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Feb 01,2008
LOS ANGELES - Homeowners around the United States are finding that falling real estate prices mean they can no longer access lines of credit because the equity has vanished.Countrywide Financial Corp. notified 122,000 customers last week that they can no longer borrow because the debt on their homes exceeds the value, the Los Angeles Times reported. Lenders have also increased the amount of equity borrowers must maintain in their homes, the newspaper said. Chase Home ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
ROME - A new study says more young adults in Italy live at home with their parents because of low salaries for entry level jobs.Researchers with the Italian economic think tank ISAE said the rate of young adults living with their parents has increased from 68.4 percent in 1991 to 74.1 percent in 2004, ANSA said Thursday.The news service said Economy Minister Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa sparked controversy last fall when he referred to the young adult ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
Company Urges Lawmakers to Protect Americans’ Privacy BELLEVUE, Wash. – Nearly four years ago, Verizon Wireless said that a wireless directory would be a “dumb idea.”  Now, as another company leaks its plans to sell the cell phone numbers of private citizens, Verizon Wireless this week called on that company to halt the mining and sale of these numbers. “Stop it.  This is a violation of Americans’ privacy.  People expect their cell phone numbers to ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
RALEIGH, N.C. - A dry winter suggests a bad spring and summer lie ahead for central North Carolina, U.S. weather officials said.The U.S. Drought Monitor listed 70 of the state's 100 counties as being in exceptional drought this week, the Raleigh News & Sentinel reported. That is the most severe category.Normally, the winter is the wet season, when reservoirs recharge, but precipitation in January was one-quarter of the normal level. Jeff Orrock, warning coordination meteorologist ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
Years ago, facing legal and political pressure for marketing cancer sticks to youth, R.J. Reynolds put out to pasture its infamous Joe Camel mascot. Today's "Scratch-it for Schools" campaign by the Oregon State Lottery may not sport a character with a hump, but its cynicism brings back memories of old Joe. Last November, the Oregon Lottery, with help from the Oregon Department of Education, invited K-12 public schools to gamble on Scratch-it for Schools. This ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Researchers in Denmark tracked a genetic mutation showing that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. Hans Eiberg of the University of Copenhagen and his team examined mitochondrial DNA and compared the eye color of blue-eyed individuals in countries as diverse as Jordan, Denmark and Turkey."Originally, we all had brown eyes," Eiberg said in a statement. "But a genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
REDMOND, Ore. - Redmond School District is hosting two forums focusing on strengthening community connections and discussing the Facilities Task Force suggested options for a potential May 2008 bond measure. Forums will be held Friday, February 1, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Elton Gregory Middle School and Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Redmond High School.  Informational booths regarding district/school initiatives and programs will be available between 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m. During the meetings, community and ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
LOS ANGELES - The two remaining Democratic presidential hopefuls focused more on attacking Republicans than each other in a debate Thursday in Los Angeles, CNN reported.The debate was the last before the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday primaries, which could make one of the two rivals the presumptive candidate.Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois also mentioned John Edwards a number of times, CNN said. Edwards, a former senator from North ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed officers arrested a man claiming to be a free-lance reporter outside of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's home.The high-profile couple has been even more closely watched since rumors began swirling that Jolie is pregnant for the second time.LAPD officer Karen Smith told E! Online the alleged trespasser was arrested outside the family's Hollywood Hills home Wednesday afternoon after a housekeeper noticed a strange car blocking ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
ANCHORAGE, Ala. - A wounded Iraq war veteran is asking for help finding his snowmobile, stolen two weeks before Alaska's Tesoro Iron Dog snow machine race.Charlie Potter, who nearly lost his arm in Iraq, hopes to ride 2,000 miles in the world's longest, toughest snow machine race as part of Team Wounded Warrior to show other wounded vets that their lives can return to normal after injury, the Anchorage Daily News said Thursday.The sled and ... [full story]
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