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December 2, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--East County Magazine has scoured publications from around the world to compile this week’s top news stories. Stay informed! Never heard of Wikileaks? Want the latest on those bare-all airport scanners? Need current info on economic indicators and top international news? How about Congressional actions that affect you (such as today’s vote on tax cuts)?
Find out here! Top world and national news headlines this week include:
HEADLINES (Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories)
• U.S. House votes to keep Bush middle-class tax cuts (BBC)
• Harvard law students sue over airport scans, pat-downs (Bloomberg Report)
• Stocks close sharply higher on signs of economic growth (L.A. Times)
• Climate deaths more than double in 2010 (Reuters)
• Lethal cold weather grips Europe (BBC)
• Pelosi climate panel dies in Republican sweep of house (Bloomberg)
• Factbox: Main revelations of Wikileaks diplomatic cables (Reuters)
• Never mind democracy: Wikileaks reveal how closely U.S worked with mideast autocracies despite lofty rhetoric about freedom (Newsweek)
• Mullen: China must do more to end North Korea’s ‘reckless behavior’ (CNN)
• U.S. Supreme court wades into California prison overcrowding issue (Sacramento Bee)
• Pentagon sees little risk in allowing gay men and women to serve openly (New York Times)
• Military: Marines need opposition to repeal of `don’t ask, don’t tell’ (North County Times)
• Everything you ever wanted to know about the Prop 8 trial (NBC Bay Area)
• Unemployment benefits: not until Bush tax cuts pass, Senate GOP says (Christian Science Monitor)
EXCERPTS AND LINKS:
U.S. House votes to keep Bush middle class tax cuts
December 2, 2010 (BBC) -- The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would extend tax cuts for middle class Americans while letting them lapse for the wealthy.
The Democratic-led bill keeps tax rates low for Americans making less than $200,000 a year.
Harvard Law Students Sue Over Airport Scans, Pat-Downs
December 1, 2010 (Bloomberg) -- Two Harvard University law students sued the U.S. government over “nude body scanners” and “enhanced pat-downs” at airports, claiming they violate constitutional rights.
Jeffrey Redfern, 27, and Anant Pradhan, 23, who are members of the law school’s class of 2012, said the security measures taken at airports are “intrusive” and violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, according to a complaint filed Nov. 29 in federal court in Boston.
Stocks close sharply higher on signs of economic growth
December 1, 2010 (Los Angeles Times/Associated Press) New York -- Stocks started December with a jump. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 249 points Wednesday, its biggest one-day gain since Sept. 1 and the sixth largest this year.
Climate deaths more than double in 2010
November 29, 2010 (Reuters) WASHINGTON D.C. – Climate-related disasters killed 21,000 people in the first nine months of this year, more than double the number in 2009, the humanitarian organization Oxfam reported on Monday.
Timed to coincide with the start of international talks tackling climate change in Cancun, Mexico, the report cited floods in Pakistan, fires and heat waves in Russia and sea level rise in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu as examples of the deadly consequences of climate change.
Lethal cold weather grips northern Europe
Heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures have been causing another day of disruption to northern Europe and its transport network.
Pelosi climate panel dies in Republican sweep of House
December 1, 2010 (Bloomberg.com) -- Republicans will eliminate the House committee created by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to highlight the threat of climate change, Representative James Sensenbrenner, the top Republican on the panel, said today.
Factbox: Main revelations of WikiLeaks diplomatic cables
November 30, 2010 (Reuters) Washington D.C. - The U.S. government said it would tighten security after WikiLeaks released more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables that include candid views of foreign leaders and blunt assessments of security threats.
Here are the main revelations in the cables:
Never mind democracy: Wikileaks reveal how closely U.S worked with mideast autocracies despite lofty rhetoric about freedom
December 1, 2010 (Newsweek) Washington D.C.--Julian Assange’s data dump has helped confirm that America’s democracy agenda is over. The project of liberating the Middle East from tyrannical regimes and installing free governments was once a centerpiece of the United States’ post-9/11 strategy, but the latest cables released by WikiLeaks reveal a far different reality.
Pentagon sees little risk in allowing gay men and women to serve openly
New York Times (December 1, 2010 ) Washington D.C. -- The Pentagon has concluded that allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the United States armed forces presents a low risk to the military’s effectiveness, even at a time of war, and that 70 percent of surveyed service members believe that the impact on their units would be positive, mixed or of no consequence at all.
Military: Marines lead opposition to repeal of `don’t ask, don’t tell’
November 30, 2010 (North County Times)--Nearly 7 of every 10 Marines in combat roles say repealing the policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly would harm their unit's effectiveness, more than any other branch of the armed forces, according to a long-awaited Pentagon survey released Tuesday.
Forty-four percent of all service members said unit effectiveness would be harmed by its repeal; among the Marines whose jobs are on the front lines, that number rose to 67 percent.
U.S. Supreme Court wades into California prison overcrowding issue
December 1, 2010 (Sacramento Bee) Washington D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday waded into the thorny and long-standing debate over California prison overcrowding: should thousands of prisoners be released to alleviate horrific penal conditions for those who remain?
Mullen: China must do more to end North Korea’s ‘reckless behavior’
December 1, 2010 (CNN) Washington D.C. -- China's call for a return to talks is an inadequate response to the threat posed by North Korea, America's top military officer said Wednesday.
China reacted to the increased tensions after the artillery shelling of a South Korean island killed four people by urging a return to the six-party talks that include North Korea, South Korea, China, the United States, Japan and Russia.
"Beijing's call for consultations will not be a substitute for action," said Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Prop 8 Trial
December 1, 2010 (NBC Bay Area) -- Get ready for the next phase in the turbulent life of Proposition 8.
When the marriage ban was declared unconstitutional earlier this year, proponents appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. They'll hear oral arguments in the case on December 6th. CSPAN will broadcast the trial, and observers are expected to pack the court's overflow room.
Unemployment benefits: not until Bush tax cuts pass, Senate GOP says
December 1, 2010 (Christian Science Monitor) -- November Senate Republicans pledge not to take up any issues, including extending unemployment benefits, until the Bush tax cuts and federal spending bills are sorted out.