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If Rupert Murdoch calls you "creepy, maybe even evil," you might have an image problem.

Is the Church of Scientology Having Katie Holmes Followed?

Louis Peitzman

If Rupert Murdoch calls you "creepy, maybe even evil," you might have an image problem.

The News Corp. chief executive took to his Twitter account to express his opinions on the Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorce or rather, the role that Scientology may have played.
Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in hierarchy ... Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.

Murdoch claims he's received "hundreds of attacks" since his comments, but he can certainly pay someone to handle those. What did he mean by the "Katie Holmes and Scientology story," though?


Toon: Melting

Sure feels that way here in Savannah, heat index = 114 F

Toon: Where can we go?

Toon: The Election-year Migrant Worker

The most difficult solvable Sudoku puzzle


Why Mennonite Urine Is Four Times Lower in BPAs Than the Rest of Ours

We all carry in our bodies the legacy of our dependence on plastic products: 93 percent of U.S. urine samples contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound used in the production of plastics and resins. Most of this exposure comes from food packaging. You may also recall the shift away from the use of BPA by Nalgene, the water bottle maker.

Sydney Brownstone over at Mother Jones points out the growing body of scientific research showing that BPAs screw around with our hormones and much more:

Exposure to the chemical has been associated with risk for obesity, breast cancer, prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, infertility, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, and neurological problems.

BPAs are ubiquitous in the modern industrial food system, and figuring our just how they find their way into our bodies can be complicated, points out Brownstone. Earlier this week researchers from the University of Rochester and Mount Sinai Medical Center published a study with a novel approach to this question. They tested the urine of pregnant Mennonite women in upstate New York for their exposure and found their levels to be four times lower than average.


FHA rescinds tough new credit restrictions on loan applicants

WASHINGTON In a policy switch that could be important to thousands of applicants seeking low-down-payment home mortgages, the Federal Housing Administration has rescinded tough new credit restrictions that had been scheduled to take effect Sunday.

The policy change would have affected borrowers who have one or more collections or disputed-bill accounts on their national credit bureau files in which the aggregate amounts were $1,000 or more. Some mortgage industry experts estimate that if the now-rescinded rules had gone into effect, as many as 1 in 3 FHA loan applicants would have had difficulty being approved.

Under the withdrawn plan, borrowers with collections or disputed unpaid bills would have been required to "resolve" them before their loan could be closed, either by paying them off in full or by arranging a schedule of repayments. In effect, if you couldn't resolve the outstanding credit issue, you might not be able to obtain FHA financing.

The rescinded policy would have replaced more lenient rules that allow loan officers to discuss the accounts with applicants and determine whether they represented material risks that the borrower might fail to make the mortgage payments.

Toon: Congratulations! You're Still Insured!

Mumbai doctors remove 12.5cm-long worm from man's eye

PK Krishnamurthy, 75, felt "itching and irritation" in his right eye, but could scarcely have dreamed of the cause.

When doctors at Fortis hospital examined him, they found the worm and removed it. He is now feeling better.

The case was "extremely unusual" and he was lucky the worm had not ended up in his brain, the hospital's medical director, Dr S Narayani, told the BBC.

She said the worm had been sent to a microbiology laboratory for further tests.

"Such cases are not unknown but they are unusual for their rarity.



Luckovich Toon- Mitt's pre-existing condition

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