News roundup 7/21/08



McCann’s wait to be cleared:

Portugal's attorney general has told police to stop their probe into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. There has been no evidence of a crime committed by the three people named as suspects: Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry, and local man Robert Murat. The case will remain on hold until new evidence merges. AP via KDKA

Beijing takes cars off the street for Olympics:

Under a two-month plan that started Sunday, half of Beijing’s 3.3 million cars will be removed from city streets on alternate days. The clean-up plan includes cutbacks on construction and factory closures. The government hopes to reduce vehicle emissions — one of Beijing’s largest source of pollution. AP via CNN

Iraqi government hopes for U.S. withdrawal by 2010:

Iraq’s government spokesman said he is hopeful that U.S. combat forces could be out of Iraq by 2010. Ali al-Dabbagh made this statement following a meeting in Baghdad on Monday between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and presidential contender Barack Obama. AP via Yahoo News

Trail for H.I.V. vaccine is canceled:

Plans for a large human trial of a promising government-developed HIV vaccine in the U.S. were canceled Thursday. A top federal official said scientists realized they did not have enough information about how HIV vaccines and the immune system interact. The New York Times

Salmonella fears prompt food recall in N.C.:

State officials announced a food recall of fresh jalapeño peppers and avocado distributed in N.C. after samples from a food distributor test positive for salmonella. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a statement Thursday, it asked Charlotte food distributors to recall the items it received from a Texas food supply company because of possible salmonella contamination. AP via MSNBC

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