May 24, 2006 |
A Pentagon report on Chinese military modernization issued Tuesday reveals growing American concern over China's ability not only to threaten Taiwan, but also to throw its power around throughout East Asia and confront other U.S. allies. This year's edition of the annual report highlights apprehension among U.S. military officials that China is gearing up to confront Japan, and demands an explanation for Beijing's naval, air and missile buildup.
May 2, 2006 |
The financial condition of Medicare is growing progressively worse and its problems will eventually eclipse those of Social Security, the trustees of the government's two biggest social programs reported Monday. But the warning, for all its urgency, appeared unlikely to spur major action on such a sensitive issue in an election year. Far from cutting back, Congress and the president have expanded Medicare with the creation of the prescription drug benefit. "There is no crisis," Rep.
December 15, 2005 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to move up the deadlines for large public companies to file annual reports, overriding complaints from firms that the rule would hamper their ability to file accurate information. Companies with $700 million or more of shares outstanding will have to file annual reports within 60 days of the end of a fiscal year under the new rule, down from 75 days.
August 31, 2005 |
The United States has significantly increased its foreign aid to poor countries but ranks 12th among the 21 richest nations in its overall performance in helping the world's poor, according to a widely watched annual report released Tuesday. Denmark ranks as the most generous country in the world, spending 89 cents per person each day in government aid and 1 cent per person each day in private giving, according to the survey by Foreign Policy magazine and the Center for Global Development.
June 1, 2005 |
American International Group Inc., the huge insurance company under investigation by state and federal regulators over accounting issues, filed its long-awaited 2004 annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, restating financial results for the last five years. As part of the restatement, AIG cut its shareholders' equity as of Dec. 31 by $2.3 billion, or 2.7%, to $80.6 billion, less than the $2.7-billion reduction the company had forecast.
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April 28, 2005 |
The infant mortality rate in the Antelope Valley is twice that of the rest of Los Angeles County, mainly because of a lack of prenatal care and the limited transportation options, authorities said Wednesday. The statistic was part of a report being released today by the county's Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, which provides an annual analysis of childhood deaths by accident, suicide, abuse and other causes. The infant death rate was 10.
April 15, 2005 |
Toys R Us Inc., months away from being sold to a private consortium, announced that it was unable to file its annual report, due Thursday, because it had not finished calculating changes in how it accounts for leases. The nation's No. 2 toy seller after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. also said the report would probably reveal a weakness in its internal control over financial reporting. Toys R Us shares fell 3 cents to $25.87 on the New York Stock Exchange.
March 18, 2005 |
Calpine Corp., owner of power plants in 21 states, said in a regulatory filing Thursday that it would delay filing its annual report because of an accounting error. In a separate filing, Calpine disclosed that executive officers wouldn't get bonuses this year for their performance in 2004. The annual report, which was to have been filed Wednesday, now will be filed by March 31, San Jose-based Calpine said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
March 1, 2005 |
Key U.S. allies including Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia were criticized in the State Department's annual human rights progress report Monday, while violations in North Korea and strife-torn Sudan provoked sharper concerns. The report, the first since President Bush's inaugural pledge to promote democracy worldwide, says that although elections in Ukraine, Afghanistan and Iraq had encouraged hope for improvements worldwide, "progress along this path will not be easy or rapid."
February 22, 2005
The Feb. 16 article, "Fraud Ring Taps Into Credit Data," concerning the theft of credit data from ChoicePoint Inc. was interesting because I and probably most others were unaware of the existence of this company. Though the article contains a box with information about the three better-known sources of such data, one apparently cannot obtain reports from ChoicePoint without first being accepted by the organization to receive them (unless you are a hacker). That is small consolation to those whose information has been compromised, and it frankly would not appear that going to one or more of the three recognized organizations would do any good, or at the least it would be expensive if you had already secured your annual free report.