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Mar 02,2007
In recent years, lenders making higher-risk, higher-cost “subprime” home loans have flooded the market with dangerous hybrid mortgages, often approved without considering whether the borrower could afford the loan. Tuesday Freddie Mac took a major step for responsible lending by announcing it will no longer buy common types of subprime mortgages that have been pushing millions of homeowners into foreclosure. The Center for Responsible Lending joins AARP, Consumer Federation of America, Leadership Conference on Civil ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
Oregon prices now 4th highest in US; rising 6-cents per gallon last week As retailers across the nation prepare for the March switch from winter to summer grade fuels, pump prices continue to climb.  In the past week, the national average price for a gallon of regular jumped by almost 11-cents to $2.37—the highest it's been since September 2006.  Oregon's statewide average price rose by about six cents per gallon to $2.519.  Of the state's four ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
On March 13, 2007 at 6 p.m., the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on a Local Rule to require the use of nitrate reducing onsite wastewater treatment systems in south Deschutes County. The hearing will be held at the La Pine High School Auditorium located at 51633 Coach Road, La Pine. Implementation of the Local Rule will protect the sole source of drinking water and surface waters of the upper ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
Minnie Burton was a sensation at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair: the top shooter for a girl's basketball team from an Indian School in Fort Shaw, Montana. Beating all other high school girls and boys teams, they rounded up legions of adoring fans across the nation as they won the first world championship title for basketball. Shoot Minnie Shoot, a novel by Happy Jack Feder, has been optioned and is in development for feature ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
Publication Gives D-Link Draft 802.11n Gigabit Router Highest 5-Star Rating D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumer and business, announced Wednesday its newest wireless home networking router, the Xtreme N Gigabit Router (DIR-655), has been awarded the prestigious "Editors' Choice" award in the latest issue of the popular computer publication, Laptop Magazine. In rating today's routers, the March issue product review states that D-Link's latest router "just keeps upping the 802.11n ante" and that ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
The NASCAR Nextel Cup series is off this week, but not many drivers are getting much time for rest and relaxation. Nine of them are competing in the Busch Series race in Mexico on Sunday. And another 50 teams were testing the Car of Tomorrow at a mid-week session at Bristol, Tenn. The deadline to have the COT race-ready is looming. The first race with the new design is now less than a month away ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
Reports of laboratory-confirmed flu cases in Oregon are nearing a peak for the current flu season, and public health officials in the Oregon Department of Human Services want people to know there is still time to get a flu vaccination. The number of lab-confirmed cases rose from 58 two weeks ago to 84 last week.  "Flu season is definitely in full swing, with cases spread across Oregon," said Susan Allan, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., DHS Public ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
Federal officials unsealed charges relating to firearms trafficking today against 19 defendants in Mississippi and Chicago, Illinois. 18 defendants were arrested by federal, state, and local agents this morning in Chicago and Northern Mississippi, and one is in custody on an unrelated charge.  Fourteen of the defendants were charged in a federal complaint unsealed today in the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleges that the defendants conspired to illegally purchase firearms in pawn shops ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
SAN DIEGO - An administrative law judge has ordered a stay in Qualcomm's patent-infringement case against cell phone maker Nokia at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Robert Barton Jr. did not explain in his order issued Monday why he was postponing the case, which was scheduled to go to trial next week. His order puts the case on hold "until further notice" at the ITC in Washington, D.C. Last year, San Diego-based Qualcomm asked the ... [full story]
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Mar 01,2007
Record Lending Doubles Number of Loans Since 2003 WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration made a record number of export loans in FY 2006 and surpassed the $1 billion mark for the first time in the history of the program. The SBA Office of International Trade reported 3,302 loans for $1.03 billion to small business exporters in FY 2006, doubling the number of export loans made in FY 2003. The dramatic increase in export ... [full story]
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