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Front Page: PA Votes on Earth Day, 35 MPG by 2020, Chemical Ali, Tainted Heparin

  • PA Votes on Earth Day: On this Earth Day, Pennsylvania voters head to the polls to award their 158 delegates. The Clinton campaign let loose at the last minute, running an ad featuring shots of historic world events such as Pearl Harbour and the fall of the Berlin Wall, with clips of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and Hurricane Katrina victims and the concluding line, "you need to be ready for anything." The Obama campaign said of the move, "we already have a president who plays the politics of fear, and we don't need another." The Clinton campaign defended the ad saying, "we're at a moment where we need a president who's got the strength and knowledge to take on very tough challenges." We'll be checking in with the situation in Pennsylvania throughout the day and have results here tonight!
  • 35 MPG by 2020: Federal regulators are expected to unveil a shorter schedule for auto companies working toward a fuel-efficiency goal of 35 miles a gallon by 2020 for all vehicles. The industry will likely have to meet a target of 31.5 miles a gallon for Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, by 2015, according to insiders. An environmental consultant thinks that the short-term target for CAFE was likely to be 31.5 miles a gallon by 2015 saying, “they will be implementing roughly two-thirds of the improvements in oil use and emissions in half the time."
  • Chemical Ali: Saddam Hussein’s cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, who is also known as Chemical Ali, has been taken to an American military hospital. He apparently suffered a heart attack while in custody awaiting execution. Chemical Ali was among three of Hussein’s lieutenants sentenced to death by an Iraqi court last June after being found guilty of using poisonous gas against Kurds in northern Iraq in the 1980s.
  • Tainted Heparin: A contaminated blood thinner (Heparin) from China has been found in drug supplies in 11 countries. US Federal officials said yesterday they had discovered a clear link between the contaminant and severe reactions now associated with 81 deaths in the United States. Response from the Chinese embassy says that because illnesses associated with contaminated heparin had occurred only in the United States, it suggests that the problem arose once the medication arrived in the US.
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