Archive for September 19th, 2009

NBC — Dialing 911? That’ll Be $200, Please

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

If you dial 911 and then change your mind, the city of Vallejo, Calif. will soon charge you $200.

Admittedly, the city is strapped for cash. Vallejo filed for bankruptcy last year. But are people calling an emergency number really the best source of funds?

First U.S. H1N1 vaccines will be nasal spray: CDC

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first U.S. roll-out of vaccines against the new swine flu virus will be 3.4 million doses of MedImmune’s nose spray, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

Obama: Health care anger not motivated by his race — AP

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Friday that angry criticisms about his health care agenda are driven by an intense debate over the proper role of government – and not by racism.

Michelle Obama Says Women Are ‘Crushed’ by Health-Care System

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) – First lady Michelle Obama sought support for the administration’s health-care plans from family advocacy groups and health-care professionals, saying the treatment of women under the current system is “unacceptable.”

Germany: al-Qaida posts video with new threat

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

BERLIN (AP) - Al-Qaida has posted a new video threatening Germany, highlighting an increased threat level ahead of national elections and prompting authorities to step up security, the Interior Ministry said Friday.

Birth control could help combat climate change

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

LONDON (AP) - Giving contraceptives to people in developing countries could help fight climate change by slowing population growth, experts said Friday.

Financial Times — Obama faces trial by ‘angry white seniors’

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Over coffee and Coke at a drugstore-meets-soda-bar in the Virginian town of Fredericksburg, the four grey-haired ladies could hardly have held more diverging views about the performance of Barack Obama, US president.

Justice Dept. investigating former Interior Secretary Gale Norton’s ties to oil company

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether former Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton illegally used her position to steer lucrative oil leases to Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the company she works for now, officials with both departments confirmed to The Associated Press.

Wash Times — Millions go to signs flagging stimulus projects

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

They’re spending hundreds of billions of dollars to stimulate the economy, so Senate Democrats said Wednesday they might as well spend millions putting up signs to highlight where the money is being spent.

UK Sun: Now boy, 9, is a girl

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

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Politico — rough night for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday night’s “Jeopardy!”

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

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