Archive for the ‘Randomness’ Category

Salmonella Outbreak Hits US

Posted: 7th January 2009 by Simo Häyhä in Randomness
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning has made 388 people sick across 42 states, sending 18 percent of them to the hospital, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to trace the source of the outbreak, which began in September. The Department of [...]

Hockey Goon Pulls a Tyson

Posted: 7th January 2009 by Veritas in Entertainment, Oddly Enough, Randomness, Sports
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Less than a day after Sweden’s Joakim Andersson was accused of biting a Canadian player, Ottawa Senators pest Jarkko Ruutu appears to have acquired a taste for Andrew Peters of the Buffalo Sabres in their game this evening: You can see Peters rip his glove out of Ruutu’s mouth, before either violently shaking his right [...]

Wealth of U.S. millionaires down 30 percent

Posted: 7th January 2009 by The Dude in Randomness

NEW YORK – American millionaires have seen their assets shrink by 30 percent during the economic crisis, a report said on Tuesday, with only 36 percent of them pleased with the performance of their financial advisers. Of U.S. households worth $1 million or more, 55 percent are concerned they will not have enough assets to [...]

Scientists discover Milky Way is now 50% Bigger

Posted: 6th January 2009 by Sus Scrofa in Randomness
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The higher speed of the Sun means the galaxy must have more mass — about 50 percent more — so as to generate a stronger gravitational pull to keep hold of the Sun, as well as all its other stars. That expands the Milky Way to roughly the heft of Andromeda. Continue Here

Obama picks Leon Panetta to head CIA

Posted: 6th January 2009 by Sus Scrofa in Randomness
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Two Democratic officials say President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former Clinton White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to run the CIA. Panetta was a surprise pick for the post, with no experience in the intelligence world. An Obama transition official and another Democrat disclosed his nomination on a condition of anonymity since it was [...]

114-year-old U.S. woman to be world’s oldest

Posted: 5th January 2009 by The Dude in Randomness

Gertrude Baines, a 114-year-old California resident, will likely be crowned the world’s oldest woman, according to the organization that keeps track of such honors. Gertrude Baines told CNN two years ago that she has taken good care of herself, “the way (God) wanted me to.” The previous oldest woman was Maria de Jesus, who died [...]

Real ID mandate resisted in Virginia

Posted: 4th January 2009 by Sus Scrofa in Randomness

RICHMOND | Some legislators want Virginia to join the growing chorus of states that have defied the federal government by refusing to participate in a national identification program billed as a way to fight terrorism and identity theft. Two pieces of legislation for consideration when lawmakers return to Richmond on Jan. 14 call for Virginia [...]

Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

Posted: 4th January 2009 by Sus Scrofa in Randomness

8 hours ago – By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract. Complete Story…

Travolta Family Speaks Out: “We are Heartbroken”

Posted: 2nd January 2009 by Sus Scrofa in Randomness
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The family of John Travolta and Kelly Preston have issued their first statement via John’s official website and Kelly’s official website about the tragic death of their 16-year-old son, Jett, on Friday morning: “We would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has sent their love and condolences. Jett was [...]

100 things we didn’t know last year Interesting and unexpected facts can emerge from the daily news stories and the Magazine documents some of them in its weekly feature, 10 things we didn’t know last week. To kick off 2009, here are some of the best of last year. 1. Victorians believed smoking cleared the [...]