Tax law won’t help people who used up jobless aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment benefits will be restored for millions of Americans under the tax-cut measure President Barack Obama signed into law Friday. Sylvia Kittrell of Orlando, Fla., isn’t among them. A social worker unemployed for more than two years, she’s one of hundreds of thousands who will get no help from the new law […]

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Many Adults Report Troubled Childhood Experiences

Many Adults Report Troubled Childhood Experiences Dec. 16, 2010 — More than half of adults surveyed reported experiencing one or more difficult childhood experiences, such as domestic violence or verbal abuse, indicating that troubled childhood experiences could be common, according to a CDC study. Adverse childhood experiences, such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, parents going […]

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After Over 5 Years, Nisanit Expellees Get a Home

The first family expelled from Nisanit, in Gush Katif, has moved into their new home in the Galilee. Another 24 families from Nisanit and Dugit are still waiting. The 25 families were forced out of their homes during the 2005 “Disengagement.” They chose to move together to Bustan HaGalil, north of Akko, in order to […]

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Obama salutes spirit of compromise, signs tax bill

President Barack Obama signs $858 billion tax deal into law in a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed into law a huge, holiday-season tax bill extending cuts for all Americans on Friday, […]

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$7.2B is recovered for Madoff’s victims

In this Nov. 26, 2005 photo, Barbara and Jeffry Picower attend the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals’ annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon in Palm Beach, Fla. On Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, Barbara Picower agreed to return $7.2 billion that her late husband made through his association with disgraced financier Bernard Madoff. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Daily News, Jeffrey […]

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Bethlehem Mayor’s Christmas Wish: Sanctions on Israel

Bethlehem Mayor Victor Batarseh lashed out at Israel this week at a tree-lighting ceremony in honor of the Christmas holiday. He accused Israel of cutting Bethlehem off from “its twin city Jerusalem” and called for international sanctions. “Trade sanctions, sports sanctions, educational sanctions, cultural sanctions. Sanctions are the only way,” he said. Batarseh added that […]

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Stocks waver day after hitting 2-year highs

SymbolPriceChangeBA64.88+0.48MCO26.53-0.27MI6.83+1.03ORCL31.89+1.62{“s” : “ba,mco,mi,orcl”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} NEW YORK (AP) — Stock wavered in a tight range Friday, a day after major indexes hit two-year highs. Bonds yields fell slightly at the end of the last full trading week of the year. In a sign the economy is improving, the Conference Board said […]

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Regulators close banks in Ga., Fla., Ark., Minn.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators have shut down three small banks in Georgia and one in Florida, bringing the number of U.S. banks that have failed this year to 155 amid mounting soured loans and economic distress. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over the three Georgia banks: Appalachian Community Bank of McCaysville, with $68.2 million […]

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Bill preventing big tax hikes heads to Obama

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., heads into a Democratic Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. is at left, Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-N.C. is at center. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg) WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive bipartisan tax package preventing a big New Year’s Day tax hike for millions […]

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Will the Dow hit a record high in 2011?

NEW YORK (AP) — Could the Dow set a record high next year? That question would have seemed crazy early last year when fear and panic enveloped the stock market and the Dow Jones industrial average plunged to 6,547 on March 9. Many investors thought it would take a decade or longer to get back […]

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Madoff trustee gets ‘game changing’ $7B settlement

FILE – In this March 10, 2009 file photo, Bernard Madoff exits Manhattan federal court in New York. The trustee recovering money for Bernard Madoff’s burned investors has reached a settlement with the estate of a Florida philanthropist and businessman who made billions of dollars off the fraud. Court-appointed trustee Irving Picard planned an announcement […]

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