September 12, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: Obama to send jobs bill today

From Wire Reports
 

WASHINGTON – A White House official says President Barack Obama will send Congress his new $447 billion jobs bill today and speak in the Rose Garden to call for swift passage.

Obama is also preparing to travel the country to build public support for the package he unveiled last week. He’ll visit Ohio on Tuesday and North Carolina on Wednesday to ask voters to pressure lawmakers to pass the bill.

The centerpiece of the plan is lower Social Security payroll taxes for individuals and businesses. There’s also new spending to hire teachers and rebuild schools, among other things.

Teachers, police officers, firefighters and others will join the president in the Rose Garden to call for passage, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the president’s remarks.

Earhart items fetch $31,284

OAKLAND, Calif. – Goggles worn by Amelia Earhart and photographs of the famed aviator pulled in more than $31,000 at an auction in Oakland, Calif.

A spokesman for Clars Auction Gallery said the winning bid for the set of 1920s Luxor aviator goggles with a cracked left lens was $17,775.

The goggles previously were owned by Barbara Englehardt, a Contra Costa County resident who got them from a friend about 20 years ago.

In addition to the goggles, 24 photographs were auctioned off Sunday morning for a total of $13,509.

The photographs included shots of Earhart making preparations for her round-the-world flight, as well as her plane taking off on March 17, 1937.

The March flight was one of two attempts Earhart made that year to circumnavigate the globe. Her plane disappeared in the Pacific during the second attempt a few months later.


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