Ahead of the Bell: Jobless claims

SymbolPriceChangeYHOO16.450.00{“s” : “yhoo”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} Applications for unemployment benefits likely didn’t change much last week, as hiring remains slow even as the economy shows signs of picking up. Weekly jobless claims are forecast to tick down by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 420,000, according to a survey of economists by Thomson […]

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FDA Reconsidering Safety of Dental Amalgams

FDA Reconsidering Safety of Mercury Dental Fillings Dec. 14, 2010 — An FDA panel met today to begin hearing testimony regarding the agency’s position that dental fillings that contain mercury pose no danger to the public. In 2009, the FDA declared the fillings, known as dental amalgams, safe. However, they have since received several petitions […]

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Israeli Arabs: No Compromise on ‘Right of Return’

A poll of 600 Arab citizens of Israel has found that most believe that the millions of descendants of Arabs who fled Israel during the 1948 War of Independence must be allowed to “return” to Israel. A full 57% said that the “right of return” is “important and cannot be compromised in any way,” while […]

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Stocks fall as euro worries overshadow US growth

In this Dec. 14, 2010 photo, trader Glenn Kessler works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo) SymbolPriceChangeAA13.96-0.24MCO26.94-0.39R49.28+2.24{“s” : “aa,mco,r”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} NEW YORK (AP) — Early gains in the stock market evaporated Wednesday after worries about Europe’s debt crisis overshadowed signs of growth in the U.S. […]

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Halfway home: Senate sends tax-rate bill to House

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks with reporters near the floor of the Senate during the votes on tax cuts legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010.(AP Photo) WASHINGTON (AP) — In a reach across party lines, the Senate overwhelmingly passed sweeping legislation Wednesday to prevent a Jan. 1 income tax increase for […]

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Number of homes taken back by lenders tumbles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of U.S. homes taken back by lenders dropped to the lowest level in 18 months in November, the result of foreclosure freezes enacted by several banks following allegations that evictions were handled improperly. Home repossessions dropped 28 percent from October and 12 percent from November last year, foreclosure listing […]

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Lack of Sleep Hurts Your Looks

Lack of Sleep Hurts Your Looks Dec. 14, 2010 — Get enough sleep tonight and you’ll look better tomorrow — and healthier and more bright-eyed to boot. This finding from a small Swedish study suggests that there’s now hard science to support the long-held belief that sufficient rest produces “beauty sleep.” Up to now, “the […]

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Stocks edge up on signs of manufacturing growth

In this Dec. 14, 2010 photo, trader Glenn Kessler works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo) SymbolPriceChangeACL165.20+2.77CAT93.82+1.73MCO27.30-0.03NVS58.62+2.79R49.73+2.69{“s” : “acl,cat,mco,nvs,r”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} NEW YORK (AP) — Signs that the U.S. manufacturing industry is growing and inflation remains under control helped lift stock indexes Wednesday. The Federal Reserve […]

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Get a 500GB portable hard drive for $50

Notable for its compact design and adorable robot mascot, the WD My Passport Essential offers half a terabyte of storage for 50 bucks. (Credit: Amazon) As regular readers know, I’m always on the lookout for supercheap hard drives. But most of the time I focus on desktop drives (mostly external, occasionally internal), because that’s typically […]

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New Research May Lead to Treatment for Jet Lag

A novel modulator of cellular circadian rhythms has been discovered by a multi-site research team led by Dr.Tsuyoshi Hirota in the University of California at San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences. The findings were published this week in the journal PloS Biology and may have implications for future treatment of jet lag. The joint study […]

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Ahead of the Bell: Consumer prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers likely didn’t see much of an increase in prices in November, outside a probable rise in food costs. Economists project that the Consumer Price Index rose 0.2 percent last month, matching the October increase. Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core consumer prices increased 0.1 percent, economists forecast. That would […]

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Holiday road trips will cost more at the pump

It looks like more Americans will be on the road this holiday season than last year, and they can count on paying more for gas. The national average for unleaded regular gasoline rose to $2.984 a gallon on Wednesday, according to a survey by AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service. That’s about […]

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