Ernie Ingerson

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Nurse Confessions: Don’t Get Sick in July

A secret look inside how America’s health care system actually works.<p>Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients. …

What Saddam Gave ISIS

Newly unearthed documents shed light on the foundations of the terror group—and the crucial role Baathists played in organizing and directing a …

Thousands Flee After Iraqi Militants Seize Mosul

Sunni Islamist insurgents seized control of Iraq's second largest city of Mosul early on Tuesday in a spectacular show of strength against the Shi'ite-led government.<p>Thousands of families fled north towards the autonomous Kurdistan region, which shares a border with Nineveh province, of which Mosul …

Strongest sandstorm in decades sweeps China

Sand envelopes Gansu Province in northwest China reducing visibility to less than 65ft, in the strongest sandstorm since 1996<p>A strong sandstorm swept Gansu Province in northwest <b>China</b> on Wednesday, reducing visibility to less than 65ft, according to the provincial meteorological center.<p>The …

The red flags the West ignored about Putin’s Russia

BOSTON (MarketWatch)—Why is anyone surprised by Vladimir Putin’s actions?<p>Experts can jaw all they like on the TV talk shows: Anyone who has followed …

Russia

Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care?

That compound found in commercially baked bread — yep, the one that's in yoga mats, too — is in the news again.<p>A report from the Environmental Working Group finds that the compound, azodicarbonamide, is found in close to 500 food products, from Pillsbury Dinner Rolls to Little Debbie products to …

Blue diamond ' worth millions' found in South African mine

Acorn-sized jewel, from the same mine that produced the diamond in Britain's crown jewels, is expected to fetch up to £12m at auction<p>An "exceptional" blue diamond, with a possible price tag of tens of millions of pounds, has been discovered at a <b>South African</b> mine.<p>The acorn-sized diamond, whose …

Best and worst laundry cleaning products of 2013 - Consumer Reports

Even if keeping your house cleaner isn’t one of your resolutions for 2014, it’s still good to know which cleaning products are worth the expense and …

Why There Are No Atheists at the Grand Canyon

Any fool can feel religious around the holidays. When the entire Judeo-Christian world is lit up — literally — with celebrations of faith, family and …

Researchers close in on experiments that could solve physics' 'biggest single problem'

The theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity have held up time and again at describing the physics of our universe at a micro and a macro scale, but when it comes to gravity, the two pose a major problem that physicists haven't been able to resolve: for certain interactions, the two …

I Bought an Apartment Specifically to Rent Out on AirBnB

<i>This is a guest post by Jon Wheatley of Need/Want that originally appeared on the company’s blog. Need/Want makes innovative products that solve problems like SmartBedding and Draft Notebooks.</i><p>In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on Airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the …

Uruguay plans to sell pot for $1 per gram to battle illegal drug trade

Uruguay is moving forward with a plan that would combat drug trafficking by creating a government-run marijuana industry that could begin operation as soon as next year, reports the Associated Press. Smoking marijuana has reportedly been legal in the country for some time now, but growing, …

Iranian man who survived execution must be hanged again, judges say

On an autumnal Wednesday earlier this month, Alireza, a 37-year-old man jailed for smuggling drugs and sentenced to death in Iran, woke up to what was supposed to be his last day alive. Outside his cell in Bojnurd prison, in Iran's northern Khorasan province, the gallows were waiting and the …

Russian divers recover half-ton meteor from lake

Divers recover part of a meteorite, weighing 570 kilograms, which exploded in Chelyabinsk, Russia earlier this year.<p>The fragment is the largest to be retrieved so far following the <b>Chelyabinsk meteorite</b> that exploded over the southern Urals city on February 15.<p>Pieces of the meteorite – the largest …

Airplanes

FBI struggles to seize 600,000 Bitcoins from alleged Silk Road founder

The FBI has found that seizing an anonymous decentralised peer-to-peer currency was trickier than it seemed, following the Bureau’s bust of the international drugs marketplace, Silk Road.<p>When Ross Ulbricht, known as Dread Pirate Roberts to users of the site, was arrested last week, the FBI seized …

Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart skewers Republicans over government shutdown

“The Daily Show” host exposes the contradictions of Constitution-loving Republicans who seek to delay the bill<p>Prachi Gupta<p>October 1, 2013 1:24pm (UTC)<p>Last night, Republicans strong-armed a government shutdown over Obamacare, aka "The End of the World For Reasons No One Is Clearly Able to Explain," …

8 “nonessential” health and environmental services that shut down today

Flu monitoring, national parks and food inspections are all on hiatus<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>October 1, 2013 1:48pm (UTC)<p>The government shutdown is officially a reality, meaning all federal programs and services deemed nonessential are temporarily on hold. Here are just a few of things we'll have to do …

Government Shutdown Hits Research, Teaching Hospitals, Residency Programs

In one of the first early-morning swings at Congress over the government shutdown, the nation’s teaching hospitals say funding for doctor training at children’s hospitals and research will be slowed.<p>The Association of American Medical Colleges, which represents the nation’s more than 140 medical …

Why the markets don’t care about the shutdown. And why it could make things even worse

Everything but the essential bits of the US government powered down this morning. And yet, the markets don’t really seem to care.<p>S&P 500 futures are hovering around 1680, up about 0.3%.<p>Meanwhile, in the bond market yields are up a bit, but there are few signs of a collapse in confidence in …

Stock Markets

How Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich Set the Stage for the Shutdown

<i>The gov­ern­ment is closed.</i><p><i>There’s really no bet­ter way to il­lus­trate the per­vas­ive dys­func­tion that for years now has gripped Wash­ing­ton.</i> …

3 days from shutdown, Senate passes stopgap bill

The question is what House Republicans will do.<p>WASHINGTON — The Senate approved 54-44 Friday a stopgap spending bill through mid-November to head off a government shutdown in three days, but the legislation inflamed Republicans because it stripped out a provision to defund President Obama's health …

Syria: 'Assad regime ordered me to gas people - but I could not do it'

General Zaher al-Sakat tells Richard Spencer that he was ordered three times to use chemical weapons against his own people in Syria - but he could not go through with it.<p>Few thought that the <b>Syrian</b> regime's promise to destroy its chemical weapons would be the end of the story. Brigadier-General …

Obama's Passing Up Chances To Turn On The Charm

President Obama isn't known as a schmoozer like Bill Clinton or a back-slapper like George W. Bush. But he does know that a personal touch can woo allies and soften adversaries.<p>Right now, domestic and international crises are looming on all sides of the president. Although a little tenderness might …

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Indian woman, 20, killed by her family for eloping with man from 'wrong caste'

A young Indian woman was beaten to death and her boyfriend beheaded in an "honour killing" by relatives after they eloped in defiance of local caste rules.<p>The couple was attacked and killed in front of neighbours in their home village after they were persuaded to return with promises that they …

Jury selection starts, then stops in Huguette Clark estate trial

<b>By Bill Dedman</b><p><b>Investigative Reporter, NBC News</b><p>NEW YORK — Jury selection began Thursday morning in the trial to determine who will inherit the $300 million estate of Huguette M. Clark, the reclusive heiress to a copper mining fortune. But the proceedings were soon halted so that the judge could rule …