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Archive for April, 2013

Average Pay For Class Of 2013: $44,928

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The class of 2013 is starting their careers with a modest pay hike, an average starting wage 5.3 percent higher than 2012 U.S. graduates, a survey said. The average salary for graduates this year is $44,928, the National Association of Colleges and Employers said. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday engineers will […]

U.S. To Pay Down Debt — First Time Since 2007

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Washington plans to pay down part of the national debt for the first time since before the global economic crisis, the Treasury Department said. The government’s ability to pay back $35 billion from April through June, by retiring bonds, notes and bills, comes from increased tax revenues and greater spending cuts, which […]

U.S. Home Prices Show Sustained Growth

NEW YORK (UPI) — U.S. home prices in February posted their highest annual gains since May 2006 in two closely watched indexes, a private report said Tuesday. On an annual basis, the 20-city Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller composite index showed a gain of 9.3 percent in February. The comparable 10-city index showed an annual gain of […]

Consumers A Bit More Confident In April

NEW YORK (UPI) — U.S. consumer confidence rose unexpectedly in April after falling in March, the Conference Board said Tuesday. Economists had forecast the index would fall from 61.9 to 60. Instead, it rose to 68.1, the Conference Board said. The index has been trending lower. April’s gain was only the second time in the […]

Retail Up Modestly In Week

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. retail receipts rose modestly in the week ending Saturday, climbing 0.4 percent from the previous week, a U.S. trade group said. The International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs weekly sales report said sales receipts for the week topped the same week of 2012 by 2.6 percent. The trade group said the […]

Bubba Echoes Biden

Former President Bill Clinton discussed how politicians should go about passing more gun-control legislation, his sadness that his assault weapons ban has expired and where public opinion splits on gun control during a recent event at Georgetown University. Clinton said that politicians should measure the intensity of the opposition when introducing gun-control legislation, intensity that […]

Forced Exercise Reduces Anxiety, Depression

BOULDER, Colo. (UPI) — Rats forced to exercise in a study were protected against stress and anxiety the same as rats who ran without being forced, U.S. researchers say. Benjamin Greenwood, an assistant research professor in University of Colorado at Boulder, said there was a question whether people reap the same mental benefits of exercise […]

Regular Exercise Reduces The Risk Of Liver Cancer

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (UPI) — Swiss researchers say patients at risk from hepatocellular carcinoma — the most common form of liver cancer — may reduce their risk by regular exercise. Jean-Francois Dufour of Inselspital, the Bern University Hospital, said two groups of mice were fed a control diet and a high-fat diet. The mice were divided […]

Study: Belief In God Positively Influences Psychiatric Treatment

BOSTON (UPI) — Patients’ belief in a deity may have a significant positive effect on the outcome in short-term treatment for psychiatric illness, U.S. researchers say. The study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, suggested people with a moderate to high level of belief in a higher power do significantly better in short-term psychiatric […]

Sleep-Deprived Men Have Lower Sperm Count, Smaller Testicles

ODENSE, Denmark (UPI) — Men who consistently lacked sleep had a higher risk of deformed and lower sperm counts than men who were well rested, researchers in Denmark say. Tina Kold Jensen of the University of Southern Denmark and colleagues said they found the sleep-deprived men also had a higher risk of lower testosterone levels […]

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