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American Airlines and US
Airways merger finalised

BBC News [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:Maryland_Patriot, 12/9/2013 2:54:51 PM

American Airlines and US Airways have completed their long awaited merger to create the world´s biggest airline. It follows AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, emerging from its 2011 bankruptcy filing. Shares in the new company soared after making their debut on the Nasdaq exchange under the stock symbol AAL. The merger had previously been blocked by the US Justice Department (DOJ) over concerns about competition in the sector. "Our people, our customers and the communities we serve around the world have been anticipating the arrival of the new American," said new boss Doug Parker. Mr Parker had previously been the head

      


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American Airlines and US
Airways merger finalised
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 2:54:51 PM     Post Reply
American Airlines and US Airways have completed their long awaited merger to create the world´s biggest airline. It follows AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, emerging from its 2011 bankruptcy filing. Shares in the new company soared after making their debut on the Nasdaq exchange under the stock symbol AAL. The merger had previously been blocked by the US Justice Department (DOJ) over concerns about competition in the sector. "Our people, our customers and the communities we serve around the world have been anticipating the arrival of the new American," said new boss Doug Parker. Mr Parker had previously been the head

   

 

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Mid-East governments sign Red
Sea-to-Dead Sea water deal
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 2:52:19 PM     Post Reply
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority are expected to sign a water co-operation agreement aimed at saving the rapidly drying Dead Sea. The agreement, to be signed on Monday, will build a pipeline to carry water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea and provide drinking water to the region. The Dead Sea is dropping by as much as 1m (3.3ft) a year as the River Jordan is depleted for use in irrigation. But critics fear the plan´s impact on the Dead Sea´s fragile ecosystem. Such a project has been under discussion for years. With peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians apparently stagnating,

Mandela Was Well Armed
Cybercast News Service, by Rich Galen    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:50:40 AM     Post Reply
I have a rule about Tweeting: If I delay for even a nano-second from pressing the "Tweet" button, I don´t send it. This was an example of something that I did not send yesterday afternoon: How much of the keening over the death of Mandela is by people feeling guilt over largely ignoring his having been in jail for 3 decades? I didn´t send that, because I wasn´t sure of who was in charge of what during the 27 years that Nelson Mandela was incarcerated from 1962 to 1989. Now I do. In those years -- for every single day of those 27 years

School Board Posts 17 Legal Talking
Points for Limiting Religious Liberty
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:47:43 AM     Post Reply
Last week, CNSNews reported that a Georgia school in Bulloch County decided to confiscate the Christmas cards that were posted along the hallways over the Thanksgiving break. Traditionally, the school always had Christmas cards posted, but school administrators decided to un-deck the halls. The Bulloch County Board of Education has even posted on its website under "Press Releases" (12/3/13) seventeen "Case Law Talking Points" on why it has the power to ruin the holidays by banning free speech: 1. With regards to the issue or religion, the First Amendment provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or

Rand Paul: ‘Nothing for Free’
Under Obamacare
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:45:37 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare supporters may tout free preventive care, free immunizations, and free cancer screenings, but when it comes to the Democrats’ health care law, nothing is free, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Sunday. “First of all, there is nothing for free. You’re going to pay for it, and we’re paying for it through higher premiums,” Paul told “Fox News Sunday.” “The Republican plan is freedom of choice -- more choices, not less. Obamacare narrows your choices. We´re for competition. We´re for selling insurance across state lines. And above all, we´re for driving premiums down. The problem under the old system was premiums

Hagel: Full U.S. Retreat From
Afghanistan ´A Very Real Possibility´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:43:49 AM     Post Reply
Although he didn´t call it a "retreat," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that all American troops will have to leave Afghanistan in 2014 unless Afghan President Hamid Karzai signs a security agreement with the United States. "Well, you can use any term you want, ´retreat´ or ´not renewing our efforts here post-2014.´ You can say it any way you want. But what I´m saying is, unless we have the security of an agreement to protect our forces, then we´ll have no choice. We´ll -- we will not be able to stay," Hagel told CBS News State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan. The interview

   

 

  


 
Dalai Lama not to attend
Mandela funeral
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:41:05 AM     Post Reply
Dharamsala (India) - The Dalai Lama, who has twice since 2009 been denied a visa for South Africa, is not planning to attend his fellow Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela´s funeral, his spokesman said Sunday. "He has no plans to go," spokesman Tenzin Takhla told AFP in the northern Indian hilltop town of Dharamsala where the Tibetan spiritual leader is headquartered. Takhla did not say why the Dalai Lama would not attend Mandela´s national memorial service on Tuesday or the December 15 burial at his boyhood home of Qunu. But the Dalai Lama was controversially denied a visa to South Africa

Budget negotiators looking
at military pensions
Politico, by David Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:36:17 AM     Post Reply
Can savings from military pensions be part of the solution to avoid deeper cuts from defense next month? That’s an important question facing House-Senate negotiators as they try to close out a deal this week to avoid another round of sequestration in January and restore some certainty to the appropriations process for the remainder of this Congress. The two sides appear close but Democrats are anxious about the level of savings being sought by Republicans from civilian federal workers. Finding some money on the military side of the equation could lessen this burden and make the package more equitable too from a

Brazil´s child sex trade soars
as 2014 World Cup nears
Guardian [UK], by Adriana Brasileiro    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:29:49 AM     Post Reply
A tiny figure in minuscule white shorts and a pink strapless top leans against a metal fence outside a school in Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará state, north-east Brazil. She has gloss-coated lips, and her yellow headband, holding back long hair, glows in the lamplight along Juscelino Kubitschek Avenue, which connects the city to the Castelão arena, one of the venues for the 2014 World Cup. A car pulls up. The girl climbs in. This is a common scene around the stadium in Fortaleza, considered Brazil´s child prostitution capital and a magnet for sex tourism, according to local authorities. Transvestites also work the

Happiness is resisting answering your
mobile: People who can ignore texts
or calls are likely to be more contented
Daily Mail [UK], by Paul Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:15:52 AM     Post Reply
If you are constantly on your mobile phone, most onlookers might think you have lots of friends and a busy social life. However, those attached to the phone are likely to be less happy than those who can resist a ring or a message alert, says a study. Avid mobile phone users also suffer from higher anxiety while students see their class work suffer with lower marks than those who are able to switch off. Researchers studied more than 500 students to look at their daily phone usage and gauge how it affected their outlook on life. They found that far from making people

Tech companies call for an
end to NSA online snooping
Washington Times, by Shaun Waterman    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:12:43 AM     Post Reply
Leaders of the world’s eight largest Internet companies Monday urged President Obama to end online mass surveillance and bulk data-gathering, like that revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden. Top executives from AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo published an open letter to the president and Congress in newspaper and online adverts. They called for a bold effort to make the United States a model for how governments across the world ought to handle the vast quantities of detailed, real-time data that all citizens’ electronic communications leave in the hands of technology companies. “We urge the

   

 

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Family, politicians battle
over "Brand Mandela"
Reuters, by Peroshni Govender, Jon Herskovitz*    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/9/2013 11:06:07 AM     Post Reply
Johannesburg - From political posters to bottles of wine and kitchen aprons, the face and name of Nelson Mandela are a potent commercial and political brand in South Africa. Little wonder it´s so sought after - and the source of occasional squabbles. Following his death on Thursday at the age of 95, the scramble for control of the Mandela legacy - both financial and moral - will involve his family, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), and the Nelson Mandela Foundation he set up to protect his broader message. At stake is the inheritance that will go to Mandela´s more than 30



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