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  • Greek Banks And Stock Exchange 'To Stay Shut'

    06/28/2015 7:23:13 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    Sky News ^ | 06/28/15
    Banks and the stock exchange will remain closed today after Greek citizens queued all weekend to withdraw savings. Banks in Greece and the country's stock exchange will be shut all week in a sign of the deepening financial crisis. The drastic move comes after people rushed to withdraw their cash amid panic ahead of the referendum on bailout terms. Under the controls, there will be a daily €60 limit on withdrawals from cash machines, which will reopen on Tuesday. Speaking in a televised address, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged calm and insisted bank deposits were safe. He blamed European partners...
  • MAJOR US BANKS CLOSING BORDER BRANCHES TO FIGHT MONEY LAUNDERING

    05/31/2015 9:14:53 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 30 2015 | SYLVIA LONGMIRE
    As more money continues to flow into the pockets of Mexican drug cartels, traffickers need to maintain a solid network of places—often along the southwest border—where they can launder drug money. However, in an attempt to stymie these efforts, several major US banks have been closing numerous branches in the region and shutting down hundreds of customer accounts. According to a WSJ report, the Arizona border town of Nogales, population 21,000, is feeling the financial pinch most strongly. In the past several months, J.P. Morgan, Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc.-owned Banamex USA have shut a total of four...
  • Obama: I Should Have Closed Guantánamo Bay on Day One

    03/18/2015 6:37:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/18/15 | Matt Wilstein
    During a Q&A session following his speech on middle class economics to the City Club of Cleveland Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama revealed on thing he would do differently if he could start his presidency over knowing what he knows now. “I think I would have closed Guantánamo on the first day,” he told the crowd. The reason he didn’t, Obama said, is that at the time there was bipartisan agreement that the detention facility should be closed. Instead of making it happen right way, the president chose to sign an executive order that tasked a group with figuring out
  • First Abortion Facility in 2015 Halts Abortion Services (Texas)

    01/09/2015 4:34:23 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Operation Rescue ^ | January 9, 2015 | Cheryl Sullenger
    Dallas, TX – As the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals considers the constitutionality of Texas abortion safety laws, Operation Rescue has confirmed that Northpark Medical Group, an abortion facility in Dallas, Texas, has halted all abortions after the hospital that provided its two abortionists with privileges closed. This represents the first abortion clinic to terminate abortion services in 2015, leaving just 549 surgical abortion clinics in America after clinic numbers hit a high-water mark on 1991 with 2,176 surgical abortion clinics. Last year, 73 abortion clinics nationwide closed or halted abortion services for at least part of the year –...
  • Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale

    01/03/2015 4:57:59 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 2, 2014 | Naftali Bendavid
    Europe News Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale Hundreds of Churches Have Closed or Are Threatened by Plunging Membership, Posing Question: What to Do With Unused Buildings? By Naftali Bendavid Jan. 2, 2015 7:36 p.m. ET ARNHEM, Netherlands—Two dozen scruffy skateboarders launched perilous jumps in a soaring old church building here on a recent night, watched over by a mosaic likeness of Jesus and a solemn array of stone saints. This is the Arnhem Skate Hall, an uneasy reincarnation of the Church of St. Joseph, which once rang with the prayers of nearly 1,000 worshipers. It is one of hundreds...
  • Still Vanishing: 73 Abortion Facilities Shut Down in 2014

    12/29/2014 3:05:58 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Operation Resuce ^ | December 29, 2014 | Cheryl Sullenger
    Washington, DC – A new survey conducted by Operation Rescue of all abortion facilities in the United States has confirmed that the abortion clinic closure trend continued strongly in 2014. Operation Rescue is the only pro-life organization that maintains a listing of abortion facilities and tracks clinic closures and its extensive research has provided the most accurate accounting of abortion facilities known to exist. In all, 73 abortion facilities shut down for all or part of the year. The total number of all remaining abortion clinics in the US is currently 739. Surgical abortion facilities account for 551 of that...
  • Wisconsin legislative preview: Planned Parenthood will not 'go quietly into the night'

    12/09/2014 12:02:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Wisnews ^ | 12.9.2014 | JESSIE OPOIEN
    Under Gov. Scott Walker's leadership and the Republican control of Wisconsin's Legislature, Planned Parenthood has weathered a focused effort to diminish its role within the state. But through the sustained battle, the women's health organization has found silver linings. "I think since we’ve been so shut out of state government we have had an opportunity to build stronger local relationships," said Nicole Safar, public policy director for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Dane County is a prime example of a place where Planned Parenthood works closely with local government to provide sex education and other programming. The local partnership "doesn't make...
  • Why hasn’t the U.S. closed its airports to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries?

    10/02/2014 7:10:39 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 75 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/02/14 | Abby Phillip
    Several African nations have restricted or banned air travel from Ebola-stricken countries, and airlines including Kenya Airways, British Airways, Air Cote D’Ivoire and Nigeria's Arik Air have suspended flights from the countries. Front Page Africa reported on Wednesday, though, that Kenya Airways and Air Cote D’Ivoire are expected to resume some of their so-called "Ebola flights" this month. Others airlines have greatly reduced air travel in the region.
  • ‘THE RULES ARE THE RULES’: Government shuts down 11-year-old’s cupcake business

    01/30/2014 8:19:19 AM PST · by servo1969 · 54 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1-30-2014 | Breanna Deutsch
    The government has pulled the plug on an 11-year-old Illinois baker’s oven. A day after a local newspaper ran a story about the young and ambitious Chloe Stirling, who operated a cupcake business out of her parents’ kitchen, the local health department came calling. “They called and said they were shutting us down,” Heather Stirling, Chloe’s mother, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Officials told Stirling Chloe could continue selling cupcakes on the condition that the family “buy a bakery or build her a kitchen separate from the one we have.” “Obviously, we can’t do that,” Heather Stirling told reporters. “We’ve...
  • Five abortion facilities have closed in Pittsburgh because of Gosnell-inspired [safety] law

    10/31/2013 12:46:28 AM PDT · by grundle · 6 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | May 16, 2013 | Kirsten Andersen
    PITTSBURGH, May 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Tougher safety regulations passed in the wake of grisly discoveries at Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” abortion facility have resulted in the closure of five Pittsburgh abortion centers since last June.Act 122, which took effect last June, requires abortion facilities to meet the same standards as other outpatient surgical facilities in the state.While some abortion centers have been able to bring their facilities up to par, five facilities in the Pittsburgh area have been shut down. One was closed by the state health department; the others closed voluntarily. There are now only two abortion...
  • Military chapel closed in Georgia: ‘Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice’

    10/08/2013 4:35:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/8/13 | Alex Pappas
    Father Ray Leonard, a Catholic priest who serves a Georgia military base, was not allowed to celebrate mass at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay this weekend. “Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice,” a sign posted on the chapel said. Leonard — who is contracted with the Department of Defense to minister the military on the base — is not allowed to work on the base during the federal government shutdown. In fact, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA has warned that — under current law — some military priests under contract could even
  • 44 Abortion Clinics Closed in 2013 as Two More Close in Cleveland, Montana

    09/20/2013 10:00:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | Cheryl Sullenger
    In a year of record closures, two more abortion clinics have gone out of business. These two closures bring the tally of out-of-business abortion businesses to 44 so far this year. Operation Rescue has confirmed that an abortionist who wore a butcher’s apron while injuring a woman during an abortion has closed his Cleveland, Ohio, abortion clinic and is moving out of state. Meanwhile, a Livingston, Montana, abortion clinic has announced its closure as of October 1, 2013, due to the impending retirement of long-time abortionist Susan Wicklund. Martin Ruddock, 77, shuttered his Cleveland Center for Women’s Health abortion clinic...
  • Vanity: Question for SC Freepers

    08/07/2013 4:58:55 PM PDT · by Kolath · 6 replies
    Kolath | 08/07/2013 | Kolath
    Dear South Carolina Freepers. I've got a few questions about the voting laws in your state. 1. What is the deadline to change party affiliation in your state (how many days before an election)? 2. Does SC have a ballot petition process? 3. Has there been any interest in having a ballot petition to change the primary laws from "open" to "closed"?
  • Restrictions forcing a few abortion clinics to close

    07/29/2013 1:01:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | Catherine Candisky
    New rules in Ohio will leave Toledo without a provider Ohio women have fewer places to go for an abortion, and access is expected to become more limited with newly passed state regulations that reduce access to the procedure. Two of Ohio’s 13 licensed abortion clinics have closed in recent months, and a third is expected to shut down in the coming weeks. More closings are possible. “They’ve opened up a new front in the war on women’s health,” Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said of abortion opponents. “They can use this tool, and their influence ......
  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closing Clinic in New Jersey

    07/21/2013 7:29:49 PM PDT · by Coleus · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/19/13 | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closing Clinic in New JerseyThe Planned Parenthood abortion business is closing yet another location — this time in New Jersey. The abortion giant will close the facility it operates in Somerset County within the next month.From a local news report: A woman who answered the phone at the Manville Planned Parenthood Thursday afternoon confirmed the location will be closing within the next month, although she said no particular closing date has been set yet.The woman did not provide her name to NJ.com, and she referred comment to the media relations department of Planned Parenthood of Central...
  • 4 more abortion centers CLOSED

    07/24/2013 6:16:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies
    Since the last 40 Days for Life ended in March, four more abortion centers — which were sites of 40 Days for Life campaigns — have CLOSED their doors for good!Shortly after the campaign, volunteers learned that a late-term abortion facility in Sacramento, California — where multiple 40 Days for Life prayer vigils had been held outside — had gone out of business.Just a few weeks later, a Planned Parenthood abortion center in Kenmore, Washington — where two 40 Days for Life vigils have been held outside — announced its permanent closure.Then an abortion center in Toledo, Ohio … that...
  • Chain of six Northern CA late-term abortion clinics CLOSED

    05/17/2013 12:58:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    The last three late-term abortion clinics of what was once was a chain of six in Northern California is closing this week, reports Wynette Sills of 40 Days for Life Sacramento. Choice Medical Group once committed abortions in Concord, Fremont, Sacramento, Salinas, San Francisco, and San Jose. The Salinas clinic closed a few years ago, Concord followed last year, and San Francisco this past March. image image image When a member of Wynette’s group called the Sacramento office last week, they got a pleasant surprise. A receptionist told her that clinic and the Fremont and San Jose clinics were all...
  • Abortion Clinic That Can’t Meet New Virginia Health Standards Closes

    04/19/2013 4:17:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The Hillcrest Clinic abortion business located in Virginia will close its doors after being the first facility in its region of the state to do abortions. The abortion clinic could not meet the new health and safety standards the state health board approved recently and will shut down. According to a local report in the Virginian-Pilot newspaper: Virginia’s new licensing standards for abortion clinics, coupled with a drop in demand for pregnancy terminations, have driven the clinic out of business. “It’s a little bit bittersweet,” said Suzette Caton, Hillcrest’s director. “But I also feel like for 40 years we’ve had...
  • Sixth Abortion Clinic Closes in Michigan in Recent Months

    04/11/2013 12:20:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    life news ^ | Jill Stanek
    Word came yesterday morning that the American Family Planning abortion clinic in Dearborn, Michigan, is shutting its doors as of this Friday. This makes the sixth abortion mill to close since last September. The others were in Detroit, Livonia (2), Muskegan, and Niles. 2013-04-11_1001The clinic’s manager confirmed this to pro-life activist Chris Coatney, who has been praying at this mill for 11 years and developed a civil relationship with her. Chris observed no abortions had been committed since the start of last week. Pro-life activist Lynn Mills got additional corroboration by calling. Lynn was told the clinic had stopped committing...
  • ‘Meat-market’: Planned Parenthood nurses allege filthy, dangerous conditions

    04/10/2013 4:55:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life Site ^ | Operation Rescue staff
    Wilmington, Delaware, April 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The same Planned Parenthood abortion clinic where a grandmother was attacked earlier this year while documenting a botched abortion, operated under dangerous conditions similar to those that existed at Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia “House of Horrors,” according to two former nurses who have now come forward to tell what they saw. So far, one abortionist and two employees have left Planned Parenthood in Wilmington, Delaware, as a result of the scandal over five botched abortions since January 4, and overall filthy practices. The clinic is now under the investigation of the Delaware Department of...
  • Senate votes to keep White House tours closed

    03/20/2013 12:58:31 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 69 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/20/2013 | Stephen Dinan & Seth McLaughlin
    Senators voted Wednesday to keep the White House closed to public tours, turning back a GOP-led effort to free up money to open the building back up after the sequesters. The vote was just one of a series of high-profile votes the Senate was taking Wednesday afternoon as it plowed toward passage of a bill to fund the government through the rest of this fiscal year
  • Press fear Obama private swearing in

    12/07/2012 3:17:23 PM PST · by thouworm · 164 replies
    Politico ^ | December 7, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    The White House Correspondents Association is strongly urging the Obama administration to allow press access to the president’s official swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, following indications from inauguration committee officials that the event could potentially be closed to the press. “Mindful of the historic nature of this occasion, we expect the White House will continue the long tradition of opening the President’s official swearing-in to full press access, and we as an organization are looking forward to working with the administration to make that happen,” Ed Henry, the Fox News correspondent and president of the White House Correspondents Association, said...
  • Catholic Caucus: Catholics urge more focus on social justice

    11/12/2012 7:29:12 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 51 replies
    The Catholic Review (Baltimore) ^ | October 30, 2012 | Patricia Zapor
    WASHINGTON - A large national study on faith and political views released Oct. 23 highlighted Catholics' interest in having social justice take a bigger role in the church's policy priorities. The American Values Survey by Public Religion Research Institute queried a cross section of all Americans but zeroed in on the opinions of Catholics, in particular, on topics including contraceptive coverage in insurance and the death penalty as well as on the pending presidential election. In interviews during September, a majority of Catholics told pollsters that they would prefer it if the church would focus its public policy statements "more...
  • Coast Guard closes Detroit's Ambassador Bridge after threat

    (CNN) -- A major bridge between Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, was shut down late Monday due to a bomb threat, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Ambassador Bridge was secured and cleared on both sides after the Detroit Police Department received the threat at 8 p.m., according to U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jeff Ogden. The U.S. Coast Guard stopped all maritime traffic below the bridge. Local police agencies were investigating the threat, but Ogden said it was "too soon" to determine who sent the threat.
  • Pastor whose congregation dwindled after gay-marriage vote to close St. Paul church

    06/30/2012 7:24:01 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-30-12 | Frederick Melo
    Grace Community United Church of Christ will close its doors this weekend, but the pastor who says his decision to publicly support gay-marriage rights unwittingly thrust it on a path toward financial ruin plans to find a new home for his small congregation. He has faith that his flock will follow. The Rev. Oliver White, 69, had hoped fundraising would keep the predominantly African-American church on St. Paul's East Side open after a Seattle investor demanded full payment on a high-interest loan. But after a well-publicized Internet campaign raised only about $56,000 of the $200,000 the church needs to pay...
  • Abortion Business Closes in Kansas, Another May Join It

    06/28/2011 9:22:39 AM PDT · by julieee · 4 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | June 28, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Abortion Business Closes in Kansas, Another May Join It Topeka, KS -- Now that the state of Kansas is beginning to enforce new abortion laws that were vetoed under pro-abortion Democratic governors, one of the three abortion centers in the state has closed. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/28/abortion-business-closes-in-kansas-another-may-join-it/
  • Obama:IT'S MY PARTY: Meeting is closed to the press

    05/11/2011 8:38:31 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 22 replies
    Politico 44/ Whiteboard Archives ^ | May 11, 2011 - 05:05AM | Whiteboard Archives
    IT'S MY PARTY: The Democrats in the Senate are headed to President Obama's turf on Wednesday to talk with him about the deficit and, the White House says, other things. In guidance to reporters, the White House said that at the meeting at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Obama and the "Senate Democratic Caucus" will cover "the range of important issues on the legislative agenda, including the need to adopt a balanced approach in confronting the nation’s long-term deficit challenges." The meeting is closed to the press..
  • California Abortion Biz Closes, Eighth Facility This Month

    03/30/2011 10:12:03 AM PDT · by julieee · 6 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | March 30, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    California Abortion Biz Closes, Eighth Facility This Month Family Planning Associates, one the largest abortion center chains in California, has closed the abortion business it runs in Newport Beach. That makes it the eighth abortion center across the country to have closed this month. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/03/30/california-abortion-biz-closes-eighth-facility-this-month
  • Operation Closed Campus, Full Scale Excercise, Pottawattamie Countym Iowa

    03/24/2011 12:23:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Emergency Management, Dept. of Homeland Sec. ^ | 3/24/11 | Emergency Management, Pottawattamie
    ExPlan) EXERCISE PLAN (ExPlan) Operation Closed Campus 2 Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP) FOR OFFIICIIAL USE ONLY Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) PREFACE Operation Closed Campus is sponsored by the Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency. This Exercise Plan (ExPlan) was produced with input, advice, and assistance from the Operation Closed Campus Exercise Planning Team, which followed guidance set forth in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). This ExPlan gives officials, observers, media personnel, and players from participating organizations...
  • SC Republicans Want State Primary Laws Changed - Judge To Rule On Closed Primaries By Party

    03/14/2011 5:02:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Fox Carolina ^ | 3/11/11 | Jennifer Phillips
    SC Republicans Want State Primary Laws ChangedJudge To Rule On Closed Primaries By Party Jennifer Phillips reporting UPDATED: 11:28 am EST March 11, 2011 GREENVILLE, S.C. -- When people line up to vote, many consider themselves Democrats, Republicans or independents. That could change for primaries, if South Carolina Republicans have their way. "The fact that a Democrat or a Republican can cross party lines and somehow influence the outcome of the voting and the nomination I don't think is fair," said James Farrington, a voter. That is also how state GOP leaders and the Greenville Republican Party feel, too. On...
  • Survey Shows 31 Abortion Centers Closed Over Last 12 Months

    11/30/2010 8:38:33 AM PST · by julieee · 5 replies
    http://LifeNews.com/nat-6895 ^ | November 30, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Survey Shows 31 Abortion Centers Closed Over Last 12 Months Washington, DC -- While the pro-life movement longs for the day unborn children can be protected under the law from abortions, a new survey of the number of abortion centers nationwide shows it is possible to make a difference now. Despite the Supreme Court having allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason via the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, the pro-life community has been successful in getting abortion centers to close. http://LifeNews.com/nat-6895
  • Survey Shows 31 Abortion Centers Closed Over Last 12 Months

    11/30/2010 8:38:25 AM PST · by julieee · 1 replies · 1+ views
    http://LifeNews.com/nat-6895 ^ | November 30, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Survey Shows 31 Abortion Centers Closed Over Last 12 Months Washington, DC -- While the pro-life movement longs for the day unborn children can be protected under the law from abortions, a new survey of the number of abortion centers nationwide shows it is possible to make a difference now. Despite the Supreme Court having allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason via the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, the pro-life community has been successful in getting abortion centers to close. http://LifeNews.com/nat-6895
  • Plymouth Avenue Bridge closed after check discovers corrosion (MN)

    10/22/2010 1:53:03 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 10-22-10 | steve brandt
    The Plymouth Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis closed Friday as a precaution, pending further investigation after a routine inspection discovered corrosion on cables that run through the bridge.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Arizona's Closed Federal Parkland is a No-Man's Land

    07/02/2010 3:16:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    fox news ^ | 7/2/10 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    BUENOS AIRES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Arizona – The number of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers crossing through this magnificent national parkland in southern Arizona has "decreased significantly" in the last four years, park officials say. But there's a dark cloud to this silver lining: To make it happen, the refuge had to close a sliver of this slice of heaven to the quarter-billion American taxpayers who own it -- essentially creating a no-man's-land on which only drug smugglers, gun-runners, human traffickers and the Border Patrol agents who track them down dare to tread. And with rival Mexican drug gangs gunning...
  • Turkish airspace closed to Israel

    06/28/2010 1:42:20 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 33 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/28/2010 | Suzan Fraser
    Turkey has closed its airspace to Israeli military flights following a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship, the Turkish prime minister and officials said Monday. Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Toronto that Turkey imposed the ban after the May 31 raid on a Turkish ship that was part of a six-vessel international aid flotilla, according to the state-run Anatolia news agency. The prime minister, who is in Canada to attend a summit of the Group of 20 major industrial and developing nations, did not elaborate. On Sunday, Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper reported that Turkey had not allowed a...
  • Pentagon Alert - Metro entrance closed - Police with guns drawn

    06/11/2010 10:18:42 AM PDT · by elc · 41 replies · 3,008+ views
    Pentagon Alert System/Twitter | elc
    Pentagon alert notification just popped up. Pentagon Metro entrance closed. Quick search of twitter shows police with guns drawn. Possible suspicious package. Hmm, wasn't there an alert from the FBI earlier this week about terrorists trying to disrupt things with fake suspicous packages.
  • 154-year-old Honolulu Advertiser prints last issue

    06/05/2010 8:32:20 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 31 replies · 730+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 6-5-10 | Audrey McAvoy
    The Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser have competed to chronicle Hawaii for more than a century. That rivalry ends Sunday when the Advertiser, Hawaii's largest newspaper, publishes its last edition. It's being bought out and combined with its smaller rival. More than 400 reporters, pressmen and other workers are losing their jobs. The 154-year-old Advertiser is the latest casualty of the recession and the upheaval that the Internet has unleashed on the traditional media industry. The new owner plans to launch the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Monday. Honolulu now joins Denver and Seattle as cities served by only one daily...
  • FDIC Friday! Three Florida bank failures take 2010 tally to 76

    05/29/2010 1:12:54 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 2 replies · 334+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 05/28/2010 | Market Watch
    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Three affiliated banks in Florida were closed Friday, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., raising the tally of bank failures in 2010 to 76. The Bank of Florida - Southeast in Fort Lauderdale; the Bank of Florida - Southwest in Naples; and the Bank of Florida - Tampa Bay in Tampa were shut down. EverBank in Jacksonville, Fla., has acquired their banking operations. Bank of Florida Corp.
  • Embassy Closed in Response to Security Threat [Yemen]

    01/03/2010 4:18:45 AM PST · by gandalftb · 32 replies · 1,754+ views
    U.S. Department of State ^ | January 03, 2010 | staff
    Press Releases Embassy Closed in Response to Security Threat The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a is closed today, January 3, 2010, in response to ongoing threats by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack American interests in Yemen. On December 31, the U.S. Embassy sent a warden message to Americans citizens in Yemen to remind them of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against American citizens and interests throughout the world. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and to practice enhanced security awareness.
  • House Democratic bill ceremony closed to public

    10/29/2009 10:28:35 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 21 replies · 1,727+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 29, 2009 | By Kara Rowland
    House Democrats blocked the public from attending the unveiling ceremony of their health-care bill Thursday morning, allowing only pre-approved visitors whose names appeared on lists to enter the event at the West side of the Capitol. The audience at the crowded press conference included Hill staffers, union workers, health care providers and students, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who thanked them for attending.
  • Bay Bridge closed after rod snaps, cars hit

    10/27/2009 8:09:38 PM PDT · by Thidwick · 53 replies · 4,449+ views
    SFGate ^ | oct 27, 2009 | Michael Cabanatuan
    Authorities said they are shutting down the Bay Bridge in both directions after pieces of the cantilever section fell during the late-afternoon commute, striking three vehicles on the upper deck, the California Highway Patrol said. Caltrans officials said the parts that fell were two high-strength rods and a saddle that were part of the emergency repair that delayed the opening of the bridge on Labor Day weekend.
  • CBS Profit Plunges 96% as Ad Slump Continues

    08/06/2009 2:08:46 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 42 replies · 934+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 6, 2009 | KATHY SHWIFF
    CBS Corp.'s second-quarter profit sank 96% on lower ad sales and one-time gain, but the media giant cited early signs of a recovery. "As we anticipated, early signs of a recovery took hold in the second quarter," with results better than the first quarter, said Chief Executive Les Moonves. He added CBS expects the second half of the year to be "considerably stronger" than the first. Mr. Moonves noted CBS was the only network to add viewers this summer and that "we also have a strong slate of syndication titles in the pipeline for release between now and year-end." CBS...
  • Tiller Clinic To Close Permanently

    06/09/2009 9:48:41 AM PDT · by Baladas · 87 replies · 2,475+ views
    KAKE News ^ | June 9, 2009 | KAKE News
    The family of Dr. George Tiller announced today that effective immediately, Women's Health Care Services, Inc., will be permanently closed. Notice is being given today to all concerned that the Tiller family is ceasing operation of the clinic and any involvement by family members in any other similar clinic. Dr. Tiller was shot to death May 31st. Scott Roeder has been charged with murder. A statement released this morning said, "The Tiller family wishes to assure Dr. Tiller's past patients that the privacy of their medical histories and patient records will remain as fiercely protected now and in the future...
  • Top UK restaurant closed as 400 diners taken ill (top-rated Fat Duck restaurant)

    03/06/2009 7:01:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 906+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/6/09 | Tim Castle
    LONDON (Reuters Life!) – British health officials said on Friday they were investigating 400 potential cases of food poisoning linked to top-rated Fat Duck restaurant, run by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal. The award-winning restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, is known for its chemistry-inspired dishes such as bacon and egg ice cream and snail porridge, with many courses frozen in liquid nitrogen. Blumenthal voluntarily closed the restaurant last month after around 40 diners complained of diarrhea and vomiting. The Health Protection Agency said the number had risen to 400 after media coverage of its investigation. "This is a very complex outbreak," said...
  • L.A. Mormon temple closed after suspicious envelope arrives in mail

    11/13/2008 8:59:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 662+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11-14-08 | Tami Abdollah
    The Mormon temple in Westwood was closed Thursday afternoon after an envelope filled with an unidentified white, powdery substance was delivered to temple employees, Los Angeles police said. About 3:30 p.m., a hazardous-materials team was sent to the temple at Santa Monica Boulevard and Overland Avenue, said LAPD Officer Karen Smith. The temple has recently been the site of protests by opponents of Proposition 8, though it is unclear whether the envelope was related to protests over the gay marriage ban, officials said.
  • China keeping Tibet closed to tourists

    04/10/2008 10:43:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 69+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/08 | Tini Tran - ap
    BEIJING - Chinese authorities jittery about protests during the Mount Everest leg of the Olympic torch relay have abruptly reversed a decision to reopen Tibet to foreign tourists. Foreigners have not received permits to visit the Himalayan region since deadly anti-government riots broke out in the capital, Lhasa. Tourism authorities announced last week that foreign tour groups would be allowed in on May 1, the start of a three-day national holiday. Tour operators said Thursday, however, that the Tibetan Tourism Bureau told them this week to stop arranging trips for foreigners. They said the bureau cited the need for safe...
  • California Republicans Limit Their Primary To Those Registered In Party

    02/04/2008 11:43:32 PM PST · by Moral Hazard · 63 replies · 155+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, February 4, 2008 | Casey Stegall
    About 34 percent of voters in California are registered Republicans, and are the only voters allowed to cast ballots in the Republican presidential race on Tuesday. ... Political consultant Hal Dash said the decision to exclude independent voters could play to the Democratic Party’s advantage by allowing Democrats to argue that the GOP doesn’t want them.”Why would you want to shut the door at the beginning when you have the opportunity to be able and welcome some numbers? If I was the California Republican Party, I’d want anybody I could get given their shrinking numbers,” he said.
  • Primaries: Open and Closed

    12/29/2007 3:17:48 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 9 replies · 449+ views
    http://www.fairvote.org ^ | current | http://www.fairvote.org
    Primaries: Open and Closed Open primaries (or pick-a-party) are those in which voters of any affiliation may vote for the slate of any party.Closed primaries are those in which only the voters affiliated with a party may vote in its primary.Blanket primaries (or "jungle primaries") are those in which voters, regardless of affiliation, may choose the party primary in which they want to vote on an office-by-office basis. The blanket primary was struck down in 2001 by the Supreme Court in CA Democratic Party v. Jones. The following is a running list of states by primary type: open, potentially closed,...
  • Berlin's Tempelhof Airport to be closed

    12/04/2007 2:27:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 167+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/4/07 | Kirsten Grieshaber - ap
    BERLIN - Historic Tempelhof Airport — which played a key role in the Berlin airlift in the wake of World War II — will close to passengers in 2008, Germany's top administrative court confirmed Tuesday. The court threw out a bid to prevent Tempelhof's closure as part of plans to expand Schoenefeld airport, a former military airport on the city's outskirts, into Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport. Several airline companies that use the centrally located Tempelhof airport tried to block the closure. But the Leipzig-based Federal Administrative Court rejected their claims, approving an earlier decision by a Berlin-Brandenburg administrative court that argued...
  • Mississippi River Bridge Closed At Memphis

    08/27/2007 10:29:10 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 1,482+ views
    Bell South ^ | 8-27-2007
    Miss. River Bridge Closed at Memphis Published: 8/27/07, 1:06 PM EDT WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) - Officials shut down a major Mississippi River bridge Monday after one of its piers settled nearly 4 inches during the night in a construction zone. The pier that settled is between two other piers, so the Interstate 40 bridge was still supported. The most motorists might have noticed on the six-land span would have been a slight dip, officials said. "We want to be proactive and take all the traffic off the bridge so that our inspectors can take a very thorough look at...