US citizens reacting against fracking

(By Steven Mufson) The multibillion-dollar Anschutz Exploration Corp., which helped make its founder, Philip Anschutz, one of the richest men in America, filed a lawsuit three years ago against Dryden, a small town in Upstate New York.

The issue: Dryden was sitting on top of some of the best shale gas prospects in the country, . . . → Read More: US citizens reacting against fracking

The art of traditional cheese making in danger

Is the Food and Drug Administration waging a war on artisanal cheese?

The answer depends on your perspective. But this much is certain: An FDA official’s remarks to New York regulators about using wooden boards to age cheese has caused an uproar in the domestic industry and raised questions about the status of imported cheeses . . . → Read More: The art of traditional cheese making in danger

More than just smoke in the air

By Shirin Naseer

It is a thrill but one that comes at a heady price. Pakistan annually consumes Rs 450 billion worth of tobacco and loses nearly 80,000 people each year to lung cancer, pulmonary diseases and heart attacks. With an expanding tobacco industry growing at a rate of 5% per year smoking continues to . . . → Read More: More than just smoke in the air

Student guilty of anti-Muslim attack in NY

NEW YORK: A film student pleaded guilty to attempted murder as a hate crime on Tuesday for stabbing a New York City taxi driver in what prosecutors said was an anti-Muslim attack.

Michael Enright, 24, faces 9.5 years in prison when he is sentenced later this month.

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UN Sec-Gen appreciates efforts of Pakistani peacekeepers

Exhibition displays photographs celebrating more than 50 years of Pakistan’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday paid high tributes to Pakistani peacekeepers for their service under the UN flag in hot spots around the world, saying they had made ‘remarkable contribution’ in maintaining peace coupled with helping . . . → Read More: UN Sec-Gen appreciates efforts of Pakistani peacekeepers

World’s most expensive foods

1, 2 & 3. The most expensive burgers

Where You Can Find It: Serendipity 3, New York

Price: $295

What Makes It So Expensive: Le Burger Extravagant is made with white truffle butter-infused Japanese Wagyu beef, topped with James Montgomery cheddar cheese, black truffles and a fried quail egg. It’s served on . . . → Read More: World’s most expensive foods

NewsCorp to Split into two

NEW YORK — The board of directors at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has approved a plan that calls for splitting the global media conglomerate into two separate companies, one holding its newspaper business and another its entertainment operations, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

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Facebook aims for $15 billion profit by Increasing Public Offering

New York: Facebook Inc will increase the size of its initial public offering by 25 per cent to raise about $15 billion, a source familiar with the matter said, as strong investor demand for a share of the No.1 social network trumped ongoing debate about the company’s long-term potential to make money.

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Kissinger makes a shocking prediction on current geo-politics

NEW YORK – USA – In a remarkable admission by former Nixon era Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, reveals what is happening at the moment in the world and particularly the Middle East.

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Occupying Wallstreet for the 99% downtrodden

Protesters at the Occupy Wall Street camp in New York say they are fighting for America’s downtrodden 99 percent. Now some of the hated one percent want it known that they are people too.

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