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Murky Stream

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over 4 years ago

French authorities are planning to appeal against the acquittal of former prime minister Dominique De Villepan over allegations of a campaign to smear President Nicholas Sarkozy. “'I have decided to file an appeal against this decision,’ Jean-Claude Marin told Europe 1 radio. ‘Whatever happens ...

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“Urgency Over”

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over 4 years ago

“’Urgent’ relief operations in Haiti are ending as aid deliveries are satisfying most immediate needs, United Nations and U.S. aid officials said. ‘We are out of the urgent phase,’ Dr. Henriette Chamouillet, head of World Health Organization operations in Haiti, told reporters on a videoconference ...

Novel Copy

Salinger: An Introduction

Rye
over 4 years ago

What we have of Jerome Salinger’s writings can at best be a mere introduction to his deeply felt literary world. It’s practically criminal that all the quiet readers out there, the monks and brothers and sisters, in a phrase, the holy children of make-believe, were so quickly uninvited to attend ...

Trend World

The Supertrain Cometh

Train
over 4 years ago

Overlooked in much of the post-State-of-the-Union discussion was President Obama’s renewed insistence on bringing America’s rail system up to speed for the first time in decades. Amid the countless issues discussed, the proposed supertrain is gaining momentum in some parts of the country. While it ...

Resurgence

The Democratic Party Is Now The Party Of Obama

Penley_obama
over 4 years ago

I’m sure there will be hundreds of takeaways on the airwaves this morning about President Barack Obama’s State Of The Union address last night. There will be opinions by political pundits, who will take apart the seven thousand word speech as if they are compiling statistics for the players on ...

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Double Dip, Up Ahead!

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over 4 years ago

Delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland are predicting that the global economic recovery could lose pace later this year as heavy debts weigh on the beleaguered. “When Steve Jobs said Apple’s new iPad tablet would have 3G data service from AT&T during Wednesday’s press conference ...

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“Fatal Attraction”

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over 4 years ago

“Prior to the unveiling of the 9.7-inch device Wednesday, a few vague rumors suggested Verizon would carry the tablet. Instead, Jobs announced two versions of the iPad: a Wi-Fi only model and an unlocked, Wi-Fi + 3G model for use on GSM networks. The Verizon network operates on the CDMA standard ...

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Doggy Diet

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over 4 years ago

Pet owners keeping watch on the girth of their furry friends are faced with “confusing two-fold variation in calorie density, recommended intake and cost” of low-calorie pet foods. A study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, which examined up to 100 commercially ...

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“Volcker Rule”

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over 4 years ago

“Since Paul Volcker stood by Barack Obama a week ago as the US president unveiled banking reforms devised by ‘this tall guy’, the ‘Volcker rule’ has provoked angst on Wall Street and in Washington. Critics complain that it is a populist measure designed to distract attention from the Democrats ...

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Shoe-Thrower

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over 4 years ago

“The state prosecution was set to indict Pinchas Cohen in the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday morning, on suspicion of attacking Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch the previous day. The 52-year-old Jerusalem resident apparently threw two of his sneakers at the chief justice as she presided ...