Apr 6, 2007
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A federal judge says the pioneering company that connects cheap phone calls over the Internet can't sign up new customers while it appeals a ruling that it stole ideas from wireless giant Verizon.
A traditionally black college, whose endowment has been cut in half over the past decade, could be saved by a $7 million sale of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting. But a judge has put the brakes on the deal.
So-called consumer-directed health care plans are touted as an easy way to cut costs for employers. But the high deductible options hit female employees the hardest, because they have more health care needs.
Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway is OK with lying on the job. In fact, she believes the corporate world can't function without little white lies to get through the day.
A U.N. report warns poor countries will be hit hardest with famine, fresh water shortages, and coastal flooding unless global warming is slowed. Solving the problem will require a huge infusion of cash from Western nations.
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget now has an online database of more than 13,000 congressional earmarks from the 2005 budget — $19 billion worth of pork benefitting some big companies.