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Noontime News Roundup – April 5, 2012

Noontime News Roundup – April 5, 2012

Noontime News is a snapshot of our RSS feeds from the noon (Eastern time) hour.


Ohio Tears Through Blighted Housing Problem

Shuttered homes often draw arsonists, vandals and scrap metal thieves. To help alleviate those problems, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants to destroy abandoned homes all across the state. He’s setting aside $75 million of the state’s mortgage settlement money to fund the demolitions.

Boycotts Hitting Group Behind ‘Stand Your Ground’

Two of America’s best-known companies, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, have dropped their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, a low-profile conservative organization behind the national proliferation of “stand your ground” gun laws.

Doctors Urge Their Colleagues To Quit Doing Worthless Tests

Nine national medical groups are launching a campaign called Choosing Wisely to get U.S. doctors to back off on 45 diagnostic tests, procedures and treatments that often may do patients no good.

Romney, Who Has Two Harvard Degrees, Says Obama Spent ‘Too Much Time At Harvard’

Speaking at his Pennsylvania campaign headquarters this morning, Mitt Romney attacked President Obama as out of touch for spending too much time at Harvard, where the president went to law school. “We have a president, who I think is is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps,” Romney said.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Dismisses ‘War On Women’ As Fictional, Like ‘War On Caterpillars’

Citing attacks on abortion and contraception rights, many liberals have accused Republicans of waging a “war on women.”

But in an interview with Bloomberg TV, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus dismissed these charges as entirely baseless. He comparing the “war on women” to a “war on caterpillars,” blaming the media for trumping up the supposedly fictional attacks on women’s rights

Study: Corporations Pay Women CFOs 16 Percent Less Than Men

At the moment, women in America earn about 77.4 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts, and as we’ve been noting, the pay gap extends to even the most lucrative of industries. In the financial sector, women earn about 55 to 62 cents for every dollar made by men, while women who head major lobbying firms make about 57 cents to the dollar.

Judge Hits New Orleans Cops with Harsh Sentences

A federal judge today sentenced five former New Orleans police officers for their roles in the Danziger Bridge shootings, which occurred during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, killing two civilians and leaving four wounded.

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