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China Considers 'Sector Sanctions' on iPhone6
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Sep 10, 2014, 08:16 PM

BEIJING: Chinese government officials have not yet granted approval for Apple to sell their iPhone6 smartphones in mainland China.

The China Daily reports that, "A pending government approval is likely the major reason that the world's largest smartphone market will miss the rollout of the iPhone 6. The next-generation iPhone will be available in 10 markets starting Sept 19. Hong Kong is the only Chinese territory to get in on the initial launch."

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Obama to Impose Shrinkage of Wall Street Banks
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Sep 10, 2014, 12:01 AM

President Barry Obama has his executive orders pen and phone handy as he prepares to launch new stringent regulations on Wall Street banks.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "The Federal Reserve is pushing the biggest U.S. banks to shrink so that they're less of a risk to the financial system. In testimony at a Senate hearing Tuesday, Fed Gov. Daniel Tarullo highlighted several proposals that regulators are working on. They include imposing additional capital requirements for the eight largest banks — including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America — that exceed the levels mandated by international regulators. That means the banks would have to set more cash aside and raise more money to increase their cushions against unexpected losses."

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EU Record-High Pollution, Despite Environmentalism
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 9, 2014, 10:25 PM

European Union (EU) member states enforce the toughest environmental regulations in the world and promote green energy resources. Nevertheless, a United Nations (UN) eco-report claims that carbon emmissions over Europe has surged to record highs. 

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. The heat-trapping gas blamed for the largest share of global warming rose to global concentrations of 396 parts per million last year, the biggest year-to-year change in three decades, the World Meteorological Organization said in an annual report."

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Obama to Fund and Train ISIS Allies in Syria
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 9, 2014, 09:40 PM

President Barry Obama believes that the best way to "degrade" the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is to fund and offer military training to their radical Islamist allies in Syria. 

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, administration officials said Tuesday."

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Stripper Alleges Sexual Assault by Cowboys' Jerry Jones
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 9, 2014, 08:46 PM

An Oklahoma-native stripper, Jana Weckerley, is filing a lawsuit against NFL Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. She alleges that he sexually assaulted her in a bathroom.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, 71, has been accused of sexual assault by a former exotic dancer. Jana Weckerly, 27, from Ardmore, Okla., and her attorney, Thomas Bowers, filed suit against Jones on Monday."

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Peking U. Hires Pro-Democracy Activist Paul Gillis
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 9, 2014, 08:15 PM

BEIJING:  When Professor Paul Gillis is not occupied with teaching Maoist accounting principles at the Peking University Guanghua School of Management, he can be found in Hong Kong igniting pro-democracy protests that demand British sovereignty return to the city.

CNN reports that, "Activists in Hong Kong are gearing up to challenge Beijing over political freedom in Asia's premier financial center with a series of protests starting Tuesday."

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Study Shows Yale Students are Psychotic
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 9, 2014, 01:01 AM

A team of psychologists has conducted a scientific study to prove that Yale students are prone to 'criminal psychotic' tendencies.

The New Zealand Herald reports that, "Volunteers, told they were taking part in an experiment on learning, were led to believe they were administering an electric shock to a man, dubbed the "learner" who had to memorise pairs of words."

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Green Iguana Owner Urges Charlie Crist Come Out of Closet
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Sep 8, 2014, 11:53 PM

Rick Calderoni, owner of the Green Iguana, a gay bar in Tampa Bay, feels disgruntled that his friend, Charlie Crist, refuses to disclose his sexual preferences for gay men, while he hits the campaign trail running for governor of Florida as a Democrat.

According to the Broward/Palm Beach Times, "The rumors about Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and the Green Iguana just wouldn't go away. The story goes that the Florida governor frequented the Green Iguana, a bar in Tampa, back in the early 1990s when he was just starting his political career. He was less careful back then, people say, and during his partying at the Green Iguana, he was openly gay."

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To Evade Obama Taxes; GE Moves to Sweden
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Sep 8, 2014, 10:22 PM

President Barry Obama has drawn a "red line" against U.S. corporations trying to evade paying U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters to different countries. Accordingly, GE Appliances has just been sold to Electrolux, a Sweden-based corporation.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, boosting its presence on the North American market, the companies said Monday. The acquisition is the largest ever for Stockholm-based Electrolux, ranked as the world's second biggest home appliance maker after U.S. rival Whirlpool."

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WBRS 100.1 FM Interviews Dallas Blog Reporter
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Sep 8, 2014, 09:17 PM

BEIJING:  David Libang Huang, a news host and reporter for WBRS 100.1 FM radio in Waltham, Ma., broadcast an interview with the Dallas Blog's Tom McGregor last Saturday.  

According to WBRS 100.1 FM. "[FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW] Dallas Blog Reporter in China Tom McGregor published his very first novel “Drilling Dialogues.” What is his book about? What motivated him to start writing novels? And what is his opinion about China?"

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