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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Critical Mass

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over 4 years ago

“Democrats and Republicans ramped up election eve get-out-the-vote efforts in their close battle for a Massachusetts Senate seat that could decide the fate of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and the rest of his agenda at the opening of the 2010 midterm campaign season. Obama needs ...

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Pear-Shape Promise

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Having a derriere and thighs which are disproportionately large compared with your upper torso, otherwise known as being “pear shaped”, could have serious health benefits. “Oxford University scientists -- who have looked at all the evidence on the health effects of storing more fat on the hips ...

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Twitter Terror

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A British man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act and given an airport life ban after he used Twitter to vent his anger about disrupted travel plans caused by bad weather. “When heavy snowfall threatened to scupper Paul Chambers's travel plans, he decided to vent his frustrations on Twitter by ...

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Religious Clashes

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Troops and riot police has been despatched to the Nigerian city of Jos after fights between gangs of Muslim and Christian youths led to a reported 12 deaths. “Houses, mosques and churches were set alight and a dusk-to-dawn curfew is now in force. The city has a history of ethnic and religious ...

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Piñera Victorious

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“Millionaire Sebastián Piñera won a landmark victory in Sunday's presidential election, and will become Chile's first conservative leader since the end of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet two decades ago. With 99% of polling places reporting, Mr. Piñera had 51.6% of the vote, compared to 48.3 ...

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King Murder

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“‘You can kill the dreamer, but you cannot kill the dream.’ More than four decades after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., that was the defiant message given Sunday by the man King spent his last hour alive with. Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal and state holiday ...

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Global Kindle

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Amazon has expanded its Kindle self publishing platform, otherwise known as the Digital Text Platform, to allow authors worldwide to push out their content. “The scheme, which was only available in the US previously, will support English, German and French languages, but neither Mandarin or Spanish ...

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Ignored Massacre

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It has taken nearly 22 years for Ali Hassan al-Majid to be judged by Iraqis for perpetrating one of the worst massacres in modern history, reports The Times. “Even peering out from the smudged window of an Iranian military helicopter, it was clear that a terrible crime had been committed against the ...

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Gunmen Attack

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Gunfire and explosions ripped through Kabul early this morning after Taliban gunmen, some strapped with suicide bombs, launched a commando-style assault on government buildings. “It was the worst attack on the city in nearly a year. Gunfire and loud explosions could be heard across the capital and a ...

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Waiting Game

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Foreign aid has reached the ground in Haiti but distribution is hampered by destroyed infrastructure and a government vacuum. “As the focus on Saturday turned away from Haitians lost to those trying to survive, a sprawling assembly of international officials and aid workers struggled to fix a ...

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The New Detroit

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Auto plants running around the clock in China still cannot meet the burgeoning demand of a growing middle class in urban and rural areas. “Nissan Motor Co.’s factory in central China is making cars almost 24 hours a day, yet Pan Xiaowei still waited three months for her new Tiida compact to arrive ...

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Red Into Green

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A Red Cross fundraising campaign for Haiti raised record amounts via text messages after a campaign on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. “A 48-hour-old fundraising campaign to help Haiti earthquake victims, done solely through text messages, was already stunning Red Cross officials ...

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Clever Doctors

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After a car crash that crushed her windpipe a Belgian woman kept a donor’s windpipe in her forearm before the transplant occurred. “Linda De Croock, a Belgian woman who had her throat crushed in a car accident a quarter-century ago, received one of the odder-sounding organ transplants we’ve ever ...

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Retribution

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Saddam Hussein’s notorious cousin known as Chemical Ali has been sentenced to death for gassing Kurds at the end of the Iran-Iraq war. “Families of victims in court cheered when the judge handed down the guilty verdict against Ali Hassan al-Majid in a trial for the poison gas attack on the Kurdish ...

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GOP Leading Polls

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The Republican candidate aiming to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat from Massachusetts is leading the polls with his vow to kill national healthcare reform. “With the political winds at the back of Republican Scott Brown, pollsters tracking the Massachusetts Senate race are skeptical that ...