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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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  • Senators Grill Sotomayor On Firefighters, Comments
    Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nominee to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court, answered questions Tuesday from several members of a Senate panel at her confirmation hearing. At issue were her handling of the New Haven firefighters' case and previous statements about life experience and impartiality.
  • Sotomayor, Like Past Nominees, Saying Little
    Judge Sonia Sotomayor gave as little away as she possibly could while still answering senators' questions at her confirmation hearing Tuesday. Her comments on the right to privacy echoed the remarks of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito at their confirmation hearings.
  • Treating Ballast Water Could Fight Invasive Species
    Billions of microscopic eggs or larvae of local marine creatures live in ships' ballast water. When transported across the globe, these invasive species can wreak havoc on ecosystems, costing billions of dollars in cleanup each year. Scientists are developing water treatment systems to remove these organisms from the water.
  • Democrats Unveil Health Care Measure
    House Democrats unveiled a health care measure Tuesday with provisions for a government-sponsored plan. The measure would require most people to have insurance and for most employers to pay for it. It was missing a key ingredient, however: how it would be financed.
  • Reporter: Calif. Nursing Panel Ignored Abuse Cases
    Charles Ornstein, a reporter for ProPublica co-wrote a story in Sunday's Los Angeles Times about why abusive nurses in California were allowed to keep working even after an oversight panel learned of their practices. The report prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to fire most of the nursing board.
  • Unrest In China Highlights Plight Of Ethnic Minorities
    Recent violence in Urumqi, China, marks the second year of major ethnic unrest in the country's far west, after riots in Tibet last year. The events have prompted renewed debate over the treatment of ethnic minorities in China.
  • Japanese Structure Withstands Earthquake Test
    In Miki, Japan, Tuesday, a six-story wooden model condominium was shaken by the equivalent of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. The test was said to be the largest simulated earthquake ever attempted with a wooden structure. John Van de Lindt, a professor at Colorado State University, says the structure fared "very, very well."
  • How States Are Dealing With Budget Gaps
    States are raising taxes and fees to make ends meet in their budgets. But a researcher at the Urban Institute says it's unlikely that the housing crisis will be resolved. So, in a few years, these increases still may not generate enough money to pay the bills.
  • Only 100 Percent Pure Honey Makes Grade In Fla.
    Beginning Tuesday, any honey that is sold in Florida is required to be 100 percent pure. In 2006, Florida agriculture officials began to see a flood of honey that was sold with additives and chemicals. Beekeepers petitioned the federal government to establish a national honey standard, but nothing happened. Now, the honey industry is embarking on a state-by-state effort to establish rules for pure honey.
  • In-N-Out Burger Sticks To Basics, Finds Success
    In-N-Out Burger is a phenomenally successful West Coast chain that has stuck to burgers, fries and shakes. BusinessWeek reporter Stacy Perman has written a new history of In-N-Out. She says the chain has persisted with its original formula: Keep it simple; do one thing, and do it the best you can.

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