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Tax Avoidance Accusations Scaring Away Some Investors From Apple, Google

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by Matt Kaludi - 20 January 2013

LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Growing anger at aggressive tax avoidance by big business has prompted ethical investors to consider shunning shares in companies that don’t pay their fair share of tax. As governments struggle to balance massive budget deficits caused by the financial crisis, reports...

Business

Walmart Workers At Risk In States Rejecting Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Earns Wal Mart

If state governors follow through on plans to oppose the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, one substantial group of low-wage workers appears vulnerable to going without medical coverage: people who work at Walmart. The world’s largest retailer recently outlined a new policy that will exclude from health coverage newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours per week, asThe Huffington...

World

Japan scrambles fighter jets after Chinese plane seen near disputed islands

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Tokyo (CNN) – Japan scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese plane was seen Thursday near small islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries. This is the first time that the dispute over the islands — which Japan calls Senkaku and China refers to as Diaoyu — has involved aircraft, introducing a new sphere of risky encounters for the two Asian neighbors. Chinese...

Technology

FCC pushes for gigabit broadband in all 50 states by 2015

Julius Genachowski

The Federal Communications Commission’s chairman, Julius Genachowski, wants to see gigabit speed broadband services in all 50 states by 2015. At a meeting of U.S. mayors in Washington, D.C., today, Genachowski called on municipal leaders and service providers to deploy gigabit speed broadband in at least one community in each of the 50 states in the next two to three years. Genachowski said...

Politics

Obama signs trade, human rights bill that angers Moscow

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(Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill that brings U.S. trade relations withRussia into the 21st century but also ushers in a potentially testy era in which the United States could publicly “name and shame” Russian human rights violators. The measure, which the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed by overwhelming margins, allows Obama to establish...

LifeStyle

Southwest Airlines Groper Caught In The Act

Southwest Airlines

Srinivasa S. Erramilli, 45, a software consultant, may well be the very last person on the face of the Earth that a female would want to be seated next to on a flight. On June 14, 2011, Erramilli was the last passenger to board the Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Chicago Midway Airport.  Frankly, ya always gotta wonder about those last ones to board, right? In any event, as Erramilli...

Health

Olympian lifespan ‘possible for all’

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Cyclists were among the athletes who enjoyed the best health The longevity Olympians enjoy is within the reach of everyone, experts say. Research published on the British Medical Journal (BMJ) website suggests athletes live 2.8 years longer on average than the average lifespan. The research indicated those who took part in non-contact sports such as cycling, rowing and tennis enjoyed the longest...

Sports

Clint Dempsey finds a late equaliser for Tottenham against Manchester United

Vermaelen-Torres

Clint Dempsey snatched a late equaliser in the snow to earn Tottenham a 1-1 draw against Manchester United. Robin van Persie had looked to have claimed all three points with his first-half header at White Hart Lane on Sunday but Dempsey swept the ball home in stoppage time to salvage a point. The adverse weather conditions had threatened to see the Premier League clash at White Hart Lane called...