Software mogul Larry Ellison, who recently purchased the Hawaiian island of Lanai, is finding out that owning an island is not all Mai Tais and hammocks. Along with the island, Ellison bought a relationship with the 3,000 people who live there.
Previously, "popcorn lung" disease has been limited to plant workers exposed to flavoring chemicals. The new verdict awarded to a microwave popcorn consumer may spark a rash of similar suits, lawyers say.
Samuel Mullet Sr. insisted his actions and those of his followers were protected religious activity. But a jury agreed with prosecutors that the incidents were hate crimes. Mullet and his followers could each be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
When Purdue professor Daniel Aldrich and his family evacuated New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home, they took only the essentials. Although they applied for federal aid, Aldrich says it was his his social networks that came through for his family when they needed help most.
Every election season, the political signs that sprout like dandelions from lawns across America also pop up at more than a few businesses. For some, expressing political preferences is a calculated move to attract customers. But it can just as easily turn them away.
Polls suggest Hispanics favor President Obama over Mitt Romney by at least a 2-to-1 margin. And while the Hispanic share of the population is growing fast, the turnout rate remains low. So Obama and Romney both are working hard to get their Hispanic voters to the polls.
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