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China proposes death penalty for organ traffickers

SHANGHAI – Organ traffickers in China could face the death penalty under a draft law being reviewed by the country’s top legislature, state media reported Thursday. Those convicted of “forced organ removal, forced organ donation or organ removal from juveniles” could face the same punishment as for homicide, which ranges…

Former AG Gonzales says he’s angry about criminal probe

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday he’s angry about being put through a long-running criminal investigation into his role in the firings of U.S. attorneys. “I feel angry that I had to go through this. That my family had to suffer through and what for?” Gonzales said in an…

EPA proposes veto of major US mountaintop removal site

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an unprecedented veto to restrict or prohibit mining at a major proposed US mountaintop removal coal mining site. If the veto is finalized, it would invalidate a permit first issued in 2007 for the Army Corps of Engineers at the Spruce…

Brown admits ‘mistake’ in not planning for Iraq invasion’s fallout

Prime Minister Gordon Brown admitted Monday it had been a “mistake” to fail to prepare adequately for rebuilding Iraq following the 2003 removal of Saddam Hussein. But speaking days before his predecessor Tony Blair testifies to Britain’s Iraq war inquiry, Brown — who will face the probe himself within weeks…

Public option inventor: ‘I still believe in this bill”

WASHINGTON — The intellectual father of the public option on Sunday declared that its removal from the health care bill was not reason enough to oppose the legislation. “It would therefore be tempting for me,” Hacker wrote in an op-ed for The New Republic, “to side with Howard Dean and…

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