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Ex-skeptic tells U.S. Congress climate change is real

WASHINGTON — A prominent climate change skeptic told Congress on Monday he no longer doubts that global warming is real and caused by humans, and joined other scientists in urging action to stop it. Physicist Richard Muller, director of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project, whose two-year research was funded…

NBA players reject new offer, season at risk

NEW YORK — The NBA Players Association on Monday rejected the owners’ latest offer and have launched the process to disband their union, throwing the entire 2011-2012 pro basketball season into jeopardy. Players had the option to accept the offer, which proposed a shortened 72-game schedule beginning December 15 to…

Portland mayor: Wall St. gleeful that ‘Occupy’ protests target liberal cities

Portland Mayor Sam Adams on Monday accused protesters associated with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement of losing their focus by fighting with liberal mayors. “I bet Wall street ill-doers are gleeful about how the #ows movement has gotten so distracted from its original aims,” he wrote using the Twitter service…

Wounded veteran condemns Feds for blocking marijuana research for PTSD

More than 12,000 people have signed a petition by a former U.S. Marine that calls on multiple government agencies to stop blocking research concerning marijuana’s potential to help treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Iraq war veteran Sergeant Ryan Begin is leading the campaign on Change.org following the U.S.…

‘Occupy’ protesters hope to shut down Wall Street with street carnival

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Protesters hope to shut down Wall Street on Thursday by holding a street carnival to mark the two-month anniversary of their campaign against economic inequality. Protest organizers acknowledged that the “day of action” they have planned could be the group’s most provocative most yet, and could…

McCain chides Republican candidates on ‘torture’

Senior US Senator John McCain on Monday rebuked Republican presidential candidates who came out in favor of a harshinterrogation tactic known as waterboarding, bluntly calling it “torture.” “Very disappointed by statements at SC (South Carolina) GOP (Republican) debate supporting waterboarding. Waterboarding is torture,” McCain said on his official Twitter feed. Several of…

US Congress to look into ‘green’ aid to China

A key US House of Representatives committee this week will look into a government program that helps make Chinese firms more energy efficient, the panel’s Republican chairman announced Monday. The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on Tuesday will hold a hearing dubbed “Feeding the Dragon: Reevaluating US Development Assistance to China,” according toRepresentative Don…

Chance of 2012 U.S. recession tops 50 percent

(Reuters) – The European debt crisis is raising the odds of a U.S. recession, with economic contraction more likely than not by early 2012, according to research from the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. While it is difficult to gauge the odds precisely, an analysis of leading U.S. economic indicators suggests…

Senators urge probe into US companies aiding Syria

US senators called in a letter released Monday for an investigation into whether US companies have provided Internet monitoring and censorship technology to Syria, aiding its crackdown on dissent. Democratic Senators Bob Casey and Chris Coons as well asRepublican Senator Mark Kirk made the appeal in a letter, which was dated Friday, to US Secretary…

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