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Verizon Union Strike of 45000 workers begins in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States

On Strike - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - A strike of 45,000 Verizon workers started on August 7, 2011 due to a contract that expired this last Saturday. A new contract agreement has not been completed.

The Verizon workers on strike are members of Communications Workers of America or International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union located in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. The strike is in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

In a telephone conference that was held on August 7, 2011, Communications Workers of America (CWA) members said the core reason for striking is to uphold collective bargaining rights for unions. One CWA member referred to the state of Wisconsin, which tried to do away with union bargaining. He said Verizon is trying to do the same. Additionally, the union workers face losing health insurance benefits and retirement benefits. Verizon does not want to pay for the entire cost of their health insurance premiums.

San Bernardino County Placed on CreditWatch Negative after Lawmakers Fail to Reach Agreement

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(Best Syndication News) The San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/ Treasury and Tax Collector, Larry Walker, tells Best Syndication that the county investments have been placed on CreditWatch with Negative Implications by the Standard and Poor’s ratings agency.

This CreditWatch comes after the rating agency place the U.S. government on CreditWatch Negative. Tracy Calentti, with the Auditor’s office said that other local sovereigns were also placed on Negative CreditWatch.

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services placed its AAAf long-term rating for the San Bernardino County Investment Pool on CreditWatch with Negative Implications leaving the S1+ volatility rating unchanged. This action was directly related to the CreditWatch Negative issued by Standard & Poor’s on the AAA/A1+ credit ratings of the United States of America (its agencies and instrumentalities).

Space Shuttle Atlantis lands for Last Time

Space Shuttle Atlantis landing for last time -  PHOTO CREDIT:   CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration

(Best Syndication News) - The STS-135 mission ended today when the Space Shuttle landed at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:57 a.m. EDT. This marks the end of the Space Shuttle program for NASA, which lasted 30 years.

The Atlantis landed safely with Commander Chris Ferguson and his crew. The STS-135 mission crew included Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim.

The STS-135 mission involved a major delivery of parts, supplies, and food to the International Space Station. This included 9400 pounds of spare parts, extra equipment and miscellaneous supplies, which were packaged inside the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module. There was 2,677 pounds of food that was delivered on this mission trip. There is now enough supplies and food to provide a year’s worth of living needs for the astronauts. The mission crew also removed 5,700 pounds of “unwanted” items that the brought back to Earth. Possibly, it was their “trash” but could have been other stuff.

405 Freeway Closure this weekend is being called ‘Carmageddon’

Cars - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - CalTrans will be closing a portion of the 405 Freeway this Friday July 15 at 7 p.m. and will reopen ramps on Monday July 18 around 6 a.m. The reason for the freeway closure is so that road construction crews can start working on a road-widening project.

It is possible that other roadways will be congested, which has prompted the local Los Angeles ABC7 news network to call this road closure event “Carmageddon.”

The Metro.net website said that people should expect extreme congestion along Sepulveda Boulevard. The delays could be long and should plan accordingly. They even suggest avoiding Sepulveda Boulevard altogether if possible and plan a different travel route.

7.0 magnitude Earthquake shakes off the shore of Japan

Japan 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake map 07/09/2011 - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A significant earthquake of 7.0 magnitudes shook off the East coast of Honshu, Japan, on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 10:57:12 a.m. (local time). The US Geological Survey reported this and several earthquakes in there have been 14 earthquakes with a 4.6 or higher magnitude off the East shores of Honshu, Japan.

The USGS received 72 reports from individuals throughout the Japanese island. There were one person that said the earthquake was severe. There was many reports of people in Tokyo reporting having felt the earthquake between mild and moderate.

The closest city from the earthquake was Sendai, Honshu, Japan located 131 miles from the earthquake center. Tokyo is 254 miles from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, and still felt the tremors. The exact location the USGS report for this earthquake was 38.040°N, 143.287°E with a depth of 21.7 miles.

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