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August 2012

Bernanke: With unemployment high, Fed can do more - Yahoo! News

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — Chairman Ben Bernanke sent a clear message Friday that the Federal Reserve will do more to help the still-struggling U.S. economy.

His remarks left two questions: What exactly will the Fed do? And when?

Bernanke described the U.S. economy's health as "far from satisfactory" and noted that the unemployment rate, now 8.3 percent, hasn't declined since January.


Vincent Giordano Holds Up 'Hire Me' Sign On Manhattan Streets Looking For A Job

NEW YORK -- Vincent Giordano has held up a "Hire Me" sign on the streets of New York City every Monday through Friday, during regular business hours, for the last month. Unemployed for two years, the 52-year-old former office assistant stands in a suit with his sign by Manhattan street corners, parks and subway stations -- waiting for opportunity to walk by.


2012 U.S. Open -- Venus Williams falls to Angelique Kerber in second round - ESPN

NEW YORK -- Venus Williams closed out her Grand Slam season Thursday night with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 second-round loss to sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber at the U.S. Open.

Williams, the 2000 and '01 champion at Flushing Meadows, finished with 60 unforced errors. The match lasted 2 hours, 45 minutes.

She finished the year with only two victories at the Grand Slam events -- one at the French Open and another at Flushing Meadows.


JK Rowling to build Hogwarts-style tree houses - Yahoo! News

LONDON (AP) — J.K. Rowling is building two tree houses fit for a wizard.

Despite some complaints from neighbors, the City of Edinburgh Council said Thursday it has approved the Harry Potter author's application to create the large tree houses in her garden for her children.

The structures, each about 40 feet (12 meters) high, feature tall conical roofs and turreted windows in the style of Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter movies.


Isaac renews old debate about Louisiana levees - Yahoo! News

IRONTON, La. (AP) — When Hurricane Isaac whirled into the Gulf Coast this week, the federal levee system protecting New Orleans did its job. But the patchwork of floodwalls shielding subdivisions outside the city and rural fishing and farming communities was no match for the drenching storm.

As the cleanup began Friday, an old debate grew more urgent: Is it worth billions of dollars to build better levees in areas that are sparsely populated and naturally flood-prone?


Marco Scutaro dons wrong jersey, Giants teammates immediately take notice | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports

With the Houston heat soaking its way through his original jersey early on Thursday night, San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro didn't think anyone would notice if he sought relief in the team's dry alternate uniform for the fourth inning. Both jerseys are gray, after all, and who's really paying that much attention to an infielder's uniform mid-game?


Arnold Schwarzenegger gets the keys to a $250,000 Mercedes Unimog | Motoramic - Yahoo! Autos

Just a day ago we were reminiscing about that time former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into the law the most sweeping curbs on greenhouse gases in the country, rules that drive the federal government's march toward a 54.5 mpg average by 2025. About the same time, Schwarzenegger was in California picking up his new ride, a five-ton Mercedes-Benz Unimog pickup customized to a value estimated at $250,000. The earth underneath its tires will be safe, all right.


Vermont Restaurants Busted For “Canadian Tax” - Yahoo!

Well Vermonters, it was gratuitous while it lasted. Before getting exposed by a local newspaper, servers at Burlington restaurants would customarily tack on an automatic 18% gratuity for suspected French-Canadian tourists. The practice apparently went by the weird and uncomfortable sounding name of “Queeb tax”. Now that this xenophobic policy has been uncovered, we think of other creative ways to deal with unruly restaurant customers.


Rachel Weisz reveals she was cut out of Terrence Malick’s next film | Movie Talk - Yahoo! Movies

When an actor wins an Oscar, it always ups their visibility. Studios want to cast them, directors want to work with them, and audiences want to see them again. But how can they see you, if you're cut out of the finished film?

That has apparently happened to Rachel Weisz, Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress in 2006's "The Constant Gardener." She filmed a role in the upcoming drama "To the Wonder" for the acclaimed but enigmatic director Terrence Malick, who made last year's Oscar-nominated "The Tree of Life".  However, in an interview with Italy's "La Stampa," Weisz revealed that her part has been edited out of the finished film.