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March 17, 2008

Crane kills four and eaves more than a dozen injured in New York

Emergency crew prepare to remove the giant crane that smashed into building on the East Side of Manhattan on Sunday afternoon. It killed at least four construction workers and injured more than a dozen others reports New York Times.


Three people are still missing and were believed to be in a town house that was crushed by the falling crane.


The search for the missing people will continue but Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has said that emergency crews would start removing the wreck carefully because of the dangerous condition of the rubble.


Firefighters used listening advices to search for the missing people said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scopetta but that they did not locate anyone.


The crane collapse occurred on Saturday afternoon as the crane, 22 stories tall attached to the apartment tower under construction broke away from its anchor and feel across the block .

March 10, 2008

Bush vetoes bill banning waterboarding

Bush vetoed legislation that would ban the CIA from using interrogation methods such as waterboarding to break suspected terrorists because it would end practices that have aided in preventing attacks, reported CNN.com


“The bill Congress sent me would take away one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror,? Bush said on his weekly radio broadcast, “so today I vetoed it.?


Bush said that this was no time for Congress to “abandon? practices of interrogation that have helped keep America safe. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California who is for the legislation said that torture techniques like that of waterboarding is considered a “black mark? against the United States and that she will not stop fighting for this bill until it becomes a law.


The bill wants to limit the CIA interrogators to 19 techniques used by military questioners and Bush rebuked by saying that the CIA uses “specialized interrogation procedures? that the military doesn’t need.


Bush believes that restricting CIA interrogators to the same practices used by the military will be useless because each department is performing different roles. The military are to question, “lawful combatants captured on the battlefield?. While the CIA have to deal with “hardened terrorist? who might already know of plans of attack in the United States.


The techniques that have been prohibited include hooding prisoners or putting duct tape across their eyes, stripping them naked, forcing them to perform or mimic sexual acts, or beating, electrocuting, burning, reports CNN.com


President Bush’s veto will be one of the most shameful acts of his presidency,? said Sen. Edwards Kennedy, D-Massachusetts.


Waterboarding is still considered one of the most controversial interrogation techniques used by the CIA. It was prohibited in 2006 but is not available for use by CIA interrogators. It can only be used with approval on a case-to-case basis by the president after consultation with the attorney general and the intelligence community.

March 2, 2008

Daughter, 16, suspect in killing her mother and two brothers

Daughter, 16, was charged with the murder of her mother and two brothers on Saturday in a small town in east Texas, reported CNN.com.


Anger over forbidden love may have caused 16-year-old to have killed her mother and her brothers. Terry Caffey was shot in the head but survived after he escaped by crawling 300 yards to the neighbors house.


Even though in critical conditions, Caffey is helping police with the investigation and was able to identify one of the suspects.


There are four suspects being held in police custody. Charlie James Wilkinson, 19; Charles Allen Wade, 20; Bobbi Gale Johnson, 18, who is female. The other suspect, Caffey's daughter, is a juvenile and her identity will not be released.


The small town of 430 people is shocked at what has happened who haven't heard of a murder in 18 years.

February 19, 2008

Spielberg withdraws from Olympics

U.S. director Steven Spielberg has withdrawn as an artistic adviser for the opening and closing ceremony of the Olympics reported CNN.com.


He said that China is not doing enough to help with the situation in Sudan.


"Sudan's government bears the bulk of the responsibility for these ongoing crimes but the international community, and particularly China, should be doing more," Spielberg said in a statement. "China's economic, military and diplomatic ties to the government of Sudan continue to provide it with the opportunity and obligation to press for change."


China buys two-thirds of Sudan's oil exports. In return, China sells weapons to Sudanese government. China also defened Khartoum in U.N. Security council, reported CNN.com


"How can Beijing host Olympic Games at home and underwrite genocide?" asked actress and U.N. goodwill ambassador Mia Farrow.


More than 200,000 people have died in Sudan and over 2.5 million people have been displaced since 2003.


China has an enormous potential to help bring an end to conflict in Darfur, stated a letter signed by Nobel Peace Prize laureates, celebrities and 13 former Olympians.


The theme for this summers Olympics in Beijing is "One Worlds, One dream".


"At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies, but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur." said Spielberg in a statement.

February 11, 2008

Microsoft Too Cheap for Yahoo

Yahoo is expected to reject Microsoft's bid of $44.6 billion this upcoming Monday. A bid considered too low for Yahoo reports The New York Times.


Microsoft will continue to pursuit by a "behind the scene" campaign directed at Yahoo's largest stockholders. Microsoft is trying to put more pressure on the board by going directly to the shareholders.


If Microsoft's get enough shareholders to accept their offer by March 13 they will be able to nominate a new slate of Yahoo board of directors. Yahoo is one of few companies that has no protection to prevent an overthrow of board.


"They don't have a lot of choices and a lot of defenses," said Scott C. Dettmer, veteran adviser to technology companies in Silicon Valley.

To insure the companies independence, they may strike an advertisement partnerships with Google.


Yahoo News reports that Yahoo's rejection to Microsoft's bid is a "clear signal [that] the board might be prepared to negotiate and sell the internet media giant." (news.yahoo.com)


An unnamed source attributed by the Wall Street Journal said that Microsoft's offer of $31 per share was an attempt to "steal" the company. (Yahoo.com)


Citigroup analysts came up with possible scenarios for Yahoo. Microsoft might come up with a higher bid, a different bidder, a partnership with Google or the deal will not go through. The most likely scenario stated by the Citigroup analysts is that Microsoft will bid at $40 per stock, an equivalent of $51.1 billion.

February 3, 2008

Friendly Democratic debate allows important issues to be discussed

On Thursday evening, president candidates Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama met for the first time for their one on one debate before Super Tuesday, reported The New York Times.

Both candidates believed that the presidential race is really between them. “We will change our country,? said Clinton.

In an atmosphere of smiles and cordially remarks, the candidates lay their differences in health care, the war in Iraq and driver license for illegal immigrants.

Obama believes that he has a stronger position in regards to the war in Iraq because unlike Clinton, he voted against the war in Iraq in 2002.

“I think it is much easier for us to have the argument when we have a nominee who says, ‘I always thought this was a bad idea, this was a bad strategy,? said Obama.

Clinton has had to explain her decision on the 2002 Senate vote for war against Iraq and her shift in opposition to it.

She has also had to explain herself in her shift in position in the issue of immigration.
Obama supports giving driver license to illegal immigrants. “People don’t come here to drive, they come here to work,? said Barack.

He also brought to attention that Clinton has “a number of different answers on [it] over the course of six weeks,? said Obama, “now she has a clear position, but it took awhile.?

Clinton rebutted by explaining that her initial stand was so she could help Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York. Now she has changed her position, she believes that it is a “difficult issue.?

Both candidates were asked about the possibility of becoming each others vice president, reports the StarTribune.com.

“I respect Senator Clinton, I think her service to this country is extraordinary.? But Obama said, “We’ve got a lot more road to travel,? Clinton just agreed with Barack.

They were not allowed to question each other during the debate, but they did take questions from the views.

“A 38-year-old woman in South Carolina, who sent her question in by e-mail, said she had never voted for someone not named Bush or Clinton. She wondered how Clinton would represent change.? (New York Times)

Clinton replied, “It did take a Clinton to clean after the first Bush and I think it might take another one to clean up after the second Bush.?