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Archive for July, 2012

Markey Seeks To Block CNOOC Deal

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., has asked the Treasury Department to block a merger that would give royalty-free U.S. oil to China. In a letter to the department sent Monday, Markey said the merger between Chinese oil company CNOOC Ltd. and Canadian firm Nexen Inc., should be blocked “until, at a minimum, parties […]

Not Everyone Gets Obamacare Rebates

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Don’t hold your breath waiting for a rebate from a U.S. insurance company, a law professor advised. The new healthcare act requires insurance companies with high administrative costs — those deemed not paying out enough in insurance benefits — return money in one of a variety of forms to their customers. Some […]

Children Exercise If Parents Do

DENVER (UPI) — Parents worried their children don’t get enough exercise should increase their physical activity and their kids will follow, U.S. researchers advise. Kristen Holm, assistant professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health, and colleagues found when parents increase their daily activity — measured by a pedometer — their children increase theirs as well. […]

Romance Is Over When Photos Are Stashed

LONDON (UPI) — The point at which people put an ex-partner’s photo away after a split is usually when they are emotionally ready to move on, a British psychologist says. “It’s not surprising that nearly half of us keep some kind of visual memento of past partners — this goes for partners who were divorced […]

Smiling During Stress May Help The Heart

LAWRENCE, Kan. (UPI) — People who smile even though they don’t feel like it had lower heart beat levels, U.S. researcher suggest. Psychological scientists Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman of the University of Kansas conducted a series of experiments involving 169 participants from a Midwestern university. The study involved two phases — training and testing. […]

Study: Tanning Bed Sunburn Frequent

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (UPI) — College-age women who use tanning beds reported frequent sunburn, increasing their risk of cancer, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at the Center of Excellence at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, East Tennessee State University, Pennsylvania State University and Northwestern University, said the study […]

NYC Pushes Breastfeeding Over Formula

NEW YORK (UPI) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest initiative promotes breastfeeding over infant formula, officials said. While new mothers who favor bottle feeding will still be able to do so, beginning Sept. 3 nurses in New York City will have to sign out the baby formula in hospitals participating in the initiative, the […]

Deal Reached To Avert U.S. Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A tentative deal to avoid a federal government shutdown was reached Tuesday, removing the funding as an election issue, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. The Nevada Democrat said he, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Democratic President Barack Obama had agreed on a measure that will keep federal agencies going until […]

White House Steps Up Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The White House Tuesday announced steps to strengthen sanctions on Iran for failing to meet its international obligations. “First, I have approved a new Executive Order that imposes new sanctions against the Iranian energy and petrochemical sectors,” U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement. “This action is designed to deter Iran […]

Woman Had 200 Cats In Her Home

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (UPI) — A North Carolina woman was arrested on animal cruelty charges after 200 cats were found in her home, and the search is on to find new owners for the animals. The Mooresville, N.C., home of Angie Funderburk, 47, was visited Friday by Iredell County, N.C. Animal Control, which found the 900 […]

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