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Lobsters liberated by Buddhist intervention

Friday, August 5th, 2011
Buddhist monk Geshe Tenley releases a lobster back into the ocean during ''Chokhor Duchen'', or the anniversary of Buddha's turning of the Dharma Wheel, from a boat in the waters off Gloucester, Massachusetts August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder


GLOUCESTER, Mass |
Fri Aug 5, 2011 11:07am EDT

(Reuters) – Instead of plunging headfirst to their death in a pot of boiling water, 534 live lobsters escaped the dinner plate and belly flopped to freedom into the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

A group of Tibetan Buddhists flanked the sides of a whale-watching boat at dusk on Wednesday, sprayed the lobsters with blessed water, clipped the bands binding their dangerous claws and released them one by one into the deep water below.

The 30 Buddhists of all ages trekked to this northern Massachusetts fishing hub to buy 600 pounds of lobster from a seafood wholesaler and save the critters from imminent death.

The lobster liberation was scheduled for August 3, which is Wheel Turning Day on this year’s Tibetan lunar calendar, the anniversary of the first sermon Buddha taught. On this holiday, the merit for positive actions is multiplied many times.

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Bank Shares Rally in Europe

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

European stock markets rallied, led higher by solid earnings in the banking sector and stronger basic-resource stocks.

Obama to Reaffirm Iraq Exit Plan

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

President Obama will reiterate the U.S.’s determination to end the U.S. combat mission in Iraq by Aug. 31, despite a surge in violence there last month and continued political deadlock in Baghdad.

Asian Stocks Rise on PMI Data

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Asian stocks rallied Monday as soft Chinese manufacturing activity in July led to hopes Beijing would put growth-inhibitive policies on hold, while Japanese shares climbed on the back of strong earnings reports.

Hungary Does Without EU, IMF

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The new Hungarian government is determined to set its own economic agenda, even if that costs it the support of the International Monetary Fund and European Union.

Banks Push European Shares Higher

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

European stocks rose on the first trading day of the month, boosted by banking shares and positive trading in Asia.

Asia Holds on to Morning Gains

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Asian stocks traded mostly higher despite a tepid lead from Wall Street on Friday and weak Chinese manufacturing data, with the Tokyo market spurred higher by strong earnings reports.

Microsoft Quashed Bid to Boost Web Privacy

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

After sharp internal debate, Microsoft designed Internet Explorer so that users must deliberately turn on privacy settings every time they start up the software. Second in a series.

Hungary Does Without EU and IMF

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

The new Hungarian government is determined to set its own economic agenda, even if that costs it the support of the International Monetary Fund and European Union.

China Mine Blast Kills 17

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

An explosion near a workers’ dormitory killed at least 17 people at a coal mine in northern China.

Blue Chips Rose 7.1% in July

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

The Dow industrials overcame an early 120-point decline to finish down by just one point on the day, but for the month of July the index rose 691.92 points or 7.1%. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were up 6.9% for the month.

Little Glimmering At Glimmerglass

Friday, July 30th, 2010

The Glimmerglass Opera has been a must-see festival, presenting unusual repertoire and creative productions in an intimate, 900-seat house. Not this year.

Unfinished Perfection

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Leonardo’s “The Virgin and Child With St. Anne” in the Louvre may be unfinished, but it offers a total aesthetic experience.

Foreign Forces Transform U.S. Films

Friday, July 30th, 2010

The rising clout of international audiences is a sea change for Hollywood. Foreign ticket sales represent 68% of the global market, and studios are using foreign actors and tweaking plots to lure viewers abroad.

Whirling Into the Forest Primeval

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies offers a quick route to spectacular vistas. “You can go to places almost no one has seen,” says a tour operator.

Recovery Loses Momentum

Friday, July 30th, 2010

U.S. economic growth slowed in the second quarter to a 2.4% annual rate. Business investment was strong, but imports were a big drag and consumers contributed less.

BofA Cuts Some CD Rates

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Bank of America cut some rates on certificates of deposits this week, the latest in a round of cuts that will leave consumers and businesses with fewer options to stash their cash.

The Web’s New Gold Mine: Your Secrets

Friday, July 30th, 2010

A Wall Street Journal investigation finds that one of the fastest growing businesses on the Internet is the business of spying on American consumers. First in a series.

SEC Gets a FOIA Foil

Friday, July 30th, 2010

A provision in the new financial-regulation law that limits public access to documents collected by the Securities and Exchange Commission is stoking a debate over the proper level of disclosure.

July Is Deadliest Month for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Three U.S. troops died in blasts in Afghanistan, making July the deadliest month ever for U.S. troops since the Afghan war began.

European Stocks End Strong July on Soft Note

Friday, July 30th, 2010

European shares fell, as disappointment over the slowdown in U.S. economic growth offset earnings-related gains. Even so, the Stoxx Europe 600 ended up 4.9% for July.

National Opera Considers Merger

Friday, July 30th, 2010

The Washington National Opera, facing financial challenges, is exploring a possible merger with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

2010: Worst Movie Year Ever?

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Coming soon to a theater near you: absolutely nothing you want to see. Joe Queenan on why Hollywood keeps trying to sell us on pointless sequels, lame remakes and the stardom of Shia LaBeouf.

BP’s Hayward Defends Tenure, Spill Response

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Tony Hayward, the departing chief executive of BP, is unrepentant about how the energy giant responded to the U.S.’s largest offshore oil spill.

Wyly Brothers Face SEC Fraud Charges

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Billionaire brothers Sam Wyly and Charles Wyly hid $550 million in trading profits by using an “elaborate sham system” of offshore entities, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Thursday.

Exhibition Bares Painter’s Intentions

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The heart of “An Eakins Masterpiece Restored: Seeing The Gross Clinic Anew” is the painting itself, brought back to its original intensity and immediacy.

Evidence Ties Manning to Afghan Leaks

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Investigators have found concrete evidence linking Pfc. Bradley Manning with the leak of classified Afghanistan war reports, a defense official said.

Hotels Try to Win Over Teens

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

For teenagers on summer vacation with their families, there seems to be a universal goal: Ditching the parents. Hotels and resorts are trying to make that easier by offering souped-up teen programs.

The Ever-Curious Cellist

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

From Dvorak to American roots music to Argentine tango, Yo-Yo Ma works both inside and outside the box.

Baraboo, a Circus Birthplace

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Clowns, trains and mini-golf are among the attractions of this southwest Wisconsin city, the birthplace of the Ringling Bros. Circus.

Five 5K Runs Experts Recommend

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The 5k race is the country’s most popular running race. At 3.1 miles, it’s a distance easy enough for beginners, but not so short that accomplished runners scoff. A guide to some of the highest rated 5K races in the U.S.

Plane Crashes Near Islamabad

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

An Airblue passenger plane carrying 152 people crashed into the hills outside Pakistan’s capital. At least 20 dead bodies have been recovered.

Earnings Boost European Stocks

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

European stock markets were higher, with relatively strong earnings news offering a degree of confidence to investors, while banking stocks continued to benefit from the positive developments surrounding the industry.

BP Reveals Comeback Plan

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

BP took a $32 billion charge for the Gulf oil spill, detailed plans to sell $30 billion in assets and pledged to become a different company more focused on safety.

Lufthansa Seeks Savor in the Sky

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Chefs from the German airline are using a chopped up jet as a laboratory to study the decline of haute cuisine at high altitude.

Happy Couples, Go Ahead and Fight

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Couples fight. The good news: If you fight the right way it can actually make your relationship happier and healthier.

China Fuels Trade Tension, Report Says

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

China’s drive to support domestic technologies is likely to continue to cause trade disputes and political tensions, says a Chamber of Commerce report.

UBS Swings to Profit

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

UBS swung to a second-quarter profit, helped in part by a $566.7 million gain on its own debt and a fall in withdrawals at its private banking unit.

New Nutritionist: Your Grocer

Monday, July 26th, 2010

A number of grocery retailers are now pushing nutritional advice. Efforts include posting nutritional ratings on bin labels and hiring dietitians to advise shoppers on how to select healthier food.

Documents Bolster Afghans’ Complaints

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The Afghan government, reacting to the WikiLeaks documents, zeroed in on reported Pakistani support for the Taliban-led insurgency—hoping that the disclosures would force Washington to turn up pressure on Islamabad.

Anglers Tangle Over ‘Skishing’

Monday, July 26th, 2010

An extreme method that combines skiing and fishing puts fishermen deep in water, spawning a surfcasting debate.

European Stocks Reverse Gains

Monday, July 26th, 2010

European stock markets opened higher, with banks leading gainers as market participants react with relief to Friday’s release of European bank stress tests.

UAE Says BlackBerry a Security Risk

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

The United Arab Emirates issued a statement saying that the BlackBerry smartphone, made by Research in Motion, poses security risks to the country.

Kazakhstan Looks for Tour Lift

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

How do you change perceptions of a little known country formed largely by a hugely popular movie that ridiculed it? For Kazakhstan, part of the answer is to win professional cycling’s biggest prize, the Tour de France.

Boozy Float Parties Run Aground

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Consuming alcohol is illegal on this city’s famous beaches. But, thanks to a loophole authorities are now trying to close, drinking a few feet from shore is not.

Does Language Influence Culture?

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world.

San Diego Partyers Take Advantage of the Float

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Consuming alcohol is illegal on this city’s famous beaches. But, thanks to a loophole authorities are now trying to close, drinking a few feet from shore is not.

A Can’t-Miss Deal That Can Miss

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Investors are abuzz over the “guaranteed” yields of 5.75% to 7.75% offered by an unusual instrument called a “factored structured settlement.” Here’s why you should pass on them.

Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Passing on art, collectibles and other valuables to your heirs can lead to major headaches when it comes to settling an estate—especially this year, with the estate tax and other tax provisions up in the air.

EU Banks Survive Stress Test

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Regulators painted a rosier-than-expected portrait of the continent’s beleaguered banking sector, provoking criticism that the government’s “stress tests” weren’t tough enough on banks.

Why We Need More Par-Three Courses

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Short layouts are still out of fashion, but a revival could be a boon to the game—and also really fun.

Doubling Down on Housing

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Record-low interest rates and a scary stock market are prompting investors to sink even more money into their homes.

Seven European Banks Fail Stress Tests

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

European banks largely passed a round of government stress tests, but the overall strong grades raised questions over whether the monthlong tests were tough enough to be judged credible.

Stocks Waver After Stress Tests

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Stocks wobbled after most European banks passed stress tests but investors questioned whether the tests had been rigorous enough to allay concerns over lenders’ stability.

When Middle of the Pack Is Good

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

The Peloton, the V-formation that top riders form in cycling races, has its unofficial rules and etiquette at the Tour de France.

Blockbuster From China

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

China’s most commercially successful film director, Feng Xiaogang, talks about his latest film, the two-earthquake family saga “Aftershock.”

In Search of Bahraini Pearls

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Bahraini pearls are widely believed to be the best in the world, with their fabulous luster that is the combination of the sea’s freshwater springs and its warm, shallow, highly saline water.

Small Screens, Big Budgets

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

A new era of lavish historical epics is booming—on TV. Some of the most expensive series ever produced are coming to cable, including “Boardwalk Empire” and “Camelot.”

Mao’s ‘First-Rate Sage’

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The writer Lu Xun—considered China’s first modern author—devoted his life to bringing a revolution to China. Michael J. Ybarra visits the Lu Xun Museum and Lu Xun Final Residence, both in Shanghai.

Padded Panties Boosted by Curvy Stars

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

A fascination with the hind-quarters of celebrities like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian is fueling a booming market for undergarments that amplify the derrière.

EU Appeals WTO Ruling on Airbus

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

The EU appealed a WTO ruling against EU government low-interest loans given to Airbus.The ruling found that the EU support has helped Airbus take market share from Boeing in the multibillion dollar passenger jet market.

Fixes for Your Computer From Afar

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Fixing a home computer is an annoyance—lugging it to a store is time consuming and following directions over the phone can get frustrating. But a host of repair services say they solve computer woes by connecting virtually to your machine.

U.S. Plans New North Korea Sanctions

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Clinton said the Obama administration will enact new economic sanctions on North Korea aimed at stymieing Pyongyang’s weapons and contraband trade, and targeting the finances of its elite.

Apple’s Profit Jumps 78%

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Apple’s quarterly profit jumped 78%, thanks to continued strong demand for its gadgets. It sold 3.3 million iPads and 8.4 million iPhones in the quarter.

Madoff’s Ghost Still Haunts SEC

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Lawmakers are pushing for more disciplinary action at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Comic-Con 2010: The Daily Show’s Olivia Munn Gives a Preview

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

“Daily Show” correspondent and NBC sitcom star Olivia Munn on the coolest events at Comic-Con International: San Diego, which begins this week.

How to Tame Your Nightmares

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

With training and awareness, sleepers can turn nightmares into happy endings or learn to mentally try out fantasies that occur in dreams, like flying.

China Defends Anshan

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Opposition by some U.S. lawmakers to plans by Anshan Iron & Steel to invest in U.S. steel plants amounts to protectionism and is improper, an official said.

It’s Zeppelin Country

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Robert Plant and his latest group, Band of Joy, puts an Americana spin on some Led Zeppelin classics.

European Stocks Open Lower

Monday, July 19th, 2010

European stocks opened lower after U.S. economic data and corporate earnings failed to live up to expectations, sending Wall Street into the red Friday.

Patent Office Snuffs Out Marijuana Hopes

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

For three months until last week, marijuana dealers had something they could only dream of: the apparent stamp of approval of a federal agency.

The Whitney Museum’s Most Wanted

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

The Whitney Museum of American Art’s current show, “Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield,” is named for a work of art that the institution would like to locate.

What Mail Services Won’t Tell You

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Here are a few facts your various mail services won’t tell you. Plus, Sen. John Kerry pushes for a beer stimulus, and a Dutch study finds that punishments are more powerful than incentives in coping with long-term unemployment.

Simply Because It’s There?

Friday, July 16th, 2010

There’s only one way to understand the motivation to risk it all climbing the world’s highest peaks.

Strangers at Home

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Chinese living abroad have played a huge role in the country’s economic miracle. But back in China, they are both welcome and vulnerable, writes Geremie R. Barmé.

Strangers at Home

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Chinese living abroad have played a huge role in the country’s economic miracle. But back in China, they are both welcome and vulnerable, writes Geremie R. Barmé.

Congress Overhauls Your Portfolio

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Overlooked amid the thousands of pages that comprise the Dodd-Frank bill are major changes affecting mutual funds, retirement plans, single-stock investments and other holdings.

Somali Group Built al Qaeda Links

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The terror group behind last weekend’s deadly Uganda blasts allegedly recruited a local to coordinate the attacks and received funds from al Qaeda, say investigators, as it extends its reach beyond lawless Somalia.

The Battle Over Battle Fatigue

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Soldiers can now claim trauma for events they didn’t personally experience. Is the diagnosis losing meaning?

Stocks Tumble; Earnings Disappoint

Friday, July 16th, 2010

U.S. stocks dropped on a double dose of discouraging numbers from the corporate sector as well as from the broader economy.

Vatican Toughens Rules on Abuse Cases

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The Vatican tightened its rules for disciplining cases of alleged sexual abuse, marking the first time it has changed church laws to address the sexual-abuse scandal that has opened Pope Benedict XVI to widespread scrutiny.

Luxury Lit: A Book for $75,000

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Publishers are marketing elaborate editions with all sorts of pricey features, banking on them to grow in value like rare coins or artworks.

Exporting Broadway

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The business of sending musicals abroad has never been bigger—Disney has brought in more than $2 billion overseas from “The Lion King” alone. But navigating the global stage can be tricky.

DJIA Nearly Finishes in Green, Falls Short

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Expection of a Goldman settlement sent that stock up late in the day and briefly pushed blue chips into the green. But fresh signs of a moderation in the economic recovery sparked a broad decline in U.S. stocks, ending a seven-session winning streak in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Scientist Back in Iran Despite CIA Efforts

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The Central Intelligence Agency tried to prevent an Iranian nuclear researcher who had provided information on his country’s nuclear program from returning to Iran, giving him $5 million.

In Some Homes, Boiler Is a Thing of Beauty

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

As more homeowners invest in renewable energy and other high-efficiency equipment, some are integrating stylish heating and cooling appliances into living space.

Financials Lead Stock-Market Decline

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Investors sold shares in J.P. Morgan Chase, despite strong headline earnings, and the stock market weakened as new signs of a cooling economy lowered hopes for a robust recovery.

Season of Biker Chic

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Looking at bike shops had become as fun as shopping for fashion because it is fashion. The accessories are as enticing as a new handbag: picnic baskets, tote bags, and even pet carriers.

DJIA Keeps Streak Alive, Barely

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

The Dow’s 3.70-point gain extends the winning streak to seven. But stocks were held back as investors adopted a cautious stance after the release of Federal Reserve meeting minutes. Intel buoyed techs.

Bees Spell Glory for Indian Kids

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

For thousands of South Asian children in the U.S., spelling has become the game of choice. Competitions catering just to them have sprung up across the country, some with hefty cash prizes.

Iran Scientist Returns to Tehran

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

An Iranian nuclear scientist who Tehran said was kidnapped last year by the U.S. was on his way to Iran a day after resurfacing at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington.

Intel Helps Lift Stock Futures

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Better-than-expected earnings from Intel propelled U.S. stock futures higher, as investors awaited retail sales data and the release of minutes from the last meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee.

Luminaries, Locals Laud Steinbrenner

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

The flags outside of City Hall flew at half-staff to honor Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who died in the morning in Tampa, Fla., at the age of 80.

Letting the Machines Decide

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

A new wave of investment firms are turning to artificial-intelligence programs to make trading decisions. The programs are designed to crunch numbers, learn from decisions, and adapt. Some are having success.

The 80-Year Hunt for ‘It’ Fashions

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Stores from Penney’s to Bloomingdale’s read it. How the original trend spotter got trendy again.

Yankees for the Ages

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

When George Steinbrenner passed away Tuesday, he joined other Yankee legends — among them, Joe DiMaggio and Babe Ruth — who will be remembered by fans for years to come. A look at major players and their legacies.

U.S. Stocks Rally to 6th Gain in a Row

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The DJIA surged 146.75 points as strong early earnings reports emboldened investors to climb into riskier assets, extending the market’s rally to six straight sessions. The DJIA is up 6% in July.

U.S. Detains 12th Person in Spy Probe

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Authorities are detaining a 12th, previously undisclosed person implicated in the probe that busted a Cold War-style Russian spy ring.

The Race Even Marathoners Fear

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Every year, marathons in New York and Chicago draw some 40,000 participants each. But not the San Francisco Marathon. The reason: The city’s famous hills are a bear for runners to traverse.

Futures Rise, Dismiss Trade Data

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

U.S. stock futures overlooked a widening trade gap and continued to climb, as early earnings reports boosted optimism for the second-quarter earnings season.

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