News archive from 23 December 2011

2 sentenced in RI for trafficking marijuana

PROVIDENCE, R.I.-Two men have been sentenced in federal court in Rhode Island for their role in trafficking nearly 660 pounds of marijuana from California. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that 46-year-old Geraldo Alavez, of San Diego, Calif., was...

 

States get $845 million in home heat aid from feds

WASHINGTON-States are getting an additional $845 million in federal home heating aid as winter begins. The government said Thursday it was releasing the money to help poor families and seniors stay warm. The latest funding comes in addition to the...

 

Hint of snow for Christmas?

For all those dreaming of a white Christmas ... it might help to move out West. “Go out to Colorado, you’ll be lucky,” said meteorologist Bill Simpson of the Taunton-based National Weather Service. This month, highs in Boston have hovered at 41.5...

 

Prison activist proposes anti-hazing law in honor of FAMU's Champion

A federal prisoner who has written books aimed at keeping kids from becoming criminals announced Thursday that he's going to lobby Congress for anti-hazing legislation in honor of Florida A&M University student Robert Champion. Cedric Dean, who...

 

Final autopsy report on FAMU hazing victim Robert Champion details extensive bruising, swelling

FAMU drum major Robert Champion's body was badly bruised on the chest, arms, shoulders and back when it arrived at the medical examiner's office, according to a full autopsy report released Wednesday. Champion's body showed extensive bruising and...

 

Commissioners OK lease for BVL post office

The Buenaventura Lakes post office's long-term future remains cloudy, but its immediate future became clearer today as Osceola County Commissioners approved a new lease. The month-to-month deal goes into effect Jan.1 and would bring in $3,300 over the...

 

Vanguard founder John Bogle at a glance

NAME: John C. "Jack" Bogle AGE: 82 EDUCATION: Princeton University, 1951; Bachelor's degree in economics CAREER: Founded The Vanguard Group Inc. in 1974 and launched the first index mutual fund, the Vanguard 500 Index Fund, in 1975. Before...

 

NJ reaches contract agreement with 2 unions

TRENTON, N.J.-Gov. Chris Christie's administration has reached a four-year contract agreement with public sector unions representing about 5,000 New Jersey state employees. The agreement announced Thursday was made with the International Federation of...

 

Obama announces emergency aid for Africa famine

WASHINGTON-President Barack Obama is announcing an additional $113 million in emergency aid to the Horn of Africa, where millions of people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are suffering through famine and drought. Tens of thousands have died. The new...

 

House OKs Savannah Harbor construction funds

SAVANNAH, Ga.-An appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives includes $588,000 in construction funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to advance the deepening of the Savannah Harbor. Rep. Jack Kingston said Thursday that while the...

 

Mead Johnson, KB Home, Neogen are big movers

NEW YORK-Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., down $7.72 at $68.76 Wal-Mart pulled a batch of the company's infant formula from its stores...

 
Mitt Romney welcomes Bush 41’s unofficial endorsement

Mitt Romney welcomes Bush 41’s unofficial endorsement

BERLIN, N.H. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he appreciates getting a boost from a personal hero, former President George H.W. Bush. When asked which Republican presidential candidate he supports, Bush told his hometown newspaper,...

 
M.T.A. Sets 2012 Budget With No Cuts

M.T.A. Sets 2012 Budget With No Cuts

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday approved a $12.6 billion budget for 2012 that called for no new service cuts or fare increases, even though the plan leaves a $68 million deficit. Follow @NYTMetro Connect with @NYTMetro on...

 

Adam Lambert, boyfriend Sauli Koskinen arrested in Finland for bar brawl

"American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert has been a naughty boy lately. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lambert and his boyfriend, Finnish reality star Sauli Koskinen, were arrested and spent several hours in jail Thursday (Dec. 22) for...

 

Judge asked to unshackle Guantanamo prisoner

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico-Lawyers for the Guantanamo prisoner charged in the USS Cole attack are asking a judge to allow him to be unshackled when they meet to discuss his case. Lawyers for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri say in court papers that the Saudi poses...

 

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