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  • Man shot dead during Melbourne break-in, police say

    12/15/2013 3:54:05 PM PST · by Brilliant · 31 replies
    WESH TV ^ | 12/15/2013 | WESH TV
    MELBOURNE, Fla. —A man who allegedly broke into a Melbourne home was killed Sunday morning when the homeowner shot him, police said. The man was shot around 2:13 a.m. at a home in the 1100 block of Mathers Street. He was pronounced dead at Holmes Regional Medical Center. His name was not released. The man was released from state prison less than a month ago and had a lengthy criminal history, said Sgt. Michael Casey of the Melbourne police. Police are investigating and have not determined if any charges should be filed, Casey said. No residents were injured. Read more:...
  • A FORD BICYCLE THE TWO-WHEELED CONCEPT FOR THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION (Obama-maobile is unveiled)

    05/01/2012 5:31:06 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 48 replies
    Myfordmag.com ^ | Carrie Jones
    With electric vehicle technology becoming more desirable to the average consumer, Ford applied its innovative design sense to the two-wheel market and created the E-Bike concept vehicle. Unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, this sleek, cross-gender bike is powered not with gas, but by a lithium-ion battery. The drive system is subtly embedded in the 5.5-pound aluminium-and-carbon construction frame for a cool, minimalist look—perfect for the energy (and image) conscious city commuter. Why now? More than 30 million motorized bicycles were sold globally in 2010, with an increasing market share in Europe. Because the E-Bike can also be ridden...
  • White House Distances Itself From Hilary Rosen

    04/12/2012 4:40:18 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 12, 2012 | Mary Bruce
    The Obama administration today tried to distance itself from Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s controversial comments about Ann Romney, pushing back against reports that Rosen is a frequent visitor to the White House. “I don’t know how to assess her overall relationship with people here in the White House, but … I have not seen her here very frequently,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters... Carney refuted reports that Rosen has visited the White House 35 times, saying, “I know three, personally, women named Hilary Rosen, so I’m not sure that those represent the person we’re talking about necessarily....
  • Email Ties Corzine to Missing Funds

    03/24/2012 8:20:03 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 25 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | March 23, 2012 | MIKE SPECTOR, JULIE STEINBERG and AARON LUCCHETTI
    <p>Jon S. Corzine gave "direct instructions" to move $200 million from an MF Global Holdings Ltd. account containing customer funds three days before the securities firm collapsed, according to an employee email reviewed by congressional investigators.</p> <p>The Oct. 28 email was disclosed in a five-page memo released Friday afternoon by a House Financial Services subcommittee. The panel is investigating what caused an estimated $1.6 billion shortfall in customer funds at MF Global, which collapsed into bankruptcy Oct. 31.</p>
  • Rolex airport thief nabbed wearing stolen watch, BSO says

    02/17/2012 4:59:38 PM PST · by Brilliant · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Palm Beach Post News ^ | 2/17/12 | Sun Sentinel
    A Sunny Isles man apparently had no idea he was the subject of news reports across the country when Broward Sheriff's detectives arrested him Friday wearing a $6,500 Rolex watch that investigators say was stolen last month from a passenger at an airport security checkpoint. Igor Adrian Ramos, 37, was charged with grand theft and was being questioned Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport by Broward Sheriff's detectives who are based there. "Crime Stoppers tips confirmed what detectives were finding at the same time," Broward Sheriff's Spokesman Jim Leljedal said. "Through the investigation, they had narrowed it down to...
  • Fuel Arrives, but Deep Freeze Endures

    01/14/2012 9:13:18 AM PST · by Brilliant · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | JANUARY 14, 2012 | JIM CARLTON
    The ice-bound town of Nome will likely get its emergency fuel supply this weekend from a Russian tanker that has taken three weeks to get there, as Alaska continues to be battered by one of the state's harshest winters in decades. The tanker Renda arrived just offshore from Nome on Friday with its cargo of fuel for the town, which was cut off from oceangoing supplies by waters that froze earlier than expected. The Russian-flagged tanker vessel Renda followed a trail cut through the ice by the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Bering Sea Thursday as it headed to...
  • Featured Workers Call Bain Film Inaccurate

    01/14/2012 8:16:36 AM PST · by Brilliant · 96 replies
    WSJ ^ | JANUARY 14, 2012 | ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON
    Three former factory workers featured in a film about layoffs at companies bought by Mitt Romney's Bain Capital say they weren't laid off by Bain, as the film implied, but got promotions and raises after Bain bought the plant they worked in... Mike Baxley and Tracy and Tommy Jones worked at UniMac, a washing-machine plant in Marianna, Fla., that Bain purchased in 1998. They are three of the seven workers named in the film and the only ones mentioned in the Marianna segment. The film presents the workers as saying that after Bain bought the plant, the company cut costs...
  • Just another Bam scandal [No bid contract for Dem fundraiser and SEIU union official]

    12/10/2011 8:05:41 AM PST · by Brilliant · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 6, 2011 | NY Post
    <p>Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has officially called on the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general to investigate a suspicious $433 million no-bid contract for a dubious smallpox vaccine.</p> <p>Frankly, just about everything connected with this one smells.</p> <p>The contract was awarded to Siga Technologies, a New York-based company whose principal investor is megabillionaire — and key Democratic moneyman — Ron Perelman.</p>
  • Police Move In on 'Occupy Portland' Campsite [Liberal Establishment moves to crush OWS dissent]

    11/13/2011 4:26:10 PM PST · by Brilliant · 22 replies
    Foxnews ^ | November 13, 2011 | Foxnews
    Police began moving in on a downtown park Sunday, where a few hundred Occupy Portland demonstrators have remained in defiance of an eviction order. Police on loudspeakers warned that anyone who resisted risks arrest and "may also be subject to chemical agents and impact weapons." Demonstrators chanted "we are a peaceful protest." Mayor Sam Adams had ordered the camp shut down last night, citing unhealthy conditions and the encampment's attraction of drug users and thieves. The anti-Wall Street protesters and their supporters had flooded a city park area in Portland early Sunday in defiance of an eviction order while authorities...
  • Lynx has high hopes for solar-powered trash bins [bought with $1 million in stimulus money]

    11/02/2011 5:05:56 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 15 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 23, 2010 | Dan Tracy
    It sits there in the sun, looking like the covered trash can that it is. But this receptacle is more than it seems. Costing $5,500, the "BigBelly" is a computerized, solar-powered compactor that, supporters say, can dramatically reduce garbage-collection costs. And that's the hope of Lynx, the bus service that serves Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. Lynx has purchased four of the devices and is in the midst of a three-month test to see how well they work. The $22,000 bill was paid with federal-stimulus dollars. One month into the trial, Lynx officials say they like what they see. Doug...
  • A Dissident's Mysterious Death in Havana

    10/24/2011 3:47:15 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 24, 2011 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    For more than eight years, the Castro regime tried ...to silence Ladies in White leader Laura Pollán. Ten days ago Pollán did fall silent. She passed away, after a brief illness, in a Havana hospital. Hospital officials initially said that she died of cardiac and respiratory arrest... Since there was no independent medical care available to her ...we are unlikely ever to find out what killed Pollán... she had been healthy only weeks before her death... We also know that the longer she remained under state care, the sicker she got... ...suspicious deaths (most commonly heart attacks) of otherwise healthy...
  • Economists Quake as Argentina Votes

    10/22/2011 7:01:21 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 22, 2011 | MATT MOFFETT
    BUENOS AIRES—As Cristina Kirchner heads for an expected landslide re-election in Sunday's presidential voting, few Argentines are resting more uneasily than 12 economic consultants who face sanctions from her government for contradicting its calculation of the inflation rate. In a bitter showdown, the 12 consultants are fending off government investigations, accompanied in most cases with fines of 500,000 pesos ($119,000) under an obscure consumer-protection statute called the "commercial loyalty law." Three of the most outspoken consultants have been singled out for additional criminal charges under a financial-speculation law. Their offense, in the eyes of the government, is insisting in press...
  • Perry Stands By In-State Tuition for Children of Illegal Immigrants! ("have a heart")

    09/23/2011 3:23:36 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 38 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/22/11 | GOP Debates
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyhNFQYZGgA
  • Florida Officials: EPA is Putting State Through Water Torture

    09/18/2011 3:33:05 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 18 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | August 9, 2011 | Kenric Ward
    State and regional water officials poured criticism on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, calling the EPA's proposed pollution standards heavy-handed, overly expensive and indefensibly "poor science." Appearing at a congressional hearing conducted by U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, a cavalcade of water experts disputed the EPA's tactics and questioned its motives. Paul Steinbrecher, president of the Florida Water Environment Association Utility Council, said the EPA's numeric nutrient criteria are "rooted in poor science." "It was done to settle a lawsuit, not to meet an environmental need. Setting criteria for the entire state in an unrealistic time frame, they found...
  • Law enforcement raids home of former Scott Walker aide; worked for Scott Walker as County Executive

    09/16/2011 3:20:11 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 15 replies
    WITI-TV ^ | September 14, 2011 | Mike Lowe
    A published report says a dozen law enforcement officers, including FBI agents, raided the home of former Scott Walker aide Cynthia Archer. Archer worked for the Governor when he was the Milwaukee County Executive. It's a special investigation, and anyone who knows anything about it isn't talking. It looks like this raid will be part of an ongoing John Doe investigation. Attorney John Birdsall says, "A John Doe investigation in instituted by a request of a district attorney when he has reason to believe a crime has been committed. When that happens the judge has to start a John Doe...
  • Gov't shines on Solyndra with $535M loan guarantee

    09/14/2011 7:20:19 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 6 replies · 1+ views
    GreenBeat ^ | September 4, 2009 | Camille Ricketts
    Vice president Joe Biden and Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu joined forces this morning to officially bestow the $535 million loan guarantee on Fremont, Calif.-based Solyndra, one of the leading makers of cylindrical solar panels. The company plans to build a photovoltaic equipment plant large enough to employ 1,000 people permanently. Talk of the guarantee isn’t new — in fact, the DOE extended it to the company back in March and then waited for it to raise a requisite amount of funding. The loan is expected to cover 73 percent of the cost of the plant, which is slated...
  • Florida's Reefs Cannot Endure a 'Cold Snap'

    08/27/2011 12:31:34 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 23 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 26, 2011 | ScienceDaily
    Remember frozen iguanas falling from trees during Florida's 2010 record-breaking cold snap? Well, a new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science shows that Florida's corals also dropped in numbers due to the cold conditions. "It was a major setback," said Diego Lirman, associate professor at the UM Rosenstiel School and lead author of the study. "Centuries-old coral colonies were lost in a matter of days." The chilly January temperatures caused the most catastrophic loss of corals within the Florida Reef Tract, which spans 160 miles (260 kilometers) from Miami...
  • Live Wisconsin Recall Results

    08/16/2011 7:19:19 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 39 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8/16/11 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Slight lead for the GOP in one race.
  • Michele Bachmann on 'Fox News Sunday' [Good interview]

    08/14/2011 4:10:53 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 38 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 14, 2011 | FoxNews
    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday/index.html
  • For Markets, 'Lehman Effect' Not Likely

    08/06/2011 11:47:28 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 1 replies
    WSJ ^ | AUGUST 6, 2011 | E.S. BROWNING, MARY PILON and SERENA NG
    Standard & Poor's first-ever downgrade of U.S. Treasury debt could lead to some market tumult next week, investors and analysts said Saturday. Over time, though, the downgrade might do little more than mark a moment in the decline of U.S. economic strength, they said. There may be an "adverse market reaction," said Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at research firm Capital Economics. But it "won't be long before the markets focus once again on the economic fundamentals," which he described as "not great." Mr. Dales said "the loss of America's AAA rating is the clearest sign yet that the fallout...
  • New recession begins next year, Shilling says

    06/25/2011 10:30:58 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 38 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | June 24, 2011 | Howard Gold
    ...Housing remains critical, so I looked up one of the few people who saw the housing bust and financial crisis coming years before they happened: Gary Shilling, economist and author of “The Age of Deleveraging...” “I’m predicting another recession next year,” he told me. Not a double dip, he emphasized, because we’re already two years from the end of the last recession... So, he’s looking for a brand new cyclical recession beginning in 2012... This time, however, the recovery has been “distinctly subpar,” in his words. “As of the first quarter, ..real GDP is barely above its peak in the...
  • NRC chief in hot seat for scrapping work on dump, delaying vote on Yucca Mountain nuclear dump

    06/12/2011 5:21:43 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 12 replies
    Associated Press Via Yahoo! ^ | June 12, 2011 | Dina Cappiello and Matthew Daly
    In the two years that Gregory Jaczko has led the nation's independent nuclear agency, his actions to delay, hide and kill work on a disputed dump for high-level radioactive waste have been called "bizarre," `'unorthodox" and "illegal..." An inspector general's report released last week exposed the internal strife under Jaczko. The internal watchdog said he intimidated staff members who disagreed with him and withheld information from members of the commission... The tactics disclosed in the investigative report are just the latest in a saga unfolding since President Barack Obama put the former aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the...
  • Atlantic City looks to bus more homeless back home Sending some back part of revival strategy

    05/01/2011 3:42:35 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 22 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | May 1, 2011 | Wayne Parry
    Larry Bogan knows precisely how much it costs for a bus ticket from Atlantic City back home to Pompano Beach, Fla.: $126. Unfortunately, that's $126 more than he has... And so instead of cooking in a restaurant or driving a tractor trailer for someone like he used to do, Bogan eats at a soup kitchen and sleeps on park benches or in a train or bus station each night. He's one of about 500 homeless people living in the nation's second-largest gambling market. Reducing Atlantic City's homeless population is a key element of a new effort to help the struggling...
  • Oregon's electric car owners shocked by proposed bill that would tax their cars

    04/16/2011 8:44:46 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 75 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | April 10, 2011 | Joseph Rose
    Since December, John Duncan's daily commute from Wilsonville to Portland has been like something from a sci-fi movie. He's a solitary eco-driver -- the first and only owner of Nissan's futuristic all-electric LEAF in Oregon -- who knows his day of reckoning is just down the road. "I figured the state would find a way to get the gas taxes that I'm no longer paying," said the Portland Community College theater arts teacher. "But I'm hearing about a new tax that will be something like $1.43 a mile. Really? Wow!" Yep. Wow! Of course, that's not exactly accurate. Oregon lawmakers...
  • Feds to let airport screeners gain union rights

    02/27/2011 3:42:47 PM PST · by Brilliant · 40 replies · 1+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | FEBRUARY 4, 2011 | Chris Woodward
    A union leader says the government has decided to grant collective bargaining rights to the nation's 40,000 airport screeners... Republican opponents say that could jeopardize national security. James Sherk, a labor expert at The Heritage Foundation, calls the decision a huge loss for airline security and passengers. He says there is a reason that most national security agencies by law do not have unions -- and that is because the union contracts make it more difficult for them to do their jobs. "Canada has a system where they allow their security screeners to unionize -- and they've had problems where,...
  • Feds spy on reporter in leak probe [NYT leak on Iran Stuxnet]

    02/26/2011 8:53:22 AM PST · by Brilliant · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | February 24, 2011 | Josh Gerstein
    Federal investigators trying to find out who leaked information about a CIA attempt to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program obtained a New York Times reporter’s three private credit reports, examined his personal bank records and obtained information about his phone calls and travel, according to a new court filing. The scope and intrusiveness of the government’s efforts to uncover reporter James Risen’s sources surfaced Thursday in the criminal case of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer facing federal criminal charges for allegedly disclosing classified information. Sterling is accused of giving Risen details about what Risen describes as the CIA’s plan to...
  • Detroit and Decay [city may abandon half its schools to pay union benefits]

    01/16/2011 7:29:31 AM PST · by Brilliant · 81 replies
    WSJ ^ | JANUARY 15, 2011 | WSJ
    Detroit was once America's fourth largest city, though today large sections of its inner core are abandoned to the elements, and monuments like Michigan Central Station are returning to dust. Another emblem of civic decline is a plan to desert nearly half of Detroit's public schools so that it can afford to fulfill its teachers union contract. The school district is facing a $327 million deficit and has already closed 59 schools over the last two years to avoid paying maintenance, utility and operating costs. Under a worst-case scenario released this week by Robert Bobb, an emergency financial manager appointed...
  • Grayson:"wasn't Gabby he was shooting, but...some cartoon version...by her political opposition"

    01/09/2011 6:52:01 AM PST · by Brilliant · 23 replies
    graysonforcongress.com ^ | 1/8/11 | Alan Grayson
    Gabby Giffords: A Few Words‏ 1/08/11 Alan Grayson To Me From: Alan Grayson (alangrayson@graysonforcongress.com) Sent: Sat 1/08/11 6:55 PM To: Me A reporter called me a little while ago, and told me that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had been shot at a public event. She is in critical condition. I'm going to let others comment on what this means for America. I just want to say what it means to me.Gabrielle Giffords and I served together on the House Committee on Science and Technology. She was the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, and I was a member of...
  • Irony Alert: Lawyers For Julian Assange Outraged That Details About His Sex Life Were Leaked

    12/20/2010 6:53:22 PM PST · by Brilliant · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 19, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    Oh, cry me a river… Lawyers for noted anti-American anarchist and professional leaker Julian Assange are outraged that information on his sex life was leaked to the press. His lawyers say they do not know who has given these documents to the media, but the purpose can only be one thing – trying to make Julian look bad. How tragic. The Australian reported: LAWYERS for Julian Assange have expressed anger about an alleged smear campaign against the Australian WikiLeaks founder. Incriminating police files were published in the British newspaper that has used him as its source for hundreds of leaked...
  • For Veteran's Day: A vet who understands the enemy we face [Col. Allen West]

    12/20/2010 4:24:05 PM PST · by Brilliant · 11 replies · 1+ views
    AFA Action Alert ^ | 12/20/2010 | Allen West
    Very powerful video statement at the link by Colonel Allen West, who will be sworn in as a Congressman in January. http://secure.afa.net/afa/activism/takeaction.asp?id=384
  • Friedman Casts Shadow as Economists Meet

    11/08/2010 3:26:01 PM PST · by Brilliant · 13 replies
    NYT via Yahoo! ^ | November 7, 2010 | SEWELL CHAN
    The Federal Reserve is portraying its $600 billion plan to prop up the economic recovery as a difficult but needed step to promote growth by lifting stock prices and making long-term borrowing even cheaper. But there is another way to look at it. The central bank will indirectly be financing the government’s deficits on a scale not seen since World War II. It will buy the equivalent of most of the new Treasury debt issued through next June. The portfolio of federal bonds it amassed as a result of the 2008 crisis will swell further, just about doubling. As the...
  • Tea Party-backed Republicans spur party switches

    10/28/2010 7:44:07 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 34 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 10/28/10 | Ellen Wulfhorst
    For lifelong Republican Joe Errigo, deciding to cross party lines and support a liberal Democrat for New York governor wasn't nearly as difficult as one might expect. Republican candidate Carl Paladino -- backed by the conservative Tea Party movement -- raised such political hackles he spawned a "Republicans for Cuomo" movement supporting Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Similar groups can be found in heated races elsewhere nationwide, often those featuring Tea Party-endorsed candidates, attacked by Democrats and some moderate Republicans as extreme. "When I saw his website, I said nobody could be that dumb," said Errigo, an upstate New York Assemblyman, of...
  • Latest Alan Grayson email

    10/17/2010 10:34:11 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 10 replies
    Alan Grayson ^ | 10/15/2010 | Alan Grayson
    In 1991, career politician Daniel Webster introduced HB 593, which would have banned happy hours and drinking games in all bars in Florida. Yes, believe it or not, Daniel Webster wants to prohibit happy hour. Congressman Grayson said, “Big-Government Daniel Webster wants to keep government out of your life, unless you are working, eating, drinking, resting or sleeping.” Why does Daniel Webster want to ban happy hours in Florida? You will have to ask him.
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer the Prophet? Flashback to Prophetic Video

    10/04/2010 4:44:15 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | April 2009 | Chuckie Schumer
    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JQpKeyN39c
  • Patriotism Falsely Impugned: Grayson (D) says opponent refused Vietnam service, doesn't love country

    09/26/2010 8:49:51 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 70 replies
    Factcheck ^ | September 22, 2010 | Lara Seligman
    Summary Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida is falsely accusing his opponent of evading the Vietnam War draft, claiming "he doesn’t love this country." Republican candidate Daniel Webster didn’t "refuse the call to service," as claimed in a vicious TV ad featuring pictures of military graves and the sound of "Taps" being played on a bugle. In fact, the former Florida Senate majority leader was given routine student deferments until he completed his undergraduate degree. He then reported for a military physical and was disqualified for medical reasons. Analysis Rep. Grayson’s ad — entitled "Draft Dodger" — appeared in his...
  • Rasmussen poll shows Miller ahead in Senate race

    09/25/2010 5:51:35 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 21 replies
    KTUU ^ | September 22, 2010 | Lori Tipton
    According to a Rasmussen Reports poll of 500 likely voters in Alaska Sunday, Joe Miller is well ahead of Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams in the race for U.S. Senate. The results show that 42 percent of those polled supported Miller. Murkowski was slightly ahead of McAdams, 27 percent to 25 percent. The poll came just two days after Murkowski announced her write-in Senate bid, following her loss to Miller in last month’s Republican primary. The poll suggests Murkowski may split the independent and Democratic vote with McAdams, while Miller enjoys strong support among conservatives.
  • Ford to open new engine plant in China

    09/25/2010 1:09:08 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 24 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | September 25, 2010 | AP
    Ford and Chinese partner, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Ltd., plan to build a $500 million engine plant in China. They signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Chongqing on Saturday. Construction is to begin next year with engine production starting in 2013. The plant can make 400,000 engines annually; more than double the partnership's existing engine capacity in China. The partnership operates two assembly plants in China, including one in Chongqing. It is building a third to produce the Ford Focus...
  • HILLARY [AND OBAMA] TO GIVE UN $50 MILLION FROM US TAXPAYERS FOR COOKING STOVES

    09/25/2010 9:14:55 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 21 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 09/25/2010 | Liveleak
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce on Tuesday a U.S. contribution of more than $50 million toward providing clean cooking stoves in developing countries to reduce deaths from smoke inhalation and fight climate change. The U.S. funding, which will be spread over five years, is part of a Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves being started to combat a problem officials equate with mal More..aria and unclean water in terms of their health impact worldwide. Some 1.9 million premature deaths, mostly among women and young children, occur every year due to smoke inhalation from rudimentary stoves, which in many cases...
  • Credit Unions Bailed Out

    09/24/2010 5:15:00 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 | MARK MAREMONT And VICTORIA MCGRANE
    Two years after the peak of the financial crisis, the federal government swooped in to stabilize a crucial part of the credit-union sector battered by losses on subprime mortgages. Regulators announced Friday a rescue of the nation's wholesale credit unions, underpinned by a federal guarantee valued at $30 billion or more. Wholesale unions don't deal with the general public but provide essential back-office services to thousands of other credit unions across the U.S. The majority of retail credit unions are sound, but they are exposed to the losses through the industry's insurance fund. Friday's moves include the seizure of three...
  • Unemployment rises in 27 states last month

    09/21/2010 6:30:17 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 15 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | September 21, 2010 | Christopher S. Rugaber
    More than half of U.S. states saw their unemployment rates rise in August, the largest number in six months, as hiring weakened across the country. The jobless rate increased in 27 states last month, the Labor Department said Tuesday. It fell in 13 and was unchanged in 10 states and Washington, D.C. That's worse than the previous month, when the rate increased in only 14 states and fell in 18. It's also the most states to see an increase since February... The report comes a day after a nonprofit group of economists declared that the recession ended in June 2009,...
  • Government could seek foreign investors for GM (i.e., China)

    09/19/2010 5:39:37 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 26 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | September 19, 2010 | Tom Krisher
    Investment bankers handling the upcoming General Motors Co. stock sale are expected to court foreign investors as well as those in North America... GM and the Treasury Department would not comment Sunday on reports that the automaker is in talks with its current partner in China, SAIC, about buying a stake in the Detroit company. SAIC is owned by the Chinese government... The U.S. Treasury loaned GM about $50 billion to help it through bankruptcy protection last year. GM has repaid $6.7 billion. The rest of the bailout money was converted to a 61 percent government stake in the company....
  • Jim Greer spent Florida GOP money while on vacation with Charlie Crist, audit shows

    09/19/2010 8:51:37 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 8 replies
    Zimbio.com ^ | 09/17/2010 | topstoriesjacksonville.com
    The Republican Party of Florida released a long-awaited audit of party spending during the tenure of indicted former Chairman Jim Greer on Friday, detailing how party donors footed the bill for hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable expenses for Greer and associates including Gov. Charlie Crist. In all, auditors with Alston & Bird LLP said they discovered $381,786.12 in expenses that were not “primarily” related to party business, including $13,345.59 in charges for a June 2009 trip the Crist and Greer families took to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios; $3,376.43 on a September 2009 trip to New York...
  • Texas [Dem] Lawmaker Repays $31,000 to Foundation [diverted to family members]

    09/02/2010 6:13:33 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/2/2010 | ANN ZIMMERMAN
    Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a longtime Texas Congresswoman, repaid from personal funds about $31,000 to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation after disclosures that she had awarded scholarships meant for needy students to her relatives and those of her staff... "While I have unknowingly made a mistake and am, too, disappointed by this, I will continue my fight towards making opportunities for eligible young people and under-represented populations," Rep. Johnson said in a statement... The foundation, a nonprofit group that seeks the advancement of African-Americans, provides help for college-bound students by awarding money it receives through private donations. Every year, the...
  • Coming Soon: Theaters, Airplanes to Post Calories

    08/30/2010 8:00:12 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | AUGUST 31, 2010 | JANET ADAMY
    Regulators' appetite for calorie counts is about to extend beyond restaurants to thousands of other places that offer food, including airplanes, movie theaters and convenience stores. The expansion stems from provisions in the health-care overhaul enacted in March. The government wants calorie listings posted to make it easier for consumers to select healthier options, and the restaurant industry backed the move so it could avoid a patchwork of local ordinances... Calorie data, such as that seen at a Fresh Co. in New York, are expanding under FDA rules to include theaters and other places that serve food... The health-care law...
  • Opponents jump on Crist's flip-flop ["I was in favor of it before and after I was against it"]

    08/28/2010 6:52:28 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 28 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | August, 27 2010 | JOHN FRANK
    Gov. Charlie Crist said Friday he would have voted for President Barack Obama's healthcare bill -- only to retract his statement two hours later. His two opponents in the U.S. Senate race -- Democrat Kendrick Meek and Republican Marco Rubio -- immediately seized on the gaffe. Meek's camp diagnosed Crist with ``political amnesia,'' a reference to his repeated reversals on major policies in this campaign. In a statement, Rubio's campaign said Crist had flip-flopped several times on the issue: ``Charlie Crist's political opportunism puts him in a league of his own. After changing his mind six times, I'm still not...
  • Regulators Seize ShoreBank; Management Takes Over

    08/21/2010 4:22:42 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | AUGUST 21, 2010 | DAN FITZPATRICK
    Regulators seized ShoreBank Corp. on Friday and agreed to sell assets to a team led by the community lender's executives and backed by several large U.S. financial firms. The bank closure... caps months of uncertainty for a $2.16 billion Chicago bank that had ties to the Obama administration... The new institution will be known as Urban Partnership Bank and led by William Farrow... who was ShoreBank's president and chief operating officer at the time of its failure... David Vitale, a ShoreBank board member, will become chairman... The decision to sell to management is a rare move by the Federal Deposit...
  • U.S. Saw Drill Ban Killing Many Jobs [ie. Obama KNEW he was destroying jobs, kept it secret]

    08/20/2010 6:29:51 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 35 replies
    WSJ ^ | AUGUST 21, 2010 | STEPHEN POWER And LESLIE EATON
    Senior Obama administration officials concluded the federal moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling would cost roughly 23,000 jobs and freeze up to $10.2 billion in oil-industry investment, according to previously undisclosed documents detailing their internal debates. Marcia McNutt, an Obama administration science adviser, commented on the corporate culture of BP in a memo sent to Michael Bromwich, the administration's new top offshore oil exploration regulator, on June 28. Critics of the moratorium, including Gulf Coast political figures and oil-industry leaders, have said it is crippling the region's economy, and some have called on the administration to make public its...
  • Regulators shut big Chicago-based bank ["a big community bank... known for its social activism"]

    08/20/2010 5:20:54 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | August 20, 2010 | Marcy Gordon
    Regulators on Friday shut down a big community bank based in Chicago that has been known for its social activism but racked by financial troubles in recent months. It was the 114th U.S. bank to fail this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over ShoreBank, with $2.16 billion in assets and $1.54 billion in deposits. Urban Partnership Bank, a new institution comprised of several big Wall Street banks and a private foundation, agreed to assume ShoreBank's deposits and nearly all its assets... In an unusual move, the FDIC allowed some of ShoreBank's executives to continue running the restructured bank......
  • Rep. Grayson Calls Gibbs 'Bozo The Spokesman' Press Secretary Says He Has No Plans To Resign

    08/12/2010 5:36:04 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 11 replies
    WESH.com ^ | 8/12/2010 | MSNBC
    A local politician is making national headlines again. U.S. Representative Alan Grayson attacked recent comments by President Barack Obama’s head press secretary. "I don't think he should resign. He should be fired. People have referred to him as bozo the spokesman,” Grayson said. Press secretary Robert Gibbs was recently quoted in “The Hill” magazine saying, “I hear these people saying [the President] is like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested. They will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we've eliminated the Pentagon. That's not reality. They wouldn't be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president."...
  • Arab Israeli Arrested for US Serial Killings

    08/12/2010 4:50:45 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 20 replies
    IsraelNationalNews.com ^ | 8/13/10 | Elad Benari
    An Arab Israeli has been arrested in the US on suspicion of killing five people and wounding 13 in a stabbing spree that spanned across three US. 33 year-old Elias Abuelazam was detained late Wednesday in Atlanta while he was trying to board a flight to Tel Aviv. He was arrested at the departure gate, after being paged by a Delta Airlines representative and getting up to identify himself. Police suspect Abuelazam is behind the attacks that have taken place over the last two-and-a-half months in Michigan, Ohio and Virginia. It is suspected that the method of operation was to...