May 19, 2009

The Daily Buzz - Will The WHO Raise The Pandemic Alert Level To 6?

*The WHO is considering raising the pandemic alert level to 6 after the number of swine flu cases in Japan soared over the weekend.

*U.S. health officials are troubled by the pattern of this swine flu outbreak.

*More schools in New York city are shutting down in an effort to contain the spread of the bird flu.

*Senator Lindsey Graham is using the Spanish Inquisition as an example to show that torture works.

*Over 31,000 American scientists have signed a petition saying that Al Gore is wrong about global warming.

*Prisoners in Zimbabwe are eating rats as the death toll rises. Does the world even care?

*A four year old Egyptian girl has died after contracting the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus.

*Federal regulators say that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in "critical" condition.

*American Express has announced that they will be cutting 4,000 jobs.

*As if the auto industry didn't have enough to deal with, the Obama administration plans to force them to boost the efficiency of vehicles by 2016 to a fleet-wide average of 35.5 miles per gallon.

*The U.S. Border Patrol has noticed a "huge increase" in the number of Chinese nationals illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States.

*Lastly, President Obama is telling Israel to stop expanding settlements in the disputed territories.

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