April 16, 2011 |
Several big news organizations fell for a stunning, albeit fake, piece of business news this week — that General Electric would voluntarily pay the government a $3.2-billion tax "refund. " Some news-types responded to the hoax with indignation, others bemusement. Both those groups must have been outnumbered, though, by the resolute. This couldn't, wouldn't … shouldn't happen again. But, take notice, newshounds: The tricksters and political pranksters have numbers.
March 30, 2011 |
A little-reported Federal Communications Commission action last week has put TV stations on notice: They can't hand over airtime for commercial pitches unless they clearly label the sponsors. The agency moved toward fining an NBC affiliate in Atlantic City, N.J., and a Fox-owned station in Minneapolis for failing to provide "sponsorship identification announcements. " The stations did not clearly tell their audiences that manufacturers were behind, respectively, glowing news segments on a cold remedy called Zicam and on a line of General Motors cars.
February 21, 2011 |
Moammar Kadafi's embattled regime unleashed a military assault in the heart of the Libyan capital in an effort to crush a popular protest like those that have already toppled two North African rulers and now threatens the longest-serving leader in the Arab world. Unlike the strongmen who fell to street demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt, Kadafi all but launched a war against his country's civilian population to maintain control of the oil-rich nation. Libyan state television reported Monday that security forces were storming what it called "dens of terror and sabotage" in the capital, Tripoli.
January 27, 2011 |
Most Americans said they had a positive reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech, according to the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, posted Thursday on the newspaper's website. Yet the poll was not all good news for the president. More Americans said they supported the Republican call to cut spending than Obama's proposed five-year freeze on discretionary domestic spending at current levels. A majority of Americans also threw cold water on whether there will be a political thaw after Republican and Democratic lawmakers crossed the aisle to sit with each other during the president's speech.
January 14, 2011 |
Mexican soldiers clashed with gunmen for hours in the capital of the coastal state of Veracruz, leaving at least 12 suspects and two soldiers dead, authorities said Friday. The shooting ended early Friday and spanned at least two neighborhoods in the normally quiet city of Xalapa, Mexican news reports said. Mexican army officials said gunmen opened fire when infantry soldiers arrived at a home about 6 p.m. Thursday. The military did not immediately specify the purpose of the raid.
December 13, 2010 |
Taliban insurgents killed six members of the American-dominated international military force in southern Afghanistan in a single attack Sunday, Western officials announced. A news release from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, the Afghan capital, gave no further details about the attack, or the nationalities of the service members killed. The New York Times, which has a reporter and photographer traveling with American forces in southern Afghanistan, reported that all six soldiers killed were U.S. troops at a remote outpost near the town of Zhari, in Kandahar province.
December 12, 2010 |
Taliban insurgents killed six members of the American-dominated international military force in southern Afghanistan in a single attack Sunday, Western officials announced. A news release from NATO's International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, the Afghan capital, gave no further details about the attack, or the nationalities of the service members killed. The New York Times, which has a reporter and photographer traveling with American forces in southern Afghanistan, reported that all six soldiers killed were U.S. troops at a remote outpost near the town of Zhari, in Kandahar province.
November 4, 2010 |
A Cuban airliner with at least 68 people aboard crashed Thursday during a flight, state television said, and initial reports did not indicate whether there were survivors. The passengers included 28 foreigners, reports said. The Cuban-owned Aero Caribbean twin turboprop aircraft declared an emergency and then lost contact with air traffic controllers, the correspondent for Mexico's news agency Notimex said. As Tropical Storm Tomas menaced Cuba offshore, the Aero Caribbean flight departed Santiago de Cuba in the eastern part of the island late Thursday afternoon and was making its way to the capital, Havana, about 450 miles away.
October 30, 2010 |
A onetime con man and a veteran newspaper reporter launched a partnership eight months ago that they hoped would be a new model for business reporting. Barry Minkow and Bill Lobdell said they would pay for their work sniffing out financial fraud by betting against the stocks of the companies they reported on. If they proved improprieties, they would profit by holding short positions in the companies — allowing them to make money when stock prices declined. But the short-sell-to-success model collapsed just a few months after their website, iBusinessReporting.
September 16, 2010 |
— Gunmen attacked two newspaper photographers Thursday in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing one and seriously wounding the other. Luis Carlos Santiago and Carlos Sanchez of the Diario de Juarez were driving to lunch when gunmen in two cars intercepted them and opened fire. Santiago was killed and Sanchez was in serious condition. Santiago started working for the newspaper two weeks ago, and Sanchez is an intern. Mexican journalists are increasingly targeted by drug cartels seeking to control the flow of information.