48 coal mine deaths in 2010 is worst since 1992

SymbolPriceChangeMEE53.49+0.72{“s” : “mee”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. coal industry had its deadliest year in nearly two decades in 2010, with much of the death toll stemming from a single explosion. As of Thursday, 48 miners had died in the nation’s 1,500 coal mines over the past 12 […]

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Rise in signed contracts gives housing market lift

A real estate sign announces a pending residential home sale in Framingham, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. The number of people who signed contracts to buy homes rose in November, the fourth increase since contract signings hit a low in June. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes) NEW YORK (AP) — People are starting to buy homes again, […]

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The last deal of 2010: You name it!

(Credit: PhotoXpress) Note to self: Don’t post one-day-only deals during vacation weeks. Apparently there was considerable confusion following Monday’s Ad-Aware Pro freebie–which, as noted in the post, was available Monday only. My apologies to newsletter subscribers who thought the deal was for Tuesday or Wednesday. Well, here we are at the end of another year. […]

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Israel: Best Economy in the West

Israel’s economy is the fastest-growing in the West, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports. Israel’s Gross National Product grew by 4.5% in the year 2010, according to CBS data and estimates – 0.5% more than had been expected. This compares with only 2.7% in the other 33 countries of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation […]

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Skype adding Wi-Fi, 3G video calling to iPhone app

SymbolPriceChangeAAPL325.290.00MSFT27.970.00T29.310.00{“s” : “aapl,msft,t”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new version of the free iPhone app for Skype SA will let users make and receive video calls. Users of the Internet calling and messaging service will be able to use both Wi-Fi and ATT Inc.’s 3G cellular network. FaceTime software, […]

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Doc Love: Escape The Friend Zone

Thinkstock Better Man in brief … You can’t let yourself get too deep in the friend zone before there’s no getting out. If you have feelings for a friend, you shouldn’t be seeing them at all. You can’t have any real idea what kind of relationships your friend is in with other men. “When youre […]

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The iKotel: Bringing the Western Wall to the iPhone

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation has launched a brand new iPhone application that brings one of Israel’s most precious sites, the Kotel, right to users’ phones. The new application allows users to watch the Western Wall Plaza live on their phones at anytime, take a virtual tour of the Western Wall tunnels, and send a […]

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Foreclosures rise in Q3 as fewer people get help

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of foreclosed homes rose over the summer after fewer people at risk received assistance lowering their monthly mortgage payments, a new report shows. About 470,000 homeowners received help either directly from banks or through government programs in the July-September quarter, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of […]

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Authorities crack down on flea market fakes

SymbolPriceChangeDECK81.910.00RL111.530.00{“s” : “deck,rl”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Used to be, if you wanted a knockoff handbag or fake fragrance, Lower Manhattan’s Canal Street was a mecca. But with flea markets across the country now carrying the same kind of counterfeit products with poser trademarks, authorities warn that shoppers may […]

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Low Vitamin D in Newborns Linked to Wheezing

Low Vitamin D in Newborns Linked to Wheezing Dec. 27, 2010 — Infants at age 3 months who had newborn blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D — a measurement of vitamin D — below 25 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) were twice as likely to develop respiratory infections as infants who had levels at 75 nmol/L or […]

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Conference Deals with the Heritage of the Rambam

This past weekend, the second annual conference on the subject of the preservation of the heritage of the Rambam (Maimonides) was held in Tiberias. The conference centered around one of the greatest figures in Jewish history, the Rambam, who was one of the greatest halakhic authorities, philosopher, scientist, physician, and researcher. The conference, which was […]

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Travelers say airlines’ customer service failed

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