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N.J.’s Gov. Christie Blocks Fracking Ban, Orders Study

TRENTON, N.J., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Legislation that would have permanently banned hydraulic fracturing in New Jersey has been blocked by the governor, an industry association announced Thursday. Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed the legislation and ordered state officials to begin the process of drawing up regulations to ensure that “fracking” is conducted safely. “Without […]

Long-term Mortgage Rates Rise

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Long-term mortgage rates rose during the week ending Thursday, the U.S. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. reported. Interest rates were up after diving sharply in the previous week with turmoil in stock markets sending investors toward government bonds, which put benchmark rates lower. Freddie Mac said the average interest rates […]

One Firm Reshuffles Jobless Claims Number

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — First-time jobless benefit claims rose by 5,000 in the week ending Saturday with the number skewed by a strike at Verizon, the Labor Department said. With 45,000 Verizon Communications workers on strike, the Labor Department said 8,500 of those filed for unemployment benefits during the week, CNNMoney reported. The catch […]

Foreclosures 31 Percent Of U.S. Home Sales

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Foreclosure sales as a percentage of U.S. home sales dropped in the second quarter compared to the first, online marketplace RealtyTrac said Thursday. Homes listed in some stage of foreclosure or fully bank owned made up 31 percent of all residential U.S. home sales, down from 36 percent in […]

Cadillac Escalade Favorite Thieves’ Target

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 25 (UPI) — The Cadillac Escalade leads the list of passenger vehicles targeted by thieves, insurance claims for 2008-2010 vehicles show. The Highway Loss Data Institute says the Escalade is more than six times as likely as the average vehicle to be hit by thieves, the institute says, and the average overall […]

Fed Jackson Hole Address Friday

This time last year brought forth the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it would embark on a second round of quantitative easing (QE2), leading to the subsequent pumping of $600 billion in newly printed greenbacks into the economy. This Friday, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke will again address the public from Jackson Hole, Wyo., to unveil new efforts to repair the economy.

Father-in-law Says Missing Susan Powell Flirted

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Aug. 25 (UPI) — The father-in-law of a missing Utah woman says she made sexual advances to him behind her husband’s back. Steven Powell told ABC News in an interview on “Good Morning America” his relationship with Susan Powell was “a little beyond the pale.” “There was really a disconnect between […]

Marriage, Divorce Rates Higher In South

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Marriage and divorce rates are highest in the U.S. South and lowest in the Northeast, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. The divorce rate for men was 10.2 per 1,000 in the South, 7.2 in the Northeast and 9.2 nationally, the bureau said in a report, “Marital Events of Americans, 2009.” […]

Bush Recalls 9/11 Attacks In Interview

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Former President George W. Bush says he “didn’t have a strategy” and “was living day by day” in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. An extensive interview with Bush was to air Sunday in a National Geographic Channel documentary, “George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview,” ABC News […]

Swedes Search For Pedophile Victims

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Swedish investigators say an accused pedophile may have contacted hundreds of children through the Internet. Police are asking the public for help in identifying potential victims of the 41-year-old man who has been in custody since April, accused of five counts of sexual assault and 13 counts of sexual […]


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