Posts Tagged ‘ state ’

Bell council OKs property tax cuts after state audit shows it overcharged to cover pensions

Aug 17th, 2010 | By usnews

BELL, Calif. –  The City Council, embroiled in a pay and pension scandal, unanimously voted Tuesday to lower property taxes after a state audit showed it overcharged residents to cover pension costs for exorbitantly paid staffers. In a meeting that lasted nearly nine hours, the council also gave control over the next municipal election to
[continue reading...]



Gates to leave in 2011 — or not

Aug 17th, 2010 | By politicsnews

When will Robert Gates go — one of Washington’s favorite parlor games — swung back in action Monday, when the defense secretary was quoted saying he plans to quit sometime next year. Gates has cultivated the mystery by playing up just how much he wants to retire, but he told Foreign Policy this week
[continue reading...]



AP Exclusive: Under desk, CIA found video of 9/11 plotter being interrogated in secret prison

Aug 17th, 2010 | By usnews

WASHINGTON –  The CIA has tapes of 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh being interrogated in a secret overseas prison. Discovered under a desk, the recordings could provide an unparalleled look at how foreign governments aided the U.S. in holding and questioning suspected terrorists. The two videotapes and one audiotape are believed to be the only remaining
[continue reading...]



Court blocks California gay marriage as appeal is considered

Aug 16th, 2010 | By admin

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — A US court on Monday blocked same-sex marriages in California while an appeal of a landmark decision to overturn a state ban is considered, putting on hold ceremonies that would have resumed this week. The decision by the federal court of appeals came hours after gay marriage opponents urged the ban
[continue reading...]



Obama helps govs to help himself

Aug 16th, 2010 | By politicsnews

President Barack Obama will do more in two days this week for his party’s candidates for governor than he has done all year, wrapping his arm around several of the most highly touted gubernatorial hopefuls on the ballot in 2010. But the logic behind Obama’s upcoming appearances in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin
[continue reading...]



PhoCusWright’s European Consumer Travel Report Explores Key Trends and Indicators Impacting Consumer Travel in Europe

Aug 16th, 2010 | By travelnews

As European travel companies advance from recession into recovery, it is critical for them to stay attuned to the trends shaping consumer sentiment and decision-making. How confident are consumers about the upcoming year? What trends are common across European markets, and where do travelers differ? In a comprehensive research study, travel industry research authority PhoCusWright
[continue reading...]



Old rebellion, harsh foe swell Myanmar exile camps

Aug 16th, 2010 | By admin

Hsa Gay, the camp’s deputy chief, says he is happy for those who find happiness abroad, away from the disease that afflicts up to 40 percent of camp-dwellers with bouts of malaria and 10 percent with tuberculosis at any given time. The refugees live mostly on rice and beans. But Hsa Gay says resettlement has
[continue reading...]



Israel rejects ‘preconditions’ for direct peace talks

Aug 16th, 2010 | By admin

“(This) clearly proves that this government has other interests besides peace and stability in the region,” he added. Erakat also rejected Israel’s decision on Sunday to deploy 23 caravans in eight West Bank settlements to serve as classrooms, saying it was “placing additional obstacles” in the way of US efforts to revive the peace process.
[continue reading...]



The biggest fish in Nevada

Aug 16th, 2010 | By politicsnews

As American political journalists go, there are few bigger fish for the size of their ponds than Jon Ralston. The 51-year-old Las Vegas-based television host, newspaper columnist, blogger, email-list author and prolific Tweeter, has built a one-man media franchise in Nevada that has few parallels anywhere else in the country. And, as
[continue reading...]



Obama helps governors to help himself

Aug 16th, 2010 | By politicsnews

President Barack Obama will do more in two days this week for his party’s candidates for governor than he has done all year, wrapping his arm around several of the most highly touted gubernatorial hopefuls on the ballot in 2010. But the logic behind Obama’s upcoming appearances in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin
[continue reading...]