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Protest-hit China city says no plant without public support

A city in southern China which has been the site of violent protests against a proposed chemical plant said it will not go ahead with the project if a majority of residents object to it, as authorities seek to head off more unrest. Photos posted on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like microblog service, have showed hundreds of demonstrators marching along the streets over the past two days, an overturned car in flames and protesters laying bloodied on the road. “If the majority of people are against it, the city government won’t make a decision contrary to public opinion,” it said. Maoming residents have been protesting the production of paraxylene, a chemical used to make fabrics and plastic bottles at a plant run by the local government and state-owned Sinopec Corp, China’s biggest refiner. Read More..

March 31st, 2014

Federal judge will not block Arizona rules on use of abortion drugs

By Paul Ingram TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by Planned Parenthood and a private women’s health clinic to block new Arizona regulations that would limit the use of abortion-inducing drugs. The regulations, which go into effect on Tuesday, would require any medicine used to induce an abortion to be administered strictly according to protocols issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and instructions on the label. The FDA has approved RU-486, the so-called “abortion pill,” for use within seven weeks’ gestation. Doctors who have prescribed it later than that have made an off-label use which is not allowed under Arizona’s law. Read More..

March 31st, 2014

Virginia lawmaker says son’s suicide led to mental health reform

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds speaks at a rally at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VirginiaBy Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A prominent Virginia state politician whose mentally ill son attacked him before committing suicide said on Monday that healthcare reforms passed because of the incident would prevent other tragedies. Democratic state Senator and former gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds said his son's death in November 2013 had forced him to confront the shortcomings of a state system he and other lawmakers had created. Deeds' 24-year-old son, Austin "Gus" Deeds, attacked his father with a knife on November 19 at their home in Bath County, Virginia. Only 13 hours before the attack, Gus Deeds had been released from state custody after a mental health evaluation.

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March 31st, 2014

Obamacare website stalls briefly ahead of enrollment deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The website for people to enroll in U.S. private health insurance faced some delays early Monday morning, just hours before the deadline for the first year of enrollment under the healthcare law.

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March 31st, 2014

Japan Must Halt Whaling Program In Antarctic, Court Says

Japan’s government had argued that whales were hunted for research purposes. The International Court of Justice said there wasn’t enough scientific research to justify killing hundreds of whales. Read more…

March 31st, 2014
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