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Archive for January, 2012

European Job Data Shows Lack Of Recovery

BRUSSELS, Jan. 31 (UPI) — The unemployment rate in the eurozone was unchanged in December compared to November, holding at 10.4 percent, the European Union’s data office said Tuesday. The rate is a modest tick higher than the 10 percent rate of December 2010 but shows a clear lack of an economic recovery. The gross […]

Judge: BP must indemnify Halliburton

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 31 (UPI) — A federal judge in New Orleans ruled Tuesday BP must cover some damage claims against Halliburton in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said, “BP is required to indemnify…

Home Prices Continue To Fall

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) — U.S. home prices declined in both 10-city and 20-city composite indexes in November, the closely watched S&P/Case-Shiller home index report said. Considered a base line economic indicator showing consumers are confident enough to invest in a home, prices are will well off the April 2006 peak, the report shows. […]

Retail Sales Up A Touch

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — U.S. sales receipts at chain stores rose slightly in the week ending Saturday, the International Council of Shopping Centers said Tuesday. Sales rose 0.1 percent in the week, but came in 3.9 percent higher than the same week of 2011, the trade group said. Consumer trends shifted “towards staples and […]

Consumer Confidence Slides

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Consumer confidence in the United States retreated in January after two months of gains, the Conference Board said Tuesday. The index hit a two-year low in August, then posted gains in September, November and December, sliding a touch in October. In January, the index dropped from 64.8 to 61.1, […]

Doctor questions Hinckley’s relationships

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — A psychiatrist says John Hinckley, the man who shot U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has poor judgement in the relationships he develops with women.

Dr. Robert Phillips, testifying at a hearing to determine if Hinckl…

Nurturing Moms = More Adaptive Children

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 30 (UPI) — The part of the brain that is key to learning and memory is larger among children whose mothers who spend a lot of time nurturing them, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Joan L. Luby, professor of child psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues said […]

Black Tea May Help Lower Blood Pressure

PERTH, Australia, Jan. 30 (UPI) — Three cups of black tea a day might help reduce blood pressure, researchers in Australia suggest. Lead author Professor Jonathan Hodgson of The University of Western Australia School of Medicine and Pharmacology said reducing high blood pressure could in turn reduce people’s risk of heart disease. “There is already […]

Doctor: Don’t Forget Coat In Winter

DALLAS, Jan. 31 (UPI) — An emergency room physician in Dallas warns people never to leave the house in winter without proper clothing even if spending only a few minutes outdoors. Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said those going from the garage at […]

Music Training May Help Deter Hearing Loss

EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 31 (UPI) — The brain can be trained to overcome, in part, some age-related hearing loss in those with musical training, U.S. researchers suggest. Neuroscientist Nina Kraus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., said age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training. Researchers […]

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