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    New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer has sounded the alarm on what appears to be an environmentalist's nightmare: Some "Earth-friendly" reusable grocery bags contain dangerous levels of lead.

    The Tampa Tribune tested bags sold by grocery chains Winn-Dixie, Publix and Wegmans and found that many of the bags had levels of lead that the federal government would say were too high for toys. Wegmans stopped selling the bags in September over lead concerns.

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  • 106463292Arizona Sen. John McCain, who led a Republican filibuster in September against repealing the military's ban on openly gay service, suggested Sunday that the soon-to-be-released Pentagon study may not contain enough information to shelve the unpopular policy.

    "Once we get this study, we need to have hearings. And we need to examine it. And we need to look at whether it's the kind of study that we wanted," McCain said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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  • Welcome to The Lookout

    FlagFlagWelcome to The Lookout, a new Yahoo! News blog focused on the stories that matter most for America.

    OK, we know you're not exactly starved for choice in online news coverage. Do you really need another site that's going to make it even harder to get any work done?

    Yes, you do, and here's why: At The Lookout, we'll go beyond what's driving the cable-news chatter of the day, to break down the issues that actually affect Americans' lives -- and we'll do it in a lively, accessible way. Despite all the bazillions of news options out there, that's not something easy to find on the Internet.

    Among the questions we'll set out to answer: How is the Great Recession rattling cities, suburbs and rural areas across the country? What's the government doing to get the economy going again, and is it likely to work? How are divisive issues such as gay rights, immigration and religious freedom playing out in our common life? Are our schools preparing students to face the challenges of the 21st century? How's the Gulf Coast dealing with the ongoing effects of the BP oil spill? How do we combat global warming without hurting the economy? Can we fight terrorism and keep the country safe while staying true to American values?  And what are we doing to stay competitive --  in economic, educational and military terms -- with a host of rising world powers?

    Don't worry, though -- it won't all be deadly serious. In the past, we've enjoyed telling you about freakishly nondegradable McDonald's Happy Meals, the Chilean miner who danced on Letterman, and the American soldiers in Afghanistan making their own Lady Gaga video. The American scene never lacks for absurdity, and The Lookout will make a point of highlighting our foibles as well as our policy priorities.

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  • 1 month prison for businessman in smuggling of Dodgers' Puig

    MIAMI (AP) — A businessman who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig get out of Cuba to sign a rich American baseball contract was sentenced Friday to a month in prison and five months' house arrest for violating U.S. immigration laws.

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