CIA officer investigated in alleged Algiers rapes

January 29, 2009 · The CIA’s top officer in Algeria is under investigation for sexual assault. At least two Muslim women say he drugged them and then raped them. The story was first reported by ABC News.

full article: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99995397&ft=1&f=1001

Food Safety: Georgia Plant Knowingly Shipped Contaminated Peanuts

The FDA has issued one of the largest food recalls in history after eight people died of salmonella poisoning. A Georgia peanut plant knowingly shipped products contaminated with salmonella on a dozen occasions over the past two years.

full article: http://www.democracynow.org/2009/1/29/food_safety_georgia_plant_knowingly_shipped

Tax Refunds Now on Hold in California

BC News has learned that tax refunds are now on hold in California for the first time in state history, according to the state controller’s office.

full article: http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2009/01/tax-refunds-now.html

GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY:

Obama Signs Equal-Pay Legislation

WASHINGTON — President Obama signed his first bill into law on Thursday, approving equal-pay legislation that he said would “send a clear message that making our economy work means making sure it works for everybody.”

Mr. Obama was surrounded by a group of beaming lawmakers, most but not all of them Democrats, in the East Room of the White House as he affixed his signature to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law named for an Alabama woman who at the end of a 19-year career as a supervisor in a tire factory complained that she had been paid less than men.

full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/30/us/politics/30ledbetter-web.html?em

QUOTES OF THE DAY:

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
Steven Weinberg
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
[It’s] time for the human race to enter the solar system.
Dan Quayle
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