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Archive for September, 2011

Japanese Auto Supplier To Pay $200 Million For Price Scam

DETROIT, Sept. 29 (UPI) — The U.S. Justice Department said a Japanese parts supplier for the automobile industry would pay $200 million to settle a case of price fixing and bid rigging. Three executives from Japan — Junichi Funo, Hirotsugu Nagata and Tetsuya Ukai — agreed to serve prison sentences that range from 12 to […]

Bank Of America To Add $5 Monthly Debit Card Fee

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 29 (UPI) — Bank of America said it will impose a $5-per-month fee on most of its debit card accounts in a policy that would begin in early 2012. The fee is an effort to recoup revenue lost with new bank rules that take effect in October that limit fees banks can […]

Pro Teams Losing May Not Mean Losing Money

ITHACA, N.Y., Sept. 29 (UPI) — Revenue sharing, television contracts and other non-gate income make it possible for MLB teams to make money whether they win or lose, U.S. researchers say. Stephen Mosher, professor of sport management and media at Ithaca College, N.Y., noted that the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have just posted their 19th consecutive […]

U.S. Incomes Dropped In August

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) — Consumer incomes fell in August, dropping for the first time in 22 months, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis said Friday. Incomes dropped 0.1 percent in August, after rising 0.4 percent in April, 0.3 percent in May, 0.2 percent in June and 0.1 percent in July. Consumer spending, […]

Three Brothers Share Same Birthday

PRESTON, England, Sept. 30 (UPI) — A British woman said her infant son is her third boy to be born on the same birthday, two days before their father’s birthday. Sammy Kellett, 24, of Preston, England, said her son Kyle was born Sept. 20, giving him the same birthday as brothers Keiran, 6, and Kaiden, […]

Couple Honored For 70th Anniversary

KAYSVILLE, Utah, Sept. 30 (UPI) — A city council in Utah passed a resolution honoring a couple celebrating a 95th birthday, an 89th birthday and a 70th wedding anniversary on the same day. The Kaysville City Council passed a resolution declaring Sept. 30 — the 95th birthday of Woody Pilcher, the 89th birthday of Nellie […]

CEO Threatens Firings Over Milk

HACKENSACK, N.J., Sept. 30 (UPI) — A New Jersey business executive who had to go without milk for his coffee threatened to fire workers who do not replace the dairy product in the office fridge. Keith Zakheim, chief executive officer of Beckerman Public Relations in Hackensack, sent an angry e-mail to employees Tuesday after he […]

Obama In Diapers Sign Draws Protesters

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 30 (UPI) — A group of about 60 people protested outside a New Orleans home where a man mounted a sign depicting President Barack Obama in a diaper. The protesters, who included former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, gathered outside Timmy Riley’s Calhoun Street home Wednesday to demand the removal of the […]

San Diego Marijuana Stores Face Eviction

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 30 (UPI) — San Diego authorities said a North Park neighborhood building owner agreed to evict medical-marijuana dispensaries and massage parlors. San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said the owner of the building, at 4009-4010 Park Boulevard, agreed to evict four medical marijuana dispensaries and a dozen massage parlors after authorities determined […]

Study: Farmland Species Depend On Weeds

HULL, England, Sept. 29 (UPI) — Weeds, widely considered nuisance plants, are in fact vital to the existence of many farmland species of birds, insects and animals, British researchers say. Since many weeds produce flowers and seeds, they are an integral part of the ecosystem and provide food for more than 330 species animals, researchers […]

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