News no one is talking about for June 24

My daily forage for obscure news on June 24 brings alot of interesting topics from Congress approving billions of dollars for a pandemic flu response the government itself says is overrated to cold case techniques bring mummy’s face to ‘life’;  cancer treatment botched at a VA hospital and much more. Read on!

Change in Obama approval rating — The Rasmussen daily presidential tracking graph and poll shows the Presidents’ approval rating since taking office. It’s best observed visually through the graph presented [read it at Rasmussen]

Congress approves $7.65 billion for pandemic flu response — Included in a $106 billion supplemental appropriation bill dedicated mostly to funding the military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, Congress approved $7.65 billion for battling pandemic influenza, more than three times what the House and Senate had earlier proposed. The additional pandemic appropriations was in response to lobbying by the Obama administration and public health advocates [read it at cidrap.umn.edu]

Things a hacked URL shortening service could do to you — We have all placed an enormous amount of trust in these services by using them to such a large extent. They offer a legitimate, highly useful service, but we should at least be aware of the flip side of the coin [read it at royal.pingdom.com]

$902,000 in grants doubles SMILES Americorp staff  — Taken together the ten grants will provide $2.8 million to fund more than 500 AmeriCorps positions across the state of Pennsylvania [read it at theclarionnews.com]

NRC says six utilities have fund shortfalls — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has notified six utility companies that they have until the end of this year to explain how they will fix shortfalls in nuclear decommissioning funds, the Wall Street Journal newspaper said in its June 20 edition [read it at Reuters]

Schwarzenegger’s plane makes emergency landing — Federal investigators on June 20 were looking into what caused smoke in the cockpit that forced the California Governor’s private plane to make an emergency landing [read it at MercuryNews.Com]

Insurance industry warns on health-care proposals — The insurance industry Tuesday laid down a marker on health care, warning in stark terms that a proposed government insurance plan would dismantle the employer coverage Americans have relied on for a half century and overtake the system [read it at online.wsj.com]

Body removed from Pierre federal building — A body was removed early Sunday evening from the post office section of the Pierre, South Dakota, federal building, but authorities are refusing to provide any details [read it at KSFY.com]

Move to drop IE from Windows 7 threatens Microsoft’s free upgrade program — Europeans who purchase Vista-powered PCs starting Friday will have to do a “clean install” of the free Windows 7 upgrade they’ll receive later this year because Microsoft has yanked Internet Explorer from the new OS [read it at ComputerWorld]

Report: VA hospital botched cancer treatments — Ninety-two veterans were given incorrect radiation doses in a common surgical procedure to treat prostate cancer during a six-year period at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia [read it at FoxNews.com]

Britain expels two Iranian diplomats — Britain is expelling two Iranian diplomats in retaliation of Tehran’s decision to order two British diplomats to leave the country, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Tuesday [read it at xinhuanet.com]

Cold case techniques bring mummy’s face to ‘life’ — Chicago forensic artist and a police artist in Maryland prepared the images, which depict an engaging woman in her late 20s as she would have looked in 800 B.C. [read it at ScienceDaily.com]

Tips for getting your rent reduced — Much has been made of the current buyer’s market in real estate. But rentals are also on sale, and tenants paying the same rent as one year ago might be paying too much [read it at BankRate.com]

Los Angeles stops DNA testing on sex cases — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has no more money to continue DNA testing in L.A. County [read it at huliq.com]

[Korea] Students to receive psychiatric evaluation — The [Korean] government will check up on the psychiatric status of 365,000 students from 470 primary and secondary schools nationwide to prevent juvenile delinquency or “teenagers-gone-wild” behavior stemming from instability, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs said Tuesday [read it in the Korean Times]

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