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Even 3-year-olds think being thin is in

According to Live Science, a recent Pepperdine University study indicates that girls as young as 3 years old are already worried about watching their weight. Being thin is something in which girls are “emotionally invested,” claims the study, even at preschool age. Experts in child wellness and psychology find the study results troubling, as body
Identity theft

Protect your money and identity from scammers

Even in the light of all the warnings and mass publicity regarding scam protection, scamming has continued to be a major problem today. The more light and publicity that shines on these illegal acts in order to protect the public, the more clever these scammers get in their schemes. If you want to stay out
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Muslim holidays: Pilgrims gather for stoning of the devil Nov. 16

A look at Muslim holidays can reveal a lot about the cultural differences between Islam and the West. A major Muslim holiday called Eid al-Adha began on Nov. 16 and is celebrated for three days. While a western holiday such as Christmas celebrates consumer spending and other forms of excess, Eid al-Adha celebrates the “stoning
Minority student protest display at UC Berkeley.

Illegal immigrants get in-state tuition rate in California

The Los Angeles Times reports that the California Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that illegal immigrants who graduate from state high schools will be eligible to receive in-state tuition rates at California universities. Immigrant activists call the decision a victory. Yet legal residents who have lost their jobs or benefits during California’s budget crisis are
A couple buying their first home.

New home buyers: Only $100 down for HUD homes?

Only $100 down for a HUD home? Have you seen any signs like that? I saw several and inquired asked my Realtor friend, who has been in the business for 25 years. These are the repossessed homes that banks no longer want to sit on. Banks are more than willing to work with you in
Turkey Sandwich

Turkey recall | 2,600 pounds may cause listeriosis

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a turkey recall has been instituted. Relatively small in scope, the New Braunfels Smokehouse turkey recall covers 2,600 pounds of ready-to-eat turkey. A potentially fatal bacteria called listeriosis may have contaminated the turkey. Turkey recall affects 2,600 pounds There are 2,600 pounds of turkey affected by the 2010 turkey recall.
Honeybaked Ham

Honeybaked Ham | Coupons, reservations and recipes

During the holiday season, Honeybaked Ham sees a significant spike in business. This year, Honeybaked Ham is offering a coupon for $9 off its signature product. Honeybaked Ham is also offering a full Thanksgiving meal, though you do have to “reserve” your ham, turkey or full meal. Honeybaked Ham coupon Honeybaked Ham is offering a
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Google raise an attempt to fend off talent raids from rivals

A Google raise of 10 percent for all its employees was announced last week. In addition to the raise, Google is giving its entire staff a $1,000 Christmas bonus. Tech insiders say the Google raise and bonus is an attempt to fight off employee defections to Google rivals such as Facebook. Google’s $1-billion raise The
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Make A Wish Foundation | Help make a wish come true!

Make A Wish Foundation is a wonderful place where dreams really do come true. With your help, the Make A Wish Foundation strives to help children from 2-and-a-half to 18 years who have life threatening medical conditions. The foundation has and continues to make a wish come true — every 40 minutes! There are many
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Feeding America | Donations go a long way

Imagine having to choose between feeding your children dinner and paying the utility bill to keep the lights turned on. If payday loans were out of the picture, would you go to the grocery store or use the little cash you do have left to see a doctor for an illness? Unfathomable? Well, not for
Capitol Hill

National debt panel recommendations are not surprising

A national debt panel has just released findings concerning recommendations for reducing the national debt. The conclusions should be no surprise. The largest national expenditures are for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and defense. Those are the programs which are recommended for trimming. The United States won’t be the first nation to undergo austerity measures. National

Small loans for bad credit in higher demand than mortgage loans

Demand for bank loans for housing is very low, even though rates are at the lowest in decades. It’s great for those with perfect credit scores, but small loans until payday may be the only credit available for a lot of people for some time. Demand for mortgage loans drops The bottom fell out of
A “Google vs. Facebook” graphic depicting Google's Eric Schmidt and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, each with devil horns.

Facebook unleashes Gmail killer on Monday

While Google has a head start in the webmail client field with Gmail, Facebook believes they have a Gmail killer that’s ready for the world. TechCrunch reports that Facebook will roll out Project Titan on Monday. Experts predict that Facebook’s highly anticipated webmail client could give Gmail a run for its money. News of the

The Newsweek Daily Beast | Marrying to go different directions

In an announcement made this morning, “The Daily Beast” founder Tina Brown confirmed that the website will be merging with Newsweek. The two media properties have entered a full half-and-half partnership with one another. The combined The Newsweek Daily Beast Company will share one editor, who plans on fully making use of both sides of
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Do your homework and think hard about a debt consolidation loan

If you’ve ever considered a consolidation loan to facilitate credit card debt reduction, now is a good time. Banks are reported to be loosening credit standards and interest rates are very low. However, make sure you’re consolidating debt for the right reasons, and do your homework to get the best deal. Be aware of debt
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Veterans Day honors 22 million Americans willing to fight and die

Veterans Day is Thursday, Nov. 11, and the nation’s 22 million veterans will be honored in public ceremonies and private remembrances. Nov. 11 will also be celebrated in other countries as Armistice Day, which commemorates the end of World War I on that date in 1919. The U.S. military has become isolated from the rest
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing stops 787 Dreamliner test flights after emergency landing

Customers waiting for the long-awaited Boeing 787 Dreamliner are going to have to wait a little longer. A fire broke out in the cabin of a 787 on a test flight Tuesday, forcing an emergency landing in Laredo, Texas. Boeing suspended further test flights of the Dreamliner indefinitely after production had already been delayed by