Military family

Federal budget passes; fewer troops need military payday loans

The United States Congress recently passed the federal budget for fiscal year 2011 after a long standoff. Among concerns about a possible government shutdown were that military service personnel would have to resort to payday loans and other financial means if a deal could not be made. Thankfully, the shutdown was avoided. Shutdown could have
State of the Union

State of the Union address to focus on competitiveness

President Obama is due to deliver the annual State of the Union address to the houses of Congress soon. The focus of the annual presidential address to the legislature will be on the economy and increasing competitiveness of American businesses. He will also be discussing government spending policy. President due to give second State of
burning down the house

Burning down Escondido bomb house is safest option

The Escondido bomb house is a residence in Escondido, Calif., that is severely contaminated with extremely high-explosive material. A man who rented the Escondido bomb house had turned the home into a deadly bomb factory. The home is so unstable officials said the only way to protect the neighborhood was to burn the Escondido bomb
an oil spill skimmer ship in port

Jones Act of 1920 hinders best response to gulf oil spill in 2010

The Jones Act, a federal law passed in 1920, is making headlines in 2010 thanks to (what else?) the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010. The Jones Act was passed 90 years ago to give U.S. shipping companies an advantage over the rest of the world in U.S. waters. Today the Jones Act
Bomb disposal

Spokane bomb interrupts Martin Luther King Day parade

A Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Wash. was interrupted as authorities found a suspicious backpack that was found to contain a bomb. Before the parade began, city employees for Spokane discovered a backpack which had wiring, and the police were alerted. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing the matter. Spokane police defuse
Bonnie and Clyde

Fugitives John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch taken into custody

Two of the most wanted fugitives in the nation, John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch, have been taken into custody. People have been making comparisons between the two and Bonnie and Clyde. They escaped less than a month ago from Arizona State Prison, and have been on the run since. They were believed to be in
underwater shot of a sea turtle

Oil spill 2010 in Gulf of Mexico: Cost for BP up to $8 billion

The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is worsening, and what BP will have to pay for the response is rising with no immediate end in sight. Meanwhile, the price of crude futures is rising about as fast as BP’s stock is falling. Oil futures were posting gains for the fourth straight session
Cragislist corporate offices

Craigslist | Legal questions about sex ads, kids and crime

Craigslist — the central hub for free online classified advertisements, auto financing and personals ads — is once again finding itself at the center of multiple Craig’s List controversies. Connecticut’s attorney general has lambasted Craigslist for allowing sexually explicit advertising on the website and keeping the profits from that advertising. At the same time, a
an aircraft carrier flanked by escorts

North Korea threatens U.S. military exercises as sanctions mount

Nuclear outlaw North Korea is attracting more attention after it threatened a “physical response” to war games being played by the U.S. and South Korea this weekend. In addition to the joint military exercise, North Korea’s nuclear program and the sinking of a South Korean warship earlier this year has attracted a new round of
Xerox makes a lot more than copiers nowadays. Image from Flickr.

Ursula Burns | How Far We’ve Come, How Far to Go

Ursula Burns achieves a first In July of this year, Ursula Burns became the first black, female CEO of a Fortune 500 company when she took over Xerox. I was not the slightest bit surprised that a black woman could become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, but I was surprised that Ursula Burns,
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Oil heads for Pensacola Beach | BP oil spill still gushing

The BP oil spill has yet to be stopped, and it was reported that an oil slick will soon be covering the coast of Florida. Oil was spotted a few miles off the Florida coast, and it is believed that within a few days, there will be an oil slick on the Western Panhandle of

Sugarloaf ski lift collapses in wind gust; ski patrol evacuating

A large gust of wind in Carrabasset Valley, Maine, brought down a ski lift at the Sugarloaf ski area. The Sugarloaf ski lift brought five chairs down 40 feet and stranded 100 others. Ski patrol and emergency response at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine are evacuating the stranded skiers individually using climbing harnesses. Sugarloaf ski
no more postage increases

Forever Stamps good regardless of future postage rate increases

“Forever Stamps” are a move by the U.S. Postal Service to end the inconvenience of increasingly frequent postage rate increases. By issuing the first-class Forever Stamp, the Postal Service eliminates the need for buying 1-or-2 cent stamps every time there is a postage increase. On a Forever Stamp, instead of a monetary denomination in the
mammoth clone

Baby woolly mammoth clone expected to arrive within six years

A woolly mammoth clone could be born within six years if an international team of scientists reaches its goal. The scientists will attempt to grow a mammoth clone with cells taken from the carcass of a baby mammoth found preserved in Russian permafrost. Previous attempts to clone a mammoth have failed, but researchers are betting
A gleaming white Club Med cruise ship anchored in a harbor.

Noah’s Ark found in Turkey by evangelical Indiana Joneses

Noah’s Ark is found … again! A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelists are saying they have located Noah’s Ark after finding remains of a structure that could have possibly been used for livestock. The intrepid explorers are keeping the site secret, but they told Hong Kong correspondents of Agence France Presse (AFP) that carbon
planet tyche

Giant planet dubbed Tyche could be sending comets our way

An undiscovered planet orbiting the sun unseen in deep space may be revealed by a new NASA telescope. The behavior of comets and a recently discovered dwarf planet have led astronomers to believe that a huge undiscovered planet may exist. A pair of astrophysicists are hoping that data from NASA’s WISE infrared telescope offers proof
Bath Salts

Cathinone | Drugs sold as bath salts have suicidal effects

In convenience stores around the United States, drugs are being sold as bath salts. Known as MDPV, mephedrone or cathinone, the drugs sold as bath salts are snorted or injected. The bath salts drugs are usually MDPV, which is chemically related to cathinone. The difference between cathinone and mephedrone Cathinone is a drug derived from