House approves Senate amended economic stimulus package

Friday, February 8, 2008 The United States House of Representatives has passed the bipartisan US$152 billion economic stimulus package that gives one-time rebates to United States citizens, US$600 for individuals or US$1,200 for couples plus US$300 for each child. US$300 checks would be sent to people on low-income including retirees on Social Security which was […]

Dogs rescue owner during diabetic attack

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 In Centerton, Indiana a man is alive thanks to his 2 dogs. Bill Burns was taking his nightly stroll with his dogs, Butch and Dusty, when he had a severe diabetic attack in a cornfield. His dogs immediately reacted. Morgan County sheriff’s Deputy, Steve Hoffman, was on a rural road just […]

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Historic Scottish island castle wins the lottery

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 The UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced today a grant of £4.6 million towards the restoration of Lews Castle on the Western Scottish island of Stornoway. Estimates suggest approximately £14 million (US$ 21.9m, € 16.2m) will be spent to restore and convert the Victorian era property into a museum with four-star […]

U.S. Congress considers lifting Cuba travel ban

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 In the United States Senate on Tuesday, Senators Byron Dorgan, a Democrat from North Dakota, and Mike Enzi, a Republican from Wyoming, introduced the “Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act” (S.428), a bill that would lift the travel restrictions that have prevented U.S. citizens from visiting Cuba since the early 1960s. […]

John Reed on Orwell, God, self-destruction and the future of writing

Thursday, October 18, 2007 It can be difficult to be John Reed. Christopher Hitchens called him a “Bin Ladenist” and Cathy Young editorialized in The Boston Globe that he “blames the victims of terrorism” when he puts out a novel like Snowball’s Chance, a biting send-up of George Orwell‘s Animal Farm which he was inspired […]

Hope fades for families of trapped Mexican miners

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 Almost 600 desperate family members and others remained camped outside the Pasta de Conchos coal mine near San Juan de Sabinas, in the northern Mexico state of Coahuila where 65 Mexican miners were trapped by a gas explosion around 2:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) Sunday. Some are threatening to storm the mine […]

US Senate panel approves healthcare reform bill

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 The United States Senate Committee on Finance approved a proposal to reform health care on Tuesday, clearing it to move forward. The bill passed by a 14-9 vote, gaining support from the committee’s thirteen Democrats, and one Republican. Senator Olympia Snowe was the only senator from the Republican party to back […]

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Recovery plan for New Orleans to be ratified

Saturday, February 10, 2007 In a community congress in January, residents of the devastated city of New Orleans offered their support for a sweeping plan to rebuild the city, its districts and its neighborhoods. The “Unified New Orleans Plan” is a multi-faceted document that incorporates a number of different recovery planning efforts, including federal infrastructure […]

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