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US cartoonists under pressure
to follow the patriotic line

Nine months after the attacks of 11 September, leading American political cartoonists say they are under intense pressure to conform to a patriotic stereotype and not criticise the actions of Mr Bush and his "war on terror". Those who refuse to bend to such pressure face having their work rejected, being fired or even publicly humiliated by the President's press secretary.    More...


FBI Begins Visiting Libraries

The FBI is visiting libraries nationwide and checking the reading records of people it suspects of having ties to terrorists or plotting an attack, library officials say.    More...

Witches Win Webby!

Witchvox also known as Witches Voice won the coveted Webby Award for Best Spiritual Site on the Internet, as a write-in, and by the vote of the people. Beliefnet took the judged award in the same category...    

Killer Flu Virus Changes Its Skin

It happened three times in the last century -- and nearly happened again in 1997. Now experts say that another killer flu epidemic is brewing.

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Suits Say Wal-Mart Forces Workers to Toil Off the Clock

After finishing her 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. shift, Verette Richardson clocked out and was heading to her car when a Wal-Mart manager ordered her to turn around and straighten up the store's apparel department.

Congress Set to Aid Medicare Providers, Not Seniors - Why?

The prospects this year are that Congress will end up helping hospitals, doctors, HMOs, rural health centers and other providers - who do need assistance - but not senior citizens, who need it more.

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Drug firms big donors to GOP

Pharmaceutical companies are among 21 that donors payed $250,000 each for red-carpet treatment at GOP fundraising gala starring President Bush, two days after Republicans unveiled a prescription drug plan the industry is backing.

Scientists design 'anti-cancer' tomato

A tomato has been engineered to contain higher levels of a chemical which may offer protection against cancer. The tomato was developed at Purdue University in Indiana by accident...

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Troops for U.S. border sought

Conservative lawmakers called on President Bush to deploy thousands of troops along U.S. borders, saying the homeland security plan that the White House delivered yesterday to Congress would take years to crack down on illegal immigration.
Massive crackdown on China's cyber cafes

Several tens of thousands of police and other officials have swooped down on Internet cafes throughout China in the wake of a fire in an illegal cyber cafe which killed 24 students in Beijing.

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Conservative Group Accuses US TV Station Of Pro-Gay Agenda

The Traditional Values Coalition in the US has accused TV station Nickelodeon of having a pro-gay agenda after it aired a programme about children with gay parents.

Oases on the ocean floor

A geyser spewing poisonous, super-hot water into the sunless and otherwise chilly depths of the ocean seems an unlikely place to find life. But in fact such geysers — or deep-sea hydrothermal vents — are the most densely inhabited areas of the entire deep-sea floor.

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Scientists mix spiders with goats

Scientists have combined the DNA from a goat and spider to create an animal which produces silk that is five times stronger than steel. The fibre, derived from the goats' milk, harnesses the huge strength of silk spun by spiders.   

Child ban on priests in abuse cases

Priests cleared of allegations of abuse could still be banned from working with children under radical new guidelines unveiled by the Catholic Church of England and Wales yesterday.

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Babies are targeted in youth crime fight
BABIES in Edinburgh are to be targeted in a American-style initiative which claims to identify potential teenage delinquents of tomorrow.
Radiation scare over mobiles
Radiation from mobile phones causes changes in the brain which could pose risks to health, an authoritative two-year study has concluded.
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Jobless New Yorkers Face Uncertain Future

More than 100,000 New Yorkers who lost their jobs as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are still without a job. Unemployment benefits are running out, and the jobless say they need help. NPR's Margot Adler reports.


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Funny Bone!

The Farmer's Donkey

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well.  The animal cried
piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be
covered up anyway;  it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.
They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.
At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried
horribly.  Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well
and was astonished at what he saw.

With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing
something amazing.  He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the
animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.  Pretty soon,
everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of
the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you - all kinds of dirt.

The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a
step up.  Each of our troubles is a stepping stone.

We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never
giving up!

Shake it off and take a step up!

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