Wikinews Shorts: November 12, 2008
A compilation of brief news reports for Wednesday, November 12, 2008.
Three US Senate seats still undecided
Counting continues today, as candidates in three states await the outcome of races to become United States senators.
Alaska plans to count 50,000 of its remaining 90,000 ballots later today. In Minnesota, an automatic recount is expected, as the margin is one-hundredth of one per cent. A run-off election between Georgia's two leading candidates has been scheduled for December 2.
- "News release: 2008 General Election Ballot Counting Schedule: More ballots being counted" — , November 10, 2008
- Kyle Hopkins. "Most uncounted ballots will be tallied Wednesday" — , November 10, 2008
- Carrie Dann, NBC First Read. "Down the ballot: McCain will head to GA" — , November 12, 2008
British economy is probably in recession according to Bank of England
The Bank of England today stated, in its quarterly inflation report, that the British economy is probably in a recession. "The economy probably entered recession in the second half of 2008 and output is likely to contract further," warned the bank.
The report also predicted that the UK economy could shrink by 2% during the next year.
- "Bank warns of recession into 2009" — , November 12, 2008
- "Economy likely in recession: Bank of England" — , November 12, 2008
Google launches website to track flu based on searches
"Our team found that certain aggregated search queries tend to be very common during flu season each year," said Google in a blog post on the topic. "We compared these aggregated queries against data provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we found that there's a very close relationship between the frequency of these search queries and the number of people who are experiencing flu-like symptoms each week."
The data will be passed on to the Centers for Disease Control, in the hope that Google figures will detect a flu outbreak earlier than the traditional government figures.
- "Google searches track flu spread" — , November 12, 2008
- "Google uses search patterns to accurately estimate flu activity" — , November 12, 2008
Same sex marriages begin in Connecticut
Bennett Klein of GLADD, the gay rights organization that fought for approval by the Supreme Court, stated that the decision "does mark the end of a very long journey toward equality."
"Today, Connecticut sends a message of hope an inspiration to lesbian and gay people throughout this country who simply want to be treated as equal citizens by their government," he continued.
- "Judge Clears Way For Same-Sex Marriages" — , November 12, 2008
- "After Calif. Loss, Gays Get Right to Wed in Conn." — , November 12, 2008