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Deadly Dog Virus Strikes In Michigan, Quickly Kills Six; Mystery Illness Blamed For Ohio Dog Deaths

By: Julie Banovic, WXYZ-Detroit

ANN ARBOR, Mich - A deadly dog virus has struck Ann Arbor, Michigan already quickly killing six. Veterinarians say it may spread from owners to their pets.

--CLIP
Veterinarians don't know exactly what kind of virus Brutus has, because there is no name for it yet. This is the first time the virus has been seen in metro Detroit and it's quickly killing dogs.

“Usually within about 12 to 24 hours of it starting,” said Dr. Lindsay Ruland of the Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Ruland said Brutus and other dogs with the unknown virus are showing flu like symptoms. “Severe abdominal pain, often times bloody diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy,” she continued.

The virus is similar Circovirus that started getting dogs sick last year in San Diego. Cases of the illness have been reported all across Ohio, killing several dogs and causing the Ohio Department of Agriculture to investigate.

How the disease is transmitted is unknown. But canines with the virus appear to also have owners who are sick.

Read more: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/national/deadly-virus-getting-dogs-sick-in-metro-detroit-is-being-seen-in-michigan-for-the-first-time-wews1380818752477#ixzz2ggF5Ox8U

It sounds like this isn't necessarily a death sentence for the dogs if caught IN TIME!

We live about 35 miles west of Ann Arbor and I have already alerted most of my dog loving friends that at the first sign of illness in your dogs...take them to the Vet, pronto.

Government Shutdown In 3rd Day And Bigger Worry Looms Ahead For Obama, Hill Leaders

By ALAN FRAM | ASSOCIATED PRESS | 39 minutes ago in Politics

President Barack Obama laid the blame for the government's partial shutdown at the feet of House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, escalating a confrontation that is running the risk of a potentially damaging clash over the nation's borrowing authority.

The Treasury Department warned that a deadlock over raising the nation's debt limit could touch off a new recession even worse than the last one that Americans are still recovering from. Worry about prospects for resolving the debt question within the next two weeks deepened as the shutdown standoff dragged on.

The shutdown showdown grew more personal Thursday.

Speaking at a construction company in Washington's Maryland suburbs, Obama cast the House speaker as a captive of a small band of conservative Republicans who want to extract concessions in exchange for passing a short term spending bill that would restart the partially shuttered government.

"The only thing preventing people from going back to work and basic research starting back up and farmers and small business owners getting their loans, the only thing that is preventing all that from happening right now, today, in the next five minutes is that Speaker John Boehner won't even let the bill get a yes or no vote because he doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party," Obama said.

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http://www.newser.com/article/da96qmoo0/government-shutdown-in-3rd-day-and-bigger-worry-looms-ahead-for-obama-hill-leaders.html

United Technologies Sees 5,000 Jobs at Risk in Shutdown

By Tim Catts - Oct 3, 2013

United Technologies Corp. (UTX), a supplier of helicopters and jet engines to the U.S. military, said an extended government shutdown would force furloughs of as many as 5,000 workers.

The first effect will be layoffs for about 2,000 Sikorsky Aircraft employees on Oct. 7, and possibly 2,000 more at Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems if the shutdown runs into next week, the company said yesterday in a statement. It said a shutdown into November could push the total past 5,000.

Potential cuts at Hartford, Connecticut-based United Technologies underline federal contractors’ vulnerability as the faceoff between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders drags on. With no funding for government operations in place for the new fiscal year that began Oct. 1, services ranging from medical research to tax audits are on hold.

“The effects of the shutdown are relatively slow at first,” said Jeffrey Ladewig, associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut. “The first wave are federal employees, the second wave would be contractors and then deeper into the economy would be the suppliers and distribution centers that support all those companies.”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-02/united-technologies-sees-5-000-jobs-at-risk-in-shutdown.html

Saudis See Oldest Ally on Wrong Track as U.S. Delays Syria Raids

By Glen Carey - Oct 2, 2013

Saudi Arabia, one of the oldest U.S. allies in the Middle East, is increasingly uncomfortable with the policies President Barack Obama is pursuing there.

At functions in Riyadh and on the local editorial pages, it’s becoming common to hear criticism of the U.S. The decision to back away from strikes against Syria was widely condemned by Saudis, who have backed the rebels fighting to oust Bashar al-Assad’s government and pushed for military action in their support.

Signs of a U.S. thaw with Iran, Saudi Arabia’s main regional rival, have heightened the concern in the world’s biggest oil exporter. One result may be that the Saudis, who have worked with the U.S. to build up the Syrian political opposition, may start acting independently of their ally, said Mustafa Alani, an analyst at the Gulf Research Center in Geneva.

Saudi leaders from now on will “look at their own interests and act accordingly, whether the U.S. likes it or not,” Alani said. “The Saudis have more or less respected the U.S. veto for the past two years for supplying arms to the Syrian rebels. I don’t think this will happen any more.”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-02/saudis-see-oldest-ally-on-wrong-track-as-u-s-delays-syria-raids.html

Kerry Says Spurning Iran Would Be Diplomatic Malpractice

Failing to test Iran’s sincerity in offering to negotiate a deal on its nuclear program would be “diplomatic malpractice,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, speaking at a joint news conference with Kerry in Tokyo today, also defended the U.S. willingness to talk to the new Iranian government, saying that “engagement is not appeasement, it is not surrender.”

The comments from the top U.S. diplomat and Pentagon chief were the first by senior Obama administration officials since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the world not to trust Iran in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly this week.

Western diplomats expressed optimism last week at the UN after agreeing to resume stalled international nuclear talks with Iran on Oct. 15-16 in Geneva. Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani and President Barack Obama had a 15-minute telephone conversation at the Iranian’s behest -- the highest-level encounter between the two governments since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

Rouhani disavowed any interest in nuclear weapons at the UN and said Iran wants to swiftly calm international concerns over its nuclear program, while retaining the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-03/kerry-says-spurning-iran-would-be-diplomatic-malpractice.html

Deadly Dog Virus Strikes In Michigan, Quickly Kills Six; Mystery Illness Blamed For Ohio Dog Deaths

By: Julie Banovic, WXYZ
ANN ARBOR, Mich - A deadly dog virus has struck Ann Arbor, Michigan already quickly killing six. Veterinarians say it may spread from owners to their pets.

--CLIP
Veterinarians don't know exactly what kind of virus Brutus has, because there is no name for it yet. This is the first time the virus has been seen in metro Detroit and it's quickly killing dogs.

“Usually within about 12 to 24 hours of it starting,” said Dr. Lindsay Ruland of the Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Ruland said Brutus and other dogs with the unknown virus are showing flu like symptoms. “Severe abdominal pain, often times bloody diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy,” she continued.

The virus is similar Circovirus that started getting dogs sick last year in San Diego. Cases of the illness have been reported all across Ohio, killing several dogs and causing the Ohio Department of Agriculture to investigate.

How the disease is transmitted is unknown. But canines with the virus appear to also have owners who are sick.


Read more: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/national/deadly-virus-getting-dogs-sick-in-metro-detroit-is-being-seen-in-michigan-for-the-first-time-wews1380818752477#ixzz2ggF5Ox8U

Troops Forage for Food While Golfers Play On in Shutdown

By Jeff Plungis, Mark Drajem and David Lerman - Oct 3, 2013

Grocery stores on Army bases in the U.S. are closed. The golf course at Andrews Air Force base is open.

All 128 employees of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. are working, while 3,000 safety inspectors employed by the Federal Aviation Administration are off the job.

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing new pharmaceuticals. The National Institutes of Health is turning away new patients for clinical trials.

The seeming randomness of the U.S. government’s first shutdown in 17 years can be explained in part by anomalies in the spending Congress does and doesn’t control. Activities funded by fees from drug, financial-services and other companies are insulated from year-to-year budget dysfunction. The ones that get a budget from Congress get hit.

“What’s really happening in America is that the appropriations process has completely failed,” said Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow in governance at the Brookings Institution in Washington who worked in the White House during the last shutdown in 1995-96.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-03/troops-forage-for-food-while-golfers-play-on-in-shutdown.html

Republican Governors Clash With Washington Over Shutdown

By William Selway - Oct 3, 2013

U.S. Republican governors faulted politicians in Washington for the budget standoff that shuttered the federal government for the first time in 17 years, saying it threatens to tarnish the party’s image.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said “dysfunction” in the nation’s capital is casting doubt over the party’s philosophy and clashes with how it has been implemented in the states.

“We are no longer going to outsource the Republican brand to the folks in Washington,” he said in statement. “Conservative principles, when turned into actual policies, are working out in the real world. But the dysfunction in Washington casts doubt on conservative ideas and whether they work or not.”

The comments highlight a divide among Republicans as the partial government shutdown entered its third day. House Republicans are seeking to use the budget negotiations to force changes to President Barack Obama’s health-care law. Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate have refused.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-03/republican-governors-clash-with-washington-over-federal-shutdown.html

Businesses Often Opposed to Government Beg for Its Return

By Jim Snyder, Brian Wingfield and Jonathan D. Salant - Oct 3, 2013

It seems for U.S. businesses, the only thing worse than too much government is no government at all.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce deployed its army of lobbyists to stress the importance to Capitol Hill lawmakers of ending the first partial government shutdown in 17 years. Across town, top Wall Street executives gathered at the White House and warned of the consequences if no resolution was found to the next crisis, a potential default on federal debt.

“This requires compromise by both sides,” Blair Latoff Holmes, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based Chamber of Commerce, which represents companies including Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and Ford Motor Co. (F), said in an e-mail. “We will continue to hold discussions with lawmakers urging them to address this and stop kicking the can down the road.”

Pressure from the business community has worked in the past to forge compromise. In 2012, the Chamber of Commerce fought to secure the reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which helps foreign buyers purchase American exports, after Tea Party Republicans favoring limited government threatened to block an extension of the bank’s charter.

The Chamber also lobbied to end the 1996 government shutdown, which lasted a total of 21 days.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-03/businesses-often-opposed-to-government-beg-for-its-return.html

Shutdown Stalemate Continues; White House Meeting Unproductive

Source: CBS NEWS

President Obama's 70-minute White House meeting late Wednesday afternoon with congressional leaders, an effort to break the stalemate over the partial government shutdown, did nothing to help end the impasse.

"We had a nice conversation, light conversation," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said following the meeting, but noted the president repeated that he will not negotiate on dialing back Obamacare.

He added that he hopes that Mr. Obama and Democrats will have a serious discussion about resolving their differences with House Republicans.

"All we're asking for is a discussion and fairness for the American people under Obamacare," he said.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57605766/shutdown-stalemate-continues-white-house-meeting-unproductive/
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