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Archive for May, 2012

Jury Finds Edwards Not Guilty On One Count

GREENSBORO, N.C. (UPI) —  Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards was found not guilty Thursday on one of six counts in his federal campaign finance trial. The judge declared a mistrial on the other five, The New York Times reported Thursday. Edwards was found not guilty on the third count, involving a $200,000 check heiress Rachel […]

Private Sector Adds 133,000 Jobs In May

ROSELAND, N.J. (UPI) — Payroll firm Automatic Data Processing Inc. said the U.S. economy added 133,000 private sector jobs in May, which fell short of expectations. Economists had forecast an additional 148,000 jobs would be created in the month. On top of falling short of predictions, the payroll firm revised its estimate for April from […]

Commerce Drops GDP Estimate To 1.9 Percent

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. gross domestic product rose by 1.9 percent on an annual basis in the first three months of 2012, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The figure is a significant drop from the advanced estimate released a month ago that said the GDP rose 2.2 percent in the first quarter. The new […]

Jobless Claims Up By 10,000 In Week

WASHINGTON (UPI) — First-time jobless claims rose by 10,000 in the week ended Saturday, the U.S. Labor Department said. Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose to 383,000, climbing above the previous week’s revised estimate of 373,000. The four-week rolling average, which gives a steadier indication of the direction of jobless claims rose by 3,750 to […]

Long-Term Mortgage Rates At Record Lows

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Average mortgage rates for 30-year, fixed-rate loans fell to record lows for the fifth consecutive week, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said Thursday. Average rates for 30-year contracts dropped from 3.78 percent to 3.75 percent with 0.8 points, a record low. Thirty-year mortgage rates averaged 4.55 percent the same week of […]

Layoff Announcements Jumped In May

CHICAGO (UPI) — U.S. employers announced a reduction of 61,887 jobs in May, the most since September, a private research group said. Total job cuts announced for the month were up 53 percent from the previous month’s total of 40,559 announced job cuts, outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas said Thursday. The month’s total is […]

Homes Can Be Protected From Tornadoes

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A high-wind safe room can protect families from the most intense tornadoes, a U.S. building trade group says. The International Code Council Foundation says its Building Safety Month provides guidance to the public about high-wind events such as tornadoes and hurricanes. “The International Code Council/National Storm Shelter Association Standard for the Design […]

Strong Families Often Make Dinner At Home

ITHACA, N.Y. (UPI) — U.S. studies show teens who have dinner with their families have fewer depressive symptoms and substance use, but some researchers challenge those conclusions. Lead author Kelly Musick of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., said the family meal is often touted and encouraged for its social and health benefits for children, but […]

Brain Injury Can Hurt Medical Decisions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UPI) — People who suffer a traumatic brain injury might not be thinking straight but still might have to make crucial medical decisions, a U.S. researcher said. Daniel Marson of the University of Alabama at Birmingham tested 86 traumatic brain injury patients’ ability to understand medical options, decide on treatments and appreciate consequences […]

High Levels Of Naphthalene Can Hurt Genes

NEW YORK (UPI) — Children exposed to high levels of naphthalene — moth balls, cigarettes, exhaust — are at increased risk for chromosomal aberrations, U.S. researchers say. First author Dr. Manuela A. Orjuela — assistant professor of clinical environmental health sciences and pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, and a pediatric oncologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan […]

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