The Top 10 Stories of July 2, 2012

By Duane Shank 7-02-2012

Quote of the day.
"The future is local." - Narendra Varma, former manager at Microsoft who invested $2 million in a 58-acre project of small plots and new-farmer training near Portland, Ore.  Four new farmers have already joined in as part of a growing trend of small-scale local farmers.
(New York Times)

1. Eastern U.S. hit by heat wave, power outages.
Blistering heat blanketed much of the eastern United States for the third straight day on Sunday, after violent storms that took at least 15 lives and knocked out power to more than 3 million customers.

2. Table was set for monster fire in Colorado.
Scientists and federal officials say the table was set in Colorado by a culprit that will probably contribute to bigger and more frequent wildfires for years to come: climate change.
(Washington Post)

3. Roberts switched views to uphold health care law.
Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court's four conservative justices to strike down the heart of President Obama's health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, but later changed his position and formed an alliance with liberals to uphold the bulk of the law.
(CBS News)

4. Eurozone unemployment hits new record in May.
Unemployment in the 17-country euro currency bloc hit another record in May as the crippling financial crisis pushed the continent toward the brink of recession.
(Associated Press)

5. Power struggle begins as Egypt’s president is formally sworn in.
Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was formally sworn in on Saturday as the first democratically elected president of Egypt, signaling a new stage in an ever murkier struggle to define the future of the nation after six decades of military-backed autocracy.
(New York Times)

6. Pena Nieto wins Mexico election.
Mexico's old ruling party, the PRI, is set to return to power as early official results indicate its candidate Enrique Pena Nieto has won the presidential election.

7. Geneva talks sound death knell for Assad regime.
The UK and French foreign ministers have said a UN communique drawn up in Geneva on Saturday night to address the escalating conflict in Syria will mean President Bashar al-Assad is "finished" and will have to step down.

8. Kenyan church attacks kill 15.
Fifteen people are killed in attacks on two churches in Garissa, a Kenyan town close to the Somali border, say the Red Cross and an official.

9. U.S. bets new oil sanctions will change Iran’s tune.
After three and a half years of attempting to halt Iran’s nuclear program with diplomacy, sanctions and sabotage, the Obama administration and its allies are imposing sweeping new sanctions that are meant to cut the country off from the global oil market.
(New York Times)

10. First nuclear reactor to restart since Japan disaster met with protests.
Protesters thronged the wide streets in front of the prime minister’s office in Tokyo over the weekend, and across the country they gathered about a quarter-mile from the entrance of a nuclear plant. They shouted “No to the restart” and parked cars in front of the plant’s access road to block workers from coming or going.
(Washington Post)

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