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Fla. lawmakers require drug tests for welfare recipients

A bill that would require all Florida welfare recipients to pass a drug test is on its way to the governor’s mansion, where it is expected to be signed into law immediately. Fla. lawmakers passed the bill Thursday, buoyed by strong support from Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott, who’s called…

Pakistan PM defends failure to spot bin Laden hideout

PARIS (Reuters) – Pakistan’s prime minister defended his country’s failure to spot that Osama bin Laden had been hiding out in a luxury compound near Islamabad, saying that fighting terrorism was the whole world’s responsibility. Pakistan is under pressure from the West to explain how bin Laden, who was killed…

Borders execs to get big bonuses after laying off 6,000

It’s not just Wall Street that rewards failure. Bookseller Borders Group Inc. (BGP) wants to give their executives up to $8.3 million at a time the company is in bankruptcy and laying off 6,000 employees. In documents filed in court late last month, the book chain said that it was…

Underground blast near LA synagogue sparks scare

LOS ANGELES — About 100 were evacuated Thursday after an explosion near a Jewish temple in Santa Monica, but police said the cause was some kind of underground mechanical failure rather than a bomb. Nobody was injured in the early morning blast near the Chabad House in Santa Monica, west…

U.S. fighter jet crashes in rebel-held Libya

LONDON (Reuters) – A U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter jet crashed in Libya overnight after apparent mechanical failure but its crew were safe, a spokesman for the U.S. military Africa Command said on Tuesday. Libyan rebels rescued the pilot after he ejected from the warplane which came down near the…

Russia slams ‘childish’ space agency errors

MOSCOW – Russian space agency Roskosmos has committed “childish” errors and failed to build enough spacecraft, the government said Monday in an unprecedented rebuke to the Russian equivalent of NASA. Russia’s powerful Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov issued the dressing down at a meeting with Roskosmos’s leadership after two satellite…

US heart disease costs to triple by 2030

The costs of treating heart disease in America, where one in three people has some form of the disease, are expected to triple by 2030 due to the growing population, researchers said Monday. While current costs of medical care for heart disease are around 273 billion dollars per year, that…

India’s rocket failure puts commercial satellite projects at risk

BANGALORE, India – The explosion of an Indian space rocket is likely to hit the country’s efforts to push further into the global market for launching commercial satellites, experts warned Sunday. The unmanned Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) blew up live on television Saturday less than one minute after launch,…

Murdoch buys education tech provider, 3 million-student audience

Wireless Generation, a US education technology company, will become a subsidiary of News Corporation for about $360 million in cash as Rupert Murdoch seeks to expand his company into academia. The company provides technology solutions for an audience of over 3 million students nation-wide. On Monday, News Corporation, the parent…

Key US lawmakers blast BP ‘shortcuts’ before blast

WASHINGTON — BP may have taken dangerous “shortcuts” in the “days and hours” before a deadly blast that led to the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, key lawmakers investigating the catastrophe charged Monday. “BP appears to have made multiple decisions for economic reasons that increased the danger of a…

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