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Indonesia to terminate more than 60 bilateral investment treaties ($$)

Indonesia is planning to terminate more than 60 bilateral investment treaties that allow disgruntled foreign investors to bypass local courts and seek compensation in international tribunals, amid a growing global backlash against such provisions.
Financial Times (uk)
added Mar 27, 2014 13:53

7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution

more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health ... Outdoor air pollution-caused deaths ... 40% – ischaemic heart disease; 40% – stroke; 11% – chronic obstructive pulmonary diseas
World Health Organization (WHO)
added Mar 25, 2014 06:57

WHO: Pollution Kills 7 Million People Every Year

The agency said air pollution is the cause of about one in eight deaths and has now become the single biggest environmental health risk. "We all have to breathe, which makes pollution very hard to avoid," said Frank Kelly, director of the environmental
AP - Associated Press
added Mar 25, 2014 06:49

[New York] Judge allows part of Locust Valley Tobacco lawsuit

Judge Joseph Bianco in U.S. District Court in Central Islip ruled last week in a case brought by the owner of Locust Valley Tobacco, which the town shut down two years ago after declaring its building dangerous.
(Long Island, NY) Newsday
added Mar 25, 2014 05:20

[USA] Nearly half of Americans believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, survey finds

and 18% believe in three or more, a new study has found.1 In the study, researchers conducted an internet survey of 1351 US adults, asking whether they had heard of six popular medical conspiracy theories and the level of their agreement with each of the
British Medical Journal
added Mar 22, 2014 23:38

EDITORIAL: The Gun Lobby’s Latest Bizarre Crusade

National Rifle Association has mounted an outrageous campaign to torpedo President Obama’s nomination of an outstanding young doctor ... Dr. Murthy said at his confirmation hearing last month that he intended to focus on ... tobacco-related disease, menta
New York Times
added Mar 17, 2014 23:03

Senate Moves for Votes on More Judicial Nominees ($$)

Senate Democrats have moved to extend a recent streak of votes on judicial nominations, including a possible vote next week for Covington & Burling partner Christopher "Casey" Cooper for a slot on Washington's federal trial court.
National Law Journal
added Mar 18, 2014 15:15

White House backing off surgeon general, for now

White House is backing off its push for quick confirmation of President Barack Obama's pick to be surgeon general in the face of opposition from the National Rifle Association and concerns among Democrats up for re-election who don't want to take another
AP - Associated Press
added Mar 17, 2014 23:24

[Washington] NCAA Faces Legal Push Led by Litigator With Tobacco Stash

National Collegiate Athletic Association is expected as early as April to reach an agreement ... Driving the deal is 59-year-old Seattle lawyer Steve Berman, a onetime college soccer goalie who has brought successful group actions against Big Tobacco, En
Bloomberg News
added Mar 7, 2014 13:14

[UK] Eating lots of meat and cheese in middle age is 'as deadly as SMOKING'

those who ate the most protein were almost twice as likely to die early as those who ate low amounts * They were also more than four times as likely to be killed by cancer * This is a figure comparable with smoking, say the researchers
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Mar 5, 2014 18:13
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