Archive for: July, 2011

Lady Gaga to Release Book of Photographs

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga will release a book of photographs with fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Grand Central Publishing announced Thursday that it will release the book, “Lady Gaga,” on Nov. 22. The publisher said the book will include more than 350 color and black-and-white photographs of Gaga. Richardson followed the singer for 10 [...]

New RI law Will Help the Poor Keep the Lights On

PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY’-fee) and other top state leaders are touting a new law that helps low-income residents pay their utility bills. The new law directs gas and electric utility companies to charge most customers a fee of up to $20 a year. The money raised will offset the [...]

Verizon Wireless to Pay $10B Dividend to Owners

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Wireless on Thursday said it will pay a dividend of $10 billion in January to its owners, Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC, ending a strategy of reducing debt that has frustrated Vodafone. Vodafone, a British cellphone company with wide international interests, owns 45 percent of Verizon Wireless, yet [...]

Food Supplements Airlifted into Famine-Hit Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A plane carrying 10 tons of urgently needed nutritional supplements to treat malnourished children has landed in famine-hit Somalia, a U.N. official said Wednesday. The airlift is part of a crisis intervention as famine threatens to spread across lawless Somalia. David Orr, a World Food Program spokesman who flew with the [...]

Study Looks at NYC Fast-Food Menu Calorie Counts

NEW YORK (AP) — Like any fitness program, it works only if you pay attention to it. A new study on New York City’s effort to encourage healthy eating by posting calorie counts on menus shows that it worked for about one in six customers — or those who paid heed to them. Those who [...]

Study: Medicare Drug Plan Saves Hospital Costs

CHICAGO (AP) — A new study suggests that Medicare’s 5-year-old prescription drug plan is keeping seniors out of hospitals and nursing homes, saving the federal program an estimated $12 billion a year in those costs. The savings only offset a portion of the $55 billion a year the government spends on Medicare Part D, as [...]

Britain Bans 2 Misleading Makeup Ads

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s advertising standards council banned two makeup advertisements featuring actress Julia Roberts and model Christy Turlington on Wednesday, ruling the ads — which used digitally altered photographs — were misleading. The Advertising Standards Authority found that the airbrushed images used by L’Oreal in magazine ad campaigns exaggerated the results women could expect [...]

Norway PM: After Attacks, Make Country More Open

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Five days after an attacker incensed by Norway’s culture of tolerance horrified the world, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday issued a quiet call of defiance to his countrymen: Make Norway even more open and accepting. “The Norwegian response to violence is more democracy, more openness and greater political participation,” Stoltenberg [...]

Wal-Mart Offers Video Streaming on Website

NEW YORK (AP) — Now playing: Movies at The world’s largest retailer on Tuesday started streaming many movies the same day they come out on DVD, in a second bid for a share of popular movie rental and streaming website Netflix Inc.’s business and just two weeks after Netflix announced new price increases. Wal-Mart [...]

Icahn Pushes Motorola to Turn Patents into Cash

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of cellphone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings jumped to a four-month high Thursday after activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed that he’s pushing the company to squeeze profits from its vast patent portfolio. Icahn said there could be several ways to capitalize on patents belonging to the company. Icahn was the single [...]

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