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Bill Gates, Britain boost child vaccine funding

LONDON (AFP) – Britain and Bill Gates joined forces on Monday to pledge more than half of the $3.7 billion (2.6 billion euros) sought to vaccinate nearly 250 million children against preventable diseases. Prime Minister David Cameron told a donors’ conference in London that Britain would contribute a further £814…

Michigan superintendent: Let’s turn our schools into prisons

The superintendent of schools in Ithaca, Michigan, a small town in the heart of the state, had a sarcastic response to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP-controlled state legislature’s decision to strip $300 per student from the school budget. The superintendent, Nathan Bootz, noted to local newspaper the Gratiot…

House votes to pull funding for abortion-related training

The Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of an amendment which would permanently bar any public funding for medical training centers that educate doctors on how to perform abortions. The amendment includes an exception for victims of rape or incest, along with women whose lives may…

World Bank unveils $6 billion in funding for Egypt and Tunisia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Tuesday unveiled $6 billion in funding to help Tunisia and Egypt address budget and reserve shortfalls this year and next, following popular uprisings that ended years of dictatorships but which have caused economic stress. Zoellick said a Group of Eight meeting…

House GOP aims to cut off new funding for TSA body scanners

Legislation proposed by Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) on Thursday cuts off new funding for body imaging scanners used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at airport security checkpoints. The Fiscal Year 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill does not provide the $76 million requested by President Barack Obama…

US State Department hopes to break through ‘great firewall of China’

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to pump millions of dollars into new technology to break through Internet censorship overseas amid a heightened crackdown on dissent in China, officials said Tuesday. State Department officials said they would give 19 million dollars to efforts to evade Internet controls in China, Iran…

‘Forcible rape’ returns as House plans vote on GOP abortion bill

WASHINGTON – The House is poised to vote Wednesday on H.R. 3, the GOP’s “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act” — and Republicans may have reignited an explosive controversy they swiftly backed down from at first. The initial version of the legislation sought to limit government-subsidized abortion coverage even in…

House to vote on anti-abortion bill H.R.3 next week

WASHINGTON – House Republicans intend to hold a floor vote on their sweeping anti-abortion bill next week, Raw Story has learned. The date and time have yet to be finalized. H.R.3, “The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” last month secured enough co-sponsors to pass the House. Initially a top…

SETI forced to shut down search for alien life

The SETI Institute has been forced to temporarily shut down operations at its telescope array due to federal and state funding cutbacks. The Allen Telescope Array, composed of dozens of radio dishes 300 miles northeast of San Francisco, was put into a state of hibernation last week. The telescope array…

NASA spared cuts in US spending bill passage

WASHINGTON (AFP) – NASA breathed a sigh of relief Friday after Congress approved a government spending bill that secured $18.5 billion for the US space agency, sparing it from the prospect of cuts. “We appreciate the work of Congress to pass a 2011 spending bill,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden said…

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