Week of July 8, 2009
In Italy - G8 leaders believe the world economy still faces "significant
risks" and may need further help, according to summit draft documents
that also suggest failure to agree climate change goals for 2050.Progress
on the environment was impeded by Chinese President Hu Jintao
returning home due to unrest in northwestern China in which 156 people
have died. Before he left, summit host Silvio Berlusconi spoke of Chinese
"resistance" on climate goals.
announced a White House deal with the
hospitals to help pay for President Barack
Obama's overhaul of health care. Biden
made the announcement Wednesday
morning at the White House with hospital
administrators and Health and Human
Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Biden said, "reform is coming." Biden said
the hospitals are ready to give up about
$155 billion over 10 years in government
payments. The money could then be used
to help pay for covering millions of
A charging bull gored a man to death Friday at
Pamplona's San Fermin festival, the first such
fatality in nearly 15 years. Nine others were injured in a particularly dangerous
and chaotic chapter of the running of the bulls.
Lasting worldwide recovery "is still a ways off," President Barack Obama
declared Friday, but he also said at the conclusion of a global summit that a
disastrous economic collapse apparently has been averted. Obama said world
leaders had taken significant measures to address economic, environmental and
global security issues. "Reckless actions by a few have fueled a recession that
spans the globe," Obama said of the meltdown that began in the United States
with a tumble in housing prices and drastic slowing of business lending. The
downturn now threatens superpowers and emerging nations alike.
A North Korean army lab of hackers was ordered to "destroy" South Korean
communications networks — evidence the isolated regime was behind
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cyberattacks that paralyzed South Korean and American Web sites — news
reports said Saturday, citing an intelligence briefing.
Members of the parliamentary intelligence committee have said in recent days
that the National Intelligence Service has also pointed to a North Korean boast
last month that it was "fully ready for any form of high-tech war."
Retired auto worker
Monday with 27,900
counts of acting as an
accessory to murder
— one for every
person who died at
the Nazi death camp
where he is accused
of serving as a guard.
The charges by
prosecutors a Munich
state court are one of
the final steps before an expected autumn trial for the 89-year-old, who has been
fighting a variety of Nazi-era charges since 1977. Demjanjuk and his family have
argued that he is in poor health. Photos taken in April showed him wincing in pain
as immigration agents removed him from his home in Seven Hills, Ohio, where
he had been living since 1993.
Iraqi authorities imposed vehicle bans in two mostly Christian towns and
increased security around churches in Baghdad after attacks targeting the
Christian minority. The measures followed a series of bombings in or near
churches that killed at least four people Sunday, including one that happened as
worshippers were leaving Mass in eastern Baghdad.
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday set a new course from her Democratic
predecessor on the issue of abortion, signing a measure imposing new mandates
and restrictions. One of the bill's provisions is a requirement that those who visit
an abortion provider wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. The visit would
have to include disclosures by doctors in person about the procedure, risks and
alternatives, and the fetus' probable characteristics.
Britney Spears’ latest campaign for Candie's clothing line looks so good,
the pop star is wearing the looks elsewhere! After showing off a
conservative dress and a pair of jeans in ads for the affordable apparel
line's upcoming fall campaign, Spears will also wear Candie's in her new
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music video, "Radar." The print ads for Candie's, which is only available
at Kohl's department stores, will premiere in September in fashion
Internet radio got a break when the sector reached an agreement on
streaming-music royalty rates with SoundExchange, the group that collects
royalties on behalf of artists and labels. The agreement calls for large ad-
supported radio services, such as Pandora, to either share 25 percent of revenue
with the music industry or pay a per-stream rate of 0.08 cent retroactive to 2006,
whichever is greater. That rate will increase until reaching 0.14 cent in 2015.
Sites that generate less than $1.25 million in revenue must pay 12 percent to 14
percent for streaming rights.
There was already little doubt that Google was aiming at Microsoft's empire, but
the announcement of a Chrome OS takes the competition to a new level. For
those who missed it, Google said late Tuesday that it plans to enter the operating
system game in the second half of next year with a Linux-based OS that can run
on both traditional PC chips and the ARM-based chips popular in cell phones.
The idea behind Chrome OS is to create an extremely lightweight operating
system that boots directly to the browser, in which all applications run.
Hip Hop moguls -
Brooklyn-born rapper pulled
in an estimated $35 million
over the past 12 months,
topping the list of Hip-Hop
Cash Kings. It's far from the
$82 million he made last
year, but more than enough
to reclaim the crown from
2008's monarch, 50 Cent.
The Queens native drops to
fourth place with $20 million,
down from $150 million a
year ago. Both rappers had a
hard time living up to prior
yearly totals fattened by one-
time megadeals. For 50, it
was a $100 million windfall
from the sale of his stake in VitaminWater parent Glaceau to Coca-Cola;
for Jay-Z, a front-loaded $150 million deal with concert promoter Live
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Death won't still the voice of Billy Mays or his mighty powers of persuasion.
Viewers will continue to find the boisterous, bearded TV pitchman hawking
household products for the indefinite future. And at least one of his commercials
is being introduced posthumously. "Just stretch, wrap and it fuses fast," says
Mays, demonstrating a product called Mighty Tape on a kitchen drain pipe in the
new commercial. Moments later, he's seen, still wearing his signature sport shirt
and khaki slacks but accessorized with scuba gear, as he repairs a hole in
another diver's air hose underwater using Mighty Tape. The commercial will
begin airing July 20. Mays' advertising for other products in the Mighty brand line
returned to the air earlier this week. The commercials were pulled after Mays'
death June 28 of an apparent heart attack.
- The "American
Idol" host has closed a major new
three-year deal with CKX, parent of
"Idol" producer 19 Entertainment,
worth $15 million per year. Under
the pact, which is believed to be the
richest ever for a reality host,
Seacrest will be exclusive to CKX in
broadcast TV primetime to host
"Idol" or any CKX-produced show
that might succeed it. The pact,
which had been in the works for the
past several weeks, more than
triples his previous salary of slightly
less than $5 million per season.
Jersey City, N.J., stopped Bobby
Gunn, Hackensack, N.J., 4, to retain his IBF cruiserweight title. SUNRISE, Fla. -
Joseph Agbeko, Ghana, won by unanimous decision over Vic Darchinyan,
Australia, 12, to retain his IBF bantamweight title.
LaToya Jackson on the death of her brother - "Michael was murdered," La
Toya, 53, reportedly told the News of the World. "And we don't think just
one person was involved. Rather, it was a conspiracy of people. I feel it
was all about money. Michael was worth well over a billion in music
publishing assets and somebody killed him for that. He was worth more
dead than alive." La Toya allegedly said that her brother, who died on June
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