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  1. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Obama strategist David Plouffe joins smartphone car-hailing service Uber

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 09:19pm by AFP

    ... and into the brave new world of software-powered transportation." Uber has faced significant resistance from regulators in several countries, who accuse it of unfair competition and lack of standards ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577808/obama-strategist-david-plouffe-joins-smartphone-car-hailing-service-uber
  2. News - World - UNITED STATES

    CIA hid harsh post-9/11 interrogation techniques, Senate investigation finds

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 09:26pm by AP

    ... informed when the techniques were first used in 2002, the official said. A spokeswoman said on Wednesday that Powell would not comment. The former CIA official said it would be standard practice ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1563601/cia-hid-harsh-post-911-interrogation-techniques-senate-investigation
  3. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Hundreds more infectious germ samples found at lab near Washington

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 09:12pm by AFP

    ... 1946 and 1964 when standards for work with and storage of biological specimens were very different from those used today," the FDA said. "All of the items labelled as infectious ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1555635/hundreds-more-infectious-germ-samples-found-lab-near-washington
  4. News - World - UNITED STATES

    US workers claim discrimination in hiring of foreigners on skilled worker visas

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 10:55pm by AP

    ... it considers all qualified candidates "without regard to citizenship and immigration status". Manpower said it "adopts the highest ethical standards and complies with all applicable laws ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1549216/us-workers-claim-discrimination-hiring-foreigners-skilled-worker-visas
  5. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Hip hangout proves too hot for Jay-Z

    Posted May 13th 2014, 09:18pm by AFP

    ... star Jay-Z at the Standard hotel, site of an after-party following the glamorous Met Gala in New York on May 5. A bodyguard is seen trying to restrain the clearly agitated 27-year-old Solange, ... Museum fashion gala- Solange in a pink Phillip Lim dress, Beyonce in a sheer black Givenchy Haute Couture gown and Jay-Z in a white tuxedo jacket. The Standard hotel in lower Manhattan expressed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1511332/hip-hangout-proves-too-hot-jay-z
  6. News - World - UNITED STATES

    US Secret Service accused of compromising White House security

    Posted May 12th 2014, 03:12am by AP

    ... that the assignment took place for only a few days around the Independence Day weekend. Donovan said the operation was part of the agency's standard response to potential threats to an employee. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1509948/us-secret-service-accused-compromising-white-house-security
  7. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    All-cash home purchases surge in US with rising interest rates

    Posted May 14th 2014, 05:04am by Bloomberg

    ... owner-occupant buyers," Blomquist said. Banks' stricter credit standards following the housing crash, in combination with rising mortgage rates, have put the brakes on lending. More than 40 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1511301/all-cash-home-purchases-surge-us-rising-interest-rates
  8. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    Dearth of first-time buyers holds back housing rebound in US

    Posted May 07th 2014, 05:01am by Reuters

    ... favourable [interest] rates," he said. "[But] credit standards and down payments are excruciatingly difficult. There's a will to buy, not a way to buy." In the first quarter, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1505916/dearth-first-time-buyers-holds-back-housing-rebound-us
  9. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Gang defendant gunned down in US court during attack on witness

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 10:59pm by AP

    ... and weapons offences. Under standard procedures, Angilau was not restrained in the courtroom, the FBI said. A mistrial was declared after the shooting. Perry Cardwell, who was in court, said Angilau ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1494494/gang-defendant-gunned-down-us-court-during-attack-witness
  10. News - World - UNITED STATES

    US scientists say natural-gas system leaks more methane than estimated

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 09:16pm by AFP

    ... and other sources. Our best guess [is] emissions are 50 per cent higher than EPA estimates PROFESSOR ADAM BRANDT But a single culprit was not easily found, and not enough evidence existed to point ... warming. The EPA greenhouse-gas annual inventory estimates about 1.5 per cent of methane from natural gas leaks out of the system before it is burned. The EPA focuses on human-caused emissions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1427963/us-scientists-say-natural-gas-system-leaks-more-methan-estimated

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