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News briefs:August 3, 2010

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Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan dies in car accident aged 50

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 Plastic surgeon to the stars Dr. Frank Ryan has died in a car accident at age 50. It is reported that the Jeep Ryan was driving crashed over the side of the Pacific Coast Highway and landed on rocks. Lifeguards were first on the scene and  [ Read More ]

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GM and Chrysler receive Canadian loans amid US restructuring ultimata

Friday, April 3, 2009 General Motors (GM) and Chrysler will receive bridge loans from the government of Canada and the provincial government of Ontario, however no more will be forthcoming from either Canadian or US governments unless the companies can reinvent themselves. “This is a regrettable but necessary step to  [ Read More ]

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Calpine declares bankruptcy, cites natural gas prices

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Calpine declares bankruptcy, cites natural gas prices

Thursday, December 22, 2005 Electrical power generator Calpine Corporation declared bankruptcy on Tuesday. The San Jose, California based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Federal Court, to facilitate debt restructuring and to allow for normal operations to continue. Calpine has obtained secured debtor-in-possession financing from Deutsche Bank  [ Read More ]

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US president Obama, Congress call for blocking of executive bonuses at AIG insurance company

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US president Obama, Congress call for blocking of executive bonuses at AIG insurance company

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 United States President Barack Obama stated Monday that insurance giant AIG is in financial trouble due to “recklessness and greed,” and called for legal action to stop the company from giving out millions of dollars in bonuses to its executives. “It’s hard to understand how derivative  [ Read More ]

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Cristiano Ronaldo crashes Ferrari at Manchester Airport

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Cristiano Ronaldo crashes Ferrari at Manchester Airport

Sunday, January 11, 2009 Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo has been involved in a car crash in Manchester, in the United Kingdom. The Manchester United winger who also plays internationally for Portugal crashed his Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano at 10:20 a.m. on Friday January 9. The car, worth approximately £200,000  [ Read More ]

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Australian government paves way for nuclear waste dump in Northern Territory

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Australian government paves way for nuclear waste dump in Northern Territory

Thursday, December 8, 2005 The Australian Senate has passed legislation to force a national nuclear waste dump on the Northern Territory (NT). Despite opposition from Aboriginal land owners, the NT government, environment groups and Labor the Federal Government can now officially build a nuclear waste repository in the NT after  [ Read More ]

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City Planning Board postpones decision on Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal

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City Planning Board postpones decision on Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal

Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy Recent Developments “120 year-old documents threaten development on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006 “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006 “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y.  [ Read More ]

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Florida man charged with stealing Wi-Fi

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Florida man charged with stealing Wi-Fi

Update since publication This article mentions that Wi-Fi stands for “Wireless Fidelity”, although this is disputed. Thursday, July 7, 2005 A Florida man is being charged with 3rd degree felony for logging into a private Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) Internet access point without permission. Benjamin Smith III, 41, is set for  [ Read More ]

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Fiddle Legend Vassar Clements dead at 77

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Fiddle Legend Vassar Clements dead at 77

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 Vassar Clements, age 77, a legendary fiddle player who took bluegrass music from an obscure cultural art form to a mainstream influence, and who played on over 2000 albums, passed away at his Goodlettsville, Tennessee home August 16th 2005 at 8:35 am Nashville time (CST) from  [ Read More ]

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