The Top 10 Stories of April 19, 2012

By Duane Shank 4-19-2012

Quote of the day.
"I needed to know that. …  Somebody needs to take care of this problem, or inform the people in this neighborhood." - Ken Shefton, Cleveland, on his discovery that the EPA had known for years that his home is a few blocks from an abandoned factory that spewed lead dust for decades. His son was recently diagnosed with having an elevated level of lead.
(USA Today)

1. Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Israelis across the nation paused in memory of the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust, as a siren sounded throughout Israel on Thursday morning.

2.  Vatican reprimands a group of U.S. nuns.
The Vatican has appointed an American bishop to rein in the largest and most influential group of Catholic nuns in the United States, saying that an investigation found that the group had “serious doctrinal problems.”
(New York Times)

3. White House escalates budget war.
The post-election budget wars suddenly felt closer Wednesday, as the White House threw down the gauntlet on appropriations and House Republicans voted to shift tens of billions of dollars from poverty programs to help stave off automatic cuts threatening the Pentagon in January.

4. House includes pipeline in transportation bill.
The Republican-controlled House on Wednesday passed a transportation bill that would advance the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, defying a White House veto threat and stoking an election-year fight over what Congress can do about gas prices.
(Chicago Tribune/Los Angeles Times)

5. In Arizona, immigrants make plans in shadows.
The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next week challenging the most controversial sections of an Arizona immigration law, known as SB 1070, which seeks to push illegal immigrants out of the state by making it hard for them to go about their lives and earn a living.
(New York Times)

6. U.S. condemns soldiers' actions in Afghanistan.
Graphic photos published in an American newspaper show US soldiers posing with the mangled bodies of suspected Afghan suicide bombers. Senior US and NATO officials moved quickly to condemn the troops' behavior.
(Al Jazeera)

7. CIA seeks authority to expand drone campaign in Yemen.
The CIA is seeking authority to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen by launching strikes against terrorism suspects even when it does not know the identities of those who could be killed,
(Washington Post)

8. U.S. Syria policy a tacit nod to Assad's firm grip.
Despite oft-repeated U.S. demands that Syrian President Bashar Assad step aside, the Obama administration's policy now reflects a consensus that Assad has a firm hold on power and that nothing short of an outside military strike will dislodge him quickly.
(Associated Press)

9. India launches long-range missile.
India says it has successfully launched a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile, able to carry a nuclear warhead as far as China.

10. Tories won’t reveal full details of cuts till next spring.
Canadians will have to wait until the spring of 2013 to get a full accounting of what programs and services have been cut to balance the federal books.
(Toronto Globe & Mail)

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