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SuperCommittee Fails to Reach an Agreement

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(Best Syndication News) The supercommittee failed to reach an agreement this weekend in Washington setting in motion possible automatic budget reductions. This sent the stock market lower Monday as nervous investors begin to price-in a sweeping decrease in government spending.

The committee was constructed as a result of the debt-ceiling crisis and the Budget Control Act of 2011, which was passed on August 2, 2011. The sub-committee is composed of 12 members: six Senators and six Representatives. The members were split evenly among Democrats and Republicans.

5.6 Magnitude Oklahoma Earthquake - Moderate Damage near Epicenter

Closeup of Oklahoma 5.6 earthquake Intensity Map - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A 5.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in Oklahoma at 10:53 pm (local time) this Saturday, November 5, 2011. The sizable earthquake was 21 miles north-northeast of Shawnee and 44 miles east of Oklahoma City.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) received many reports from residents that were near the epicenter that said the shaking was very strong with moderate damage to some homes and buildings. No major injuries have been reported.

Preceding the 5.6 earthquake was a 4.7 magnitude tremor that the USGS recorded earlier in on Saturday at 2:12 a.m. in the early morning hours. Aftershocks continued into Sunday with a 4.0 magnitude occurring at 3:40 a.m. local time. The recent earthquake activity is localized in one area north of the city of Shawnee.

8.6 Million Participants signed up for today's 2011 Great California ShakeOut Drill

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(Best Syndication News) - The 2011 Great California ShakeOut Drill happened today at 10:20 a.m. with around 8.6 million participants. This annual event helps businesses, schools, government, emergency officials, and California residents to prepare for the day that the big earthquake does happen.

The event has expanded to more participants this year. In 2010, there were 7.6 million participants. The majority of participants this year came from the K-12 school districts with 5,807,627 participants for the 2011 ShakeOut Drill. The second largest group was colleges and universities with 1,309,168 participants. Businesses also participated with 475,867 signing up for the drill. In San Bernardino County, 592,981 residents participated in this year's event.

Social Security Payments to increase 3.6 Percent in 2012

Elderly crowd - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients will receive a 3.6 percent increase starting on December 30, 2011. The increase is to adjust for the cost-of-living. The last time the government increased for this was in 2009. The last two years there was no cost-of-living increase.

Additionally, wage earners will also be expected to pay more for the Social Security Tax. The taxable maximum was increased to $110,100, which previously was $106,800. The Social Security Administration estimates that around 10 million workers will pay higher taxes because of the increase in the maximum for the 2012 tax year.

County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors begin offering Videoconferencing Service for High Desert Residents

High Desert photo credit: BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors will begin holding their meetings over a videoconferencing system. Although video of the meetings has already been available online, this is a new method of interacting with the public. Residents in the High Desert can go to a Victorville meeting room to participate and view the video-conference. The video-conference at the remote location will help make it easier for the residents of the high desert communities to participate in the local government without having to travel as far for meetings.

The Board of Supervisors will have their first teleconferenced meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 10 a.m. Traveling to the meeting room may not be needed, if the goal is to only view the meeting. County residents can watch a live meeting online at http://www.sbcounty.gov/main/countyvision.asp. There are also previously recorded meetings available to review.

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