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Senate rejects low-cost drug imports

The Senate has narrowly rejected a plan to allow Americans to import low-cost prescription drugs from Canada and other countries.

The amendment by North Dakota Democrat Byron Dorgan failed on a 51-48 vote. Sixty votes were needed to prevail.

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Torture suit too hot to be heard, U.S. says

A lawsuit accusing a Bay Area flight-planning company of aiding an alleged CIA program of kidnapping and torturing terror suspects threatens national security and is too sensitive to discuss fully in a public courtroom, an Obama administration attorney argued Tuesday.

"The case cannot proceed without getting into state secrets," Justice Department lawyer Douglas Letter told an 11-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

TVNL Comment: By "state secrets" mean the lies told to the public and the atrocities committed by the United States.

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'Super-Earths' orbit nearby stars

Planet-hunters have discovered two "super-Earths" orbiting two nearby Sun-like stars. These rocky planets are larger than the Earth but much smaller than ice giants such as Uranus and Neptune.

Scientists say the discoveries are a step towards finding potentially habitable planets - smaller planets that are comparable to the Earth. Details of the new planets are described in two papers in the Astrophysical Journal.

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Hormone that curbs hunger may guard against Alzheimer's

High levels of a hormone that controls appetite appear to be linked to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, US research suggests.

The 12-year-study of 200 volunteers found those with the lowest levels of leptin were more likely to develop the disease than those with the highest. The JAMA study builds on work that links low leptin levels to the brain plaques found in Alzheimer's patients.

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US 'video terrorist' pair jailed for 17 and 13 years

Two US men convicted of plotting to aid terrorists by filming landmarks and sending the clips abroad have been given lengthy prison sentences.

Ehsanul Islam Sadequee was jailed for 17 years, three years less than the prosecution had requested. Sadequee, 23, also went to Bangladesh to meet terrorist cells and tried to help a Pakistani militant group. His friend and co-defendant, 24-year-old Syed Haris Ahmed, got 13 years in prison and 30 years supervised release.

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British involvement in Iraq war blamed on Blair’s ‘sycophancy’

British soldiers were sent to their deaths in Iraq because of Tony Blair’s “sycophancy” towards Washington and the failure of the governing class to speak the truth, a former prosecutions chief says today.

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Kellner: Stop Electronic Voting

New York State Elections Board Co-Chair Doug Kellner testifed to the NY Senate last month that the state should "Stop talking about trying to go to electronic voting."

Mr. Kellner further stated that he has "advocated keeping the lever voting machines permanently."  During his testimony, Kellner cited many problems in the State's "Pilot Program" for the electronic voting machines used in upstate NY during the Nov. 3rd, 2009 elections.

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Millions of missing Bush admin. e-mails found

Computer technicians have found 22 million missing White House e-mails from the administration of President George W. Bush, according to two groups that are settling lawsuits they filed over the failure by the Bush White House to install an electronic record keeping system.

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CREW and Obama Administration Settle Lawsuit over Missing Bush White House Emails

Under the terms of the settlement, the Executive Office of the President (EOP) will restore a total of 94 days of missing emails, which will then be sent to NARA for preservation and eventual access under either the Presidential Records Act or the Federal Records Act. The dates for restoration were chosen based on email volume and external events because there simply was not enough money to restore all the missing emails. In addition, the EOP will continue to provide CREW and the NSA with records documenting the missing email problem, the response of the Bush White House to that problem, and the options the Bush White House considered for preserving electronic records, but inexplicably rejected.

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