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  • Goats, llama and shepherdess help clear plants at Oregon airport

    Goats, llama and shepherdess help clear plants at Oregon airport

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
    Goats, llama and shepherdess help clear plants at Oregon airport

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - As planes took off and landed behind a fence one unusually warm April day at Portland International airport, a herd of goats lay basking in the sun, taking a nap break from their 24-hour job of chowing down on invasive plants. The airport took on the goats, watched over by a shepherdess and a protective brown llama named Monty, to clear a large patch of overgrown land just outside the airfield that is inaccessible to mowers. "This is our first …

  • California woman eats 3 steak dinners in 20 minutes in Texas

    California woman eats 3 steak dinners in 20 minutes in Texas

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago
    California woman eats 3 steak dinners in 20 minutes in Texas

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A competitive eater has conquered three 72-ounce steak dinners in about 20 minutes during a food challenge held at a restaurant in Amarillo, Texas. …

  • Detroit Zoo to turn manure from its animals into power

    Detroit Zoo to turn manure from its animals into power

    Associated Press - 6 hours ago
    Detroit Zoo to turn manure from its animals into power

    ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo is planning to turn abundant piles of animal manure into energy. …

  • Correction: Obama Surprise story

    Correction: Obama Surprise story

    Associated Press - 7 hours ago
    Correction: Obama Surprise story

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In a story April 8 about a Utah man's meeting with President Barack Obama, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the company the man works for. The company's name is Vivint Solar, not Vivant Solar. …

  • Turnover explosion at Shanghai stock exchange has too many zeros for software

    Turnover explosion at Shanghai stock exchange has too many zeros for software

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
    Turnover explosion at Shanghai stock exchange has too many zeros for software

    By Samuel Shen and Pete Sweeney SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's stock trading fever has made the Shanghai Stock Exchange the world's biggest in terms of turnover, surpassing the New York Stock Exchange, but the explosion in volumes has exceeded the ability of the exchange's software to report it. The exchange's trading turnover exceeded 1 trillion yuan ($161.28 billion) for the first time on Monday, but the data could not be properly displayed because its software was not designed to report …

  • Pilgrimage in Batan Island Pinay Solo Backpacker
    Pilgrimage in Batan Island

    Its ruggedly enchanting topography and the serene atmosphere makes Batanes seems such a friendly place. No wonder, it is flocked by tourists during the Lenten season. …

  • VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue The Inbox
    VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

    Note Verbale No. 15-1979 sent to Malaysia, the basis of VERA Files’ story, stated that it is reviewing the Aug. 4, 2009 protest (No. 000819) it filed with the United Nations.  The Philippines’ August 2009 protest, contained in two pages, singles out North Borneo or the old name of Sabah. Contrary to what DFA’s comment that putting out the story was a disservice to the country, VERA Files released the story in the interest of the public to help it fully understand the issues involved. …

  • The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business The Inbox
    The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business

    At the helm is the patriarch, Henry Chusuey. His wife Ana, twelve years his junior, is the company treasurer. Helping Henry and Ana (“Henann”) expand their empire are their two sons, Alfonso and Hendrick.   Alfonso, 29, is neither an architect nor engineer, but takes charge of construction in all properties while  Hendrick , 25, takes care of sales, marketing, advertising and PR. Henann own the imposing 1400- room Boracay Regency Hotel in the world-famous island. …