It seems that one unexpected group of people may have gotten a decided lift from Mitt Romney’s success at the first presidential debate. According to Business Insider, coal miners – lately in tremendous fear for their livelihoods – may have reason to hope for saving their jobs if Mitt pulls out a win next month. The biggest winners today were coal companies. Last night, Romney gave high praise to coal and clean coal technology. Shares of Alpha Natural Resources and Arch Coal soared today. It’s no secret that coal miners, along with all of the subsidiary industries
Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has held an impromptu news conference on the eve of what is expected to be his closest election yet, but he refused to answer tough questions such as whether he would quit politics if he lost. Chavez excused himself from responding by citing election law, which prohibits candidates from making political statements in the two days before election day. (Snip) Chavez says he hopes his opponents don't attempt what he calls a "destabilizing game." If that happens, he adds, "we'll be alert to neutralize them."
Jacksonville, Fla. - Eric Allen was 18 and voting in his first presidential election when he chose Barack Obama over John McCain. Four years older now and looking for a job, he is just the kind of voter Republican Mitt Romney needs to win - and win big - in northeast Florida's Duval County and take the most coveted of the toss-up states."I voted for him last time just to see the change," Allen says of Obama, "and there was no change." For Lashawn Williams, the excitement she felt from Obama's first run is still there in spite of an
When 12-year-old Nargis was woken up, one morning in Bangladesh, by two women she did not know, she was confused. She did not understand when they told her she would be marrying their brother in just a few weeks, or that she would be leaving her parents' home. When she became a mother two years later, losing her son after only 16 days, the pangs of fear were familiar. (Snip) Across the developing world around one third of girls get married before 18, according to Unicef. Around 10 per cent, like Nargis, will not have even have turned 15. Marie
Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today. The death toll was disclosed by the Government amid mounting concern over the dignity of patients on NHS wards. They will also fuel concerns about care homes, as it was disclosed that eight people starved to death and 21 people died of thirst while in care. (Snip) as well as 43 people who starved to death, 287 people were recorded by doctors as being malnourished when they died in hospitals;
Israeli security officials are reportedly examining the possibility that a drone shot down deep in Israeli territory on Saturday may have been despatched in a Hezbollah-Iranian operation and may have been sent to surveil the Dimona nuclear site. The army was still examining the remains of the downed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Saturday night and had released no official information about its investigation. But Israeli media reports suggest officials fear the drone may have been part of a larger operation to spy on strategic sites inside the country.
Both national and swing-state polls are beginning to tighten in the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. It's a signal that an expected Romney bump is starting to take shape after his consensus win in the first presidential debate on Wednesday. (Snip) Wisconsin: This is the big one that should worry Obama. The Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that Obama's lead had tightened from 7 points in its last survey to just 2 points post-debate. The reason for that is almost exclusively debate-related — 61 percent of Wisconsin voters thought Romney won the debate, compared
"Sheriff" John Rovick, the beloved Los Angeles children's TV show host whose gentle, fatherly persona made him a welcome guest in homes throughout the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday morning. He was 93. Rovick died in his sleep at a nursing facility in Boise, Idaho, said his wife, Jacqueline. A Toledo, Ohio, native who launched his broadcasting career in radio, Rovick was a newly hired staff announcer at KTTV-TV (Channel 11) when the Los Angeles station first went on the air in 1949. In 1952, after KTTV acquired a batch of old cartoons and was searching for someone to host
Saint Petersburg, Florida - In a speech to another approving audience on what has become a post-debate victory tour, a contemplative Mitt Romney shared some of his personal side with Florida voters Friday night. The GOP nominee, who was joined by his wife Ann, told an audience of several thousand supporters about the deaths of three Americans who had made a lasting impact on him. (Snip) Romney said. "I've seen the character of a young man like David, who wasn't emotional or crying. He had his eyes wide open." After Oparowski's death, Romney delivered the eulogy at the funeral.
Little Rock, Ark. - Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative's assertion that slavery was a "blessing in disguise" and a Republican state House candidate who advocates deporting all Muslims. The claims were made in books written, respectively, by Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro and House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville. Those books received attention on Internet news sites Friday. On Saturday, state GOP Chairman Doyle Webb called the books "highly offensive." And U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, a Republican who represents northeast Arkansas, called the writings "divisive and racially inflammatory."
Paris - French children go to school four days a week. They have about two hours each day for lunch. And they have more vacation than their counterparts almost anywhere in the West. It may sound a bit like the famously leisurely work pace enjoyed by their parents, most of whom work 35 hours per week as dictated by law. But the nation's new government says elementary school kids risk classroom burnout, and is moving to help them cope. The issue: French school days may be relatively few, but they are at least as long as a day of work
Washington — President Obama had reason to be hopeful in July 2009, as he met one afternoon in the Oval Office with Maine Sen. Olympia J. Snowe. The new president was trying to sustain his ambitious initiative to overhaul the nation's healthcare system. He needed Snowe, a centrist Republican, to make the effort bipartisan. Now, she was telling Obama what he wanted to hear: She would be with him. That would precipitate a months-long scramble as the president and his team shaped the legislation to meet Snowe's concerns. White House aides worked through a 10-point memo that Snowe's office
He had always managed to find optimism in even the worst circumstances, and here was another chance: a heat advisory, 98 degrees and rising at 11 a.m., the hottest day of the year yet. “Thank you,” said Frank Firetti, 54, as he walked out of his Manassas office into a blast of humidity in early June. “Thank you,” he said again. “What a perfect day to sell a pool.” He opened the trunk of his 2004 Toyota compact and changed into his selling outfit of slacks, a yellow polo and a silver wristwatch. He rubbed lotion
President Obama’s plan to control Medicare spending — an expert board of cost-cutters — might have trouble even coming into existence. (Snip) The candidates clearly disagree about whether the IPAB is the right approach. Obama described it as a panel of experts leveraging Medicare’s purchasing power to bring down healthcare costs, while Romney cast it as a band of faceless bureaucrats whose decisions will ultimately undermine seniors' access to care. Health policy experts say the IPAB won't turn out to be as sinister as Romney described it, but it also might not be as effective as Obama envisions. In fact,
Travellers will be prevented from setting up illegal caravan sites that can escalate into costly, violent eviction battles under new council powers, writes Ted Jeory. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles will give town halls strengthened powers to issue temporary “stop” notices linked to unlimited fines to block gypsy land grabs. He hopes his new measures will avoid a repeat of the violent stand-offs at sites such as Dale Farm in Essex last year. Travellers use planning loopholes to buy land and move caravans on to it over a weekend or bank holiday when councils can be too slow or under-equipped
A man from the northwestern suburbs allegedly planned to burn down nearly 50 churches in Miami, Okla., officials said. Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, was arrested Thursday and has been charged with two terrorism charges, according to Miami Police Chief George Haralson.(Snip) Investigators found a “recipe for making Molotov cocktails, a list of 48 local area churches, a hand drawn map of the listed 48 churches grouped and circled with a key detailing how many nights and how many people, and a written outline of his intent plant bombs,” the affidavit said.
The Israeli air force shot down an unmanned drone Saturday over the northern Negev desert, the nation's military said. The Israeli Defense Forces spotted the drone, which did not carry any weapons or explosives, hovering over Gaza before it entered Israeli airspace, military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said. Forces kept the drone under surveillance until a fighter jet shot it down around 10 a.m. Saturday over the Yatir Forest, the IDF said. Leibovich declined to discuss the drone's route or whether it had flown over military installations.
Up and down the country, events regularly take place for people to show their support for our brave servicemen and women and remember those who lost their lives in battle. But rarely do they look as impressive as this. Thousands of leather-clad bikers today made a pilgrimage to a war memorial to show their support for the Armed Forces. The riders arrived in their droves throughout this morning for a service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire. Called Ride to the Wall, the event included many riders who had messages emblazoned on the back of their leather jackets
Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza yesterday appeared at a court in New York--and demanded the return of his notorious hooks. The hate preacher, who lost his hands in an explosion, did not enter a plea during the brief hearing and was remanded in custody ahead of his next appearance on Tuesday. The former imam at the Finsbury Park mosque, who had his hooks removed for 'security reasons', has demanded they are returned so 'he can use his arms'. Also in New York, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz pleaded not guilty while earlier in the day Babar Ahmad and
Mitt Romney is indisputably a very rich man. And if he is elected president on Nov. 6, he will become one of the wealthiest people ever to hold the office. But exactly how wealthy is Romney? The figure that gets tossed around is $250 million in net worth — meaning the total value of his assets, financial and others, minus any debts. It’s a big number, but frankly, it seems low. Given the industry in which he made his fortune (private equity), the era when he made it (the 1980s and 1990s) and the wealth of his peers
Forgive me for rehashing Wednesday night’s debate yet again, but some of the postmortems impel me to do so. I’m not talking about the comical excuses for Obama’s failure like the poor fellow who thought Mitt Romney was carrying a crib sheet and then had to admit it was a handkerchief. Or the well-known massage enthusiast who argued the difference between the candidates was due to the Denver altitude as if this were not a presidential debate but an abruptly scheduled NBA doubleheader. No, I’m talking about the more serious explanations for the president’s incompetence
Joined by his wife Ann at a rally in Florida late Friday, Republican nominee Mitt Romney sounded a particularly gentle tone, pausing variously to defend embattled presidential debate moderator Jim Lehrer, casually dismiss bitter accusations circulating online that he used a cheat sheet during the Wednesday night debate, and publicly reflect on the recent deaths of several close friends. Lehrer, a PBS veteran who has moderated a dozen presidential debates, has taken heat from pundits and late-night talk show hosts for offering broad questions and failing to enforce the Denver debate’s time restrictions.
LOS ANGELES -A federal judge in Los Angeles will decide next week whether the man behind an anti-Islamic film that sparked violence in the Middle East should be sent back to prison for violating his probation. Mark Basseley Youseff is expected in a courtroom on Wednesday. He was convicted in 2010 of bank fraud. Prosecutors say Youseff had eight violations, including lying to his probation officers and using aliases. Youseff also goes by the name of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. The 55-year-old was remanded into custody without bond after he was determined to be a flight risk.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The president and first lady are celebrating a delayed 20th wedding anniversary today. Dining in Georgetown this evening, the first couple is commemorating the occasion at the urban chic Bourbon Street restaurant, located in the Four Seasons hotel. The true date of their nuptials fell on Wednesday, which happened to be the day of the first debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The president pointed out the occasion at the top of the debate, reminding his wife that in a year he wouldn’t be able to announce it on live television.
WAYNE — Nearly two dozen people were injured — eight critically — early today when a fully loaded chartered tour bus en route from Toronto to Brooklyn overturned on a Route 80 exit ramp, slid down a concrete abutment and came to rest on its side, State Police and hospital officials said. State Police said 23 people were injured in the crash and taken to several area hospitals. Eight critically injured patients were sent to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, hospital spokeswoman Liz Asani said. She said she had no immediate details on the extent of the injuries.
Campaign 2012: When an incumbent Democratic president is virtually tied in a congressional district he carried by high double digits in 2008, and is losing in the suburbs of his hometown, there could be trouble brewing. In August, a poll by the Joliet, Ill.-based polling firm of McKeon and Associates, found President Obama leading challenger Mitt Romney in Cook County, which includes Chicago and its suburbs, by a 12-point margin 49-37. That would seem to be a comfortable edge, but it is significantly smaller than traditional margins needed to outweigh