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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Jim Litke column 3-21-13: BracketRacket: 'I thought it's for takeout orders'

... James has surrounded himself with props (or real children, still not sure which) inside the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Conn. He is about to end the summer of speculation and make "The Decision." Born and raised in Akron James jumped to the NBA ...


Obama should ask Jordan to take more Syria refugees: rights groups

President Barack Obama should urge Jordan not to discriminate against refugees crossing its borders from Syria when he meets King Abdullah , said two U.S. rights groups on Thursday, who say Palestinians living in Syria are often refused entry.


U.N. presses Sri Lanka to pursue wartime crimes

The United Nations urged Sri Lanka in a resolution on Thursday to carry out credible investigations into killings and disappearances during its nearly 30-year civil war, especially in the brutal final stages in 2009.


U.N. launches inquiry into torture, labor camps in North Korea

The United Nations on Thursday set up an international commission of inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea , saying some of them "may amount to crimes against humanity". The 47-member Geneva forum unanimously adopted a resolution brought by the European Union and Japan, and backed by the United States, condemning alleged torture, food ... (more)


Outgoing government hikes Italy's deficit, debt targets

Italy sharply hiked its fiscal deficit targets for this year on Thursday and announced it would raise debt by 40 billion euros in 2013 and 2014 to inject much-needed liquidity into its recession-hit economy.


China "extremely concerned" about U.S.-Japan island talk

Japan and the United States have started talks on military plans in case of armed conflict over a group of East China Sea Islets claimed by Tokyo and Beijing, Japanese media said on Thursday, prompting China to complain of "outside pressure." The Pentagon confirmed talks were being held on Thursday and Friday between Shigeru Iwasaki, head of the ... (more)


UCF releases photo of GSG 522 rifle owned by shooting plotter

UCF released a photo of James Oliver Seevakumaran's semiautomatic .22-caliber weapon, a GSG 522, and a 110-round drum.


U.S. TB rates reach all-time low, but resistance a threat

Tuberculosis rates in the United States reached an all-time low in 2012, with fewer than 10,000 cases reported even as the global threat of drug-resistant TB rises, but U.S. officials fear progress in beating back the disease could be fleeting.


Study finds no constipation, colon cancer link

Long-term constipation doesn't raise risk for colon and rectal cancers according to a new analysis of the existing evidence.


Britain puts NICE at centre of new drug pricing system

Britain's health cost watchdog NICE will be responsible for assessing the full value of medicines under a value-based pricing system for new drugs due to take effect from 2014, the government said on Thursday.


Undisclosed soy prompts voluntary recall, FDA says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that New Chapter Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of its 90-count Probiotic Elderberry dietary supplement because it may contain an undisclosed allergen -- soy.


La Preferida voluntarily recalls canned pinto beans, FDA says

La Preferida Inc. is voluntarily recalling 56,808 29-ounce cans of La Preferida Whole Pinto Beans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday.


Pictures: Music For Newtown Auction Items

The Music For Newtown auction begins runs March 25 to 28. All proceeds will go to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Read about the auction here.


Murdoch attacks British PM David Cameron over press regulation

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch sharply criticized British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday for agreeing tougher press regulation, saying the new system was a "holy mess" and that Cameron had disappointed his supporters.


Oracle shares dive after severe third-quarter miss; analysts cut views

Oracle Corp 's shares sank more than 8 percent on Thursday a day after the company reported sharply disappointing third-quarter new software revenue, which it blamed on poor sales execution The severe miss, reported after the market close on Wednesday, triggered a series of price-target cuts from Wall Street.


Cyprus central bank denies second largest lender to be shut down

The Cypriot central bank denied reports and frantic rumors on Thursday that stricken Cyprus Popular Bank, the island's second-largest lender, is to be closed down.


Ford's European sales slide threatens revival plan

Ford's plan to cut jobs and close plants, once hailed as proactive, may not be enough to halt losses in Europe - where moves to rein in margin-crushing discounts have sparked a further sales plunge.


Prominent Hartford Citizen Recalls First Test Of AR-15

Before the AR-15 rifle came to Colt Firearms, before it became the M-16, before anyone even dreamed it would become America's most popular gun, David E.A. Carson was there.


James Taylor To Headline 2013 Greenwich Town Party

GREENWICH, Conn. After months of speculation, the headline act at the 2013 Greenwich Town Party will be James Taylor, the event organizers revealed on their website Thursday morning.


Market Stats on Home Sales - What Do They Tell Us?

... estate need or question, or need help interpreting the data, contact us directly at Norway@NoreenAndWayne.com . GREENWICH, Conn. After months of speculation, the headline act at the 2013 Greenwich Town Party will be James Taylor, the event ...


Tesei Delivers for Greenwich Meals-on-Wheels

... National Mayors for Meals Day. Joining 1,500 mayors across the country to raise awareness of senior nutrition, Greenwich's First Selectman, Peter Tesei, hit the road to deliver a prepared lunch and dinner to a longtime neighbor he hadn't previously ...


Jazz, Egg Hunts, Theater-There's Plenty to Do This Weekend

... and insightful discussion about transmuting pain and suffering and manifesting positive changes in your life. Greenwich: Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt Where: Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Arch Street. When: Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. Cost: $10. ...


Want to buy a post office? Postal buildings up for sale

... it would study for potential closure. Peter Malkin, whose holdings include the Empire State Building, bought the Greenwich, Conn., post office two years ago for about $15million in an attempt to keep the building's historic nature intact. A similar ...


Greenwich's Malkin to convert holdings into trust

Tenants in the Malkin Holdings portfolio should have no concerns about a plan to mold the Empire State Building, its Westport, Norwalk and Stamford properties and other buildings into a real estate investment trust, according to Fairfield County commercial real estate brokers.


'I thought it's for takeout orders'

... James has surrounded himself with props (or real children, still not sure which) inside the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Conn. He is about to end the summer of speculation and make "The Decision." Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, James jumped to ...


Seth MacFarlane Splits From 'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke

It's game over for the relationship between "Family Guy" head honcho Seth MacFarlane and "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke .


Eats On The Cheap: Sweet Pea's

Sweet Pea's is a yellow Victorian house in Riverton that's been converted to a restaurant and antique shop in Riverton. Read story here.


Jimmy Fallon May Host 'Tonight Show' From N.Y. By Next Year

The rumors that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" sooner rather than later are starting to intensify.


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