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‘Disappointed’ supporters greet Obama in California

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Hundreds of protesters, mostly Hispanics demanding immigration reform, gathered to vent their disappointment with US President Barack Obama as he visited California. Many of the activists said they were Obama supporters but felt let down by the slow pace of the change he promised in his…

Obama heckled at fundraiser by Bradley Manning supporters

WASHINGTON – Ten supporters of accused whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning paid at least $5,000 to attend a fundraiser with President Barack Obama Thursday and interrupted his speech with a song protesting soldier’s treatment. Obama was speaking at a San Francisco hotel to a room of about 200 donors — some…

Obama: Tax Warren Buffett to save Social Security

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Social Security’s long-term solvency can be secured by raising more revenues from wealthy taxpayers like Warren Buffett. “I’ll just give you one example of a change that would make a difference in Social Security,” the president said at a town hall in…

Apparent Chinese hackers launch DDoS attacks against Change.org

In an apparent response to an internationally popular petition on Change.org, hackers launched a coordinated DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack on Change.org early Monday from inside China, spokesman Benjamin Joffe-Walt said in a blog post. Change.org believes the hackers were spurred by the popular petition calling for the release…

Eight Libyan rebels die in fighting on Misrata road

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Libyan rebels said they repelled a government attack on Misrata on Saturday and praised a “positive change” from NATO after it carried out several air strikes on Gaddafi’s forces there. The fighting centered on theNakl al-Theqeel road to Misrata’s rebel-controlled port, where a Red Cross-chartered vessel carrying medical…

Billion-plus people to lack water in 2050: study

WASHINGTON – More than one billion urban residents will face serious water shortages by 2050 as climate change worsens effects of urbanization, with Indian cities among the worst hit, a study said Monday. The shortage threatens sanitation in some of the world’s fastest-growing cities but also poses risks for wildlife…

Analysis: Science of predicting change enjoys fertile times

LONDON (Reuters) – Times of change can be drastic — revolutions topple dictators, extreme weather kills tens of thousands and market crashes plunge people into poverty — but for scientists studying complex systems they are fertile ground. Few would want to predict the outcome of uprisings in the Middle East…

Japan nuclear crisis mixed message for climate change

PARIS – Japan’s nuclear crisis will boost interest in clean renewables such as solar and wind power but may also sharpen demand for coal, oil and gas, whose carbon pollution drives climate change, experts said Monday. Nuclear energy provides around 14 percent of the world’s electricity mix, although this is…

Google backs climate-change weather insurance startup

SAN FRANCISCO – Google on Monday was among investors pumping $42 million into a climate change inspired technology startup that calculates the chances of crops being ruined by weather. WeatherBill launched Total Weather Insurance in 2010 as a way for US farmers protect themselves against being devastated by weather, which…

GOP inquiry finds no evidence that ‘climategate’ scientists misused data

WASHINGTON – A Republican-led federal probe of climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found no evidence that they manipulated data, after leaked e-mails in 2009 sparked the “climategate” controversy. The investigation was conducted by the inspector general of the Commerce Department. It reviewed the 1,073 leaked messages,…

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