Timecapsule Timeline

Calendar Months

   "Most newspaper article events happen anywhere from days, to months, to years before they reach publication. Consequently, most newspaper articles (on this timeline) are preceded by the date of the newspaper in which they appear." [E.M.]    *Color Code

March 2012

2012 - Astronomic Configuration - March 1st, 2012: "Sun [11 Pisces], Moon [13 Gemeni], Mercury [28 Pisces], Venus [25 Aries], Mars [14 Virgo R.], Jupiter [7 Taurus], Saturn [29 Libra R.], Uranus [3 Aries], Neptune [1 Pisces], Pluto [9 Capricorn], Chiron [5 Pisces]."

[Based on: http://www.biopscinst.com/bpi/ephm/E201203.html]

2012 - U.S. National Debt - March 1st, 2012: "U.S. National Debt Clock - The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 Feb 2012 at 11:28:38 PM GMT is: $15,493,151,459,789.41. The estimated population of the United States is 312,321,935 so each citizen's share of this debt is $49,606.35. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $4.01 billion per day since September 28, 2007! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House! [Based  on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 02/01/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 1st, 2012: "Stocks fell on lowered expectations that the Federal Reserve will buy more bonds to juice the economy. The Dow fell 53.05, or 0.4 percent, to 12,952.07. The S&P 500 fell 6.50, or 0.5 percent, to 1,365.68. The Nasdaq fell 19.87, or 0.7 percent, to 2,968.89." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

2012 - Tropical Cyclone Irina - March 1st, 2012: "Multiple storms struck the region of Madagascar and the Mozambique Channel in early 2012: Tropical Depression Dando in mid-January, Tropical Cyclone Funso in late January, and Tropical Cyclone Giovanna in mid-February. At the end of February, a fourth storm came to life. Irina started as a tropical storm on February 29. By March 1, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported, it was a tropical cyclone. Irina had maximum sustained winds of 55 knots (100 kilometers per hour) with gusts up to 70 knots (130 kilometers per hour). [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=77279]

*Trivia: "Tropical storm Irina has killed at least 65 people in Madagascar ... according to reports Tuesday [03/06/12]. [....]" [Based on: dpa article (Storm kills scores in Madagascar), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/07/12]

2012 - Sandusky delay rejected - March 1st, 2012: "The judge in Jerry Sandusky's 52-count child sex abuse case rejected a defense attorney's request for a two-month delay in the start of the Pennsylvania trial." [Based on: Digest article (Sandusky delay rejected), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

2012 - Alex Jones / Double Agent? - "On February 12, 2012, David Chase Taylor of Truther.org broke the story that Alex Jones was likely an intelligence tool for STRATFOR, a private Zionist intelligence agency located in Austin, Texas. As detailed in the original article (see below), STRATFOR admits to being an intelligence gathering center and therefore it stands to reason that Alex Jones and his affiliates of Inforwars and PrisonPlanet have likely been gathering intelligence, data and info on patriotic Americans since 1996, coincidently the exact same year that STRATFOR was founded. [....]"

[Based on: Truther.org article (Alex Jones cancels American speaking tour after revelations that he may be working for Israeli intelligence agency STRATFOR) February 16th, 2012]

http://truthernews.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/alex-jones-cancels-speaking-tour-after-exposure-as-stratfor-double-agent/

2012 - James Murdoch steps down - March 1st, 2012: "James Murdoch steps down" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

2012 - Number of mosques up / U.S.A. - March 1st, 2012: "The number of mosques in America has jumped 74 percent since 2000, and the majority of them espouse a less-than-literal approach to interpreting Islam's holy texts. [...] The survey, 'The American Mosque 2011,' counted 2,106 mosques in the nation, and a spike in the number of people who attend Eid prayers, the Muslim holy days that tend to attract more people than any other. In 2011, the survey found 2.6 million people had gone to Eid prayers, up from 2 million in 2000. [....]" [Based on: Religion News Service article (Number of mosques up), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

*Reference Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_ul-Fitr

2012 - Vatican Secret Archives opened - March 1st, 2012: "Vatican Secret Archives opened ['100 items ... now on display in Rome.']" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

2012 - Apple hits $500 billion milestone - March 1st, 2012: "Apple hits $500 billion milestone ['The gap between it an No. 2 Exxon Mobil Corp. has widened rapidly in the past month']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

2012 - Fourth-quarter loss / Fannie Mae - March 1st, 2012: "Fannie Mae said it lost money in the fourth quarter and is asking the federal government for nearly $4.6 billion to cover its deficit. The mortgage giant lost roughly $2.4 billion in the quarter, stung by declining home prices. [...] Taxpayers have spent more than $150 billion to prop up Fannie and Freddie, the most expensive bailout of the 2008 financial crisis." [Based on: Article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

2012 - Economy beating forecast / U.S.A. - March 1st, 2012: "[...] The economy [U.S.A.] grew at a 3 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, up from a previous estimate of 2.8 percent, the Consumer Department said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Economy beating forecast / Incomes, consumer spending, business investment all on rise), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

2012 - Cigarette package guidelines rejected - March 1st, 2012: "Cigarette package guidelines [U.S.A.] rejected [02/29/12]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

2012 - Airborne missile defense system shelved - March 1st, 2012: "Airborne missile defense system [U.S.A.] shelved [... Airborne Laser Test Bed but some research into anti-missile lasers will continue']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

2012 - Egypt lifts travel ban on Seven Americans - March 1st, 2012: "Egypt lifts travel ban on Seven Americans [02/29/12] / Civil society workers are charged with illegally receiving foreign funds." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

2012 - African terrorists trying to unite, U.S. says - March 1st, 2012: "[...] Army Gen. Carter ham said terror leaders from al-Shabab, al-Qaida in the islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram in Nigeria want to synchronize their efforts. 'That preents a real challenge for us,' he told the House Armed Services Committee. [....]" [Based on: Digest article (African terrorists trying to unite, U.S. says), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

2012 - N. Korea agrees to halt nuclear weapons work - March 1st, 2012: "N. Korea agrees to halt nuclear weapons work / Deal for food aid ['from the United States'] is 'modest first step,' Clinton says of nation known to renege." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 03/01/12]

2012 - FBI needs cyberhelp - March 2nd, 2012: "The director of ther FBI said the agency needs the help of private sector cybersecurity professionals to combat what he believes is becoming the nation's No. 1 threat. [....]" [Based on: Digest article (FBI needs cyberhelp), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/02/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 2nd, 2012: "Stocks rose Thursday following encouraging reports on the job market and retail sales. The Dow rose 28.23, or 0.2 percent, to 12,980.30. The S&P 500 rose 8.41, or 0.6 percent, to 1,374.09. The Nasdaq rose 22.08, or 0.7 percent, to 2,988.97." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 03/02/12]

2012 - Mayan light beam photo - March 2nd, 2012: "Mayan light beam photo [2009]: Message from the gods, or iPhone glitch?" [Based on Title for foxnews.com article) Written By Natalie Wolchover, Published March 02, 2012 - TechMediaNetwork]

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/02/mayan-light-beam-photo-message-from-gods-or-iphone-glitch/?intcmp=features&intcmp=features#ixzz1o4N4aDfA

2012 - Indicted / Dunard Morris - March 2nd, 2012: "Medical firm's ex-CEO [Dunard Morris] faces embezzlement, fraud charges / He also lied about being honored for military service, indictment [02/29/12] says." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/02/12]

2012 - Japan invents speech-jamming - March 2nd, 2012: "Japan invents speech-jamming gun that silences people mid-sentence" [Based on: Title for foxnews.com article: Published March 02, 2012 - NewsCore]

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/02/japan-invents-speech-jamming-gun-that-silences-people-mid-sentence/?intcmp=features#ixzz1o4D8gyNL

2012 - Syrian rebels retreat from Homs - March 2nd, 2012: "Syrian rebels retreat ['tactical retreat'] from Homs [03/01/12]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/02/12]

2012 - Afghan allies kill 2 more Americans - March 2nd, 2012: "Afghan allies kill 2 more Americans [03/01/12]" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/02/12]

2012 - Gay marriage law signed / Maryland - March 2nd, 2012: "Gay marriage law [Maryland] signed [03/01/12]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/02/12]

2012 - Egypt allows American activists to leave - March 2nd, 2012: "Egypt allows American activists to leave [03/01/12]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/02/12]

2012 - Fatal storms flatten towns in Indiana, Kentucky - March 2nd, 2012: "Fatal storms flatten towns in Indiana, Kentucky [03/02/12] / Tornado outbreak kills at least 28 on heels of earlier round of storms." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/03/12]

*Links: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=77308

2012 - Strong Earthquake / Southeast of the Loyalty Islands - March 3rd, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 12:19:55 (UTC) on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 22.157°S, 170.317°E; Depth 15.2 km (9.4 miles)] was located @ SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usb0008age.php]-[T.D.- 03/03/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 3rd, 2012: "Stocks fell Friday, but not by enough to keep the S&P 500 from its eighth weekly gain in the last nine weeks. The Dow fell 2.73 points to 12,977.57. The S&P 500 fell 4.46, or 0.3 percent, to 1,369.63. The Nasdaq fell 12.78, or 0.4 percent, to 2,976.19." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/03/12]

2012 - Untaxed overseas profits soar - March 3rd, 2012: "U.S. companies led by General Electric Co. and Pfizer Inc. stockpiled an additional $187 billion in untaxed overseas profits over the past year, boosting their offshore holdings by 18.4 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The U.S.-based companies studied hold $1.2 trillion in profits around the world. GE and Pfizer have built up the most money outside the U.S., with $102 billion and $63 billion respectively." [Based on: Article (Untaxed overseas profits soar), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/03/12]

*Reference Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Electric
                                 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfizer

                                 http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=21&query=Pfizer

2012 - Syrian authorities block aid convoy - March 3rd, 2012: "Syrian authorities block aid convoy / Red Cross says it was denied access to the battered neighborhood of Baba Amr in the city of Homs." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/03/12]

2012 - BP reaches setttlement in Gulf oil spill - March 3rd, 2012: "[...] The oil giant said Friday it expects to pay out at least $7.8 billion as part of the settlement. [NP] BP still has to resolve claims by the U.S. government, Gulf states and its partners ... ." [Based on: Digest article (BP reaches etttlement in Gulf oil spill), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 03/03/12]

*Reference Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BP
                   http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=288

2012 - Sunspot 1429 - March 4th, 2012: "A sunspot almost four times as wide as Earth itself is rotating onto the solar disk. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded its entrance on March 2nd and 3rd; [... .]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/04/12]

2012 - Sixth-Warmest Winter / St. Louis, Mo. - March 4th, 2012: "The meteorological winter that ended Feb. 29 was the sixth-warmest on record for the St. Louis area, the National Weather Service said Saturday. [....]" [Based on: Staff & Wire reports article (Area closes book on its sixth-warmest winter), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/04/12]

2012 - X1-Class Solar Flare - March 5th, 2012: "Solar activity is now high. Big sunspot AR1429, which emerged on March 2nd, is crackling with strong flares. The strongest so far, an X1-class eruption, occured just ths morning, March 5th at 0413 UT. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/05/12]

2012 - China boosts defense spending - March 5th, 2012: "China announced on Sunday [03/04/12] an 11.2 percent increase in its 2012 defense budget to $110 billion ... ." [Based on: Digest article (China boosts defense spending), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/05/12]

2012 - Explosion at arms depot / Congo - March 5th, 2012: "Hundreds killed in explosion [03/04/12] at arms depot [Congo]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/05/12]

2012 - Foreign relations / U.S., Israel, Iran - March 5th, 2012: "U.S. would attack, but let sanctions work, Obama says [03/04/12] / He cautions against 'loose talk of war' with Iran." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/05/12]

2012 - 61 killed in al-Qaida attack in Yemen - March 5th, 2012: "61 killed in al-Qaida attack [03/04/12] in Yemen [Zinjibar]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/05/12]

2012 - Limbaugh loses seventh advertiser - March 5th, 2012: "Limbaugh loses seventh advertiser [03/04/12]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/05/12]

2012 - Ahmadinejad rivals cement lead in Iran - March 5th, 2012: "Ahmadinejad rivals cement lead in Iran ['... claimed control of parliament Sunday with more than two-thirds of the seats ... .'] / Ayatollah Khameni allies further weaken president, reject West's stand on nuclear dispute." [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/05/12]

2012 - Putin basks in victory amid claims of fraud - March 5th, 2012: "Putin basks in victory [03/04/12] amid claims of fraud ['Putin tallied nearly 60 percent of the vote'] / Foes dispute Russia's presidential vote, plan major protest today." [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/05/12]

2012 - Strong Earthquake / Santiago Del Estero, Argentina - March 5th, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 07:46:09 (UTC) on Monday, March 5th, 2012. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 28.227°S, 63.242°W; Depth 550 km (341.8 miles)] was located @ SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO, ARGENTINA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usb0008baw.php]-[T.D.- 03/05/12]

2012 - Solar Wind - March 6th, 2012: "Solar wind speed: 422.4 km/sec / density: 14.3 protons/cm3 ... Updated: Today at 0457 UT; Solar wind speed: 411.4 km/sec / density: 20.9 protons/cm3 ... Updated: Today at 0506 UT"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/06/12]

2012 - CME IMPACT - March 6th, 2012: "CME IMPACT: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field on March 7th at approximately 0400 UT. The impact was not a strong one, but it could stir up polar geomagnetic storms anyway. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/06/12]

2012 - Disaster costs soar - March 6th, 2012: "The economic cost of disasters in 2011 was the highest in history - with a price tag of at least $380 billion, mainly due to earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, a U.N. envoy said Monday. [....]" [Based on: Digest article (Disaster costs soar), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/06/12]

2012 - X5-Class Solar Flare - March 6th, 2012: "MAJOR SOLAR FLARE: Earth-orbiting satellites have just detected an X5-class solar flare from big sunspot AR1429. The blast peaked on March 7th at 00:28 UT. Radiation storms and radio blackouts are possible. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/06/12]

2012 - Safe porn sex / U.S.A. - March 6th, 2012: "Actors in many of the adult films made in the nation's porn capital must use condoms under a law that took effect Monday, but the prophylactic police aren't yet on the beat. [....]" [Based on: Digest article (Safe porn sex), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/06/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 6th, 2012: "Stocks fell Monday on worries about slowing growth in Asia and debt troubles in Europe. The Dow fell 14.76, or 0.1 percent, to 12.962.81. The S&P 500 fell 5.30, or 0.4 percent, to 1,364.33. The Nasdaq fell 25.71, or 0.9 percent, to 2,950.48." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/06/12]

2012 - Super Tuesday / U.S.A. - March 6th, 2012: "Romney, Santorum neck-and-neck in Ohio / Romney pads lead - Victories boost his delegate total. / Santorum's push - Tennessee, Oklahoma buoy campaign. / Gingrich strategy - He courts South after Georgia win." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/07/12]

2012 - Strike on Syria urged - March 6th, 2012: "Strike on Syria urged [by Rep. Senator John McCain Monday - 03/05/12]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/06/12]

2012 - Al-Qaida guns down 25 officers in Iraq - March 6th, 2012: "Al-Qaida guns down 25 officers in Iraq [03/05/12] / Insurgents entered Haditha about 2 a.m. in cars painted as government vehicles." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 03/06/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 7th, 2012: "Stocks Tuesday fell as a deadline nears for Greece in its race to avoid a default on its debt. The Dow fell 203.66 points, or 1.6 percent, to 12,759.15. The S&P 500 fell 20.97 points, or 1.5 percent, to 1,343.36. The Nasdaq fell 40.16, or 1.4 percent, to 2,910.32." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/07/12]

2012 - Hackers known as Anonymous are arrested - March 7th, 2012: "Hackers known as Anonymous are arrested [03/06/12] / One captured last year provided information for charges against others ['five men']." [Based on: Title (and text) for Chicago Tribune article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/07/12]

2012 - Liz Cheney: Desist! - March 8th, 2012: "The hubris still is trying to trump humility / Foreign relations - The warmongerers who drew us into 10 years of futile, bloody battle are mongering again." [Based on: Title for OTHER VIEWS Page article by Maureen Dowd, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/08/12] - See Link (Liz Cheney: Desist!, by Maureen Dowd)

*Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/07/opinion/dowd-liz-cheney-desist.html?_r=1&ref=maureendowd

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 8th, 2012: "Stocks rose Wednesday on encouraging reports about the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 78.18, or 0.6 percent, to 12,837.33. The S&P 500 rose 9.27, or 0.7 percent, to 1,352.63. The Nasdaq rose 8.86, or 1.1 percent, to 2,935.69." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/08/12]

2012 - Aging labor force / U.S.A. - March 8th, 2012: "Drop in unemployment tied to aging labor force / Report ['Dispelling an Urban Legend'] challenges explanation that decline is due to workers who have given up looking; instead, more baby boomers are retiring." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article , p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/08/12]

2012 - Brazil may fine companies - March 8th, 2012: "Discriminating against women in Brazil is already illegal. Now it may be costly as well. Brazil's Congress has passed a bill imposing fines on companies paying women lower wages than men for the same work. The measure approved Tuesday [03/06/12] is expected to be signed into law by Brazil's first female president, Dilma Rousseff." [Based on: Digest article (Brazil may fine companies), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/08/12]

2012 - More billionaires than ever - March 8th, 2012: "A record 1,226 people around the globe have a net worth of more than $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine's annual list. That's up 1 percent from last year." [Based on: Digest article (More billionaires than ever), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/08/12]

2012 - British casualties / Afghanistan - March 8th, 2012: "[...] Six British troops were presumed dead after a massive blast destroyed their heavily armored vehicle in Helmad province, Western military officials said Wednesday. The fatalities mark a grim milestone, pushing British deaths in the course of the 10-year war above 400 - a toll second only to American losses of more than 1,900 troops. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (British loss marks milestone), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/08/12]

2012 - Boeing space drone still orbiting - March 8th, 2012: "One year after the Air Force blasted it into orbit, a Boeing-built robotic space drone continues to circle the Earth, the Air Force said Wednesday [03/07/12]. But the mission and payload of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle remain a mystery. Some industry analysts have theorized that because of its clandestine nature, the X-37B could be a precursor to an orbiting weapon." [Based on: Digest article (Boeing space drone still orbiting), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/08/12]

2012 - Ultrasound law signed in Virginia - March 8th, 2012: "Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed into law a controversial bill requiring women to have an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion." [Based on: Digest article (Ultrasound law signed in Virginia), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/08/12]

2012 - Iranian cleaning of nuclear site is suspected - March 8th, 2012: "Iranian cleaning of nuclear site is suspected" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/08/12]

2012 - Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Earth's Upper Atmosphere - March 8th, 2012: "A recent flurry of eruptions on the sun did more than spark pretty auroras around the poles. NASA-funded researchers say the solar storms of March 8th through 10th dumped enough energy in Earth’s upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years. [NP] 'This was the biggest dose of heat we’ve received from a solar storm since 2005,' says Martin Mlynczak of NASA Langley Research Center. 'It was a big event, and shows how solar activity can directly affect our planet.' [....] "

[Based on NASA SCIENCE / Science News article (Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Earth's Upper Atmosphere) 03/22/12]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/22mar_saber/

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 9th, 2012: "Stocks rose Thursday on hopes that Greece would succeed in restructuring its debt and avoid a default. The Dow rose 70.61, or 0.6 percent, to 12,907.94. The S&P 500 rose 13.28, or 1 percent, to 1,365.91. The Nasdaq rose 34.73, or 1.2 percent, to 2,970.42." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 03/09/12]

2012 - M6-Classs Solar Flare - March 9th, 2012: "Sunspot AR1429 has unleashed another strong solar flare, an M6-class eruption on March 9th at 0358 UT. The blast hurled a coronal mass ejection directly toward Earth (movie). According to analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the cloud will arrive on March 11th at 0649 UT (+/- 7 hr) adding to the geomagnetic unrest already underway. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/09/12]

2012 - Gulf fines to go to states - March 9th, 2012: "[...] The BP oil company could be fined $5.4 billion to $21.1 billion under the Clean water Act." [Based on: Digest article (Gulf fines to go to states), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/09/12]

2012 - American in Egyptian court - March 9th, 2012: "American [Robert Becker] in Egyptian court" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/09/12]

2012 - Sodas adjust coloring recipe - March 9th, 2012: "Sodas adjust coloring recipe / Move is effort to comply with California law and to avoid cancer-warning label." [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/09/12]

2012 - Stanford is told to repay $330 - March 9th, 2012: "Stanford [R. Allen Stanford] is told to repay $330 million [03/08/12]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/09/12]

2012 - Strong Earthquake / Vanuatu - March 9th, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 07:09:53 (UTC) on Friday, March 9th, 2012. The magnitude 6.7 event [Location: 19.115°S, 169.643°E; Depth 31.7 km (19.7 miles)] was located @ VANUATU."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usb0008e4z.php]-[T.D.- 03/09/12]

2012 - Army suicide rate rises 80 percent - March 9th, 2012: "Suicides among Army personnel rose 80 percent from 2004 to 2008, according to a study published Thursday in the journal inquiry Prevention. For the last years in which data were available in this study, 2007 and 2008, 255 soldiers took their lives. The authors estimated that 25 percent to 50 percent of the suicides were directly related to the combat commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan." [Based on: Digest article (Army suicide rate rises 80 percent), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/09/12]

2012 - 2 European hostages killed in Nigeria - March 9th, 2012: "2 European hostages killed in Nigeria ['A Nigerian official said the two died in the crossfire during a rescue attempt']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/09/12]

2012 - Syrian official is reported to have defected - March 9th, 2012: "Syrian official [deputy oil minister Abdo Hussameddin] is reported to have defected [03/08/12]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/09/12]

2012 - Alaska on alert - March 10th, 2012: "Increased earthquake activity has prompted scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory to raise the alert level for an Alaska volcano." [Based on: Digest article (Alaska on alert), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/10/12]

*Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjzZlTnn8cw

2012 - GPO Caucuses - March 10th, 2012: "Santorum, Romney split Kansas, Wyoming [03/10/12] / Week ahead includes suddenly pivotal Southern primaries." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/11/12]

2012 - M8-Class Solar Flare - March 10th, 2012: "Sunspot AR1429 is still erupting this weekend. On Saturday, March 10th, it produced a powerful M8-class flare that almost crossed the threshold into X-territory. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/10/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 10th, 2012: "Stocks rose Friday after employers added more than 200,000 jobs for the third straight month. The Dow rose 14.08 points, or 0.1 percent to 12,922.02. The S&P 500 rose 4.96, or 0.4 percent, to 1,370.87. The Nasdaq rose 17.92, or 0.6 percent, to 2,988.34." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/10/12]

2012 - U.S. to transfer detainees - March 10th, 2012: "U.S. to transfer detainees / 3,000 under U.S. control will be handed over to Afghans ['within six months']." [Based on: Title for (and text) McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/10/12]

2012 - Beef additive ban gains strength - March 10th, 2012: "Beef additive ban gains strength / Supporters want to eliminate 'pink slime' from U.S. school lunch program." [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/10/12]

2012 - Greece's creditors OK key writedown of debt - March 10th, 2012: "Greece's creditors OK key writedown of debt [03/09/12?]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 03/10/12]

2012 - Solar Wind - March 11th, 2012: "Solar wind speed: 443.1 km/sec; density: 12.6 protons/cm3 ... Updated: Today at 2232 UT" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/10/12]

2012 - 23 dead in attack - March 11th, 2012: "23 dead in attack ['when Somali insurgents attacked Ethiopian troops on Saturday']" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/11/12]

2012 - 18 killed in Yemen - March 11th, 2012: "18 killed in Yemen ['two U.S. airstrikes killed at least 18 al-Qaida-linked militants' - 03/10/12]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Los Angeles Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/11/12]

2012 - Syria launches another assault - March 11th, 2012: "Syria launches another assault [03/10/12]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/11/12]

2012 - Israeli forces, militants resume deadly battles - March 11th, 2012: "Israeli forces, militants resume deadly battles [03/09/12-03/10/12] / Attacks that killed 14 [Palestinians] and unjured four [Israelis] end weeks of calm." [Based on: Title (and text) for Los Angeles Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/11/12]

2012 - Expert says quake, not wave, caused meltdown disaster - March 11th, 2012: "Expert [Mitsuhiko Tanaka] says quake, not wave, caused meltdown disaster [Japan - 03/11/12]" [Based on: Title (and text) for dpa article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/11/12]

2012 - Blast kills 14 in Pakistan - March 12th, 2012: "A bomb exploded at a funeral in northwest Pakistan Sunday, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 30 others, officials said. [....]" [Based on: Digest article (Blast kills 14 in Pakistan), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/12/12]

2012 - Fighting in Gaza worsens - March 12th, 2012: "Fighting in Gaza worsens [03/11/12]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/12/12]

2012 - Blast kills 10 at mass in Nigeria - March 12th, 2012: "A suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic church in Jos, Nigeria, on Sunday [03/11/12] in the middle of Mass, killing at least 10 people ... ." [Based on: Digest article (Blast kills 10 at mass in Nigeria), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/12/12]

2012 - Killing of villagers imperils mission - March 12th, 2012: "Killing of villagers [03/11/12] imperils mission / Mostly women and children were among those killed allegedly by a U.S. soldier outside Afghan base." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/12/12]

2012 - Doubts over Iran, despite assurances - March 12th, 2012: "Doubts over Iran, despite assurances / Some officials not so confident that U.S. could immediately detect when Tehran starts construction on nuclear bomb." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, by Ken Dilanian, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/12/12]

2012 - GOP Voting - March 13th, 2012: "Santorum shows way down south [03/13/12] / With wins in Alabama, Mississippi, he deals blow to Gingrich's 'Southern strategy': as expected, Romney trails." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/14/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 13th, 2012: "Stocks were mixed Monday after Greece moved closer to getting its bailout and China reported a bigger trade deficit. The Dow rose 37.69, or 0.3 percent, to 12,959.71. The S&P 500 rose 0.22 to 1,371.09. The Nasdaq fell 4.68, or 0.2 percent, to 2,983.66." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - Yahoo suing Facebook - March 13th, 2012: "Yahoo is filing a lawsuit against Facebook over patents, following through on a threat it made last month [....]." [Based on: Article (Yahoo suing Facebook), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - M7-Class Solar Flare - March 13th, 2012: "ANOTHER STRONG FLARE: So much for the decay of sunspot AR1429. The active region unleashed another strong flare on March 13th, an M7-class eruption that peaked around 1741 UT. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/13/12]

2012 - Mideast cease-fire in place - March 13th, 2012: "Egypt has mediated a cease fire between Palestinian militant factions and Israel after four days of violence, an Egyptian security official said. [....]" [Based on: Digest article (Mideast cease-fire in place), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - More spending cuts for Spain - March 13th, 2012: "More spending cuts for Spain [03/12/12]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - Activist arrested in Jordan - March 13th, 2012: "Jordan arrested a pro-democracy activist for insulting King Abdullah II, security officials said, the fifth arrest for slandering the monarch in less than a week." [Based on: Digest article (Activist arrested in Jordan), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - 10% drop in oil imports / U.S.A. - March 13th, 2012: "Federal report cites 10% drop in oil imports" [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - Nuclear plant fire ruled serious - March 13th, 2012: "A fire that briefly knocked out the cooling system for used fuel at an idled Nebraska nuclear plant last June represented a serious safety threat, federal regulators said Monday [03/12/12] The Fort Calhoun plant north of Omaha was shut down at the time of the fire, which started in an ill-fitting electrical breaker, and temperatures never exceeded safe levels, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a preliminary report obtained by The Associated Press." [Based on: Digest article (Nuclear plant fire ruled serious), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - Pakistan, Iran working on deal - March 13th, 2012: "Iran and Pakistan are negotiating and energy-for-food barter deal in which Pakistan would supply up to 20 million metric tons of wheat grain in return for discounted electricity and petroleum products, Pakistani business leaders involved in the talks said." [Based on: Digest article (Pakistan, Iran working on deal), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - Attack over heroin use stirs debate - March 13th, 2012: "Attack over heroin use stirs debate / Mother who used bat to hit man she believed supplied son is prosecuted [St. Louis, Mo.] - but supported on facebook page." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - Greek debt to fall more than thought - March 13th, 2012: "The chief of the eurozone said Monday that Greece's debt is now expected to decline to 117 percent of GDP by 2020, less than the 120 percent that had been expected. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Greek debt to fall more than thought), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - SPRING WON'T WAIT / St. Louis, Mo. - March 13th, 2012: "80-degree weather has ice cream trucks, golfers and nurseries gearing up as ... SPRING WON'T WAIT [St. Louis, Mo.]" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - Illinois will appeal FEMA disaster denial - March 13th, 2012: "Illinois will appeal FEMA disaster denial / Federal agency also rejected assistance sought for Missouri counties, but Nixon won't seek a reversal." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - Corporate political donations are targeted - March 13th, 2012: "[...] A union-backed organization [Americans United for Change] is offering a $25,000 reward to the first employee who comes forward with 'documentary evidence' that a company is secretly funding a nonprofit organization active in the 2012 campaign. [....]" [Based on: Tribune Washington Bureau article (Corporate political donations are targeted), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - Eat red meat, die sooner, 20-year study finds - March 13th, 2012: "Eat red meat, die sooner, 20-year study finds / An extra 3-oz. piece raises risk by 13 pct." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/13/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 14th, 2012: "Stocks rose Tuesday following a strong retail sales report. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 217.97, or 1.7 percent, to 13,177.68. The S&P 500 rose 24.86, or 1.8 percent, to 1,395.96. The Nasdaq rose 56.22, or 1.9 percent, to 3,039.88." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/14/12]

2012 - Unusual warmth / U.S.A. - March 14th, 2012: "Nation [U.S.A.] revels in unusual warmth [03/13/12]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 03/14/12]

2012 - Defense executive joins Google - March 14th, 2012: "Regina Dugan, who spent the past 2 1/2 years as the first female director of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, has accepted a job as senior executive at Google, a spokeswoman for the agency confirmed. [...] The agency's [DARPA's] founding mission was 'prevention and invention of strategic surprise.' " [Based on: Article (Defense executive joins Google), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/14/12]

*Trivia: "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military. DARPA has been responsible for funding the development of many technologies which have had a major effect on the world, including computer networking, as well as NLS, which was both the first hypertext system, and an important precursor to the contemporary ubiquitous graphical user interface. [....]"

[Based on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_Advanced_Research_Projects_Agency]

*Trivia: "Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) is an American multinational Internet and software corporation specialized in Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. It hosts and develops a number of Internet-based services and products,[5] and generates profit primarily from advertising through its AdWords program.[6][7] The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were both attending Stanford University. [....]"

[Based on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google]

2012 - Taliban attacks Afghan delegation - March 14th, 2012: "Taliban attacks Afghan delegation [03/13/12] / Insurgents break heavy security as nation's leaders visit site of Sunday's killing of civilians by a U.S. soldier." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/14/12]

2012 - Most in U.S. against Israeli strike on Iran - March 14th, 2012: "Most in U.S. against Israeli strike on Iran, poll finds ['... three out of four Americans, according to a poll by the University of Maryland and the Program on International Policy Attitudes.']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Bloomberg News article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/14/12]

2012 - U.S. weighs excavation of tainted landfill site - March 14th, 2012: "U.S. weigs excavation of tainted landfill site [St. Louis, Mo.] / Initial plan called for merely capping the West Lake dump in Bridgeton" [Based on: Title for Front Page article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/14/12]

2012 - Arrests widen British phone hacking scandal - March 14th, 2012: "Arrests [including Rebekah Brooks] widen British phone hacking scandal [03/13/12]" [Based on: Title (and text) for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/14/12]

2012 - Strong Earthquake / Off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan - March 14th, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 09:08:37 (UTC) on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012. The magnitude 6.9 event [Location: 40.899°N, 144.923°E; Depth 26.6 km (16.5 miles)] was located @ OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usb0008gs0.php]-[T.D.- 03/14/12]

2012 - Strong Earthquake / Off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan - March 14th, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 10:49:24 (UTC) on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 40.799°N, 144.770°E; Depth 9.5 km (5.9 miles)] was located @ OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usb0008gui.php]-[T.D.- 03/14/12]

2012 - Strong Earthquake / New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea - March 14th, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 21:13:11 (UTC) on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 5.642°S, 151.025°E; Depth 47.8 km (29.7 miles)] was located @ NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usb0008hb9.php]-[T.D.- 03/15/12]

2012 - Congo rebel convicted - March 15th, 2012: "Nearly 10 years after opening its doors as a bold attempt at a global justice system, the International Criminal Court reached its first verdict Wednesday [03/14/12], finding Congolese rebel Thomas Lubanga guilty of using child soldiers." [Based on: Digest article (Congo rebel convicted), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/15/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 15th, 2012: "Stocks moved little on Wednesday, a day after their biggest gain of the year. The Dow rose 16.42 points, or 0.1 percent, to 13,194.10. The S&P 500 fell 1.67, or 0.1 percent, to 1,394.28. The nasdaq rose 0.85 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 3,040.73." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/15/12]

2012 - Blagojevich's farewell - March 15th, 2012: "Blagojevich's farewell: 'This is not over' / Ousted, convicted ex-governor calls going to prison 'the hardest thing I've ever had to do.' " [Based on: Title for article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/15/12]

2012 - Goldman sachs blasted - March 15th, 2012: "Goldman Sachs, the most storied investment bank on Wall Street, has been compared with a money-sucking vampire squid and called the evil empire of finance. On Wednesday, it got a black eye from one of its own. Greg Smith, an executive director at the bank, resigned with a blistering public essay that accused the bank of losing its 'moral fiber,' putting profits ahead of customers' interests and dismissing customers as 'muppets.' 'It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off,' he wrote. His stinging essay, 'Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs,' appeared on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times Wednesday morning [03/14/12]. It was the talk of Wall Street immediately and circulated online all day." [Based on: Article (Goldman sachs blasted), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/15/12]

2012 - Trade deficit increases / U.S.A. - March 15th, 2012: "[...] The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the current account trade deficit increased 15.3 percent in the October-December quarter, to $124.1 billion. A higher trade deficit acts as a drag on growth. For the year, the current account deficit rose 0.6 percent to $473.4 billion, the largest imbalance since 2008." [Based on: Article (Current account deficit increases), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/15/12]

2012 - Twitter postings stir Mideast rifts - March 15th, 2012: "[...] The two most widely circulated photographs are strikingly similar. In one, a stunned father in Gaza carries his bleeding daughter in a hospital. Another shows a mother in southern Israel sprawled on the pavement, her arm thrown across her two children in protection. [NP] The images appeal to the viewer's sympathy, showing families and civilians caught in the conflict that rages around them. While the photographs are real, they're both used out of context, and were taken several years ago. [NP] The habit of repurposing old photographs and videos for current events is widely used and abused across social media. Few people stop to check the veracity of a photograph or video before spreading it to their friends, especially if they believe it originated with official spokesmen or political officials. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Twitter postings stir Mideast rifts / Dramatic photographs used by activists are not from current hostilities.), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/15/12]

2012 - The Cedars at the JCA is being sold - March 15th, 2012: "Nursing home operator Makhlouf 'Mark' Suissa is acquiring the Cedars at the JCA senior care facility in Town and Country [St. Louis, Mo.]. [....]" [Based on: Article (The Cedars at the JCA is being sold / Operator of six other facilities plans to take over operations on March 27.), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/15/12]

2012 - National Cathedral needs $50 million - March 15th, 2012: "National Cathedral [U.S.A.] needs $50 million ['to repair damage from an earthquake in August' - 2011]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/15/12]

2012 - Peacekeeping force surrounded in Egypt - March 15th, 2012: "[...] The bedouins are apparently demanding the release of five Egyptian prisoners held on terror charges." [Based on: Digest article (Peacekeeping force surrounded in Egypt), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/15/12]

2012 - Coalition is suing EPA over river pollution - March 15th, 2012: "A coalition of environmental groups is suing the federal government to force reductions in nutrient pollution that's fouling the Mississippi River and its tributaries and feeding a massive 'dead zone' in the Gulf of Mexico. [NP] The groups, which include the the St. Louis-based Missouri Coalition for the Environment, filed two lawsuits Tuesday [03/13/12] against the Environmental Protection Agency. [....]" [Based on: Article (Coalition is suing EPA over river pollution / Groups want limits on nitrogen, phosphorous in waterways, update of wastewater treatment rules.), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 03/15/12]

2012 - Opportunity for diplomacy waning in Iran - March 15th, 2012: "President Barack Obama warned Iran on Wednesday [03/14/12] that the window of opportunity to resolve the international deadlock over its nuclear weapons program through diplomacy is closing. [....]" [Based on: Tribune Washington Bureau article (Opportunity for diplomacy waning in Iran), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/15/12]

2012 - Northwest Plaza plan offered / St. Louis, Mo. - March 15th, 2012: "A St. Louis developer has stepped forward with a plan to tear down most of Northwest Plaza - once the largest shopping mall in the world - and replace it with offices, big-box stores and restaurants. [....]" [Based on: Digest article (Northwest Plaza plan offered / developer would raze most of the St. Ann center and replace it with big-box stores, offices and restaurants.), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/15/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 16th, 2012: "Encouraging economic data pushed the S&P 500 up 8.32 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,402.60. It was the first time that the index closed above 1,400 since 2008. The Dow rose 58.66, or 0.4 percent, to 13,252.76. The Nasdaq rose 15.64, or 0.5 percent, to 3,056.37." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. C7, S.L.P.D., 03/16/12]

2012 - Chilean students march - March 16th, 2012: "Chilean students [03/15/12] march ['demanding education reform'" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 03/16/12]

2012 - Taliban release Swiss couple - March 16th, 2012: "Taliban release [03/15/12] Swiss couple ['held captive for eight months']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 03/16/12]

2012 - Taliban suspend talks with U.S. - March 16th, 2012: "Taliban suspend talks with U.S.; Karzai calls for troop pullback [03/15/12]" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/16/12]

2012 - $36.6 billion loan OK'd for Greece - March 16th, 2012: "The International Monetary Fund approved a $36.6 billion loan for Greece as part of a second bailout led by euro-area governments that requires more austerity and an overhaul of its economy from public enterprises to the labor market. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article ($36.6 billion loan OK'd for Greece), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 03/16/12]

2012 - Iranian banks feel sanctions' effect - March 16th, 2012: "Dozens of Iranian banks were blocked from doing business with much of the world as the West tightens the financial screws on a country it wants to prevent from developing nuclear weapons. [...] SWIFT [Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication] said it was forced by recent European Union sanctions to discontinue service to the Iranian banks beginning Saturday. SWIFT is a secure private network used by nearly every bank around the world to send payment messages that lead to the transfer of money across international borders. [...] The regime [Iran] has been able to withstand these sanctions in part because high global oil prices have provided Iran, the world's third largest exporter, with record oil revenue." [Based on: A.P. article (Iranian banks feel sanctions' effect / In unprecedented move, 30 institutions are unable to conduct transactions.), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 03/16/12]

*Trivia: "In January 2012, the advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) implemented a campaign calling on SWIFT to end all relations with Iran's banking system, including the Central Bank of Iran. UANI asserted that Iran's membership in SWIFT violated U.S. and EU financial sanctions against Iran as well as Swift's own corporate rules.[17] [NP] Consequently, in February 2012, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee unanimously approved sanctions against SWIFT aimed at pressuring the Belgian financial telecommunications network to terminate its ties with blacklisted Iranian banks. Expelling Iranian banks from SWIFT would potentially deny Iran access to billions of dollars in revenue. Mark Wallace, president of UANI, praised the Senate Banking Committee.[18] [NP] Initially SWIFT denied it was acting illegally[18] but now says 'it is working with U.S. and European governments to address their concerns that its financial services are being used by Iran to avoid sanctions and conduct illicit business.'[19] Targeted banks would be - amongst others - Saderat Bank of Iran, Bank Mellat, Post Bank of Iran and Sepah Bank [20]. [....]"

[Based on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_for_Worldwide_Interbank_Financial_Telecommunication]

2012 - Foreclosure actions / St. Charles, Mo. - March 16th, 2012: "St. Charles County had the highest rate of new foreclosure actions in the St. Louis [Mo.] region in February, according to RealtyTrac figures released Thursday. One out of every 517 homes in St. Charles County were taken by banks or given notice of foreclosure last month. The city of St. Louis had the second-highest rate, with one in 530. [NP] For the St. Louis area, the figure was one home in 669. The number of new foreclosure actions jumped 20 percent here from January to February, compared to a national decline of 2 percent. [...] RealtyTrac counts only foreclosure actions taken in a single month, not those pending from previous months, and it compares them to all homes in the region, not just those with mortgages. As such, it reports foreclosure rates lower than those of other statistics keepers." [Based on: Title for Article (St. Charles County leads in new foreclosures) by Jim Gallagher, p. C7, S.L.P.D., 03/16/12]

2012 - Nuclear reactor shut down / California - March 16th, 2012: "A nuclear reactor on the California coast will remain shut down indefinitely while a team of federal inspectors determines why several relatively new tubes became so frail that tests found they could rupture and release radioactive water, a federal official said Thursday. 'This is a significant issue,' said Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Lara Uselding. 'A tube rupture is really the concern. ... That's what we don't want to happen.' " [Based on: Digest article (Nuclear reactor shut down), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/16/12]

2012 - Solar Wind - March 17th, 2012: "Earth is entering a solar wind stream flowing from this coronal hole [see link]. Credit: SDO/AIA."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/17/12]

2012 - iPad 3 goes on sale - March 17th, 2012: "Tablet computer [iPad 3] goes on sale in stores in U.S., nine other countries [03/16/12]." [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/17/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 17th, 2012: "Stocks moved little on Friday following a mixed set of economic reports. The S&P 500 rose 1.57 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,404.17. The Dow fell 20.14, or 0.2 percent, to 13,232.62. The Nasdaq fell 1.11, or less than 0.1 percent, to 3,055.26." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/16/12]

2012 - Clooney busted at protest - March 17th, 2012: "Clooney busted at protest [03/16/12] / 2 congressmen also arrested in rally against violence in Sudan." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 03/17/12]

2012 - Syrian troop desertions growing - March 17th, 2012: "Syrian troop desertions growing / 60,000 have left, 20,000 in last month, according to Turkish official." [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 03/17/12]

2012 - Man guilty in taping of his gay roommate - March 17th, 2012: "Man guilty [03/16/12] in taping of his gay roommate / Hate crime charge could bring a 10-year term and deportation to India." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/17/12]

2012 - N. Korean launching could threaten aid deal - March 17th, 2012: "N. Korean launching ['preparing to launch a satellite in mid-April'] could threaten aid deal ['In Washington, the U.S. State Department called the announcement of the launching "highly provocative." ']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/17/12]

2012 - U.S. accused over detainees - March 18th, 2012: "A report by two rights groups says the U.S. sent some detainees to Afghan prisons where torture was found despite an announced suspension of such transfers. The report by the Afghan Independant Human Rights Commission and the New York-based Open Society Institute was released Saturday [03/17/12]. It documents 11 cases in which detainees said they had been captured by U.S. personnel, then transferred to an Afghan facility in Kandahar." [Based on: Digest article (U.S. accused over detainees), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/18/12]

2012 - Blasts kill 27 in Syrian capital - March 18th, 2012: "Blasts kill 27 in Syrian capital [03/17/12] / Government says two explosives-laden cars were driven by suicide bombers." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (U.S. accused over detainees), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/18/12]

2012 - Obama Expands Use of Shadow Soldiers - March 18th, 2012: "Obama Expands Use of Shadow Soldiers  / •U.S. Special Operations Command: 66,000 elite soldiers to wage covert war" [Based on: Title for AFP article by Richard Walker, March 18, 2012 - Richard Walker is the pen name of a former N.Y. news producer.]

*Link: http://americanfreepress.net/?p=3255

2012 - World Reacts to Jerusalem Antiquities Forgery Trial Verdict - March 18th, 2012: "World Reacts to Jerusalem Antiquities Forgery Trial Verdict ['... acquitting accused Israeli forgers Oded Golan and Robert Deutsch']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Daily News article, March 2012, Cover Stories, Daily News]

http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/march-2012/article/world-reacts-to-jerusalem-antiquities-forgery-trial-verdict

2012 - Israel now agrees with U.S. on Iran - March 19th, 2012: "Despite saber-rattling from Jerusalem, Israel officials now agree with the U.S. assessment that Tehran has not yet decided on the actual construction of a nuclear bomb, according to senior Israeli government and defense figures. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israel now agrees with U.S. on Iran), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/19/12]

2012 - Arms deals dry up for Syrian rebels - March 19th, 2012: "Arms deals dry up for Syrian rebels / Nations such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar have talked about arming opposition but have not provided any money." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article , p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/19/12]

2012 - 2 killed in blast near Syrian government building - March 19th, 2012: "2 killed in blast [03/18/12] near Syrian government building ['in the northern city of Aleppo']" [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/19/12]

2012 - Sun in Aries - March 20th, 2012: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Aries." [Based on: http://www.biopscinst.com/bpi/ephm/E201203.html]

2012 - Heart of Darkness - March 20th, 2012:

When the gentleman from North Carolina mentioned “Uncle Chang,” it hit with an awkward clang.

“We are spending $10 billion a month that we can’t even pay for,” said Congressman Walter Jones, that rarest of birds, a Southern Republican dove. “The Chinese — Uncle Chang is lending us the money to pay that we are spending in Afghanistan.” [... .]

[Based on: The New York Times - March 20th, 2012: The Opinion Pages article (Heart of Darkness) [online version - see link] by Op-Ed Columnist Maureen Dowd, 03/20/12 - A version of this op-ed appeared in print on March 21, 2012, on page A23 of the New York edition with the headline: Heart Of Darkness.

*Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/opinion/dowd-heart-of-darkness.html?_r=1&ref=maureendowd

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 20th, 2012: "Tech stocks led the market higher Monday after Apple said it would start paying a dividend. The Dow rose 6.51, or less than 0.1 percent, to 13,239.13. The S&P 500 rose 5.58, or 0.4 percent, to 1,409.75. The Nasdaq rose 23.06, or 0.8 percent, to 3,078.32." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/20/12]

2012 - GOP Primary / Illinois - March 21st, 2012: "ILLINOIS PRIMARY / Romney romps in balloting [03/20/12]" [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/21/12]

2012 - Starbucks opens juice store - March 20th, 2012: "Starbucks opens juice store [Bellevue, Wash.]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/20/12]

2012 - France bans Monsanto corn - March 20th, 2012: "[...] French authorities had asked the European Union to suspend approval of the corn, known as MON810, earlier this year [...] The ban took effect Sunday [03/18/12]. France has long resisted approvals of genetically modified crops. It is the largest grower of corn in the European Union." [Based on: Article (France bans Monsanto corn) by Jim Gallagher, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/20/12]

2012 - Yemen fires Saleh half brother - March 20th, 2012: "Yemen gives in to strike, fires Saleh half brother" [Based on: Title for World Digest article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/20/12]

2012 - Strong Earthquake / Papua, Indonesia - March 20th, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 17:56:19 (UTC) on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 3.830°S, 140.220°E; Depth 66.9 km (41.6 miles)] was located @ PAPUA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0008m6b.php]-[T.D.- 03/20/12]

2012 - Major Earthquake / Oaxaca, Mexico - March 20th, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Major earthquake occurred at 18:02:48 (UTC) on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012. The magnitude 7.4 event [Location: 16.662°N, 98.188°W; Depth 20 km (12.4 miles)] was located @ OAXACA, MEXICO."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0008m6h.php]-[T.D.- 03/20/12]

2012 - France raises terror alert after Jewish school killings - March 20th, 2012: "France raises terror alert after Jewish school killings [Toulouse]" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/20/12]

2012 - Drones targeted - March 21st, 2012: "Pakistani lawmakers called for a cessation of drone missile strikes in the country's tribal areas as part of a blueprint to end a four-month freeze in relations between Washington and Islamabad." [Based on: Digest Article (Drones targeted), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/21/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 21st, 2012: "Stocks fell Tuesday on worries about slowing economic growth in China. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 68.94, or 0.5 percent, to 13,170.19. The S&P 500 fell 4.23 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,405.52. The Nasdaq fell 4.17, or 0.1 percent, to 3,074.15." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/21/12]

2012 - Syrian rebels rebuked - March 21st, 2012: "Syria's armed rebels have committed 'serious human rights abuses,' including kidnappings, torture and alleged executions of security personnel and civilians, Human Rights watch said in an open letter to the Syrian opposition." [Based on: Digest Article (Syrian rebels rebuked), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/21/12]

2012 - Chinese solar panels penalized - March 21st, 2012: "Chinese solar panels penalized [03/20/12] / Commerce Department slaps modest tariffs on them, citing unfair subsidies; U.S. groups applaud decision." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/21/12]

2012 - Series of bombings & attacks / Iraq - March 21st, 2012: "Security is in question as Iraqi summit [03/29/12] nears / Widespread attacks hit nation Tuesday [03/20/12], killing 50 and injuring more than 200." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/21/12]

2012 - Oil prices dip on Saudi pledge to cover production shortages - March 21st, 2012: "[...] Oil has risen more than 9 percent this year. The primary reason is a standoff over Iran's nuclear program that has threatened to disrupt oil supplies from the Middle East. [NP] Benchmark U.S. crude fell $2.48 to $105.61 per barrel in New York, while Brent crude lost $1.59 to $124.12 in London. [...] Meanwhile, retail gasoline prices in the U.S. are now averaging $3.846 per gallon ... . [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Oil prices dip on Saudi pledge to cover production shortages / Concerns over slowdown in Chinese economy are also cited.), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 03/21/12]

*Reference Links: http://www.eia.gov/energy_in_brief/world_oil_market.cfm?src=email

2012 - Strong Earthquake / New Guinea, Papua New Guinea - March 21st, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 22:15:05 (UTC) on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 6.244°S, 145.959°E; Depth 105.9 km (65.8 miles)] was located @ NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0008mye.php]-[T.D.- 03/21/12]

2012 - Pesticide is pulled - March 22nd, 2012: "Pesticide ['the fumigant Midas, or methyl iodide'] is pulled ['from the U.S. market by its Japanese manufactuer']" [Based on: Title (and text) for article, p. A17 S.L.P.D., 03/22/12]

2012 - Scientist sentenced - March 22nd, 2012: "A former government space scientist was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison for admitting that he tried to sell space and defense secrets to Israel in what turned out to be an FBI sting operation. Appearing in federal court in a prison jumpsuit, Stewart Nozette said he is 'paying for a fatal lack of judgement.' " [Based on: Article (Scientist sentenced), p. A17 S.L.P.D., 03/22/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 22nd, 2012: "Stocks were little changed Wednesday following a mixed report on the housing industry. The Dow fell 45.57 points, or 0.3 percent, to 13,124.62. The S&P 500 fell 2.63, or 0.2 percent, to 1,402.89. The Nasdaq rose 1.17, or less than 0.1 percent, to 3,075.32." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/22/12]

2012 - Soldiers mutiny in Mali - March 22nd, 2012: "Soldiers mutiny in Mali" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/22/12]

2012 - Britain cutting taxes of rich - March 22nd, 2012: "[...] In his annual budget statement Wednesday, George Osborne said he was cutting the top rate from 50 percent to 45 percent by April next year on incomes over 150,000 pounds ($239,000) a year." [Based on: Digest article (Britain cutting taxes of rich), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/22/12]

2012 - Stiff penalties for NFL excesses - March 22nd, 2012: "Stiff penalties for NFL excesses / Fines, suspensions - 'Bounty' program [New Orleans] targeted. / Rams - Defensive chief Williams out indefinitely." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/22/12]

2012 - Lee papers to charge for online news - March 22nd, 2012: "Lee [Lee Enterprises] papers to charge for online news ['... before year's end.'] / Whether Post-Dispatch's stltoday.com site will set up paywall has yet to be determined, spokesman says." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/22/12]

2012 - First-quarter profit / Discover Financial Services - March 22nd, 2012: "Discover Financial Services said its profit jumped 36 percent in its first quarter ... . [...] The company reported that its net income climbed to $624 million, or $1.18 a share, in the three months ended Feb. 29. That compares with net income of $459 million, or 84 cents a share, in the prior year quarter. Revenue rose to $1.84 billion, up from $1.73 billion a year earlier. [....]" [Based on: Digest article, p. A11 S.L.P.D., 03/22/12]

2012 - Roxana sues refinery owners over contamination of land - March 22nd, 2012: "The village of Roxana [Illinois] has sued current and former owners and operators of the Wood River Refinery over alleged damages to village-owned property resulting from releases of cancer-causing chemicals. [...] Defendants include Shell Oil Co., which built the refinery, and current owner and operator WRB Refining LP, a joint venture of ConocoPhillips Co. and Cenovus Energy Inc. [....]." [Based on: Article (Roxana sues refinery owners over contamination of land), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 03/22/12]

2012  - Solar Wind - March 23rd, 2012: "Solar wind speed: 362.8 km/sec / density: 13.5 protons/cm3 ... Updated: Today at 2216 UT" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/23/12]

2012 - 3.1 million green jobs - March 23rd, 2012: "At least 3.1 million Americans are employed in green jobs, a sector that now accounts for about 2.4 percent of the nation's total employment, the Labor Department said. [....]" [Based on: Digest article (3.1 million green jobs), p. A12 S.L.P.D., 03/23/12]

2012 - Toxic U.S. Waterways - March 23rd, 2012: "More than 12.7 million pounds of toxic chemicals, such as nitrates, arsenic, benzene and mercury were dumped into the Mississippi River in 2010, according to a report released Thursday by the advocacy group Environment Missouri. [...] TOP 10 TOXIC U.S. WATERWAYS, 2010 - The states listed are home to industries that reported dumping toxins into these rivers. 1. Ohio River (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia) - 32.1 million pounds. 2. Mississippi River (Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Wisconsin) - 12.7 million pounds. 3. New River (North Carolina, Virginia) - 12.5 million pounds. 4. Savannah River (Georgia, South Carolina) - 9.6 million pounds. 5. Delaware River (Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) - 6.7 million pounds. 6. Muskingum River (Ohio) - 5.8 million pounds. 7. Missouri River (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska) - 4.9 million pounds. 8. Shonka Ditch (Nebraska) - 4.6 million pounds. 9. Tricounty Canal (Nebraska) - 3.4 million pounds. 10. Rock River (Illinois, Wisconsin) - 3.4 million pounds. (Source Environment Missouri) [....]" [Based on: Article (Mississippi is awash in toxins, report finds / Tyson Foods plant in Sedalia listed as top polluter in Missouri, with 410.724 pounds released) by Blythe Bernhard, p. A2 S.L.P.D., 03/23/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 23rd, 2012: "Stocks fell Thursday on worries that the global economy is slowing. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 78.48, or 0.6 percent, to 13,046.14. The S&P 500 fell 10.11, or 0.7 percent, to 1,392.78. The Nasdaq fell 12.00, or 0.4 percent, to 3,063.32." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. C7, S.L.P.D., 03/23/12]

2012 - Booms caused by quake - March 23rd, 2012: "An official for an eastern Wisconsin city plagued this week by a series of unexplained booming sounds says the mystery can be attributed to a small early morning earthquake [03/20/12]. Clintonville City Administrator Lisa Kuss told the community Thursday 'the mystery is solved.' She says the rumbling can be explained by a 1.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Tuesday [03/20/12] and was confirmed by federal geologists Thursday." [Based on: Digest article (Booms caused by quake), p. A12 S.L.P.D., 03/23/12]

*Links: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/usc0008n7t.php

*Related Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIOoQ93Pq3c
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSLtI3eirtE&feature=related

2012 - Irish premier got payments - March 23rd, 2012: "Former Irish Prime Minister Bettie Ahern got at least $276,000 in secret payments while in office and repeatedly lied about this under oath, a mammoth fact-finding judicial investigation ruled Thursday in a long-awaited verdict." [Based on: WORLD DIGEST article (Irish premier got payments), p. A23 S.L.P.D., 03/23/12]

2012 - Deals cost India $210 billion - March 23rd, 2012: "India's parliament erupted in hoots and jeers Thursday after a draft report by government auditors estimated that the treasury lost $210 billion by selling coal fields to private excavation companies in sweetheart deals." [Based on: WORLD DIGEST article (Deals cost India $210 billion), p. A23 S.L.P.D., 03/23/12]

2012 - Another setback for 'pink slime' - March 23rd, 2012: "Supermarket chains Safeway, Kroger and Stop & Shop said Thursday they will join the growing list of store chains that will no longer sell beef that includes an additive with the unappetizing moniker 'pink slime.' Dierbergs, Schnucks, Straub's, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Market have said none of the ground beef they sell contains pink slime." [Based on: Digest article (Another setback for 'pink slime'), p. A12 S.L.P.D., 03/23/12]

2012 - Mali's democracy is dumped in coup - March 23rd, 2012: "[...] In a rebellion that began in January, the Tuareg from Libya quickly took ground against the Malian army. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Mali's democracy is dumped in coup), p. A9 S.L.P.D., 03/23/12]

2012 - Moderate Earthquake / South Australia - March 23rd, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Moderate earthquake occurred at 09:25:16 (UTC) on Friday, March 23rd, 2012. The magnitude 5.6 event [Location: 26.068°S, 132.123°E; Depth 10.7 km (6.6 miles)] was located @ SOUTH AUSTRALIA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0008nw3.php]-[T.D.- 03/23/12]

*Links: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/quake/8440574/earthquake-strikes-central-australia
           http://www.ga.gov.au/earthquakes/getQuakeDetails.do?quakeId=3189529&orid=578297&sta=WRKA

2012 - FDA ordered to act - March 24th, 2012: "A federal court judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to take action on its own 35-year-old rule that would stop farmers from mixing widely used antibiotics into animal feed, a practice that has led to a surge in dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria. In 1977, the FDA concluded that the overuse of antibiotics in livestock, poultry and other animals weakened the treatment's effectiveness in humans." [Based on: Digest article (FDA ordered to act), p. A19 S.L.P.D., 03/24/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 24th, 2012: "Energy stocks and materials producers led the market higher Friday on higher commodities prices. The Dow rose 34.59 points, or 0.3 percent, to 13.080.73. The S&P 500 rose 4.33, or 0.3 percent, to 1,397.11. The nasdaq rose 4.60, or 0.2 percent, to 3,067.92." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/24/12]

2012 - Strong Storms / Midwest U.S.A. - March 24th, 2012: "One killed in Friday's storms [03/23/12] / Pat Brown, 60, perished when her home in Opdyke, Ill., was destroyed." [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A3 S.L.P.D., 03/24/12]

2012 - Soldier charged in Afghan killings - March 24th, 2012: "Soldier charged in Afghan killings [03/23/12] / Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bates could face death penalty over shooting rampage." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A19 S.L.P.D., 03/24/12]

2012 - U.S. announces go-ahead on aid pledged to Egypt - March 24th, 2012: "U.S. announces go-ahead on aid pledged to Egypt / It will deliver $1.3 billion to Egyptian military despite objections by some lawmakers and rights activists." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A19 S.L.P.D., 03/24/12]

2012 - GOP Tivia / Louisiana Primary - March 25th, 2012: "Santorum dominates in Louisiana primary / But he still lags Romney, who carried groups including voters who earn more than $200,000 a year." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A4 S.L.P.D., 03/25/12]

2012 - Dick Cheney recovering after heart transplant - March 25th, 2012: "Dick Cheney recovering after heart transplant [03/24/12]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1 S.L.P.D., 03/25/12]

2012 - Diverse crowd of atheists rallies in capital / U.S.A. - March 25th, 2012: "Diverse crowd of atheists ['estimated at between 8,000 and 10,000 people'] rallies in capital [03/24/12] / Reason Rally draws thousands to Washington; speakers highlight political power of nonbelievers." [Based on: Title (and text) for Religion News Service article, p. A8 S.L.P.D., 03/25/12]

2012 - Major Earthquake / Maule, Chile - March 25th, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Major earthquake occurred at 22:37:06 (UTC) on Sunday, March 25th, 2012. The magnitude 7.1 event [Location: 35.183°S, 71.792°W; Depth 34.8 km (21.6 miles] was located @ MAULE, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0008pwq.php]-[T.D.- 03/25/12]

2012 - Solar Wind - March 26th, 2012: "Solar wind speed: 350.9 km/sec / density: 10.8 protons/cm3 ... Updated: Today at 1705 UT" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 03/26/12]

2012 - Papal visit / Mexico - March 26th, 2012: "Pope skirts politics, urges Mexicans to seek a pure heart / A crowd of about 400,000 greeted the pontiff on third day [03/25/12] of six-day trip." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/26/12]

2012 - WU will be focus of novel effort - March 26th, 2012: "[...] The five-year study, expected to cost at least $30 million, will focus on a unique group of subjects who have an inherited gene mutation that makes it certain they will contract the disease. Researchers identified these individuals through family members with the same mutation, which causes early onset Alzheimer's, a rare form of the disease that often takes hold about age 45. [...] The pharmaceutical industry views Alzheimer's as potentially a huge market, especially given the nation's aging population. As many as 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's, according to the Centers for Deisease Control and Prevention, which identifies the disease as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. [NP] Drugmakers have spent decades and vast sums of money conducting research and development into neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's. But most all of their drug trials have failed. [...] Contrary to popular belief, Alzheimer's is not part of the normal aging process. Although gradual, it progresses more rapidly than natural aging. And when brain cells die it causes dementia. [....]" [Based on: Article (WU will be focus of novel effort / Universities and drugmakers to collaborate on a project to attack the debilitating disease.), pp. A1-A5, S.L.P.D., 03/26/12]

2012 - Israeli court deals blow to settlers - March 26th, 2012: "The Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday rejected the state's request to postpone dismantling a large unsanctioned West Bank settler enclave [Migron] until late 2015, dealing a blow to settler hopes to keep dozens of rogue outposts standing." [Based on: Digest article (Israeli court deals blow to settlers), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/26/12]

2012 - Protege defeats Senegal's president - March 26th, 2012: "Protege [Macky Sall] defeats Senegal's president [03/25/12]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/26/12]

2012 - Health care law gets its day in court - March 26th, 2012: "Health care law gets its day in court [U.S.A.] / Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments today on polarizing measure." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/26/12]

2012 - Compensation paid to Afghans for massacre - March 26th, 2012: "The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Compensation paid to Afghans for massacre), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/26/12]

2012 - Obama steps up pressure on North Korea - March 26th, 2012: "Obama steps up pressure on North Korea / He will lobby Chinese President Hu Jintao to take bigger role in bringing Pyongyang into world community." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/26/12]

2012 - Strong Earthquake / Northern east pacific Rise - March 26th, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 18:12:54 (UTC) on Monday, March 26th, 2012. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 10.198°N, 104.030°W; Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles)] was located @ NORTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0008qdx.php]-[T.D.- 03/27/12]

2012 - OIL SPILL DAMAGE - March 27th, 2012: "The red arms of a brittle starfish cling to coral damaged by the Deepwater Horizon well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in a photo taken in October 2010 and provided by Penn State University. In a study published Monday [03/26/12], after months of laboratory work, scientists say they can definitively finger oil from BP's blown-out well as the culprit for widespread damage and the slow death of a deep-sea coral community in the Gulf of Mexico." [Based on: A.P. picture article (OIL SPILL DAMAGE), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/27/12]

2012 - Oil found in Kenya - March 27th, 2012: "Oil found in Kenya [Turkana]" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/27/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 27th, 2012: "Stocks jumped Monday on expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low. The Dow rose 160.90, or 1.2 percent, to 13,241.63. The S&P 500 rose 19.40, or 1.4 percent, to 1,416.51. The Nasdaq rose 54.65, or 1.8 percent, to 3,122.57." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/27/12]

2012 - Pope arrives in Cuba - March 27th, 2012: "Pope arrives in Cuba [03/26/12] / Benedict, building on gains made by his predecessor, John Paul II, calls on Cubans to 'strive to build a renewed and open society.' " [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/27/12]

2012 - Guilty plea in hacking case - March 27th, 2012: "An unemployed Florida man faces up to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty on Monday to hacking into the email accounts of such celebrities as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet. Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., entered his plea in federal court to nine counts, including unauthorized access to a computer and wiretapping. He was immediately taken into custody with his head hung low and his hands in his pockets. Sentencing was scheduled for July 23. Chaney was arrested in October [2011]." [Based on: People article (Guilty plea in hacking case), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 03/27/12]

2012 - Afghan forces kill 3 soldiers - March 27th, 2012: "Afghan forces [03/26/12] kill 3 soldiers ['from the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan']" [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/27/12]

2012 - Obama seeks help from China - March 27th, 2012: "Obama seeks help from China [03/26/12] / As N. Korea's closest ally, 'China needs to look at whether it needs to be doing more' to dissuade rocket launch." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 03/27/12]

2012 - 'Pink slime' production suspended - March 27th, 2012: "The maker of 'pink slime' suspended operations Monday at all but one plant where the beef ingredient is made, acknowledging recent public uproar over the product has cost the company business. [NP] Craig Letch, director of food quality and assurance for Beef Products Inc., said business has taken a 'substantial' hit since social media exploded with worry over the ammonia-treated filler and an online petition seeking its ouster from schools drew hundreds of thousands of supporters. The Department of Agriculture has decided school districts may stop using it, and some retail chains have pulled products containing it." [Based on: NATIONAL DIGEST article ('Pink slime' production suspended), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/27/12]

2012 - FTC urges action on Web privacy - March 27th, 2012: "Congress should pass online privacy legislation, and businesses should voluntarily change how they handle personal data to protect consumers in the digital world, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. [NP] The agency issued a final report that reiterated its long-standing call for online advertisers and makers of Web browsers to enact a 'Do Not Track' system that allows consumers to prevent the collection of data about their Internet surfing. The report also called for new rules for data brokers, including legislation to give consumers access to information about them collected by those companies." [Based on: Article (FTC urges action on Web privacy), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/27/12]

2012 - Is it Snowing Microbes on Enceladus? - March 27th, 2012: "March 27, 2012: There's a tiny moon orbiting beyond Saturn's rings that's full of promise, and maybe - just maybe - microbes. [NP] In a series of tantalizingly close flybys to the moon, named "Enceladus," NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed watery jets erupting from what may be a vast underground sea. These jets, which spew through cracks in the moon's icy shell, could lead back to a habitable zone that is uniquely accessible in all the solar system. [... .]

[Based on: NASA SCIENCE / Science News article (Is it Snowing Microbes on Enceladus?) - see link]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/27mar_enceladus/

2012 - Strong Earthquake / Near East Coast of honshu, Japan - March 27th, 2012: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A Strong earthquake occurred at 11:00:43 (UTC) on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 39.866°N, 142.116°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles)] was located @ NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0008qvj.php]-[T.D.- 03/27/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 28th, 2012: "Stocks dipped Tuesday after a report showed that consumer confidence inched downward in March. The Dow fell 43.90, or 0.3 percent, to 13,197.73. The S&P 500 fell 3.99, or 0.3 percent, to 1,412.52. The Nasdaq fell 2.22, or 0.1 percent, to 3,120.35." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/28/12]

2012 - Wildfire rages in Colorado - March 28th, 2012: "Wildfire rages in Colorado" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/28/12]

2012 - 'Iron Dome' funding sought - March 28th, 2012: "The Pentagon says it will ask Congress for more money for Israel's anti-rocket system known as the 'Iron Dome.' Pentagon press secretary George Little said the system to defend against short-range rockets and mortar attacks has been critical in recent weeks when nearly 300 rockets were fired at southern Israel from Gaza. The Iron Dome system intercepted more than 80 percent of the targets." [Based on: Digest article ('Iron Dome' funding sought), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/28/12]

2012 - EPA issues power plant rules - March 28th, 2012: "EPA issues power plant rules [03/27/12] / Regulations restrict carbon-dioxide emissions from new plants ['... maximum of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour.']; new coal plants unlikely, some say." [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 03/28/12]

2012 - JetBlue captain restrained mid-flight - March 28th, 2012: "JetBlue captain [Flight 191] restrained mid-flight [03/27/12]" [Based on: Title for Digest article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 03/28/12]

2012 - U.S. judge acquits 7 in Michigan militia - March 28th, 2012: "[...] U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said federal prosecutors failed in five weeks of trial to prove that the Hutaree had a specific plan to kill a police officer and attack law enforcement personnel who showed up for the funeral. [....]" [Based on: Detroit Free Press article (U.S. judge acquits 7 in Michigan militia / She says prosecutors failed to prove plot by group to overthrow government.), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/28/12]

2012 - Zoo resorts to bottle-feeding lion cubs - March 28th, 2012: "Zoo [St. Louis, Mo.] resorts to bottle-feeding lion cubs [b. 02/14/12] / Mother failed to produce enough milk to feed them [Mtai & Serafina]; two of their littermates have died." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 03/28/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 29th, 2012: "Stocks fell Wednesday, after a drop in commodities pulled down energy and raw materials producers. The Dow fell 71.52 points, or 0.5 percent, to 13,126.21. The S&P 500 fell 6.98, or 0.5 percent, to 1,405.54. The Nasdaq fell 15.39, or 0.5 percent, to 3,104.96." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/29/12]

2012 - Israeli economy needs more to work - March 29th, 2012: "More Israeli Arabs and untra-Orthodox Jews must join the workforce to spur economic growth, Israel's central bank chief said. In his annual report, Bank of Israel governor Stanley Fischer said the government must help to make that happen. Discrimination and substandard education have long limited economic opportunities for Israel's Arabs. Many ultra-Orthodox Jewish men opt for a life of religious study, don't work and live on state handouts instead. Together, the two sectors make up about 30 percent of Israel's population." [Based on: Digest article (Israeli economy needs more to work), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/29/12]

2012 - Tibetan monk dies by self-immolation - March 29th, 2012: "[...] More than 30 people have self-immolated, or attempted to, over the past year in ethnic Tibetan areas of China to protest Beijing's rule. [....]" [Based on: Digest article (Tibetan monk dies by self-immolation), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 03/29/12]

2012 - Cancer research focuses on cell protein - March 29th, 2012: "Cancer research focuses on cell protein [CD47] / New approach may help get defender cells in patients to fight against cancers, researchers believe." [Based on: Title (and text) for Los Angeles Times article b7 Eryn Brown, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 03/29/12]

2012 - Mandate's death may kill whole health law - March 29th, 2012: "Mandate's death may kill whole health law / Several justices believe statute can't stand without coverage provision; but some urge salvaging sections." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/29/12]

2012 - MF Global executives tight-lipped at hearing - March 29th, 2012: "MF Global executives tight-lipped at hearing [03/28/12] / House panel expresses frustration over limited information regarding missing customer funds ['... more than $1 billion in customer money that vanished before the firm collapsed.']." [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/29/12]

2012 - Egypt bans porn - March 30th, 2012: "An administrative court has banned Egyptians from surfing the Internet for pornography and ordered the state to block X-rated websites." [Based on: Digest article (Egypt bans porn), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/30/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 30th, 2012: "Stocks were mixed Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose for the first time in three days, up 19.61 points, or 0.1 percent, to 13,145.82. The S&P 500 fell 2.26 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,403.28. The Nasdaq fell 9.60, or 0.3 percent, to 3,095.36." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 03/30/12]

2012 - Chinese oil firm is tops - March 30th, 2012: "[...] Exxom Mobil is no longer the world's biggest publicly traded producer of oil. For the first time, that distinction belongs to a 13-year-old Chinese company called PetroChina. PetroChina announced Thursday [03/29/12] that it pumped 2.4 million barrels a day last year [2011], surpassing Exxon by 100,000 barrels." [Based on: Title for Article (Chinese oil firm is tops), p. B3, S.L.P.D., 03/30/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 30th, 2012: "Stocks were mixed Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose for the first time in three days, up 19.61 points, or 0.1 percent, to 13,145.82. The S&P 500 fell 2.26 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,403.28. The Nasdaq fell 9.60, or 0.3 percent, to 3,095.36." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 03/30/12]

2012 - Mubarak aide convicted - March 30th, 2012: "Mubarak aide [Mohammed Ibrahim Suleiman] convicted ['... eight years in prison for corruption.']" [Based on: Title (and text) for Digest article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 03/30/12]

2012 - Fourth-quarter loss / Best Buy - March 30th, 2012: "Best Buy, the largest U.S. speciality electronics retailer, said Thursday that it plans to close 50 of its U.S. big box stores, cut 400 corporate jobs and trim $800 million in costs. The retailer also posted a $1.7 billion fourth-quarter loss partly due to restructuring charges. The loss amounted to $4.89 per share, compared with a profit of $651 million, or $1.62, a year ago." [Based on: Article, p. B3, S.L.P.D., 03/30/12]

2012 - Lindsay Lohan's probation ends - March 30th, 2012: "Lindsay Lohan's probation ends [03/29/12]" [Based on: Title for People article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 03/30/12]

2012 - Senate rejects tax break rollback - March 30th, 2012: "[...] The vote was 51-47, failing to reach the 60-vote threshold. [...] The legislation would reinvest the savings in tax breaks for green energy development. [...] The legislation would end more than $2 billion in annual tax subsidies to the so-called big five oil companies - BP, Chevron, Exxon, Shell and Conoco-Phillips. [NP] Part of the $24 billion in savings over a decade would be reinvested in renewed tax breaks for biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol and energy efficiency programs. [NP] The remainder, about $11 billion, would go for deficit reduction, according to Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the bill's author." [Based on: Tribune Washington Bureau article (Senate rejects tax break rollback / Democrats join GOP to help blosc measure to raise revenue from oil companies.), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 03/30/12]

2012 - Autism rate rises to 1 in 88 children in U.S. - March 30th, 2012: "Autism cases continue to rise in the U.S., where 1 in 88 children has been diagnosed with the disorder by age 8, according to figures released Thursday [03/29/12]. [....]" [Based on: Article (Autism rate rises to 1 in 88 children in U.S. / That is up from former estimate of 1 in 110; Missouri's rate is put even higher - at 1 in 72.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 03/30/12]

2012 - Protest in Poland - March 31st, 2012: "Thousands of people from across Poland demonstrated noisily outside Parliament to protest government plans to raise the retirement age to 67. The law currently allows women to retire at age 60 and men at 65, but Prime Minister Donald Tusk wants to raise the retirement age to 67 for all Poles, saying it will increase pensions while reducing state debt." [Based on: Digest article (Protest in Poland), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 03/31/12]

2012 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - March 31st, 2012: "Stocks mostly rose Friday following encouraging reports on consumer spending and sentiment. The Dow rose 66.22 points, or 0.5 percent, to 13,212.04. The S&P 500 rose 5.19, or 0.4 percent, to 1,408.47. The Nasdaq fell 3.79, or 0.1 percent, to 3,091.57." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/31/12]

2012 - Iran faces new sanctions - March 31st, 2012: "President Barack Obama is moving ahead with tough new sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran's oil exports after determining there is enough crude on world markets to take the step without harming U.S. allies." [Based on: Digest article (Iran faces new sanctions), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/31/12]

2012 - Consumer spending / U.S.A. - March 31st, 2012: "Consumer spending up in February ['... rose 0.8 percent last month.'] / Americans saved less and borrowed more; prediction for growth is bumped up." [Based on: Title (and text) for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/31/12]

2012 - Credit card warning issued - March 31st, 2012: "MasterCard and Visa said that they had notified issuers of its credit cards of a potential breach of the security of customer accounts. Visa blamed a third company for the error." [Based on: Digest article (Credit card warning issued), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/31/12]

2012 - Europe sets aside $1.1 trillion - March 31st, 2012: "Europe sets aside $1.1 trillion / But about $400 billion of the emergency funds have already been used in bailouts." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 03/31/12]

2012 - BPA ban in packaging rejected - March 31st, 2012: "The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol-A from all food and drink packaging." [Based on: Digest article (BPA ban in packaging rejected), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/31/12]

*Trivia: "[...] In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA a toxic substance.[2][3] In the European Union and Canada, BPA use is banned in baby bottles.[4] [... .]"

[Based on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A]

2012 - U.S. scraps N. Korean food aid - March 31st, 2012: "U.S. scraps N. Korean food aid / Plan is dropped over rogue nation's intent to launch rocket." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 03/31/12]

2012 - Whole Foods takes action on seafood - March 31st, 2012: "Whole Foods takes action on seafood / Chain joins supermarkets nationwide concerned about sustainability issue." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 03/31/12]

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