United Nations monitors in Syria were shot at with small arms fire today as they tried to reach the scene of another alleged massacre, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said this morning.
At the U.N. General Assembly, Ban also condemned today's "shocking and sickening" reports about the killings of dozens. And, NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, he called this yet another "pivotal moment" that could see Syria fall into a full-blown civil war.
"Economic growth appears poised to continue at a moderate pace over coming quarters," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress this hour, and will be supported in part by additional "accommodative monetary policy" from the central bank.
While there's been a slowing in job growth, Bernanke says that Fed policymakers believe household spending has been "relatively well sustained" and are encouraged by "consumer spentiment [that is] ... up noticeably from its levels late last year."
Lucian Grey's mother was raised in an all-male household, and she, "didn't know what to with having a girl," he explains. "Femininity in general was not her experience. So she just did what she knew how to do."
RICHMOND - Local leaders and company officials of Asahi Bluegrass Forge in Richmond held a ribbon-cutting for the company’s new 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility Wednesday. The new plant, located at 3007 Bill Robertson Way, represents a $20.3 million investment and the creation of 50 full-time jobs. Asahi Bluegrass Forge’s parent company is Asahi Forge Corporation, a Japanese company that specializes in producing such automotive parts as hub units, gears, transmission components, bearings and joints.
Shares of Lexington-based Tempur-Pedic International lost almost half their value Wednesday, after the high-end mattress company announced that it expects sales and earnings to decline in the second quarter. The decline is blamed on Tempur-Pedic's rivals all offering new foam-based mattress products and supporting them with advertising.
Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who faces a foreclosure lawsuit on a mortgage loan of more than $300,000, is trying to sell his Frankfort house. A "for sale by owner" sign is in the front yard of the Farmer house, off U.S. 127 North at 113 Cedar Ridge.No one returned messages when calls were made Wednesday to a phone number on the sign. Records show that the number is assigned to a mobile phone in Manchester, Farmer's hometown.
Mining companies buried sections of streams in Eastern Kentucky without getting proper permits, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.The companies should restore the sites or pay for mitigation projects elsewhere, or both, the agency said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Pikeville Wednesday.The EPA suit also seeks damages that could, in theory, run into the millions of dollars.
The University of Kentucky will lay off about 140 people in full and part-time positions across campus, losing roughly 1 percent of its workforce in the most severe budget cuts the flagship school has seen in recent memory. UK Spokesman Jay Blanton said another 120 vacant full-time staff positions and 44 vacant faculty positions will be eliminated, but no faculty will lose their jobs.
"A massive dock" that was washed away from a city on Japan's northeast coast by the devastating March 2011 tsunami landed this week on an Oregon beach. It's a warning sign that dangerous chunks of debris from that disaster are reaching the Pacific coast of the mainland U.S. much sooner than predicted, The Oregonian reports.