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  • Florida Woman Falls to Her Death at Grand Canyon Hours After Posting Photo of Herself on Cliff Edge

    07/12/2016 9:46:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 157 replies
    People ^ | 07/12/2016 | Char Adams
    Colleen Burns, 35, of Orlando, was hiking with friends near the South Kaibab Trail on Friday when she accidentally slipped off an edge at Ooh Aah Point, Grand Canyon National Park official tells PEOPLE. Park rangers located her body about 400 feet below where she was standing. ... One friend who was with Burns on the trail described her final moments to WESH. "She was just, like, stepping out of the way for another gentleman to, kind of, squeeze in," Jessica Roman told the station. "Unfortunately, Colleen just kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards....
  • Home Ownership Rate Falls to 50 Year Low Ownership rate has since fallen to 63.4%

    08/24/2015 12:14:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 08/22/15 | IRWIN M. STELZER
    There are times when excessive attention to monthly data reporting what’s up, what’s down, can be allowed to obscure underlying structural changes in an economy. With the game of what-will-Yellen-do-next in full flow, this is one of those times. No, the proverbial tectonic plates are not shifting, whatever that phrase might mean when applied to an economy other than one in the throes of an irreversible Margaret Thatcher-style revolution. But there are significant trends underway, trends that are unlikely to be reversed and which, as they play out, will result in an American economy considerably different from the one we...
  • Dow falls 300 points, Nasdaq plunges 2% as Street eyes Fed, oil

    08/20/2015 11:52:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08/20/15 | Evelyn Cheng
    U.S. stocks fell more than 1 percent on Thursday, pressured by continued uncertainty over the timing of a rate hike and low oil prices. ( Tweet This ) "The market has really taken a pessimistic stance vis-a-vis the Fed," said Dave Schiegoleit, a senior portfolio manager with The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank in Los Angeles. "I think we're hearing comments from people taking a dovish stance that the Fed could cramp the fragile growth we're seeing," he said, noting that he expects a rate hike in September. On the hawkish side, "if the Fed holds off then that...
  • Dow falls 150 points into the red for the year as Greece weighs; tech lags

    06/15/2015 7:37:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    CNBC via Yahoo Finance ^ | 06/15/15 | Evelyn Cheng
    U.S. stocks traded about 1 percent lower on Monday, following a decline in European equities on the collapse of weekend talks between Greece and its creditors. "Right now the key driver in the U.S. and international markets seems the breakdown in the Greece negotiations," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities. The Dow Jones industrial average fell back into the red for 2015. The index traded about 160 points lower after earlier falling nearly 200 points, with United Technologies leading all blue chips lower. Information technology led declines across all 10 S&P 500 sector
  • Oil extends rout, falls below $51 a barrel

    01/05/2015 6:50:15 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 01/05/0=15 | William Watts
    Oil futures continued to tumble Monday, knocked to fresh 5 1/2 year lows as investors remain focused on a surging dollar and growing supplies of crude oil. Meanwhile, news reports last week said Russian oil production continued to rise in December. “The reason behind what could be the next leg lower? The economic conditions the oil markets face have not changed, which is eliminating buyers from even considering entering [long] positions,” said Jameel Ahmad, chief market analyst at FXTM. A rising U.S. currency makes dollar-denominated crude more expensive to users of euros, yen and other units.
  • Baby Elephant Takes A Tumble; Grown-Ups Rush To Its Aid (See it to believe it)

    10/03/2014 8:34:19 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 34 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | October 2, 2014 | Sarah Barness
    When a baby elephant fell over while trying to climb out of a small ditch at Switzerland's Zoo Zürich, two adults rushed over within a few seconds to help. Footage of the event, which took place at the zoo's new Kaeng Krachan elephant house, was uploaded to YouTube on Aug. 6. Though it's not clear from the video whether the baby's mother is one of the adults that comes to its aid, elephants are known to have tight bonds with herd members outside their immediate family. Mother and calf share a special connection, but adults have been known to watch...
  • Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC Show Falls To New Low, CNN’s ‘Unguarded’ Takes A Hit

    11/11/2013 3:36:37 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies ^ | 11/11/13 | D Patten
    You would not be saying TGIF in cable newsland if you were Alec Baldwin or Rachel Nichols last week. The actor’s 10 PM MSNBC show Up Late and the former ESPN reporter’s Unguarded on CNN both hit demo lows on November 8. With guests Cristina Tzintzun of the Workers Defense Fund and the Coalition for the Homeless’ Mary Brosnahan talking immigration reform and anti-poverty programs, Up Late With Alec Baldwin pulled in just 101,000 viewers among adults 25-54 on Friday. That’s a 41% drop from the 172,000 demo results of the one-hour show’s October 11 debut. While Baldwin’s total viewers...
  • TV Ratings: MSNBC Falls Below HLN in May, Rachel Maddow Hits Lows

    Fox News Channel maintains a handsome lead in primetime and total day, while primetime runner-up CNN continues a healthy climb from the lows of 2012. Averaging 539,000 viewers in primetime and 175,000 viewers in the adults 25-54 demographic, MSNBC suffered double-digit drops from last May -- down a respective 20 and 19 percent.
  • S&P sees deeper house price falls in eurozone as slump engulfs core

    01/21/2013 4:21:40 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 5 replies
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | 17 January 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    “Downturns in the Dutch and French housing markets appear to be accelerating. We forecast nominal price declines of nearly 6pc and 5pc respectively this year as rising unemployment, decelerating wages, and the prospect of austerity measures frightens off buyers,” said Jean-Michel Six, the agency’s chief Europe economist. France’s house market has been a bastion of stability through most of the global crisis but prices began to slip last year as President François Hollande embarks on a draconian fiscal squeeze to meet EU deficit targets, mostly by raising taxes. Home sales collapsed by 24pc in September from a year ago, the...
  • Hillary Clinton Falls Asleep During Obama’s Speech In Burma

    11/20/2012 8:57:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 11/20/12 | Daniel Noe
    Hillary sleeps during Obama’s speech; can you blame her?
  • Obama falls out of favor with tech execs

    10/17/2012 10:52:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies ^ | 10/17/12 | Andrew S. Ross
    Add tech executives to the list of the well-heeled who have fallen out of love with President Obama. Two-thirds of them think his re-election would not be the best thing for their industry, and would prefer to see Mitt Romney in his place. However, three-quarters of them don't think they'll get their wish, according to a survey by the tech-heavy law firm DLA Piper. How the tables have turned. In 2008, close to 60 percent of tech leaders in a similar DLA Piper survey said Obama "would have a more positive impact on technology development and investment" than his opponent,...
  • Niagara searchers look for woman, find man

    08/16/2011 5:44:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/16/11
    Niagara searchers look for woman, find manUpdated August 16, 2011 12:00:15 Searchers looking for the body of a woman, who overstepped a safety railing and fell into Niagara Falls, found an unidentified male body instead. The 19-year-old international student from Japan was presumed drowned after she plunged into the fast-flowing waters near the brink of Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the falls about 8:30pm on Sunday (local time), according to Canadian park police. She had climbed over a railing and straddled it while enjoying the view with a friend, police said. "The young woman stood up in what...
  • Video of Crazy Kayaker who Goes over 186 Foot Water Fall

    12/08/2010 4:42:52 PM PST · by Freepmanchew · 22 replies
    NorCal Blogs ^ | 12/8/10 | Tyler Bradt
    You really need to check out this video of an incredible feat by a guy who has no fear of what may happen to him. Absolutely amazing. Just watching it made my adrenaline flow.
  • Democratic South finally falls

    11/28/2010 4:09:44 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 88 replies
    Politico ^ | November 28,2010 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    For Democrats in the South, the most ominous part of a disastrous year may not be what happened on Election Day but what has happened in the weeks since. After suffering a historic rout — in which nearly every white Deep South Democrat in the U.S. House was defeated and Republicans took over or gained seats in legislatures across the region — the party’s ranks in Dixie have thinned even further. In Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama, Democratic state legislators have become Republicans, concluding that there is no future in the party that once dominated the so-called Solid South. That the...
  • Dollar pummeled after Singapore widens FX band

    10/14/2010 7:37:52 AM PDT · by FromLori · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/14/10 | Neal Armstrong
    LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar index hit the year's low on Thursday while the Australian dollar flirted with parity after Singapore widened its currency's trading band, piling more pressure on to the struggling greenback. The Australian dollar, which boasts the highest yield among major currencies, soared to a 28-year peak at $0.9994 as investors continued to dump the U.S. dollar on expectations the Federal Reserve will again start printing money next month. With interest rates at record lows in developed markets, yield-hungry investors are piling cash into emerging markets. The tide of money is rising ahead of an anticipated...
  • Presidential seal falls off podium as Obama speaks

    10/05/2010 6:26:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/5/10 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The presidential seal has fallen off President Barack Obama's podium and clattered to the stage as Obama delivered a speech to a women's conference. The president was joking with the audience and getting some laughs when he realized what happened. "All of you know who I am," he quipped. Obama told the audience that somebody in the back was really nervous, referring to the staffer who hung the seal on the front of the lectern so precariously.
  • UK: Axe falls on NHS [Socialized Medicine] services

    07/24/2010 1:47:15 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 35 replies · 2+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/24/2010 | Laura Donnelly
    NHS bosses have drawn up secret plans for sweeping cuts to services, with restrictions on the most basic treatments for the sick and injured. Some of the most common operations — including hip replacements and cataract surgery — will be rationed as part of attempts to save billions of pounds, despite government promises that front-line services would be protected. Patients’ groups have described the measures as “astonishingly brutal”. An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered widespread cuts planned across the NHS, many of which have already been agreed by senior health service officials. They include: Š Restrictions on some of...

    04/01/2010 8:17:00 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 72 replies · 3,189+ views
    Smooth Camera Catches Obama Stumbling But Plays It Off Like Nothing Happened
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Oct. 11-17, 2009: Vernal Falls, Color vs. Black-and-White

    10/16/2009 10:12:52 PM PDT · by cogitator · 15 replies · 1,124+ views ^ | Ansel Adams, others
    The late inspiration for this was a book I saw in the bookstore, "Ansel Adams in Color", linked above. Very good photography (as you might expect), but not as iconic like his black-and-white images. So for fun I'm posting a picture of Vernal Falls from Adams in black-and-white and another one from nearly the same vantage in color. Which do you like better? That doesn't mean that color or B&W is really better, it's just an artistic perception. Also included are a couple of aerial shots. I didn't realize how close these falls are to Half Dome; that's because I...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, August 2-8, 2009: Laziness locales

    08/07/2009 4:36:26 AM PDT · by cogitator · 2 replies · 702+ views
    Photostaud ^ | Frantisek Staud
    OK, I'm just being lazy this week.
  • Obama's approval rating falls significantly in Ohio (62% in May down to 49%)

    07/08/2009 9:12:25 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 34 replies · 1,507+ views
    Ohio Plain Dealer ^ | July 8, 2009 | by Mark Naymik
    Democrats, who dominated the 2006 and 2008 elections, are losing their edge in Ohio, a new poll shows. President Barack Obama's approval rating in the Buckeye State - one of the key bellwethers for national politics - dropped to 49 percent, the lowest of any swing state, according to a poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. Obama, who lost Ohio's Democratic primary to Hillary Rodham Clinton but topped Republican John McCain in November's general election, earned a 62 percent approval rating in the university's May survey.
  • Public Support for Sotomayor Falls After Supreme Court Reversal

    07/01/2009 11:29:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 682+ views
    Rassmussen ^ | 7/1/09 | staff
    A heavily publicized U.S. Supreme Court reversal of an appeals court ruling by Judge Sonia Sotomayor has at least temporarily diminished public support for President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee.
  • Actor - Jeff Goldblum Falls To His Death In New Zealand (JEEZE, IT IS A HOAX...ENOUGH)

    06/25/2009 5:56:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 83 replies · 5,418+ views
    jeff.goldblum ^ | 6/25/09 | staff
    Actor Jeff Goldblum died while filming a movie in New Zealand early this morning - June 25, 2009. Preliminary reports from New Zealand Police officials indicate that the actor fell more than 60 feet to his death on the Kauri Cliffs while on-set. Specific details are not yet available. The accident occured at aproximatly 4:30 a.m. (UTC/GMT +12). Additional details and information will be forthcoming.
  • Pregnant Woman Falls Four Stories in Car

    06/23/2009 4:33:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 1,239+ views
    UPI ^ | June 23, 2009
    Police in Massachusetts said a 31-year-old pregnant woman was miraculously unharmed after accidentally backing her car off the fourth story of a parking garage. Springfield Police Lt. Rupert Daniel said the woman, who was alone in her car at the time, accidentally put her Hyundai Sonata in reverse and drove off the fourth story of the downtown garage, plunging 40 feet to the sidewalk below, WWLP-TV, Springfield, reported Tuesday. The woman was treated for minor injuries at Baystate Medical Center and released.
  • Symbolic tea boxes dumped in Sioux Falls rally (Reagan, Jefferson & Lincoln in South Dakota!)

    04/15/2009 6:13:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies · 450+ views
    INO ^ | 4/15/09 | WAYNE ORTMAN
    Symbolic tea boxes dumped in Sioux Falls rally3 hours ago By WAYNE ORTMAN Associated Press Writer (AP:SIOUX FALLS, S.D.) Spurred on by a crowd chanting "Dump that tea," two men in colonist garb threw boxes carrying labels like Tarp, Stimulus and Bailout into Covell Lake as part of a national tax day protest Wednesday. Turnout for the noon-hour re-enactment and modernization of the Boston Tea Party in a city park was difficult to gauge. Police handling traffic in the area said it likely was lower than the 3,500-4,000 given by rally organizers. But people stood 10-15 deep in a broad...
  • Target 4Q profit falls 41 percent amid downturn

    02/24/2009 7:18:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies · 540+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/24/09 | staff
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Target Corp. said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter profit fell 41 percent as consumer spending suffered amid high unemployment and other economic woes. The discount retailer earned $609 million, or 81 cents per share, in the quarter ended Jan. 31. That compares to $1.03 billion, or $1.23 per share, a year earlier. Revenue in the quarter fell 1.6 percent to $19.02 billion. Sales at stores open at least a year fell 5.9 percent, the company said. Sales at new stores partially offset that. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, who typically exclude one-time items, had expected Target to earn...
  • Oil price falls below $40

    12/05/2008 1:51:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 1,573+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/5/08 | AFP
    (AFP) – The price of Brent crude oil slumped to 39.77 dollars a barrel in trading here on Friday --
  • Roof falls in on European Parliament building

    08/13/2008 11:46:37 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 137+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/08 | AP
    BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Parliament says that part of the roof of its Strasbourg chamber has collapsed.
  • Peeping Tom Accidentally Falls Off 10th Floor

    06/08/2008 2:33:16 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies · 3,146+ views
    A 44 year old Hong Kong man accidentally fell off a 10th floor balcony while trying to video tape his next door neighbor showering. peeping-ton-fall Peeping Tom Accidentally Falls Off 10th Floor picture The 29 story building was designed so that two units have their bathroom windows right next to each other. This made it easy for the man to climb over and peep on his neighbor. The victim, a 28 year-old sales lady, was taking a shower when she noticed a strange hand holding a cell phone outside the bathroom window. She screamed for help and saw the person...
  • Crocodile falls 12 floors in escape bid (Khenar, this is his 3rd attempt to escape)

    08/08/2007 11:24:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 394+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/8/07 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A crocodile survived a fall from the 12th floor of a block of flats in Russia after making an escape bid through a window, emergency services said on Wednesday. Diving out of the window has become a habit for the crocodile, called Khenar, with concerned neighbours saying it was the third time he had used that method to flee, Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported. The crocodile lost one tooth in the latest fall but was otherwise unscathed, said a spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry in the Nizhny Novgorod region of central Russia. "It seems the owner was not...
  • TX: Woman lives after pickup falls 150 feet

    08/06/2007 8:45:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,307+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/6/07 | AP
    EL PASO, Texas - A pickup truck hit a boulder and tumbled over a 150-foot cliff, but the 71-year-old driver survived, officials said. "It was a miracle that someone saw her vehicle," Sheriff's spokesman Rick Glancey said. "It is one of these days when God was on her side." Helene Crosser told authorities that she was driving on Loop 375 to watch the sunrise early Sunday when her shoe fell off and got jammed beneath the brake pedal. Crosser said she tried to pull off the road, but couldn't slow down because the shoe stopped the brake from fully working....
  • Geology Picture of the Week, May 6-12, 2007: Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls, Scotland

    05/10/2007 7:57:36 AM PDT · by cogitator · 4 replies · 323+ views
    The Gray Monk ^ | The Gray Monk, others
    My personal fascination with columnar basalt, waterfalls, waterfalls that enter bodies of water, and waterfalls associated with columnar basalt all converge here in Scotland. Kilt Rock (click for full-size): Kilt Rock (distance) and Mealt Falls And another one:
  • Robbery Suspect Arrested When His Leg Falls Off (police say he doesn't have a leg to stand on)

    04/11/2007 7:45:53 AM PDT · by bedolido · 12 replies · 424+ views ^ | 4-10-2007 | staff writer
    (CBS) POMONA, Calif. A man with a prosthetic leg that fell off while he tried to flee from police was arrested Tuesday a short time after he allegedly burglarized a market in Pomona, Calif. with an accomplice, who escaped, police said. Gregory Daniels, 48, was booked for burglary following the crime, which occurred about 3:10 a.m. PDT at the Pomona Ranch Market, Pomona police Sgt. E. Vazquez said.
  • Consumer Confidence Falls Again

    04/10/2007 6:31:35 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 16 replies · 610+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10 April 2007 | Staff
    LOS ANGELES (April 10, 2006) — Consumer confidence slipped for the third month in a row in April, with the IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index registering a pessimistic score of 45.5, an 18-month low. This is down 5.3 points, or 10.4%, from March's reading of 50.8 and 4.8 points below its 12-month average. Over 50 means optimism; below 50 indicates pessimism.
  • Vitamin D May Reduce Falls In Elderly Nursing Home Residents

    02/26/2007 3:51:21 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 398+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-22-2007
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Date: February 22, 2007 Vitamin D May Reduce Falls In Elderly Nursing Home Residents Science Daily — New research suggests that reducing the number of falls suffered by seniors in nursing homes may be helped by taking a vitamin, along with other measures known to decrease falls. According to a study in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, seniors taking a high daily dose of vitamin D experienced 72 percent fewer falls compared to those taking a placebo. Approximately 50 percent of nursing home residents fall every year, and those who are injured become even more...
  • Oil briefly falls below $50 per barrel

    01/18/2007 1:07:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies · 1,054+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/18/07 | Stan Choe - ap
    NEW YORK - Oil prices briefly fell below $50 per barrel Thursday for the first time since May 25, 2005, after the government reported larger-than-expected jumps in crude oil and gasoline inventories. Oil has dropped 17 percent since the end of 2006 amid weeks of mild winter weather in the U.S. Northeast, a key consumer of heating fuels, and growing energy stockpiles. "There's no doubt that this is significant," said Phil Flynn of Alaron Trading Corp. "If you're a bull, the only thing you can hold your hat on is they didn't close below $50." The price for a barrel...
  • U.S. Trade Deficit Falls Unexpectedly in November on Strong Exports, Falling Oil Prices

    01/10/2007 9:29:06 PM PST · by do the dhue · 11 replies · 475+ views
    FNC ^ | January 10, 2007 | Wednesday
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly fell for a third straight month in November as exports of commercial airplanes and other products hit an all-time high and the bill for foreign oil declined to the lowest level in 16 months. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that the deficit fell by 1 percent to $58.2 billion in November, the lowest monthly total since July 2005. The deficit hasn't declined for three consecutive months since early 2003. Click here to visit's Economy Center. The November improvement came as a surprise. Analysts had forecast a slight increase from October's deficit of...
  • Elderly dying from falls more often

    11/17/2006 4:35:36 AM PST · by libstripper · 18 replies · 570+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 17, 2006 | MIKE STOBBE
    ATLANTA -- The death rate from falling has risen dramatically for elderly people since the 1990s, said federal health officials, speculating that it's because people are living longer with chronic conditions like cancer and heart disease. "Since people are not dying as much from chronic diseases, they're more likely to die from a fall," said Judy Stevens, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falling is the 14th leading cause of death among the elderly. But Stevens, lead author of the study reported Thursday in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, had good news to offer...
  • Passer-by catches baby in 3-story fall

    10/02/2006 7:33:05 AM PDT · by rawhide · 134 replies · 3,785+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 10/01/2006 | By Felisa Cardona
    The 9-month-old, left alone by young babysitters, was dangling from a railing before losing her grip. The baby girl's tiny hand was wrapped around the third-floor railing of a Denver condominium complex, her feet dangling over the sidewalk below. Mary Bussey and her son Brandon, who were on their way to his football game Saturday afternoon, saw the baby hovering above their heads. The 9-month-old girl was crying, left alone while she was supposed to be in the care of her 13- and 10-year-old uncles, Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said Sunday. The baby's teenage mother left the girl with...
  • Natural gas falls to 2-year low (More "bad" news right before the election)

    09/14/2006 12:59:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 977+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/14/06 | Brad Foss - ap
    WASHINGTON - Natural gas futures fell to a two-year low on Thursday after U.S. government data showed record levels of fuel at underground storage facilities. Homeowners that depend on natural gas for heat should see lower bills this winter, industry officials said. "It looks much better than last year for natural gas consumers," said Mark Stultz, a spokesman for the Natural Gas Supply Association. Traders' receding fears about possible supply disruptions during this year's Atlantic hurricane season also helped pushed natural gas futures lower, and oil prices fell in sympathy. October natural gas futures fell 56 cents to $4.89 per...
  • CA: Border police initiative falls flat (for 2nd time.. Thanks for trying, Ray Haynes.)

    08/09/2006 10:04:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 245+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 8/9/06 | Mason Stockstill
    An initiative to create a statewide border police force failed in its second effort to get on the ballot and appears to be headed for California's political dustbin. The Border Police Initiative fell far short of the 373,816 signatures needed to make it on the November ballot, according to the California Secretary of State's Office -- short by 373,816 signatures. "The counties did not submit any petitions for verification," said Nghia Nguyen, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Bruce McPherson. The proposal was the brainchild of Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Temecula, who launched a signature-gathering effort last year. Haynes, who did...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger's star falls with Hispanics

    07/22/2006 9:47:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 431+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/22/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    NORWALK, Calif. - Ask Arely Gonzales about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the 27-year-old nurse sums him up in a word: "Awful." "He cut the budget for the schools," Gonzales said. Her answer is not unusual in this heavily Hispanic section of Los Angeles County. Mentioning the Republican governor elicits an almost invariably negative opinion about him. The harsh views illustrate how far Schwarzenegger's star has fallen among Hispanics since the heady days of the 2003 recall election, when he won 32 percent of their vote. That accomplishment was magnified because his main Democratic opponent was Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, a...
  • Geology Pictures of the Week, June 25-July 1, 2006: Kilauea Lava Falls, Above and Below

    06/27/2006 10:54:11 AM PDT · by cogitator · 3 replies · 341+ views
    OK, so I'm a bit lazy this week. Above the lava falls on the lava delta (the lava is flowing over the edge of a small cliff): The falls. Scale is hard to judge; the text says the cliff is 12-15 meters (40-50 feet) high. Who would like to stand near the falls to give the picture some scale?
  • Russia falls short of G8 standards: UK think-tank

    06/24/2006 6:15:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 590+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/24/06 | Adrian Croft
    LONDON (Reuters) - Russia does not meet democratic standards for membership of the Group of Eight and its leadership of the rich nations' club risks destroying the G8's credibility, a British think-tank said on Sunday. Russia has gone backwards in its respect for democracy and civil liberties since it took over the presidency of the G8 in January, the Foreign Policy Center said in a report published before a Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg on July 15-17. The Foreign Policy Center is an independent think-tank whose patron is British Prime Minister Tony Blair. "(Russian President Vladimir) Putin's record...
  • Rock Chunk Falls From Mount St. Helens

    05/12/2006 9:26:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,650+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/12/06 | Peggy Andersen - ap
    SEATTLE - The sheer rock fin emerging in Mount St. Helens' crater lost about a third of its northern face recently, but because lava keeps pushing to the surface, the height remained the same Thursday — around 330 feet. A burst of seismic activity at the mountain Sunday night likely corresponded to the collapse. "Certainly a big piece fell off — something like 65,000 cubic yards," said geologist Dan Dzurisin at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash., about 50 miles from the mountain and 150 miles south of Seattle. Bad weather had iced over scientists' cameras on the rim...
  • Oil falls from record high above $74

    04/20/2006 4:24:26 PM PDT · by B Knotts · 32 replies · 934+ views
    ABC/al-Reuters ^ | 4/20/2006
    LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Thursday after setting a fresh all-time high above $74 a barrel as some investors took profits across booming commodity markets. Prices also slipped as Royal Dutch Shell said it expected to restart a key Gulf of Mexico oil and gas field by the end of May, ahead of plan. The 140,000 barrel-per-day Mars platform was damaged by Hurricane Katrina last year. London's Brent crude was down $1.24 at $72.50 a barrel by 1610 GMT, having earlier in the day hit an all-time high of $74.22. U.S. May crude was down $1.27 at $70.90,...
  • Sky Falls In On Bush The Outcast

    03/18/2006 8:24:42 PM PST · by blam · 43 replies · 1,427+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-19-2006 | Paul Harris
    Sky falls in on Bush the outcast Plagued by Iraq, the President's own party is abandoning him as his poll ratings plunge. Paul Harris reports from New York Sunday March 19, 2006 The Observer (UK) When president George W Bush launched a high-profile series of speeches last week aimed at calming nerves about the Iraq war he chose to do so in the heart of Washington DC. At George Washington University, he asked America to stay the course through troubled times. It was a familiar message to an audience that had heard it all before. What was new was the...
  • Baghdad Falls Quiet As Zarqawi Threatens Poll

    12/14/2005 5:33:50 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 766+ views
    Teh Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-15-2005 | Anton La Guardia/Oliver Poole
    Baghdad falls quiet as Zarqawi threatens poll By Anton La Guardia Diplomatic Editor and Oliver Poole in Baghdad (Filed: 15/12/2005) The terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi vowed to disrupt today's general election in Iraq as a nationwide travel ban was imposed to reduce the threat of car bombings. A woman holds her inked finger after voting in Tehran in elections for Iraqis living abroad With Iraqi exiles starting to cast their ballots, including in Zarqawi's home town of Zarqa in Jordan, a statement issued by his branch of al-Qa'eda announced "a blessed conquest to shake up the bastions of non-believers...
  • CA: Initiative falls short by 100,000 (would have called for a state border-police)

    12/10/2005 10:09:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 565+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 12/10/05 | Jim Miller
    SACRAMENTO - A proposed ballot measure to create a California border police to enforce immigration laws is dead after its campaign failed to collect enough voter signatures. Supporters had until this Monday to submit 598,105 valid voter signatures to county election offices. By late Friday afternoon, however, campaign officials knew they had fallen significantly short. "It doesn't look like it's going to make it," said consultant Dave Gilliard, who helped engineer the 2003 campaign that ousted former Gov. Gray Davis. Gilliard estimated that the campaign fell short by about 100,000 valid signatures. The initiative stemmed from what Assemblyman Ray Haynes,...
  • If Musharraf falls, mullahs will take over: Ex-FBI consultant

    12/09/2005 9:45:41 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 15 replies · 591+ views
    Rediff ^ | 12/7/05
    The United States does not want to remove Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf from power as Washington fears that the South Asian country would fall into the hands of extremists, according to a former consultant to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. "If Musharraf falls, mullahs will take over," the ex-FBI consultant, Paul L Williams, said at a seminar in New York, adding, "However, he will be gone by next year." The half-day seminar was organised by Indian American Intellectuals Forum headed by Hindu leader Narain Kataria. According to Dr Williams, Muslim extremism presented a huge threat to humanity. "The threat...