News archive from 22 March 2012

Treasury yields lower on Bernanke's remarks

NEW YORK-Treasury prices rose Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested that the central bank was unlikely to increase interest rates soon, even though the economic recovery appears to be gaining strength. Earlier, there were...

 
Robert De Niro apologizes for 'white first lady' joke

Robert De Niro apologizes for 'white first lady' joke

(Reuters) - Actor Robert De Niro on Wednesday apologized for joking at a Democratic fundraiser with Michelle Obama about the possibility of having a "white first lady" at the White House after November's presidential elections. The...

 
Word of Mouth: Erwins' 'October Baby' aims to 'get people to talk'

Word of Mouth: Erwins' 'October Baby' aims to 'get people to talk'

Contraception, abortion and women's reproductive rights have been hot topics in recent months, from the halls of Congress and state legislatures to the Republican presidential primary. Now the filmmaking brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin hope to move the...

 

CPCC envisions a new WTVI

Charlotte’s public television station can be expected to take on a new look as a result of its merger with Central Piedmont Community College, but it will come gradually. Local shows like “Trail of History,” “Inside...

 
Carnie Wilson undergoes weight loss surgery for the second time

Carnie Wilson undergoes weight loss surgery for the second time

Singer Carnie Wilson has shed 30 lbs from her frame after undergoing weight loss surgery for the second time, according to a report from People magazine. The singer, who previously lost 150 pounds after gastric bypass surgery in 1999, went under the...

 
Carnie Wilson Suing Game Show Network for Big Bucks

Carnie Wilson Suing Game Show Network for Big Bucks

Carnie Wilson opened up her life for the reality TV show "Unstapled" earlier this year, and not for cheap. She apparently got $5,000 per day. But now the Wilson Phillips singer-songwriter wants more money for what she says is a breach of...

 

Sen. Marco Rubio: Internet access could lead to regime change in Cuba

WASHINGTON -- The Cuban regime as led by the Castro brothers would fall — and fall fast — if ordinary people on the island had access to the Internet, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Wednesday. The regime would quickly go the way...

 

US worried by unrest in Mali

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is monitoring unrest in Mali, including reports of a possible coup in the African nation the U.S. has long held up as an example of a thriving democracy. The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is advising Americans in Mali...

 
Bautista, Toronto aim high in always tough AL East

Bautista, Toronto aim high in always tough AL East

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Toronto Blue Jays have assembled a team with the potential to become a division champion this year - just about anywhere else except in the American League East. Barring a serious slide by Boston, the New York Yankees or Tampa...

 

Suspect in Afghan case a profile in contradictions

Robert Bales boasted of being one of the good guys, a proud patriot who enlisted in the Army just two months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and engaged in some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq. But the gung-ho military volunteer had a...

 

Al-Qaida group says it abducted German in Nigeria

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania - Al-Qaida's North African branch told a Mauritanian news portal that it is holding a German citizen captive after abducting him in Nigeria. The January kidnapping of engineer Edgar Fritz Raupach in the northern town of Kano...

 

Diamond Foods suspends dividends

SAN FRANCISCO -- Diamond Foods Inc. is suspending its dividend payments to stockholders under a new credit agreement. The snack maker announced in February that it was replacing its CEO and chief financial officer after an internal investigation found...

 

Miami-Dade advised not to follow new Fla. law restricting hiring of businesses linked to Cuba

Miami-Dade should not enforce a new state law that prohibits the hiring of companies with business ties to Cuba because it conflicts with federal law, according to an opinion issued Wednesday by the county's chief attorney. Robert Cuevas concluded...

 

Young women from Overtown prepare for pageant

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, six young ladies from Overtown gathered in the Williams Park Community center for a specially designed boot camp. Instead of being equipped with combat boots and water bottles, the participants were equipped with...

 

Analysis: The GOP race is now lining up for Romney

WASHINGTON -- It hasn't been pretty, but the Republican establishment, the delegate math, the money and more are increasingly lining up in Mitt Romney's favor in the long and grinding race for the party's presidential nomination. The race will go on....

 

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