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Archive for January, 2013

First-Time Jobless Claims Rise By 38,000

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Labor Department said first-time jobless benefits claims rose by 38,000 in the week that ended Saturday. Initial claims for unemployment benefits had dipped to pre-recession levels in the previous two weeks with a decline of 42,000. The latest week erased most of that gain. The department said Thursday that the […]

Job Cuts Relatively Stable In January

CHICAGO (UPI) — U.S. layoff announcements were relatively muted in January, a private outplacement firm said Thursday. The job cuts total was 24 percent higher than December 2012, but 24 percent lower than January 2012, the firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said. There were 32,556 announced job cuts in December and 40,430 in January. December’s […]

Spending Growth Slowed In December

WASHINGTON (UPI) –  U.S. consumer spending rose marginally in December — half the pace of November’s gain — the Commerce Department said Thursday. Consumers spent $22.6 billion more than they did in November, as spending rose 0.2 percent after rising 0.4 percent in November. But the gain was outpaced by a 2.6 percent rise in […]

Mortgage Rates Climb In Week

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose in the week that ended Thursday, with the incline defining a new trend,  the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said. In the week, 30-year interest rates hit a high unseen since September. Coming off of a historic low reached Nov. 21. However, rates are perceptibly starting “to […]

City Considers Rat Bounty

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich., (UPI) –  Officials in a Michigan city said they are considering a $5-per-rat bounty to help combat the local rodent problem. St. Clair Shores Acting City Manager Mike Smith said the bounty proposal is among the measures being considered by the city, which is also mulling more secure trash cans and […]

Monkeys Pick 49ers To Win Super Bowl

GALVESTON, Texas, (UPI) –  A Texas educational complex said its monkeys used iPads to predict the San Francisco 49ers will come out ahead of the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl. Moody Gardens Galveston Island said two saki monkeys were given an iPad and each tapped a different team’s logo to predict the outcome of […]

Ohio Senate Sign Misspells ‘Education’

COLUMBUS, Ohio, (UPI) –  A sign commissioned by the Ohio state Senate for the Statehouse misspells the word “education” as “educateion.” Officials said the company hired to make the sign — which was meant to read “Finance-Education Subcommittee” — misspelled the word “education” as “educateion,” website StateImpact Ohio reported Wednesday. The mistake was noticed before […]

Dog Lights Stove Top Fire

SOUTH ELGIN, Ill.,  (UPI) –  Firefighters in Illinois said a dog turned on an oven burner and caused $100,000 worth of damage to a home. South Elgin Fire Department Lt. Todd Erickson said they extinguished the flames Monday and discovered the fire originated from a stove burner that had been turned on, WBBM-TV, Chicago, reported […]

Mayor Tries To Get Quadricycles Off Street

LAKEWOOD, Ohio, (UPI) –  The mayor of an Ohio city said he is trying to close a legal loophole allowing Rhodes Cars — commonly called quadricycles — on city streets. Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers said he has been speaking with Ryan Nowlin, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, about closing a city code loophole that […]

Senator: Health Exchange Like Holocaust

BOISE, Idaho, (UPI) –  An Idaho state senator, in an email and on her Twitter page, compared the health insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act to the Holocaust. State Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, a Republican, said the federal government was taking advantage of private insurers and would “pull the trigger” on them in the […]

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