Archive for April, 2008
WASHINGTON – The chief executive of U.S. drug maker Baxter International Inc. said Tuesday its blood thinner heparin produced in China, which has been linked to dozens of deaths, appears to have been deliberately contaminated.
“We are greatly concerned that our heparin products appears to be the target of a deliberate adulteration scheme,” Baxter Chief Executive Robert Parkinson said in prepared remarks to a U.S. Congressional panel. Continue Reading »
It wasn’t a video game that the software programmer Hans Reiser was playing. This wasn’t like playing Halo or Grand Theft Auto, it wasn’t something that would be turned off after it happened, this was first-degree murder and the end of the story wouldn’t be able to be reset.
A software programmer was convicted Monday of first-degree murder for killing his estranged wife, whom he contends may be living elsewhere. Continue Reading »
Frequent masturbation may help men cut their risk of contracting prostate cancer, Australian researchers have found. It is believed that carcinogens may build up in the prostate if men do not ejaculate regularly, BBC News reported on Wednesday. The researchers surveyed more than 1,000 men who had developed prostate cancer, and 1,250 men who had not. They found that men who had ejaculated the most between the ages of 20 and 50 were the least likely to get cancer. Men who ejaculated more than five times each week were a third less likely to develop prostate cancer. Continue Reading »
CHICAGO (WLS) — A violent weekend in Chicago has left at least 31 people shot since Friday afternoon, and six of the shooting victims have died.
A 12-year-old and a 14-year-old were among those wounded. Authorities say the boys were shot about 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the 5300 block of West Madison. One of them was hurt critically.
As crews were responding to that shooting, a third person was shot, just around the corner. And just 40 minutes earlier, three men were shot, less than a block away. Continue Reading »
Camarillo, California (AP) – A survey says the national average price for regular gasoline rose nearly 16 cents in the past two weeks.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline on Friday was $3.47 a gallon, mid-grade was at $3.59 and premium was $3.70. That’s all according to the Lundberg Survey of 7,000 stations nationwide released Sunday. Continue Reading »
Senator Barack Obama earned more income in 2007 than 99.4% of the United States population. If Barack were a country, his income would put him at 180th for GDP!
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama reported $4.2 million in income in 2007.
The presidential candidate released his tax returns on Wednesday. He said his adjusted gross income was around $4.2 million, with $4 million coming from the profits on his two books – “Dreams From My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope.” His Senate salary is $260,735. Continue Reading »
NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – U.S. bank stocks moved higher again Wednesday and gave the broader stock market a lift, after heavyweights JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) reported damaged but better than expected first quarter earnings.
The move built on the lift the sector got Tuesday from mediocre but also better than expected earnings from regional banks U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Regions Financial Corp. (RF). Continue Reading »
BET Television founder and owner of the Charlotte Bobcats Bob Johnson said that Barack Obama would not be leading his party if he were white. “What I believe Geraldine Ferraro meant is that if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called `Jerry Smith’ and he says I’m going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote?” Johnson said. Continue Reading »
A Chinese court sentenced human rights activist Hu Jia to three and a half years in prison for writing essays the Communist Party ruled to be subversive. Prosecutors claimed was lenient because the maximum penalty for such acts was five years. The sentencing comes at a bad time for China who is already facing mounting opposition for it’s crackdown in Tibet leading up to the Olympics. “Hu spread malicious rumors and committed libel in an attempt to subvert the state’s political power and socialist system,” the court verdict stated, according to Xinhua. Continue Reading »