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Baby Lamb Named Irene Hope After Storm

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Workers at New York’s Central Park Zoo said they named a baby lamb born during Hurricane Irene preparations Irene Hope. Susan Cardillo, assistant curator of the zoo, said zookeepers showed up early Saturday to prepare the facility for the coming storm and discovered the 8-pound newborn lamb next to […]

Twin Impostor Won’t Get Hockey Shot Cash

FARIBAULT, Minn., Sept. 1 (UPI) — A Minnesota 11-year-old who made a $50,000-winning hockey shot while posing as his twin brother will not receive the money, the event’s insurance company said. Odds on Promotions said it spent three weeks considering whether Nate Smith, 11, would receive the money for making the shot Aug. 11 at […]

Initial Jobless Claims Fall

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — First-time jobless claims filed for the week ending Aug. 27 was 409,000, down 12,000 from the previous week, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. The previous week’s first-time claims number of was revised upward to 421,000 from 417,000 originally reported. Thursday’s report indicated the number of continuing unemployment benefit claims […]

U.S. Manufacturing Index Expands In August

TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 1 (UPI) — U.S. manufacturing grew in August for the 25th consecutive month and the overall economy grew for the 27th straight month, supply executives said Thursday. The latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business registered 50.6 percent, a 0.3 percent dip from July, but still an overall expansion in the manufacturing sector, […]

Banks, N.Y. Reach Deal On Loan Robo-Signings

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Three banks and New York regulators reached a deal in which the banks agreed to rectify sloppy practices used in signing foreclosure documents. Under the agreements, the three banks — Goldman Sachs Group, its Litton Loan Servicing business and Ocwen Financial Corp. — agreed to stop “robo-signing,” the practice […]

50 Banks Get Small Business Loan Funding

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The U.S. Treasury Department announced 50 more banks received $767 million from the Small Business Lending Fund to increase loans to small businesses. The latest additions raise to 130 the number of banks that received a total of $1.8 billion in loans, the department said in a news release. The […]

Amazon Offers California Jobs, Centers

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Internet retailer Amazon.com offered to build distribution centers and hire 1,000 workers if California drops, even temporarily, its sales tax collection law. The proposal was made in the form of draft legislation offered during a meeting between Amazon lobbyists and representatives of companies belonging to the California Retailers Association, the […]

Engaged Dads Boost IQ, Behavior In Kids

MONTREAL, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Dads engaged in raising their children — not necessarily living with them — can help make offspring smarter and better behaved, Canadian researchers say. Erin Pougnet, a doctoral candidate at Concordia University in Montreal and a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development, says the study involved 138 […]

Military Family Reunions Can Be Rocky

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Aug. 31 (UPI) — Deployed U.S. troops often want nothing more than to be back home but a reunion period can be more emotionally taxing than deployment, researchers say. Leanne Knobloch of the University of Illinois and co-author Jennifer Theiss of Rutgers University say returning service members are at greater risk of both […]

Parents Should Know Signs Of Concussion

DALLAS, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Parents should take time to review the latest guidelines about concussions before their children head for the practice fields, a U.S. physician says. Dr. Robert Dimeff, director of family sports medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, advises parents to look over the athletic equipment to […]

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