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Betty Ford remembered at California memorial service

PALM DESERT, Calif (Reuters) – Former first lady Betty Ford was remembered on Tuesday for her activism and pioneering work for addicts at a memorial service in California that drew leading political lights of the past four decades. First lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President George…

Greenpeace accuses Barbie of being a forest vandal

JAKARTA (AFP) – Greenpeace on Wednesday accused Mattel, the US maker of Barbie dolls, of contributing to the wanton destruction of carbon-rich Indonesian forests and habitats of endangered species like Sumatran tigers. The environmental group said packaging used in Barbie and Ken boxes contained timber products from Asia Pulp and…

Are insects the answer to global malnutrition?

VIENTIANE — Serge Verniau is a man with a mission: to persuade the world to swap the chicken wings and steaks on their plates for crickets, palm weevils and other insects rich in protein and vitamins. Verniau, the Laos representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), is only…

Koch-founded group recycles misleading video to support union-busting in Ohio

A new ad out of FreedomWorks, the political advocacy group funded in-part by arch conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, rankled critics Friday for recycling footage from a California protest to smear union workers in Ohio. The ad was part of a larger campaign FreedomWorks is planning, which includes a…

Tea Partiers use Fox to deliver ‘palm message’ to Palin

Sarah Palin was mercilessly mocked after getting caught reading notes off her hand during a question-and-answer session in February’s Tea Party convention. But two Tea Partiers were apparently impressed, and flashed her a celebratory note on their own palms during an appearance on Fox & Friends Monday. John Knapp and…

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