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Mar 9, 2013

U.S. budget cuts end White House tours, but not finger-pointing

WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) – The sixth-grade class at St.
Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa, sent a message this
week that was heard in the White House briefing room.

“The White House is our house,” the class said in a video
posted on Facebook. “Please let us visit.”

Mar 7, 2013

Domestic abuse law expanded to protect gays, immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, the landmark 1994 law designed to curb domestic abuse in the United States.

At a packed signing ceremony at the Interior Department – the White House couldn’t accommodate all the advocates who supported the measure, the president said – Obama signed an expanded version of the law that extends protection to gays, immigrants, Native Americans and sex-trafficking victims.

Mar 6, 2013

“Snowquester” was “Noquester” in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “Snowquester” was a no-show in the U.S. capital, which on Wednesday confirmed its status as the center of winter weather wimpdom.

Unlike the Washington snows of yesteryear – “Snowmageddon” and “Snowpocalypse” in 2010 and 2011 – Wednesday’s storm failed to bring the heavy snows and high winds forecast. Before its arrival, wags dubbed this storm “Snowquester” after the budget-cutting sequester that went into effect last week.

Mar 1, 2013

Workers facing U.S. spending cuts worry about money and mission

WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) – From a submarine base in
Maine to a Humvee repair shop in Texas and a Navy graduate
school in California, workers in the bull’s eye of U.S. spending
cuts worry not just about money, but about risking the
government’s mission and sometimes their own safety.

With $85 billion in cuts set to take effect on Friday,
civilian employees of the U.S. government are struggling with
how to cope financially with an expected 20 percent cut in work
hours and pay.

Feb 13, 2013

Obama gives Congress a climate change ultimatum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday gave Congress an ultimatum on climate change: craft a plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the dangers of a warming world, or the White House will go it alone.

“If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will,” Obama said in his State of the Union address. “I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

Nov 27, 2012

Cloudy with a chance of flu? Study offers influenza forecast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New research suggests it may be possible to forecast flu outbreaks in much the same way meteorologists predict weather, a potential boon for public health officials and consumers, one of the study’s authors said on Tuesday.

Using real-time U.S. data gathered by Google Inc, along with a computer model showing how flu spreads, the researchers offered a system that could generate local forecasts of the severity and length of a particular flu outbreak.

Nov 14, 2012

Obama sees second-term focus on climate change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said he plans to work with Congress in his second term to curb human-aggravated climate change, but not at the expense of the U.S. economy.

“I am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human behavior, and carbon emissions,” Obama said at a televised news conference on Wednesday. “And as a consequence, I think we’ve got an obligation to future generations to do something about it.”

Nov 11, 2012

Petraeus may be called in U.S. inquiry on Benghazi: Feinstein

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite an adultery scandal that ended David Petraeus’ tenure as CIA chief, the general may be called to testify in a Senate inquiry into the killing of four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Senator Dianne Feinstein said Sunday.

Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on the “Fox News Sunday” program that Petraeus’ resignation on Friday “was like a lightning bolt.”

Nov 8, 2012

Maya civilization’s collapse linked to climate change: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For a clue to the possible impact of climate change on modern society, a study suggests a look back at the end of classic Maya civilization, which disintegrated into famine, war and collapse as a long-term wet weather pattern shifted to drought.

An international team of researchers compiled a detailed climate record that tracks 2,000 years of wet and dry weather in present-day Belize, where Maya cities developed from the year 300 to 1000. Using data locked in stalagmites – mineral deposits left by dripping water in caves – and the rich archeological evidence created by the Maya, the team reported its findings in the journal Science on Thursday.

Nov 2, 2012

Unilever swaps earnings rat race for sustainability

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Around the time of the 2008 global financial meltdown, consumer products giant Unilever decided to make a dramatic shift in strategy, away from meeting investors’ quarterly expectations to a long-range plan that treads lightly on the environment and supports social goals.

Confident in profiting through doing good, the Anglo-Dutch maker of Dove soap, Ragu sauces and Lipton tea is working with the United Nations to save children’s lives through handwashing and joining other corporations to stem illegal logging, among other things.

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      "I started with Reuters in 1986 in New York City, moving to Washington DC two years later. I've covered the Winter Olympics in Calgary and Salt Lake City, a couple wars, the State Department, White House, Pentagon, several long trials and a presidential sex scandal. Since 2006, I've been reporting on the environment and climate change."
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