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UPDATE 1-Without Keystone,
oil trains may cause 6 deaths
per year -US State Dept report

Reuters, by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:earlybird, 2/3/2014 11:02:33 PM

Replacing the Keystone XL pipeline with oil-laden freight trains from Canada may result in an average of six additional rail-related deaths per year, according to a U.S. State Department report that is adding to pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the line. The long-awaited study, released on Friday, focused on the environmental impact of TransCanada´s $5.4 billion pipeline, but also spent several pages analyzing the potential human impact of various ways to transport oil, using historical injury and fatality statistics for railways and oil pipelines.

      


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UPDATE 1-Without Keystone,
oil trains may cause 6 deaths
per year -US State Dept report
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/3/2014 11:02:33 PM     Post Reply
Replacing the Keystone XL pipeline with oil-laden freight trains from Canada may result in an average of six additional rail-related deaths per year, according to a U.S. State Department report that is adding to pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the line. The long-awaited study, released on Friday, focused on the environmental impact of TransCanada´s $5.4 billion pipeline, but also spent several pages analyzing the potential human impact of various ways to transport oil, using historical injury and fatality statistics for railways and oil pipelines.

   

 

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Herridge: Fmr. CIA Director Morell
May Have Altered Benghazi Talking
Points to Benefit Obama Admin.
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/3/2014 8:50:33 PM     Post Reply
Former CIA Director Mike Morell may have altered the Benghazi talking points to benefit the Obama administration during the 2012 election, Catherine Herridge of Fox News reports. On September 15 one day before Susan Rice made her infamous appearances on various Sunday shows, according to the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report Morell received an email from the CIA station chief in Libya indicating the Benghazi attacks were “not/not an escalation of protests.” The report does not indicate when Morell read the email, but that same day Morell cut the word “Islamic” from the talking points and left the word “demonstration.”

Amazon to Raise Fees
as Revenue Disappoints
New York Times, by David Streetfeld    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/30/2014 9:22:28 PM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon investors might have finally heard the news they have been waiting for: The retailer is raising shipping fees. Amazon has 237 million active customers but as a general rule makes almost no profit. Thursday’s announcement that the company was considering raising prices by as much as 50 percent on its $79 Prime shipping program could mean $500 million for its skimpy bottom line. “This is the first time we’ve ever seen Amazon flex its muscles in terms of pricing,” said Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray. “It’s hugely significant.”

New York madam snagged in pre-Super
Bowl sting allegedly offered ‘one-stop
shopping’ of prostitutes, drugs
New York Daily News, by Joseph Stepansky*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/30/2014 6:43:14 PM     Post Reply
A sophisticated Manhattan-based prostitution ring that offered "one-stop shopping" and delivered both drugs and debauchery was sacked just days before the Super Bowl. "Always a treat and always fast to your door," Asian Wave Escorts promised in sexy come-ons broadcast on public access TV, sources said. The ring was headed by a middle-aged madam named Hyun Ok Yoonung, a 41-year-old Korean immigrant who officials said is something of a legend in the flesh-peddling business. "She was really the leader," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday. "This is someone we´ve heard of from other criminals, really sort of admiring the scope of her enterprise.

Therapy helped kids overcome peanut
allergy, but don´t try it at home
Los Angeles Times, by Karen Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/30/2014 6:38:24 PM     Post Reply
Gradual exposure to peanut protein powder over six months helped more than half of kids with peanut allergies learn to tolerate the equivalent of about 10 peanuts per day, according to the results of a new clinical trial. The Phase 2 trial also found that the overwhelming majority of kids who tested the experimental therapy were able to eat the equivalent of about five peanuts each day without having an allergic reaction. This led to significant improvements in the quality of life for the families of these children, according to a report published Thursday by the Lancet. Experts estimate that 15

Amanda Knox found guilty of
murder again by Italian court
CNN, by Marie-Louise Gumuchlan    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/30/2014 4:12:48 PM     Post Reply
[Breaking news update at 4:00 p.m. ET] An Italian appeals court convicted former exchange student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on murder charges Thursday night. Prosecutors said the couple had killed Meredith Kercher in 2007. They were convicted two years later of murder, but those charges were overturned on appeal in 2011. It is unlikely Knox, who lives in Seattle, Washington, will return to Italy to serve additional prison time because U.S. law dictates that a person cannot be tried twice on the same charge, a legal expert tells CNN.

   

 

  


 
Obama MyRA proposal unlikely
to boost retirement savings
Los Angeles Times, by Walter Hamilton    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/30/2014 2:48:48 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s plan to tackle the U.S. retirement crisis is ambitious and well-intentioned but unlikely to have much of an effect, experts say. In his State of the Union address, Obama proposed a new type of retirement account for the 4 in 10 Americans who don´t have access to 401(k) plans at their jobs. The accounts, dubbed MyRA, would offer guaranteed investment returns, no fees and tax-free profits. But Obama´s proposal rests on a pair of uncertain assumptions: that employers would be willing to offer the accounts and that financially stretched low-income workers would agree to participate in them.

Henry Waxman, 20-Term
Democrat, Leaving House
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/30/2014 11:15:33 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, a diminutive Democratic giant whose 40 years in the House produced some of the most important legislation of the era, will announce on Thursday that he is retiring at the end of the year. Mr. Waxman, 74, joins the growing list of House members who are calling it quits, many in disappointment over the partisanship and ineffectiveness of a Congress that may end up as the least productive in history. “It’s been frustrating because of the extremism of Tea Party Republicans,” Mr. Waxman said

There´s Something About MyRA
Bloomberg, by Ben Steverman    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/29/2014 11:27:48 PM     Post Reply
By now, you may have heard about MyRA. The acronym, which President Barack Obama stumbled over in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, stands for My Retirement Account. Obama introduced the new plan like this: “MyRA guarantees a decent return with no risk of losing what you put in.” On Wednesday, the administration said it will launch a pilot program of the "new, simple, safe and affordable ‘starter’ retirement savings account” by the end of the year. Bloomberg’s Richard Rubin has the details here. The early verdict: MyRA is intriguing but limited.

No longer on the run? Intel chief
Clapper says Al Qaeda threat
no less than a decade ago
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/29/2014 8:26:35 PM     Post Reply
A little more than a year after President Obama confidently declared on the campaign trail that Al Qaeda was on the run, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified Wednesday that he can´t say the threat from the terror network "is any less" than it was a decade ago. Further, he said Al Qaeda probably poses an even bigger challenge today -- because its franchises are "much more globally dispersed" and the organization recently has benefited from the massive leak of U.S. intelligence information. Clapper made the blunt statements during the annual worldwide threat hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee

Source: Bieber, facing assault charge
in Canada, is turning himself in
CNN, by Alan Duke    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/29/2014 7:17:08 PM     Post Reply
Justin Bieber is in Toronto to face an assault charge in connection with an encounter with a limousine driver a month ago, a source close to the singer told CNN Wednesday. Bieber traveled to Toronto to be booked on the charge, which will happen at a police station later Wednesday, the source said. This is the 19-year-old pop star´s second arrest in a week. Bieber was briefly jailed in Miami last Thursday after he was stopped by a police officer who said he was drag racing in a residential street. He was booked on charges of drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving with

   

 

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California Sen. Rod Wright
convicted of perjury, voter fraud
Los Angeles Times, by Jean Mehl    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/29/2014 11:24:36 AM     Post Reply
A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday convicted state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on all eight counts in his perjury and voter fraud trial. The Inglewood Democrat was indicted by a Los Angeles County grand jury in September 2010. He had pleaded not guilty and said he thought he had been following the law in 2007 when he took steps to run for the seat he has held since late 2008. In a trial that began Jan. 8, prosecutors accused Wright of faking a move to a rental property he owned in Inglewood so he could run in what was then



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