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Mexican Teen Workers Stiffed by Wal-Mart

Being an adolescent bagger at Wal-Mart is tough enough without the added issue that comes with working at the megachain’s “Superama” locations in Mexico, where thousands of teen employees labor without receiving wages from the company.  Whatever they earn comes solely from tips. Via Boing Boing

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Russian Flag on North Pole Seabed

Although Canada and the U.S., among other nations, are disputing Russia’s claim to vast territory in the Arctic, Russia has planted its flag on the ocean floor at the North Pole.  Why does it matter?  Well, some 25 percent of the Earth’s oil reserves might be at stake.

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Collapsed Bridge Had Known Structural Problems

A day after Wednesday’s deadly rush-hour bridge collapse in Minneapolis, the Bush administration acknowledged that the interstate freeway bridge had been known to be “structurally deficient” for at least two years—while carefully pointing out that the Minnesota government was responsible for its upkeep.

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Rumsfeld Lies?:  Pat Tillman Case Review

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made a cameo appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday to testify about what he knew, and when, regarding the death of Cpl. Pat Tillman.  Facing Reps. Henry Waxman, Dennis Kucinich and others, a fidgety Rumsfeld denied that there was a cover-up, denied that he played any part in mischaracterizing Tillman’s death, and explained the difference between an “error” and a “lie.”

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Democrats to Bush: Veto This!

Defying President Bush’s promise to veto the bill, House Democrats approved a broad expansion of the popular SCHIP program that would offer healthcare coverage to millions more poor children. The Senate version appears likely to pass, which would force Bush to make good on his vow and in the process deny poor children fiscally responsible healthcare.

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U.S. and UK Want U.N. Back in Iraq

The United Nations hasn’t had much of a presence in Iraq since a car bomb blew up its headquarters back in 2003, but that could soon change. The U.S. and Britain have begun pushing a Security Council resolution that would expand the U.N.‘s mandate in Iraq, with a focus on diplomacy and human rights.

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Rove to Dodge Senate Committee Grilling?

Once again, it pays to be in the Bush administration’s tight inner circle (especially when the possibility of punishment for alleged wrongdoing looms): It now seems that Karl Rove may be protected by his loyal president and may not have to face the Senate Judiciary Committee about the U.S. attorney firings scandal.

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Rumsfeld Denies Responsibility at Tillman Hearing

In a hearing before a House committee Wednesday, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld testified he had not known the real circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death in April 2004 and that he would not characterize the Army’s handling of the friendly-fire case as a “cover-up.”

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Obama Talks Tough About Pakistan

Perhaps hoping to counteract any perceived weakness (or naivete) regarding his stance on foreign policy, presidential hopeful Barack Obama let fly with some words of warning for Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf in a Washington speech Wednesday.

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Saudis Cautiously ‘Keen’ on Mideast Peace Talks

Hard to say whether the $20-billion arms package Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brought to the negotiating table with Saudi Arabia has anything to do with Saudi leaders cottoning to the idea of meeting with Israel, Palestinians and select other Mideast states later this year.

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