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Calorie counts higher than advertised in restaurants

WASHINGTON — Nearly one in five dishes served at US restaurants has at least 100 more calories than advertised, a difference that could pack on up to 15 kilograms (22 pounds) per year, said a study on Tuesday. While most of the 269 foods measured at random in the three-state…

Banks cutting principal on some mortgages: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bank of America Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co have started modifying tens of thousands of mortgages where the banks deem the loans especially risky, even if the borrowers have not asked, the New York Times reported on Sunday. In some cases, the paper said, the…

Cost of air conditioning for U.S. troops in MidEast more than NASA budget

The United States spends $20.2 billion annually on air conditioning for troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan — more than NASA’s entire budget, NPR reported. In fact, the same amount of money that keeps soldiers cool is the amount the G-8 has committed to helping the fledgling democracies in Tunisia…

Missing Iraq money may be as much as $18 billion

In 2004, the Bush administration flew twenty billion dollars of shrink-wrapped cash into Iraq on pallets. Now the bulk of that money has disappeared. The funds flown into the war zone were made up of surplus from the UN’s oil-for-food program, as well as money from sales of Iraqi oil…

Google invests $55 million in California wind energy

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Tuesday said it is investing $55 million into a California wind energy farm, raising to $400 million the amount of money the technology giant has pumped into clean energy projects. “The Mojave Desert might be best known for its scorching sun and scary sidewinders,” said…

Doomsday leader says gay pride is ‘proof’ the world will end

Harold Camping is predicting the world will end on May 21, and insists that he has proof. “God has given us an enormous amount of proof, like the gay pride movement and the extraordinary amount of wickedness in the world,” the 89-year-old founder of the Family Stations Christian radio network…

Washington nuclear plant evacuated after minor incident

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Washington state’s only nuclear power plant evacuated about 25 workers after a small amount of hydrogen sprang from a pipe and ignited in a six-inch flash, plant officials said on Friday. The incident at the Columbia Generating Station late Thursday afternoon resulted in no injuries or equipment…

Nonprofit defends payment to Bristol Palin

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The head of a nonprofit group against teen pregnancy on Wednesday defended the $332,500 his organization paid Bristol Palin over a two-year period to advocate for sexual abstinence. “Bristol did a tremendous amount of work for us — many, many days and weeks,” said Neil Cole, founder…

Airport body scanners not a health risk: study

WASHINGTON – Full-body scanners used to secure airports, about 1,000 of which will be deployed across the United States by year’s end, do not pose health risks, a study released has found. The University of California study appearing in the “Archives of Internal Medicine” found that a traveler would have…

China vows to cut energy, carbon intensity by 2015

BEIJING (Reuters) – China aims to cut the amount of energy and carbon dioxide emissions needed for every unit of economic growth by 16 to 17 percent from this year to the end of 2015, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Sunday. This was the first time a top Chinese…

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