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  • Rare Coconut Tree On Sale For $1M

    04/30/2008 8:53:29 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 882+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-1-2008 | John James
    Rare coconut tree on sale for $1m By John James BBC News Abidjan No buyers have come forward for the tree Scientists in Ivory Coast are trying to sell a rare multi-headed coconut tree for a million dollars. They have yet to find a buyer. Most coconut palms have a single trunk and head - this one has three heads. "It is a rare botanical curiosity", says Dr Roland Bourdeix, who works with the Marc Delorme coconut research station outside Abidjan. "We have 150,000 palm trees in this research plantation and there is only one which has three heads like...
  • Clinton Decries China's Acquisition of Indiana Company -- Ignoring Her Husband's Role in the Sale

    04/30/2008 3:50:51 PM PDT · by Westlander · 6 replies · 129+ views
    ABC News ^ | 4-30-2008 | JAKE TAPPER
    As she campaigns throughout Indiana, Sen. Hillary Clinton has been talking quite a bit about Magnequench, a Valparaiso, Ind., factory that moved to China. What Clinton doesn't tell voters is that Magnequench was originally sold to Chinese interests during her husband's administration, which okayed the move despite concerns about national security and eventual job loss. Experts say the Chinese acquired the "technical sophistication" that created the magnets long before George W. Bush took office.
  • China: Licensed scale model of Beijing Olympic torch to go on sale March 8 ($408)

    03/06/2008 11:34:22 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 344+ views
    Xinhau ^ | 03/07/08
    Licensed scale model of Beijing Olympic torch to go on sale March 8 BEIJING, March 6 -- In celebration of the upcoming start of the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay, a new Beijing Olympic licensed product, a scale model of the Beijing Olympic Torch, was unveiled Thursday morning. Measuring 29 cm in height, the scale model of the torch is made of steel left over from the construction of the "Bird's Nest." It is the first 3-D model of an Olympic torch that has been authorized by the International Olympic Committee. The Olympic Flame has brought the joy and fervor of...
  • How Much Should I Sell This Shotgun For? - Vanity

    12/06/2007 2:03:54 PM PST · by DouglasKC · 75 replies · 199+ views
    Self ^ | Today | Self
    This is for sure a vanity, so if you don't like it please move on. I want to sell a shotgun I've had for a few years but have no idea how much to sell it for. It's a Remington 870 Express Magnum 12 gauge pump. I bought it new in 1999. It's only been fired once and been stored in a case since then so it's in great shape. I don't remember exactly how much I paid for it. But I do want to sell it. I know that there are far more knowledgeable freepers than how much...
  • India's Jet Airways orders 20 737s from Boeing

    10/16/2007 11:05:22 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 1 replies · 83+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8:00 AM CDT, October 16, 2007 | Chicago Tribune
    Boeing Co. said it received an order for 20 of its 737-800 aircraft from India's Jet Airways. The Chicago-based aerospace company said the list price for the short to medium-range twin-jet aircraft ordered by the Mumbai totals "nearly $1.5 bllion." Like its rival Airbus, however, Boeing often offers price discounts to purchasers of major orders often receive discounts. Boeing's release said the two companies had "finalized" the order. Earlier this month, Jet Airways had disclosed the purchase accord in a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange.
  • Wendy's Purchase Talks Stuck At Crawl

    08/10/2007 10:31:48 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 18 replies · 761+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | August 10, 2007 | Monique Curet
    Wendy's purchase talks stuck at crawl Friday, August 10, 2007 3:25 AM By Monique Curet THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Wendy's International Inc. remains in talks with a potential buyer more than a week after a deadline passed for resolving issues related to the sale process. Neither the company nor the suitor, investor Nelson Peltz's Triarc Cos., is saying much. But if Wendy's is taking a hard stance during the negotiations, it suggests that the company "has sufficient interest from someone else," one observer said. No one is saying who that might be. Peltz, who owns Arby's and controls nearly 10 percent...
  • Equity Firm Appears Likely to Gain Control of Chrysler

    05/13/2007 3:53:13 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies · 416+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 13, 2007 | Micheline Maynard
    DaimlerChrysler appears ready to sell a controlling interest in the struggling Chrysler Group to Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm, people with direct knowledge of the discussions said today. The deal, which would unwind the 1998 trans-Atlantic merger between Daimler-Benz and Chrysler, could be announced as soon as Monday, these people said. They insisted on confidentiality because of the sensitive nature of the talks. It would conclude three months of discussions that have taken place since DaimlerChrysler announced in February that it was keeping all its options open for Chrysler, including a sale or finding a partner to run...
  • Brazil Nixes Online Ad For Sale Of Wife ["worth her weight in gold"]

    05/07/2007 6:21:15 AM PDT · by bedolido · 10 replies · 357+ views
    cbsnews ^ | 5-5-2007 | staff writer
    The government has ordered an Internet auction site to remove an advertisement in which a Brazilian man offered to sell his wife for about $50. The Secretariat of Public Policies for Women announced late Friday it had ordered Mercado Livre, partially owned by eBay Inc., to remove the ad and warned it was violating a law banning the offer or sale of "human organs, people, blood, bones or skin." The advertisement was no longer visible on the site Saturday. It was posted by a man who gave his name as Breno and said: "I sell my wife for reasons I...
  • Killer [laughing] Gas Still On Sale

    04/19/2007 7:35:57 AM PDT · by bedolido · 1 replies · 219+ views
    skynews ^ | 4-19-2007 | Thomas Moore
    Laughing gas is being sold illegally in Britain's pubs and nightclubs despite warnings that it can kill, a Sky News undercover team has revealed.
  • Questions about selling a business

    02/26/2007 11:11:29 AM PST · by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch · 8 replies · 346+ views
    2/26/2007 | me
    My husband is thinking of selling our business. The business is operated out of our home, provides us with a good income (I am a SAHM and his office manager) we have no employees at the moment. A business associate of my husband's expressed interest in the business a few months ago, and would more than likely hire dh to run the business after the sale. Other factors: we are purchasing two investment properties, which may qualify for the go-zone depreciation allowance, have one child still at home who may or may not go to college. We do not intend...
  • Drudge:IMPEACHBUSH.COM for sale on eBay

    01/19/2007 11:38:36 AM PST · by woofie · 32 replies · 1,426+ views
    drudge ^ | 1/19/07
    IMPEACHBUSH.COM for sale on eBay Presently over $250000.
  • ‘Mr. Counterterrorism Guru’ [Byron York on Larry Johnson]

    05/24/2006 8:31:29 AM PDT · by Quilla · 23 replies · 784+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 24, 2006 | Bryon York
    n July 10, 2001, the New York Times published an opinion article titled “The Declining Terrorist Threat.” It was written by Larry C. Johnson, a former CIA analyst and State Department counterterrorism official, who argued that Americans spent too much time worrying about terrorist attacks that would likely never come. “Judging from news reports and the portrayal of villains in our popular entertainment,” Johnson wrote, “Americans are bedeviled by fantasies about terrorism.” And then: They seem to believe that terrorism is the greatest threat to the United States and that it is becoming more widespread and lethal. They are likely...
  • Private group buys Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

    12/27/2006 3:31:24 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 13 replies · 808+ views
    Minneapolis Star and Tribune ^ | 27 December 2006 | Matt McKinney
    ...This likely comes as a surprise to each of you," Publisher Keith Moyer acknowledged during a late-afternoon staff meeting. "These are indeed challenging times for newspapers, especially larger ones, such as ours," Moyer said. Speaking to the Star Tribune staff Tuesday, an Avista executive said the firm was drawn to the Star Tribune by its dominant market share in the Twin Cities. The Star Tribune, which has been in operation under different names and owners for nearly 140 years, had 40 percent of the Twin Cities advertising market in the third quarter. "I'm here today because my partners at Avista...
  • Exxon puts £200m North Sea oil assets up for sale

    12/02/2006 4:51:14 PM PST · by jdm · 6 replies · 390+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | Dec 2, 2006 | Sylvia Pfeifer, Sunday Telegraph
    ExxonMobil, the US oil giant, has launched a multi-million pound sale of its stakes in several oil and gas fields in the Southern North Sea. The company, which hopes to get more than £200m for the package, is the latest of the oil majors to review its assets in the North Sea as production in the region starts to decline. Exxon is selling its stakes in the Lancelot, Thames and Hewett area fields, as well as the Hewett Bacton Gas Terminal. Analysts said potential bidders for the assets are likely to include Tullow Oil, the independent exploration and production company,...
  • China Holds Ethnic Koreans for Attempted Uranium Sale

    10/23/2006 6:33:43 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 548+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/24/06
    China Holds Ethnic Koreans for Attempted Uranium Sale Chinese police last month arrested two men on charges of trying to sell 1 kg of enriched uranium, an essential raw material for nuclear weapons, press reports said Monday. The two were ethnic Koreans living in China, police in Beijing confirmed. Press reports said Beijing police arrested the two men, identified as Chang and Chung, on charges of attempting to sell 969.03 grams of enriched uranium at a hotel there on Sept. 11. Beijing police said initial investigations found the enriched uranium probably came from Russia, but sources there say the possibility...
  • Iranian president says to sell nuclear fuel to west in five years(today's Ahmadinejad babble)

    10/20/2006 8:41:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 417+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 10/20/06
    Iranian president says to sell nuclear fuel to west in five years 2006-10-20 16:35:58 Special report: Iran Nuclear Crisis TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday that his country would produce nuclear fuel in five years and sell it to the West at a "50 percent discount." "We promise to produce (nuclear fuel) in the next five years and will sell it (to the West) at a 50 percent discount," Ahmadinejad told a rally in support of the Palestinian people in Tehran. Meanwhile, he said that Israel had lost reasons for its existence and...
  • BAE Denies Imminent Airbus Sale

    09/03/2006 2:32:37 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 473+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-3-2006
    BAE denies imminent Airbus sale Airbus has been hit by delays to its new A380 super-jumbo Defence and aerospace group BAE Systems has described a report that it is to sell its 20% stake in Airbus later this week as "premature". BAE first announced in April that it was thinking of withdrawing from the pan-European aircraft-maker. The buyer of its share is expected to be EADS, the Franco-German group which owns the remaining 80% stake in Airbus. UK-based BAE said it could not make any decision on the sale until it had completed its own audit of Airbus. Its comments...
  • Ignatius stops sale of Charlotte Church works after singer's TV pilot

    08/14/2006 12:07:57 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 197 replies · 7,786+ views ^ | 8 14 06 | Simon Caldwell
    LONDON - The U.S. publishing company Ignatius Press has refused to sell any works by Welsh singer Charlotte Church after she called German-born Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi and mocked the Catholic Church. The directors of Ignatius Press said they were offended when the Welsh singer mocked the Catholic Church in the pilot of a proposed eight-part television chat show. Church, dubbed the "Voice of an Angel" before she turned her talents to popular music, also dressed up as a nun and pretended to hallucinate while eating "communion" wafers imprinted with smiling faces signifying the drug Ecstasy. She smashed open...
  • Foreign Companies Buy U.S. Roads, Bridges-(Built by U.S. Taxpayers)

    07/15/2006 12:40:58 PM PDT · by Flavius · 58 replies · 1,164+ views
    ap ^ | Saturday July 15 | Leslie Miller
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Roads and bridges built by U.S. taxpayers are starting to be sold off, and so far foreign-owned companies are doing the buying. On a single day in June, an Australian-Spanish partnership paid $3.8 billion to lease the Indiana Toll Road. An Australian company bought a 99-year lease on Virginia's Pocahontas Parkway, and Texas officials decided to let a Spanish-American partnership build and run a toll road from Austin to Seguin for 50 years. Few people know that the tolls from the U.S. side of the tunnel between Detroit and Windsor, Canada, go to a subsidiary of an...
  • For Sale: Old, Second-Hand Graves. £3,000 Each, Many Careful Owners

    07/03/2006 8:25:45 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 618+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-4-2006 | Stephanie Condron
    For sale: old, second-hand graves. £3,000 each, many careful owners By Stephanie Condron (Filed: 04/07/2006) A cemetery is offering second-hand graves, with "refurbished" monuments including headstones, obelisks and crosses, to be used again. Recycled burial plots, complete with the original memorials, still contain the remains of those who died at least 75 years ago - the names of the dead are simply scoured from the monuments to allow new inscriptions. The City of London cemetery is selling 1,000 such plots advertised as "traditional-style graves" to be "adopted" by families willing to pay £3,000 to lease them for 50 years. The...
  • Truth on Sale [Jason Leopold and Richard Sale are Joe Wilson's sock puppets]

    05/24/2006 3:21:55 PM PDT · by mondonico · 1 replies · 223+ views
    Seixon ^ | 5/23/06 | Seixon
    After doing some research on Jason Leopold’s previous work, I came away with a (well-founded) suspicion that the Wilsons and Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) were sourcing a good deal of his work and using him as a mouthpiece. I discovered that this flock of people, the Wilsonistas, suddenly started writing less about the Plame investigation after Libby’s indictment. However, Jason Leopold started writing almost exclusively about the Plame investigation at about the same time, in October. Instead of VIPS writing articles in Truthout and elsewhere about the imminent indictment of Rove, Cheney, Hadley and that Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald...
  • Clearance sale at the Fountainebleu

    04/09/2006 9:33:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies · 1,174+ views
    Maimi Herald ^ | Apr. 9, 2006
    Clearance sale at the Fountainebleu Want a finger bowl? A shower head? The Fontainebleau's contents, tinged with nostalgia, are being sold piece by piece as the resort awaits renovation. BY MARGARIA FICHTNER With her overblown spaces, sensuous curves and tin-can French pedigree, she was for decades Miami Beach's most voluptuous floozy, a stupefying, gilded splendor, so laughable, so vulgar, so gorgeous, so adored. But now more than 900 of her rooms are being emptied, even the Goldfinger penthouse stripped to its tiny fireplace and lurid carpeting. In the lobby just beyond the mattresses stacked high on the bowtie-patterned marble floor,...
  • California Town On Sale On eBay

    04/04/2006 5:55:55 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 1,764+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-3-2006
    California town on sale on eBay A tiny Californian town, which was the first to be put up for auction on eBay, is on sale again on the online site. The owner, businessman Bruce Krall, is hoping for a minimum bid of $1.75m (£1m) for a town he admits does not even have one horse. The price does, however, include three cows, eight houses, and a post office. Mr Krall says he no longer has time to spend in Bridgeville (population: about 20) but he says the town offers the "opportunity of a lifetime". Lush green hillsides, sweeping mountain views...
  • Ridiculous objections (port sale)

    02/25/2006 9:30:52 PM PST · by Cornpone · 225 replies · 1,765+ views
    The Gulf Today (UAE) ^ | 26 February 2006 | DR MUSA KEILANI
    WHAT IS TAKING place in Washington over the proposed takeover of container operations at six major ports in the US by a UAE-based company is nothing but a reflection of the real mindset of American politicians influenced by Israel into seeing Arab and Muslim countries as a security risk to the US after the Sept.11 attacks. We in the Arab World have to draw our own lessons from the affair. The UAE is involved in this particularly dispute. But there is no doubt that such deals involving any Arab or Muslim country would draw the same objection from American congress...
  • Cindy Sheehan on eBay

    02/09/2006 4:35:43 PM PST · by passionfruit · 37 replies · 731+ views
    ebay ^ | 2/9/06 | Passionfruit
    Please follow the link. Right now she can be yours for a mere $1,100!
  • Radio station sale forces Air America to seek new home (Phoenix AM leftist puke goes religious)

    01/28/2006 3:36:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies · 1,349+ views
    Biz Journal ^ | 1/20/06 | Laura Newpoff
    Radio station sale forces Air America to seek new home Laura Newpoff The Business Journal From the January 20, 2006 print edition One of the first things Bob Christy did when he found out his liberal talk radio station's format was changing to religious broadcasting was to offer his worried staff an exit strategy. "I told them I'd give two-weeks pay to anyone who wanted to leave that day," Christy said. "But nobody did." Christy is general manager of KXXT 1010-AM in Phoenix, home of the Air America Radio format since September 2004. The station was acquired in October, part...
  • Congress poised to pass anti-meth law restricting sale of cold medicines (behind store counters)

    12/09/2005 8:29:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies · 1,119+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 12/9/05 | Sam Hananel - ap
    WASHINGTON – Cold remedies that can be used by drug dealers to make methamphetamine would be forced behind store counters under legislation Congress is poised to pass by year's end. Lawmakers hope that federal restrictions – included in the agreement reached Thursday to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act – will stem a meth trade that has hit rural America particularly hard. A number of states have already moved to curb the sale of cold pills containing pseudoephedrine, the ingredient used to cook meth in makeshift labs. The federal law would prevent meth makers from moving to states with weaker laws....
  • Man Cuts in Line, Is Wrestled to Ground(walmart sale)

    11/26/2005 3:26:21 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 151 replies · 4,058+ views ^ | 11 26 05 | Associated Press
    ORLANDO, Fla. - Security guards wrestled a man to the ground in a Wal-Mart after he cut in line to get laptop computers that were on sale Friday, a television station reported. The man started arguing with people inside the store, WFTV-TV in Orlando reported. He then started fighting with the guards, the station reported One man told WFTV that the laptops were being thrown into the air and people rushed toward them, collapsing on each other. Another man described the scene as crazy. Orlando police and Orange County sheriff's officials didn't return phone messages seeking comment. The store's manager...
  • U.S. Won’t Sell Global Hawk Spy Drones to Korea(S. Korea, that is)

    09/30/2005 8:14:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 717+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/29/05
    U.S. Won’t Sell Global Hawk Spy Drones to Korea The United States has turned down a bid from South Korea to buy cutting-edge high-altitude“Global Hawk” unmanned aerial vehicles from the country. The unmanned spy plane is considered a key strategic weapon and is under strict export restrictions, meaning that congressional approval is needed before the UAV can be sold to abroad. In June, the U.S. approved the sale to Japan. During a parliamentary audit of the Agency for Defense Development on Thursday, Grand National Party lawmaker Hwang Jin-ha said Washington told Seoul during a joint Security Cooperation Committee meeting on...
  • $50 laptop sale sets off violent stampede (People trampled, beaten with folding chairs

    08/16/2005 3:28:45 PM PDT · by I still care · 74 replies · 2,157+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Aug 15, 2995 | AP
    RICHMOND, Va. - A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line. ¡°This is total, total chaos,¡± said Latoya Jones, 19, who lost one of her flip-flops in the ordeal and later limped around on the sizzling blacktop with one foot bare. An estimated 5,500 people turned out at the Richmond International Raceway in hopes of getting their hands on one of the 4-year-old...
  • Mitsubishi Heavy offers to buy nuclear plant builder Westinghouse

    07/10/2005 4:37:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 897+ views
    Japan Today ^ | 07/10/05
    Mitsubishi Heavy offers to buy nuclear plant builder WestinghouseSunday, July 10, 2005 at 07:00 JST TOKYO — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd has offered to purchase major U.S. nuclear power plant builder Westinghouse Electric Co in a multibillion yen deal, company officials said Saturday. The move is intended to increase Mitsubishi Heavy's profitability by tapping new fields as its bottom line has been squeezed by cutbacks in public works spending in Japan, they said. Westinghouse's parent firm, British nuclear reprocessing group British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL), said last week it was putting the U.S. company up for sale. Apart from Mitsubishi, France's...
  • For Sale by Government

    07/07/2005 1:48:00 PM PDT · by pwking · 10 replies · 527+ views
    Conressman Steve King | July 2005 | Steve King
    From the desk of...Congressman Steve King For Sale by Government The Supreme Court just put a "For Sale" sign in front of every American home, farm and business. No offense, but if somebody can find a way to make the property your house sits on more valuable, maybe by selling your land to a developer for a convenience store, the government can take your house. The kicker is that you'll be paid what the court decides is "just compensation," not market value. The recent 5-4 decision by the Court in Kelo v. City of New London expands eminent domain to...
  • Thieves bungle sale of stolen golf clubs(sold $9,8000 set for $1,200)

    06/28/2005 9:01:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 1,020+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 06/29/05
    Thieves bungle sale of stolen golf clubsJune 29, 2005 -- Four men were arrested yesterday on charges of stealing a rare set of golf clubs worth more than 100 million won ($98,000) from a country house in Gyeonggi province, which they sold for just 1.2 million won to a golf store. Police said the men, who met in prison, decided to rob the house after hearing that a lot of money was kept there. On March 11, they broke in and stole three sets of golf clubs and other valuables, as they couldn't find any cash. They sold the clubs...

    05/30/2005 8:03:42 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 15 replies · 524+ views
    Reuters ^ | 30 May 2005
    LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) - U.S.-based power producer Calpine Corp. (CPN.N: Quote, Profile, Research) has sold a British power station to the UK's International Power Plc (IPR.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and Japan's Mitsui & Co. Ltd (8031.T: Quote, Profile, Research) for 500 million pounds ($912 million), the Financial Times newspaper reported on Monday.International Power will take 70 percent of the Saltend unit under a partnership which will hand the other 30 percent to the Japanese trading house, the FT's Web site ( reported without citing sources. No one from International Power could be reached for comment. A Mitsui spokesman said...
  • Unemployed offered brothel discount

    05/23/2005 3:44:31 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 26 replies · 729+ views ^ | 5-23-05 | annanova
    Germans on the dole are being offered a 20 per cent discount at brothels. Germans on the dole are being offered a 20 per cent discount at brothels. People looking for the discount sex just need to show their unemployment benefit card to qualify for the reductions. Brothel manager Silvia Rau who runs the Villa Bijou bar in Dresden said that the previous average number of 150 guests per week has sunk to 80 in recent months. She hopes that the new policy will bring back the customers and also provide them with some comfort in "difficult times". According to...
  • Ancient Cypriot Copper Mine For Sale (Herod's Mine)

    04/13/2005 5:18:17 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 706+ views
    Swiss Info ^ | 4-13-2005 | Michele Kambas
    April 13, 2005 1:20 PM Ancient Cypriot copper mine for sale By Michele Kambas NICOSIA (Reuters) - A copper mine in Cyprus where the metal has been mined since Biblical times faces closure unless the Church of Cyprus can find a buyer, officials said on Wednesday. The Skouriotissa mine, which produced copper ore at a site where there has been mining for some 4,000 years, suspended operations in January, leaving its workers unpaid and with debts labour unions estimate at 14 million pounds. Herod the Great, who in the Bible ordered the Massacre of the Innocents in an attempt to...
  • U.S. May Restrict Sale of Social Security Numbers

    03/15/2005 9:45:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,243+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/15/05 | Andy Sullivan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seeking to combat rampant identity theft, U.S. lawmakers said on Thursday they may clamp new restrictions on companies that amass and sell social security numbers and other personal information. Executives from ChoicePoint (NYSE:CPS - news) and rival LexisNexis (ELSN.AS)(REL.L) told legislators that they had scaled back the sale of sensitive personal information following revelations in recent weeks that identity thieves gained access to more than 177,000 of the consumer profiles they sell. But lawmakers said during the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee hearing that data brokers should not be allowed to sell Social Security...
  • Market discipline for Hugo Chavez?

    03/06/2005 11:51:23 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 1 replies · 377+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 6, 2005 | A.M. Mora y Leon
    Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most striking. Blogger Miguel Octavio in Caracas, Venezuela, has suggested the best way for Venezuela to draw some earnings from its Citgo refineries here in the U.S. is to sell shares. Houston-based Citgo has been in the news lately, with Hugo Chavez "threatening" to sell its eight U.S.-based refineries. Chavez says he doesn't get enough money out of them, and the U.S. markets suspect he'd like to sell to more easily cut off oil to the U.S. There are a lot of horse laughs in Houston, of course, given how much money he'd lose...
  • City auctions erotic machines

    03/03/2005 3:35:42 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 11 replies · 497+ views
    ananova ^ | 3-3-05 | anna nova
    The city of Montes Claros in Brazil is to auction three penis enlargement machines to pay an employee's salary. A sex shop went bankrupt and the auction is the only way to guarantee the payment of a former employee. The judge who ordered the auction Vanda Lucia Horta Moreira told Hoje em Dia newspaper: "In 12 years of being a judge and after working in 27 different towns, it is the first time that I have authorised such a thing." "I am very curious to see how this auction is going to go."
  • Battle of Ikea (Yuppie furniture sparks an English riot)

    02/18/2005 7:19:10 AM PST · by quidnunc · 30 replies · 1,258+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | February 11, 2005 | Richard Alleyne
    20 hurt as frenzied mob fights over £49 sofas on opening night Britain's biggest Ikea store opened at midnight yesterday — but closed just 40 minutes later as 6,000 frenzied shoppers stampeded for bargains, leaving 20 in need of hospital treatment. One woman was said to have been threatened by a man with a mallet, and another waiting in the checkout queue was "mugged" for her cut-price sofa. Security guards were reported to have fled the scene. Police were called and a fleet of nine ambulances ferried people to hospital with heat exhaustion and crush injuries. A huge crowd had...
  • Herbalife Halts Sale of Product in Israel

    02/13/2005 8:58:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies · 795+ views ^ | Sunday February 13, 11:04 AM EST | Reuters
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) said on Sunday it had halted sales of one of its products in Israel amid an investigation by Israel's Health Ministry over complaints from customers that it caused liver problems. Yona Fichman, general manager of Herbalife Israel, said the company was cooperating with the ministry even though there had yet to be a link between the product and what he called abnormal liver test results. A health ministry spokeswoman said eight people reported liver problems over a year and a half, five of whom had consumed Herbalife's Sesame Herb product. She noted that there...
  • Hospital sold bodies of starved patients

    02/12/2005 4:40:25 PM PST · by MadIvan · 20 replies · 797+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | February 13, 2005 | Mark Franchetti
    DURING 15 years of confinement in psychiatric institutions in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, Dimitri Gerasimenko was starved and repeatedly beaten. The indignities did not end with his death five years ago at the age of 30.Staff at the ramshackle asylum 50 miles from Bishkek, the capital, have never told his mother Raisa, 65, how he died. All her attempts to retrieve his remains have been met with prevarication, compounding her grief. “First I was asked for money if I wanted the body back,” she said. “Then I was told Dimitri had been sent to a medical academy. When...
  • Al Jazeera For Sale?

    02/07/2005 3:22:51 PM PST · by LarkNeelie · 2 replies · 194+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 01/31/05 | Weisman, Steve R (NYT)
    "We really have a headache, not just from the United States but from advertisers and from other countries as well." Asked whether the sale might dilute Al Jazeera's content, the official said, "I hope not." Estimates of Al Jazeera's audience range from 30 million to 50 million, putting it well ahead of its competitors. But that success does not translate into profitability, and the station relies on a big subsidy from the Qatari government, which in the past has explored ways to sell it. The official said Qatar hoped to find a buyer within a year. Its coverage has disturbed...

    01/14/2005 9:37:01 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 385+ views
    AP via Yahoo Finance ^ | 13 January 2005
    Calpine Considers Strategic Alternatives, Including Possible Sale, for Saltend Energy Centre SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Calpine Corp., an operator of natural gas-fired and geothermal power plants, said Thursday it is evaluating strategic alternatives -- including a possible sale -- for its Saltend Energy Centre power plant. The company has retained Credit Suisse First Boston to act as its adviser in this process. Calpine purchased the 1,200-megawatt plant in Hull, England in late 2001 for about $800 million. The plant delivers steam and a portion of its electrical output to an adjacent chemical facility. The majority of the plant's output...
  • Italian companies to bid for YUKOS assets

    01/11/2005 6:06:21 PM PST · by jb6 · 1 replies · 313+ views
    Russia Journal ^ | January 10, 2005
    Italian companies will bid for YUKOS assets if they are allowed, Italian Industry Minister Antonio Marzano told journalists in Abu Dhabi, Reuters reported. Italy's top oil firm Eni said in November 2004 it would not bid for key production unit Yuganskneftegaz. It reconsidered its position after the December auction. YUKOS maintained control over Samaraneftegaz, Tomskneft, Vostsibneftegaz and a number of refineries after bailiffs had forced the sale of Yuganskneftegaz to ensure recovery of overdue taxes. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston will hold headings to consider an appeal filed by YUKOS on the recovery of USD20bn in penalties from the...
  • CA: Authorities allege fraud in sale of mutual funds

    12/20/2004 12:32:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 512+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/20/04 | Gillian Flaccus - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - State Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a securities-fraud lawsuit Monday against Edward D. Jones & Co., alleging the investment giant received $300 million in improper payments to push seven mutual funds to its clients. The announcement came the same day that the Securities and Exchange Commission settled with the St. Louis-based brokerage firm for $75 million, but Lockyer said clients who were deceived deserved a larger payout. John Boul, spokesman for Edward Jones, did not immediately return calls for comment. The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, charged the company instituted a policy in 2000...
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch for Sale

    11/22/2004 2:35:35 PM PST · by paladinan · 13 replies · 671+ views
    NewsMax.Com ^ | 11-19-04 | AP
    ST. LOUIS - Shares of Pulitzer Inc. surged nearly 16 percent Monday, the day after the newspaper publisher said it was considering a possible sale or other options to increase shareholder value. The company, which publishes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Arizona Star and about a dozen other daily newspapers, said in a statement Sunday that no decisions had been made and no agreements had been reached. Pulitzer said it was exploring "a range of strategic alternatives" and had retained Goldman, Sachs & Co. as financial adviser to assist in its review.
  • Shoes With a Matching Suit(Woman Sues Bloomingdale's Over 'Deceptive' Sale)

    11/14/2004 2:35:20 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 1,467+ views ^ | 11 14 04 | SABRINA TAVERNISE
    NEW YORK (Nov. 14) -- For some New Yorkers, a shoe sale is an incidental thing, a chance to pick up a pair of loafers, or rummage through racks of heels. For Lorraine Koppell, shoes are a matter worth suing over. Ms. Koppell, a lawyer and the wife of G. Oliver Koppell, a city councilman and a lawyer himself, is part of a class-action lawsuit filed in Manhattan Civil Court this month. Her adversary is Bloomingdale's. The suit, filed by a neighbor who went to the same Bloomingdale's sale, claims that the store misled shoppers in a sale flier last...
  • Rockets Hit Iraq Hotels, Poland Hails Arms Success (Iraq WMDs still up for sale)

    07/02/2004 9:44:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 444+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/02/04 | Alistair Lyon
    Rockets Hit Iraq Hotels, Poland Hails Arms Success Fri Jul 2, 9:07 PM ET By Alistair Lyon BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Rockets struck two Baghdad hotels on Friday, wounding three people and waking the capital's residents who had been riveted a day earlier by televised pictures of Saddam Hussein appearing before an Iraqi judge. Poland said its troops in Iraq had stopped old artillery shells from Saddam's era containing the deadly nerve agent cyclosarin falling into the hands of militants by buying the weapons after tip-offs. It gave few details. A previously unknown militant group claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks...
  • Ticket Sales Flop Adds To Olympic Miseries In Athens

    06/25/2004 5:51:00 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 566+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-26-2004 | Harry de Quetteville
    Ticket sales flop adds to Olympic miseries in Athens By Harry de Quetteville in Athens (Filed: 26/06/2004) Ticket prices for events at the Athens Olympic Games will not be cut even though only a third of seats have been sold 50 days before the opening ceremony, the organisers said in Athens yesterday. Athens has long faced criticism for construction delays and the prospect that some venues might not be finished on time. Work goes on at main Olympic stadium in Athens But now that the stadia are finally almost ready, the Greek organising committee - known as Athoc - faces...