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SEC to take action against
´Big Four’ over China audits
Telegraph [UK], by Harry Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 6:19:51 PM     Post Reply
The Chinese subsidiaries of Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and smaller player BDO are facing “administrative proceedings” by the Securities and Exchange Commission after allegedly refusing to produce audit information requested by investigators. The audit papers had been demanded by the SEC as part of an investigation into “potential wrongdoing” by nine Chinese companies that have shares listed in the US, according to the regulator. (Snip) The US authorities are particularly concerned at reverse mergers – whereby a company takes over the listing of an already

The pope joins the
twitterverse as @pontifex
Christian Science Monitor, by Nick Squires    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 6:13:02 PM     Post Reply
Vatican City - After centuries of issuing theology-heavy treatises and ponderous papal bulls, the Vatican on Monday announced that the pope was embracing the most succinct of communications – Twitter. Benedict XVI is famously technology-averse – not surprising, perhaps, given that he is 85-years-old and a theologian by training – but the Vatican insisted that he would start tweeting regularly in English and six other languages Dec 12. The initiative is an attempt to take the fullest advantage of new media to spread the teachings of the Gospels, amid intense efforts by the Vatican to make its message

Pope Benedict XVI tightens church
control over Catholic charities
Religion News Service, by Alessandro Speciale    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 6:06:02 PM     Post Reply
Vatican City - Bishops must exercise closer supervision over Catholic charities and ensure that their activities do not contradict church doctrine, according to new rules issued by Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday (Dec. 1). The new guidelines state that charities with links to the church must “follow Catholic principles in their activity” and may not “accept commitments” that could undermine those principles in any way. They also bar charities from accepting funding “from groups or institutions that pursue ends contrary to the church’s teaching” or for initiatives that are “not in conformity with the



Flu season hits U.S. early and hard
Los Angeles Times, by Michael Muskal    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 5:56:35 PM     Post Reply
The flu season has gotten off to its quickest start in nearly a decade, a sign that it could be a bad year for the illness, officials said on Monday. Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged people to get a flu shot to minimize the impact of the deadly disease’s spread. (Snip) The flu is caused by different strains and part of the test for scientists is trying to mix a vaccine that includes the strains that are most likely to be dominant in any given season. The current vaccine, which has been prepared in advance, seems well-matched for the strains that now working their

Mars rover Curiosity finds
organic compounds, not life
Washington Post, by Brian Vastag    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 5:48:16 PM     Post Reply
San Francisco - The Curiosity Mars rover has discovered something interesting in a scoop of ruddy sand, but NASA scientists say they’re not quite sure what it means. Sand that was shake-and-baked inside the car-size rover’s chemistry kit bubbled off traces of organic compounds, mission scientists said at a news briefing Monday at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. (Snip) But such compounds also could be contamination from the rover itself — or they may have rained onto the surface inside meteorites, said Paul Mahaffy, a mission scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight

NATO Plans Missile Defenses for Turkey
New York Times, by Michael R. Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 5:37:41 PM     Post Reply
Brussels - NATO’s plan to buttress Turkey against potential attack from Syria calls for deploying American, German and Dutch Patriot missile-defense batteries under the operational control of the alliance’s military command, Western officials said Monday. The plan, which is expected to be endorsed by NATO’s foreign ministers when they meet in Brussels on Tuesday, would be the most direct action in the Syrian conflict yet by the alliance, which has remained cautious about intervention there. The move has been given added impetus by reports in recent days of increased activity at some of

GOP issues ´fiscal cliff´ counteroffer
USA Today, by Susan Davis    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/3/2012 5:32:55 PM     Post Reply
Washington - House Republicans sent a counterproposal to avert the "fiscal cliff" to the White House today outlining a $4.6 trillion deficit reduction proposal without raising tax rates on the wealthiest Americans. The proposal is based on a framework outlined last year by former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, who co-chaired President Obama´s debt commission, and included an increase in the eligibility age for Medicare benefits. Republicans did not offer specific language on raising the age in their proposal today, but Bowles has publicly supported raising the age to 67.



Stocks edged lower after
weak manufacturing report
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/3/2012 5:08:06 PM     Post Reply
Stocks are closed lower on Wall Street after a surprisingly weak manufacturing report heightened concern that fiscal deadlock in Washington is already hurting the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 60 points to close at 12,965 Monday. The Standard and Poor´s 500 index fell seven points to 1,409. The Nasdaq fell eight points to 3,002. The market opened higher but turned down at midmorning after the Institute for Supply Management reported that U.S. manufacturing shrank last month. Businesses expressed concerns about a series of sharp government spending cuts and tax increases

Syria regime ´mixing chemicals
to make sarin gas´: report
Telegraph [UK], by Richard Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/3/2012 5:05:32 PM     Post Reply
On a day of turmoil in which a high-ranking Assad spokesman defected, and the United Nations announced it was withdrawing all non-essential personnel in Syria, American defence officials confirmed that activity had been reported at the regime’s known chemical sites, including movements of weapons components. Although previous activity has been reported, it was seen then as the regime seeking to secure stocks against possible rebel attack. This time, the White House spokesman, Jay Carney, went further. “We are concerned that an increasingly beleaguered regime may be considering the use

Federal Building Bombed, Tea Partier
Not Charged, Media Ignores
Brietbart's InstaBlog, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/3/2012 4:38:51 PM     Post Reply
At 8:24 Friday morning -- that´s right, four days ago -- in the small town of Casa Grande, Arizona, the local Social Security Administration office was rocked by an explosion that charred the back wall and door. A nearby parked car was damaged and debris was strewn throughout the parking lot. No one was injured, but at the time of the explosion ten people were at work in the office. As someone who watches the media about as closely as anyone, why am I just learning about this now? My guess is that the name of the suspected bomber might answer that question: Abdullatif Aldosary, an Iraqi refugee.

Missing Pacific island riddle ´solved´
Telegraph [UK], by Jonathan Pearlman    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 12/3/2012 4:22:11 PM     Post Reply
Sydney - The phantom island has been blamed on an error by the crew of a whaling ship from 1876, the Velocity, which originally recorded the land mass, known as Sandy Island, midway between Australia and the French-governed New Caledonia. Though the island has existed on maps for hundreds of years, a group of Australian scientists went searching for it in the Coral Sea last month and could not find it. Shaun Higgins, a pictorial librarian at Auckland Museum who was intrigued by the mystery, now believes he has solved the case. He says the ship’s master aboard the Velocity reported a series of



Photo appears to show Zimmerman
bleeding after Trayvon Martin killing
CNN, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/3/2012 4:19:54 PM     Post Reply
A photo posted online Monday shows George Zimmerman with blood on his nose and lips. His attorneys say it was taken the night unarmed teen Trayvon Martin was killed in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense. Martin´s attorneys say he was shot and killed "in cold blood." Prosecutors have charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder for the February 26 killing. The picture, posted Monday on Zimmerman´s defense website, was taken by a police officer, Zimmerman´s attorneys wrote. The state had previously provided a black-and-white copy of the image,

Emerson unexpectedly resigns
her Missouri congressional seat
Kansas City Star [MO], by Dave Helling    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/3/2012 4:16:33 PM     Post Reply
Colleagues and congressional analysts expressed surprise and dismay Monday after learning U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri had decided to quit. Within minutes, though, the state’s politicians began pondering the race to replace her. Emerson, a 62-year-old Republican from Cape Girardeau, announced her retirement less than a month after southeast Missouri voters overwhelmingly elected her for the 9th time. She’ll become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in March. “Our district has earned its reputation for commonsense above all else,

NYC subway train kills
man pushed off platform
USA Today, by Michael Winter    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/3/2012 4:13:30 PM     Post Reply
A 58-year-old man died Monday after he was pushed off a subway platform in Midtown Manhattan and hit by a train pulling into the station, according to news reports. Some witnesses reported the victim had argued with the suspect, estimated to be in his 20s, before being pushed, while others said the suspect had been talking to himself and the victim asked what was wrong. The New York Daily News described the suspect, who fled, as being "emotionally disturbed." Witnesses said the victim tried to climb back onto the platform about 12:30 p.m. ET as the southbound train on the N, Q, R line

´3 Cups of Tea´ co-author David
Oliver Relin dead: apparent suicide
Los Angeles Times, by Carolyn Kellogg    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/3/2012 4:05:47 PM     Post Reply
David Oliver Relin, Gregory Mortenson´s co-author on the bestseller "Three Cups of Tea," has died. The 49-year-old committed suicide last month in Oregon, the Multnomah County medical examiner announced late Sunday, saying blunt force trauma to the head was the cause of death. Relin´s suicide adds to the shadow cast on "Three Cups of Tea," which tells of Mortenson´s travels in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan and his work creating schools for the children, particularly girls, in those remote regions. The book was plunged into controversy in April 2011, when Jon Krakauer published an



The New York Times´ latest cutbacks:
Proof its digital strategy is failing?
The Week [Palm Coast, FL], by Ryu Spaeth    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 12/3/2012 3:55:14 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times on Monday announced that it would offer buyout packages to 30 newsroom employees, and that layoffs would ensue if the 30 spots were not voluntarily filled. Citing a difficult "economic environment" that has led in recent years to a 60 percent staff reduction on the paper´s business side, Executive Editor Jill Abramson said, "There is no getting around the hard news that the size of the newsroom staff must be reduced." While the loss of 30 jobs pales in comparison to the ousting of roughly 100 newsroom staffers in 2008, it is the latest evidence that the Times continues to struggle

Boehner, House GOP
leaders offer ‘fiscal
cliff’ counterproposal
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2012 3:35:00 PM     Post Reply
House Republican leaders endorsed a far-reaching plan Monday to rein in the national debt that would raise $800 billion in new tax revenue, slice $600 billion from federal health programs and apply a stingier measure of inflation to Social Security benefits. In a letter to President Obama, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and other senior Republicans suggested that the framework, first laid out by Democrat Erskine Bowles during last year’s budget battles, should serve as a starting point for budget talks aimed at averting the year-end “fiscal cliff.” “With the fiscal cliff nearing,

Obama willing to go over fiscal cliff,
according to White House leaks
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: ragu- 12/3/2012 3:21:04 PM     Post Reply
White House sources are telling Democratic reporters that the president is willing to go over the so-called “fiscal cliff” if GOP leaders don’t agree to his demand for higher tax rates on the wealthy without substantive spending cuts. A political deadlock would mean an automatic tax increase for middle-class and wealthy Americans on January 1, and the opportunity for Obama and the Democrats to push a tax-cutting bill for middle-class voters in 2013, say the White House officials, who leaked the claim to two liberal columnists.Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner, say they are opposed

House GOP make $2.2T debt
counteroffer to Obama on cliff
The Hill [Washington DC], by Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2012 3:11:12 PM     Post Reply
House Republican leaders have made a counteroffer to President Obama in the fiscal cliff negotiations, proposing to cut $2.2 trillion with a combination of spending cuts, entitlement reforms and $800 billion in new tax revenue. The leaders delivered the offer to the White House on Monday with a three-page letter signed by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and four other senior Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the party’s just-defeated vice presidential nominee. Republican officials said the offer was based on a proposal outlined by Erskine Bowles,

Columnist Who Inspired Bob
Costas Drops New Bomb:
´The NRA Is the New KKK´
NewsBusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2012 2:30:52 PM     Post Reply
Kansas City sportswriter Jason Whitlock loves to stoke controversy. So after he blamed Jovan Belcher´s murder-suicide on the "gun culture" -- inspiring NBC Sports lecturer Bob Costas -- in an interview with Roland Martin, he added fuel to the fire by claiming "the NRA is the new KKK." Apparently, black youths are "armed" by the NRA, and they´re also responsible for loading up black neighborhoods with drugs: WHITLOCK: Sports gets so much attention, and people tune out the real world, that I try to take advantage of the opportunity


NRSC’s Jerry Moran confronts
GOP schism
Politico, by David Catanese    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2012 2:27:18 PM     Post Reply
Incoming National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Jerry Moran said he’s begun speaking with GOP senators about whether the party’s campaign arm should intervene in future primaries, even consulting with anti-establishment kingmaker Jim DeMint. “We’re going to on a race-by-race, state-by-state basis, try to figure out what is the best role the NRSC can play in getting Republicans elected,” the first-term Kansas senator told POLITICO in an interview. “I don’t think we have any choice but to work to do things better than what we did, based upon the lack of success that we had.”

Before Raising Rates, Obama
Aides Should Pay Their Taxes
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2012 2:15:36 PM     Post Reply
We all know by now fiscal cliff talks are at a stand still, but before President Obama asks those making more than $250,000 per year to pay more in taxes, he should first ask his own aides in the White House to pay their back taxes. A few dozen people who work for President Obama are having some trouble paying their taxes. The IRS has released its Federal Employee and Retiree Delinquency Inventory, and it shows that 36 of Obama’s aides owe a total of $833,970 in back taxes. And what about employees of government

Feds´ secretary to oversee
response to Hurricane Sandy
vows not to let New York down
New York Daily News, by Jonathan Lemire    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2012 2:15:06 PM     Post Reply
It´s not just business — it’s personal. The cabinet secretary chosen by President Obama to oversee the federal response to Hurricane Sandy was raised in New York — and vows he won’t let the city down. “I have deep roots in the region. This is home,” Shaun Donovan told the Daily News in his first extensive interview since being appointed as the recovery czar. Donovan — the secretary of housing and urban development — is charged with helping New York and New Jersey pry the billions they need from a gridlocked Congress and then helping them spend the money

Obama offers congrats
to Kate, William
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2012 2:12:06 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has congratulated Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Katherine over the news that they are having a baby. White House press secretary Jay Carney said the president and first lady Michelle Obama were extending their congratulations to the future King of England and his wife “on the welcome news out of London.” The couple announced the pregnancy on their website on Monday.

Jon Corzine snapped skulking
the streets of Long Island,
has kept low profile
since MF Global´s collapse
New York Daily News, by Erik Ortiz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2012 2:05:42 PM     Post Reply
All he’s missing is a tin can to kick down the street. Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was photographed looking dressed down as he shuffled his feet on the sidewalks of East Hampton, L.I., on Sunday. The 65-year-old millionaire had his hands in his jeans pockets and wore a Colorado Rockies baseball cap during his visit to the tony town. He’s kept a rather low profile since his $40 billion brokerage firm, MF Global, went bust in October 2011. Corzine took the job as CEO after losing a re-election bid for governor in 2009.

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