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Friday, November 27, 2009



Shocking death toll at flagship hospital

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 04:40 PM PST

Dirty equipment and an absence of leadership contributed to a death rate almost 40 per cent above the national average among emergency admissions to the 770-bed Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, inspectors said.

Vietnamese man slept beside dead wife for five years

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 04:20 PM PST

The 55-year-old man from a small town in the central province of Quang Nam opened up his wife's grave in 2004, moulded clay around the remains to give the figure of a woman, put clothes on her and then placed her in his bed, Vietnamnet.vn said.

Diabetes expected to double, costs to triple by 2034

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 03:51 PM PST

According to estimates from researchers at the University of Chicago, the total number of Americans with diabetes will double in the next 25 years, from the current 23.7 million to some 44.1 million in 2034.

Garlic becomes China's top asset

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 03:30 PM PST

The price of garlic bulbs has tripled in just eight months in China, with global prices likely to rise as a result.

Proper use of English could get a virus past security

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 03:10 PM PST

Hackers could evade most existing antivirus protection by hiding malicious code within ordinary text, according to security researchers.

The New Republican Contract on America is Released

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 02:50 PM PST

The final stroke in the Republican master plan to retake congress has just been released. It involves a purity list of 10 resolutions that candidates pledge to fulfill, in a mirror of the Contract on America in 1994.

Fresh claim for fossil life in Mars rock

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 02:21 PM PST

It's arguably the most scrutinised piece of rock ever. Now an even closer look at a meteorite from Mars suggests it may show signs of life after all.

Liberals Vow to 'Spank' Obama for Sending More Troops to Afg

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 02:01 PM PST

President Obama is days away from announcing a new Afghan strategy, but his immediate battle could come from liberals within his own party who are vowing to spank the president for committing tens of thousands of more troops to the eight-year conflict.

Financial Reform: Will Dodd's Bipartisan Push Pay Off? - TIM

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 01:41 PM PST

Senate Banking chairman Chris Dodd has reached across the aisle to the GOP to create bipartisan working groups to tackle the four hardest questions in financial regulatory reform

ABC News: Government Delays Internet Gambling Law

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 01:20 PM PST

The Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board on Friday announced the release of a joint final rule to extend the compliance date for their joint regulation implementing certain provisions of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act by six months to June 1, 2010.

Teacher jailed after seducing schoolboy, 15, on Facebook.

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 01:00 PM PST

A married teacher who had sex with one of her 15-year-old pupils after seducing him on Facebook has been jailed

Top 10 green living myths

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 01:00 PM PST

There is more to being green than driving a Prius and buying local produce. Duncan Clark sheds further light on the eco-friendly messages we've come to take for granted

Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in Stupid 'WoW' Suit

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 12:50 PM PST

Erik Estavillo has made a name for himself by suing just about every computer and video game company he can get his lawsuit-issuing hands on. Now, in his largest suit to date, Estavillo is trying to hit up Blizzard for a cool million over "deceitful" business practices.

How to Pick a Cereal [Flowchart]

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 12:20 PM PST

Are you: Chuck Norris? An Australian? Stoned? Are you immune to Diabetes....

10 Foot Deep Pool Wheelchair Drop In

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 12:02 PM PST

Aaron Fotheringham drops into the business end of a 10 Foot pool...On A Wheelchair!

Obama Pushes Lobbyists Off Federal Advisory Boards

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 11:41 AM PST

the President issued Executive Order 13490, which bars anyone appointed by the President who has been a federally-registered lobbyist within the past two years from working on particular matters or in the specific areas in which they lobbied or from serving in agencies they had lobbied. The aspiration we are announcing today builds on this

Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child named best guitar riff

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 11:10 AM PST

Voodoo Child, by Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitar riff of all time, more than 40 years after he first recorded the classic jam.

Iraqi boy to U.S. soldier: "Will you save me?"

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 10:50 AM PST

He was a young boy living in Iraq when he caught the eye of Maj. David Howell in the Michigan Army National Guard. "Mohammed asked me in plain English, 'Will you save me?' " said Howell, "I felt an obligation as an American to do something for this family." Five months later, Howell got Mohammed a visa, a passport and a commitment from surgeons...

Doubles As Defense In Case Of Zombies

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 10:50 AM PST


Americans search for cheaper Thanksgiving trips

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 10:50 AM PST

Millions of Americans got an early jump on their Thanksgiving travel Wednesday, with many opting to drive or take trains and buses instead of shelling out more money for flights amid a sour economy still hitting household budgets hard.

Iran confiscates rights lawyer's Nobel Peace medal

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 10:40 AM PST

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian authorities have confiscated Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi's medal, the human rights lawyer said Thursday, in a sign of the increasingly drastic steps Tehran is taking against any dissent.

Knockouts in human cells point to pathogenic targets

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 10:30 AM PST

Researchers have developed a new approach for genetics in human cells and used this technique to identify specific genes and proteins required for pathogens.

How the Grinch Stole Google News

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 10:30 AM PST

With apologies to Dr. Seuss.

Feds Raid Gibson Guitars For Using Illegal Wood

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 10:00 AM PST

US Fish & Wildlife Services agents issued a search warrant on Gibson Guitars' manufacturing plant in Nashville, TN. At issue is whether Gibson violated the Lacey Act, which prohibits the importation of rosewood from Madagascar because it serves as a home for lemurs.

America's 200 Largest Charities

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 09:41 AM PST

Gifts and investment losses rise along with top pay.

Twilight Moms (PIC)

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 09:30 AM PST

Yup, that about sums it up.

Taxing the Speculators

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 09:00 AM PST

While a financial transactions tax would not completely prevent any future crisis, it could generate substantial revenue while providing a useful check on reckless short-term speculation.

Test Drive in the World’s Fastest Personal Submarine

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 08:50 AM PST

Humans have long explored the ocean at a dirigible's pace. Graham Hawkes planes to change that with a sub that flies. The Super Falcon submersible uses its inverted wings to move through water like a plane through air.

Two million Muslims prepare to stone devil at haj

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 08:32 AM PST

At Muzdalifa in the most dangerous part of the annual haj pilgrimage, the pilgrims will collect pebbles to throw at walls at the Jamarat Bridge on three occasions over the next three days in an act that symbolizes the rejection of the devil's temptations.

The Who Officially Announced As Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Act

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 08:20 AM PST

The Who has played just about every big stage. On Feb. 7, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will add to that legacy when they play the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show.

Afghanistan: Pay for it or charge it?

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 08:20 AM PST

Eyeing unsustainable deficits U.S. lawmakers will consider whether to impose a war surtax or otherwise pay for an increase in troops in Afghanistan, rather than borrowing more money to fund the effort.

How to dive into a box properly [GIF]

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 08:00 AM PST


Behold: The World's 10 Fattest Countries

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 07:41 AM PST

If you tend to pack on a few pounds over the holidays, blame it on globalization. As the world has grown smaller, we've all grown larger — alarmingly so. In countries around the world, waistlines are expanding so rapidly that health experts recently coined a term for the epidemic: globesity.

Obama Can't Take Another Bow

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 07:41 AM PST

An icon of a White House that is coming to seem amateurish.

BBC News - Rectal cancer tumour destroyed by ultrasound

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 07:38 AM PST

A patient with rectal cancer has become the first to have part of their tumour destroyed by ultrasound, say UK doctors.

Forget about Earth - Let's move to Mars!

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 07:36 AM PST

If planet Earth becomes too crowded, where else in the solar system could humankind live? Space expert Steven Cutts considers our options.

White House official's net neutrality comments irk AT&T

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 07:34 AM PST

AT&T doesn't like the idea of new regulations mandating unfettered access to the Internet, and recent comments from the Obama administration that connected the issue to censorship in China have really gotten under its skin.

What a pain in the neck! Giraffe's neck Oh-noes (Pics&video)

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 06:51 AM PST

This giraffe is suffering what looks like the world's biggest pain in the neck. Five-year-old Amali from Tulsa Zoo, Arizona, USA, had the unfortunate crick in transit from The Wilds park in Ohio.

Palin Tricked By Comedian Again, Says Canada Should

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 06:43 AM PST

At a recent stop on her "Going Rogue" book tour, Sarah Palin told Canadian comedian Mary Walsh that Canada should get rid of its public health care system.

South Park Review: Still The Best Animated Comedy Show On TV

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 06:42 AM PST

Thirteen isn't an unlucky number for this seasoned comedy series.

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