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The doctor diagnosed chronic Lyme disease, but many experts say it doesn’t exist

Washington Post – I don’t believe in the Loch Ness monster. I don’t think government scientists are autopsying aliens in Area 51 or plotting a vast conspiracy from a bunker at the North Pole. But for the past two years, I’ve lived through an experience that has felt, at times, like a real-life episode of “The X-Files.” What happened is this: My husband became frighteningly, mysteriously ill. Read Article

Coke, Pepsi to drop level of ‘cancer’ chemical

AFP – Coca-Cola and Pepsi said Friday they have lowered levels of a chemical in caramel coloring to comply with a California law, but insisted the drinks pose no health risks and recipes will not change. The move allows the companies to avoid having to label products with a cancer warning due to what the health-conscious west coast state has ruled are high levels of 4-methylimidazole, shown to cause cancer in lab rodents. Read Article

Divide & Rule: Libya rallies denounce Cyrenaica autonomy calls

BBC – Thousands of Libyans have rallied in the country’s two main cities to denounce moves by leaders in the east to create a semi-autonomous territory. Demonstrators chanted slogans demanding unity and used shoes to hit photos of Ahmed Zubair al-Senussi, the head of the regional council seeking a split.Read article

Keystone oil pipeline bill fails in U.S. Senate

Reuters – U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday defeated a Republican proposal to give a permit to the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline in a vote that will give Republicans more ammunition to criticize President Barack Obama’s energy policies on the campaign trail. Republicans argue the pipeline, which would ship oil from Canada and northern U.S. states to Texas, would create jobs and improve energy security at a time of surging gasoline prices. Read Article

Police Contributed To Man’s Death In North Chicago

CBS — The Lake County Coroner’s office says police blows and a Taser shock are to blame in part for the death of a man who was involved in a confrontation with North Chicago police last November. As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey says the death of Darrin Hanna, 45, was caused in part by trauma inflicted by police after they shocked him with a Taser. Read Article

US: Govt. sets record deficit in February

WashingtonTimes – The federal government recorded its worst monthly deficit in history in February, according to a preliminary report Wednesday from the Congressional Budget Office that said the deficit in fiscal year 2012 is already more than half a trillion dollars. The CBO’s figures show that despite repeated efforts to trim spending, the government has borrowed 42 cents of every dollar it spent during the first five months of this fiscal year. Read article

Ireland to hold referendum on EU fiscal treaty

Reuters – Ireland will hold a referendum on Europe’s new fiscal treaty, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Tuesday, setting the stage for the first popular vote on the German-led plan for stricter budget discipline across the region. Read article

U.S. probes allegations Afghan Air Force involved in drug running

Reuters – U.S. authorities are looking into allegations that some Afghan Air Force (AAF) officials have been using aircraft to transport narcotics and illegal weapons across the country, a U.S. official said on Thursday. “At this point allegations are being examined,” said Lt. Col. Tim Stauffer, spokesman for the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, which is setting up and financing Afghan security forces, including the Air Force. Read Article

Oil gains a second day on Greek deal, Iran

Reuters – Crude oil futures rose for a second day on Thursday as investors cheered progress on Greece’s bond swap deal, which moved the beleaguered country nearer to unlocking funds it needs to avoid default. Tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions provided further support. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Brave New World (190 articles)

Open your eyes for there is a brave new world upon us! Aldous Huxley’s 5thnovel prophetically anticipates developments in reproductive technology, drug use, education and psychoanalysis that combine to change society. Watch our brave new world come into focus before your very eyes by reading our news archive on the subject. CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – UAH global temperature anomaly

UAH Global Temperature Update for February 2012: -0.12 deg. C

China highlights human rights in law revision

China Daily – China’s legislature has underlined the principle of “respecting and safeguarding human rights” by explicitly writing it into a draft amendment to the nation’s Criminal Procedure Law. The draft was submitted Thursday to the ongoing 5th session of the 11th National People’s Congress (NPC) for third reading. Read Article

FDA rejects AstraZeneca move on generic Seroquel

Reuters – Regulators have rejected a move by AstraZeneca that could have delayed the entry of generic versions of its top-selling antipsychotic Seroquel onto the U.S. market later this month. Britain’s second biggest drugmaker said on Friday the Food and Drug Administration had denied its Citizen Petitions requesting the agency withhold finally approving any generic with labeling that did not have certain warning language required for its branded version. Read article

Ecuador indigenous protesters march against mining

BBC – Indigenous protesters in Ecuador have begun a two-week march across the country against plans for large-scale mining projects. Read article

U.S. households turn corner as debt burdens fall

Reuters – U.S. families took on more debt in late 2011 for the first time in 3-1/2 years but a rise in after-tax incomes left consumers in better shape to spend. Other data on Thursday showed the number of Americans filing for jobless benefits rose last week, but not enough to change perceptions the labor market was strengthening. Read Article

Sri Lanka to resist US war crimes resolution

AFP – Sri Lanka on Thursday dismissed as “ill-timed and ill-conceived” a US move at the UN Human Rights Council to censure Colombo over alleged crimes against humanity in the final phase of its separatist war. Water Supply Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said Sri Lanka was confident of defeating the three-point resolution at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva urging the island to probe alleged war crimes. Read Article

Greece debt swap: Hope grows ahead of deadline

BBC – “I’m optimistic that there’s going to be an agreement in the next few hours,” said Charles Dallara, the head of the bank group leading the debt swap talks. Greece needs at least 75% of its bondholders to agree to take a cut in the value of their holdings by the deadline Read article

U.S. CEOs urge Washington to end gridlock

Reuters – More than 100 chief executives at large U.S. companies urged the Obama administration and Congress on Wednesday to end political gridlock and work together with industry to accelerate economic growth through measures such as corporate tax reform. “We cannot be successful if government and business remain divided,” Boeing Co CEO Jim McNerney told a news conference in Washington, D.C. He was flanked by dozens of chief executives participating in meetings hosted by the Business Roundtable. Read Article

Occupy protests target Serco

AAP – A series of protests have been held across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth against multi-national British services company Serco, which runs Australia’s immigration detention and other public facilities. The demonstrations, which will include a protest in London later tonight (AEST), were held by the Occupy movement, which is concerned about the rise in privatisation of public services, and a lack of transparency and accountability. Read Article