Iran says new chapter is open; dismisses speculation on nuclear weapons

  Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency reiterated Thursday that his country “is ready to re-engage with IAEA,” amid growing pressure from world powers over its controversial nuclear program. “A new chapter (has) opened,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh told reporters at the IAEA board of governors meeting in Vienna. But he said his country “will never ever suspend our […]

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Unemployment Applications Rise Slightly; Overall Levels Remain Low

  Slightly more people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week. But the overall level stayed low enough to suggest the job market is strengthening. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications increased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, the highest level since January. The four-week average, which smooths week-to-week fluctuations, ticked up to 355,000. That’s roughly in […]

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Caucus Belli

  When the defense budget begins tightening, nervous lawmakers don’t circle the wagons – they set up a caucus. That’s what happened earlier this week as about a dozen lawmakers created the Congressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus. It’s no doubt driven, in part, by the Air Force’s just-announced plan to trim its transport fleet (see second item here). “Air mobility […]

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Innovative Software Technologies Rebrands Green Energy Division

  Innovative Software Technologies, Inc. (INIV.PK) is pleased to announce that it has rebranded its new green energy division, IST Global Green Energy Solutions, Inc., to Znergy, Inc. (http://www.Znergy.co). Its mission is to capture revenue and market share by leveraging the global awareness of Green initiatives, as well as capitalize on the estimated $1 trillion global energy infrastructure upgrades occurring […]

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Narcotic Painkillers Another Threat to Traumatized War Vets: Study

  Iraq and Afghanistan war  veterans who have psychiatric disorders, especially post-traumatic stress  disorder, are more likely than mentally healthy vets to use prescription narcotic painkillers, a new study finds. Use of these opioid pain medications, such as OxyContin, Percocet and  Vicodin, can become addictive and cause more serious problems, researchers  say. “Veterans using these narcotic painkillers had worse clinical  […]

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President Obama Unveils Housing Initiative at Super Tuesday News Conference

  President Obama today unveiled his administration’s latest plan to tackle the housing crisis, announcing new mortgage relief for U.S. military personnel and homeowners with government-insured loans at his first news conference of the year. Obama told reporters at his 19th solo White House news conference that he is not satisfied to “sit by and wait while the housing market […]

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Netanyahu Signals Determination on Iran, but War Will Have to Wait

    Had he been speaking Hebrew in a dramatic TV broadcast back home, parts of Benjamin Netanyahu’s fire-and-brimstone speech on Monday night might have been mistaken for the words of an Israeli Prime Minister about to launch a fateful war. He painted Iran’s nuclear program as an apocalyptic extermination threat redolent of the Nazi Holocaust, stressed Israel’s power and […]

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