Burbia's Blog – April 2012 Archive (8)

Indicted state Rep. Smith shows up for House session

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State representative Derrick Smith is shown leaving the Federal Building last month after he was charged with one count of accepting a bribe. | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times

SPRINGFIELD — Defying calls for his resignation, indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith finally showed up for work Tuesday in the Illinois House, where he strode onto the House floor, was greeted…

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Illinois National Guard to help transport NATO leaders

ASSOCIATED PRESS April 18, 2012 1:59PM

Updated: April 18, 2012 2:00PM





The Illinois National Guard will be used during next month’s NATO summit to help transport foreign leaders around Chicago.

National Guard Major Troy Scott said guard troops will also conduct…

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Halliburton reports record revenue amid natural gas-to-oil shift

Halliburton reports record North America revenue

Halliburton Co. drilling a well using hydraulic fracturing in 2004. The company reported record revenue in North America even as natural gas production drops. (Los Angeles Times / April 18, 2012)

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India due to launch missile capable of reaching Shanghai, Beijing

April 18, 2012 |  9:01 am

NEW DELHI -– India is expected to test-fire a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile as early as Thursday morning targeted to land in the Bay of Bengal, a device capable of reaching Shanghai or Beijing.

The 50-ton, 55-foot three-stage Agni-5 rocket, named after the Hindu god for fire and dubbed the “China killer” by some in India’s hyperactive press,…

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National Guard withdrawing 900 troops from U.S.-Mexico border

U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona

U.S. Army National Guardsman Pfc. Philip Moore, 28, rests during a "down time" shift near the border fence with Mexico in Nogales, Ariz. (John Moore / Getty Images / June 22, 2011)

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Warren Buffett says he has early prostate cancer

Originally published April 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM | Page modified April 18, 2012 at 5:53 AM

Warren Buffett says he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer but the 81-year-old chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is giving no indication he plans on retiring any time soon.

AP Business Writer…

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JetBlue pilot and the midair meltdown: Judge orders psych exam

Texas judge orders psych exam for JetBlue pilot.

JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon, right, is escorted by FBI agents upon his release from Northwest Texas Hospital on Monday. He was then taken to federal court in Amarillo. His next hearing is scheduled for Monday. (Michael Schumacher / Amarillo Globe-News)

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Added by Burbia on April 5, 2012 at 1:17pm — 1 Comment

Sales of prescription painkillers are exploding in new areas, and experts are worried that's creating a wave of addiction

NEW YORK - Sales of prescription painkillers are exploding in new areas, and experts are worried that's creating a wave of addiction.

Pharmacies, hospitals and physicians dispensed the equivalent of 69 tons of pure oxycodone and 42 tons of pure hydrocodone in 2010. That's enough to give 40 5-mg Percocets and 24 5-mg Vicodins to every man, woman and child in the United States.

An analysis by The Associated Press shows distribution of the two drugs is booming from New York's Staten…

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