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

  February 2010

2010 - Astronomic Configuration - February 1st, 2010: "Sun [12 Capricorn], Moon [10 Virgo], Mercury [18 Capricorn], Venus [17 Capricorn], Mars [8 Leo R.], Jupiter [3 Pisces], Saturn [4 Libra R.], Uranus [24 Pisces], Neptune [25 Aquarius], Pluto [4 Capricorn], Chiron [25 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E201002.html]

2010 - Trivia / Gentamicin - February 1st, 2010: "Drug linked to hearing loss [gentamicin] may protect newborn ears / Washington U. researchers [Mo.] stumbled on surprising potential in study." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/01/10]

2010 - Sadeh Festival / Iran - February 1st, 2010: "Thousands of Iranians gathered at dusk to light giant bonfires in an ancient midwinter festival dating to Iran's pre-Islamic past that is drawing new interest from Muslims. Saturday's celebration was the first in which the dwindling remnants of Iran's once plentiful Zoroastrian religious minority were joined by thousands of Muslims, reflecting a growing interest in the strict Islamic society for the country's ancient traditions. The festival, known as Sadeh, celebrates the discovery of fire and its ability to banish the cold and dark, and it is held in the frigid depths of winter." [Based on: News Services article (Iranians celebrate ancient Persian fire festival), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/01/10]

2010 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - February 1st, 2010: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 Feb 2010 at 01:49:17 PM GMT is: $12,286,531,669,841.50. The estimated population of the United States is 307,756,896 so each citizen's share of this debt is $39,922.84. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.83 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. - 02/01/10]

2010 - Anti-Kremlin Protestors / Russia - February 1st, 2010: "About 100 anti-Kremlin protestors are arrested [01/31/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/01/10]

*Trivia: "Anti-government protestors drew thousands of people in one of Russia's most strategically important cities, catching authorities off guard. Up to 10,000 people poured into Kaliningrad's central square on Saturday [01/30/10]" [Based on: News Services article (Upheaval in Russia), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/03/10]

2010 - Gunmen attack oil pipeline in Nigeria - February 1st, 2010: "Gunmen attack oil pipeline in Nigeria [Bayelsa State - 01/30/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/01/10]

2010 - Pakistani Taliban leader may be dead - February 1st, 2010: "Pakistani Taliban leader [Hakimullah Mahsud] may be dead / He was in car struck by a U.S. drone on Jan. 17." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/01/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea - February 1st, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 22:28:17 (UTC) on Monday, February 1st, 2010. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 6.102°S, 154.424°E; Depth 33 km (20.5 miles) set by location program] was located @ BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010seb6.php]-[T.D. - 02/01/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 2nd, 2010: "Encouraging economic reports bolstered hopes that the recovery is in better shape than many had believed. The Dow industrials rose 1.2 percent after falling in the final two days of last week. The index ended at 10,185.53. Energy stocks led the market higher." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/02/10]

2010 - Suicide Bomber / Iraq - February 2nd, 2010: "A female suicide bomber walked into a tent full of Shiite Muslim pilgrims on Monday [02/01/10], killing at least 46 people and wounding 100 in the latest attack in the run-up to Iraqi elections next month. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Female suicide bomber kills 46 Shiite Muslims in Iraq), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/02/10]

2010 - Israel reprimands two - February 2nd, 2010: "The Israeli military confirmed Monday [02/01/10] that it had reprimanded two senior officers, a brigadier general and a colonel, for the firing of artillery shells that hit a U.N. compound during the Gaza war last winter. It was a rare admission of high-level wrongdoing by Israel." [Based on: News Services article (Israel reprimands two), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/02/10]

2010 - Exxon's earnings fall to 7-year low  - February 2nd, 2010: "Exxon Mobil's earnings fell by more than half to $19.3 billion in 2009, the lowest total in seven years, as company refineries struggled with a plunge in global fuel consumption. But Exxon remains the profit champion among U.S. public companies. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Exxon's earnings fall to 7-year low / But results still beat analysts' expectations.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/02/10]

2010 - Religious Tolerance / U.S. Air Force - February 2nd, 2010: "The Air Force Academy in Colorado has set up an outdoor worship area for followers of Wicca, Druidism and other Earth-centered religions. The school also has worship facilities for Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists." [Based on: News Services article (Wicca worship site created), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/02/10]

2010 - Tropical Cyclone Fami / Madagascar - February 2nd, 2010: "Tropical Cyclone Fami hovered over Madagascar and the Mozambique Channel on February 2, 2010. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=42523]

2010 - Foreign Relations / Al-Qaida & Nigeria - February 2nd, 2010: "In a Web posting Monday [02/01/10], the leader of North Africa's al-Qaida branch offered training and weapons to Nigeria's Muslims to fight the Christians there following an outbreak of sectarian violence." [Based on: News Services article (Al-Qaida offers aid), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/02/10]

2010 - Fish oil pills might help hold off schizophrenia - February 2nd, 2010: "Fish oil pills might help hold off schizophrenia ['study published Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/02/10]

2010 - Solar Wind - February 3rd, 2010: "With the solar wind blowing at high speed, February is shaping up to be a good month for Northern Lights. 'Last night around midnight, there was a big outburst of auroras,' says Fredrik Broms of Kvaløya, Norway. 'The local magnetometer was going wild!' [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=03&month=02&year=2010]

2010 - Toyota Sales Falter - February 3rd, 2010: "Toyota sales falter in January ['fell 16 percent'] / GM, Ford, Nissan and Hyundai all post modest increases." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/03/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 3rd, 2010: "Signs of strength in the housing market pushed the Dow Jones industrial average to its second straight gain of more than 100 points. The Dow rose 111 points Tuesday [02/02/10], boosting its two-day gain to 230 points and extending a recovery from a slide in January." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/03/10]

2010 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & China - February 3rd, 2010: "China threatens U.S. over mereting with Dalai Lama" [Based on: Title for News Services article , p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/03/10]

2010 - Madoff associate charges dismissed - February 3rd, 2010: "Madoff associate [Robert Jaffe] charges dismissed [02/02/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article , p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/03/10]

2010 - Trivia / "Don't ask, Don't tell", U.S.A. - February 3rd, 2010: "Gates urges end to 'don't ask, don't tell' / panel to review rule barring openly gay men, women in military." [Based on: Title for New York Times article , p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/03/10]

2010 - Tropical Cyclone Oli / South Pacific - February 3rd: "Tropical Cyclone Oli swirled over the South Pacific in early February 2010, some 200 nautical mies (370 kilometers) west-northwest of Bora Bora. At 15:00 UTC February 3 (4:00 a.m. February 4 in New Zeland), the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that Oli had maximum sustained winds of 65 knots (120 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 80 knots (150 kilometers per hour). The JTWC forecast that the storm would strengthen over the next 48 hours. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=42529]

2010 - Floating Bombs / Mediterranean Sea - February 3rd, 2010: "Palestinian militants said they had launched a large number of floating explosives into the Mediterranean Sea to avenge the death of a top Hamas commander, a day after two bomb-laden barrels washed up on Israel's coastline." [Based on: News Services article (Floating bombs), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/03/10]

2010 - Eruption / Fukutokuoka no Ba Volcano - February 3rd, 2010: "An underwater volcano erupted Wednesday morning [02/03/10] about 5 kilometers north-northwest of Iwo Jima (Iwo To), sending a plume of white ash and steam into the air. [NP] The eruption of the Fukutokuoka no Ba undersea volcano - which last erupted in July 2005 - was discovered at about 7:45 a.m. by a Japan Coast Guard patrol boat. According to the coast guard, the volcano is about 1,300 kilometers south of Tokyo, and has also erupted in 1904, 1914 and 1986. In each case small islands were formed, all of which, however, eventually sank back into the ocean. [NP] Since around the 1950s, the sea in the area has regularly changed color, and turned yellow-green last December." [Based on: The Mainichi Daily News article (Undersea volcano close to Iwo Jima blows top), Mainichi Japan, February 4, 2010]

*Link: http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20100204p2a00m0na017000c.html

2010 - Four-Quarter Profit / Patriot Coal Corp. - February 3rd, 2010: "A drop in coal output led to an 83 percent decline in Patriot Coal Corp.'s fourth-quarter profit. [....]" [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire reports article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/03/10]

2010 - Iran shifts stance, would OK nuclear fuel swap - February 3rd, 2010: "[....] Iran's president said Tuesday that Tehran would be willing to ship enriched uranium abroad 'for four or five months' in exchange for fuel for a Tehran medical reactor.' [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Iran shifts stance, would OK nuclear fuel swap), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/03/10]

2010 - Fake Pot / U.S.A.  - February 4th, 2010: "Fake pot K2 is a budding concern / Growing more popular - Smoking herbal blend gives a high similar to marijuana, but legal. / Health risks unknown - Missouri lawmaker has bill to ban compounds that mimic cannabis." [Based on: Title for article by Joel Currier, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/04/10]

2010 - Space Rocket / Iran - February 4th, 2010: "In what seemed designed as a display of technological advance, Iran said Wednesday [02/03/10] that it had fired into space a rocket [Kavoshgar-3] carrying living organisims - a rat, two turtles and worms, according to the state-run Press TV. [....] Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said the space program was specifically for peaceful purposes. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Iran fires space rocket / Move sparks worries of potential weapons delivery system.), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 02/04/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 4th, 2010: "A disappointing report on services industries halted a two-day advance in stocks. The Dow fell 26 points after jumping a total of 230 points in the first two days of the week. The broader S&P 500 index posted a steeper drop, while the Nasdaq was little changed." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/04/10]

2010 - Elections Trivia / Iraq - February 4th, 2010: "An Iraqi appeals court Wednesday [02/03/10] set aside a ban on 450 candidates for suspected ties to Saddam Hussein's regime, allowing them to run in next month's parliamentary election and offering a chance to ease political showdowns that had deeply worried the White House." [Based on: News Services article (Iraq appeals court reverses ban), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 02/04/10]

2010 - Suicide Attack / Pakistan - February 4th, 2010: "3 U.S. soldiers killed in Pakistan ['in a Taliban suicide attack Wednesday' - 02/03/10]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A16, S.L.P.D., 02/04/10]

2010 - First-Quarter Profit / Visa Inc. - February 4th, 2010: "Visa Inc. said its profit rose 33 percent in the fiscal first quarter. [....]" [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/04/10]

2010 - Health Care Spending / U.S.A. - February 4th, 2010: "In a stark reminder of growing costs, the government estimated Wednesday [02/03/10] that health care consumed a record 17.3 percent of all spending in the U.S. economy last year [2009] - or roughly $2.5 trillion. [....]" [Based on: Tribune Washington Bureau article (Health care spending skyrockets to record / Increase is largest as percentage of U.S. economy.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/04/10]

2010 - Congress widens probe of Toyota - February 4th, 2010: "Congress widens probe of Toyota / Sudden acceleration - Problem may be present in models not recalled, lawmakers say. / Prius brakes - U.S., Japanese regulators look into reports that hybrid is slow to stop." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/04/10]

2010 - Anti-Semitic acts increase in France - February 4th, 2010: "A group founded to protect France's Jewish community says anti-Semitic acts in France soared 75 percent last year - many coming as Israel pressed an offensive against Hamas in the Middle East in January. The Jewish Community Protection Service tallied 832 anti-Semitic acts in 2009, up from 474 a year earlier." [Based on: News Services article (Anti-Semitic acts increase in France), p. A16, S.L.P.D., 02/04/10]

2010 - Third-Quarter Profit / Honda Motor Co. - February 4th, 2010: "Honda Motor Co.'s third-quarter profit soared sixfold on cost cuts and strong sales of green vehicles, boosting the Japanese automaker's full-year forecast. Profit rose to $1.49 billion. But revenue slipped to $24.8 billion." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/04/10]

2010 - Moderate Earthquake / Offshore Northern California - February 4th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A moderate earthquake occurred at 20:20:21 (UTC) on Thursday, February 4th, 2010. The magnitude 5.9 event [Location: 40.431°N, 124.929°W; Depth 11.2 km (7.0 miles)] was located @ OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/nc71348851.php]-[T.D. - 02/04/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 5th, 2010: "Stocks buckled Thursday [02/04/10] under the growing belief that the global economy is weaker than many investors expected and likely to stop companies from hiring. The Dow Jones industrials briefly traded below 10,000 for the first time in three months." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 02/05/10]

2010 - Changing Colors / Pluto - February 5th, 2010: "Newly released Hubble Space telescope photos show Pluto is changing color and its ice sheets are shifting, surprising astronomers." [Based on: News Services article (Pluto changing color), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/05/10]

*Links: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=04&month=02&year=2010

2010 - 392 legislators will repay Britain - February 5th, 2010: "392 legislators will repay Britain ['a total of $1.7 million']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/05/10]

2010 - Home Demolitions? / Jerusalem - February 5th, 2010: "The Jerusalem mayor has agreed to evacuate a Jewish settlers' house built illegally in the heart of a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood - but also plans to demolish dozens of Palestinian buildings erected without permission in the area, his spokesman said." [Based on: News Services article (Buildings being torn down), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/05/10]

*Trivia: "The israeli government has stepped in to save a house built illegally by Jewish settlers in a volatile Palestinian neighborhood in east Jerusalem, complicating already troubled U.S. efforts to renew Mideast peacemaking." [Based on: News Services article (Settler house remains an issue), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/10/10]

2010 - Foreign Relations / Russia & Iran - February 5th, 2010: "The Iranian ambassador in Moscow says Russia has assured Iran that it still intends to deliver long-range air-defense missles. Russia signed a 2007 contract to sell the S-300 missle complex, but so far has not delivered. The delay has not been explained, but Israel and the United States strongly objected to Iran obtaining the missles, which would significantly boost the country's defense capability." [Based on: News Services article (Russia reassures Iran), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/05/10]

2010 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Romania - February 5th, 2010: "Romania's top defense body approved a U.S. proposal to place anti-ballistic missle interceptors in the country as part of a revamped American missle shield, the president said." [Based on: News Services article (Romania accepts U.S. missle shield), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/05/10]

*Trivia: "U.S. missle defense plans are a threat to Russian national security and have slowed down progress on a new arms control treaty with Washington, Russia's top military officer, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, said." [Based on: News Services article (Russia protests), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/10/10]

2010 - Slayings touch off tempest / Mexico - February 5th, 2010: "Slayings [at least 15 youths - 01/30/10] touch off tempest / Amid distrust of government, some in Mexico call for president's resignation." [Based on: Title for AP/Getty Images illustration, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/05/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Southeast Indian Ridge - February 5th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:59:07 (UTC) on Friday, February 5th, 2010. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 47.891°S, 99.695°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTHEAST INDIAN RIDGE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010siar.php]-[T.D. - 02/06/10]

2010 - Illinois' highest court throws out malpractice caps - February 5th, 2010: "Illinois' highest court throws out malpractice caps / Split decision [02/04/10] ruled that limits are an infringement by the legislature on the jurisdiction of courts." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/05/10]

2010 - New Sunspots - February 6th, 2010: "New sunspots are popping up faster than NOAA can number them. Today's image from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) shows a pair of no-name sunspot groups rapidly growing in the sun's northern hemisphere: [....] This raises to three the number of sunspot groups currently visible from Earth. The last time we could see three sunspots at the same time was in May [17th?] of 2008. Since then, the sun fell into--and is now bouncing out of--a century-level solar minimum. Readers with solar telescopes should train their optics on the circled areas to witness sunspot genesis in action." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=06&month=02&year=2010]

2010 - Sunspot 1045 - February 6th, 2010: "A big new sunspot is rapidly emerging in the sun's northern hemisphere. Rogerio Marcon sends this picture [see link] taken just hours ago from his backyard observatory in Campinas, Brasil: [....] The active region is crackling with solar flares. The strongest so far is an M2-class eruption at 1900 UT on Feb. 6th. (See the movie from NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft.) Each of the spot's dark cores is about twice as wide as Earth, which makes it an easy target for backyard solar telescopes. Stay tuned for solar activity!" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/06/10]

*Trivia: "In less than 24 hours, a monsterous sunspot group has materialized in the sun's northern hemisphere. Rogerio Marcon sends this picture [see link] of new sunspot 1045 taken earlier today [02/07/10] from his backyard observatory in Campinas, Brasil [....] 'There are some beautiful magnetic arcs swirling around the sunspot's dark cores,' notes Marcon. 'This big active region is an easy target for amateur solar telescopes. [NP] The arcs in Marcon's photo are unstable and they have already erupted at least six times this weekend, producing a series of C- and M-class solar flares. These flares have caused brief ionization events in Earth's upper atmosphere, but little else so far. There is a 5% chance of a much more powerful X-flare in the next 24 hours, according to NOAA forecasters, so bigger things could be in the offing. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/07/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 6th, 2010: "A battered stock market recovered from a drop in late trading but still posted its fourth straight weekly drop. The Dow, down nearly 170 points in afternoon trading, clawed its way back to finish with a gain of 10. More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/06/10]

2010 - Borrowing Decline / U.S.A. - February 6th, 2010: "Americans borrowed less for the 11th consecutive month in December, paying off credit cards while increasing borrowing for cars and other products. [....] The Federal Reserve said Friday that total borrowing dropped by $1.8 billion [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Borrowing declines in December), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/06/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Kuril Islands - February 6th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 04:44:59 (UTC) on Saturday, February 6th, 2010. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 46.967°N, 152.731°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ KURIL ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010sjan.php]-[T.D. - 02/06/10]

2010 - Snowstorm / Washington D.C. - February 6th, 2010: "A ferocious blizzard, dubbed the 'snowpocalypse' and 'snowmageddon,' descended on Washington Friday [02/05/10], shutting federal offices early, closing schools and sending residents scurrying to stock up on supplies to carry them through the weekend. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Storm of epic proportions bears down on nation's capital), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 02/06/10] *Link: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=42568

2010 - Coordinated Blasts / Karbala, Iraq - February 6th, 2010: "A car bomb ripped through a crowd of Shiite pilgrims outside the holy city of Karbala, Iraq, sending many fleeing into the path of a suicide attacker who detonated a second bomb in coordinated blasts that killed at least 40 people and wounded 150. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Pilgrims are targeted), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 02/06/10]

2010 - Sunspot 1046 - February 7th, 2010: "Sunspot 1045 is crackling with C- and M-class solar flares. New sunspot "1046" has not yet been officially numbered by NOAA; its designation here is therefore provisional. Image credit: SOHO/MDI" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/07/10]

2010 - Coming Afghan Battle - February 7th, 2010: "Coming Afghan battle [Operation Moshtarak - Marjah, Helmand province] is no secret / Unusual approach is intended to get civilians to flee, insurgents to switch sides." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/07/10]

2010 - Space Weather Conditions - February 07th, 2010: "SPACE WEATHER Current conditions: Solar wind speed: 400.3 km/sec; density: 6.1 protons/cm3; .... Updated: Today at 2217 UT"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/07/10]

*Trivia: "Arctic sky watchers should be alert for more auroras in the nights ahead. Sunspot 1045 hurled a CME toward Earth on Feb. 7th and it is due to arrive (along with an unrelated solar wind stream) on Feb. 9th to 10th. NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of high-latitude geomagnetic actvity."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/08/10]

2010 - Tea Party Speech / Sarah Palin - February 7th, 2010: "Put faith in ideas, Palin tells Tea Party [Nashville, Tennessee - 02/06/10]" [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/07/10]

2010 - Mudslides / Los Angeles, California - February 7th, 2010: "A second wave of a winter storm has flooded streets and triggered mudslides in Los Angeles-area foothills scarred by wildfires. Evacuation orders are in place for about 500 homes." [Based on: News Services article (Mudslides hit L.A.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/07/10]

2010 - Superbowl XIV / New Orleans Saints - February 7th, 2010: "Saints go marching in / New Orleans QB Drew Brees celebrates after the Saints, for many years an NFL doormat, won the Superbowl 13-17 on Sunday [beating the Indianapolis Colts]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Warship sale OK'd), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/08/10]

2010 - Foreign Relations / Russia & France - February 7th, 2010: "A Russian naval official says France will allow the sale of an advanced warship to Russia. It would be the first arms deal between a NATO country and Russia." [Based on: News Services article (Warship sale OK'd), p. A20, S.L.P.D., 02/07/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan - February 7th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:10:00 (UTC) on Sunday, February 7th, 2010. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 23.472°N, 123.713°E; Depth 16.5 km (10.3 miles) (poorly constrained)] was located @ SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010skal.php]-[T.D. - 02/07/10]

2010 - Iran detains 7 - February 8th, 2010: "Iran detains 7 tied to U.S.-funded radio station" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/08/10]

2010 - Uranium Enrichment / Iran - February 8th, 2010: "[....] President Mahmoud Admadinejad ordered the nation's atomic energy agency on Sunday [02/07/10] to begin enriching uranium from 3.5 percent to 20 percent purity to serve as fuel for a Tehran medical reactor. 'We are ready for exchange,' he said. 'But if the Western governments don't like an exchange, we go our own way.' " [Based on: News Services article (Ahmadinejad orders hike in nuclear enrichment), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/08/10]

*Trivia: "U.S., Russia press for Iran sanctions / Tehran plans to begin enriching uranium, maybe as early as today [02/09/10]." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/09/10]

2010 - Launch / Space Shuttle Endeavor - February 8th, 2010: "Space shuttle Endeavour is in Earth orbit following one of the most spectacular launches in the program's 30-year history. Thousands of onlookers on the NASA Causeway clapped, gasped, shouted and cheered as the shuttle climbed brilliantly into the pre-dawn sky at 4:14 am EST on Monday, Feb. 8th. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/09/10]

2010 - Died / U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha - February 8th, 2010: "Rep. John P. Murtha [died Monday - 02/08/10 - complications from surgery] / Democrat was first combat veteran from Vietnam elected to Congress" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/09/10]

2010 - Skier Survives Avalance / Swiss Alps - February 8th, 2010: "Skier survives 17 hours under Swiss avalanche [was pulled from the snow 02/07/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/08/10]

2010 - Power Plant Explosion / Connecticut - February 8th, 2010: "Explosion at power plant [02/07/10] kills at least 5 construction workers / Deadly blast in Connecticut ['at the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown'] is linked to the purging of gas lines." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/08/10]

2010 - New findings raise some old questions on consciousness - February 8th, 2010: "[....] Findings from modern neuroscience suggest that the brain is a highly social organ; more than enjoying company, it needs interactions to develop, to regulate mood, to solve problems, to respond to threats. When people are in isolation, their brainwaves slow down; prisoners can become withdrawn, traumatized. 'Vegetative' patients suffer a kind of social confinement. Their conscious awareness - especially in light of damaged cells in the brain - may be highly variable through the day and distinct from patient to patient. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (New findings raise some old questions on consciousness / Scans find brain activity among some people who are in a vegetative state.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/08/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 9th, 2010: "The Dow Jones industrials closed below 10,000 for the first time in three months on nagging concerns about debt loads in Europe. Shares of big banks pulled the market lower, extending a slump that has led to four straight weekly losses. The Dow fell to 9,908.39." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/09/10]

2010 - Geomagnetic Storm Watch - February 9th, 2010: "Over the past few days, active sunspot 1045 has hurled a series of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) toward Earth. These are not the kind of major CMEs that will spark auroras over, say, Florida, but they could spark some very nice lights around the Arctic Circle. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/09/10]

2010 - Elections Trivia / Ukraine - February 9th, 2010: "Trailing Ukranian candidate [Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko] is urged to concede ['to her oponent, Viktor Yanukovych]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/09/10]

2010 - Snowstorm / U.S. East Coast - February 9th-10th, 2010: "The second blizzard in less than a week pounded the U.S. East Coast on February 9–10, 2010. Federal government offices in Washington, D.C., remained closed for four consecutive days as locals skied past the city’s monuments. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=42680]

2010 - Al-Qaida in Yemen issues threat - February 9th, 2010: "The deputy chief of al-Qaida's offshoot in Yemen called for attacks on Saudia Arabia and U.S. interests in the region. The statement, purportedly by Said al-Shihri, urged followers 'to attack the interests of America.' " [Based on: News Services article (Al-Qaida in Yemen issues threat), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/09/10]

2010 - Mexico arrests alleged drug lords - February 9th, 2010: "Mexico arrests alleged drug lords [Raydel Lopez Uriarte & Manuel Garcia Simental]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/09/10]

2010 - Health Care Trivia / California - February 9th, 2010: "Sebelius objects to health rate hike [' California's largest for-profit insurer ... plans to hike customers premiums as much as 39 percent']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/09/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 10th, 2010: "The Dow Jones industrials jumped back above 10,000 on hope that the European Union will help Greece manage its growing debt burden. Global markets bounced on reports that European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet will attend a Thursday EU meeting." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/10/10]

2010 - "Suddenly, with Chavez" - February 10th, 2010: "Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has launched a new radio program in which he can take to the airwaves at any time of the day or night. Called 'Suddenly, with Chavez,' the show on state-run Venezuelan National Radio doesn't have a schedule and can be aired at any moment. 'We have many things to report,' Chavez said." [Based on: News Services article (Chavez 'Suddenly'), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/10/10]

2010 - Avalanches / Afghan Pass - February 10th, 2010: "Avalanches in Afghan pass [Salang Pass - 'killing as many as 64 people so far, authorities said.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/10/10]

*Trivia: "Avalanche' deaths now stand at 166" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/11/10]

2010 - Economic Trivia / Greece - February 10th, 2010: "Europe is showing signs it favors bailout of Greece / Markets jump on expectations that rescue effort would prevent a potential debt default from spreading to neighbors." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A6 , S.L.P.D., 02/10/10]

2010 - Tropical Cyclone Pat / South Pacific - February 10th, 2010: "At 10:00 p.m. New Zealand time (09:00 UTC) on February 10, 2010, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported that Pat was roughly 195 nautical miles (360 kilometers) north of Rarotonga, having traveled toward the south-southwest over the previous several hours. The JTWC reported that Pat was expected to lose intensity as it moved over ocean waters less favorable to cyclone formation. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=42603]

2010 - Confirmed Killed / Taliban Leader, Pakistan - February 10th, 2010: "Insurgent group confirms [02/09/10] U.S. drone attack killed Taliban leader [Hakimullah Mahsud] in Pakistan [last month] / Loss probably not a fatal blow, experts say. / U.S. drone attacks have increased since suicide attack killed seven CIA workers at secret base [Rawalpindi - 10/10/09]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, pp. A1 & A5, S.L.P.D., 02/10/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 11th, 2010: "The stock market managed to steady itself after hearing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's plans to dismantle the central bank's supports for the economy. The Dow Jones industrials closed with a loss of 20 points at 10,038.38 after falling nearly 100 in early trading." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/11/10]

2010 - Shuttle has problems? - February 11th, 2010: "NASA is taking a close look at two new problems on space shuttle Endeavor. A round ceramic spacer near one of the cockpit windows is sticking out. And a thermal tile repair that was made before the flight has failed, and the original crack is back, right over the cockpit." [Based on: News Services article (Shuttle has problems), p. A7 , S.L.P.D., 02/11/10]

*Trivia: "A cracked tile and protruding ring on shuttle Endeavor are too small to pose any danger during next week's trip home from the international space station, NASA managers said." [Based on: News Services article (NASA says shuttle is OK), p. A14 , S.L.P.D., 02/13/10]

2010 - Launch / Solar Dynamics Observatory - February 11th, 2010: "Solar observatory rockets into space [02/11/10]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article ), p. A13 , S.L.P.D., 02/12/10]

2010 - Next Foreclosure Crisis / U.S. Commercial Real Estate? - February 11th, 2010: "Commercial real estate may be next foreclosure crisis / Congressional panel says banks could lose up to $300 billion." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7 , S.L.P.D., 02/11/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 12th, 2010: "Relief about Europe's pledge to support Greece sent the stock market charging higher Thursday [02/11/10]. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 106 points as confidence grew that aid to Greece would extinguish one of the several threats that investors see to an economic recovery." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B4, S.L.P.D., 02/12/10]

2010 - Tribes to get $1 billion - February 12th, 2010: "Seventy-six American Indian tribes across the country [U.S.A.] will share $1 billion in economic stimulus money to help create jobs and revitalize Indian communities." [Based on: News Services article (Tribes to get $1 billion), p. A21 , S.L.P.D., 02/12/10]

2010 - Solar Flare / Sunspot 1046 - February 12th, 2010: "Sunspot 1046 is crackling with M-class solar flares. This morning in the Netherlands, amateur astronomer Emiel Veldhuis happened to be looking when one of them erupted. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=12&month=02&year=2010]

2010 - Winter Olympic Games - February 12th, 2010: Winter Olympic Games begin. Vancouver, Canada.

2010 - Heart Procedure / Bill Clinton - February 12th, 2010: "Clinton undergoes procedure on heart [02/11/10]" [Based on: Title for Front Page article, p. A1 , S.L.P.D., 02/12/10]

2010 - Health insurers' profits draw fire - February 12th, 2010: "As the nation [U.S.A.] struggled last year with rising health care costs and a recession, the five largest health insurance companies racked up combined profits of $12.2 billion - up 56 percent over 2008, according to a new report by liberal health care activists. [NP] Based on company financial reports for 2009 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the report said insurers WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group, Cigna Corp., Aetna and Humana Inc. covered 2.7 million fewer people than they did the year before. [....] Thursday [02/11/10], WellPoint defended the rate increase in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, saying that the rising rates reflect soaring medical costs and will average closer to 20 percent for most customers." [Based on: Tribune Washington Bureau article (Health insurers' profits draw fire), p. A21 , S.L.P.D., 02/12/10]

2010 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Venezuela - February 12th, 2010: "Chavez gives contracts to Western companies ['Chevron, the American oil giant, led a group of companies that won one of the concessions on Wednesday night' - 02/10/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8 , S.L.P.D., 02/12/10]

2010 - 4,000-year-old DNA reveals Greenland's past - February 12th, 2010: "[....] This is the first time the whole genome of an ancient human has been analyzed. It also sheds new light on the settlement of North America by showing there was a hitherto unsuspected migration of people across the continent, from Siberia to Greenland, some 5,500 years ago. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (4,000-year-old DNA reveals Greenland's past), p. A12 , S.L.P.D., 02/12/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 13th, 2010: "Industrial stocks stumbled after China said it would take more steps to keep its economy from growing too quickly. Regulators in China are trying to keep the nation's rapid economic growth from getting out of hand. The Dow closed down 45 points at 10,099.14." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/13/10]

2010 - Stanford aide aquitted - February 13th, 2010: "Stanford [Allen Stanford] aide [Tom Raffanello] acquitted " [Based on: Title for News Services , p. A14 , S.L.P.D., 02/13/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Tonga - February 13th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 02:34:28 (UTC) on Saturday, February 13th, 2010. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 21.884°S, 174.776°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ TONGA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010srah.php]-[T.D. - 02/15/10]

2010 - Suit Dismissed / Mike Shanahan - February 13th, 2010: "SEC's suit against Shanahan [Michael F. Shanahan] dismissed [02/12/10] / Federal judge cites weak evidence in stock option backdating case involving son of former ESSI [Engineered Support Systems Inc.] CEO." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A8 , S.L.P.D., 02/13/10]

2010 - Operation Moshtarak / Marja, Afghanistan - February 13th, 2010: "Troops swarm into Marja / 6,000 soldiers - most of them Afghans - and U.S. Marines move into city [Marja, Afghanistan] before dawn [02/13/12]." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A17 , S.L.P.D., 02/13/10]

2010 - CME's - February 14th, 2010: "This morning, Feb. 14th, one and possibly two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) billowed over the sun's western limb. [....] The source of the blasts appears to be a complex of sunspots (1045 and 1048) just now disappearing over the western limb. [....] The CMEs were not directed at Earth, so our planet should feel no effects from the expanding clouds."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/14/10]

2010 - Bombing / India - February 14th, 2010: "Bombing kills nine, injures dozens [53] in India [city of Pune - 02/13/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11 , S.L.P.D., 02/14/10]

2010 - Elections Trivia / Iraq - February 14th, 2010: "Iraq's election commission announced Saturday [02/13/10] that most of the 515 candidates disqualified from next month's parliamentary elections would in fact remain off the ballot because of accusations that they retained links to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party. Of those, 171 appealed their disqualifications, but the appeals court reversed the rulings for only 26 candidates, according to the chairman of Iraq's election commission, Faraj al-Haidari. An additional 145 were rejected, and the remainder did not appeal." [Based on: News Services article (Iraq to allow Baath Party associated on ballot), p. A11 , S.L.P.D., 02/14/10]

2010 - High-Speed Rail / China - February 14th, 2010: "China's high-speed rail line revolution / Web of trains, which can reach speeds of 215 mph, promise to make country even more competitive." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A12 , S.L.P.D., 02/14/10]

2010 - Chinese New Year / "Year of the Tiger" - February 14th, 2010: "China celebrates Lunar New Year [Year of the Tiger]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/15/10]

2010 - Solar Wind Stream - February 15th, 2010: "On Feb. 15th, an intense wave of Northern Lights swept across Scandinavia. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=16&month=02&year=2010]

*Trivia: "This week, the brightest auroras of the year have been surging around the Arctic Circle. [....]"

[Based on: Based on: http://spaceweather.com] - [T.D. - 02/17/10]

2010 - Sex Scandal / Abbas Aide - February 15th, 2010: "Abbas aide [Rafiq Husseini] suspended over sex tape scandal" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/15/10]

2010 - Plants ease farm drug risk - February 15th, 2010: "Scientists worry that the routine use - some say overuse - of antibiotics in livestock could lead to strains of antibiotic resistant disease in humans. [NP] Researchers at the University of Missouri's Center for Agroforestry believe they've found a way to mitigate the potential risk. [NP] The researchers performed three different studies, looking at whether buffer strips - of grasses or other plants - grown strategically in farm fields can capture and dilute antibiotics that livestock eliminate and farmers distribute as fertilizer. They found, in one study, that such buffers could reduce up to 80 percent of the total mass of antibiotics in an animal's manure. In the others, they determined that buffers improved soil's ability to improve the uptake of pollutants, and that certain plants are especially effective in dissipating the drug compounds. [NP] 'We're hoping with these buffers that we can prevent these antibiotics from making their way into water resources and then find a process by which the compounds are degraded more quickly,' said Keith Goyne, an assistant professor of soil chemistry. [NP] Goyne estimates that 30 to 80 percent of any given dose of antibiotics ends up as waste rather than absorbed by the animal. One study, by the Washington-based Union of Concerned Scientists, said that 70 percent of all the antibiotics sold in the United States, or roughly 50 million pounds, are given to food animals for nontherapeutic uses. Though the concentrations are generally quite low, a body of research says that these antibiotics are making their ways into streams, rivers and lakes. [NP] Some farmers already grow these buffers to capture and dillute herbicides or insecticides, or control erosion. Goyne and his colleagues hope their newest findings will encourage more farmers to plant them. [NP] 'That's one of the nice things about the buffers,' Goyne said. 'People have been using them for other reasons. This is just an additional incentive.' " [Based on: article (Plants ease farm drug risk / Grassy buffers help protect soil, water and humans from animal antibiotics.) by Georgina Gustin, p. A9 , S.L.P.D., 02/15/10]

2010 - Errant U.S. Rockets / Afghanistan - February 15th, 2010: "Errant U.S. rockets kill 12 Afghan civilians [02/14/10] / In Marjah, Marines meet 'death at every corner' " [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/15/10]

2010 - Tropical Cyclone Rene / South Pacific - February 15th, 2010: "[....] As of February 15, Rene had cut phone lines and power in Tonga, but had not caused extreme damage, reported the Associated Press. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=42678]

2010 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Lenanon - February 15th, 2010: "Lebanese open fire [02/14/10] on Israeli warplanes ['on four Israeli warplanes that flew into Lebanese airspace']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/15/10]

2010 - Israeli harem leader charged with rape, incest - February 15th, 2010: "An Israeli man who kept a harem and fathered dozens of children was charged in a Tel Aviv court Sunday [02/14/10] with enslavement, rape, incest and other sexual offenses. The indictment accused Goel Ratzon, 60, of preying on troubled women. The case has captivated the israeli public since Ratzon's arrest last month." [Based on: News Services article (Israeli harem leader charged with rape, incest), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/15/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia - February 15th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 21:51:48 (UTC) on Monday, February 15th, 2010. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 7.256°S, 128.794°E; Depth 128 km (79.5 miles)] was located @ KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010stbl.php]-[T.D. - 02/15/10]

2010 - Public Bickering / U.S. Vice President Joe Biden & Dick Cheney - February 15th, 2010: "Biden, Cheney get licks in on air / Once and current No. 2's bicker over terror trials, Iraq as they make rounds on television's Sunday news talk shows [02/14/10]." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/15/10]

2010 - New Toy / Kung Zhu - February 16th, 2010: "Clayton maker of Zhu Zhu pets arms itself for toy wars with Kung Zhu / Furry creatures decked out in armor will battle one another." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/16/10]

2010 - Brussels Train Accident - February 16th, 2010: "Train crash kills 18 ['Brussels station Monday, killing at least 18 people']." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/16/10]

2010 - Taliban suffer heavy losses - February 16th, 2010: "Taliban suffer heavy losses / Offensive gains local support, as elders assign 10 Afghans to assist nilitary." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/16/10]

2010 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Iran - February 16th, 2010: "Secretary Clinton issues warning on Iran's future ['Clinton encouraged Iran's religious and political leaders to rise up.' - 02/15/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/16/10]

2010 - Captured / Taliban Commander - February 16th, 2010: "Taliban commander  captured / Secret operation by Pakistani intelligence force and CIA operatives nets military chief [Mullah Abdul Ghani Barada] in Karachi ['several days ago'], possibly insurgents' operations." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/16/10]

2010 - Trivia / Hamas Commander Death - February 16th, 2010: "Dubai's police chief said an 11-member hit squad with European passports was responsible for the mysterious killing of a Hamas commander in his hotel room last month, and he released their photos, names, nationalities and passport numbers. Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim did not directly implicate Israel, as the Islamic militant group has." [Based on: News Services article (Dubai cites hit squad), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/16/10]

2010 - U.S. Forces / Iraq - February 17th, 2010: "U.S. forces in Iraq under 100,000 ['for the first time since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/17/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 17th, 2010: "Signs that the economy is indeed strengthening gave investors a surge of optimism and sent stocks higher. The Dow industrials soared almost 170 points to end at 10,268.81 on upbeat earnings reports and corporate deals. The S&P 500 rose 1.8 percent to 1,094.87." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/17/10]

2010 - Oil companies withdraw - February 17th, 2010: "Three large companies [ConocoPhillips, BP America and Caterpillar] have left the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a coalition of more than two dozen companies and environmental groups lobbying Congress to pass a bill combating climate change. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Oil companies withdraw), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/17/10]

2010 - "Micro-Livestock" / Congo - February 17th, 2010: "People in war-torn Congo are surviving by raising 'micro-livestock' - guinea pigs. They are inexpensive to acquire, live on garbage and are easy to hide. They provide protein and nutrients in a nation overwhelmed by malnutrition." [Based on: News Services article ('Micro-livestock'), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/17/10]

2010 - 1961 Nuclear Test Trivia / France - February 17th, 2010: "France's military purposely exposed soldiers to a 1961 nuclear test in the Sahara Desert to study how the atomic bomb would affect their bodies and minds, a French news report said, citing a classified defense document." [Based on: News Services article (France exposed soldiers to atomic test), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/17/10]

2010 - Fourth_Quarter Income / Kraft Foods - February 17th, 2010: "Kraft's income more than tripled in its first quarterly report since it acquired British candy maker Cadbury. Fourth-quarter earnings were $710 million, or 48 cents per share, up sharply from $178 million, or 12 cents, a year ago. Sales grew 3 percent to $11 billion." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/17/10]

2010 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Hezbollah - February 17th, 2010: "Hezbollah threatens [02/16/10] Tel Aviv airport ['if Israel's military strikes Lebanese infrastructure']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 02/17/10]

2010 - First-Quarter Profit / Whole Foods Market Inc. - February 17th, 2010: "Whole Foods Market Inc. said stronger sales helped send its first-quarter profit soaring. The grocer earned $49.7 million, or 32 cents per share, up from $27.8 million, or 20 cents, a year ago. sales grew 7 percent." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/17/10]

2010 - Chronic Health Problems / 1 in 4 U.S. Children? - February 17th, 2010: "1 in 4 children [U.S.A.] have health problems ['according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/17/10]

2010 - Peabody Energy: EPA's finding on global warming is flawed - February 17th, 2010: "[....] St. Louis-based Peabody, the world's largest private sector coal company, filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington on Friday. [....]" [Based on: Article (Peabody Energy: EPA's finding on global warming is flawed / St. Louis-based company says there is no basis for greenhouse gas regulations.), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/17/10]

2010 - Environmentalists at Olympics target Norwegian-owned salmon fisheries - February 17th, 2010: "Environmentalists at Olympics target Norwegian-owned salmon fisheries ['the group aimed much of its ire at the world's dominant salmon farming company, Oslo-based Marine Harvest'] / They cite water pollution from feed, waste and pesticides; company is dominant supplier to world markets, including Schnucks stores here [St. Louis]." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/17/10]

2010 - Sunspot 1049 - February 18th, 2010: "New sunspot 1049 is growing but does not yet pose a threat for strong solar flares. Image credit: SOHO/MDI"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=18&month=02&year=2010]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 18th, 2010: "Stocks rose after encouraging corporate and economic reports added to hopes that a recovery is taking hold. The Dow Jones industrials rose 40.43 points, or 0.4 percent, to end at 10,309.24. The S&P 500 rose 4.64, or 0.4 percent, to 1,099.51." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/18/10]

2010 - Toyota Recall Trivia  - February 18th, 2010: "Corolla recall may be next / Concerns over steering add to Toyota's long list of problems with customers, regulators." [Based on: Los Angeles Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/18/10]

2010 -  Russia puts base in Georgia - February 18th, 2010: "Russia puts base in Georgia" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 02/18/10]

2010 - Taliban Stronghold Captured / Marjah, Afghanistan - February 18th, 2010: "Taliban stronghold [southern stronghold of Marjah] captured by allies [02/17/10] / Afghan flag is raised after offensive" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/18/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / China-Russia Korea Border Region - February 18th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 01:13:18 (UTC) on Thursday, February 18th, 2010. The magnitude 6.9 event [Location: 42.581°N, 130.537°E; Depth 573.8 km (356.6 miles)] was located @ CHINA-RUSSIA-NORTH KOREA BORDER REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010swaf.php]-[T.D. - 02/18/10]

2010 -  Coup / Niger - February 19th, 2010: "Coup reported in Niger" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/19/10]

2010 - Sun in Pisces - February 19th, 2010: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Pisces." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E201002.html]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 19th, 2010: "An increase in regional manufacturing pushed the stock market to its third straight advance and offset concerns about lower sales at Wal-Mart. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 84 points Thursday [02/18/10], bringing its gains for the week to nearly 300 points." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 02/19/10]

2010 - Tropical Cyclone Gelane - February 19th, 2010: "Tropical Cyclone Gelane had sustained winds of 125 knots (230 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 150 knots (275 kilometers per hour), according to a report from the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) on February 19, 2010. The JTWC reported that Gelane was roughly 315 nautical miles (585 kilometers) east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, and was forecast to travel toward the southwest, weakening slightly as it moved. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=42767]

2010 -  Climate chief stepping down - February 19th, 2010: "Climate chief [Yvo de Boer] stepping down ['on July 1']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/19/10]

2010 -  Cyber attacks traced to China? - February 19th, 2010: "Cyber attacks traced to two sites in China, experts say." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/19/10]

2010 -  Microsoft-Yahoo alliance OK'd - February 19th, 2010: "[....] The U.S. Department of Justice and European Commission had no problems with Microsoft and Yahoo working together largely because Google is so far ahead of them in the lucrative Internet search market." [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article (Microsoft-Yahoo alliance OK'd), p. B6, S.L.P.D., 02/19/10]

2010 -  Build-A-Bear welcomes Zhu Zhu - February 19th, 2010: "Build-A-Bear welcomes Zhu Zhu [the robotic hamster pet] into menagerie ['Build-A-Bear will carry some exclusively licensed Zhu Zhu products']" [Based on: Title for article, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 02/19/10]

2010 -  Suicidal Plane Crash /  Austin, Texas - February 19th, 2010: "Man furious over taxes [Andrew Joseph Stack III] slams plane into building [02/18/10] / Crash of small aircraft into IRS workplace kills pilot, one other person." [Based on: Title for Dallas Morning News article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/19/10]

2010 -  Senior Taliban Leaders Arrested / Pakistan - February 19th, 2010: "Two Taliban leaders arrested ['Two senior Taliban leaders have been arrested inside Pakistan, officials said Thursday']" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/19/10]

2010 -  $1 trillion Shortfall? / Public Sector Retirement Benefits, U.S.A.  - February 19th, 2010: "States may be forced to reduce benefits, raise taxes or slash government services to address a $1 trillion funding shortfall in public sector retirement benefits, according to a new study ['The Pew Center on the states released a survey Thursday of state-administered pension plans, ....'] that warns of even more debilitating costs if immediate action isn't taken. [....]" [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article (States warned of gap in pensions), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 02/19/10]

2010 -  Died / Alexander Haig - February 20th, 2010: "[....] He died Saturday (Feb. 20, 2010) at age 85 ... of complications from an infection, his family said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 02/21/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 20th, 2010: "The stock market ended a strong week with modest gains after investors found good news in the Fed's decision to begin dismantling emergency lending measures for banks. The Dow rose 9.45, or 0.1 percent, to 10,402.35, its highest finish in a month." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/20/10]

2010 -  Crude Oil Nears $80 a Barrel - February 20th, 2010: "Crude price nears $80 ['March delivery added 75 cents to settle at $79.81 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.']" [Based on: Title for Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/20/10]

2010 -  Ethics Lawyers Cleared / U.S.A. - February 20th, 2010: "Ethics lawyers [Jay S. Bybee & John Yoo] cleared / Advice to Bush administration on interrogation tactics was flawed, but two are not guilty of professional misconduct, report [U.S. Justice Department] concludes [02/19/10]." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/20/10]

2010 -   Foreign Relations / U.S. & Iran - February 20th, 2010: "From the deck of Iran's new guided-missle destroyer, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denied that Tehran was seeking nuclear weapons and criticized the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf." [Based on: News Services article (Iran issues denial), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/20/10]

2010 -   Foreign Relations / U.S. & Russia - February 20th, 2010: "A Russian official said that U.S. plans for a revamped missle defense system in Romania are stalling talks on a new nuclear arms reduction treaty." [Based on: News Services article (Nuclear arms reduction talks reportedly stalled), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/20/10]

2010 -  Land may be seized for camps / Haiti - February 20th, 2010: "Land may be seized for camps ['for earthquake victims' in Haiti]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/20/10]

2010 -  Anthrax investigation is formally closed - February 20th, 2010: "Anthrax investigation is formally closed ['the Amerithrax investigation found that the late Dr. Bruce Ivins acted alone in planning and executing these attacks.' the Justice Department said." [Based on: Title for Cox Newspapers article by Eliot Kleinberg, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/20/10]

2010 -  Endeavor Returns - February 21st, 2010: "Endeavor back on Earth [02/21/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/22/10]

2010 -  Elections Trivia / Iraq - February 21st, 2010: "Iraq's Sunni political party, whose two most prominent leaders were disqualified from next month's parliamentary elections because of supposed ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, called Saturday for a boycott of the vote, raising fears of worsening sectarian tension. Sunnis largely boycotted the country's last election in 2005 and as a result were disproportionately underrepresented in parliament." [Based on: News Services article (Sunni party pushes boycott in Iraq election), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 02/21/10]

2010 -  Flooding / Portugal - February 22nd, 2010: "Flooding kills 42 on resort island [Maderia, Portugal - 02/21/10]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/22/10]

2010 -  Pilotless Planes / Israel - February 22nd, 2010: "Israel's air force introduced on Sunday [02/21/10] a fleet of pilotless planes that can remain in the air for a full day and could fly as far as the Persian Gulf, putting rival Iran within its range." [Based on: News Services article (Israel's new pilotless planes can reach Iran), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 02/22/10]

2010 -  Train Derailment / California - February 22nd, 2010: "Train derails [near Keene, California - 02/20/10]; toxic cloud forces evacuations" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/22/10]

2010 - Junta in Niger pledges democracy - February 22nd, 2010: "Junta in Niger ['that deposed Niger's longtime leader last week'] pledges democracy [02/21/10]" [Based on: Tile for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 02/22/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Tonga Region - February 22nd, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:00:54 (UTC) on Monday, February 22nd, 2010. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 23.723°S, 175.981°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ TONGA REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010taak.php]-[T.D. - 02/24/10]

2010 -  Two Charged / Texas Church Fires - February 22nd, 2010: "2 [Jason Robert Bourque & Daniel George McAllister] charged [02/21/10] in Texas church fires" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/22/10]

2010 -  Small Plane Crash / Belleville, Illinois - February 22nd, 2010: "Airplane [Piper PA-46] crashes into home [west of Belleville, Illinois.] / No one was home, but two believed to be on plane are killed. [02/21/10]" [Based on: Title for article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/22/10]

2010 - Chavez alleges saboteurs of power grid - February 22nd, 2010: "Chavez alleges saboteurs of power grid [02/21/10]" [Based on: Tile for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 02/22/10]

2010 -  Pilots Stike / Lufthansa AG, Germany - February 22nd, 2010: "Lufthansa pilots stike [Germany]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 02/22/10]

2010 -  Captured / Taliban Commander, Pakistan - February 22nd, 2010: "Signs of success in Afghanistan / In Marjah, troops are expelling Taliban; In Pakistan, top Taliban commander [Abdul Ghani Baradar] is captured [in Karachi]." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/22/10]

2010 - Massive Filament - February 23rd, 2010: "NASA spacecraft and amateur astronomers alike are monitoring a staggeringly-long filament of magnetism on the sun. It stretches more than a million kilometers around the sun's southeastern limb [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/23/10]

*Link: http://spaceweather.com/images2010/21feb10/filament_anim.gif

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 23rd, 2010: "The stock market paused from a four-day rally Monday [02/22/10] and closed modestly lower after big consumer companies gave a cautious outlook for economic growth. The Dow fell 18.97, or 0.2 percent, to 10,383.38. The S&P 500 index fell 1.16, or 0.1 percent, to 1,108.01." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/23/10]

2010 - Full-Body Scans / France - February 23rd, 2010: "Full-body scans in France ['for U.S.-bound passengers at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/23/10]

2010 - Punitive Damages / Wyeth - February 23rd, 2010: "Pfizer Inc's Wyeth unit was ordered to pay $6 million in punitive damages to an Alabama woman who developed breast cancer after taking the company's menopause drugs, bringing the total award in the case to $9.45 million. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Wyeth ordered to pay / Award in suit amounts to $9.45 million.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/23/10]

2010 - Criminal Inquiry / Toyota - February 23rd, 2010: "Toyota is now target of a criminal inquiry / Executives face tough questionoing as hearings open today." [Based on: Tile for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/23/10]

2010 - Democrats Challenge EPA - February 23rd, 2010: "McCaskill, Democrats challenge EPA ['its authority to regulate pollution blamed for global warming']." [Based on: Tile for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/23/10]

2010 - Guilty Plea / Najibullah Zazi - February 23rd, 2010: "Suspect [Najibullah Zazi] admits [02/22/10] NYC bomb plot [last year] / Afghan immigrant, who says he was trained in Pakistan, faces life sentence." [Based on: Tile for New York Times article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/23/10]

2010 - I.R.A. Car Bomb / N. Ireland - February 23rd, 2010: "Car bomb [first I.R.A. car bomb in nearly a decade] in N. Ireland [02/22/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/23/10]

2010 - Nuclear Enrichment Plans / Iran - February 23rd, 2010: "Iran plans 10 more nuclear enrichment plants" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/23/10]

2010 - Airstrike Kills Civilians / Afghanistan - February 23rd, 2010: "Airstrike kills civilians [02/21/10] / At least 27 Afghans are killed in helicopter attack." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/23/10]

2010 - Foreign Relations / Britain & Argentina - February 23rd, 2010: "Britain drilling in Falklands ['which could worsen tension between Britain and Argentina']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 02/23/10]

2010 - CME - February 24th, 2010: "The 'Great Magnetic Filament' on the sun that we've been tracking for the past week finally erupted yesterday. [....] The event did not produce a bright solar flare, as sometimes happens when filaments erupt, but there was a coronal mass ejection (CME). SOHO coronagraphs observed at least one and possibly as many as three clouds billowing away from the sun [....]. If any of this material is heading for Earth - a big unknown! - it would arrive on Feb. 27th or 28th. Arctic sky watchers should be alert for auroras on those dates." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/25/10]

2010 - Sunspot 1050 - February 24th, 2010: "New sunspot 1050 is anchoring one end of an enormous magnetic filament. Another new sunspot, not yet numbered, is emerging over the sun's northeastern limb. Image credit: SOHO/MDI" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 02/24/10]

2010 - Sudanese Truce - February 24th, 2010: "Sudanese truce is signed" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/24/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 24th, 2010: "The market fell after a surprising drop in consumer confidence reminded investors of the fragility of the economic recovery. The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index fell to 46 in February from 56.5 last month. The Dow fell 11.97 to 10,292.41." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/24/10]

2010 - "Problem Banks" / U.S.A. - February 24th, 2010: "The number of banks in danger of failing shot up to 702 at the end of last year, the highest level since 1993, as the industry continues to struggle in its recovery from the so-called Great Recession, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, said Tuesday. [....] So far this year, 20 banks have failed. The FDIC has estimated that expected bank failures from 2009 to 2013 will cost it $100 billion [NP] The industry's problems are taking a toll on the FDIC fund that covers most insured deposits. The balance of that fund, which is paid for by banks, dropped by $12.6 billion in the fourth quarter to end 2009 with a negative balance of $20.9 billion. [NP] As a percentage of total insured deposits at U.S. banks, it is the lowest level on record, the FDIC said. [NP] But Bair [FDIC Chairwoman Shelia Bair] said that figure is deceiving because it does not include billions already set aside for expected losses from bank failures. Taking that money into account, the Depoist Insurance Fund has a positive $23.1 billion balance. To replenish the fund, the FDIC ordered banks to prepay three years of premiums by the end of 2009. [NP] Although  the industry had a rough fourth quarter of 2009, posting only a slight profit of less than $1 billion, it was a huge improvement over the last three months of 2008 during the height of the financial crisis. Back then, banks posted a collective $26.2 billion loss." [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Number of 'problem' banks rose sharply at year's end / U.S. estimates expected bank failures from 2009 to 2013 to cost $100 billion.), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/24/10]

2010 - Home Prices Edging Up / U.S.A. - February 24th, 2010: "Home prices edged up in December [2009], the seventh straight monthly gain and another sign the market continues its bumpy recovery. [NP] Prices aren't anywhere near the boom - they are down 30 percent from the peak in May 2006 - and there are worries that the recovery may not last. But prices have been increasing from month to month, climbing almost 4 percent off the bottom in May. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Home prices continue to edge upward), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/24/10]

2010 - Fifth Heart Attack / Dick Cheney - February 24th, 2010: "Former Vice President Dick Cheney, 69, had a heart attack, his fifth, but it was minor and he is expected to be released from the hospital within a day or two." [Based on: News Services article (Cheney has fifth heart attack), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/24/10]

2010 - 67 percent of people have cell phones - February 24th, 2010: "Some 4.6 billion people are now cell phone subscribers, according to a report by the United Nations, meaning 67 percent of all the people in the world are covered. [....] The report tallied cell phone, landline telephone and Internet usage in 159 countries. The report found that 1.7 billion people, or 26 percent of the world's population, were online last year, up from 11 percent in 2002, but four out of five people living in poor countries had no access to the Internet." [Based on: News Services article (67 percent of people have cell phones), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/24/10]

2010 - School Shooting / Littleton, Colorado - February 24th, 2010: "Teacher [David Benke] tackles, stops man who shot students [Deer Creek Middle School, Littleton, Colorado - 02/23/10]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/24/10]

2010 - Full-Body Scanners / Boston & Chicago - February 24th, 2010: "Government officials say the first of 150 new full-body scanners will be installed in airports in Boston and Chicago over the next two weeks." [Based on: News Services article (Full-body scanners), p. A5, S.L.P.D., 02/24/10]

2010 - Latin American states, Caribbean form bloc - February 24th, 2010: "Leaders of 32 nations agreed Tuesday [02/23/10] to establish a new regional bloc including every country in the Americas except Canada and the United States, a show of unity marred when the Venezuelan and Columbian president hurled insults at each other. Few details of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States have been worked out, and its formation is expected to take years." [Based on: News Services article (Latin American states, Caribbean form bloc), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/24/10]

2010 - Protests in Greece - February 25th, 2010: "Protests in Greece ["Some 50,000 ... the widest strike yet against the government's austerity plan']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/25/10]

2010 - Mudslide / Indonesia - February 25th, 2010: "Mudslide in Indonesia ['main island of Java ... leaving at least 46 dead or missing']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/25/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 25th, 2010: "Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke gave the market the tonic it wanted: Interest rates will stay low. Stocks rallied and ended a two-day slide after Bernanke sounded an upbeat note about the economy during a report to Congress. The Dow rose 0.9 percent to 10,374.16." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/25/10]

2010 - Italy rules against Google - February 25th, 2010: "An Italian judge on Wednesday [02/24/10] held three Googgle executives criminally responsible for an online video of an autistic teenager being bullied. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Italy rules against Google), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/25/10]

2010 - Losses Pile Up / Freddie Mac - February 25th, 2010: "Losses by Freddie Mac, for taxpayers, pile up / Mortgage player posted loss of nearly $26 billion last year; chief executive [Charles Haldeman] warns of possible large new wave of foreclosures." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/25/10]

2010 - Bacteria Vaccine / U.S. Children - February 25th, 2010: "FDA approves vaccine that targets more bacteria in kids / Under Prevnar 13's predessor, pneumococcal disease in children under age 5 had been reduced by 99 percent." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 02/25/10]

2010 - SEC moves to restrict short-selling - February 25th, 2010: "[....] Short-sellers bet against stock, in a practice that is legal and widely used on Wall Street. They borrow a company's shares, sell them and then buy them when the stock falls and return them to the lender - pocketing the difference in price. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (SEC moves to restrict short-selling), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 02/25/10]

2010 - Hamas founder's son a spy for Israel - February 25th, 2010: "Claims by Mosab Yousef, the son of a Hamas founder, that he was a longterm spy for Israel exposed a new side of the Islamic militant group's vulnerability and punched a hole in its meticulously groomed image of secrecy and dicipline." [Based on: News Services article (Hamas founder's son a spy for Israel), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/25/10]

2010 - Justices set 14-day Miranda limit / U.S.A. - February 25th, 2010: "Justices set 14-day Miranda limit ['in a 9-0 decision'] / Court reinstates conviction in case where man [Michael Statzer] was questioned 2 1/2 years after initial interrogation." [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 02/25/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 26th, 2010: "Stocks fell Thursday [0225/10] but closed well off their lows as investors set aside some concerns about Greece's rising debt. The recovery came as the dollar pulled back from an early spike. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 53 points after being down 188." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 02/26/10]

2010 - 31 charged in Turkey - February 26th, 2010: "The Istanbul court formally charged 19 more military officers of plotting to topple the government of Turkey, increasing the number of officers who have been charged and jailed to 31." [Based on: News Services article (31 charged in Turkey), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 02/26/10]

2010 - Elections Trivia / Iraq - February 26th, 2010: "The Iraqi commission charged with removing former members of the outlawed Baath Party from office announced a purge of 580 from Iraq's security forces in a move likely to heighten political tension ahead of national elections next month." [Based on: News Services article (Baathists removed), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 02/26/10]

2010 - Ancient Farm Houses / Greece - February 26th, 2010: "Geophysical studies at Kefala Hill in the Knossos archaeological site on Crete island, have revealed findings of the most ancient farm houses in Greece, and perhaps in all of Europe, dating back between 7,000- 6,400 BC. [NP] The important finds were presented on Wednesday in Athens by the head of the British School in Athens and university professor Catherine Morgan at the school's open annual meeting held at the Archaeological Society building. [NP] The British school, in cooperation with Dutch scientists, have been conducting studies in the Knossos area since May 2009 for the charting and imaging of the archaeological and geological deposits with the use of state-of-the-art radars. [NP] Moreover, Morgan presented an annual review of the British School on the research progress on Keros island in the Cyclades complex, and especially at the Daskalio early Bronze Age settlement, at Kavos on the Ionian island of Corfu, in Thessaly region and on the islands of Kythera and Antikythera." [Based on: Archaeology News article (Important archaeological finds at Knossos), 02/26/10]]

http://www.archaeologynews.org/story.asp?ID=575185&Title=Important archaeological finds at Knossos

2010 - Missle kills Taliban commander  - February 26th, 2010: "Missle kills Taliban commander [Mohammed Qari Zafar - 'in northwest Pakistan, officials said.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 02/26/10]

2010 - Flag-Raising / Marjah, Afghanistan - February 26th, 2010: "Flag-raising [02/25/10] symbolizes revival of Afghan town [Marjah]" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 02/26/10]

2010 - "Midwest Madoff" / Cathy M. Gleseker - February 26th, 2010: " 'Midwest Madoff' sentenced to 9 years / She [Cathy M. Gleseker] cheated Missouri farmers out of more than $27 million in pyramid scheme ['She pleaded guilty in November.']." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 02/26/10]

2010 - Major Earthquake / Ryukyu Islands, Japan - February 26th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A major earthquake occurred at 20:31:27 (UTC) on Friday, February 26th, 2010. The magnitude 7.0 event [Location: 25.902°N, 128.417°E; Depth 22 km (13.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010teb2.php]-[T.D. - 02/27/10]

2010 -  KV to pay $27 million in inquiry of 2 drugs - February 26th, 2010: "KV to pay $27 million in inquiry of 2 drugs [dextroamphetamine and propafenone] / Company will also close its generic drug, unit, Ethex." [Based on: Title for article, p. B1, S.L.P.D., 02/26/10]

2010 -  Goldman faces scrutiny over fiscal deals in Greece - February 26th, 2010: "Goldman [Goldman Sachs] faces scrutiny over fiscal deals ['so-called currency swaps'] in Greece" [Based on: Title for Tribune Washington Bureau article by Don Lee, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 02/26/10]

2010 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - February 27th, 2010: "The stock market eked out a gain as investors took mostly downbeat economic news in stride. The Dow Jones industrial average logged its best month since November. It rose 4.23 Friday [02/26/10], or less than 0.1 percent, to 10,325.26. The S&P 500 rose 1.55 to 1,104.49." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 02/27/10]

2010 -  Fourth-Quarter Loss / AIG Inc. - February 27th, 2010: "AIG reports $8.9 billion quarterly loss" [Based on: Title for MARKETWATCH article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 02/27/10]

2010 -  Iraq reinstates 20,000 army officers  - February 27th, 2010: "The Iraqi military will reinstate 20,000 Saddam Hussein-era army officers who were dismissed from their posts after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion for serving under the former dictator, an Iraqi defense spokesman said." [Based on: News Services article (Iraq reinstates 20,000 army officers), p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/27/10]

2010 -  Seeks More Federal Aid / Fannie Mae - February 27th, 2010: "Fannie Mae seeks more federal aid ['another $15 billion in federal assistance']" [Based on: Staff & Wire Reports article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 02/27/10]

2010 -  Taliban Bombings / Kabul, Afghanistan  - February 27th, 2010: "Taliban bombings in Kabul kill 16 [02/26/10]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 02/27/10]

2010 - Great Earthquake / Offshore Maule, Chile - February 27th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A great earthquake occurred at 06:34:14 (UTC) on Saturday, February 27th, 2010. The magnitude 8.8 event [Location: 35.846°S, 72.719°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010tfan.php]-[T.D. - 02/27/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Offshore Maule, Chile - February 27th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:52:35 (UTC) on Saturday, February 27th, 2010. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 34.735°S, 72.638°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010tfar.php]-[T.D. - 02/27/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Offshore Valparaiso, Chile - February 27th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:12:29 (UTC) on Saturday, February 27th, 2010. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 33.807°S, 71.913°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010tfav.php]-[T.D. - 02/27/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Bio-Bio, Chile - February 27th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:37:18 (UTC) on Saturday, February 27th, 2010. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 36.837°S, 72.541°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ BIO-BIO, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010tfbp.php]-[T.D. - 02/27/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Off The Coast Of Bio-Bio, Chile - February 27th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:01:24 (UTC) on Saturday, February 27th, 2010. The magnitude 6.9 event [Location: 37.654°S, 75.199°W; Depth 39 km (24.2 miles)] was located @ OFF THE COAST OF BIO-BIO, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010tfa7.php]-[T.D. - 02/27/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Offshore Maule, Chile - February 27th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:25:29 (UTC) on Saturday, February 27th, 2010. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 34.735°S, 72.638°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010tfbc.php]-[T.D. - 02/27/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Salta, Argentina - February 27th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 15:45;41 (UTC) on Saturday, February 27th, 2010. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 24.588°S, 65.432°W; Depth 38.2 km (23.7 miles)] was located @ SALTA, ARGENTINA."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010tfc3.php]-[T.D. - 02/27/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Offshore Valparaiso, Chile - February 27th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:00:08 (UTC) on Saturday, February 27th, 2010. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 33.425°S, 71.909°W; Depth 34.8 km (21.6 miles)] was located @ OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010tfd7.php]-[T.D. - 02/27/10]

2010 - CME - February 28th, 2010: "A spectaular eruption is underway on the sun. SOHO is tracking a bright CME billowing upward from the vicinity of the sun's north pole ... Imagery from NASA's STEREO spacecraft show that this is a farside eruption, tilted away from Earth. Stay tuned for updates."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=28&month=02&year=2010]

2010 -  Patriot Act Extension / U.S.A.  - February 28th, 2010: "Obama extends [02/27/10] Patriot Act [one-year extension]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 02/28/10]

2010 - Strong Earthquake / Maule, Chile - February 28th, 2010: According to Preliminary Data (See: T.D. [Transcription Date] after link.) "A strong earthquake occurred at 11:25:34 (UTC) on Sunday, February 28th, 2010. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 34.906°S, 71.731°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ MAULE, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010tgcz.php]-[T.D. - 02/28/10]

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