Archive for October 25th, 2009

FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) – Quick quiz: What do these enterprises have in common? Farm and construction machinery, Tupperware, the railroads, Hershey sweets, Yum food brands and Yahoo? Answer: They’re all more profitable than the health insurance industry. In the health care debate, Democrats and their allies have gone after insurance companies as rapacious profiteers making “immoral” and “obscene” returns while “the bodies pile up.”

LA officials to unveil $437M police headquarters

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

POOLE, England – It has become commonplace to call Britain a “surveillance society,” a place where security cameras lurk at every corner, giant databases keep track of intimate personal details and the government has extraordinary powers to intrude into citizens’ lives.

LA officials to unveil $437M police headquarters

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Police Department is officially being handed the keys to its new headquarters.

First Daughters Not Vaccinated Against H1N1

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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Michael Bloomberg now biggest U.S. political spender

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent more of his own money in pursuit of public office than any other individual in U.S. history, spending $85 million as of Friday on his latest reelection campaign, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

AFP — Obama hits out at climate ‘naysayers’

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

US President Barack Obama on Friday hit out at naysayers he blamed for peddling “cynical” claims that global warming is a myth to derail a landmark climate change bill in Congress.

AFP — Hong Kong air pollution equals record high

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Hong Kong air pollution has equalled a record high registered in 2000, triggering a warning for people with heart or respiratory illnesses, according to the Environmental Protection Department.

Tax records open in Norway

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber diagnosed with cancer

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

LONDON (AP) – A spokeswoman for Andrew Lloyd Webber says the composer has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The announcement came in a statement Sunday which said “the condition is in its very early stages. Andrew is now undergoing treatment and expects to be fully back at work before the end of the year.”

UNITED NATIONS INVESTIGATOR LAUNCHES PROBE INTO US HOUSING CRISIS

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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Dallas News — Dallas police ticketed 39 drivers in 3 years for not speaking English

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Dallas police wrongly ticketed at least 39 drivers for not speaking English over the last three years, Police Chief David Kunkle announced Friday while promising to investigate all officers involved in the cases for dereliction of duty.

Fla. gov’s Obama hug lingers in US Senate primary

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Republican Gov. Charlie Crist probably wasn’t worried that literally embracing President Barack Obama back in February and strongly supporting the $787 billion federal stimulus package would hurt his U.S. Senate campaign.

UK Times Online — Morale dips for American marines in Afghanistan

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

A mile from South Station, an outpost of US marines in Helmand province, the tribal chief was openly hostile. “The Americans threaten our economy and take our land for bases. They promise much and deliver nothing,” he said.