Cash for clunkers' drives new car sales

After a wildly successful start, the federal government's 'cash for clunkers' program appears to be on track for renewal this week. A Senate vote by Saturday is expected to inject $2 billion more into the program, which sources say has already helped to sell some 157,000 new cars since its implementation late last month.

University head resigns in enrollment scandal

Niranjan Shah, chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, resigned Aug. 3, amid an investigation into the use of political clout in admitting certain students into the state’s most selective public university, located in Champaign-Urbana.

Pneumonic plague outbreak: Town of 10,000 sealed

A town of 10,000 people in the northwestern province of Qinghai has been sealed off after three men died of pneumonic plague and nine others were affected, health authorities said. The latest victim was a man named Danzhi, 64, from the town of Ziketan, in Xinghai county in the Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, who died yesterday.

Philadelphia town hall meeting supports universal health care

PHILADELPHIA—The setting was the National Constitution Center on a Sunday afternoon. Some 500 people crowded in to hear HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius and PA Senator Arlen Specter (D PA) answer their questions about changing our country’s healthcare system.

Pollution causing cancer in animals, new report warns

Dumping of toxic wastes is contributing to cancer among wildlife, a new report says. Scientists say that tumors on beluga whales, sea lions and other animals are a warning signal. They call these animals “sensitive sentinels of disturbed environments.”

Internet writers at CBS organize

Internet writers employed at CBS studios in the L.A. area have unanimously voted to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, West. The vote was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.

Immigration detention system violates civil rights

Over the past two decades, the U.S. immigrant detention system has fractured, exposing people to unjustified detainment and frequent violations of their civil and human rights.


Chicago debate team experience builds community leaders

“Walk the street into history with us, get off the sidewalk,” Dolores Huerta, farm worker rights activist once said. Huerta’s words of wisdom were put into action when 122 young leaders participated in the National Hispanic Institute Midwest Great Debate.

Vets and families cheer new GI Bill

Veterans and their families are cheering the new $78 billion “Post 9/11 GI Bill of Rights” just signed into law by President Obama. It will allow hundreds of thousands of veterans to obtain a college degree.


Foreclosure sit in results in arrest of ACORN activists

OAKLAND, Calif. The Brass Liberation Orchestra could be heard for blocks through the West Oakland neighborhood, as ACORN Home Defenders and supporters gathered July 31 outside the now-vacant house that was once home to Tosha Alberty and her family.

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