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Gore criticizes Obama on climate change

WASHINGTON (Bloomberg News) -- Former Vice President Al Gore says President Obama has failed to mobilize the public behind steep cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions and defend the science behind global-warming.

"Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis," Gore writes in the July 7 issue of Rolling Stone, his first public criticism of Obama's climate record. "He has simply not made the case for action."

Gore, who won a Nobel Prize in 2007 for his efforts to raise awareness of climate change, pushed Congress unsuccessfully to cap emissions blamed for higher temperatures and sea levels.

"We are destroying the climate balance that is essential to the survival of our civilization," Gore, 63, writes. "The U.S. is the only nation that can rally a global effort to save our future. And the president is the only person who can rally the U.S." The White House had no immediate comment.

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FDA notes problems with breast implants

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Don't expect breast implants to last for life, the government warned Wednesday: About 1 in 5 women who receive them for cosmetic reasons will have them removed within 10 years, and those odds are even higher for cancer survivors.

Food and Drug Administration, which previously had issued such a warning, repeated it Wednesday after reviewing new data on silicone-gel breast implants five years after they returned to the market following a health scare. The agency concluded the implants are basically safe as long as women understand they come with complications. Those include painful scar tissue and ruptured implants.

"The longer you have the implant, the more likely you are to have complications," said Jeff Shuren, FDA medical device chief. He said women should get regular checkups including scans to make sure the implants haven't ruptured.

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Postal Service halts pension contributions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The financially troubled Postal Service is suspending its contributions to its employees' pension fund.

The agency said Wednesday it is acting to conserve cash as it continues to lose money. The post office was $8 billion in the red last year because of the combined effects of the recession and the switch of much mail business to the Internet. It faces the possibility of running short of money by the end of this fiscal year in September.

"If we don't heed this warning and act quickly, the Postal Service as we know it will cease to exist in the very near future," said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over the agency.

The post office said it has informed the Office of Personnel Management that the $115 million retirement payment made every two weeks will be suspended effective Friday.

Because of a surplus, the suspension should not have any effect on current retirees, said Dave Partenheimer, postal spokesman.

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