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Children Of Heavy Smokers More Likely To Become Heavy Smokers

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The more a child is exposed to a parent smoking, the more likely the child is to not only smoke but also become a heavy smoker. Lead investigator Darren Mays, an assistant professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said nicotine dependence involves strong cravings to smoke, which results in […]

Sallie Mae Agrees To $139 Million Settlement For Cheating Soldiers

NEWARK, Del. (UPI) — Sallie Mae and their former loan servicing unit, now called Nanvient, agreed to pay $139 million to settle allegations that they charged unfair student loan fees to soldiers. The Department of Justice and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. accused the loan giant of intentionally violating the Service Members Civil Relief Act […]

U.S. Wholesale Prices Rise By Most In More Than A Year

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. wholesale prices rose for the second month in a row, suggesting that pricing pressures are building despite an extended period of low inflation. The producer price index rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent for the month of April, up from 0.5 percent in March, according to the Labor Department. Economists […]

U.S. Retail Sales Stay Flat For April, Despite Warmer Weather

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. retail sales for April fell short of economists’ expectations who expected sales to improve after the inclement weather during the first part of the year. Retails sales grew by a sluggish 0.1 percent over the previous month, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Economists surveyed by the The Wall Street Journal […]

AT&T In Talks To Buy DirecTV For $50 Billion

DALLAS (UPI) — AT&T is in talks to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for a reported $50 billion, expanding the wireless, phone and high-speed broadband provider’s services to satellite TV. The two companies are discussing a deal that would involve a mixture of cash and AT&T stock but that would have DirecTV’s management run the […]

Boehner, White House Agree Shinseki Should Stay On At VA

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The White House has an unusual ally standing against calls for the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki: House Speaker John Boehner. In siding with the Barack Obama Administration’s support of the embattled secretary, Boehner said forcing Shinseki out of his position would do little to fix the problems facing […]

NC Congressional Candidate Keith Crisco Dies Suddenly

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Keith Crisco, who was running in North Carolina against Clay Aiken for Representative Renee Ellmers’ seat, died unexpectedly in his Asheboro home Monday. While few details were immediately available, the Asheboro Courier-Tribune reported Crisco, 71, suffered a fall around 1 p.m. and was declared dead at the scene by emergency responders. Crisco, […]

‘Fake’ Mandela Sign Language Interpreter Pulled Out Of Psych Hospital To Shoot Commercial

TEL AVIV, Israel (UPI) — An Israeli startup got the “phony” sign language interpreter from Nelson Mandela’s memorial service out of a psychiatric hospital so that he could film a commercial for their new marketing campaign. LiveLens hired a Zulu-speaking journalist to visit Thamsanqa Jantjie in the hospital and got him released so that he […]

Political Attack Ad Sung To The Tune Of ‘Let It Go’ Hits Airwaves In Texas

HOUSTON (UPI) — Current Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has released a political attack ad featuring his chief competitor, Dan Patrick, lip-syncing to “Let it Go” from Frozen. Patrick, a Texas State Senator, finished well ahead of Dewhurst in the initial Republican primary election in March and is considered the favorite to win a May […]

Daily Coffee May Help Prevent Blindness From Glaucoma, Aging And Diabetes

ITHACA, N.Y. (UPI) — Daily coffee may help prevent blindness from glaucoma, aging and diabetes because it contains chlorogenic acid, a strong antioxidant. Senior author Chang Y. Lee, a professor of food science at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., said raw coffee is, on average, just 1 percent caffeine, but it contains 7 percent to […]

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