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2009-08-13 12:28:44

Officials in West Virginia and Alaska say their states were not rushed to grab their portion of the $787 billion federal stimulus package. The recession hit West Virginia later, Matt Turner, a spokesman for Gov. Joe Manchin, told USA Today. Jack Kreinheder, a state budget official, said so far a delay in receiving the federal aid is not causing us any kind of severe problems. President Barack Obama said in June he was not satisfied with the pace of stimulus spending and promised to speed up...

2009-08-12 14:34:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection seeks public comments on guidelines for a new grant offering under the new PA Green Energy Works! program, which is aimed at reducing energy costs for consumers, businesses and local governments. The program is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "We are seeking input and feedback from the public, businesses and local governments to make sure that this program meets the...

2009-08-10 09:34:21

Asian markets were mixed Monday while European markets fell slightly with investors in export markets digesting last week's U.S. employment news. The U.S. Labor Department said Friday the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent, a turnaround few expected, although White House officials quickly proclaimed the $787 billion recovery act partly responsible for the improvement. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and President Obama quickly said there was more work needed to keep employment headed in the...

2009-08-09 14:34:04

The United States may have to resort to military interventions to deal with the future effects of climate change, military and intelligence analysts say. Drought, violent storms, pandemics, mass migration and other severe problems spawned by climate change could result in crises that pose profound threats to the United States' national security, and analysts say U.S. armed forces must be ready to respond to them, The New York Times reported Sunday. Military strategists have used the scenario...

2009-08-07 14:40:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania businesses pursuing renewable energy projects that qualify for federal tax credits are encouraged to apply for a direct refund from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Treasury announced the plan to support the development of approximately 5,000 renewable energy production facilities. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger told Pennsylvania businesses that the...

2009-07-29 12:26:00

WASHINGTON, July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A handful of states have created impressive websites to disseminate information about their share of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), but most are failing to make effective use of online technology to educate taxpayers about the impact of stimulus spending. This is the finding of Show Us the Stimulus, a report released today by Good Jobs First, a nonprofit research center. The report and state appendices are at...

2009-07-22 11:22:00

Recovery Act Funding Available for Energy Efficiency Projects HARRISBURG, Pa., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local governments and nonprofit groups seeking to develop energy efficiency projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are urged to participate in a free online webinar for the new PA Conservation Works! program from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 27. Individual projects that increase energy efficiency, reduce consumption and reduce energy costs by at...

2009-07-14 14:46:00

The Facts Speak for Themselves; States Demonstrate Success SEATTLE, July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Directors of state departments of transportation, from more than a 14 states described at a news conference today the rapid pace of delivering jobs and highway projects to bolster the nation's economic recovery. Nationwide, 2,000 construction projects are now underway, worth more than $6 billion. A total of 5,600 projects have been identified and approved for bidding, which means that a...

2009-07-08 17:11:00

WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of a clean-energy transformation, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is targeting nearly one-quarter of its $1.4 billion in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to investments in clean energy generation and energy conservation. "These investments help spur new energy savings and, at the same time, reduce our environmental footprint," Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said. "The President is leading us...

2009-07-08 06:46:26

Asian and European markers turned mostly lower Wednesday, following the second sharp fall in U.S. markets in three trading sessions. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 2.63 percent Thursday before the Independence Day break, made slight gains Monday, up 0.53 percent, then dropped 1.93 percent Tuesday in a session marked mostly by anticipation of a shaky corporate earning season. Underneath it all, a rising tide of unemployment has the attention of investors and bureaucrats who realize...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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