Good, Bad, and Ugly

Not a great headline

October 4, 2010

Ex-maid claims Whitman knew she in U.S. illegally

CALIFORNIA-POLITICS/LOS ANGELES, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A onetime housekeeper to California Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman surfaced on Wednesday to claim that the former eBay executive knowingly employed her illegally and treated her poorly.

It’s an honor just to be nominated…

September 30, 2010

”Mission Impossible 4” to be filmed in Dubai

FRANCE/DUBAI, Sept 28 (Reuters Life!) – The fourth sequel of action blockbuster “Mission Impossible” starring Oscar-winning actor Tom Cruise will be partly filmed in Dubai, the Gulf Arab emirate’s media office said on Tuesday.

Legume it may concern…

September 29, 2010

Special report: BRIC breaking: Brazil’s China syndrome

SOY-URUGUAYWhat accounts for their vastly different fortunes? China. Its demand for commodities like soy is nearly insatiable. In recent years, China has steadily ramped up its imports of the grain.

Titanic tale a bum steer?

September 27, 2010

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Titanic sunk by steering mistake, author says

LONDON (Reuters) – The Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 because of a basic steering error, and only sank as fast as it did because an official persuaded the captain to continue sailing, an author said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Are these real articles?

September 23, 2010

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Have things gotten so bad in the news business that you will now publish press releases for UFO enthusiasts with the unaltered lurid headlines that their agents give you?

Where’s the irony?

September 23, 2010

Women trading Wall Street for Main Street

gbu irony 260CHICAGO (Reuters) – It’s ironic that the skills that make women effective on Wall Street also help them run their own businesses after they leave.

We put a Cork in it…

September 22, 2010

Drive from sea to sea but don’t stop to pee

IRELAND/The AA motoring group said it was unacceptable for drivers not to have anywhere stop for the toilet or a coffee for the entire 250 km (155 mile) journey between Ireland’s two biggest cities Dublin and Cork for example, even from a purely safety perspective.

A Kafkaesque error?

September 21, 2010

Florida pastor’s daughter: ‘he needs help’

SOMALIA/After leaving the community aged 17, Emma Jones said she returned in 2005 to find it had become insect-like.

It isn’t hydrogen…

September 16, 2010

Argentina sells DNA as world demands more beef

SLOVENIA/Once the semen has passed quality checks, it is diluted to make up to 300 doses that are kept in liquid hydrogen and sold for around $10 each. Garcia said the price can be much higher if the animal has a good breeding record.

Japan ship?

September 15, 2010

Pirates attack Japan ship, no crew injured-media

KENYA/TOKYO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Pirates boarded a Japanese auto transport ship and robbed its crew off Indonesia late on Friday, but no one was injured and the undamaged ship resumed its voyage, Japanese media quoted the transport ministry as saying.