2:57pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Asia

World Starts To Worry As Chinese Economy Hiccups

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 6:55 pm

Not long ago, economists and others expressed concerns that China's economy was expanding too quickly. Now, the latest data are raising concerns about a slowdown — and the woes it could trigger.

With a sluggish U.S. economy and troubles in the eurozone, Chinese exports are taking a hit, causing a slowdown on shop floors in Shanghai and Shenzhen. Earlier this week, the Chinese Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to its lowest level in nearly three years.

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2:50pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Insurance Brokers' Fees Won't Count As A Health Care Expense

A broker's fee for insurance coverage isn't a medical expense, the feds have decided.
iStockphoto.com

The Obama administration ruled today that fees paid to health insurance brokers and agents won't count as medical care expenses, under limits imposed on insurers in the 2010 federal health law.

That decision, in one of the regulations for implementing the health overhaul, is sure to disappoint insurance agents, as you might have guessed. But it's more important than you might have imagined.

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2:33pm

Fri December 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Cain To Make Announcement Saturday; Wife Leads 'Women For Cain' Effort

There's word from Rock Hill, S.C., that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says he'll be making an announcement on Saturday about the future of his presidential bid, The Associated Press reports.

Meanwhile, here's a related bit of news to consider: His campaign just launched a "Women for Cain" effort, chaired by the candidate's wife Gloria.

As the webpage says:

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2:05pm

Fri December 2, 2011
The Salt

To Kill Or Not To Kill Horses That Others May Eat?

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 5:52 pm

Since the ban on U.S. slaughterhouses in 2006, tens of thousands of unwanted or aging horses were exported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.
Nate Jenkins AP

The thought of eating Mr. Ed or Seabiscuit is likely to pull the heartstrings of most Americans. But there are plenty of people around the world who see our horses as just another source of protein and energy.

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1:50pm

Fri December 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Egyptian Elections: 62 Percent Turnout

Nov. 28: Women place their votes in a ballot box at a polling station in a girls school in Cairo.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Results from the first round of voting in Egypt's parliamentary elections are being announced this hour. Already, according to al-Jazeera and other news outlets, there's word from the head of Egypt's Elections High commission that 62 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.

The Associated Press adds that Abdel-Mooaez Ibrahim called the number "the highest since the time of pharaohs."

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1:41pm

Fri December 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Online Gaming Company Zynga Says Target Valuation Is Around $7 Billion

As we've noted before, 2011 has been a great year for Internet companies seeking to go public. Today, Zynga said it hoped to price its shares at $8 to $10 per share during its initial public offering later this month. Depending on whose math you trust, that means the company will try to raise about $1 billion and the debut could value the company at $7 billion. (Some news outlets are putting that number as high as $9 billion.)

What is Zynga you ask? They're the makers of social games like Farmville and Cityville.

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1:01pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Economy

Jobless Dip May Overstate Economic Improvement

NPR

The unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly to 8.6 percent in November, in part because hundreds of thousands of Americans stopped looking for work. But analysts said the modest increase of 120,000 jobs created last month points to an economy that's generally still limping.

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1:00pm

Fri December 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

Former Trooper Wants Dismissed Suit Overturned

An attorney for a former Kentucky State Police trooper injured on duty in Barren County 11 years ago went before the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Thursday to ask the court to overturn a lower court’s decision dismissing his suit against a former Barren County sheriff and deputy. The three-judge panel of appeals court judges heard oral arguments Thursday at the Warren County Justice Center from attorneys representing former trooper Jason Cross, former Barren County Sheriff Barney Jones and Leland Cox, who served as a deputy under Jones. Cross sued Cox and Jones in connection with a Sept. 3, 2000, incident in Barren County.

12:57pm

Fri December 2, 2011
State Capitol

Painting Resumes on Historic Bridge

An Ohio contractor has been awarded a $1.3 million contract to finish painting downtown Frankfort's Singing Bridge, according to the state Transportation Cabinet. The bridge, which dates back to the 1890s, crosses the Kentucky River. The bridge has a metal mesh floor which causes tires on vehicles to make a sing-song noise - hence the name Singing Bridge.

12:55pm

Fri December 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

Map Details Kentucky's Geology

The product of 40 years of work by scientists and researchers with the U.S. and Kentucky Geological Surveys was unveiled in Lexington Thursday: a composite of 25 maps detailing surface rock types, formations, and fault lines across the state. State Geologist Jim Cobb says the effort was built on several decades of data. "It's a very labor-intensive process. So it's not easy. It takes people, human resources, and computers," said Cobb.

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