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Explosions abroad, shootings at home | Headline Composite

In Headline Composite on 24 January 2011 at 11:04 am

Breaking: Explosion in Moscow airport this morning being treated as a terrorist attack. Occured at 4:32 pm local time. [NYT] Up to 31 dead reported so far. [Washington Post]

Anticipating President Obama’s State of the Union address, Republican’s warn that they will not tolerate any increases in spending. Representative Eric Cantor: “Every dollar should be on the table.” [NYT]

Chinese President Hu Jintao has begun declining power; presumed successor is Xi Jinping; Mr. Xi is expected to keep China moving in the same Communist direction. [NYT]

Jared Loughner, Arizona shooter, due in federal court today on charges of murder and attempted murder. [Washington Post]

NY summit teaching Muslims “how to fight prejudice and fear” spreads McCarthy-like discomfort in the meantime. The topic: “What could be done to stop planned congressional hearings on alleged hidden radicalism among American Muslims and mosques?” [Washington Post]

New FDA food traceability rule rolling into action. Idea is that with use of a mobile device, one will have the ability to access data and see where food is coming from. [Washington Post]

UK government initiative, led by Professor Sir John Beddington, asks governments to act swiftly to aid the world hunger crisis. With the rising population, Beddington warns: “We have 20 years to arguably deliver something of the order of 40% more food; 30% more available fresh water and of the order of 50% more energy.” [BBC]

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Bank of America down; Britney up | Headline Composite

In Headline Composite on 21 January 2011 at 12:18 pm

Obama names Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and chief executive of General Electric, as chairman of new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, succeeding Paul A. Volcker. [NYT]

Gabrielle Giffords transported to Houston, Texas for rehab. “But despite her steady progress, doctors say Ms Giffords still has a long road to recovery and are not sure what, if any, disability she will have.” [BBC]

Tony Blair speaks publicly about his Iraq regrets, though some criticize him for saying such too late. “I wanted to make that clear, that of course, I regret deeply and profoundly the loss of life, whether from our own armed forces, those of other nations, the civilians who helped people in Iraq, or the Iraqis themselves and I just wanted to say that because it is right to say that and it is what I feel.” [BBC]

Bank of America posts lost of $1.2 billion for the quarter, higher than the posted $194 million loss during the same period in 2009. [Washington Post]

Haiti’s Jean-Claude Duvalier formally charged with embezzlement and corruption on Tuesday; speaking of his emergence from exile, he said: “I don’t think this was a very successful trip.” [NYT]

Fears that Google is the next Microsoft: “But the sudden rise of Facebook has exposed Google’s failures in areas like social networking and threatens its vast share of the online advertising market. Meanwhile, although Google has had success in new areas like mobile and display advertising, it has struggled to branch out into other businesses like television” (Co-founder Larry Page takes over for Eric E. Schmidt). [NYT]

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JFK’s inaugural still not good enough; but neither is Skins (phew!) | Headline Composite

In Headline Composite on 20 January 2011 at 9:00 am

From the NYT:

Obama meets with China’s President Hu Jintao, seeking a richer relationship between the U.S. and China–one that emphasizes human rights, not just the exchange of goods.

MTV’s Skins is under criticism for violation of childhood pornography laws. MTV says the show “addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way”; too bad the frankness might be illegal.

3 Democrats join the Republic effort to repeal the health care overhaul, with the House of Representative’s 245 to 189 vote on Wednesday. The article also cites Gabrielle Giffords as still being hospitalized, and thus unable to vote.

There is only one Christian left in Iraq; Mayor Fawzi: “I would give my life for the life that used to be here to come back.”

From the Washington Post:

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Despite the date, the address is still not considered as good as Lincoln’s second or FDR’s first.

22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner indicted to three counts: one count of attempted assassination (Giffords), and two more counts of attempted murder.

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