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Passports to be required for travel within the Americas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cati Vanden Breul, Minnesota Daily (U. Minnesota)   

(U-WIRE) MINNEAPOLIS -- Taking a spur-of-the-moment fishing trip to Canada or a spring-break excursion to Mexico may require more planning as early as next year.

U.S. citizens are currently required to present a birth certificate and form of photo identification, such as a valid driver's license, to cross into Canada and Mexico.

But as of Jan. 1, 2008, all U.S. citizens traveling between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will need to present a valid U.S. passport. Under the proposed time line, passports will be required as of January 2007 for air travel between the countries, and in January 2008 for all cross-border travel.

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Pentagon considers using non-nuke ICBMs for preemptive strikes against "terrorists" PDF Print E-mail
Written by wikinews.org   

The Pentagon is considering replacing the nuclear warheads on some ballistic missiles with conventional munitions so that they can be used for "pre-emptive" strikes against alleged terrorists, Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld told reporters after a meeting with Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov.

"If either of our countries or friends and allies were threatened at[sic] some number of years into the future with a weapon of mass destruction or a capability that was that lethal, I think any president, whether of Russia or the United States, would like to have available a conventional weapon that could attack that target swiftly and accurately and precisely and not feel that the only thing they had might be a nuclear weapon, which they would not want to use.", Rumsfeld said. He urged Russia to consider the idea too, but Ivanov said a pre-emptive strike was not the only solution.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 September 2006 )
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HUD hoaxer calls attention to lack of affordable housing PDF Print E-mail
Written by WikiNews.org   

Image: theYESman.org, 2006
Assuming the role of Rene Oswin, spokesperson for United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in New Orleans, Louisiana, a member of The Yes Men gave a satirical 15-minute speech claiming that HUD had reversed its decision to demolish four serviceable public housing complexes -- a controversial action, suspected by many former residents and the NAACP as a policy intended to drive out poor black families. The media coordinator for the Survivors Village, Annie Chen, applauded Oswin.

Alternatively, Oswin proposed for Wal-Mart "to withdraw from areas near low-income New Orleans neighborhoods and to help nurture local businesses to replace them," "partnership with health departments and the CDC" to "insure there is at least one well-equipped public health clinic for every public housing development," and "that Exxon and Shell have agreed to finance the rebuilding of the protective wetlands from part of their 60 billion dollars in profits this year."

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 August 2006 )
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U.S. commuter blows up section of Washington D.C. Bridge PDF Print E-mail
Written by WikiNews.org   

Regular commuter Dan Ruefly detonated a half-mile section of the old Woodrow Wilson Bridge just after 12:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday 29 August 2006. The detonation brought down over 2,600 tons of steel. The bridge, which carried the Capital Beltway across the Potomac River, was scheduled for destruction as part of a $2.4 billion project to replace the span. The bridge has caused traffic delays nearly every day since its opening in 1961.

Mr. Ruefly had won the honour of pushing the plunger in a contest to find the worst commuting experience; after a motoring accident he became stuck in a traffic jam. Mr. Ruefly (who leaves home at 5:00 a.m. every day to beat the traffic) had crashed into a stationary tractor-trailer on the bridge, leaving him with severely crushed hips. The ambulance sent to transport him to hospital was unable to make it through rush hour traffic and, as a result, Mr. Ruefly almost died. 

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PlayStation 3 will be used to help cure cancer and Alzheimer's PDF Print E-mail
Written by wikinews.org   

ImageThe upcoming Sony PlayStation 3 game console is going to assist scientists in finding cures for cancer and Alzheimer's disease using the Folding@home distributed computing program.

Folding@home is already used on more than 150,000 personal computers nationwide and scientists hope to create a super computer faster than IBM's BlueGene/L System which currently calculates more than 280.6 trillion bits of information per second. The new calculations are expected to process a thousand trillion bits of information a second. Folding@home runs a series of simulations which predict the shape of proteins and how they "fold" and scientists say that the program could determine the formation of some diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 August 2006 )
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