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Archive for April, 2013

Sugary Drinks May Increase Risk Of Diabetes

LONDON (UPI) — One sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22 percent, researchers in Britain say. Dr. Dora Romaguera of Imperial College London and researchers from the InterAct consortium analyzed the consumption of juices, sugar-sweetened soft drinks and artificially sweetened soft drinks collected in the […]

Gen X Not The Slackers Expected, They’re Burdened Like Their Parents

NEW YORK (UPI) — The MTV Generation, often derided as “slackers,” are affluent, stable and saddled with jobs, mortgages and families as their parents, a U.S. survey found. A study from the MetLife Mature Market Institute reported 70 percent of Gen Xers — born between 1965 and 1976 — live with a spouse or partner. […]

About Half Of U.S. Obese Children Deficient In Vitamin D

DALLAS (UPI) — Nearly half of U.S. children who are obese do not have sufficient levels of vitamin D, a U.S. pediatrician says. Dr. Christy Turer of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, a pediatrician at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, said risk of vitamin D deficiency was even higher for severely obese and minority […]

Survey: Gender Gap Wider In Top-Paying Jobs

CHICAGO (UPI) — The balance of genders among top professions leans heavily toward men but women are making strides forward, U.S. employment firm CareerBuilder said. “While employers have made strides in equalizing compensation for both genders, historical gaps are still present in some organizations today,” Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder said […]

Jobless Claims Down Sharply

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Labor Department said first-time jobless benefits claims dropped by 16,000 to 339,000 in the week that ended last Saturday. The department revised last week’s estimate from 352,000 to 355,000. The four-week rolling average for the week fell by 4,500 to 357,500. The largest increases in initial claims for the week […]

Mortgage Rates At Or Close To Record Lows

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. mortgage rates hit record lows or close to them in the latest week, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said Thursday. Rates slid for the fourth consecutive week with five-year adjustable rate mortgages and 15-year fixed rate loans both hitting record lows, Freddie Mac said. Average interest rates for five-year ARM […]

Another Sick Jab At Small Government Advocates At The Expense Of Dead Texas Plant Workers

The Sacramento Bee cartoonist Jack Ohman has taken the opportunity to vilify Governor Rick Perry by marginalizing the tragic deaths of Texans killed in the West fertilizer plant explosion.

U.S. Economy Expanded 2.5 Percent In First Quarter

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. gross domestic product expanded in the first quarter but less than expected, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Friday. The economy grew 2.5 percent January through March, shy of the 3 percent gain economists had predicted but a sizable jump from the 0.4 percent gain of the fourth quarter of […]

Canadians To Obama: Put Up Or Shut Up On Keystone

Canadian officials are urging President Barack Obama to move to end delays holding up the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. Canadian natural resource minister Joe Oliver said the President risks damaging relations between the two countries in not doing so. As the Environmental Protection Agency continues to keep the State Department from approving the project, […]

Sex Offender Caught Showering In Stranger’s Home

HIGHLAND, Calif., (UPI) –  Police in California said they arrested a sex offender parolee who removed his ankle GPS tracker and was found taking a shower in a stranger’s home. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Gary Bakken, 52, who was on parole for failing to register as a sex offender, removed his GPS […]

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