Saturday, June 05, 2010
Oil poured out of a cap that robots adjusted over the gusher in the Gulf, though some was being collected, as the slow-motion catastrophe spread deeper into the marshes and beaches of four states along the coast.
(Via NPR Topics: News.)
Friday, June 04, 2010
Israel has reiterated that a ship carrying aid and international activists will not be allowed to break its blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The MV Rachel Corrie is on schedule to reach the territory early on Saturday.
U.S. Adds Jobs in May, but Private Hiring Disappoints - NYTimes.com: ""
By CHRISTINE HAUSER
Employers added 431,000 nonfarm jobs nationwide in May, the biggest increase in a single month in a decade, the Labor Department said Friday. But the bulk of the growth was in government jobs, driven by hiring for the Census, and private-sector job growth was weak.
The unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent nationwide, from 9.9 percent in April, the department said.
The figures for May represented the fifth consecutive month that payrolls have risen, but fell below analysts’ expectations that 540,000 jobs would be added to the economy. Most of the private-sector gains were in manufacturing, but over all, the figures suggest that nongovernment hiring was weak.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
SEOUL, South Korea — President Lee Myung-bak’s party has suffered a surprising setback in local elections that were widely seen as a referendum on his handling of North Korea’s alleged torpedoing of a South Korean warship.
Results from the elections were released on Thursday, and the voter turnout of 54.5 percent was the highest for local elections in 15 years.
Candidates of Mr. Lee’s governing Grand National Party had hoped that outrage in South Korea over the sinking of the Cheonan, which killed 46 South Korean sailors, would help them ride a conservative wave to victory. Mr. Lee’s government has formally accused North Korea of attacking the ship on March 26 with a torpedo from a submarine, a charge that the North has denied.
“The election results were far less than we had expected and hoped for,” Cho Hae-jin, a spokesman for the governing party, said. The party’s chairman, Chung Mong-joon, an important ally of Mr. Lee, said he was stepping down over the poor results. Mr. Lee’s chief of staff, Chung Chung-kil, also offered to resign. More...
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
President Obama has ordered federal agencies to grant additional benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian federal employees. More...
As submersible robots made another risky attempt to control the underwater Gulf oil gusher, the crude on the surface spread, closing in on Florida. BP's stock plummeted and took much of the market down with it, and the federal government announced criminal and civil investigations into the spill.
The stakes couldn't be higher.
After six weeks of failures to block the well or divert the oil, the latest mission involved using a set of tools akin to an oversized deli slicer and garden shears to break away the broken riser pipe so engineers can then position a cap over the well's opening. More...
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Hatoyama to Quit as Japan’s Prime Minister, NHK Says (Update1)June 01, 2010, 8:48 PM EDTJune 2 (Bloomberg) -- Japan Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama told leaders of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan that he will resign, NHK Television said, without saying where it got the information.
By Takashi Hirokawa and Steven McPherson
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea expressed a desire to keep a joint industrial complex in operation, South Korean officials said Monday, while the South indicated that it might reconsider its decision to revive psychological warfare against the North.
The developments showed that the two Koreas were carefully weighing the option of easing their confrontation, analysts said.
“Neither side can afford to keep building up tensions,” said Kim Yong-hyun, a North Korea specialist at Dongguk University in Seoul. “Both sides have been raising tensions the way you blow into your balloon, and now they need an excuse for each other to stop blowing so that the balloon won’t burst.” More...
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
The sign was supposed to be displaying a message warning drivers that the coming exit was closed to traffic.
Officials attempted to change the text on the sign back to its intended message, but were unable to do so and were forced to simply turn off the sign. Miami police are investigating the incident.
It is sad to see an increasing wave of racist, ant-immigrant fever in America fed by conservatives, Republicans and the "Tea Party Movement". Unfortunately, especially during hard economic times, these types who philosophically reject the basic inclusiveness found in America's founding documents raise their ugly heads. They forget that their ancestors were immigrants who changed American culture by adding their own distinctiveness. That is all the new Hispanic immigrants are doing. They are simply fulfilling the promise of America. We should embrace them, enjoy their Taco's and relish in the spirit of their joining the ever expanding American mosaic.
John H. Armwood
Japan's socialist party has voted to leave the ruling coalition because of a row over a US base in Okinawa.