Archive for August 18th, 2009

UK Daily Mail: British test pilot dies after crashing own prototype ‘flying taxi’ on first flight

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

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AFP: Exploding iPhones ‘isolated incidents’, say Apple

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

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North Carolina: ‘Angry Neighbors With Paintball Guns’ amazed at reaction

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

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Oliver Stone revealing ‘Secret History of America’ — Hollywood Reporter

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Oliver Stone is making his most ambitious stab at American history yet.

The controversial director is creating a 10-part documentary series for Showtime titled “Secret History of America.”

White House sent unsolicited e-mails

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is blaming unnamed political groups for the unsolicited e-mails it had wrongly insisted no one was receiving from its online operation.

Iraqis find Iranian-made rockets after US attacked

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S.-backed Iraqi troops seized a launcher loaded with more than a dozen Iranian-made rockets and detained three suspected militants after an attack against the American base outside the southern city of Basra, officials said Tuesday.

Jewel thieves make getaway on scooters

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

GENEVA (Reuters) - Four armed thieves held up a jewellery store on Geneva’s most prestigious high street grabbing millions of francs worth of gems and escaping on scooters, the Lebanese owner said Tuesday.

Gibbs insists Obama not backing off public option

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) – White House spokesman Robert Gibbs insists the Obama administration has not shifted its goals on health care reform or distanced itself from a government-run public insurance option.

Daily Mail: Woman gives birth on pavement ‘after being refused ambulance’

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

A young mother gave birth on a pavement outside a hospital after she was told to make her own way there.
Mother-of-three Carmen Blake called her midwife to ask for an ambulance when she went into labour unexpectedly with her fourth child.

Spielberg wins funds to launch new studio

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The new DreamWorks Studios run by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider announced it had finalized an 825-million-dollar deal with Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA Group.

Vancouver Sun: Thousands of surgeries may be cut in Metro Vancouver due to government underfunding, leaked paper

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

VANCOUVER - Vancouver patients needing neurosurgery, treatment for vascular diseases and other medically necessary procedures can expect to wait longer for care, NDP health critic Adrian Dix said Monday.

Dix said a Vancouver Coastal Health Authority document shows it is considering chopping more than 6,000 surgeries in an effort to make up for a dramatic budgetary shortfall that could reach $200 million.

FACT CHECK: White House ignores health concession

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has indicated a willingness to drop a government-run health care plan from any overhaul. The White House says that’s not a shift. Actually, it is.

Fierce proponents of a government-run health plan for months, Obama and senior administration officials, bowing to pressure from Republicans and skeptical voters, suggested that such a public option is not do-or-die.

Wash Post: Iraq May Hold Vote On U.S. Withdrawal

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

BAGHDAD, Aug. 17 – U.S. troops could be forced by Iraqi voters to withdraw a year ahead of schedule under a referendum the Iraqi government backed Monday, creating a potential complication for American commanders concerned about rising violence in the country’s north.

WSJ: Arrest in Epic Cyber Swindle

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

A 28-year-old American, believed by prosecutors to be one of the nation’s cybercrime kingpins, was indicted Monday along with two Russian accomplices on charges that they carried out the largest hacking and identity-theft caper in U.S. history.

CQ Politics: Some Obama Promises Must Wait

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

President Obama sounded a bit like a weary air traffic controller on Aug. 10, when he was quizzed during a three-way summit with leaders from Mexico and Canada about a promised overhaul of U.S. immigration laws.

“I’ve got a lot on my plate, and it’s very important for us to sequence these big initiatives in a way where they don’t all just crash at the same time,” the president said in response to a reporter’s question.

NY Times: DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases.

AP — Cantor: Stimulus not working as well as advertised

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

WASHINGTON – A member of the House Republican leadership says he doesn’t think the $787 billion economic stimulus program the Obama administration pushed through Congress earlier this year has worked as advertised.

Prosecutors say man stole 130M credit card numbers

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Miami man with the largest case of credit and debit card data theft ever in the United States, accusing the one-time government informant of swiping 130 million accounts on top of 40 million he stole previously.

Financial Times: Cash-for-clunkers boost Japanese car sales

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Toyota has an 18.9 per cent share of vehicles bought so far, putting it ahead of General Motors with 17.6 per cent and Ford with 15.4 per cent. Chrysler is in fifth place, after Honda.

GM had a 19.6 per cent share of the overall US light-vehicle market in the first seven months of this year, compared with Toyota’s 16.3 per cent, according to Autodata, a New Jersey-based market research firm.

Ford plans vehicles to interact with power grids

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday its future electric cars will “talk” to power grids across the country, part of an effort to drive interest in alternative energy vehicles.
The nation’s second-largest automaker released details of a two-year collaboration with about a dozen utility companies as well as the Department of Energy on the design of a system that allows car owners to control when they charge vehicles and for how long.