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Judge Orders Release of Spying Documents
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Judge Orders Release of Spying Documents
A federal judge dealt a setback to the Bush administration on its warrantless surveillance program, ordering the Justice Department on Thursday to release documents about the highly classified effort within 20 days or compile a list of what it is withholding.

UN Calls Guantanamo a US Torture Camp
The United States must close its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay because it is effectively a torture camp where prisoners have no access to justice, a UN report released Thursday concluded.

Cindy Sheehan and Sam Bostaph | The Human Cost of War
According to Cindy Sheehan and Sam Bostaph the human lives and money that are being poured into the sands of distant Iraq are harming our very humanity. Rather than accolades, the American people are receiving worldwide hatred in return. Rather than greater security, they are receiving less. Rather than expanding freedom in the world, they are losing their own to a mindless expansion of federal government power.

EPA Board Says Teflon Chemical a Likely Carcinogen
A group of scientific advisers to the Environmental Protection Agency voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a recommendation that a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products should be considered a likely carcinogen.

The Los Angeles Times | The Trees for the Forest
In a neat bit of circular reasoning, the Bush administration is proposing to sell parts of America's national forests in order to save them.

Jury Urges Millions in Penalties for Nuclear Contamination
A federal jury has determined that cold-war military contractors building nuclear bomb components contaminated lands owned by 12,000 neighbors with plutonium waste, and has recommended $554 million in payments and penalties. Lawyers for the companies, Dow Chemical and Rockwell International, said they would appeal the decision.

Asbestos Bill Is Sidelined by the Senate
The Senate decided on Tuesday night to all but kill legislation to create a $140 billion fund to compensate victims of asbestos poisoning. Supporters of the measure, led by Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, fell just short of the 60 votes needed to waive a budget objection raised about the legislation. The final vote was 58 to 41, and with powerful interests on both sides it did not break down along party lines.

Eye on Presidency and Ear on Hotel Workers' Grievances
The nation's largest hotel union opened a nationwide campaign on Wednesday to improve workers' wages with an unusual strategy - it had John Edwards, the former Democratic candidate for vice president, sit with hotel workers to hear their complaints.

UAW Pushes 'Marshall Plan' for Auto Industry
A "Marshall Plan for the US auto industry," on a scale similar to US aid to devastated Europe after World War II, was among the legislative priorities for United Auto Worker delegates at their conference in Washington.

Internet Campaign Aims to Curb Tesco Power
An increasingly bitter campaign is being waged against Tesco by an umbrella alliance of campaigners, trade unionists, environmentalists and charities protesting its "devastating" impact on communities. Campaigners opened a new front against the retail giant yesterday by helping local people organize through a new website, Tescopoly.

Zimbabwean Women Protesters Held
About 200 women are in police custody in the Zimbabwe capital, Harare, after a protest on Tuesday over food prices and human rights violations.

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