Archive for December, 2010

Flights make it to NYC but get stranded on tarmac
A passenger on one Cathay Pacific flight says travelers were still on one plane at 1:15 p.m. nearly eight hours after landing.
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E-mails, letters favor pardon for Billy the Kid
Richardson’s office received 809 e-mails and letters in the survey that ended Sunday. Some 430 argued for a pardon and 379 opposed it.
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Police fatalities jump 37 percent in 2010
These so-called cluster killings of more than one officer helped make 2010 a particularly deadly year for law enforcement. Deaths in the line of duty jumped 37 percent to about 160 from 117 the year before, according to numbers as of Tuesday compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a nonprofit that tracks police deaths.
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Family: 5 dead in Fla. motel were like brothers
They were celebrating a birthday Sunday night when they were overcome by carbon monoxide from a car they left running in a garage under their Hialeah motel room, police said. The teens’ friends told police that the car was having engine trouble, and they had probably left it running so that they wouldn’t get stuck with a car that wouldn’t start, police spokesman Carl Zogby said.
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Family: 5 dead in Fla. motel were like brothers
They were celebrating a birthday Sunday night when they were overcome by carbon monoxide from a car they left running in a garage under their Hialeah motel room, police said. The teens’ friends told police that the car was having engine trouble, and they had probably left it running so that they wouldn’t get stuck with a car that wouldn’t start, police spokesman Carl Zogby said.
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Several injured as chairs drop from Maine ski lift
The Sugarloaf resort in Carrabassett Valley, about 120 miles north of Portland, said about six people were taken to hospitals after five chairs fell. The resort’s ski patrol evacuated the lift.
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Several injured as chairs drop from Maine ski lift
The Sugarloaf resort in Carrabassett Valley, about 120 miles north of Portland, said about six people were taken to hospitals after five chairs fell. The resort’s ski patrol evacuated the lift.
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CVS to buy Medicare business of Universal American
CVS said it pursued the deal because with the country’s population aging, a growing percentage of Americans will get their prescription drug coverage from Medicare.
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Worley wins 3rd WCup giant slalom, Vonn 7th
Worley finished her two runs on the Panorama course in a combined time of 2 minutes, 9.66 seconds to beat Riesch by 0.62 seconds. World champion Kathrin Hoelzl was third.
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The Do Lectures’ Bold Designer Posters Deliver Motivating Resolutions for the New Year
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It’s that time of year when, after days of lounging and eating and eating and lounging, we are struggling to get up from our oh so comfy sofas and get moving. 2011 is almost upon us – say goodbye to <a href=”http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/12/the-most-popular-and-memorable-… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Give Something Back in the New Year

Give Something Back in the New Year
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It’s new year’s eve, time to think about those resolutions for 2011. Some for you (diet? gym? less computer?) and some for others.

Under that category there are so many worthy and important causes that one can donate to–here are just a few. Pencils of Promise, a non-profit group which works with communities in developing countries to build schools for under-privileged children….
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An Ambitious Project Looks to Fix Urban America through Crowd Sourcing
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Over the last few weeks, Chicagoans have been asked a simple question: “What would encourage you to walk, bike and take CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) more often?” Ads posing the question in buses, subways and public spaces invite the city’s residents to respond with their ideas, via text message. This mass call and response is part of Give a Minute, a campaign created by advocacy group CEOs for Cities and media design firm Local Projects, which looks to take public dialogue out of town meetings and into the streets. The idea is s… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Tea off: India’s farmers say climate changing brew

An Indian laborer plucks tea leaves at a tea garden in Amchong tea estate, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. Tea growers in northeastern India say climate change has hurt the country's tea crop, leading not just to a drop in production but also subtly altering the flavor of their brew. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)In this humid, lush region where an important part of the world’s breakfast is born, the evidence of climate change is — literally — a weak tea.

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In the UK, Excess Packaging is a Legal Matter
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Who said the U.S. has the most lawsuit-happy culture? The UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s was sued back in September for using too much packaging. The case was dropped about a month later, but that didn’t stop the New York Times from writing a story about packaging<…
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