Archive for July, 2010
By Corbett B. Daly and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A second senior Democratic lawmaker may face a public ethics trial this fall, adding a new threat to their party’s efforts to keep control of the House of Representatives in the November elections
* Obama urges Republicans to allow vote on bill * Reid hopeful that Senate can act on bill next week * Obama says he’ll call Republicans’ ‘bluff’ on deficit (Adds Obama comments on deficit in paragraphs 9-11) By Ross Colvin WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday accused Republicans of holding American small businesses “hostage to politics” after Republican senators refused to back a $30 billion small-business lending package.
DETROIT, July 31 (Reuters) – A U.S. congressional committee will probe the spill of more than 800,000 gallons (3 million litres) of oil from an Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO: Quote , Profile , Research ) pipeline in southern Michigan this week, a Michigan congressman said on Saturday
* Ethics trials could come weeks before elections * Democrats worry about impact on elections * Waters was under investigation for bank meeting (Adds House Democratic aide quote) By Corbett B.
By Chris Allbritton and David Milliken ISLAMABAD/LONDON (Reuters) – Pakistan’s spy chief has canceled a trip to Britain, a spokesman said on Saturday, but Islamabad played down a row over remarks by British Prime Minister David Cameron suggesting Pakistan was not doing enough to fight terrorism. A spokesman for the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) agency said on Saturday that senior intelligence officials, including ISI head Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, would not go to London on Monday as planned for counter-terrorism talks. But President Asif Ali Zardari will still visit Britain next week, a government spokesman said.
* Grand jury hears testimony on disabled methane monitor * Explosion at mine killed 29 workers on April 5 CHICAGO, July 31 (Reuters) – A federal grand jury looking into an explosion that killed 29 workers at a Massey Energy Co (MEE.N: Quote , Profile , Research ) coal mine in West Virginia heard testimony this week about possible illegal tampering with a mine safety monitor, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. The testimony addressed an incident in which an electrician allegedly disabled a methane monitor at the Upper Big Branch Mine, according to the report quoting people familiar with the matter. A former Massey worker who filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the company reportedly witnessed the rewiring of a mining machine’s methane monitor, the article said citing his lawyer
LOS ANGELES, July 31 (Reuters) – Steve Carell’s new comedy “Dinner For Schmucks” took an early lead at the weekend box office in North America, according to preliminary estimates issued on Saturday, but faces a close race with reigning champ “Inception” for overall honors. “Schmucks” opened to $8.4 million on Friday, while “Inception” earned $8.15 million, said their respective distributors Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros Pictures. They are each on track to finish up in the low-$20 million range when estimates for the three-day period are issued on Sunday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson has announced he will oppose the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, making him the first Democrat to declare against her. “I have heard concerns from Nebraskans regarding Ms.
VIENNA (Reuters) – BP Plc is seeking to sell its German petrol station chain Aral for around 2 billion euros ($2.6 billion), German magazine Wirtschaftswoche reported on Saturday, citing investment bankers familiar with BP’s plans. BP last week unveiled plans to sell $30 billion of assets — mainly upstream oil and gas fields– over the next 18 months to cover costs related to the Gulf oil spill, the worst in U.S.