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Census: No Sign of Economic Rebound For Many in US

Source: Associated Press

@AP: Census data shows many segments of US population have yet to see signs of economic rebound: http://t.co/oeel2nDv7z

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CENSUS: NO SIGN OF ECONOMIC REBOUND FOR MANY IN US

By HOPE YEN — Sep. 19 3:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as the economy shows signs of improvement and poverty levels off, new U.S. census data suggests the gains are halting and uneven. Depending on education, race, income and even marriage, not all segments of the population are seeing an economic turnaround.

Poverty is on the rise in single-mother families. More people are falling into the lowest-income group. And after earlier signs of increased mobility, fewer people are moving as homeownership declined for a fifth straight year.

"We're in a selective recovery," said William H. Frey, a Brookings Institution demographer who analyzed the numbers.

The annual U.S. survey of socioeconomic indicators covers all of last year, representing the third year of a post-recession rebound.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/census-no-sign-economic-rebound-many-us

Obama Administration Urges FCC to Require Carriers to Unlock Mobile Devices

Source: Washington Post

Obama administration urges FCC to require carriers to unlock mobile devices

By Hayley Tsukayama,
Published: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 5:38 PM ET

Several months after calling for legislation to unlock cellphones, the White House filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday asking that all wireless carriers be required to unlock all mobile devices so that users can easily switch between carriers.

The proposal from the administration’s tech policy arm follows up on President Obama’s response last spring to furious complaints from online activists after the Library of Congress made the practice illegal in January when an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act expired. The activists posted their complaint on the White House’s protest forum and collected over 114,000 signatures on their petition to overturn the Library of Congress decision.

In March, the Obama administration said that consumers should be allowed to own “unlocked” phones, which spurred new bill proposals and committee discussions about the issue. The FCC also said it supported cellphone unlocking.

But, while there have been small steps toward making cellphone unlocking standard, the idea had lost some momentum, and the administration appears to be trying to bring it back into the legislative arena.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/obama-administration-urges-fcc-to-require-carriers-to-unlock-mobile-devices/2013/09/17/17b4917e-1fd4-11e3-b7d1-7153ad47b549_story.html

U.S. Surveillance Court Says Collection of Telephone Data Lawful

Source: Reuters

U.S. surveillance court says collection of telephone data lawful

Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:00pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's massive collection of daily telephone call data does not violate Americans' privacy rights and is lawful despite the uproar that followed its disclosure in June, a U.S. surveillance court has ruled.

In an opinion dated August 29 and released on Tuesday, Judge Claire Eagan of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court wrote that the court was mindful of recent disclosures about the database but continued to believe it was within the law.

(Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by David Brunnstrom)


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE98G16R20130917

Judge to Weigh Whether 9/11 Case at Guantanamo Should Be Halted

Source: Reuters

Judge to weigh whether 9/11 case at Guantanamo should be halted

By Jane Sutton

Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:10am EDT

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - The judge in the Guantanamo war crimes court is to decide this week whether to halt pretrial hearings in the September 11 case until next year so technicians can fix computer problems that defense lawyers say are stymieing their work.

Hearings resume on Monday in the slow-moving case against the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other alleged al Qaeda conspirators who could be executed if convicted of charges that include mass murder, terrorism and hijacking.

At a hearing that ended on August 23, defense lawyers said their emails and work files were vanishing and that prosecutors and defense lawyers had temporarily been given access to each other's files.

Pentagon technicians were scheduled to testify this week about the extent of the problems and how much time and money it would take to fix. Technical advisors have said it would take at least three months, once a contract was signed and money allocated.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE98F02L20130916?feedType=RSS&irpc=932

"Everyone On The Ground... We Can Fly"

So this is what I did tonight, met Susan, Paul & Bob Cowsill at their show in Holly Springs NC. When they realized they had forgotten to do one of their hits, they did an impromptu performance of it for everyone in the lobby.

If you know/remember the song from the 1960s, you realize what a great job they're doing on it.

Tonight would have Barry Cowsill's 59th birthday. He died in Hurricane Katrina.


"An Astounding Amount of Money" - The Price of Failure: Ex-CEOs Still Living Large

http://finance.yahoo.com/photos/the-price-of-failure-ex-wall-street-ceos-still-living-large-slideshow

The Price of Failure: Ex-Wall Street CEOs Still Living Large

Five years after Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy plunged the global economy into chaos, over 11 million Americans remain unemployed — including nearly all Wall Street CEOs at the center of the crisis. But none of the executives have faced any criminal charges nor appear to be suffering for their contributions to the worst recession since the Great Depression. Quite the contrary.

The former CEOs of Wall Street’s biggest firms circa 2008 are “living in quiet luxury,” according to a report this week by The Center for Public Integrity. The 5 former CEOs examined by the Center – Dick Fuld (Lehman Brothers) Jimmy Cayne (Bear Stearns), Stanley O’Neal (Merrill Lynch), Chuck Prince (Citigroup) and Ken Lewis (Bank of America) -- took home nearly $1.5 billion in total compensation from 2000 to 2008.

It’s an astounding amount of money, especially given their collective incompetence and mismanagement, for which we’re all still paying.

By Aaron Task

1. Richard Fuld
Former CEO Lehman Brothers

*Compensation at Lehman
(2000-2007):
$529 Million

Real Estate:
9-bedroom mansion in Greenwich, Conn.
(Est. value: $8M)
40-plus-acre ranch in Sun Valley, Idaho
5-bedroom home in Jupiter Island, Fla.
(Est. value: $10.6M)
Park Avenue apartment,
NYC: Sold for $25.87M (2009)

Current Employment:
Matrix Advisors
(clients include AT&T, GlyEco, Ecologic Transportation)

Source: Center for Public Integrity, SEC Filings
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@breakingstorm: 172 people unaccounted for after floods in Boulder, Colorado

@BreakingNews: RT @breakingstorm: 172 people unaccounted for after floods in Boulder, Colorado, Office of Emergency Management says - @CBSDenver

White House: No Subsidies For Union Health Plans

Source: Associated Press

WHITE HOUSE: NO SUBSIDIES FOR UNION HEALTH PLANS

By SAM HANANEL
— Sep. 13 8:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Low-income workers on union health plans are not eligible for the same federal subsidies available to those who buy insurance in the new state health care marketplaces, the White House said Friday.

The decision is a disappointment for labor unions, coming shortly after top union officials met for more than an hour with President Barack Obama to press their case that subsidies could be extended to union-sponsored plans.

Labor leaders have complained for months that without the subsidies, the Affordable Care Act would drive up the cost of some union plans, leading employers to drop coverage and jeopardizing health coverage for millions of union members.

The White House cited a Treasury Department letter saying there is no legal way for union members in multiemployer group health plans to receive subsidies. In a statement, the White House said it would work with unions and encourage them to offer their multiemployer plans "through the marketplace, on an equal footing, to create new, high-quality, affordable options for all Americans."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/obama-meet-union-leaders-health-care

U.S. Won't Insist On Threat of Force in U.N. Resolution, Official Tells CBS News

Source: CBS News

U.S. won't insist on threat of force in U.N. resolution, official tells CBS News

September 13, 2013

The United States will not insist, after all, that a United Nations Security Council resolution include a threat of force, a senior official told CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante.

The resolution being drafted demands that Syria give up its chemical weapons but Russia said it would veto the resolution if it specified a military option.

U.S.-Russia talks on Syria at pivotal moment The compromise by the Obama administration could clear the way for a united, international effort to dispose of Syria's chemical arsenal.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that a report on last month's deadly attack in

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57602942/u.s-wont-insist-on-threat-of-force-in-u.n-resolution-official-tells-cbs-news

UN Report to Show Chemical Weapons Were Used in Syria, Ban Ki-moon Says

Source: Bloomberg

A report by United Nations inspectors will show that chemical weapons were used on Aug. 21 in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
A team has been analyzing evidence gathered in Syria about the attack in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, which the U.S. says was launched by Syrian government forces and killed more than 1,400 people.
Ban, in comments today at a UN development forum in New York, said the inspectors’ report will be released “as soon as possible.”
The UN chief said he is “very much troubled” by divisions over Syria among members of the UN Security Council, which hasn’t been able to adopt any resolutions on humanitarian, political and security issues regarding Syria during 2 1/2 years of conflict.

Read more: http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-13/un-report-to-show-chemical-weapons-were-used-in-syria-ban-says.html
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