Friday, July 27, 2012

North Eastern US Storms Kill Two

Two people were killed Thursday, when storms struck much of the north eastern US.

Tornadoes were confirmed at Elmira, New York and Montrose, Pennsylvania.

Buildings were damaged and trees were uprooted in at least a dozen states, by strong winds.

Thousands of lightning strikes accompanied the damage.

More than one hundred and thirty thousand people lost power throughout the region, most of which had been restored by Friday evening.

Protests Turn Violent in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian police arrested "trouble makers" in Qatif City, on Friday.

Around three hundred Shi'ite marched through the city for nearly three hours, complaining of neglect and discrimination from the Sunni government.

When the protestors began blocking roads, police were called out.

The protestors reacted to the police presence by throwing Molotov cocktails, to which the police responded to by opening fire.

Fourteen protestors were injured, and an unknown number were arrested.

One of the injured and arrested was Mohamed al-Shakhouri, one of the country's most wanted.

Drought Stricken US Will Face Increased Food Costs

Not since 1956 has drought been such an issue for the US, and it does not look to be ending, any time soon.

Two thirds of the continental US is now covered by the intensifying drought, which has only been a few months long. Normally it takes years of drought to reach this stage of drought.

Several US states have now reached the worst level of drought possible, on the US Drought Monitor's charts. Practically everywhere between Ohio in the east and California in the west is in a drought situation.

Crops throughout the effected areas are dying, which will lead to a very noticeable increase in costs for most grain products. Dairy, poultry, and meat products will also see increases, due to the increased costs that the farmers and ranchers will have to pay for feed.

Some also fear that the drought could lead to food shortages. They point out examples where the US government has paid farmers to destroy their own crops, instead of selling them.

McKesson Corp Settles With States

Twenty-nine states won their lawsuit against the McKesson Corp, on Friday.

McKesson Corp had been accused of over charging for medicaid prescriptions from 2001-2009.

The states settled for a total of $151 million dollars from the San Fransisco company.

In April, the federal government settled it's own lawsuit against McKesson Corp, for $187 million.

Kris Fortner, Mckesson Corp's spokesman, said that the claims had no basis, but that settling was "in the best interest of our employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders."