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Goldman Sachs and two other firms agree to end robo-signing

(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs and two other firms have agreed with the New York banking regulator to end the practice known as robo-signing, in which bank employees signed foreclosure documents without reviewing case files as required by law, the Wall Street Journal said. In an agreement with New York’s financial-services…

Santorum: ‘I stand by’ my ‘man on dog’ comment

In an interview that aired on CNN Wednesday night, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told Piers Morgan that suggesting that his views on homosexuality were bigoted proved that the CNN host was the one who was bigoted against the Catholic Church. The former Pennsylvania senator began the interview by defending…

Vandals destroy Jewish monument in Poland

WARSAW (Reuters) – Vandals destroyed a monument to victims of a World War Two pogrom against Jews in Poland, covering it with racist inscriptions and swastikas in green paint, police said on Thursday. It was the latest in a recent series of racist and xenophobic acts of vandalism targeting the…

World powers, new Libyan leaders meet to map out reconstruction

PARIS (Reuters) – Leaders of the Libyan uprising that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi sit down with world powers on Thursday to map out the country’s rebuilding, 42 years to the day after the former strongman seized power in a coup. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose…

Factories falter as orders fade away

LONDON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Factory activity stalled last month as new orders tumbled, heightening fears that the global economy is heading for another downturn, a series of surveys showed on Thursday. The Purchasing Managers’ Indexes showed manufacturing activity contracted in the euro zone for the first time in almost two years…

Sony to release tablet computer this month

Sony’s first tablet computer will hit the Japanese market on September 17 as the company looks to take on Apple’s popular iPad, the electronics giant said Thursday. The Sony Tablet will be powered by Google’s Android software, allowing users to download content such as books, movies and games. The Sony…

Pres. Obama moves jobs speech to Sep. 8

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday agreed to unveil new jobs proposals in an address to Congress on September 8, bowing to pressure from Republicans, who objected to the original date set for his high-profile speech. Obama’s long-awaited proposals could set the agenda in Washington for the coming…

Libyan military says Gaddafi in desert town

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is in a desert town outside Tripoli planning a fightback, a Libyan military chief said on Thursday, as Libya’s interim rulers conferred with world powers on reshaping a nation torn by 42 years of one-man rule and six months of war. Abdel Majid Mlegta, coordinator…

A geek scale?

From the entire explosion of discussion over the "dumped because of Magic enthusiasm" post: Maybe there should be some kind of geekiness scale, modeled on the Kinsey scale, where a zero would be someone who is just not geeky at all, and a 6 is a LARP-er.  A lot of…

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