57 AM PDT · by Son House · 4 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 18, 2012 | By Elizabeth Harrington
    Erskine Bowles, the co-chair of President Obama’s fiscal responsibility commission, says that the federal government should aim at cutting spending back to 21 percent of GDP--which is 1 point more than the highest level federal tax revenues have reached in any year since World War II. At the National Press Club on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Bowles at what level of Gross Domestic Product he would balance the federal budget, given that federal spending has exceeded 24 percent of GDP over the last four years and that since World War II federal tax revenues have reached 20 percent of GDP only...
  • Eating Less Salt May Not Lower Risk of Heart Disease

    07/25/2011 7:50:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jul 6, 2011 | KIM CAROLLO
    Eating Less Salt May Not Lower Risk of Heart Disease Contrary to what medical experts have been saying for years, a new study suggests salt may not be as bad for the heart as commonly believed. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in Exeter, U.K. reviewed data from seven studies with nearly 6,500 participants who reduced their salt intake and found that while eating less salt did lower blood pressure, it did not reduce the risk of dying or of having heart disease.
  • Will New ObamaCare Regulation Reduce Insurance Competition?

    10/22/2010 9:00:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/22/10 | David Hogberg
    The National Association of Insurance Commissioners today finally released its final set of regulations on the “Medical Loss Ratios” established under ObamaCare. The NAIC regulations are widely considered to be the ones that the Department of Health and Human Services will adopt. Bottom line: The proposed rules don’t bode well for the long-term health of private health insurance. They would give insurers perverse incentives to neither control costs nor root out fraud.
  • Eating less meat won't reduce global warming: study

    03/22/2010 7:34:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 566+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/22/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Eating less meat will not reduce global warming, and claims that it will distract from efforts to find real solutions to climate change, a leading air quality expert said Monday. "We certainly can reduce our greenhouse gas production, but not by consuming less meat and milk," Frank Mitloehner, an air quality expert at the University of California-Davis, said as he presented a report on meat-eating and climate change at a conference of the American Chemical Society in California. Blaming cows and pigs for climate change is scientifically inaccurate, said Mitloehner, dismissing several reports, including one issued in...
  • US order to reduce civilian casualties protects Afghans but frustrates, slows Marines

    08/13/2009 1:30:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 719+ views
    Canadien Press ^ | 8/13/09 | Alfred De Montesquiou
    DAHANEH, Afghanistan — The British jet called in by the U.S. Marines had the Taliban position in sight, but the pilot refused to fire, a decision that frustrated Marines on the ground but was in line with new orders by the top U.S. commander to protect civilians. The Marines themselves didn't attack militants shooting at them from a compound Wednesday during the same battle because women and children were there, an approach meant to avoid civilian casualties at all costs.
  • Economy: Landfills (and thrift stores) hurting as consumers repair, reuse

    04/26/2009 3:37:32 PM PDT · by llevrok · 50 replies · 1,135+ views
    Thrift-driven Americans are fixing up, making do and reusing so much to cope with the recession that the drop in throwaways means less fill for landfills. To deal with the drop-off in dropoffs, landfills are laying off workers, reducing hours of operation and hiking disposal fees, with the increases passed along to cities, businesses and consumers. "You can look at waste and see what the economy is doing," said Tom Houck, manager at the Defiance County Landfill in northwest Ohio. He's watched the amount of trash arriving at the landfill plunge 30 percent in the past year. With consumers cutting...
  • Democrats turn back GOP call to reduce spending (Senate Budget Committee party-line vote 13-10)

    03/26/2009 9:55:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 643+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/09 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON – Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee defeated a Republican call to reduce recommended spending across hundreds of programs over the next five years as they moved toward approval of a blueprint that preserves President Barack Obama's top priorities.</p>
  • Pro-Life Groups Meet With Obama Faith Staffer on Reducing Abortions

    03/25/2009 8:56:54 AM PDT · by julieee · 5 replies · 317+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | March 25, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- Several representatives of leading national pro-life groups held a meeting with President Barack Obama's top White House faith office staffer on Tuesday. One participant describes the meeting as polite and cordial, but pro-life groups aren't expecting much from Obama given his pro-abortion record.
  • CA: Ruling may sharply reduce California refinery pollution

    12/20/2008 9:03:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 866+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/20/08 | Margot Roosevelt
    Toxic air pollution spikes from California's 21 refineries may be sharply curtailed in the wake of a U.S. Court of Appeals decision Friday in Washington. In a suit brought by the Sierra Club and other groups, the court struck down a 14-year-old federal regulation thatallowed refineries, chemical plants and other industrial plants to exceed pollution limits during start-ups, shutdowns and equipment outages. Public health advocates in Southern California's oil refinery hub hailed the decision, saying that facilities routinely operate in malfunction mode to evade pollution caps. ... The Environmental Protection Agency regulation amounted to a "gaping loophole," according to the...
  • Study Shows Parental Involvement Laws Reduce Abortions From 19-31 Percent

    09/18/2008 8:56:35 AM PDT · by julieee · 3 replies · 269+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | September 18, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Indeed, pro-lifers should insist that these candidates support pro-life parental-involvement laws. Such laws enjoy broad support and unlike other laws limiting abortion, they can be easily justified as a parental-rights issue. Furthermore, my recent study for the Family Research Council provides evidence that well designed parental-involvement laws have been surprisingly effective at reducing abortion rates among minors.
  • American Portions Reduce As Food Prices Rise

    04/29/2008 9:17:37 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 71+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-30-2008 | Tom Leonard and Alex Spillius
    American portions reduce as food prices rise By Tom Leonard and Alex Spillius Last Updated: 1:57AM BST 30/04/2008 Faced with growing delivery costs driven by higher fuel prices, many US restaurants have done the previously unthinkable and introduced smaller food portions served on smaller plates. The increase in fuel prices was identified yesterday as the biggest issue affecting the lives of ordinary Americans. It surpassed even unemployment and home repossessions, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Until now, Americans have taken for granted the relative cheapness of petrol and food. Although $3·60 (£1·80) for a gallon of...
  • EPA denies California's bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    12/19/2007 3:56:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 202+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/19/07 | Ken Thomas and Erica Werner - ap
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday slapped down California's bid for first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas limits on cars, trucks and SUVs, denying a request for a waiver that would have allowed those restrictions to take effect. "The Bush administration is moving forward with a clear national solution - not a confusing patchwork of state rules - to reduce America's climate footprint from vehicles," EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson said in a statement.
  • Thompson: Reduce future retiree benefits

    11/09/2007 6:43:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 80+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/9/07 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson on Friday proposed reducing benefits promised to future retirees and establishing a system of voluntary personal retirement accounts under Social Security to help shore up the program's finances. "If somebody's got a better idea let them put it on the table," said the former Tennessee senator in a challenge to fellow Republicans as well as Democrats vying for the White House in 2008. President Bush proposed roughly similar changes three years ago, but they proved so controversial that they never came to a vote in either house of the Republican-controlled Congress. Thompson's proposal...
  • Fardh Al-Qanoon lowers violence in northwest Baghdad

    03/18/2007 10:33:38 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 319+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Fred W. Baker III
    An Iraqi Army Soldier from the 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Division, questions the local population about insurgent activity during a foot patrol in Buhriz, Iraq, on Feb. 17. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall. BAGHDAD -- Violence has reduced since moving Coalition forces out of big forward operating bases and into smaller community-based combat outposts as part of the Fardh Al-Qanoon, a senior Army officer serving there said Friday.The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division has seen a significant drop in violence over the past few months in the province of Shula and Kadtimiya,...
  • Sadr threatens rogue commanders of his Iraqi milit

    10/27/2006 7:35:10 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 14 replies · 670+ views
    AP ^ | 27 October 2006 | staff
    Radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has threatened rogue commanders in his Mahdi Army militia with the wrath of God, his principal mouthpiece told worshippers at prayer Friday. The Mahdi Army is one of the most powerful armed Shiite groups in Iraq and has been implicated in a number of recent battles with police, despite orders from Sadr to his followers not to spill Iraqi blood without permission. "This disobedience to the leadership has divided us and earned us multiple enemies," declared Sheikh Jaber al-Khafaji, the preacher who speaks for Sadr at the mosque in the central Iraqi town of Kufa....
  • Anti-Insurgent Raids Reduce Baghdad Violence, U.S. Officer Says

    08/25/2006 1:49:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 255+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2006 – Iraqi and U.S. troops have used an “isolate, clear and hold” strategy during Operation Together Forward to dampen insurgent activity in some troubled Baghdad neighborhoods, a senior operational officer said in the Iraqi capital today. The operation “is part of a larger effort across Baghdad to significantly reduce the amount of violence that was hindering progress in our area of operations,” said Army Col. Robert E. Scurlock Jr., commander of the 1st Armored Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He spoke to Pentagon reporters via a satellite connection from Camp Liberty, Iraq. The 2nd Brigade’s area...
  • Arizona legislators aim to reduce Liberal bias in university classes

    08/22/2006 9:55:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 578+ views
    The University of Arizona started class Monday amid questions nationwide about whether college professors are too Liberal. This year and again next year Arizona legislators say they'll try to tame what they see as left-leaning professors at state universities. Among the Conservatives' moves: Lawmakers tried, but failed, to pass a bill that would allow college students to refuse assignments they find sexually offensive. Republican representative Russell Pearce wants to introduce an "Academic Bill of Rights" next year aimed at keeping Liberal bias out of classrooms. A law passed last spring requires schools to display the U.S. flag and constitution in...
  • Senate Democrats press to reduce troops in Iraq

    06/19/2006 5:48:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 839+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/06 | Vicki Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats presented two plans for winding down U.S. involvement in Iraq on Monday, one to pull out U.S. combat forces by July 2007 and another to begin withdrawing this year without a deadline for completion. With an election looming in November, Republicans branded the two plans as defeatist and evidence of Democratic disarray. The Senate was to debate the amendments on Tuesday in the annual defense policies bill. "Three and a half years into the conflict, we should tell the Iraqis that the American security blanket is not permanent," said Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting...
  • California air board approves plan to reduce shipping pollution (CARB Alert!)

    04/20/2006 7:31:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 195+ views
    California's smog-fighting agency on Thursday approved a sweeping plan to reduce air pollution caused by the ports, rail lines and roadways that move goods around the state. The Air Resources Board's plan sets out long-term goals and strategies to roll back air pollution levels from cargo movement to what they were five years ago. Diesel-related pollution alone would be reduced 85 percent. With the amount of goods entering California ports expected to triple in 15 years, "now is the time to take action," board Chairman Robert F. Sawyer said during a public meeting. "This problem did not occur overnight and...
  • U.S. Agency Works to Reduce WMD Threat

    04/03/2006 6:18:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 173+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    FORT BELVOIR, Va., April 3, 2006 – The United States is aggressively pursuing ways to lessen the threat from weapons of mass destruction, the director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency said here last week. "Our goal is to combat weapons of mass destruction and protect Americans and U.S. forces, military infrastructure, bases and facilities against their use," Dr. James A. Tegnelia told American Forces Press Service March 31. "The United States has, in my view, a very aggressive program to secure fissile and WMD material." The threat reduction agency's mission is to safeguard America and its allies from all...
  • Federal program to reduce oil consumption instead increases it

    01/06/2006 1:21:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 278+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/6/06 | Tim Molloy - ap
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal push for cars that run on an alternative fuel straight from the heartland isn't winning many converts among American drivers - but is a hit with automakers who use it to skirt mileage standards. Five million cars across the country are equipped to run on the fuel, but almost no one uses it outside the corn belt. Fortunately for carmakers, a 1988 law designed to decrease oil use gives them credits for building vehicles that run on the alternative fuel whether anyone uses it or not. Those credits allow automakers to relax gasoline efficiency...
  • Volcanic Suppression: Major Eruptions Can Reduce Sea Level

    11/08/2005 7:28:52 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 794+ views
    Science News Online ^ | 11-7-2005 | Sid Perkins
    Week of Nov. 5, 2005; Vol. 168, No. 19 , p. 294 Volcanic Suppression: Major eruptions can reduce sea level Sid Perkins Large volcanic eruptions can temporarily cool Earth's climate and, a team of scientists now suggests, lower sea level worldwide. BLOWING ITS TOP. Ocean cooling following the June 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines caused sea level worldwide to temporarily drop about 5 millimeters. D. Harlow/U.S. Geological Survey The tiny particles of broken rock and droplets of condensed gases that a volcano ejects high into the atmosphere reflect sunlight into space. So, after an eruption, there's less...
  • Millions 'Wasted' Planting Trees That Reduce Water

    07/28/2005 6:17:29 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 1,081+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-29-2005 | Charles Clover
    Millions 'wasted' planting trees that reduce water By Charles Clover, Environment Editor (Filed: 29/07/2005) Millions of pounds in overseas aid are wasted every year planting trees in dry countries in the belief that they help attract rainfall and act as storage for water, scientists said yesterday. In fact, forests usually increase evaporation and help to reduce the amount of water available for human consumption or growing crops, according to a four-year study. Research on water catchments on three continents says it is "a myth" that trees always increase the availability of water. Even the cloud forests of tropical Costa Rica...
  • Oil on troubled waters may stop hurricanes

    07/25/2005 4:36:38 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 49 replies · 1,789+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7/25/05 | Zeeya Merali
    Sailors who traditionally dumped barrels of oil into the sea to calm stormy waters may have been on to something, a new study suggests. The old practice reduces wind speeds in tropical hurricanes by damping ocean spray, according to a new mathematical “sandwich model”. As hurricane winds kick up ocean waves, large water droplets become suspended in the air. This cloud of spray can be treated mathematically as a third fluid sandwiched between the air and sea. “Our calculations show that drops in the spray decrease turbulence and reduce friction, allowing for far greater wind speeds – sometimes eight times...
  • CA: Governor urges Californians to reduce energy use during summer

    06/23/2005 6:06:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 347+ views
    ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday urged Californians to conserve energy this summer while promoting his plan to create a state energy agency. He said he doesn't want a repeat of the power crisis of 2000-2001, which followed the state's foray into deregulated energy markets and led to rolling blackouts and soaring utility bills. "There is no doubt about it that California will face big energy challenges this summer and probably for years to come," said the governor, speaking at the office of the Independent System Operator, which manages most of the state's power grid. "Conservation saves...
  • Fat Thai police ordered to reduce weight

    06/21/2005 3:11:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 975+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/21/05 | AP - Bangkok
    BANGKOK, Thailand - Thai policemen with waistlines larger than 40 inches have been ordered to reduce their weight in order to look good when they direct traffic, the police department announced Tuesday. Recent medical examinations of 4,150 police officers in Bangkok found that 49 percent have high cholesterol and are overweight, which is "an obstacle" in directing traffic, said a statement from the Metropolitan Police Bureau. Eighty-eight of the overweight officers whose waistlines ranged between 40 and 49 inches were ordered to join the "Smart Police," a one-month weight-loss program. Participants will have to eat according to doctors' instructions and...
  • CA: Rising revenues allow Schwarzenegger to reduce borrowing

    05/12/2005 6:57:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 310+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/12/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's improving economy is expected to provide Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with a windfall of several billions dollars next year that could help him close the budget deficit without raising taxes or imposing severe service cuts. But Schwarzenegger, whose revised budget is set for release Friday, is more likely use a large portion of those unanticipated dollars to reduce the amount of borrowing the state will need in 2005-2006, according to administration officials. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst has estimated that the state would have about $2.2 billion in unexpected income next year. But rumors have been swirling...
  • US firms reduce pension payments

    04/12/2005 10:01:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 205+ views
    Yahoo Business ^ | 4/12/05 | Dan Roberts - FT.com
    Uncertainty over the direction of US pension reform is leading some companies to scale back their contributions despite a deficit of more than $100bn among the top 100 schemes. Milliman, a firm of actuaries, said a number of companies had privately admitted postponing voluntary payments for fear they would lose flexibility over their contributions in future. This comes as Congress considers rule changes to make companies more responsible for their pension promises to employees. Changes to accounting standards are also expected to give investors more visibility of pension liabilities. Schemes which promise a guaranteed percentage of salary at retirement are...
  • SoCal air plan would reduce some smog emissions by 20 percent (in 5 years)

    01/07/2005 7:34:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 362+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/7/05 | Chris T. Nyugen - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California clean air regulators adopted a plan Friday to reduce emissions at about 300 power plants, factories and refineries by 20 percent over five years. The plan, which takes effect beginning 2007, amends a program started 10 years ago by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and seeks to reduce smog-causing emissions by a total of 7.7 tons per day over the five-year period. "We believe the changes meet state law requirements and maintain the integrity of the program, while continuing to move closer to the region's air quality goals," Barry Wallerstein, executive officer...
  • Evidence Cigarette Tax Hikes Increase Crime, But Don't Reduce Teenage Smoking

    Evidence Cigarette Tax Hikes Increase Crime, But Don't Reduce Teenage Smoking Between 1984 and 1993, Canada doubled its tax on cigarettes with the aim of reducing smoking and increasing tax revenues. Last December, Sgt. Alain Giroux testified on the effects of those tax increases before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on behalf of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. * He reported that only did underage smoking fail to decrease, but an estimated 40 percent of Canada's cigarettes are now sold on the black market -- most of which are smuggled over the U.S.-Canadian border. * The growth in the black market...
  • Try, Try, Try Again: Bush's Peace Plans

    10/26/2004 7:11:55 AM PDT · by forty_years · 2 replies · 418+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | October 26, 2004 | Daniel Mandel
    Nearly four years have elapsed since the Oslo process (1993-2000) between Israelis and Palestinians foundered in bloodshed. Over that period, two U.S. administrations have tried to forge policies that would reduce the violence and point toward a solution to the conflict.It has not been a single-minded pursuit. Since September 11, 2001, the prime focus of Washington has been the management of unprecedented U.S. military interventions in the region, which removed regimes from power in Afghanistan and Iraq. The notion of Israeli-Palestinian peace as the key to regional stability has been replaced by the war on terror and the insistence on...
  • Tumeric May Reduce Leukaemia - Expert

    09/09/2004 6:45:17 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 399+ views
    IOL ^ | 9-9-2004
    Turmeric may reduce leukaemia risk - expert September 09 2004 at 04:22PM London - Turmeric, a spice used extensively in Asia as a key ingredient of curry, may be protecting children against leukaemia, a scientist said on Thursday. Rates of the blood cancer have been rising steadily for the past 50 years but its incidence in Asia is much lower than in the West. Professor Moolky Nagabhushan, of the Loyola University Medical Centre in Chicago, told a conference that factor could be due, at least partly, to turmeric. "Some of the known risk factors that contribute to the high incidence...
  • Kerry Aims to Reduce Foreign Oil Reliance (Barfola Alert!)

    08/06/2004 10:12:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 566+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/6/04 | Mary Dalrymple - AP
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry (news - web sites) wants to increase American energy production and reduce American reliance on foreign oil with a $20 billion fund to finance research and development of alternative and renewable fuels. "That's what I want to talk about today — how to make our country stronger and safer by working together to build an energy-independent America," Kerry said in remarks prepared for delivery Friday. The fund would promote energy sources like natural gas, coal, nuclear and renewable energy generated from corn, soybeans and other crops, the campaign said. "America will...
  • CA: Air quality regulators want to reduce pollution from cows

    06/16/2004 9:47:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 311+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/16/04 | Tim Molloy - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Air quality regulators are proposing what they say would be the first attempt in the country to regulate smog-forming emissions from cow manure. Cows in Southern California dairies, especially around the farm community of Chino, produce 1 million tons of manure every year, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which is proposing the new rules. As it decomposes, the manure releases more than 20 tons of pollutants daily - mostly ammonia - and combines with pollution blown downwind from Los Angeles and Orange counties, aggravating Southern California's worst-in-the-nation smog problem. Dairy farmers use...
  • White House panel: Reduce NASA role in space launches

    06/14/2004 9:47:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 142+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/14/04 | Ted Bridis - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House commission will recommend that NASA overhaul its Apollo-era relationships with private industries, giving corporations a broader role in upcoming space launches to ensure President Bush's goal of ultimately flying to Mars, according to documents obtained Monday. The role of NASA "must be limited to only those areas where there is irrefutable demonstration that only government can perform the proposed activity," according to a summary obtained by The Associated Press that was prepared by the president's commission. Its final report is expected later this week. The commission determined that NASA should recognize "a far larger...
  • Watchdog Group: U.N. One of the Greatest Wastes of Tax Dollars

    02/26/2004 6:45:34 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 18 replies · 291+ views
    Talon News / GOP USA ^ | February 26, 2004 | Charles Mahaleris
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- The United Nations officially came into being on October 24, 1945 with the United States as one of the 51 founding member nations. Now, at least one group is questioning how much Americans spend on the international body. Citizens Against Government Waste is calling for deep cuts in the $1.8 billion the U.S. sends to the U.N. The United States pays an estimated 25 percent of the total cost to run the United Nations according to CAGW President Thomas Schatz. "And what do we get for these tens of billions of dollars? We provide a platform...
  • Expert: NASA should reduce shuttle crews

    03/25/2003 8:30:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 163+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 3/25/03 | Marcia Dunn - AP
    <p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA may have to live with a risk factor of two catastrophes for every 113 shuttle flights, so it should limit its crew size and use robots and unmanned rockets whenever possible, a missile and rocket expert said Tuesday.</p>
  • MAINE: Panel Urged to Lower Voting Age (To 17)

    03/19/2003 6:05:45 AM PST · by Uncle Jaque · 31 replies · 663+ views
    PORTLAND (ME) PRESS HERALD ^ | Wed. March 19. 2003 | Paul CARRIER
    Wednesday, March 19, 2003 Panel urged to LOWER VOTING AGE (In Maine) By PAUL CARRIER, Portland Press Herald Writer Copyright © 2003 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc. AUGUSTA — A legislative committee heard plenty of arguments Tuesday for lowering the voting age in Maine from 18 to 17.