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Germany and Switzerland freeze development of nuclear reactors

Germany and Switzerland said Monday that they would be the first industrialized nations to freeze development of nuclear power facilities while they reassess safety procedures, in the wake of Japan’s ongoing nuclear crisis following last week’s devastating earthquake. Despite assurances, six of their reactors are said to be melting down…

Fox News takes issue with Hillary Clinton’s criticism of US media

A Fox News executive said he was surprised and “curious” at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent praise for Al-Jazeera and criticism of US media. “We’ve got leadership issues there, the safety of people, the safety of our own people,” said Michael Clemente, a senior vice president of Fox, according…

Ford recalls 34,000 US, Canada trucks on fire risk

CHICAGO – Ford has recalled 34,100 trucks in the United States and Canada due to two defects which could cause a fire, the automaker said Wednesday. Ford told safety regulators it is not aware of any fires caused by the defects which affect 2010 and 2011 models of its popular…

Drug companies’ aggressive marketing ‘harms’ public health: studies

Pharmaceutical companies’ covert promotion of drugs through free medical journals and aggressive marketing tactics affects drug recommendations and can harm patients, according to recently published studies. “Covert promotion of pharmaceuticals is an important public health issue because it can contribute to the unnecessary overuse of certain drugs or lead to…

GOP leaders quash Republican’s effort to ban guns within 1,000 feet of lawmakers

The top two Republicans in the House of Representatives rejected gun control legislation soon after it was announced by a senior GOP congressman, effectively dooming its hopes for consideration. The bill, unveiled by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on Tuesday, would have banned people from carrying guns within 1,000 feet of…

US lets some companies resume Gulf drilling

WASHINGTON — Thirteen oil companies have been authorized to resume deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico without submitting new plans for environmental review, the US Department of the Interior said. But the companies will still have to comply with tougher safety rules on offshore drilling that were put in…

Transocean refuses to co-operate with oil spill probe

The owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico is refusing to honor subpoenas from a federal board that has challenged the company’s involvement in monitoring the testing of a key piece of equipment that failed to stop the oil spill disaster. Transocean said the U.S. Chemical…

Congress sends Obama food safety bill

WASHINGTON — The US Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a sweeping food safety bill in the wake of mass recalls affecting items from tainted eggs to peanut butter, pistachios, spinach and milk. The House of Representatives passed the measure by a 215-144 margin, days after the Senate okayed the…

Food safety bill heads to House after constitutional snafu fixed

The Senate has passed a sweeping bill to make food safer, sending it to the House in the waning days of Congress. This is the second time the Senate has passed the bill, which would give the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force…

Report: White House altered drilling safety report

The Interior Department’s inspector general says the White House edited a drilling safety report in a way that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of the administration’s six-month ban on new drilling. The inspector general says the editing changes resulted “in the implication that the…

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