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U.S. Probe Questions S&P Ratings

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Washington is probing whether Standard & Poor’s improperly issued mortgage securities credit ratings to benefit itself, people involved in the probe said. The investigation began before S&P, part of the McGraw-Hill Cos., downgraded the long-term U.S. debt rating this month, The New York Times reported Thursday. The inquiry is likely […]

One-Month Inflation Vacation Is Over

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) –  The Consumer Price Index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent in July while the core rate rose 0.2 percent, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. The index has risen 3.6 percent in the last 12 months before the seasonal adjustment, the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a release. […]

Leading Indicators Show Weak Growth

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) –  The U.S. index of leading economic indicators rose 0.5 percent in July after rising 0.3 percent in June, the Conference Board said Thursday. The Leading Economic Index in July rose to 115.8 with gains in the money supply and in lower interest rates. That was it, however, for gains. […]

Existing Home Sales Up From A Year Ago

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped from June to July but rose sharply from June 2010, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. Sales of single-family homes, including co-ops, condominiums and townhouses, fell 3.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.67 million homes. Sales, however, were 21 percent […]

Allowing Cats To Hide May Help Relax Them

BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Allowing cats to hide may play an important role in having them relax, a University of Queensland researcher suggests. Honors student Mark Owens’ project focuses on the behavior and welfare of domestic cats in shelters. Working in the Centre of Animal Welfare and Ethics, Owens studied 37 cats over […]

Study: Nice Guys Make Lower Salaries

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Nice guys may or may not finish last, as the saying goes, but they make less money than their less agreeable counterparts, U.S. and Canadian researchers found. Study authors Beth A. Livingston of Cornell University in New York, Timothy A. Judge of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana […]

Breastfeeding May Drop Breast Cancer Risk

BOSTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Giving birth to two or more children is linked to estrogen and progesterone receptor negative cancers in women who didn’t breastfeed, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Julie Palmer, a senior epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center and a professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, said the […]

Addiction Redefined As Brain Disorder

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A U.S. group of doctors redefined addiction as a chronic brain disorder and not just a behavioral problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex. Dr. Michael Miller, past president of American Society of Addiction Medicine, who oversaw development of the new definition, says this is the first time […]

Competitive Scrabble May Make You Smarter

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Competitive Scrabble players develop visual word recognition ability in adulthood — beyond what Canadian researchers say they thought was achievable. Penny Pexman, a professor of psychology at the University of Calgary, and colleagues say in their study Scrabble players were able to recognize English words — compared with nonsense […]

Dog Transports Keys For Golf Course

CHARLESTON, Maine, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Officials at a Maine golf course said they are employing their 6-year-old golden retriever to bring golf cart keys back to the clubhouse. The owners of the White Tail Golf Course in Charleston said Kaleigh’s job started as a joke when a golfer handed the keys to the dog […]

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