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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Austria: Judge Rules That Yodeling Offends Muslims

It seems as though in Austria, the popular yodel is an insult to Muslims. An Austrian court has recently fined a citizen for yodeling while mowing his lawn, according to a report in The Kronen Zeitung newspaper. The citizen, 63-year-old Helmut G., was told by the court that his yodeling offended his next-door Muslim neighbors, […]

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Competitors squeeze TV sales out of Best Buy

FILE – In this Nov. 26, 2010 file photo, Claire Niea ponders which television to buy at Best Buy, which opened at 5:00 a.m. in Atlanta. Electronics retailer Best Buy Co. said Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, its third-quarter net income fell more than expected as it lost share to competitors in categories such as TVs […]

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Rioters clash with police in Athens during rally

Planes are grounded during a 24-hour strike at the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos in Spata, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. A new general strike hit Greece Wednesday, grounding flights and disrupting hospital and transport services as unions protest freshly approved labor reforms amid painful austerity and rising unemployment. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) ATHENS, Greece (AP) — […]

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Chemo During Pregnancy OK

Chemo During Pregnancy OK Dec. 13, 2010 (San Antonio) — Pregnant women who have breast cancer shouldn’t delay chemotherapy or schedule an early delivery to avoid exposing the baby to the drugs, doctors say. A review of the records of 313 pregnant women with breast cancer showed that nearly twice as many women who didn’t […]

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EU Affirms Readiness to Recognize a Palestinian State

On Monday, the European Union reaffirmed its readiness to recognize a Palestinian state at an “appropriate” time. However, it stopped short of an outright recognition. There has been pressure on the European Union to recognize a Palestinian state, particularly after the latest talks between the U.S. and Israel on a new construction freeze of Jewish […]

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