Category Archives: health

Candidates Seek a Third Path to Victory in Tuesday’s Elections

Who controls the Senate next year may depend on an unusual cast of characters. There’s a pizza delivery guy in North Carolina, a tea party hopeful in Louisiana, an independent in Kansas so determined to live up to the moniker he won’t say whom he wants as Senate majority leader, a smattering of libertarians and a former GOP senator who wants his old job back. Most of them will not get more than a small percentage of the vote, as has historically happened with third-party (or just third) candidates. Continue reading

Press Upset Over White House Travel Costs

There’s more trouble brewing for the White House press corps. This time, the issue is travel costs–namely, the estimated pricetag for journalists to accompany President Barack Obama on his trip to China, Burma and Australia next month. Continue reading

Eurozone inflation creeps up to 0.4 percent

By DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation crept higher in the 18 countries that use the euro in October — but the rise to an annual 0.4 percent offered little relief to the European Central Bank as it tries to boost a weak economy. The rise from the previous month’s 0.3 percent rate, as reported Friday by Eurostat, was in line with market expectations. The European Central Bank is under pressure to introduce more drastic stimulus measures in coming months to boost the ailing eurozone economy, which is suffering from too low inflation and growth. Continue reading

Bombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 9 people

An Iraqi man inspects a damaged vehicle in the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 Continue reading

Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick. The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter published a 1,700-word essay Friday revealing the real-life inspiration behind one of her most memorable villains, the supernatural bureaucrat and Hogwarts teacher Dolores Umbridge Continue reading

Japan’s huge pension fund to boost share purchases

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s $1.1 trillion public pension fund on Friday approved a plan to double its holdings of shares and cut back sharply on bonds to help improve its investment returns. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other officials say the change in the Government Pension Investment Fund’s asset allocations is needed to ensure the fund can meet its obligations to retirees Continue reading

Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same

By JIM KUHNHENN and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Continue reading

Sony’s quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Sony’s losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company’s troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink. Continue reading

Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

By MIKE CIDONI LENNOX, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion of Beverly Hills, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr. Continue reading

Q&A: Why Japan’s economy needs more juice

A shoe shop clerk cleans the merchandise in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. Continue reading