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New Fear at Virginia Tech

Just 48 hours after Monday’s tragedy, Virginia Tech students and faculty were jolted Wednesday morning by another scare.  The AP reported that a police SWAT team descended upon an administrative building on campus to investigate a potential bomb threat linked to gunman Cho Seung-Hui, who killed himself Monday.

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Mass Casualties in Baghdad Blasts

Updated: Wednesday brought further tragic evidence that the surge isn’t working to secure Iraq:  As many as 200 people were killed in a series of explosions in Baghdad. The worst of the bombings took place at a crowded market in the Sadriya district that was being reconstructed after a blast in February that claimed 130 lives.

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Top Court’s Choice Not Pro-Choice

In a ruling that supports President Bush’s abortion politics, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of the ban on partial-birth abortions that Bush pushed and Congress approved in 2003.  The Court’s move struck some pro-choice proponents as the (further) politicization of a woman’s personal, and medical, decision.

 

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BlackBerry Addicts Get the Night Sweats

There’s a reason why it’s nicknamed CrackBerry.  North American BlackBerry users were dismayed Tuesday night by an overnight shutdown of the company’s wireless e-mail service that left them bereft of their fix—and forced them to communicate in passé ways.

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Chinese Transit Revs Up

Mass transit is speeding up in China with the introduction of high-speed trains, a welcome development in a country that carried “25% of the world’s passengers and freight” last year and has been struggling to accommodate commuters, according to the BBC.

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The Dark Side of Ethanol

A new study out of Stanford University says ethanol could worsen smog problems, as the alternative fuel may produce dirtier air than gasoline. Ethanol has already been something of a mixed bag for environmentalists, who are desperate for politically viable alternative fuels but troubled by the high cost of corn-based ethanol.

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Last-Minute Tax Woes

A deluge of tax procrastinators attempting to file electronically before the midnight deadline on Tuesday slowed the TurboTax servers to a crawl, causing wait times in the hours. A spokesman for the company that makes the popular tax preparation software said it was “absolutely amazing” how many people had waited until the last possible moment.

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Virginia Shooter Had No Difficulty Buying Guns

As more details emerge from the massacre at Virginia Tech, it has become tragically clear that the least remarkable aspect of the crime was the purchase of the weapons that killed 33 people. An investigation has found that Cho Seung-Hui bought two pistols quickly, affordably and, for the most part, legally.

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UK Forces Climate Talks at U.N.

Over the objections of other members, the UK has brought the climate change debate to the U.N. Security Council. Russia, China and Pakistan said it was the wrong venue for the issue, but U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett pointed out that rising sea levels, mass migration and economic catastrophe would almost certainly impact global security.

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Why I Declined to Serve

John J. Sheehan, the retired Marine Corps general who declined the White House’s invitation to serve as “war czar,” explains his decision and warns that the administration’s strategic “shortcomings” will not benefit from the creation of such a position.

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