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Archive for April, 2012

U.S. Teens Lead In Deaths, Pot And Obesity

NEW YORK (UPI) — U.S. teens smoke the most marijuana in the world, have the highest mortality in the world and have high binge drinking rates, a worldwide study found. A study published in The Lancet examined challenges and problems faced by 1.8 billion young people in the world — including 40 countries overall and […]

GM Cries Poor On CEO Pay

DETROIT (UPI) — General Motors, 32 percent owned by U.S. taxpayers, has implored the government to allow it to raise pay levels for top-level executives. “Appropriately recognizing and rewarding these key contributors and competing with other large, multinational employers to attract and retain fresh talent with critical skill sets is extremely difficult,” GM said in […]

Goldman Sachs In Insider Info Probe

NEW YORK (UPI) — U.S. investigators are looking into whether a Goldman Sachs Group executive tipped Galleon Group on pending deals, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Citing people it said were familiar with the matter, the newspaper said federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into whether Matthew Korenberg provided advance […]

U.S. Firms Doing Much Hiring — Overseas

NEW YORK (UPI) — U.S. corporations, reluctant to add workers in the United States, are doing the bulk of their hiring overseas, statistics show. A study of 35 U.S. multinational firms showed that 75 percent of their hiring in the past 24 months has been in other countries. Between 2009 and 2011, 60 percent of […]

Report: Lehman Execs Had Huge Pay Deals

NEW YORK (UPI) — The largest bankruptcy in U.S. history was preceded by the handing out of what could be unprecedentedly high paychecks, court documents show. The collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, which became a symbol of the financial failings of the era, was preceded by paychecks totaling $700 million to just 50 of […]

GDP Up 2.2 Percent January Through March

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. gross domestic product rose by about 2.2 percent on an annual basis in the first three months of 2012, the Commerce Department said Friday. The figure is considered and advanced estimate, with numbers that will firm up in the next two months as more data become available. The advanced figure […]

Study: Brain Waves Changed By Game Playing

TORONTO (UPI) — Playing an action videogame, even for just a short time, causes differences in brain activity and improvements in visual attention, Canadian researchers say. Twenty-five subjects who had not previously played videogames, taking part in research at the University of Toronto, played a game for a total of 10 hours in 1- to […]

‘Cannibal’ Shrimp In U.S. Waters A Worry

WASHINGTON (UPI) — An invasion of giant “cannibal” shrimp into America’s east coast and gulf coast waters appears to be getting worse, U.S. governmental researchers say. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday sightings of massive Asian tiger shrimp, which can eat their smaller shrimp counterparts, were […]

Pigeons Have A ‘Compass’ In Their Brains

WACO, Texas (UPI) — Pigeons navigate by recording information about Earth’s magnetic field, using certain brain cells as a sort of biological compass, U.S. scientists say. The finding gives insight into how many birds can migrate thousands of miles, flying day and night, even when the sun or stars are obscured by clouds, the researchers […]

EIA: $6 More To Drive For Vacation

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Prices at the gasoline pump could reach record levels during the summer, suppressing consumer demand, the U.S. Energy Department said. The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration expects gasoline consumption to reach an average of 8.8 million barrels per day by summer, the lowest level since 2001. Prices at the pump, meanwhile, […]

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