Infant Deaths Prompt Gov’t Warning

The government warned Friday that those chic baby slings that hip moms and dads are sporting these days can be dangerous, even deadly for their little ones. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it has investigated at least 13 deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers over the last 20 years, including three deaths last year. […]

eBay Fined in France

eBay fined in France for selling upscale perfumes Online auction site eBay Inc. was fined euro1.7 million ($2.5 million) by a Paris court on Monday for failing to stop the sale of famous perfume brands like Christian Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy and Kenzo — all of which are owned by luxury group LVMH. The decision follows […]

Strongest Property & Casualty in the U.S.

Data Date: Second Quarter 2009 Name State Total Assets ($) United Services Automobile Asn TX 20,014,820,711 USAA Casualty Ins Co TX 6,498,502,225 Hastings Mutual Ins Co MI 610,113,862 Interins Exch Of The Automobile Club CA 5,640,170,932 Dairyland Ins Co WI 1,231,187,238 Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Ins Ltd NY 1,625,038,198 Tennessee Farmers Mutual Ins Co […]

Diamond Sells For $35 million

LONDON (Reuters) – Petra Diamonds sold a 507-carat diamond for $35.3 million on Friday, breaking a record as the highest price ever paid for a rough diamond. Analysts had estimated the value of the stone, one of the 20 biggest high-quality rough diamonds, at around $25 million. “It is fitting that the Cullinan Heritage should […]

Who Really Owns the United States

Regardless of how much closer Obama’s budget brings our economy into a balance of payments not seen since 2001, we will continue to run deficits for the next decade, and the national debt will keep growing every year that happens. While most of the country’s $14 trillion debt is held by private banks in the […]

What Is A Chupacabra

The chupacabras (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃupaˈkaβɾas], from chupar “to suck” and cabra “goat”, literally “goat sucker”), is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas. It is associated more recently with sightings of an allegedly unknown animal in Puerto Rico (where these sightings were first reported), Mexico, and the United States, especially in the […]

Balloon boy gets sick twice on TV

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The father of a 6-year-old boy who was thought to be in a helium balloon that floated away said Friday accusations that the ordeal was a publicity stunt are “extremely pathetic.” The sheriff said he will be asking more questions. Richard Heene and his family made the rounds on all three […]

White House: State Dinner Crashers Meet Obama

WASHINGTON – A reality TV hopeful and her husband who crashed a presidential dinner met President Barack Obama in the receiving line, the White House said Friday, as a “deeply concerned and embarrassed” Secret Service acknowledged its officers failed to check whether the couple was on the guest list. The White House released a photo […]

Jenna Elfman pregnant on TV — and in real life

NEW YORK – Jenna Elfman won’t just be acting when she plays a pregnant woman in a new CBS sitcom this fall. She’s expecting her second child in real life. The former “Dharma & Greg” star is featured in the new series “Accidentally on Purpose,” where she’s a movie critic who becomes pregnant following a […]

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