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Saturday, May 08, 2010

A New Setback in Attempt to Contain the Gulf Oil Spill

A New Setback in Attempt to Contain the Gulf Oil Spill: "The opening of a containment dome was becoming clogged with crystal structures that form when gas and water mix and are found in the low temperature and high pressure at the ocean floor."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Harriet Tubman's Hymnal Museum's Latest Treasure

Harriet Tubman's Hymnal Museum's Latest Treasure: "

The stacks of wooden crates at a storage facility in Virginia are getting higher as museum director Lonnie Bunch gathers his artifacts for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The first national museum to celebrate the legacy of black Americans is planned to open on the National Mall in 2015.

(Via NPR Programs: All Things Considered.)

Reports: PLO Agrees To 'Indirect' Peace Talks

Reports: PLO Agrees To 'Indirect' Peace Talks: "

Indirect Middle East peace talks will be conducted by a U.S. envoy who will shuttle between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a PLO spokesman said on Saturday.

(Via NPR Topics: News.)

Obama: Health Care Law Already Working

Obama: Health Care Law Already Working: "The new health care law already is helping millions of people through tax breaks for small businesses and assistance for families with young adults, President Barack Obama said Saturday."



(Via CBSAtlanta.com - Money RSS.)

NY ferry in collision with pier

NY ferry in collision with pier: "A Staten Island ferry in New York crashes into a pier and injures 60 people on board, though none of them seriously, officials say."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Friday, May 07, 2010

U.S. Oil Regulator Ceded Safety Oversight to Drillers - WSJ.com

U.S. Oil Regulator Ceded Safety Oversight to Drillers - WSJ.com: ""



The small U.S. agency that oversees offshore drilling doesn't write or implement most safety regulations, having gradually shifted such responsibilities to the oil industry itself for more than a decade.

Instead, the Minerals Management Service—now caught up in the crisis of the Deepwater Horizon rig that for weeks has sent crude oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico—sets broad performance goals for the industry. Oil producers and drilling companies are then free to decide for themselves how to meet those goals, industry executives and former regulators say.

(Via .)

Dome to Capture Oil Is Lowered to Near Sea Floor

Dome to Capture Oil Is Lowered to Near Sea Floor: "The giant steel container is meant to capture oil leaking from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, but it will likely not be connected until early next week."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Attacks target Thailand policemen

Attacks target Thailand policemen: "A Thai policeman is killed and six are injured in attacks near an encamptment of opposition protesters in Bangkok."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Jobs Up 290K; Jobless Rate Rises To 9.9%

Jobs Up 290K; Jobless Rate Rises To 9.9%: "The economy got what it was looking for in April: A burst of hiring that added a net 290,000 jobs, the biggest monthly total in four years."



(Via CBSAtlanta.com - Money RSS.)

Jobs up 290,000, unemployment 9.9% - Eamon Javers - POLITICO.com

Jobs up 290,000, unemployment 9.9% - Eamon Javers - POLITICO.com: "n an announcement that was keenly watched in Washington, on Wall Street and around the world Friday, the U.S. government said its economy added 290,000 jobs in the month of April, although the unemployment rate edged up to 9.9 percent. The job creation was more robust than many market watchers had expected.


(Via .)

Tories Gain but Fail to Take Parliament in Britain

Tories Gain but Fail to Take Parliament in Britain: "Conservatives made big gains, but no party could secure a majority in Parliament, a situation that could create agonizing uncertainty as the two main parties set about trying to outmaneuver each other for power."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Liebermans citizen stripping bill lacks support

Lieberman's citizen stripping bill lacks support: "May 6: Rachel Maddow looks at responses from Democrats, the White House and Republican leadership, all opposed to Senator Joe Liebermans proposal to strip the citizenship from Americans suspected of being associated with terrorists.  (msnbc.com)"



(Via The Rachel Maddow Show - The Maddow Blog's Column - Articles and Seeds.)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

In Gulf of Mexico, Oil Containment Device Poised to Help Slow Leak

In Gulf of Mexico, Oil Containment Device Poised to Help Slow Leak: "NewsHour correspondent Tom Bearden gives an update from Louisiana, as BP engineers prepare to lower a massive containment dome over into the Gulf of Mexico in hopes of capturing much of the massive oil leak."



(Via NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Podcast | PBS.)

New blood fat heart disease link

New blood fat heart disease link: "A type of blood fat different from cholesterol may play a key role in heart disease, a study suggests."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Immigration Law One Of Many Changes In Arizona

Immigration Law One Of Many Changes In Arizona: "

Journalist Howard Fischer has been covering Arizona state government since 1982. He joins Fresh Air to discuss Arizona's controversial immigration law and other recent bills passed in the state, including one that allows Arizona's citizens to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

(Via NPR Topics: News.)

US productivity in surprise spurt

US productivity in surprise spurt: "US productivity rose at a quicker rate than expected in the first three months of 2010, figures show."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Phoenix Will Wear 'Los Suns' Jersey

Phoenix Will Wear 'Los Suns' Jersey: "The Phoenix Suns are taking aim at Arizona's controversial new immigration law during the Western Conference semifinals. Phoenix owner Robert Sarver is outfitting his team in 'Los Suns' uniforms for Game 2 against San Antonio. The game also happens to fall on Cinco de Mayo. 'Our players and organization felt that wearing our 'Los Suns' jerseys on Cinco de Mayo was a way for our team and our organization to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the State of Arizona, and our nation,' Sarver said in a statement released by the team. 'We are proud that 400 players from 36 countries compete in the NBA, and the league and the Suns have always considered that to be a great strength of the NBA.'"



(Via Drudge Retort.)

New York City Bombing Plot Highlights Domestic Terrorism Concerns

New York City Bombing Plot Highlights Domestic Terrorism Concerns: "Attorney General Eric Holder said the weekend attempt to detonate a car bomb in Times Square was aimed at murdering innocent Americans. Jeffrey Brown talks to a counterterrorism expert about the security implications in the U.S. and abroad.

(Via NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Podcast | PBS.)

How An Oil Spill Spread Into A National Crisis

How An Oil Spill Spread Into A National Crisis: "

More than two weeks have passed since an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and touching off a major environmental disaster. The story, which began far from land, now stretches along the Gulf Coast and all the way to Washington. Here, a detailed look at the crisis as it unfolded.

(Via NPR Topics: News.)

Top N.Y. Court Expands Gays’ Parental Rights

Top N.Y. Court Expands Gays’ Parental Rights: "The Court of Appeals said nonbiological parents in same-sex relationships should be treated the same as birth parents."



(Via NYT > N.Y. / Region.)

South Korea Considers Response to Ship’s Sinking - NYTimes.com

South Korea Considers Response to Ship’s Sinking - NYTimes.com: ""



By CHOE SANG-HUN
SEOUL, South Korea — President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea, trying to figure out how to respond to the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, convened an unusual meeting of top military commanders on Tuesday in which he said the episode was “no accident” and vowed “clear and resolute measures” against those responsible.

It was the first time a South Korean president had presided over a meeting of the country’s 150 most senior military officials, and a measure of the political burden the sinking of the ship, the 1,200-ton Cheonan, had placed on Mr. Lee.

Mr. Lee, in his third year in office and facing crucial mayoral and gubernatorial elections in June, must address his conservative base over what most South Koreans believe — or have been led to believe by government statements, like the ones on Tuesday — was a North Korean attack. But too much saber-rattling with the North could disrupt the financial markets.

“He has to walk a fine line,” said Daniel Pinkston, a Seoul-based researcher for the International Crisis Group. “It’s not an easy thing to do.”

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Fire booms neglected in spill response? - Environment- msnbc.com

Fire booms neglected in spill response? - Environment- msnbc.com: ""


Eric Holder: Times Square suspect confessed - Josh Gerstein - POLITICO.com

Eric Holder: Times Square suspect confessed - Josh Gerstein - POLITICO.com: ""



Immigrants React To New Arizona Law

Immigrants React To New Arizona Law: "

While some immigrants are worried about Arizonas new immigration law — and say theyll leave the state — others are vowing to stay and fight, and theyre encouraging others to flex their political muscles.

(Via NPR Programs: All Things Considered.)

Offshore Drilling Loses Support After Gulf Oil Spill

Offshore Drilling Loses Support After Gulf Oil Spill: "

NPRs Christopher Joyce looks at the growing opposition to offshore drilling — and what the implications of this are for energy policy.

(Via NPR Programs: All Things Considered.)

Uganda's Highest Ice Cap Splits

Uganda's Highest Ice Cap Splits: "The ice cap on Uganda's highest peak has split because of global warming, Uganda's Wildlife Authority (UWA) says. The ice cap covered 6 sq km (2 sq miles) 50 years ago and is now less than 1 sq km."



(Via Drudge Retort.)

Gulf Coast Awaits Results Of Efforts to Break Up Slick

Gulf Coast Awaits Results Of Efforts to Break Up Slick: "

British oil giant BP continued to dump chemicals onto a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday in an effort to break up the sheen and minimize damage to coastal communities. Meanwhile, an expected improvement in the weather may also allow the use of controlled burns to mop up some of the oil.

(Via NPR Topics: News.)

Taiwan gets first office in China

Taiwan gets first office in China: "Taiwan opens its first office in China to promote mainland tourism to the island, in a sign of improving cross-strait ties."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Man held over New York bomb plot

Man held over New York bomb plot: "A US citizen of Pakistani origin is arrested in New York over an attempt to detonate a car bomb in Times Square."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

U.S. Tracking S.U.V. Owner in Times Square Case - NYTimes.com

U.S. Tracking S.U.V. Owner in Times Square Case - NYTimes.com: ""


Monday, May 03, 2010

Arizona Targets Teachers with Accents, Ethnic Studies Programs

Arizona Targets Teachers with Accents, Ethnic Studies Programs: "

On the heels of its controversial new legislation to curb illegal immigration into the state, Arizona now seems to be targeting immigrant teachers and ethnic studies programs on college campuses.



The Arizona Department of Education recently began ordering school districts to bar teachers who speak accented or ungrammatical English from classes containing English Language Learners. The move comes after the state specifically recruited teachers from Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries in the 1990s, when Arizona schools allowed Spanish-speaking children to be taught in their native language. In 2000, Arizonans voted that all students be taught exclusively in English. Never mind the vast amount of research suggesting that the more literate students are in their native language the more literate they will be in English or any other new language. Read more...

(Via About Race Relations.)

Putin named press freedom 'predator'

Putin named press freedom 'predator': "Media watchdog group Reporters without Borders names Vladimir Putin among the world's worst 'predators of freedom'."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Obama: Spill could be unprecedented disaster - Environment- msnbc.com

Obama: Spill could be unprecedented disaster - Environment- msnbc.com: "VENICE, La. - President Barack Obama toured the staging area for response efforts to the Gulf Coast oil spill on Sunday, afterwards saying 'we're dealing with a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.'

Sunday, May 02, 2010

USGS Release: 3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Technically Recoverable Oil Assessed in North Dakota and Montana’s Bakken Formation—25 Times More Than 1995 Estimate— (4/10/2008 2:25:36 PM)

USGS Release: 3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Technically Recoverable Oil Assessed in North Dakota and Montana’s Bakken Formation—25 Times More Than 1995 Estimate— (4/10/2008 2:25:36 PM): "Reston, VA - North Dakota and Montana have an estimated 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in an area known as the Bakken Formation.

A U.S. Geological Survey assessment, released April 10, shows a 25-fold increase in the amount of oil that can be recovered compared to the agency's 1995 estimate of 151 million barrels of oil.
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3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Oil in North Dakota and Montana

Technically recoverable oil resources are those producible using currently available technology and industry practices. USGS is the only provider of publicly available estimates of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and gas resources.

BBC News - South Korea vows to retaliate over warship sinking

BBC News - South Korea vows to retaliate over warship sinking: "South Korea vows to retaliate over warship sinking
A section of the Cheonan is lifted on 24 April 2010
The Cheonan sank after an as yet unexplained blast on 26 March

South Korea's defence minister has said those responsible for the deaths of 46 sailors on board a warship that sank after an explosion must 'pay a price'.

Kim Tae-young promised 'punitive action' against 'the perpetrators who killed our soldiers.'

He did not specify what form this could take. South Korea has not directly blamed North Korea - and Pyongyang has denied any role.

The Cheonan sank after a 'close-range' blast that split it in two.

Last month, a mass funeral was held for the 46 sailors, including six whose bodies have not been recovered.

Aluminium fragments

Many South Koreans believe North Korea sank the ship, correspondents say.

Times Square cleared as suspected car bomb found

Times Square cleared as suspected car bomb found: "NEW YORK - Police found a suspected car bomb in a smoking sport utility vehicle Saturday evening in Times Square, then cleared the streets of thousands of tourists milling through the landmark district so they could dismantle the device."



(Via Top News.)