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Tehran delegation to tsunami-stricken area cooperates unexpectedly with ZAKA team in giving out food, medicine to locals. Iranian volunteer: 'We are cousins'
An unusual cooperation amidst Japanese catastrophe: An Israeli team of 12 ZAKA (Disaster Victim Identification) volunteers sent to Japan to help out with rescue efforts worked alongside an unlikely team on Sunday – the official Iranian delegation.
This strange joint effort took place in the city of Kamaishi, which was hit badly by the quake and tsunami. The ZAKA team arrived to assist locals rescue and identify bodies buried in the wreckage and to take note of the Japanese disaster incase a similar one was to happen in Israel.
"The Japanese welcomed us very nicely. They hug us wherever we go and thank us for Israeli aid," said ZAKA Chairman and delegation head Yehuda Meshi-Zahav.
The Iranians told the ZAKA volunteers: "You know we are cousins. The wars and conflicts are between the leaders, but between the people there should be peace. We can't forget we were close once."
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ZAKA volunteers with Iranian delegation member (Photo: ZAKA spokesperson's office)
BREAKING NEWS> Obama: Goal Is to Cut US Oil Imports by 1/3 Over 10 Years
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WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- President Barack Obama called for cutting U.S. oil imports by one third on Wednesday, and boosting U.S. oil and gas production as well as alternative fuels. In a speech at Georgetown University, Obama also ordered U.S. agencies to buy 100% alternative-fuel vehicles by 2015. Obama said that the U.S. can't bet its long-term prosperity and security "on a resource that will eventually run out."
The chief executive of Caterpillar has warned the governor of Illinois that state spending and an unfavorable business climate could undermine the competitiveness of Illinois-based companies.
Doug Oberhelman sent the letter last week to Gov. Pat Quinn, noting that four states have invited the Peoria-based heavy equipment maker to relocate since Illinois raised personal and corporate income taxes in January.
"I want to stay here. But as the leader of this business, I have to do what's right for Caterpillar
Oberhelman attached letters from the governors or other officials of Texas, Nebraska, Virginia and South Dakota, all of whom cited the recent Illinois tax hikes and offered to roll out the red carpet to Caterpillar.
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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi government's announcement that five insurgent groups have renounced violence and will join the political process has been met with different reactions by the country's political factions, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq reports.
National Reconciliation Minister Amir al-Khuzaei said on March 23 that the names of the five groups who have agreed to disarm would be disclosed in the next few days.
He added that there were other groups in contact with the government who are considering taking similar action.
But Hakim Abbas, a member of the Sadrist parliamentary bloc within the Shi'ite National Alliance, says that the militants involved with these groups are pro-Saddam Baathists implicated in past wrongdoing.
He says accommodating them runs counter to all political understandings between the major factions.
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Leaders of the Tea Party Patriots are planning a rally in Washington, D.C. next week to protest House Republicans' willingness to compromise on spending cuts in the federal budget and demand that Republicans "make the tough decisions we sent them there to make."
"On Thursday, March 31, 2011, Tea Party Patriots will be holding a Continuing Revolution Rally on the East Side of the Capitol Building from noon to 1:30pm," reads a note on the group's Facebook page. "While the Congress continues 'business-as-usual' with their short term continuing resolutions, we will be there to Continue our Tea Party Revolution and demand they make the tough decisions we sent them there to make."
Mark Meckler, co-founder and National Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, told CBS News the rally is intended to hold Republicans to a series of campaign pledges - including the Republican "Pledge to America," which promised to cut $100 billion from the federal budget in the 2011 fiscal year.
"The point of the rally is to do as we promised: stand with the people who are willing to make the hard choices and do the difficult work of getting spending and debt under control," Meckler told Hotsheet. "There are 54 people who voted against the short term
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Trace amounts of radiation from Japan have been detected in Chicago.
As WBBM Newsradio 780′s Mike Krauser reports, travelers coming in from Japan on Wednesday triggered radiation detectors at O’Hare as they passed through customs. Only very small amounts of radiation were detected.
“We are aware of the radiation,” said Chicago Aviation Department spokesman Karen Pride. “We are adding screenings and precautionary measures.”
In one instance, radiation was detected in a plane’s air filtration system. Radiation was also found in luggage and on passengers on flights from Japan.
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Two Senate Democrats called today for a sweeping review of safety vulnerabilities at U.S. nuclear plants in light of the ongoing disaster in Japan. Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Tom Carper, D-Del., Chair of the Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, wrote a letter today urging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to “extensively investigate the risks posed to nuclear facilities in the United States as soon as possible.”
On Capitol Hill yesterday, Boxer had harsh words for NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko. She scolded him for not doing enough to evaluate the safety of U.S. reactors in light of the crisis in Japan and called on him to investigate nuclear plants in California.
“We want to have those plants inspected. We want reassurances. We want answers,” she said at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “I can’t mince words. I’ve got two plants with millions of people within 50 miles that were designed in the ‘70s, new information about earthquakes, and I need you to take a look at it,” she concluded.
Boxer’s comments came just hours after the U.S. recommended that all American citizens in Japan evacuate a 50 mile radius surrounding the Fukushima nuclear reactors.
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Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- The relatives of two Pakistani men killed by an American CIA contractor received a total of about $2.3 million in "blood money," which helped secure the suspect's release, a local official said.
Raymond Davis killed the two men in Lahore in January, sparking a diplomatic tussle that strained relations between the United States and Pakistan.
One of the victims was Faizan Haider, whose wife and mother both acknowledged the compensation in court records.
"I have pardoned the American Raymond Davis who killed my husband on January 27th after receiving a blood money of $292, 375," the victim's wife, Zahra Shahzad, stated in her affidavit submitted to court.
"I received this money without any pressure or greed."
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Washington (CNN) - Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, along with 18 other Democratic senators, penned a letter Wednesday in support of Vice President Joe Biden's effort to maintain government subsidies for Planned Parenthood in the final budget negotiations for the 2011 funding bill.
The group said a Republican-led proposal to de-fund the organization would harm the economy.
"This ideological agenda cloaked in a budget document isn't even good fiscal policy....As a matter of creating jobs and bolstering the economy, this rider would have the opposite effect: not only will health centers be forced to close but many uninsured women and their families also may go without care, become more ill, and be kept away from their jobs," the senators wrote.
Top Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, have proposed stripping some $75 million in federal funding from Planned Parenthood because it offers abortion procedures. Planned Parenthood offers health care assistance to women in need and currently has the ability to use government subsidies in all services they provide, aside from abortion procedures.
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(CBS/AP) The message from Anne Hathaway, Jane Lynch, Martin Sheen and others stars, is, "Say, 'I do' Mr. President."
They're among a group of actors, athletes and business leaders urging President Barack Obama to support marriage rights for same-sex couples.
The New York-based group Freedom to Marry said that R&B singer Mya, NFL linebacker Scott Fujita and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also signed an open letter calling on the president to back gay marriage.
On Freedom to Marry's website, more names are on the list, including musician Rufus Wainwright, entertainment mogul David Geffen and Zynga founder Mark Pincus.
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(CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN's Wolf Blitzer she does not want to serve a second term as secretary of state or run for president of the United States.
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Source: Idaho Mountain Express
Had President George W. Bush received accurate information about Saddam Hussein's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction, he probably would not have ordered an invasion of Iraq, former presidential Press Secretary Ari Fleischer told an audience in Ketchum last Thursday.
Fleischer, who served in the Bush administration from January 2001 to July 2003, spoke at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood as part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts' Lecture Series.
"We were unequivocally told by the CIA that Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons," he said. "The CIA made its best estimates. (But) it was a mistake. We got it wrong."
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Some veteran Republican House members are pushing back against conservative deficit hawks who are pushing for endlessly deep spending cuts, saying the right wing of the party is creating unnecessary divisions for the GOP majority.
While the 54 Republicans who voted against the most recent stopgap spending bill didn’t derail the legislation, some GOP lawmakers are becoming increasingly wary of a faction that rejects substantial spending cuts because they want deeper ones or the inclusion of divisive social policy riders.
Many of the critics are close to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who struggles more each day to keep his majority unified as a three-month spending showdown threatens to spill into April. The House passed $6 billion of spending cuts Tuesday, to bring the total cut to $10 billion.
“Yep, it is surprising,” Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson said of the difficulty convincing hard-liners that the leadership is cutting large amounts of spending. “I mean, this is three weeks; we’re cutting $6 billion. You know? It is surprising. This is the only time in my life where I can cut $6 billion in a three-week period and be called a liberal.”
Ohio Rep. Steve LaTourette, an appropriator close to Boehner, said Republicans are seeing a “constant tension” between “the Democratic Party that talks about cuts but doesn’t want to cut anything, and then you have my side, that wants to cut anything that moves.
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Washington (CNN) - Three days after her widely-reported gaffe, Rep. Michele Bachmann explained it by essentially saying: I made a mistake, but the media's reporting of it proves bias.
Bachmann made the comments on Tuesday during an interview on the conservative Laura Ingraham radio show.
On Saturday at an engagement in Manchester, Bachmann said of New Hampshire, "You're the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord."
The battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 were fought in Massachusetts, not New Hampshire.
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Labor Department says Producer Price Index rose 1.6 percent on higher food costs; doubled from previous month
WASHINGTON - Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years. Excluding those volatile categories, inflation was tame.
The Labor Department said Wednesday that the Producer Price Index rose a seasonally adjusted 1.6 percent in February double the 0.8 percent rise in the previous month. Outside of food and energy costs, the core index ticked up 0.2 percent, less than January's 0.5 percent rise.
Food prices soared 3.9 percent last month, the biggest gain since November 1974. Most of that increase was due to a sharp rise in vegetable costs, which increased nearly 50 percent. That was the most in almost a year. Meat and dairy products also rose.
Energy prices rose 3.3 percent last month, led by a 3.7 percent increase in gasoline costs.
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