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Wal-Mart vows changes in health care, environment

By Emily Kaiser

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., under attack from critics including labor groups and environmentalists, has vowed to cut energy usage, reduce waste and offer lower-priced health care to employees.

In a speech to employees released on Tuesday, Chief Executive Officer Lee Scott said the world's biggest retailer needed to take the lead in efforts such as switching to renewable energy sources, and even called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from the current $5.15 an hour.


Economic Report: Inflation at 25 year high, real wages down again - 10/17/05

By Doug Cunningham

According to the U.S. Department of Labor the wages of 80 percent of the U.S. workforce fell by 1.2 percent from August to September when adjusted for inflation. This is an ugly trend - real wages have fallen in 8 of the past twelve months. In September inflation was at its highest monthly rate in 25 years - 1.2 percent. Three dollar a gallon gasoline and higher natural gas prices contributed to the high inflation. The Consumer Price Index as a whole was up 4.7 percent from September of 2004.


With Rising Health and Fuel Costs, Company Had 'To Do Something' Says GMA Financial Contribut

Oct. 17, 2005 — General Motors' announcement that it is reducing its health care benefits for current employees and retirees does not have wider implications for most Americans, although other automakers may follow suit, ABC financial contributor Mellody Hobson


Land of the cable free

Friday October 7, 2005

Philadelphia is one of the oldest and most historic cities in America. It could also soon be one of the most futuristic.

Officials this week signed an agreement with Earthlink to build a municipal high-speed wireless internet network that would blanket the city. The service, expected to go live at the end of next year, would be the first of its kind in the United States.


Study Ties Kids' Weight Gain, Produce Cost

By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press Writer Thu Oct 6, 2005

LOS ANGELES - A new study suggests the price of fresh fruits and vegetables has a stronger connection to weight gain among children than whether they live near fast-food outlets.

It adds more confusion to the muddy picture of what causes youngsters to gain weight.


EU Wants International Control of Internet

Sep 30, 2005

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - The European Union insisted Friday the job of Internet traffic cop must be shared by governments and the private sector.

The U.S. wants to remain the Internet's ultimate authority, rejecting calls in a United Nations meeting in Geneva for a U.N. body to take over.

EU spokesman Martin Selmayr rejected American claims the EU had changed direction.


Microsoft plans to outsource more, says ex-worker

Saturday, September 3, 2005 - Page updated at 12:20 AM

Microsoft plans to outsource more, says ex-worker

By Brier Dudley

Seattle Times technology reporter

Microsoft is on track to outsource more than 1,000 jobs a year to China, according to blistering evidence released yesterday in Microsoft's increasingly nasty spat with Google over an employee who jumped ship in July.


Cocoa health benefits may boost West Africa farms

Mon Sep 19, 2005

By Gordon Bell

DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) - Recent discoveries that cocoa could protect against heart disease and hypertension could see incomes soar for poor West African farmers, scientists working with confectionery maker Mars said of Monday.

Scientists at a nutrition conference in Durban said evidence was growing that chemicals in cocoa could provide massive medical benefits in the battle against heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and vascular dementia.