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May 07,2008
BEIJING -- No direct tie can be found between Chinese-supplied heparin ingredients and 81 deaths in the United States linked to the blood thinner, Chinese experts said.Jin Shaohong, deputy director of China's National Institute for the Control of Pharmaceutical and Biological Products, said study on heparin-related adverse effects indicated "the direct causal relationship between the heparin substitute (hypersulphated chondroitin sulphate) and the clinical cases of deaths cannot yet be confirmed," reported Xinhua, China's official news ... [full story]
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May 07,2008
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council has adopted new rules making it harder for developers to gentrify low-income neighborhoods and tear down residential hotels.The measures approved by the council also impose strict limits on the size of remodeled homes in an effort to prevent the spread of "McMansions," oversized new homes built on standard lots, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.Officials say the new rules were needed to protect the character of existing ... [full story]
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May 07,2008
LANE COUNTY, Ore. – Police are asking the public’s help to solve two incidents of elk poaching that took place in late April and early May in Lane County, Oregon.   Three elk have been shot and left to waste in Lane County, Oregon in recent weeks - OSP photo  Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division said a dead cow elk was found on Seneca Jones Timber Company property south of Oakridge, Oregon in the ... [full story]
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May 07,2008
REDMOND, Ore. – Three drivers escaped with only minor injuries in a collision in southwest Redmond, Oregon, Tuesday afternoon, but the two occupants of a nearby home were unharmed after one of the involved vehicles crashed through a fence and into the side of the residence, police reported. A Troutdale woman was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device. According to a news release prepared by Redmond Police Lt. Brian McNaughton, the accident ... [full story]
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May 07,2008
BEIJING -- China blamed the March uprising for the decline in Tibet's first-quarter gross domestic product growth, which was still a robust 10.4 percent.Qiangba Puncog, chairman of Tibet's regional government, said Tibet's GDP in the first quarter of 2008 totaled about $1.1 billion, up 10.4 percent from last year's first quarter, Xinhua reported.Tibet reported growth of 17 percent in its GDP in the first quarter of 2007. That figure was the highest in a decade, ... [full story]
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May 07,2008
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- A protester participating in opposition-backed strikes in Lebanon injured several people with a percussive grenade, security sources in Beirut said Wednesday.The explosion occurred as officials sent the Lebanese army and riot police to secure the capital as demonstrators threw sticks and stones. The blast injured several military personnel and three civilians, the Kuwait News Agency said.Tensions in Lebanon escalated as the opposition Free Patriotic Movement of former military commander Michel Aoun called ... [full story]
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May 07,2008
SAN DIEGO -- U.S. border authorities in the U.S. Southwest detain immigrants trying to sneak into and now out of the country, officials say.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers established random checkpoints along the Tijuana-San Diego border and arrested departing Mexicans who lack proper identification papers, the Los Angeles Times said Wednesday."If our officers come upon people who are here illegally . . . regardless of whether they're leaving the country, we detain them, make ... [full story]
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May 07,2008
TRENTON, Ontario -- The Canadian military is being hampered by severe weather in its search for a couple and their five children who have been missing in the Arctic since Thursday.Officials at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario, said the unidentified family set out Thursday with the parents on a snowmobile pulling their five children on a sled. Two of the children were said to be infants and the others all under 10, the Canwest News ... [full story]
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May 07,2008
OTTAWA -- Canadian Auditor General Sheila Fraser criticized the Canada Border Services Agency for losing track of 41,000 people ordered deported.In the auditor's lengthy report released in Ottawa, Fraser questioned why the agency didn't follow up on the people ordered deported, the Globe and Mail said."Due in part to a lack of exit controls, there is a growing number of individuals whose whereabouts are unknown and who might remain in Canada illegally," Fraser said.The agency ... [full story]
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May 07,2008
MOSCOW -- Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's new president, said Wednesday developing civil and economic freedoms would be his top priorities.Medvedev became Russia's third president during the swearing-in ceremony in front of 2,500 guests at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, succeeding Vladimir Putin, reported Novosti, the Russian news agency.After being sworn in on a copy of the Russian constitution, Medvedev spoke to the audience, pledging to "respect and protect human and civil rights," as well as ... [full story]
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