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Mexico City bets on tap water law to change habit PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press   
Friday, 24 January 2014 10:38

MEXICO CITY (AP) — "Drink the water."

It's a suggestion alien to Mexico City residents who have long shunned tap water in favor of the bottled kind and to the throngs of tourists who visit the city each year, bringing with them fears of "Montezuma's Revenge." But a law recently approved by Mexico City's legislators will require all restaurants to install filters so they can offer patrons free, drinkable water that won't lead to stomach problems and other ailments.

"We need to create a culture of water consumption," said Dr. Jose Armando Ahued, health secretary for Mexico City. "We need to accept our water."

Bad tap water accounts in part for Mexico being the world's top consumer of bottled water and — worse — soda, some 43 gallons per person a year.

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30 missing after Quebec senior home fire; 5 dead PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 24 January 2014 10:37

L'ISLE-VERTE, Quebec (AP) — Investigators were trying to pick through the icy rubble of a charred seniors' facility in Quebec Friday to try to identify more victims of a fire that killed at least five and left about 30 missing. The home for the elderly now resembles a macabre frozen palace, with sheets of ice and thick icicles covering the destroyed structure.

Canada's prime minister said there was little doubt the death toll would climb in the eastern Quebec town of L'Isle-Verte, where sub-freezing temperatures have hampered the recovery effort. The cause of Thursday's early morning blaze remains unclear.

Witnesses told horrific tales of seeing people die in the blaze. Most of the residents probably never had a chance to escape — many of them were over 85, had little or no mobility and were confined to wheelchairs or walkers.

Pascal Fillion said he saw someone use a ladder to attempt to rescue a man cornered on his third-floor balcony. The man was crying out for help before he fell to the ground engulfed in flames.

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Government panel urges end to phone data spying PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press   
Friday, 24 January 2014 07:40

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government review panel warned Thursday that the National Security Agency's daily collection of Americans' phone records is illegal and recommended that President Barack Obama abandon the program and destroy the hundreds of millions of phone records it has already collected.

The recommendations by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board go further than Obama is willing to accept and increase pressure on Congress to make changes.

The panel's 234-page report included dissents from two of the board's five members — former Bush administration national security lawyers who recommended that the government keep collecting the phone records. The board described key parts of its report to Obama this month before he announced his plans last week to change the government's surveillance activities.

In that speech, Obama said the bulk phone collection program would continue for the time being. He directed the Justice Department and intelligence officials to find ways to end the government's control over the phone data. He also insisting on close supervision by a secretive federal intelligence court and reducing the breadth of phone records the NSA can investigate. Phone companies have said they do not want to take responsibility for overseeing the data under standards set by the NSA.

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FDA says nutrition facts label will get a makeover PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press   
Friday, 24 January 2014 07:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — After 20 years, the nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover.

Knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 1990s, and the Food and Drug Administration says the labels need to reflect that.

Nutritionists and other health experts have their own wish list for label changes.

The number of calories should be more prominent, they say, and the amount of added sugar and percentage of whole wheat in the food should be included. They also want more clarity on serving sizes.

"There's a feeling that nutrition labels haven't been as effective as they should be," says Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "When you look at the label, there are roughly two dozen numbers of substances that people aren't intuitively familiar with."

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ASU revokes fraternity chapter after racist party PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 24 January 2014 07:25

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State University announced Thursday that it is severing ties with a fraternity after the chapter hosted a distasteful party in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, replete with racist stereotypes and offensive costumes.

The school said in a statement that it has notified Tau Kappa Epsilon its recognition as a fraternity chapter at ASU has been permanently revoked.

Revoking recognition means the 65-year-old local chapter is no longer affiliated with ASU, the group won't be listed on the university's website and it cannot recruit members or hold on-campus meetings.

Tau Kappa Epsilon was placed on probation in 2012 and then suspended for hosting a Jan. 19 party that depicting racial stereotypes drew harsh criticism from civil-rights leaders who demanded the university expel the fraternity.

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