Typhoon batters Tokyo, moves on
September 7, 2007 06:39 AM - Hiroaki Watanabe -Reuters
A typhoon pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Friday, killing at least one man and snarling transport and power supplies, before weakening and moving north. The typhoon, the biggest to hit Tokyo since October 2002, brought down record rainfall in many parts of the capital, but by afternoon it had weakened to a tropical storm.
Gasoline Supplies Hit 2-year Low
September 6, 2007 02:35 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. gasoline supplies dropped last week to their lowest level since Hurricane Katrina slammed into Gulf Coast refineries two years ago, the U.S. government said on Thursday. But the crunch in stockpiles may not turn out to be a nightmare for drivers at the pumps as road travel is expected to slow with the end of the summer vacation season. "We're not terribly concerned because we're at the end of the summer and demand for gasoline should start declining over the next several weeks," said Doug MacIntyre, analyst for the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Mortgages Entering Foreclosures At Record High
September 6, 2007 12:52 PM - Patrick Rucker, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The rate of home loans entering the foreclosure process rose to a record high in the second quarter of 2007, driven largely by failing subprime mortgages, an industry trade group said on Thursday. The Mortgage Bankers Association said 0.65 percent of loans entered the foreclosure process on a seasonally adjusted basis, 7 basis points higher than the previous quarter and up 22 basis points from a year ago. The rate of delinquency and foreclosure for subprime loans offered to borrowers with damaged credit also rose from the last quarter and a year ago.
Al Gore Readying New Environmental Book
September 6, 2007 08:21 AM - AP
For those frightened by the tale of global warming in Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," and wondering what can be done, the former vice president has an answer: a sequel.
It's 'No Car Day' in Shanghai
September 6, 2007 08:19 AM - china.org
The Shanghai Municipal Government is to hold its first "No Car Day" on September 22, following the four-day test held last week in Beijing. Almost a third of the city's vehicles will be ordered off the roads in a bid to improve air quality and ease congestion.
Fair Indigo Introduces Fair Trade Organic Denim
September 6, 2007 08:14 AM - PR Newswire
For the first time, the concepts of organic and fair trade have come together in the mainstream apparel market to satisfy the rapidly-growing group of socially conscious customers looking for more responsible buying choices. Fair Indigo, the pioneering fair trade apparel and accessories company, has introduced Fair Trade Organic Cotton Denim for Fall 2007 in a variety of fashionable styles at great prices.
New Yorkers try facial yoga to reduce wrinkles
September 6, 2007 07:15 AM - Christine Kearney -Reuters
Botox and plastic surgery may promise to reduce wrinkles and worry lines, but some New Yorkers are turning to facial yoga to achieve a youthful appearance. At a recent class in Manhattan's wealthy Upper East Side, yoga instructor Annelise Hagen teaches several facial exercises designed to stretch and tone facial muscles.
13 percent of women stop taking breast cancer drug because of side effects, U-M study finds
September 6, 2007 07:02 AM - University of Michigan Health System
More than 10 percent of women with breast cancer stopped taking a commonly prescribed drug because of joint and muscle pain, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Study: New Way to Rehab Fried-Food-Loving Couch Dwellers
September 5, 2007 05:55 PM - Northwestern University News
CHICAGO --- For lunch, Joy Hesemann loved to dive into a platter of deep-fried, crunchy chicken tenders with a side of ranch dressing. At night, she'd fry up ground beef for Hamburger Helper or another boxed meal for her family's dinner. Later, she'd plop in front of the TV or computer screen and rip into a bag of Oreos or potato chips. "I knew I was constantly overeating and eating the wrong things, and I wasn't exercising," admitted Hesemann, 27, an administrative assistant from Streamwood, Ill. "I wanted to change, but I needed some motivation."
Airline Sacrifices 2 Goats To Appease Sky God
September 5, 2007 12:48 PM - Reuters
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Officials at Nepal's state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday. Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due the problem.